2017-2018 PTFA Core Team

Thank you for voting to approve the PTFA ballot! We are pleased to announce the official PTFA Core Team for the 2017-2018 school year.

Kristin Chen - PTFA President
Patty Schmid - PTFA Treasurer
Heather Cannarella - PTFA Secretary

As a CCS parent, teacher or friend - YOU are a part of the PTFA! There will be many opportunities for you to get involved and support our school next fall. You don't need to wait until the fall to get connected....Join our PTFA Facebook group at any time!

 

Job Openings

Music Teacher Position Available

As you may already know, Mrs. Marla Wiley recently announced that God is calling her to remain at home next year, so she will not be returning in the fall as our music teacher. We are officially beginning a search for her replacement. Please pass the word around if you know of anyone interested in teaching music! We are excited for Mrs. Wiley as she goes where God is sending her, though she will be greatly missed by all of us, and we are excited for the new person He will be bringing to us!  God is always faithful!  CLICK HERE to download a teacher application.

GLC Workers Needed (Adults and Students)

As we do in June each year, we have begun looking for new workers for our 2017-2018 extended day program that meets after school each day--Growing Like Christ (GLC). We are looking to hire two adults and are also in need of hiring a few students who will be turning 16 years old by September. Please contact me if you would like more information about this opportunity.  CLICK HERE to download an application (adult or student) to work in our GLC program.

Maintenance/Custodial Positions Available

Finally, it has been our privilege to have Bill Folberth serving on the MCN/CCS maintenance crew and Jen Cane serving part-time as our custodian in the elementary building (when she's not serving as the CCS business manager!). Both have submitted their resignations from these maintenance/custodial positions effective this month, which means the church is seeking replacements for these two positions. The custodial position is rated at 15-18 hours a week, with the work to be done outside of school hours. The maintenance crew position is rated at 20 hours a week, and these hours are served predominantly during school hours. If you have interest in either of these two positions, please send a cover letter along with your record of employment/training to Pastor Dan Whitney at dan.whitney@mcnaz.com or 218 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06042. Additional questions may be addressed in the same fashion.

Float-On-By to Meet Our New Teachers

By Mrs. Snyder

I am very pleased to share with you some exciting news that was not able to be finalized until last night's board meeting. Please "float on by" tomorrow night (Thursday, 6/15) at 7:00 PM on the CCS field by the playscape to meet the following individuals and to enjoy root beer floats. Students may want to bring a Frisbee or two, as well! 

Introducing Our New Assistant Principal

I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Dawn Snellenberger has been hired to replace Mrs. Joy Press as the assistant principal, effective during the summer months. You may still see Mrs. Press on campus through July, as she will be working alongside Mrs. Snellenberger (aka Mrs. S) to help with the transfer of duties.  Mrs. S brings with her tremendous experience with CCS across all the grade levels and a commitment to Christian education, in general. 

Introducing Our New Middle School LAR Teacher

I am equally as pleased to announce that God has simultaneously made an amazing provision for a new middle school language arts teacher! (That's so like God!) I hope you can come Thursday night to meet Mrs. Kirsten LaBranche. She has her Master's Degree of Arts in Education with a concentration in English from the University of Connecticut. She also has a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with double minors in English and Psychology (also from UConn).  Her specialty is in teaching middle and high school English. Her professional experience spans from 2006 through the present. She brings enthusiasm to this position that is only equal to Mrs. Snellenberger's own enthusiasm as the former middle school language arts teacher! Mrs. S and Mrs. LaBranche have already begun to make connections to assist in the transition. 

Meet Our New Grade 5 Teacher

We will also have Mrs. Lisa Randall, our new Grade 5 teacher, "floating on by" to join us for some fellowship. She'd love to meet everyone, too! (You will recall we announced her hire a couple of months ago as Mrs. Donna Corbeil retires from 40 years of teaching.)

2917-2018 School Calendar Update

Thank you for your feedback as we worked to finalize the 2017-2018 CCS School Calendar.  You will notice that we have used your feedback from a recent online survey to move our spring 2018 vacation to the week of April 9-13, 2018. As with all surveys, it becomes clear that there is no one option that can possibly meet all the needs and preferences of everyone. However, it seems wise this coming year to coordinate our April vacation with the majority of the schools in our surrounding area. 

With this switch, you will also notice that we have kept the day after Easter (Monday only) as a vacation day, as this seems to be a fair compromise for families to the above switch. This means that we have also moved our last day of school for next year to Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  Graduation for the Class of 2018 will remain as previously scheduled on June 15, 2018.

CLICK HERE to view the "paper version" of the calendar.  For a full listing and the most up-to-date activities of the school, please connect with our school's Google calendar or our download our free CCS school app.

Have a blessed summer ahead, and we hope to see you all back in the fall!

Second Grade Field Trip

The second graders are discovering early Manchester History.  They went to the Oak Grove Nature Center to sit in on a class about the Podunk Indians.  They were able to learn about how they lived and what they did here in Manchester.  The second grade class also went on a nature hike at the center and then headed to the Lutz Museum for more fun and learning.

Middle School Academic Fair

The Middle School Academic Fair is this Friday, 5/19.  The Academic Fair is the culmination of a research project which included a research paper.  The students have learned many skills through this project. Now, they are ready to present to an authentic audience! Elementary classes will be visiting the fair during the day on Friday.  

Parents are also invited to visit the fair during the hours of 10:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-2pm. Stop by the McLain building gymnasium to view the presentations.

P.E. Uniform Store for the 2017-2018 School Year

P.E. Uniform Store Now Open --Items will be delivered at the Back-to-School Nights in August.

It is that time of year...time to begin preparing for next year!  We have officially opened our P.E. Uniform Store. You can shop for P.E. uniform pieces, which are required for all P.E. students entering Grades 3-12 in the 2017-2018 school year. (P.E. uniforms are optional for students in Kindergarten to Grade 2.)  You can also shop for dress code-approved CCS hoodies and CCS fleece, which can be worn with dress code clothing during the school day. 

This store will remain open through August 16, and all items will be distributed at the Back-to-School Nights held just before school starts. This means that although you may make your purchase now, your items will not yet ship. You will receive them from Cornerstone at the end of August. However, we have opened the store now for the conveninece of those who would like to view sample sizes and make their purchase before leaving for summer vacation. Sample sizes will be available in the elementary building beginning on Monday, 5/15.

Store Link: https://stores.inksoft.com/CCS_2017/Products

Lower Elementary (PK- Gr. 2) International Night

Families with CCS students in our Pre-K to Grade 2 classes are invited to join us for dinner on Friday, 5/5 at 6pm!  Each family is asked to bring a food dish to share. We encourage families to prepare a dish from any country that holds special meaning to the family.  To RSVP, please use the "Message Office" feature on the App, send an email to office@contactccs.org or return the flier that will be sent home with students. Please let us know how many adults and how many children will be attending!

Please prepare a 3X5 card to place in front of your dish. Include the name of the dish, country represented, and any common allergens.

CCS 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls for Grades 6-12

Congratulations to our students who made the Quarter 3 honor rolls! We are proud of you for your hard work!

 

HIGH HONOR ROLL

Grade 6

Madison Chen

Jonathan Hoover

Emma Paterson

Zachary Perreault

 

Grade 7

Kallista Adams

Sydnie Hoover

Francis McKee

Zayana Medina

Norah Snellenberger

Sarah Snellenberger

Sophia Thompson

Madeline Wickens

 

Grade 8

Allison Carmen

Macy Jackson

Julia Williams

 

Grade 9

Jonah Hussey

Liza Kearney

Ariana Medina

Ethan Russell

 

Grade 10

Megan Cabral

Ashley Lamberg

Rebecca Mihok

Daniel Owens

Chloe Snellenberger

Gabriel Sullivan

Daniel Troche

Cole Woods

 

Grade 11

Liam Hussey

Victoria Ruitto

Eliza Russell

 

Grade 12

Andrea Jenkins

Samara Maruca

Timothy Owens

Isaac Rivera

Ashley Schmid

Bethany Sullivan

Christina Szachon

Michael Wiafe

Hannah Wiley

 

HONOR ROLL

Grade 6

Savannah Aubin

Mitchell Cannarella

Jayden Knowland

Walter Lee

Isabella McKee

Jacob Williams

Mikaylee Winn

 

Grade 7

Paul Bearchell

Jonathan Morhardt

Sean Owens

Robert Shemenski

Meisha Sullivan

Isabelle Tirado-Rivera

Samuel Troche

Sage Yoreo

 

Grade 8

Mason Hoover

Shayla Hoover

Mark Mihok

Coral Perreault

 

Grade 9

Matthew Anthony

Avery Brangi

Rob Hare

Juliana McKee

Joshua Schmid

Eden Thompson

 

Grade 10

Bryce Henry

Grace Sebok

Isai Tirado-Rivera

 

Grade 11

Daniel Gayman

Erica Ruitto

Aidan Ward-Manthey

 

Grade 12

Lauren Lamberg

ENC A Capella Choir Concert

On Friday evening, April 7 at 7:00PM The ENC A Cappella Choir will be performing at the Salvation Army Church at 661 Main Street in Manchester.  This free concert is a must see for music students of all ages!  This college choir performs a wide range of music at an exceptionally high level.  Concerts usually last about an hour and fifteen minutes, and admission is free.  For anyone wishing to provide overnight housing for two of the choir members, please call pastor Dan Whitney (860-646-8599) or email at dan.whitney@mcnaz.com. It is a great and wise thing to get your high school kids together with Christian College kids at every opportunity!  This concert is the night before the Cornerstone Auction, so it promises to be an exciting weekend!

CCS Spirit Day & Pep Rally

You might remember that we had SNOW during our Spirit Week last month! We aren't letting that stop us from celebrating our Cornerstone School Spirit!

All students are encouraged to dress to show their School Spirit this Friday -for free! Students can go all out in school colors (Blue & White) or wear Spirit Wear! We will end the day with a special pep-rally led by our high school Studies in Leadership class.

Re-Enrollment Begins!

We are pleased to announce that Early Re-Enrollment has officially begun and continues through March 15.  It is very important that you open our RE-ENROLLMENT NEWSLETTER right away to learn about important updates.

IMPORTANT: Please read through the RE-ENROLLMENT NEWSLETTER as soon as possible!  
This is very important this year.

As was done last year, all current families must re-enroll online through a special ADMISSIONS PORTAL connected to Sycamore. The expected time to complete the online re-enrollment process is 5-10 minutes.  If you have any trouble, please call the school office, and we will be happy to walk you through the process or arrange for you to use a school computer to re-enroll.

Once again, please be sure to read the RE-ENROLLMENT NEWSLETTER for important details, updates, and due dates about the re-enrollment process.   Additional information was also sent to all parents in an email on Wednesday, 3/1.

We look forward to further partnering with you during the upcoming 2017-2018 school year!

Special Visitors Teach Pre-K Students About Coats of All Kinds!

The Kindergarten-Prep class has been learning about animals. The exciting culmination of the unit was a visit from some animals from the Lutz museum. This year the students learned about the different "coats" God has placed on each of the animals. The students learned about fur as they pet the rabbit. They learned about feathers as they pet the hen and about scales as they pet the snake!

Quarter 2 Honor Roll

Congratulations to these students for excellence in academics during the second quarter.

 

Honor Roll

 

Grade 6

Savannah Aubin

Mitchell Cannarella

Madison Chen

Jayden Knowland

Walter Lee

Isabella McKee

Jacob Williams

Mikaylee Winn

 

Grade 7

Paul Bearchell

Francis McKee

Jonathan Morhardt

Robert Shemenski

Meisha Sullivan

Isabelle Tirado-Rivera

Samuel Troche

Madeline Wickens

Sage Yoreo

 

Grade 8

Mason Hoover

Shayla Hoover

Julia Williams

 

Grade 9

Matthew Anthony

Avery Brangi

Robert Hare

Eden Thompson

 

Grade 10

Bryce Henry

Nicole LeMasurier

Grace Sebok

Isai Tirado-Rivera

 

Grade 11

Daniel Gayman

Erica Ruitto

Aidan Ward-Manthey

 

Grade 12

Joshua Gayman

Lauren Lamberg

Christina Szachon

 

 

High Honor Roll

 

Grade 6

Jonathan Hoover

Emma Paterson

Zachary Perreault

 

Grade 7

Kallista Adams

Sydnie Hoover

Zayana Medina

Norah Snellenberger

Sarah Snellenberger

Sophia Thompson

 

Grade 8

Allison Carmen

Macy Jackson

 

Grade 9

Jonah Hussey

Liza Kearney

Juliana McKee

Ariana Medina

Ethan Russell

Joshua Schmid

 

Grade 10

Megan Cabral

Ashley Lamberg

Rebecca Mihok

Daniel Owens

Chloe Snellenberger

Gabriel Sullivan

Daniel Troche

Cole Woods

 

Grade 11

Liam Hussey

Victoria Ruitto

Eliza Russell

 

Grade 12

Andrea Jenkins

Samara Maruca

Timothy Owens

Isaac Rivera

Ashley Schmid

Bethany Sullivan

Michael Wiafe

Hannah Wiley

Spirit Days Added - A Student-Initiated Update

This year’s high school Public Speaking course includes a civics focus, including instruction on presenting a thoughtful proposal to authority. The students in the class began by setting up a suggestion box in the McLain building to collect feedback from the rest of the middle and high school community.  The class then spent time reading the suggestions and evaluating them to determine if any were worthy of bringing to the administration for approval.  The class members identified one suggestion as meeting a need with which they agreed—a perceived division between the secondary students and the faculty and staff members.

 Several years ago everyone—staff and students—was allowed to dress casually when we had a late opening due to inclement weather.  As updates were made to the overall dress-code approach, these types of “casual dress days” were replaced by Theme Days and CCS Spirit Days.  Therefore, students no longer received the privilege of dressing casually on late openings. However, when considering the personal responsibilities of adults and staff members (on snowy mornings), teachers were still allowed to dress casually on these days.  The Public Speaking students learned that this stance created a feeling of unfairness and created a perception of division between the secondary students and staff. 

 

The Public Speaking students agreed that this division was unfortunate, and they wanted to draft a proposal that would eliminate the divide while also creating a spirit of unity, school spirit, and some “fun” traditions for our school body as a whole.  Therefore, the class prepared a presentation for Mrs. Snyder.  During the presentation the class members not only practiced their public speaking skills but also learned about the give-and-take that is often a part of reaching an agreed-upon solution.  Mrs. Snyder then considered the proposal and even brought it before the full faculty for discussion.

 The result? Students and teachers may now dress in School Spirit attire when we have a late opening due to inclement weather. Students and staff may wear any CCS tops (Spirit Wear shirts, P.E. shirts, Theme Shirts—current or past—CCS hoodies, CCS fleece) and casual bottoms, including CCS sweat pants.  The students and staff are hopeful that everyone will enjoy this privilege and that it will add an increased sense of school spirit and fun to our school community.

 

 

Made for More!

Annual Anti-Bullying Message by Mrs. Snyder

Each January CCS provides an anti-bullying message to our K-12 students.  This is part of our school’s Anti-Bullying Policy.  We tailor the message each year to be developmentally appropriate within our two chapel settings (K-5 and Grades 6-12). Our focus this year was on how God designed us to be.  We were reminded that God designed us for so much more than we often realize...and certainly for much more than the world would have us believe.

However, we also talked about how hard it is to be all that God created us to be.  We recognized that each of us, without exception, falls short of who we were created to be.  We all make mistakes, and we all know what it means to need forgiveness and grace.  We celebrated that God perfectly expresses His forgiveness and grace towards us through His Son, Jesus. 

We discussed what we do when we fall short, and we compared that to what we ought to do when we fall short.  We must be quick to repent and ask for the forgiveness of those we hurt when we fall short.  We were also challenged to think about what we ought to do when others around us fall short of being who there were created to be.  It’s so much harder to be all that we were made to be when others aren’t being all that they were made to be! 

Our middle and high school students took a brief survey at the beginning of their chapel so that they could discover where they feel it’s hardest to be all that they are made to be.  They discovered that some of their friends here at school find it hard to be their best at school.  So, we also began to identify those around us who can encourage us...and those around us who desperately need us to encourage them. 

Finally, we marveled at this huge call God gives us to love our ENEMIES!  Wow!  It’s not easy to be all that we were made to be without the power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s not even easy to WANT to be all that we were made to be.  But we are made for more, and we all agreed that we want to encourage one another to want more for ourselves and for one another.

May God be blessed by our pursuit of Him as we embrace that He truly made us for more than what we see in the world around us!