Upper School Newsletter

September 25, 2017

Dates to Remember:

September 27 - CSAGH See You at the Pole, 7:15 AM

September 28 - Spain/Italy Informational Meeting, S202, 7PM

September 30 - Homecoming Weekend

October 6 - In-Service Day, NO SCHOOL

October 9 - Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL

October 12 - Race For Education

Don't forget to support WSCA Athletics and get your food and beverages at the concession stand for home games! Keep Calm and Snack On!

Upcoming Sports:

Monday, September 25th

4PM Girls Varsity Soccer Game vs. Mount Calvary Christian

4PM MS Volleyball Game @Christian School of York

4:30PM Boys Varsity Soccer Game @Hempfield Brethren in Christ Church

6PM Varsity Volleball Game @Dayspring Christian Academy

Tuesday, September 26th

3:30PM Boys MS Soccer Game vs. Mount Calvary Christian

4PM MS Volleyball @Lancaster Mennonite School-Kraybill Campus

4:30PM Girls Varsity Soccer Game @New Covenant Christian School

4:45PM Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Harrisburg Academy

Thursday, September 28th

4:30PM Cross Country Meet @Trinity High School

4:45PM Boys Varsity Soccer Game vs. Conestoga Christian School

5PM JV Volleyball Game vs. Conestoga Christian School

6:15PM Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Conestoga Christian School

Friday, September 29th

6PM Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Linden Hall

Saturday, September 30th

11AM Girls Varsity Soccer Game vs. Meadowbrook Christian

1PM Boys Varsity Soccer Game vs. High Point Baptist Academy

Monday October 2nd

4PM Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Christian School of York

5PM JV Volleyball Game @Freedom Life Church

6PM Varsity Volleyball Game @Freedom Life Church

From the Principal's Desk:

Why Are We Here?

In Upper School faculty devotions this year, we are reading through A.W. Tozer’s classic book The Pursuit of God. I was struck by this morning’s reading when he quoted the early church father, Augustine. “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” Tozer then traced the development of Augustine’s idea as it came to be expressed in The Westminster Shorter Catechism’s first question. “Question: What is the chief end of man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” We are only living out our purpose when we are living for God and His glory. It was for this purpose that we were created. God has made us for himself.

Every morning the teachers and students come together in our school building, we must keep in mind that why we teach and why we learn is wrapped up in our life’s purpose. If we lose sight of this purpose, the teaching and the learning ultimately becomes meaningless. With this purpose in mind, the teaching and learning becomes glorious. We were made for God and His glory. May all our teaching and learning be used of God to glorify Himself.

School Culture Update

Happy Homecoming Week! Homecoming week is always an exciting time. Tailgating like happened after our boys’ soccer game last Friday, the smell of fall in the air, academics and athletics in full swing, and cooler temperatures on the horizon all signal it is homecoming again. I hope this year’s homecoming is a success!

I really would love to see us make this year’s homecoming a true homecoming for our alumni and their families. I have sent out an announcement via our alumni Facebook page and e-mail list serve inviting all alumni to our two homecoming soccer games this Saturday, September 30th starting at 11:00 a.m. My wife Becca (Class of ’04) and I (Class of ’04) would love to see our fellow alumni at the game. Can I ask you to help me get the word out?

I would also love our homecoming be an exciting week for our current students. No doubt, you have already heard that today started a week of dress down days. Today was WSCA Spirit Wear Day, Tuesday is ‘90s Day, Wednesday ‘80s Day, Thursday ‘70s Day, and Friday ‘60s Day. This decade theme is meant to count the students down to the 1950s-themed Homecoming Celebration on Saturday evening.

As students plan to dress down for the decades-themed dress down days, I wanted to share a few guidelines regarding the attire for those days. The following guidelines have been shared with your students in homeroom.

  • These are themed dress down days, so a student must be dressed in the theme to dress down.
  • Dress Down Day attire should abide by the objectives of the Dress Code- modesty and moderation, neatness and cleanliness, community and conformity
  • If jeans are worn, they are to be of a consistent color (no bleach or paint spots) and are not to be frayed, torn, or have holes in them.
  • Sweatpants are permitted but are not to be frayed, torn, or have holes in them.
  • No athletic shorts are permitted.
  • Non-athletic shorts may be worn, but they must come down to the knee.
  • Students are not permitted to wear spandex type or tightly fitting pants.
  • Students are not permitted to wear tightly fitted shirts.
  • Shirts must have sleeves and are not to expose the torso or be sheer (see through).
  • Girls are permitted to wear dresses, but strapless dresses and short skirts are not permitted. Dresses with long slits are not to be worn.
  • Students may not wear clothing with logos that contain or promote ungodly themes.
  • All shoes, “head gear,” and jewelry policies as stipulated for regular dress code days will apply to Dress Down Days.

I hope our students’ excitement about this dress down day is matched by their enthusiasm to celebrate our community’s homecoming!

Homecoming Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to make our homecoming successful this year! Please click here (http://signup.com/go/bLvtTtG) to sign up to bring a refreshment item. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Race for Education

Race for Education is less than THREE weeks away and we have already achieved over 20% of our $45,000 goal! On Thursday, October 12th, WSCA students will take time out of the day to run laps on a 1/4 mile marked course to raise money for the school. WSCA has made it easier than ever to register and encourage friends and families to support our students by offering an online giving option at www.raceforeducation17.kintera.org

Registered students that submitted 1 name/address label or email will be receiving a WSCA Race for Ed t-shirt to wear that day. All students will receive a goody bag as well as information from our race sponsors. The cafeteria will be closed, so please bring a complete pack lunch.

Friends and family are welcome to come and cheer on the students while they run. It's a great WSCA social time! Bring your chairs and cameras! There will be a stand serving snacks from 11:00-3:00. We are also in need of volunteers and concession stand donations. Please contact Rebecca Kipe at: rferaceday@westshorechristian.org if you are to help and watch for link where you can sign up to help.

While you are here for the race, help WSCA earn extra money by test driving a brand new car around the parking lot! Thanks to "Lincoln's Drive for the Kids," WSCA will receive $20 for every test drive and an additional $10 with a second test-drive in any different 2017 Lincoln vehicle. If your teen is 18 years or older, they qualify as a test driver. Don't forget your driver's license! We are thankful for this great program that has raised money for WSCA through the years! The program runs from 10:00-4:00.

Race times are:

10:05-10:30 - All PreK classes in the gymnasium

12:00-12:30 - 6th-8th grade

1:00-1:30 - K-5th grade

2:15-2:45 - 9-12th grade

Get your 2017-2018 Ski Roundtop Club Card!

Attention All Skiers and Snowboarders! We are offering the Roundtop Resort Night Club Card for all students, parents, and alumni. This card can be purchased online at www.skiroundtop.com click passes/cards and then click night club card. You will then select purchase online. Our user name is 4716 and password is wsca Registration is now open and early bird discounts will apply until November 7th at Midnight. Then the rates for the club card will increase. You can purchase the following items through our group. Night Club Card, NCC Night Season Pass, 4 Visit Cards, or Season Passes. The details about all of those option can be located online. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Jen Cornetto jcornetto@westshorechristian.org.

Hope to see you on the mountain!

Spain and Italy Educational Tour

The Spanish department is taking an educational trip to Spain and Italy in March 2019. There will be an informational meeting to explain all of the trip details on Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 in Mrs. Hartshorn’s room – S202. Come out and see what all of the excitement is about! Hope to see you there!

Hurricane Donations

Thank you to everyone who donated to our hurricane collection! As a school, we raised $1321.45, with the LS and the US collecting almost even amounts! We will send the money to the Association of Christian Schools International, who will assist Christian schools in Florida and Texas in repairing their schools. ACSI is the accrediting agency for Christian schools like ours.

PSAT/NMSQ & PSAT Information

CSAGH will be administering two very important tests in October. On Saturday, October 14, juniors and sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). While taking this test is voluntary, it is highly recommended for every junior and sophomore, regardless of their post-secondary plans. The PSAT 8/9, a similar test for eighth and ninth grade students, will be administered during the school day on Tuesday, October 17. Please watch your email for more information on the administration of these tests. Also, more information on the tests themselves can be found on collegeboard.org.

College Financial Aid Seminars

If you think college classes are difficult, try understanding the financial end of it, including the FAFSA! But it's more manageable if you have a little bit of help. For those families who live in the Cumberland Valley School District, CV High School is hosting a Financial Aid Night on September 26 at 7 PM. Their FAFSA presentation is on November 10, also at 7 PM.

Mechanicsburg School District families may attend Mechanicsburg High School's Financial Aid Night September 25 at 6 PM.

SAT/ACT Registration Dates:

If you need assistance registering for this year's SAT or ACT, please see Mrs. Werner in the guidance office. The next SAT date is December 2, 2017 and registration is due by November 3, 2017. The next ACT test date is December 9, 2017 and registration is due by November 3, 2017.

CATS Prayer Team

Are You a WSCA Parent? - Then welcome to the CATS Parents Prayer Team! We consider you a member. :) Here's a link to a prayer calendar which all of us can use to pray each day for our children, our children's friends, their teachers, and all who are in the WSCA family. Just follow the date, no matter which day of the week it falls on each month -

http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/September-Prayer-Calendar1.pdf (Copyright Bob Hostetler (www.bobhostetler.com). Used with the permission of the author. Also available as an iPhone/iPad app in the iTunes app store.)

Another way in which we'd love for you to be involved is to join with other parents in prayer for our school on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 to 2:45 in the Lower School Conference Room. We pray for staff members, teachers, and students by name and any special requests for that week. If you aren't available on Wednesday afternoons you can get the prayer requests via email each week to commit to pray at home. For more information contact Gretchen Carvella at CatsPrayerTeam@westshorechristian.org .

Please feel free to pass this on to others who want to keep WSCA in prayer as well - grandparents, relatives, friends... :)