Upper School Newsletter

April 9, 2018

Dates to Remember:

April 20 - BobCAT Breakfast in the grove, 7:15-8:00AM

April 23 - Academic Information Night, Grades 5-7 at 5:30, Grades 8-11 at 6:30

April 23-27 CSAGH Standardized Testing (Grades K-7)

April 28 - Junior/Senior Banquet, 6-9PM Strock Farms

Upcoming Sports:

Tuesday, April 10th

4PM Varsity Track & Field Meet @Middletown Area High School

Thursday, April 12th

4:15PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game vs. Harrisburg Christian School

4:15PM JV Baseball Game @East Pennsboro

4:15 PM Varsity Baseball Game vs. East Pennsboro @Wass Park

Monday, April 16th

4PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse Game @Harrisburg Christian School

From the Principal's Desk:

Important April Events

With warmer weather on the way this week, it must mean that our calendars are about to fill up with fun activities. I wanted to use my column this week to highlight some important and/or new events we have in store for the Upper School over the coming weeks. Please take some time to read over this information and put these events on your calendar.

Friday, April 20, Upper School Day of Service: After eating some donuts in the Grove at 7:45 AM and taking attendance in their regular homerooms, the entire Upper School will be grouped and transported to various ministries in Central PA to assist them for the day. We will be returning in time for our regular dismissal time. From New Hope Ministries to Camp YOLIJWA to seven other ministries, our students will not just be loving their neighbors “in word or tongue, but in action and in Truth.” (I John 3:18) We are excited about the potential this event has for our students to demonstrate Christ’s love to those outside WSCA’s community and to bond with each other as they serve together. We are asking for volunteers to transport students to and from their ministry destinations and chaperone students as they serve. Please email Jen Wempa if you are interested in transporting students and/or chaperoning. More information regarding service hours will be shared at our Academic Information Night (see below), but this schoolwide event will fulfill student’s annual service hour requirement in its entirety.

Saturday, April 21, Benefit Gala: I’m excited to see you at the Civil War Museum at 5:30 PM!

Monday, April 23, Academic Information Night (Grades 5-7 at 5:30 PM; Grades 8-11 at 6:30 PM): With course selection time right around the corner (see below), we wanted to take some time to inform you of the exciting changes to our master schedule and course offerings for next year. A detailed power point presentation will be shared to outline the why’s, what’s, and how’s of the proposed CSAGH graduation requirements and upcoming course selection process. I’m aware that there are some away sporting events this night, so please know that the information covered in these meetings will be shared with those who are unable to attend.

Wednesday, April 25-May 4, Course Selection Online: This year, students will be using RenWeb to sign up for their classes next year. This process will be explained in detail at our Academic Information Night (see above). We are excited that RenWeb’s functionality allows us to streamline the course selection process.

All-School BobCAT Breakfast

Friday April 20th in the Grove from 7:15 to 8:00, CATS invites all students, faculty and parents to stop by and grab a donut and some OJ before school. Bring your own coffee and enjoy a few moments with your WSCA community!

Order Your Yearbook Soon!

The deadline for both yearbook orders is April 13th, 2018.

This year students have the option to create two personal pages in the yearbook. They are able to design and add pictures to the pages all on their own. The two pages will only be in their yearbook, no other book. Again, this is completely optional and will not affect the book if you choose not to do this. The Upper School yearbook costs $38 and can be ordered by following these steps:

  1. Go to www.treering.com/validate
  2. Use the school code: 1014919378101502
  3. Create an account and purchase yearbook

CSAGH Benefit Gala - Saturday, April 21

We invite you to attend the CSAGH Gala on Saturday, April 21st, 5:30-8:30pm, at the Civil War Museum for a night of celebration, delicious food, live music, new friends, silent auctions, and even a few short-duration live auctions throughout the night. Online giving and bidding has already begun at https://bidr.co/events/gala2018. Please register for the event at https://bidr.co/events/gala2018. The Benefit Gala is a premier event with a goal to raise $90,000 in support of students and educational programs.

How can you help?

-Sign up to volunteer at the venue, as well as pre and post Gala. Contact Edit Planas at eplanas@harrisburgchristian.com to sign up.

-Upper School students can volunteer to accrue service hours.

-Spread the word in your churches and communities and invite your friends and extended family.

-Donate. In addition to themed activities with faculty and staff (e.g., "Pizza and Bowling Night for you and two friends"), we welcome gift cards, airline miles, themed baskets, amusement park tickets, and more.

-Lower School classes are putting together themed baskets - donate a few items!

-Solicit sponsorships from your business or employer. Our events supports scholarships and academics with 100% of fundraising going to these programs.

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Race For Hope

WSCA's middle schooler, Anya Zvorsky, is a brain cancer survivor and is this year's "face" for the Race for Hope in Washington, DC. This year's race is on Sunday, May 6th. Find out how you can help by visiting www.curebraintumors.org and see the flyer attached to this newsletter! If you would like to post a flyer in your place of business, contact Jennifer Wempa in the upper school office.

CSAGH Job Opportunities

Please help us spread the word! Full descriptions are at www.westshorechristian.org. Applicants should send resume, letter of interest and application to our HR Department at jobs@csagh.org.

• Athletic Director & PE Teacher (WSCA)

• Bible Teacher – Upper School (WSCA)

• Math Teacher – Upper School (WSCA)

• History Teacher –Middle and Upper School (WSCA)

• Life Science Teacher – Upper School (WSCA)

• Spanish (Part-time) – Middle School (WSCA)

• 2nd Grade Teacher (WSCA)

• Guidance Counselor (Part-time) (WSCA)

• Sous Chef (mostly WSCA)

• IT Coordinator – Immediate opening (mostly WSCA)

• Online Learning Coordinator (Part-time) - Immediate opening (CSAGH)

• 1st Grade Teacher (CSAGH)

• Kindergarten Teacher (Part-time) (Devonshire campus)

• Kindergarten Aide (Part-time) (Devonshire campus)

Scholarship Opportunities

With the high cost of college, scholarships are increasingly important. An updated PDF list will be attached to the bottom of the Upper School newsletter each week. Also, students can contact Mrs. Werner at any time for information or if they have questions.

Mark Your Calendars: Junior-Senior Banquet

Due to difficulties in securing a venue reservation, the Junior-Senior Banquet has been re-scheduled. The Junior-Senior Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Strock Farms. Mark your calendars as the juniors start to plan a fun and memorable evening for our seniors. Tickets are on-sale now during high school lunch!

Open House for Prospective Families

We have now entered "open enrollment" time at WSCA, meaning that we are accepting applications from new families to join our WSCA family. Please help us advertise our upcoming Open House:

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm, PreK-12th grade open house

If you have any questions about re-enrollment, enrollment for new families, or how you can best help advertise our school to prospective families, please contact our admissions director, Mary Beth Gilge, at mbgilge@westshorechristian.org. For starters, share events and posts from the WSCA facebook page to your personal page!

Substitute Nurse & Teachers Needed!

We are looking for a substitute nurse, who can help out once in a while when Mrs. Krouch and Mrs. Hoover cannot come to WSCA. We are also looking for additional substitute teachers, PreK-12th grade. Please fill out an application on our website and help us spread the word!

Large Plastic Bins Needed

The Upper School is in need of 10-12 forty quart clear plastic storage bins. We are continuing to clean up the attic and large bins would helpful. If you are willing to donate a bin, please bring it to the Upper School office. Thank you for your help!

We have received five so far! Thank you!

Volunteer Cashier Needed

We are in need of a cafeteria cashier volunteer. If you, or someone you know, is interested in ministering to our school and students in that way, please contact Sandy Berry at sberry@westshorechristian.org. Volunteer clearances will need to be completed prior to starting.

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 May 5, 2018 and late registration is open until April 20th.