Upper School Newsletter

January 22, 2018

Dates to Remember:

January 22 - CSAGH Association Meeting at HCS, 7PM

February 1 - CSAGH Continuous Enrollment Begins for 2018-2019

February 3 - Robotics Tournament at WSCA

Upcoming Sports:

Tuesday, January 23rd

4PM - Girls MS Basketball Game @Harrisburg Academy

5PM - Boys MS Basketball Game @Harrisburg Academy

6PM - Girls Varsity Basketball Game vs. Christian School of York

7:30PM - Boys Varsity Basketball Game vs. Christian School of York

Thursday, January 25th

4PM - Girls MS Basketball Game @Hershey Christian School vs. Lancaster Mennonite School

4:30PM - Boys JV Basketball Game vs. Harrisburg Academy

5PM - Boys MS Basketball Game @Hershey Christian School vs. Lancaster Mennonite School

6PM - Girls Varsity Basketball Game vs. Harrisburg Academy

7:30PM - Boys Varsity Basketball Game vs. Harrisburg Academy

Monday, January 29th

4PM - Girls MS Basketball Game vs. Christian School of York

5PM - Boys MS Basketball Game vs. Christian School of York

6:30PM - Girls Varsity Basketball Game vs. New Covenant Christian

8PM - Boys Varsity Basketball Game vs. New Covenant Christian

From the Principal's Desk:

Why Are We Here?

This evening will witness the first (hopefully of many) CSAGH Association meeting. Among other things, we will be celebrating God’s faithfulness to our organization over the last year. Do you remember what was happening a year ago? Our organization had just embarked on a journey that, if we are all honest, probably had us a bit scared. We did not know exactly what the Lord had in store for us.

Now, a year later, we can say with confidence, “God has been faithful.” As we stand one year removed from the acquisition that brought WSCA and HCS together, it is important we mark this occasion with praise to our God. In thinking about this moment, I was reminded of a moment in Israel’s history when Samuel took time to literally mark God’s faithfulness. The Israelites had just been through a very difficult time in their history, but God had once again proved He would not forsake His people. The Philistines had been defeated in battle and the ark had returned to Israel after being held hostage by the Philistines. Then, we read in I Samuel 7:12, “Samuel took a stone and set it up…and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Till now the LORD has helped us.’” Samuel refused to let that generation or future generations forget that it was only by the LORD’s help that Israel had made it to that point in their history.

This evening I hope you can join us at our association meeting as we raise an Ebenezer to God’s faithfulness to our organization. All we can say is, “Till now the LORD has helped us” and we pray that He continues to guide us forward. The old hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” says it well, “Here I raise my Ebenezer, here by Thy great help I’ve come, and I hope by Thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home.”

Text Message Alert Service

To sign up for our text message alert service, text the message, Follow WSCA_Alerts to the number 40404. The message is case sensitive so make sure to check your capital and lower-case letters. You will then immediately receive a reply message indicating you have signed up for WSCA_Alerts.

We strongly encourage both parents and students to sign up- any cell phone that can receive text messages can receive these messages. If you wish to stop receiving text messages, text STOP to 40404. If you are interested in signing up for our district wide CSAGH alerts, text the message, Follow CSAGH_Alerts to the number 40404.

Set Building Volunteers Needed

The set building team for the school musical is looking for people to help build and paint the set on February 3rd, 10th, and 24th. They are also looking for anyone who could volunteer March 10th to help transport the set. Interested individuals should email Jon Menkis at jmenkis@westshorechristian.org. Thank you!

Robotics Tournament is February 3rd!

Were you wondering what to do the day before the Super Bowl? We have that covered!

WSCA is hosting its 5th annual VEX Robotics tournament on Saturday, February 3rd. It is one of the biggest events of the year here at WSCA and we would love to see all hands on deck! Volunteers are needed in the concession stand (helpers as well as donations) and various positions throughout the tournament. You do not need to have any previous robotics knowledge to help out and high school students are welcome! If you are interested in helping with concessions, see the sign up sheet here: https://ttsu.me/ttE

If you want to volunteer to help run the event, see the sign up sheet here: https://ttsu.me/dnwzp9

If you can't commit to volunteering, please consider showing up for a bit to cheer on our school competitors!

Stage Crew Needed!

Calling all friends of the stage! Rehearsals are underway, but we need lots of help to put together a show! We're looking for dedicated students to be a part of our back stage crew for Seussical the Musical. Behind the curtain is where the real theatre magic happens! No experience, no problem! We need students who are willing to learn! Time commitment is minimal, please see Rachel Ballasy for details.

If you're interested in participating please go to wscamusical.weebly.com and sign up on the stage crew page.

Chick-fil-A Free Breakfasts!

It's BACK!!! Chick-fil-A is kicking off 2018 with a MYSTERY FREE BREAKFAST ENTREE on Wednesdays from 6:00am-10:00am EVERY Wednesday in January starting Wednesday January 10th! Don't miss out. Drive thru or Dine in and ask for your mystery entree and they will have one ready for you. The offer is for one surprise entree per person per day. Valid at the Mechanicsburg, PA location only. Entree is subject to change. We are thankful that Chick-fil-A supports WSCA (like those yummy milkshake Christmas coupons!) and we hope you will support their business.


Come to Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, February 6 from 5:00-8:00pm. They will be donating a percentage of the evening's sales to WSCA for our Baby Bottle Blast. We hope your family can come to eat, or go through the drive-thru to support the Baby Bottle blast. We don't have the official flyer yet, but we will put it in our Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 newsletters, because you need the paper flyer or a picture of it on your phone to show the cashier in order for the donation to count.

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 four so far! Thank you!

Last Chance!! Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is now taking applications for the prestigious Coolidge Scholarship. This scholarship, only open to Juniors, is very generous: a full-ride scholarship that covers tuition, room, board and expenses for all four years at any accredited U.S. college or university. The main criterion for the Coolidge is academic merit. Applications are available at Coolidgescholars.org and must be received by 5PM EST, January 24, 2018 . If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Werner.

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.

Inaugural CSAGH Meeting TONIGHT!

The Annual CSAGH Association Meeting will be held at tonight at 7 PM (6:30PM Meet & Greet) at Harrisburg Christian School’s Fine Arts Center (2000 Blue Mountain Parkway, Harrisburg, PA 17112).

This meeting will provide updates on the CSAGH Strategic Plan, review of CSAGH’s Financial Plan and Tuition Schedules for 2018-2019, and the election of new CSAGH Board Members. For information about CSAGH’s Board of Directors and Board Code of Conduct please go to either of the following links:

HCS: http://www.harrisburgchristian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CSAGH-Board-Consititution-Requirement-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

WSCA: http://westshorechristian.org/about/csagh-board-constitution-requirement-code-of-conduct

The CSAGH Board of Directors looks forward to seeing you tonight!

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 March 10, 2018 and registration is open until February 9th.