Upper School Newsletter

March 12, 2018

Dates to Remember:

March 15 - Combined Chapel at HCS

March 18 - Open House, 2PM

March 20 - End of 3rd Marking Period

March 22-24 Seussical the Musical

March 23 - Teacher In-Service Day, NO SCHOOL

From the Principal's Desk:

Why Are We Here?

I am sure that some of you have had the same sensation I have the last few weeks- God seems to be gently nudging you to ponder a particular aspect of His character. Of late, God has been laying on my heart the necessity of pondering His goodness. Between the news of another school shooting and several difficult providences like unexpected deaths and sicknesses plaguing members of our community, it seems God is teaching us the need to trust His goodness. When we observe and experience such effects of sin and evil in our world, many questions arise in our minds, and heaviness can weigh down our hearts; however, God did not leave us without revelation regarding His character.

In pondering these difficult providences, I was reminded of two bedrock truths that we must hold on to during these trials. First, God is good. He is never the author of evil. “God cannot be tempted with evil, and He himself tempts no one. (James 1:13)” He is never surprised by evil. “I am God…declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done. (Isaiah 46:10)” He will not allow evil to thwart His purposes. “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose. (Isaiah 46:10)” God does not find some sort of strange pleasure when His creators experience the effects of evil. “I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 18:32)”

Second, all of history has a purpose- no event is meaningless. Paul had to remind the Corinthians of this truth because they were enduring unusual difficulty for Christ’s sake. He writes to them, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. (II Corinthians 4)”

John Piper commenting on these verses in II Corinthians said, “Not only is all your affliction momentary, not only is all your affliction light, in comparison to eternity and the glory there, but all of it is totally meaningful. Every millisecond of your pain from the fallen nature or fallen man…is producing a peculiar glory because of that. Of course you can’t see what it is doing- don’t look at what is seen- when your mom dies, when your kid dies, when you have cancer at 40, when a car careens into the sidewalk, don’t say it is meaningless. It is not, it is working for you an eternal weight of glory. Therefore, do not lose heart, but take these truths and day-by-day focus on them. Preach them to yourself.”

God has a good purpose that will not be thwarted by acts of evil or the painful effects of sin. Just like Job in the Scriptures, we do not know all the reasons for evil or trials, but we still say, “Though God slay me, I will hope in Him…For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. (Job 13:15a; 19:25)”

Seussical Volunteers Needed

Calling all WSCA families and faculty - Our Seussical the Musical performances are drawing near, but it takes more than what you'll see on stage to make the shows a success! Please take a look at the sign-ups below and consider helping with Front of House (FOH) duties on performance days (March 22 - 24) and/or meals for our Cast and Crew during performance week (March 19 - 24). Volunteers for some of the FOH duties will be able to duck in the back of the auditorium to watch the show for free as their duties permit. ☺ Thanks for considering how you can help!

Front of House Volunteers sign up: https://ttsu.me/a5as4d

Cast and Crew Meal sign up: https://ttsu.me/seussicalmeals

Canned Food Drive

For the next few weeks, the upper school will be collecting canned goods for New Hope Ministries. We are asking primarily for fruits and vegetables, but will gladly accept canned goods of any variety. If you can help, there will be collection boxes in homerooms or you can bring them to the office. Thank you!

Combined School Chapel

We are excited to announce that on Thursday, March 15, two schools with one purpose will come together to worship one LORD in our first annual CSAGH Upper School Chapel at Harrisburg Christian School (HCS). We are so excited for HCS and WSCA’s Upper Schools to come together to worship God and discussion His truth in smaller groups throughout the day on the 15th. Tomorrow, our entire Upper School will receive a field trip permission form with details regarding departure and arrival times and lunch (students can purchase lunch at HCS or pack one). Our school start time and end time will not be affected by this event, but we are looking for assistance in transporting our students to HCS. If you are interested in assisting us transport students to HCS and attend this combined chapel event, please email Jen Wempa at jwempa@westshorechristian.org indicating how many students you can transport. Please pray for this event to glorify God and bring unity to our school system!

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. More details regarding ticket sales, etc. will be coming out soon.

Tickets for "Seussical, The Musical"

Tickets for "Seussical, The Musical" are on sale now! This year, tickets will be purchased using iTickets and we encourage you to share the information with your friends! Performances are on Thursday, March 22 (7:00pm), Friday, March 23 (7:00pm), and Saturday, March 24 (2:00 and 7:00pm). Tickets at the door will be cash or check only.
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Bus Trip to Naval Academy in Annapolis

Are you and your high school student interested in the US Naval Academy? The United States Naval Academy Parents' Club of Central PA is sponsoring a bus trip to the Naval Academy in Annapolis on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The purpose is to learn about the application/appointment process and meet with current midshipmen from our local area. The cost is $90.00. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Werner.

Open Houses 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 Houses:

Sunday, March 18, 2:00pm, PreK-12th grade 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!

Financial Policy Update

WSCA has assumed the following CSAGH financial policy as it relates to early withdrawal:

Early Withdrawal Fee: When a family withdraws a student(s) after enrolling for the school year, an Early Withdrawal Fee is assessed. While a student might leave the school for unavoidable reasons (illness, job transfer, etc), the school continues to bear the costs of the student(s) with no tuition income. Families must pay one month's tuition, in addition to all tuition expenses up to and including the final month of the student's attendance, as an Early Withdrawal Fee. If a family has not paid their Withdrawal Fee within 30 days of the student's withdrawal, the Withdrawal Fee amount will be automatically deducted from the family's bank account on file in FACTS.

Withdrawal Prior to June 15: Withdrawal Fee is one month's tuition (enrollment fee is not refundable).

Withdrawal Prior to August 1: Withdrawal Fee is one month's tuition plus the tuition payment for the month of July (enrollment fee is not refundable).

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 registration is open until April 6th.