Upper School Newsletter

December 18, 2017

Dates to Remember:

December 19 - All School Christmas Chapel, 8:15AM

December 20-22 - Upper School Midterms, Early Dismissal 11:30AM

December 22 - End of 2nd Marking Period

December 25- January 5 NO SCHOOL

January 8-12 - Winterim, Grades K-12

Upcoming Sports:

Monday, December 18th

4PM - Girls MS Basketball Game vs. Lancaster Mennonite School (Hershey Campus)

4:30PM - Boys JV Basketball Game @Harrisburg Academy

5PM - Boys MS Basketball Game vs. Lancaster Mennonite School (Hershey Campus)

6PM - Girls Varsity Basketball Game @Harrisburg Academy

7:30PM - Boys Varsity Basketball Game @Harrisburg Academy


Tuesday, December 19th

4PM - Girls MS Basketball Game vs. Mount Calvary Christian

5PM - Boys MS Basketball Game vs. Mount Calvary Christian

6PM - Girls Varsity Basketball Game @ Christian School of York

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


Friday, December 22nd

4PM - Girls MS Basketball Game @Harrisburg Christian School

5PM - Boys MS Basketball Game @Harrisburg Christian School


Wednesday, December 27th

6PM Boys Varsity Basketball Tournament @Antietam High School vs. Berks Christian

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From the Principal's Desk:

Why are we here?


I was so blessed by our Upper School Christmas Concert last Thursday evening. Attending that concert made me think of the very first Christmas concert. The performers were the angels, the audience was lowly shepherds, and the song was “Glory to God in the highest!” Heaven was so overjoyed at the birth of Christ that its inhabitants had to write and sing a song about the event.

No event had ever before been accompanied by such heavenly music. And isn’t the choice of audience significant? Lowly shepherds got to experience the music of heaven...free of charge! God would not announce the birth of His son the way earthly kings announced a prince’s birth. Perhaps nothing is more important, however, than the words that were sung at that first Christmas concert. “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests (Luke 2:14).”


God had an eternal intention to bring peace to the earth by making it His dwelling place. He had demonstrated that intention when He walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, but sin had brought conflict into His otherwise peaceful world. Would God be able to establish peace? Would He be able to dwell with man, His image bearer? Christ’s birth emphatically answered these questions. Yes, God became Emmanuel (God with us!) and, unlike the first Adam, successfully established His peaceful kingdom. While the shepherds listened to heaven’s concert, God was proving He gets what He desires. He would have a peaceful dwelling place with His people.


God deserves all the glory associated with Christmas. What a joy it is for us to celebrate God coming to earth in the flesh! What favor rests on us if we can truly celebrate Christmas! From the Beardmore family to yours: Merry Christmas and may the Lord dwell in peace with you and your family this holiday season.

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International Students Sang Christmas Carols in Native Languages Around the School

Inclement Weather Information

School closings and delays are posted on the home page of www.westshorechristian.org, via all-school email, facebook, and on local news media: WHP (580 AM), WGAL (Channel 8), WHP (Channel 21), WHTM (Channel 27). Please note that as of right now, we will not be making an all-school phone call, due to problems with our calling service. On delay days, parents transporting students should have them at school by 9:00 a.m. for one-hour delays and 10:00 a.m. for two-hour delays. Students and staff should not arrive to school earlier than 30 minutes before the start time.


If you are a bus family, please know that each school district handles snow delays and closing differently. Please refer to the PDF at the bottom of the newsletter. It's ready for you to print your section and put on your fridge as a reminder! Please email lvanhart@westshorechristian.org with any bussing questions.


As a reminder, the school cafeteria will be closed in the event of a delay. Microwaves will NOT be available, so please pack your student's lunch accordingly. We appreciate your cooperation.

Dress Down Days

Tuesday, December 19th - Show your Christmas cheer by wearing green, red, and white! Jeans and sweatpants are permissible for those participating.

Wednesday through Friday (midterm days) are regular dress down days. (However, feel free to continue the festive streak!) As always, modesty and appropriateness should be exercised.

Gingerbread House Contest

On Tuesday, December 19th, chapel small groups will compete in a gingerbread house decorating contest. This is a delicious opportunity to display your creativity and be proclaimed WSCA gingerbread champions. (It's a thing now.)


We are collecting donations to cover the cost of gingerbread kits. If you can help out, please send in a small cash donation with your child to give to their homeroom teacher. Thank you!!

Compassion Gift Catalog

Compassion International has been fighting child poverty since 1952. A high school student has taken a special interest in this charity and has provided materials to learn more about this ministry and how we can change the life of a child through sponsorship or a one-time gift. If you would like more information, check out their web site at compassion.com/CatalogGift or pick up a flyer from the office.

Midterms/Finals

2nd Marking Period Report Cards

For your planning purposes, 2nd marking period report cards will be released on Friday, January 19th rather than the 17th as the official school calendar states. This two-day extension will allow teachers and administrators a little more time to make sure they thoroughly and accurately close out the 2nd marking period.


The midterm schedule is attached to the newsletter for your convenience.

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!


Update: We have received three so far! Thank you!

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.

Save the Date!

Save the date for the Annual CSAGH Association Meeting to be held at 7 PM on January 22 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 January 22!

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. The next ACT test date is February 10, 2018 and registration is open until January 5th.