The Patriot Press

Volume 8...December 20, 2019

CCA motto: To share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, preparing hearts and minds to impact the world for Him.

CCA Guiding Principles: We teach 1) Christian Principles and Character, through 2) Christ Centered Academic Excellence, while promoting 3) American Patriotism.

December's Character Trait: Patience

Since December’s character trait this month is patience, some of our publication members asked some students if they are patient during the Christmas season. Carter Bauer, a 3rd grader, and Marlee Cronhardt, an 8th grader, say they don't like how fast time flies by during this month. Paisley Breden, a third grader, says she can’t wait for Christmas to come so she can open up all her presents and enjoy Christmas day! Mia Bagley, an 8th grader, says she likes the Christmas season to last as long as possible but can’t wait for the food on Christmas day. Parker Lowe and Sophie Vanatta, both 4th graders, say they can’t wait to celebrate Jesus’s birth and open their Christmas gifts.

Parent Reminders for December 20th-January 16th

  • There will be no school from Monday, December 23rd to Sunday, January 5th due to
    Christmas break. Friday the 20th will be a half day, dismissal at 11:30.

  • 4H Meeting on Friday, December 20th, 11:45 AM- 12:45 AM.

  • All basketball teams will practice on certain days over break. Please look at the sports calendar to find out exact times.

  • Kids in the Kitchen program on Thursday, January 9th, 3:30 PM in after school care.

  • If paying monthly your next tuition payment is due Friday, January 10th.

  • Kids in the Kitchen program on Thursday, January 16th, 3:30 PM in after school care.

  • Please ask for auction items, sometimes businesses need an end of the year donation for tax purposes. There is a donation sheet attached to the bottom of this newsletter.

  • Sign up for your auction committee in the CCA Office now so you can start helping your committee leader.

  • With so many calendar events this year it has been a challenge for JD Manning, auction chair, to get many auction meetings in. We will try to have 2 meetings w/childcare in January, but please do not plan to get all your auction hours by attending auction meetings because there won't be enough meetings to get your hours in this year!

CCA Service Projects

K4 and K5 Visit Clinton Rehab

The Kindergarten and Pre-K classes visited Clinton Rehab on December 11th. The kids had fun singing Christmas songs. They also gave ornaments that they made to the residents along with holiday treats made by the kid’s parents. Dayton and Riley from Mrs. Lewis’ K5 class said they enjoyed singing Christmas carols. Naomi from Mrs. Lowe’s K5 class said she liked giving crafts and treats to the residents and Ryder said his favorite part was, “meeting new people.”
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How CCA Celebrates Christmas

On Tuesday, December 10th, two students from the publications class visited different classrooms to ask “How do you celebrate Christmas?” There were a variety of responses, from playing in the snow, to going to another state to visit family or friends. The kids in K4 all enjoy eating pancakes with Santa, or just setting out cookies along with carrots for his reindeer. The majority of the students also liked decorating and hanging ornaments on their trees. Landreigh and Carter, both from 3rd grade, and Violet and Jared, both in 8th grade, all go out of town for Christmas. The band class, consisting of 7th to 9th graders, all go to a Christmas Eve service at their churches. Hailey, who is in 10th grade, enjoys giving presents to those who do not necessarily get anything else for Christmas. Jack, who is also in 10th grade, protects spiders from the cold during the winter holiday. Lastly, Mr. Stevens, the upper school principal, dresses up like Santa Claus for his children to celebrate Christmas.

Best Light Shows in Missouri

Since Christmas is coming up, a fun family friendly activity is going to see the lights. Some nearby ones are the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Silver Dollar City in Branson, the Liberty Light Show at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Farington City Park in Windsor, Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens, and Christmas in the Park at LongView Lake. Some shows that are further away are the Holiday Night Lights in Wentzville, the Garden Glow in Saint Louis, and the Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo. Most of these shows are free so go have some fun with the family!

CCA's Favorite Food and Drinks for Christmas

Christmas is a time to have food and flavors you can’t get any other time of the year. When you’re browsing the aisles at the grocery store, does something sweet usually catch your eye? During the holidays, do certain foods appeal to your memories, and do certain scents make you happy? We interviewed a few grades and asked about their favorite foods during Christmas. First grade said they love candy canes and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Mrs. Henny loves to eat ham at her mom’s house that her grandma usually makes for her. Her favorite Christmas drink is a Starbucks Winter flavored coffee. Colby Martin, a second grader, said he loves brownies and the hot chocolate his mom makes. Some of the publications members favorite holiday drinks and dishes include sparkling grape juice, heath poke cake, potato casserole, cranberry salad, peanut butter fudge, biscotti, and eggnog.

Christmas Cracker Toffee Recipe


  • 40 saltine crackers (1 sleeve)

  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 - 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips

  • nuts or sprinkles for topping

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Line cookie sheet with nonstick aluminum foil (or use regular foil and spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.)

  3. Cover cookie sheet with one layer of saltine crackers.

  4. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil, stirring continuously for about two minutes (it should be bubbly.)

  5. Remove from heat, stir in one teaspoon pure vanilla extract.

  6. Pour toffee mixture over crackers, then bake for 6 minutes.

  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle tops of warm crackers with milk chocolate chips.

  8. Allow chocolate to soften for a minute or two, then spread chocolate evenly on top of crackers. Now is the time to add sprinkles or chopped nuts to the top.

  9. Allow to cool, then break up into bite size pieces.


Sporting Events for December 20th Through January 16th

For the most up to date calendar events please check our Google Calendar.

Dec. 20th:

  • 7-12th girls basketball practice 11:45-1:45

  • Boys basketball practice 4:30-6:30

Dec. 26th:

  • 7-12th girls basketball practice 2:00-4:00

Dec. 27th:

  • 7-12th girls basketball practice 2:00-4:00

  • Boys basketball practice 4:30-6:00

Dec. 28th:

  • Boys basketball practice 9:30-11:00

Dec. 30th:

  • 7-12th girls basketball practice 1:00-3:00

  • Boys basketball practice 4:30-6:00

Dec. 31st:

  • Boys basketball practice 11:30-1:00

  • 7-12th girls basketball practice 1:00-3:00

Jan. 2nd:

  • 5/6th girls basketball practice at CCA 11:00-12:00

  • 7-12th girls basketball practice 1:00-3:00

  • Boys basketball practice 4:30-6:00

Jan. 3rd:

  • 5/6th girls basketball practice at CCA 11:00-12:00

  • 7-12 girls basketball practice 1:00-3:00

  • Boys basketball practice 4:30-6:00

Jan. 6th:

  • B5/6th, GV, BV basketball games at Blue Springs. (two different locations see school website for details). B5/6th at 4:30, GV at 6:00, and BV at 7:30. Bus departs at 2:30 and returns at 10:00.

  • G5/6/7 basketball game at Holy Rosary, no bus. Game time is 5:30, arrive by 5.

Jan. 7th:

  • BV basketball pictures at 3:30

  • GV basketball pictures at 4:30

  • GV/BV game at home vs Training Center. GV at 5:00 and BV at 6:00

Jan. 9-11th:

  • Boys JH tournament at St. Peters. Times TBA

Jan. 13th:

  • 5/6th boys basketball pictures

  • B 5/6th, GV, BV basketball games at home vs Plaza Heights and Johnson County. B5/6th at 4:30, GV at 6:00, and BV at 7:30.

Jan. 14th:

  • G5/6, B5/6, GJH away vs Trinity Lutheran. G5/6th at 4:30, B5/6th at 5:30, and GJH at 6:30. Bus departs at 2:45 and returns at 9:00.

Jan. 16th:

  • JH boys basketball pictures at 3:00

  • BJH, GV, BV at home vs Christian Learning Center. BJH at 4:00, Gv at 5:00, and Bv at 6:30

Basketball Highlights

Varsity Boys at Home vs Heartland

On December 13th, the boys varsity went head to head with the Heartland Mustangs. The CCA Patriots had solid defense and offense. Scott Fergerson particularly had an amazing game. He made multiple baskets by continuing to work hard. However, too many of the Patriots’ turnovers in the second half led to their defeat. We are hoping that when the time comes to play Heartland again the boys may possibly have the upper hand.

Junior High Girls at El Dorado

The junior high girls team traveled to El Dorado Springs on Monday, December 9th. The game was tough as the score at half was 4-2, El Dorado. Mia Bagley helped to bring the team back by getting multiple steals and layups. The Patriots were down by as many as eight points in the last half but finished the game 12-13, El Dorado. It was a tough loss, but the Patriots played hard.

Junior High Boys at Home vs St. Paul

CCA hosted the Saint Paul Bluejays on Tuesday, December 12. The junior high boys were out sized in height and slower on the offense then their opponents. Several 6th graders got a lot of playing time, including Corban Dody, the highest scorer with 6 points. Coach Adams said, “It was a rough night against a good Saint Paul team. Coaches were disappointed with defense and we will work on that in practice.” This was the biggest loss for the JH Boys this season.

5/6th Boys at Leesville

On Friday, December 13, the 5th and 6th grade basketball team traveled to Leesville. The Patriots had a slow start to the game with the score only being 4-2 in the 3rd quarter. Gavin Howerton had some good rebounds, Jake Mendenhall ran point and Kaiden Townsend was able to sink 7. The final score was 18 to 13, Patriots. The game was hard-fought with Leesville in the lead through most of the game. In the end though, the Patriots pulled through with the win. Good job and good luck, Patriots. Keep working hard.

5/6th Girls at Leesville

The 5th and 6th grade girls basketball team went to Leesville to play against the Bluejays on Friday, December 13. Some 7th graders also went on the trip to help out. The CCA girls won 31-14. Isabella had numerous baskets, Dakoda stole the ball multiple times and good teamwork sealed the win. Overall, the game was interesting and the 5th and 6th grade girls are continue to improve on the season.

Club Information

Robotics Club Competes in their Second Meet of the Season

On Saturday, December 14, the CCA highschool robotics team travelled to Knob Noster Highschool to compete against 24 teams at a state robotic qualifier. Sadly, the team was not picked to go on and compete in the state competition that day, but they did place 11th out of 24 teams and were in the top half of the competition. Coach Groff said, “Well done today. You should feel good with your results. I was very proud of all of you!”

Throughout the day, the team had to fix their bot up and improve it before they went back to the floor. While on the floor, you are partnered with another team, making an “alliance,” and you compete against another “alliance” team. To compete and gain points, you have a bot that is supposed to be able to pick up and stack blocks on this board. If you push that board into a certain section of the floor, you gain more points. You can also make your own capstone, which is placed on the floor at the 30 second mark by the human player, and the drivers pick the capstone up with the bot and place it onto the tower that the team built, or on the board. This also gains individual points.

Out of the 5 matches the team competed in, the team won 4 of them, and landed in 11th place by the end of the day. Overall, it was a fun, tiring, and exciting day for the team. Just knowing they had built a better bot with nicer parts and components this time around was a huge accomplishment for team members: Scott Ferguson, Jon Ferguson, Eli Sargent, Joshua Marchbanks and Angelina Chavez-Walters.

This is the 2nd season for high school robotics at CCA and coaches Gary Groff & Marla Walters continue to help the team improve. There is another meet on January 4, 2020, in the Meyers Wellness Center at Southwest Baptist University from 10am-2pm. The CCA team will be preparing for this event in the weeks to come.

CCA Teacher Spotlight

Mrs Lewis is a kindergarten teacher here at CCA and has been teaching here for 12 years! Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing a student’s face light up when they make accomplishments, and her goal for them is to develop a love for God and a servants' heart. Another goal of hers is to remind the kids to write their names on their papers! Advice Mrs. Lewis would give to her students would be “Be known for what you stand for, NOT for what you stand against.” Her favorite thing about her students would be they are family to her. Mrs. Lewis’s favorite story in the Bible currently is of baby Jesus being born because she gets to see the excitement in her students as she teaches it. Her favorite Bible verse is Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Her favorite Bible verse changes and she believes God puts different references before her according to when she needs them in her life. Mrs. Lewis's life motto is to “Be present.” and if she could tell everyone in the whole world one thing she would tell them, “Look up!” Her favorite memory includes anything involving her 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and her wonderful husband, and her favorite memory was going to St. John where there was no cellular service and no communication. Lastly, Mrs. Lewis was saved on February 4th, when she was 26 years old.


On December 13th, Pastor Wright came to Chapel to speak to the CCA students. Pastor Wright spoke in detail, about how silly distractions waiver our path with God. He told the students how often Jeremiah struggled with this in the Bible and how he has even struggled with it. Pastor Wright’s message was received very well by the CCA teachers and students.