by Randy Brunk, CHCA Head of School
As I mentioned earlier this summer in my midsummer update, our theme for this year is, “Moving our Communities Forward!” This theme actually comes from our definition of leadership which is driving our new leadership initiatives: “Leadership is understanding one’s own identity, success, and happiness as being inseparable from the success of one’s communities, and motivating others to ethically move each community forward in its mission.” We say “communities” because CHCA is actually a combination of many smaller and highly connected groupings as opposed being solely one large community. We embrace that as a healthy reality of CHCA. In fact, we find it intriguing that most large churches are continually trying to get their congregations into smaller groupings where a more intimate and connected experience is realized. I am glad we have that as simply part of our CHCA DNA.
So, our focus this year is on what we can each do to move our communities forward. In order for that to happen, we each must first make sure we are connected to at least one of these smaller groupings within the CHCA community. These groupings include volunteering together, cheering on our kids in sports/arts, or joining one of our CHCA groups like PTF or Fathers. I encourage each of us to become involved in some way with a CHCA community…especially for those of you that are new to the school. With four buildings, over 1,500 students, 1,800 parents, 340 staff and coaches and countless peripheral constituents, there are plenty of opportunities to get plugged in but each person must make a deliberate effort to connect. I highly suggest each of us jump in at the most appropriate connection and begin to invest in that community.
Once in, we really need to think more about what we can do; and what we can motivate others to do to move that community forward in its mission. If it is sports that bring us together, let’s encourage each other to be good fans with a mark of encouragement and good sportsmanship. If it is volunteering, let’s equally share the load by utilizing each member of the group according to their talents and gifts. If each person has a significant role and function in the group, the group overall will move more positively and quickly forward in its mission. The key is for each of us to be concerned not so much about our contribution or what we can gain from the community, but rather about how every member of the community can feel a significant part of the mission of the community.
I believe when each of our communities are moving forward, we are more likely to see all of CHCA move forward as well. Blessings to you all as we start this new year.
PHONE EXTENSIONS LISTED IN THE CAMPUS CONNECTION: Unless otherwise noted, all phone extensions in the Campus Connection should be preceded by 247-9944.TAILGATE TIME! It’s everyone’s favorite part of football season – the tailgate party! CHCA is welcoming all families to join us on the MSL HS grounds two hours before kickoff at every home game this season. Bring your own chairs, drinks and something to share – there will be a grill available for you to use. Upcoming dates:
September 2*: Madeira vs. CHCA – tailgate 5:30-7:00September 9: Lexington Christian vs. CHCA – tailgate 5:30; kickoff at 7:30
See you there – go Eagles! Questions? Contact Kristin Schwabe at email@example.com. *New families – Admissions is hosting a special tailgate party for you on September 2 in the theater commons. More info here.
THE PRINCIPAL’S STUDY: A monthly Bible study will be led by MSL HS Principal Dr. Dean Nicholas for all parents in the CHCA community (not just HS parents). It will meet the second Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the HS Office area. Our first meeting will be September 8 and we will discuss our course of study for the year. Bring your Bible!
NEW DATE – SEE YOU AT THE POLE: All four buildings will be holding See You at the Pole prayer services on September 28 this year, not September 21 as previously printed on the school calendar. To find out what time your student can participate in SYATP activities, visit the calendar page.
HOMECOMING: Fall, football and food – the atmosphere at the Homecoming Picnic and football game is something you don’t want to miss. Come have a great (and inexpensive!) dinner with us, enjoy entertainment by some of our high school performing groups, and then take your CHCA spirit to the stands as we cheer the Eagles on to victory. Reserve your spot online – contact Tracy Wolcott with questions.
VOLUNTEER WITH US: Want to get connected at CHCA? Want to get to know your child’s friends and their parents while serving at fun events and assisting our faculty and staff? Volunteer! We’ve got opportunities for every schedule and talent, and you can sign up online. E-mail Julie.Carnes@chca-oh.org with questions.
FALL FESTIVAL: It’s almost here – a great afternoon of food, games, prizes, rides and a dazzling spectrum of spray-painted hair: the annual CHCA Fall Festival is Friday, September 23. Find all the info you need to serve with us, get tickets, buy t-shirts, or donate items to the cakewalk on the Fall festival webpage.
CHCA MOMS: Come pray with us! Replace your anxiety and fear with peace and hope by praying with other moms. Moms in Touch gathers moms together to pray specifically and scripturally for our children and schools. CHCA has two Moms in Touch prayer groups each open to moms from all campuses. The Moms in Touch prayer time is committed to last no more than 1 hour. Additional information about Moms in Touch can be found at www.momsintouch.org. - Wednesday mornings starting at 8:30 a.m. meeting at Montgomery Community Church (room TBD). Contact Christina Francis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.- Thursday afternoons starting at 2:00 p.m. in the MS conference room. Contact Suzy McBrayer (email@example.com) for more information.
THANKS, RILEY’S! At our all-employee opening meeting on August 18, all faculty and staff were treated to a delicious box lunch donated by Rileys Restaurant in Springdale. (Riley’s is owned by Ken and Gloria Riley, parents to CHCA junior James Riley.) Thanks!
WE WANT YOU TO BE A CELEBRATION COMMITTEE MEMBER! The biennial Celebration dinner and auction is not just a great evening, it’s also a lot of fun to plan and organize. We need people to serve on a variety of committees, from item acquisition to decorating. Find out more about Celebration and committee opportunities and contact Julie Carnes if you have questions or are ready to sign up.
SAVE YOUR SHOEBOXES, KIDS MEAL TOYS AND HOTEL SOAP BARS! These items can be used in the Operation Christmas Child collection which will take place in November. If you have any extra shoeboxes or collected items to share, please send them to the SOS room at the high school.
PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE AWARD: It’s that time again! With the beginning of a new school year comes a new opportunity to log on to the Presidential Service Awards website and keep tally of your service hours for the purpose of earning a bronze, silver, or gold award from the President! The minimum amount of service for the bronze award is 100 hours in a 12-month time period (for high school ages; less than 100 if you are younger). If that is your goal, please follow the instructions to get signed up and connected with our CHCA Outreach account. At the end of the school year, the Outreach department will order the award you qualify for and present it to you in a special ceremony. Please contact the Outreach Office if you have any questions!
SCRIP SHOP NEWS: SCRIP (School Cost Reduction Incentive Program) is a great fundraiser that benefits both you and the school! You can earn money toward tuition by purchasing gift cards for your everyday use. We have over 80 retailers on hand for your daily shopping needs including Kroger, Meijer, bigg’s, Lowe’s, Macy’s, Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, Speedway and more. We can also order from more than 400 additional retailers. For forms and additional information visit our webpage. The Scrip Shop is located inside EBL Elementary School and is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. when school is in session.
NEW TO CINCINNATI? Montgomery Community Church is offering a women's group for those new to the area who want to get connected. It starts September 20 - find out more here.
GET CONNECTED AND STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE CHCA DIRECTORY! For your convenience, there are multiple ways to secure your copy of the CHCA Directory (brought to you by PTF). This directory has tons of great information, including class lists for every grade, lists of teachers and their contact info, and of course an A-Z listing of every CHCA family. New this year is a school calendar included in the back of the book! Here is how you can purchase your copy:- Any Meet the Teacher Night- Scrip Shop (open M/W/F in EBL Elementary)- Eagle Store (open Fridays in MSL HS)- Buy online (pay with check and pick up copy at Scrip or Eagle Store)Any questions, please call Barb Brown (319-1510) or Ginny Feeney (256-7192). Thanks for supporting PTF!
ADHD SEMINAR: The Middle School Student Support Program would like to invite any parent of a 5th-8th grader (as well as current 4th and 9th grade parents) to attend a seminar on ADHD and Executive Function: Promoting Consistent Behaviors at Home. ADHD is a weakness in Executive Function, the skills that allow us to plan, execute, and complete tasks. This program speaks to working strategically with your child at home while partnering with the school for greater academic success. Examples of topics covered are: getting your child up and out in the morning, making sure homework is returned to school, dealing with forgetfulness, and fostering compliance with rules. This seminar is being offered to us by Springer School and Center and will be presented by Mary Anne Mulcahey.
Date: Tuesday, September 20Time: 7:00 pm in the Middle School Band RoomRSVP to Laura Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 206
FIRST QUARTER INTERVENTION: Invoices for first quarter student support services have been mailed and payment is due no later than September 14. If you have questions regarding the services your student receives please contact the Resource Room at the school where they attend; elementary school (email@example.com), middle school (firstname.lastname@example.org) or high school (email@example.com). If you have questions regarding payment you can contact the business office at extension 254.
FALL ATHLETIC FEE PAYMENTS: If your student (7-12 grades) is participating in a fall sport, invoices for the $200 athletic fee were mailed and payment is due no later than September 14. It is important that the payment is sent directly to the Student Billing Office.
TUITION INSURANCE (TRP): If you specified on your enrollment contract that you wish to participate in the TRP (tuition insurance) program, invoices have been mailed with payment due no later than September 14.
MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL ROOM (ASR): If you will be using the services of the middle school after school room, please be sure to fill out the form which specifies terms of usage. Billing for August and September use of the ASR will be combined. Monthly billings will be sent at the end of each month. For questions regarding the ASR contract or usage policy, please contact Vicky Koett at the middle school by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding billing and payment contact Vickie Palmer in the business office by e-mail email@example.com or at ext. 291. Payment should be sent to: CHCA- Attn: Vickie Palmer, 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249.
HERE TO SERVE: If you need the North Campus Admissions Office, call (513) 247-9944 ext. 213 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Armleder Campus Admissions Office, call (513) 721-2422 ext. 404 or e-mail email@example.com. The Student Billing Office can be reached by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or at (513) 247-9944 ext. 254.
SUPPORT THE ARTS AT CHCA: Support the arts and become a CHCA Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA) Booster today. The FOFA Boosters provide critical financial and volunteer support for the CHCA Fine Arts Program. Join FOFA today to insure the continued success of our Fine Arts Program. Since 1997, FOFA members have invested over $748,000 and thousands of hours for the arts. Last year alone, FOFA contributed over $45,000 to our Fine Arts Program!
7TH ANNUAL ALL-SCHOOL MUSICAL REVUE: Save the date on your calendars now for the CHCA Christmas Spectacular with three shows on December 9 and 10. If your family only sees one show or attends one Christmas event this year, you will want to be sure it is the CHCA Christmas Spectacular! The show will be fun and entertaining for the entire family.
OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED: We have lots of volunteer opportunities and need your help. Please complete the online Fine Arts Volunteer form today. If you have questions, please contact Mona Summers, Director of Fine Arts at email@example.com.
WELCOME NEW MS VOCAL/GENERAL MUSIC TEACHER HEATHER MEDLAR: Mrs. Medlar joins us at the MS this year with many years of experience teaching middle school students. She will also be assisting Mrs. Morton with the MS Musical as the Vocal Director.
MSL HS OFF THE CUFF AUDITIONS: Auditions are being held on September 13 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Lindner Theater. Sign-ups for the audition are on the bulletin board outside the theater.
EBL ES MELODY MAKERS OPEN TO ALL 4TH GRADERS: The Melody Makers is an after-school choir open to all 4th graders. Visit the CHCA website for more information about the choir and to register.
ARMLEDER CELEBRATION CHOIR: The Armleder Celebration Choir is open to all 3rd through 8th grade Armleder students. Visit the ACC page for more information and a copy of the Armleder Celebration Choir contract.
MSL HS ENCORE CHOIR SINGS NATIONAL ANTHEM AT A REDS GAME: The Encore Choir has begun a busy year of performing already by opening the Red’s game at Great American Ballpark today!
Friday, September 2 is a very special day for us at CHCA. On that day we will honor two of CHCA's finest in Kasey Carpenter '06 and Kevin Nead '04 as we induct them into the CHCA Athletic Hall of Excellence at halftime of the varsity football game against Madeira.We will have a special pre-game ceremony where the Navy Leapfrogs (an elite team of Navy SEALs and SWCC commandos) will parachute in to our stadium during the national anthem and present Kasey and Kevin with the game ball. They will be parachuting in around 7:15 p.m., so make sure you are in the stadium by 7:00pm for this great event! We want to show our support to the Navy Leap Frogs and are so thankful that they are doing this free of charge! Show your support by coming out and giving them a standing ovation!
HS CHEERLEADING had their 2nd annual Kids’ Cheer Camp in August. The girls had a great turnout of over 50 girls and made over $3,750 for their program. Thank you to the high school girls and all of the participants for a very successful fundraiser!
GIRLS’ HS SOCCER: This week we had an interesting night when the girls soccer teams played their first regular season match vs. Batavia. Let me start by saying that Batavia won the match against our girls’ varsity soccer team and, after the match, each girl shook the hand of her opponent and congratulated them and gave them a Gatorade. When pretty much everyone had left, we found out Batavia’s bus was not starting. We helped them by letting them stay in our lobby; tried to secure a bus for them as they couldn’t get a hold of anyone at their school; we were continually in conversation with them during this time and made sure they were taken care of. We had to put in a little extra time that night, but it mattered! Notice from the e-mail the coach sent to their AD…it all started by our varsity girls team giving each of them a Gatorade…Abby, way to go! Joe Vanderkolk, Dave Walker, Dave Sauve…thanks for helping us out! We made an impact with this school.
No SchoolLabor DaySeptember 5
Meet the Board Night - all parents invitedSeptember 217:00 p.m. MSL HS Library
See You at the Pole Prayer ServicesSeptember 28See calendar for specific times at each building
Fall FestivalSeptember 232:00 - 7:00 p.m.More info
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