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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CARPOOL INFO & TIPS: Welcome back to school, parents! Here are a few things to keep in mind to help carpool go smoothly this year.
9/1: Meet-the-Teacher Night promptly at 6 p.m. in the gym9/2: New Family Tailgate Party at 6:30 p.m. at the CHCA High School Theater Commons9/15: Picture Day9/17: 8th Grade Parent & Head of School Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. (Details on the CHCA website)9/21: Meet the Board Night at 7 p.m. in the high school Library 9/23: Grandparents’ Day9/23: Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. 9/23: Fall Festival at north campus middle school 2-7 p.m.9/28: See you at the Pole prayer service at 7:15 a.m. (change of date from printed school calendar)9/28-30: 6th grade camp and 8th grade Gettysburg trips9/28: Vision Screening (Pre-school, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and seventh grades)9/30: Vision Screening (Pre-school, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and seventh grades)
THANK YOU TO: Mr. Mabry, Rhian Solomon’s grandfather, for supporting our dismissal process and providing us with helpful advice in ensuring the safety of our students and families.
Mrs. Tandoc, Mrs. Rebhun, Mrs. Betcher, Gran Gran, and Ms. Davis for their expert support of our nursing function while Mrs. Zabbatino is away.
Mrs. Tait for her planning of the Prayer Circle on Friday, August 26. This was a wonderful event, and we received a great deal of favorable response from our families, students, teachers, staff members, and neighbors.
Mrs. Dehner for the delicious cake she made for our first staff meeting and for offering to volunteer in the library this year. Mrs. Dehner’s assistance in shelving books will bless our school community in quiet but needed ways.
PTF for hosting the Meet and Greet on Sunday, August 14, the faculty and staff copy of the directories, and the treats to sustain us after school and before Meet the Teacher Night.
FOOD ALLERGIES: We have students throughout the building who have nut and/or fish allergies. In the cases of these students, it’s okay to pack these items in your child’s lunch; however, under no circumstances should your child share his/her snack or lunch with another child. In cases where you would like to bring in a group snack, please contact the school nurse for prior approval and be certain to include your child’s teacher(s) with regard to the communication.
NEW FAMILY TAILGATE PARTY: All new parents, we hope you will join us at the high school at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night for this fun event. More information can be found here. Have questions? Give us a call at 721-2422. We hope to see you there!
FALL FESTIVAL AND GRANDPARENTS DAY: are on Friday, September 23. This is an early dismissal day with no after-school care with the hope that students can enjoy lunch out (no CHCA lunch service) with their special guest and enjoy the festival. Please know that there will be no CHCA transportation to the Fall Festival. Fall Festival tickets and tee shirts will be available for sale in the lobby on Mondays and Fridays. Ticket prices are four for $1 and tee shirts are $15 each. Find out more about Fall Festival
It takes a lot of volunteers to make Fall Festival happen. Please consider volunteering by contacting Julie Carnes for more information at 247-9944 ext. 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNIFORM EXCHANGE: Please be sure to visit our uniform exchange area on the first floor. We have a great selection. If you are interested in organizing this area, we could use your help. Contact Mrs. Grice at 721-2422 or email@example.com.
PARKING: Please know that we love our parents and friends of Armleder, but our parking spots are greatly limited. Spots are assigned to Armleder faculty and staff with a few spots for volunteers who call in advance to the front desk and are assigned a space. Other visitors will be asked to park on the street. Please be aware of parking signs to avoid a ticket.
New this year—parking on Elm Street at the corner of 9th and Elm is prohibited between 2:00-4:00 p.m. on school days. This is for CHCA bus dismissal only as stated on the sign.
CARPOOL REMINDERS: We’ve moved our cheese with regard to our dismissal process and hope that you will find it more efficient. Of course, we’re still working with the transition schedules.
Pedestrian traffic is asked to use only the crosswalks in accordance with the law. We’ve been informed by the police department that 9th and Elm Streets are one of the most dangerous intersections. Your children and your safety is our priority. We appreciate your help.
Traffic Laws dictate that the curb lane (carpool drop-off and pick-up lane) turn right on Elm—no exceptions. Again, this if for your safety and in accordance with the law.
5TH/6TH GRADE SPECIALS ROTATION SCHEDULE: We know the different specials rotations can be tricky, so here's an easy (and printer friendly) rotation schedule for our 5th & 6th grade students.
ADHD SEMINAR: The Middle School Student Support Program would like to invite you 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. All MS parents are invited, as well as parents of current 4th and 9th graders.
Date: Tuesday, September 20Time: 7:00 pm in the Middle School Band RoomRSVP to Laura Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 247-9944 Ext. 206
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK: We have gotten off to a great start at the high school this year. With a full week of classes, Meet the Teacher Night, numerous sporting events, and Opening Convocation, we’ve packed in a lot! We are all very excited about the year ahead. Our student body has grown to our largest high school enrollment in our history, with many new students from around the Cincinnati area, and new international students from China, Korea and Guatemala. All of our new teachers are off to a great start and it is exciting to have Adam Cool—a 2001 graduate and “CHCA lifer”—join our math department. I look forward to the year ahead and am excited to see what God will do among us! If you want to stay in touch with life at the high school this year, check out my blog at http://chcahsprincipal.blogspot.com.
THE PRINCIPAL’S STUDY: A monthly Bible Study will be led by Dr. Nicholas for 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!
HS CHAPEL: Our chapels will again be on Wednesdays at 10:13 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 9:35 on Block Schedule. Parents are welcome to join us for worship and teaching. The top two rows of the Lindner Theater are reserved for visitors. The opening series of the year will be on “Not.A.Fan.” Join us if you can and even if you can’t, ask your student about our discussion!
EARLY DISMISSALS: Just a reminder – if leaving early, students should bring a note from his/her parent to the HS office before the start of the school day. The note should include the reason and time for early dismissal and a telephone number where the parent can be reached for verification. At the time of dismissal the student must report to the office to sign out. This helps eliminate class disruptions caused by calling students out of class over the intercom.
SOS T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE: Are you interested in a SOS shirt? We have a limited supply of our new shirts available for $12 each!
SOS SERVICE FAIR! We are hosting a Service Fair to display all of our SOS groups for this school year! Come check them out during homeroom and lunches on Thursday, September 8. At the end of the school day we will have a kick-off party in the SOS room. Everyone is welcome to attend for more information on SOS and for refreshments!
ONE-DAY MISSION PROJECTS: This year your student has three opportunities to earn their mission trip credit on any of these one-day Cincinnati Service Projects! Our dates are: November 1, January 20, and February 17. See the brochure for more information and a permission slip.
Greetings to all of our students and families! We hope that everyone had a restful and restorative summer break. We want to extend a special welcome to all of our incoming freshmen as well as our new students. It is truly a joy for us to have the opportunity to partner with each of our families in ensuring that your children have a successful school year.
FRESHMEN: Fall timeline for freshmen (we will be meeting with the freshmen and reviewing these):
Sign up for extracurricular activities: audition for a school play, participate on an athletic team, join an SOS group, become a member of a club on campus, etc.
Begin doing the SAT Question of the Day by using the CollegeBoard website
SOPHOMORES: We will be contacting the sophomore families within the next couple weeks to arrange small group meeting times with the counselor. This meeting with the families will include a discussion of the college planning tool Naviance, college visits, NHS opportunities and college searches.
COLLEGE GUIDANCE: Be sure to check out the Forms and Topics page on the guidance website. You’ll find many links & information related to the college process!
WELCOME TO COLLEGE GUIDANCE! Juniors are now transitioning into a very important stage in their high school career – the college search. For their remaining two years at CHCA, they will receive guidance from their college counselor assigned by last name:
Mrs. Marianne Borgmann: Last Names beginning A-K (Marianne.email@example.com) ext. 346Mrs. Monica Chapman: Last Names beginning L-Z (Monica.firstname.lastname@example.org) ext. 364
CINCINNATI SUBURBAN COLLEGE FAIR: Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The fair is hosted by a consortium of Cincinnati independent schools: CHCA, Cincinnati Country Day, Seven Hills, & Summit Country Day. Attendance at this event is strongly encouraged of all students, especially juniors as they continue to build their college list. See the list of colleges that will be attending
JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT: Make sure this date & time are on your calendar: Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. The College Planning Night for juniors and parents is mandatory because we don’t want you to miss this important overview for the college process. We are planning a new interactive format this year which we’re very excited about – more on this later! A variety of colleges representing public, private, Christian and very selective schools will be our expert resources to help you and your child successfully navigate their college search.
Welcome to your child’s senior year! Your college counselors are so excited to see this class enter into their senior year. We’re ready to walk alongside your student as they select their colleges and progress through the application process. We encourage you and your student to stay in communication with us throughout this time – questions are encouraged! Very important: be aware that colleges will be communicating directly with the students during this time – so it’s critical that the student lets us know about college requests or any additional information that is needed. Keep those communication lines open, plan ahead, and especially keep God in the conversation, and you’ll find the process to be very rewarding and enlightening.
COLLEGE ESSAY & RESUME: Although Ms. Schurig’s English classes had an earlier deadline to submit their college essay, these students & all others still need to submit their essay to their college counselor AND schedule a 10-15 minute meeting with their counselor by September 23. We look forward to meeting with you to give you our feedback from the college perspective. You can schedule this meeting by e-mailing your counselor or stop by the guidance office – Mrs. Vallo has access to the counselor calendar & can arrange this for you.
COLLEGE APPLICATION MARATHON: As we enter into the busy application season, we are providing two Sunday afternoons in the library for students to complete their college applications. One of the college counselors will be there to answer questions and concerns that may arise. The first of these will be Sunday, September 18 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. The next marathon will be held on Sunday, October 23.