Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Psalm 150: 3-5
Our dedication to the fine arts is one of the most important aspects of our program at CCA. While many schools are choosing to drop these programs in order to focus on strictly academic pursuits, we feel that the arts encourage our students to be well-rounded, creative, and successful.
Last Friday, grades 4-8 played and sang their hearts out in our Winter Concert. I am always amazed at how much they learn in just four months! Because my office is located next to the band room, I have the pleasure of hearing Mr. Boyt develop our students’ musical gifts as they hone their skills. My greatest joy comes from seeing the progression of mastery from grade 4 through high school. After listening to our students on Friday, I am so excited to see them grow into the music they will learn as they age up!
Mrs. Hagen teaches our middle schoolers how to play Marimbas, another music elective, and they sound really good almost from the very beginning. Playing marimbas can lead to learning other types of percussion and keyboard instruments in band. There is no doubt that our CCA Marimbas have fun when they play; you can see it on their faces!
Music not only soothes the soul; it actually stimulates learning. Consistent exposure to music, like learning to play a musical instrument or singing in a choir, strengthens academic and social-emotional skills. Many cognitive neuroscience studies have shown that learning music reinforces language skills, builds reading ability, and strengthens memory and attention (edutopia.org, news.northwestern.edu). Some research finds that music activates the same areas of the brain used to solve spatial-temporal reasoning problems in math (researchgate.net).
At Concordia, we remain dedicated to developing the whole child. Thanks for partnering with us in reinforcing the practice that comes with learning music, as well as academics.
Have a great week!
The deadline to receive $100 credit per student on enrollment fees is February 15. We offer this discount to encourage all of our families to re-enroll early. Why? Early re-enrollment helps us with our planning for next year! It also secures a spot for you before new families begin to enroll. This is important to know because current enrollment trends indicate that space will be limited in many of our classrooms next year.
Current families who are re-enrolling for the 2023-24 school year DO NOT need to set up a new FACTS account. You also do not need to pay the $100 application fee; it is for new students only. FACTS will email each family a unique link this week to use for re-enrollment.
When you complete the 2023-24 enrollment process, your fees will be entered into your current FACTS account and the payment is spread out over the remaining months of the 2022-23 school year. You may choose to pay them upfront, but please call the school office to make arrangements.
For those who wish to be considered for financial aid, please use this link.
Should you have questions, please contact Libby Glasser, 253-284-4433.
Wednesday, February 15
HS Blood Drive
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Gym Parking Lot
MS Pep Rally for L.E.S.T. – 2:00 p.m., Gym
February 16 – 20
No School – L.E.S.T./ Midwinter Break
Monday, February 20
No School – Presidents’ Day
Monday, January 30
MS Boys BB vs. Holy Trinity 4:00 p.m.
MS Girls BB vs. Holy Trinity 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31
MS Boys BB vs. Faith Lutheran 4:00 p.m.
MS Girls BB vs. Faith Lutheran 5:00 p.m.
HS Boys BB @ Rainier Christian 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 2
MS Boys BB @ Cedar Park Christian
MS Girls BB @ Cedar Park Christian
Monday, February 6
MS Boys BB @ Hope 4:00 p.m.
MS Girls BB @ Hope 5:00 p.m.