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CCA Bulletin 10.15.23

Principal's Corner

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 

Dear Families,

On Wednesday, October 25, we will honor a fallen soldier who attended Concordia Lutheran School from 1990-1993 in our all-school chapel service.

SGT Thomas F. Allison was born on October 28, 1979 and was raised in Parkland, WA. He died in an overwater helicopter crash on February 22, 2002 while on a mission in support of the global war on terrorism. Tom was survived by his parents Buddy and Patricia, his brother Scott, and his sisters Deborah and Christine. He is laid to rest in Kent, Washington at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Tom attended Concordia Lutheran School from 6th through 8th grade. He loved his time at Concordia, and it made a major impression on him as he moved on to Washington High School in Parkland. He remained strong in the faith and was always guided by it. He often stood up for others in the interest of fairness. Although he appreciated the worry and care of his family, he was determined and confident in his service to his country and it was important to him that they know he could handle it. On the night before leaving on the mission where he lost his life, he assured his family not to worry and told them, “Some of us will get to heaven first, and we’ll be waiting for you slow pokes.”

Tom enlisted for service in the U.S. Army in 1998. After graduation from Basic Combat Training, he attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina where he was trained as a Medium Helicopter Repairer (67U). Upon completion of AIT, he attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) Airborne (ABN), known as the Night Stalkers, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He completed the Enlisted Green Platoon Course and the Basic Mission Qualification Course and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) where he served in the Aviation Life Support Equipment Section. In 2001, he was assigned to Echo Company 2nd Battalion, 160th SOAR (ABN) in Taegu, Republic of Korea. He deployed with his unit to multiple locations across the Pacific Command in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Tom’s mother was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from The Special Operations Fund which was incorporated to provide educational benefits for family members of those who were killed in action or killed in training while serving with various joint special mission units. In recognition of President Emeritus SEAL Captain Rick Woolard’s concern that unmarried fallen special mission unit warriors be remembered, the Special Operations Fund established the Captain Rick Woolard Scholarship that may be used at the discretion of the fallen warrior’s parents in a way they feel most appropriately celebrates and commemorates their child’s life.

Tom’s mother, Pat, met with me last spring, and we had a special plaque commissioned to memorialize Tom. The plaque will be dedicated in chapel and installed in front of our CCA flagpole at the center of our campus. Each year, we will select a military family from our school who demonstrates the greatest financial need. The scholarship will pay for all fees, including any sports fees accrued up to $1000 for the school year. This year, I am pleased to announce that our first recipient will be Dr. Frederick E. Powell, a veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy Reserve. Dr. Powell served on several special missions teams during the time that Tom was actively serving. His son, Avery, is a fifth grader at CCA.

We invite you to attend our special chapel and walk over afterwards to view the plaque on display at our flagpole. We are grateful for all those who serve our country. Thank you!

In Christ,

Sherrie Gibelyou


253-389-0349, which

Wednesday, November 8

Pastor Appreciation and Military Families Recognition

Chapel Service

On November 8, we will have the opportunity to say, “Thank you!” to the pastors who minister to our CCA families. Invitations were sent home with your students, and they are encouraged to invite their pastor to our chapel service at 8:40 a.m. Please encourage your students to extend this invitation and remind their pastors to call us with their RSVP. We would love to see the network of pastors grow at CCA!


In honor of Veteran’s Day, we will recognize and give thanks to our military families who sacrifice so much in service to our country. Whether you are a veteran or are actively serving, we would love to see you in your military uniform.


This chapel will provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to see firsthand how their community serves them – from servants of God who sow the seeds of faith with God’s Word, to servants of our country fighting for our continued freedoms – this promises to be a powerful chapel.


Please plan to attend!



We will see you on Monday, October 23.

CCA High School’s National Honor Society is collecting new, unworn socks for our community neighbors in need. You will find bins in our 100, 300, and 400 Buildings. Please help support this worthy cause!


CCA Important Dates + Events

General Calendar

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,

October  18 – 20

NO SCHOOL – NW District Educators Conference


Tuesday, October 24

HS National Honor Society – LR, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, October 26

Vision Builders Dinner – Gym, 5:00 p.m.


Friday, October 27

Picture Retake Day

FT: Kindergarten to Pumpkin Patch,

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Monday, October 30 – Friday, November 3

K-8 Book Fair – 300 Building


Tuesday, October 31

FT: Bowling @ Tower Lanes

Gr. 3-5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Gr. 6-8, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Thursday, November 2

Grades K-8, 12:00 Dismissal

Parent/Teacher Conferences


Friday, November 3

Grades K-8, NO SCHOOL

Parent/Teacher Conferences


Friday, November 10

NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day Observed


Wednesday, November 22

12:00 Dismissal  for Thanksgiving Break


Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24

NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break



Monday, October 16

HS Soccer vs Riverside, 4:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

HS VB vs Puget Sound Adventist, 

6:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 19

HS VB @ Sound Christian, 6:00 p.m.


Friday, October 20

HS VB vs Rainier Christian, 6:00 p.m.


Monday, October 23 – Saturday, October 28

HS VB League Tournament, TBD


Friday, October 27

HS Soccer vs Evergreen Christian, 

4:00 p.m.


Monday, October 30 – Saturday, November 4

HS VB Tri-District, TBD



Monday, October 16

MS VB @ Cedar Park, Everett, 3:45 p.m.


Tuesday, October 17

MS Soccer @ Everett Christian, Kasch Park, 3:45 p.m.


Monday, October 23

MS VB vs Hope Seattle, 3:45 p.m.


Tuesday,  October 24

MS XC @ CCA, 3:45 p.m.


Wednesday, October 25

MS Soccer vs Grace, 3:45 p.m.


Thursday, October 26

MS VB @ Parkland, 3:45 p.m.


Friday,  October 27 – Saturday, October 28

MS VB Tournament @ Peace Bremerton, TBD


Wednesday, November 1

MS Soccer @ Monroe Christian, 

3:45 p.m.