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CCA Bulletin 12.3.23

Principal's Corner

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

Dear Families,

 

Even though our name is Concordia Christian Academy, we are a Lutheran school (LCMS) at our core. This means that we have a strong commitment to education. Our Concordia Universities train teachers as professional church workers to be part of our school system. Though not every teacher at CCA has been through this training, most are Lutheran and all have an understanding of the balance between law and gospel that is prevalent in our teachings. We additionally hold an educational philosophy that encompasses seven different areas.

 

The following has been adapted from an article written by Pastor Jim Pressnell, former Director of Church Relations at Concordia University, Portland. It perfectly sums up our approach to education and faith for life!

 

Academic Rigor and Quality

  • We hone skills necessary to become life-long learners in a global world.
  • We value the academic credentials of our faculty and administration. 

 

Academic Freedom

  • We aspire to become seekers of knowledge and discoverers of truth.
  • We respect and think critically about others’ opinions.

 

Liberal Arts Education

  • We encourage a wide variety of experiences to help students develop their passions and gifts.
  • We desire knowledge in all areas of study and human endeavor because of our love of God’s creation.

 

Vocation

  • Students explore the intersection of their academic studies with their beliefs, faith, and values.
  • We seek opportunities to serve others through community service and leadership.

 

Freedom to Doubt

  • We are not afraid to ask tough questions and wrestle with faith and doubt.
  • We embrace diversity as a springboard to new questions, ideas, and insight.

 

Paradox

  • Life is ambiguous and full of paradoxes. Because of our faith, we are comfortable living in the “messiness” of life.
  • Because God is not static, we are open to new ideas and experiences.

 

Dialogue, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • We embrace diversity with great joy. Truth is often found in the exchange of ideas.
  • We look for ways to support one another and advocate for justice and mercy in our world.
 
CCA provides a solid foundation for students, and our educational philosophy allows them to question, ponder, and grow. What a joy it is to see our students become confident in who they are as children of God!
 
Advent Blessings,
 

Sherrie Gibelyou

sherrie.gibelyou@ccatacoma.org

253-389-0349,

Dear CCA Community,

 

Late last year, the Concordia Christian Academy Board of Directors began work to develop a 2023-2028 Strategic Plan that would take Concordia to the next level in providing excellent, well-rounded, Christ-centered education for students in East Tacoma and beyond.

 

That work began in January and went through April 2023, with approximately 35 stakeholders from our community focusing on five core areas: Advancement, Governance, Campus Master Plan, Co-Curricular Activities, Development, and Academic Priorities. Our plan provides a vision for the next five years of school ministry at CCA and will guide our work and priorities as we move forward. In June, the board formally adopted the Strategic Plan, and we are working to fulfill the plan as outlined.

 

The Strategic Plan has been included in this issue of the CCA Bulletin, and you will receive a formal copy in the spring. We invite you to read through it now, then plan to share it with others when you receive the promotional copy. We believe you will be as excited as we are about the future of CCA!

 

If you have any questions about the Strategic Plan, please reach out to Sherrie Gibelyou or me. We would love to talk to you. Most of all, we ask for your prayers that God will continue to guide our path as we move forward. We know many more children need to experience the blessing of being educated, loved, and cared for as the unique children of God that they are, and we believe CCA is uniquely equipped to do just that.

 

In His Service,

 

Julie Hiller
CCA Board of Directors President

jlhiller@comcast.net

Book Fair Update

Thank you to all the students, parents, teachers, and volunteers who participated in our Fall Book Fair!

Because of you, we will be able to expand the inventory for CCA’s private library. This means newer books will enter our shelves soon. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING BOOK FAIR WINNERS!

POSTER WINNERS:

Evie S.(1st)  Charlotte H.(2nd)  Braydon A.(6th)

Elliana H. (1st)   Isabel B.(3rd)   Nayeli F.(4th)

Kalani W. (3rd)  Charlotte W. (6th)  Zoe S. (7th)

Hiwot M. (K)  Emma S. (3rd)  Kira H. (5th)

 

I Wish I Could Win:

Nathan W. (1st)

“Mario Bros: A Hero Like No Other”

 

Skittles Guessing Jars:

Large Jar at 43 ounces won by Jaden K. (4th)

Small Jar ar 23 ounces won by Camylla V. (7th)

 

Class with the Most Book Sales:

Mrs. Dressler’s 3rd Grade

(We will coordinate a good day and time to serve hot chocolate and donuts!)

 

 

Thanks to everyone who made our Fall Book Fair such a success.

 

Erin Marseillan and Sandi Duncan, CCA Library Staff

Wreaths Are Still Available!

Our cheerleaders have been busy selling round and cross wreaths for the Christmas Season. Please consider buying one at $30, two for $55, three for $80, or four for $100 to support the CCA Cheer Program.

 

To reserve your wreath or cross, please call the school offices at (253) 475-9513 or (253) 284-4433), or stop by the gym parking lot after school.

 

Supplies are dwindling, so don’t delay!

 

Our Accreditation Survey goes out tomorrow.

Please watch for it!

CCA Important Dates + Events

General Calendar

Tuesday, December 5

HS Poetry Out Loud  – LR, 2:15 p.m.

 

Thursday,  December  7

K-3 Christmas Program @ Good Shepherd Lutheran, 2:00 and 6:30 p.m.

FT: HS Applied Faith to Lakewood Care Net, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

 

Tuesday, December 12

HS Fine Arts Evening @ Our Savior Lutheran

6:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, December 13

Gr 4-8 Musical/Drama Presentation – Student Performance, LR, 2:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 14

Gr 4-8 Musical/Drama Presentation –  LR,

2:00  and 6:30 p.m.

 

Friday, December 15

12:00 DISMISSAL for Christmas Break

 

Monday, December 18- Monday, January 1

NO SCHOOL – Christmas Break

SPorts

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Monday, December 4

MS Boys BB @ Concordia Seattle

3:45 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 7

MS Girls BB vs Everett Christian

3:30 p.m.

 

MS Boys BB vs Everett Christian

4:30 p.m.

 

Friday, December 8

MS Boys BB Tournament @ Evergreen Christian, Lacey, TBD

 

Monday, December 11

MS Girls BB @ Grace Academy,

3:30 p.m.

 

MS Boys BB @ Grace Academy,

5:00 p.m.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

Tuesday, December 5

HS Girls Varsity BB @ Summit Atlas,

6:00 p.m.

 

HS Boys Varsity BB @ Summit Atlas,

7:15 p.m.

 

Friday, December 8

HS Boys JV BB @ Shoreline Christian,

4:00 p.m.

 

HS Girls Varsity BB @ Shoreline Christian, 5:30 p.m.

 

HS Boys Varsity BB @ Shoreline Christian, 7:00 p.m.

 

Monday, December 11

HS Boys JV BB vs Quilcene, 5:30 p.m.

 

HS Boys Varsity BB vs Quilcene, 7:00 p.m.