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CCA Bulletin 5.7.23

Principal's Corner

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10

Dear Families,


As our students reach middle school, many things are different. Our program offerings include electives so students can explore fine arts and performance opportunities and other classes not offered in elementary grades. One unique elective we offer at CCA is Marimbas. You may have heard them play during a Fine Arts Concert. 


Marimbas, part of the percussion family, come in different sizes and consist of wooden bars that are struck by mallets. Below each bar is a resonator pipe that amplifies particular harmonics of its sound. Compared to the xylophone, the timbre of the marimba is warmer, deeper, and more resonant.


Because the bars of a marimba are arranged chromatically, like the keys of a piano, they are relatively easy to learn to play. Our middle school students love them because they are fun and hands-on, and the group sounds good right from the beginning.


Mrs. Hagen, director of our Marimbas group, recently took them on a tour of churches and retirement communities to spread cheer and the gift of music. You can see from the pics below that this is a special way for us to share the talents of our students and also serve our greater community. 


Thank you, Mrs. Hagen (and Mr. Hagen, who drives and loads instruments), for this great opportunity!


In Christ,


Sherrie Gibelyou



Principal for the Day


Friday was a joyous day as our first Principal for the Day took over for Mrs. Gibelyou. Second grader Miles C. declared a comfy day for his classroom and established a list of other fun things for our students in grades K-8.


Principal Miles granted extra recesses (one with Grade 6 pictured below), Happy Meals for his class, dessert for the whole 400 Building, and movies during lunch! He also had special activities planned for reading time, math, and STEM time as well. 


Principal for the Day is an item offered at our auction each year. This year, we have three students whose parents won the highest bid or matched that winning bid. Stay tuned for more happy faces coming in the next couple of weeks!

Jog-A-Thon is this Friday, May 12, from 1:30 to 3:00 on the field.

The Jog-A-Thon provides funds to support our Fine Arts programs at Concordia. These programs include art and music classes for Kindergarten through 5th grades, electives for 6th through 8th grades (art, band, marimbas, choir, and drama), and the Christmas and Spring musicals. 

At a time when many schools are cutting back or eliminating their Fine Arts programs, we remain committed to keeping our programs vibrant and thriving in our school. The Jog-A-Thon fundraiser provides a way for us to do so, and we appreciate your help in making this a success!

We have a special website for collecting money this year to support our CCA walkers, joggers, and runners.  If you would like to support CCA and the Jog-A-Thon, please visit our donation page here:

CCA Jog A Thon

The donation page is open and will remain active until Wednesday, May 17.


CCA Important Dates + Events

General Calendar

Tuesday, May 9

Grades 3,4,5 Spring Musical – Gym 

2:00/6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 12

Jog-A-Thon 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, May 15

Kindergarten Round Up 400 Bldg. 

6:15-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16

HS Fine Arts Night @ Good Shepherd 

6:30-7:30 p.m.

FT: Faith In Action to Multicare in Tacoma 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 11

HS Track Meet

League Championship @ Franklin Pierce 

5:00 p.m.



Saturday, May 13

MS Track Meet @ Auburn HS Memorial Stadium 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.