From the Headmaster: Kodak Moments
Faculty & Staff Birthdays
CPA Annual-Fund Participation Update
All-Academy Pep Rally/Celebration: Tuesday 4/10
Cheerleader Tryouts: April 9-13
Middle School Volleyball Tryouts: May 29
Eighth Grade Washington, D.C., Trip Highlight
CPA Students Help at GraceWorks Food Pantry
Third Grade Science Class Learns About Pollination
K-12 Easter Chapel: Tuesday 4/3
Key Calendar Dates for 2012-13 Online
Learning About Learning: Listen Online
Text-Alert Message Change
Visit the Roar Store
PSF Priority: Pause-to-Pray Verse
CPC Corner: Saul's Welcome, Easter Services; Blood Drive
Athletics: Upcoming Events
“...I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” (Psalm 78:2-4)
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” (Old proverb)
I am a visual learner. If, indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words, then I had several thousand head my way in the seven-day stretch between March 18 and 25.
Our dear friend and photographer extraordinaire, Geniese Gilman, emailed me a photograph early Sunday morning. The picture depicts a young man in a sports coat hugging an older, taller man in a gold CPA shirt in the stands of the Murphy Center on the MTSU campus.
The young man is CPA basketball coach Drew Maddux. The older man is Drew’s dad, Ray Maddux. (I’d better be careful calling Ray “old” as he is a year younger than I am). Before each game, Ray came down to the bench to hug Drew, a “Kodak moment” forever imprinted on my brain. But this particular hug was different. The Lions just won the TSSAA Class AA Boys' State Championship. Behind them in the photograph, they are announcing the All-Tournament team, etc. And a “piano” has just been removed from Drew's back. The weight of the world off his shoulders, there was only one person to hug, one who truly understood, his father. Beautiful!
After drying our eyes, my wife and I got ready for church. But, before heading to hear Scott Sauls preach at CPC, we went down to Thompson’s Station for the 9:30 a.m. service at Station Hill where our daughter Rebekah, hubby Nathaniel and crew worship on Sunday morning.
It was “Adoption Emphasis” Sunday at their church and, for a relatively small church, Station Hill has an inordinate number of families who have either adopted or are in process of adopting—both domestic and international. Pictures of these families and their “status” flashed by on the screen.
Rebekah and Nathaniel were asked to give a brief testimony recounting their journey in adopting Caleb, whose mother is Haitian, and Isaac, former mayor of Maria’s Big House of Hope. Just before they spoke, the ShowHope video of Isaac’s story played on the screen. (I have the link...if anyone is interested.) As tears streamed down our face, Mrs. A and I listened to our daughter and son-in-law share what God has done in their lives. As Rebekah is speaking, I am thinking, “WHERE did this daughter come from? She is certainly a better person than her old man!”
The next Sunday, we watched our old friend, Josh Floyd, baptize he and Liz’s firstborn, Madeline Grace. Bob and Suzy Floyd were beaming, as were Liz’s folks, the Dorlons, who were visiting from Birmingham. Talk about a “Kodak moment." Whew! We’ve known Josh since he was in grammar school. What a wonderful work God has wrought in this young pastor, his wife, and the countless lives they have touched in youth ministry. And, now, they will “tell the next generation” in Maddie.
For pictures like these, I don’t need digital, for these images are forever graven on my heart and mind. Soli Deo Gloria. To God Alone be the Glory for parents who speak the things of God to their children and to their children’s children. — Richard B. Anderson
Happy birthday to Brian Epps (4/1), Anna Flautt (4/3), and Emily Smothers (4/8). Happy belated birthday to: Mary Bess Smith (3/28), Laura Pollock (3/27), Bill Delvaux (3/23), Kathy Kitchen (3/22), Claudia Armstrong (3/21), Megan Blalock(3/19), Kathy MacDonald (3/13), and Benn Ellis (3/13).
The CPA Annual Fund is growing! We are thankful to those of you have made gifts this fiscal year. At this point*, annual fund giving has already increased by 44% compared to last fiscal year! Here is a breakdown of annual fund participation percentages as of 3/29/12:
Board of Trustees: 100%
Academy Leadership Team: 100%
Faculty and Staff: 89%
CPA Parents: 25%
If you have not already done so, would you make a gift to the CPA Annual Fund before the end of the fiscal year*? Participation is key; that means you can make a gift of any size. What an amazing step it would be to have 100% participation from all families enrolled at the Academy! To learn more about the needs that the annual fund meets, click HERE. To give online, click HERE. Or contact Cal Cook, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, at or (615) 301-3576.
*100% participation is determined based on gifts made during the Academy's 2011 fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012.
To celebrate our two state basketball championships, CPA welcomes our Academy community to a special pep rally at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the Varsity Gym. Students in K-12 will attend, and parents are welcome to join us as well. (School will dismiss at the usual times, after the celebration.)
CPA Middle and High School Cheerleading Tryouts are coming up Mon. April 9, 5-7 p.m.; Tues. April 10, 5-7 p.m.; Wed. April 11, 3-4 p.m.; and Fri. April 13, 3-6 p.m. For those who did not attend the parent/student meeting but have questions, please contact one of the coaches. High School: Emily Smothers () or Tosha Haynes (); Middle School: Julie Smothers ().
Save the date for Middle School Volleyball Tryouts, Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30. Please see the schedule below. If you have questions, contact coach Carlee Brian ( or 373-9550 ex. 5324).
Rising 7th/8th: May 29 and 30, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Rising 6th: May 29 and 30, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
CPA's eighth graders traveled to Washington, D.C., the week before Spring Break. In addition to touring national monuments, museums and other sites, the students visited the Tomb of the Unknowns. In a drawing before the trip, four students were selected to assist with the laying of a wreath at the tomb. The photo at left shows students Josh Betts, John Austin Miller, Spencer Petty and Tatum Wade taking part in the ceremony.
A group of CPA seventh graders lent a helping hand at GraceWorks Food Pantry, where they organized packaged goods, checked expiration dates and stacked boxes of donated goods.
To read the blog and see photos of the CPA students, featured on GraceWorks' website, please click HERE.
In Beth Graham's Third Grade Science Class, students have been studying pollination, learning how bees carry pollen from one flower to another. Students were able to "become bees" for the afternoon. By transporting water from one cup to another, students watched as the color of the water changed, indicating they had successfully pollinated the flower. Through their understanding of pollenation, students learned what is needed to make a seed. As we experience the beauty of God's creation in the springtime, we see evidence of the bee's hard work all around us!
The K-12 Easter Chapel will be held in the Sanctuary on Tuesday, April 3rd at 2:15 p.m. As part of the chapel, sudents will hear a special message from the Rev. Scott Sauls, new senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church.
A reminder that important events and dates for the 2012-13 school year are available online (along with key dates for the current year as well). To view the 2012-13 dates, please click HERE.
If you missed any of our recent Learning About Learning series, presented by the Office of the Academic Dean, please visit THIS LINK to view and listen to the eight-part series via Live Scribe.
In an emergency situation, the Academy may use the BLI messaging system via PowerSchool to send a timely alert to parents. Please be aware that there has been a change in the "sender" number that shows in the screen. Text-alert messages from CPA will appear as 77811 or 778-11 in the sender screen. The previous BLI messaging number was 1-(857) 366-5628. We are pleased to offer this messaging system as part of our first-priority commitment to the safety of our students.
Remember to stop by the Roar Store on the first floor of the middle school to meet all of your CPA apparel and Academy accessory needs!
At noon each Monday, we encourage the CPA community to Pause to Pray.
Monday's verse is from Isaiah 40:11:
"You promise to tend your flock like a shepherd. Gather (child's name) like a lamb in your arms and carry him/her close to your heart. And just as you promise to gently lead those that have young, teach us, as parents, how to lead and guide and care for (child's name)."
Visit with the Rev. Scott and Patti Sauls
Throughout April and May, there will be an opportunity for members of the CPC/CPA community to meet new senior pastor Scott Sauls and his wife, Patti. Dates offered are Tuesday/Thursday April 5, 10, 17, or 26, and May 3, 10, 15, or 22. 6:30 - 8 p.m., in the Parlor (light refreshments served). Online registration is open. Groups are limited to 50. Note: These receptions are intended for ages 16 and above; we regret that no childcare will be available. For online registration, please click on the preferred date listed here: April 5 — April 10 — April 17 — April 26 — May 3 — May 10 — May 15 — May 22
Tenebrae: Good Friday, April 6
Tenebrae: This special service, meaning, "The Darkening," is a dramatic choral presentation of Christ's life and crucifixion through spoken word and song. The evening, presented by the CPC Choir and special guests, will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Good Friday. Please invite friends and family to this deeply meaningful event. Nursery will be provided for birth through Pre-K.
Community Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 8
CPC will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday for children ages 3 through 3rd grade, PROMPTLY at 10:15 a.m. (between services). We will provide a bag for each child, special prizes for Golden Eggs and refreshments. We encourage all families and kids to invite your neighbors and friends to come to church with you on Easter Sunday and join in the fun.
CPC/CPA Blood Drive: Wednesday, April 11
CPC and CPA will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 11, from 3-7 p.m. in the Event Center. Please consider participating in this worthy cause. (Note: Whole blood may be donated only every 56 days).
HS Baseball vs. Lighthouse Christian, 4:30 p.m.
HS JV Baseball @ Ensworth HS, 4:15 p.m.
HS Girls & Boys Tennis vs Ezell Harding @ Nashboro Village, 3:45 p.m.
HS Softball vs. FRA, 4 p.m.
MS Tennis @ Brentwood Academy, 3:30 p.m.
HS Baseball @ David Lipscomb, 4 p.m.
HS Soccer @ BGA, 7 p.m., JV @ 5:30 p.m.
HS Girls Tennis vs. Goodpasture @ Sequoia, 4 p.m.
HS JV Baseball vs. Ensworth HS, 4:15 p.m.
HS Softball @ David Lipscomb, 4:30 p.m.
MS Baseball vs. FRA @ Warner Park, 4:45 p.m.
HS JV Baseball @ JP2, 4:30 p.m.
HS Track @ BGA Jim Webb Classic, 4 p.m.
HS Boys Tennis @ BGA, 3:30 p.m.
HS Softball vs. BGA, 4:15 p.m.
MS Varsity and JV Baseball vs. West End, 4:45 p.m.
HS Baseball vs. Middle Tennessee Christian, 4:30 p.m.
HS Track @ CPA vs. Davidson Academy & Sov Grace, 4 p.m.
HS Soccer vs. White House, 7 p.m., JV, 5 p.m.
HS Boys Tennis @ Ensworth, 3:30 p.m.
HS Softball vs. Pearl Cohn, 4:30 p.m.
MS JV Baseball vs. FRA @ Warner Park, 4:30 p.m.
MS Track @ Brentwood Academy, 4 p.m.
MS Girls Tennis @ Harding Academy, 3:30 p.m.
MS Baseball vs. Father Ryan, 4:45 p.m.
HS Varsity and JV Baseball vs. Sycamore, 2 p.m.