News, upcoming events and reminders for the CPA community
for May 20-May 27, 2012
From the Headmaster: Demolishing Vain Imaginings
Faculty & Staff Birthdays
New Technology For Learning Page
On-Campus HS Textbook Buyback: HS Atrium May 24 & 25
Middle and High School Exam Schedules
Fine Arts Celebration, May 19
Baccalaureate Service, May 20
Eighth Grade Crossover, May 20
Class of 2012: A Lasting Image!
Fine Arts Auditions 2012-13
2012-13 Athletics Summer Practices, Tryouts
Lunch Boxes Needed for ThriftSmart
CPA Honors Mom with Preschool Picnic
Ellie's Run For Africa
HVAC Final Middle School Standings
International Soccer Tournament, June 1-2
Roar Store Item of the Week: CPA Coffee Mug
PSF Priority: Pause-to-Pray, Summer Reading for Parents
CPC Corner: Seminary on Saturdays
Athletics: Track & Field, Tennis, Softball, Baseball
“Bitterness is a poison pill that we swallow...hoping that our enemy will die.” (From a sermon by CPC Pastor Emeritus Dr. Charles McGowan)
“True friends are those who—when you’ve made a fool of yourself—do not feel that you that you’ve done a permanent job.” (Unknown)
“God takes our sins and drops them in the Sea of Forgetfulness. And He puts up a sign: ‘No Fishing Allowed.’” (Corrie ten Boom)
“ ‘Come, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool.’” (Isaiah 1:18)
You ever been mad at someone? You ever been hurt by someone? Did you sorta enjoy it? “Nursing” your hurt, I mean. Licking your wounds. Did you rehearse the event over and over in your mind? Did Satan help you blow it up bigger and bigger each time you went over it…just like you used to blow up your children’s inflatable beach toys?
Did it matter that it was just your perception? (As you have read my writing in the past, you know that I firmly believe that “one’s perception IS his reality.”) Oh, and did I mention that Satan is a liar? Jesus said of him that, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is not truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
The Enemy’s strategy is Darkness. Whispers to us in the darkness. In fact, some things grow better in the dark. That ever happen to you? They are called “vain imaginings.” It’s where the Devil whispers, “Here’s why that happened.” Or, “This is what the other person’s motive was.” Or, perhaps even more deadly (looking into his bogus crystal ball): “Here’s what is going to happen (future) as a result of this recent action.”
What did our Lord say to do with vain imaginings? “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (II Corinthians 10:5) RBA translation: we need a “check up from the neck up”...our main problem is “stinkin’ thinkin’.” So it was that I piously approached my morning devotional time. When God says something ONCE, I say, “That was pretty interesting.” When God says something TWICE, I say, “Am I seeing a pattern here?” But when God says something THRICE, I say, “Alright, already...I GET IT!”
First it was Oswald Chambers. Then Brennan Manning. Then Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Was it a divine conspiracy in the heavenlies that all three of them would write about FORGIVENESS in the same morning’s readings? Perhaps, it was...I got it...I did it (forgive, I mean)...got clean with a brother...God gets the glory. End of story. It’s really pretty easy, isn’t it? NOT!
Soli Deo Gloria. To God Alone be the Glory…to Him who forgives, who teaches us to forgive, who stays after us to forgive, who replaces the lies with the truth. — RBA
Happy Birthday to Bruce Francis (05/22), Kay Reed (05/23), Linda Ames (05/24), Sally Weatherly (05/26).
What is CPA's plan for using technology for learning in the future? Laptops? iPads? SmartBoards? Link to the Technology for Learning page. Academic Dean Katherine Koonce shares where we are today and where we will go in the future using technology to learn.
CPA families will have three opportunities to bring gently used textbooks to sell. Follett Virtual Bookstores will set up on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the HS Atrium for HS students and parents. Follett will scan each textbook, evaluate its condition, and determine the total payout.
Follett guarantees to buy textbooks that CPA plans to use in the 2012-2013 school year. Also, Follett may choose to purchase textbooks that will be used by other schools. They will not buy some softcover textbooks, workbooks, lab manuals or other books that students typically write in for classes. Note: The Follett Buybacks are the place to return books that were rented this past school year.
The High School Textbook List for 2012-2013 is now posted on the CPA website HERE.
Buyback Times /Locations: May 24 and May 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., High School Atrium
CLICK HERE to view the Exam and Review Session Schedules for Spring 2012.
This year’s fine arts evening, themed “Let’s Go to the Movies,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in Fellowship Hall. A time of community and fellowship, the evening will be an opportunity to stop and reflect on all that God has done in the Fine Arts department this year. While a variety of student accomplishments will be honored, God's glory and faithfulness, rather than awards, are the main focus of the evening. (Note: Reservations for the evening are closed.)
The Academy welcomes our community for Baccalaureate at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, in the Sanctuary, as we praise God and celebrate the Class of 2012 in a formal worship service. (Note: Commencement will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 27.)
Sunday, May 20, is also Eighth Grade Crossover, beginning with dinner for students and faculty in Fellowship Hall at 5:10 p.m.; dinner for parents at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center; and a program at 6 p.m. This is a wonderful, memorable evening. The annual Crossover Dance will be from 9-11 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Congratulations to all of the eighth graders who are "crossing over" to high school!
The Middle School Academic Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 15, in the Event Center. Students in grades 6-8 received recognition in academics, fine arts, athletics and other areas. Congratulations to all of the award winners, and thanks to our faculty for making 2011-12 another very special year in CPA Middle School.
On Friday, seniors gathered in the Atrium of the new CPA High School building for a group photo, with many wearing T-shirts displaying their college of choice. This image will appear on a front-lawn banner along Old Hickory Boulevard, and in a special Tennessean ad Sunday (tomorrow). At press time, we are having trouble loading the image to the website. To view it on Facebook, click HERE.
For a listing of dates and times for 2012-13 Fine Arts Auditions, please CLICK HERE.
For a listing of dates and times for 2012-13 athletic practices, camps, and tryouts, please CLICK HERE.
Parents, please consider donating your child's lunch box from this year to ThriftSmart. If you would like to donate your child's lunch box from this school year, drop it off at Mary Bess Smith's Elementary Front Desk on the last day of school, Friday, May 25.
On a perfect spring day, last Thursday, May 10, CPA Preschool hosted a Mother's Day picnic in the Cross Garden. (Did you know that the preschool currently has 126 total students?) To see a gallery of more images taken at the picnic, please click HERE.
Ellie's Run for Africa took place this morning, Saturday, May 19, in downtown Nashville. Founded in 2004 by CPA senior Ellie Ambrose, Ellie's Run is a local opportunity to walk alongside African children, raising funds for their education and giving them hope to get out of the slums. All funds raised through Ellie's Run for Africa benefit African Leadership. Kudos to Ellie and to all who make the run such as success. To learn more, visit www.elliesrun.org.
Here's a great chance to make new friends and cheer on some visitors to CPC/CPA. On Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 16 local and international soccer teams from Vanderbilt, Trevecca, David Lipscomb, ELS at MTSU, and refugee/immigrant communities such as Kurdish, Sudanese, Bantu and Latin American will come to our campus to play in the Nashville International Cup. We are already opening up our soccer facilities; now we need to show up! We want YOU to come and meet the nations God has brought to Nashville. Cheer for these players from remote parts of the world the evening of Friday, June 1, and/or Saturday, June 2—and see them become neighbors and maybe even friends. You are part of the core purpose of this tournament: connecting local Christians to local internationals through soccer. We hope to see you there! The tournament schedule and a cool video are available at: www.nashvilleinternationalcup.org
Stop by the Roar Store on the first floor of the middle school to pick up our item of the week: CPA Coffee Mug, $6. (It also holds tea, cocoa or even homemade summer ice cream.) The mugs were a big hit as gifts on Grandparents' Day.
At Noon each Monday, we encourage the CPA community to Pause to Pray. Monday's verse is from Proverbs 3:5-6...
"Let (child's name) trust in you with all his/her heart and lean not on his/her own understanding. In all his/her ways and in everything he/she does, let him/her acknowledge your lordship and your presence, and direct his/her paths in his/her career, his/her marriage, his/her ministry and in his/her walk with you." Proverbs 3:5-6
Summer Reading for CPA Parents: Mindset
Children are not only ones who can benefit from summer reading! At the recommendation of Academic Dean Katherine Koonce, we invite the CPA parent community to read a wonderfully written and thought-provoking book called Mindset by Carol Dweck. Faculty discussions about encouraging growth mindsets in students inspired the desire to include parents in this important conversation. For additional insight, we recommend Your Mind Matters by John Stott as a short, insightful, biblical frame for approaching our responsibilities for growth. Go to the PSF page of the website for details at this LINK, buy your books, grab a highlighter, and join the discussion!
If your family is looking for a church home, we would welcome you as our guest at CPC. Please visit christpres.org for Sunday classes, worship times and other info.
Seminary On Saturday: May 19
This first in a series features Dr. Laine Tipton from Westminter Theological Seminary. Join others for great coffee, light refreshments, and rich learning with Dr. Tipton and the topic, "Your True Identity in Union With Christ". CPC Church Building, Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.- Noon. No reservation needed.
CPA Football Fan Day
TODAY, 10 a.m. to Noon, Practice @ CPA; 12:15 p.m. Lunch
CPA Boys' Tennis: Sectional Champs, State Bound!
The boys defeated Page, 4-1, to win the Sectional on Friday, securing CPA's first-ever boys' tennis sectional title! The Lions move on to the State semifinal matchup on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Old Fort Park in Murfreesboro. A victory would propel CPA into Wednesday's team state finals. Let's go, Lions!
Charles Vaults To New Record; Roach Takes Title
Congratulations to CPA junior Chris Charles on his outstanding pole-vault performance last Tuesday evening. (Photo, left.) Chris set a new A-AA sectional meet record and a personal best by vaulting 15 feet, five inches. Teammate Megan Roach also won the pole vault on the girls' side and is headed to State. Great job, Lions!
Track Boys, Girls Runners Headed To State
CPA's 4x800-meter relay teams advanced to state by finishing first (boys) and second (girls) at the sectional meet. The teams, pictured below, consist of (girls, left to right): Jessica Clarke, Courtney Cone, Caroline Conley and Megan Roach; and (boys, left to right): Jay Baker, Charlie Merritt, Alex Daily and Jim Clarke. The team is also shown praying together at the meet below. Way to run, Lions!
Baseball: Seven Lions Receive District Honors
Congratulations to the CPA Varsity baseball team and to these honorees. District 10-AA Player of the Year: Brandon Jean. All-District: Zane Russell, Andrew Knell, Josh Gunter, Carson Shrode. Honorable Mention All-District: Seth Thomas, Hunter Thurley. Way to go, Lions!
HS Softball Honors
Congratulations to the following CPA Softball players for their accomplishments on the field this season! The 2012 District 10-AA Coaches List includes CPA's Leslie Berry, Sami Elefante, Callie Genovese and Caitlin Nichols. Way to go, girls!
HVAC MS Tennis Results: Boys 1st, Girls 6th
The academy's middle-school tennis teams finished in fourth place overall out of 15 schools this spring, with the boys capturing the championship and the girls finishing in sixth. A number of athletes participated in tennis this year, and the coaches and parents are proud the effort and excited about the future of CPA tennis.
Calling All Rising Fifth-Grade Football Players
Fifth-grade football is just around the corner at CPA. The coaches would like to begin compiling a list of all students who would like to play this fall. If your son has an interest, please email his name and the parent(s) phone number(s) to: Tony Carletello, or Eddie Fenoglio, .