News, upcoming events and reminders for the CPA community
May 27-June 3, 2012
From the Headmaster: Now Comes the Refreshing
Faculty & Staff Birthdays
New Technology For Learning Page
Commencement: 4 p.m., Sunday, May 27
Fun Day for K-5
Fun Day for Preschoolers
2012-13 Athletics Summer Practices, Tryouts
Summer Reading Lists Available Online
Annual Fund Update & Opportunity
Final This Week @ CPA
International Soccer Tournament, June 1-2
Save-the-Date: Welcome Back DEN-ner, Sept. 7
Roar Store Item of the Week: Tervis Tumblers and Coolers
PSF Priority: Pause-to-Pray, Summer Reading for Parents
CPC Corner: Vacation Bible School Volunteers Needs
Athletics: Tennis, Track Spring Fling Updates
“As King David approached..a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones...As he cursed, Shimei said, ‘Get out, get out, you man of blood, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul...You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!’ Then, Abishai said to the king, ‘Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.’ But the king said, ‘...If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’ David then said to Abishai and all his officials, ‘...Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.’ So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt. The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.” — II Samuel 16:5-14
This is one of my favorite passages in the life of King David. It is also a passage I go to each spring at the conclusion of the school year.
It is a good passage on which to reflect as we look back over the school year just concluding. What sorts of things have come across our lives in 2011-12? Did we wonder where they were coming from? Did we, like Abishai, want to simply draw our swords and angrily be done with the intrusion/interruption/distraction/irritation? Even the sinner? David could have spoken the command and Shimei would have been “history.”
But David was always aware that God was “up to” something bigger in his life. David said, “No. Maybe God is trying to say something to me through this present circumstance. Maybe I had better pay attention and see what I need to be learning from it.” By taking this stance, David personified humility (he kept his power under control) and meekness (he deferred his power for the good of another).
And Shimei lived to tell about it. The only problem with this equation of being conformed to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29) is that God gets to write the “script;” He gets to choose the “sandpaper;” He gets to choose the “chisel.” As we look back over our year, ask God to identify some of the things we went through, some of the people we encountered. In His economy, they were not wasted...
The Headmaster and all the people with him are arriving at their destination exhausted—perhaps a bit more exhausted this spring than usual. Now comes the refreshing!
May the Lord grant you a restful, peaceful, relaxing—worshipful—summer. May you return in the fall with your “batteries” re-charged, with an even clearer call on your life: that of Equipping our students with Knowledge; that of teaching them to Lead with Wisdom; that of teaching them to Live in Truth. Soli Deo Gloria. — RBA
Happy Birthday to Nan Dickerson (05/29), Patrick Jordan (05/29), Andrea Denton (05/31).
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.
Commencement Exercises will be held THIS Sunday, May 27 at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary to celebrate and honor the Class of 2012. Congratulations to the graduating seniors. We will miss you all next year!
Today, elementary students enjoyed playing field games, sliding down inflatables, getting their hair sprayed with bright colors, eating ice cream, and many more activities during CPA Fun Day. Here are a few photos from the day. Enjoy!
CPA Preschoolers enjoyed some FUN on their last day! They had a blast hula hooping, getting their faces painted, blowing bubbles, and making balloon shapes and animals. Check out these pictures below!
For a listing of dates and times for 2012-13 athletic practices, camps, and tryouts, please CLICK HERE.
CPA families with students in grades second through eleventh (rising third through rising 12th) can view and download this year's summer reading lists by visiting the web page HERE.
The CPA Annual Fund is growing! We are thankful to those of you who have made gifts this fiscal year, and we are thrilled to announce that we are quickly approaching 100% participation from Academy faculty and staff. Way to go!
CPA Parents, thanks to those of you who continue to make gifts to the annual fund. What an amazing step it would be to have 100% participation from all families enrolled at the Academy! As of 5/25/12, 32% of parents have made an annual fund gift*. If you have not already done so, would you make a gift to the CPA Annual Fund before our fiscal year ends on June 30? To learn more about the needs that the annual fund meets, click HERE. To give online, click HERE. Be on the lookout for a final update on the outcome of the 100% Participation Campaign in the CPA Development Update email after the end of the fiscal year.
*Participation is determined based on gifts made during the Academy's 2011 fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012.
This will be our last This Week @ CPA newsletter until the 2012-13 school year begins in August. This summer, we will feature two editions of This Summer @ CPA. Be on the lookout in mid-June and mid-July. Have a wonderful and safe summer!
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
Friday, September 7, 2012, is the date for a special tailgate dinner for all CPA families. This is an annual community event before the first home football game, with an extra-special welcome to our new families. Stay tuned for details.
Stop by the Roar Store on the first floor of the middle school to pick up our item of the week: Tervis water bottles, tumblers and a 1/2 gallon cooler! Stay hydrated this summer!
24 oz water bottle—$25
24 oz tumbler—$20
16 oz tumbler—$15
12 oz tumbler—$12
All size lids—$3
1/2 gallon cooler—$15
If you need to purchase Roar Store items over the summer, email Melanie Barrett to set up a time.
At Noon each Monday, we encourage the CPA community to Pause to Pray. Monday's verse is from Matthew 28: 19-20, "I pray that (child's name) would go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything you have commanded us."
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.
Volunteers Needed for Vacation Bible School, Sign Up Today!
Preschool Vacation Bible School
Must have turned 3 yrs. old by March 1 through Pre-Kindergarten
July 23, 25 and 27 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Nursery Building
Lots of volunteers are needed! Contact Cindy Cole at for more information.
VsBS (Very Special Bible School) for Special-Needs Children & Their Siblings
July 19, 20 and 21 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
9 a.m.- 12 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Registration will open June 1
Lots of volunteers are needed! Contact Gigi Sanders at for more information.
Boys' Tennis: Team, Individual Honors
Congrats to the CPA boys' tennis team, which won the Academy's first-ever district, region and sectional titles in 2012. The Lions advanced to the A-AA state semifinals in Murfreesboro, where they play valiantly but lost a hard-fought battle to eventual state champion Unicoi County, 4-3. (To watch an on-demand broadcast of the semifinals, click HERE.) Individually, Lucas Spickard captured CPA's first-ever boys' tennis state title earlier today, 6-4, 6-4. Way to go! Kudos to Coach Jeremy White and to all of the players on a great season!
Track & Field: A Strong Showing
**STATE CHAMPION: Megan Roach won her third-consecutive state title in girls' pole vault with a vault of 11 feet. She also finished third in the pentathlon. Way to go, Megan!
**STATE CHAMPIONS: Girls 4x800 relay: Jessica Clarke, Courtney Cone, Caroline Conley, Megan Roach. Great job, ladies!
Not all events were completed at press time today. Kudos to all of our other track & field athletes who advanced to State:
*Megan Roach, pentathlon and pole vault
*Chris Charles, decathlon and pole vault
*Jessica Clarke, 3200m run
*Boys 4x800m relay: Jay Baker, Charlie Merritt, Zach Daily, Jim Clarke
*Sam Cranford, 400m run
*4x400m relay: Glenn Fleenor, Will Godwin, Winston Williams, Sam Cranford