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Beginning of School Year Reminders

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Admin

CCA’s first day of school is Monday, August 20th. As you prepare for the start of school, here are a few important beginning of the year reminders:

  • Printable School Supply Lists (for K-12) can be found on the website homepage. Click on the Quick Links tab at the top of the page, then the School Supply Lists tab.
  • To check on your child’s Health Care Requirements for 2018 (this includes updated immunizations), please go to the Quick Links tab on the homepage, then the Find a Form tab.
  • Please plan on attending your child’s orientation: the Preschool Orientation is Tuesday, 8/14 at 6:30 pm and the K-12 Orientation is Thursday, 8/16 at 7:00 pm.
  • The dismissal time for the first day of school is 11:30 am.
  • Additional information regarding the upcoming school year will be available.

Cornerstone Annual Auction & Dinner a Success!

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone sincerely thanks each person who participated in supporting our Annual Auction & Dinner. We were able to meet the $40,000 match that was given this year PLUS raise more than $28,000 for Gifts from the Heart which allows us to provide new carpeting for our school! We are thanking and praising God for His goodness to Cornerstone Christian Academy!

Spiritual Emphasis Day 2017

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Admin

Each school year, Cornerstone junior high and high school students enjoy an entire day to be refreshed spiritually on Spiritual Emphasis Day. On Wednesday, April 26th, students enjoyed extended times of worshiping God together, main and breakout sessions with dynamic speakers, along with times of prayer.

Cornerstone’s main speaker at this year’s Spiritual Emphasis Day was Matthew Hanolon. Matthew is a former Pastor who is now a Christian Psychologist, and he spoke to the students about their identity in Christ. Breakout session speakers included ministry leaders from the DeKalb/Sycamore community.

Cornerstone Presents Aladdin, Jr. the Musical!

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Admin

What a show! On Saturday, April 1st, Cornerstone presented the musical Aladdin, Jr. Mrs. Rhonda Cantrell, drama club sponsor, directed the cast which included junior high, high school students, and also fourth and fifth grade students. First graders performed a special dance during the intermission time as well.

Mrs. Cantrell had much help from many of Cornerstone’s preschool staff who worked hard to make costumes, help with the set, do make-up, and also put together a fun fair that took place before the show! Cornerstone is very grateful to Upstaging, Inc. in Sycamore for providing the theatrical lighting! We hope that you enjoy these wonderful pictures from the performance!

 

 

Center for Career Advancement Teaches Students To Be Mission Minded in Their Work

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone Cornerstone Christian Academy hosted our third annual Center for Career Advancement event for junior high and high school students on the morning of Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Cornerstone’s Center for Career Advancement is an event where students learn from professionals in our community about being career minded and successful in their work. This year’s event focused on the theme of what it means to be a mission-minded Christian in the workplace.

 

Mrs. Roberta Jean Geosling, NIU Doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant, talks to Cornerstone students about living out the Christian faith in one’s workplace.

 
Cornerstone welcomed four Christian professionals who talked to the students about different aspects of how they personally live out their faith in their workplace. Kyle Dorf, Cornerstone alumnus (2010), is now a Civil Engineer with the firm Crawford, Murphy, & Tilly, Inc. Kyle is currently working on the O’Hare Runway 9C-27C team with other engineers. Kyle spoke our students about how he shares his faith through his job.

Mrs. Jennifer Groce, the Director of Community Affairs at Northern Illinois University, and Mrs. Roberta Jean Geosling, a Graduate Teaching Assistant pursuing her doctorate at NIU, talked to the students about hard work in itself being a testimony, along with how they share their personal testimonies with co-workers.

Pastor Jeff Knitt, who is the Senior Pastor of Crossview Church in Sycamore and has also worked as a Chemical Engineer, taught the students about the theology of work, giving them a Biblical perspective of faith and work.

Teachers and students collaborated throughout the morning during breakout sessions where they dug deeper into the ideas that were presented. Cornerstone is grateful to these Christian professionals who spent time teaching and impacting our students during this year’s Center for Career Advancement event.

Mr. Olmstead Holds a Tarantula & Ball Python!

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone Christian Academy Administrator, Tom Olmstead, promised Kindergarten through fifth grade students that if they raised funds for a worthy cause he would have an assembly where the kids could watch him hold a tarantula and ball python!

 

 

Mrs. Donna High, librarian, challenged primary students to donate to a coin drive for bilingual books to be purchased for The Johannes Gutenburg School in Huanta, Peru. The Johannes Gutenburg School is a Christian preschool through 12th grade school. A team of Cornerstone high school students will visit the school over Easter break in April on a missions trip, personally delivering the books to the students. The Cornerstone high school team also raised funds to purchase playground equipment for this school located almost 4,000 miles away. The team will assemble the playground equipment while on the trip, and work with the children of the school.

The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore brought in the promised tarantula and ball python, along with a walking stick, on Friday March 17th.  Beth Gilliam, the Volunteer and Event Coordinator from the museum, taught the students about these creatures. Students were delighted to see these fascinating critters crawl on their school Administrator!

Second Annual Science Olympiad Combines Fun and Learning!

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Team appreciated the great turnout of parents and students at the second annual Science Olympiad Fun Night on Friday, February 24, 2017. The STEM team, led by high school science teacher Mrs. Hannah Mott, coordinated another fun filled night of learning for Kindergarten through eighth grade students and their families. The attendees enjoyed exploring a variety of activities including taking a part a computer, building bridges, separating the components of black ink, and more!

 

 

The STEM team is thankful for all of the support provided by Cornerstone students and families during this event!

Cornerstone teachers enjoy watching Kindergarten through eighth grade students grow in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math while exploring the creativity of the scientific laws that God put into place. Cornerstone continues to work on including STEM enhancements throughout our school’s curriculum, and to increase the array of learning opportunities in these subject areas.  The goal is to give students the following skills: adaptability, complex communication, social skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, and systems thinking.

Please check out more STEM information on our website under “Academics” then “STEM,” or by clicking here.

Cornerstone Wins 1st Place at WYSE Academic Challenge

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Admin

Congratulations to Cornerstone’s high school WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team for winning 1st place in their division at the 2017 regional academic challenge competition which took place at Kishwaukee College on February 7, 2017. Twelve students of the team of sixteen earned individual awards, and junior Noah Whitfield placed first overall in the category of Engineering Graphics. Cornerstone’s team will advance to the WYSE Sectional competition that will take place at Northern Illinois University on March 2, 2017.

Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering is an international program headquartered at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  WYSE offers the annual Academic Challenge competition, a summer camp, and other programs.  The goal of WYSE is to attract a greater number of talented and diverse students to careers in engineering and the sciences.

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. The tests are now administered by more than fifty community colleges and universities and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest high school students.

Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. Written by teams of college and university faculty, subjects include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. Each test production team produces three tests of increasing levels of difficulty for regional, sectional, and state finals. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team, and they have forty minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from thirty questions (Computer Science) to one hundred questions (English).

For more information about WYSE, please visit: https://wyse.engineering.illinois.edu/

 

Kindergarten Open House

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone invites parents of Kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year to join us on the evening of Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about our Kindergarten program.

The evening includes hearing from parents whose children have been through the program, as well as from our Administrator and K-5th principal, Mr. Tom Olmstead. Mrs. Julie Bartels, our seasoned and loving Kindergarten teacher, will talk about the daily schedule and special activities. Mrs. Pam Miller, Mrs. Bartels aide, will also be there to greet parents and answer questions. Cornerstone’s Kindergarten program offers many academic, spiritual, and parent advantages. Also learn about the many details that come up for Kindergarten including information on uniforms, hot lunch, snack time, field trips, and other details. Childcare is available, please e-mail admissions@ccaroyals.com to RSVP for childcare. We look forward to meeting prospective parents and sharing all about our Cornerstone Kindergarten program!

Check out our Cornerstone Kindergarten Open House flyer: Cornerstone Kindergarten Open House Flyer 2_23_17.

Father/Daughter Dance Planning Meeting

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Admin

There will be a planning meeting for the Father/Daughter Dance on Wednesday, February 1st at 8:45 am in the teachers’ lounge. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Debbie Dwyer in the school office.

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