Re-Enrollment Information – CCA is going DIGITAL!

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For the 2018-19 school year, CornerStone is excited to announce that we are providing parents with a convenient way to re-enroll AND set up automatic payment plans through Premiere RenWeb Integrated Service and FACTS Tuition Management! Re-enrollment has never been easier! No more paperwork to complete, handwrite and keep track of (for each child) AND no more time spent waiting in line in the school office to make a payment. Parents of returning students will only need to complete areas of the application that require updating, new cell phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc. It is truly that easy!

If you complete your online enrollment process before February 28, all registration fees will be reduced by $100. As an extra incentive for taking advantage of online enrollment, all parents wishing to pre-pay the 2018-19 tuition fee in full will receive an extra discount. Included in the online application are the tuition fees and applicable discounts for each grade level or Tykes program selection.

To complete the online re-enrollment process, you will access the ParentsWeb through your existing login. If you do not have a login, please follow the “Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login” listed below.

To access Online Enrollment for parents who currently have a login:

  • *Please go to www.renweb.com
  • *Select Logins from the menu bar and ParentsWeb Login from the drop-down
    menu.
  • *Type in your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or
    password, please click on the link provided.
  • *After logging in, click on the Family Information button in the left menu.
  • *Click on the Enrollment/Re-enrollment button.
    Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login
  • *Please go to www.renweb.com.
  • *Select Logins from the menu bar and ParentsWeb Login from the drop-down
    menu.
  • *After the RenWeb ParentsWeb Login screen opens, please select Create New
    ParentsWeb Account.
  • *Enter CCA-NV into the District Code field.
  • *Enter in the Email field your email address as provided in your application to
    the school.
  • *Click the Create Account button.
  • *You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link
    that will allow you to create your username and password. For security
    purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours.
  • *Please click on the link. A Change/Create Password screen will open. You
    may use the default username provided or create a new username. Then type
    in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
  • *Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
  • *Close the window.
  • *Log into ParentsWeb as instructed above for returning users.

 

Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for your child(ren). The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.

Questions? .

Scholarships & Grant Information

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CornerStone Christian Academy is an approved school to receive Scholarship Funds from Scholarship Grant Organizations (SGO) To find out if you are eligible to apply, please see the income bracket provided below along with the links to the active SGOs in Nevada. Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 funding has begun for some organizations.

Please be aware that their awards are based upon a first completed, first awarded system. There is a finite amount of monies that can be awarded each year, so the sooner you complete this process the better. For more information on the organizations offering Scholarships, follow the links provided and check back to review the state list as it is updated periodically at http://www.doe.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/ndedoenvgov/content/Private_Schools/Documents/RegisteredScholarshipGrantOrg.pdf

To be eligible for a scholarship by one of our participating Scholarship Grant Organizations (SGO) you are allowed to have an income level up to 300% above the poverty guideline (PG). Persons in family/household 300% above PG. Source: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

Household Size/Yearly Income
1 $36,420 –  2 $49,380
3 $62,340 –  4 $75,300
5 $88,260. –  6 $101,220
7 $114,180. –  8 $127,140
*For families above 8 persons, contact the office if you need help with calculation.

SGOs that currently fund several of our families:
• AAA Scholarships – www.aaascholarships.org or http://www.aaascholarships.org/parents/nevada/

Returning Families – Application will be mailed to you 2/15/18
New Families – Applications available 3/15/18

• Education Fund of Northern Nevada – www.efnn.org or http://www.efnn.org/adobe/EFNN_2018-2019_Scholarship_Application.pdf
Applications are open now for Returning and New Families and are due June 1, 2018

• Dinosaurs & Roses – www.dinosaursandroses.org or https://www.dinosaursandroses.org/scholarship-program/
No dates released yet – check back in February. First and foremost you must file your 2017 tax return before you can apply with any of these organizations. For the 2017-18 School Year, the maximum award was $7934.00

The 3 Key Parts of a Successful Family Hike

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Plan. Communicate. Enjoy.  These simple words can have a wonderful impact on family, in all environments. However, they must be shared in an open and playful manner. When parents share the importance of each of these activities prior to a hike, great lessons are brought to light.  More importantly, if done correctly, a family can enjoy a beautiful hike while exploring and sharing their own family values.

Planning a Family Hike:

What goes into a plan? Before you take the first step, you must determine the direction you are going, as well as, how you want to get there. You must also create activities that assist in maintaining your desired path as negative distractions arise. To overcome negative distractions, it’s important to first create activities that connect with family values and keep the purpose of the journey in mind. This is where a plan comes in handy.

A plan provides a road-map. By sharing this road-map, those participating on the hike create the opportunity for the family to visualize their understanding of the activities they are about to embark on. Understanding these basic parts of a plan allows you and your family to navigate the first stage of a family outing, such as a hike.

Communicate for a Successful Hike:

Yes, we all do this every day – when we help our family get ready for their day. With routines such as, preparing breakfast for our family or sharing in morning prayers, we start a conversation that leads to sharing of your collective family’s experiences.

Take our morning breakfast example for instance – we remind our family that breakfast is an important part of their day, but we also ask what they want to eat for breakfast.

Why do we do this? What is the benefit of this exchange? As parents, we have the opportunity to provide a path for our children’s well-being. We are also responsible for helping them overcome distractions that may lead to impulsive decisions. How we choose to accomplish this is extremely important.

Developing Strong Communication:

Encouraging feedback from your children on what they may want for breakfast is a simple way for parents to connect with their children in a playful and safe environment, while also developing core values through routine decision-making. Let’s consider how this lesson applies to a family outing such as a hike. During the planning stages, you and your family should have figured out the basic parts of your hike, such as; where you are going, how long will the hike take, and what supplies are needed for the hike.

After the initial details are ironed out, it’s important to focus on the safety details of your family hike and to properly communicate with your child about safety when planning the hike. Here are some effective ways to communicate:

4 Steps in Effective Communication:

  1. First step –  Ask your children.  Why do they want to wear sandals on a hike? Giving a new question to your children offers the opportunity for them to personally explore their reason(s) on why sandals might be unsafe for the activities planned.
  2. Second Step – Provide additional information to your children.  Providing more information to your children allows them the chance to connect the dots on the fact that there might not be any rocks to climb or water to swim in during your hike.
  3. Third Step –  Continue the Conversation. Like your children did for you, take a moment to provide additional options for them to consider for the trip. This gesture is a wonderful way to further engage your child’s mind, with regards to making decisions. It also allows a parent a chance to gauge what types of things are important to their children.
  4. Last Step – Listen. As the parent, you are responsible for leading the hike and ensuring the highest level of safety and fun. To accomplish this, you not only have to keep to your plan, you also need to include things that your children want to do. Recognizing this and evaluating the decisions made by your children, via their feedback, lends a parent the greatest tool to a family – open communication!

Enjoying Your Family Hike:

Never forget the overall purpose of a family hike is to have FUN! By following the basic steps shared above, you will ensure that you are giving your family the ability to enjoy the decisions made together. Through this simple process, parents and children can apply their understanding of the importance of honesty in making good decisions.

Simply put, the use of these simple words – Plan, Communicate, Enjoy – gives parents and children alike the opportunity to share not only the values learned, but also to help each other continue to learn what makes a hike (or on a broader scale – life) fun through the equal input from each member of the family.

The only thing left to do is to take that first step together!

Effective Strategies for Helping With Homework

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Homework presents many benefits for both students and teachers. It gives schoolchildren the opportunity to study and review the lessons of the day. Teachers also get a chance to gauge their students’ progress through homework results. For parent’s, however, this time of day is typically marked by frustration. Let’s discuss a few tips for helping with homework:

Build a Designated Homework Spot at Home

Help your child zone out distractions by setting up a quiet homework station mimicking an office. This advice is especially useful if your schooler has younger siblings at home. Be sure to stock the area with various tools to get the job done, such as pencils, sharpeners, and erasers. This way, you eliminate the hassle of having to search for supplies each day. If there is no room at home for a dedicated homework center, don’t rule out the dining room table. Set a time of day when your meals aren’t scheduled, turn off all media distractions, and work with a portable supply bin.

Set a Routine

Now that you’ve covered where homework gets done, it’s time to decide the most appropriate time-slot for completing assignments. You can teach your child the importance of honesty by listening to their concerns and preferences. Some students like to relax after a long day at school while others need to do homework right away. Allow your child to take some control and observe how much easier homework becomes.

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style

Every child learns differently. Some prefer working independently, while others favor an adult close by. To ease frustrations for both you and your child, call a family meeting to discuss the best ways to approach homework. If your child is an independent learner, give them the freedom to work alone and review the results afterward. If your child thrives with direction, then lead the way and answer any questions as that may arise.

Take a Positive Approach

Your attitude toward homework plays a large role in how your child perceives the task. If you demonstrate a healthy approach to homework, your child is likely to do the same. The opposite is also true.

Work in Quick Breaks

If you notice your child becoming frustrated by an assignment, give them a breather and then get back when emotional outbursts calm down.

When to Get a Tutor

Whether your child is attending public school or private school, the older he or she gets, the more complicated assignments become. If your middle or high schooler is struggling with research or more challenging assignments, the best advice is to seek out an experienced after-school tutor. There are numerous options available today, including in-home, local, or virtual tutors.

The Take-Home Message

Parents and children who dread homework have an opportunity to change the situation with the tips outlined in this article. When students learn to master homework, the benefits don’t stop there. Studies indicate that students who successfully manage homework are, in essence, nurturing independent living skills. At the end of the day, parents can use the aforementioned tips to take a proactive approach to ensure smooth sailing during homework time.

Five Dinnertime Prayers We Love

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With how busy our lives can get, oftentimes the only time the whole family comes together to enjoy each other’s company is around the dinner table. This time together is a blessing, an opportunity to share each other’s triumphs and help each other through the struggle of our days. We know how important prayer is to a family, and beginning the bonding around the dinner table with a good prayer can set the tone for a great evening. Dinnertime prayer is especially important for kids enrolled in a religious private school, as taking a moment of their day to appreciate the Lord with their family will provide a much-needed moment of meditation and togetherness. We have listed below five wonderful prayers for every occasion to start your dinner off on the right foot.

When you only have a few minutes:

Bless us, dear Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen.

When you’re feeling especially grateful:

Give us grateful hearts,
O Father, for all thy mercies,
And make us mindful
Of the needs of others;
Through the grace of our Lord.
Amen.

When you need a chuckle:

Good food, Good meat, Good God, Let’s eat!

When you need a simple prayer for your child to lead:

A B C D E F G
Thank you, God,
For feeding me.
Amen.

When you feel the Lord with you:

Thank you, Lord. These are simple words but they come from simple hearts that overflow with the realization of your goodness.

We ask you to bless us as we eat, bless this food and bless the hands that prepared it. May the words of our lips spring forth from hearts of gratitude and may we bless others as we fellowship today.

Amen.

Teaching Your Child to be a Good Winner (and Loser)

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Winning and losing is inevitable in every child’s life, and how they handle both during their childhood will determine their attitude and character for many years to come. Whether your little one doesn’t make a team or they’re dealing with a friend who’s jealous of one of their accomplishments, here are a few ways to teach your child & prepare them to be gracious in victory or defeat.

Highlight Famous Failures

Every successful person on the planet has the same thing in common – they fell down many, many times before they got back up again. Michael Jordan lost over 300 games during his basketball career. Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime and he is regarded as one of the best painters to have ever lived. Harry Potter was turned down by 12 publishers before it became a worldwide phenomenon. With good examples of people who faced failure and overcame it to do amazing things, your child can rest easy that one failed test is no reason to give up on dreams of being a doctor or an astronaut.

Remind them that Life Isn’t Fair

Especially in households with more than one child, you’re bound to hear every parent’s favorite phrase a time or twelve, “that’s not fair!” Children have an innate sense of fairness and can be distressed when they see someone receive more than they do, particularly when they feel entitled to the same exact flavor of cookie or size of teddy bear. It’s important to instill early on in your children that life isn’t always fair, and that sometimes people receive/need more than others and, that when they receive more it is their duty to give and when their sibling receives more it is an opportunity to be happy that another is happy and blessed.

Congratulate them on their Effort, Not Just Results

When your kid is only praised when they are successful, failure can become even more discouraging and it can be difficult to motivate themselves to want to keep trying. Kids need to be recognized for their hard work, and their effort being noticed/appreciated will make even the biggest disappointments still worthwhile as character building and learning experiences. This is also great for when they win, because they know you are proud of their character and not just their accomplishments.

Don’t Let them Win Every Time

Letting your child win at every video game, every race, and every game of catch is a loving idea in theory, but it’s also robbing them of vital experiences. If they never have the chance to lose to someone who loves them and will win gracefully, it will be hard to lose later on in life. Additionally, they will feel entitled to always win every contest (even if it is not deserved) if they are handed every single win they get, and will have a hard time accepting when it is time for someone else to be in the spotlight. Winners are only real winners if they are honest, gracious and kind; a healthy mix of winning/losing at home will provide lots of opportunities to develop those virtues.

Don’t Compare Your Kids

Finally, your kids are unique individuals with different talents and aspirations. Nothing positive will come out of comparing them to each other, especially in a way that brings one down by wishing they were more like the other one. It’s important to recognize your children’s personalities & strengths in a positive and constructive way. The rest of the world will likely compare them through life, and they will feel secure and loved knowing you respect them both absolutely equally for exactly who they are.

At CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes, we strive to teach good values through a family like support network. To learn more about the benefits of sending your child to a Las Vegas private school, contact us at (702) 939-5050

Best Apps for a Religious Education

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There are apps everywhere – on phones, on tablets – and trying to monitor what’s under the thumbs of your children can be exhausting or just downright futile. So if you can’t beat them, join them. It may be more productive to provide your kids with bible study apps you deem acceptable for your children. Below are seven entertaining apps suitable to further a religious education.

  1. Bible App for Kids

    For children of all ages
    Apple, Android
    Free to download
    Walk through the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. Help Noah load animals onto his arc. Visit baby Jesus in his manger. Kids can explore the stories of the Bible through all sorts of interactive adventures.

  2. Superbook Bible, Video & Games

    For children of all ages
    Apple, Android
    Free to download
    Developed by the Christian Broadcasting Network, kids can view and interact with 14 full-length episodes from the Emmy-nominated series including David and Goliath, The Ten Commandments, and The First Christmas.

  3. Bible Buddies Director’s Pass

    For children ages 4+
    Apple Only
    $2.99 to download
    Allows your child to push the limits of their creativity with the ability to create, star, and share their own animated features. A wide variety of stories from the Bible are available including: The Birth of Jesus, Noah’s Ark, David & Goliath, Jonah, and more.

  4. Guardians of Ancora

    For children ages 4+, but designed for kids 9-11
    Apple, Android
    Free to download
    An epic parkour adventure game where players run across rooftops, ship masts, and slide down zip wires, meet Jesus, and help return light to the city of Ancora.

  5. David vs. Goliath – A Righteous Tale

    For children ages 9+
    Apple, Android
    Free to download
    A well-produced and well-acted interactive story where you help David go from shepherd to hero as he slings and fights his way to face Goliath. Comes with dozens of chapters including over 100 achievements and 7 mini-games.

  6. Granny’s Bible Dojo

    For children ages 4+, but designed for kids 9-11
    Apple, Android
    Free to download
    A fast-action fun experience where players advance through various levels by selecting the books of the Bible in order.

The academic program at CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes is both well-rounded and challenging. Along with our core curriculum, we offer an assortment of specialty programs such as: Spanish; music; art; and computer science, where students have the opportunity to learn programming skills, website design, photo manipulation, and video game design for the iPad.

To learn more about the benefits of choosing a private school in Las Vegas, or to learn how to fund all or part of your child’s private school education, contact us at (702) 939-5050 today.

Three Fun DIY Projects to Try This Weekend

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Las Vegas is an amazing place to raise a child, especially since you can now send your child to private school for free. However, during those Saturdays and Sundays that school isn’t in session, you can bring the whole family together with these three Christian related DIY projects that will make your children smile and help bring them closer to God. We’ve covered other bible-related arts and crafts and Christmas-specific crafts, and are excited to bring you even more ways to get some creative family time in.

Homeless Blessing Bags

Take the family down to the dollar store and pick up items such as socks, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, snacks, small bottled waters, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant, and other essentials that less fortunate people would be grateful to receive. You can then make ‘blessing bags’ (we suggest gallon size Ziploc storage bags to hold the items) together to keep in your car, and (under supervision) have your children bring them to the needy. They will never forget how much joy it will bring them to give to others generously, and you will never forget how proud having a kind and selfless child will make you.

Prayer Sticks

This is one of the best Christian projects that helps teach your kids how to pray and give thanks in a number of different ways. All you need is a jar, popsicle sticks, and a sharpie. Write down different methods of prayer that your family enjoys such as ‘read today’s gospel’ and ‘write in my prayer journal’ and whenever you need inspiration for how to give thanks on any particular day, you will have a jar full of ideas made with love.

Verse of the Week Board

For this craft, you’ll need a board and a clothespin for each member of the household, a hot glue gun, and as many colors and types of paint/glitter/buttons/feathers your heart desires! Have your little ones decorate the boards however they like, so long as they write ‘verse of the week’ somewhere on it. You can then glue the clothespins where appropriate and put a new verse on each child’s board every week (which can be hung in their rooms) for their own personal reflection and prayer whenever they see it.

You can discover even more fun family Biblical activities here! To learn more about Private Christian schools, private school in Las Vegas, or to schedule a tour of our school, contact us at 702-939-5050.

From Sympathy to Empathy: How to Teach Kids Christ-like Compassion

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As a faithful parent, you already know the importance of teaching empathy to your child. However, you might be wondering what concrete steps you can take to raise a more compassionate, Christian little one.

It’s easy to be sympathetic. You express your interest in people while still maintaining a safe distance. However, empathy actually requires you to imagine yourself as another person. Jesus was always sensitive to the plight of those in need, and it’s important to encourage the same thoughtfulness in your child.

Talk About Your Feelings

When you explain to your child why you’re feeling a particular way, you remind them that other people experience all the same emotions they do. Sometimes it might be frustrating when people act in certain ways. Remind your child that forgiveness is easier when we try to understand others’ motivations. If we are respectful when dealing with other people, they are more likely to treat us with respect.

Acknowledge When Others Display Compassion

Always remember the importance of leading by example. If you show compassion toward others, your child is more likely to show compassion too. When you see other people showing compassionate behavior, praise it. Prayer is also an effective way to help your child consider the needs and perspective of other people.

Try an Active Approach

The next time you’re watching TV or reading a book, ask your child how a character might be feeling. How is the character like your child? Another great activity to grow your child’s compassion involves a trip to the second hand store. Once you arrive, have your child look at all of the different pairs of shoes. Ask your child to pick out one pair in particular and to try to imagine the person who might have worn those shoes. What might life be like for that person? Does your child think that God plays an important part in that person’s life?

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 NIV

Encouraging empathy is no easy task, but these ideas are sure to get you off on the right foot. By way of growing closer to others through empathy, you will help bring your child closer to God. For information on how to secure financial aid for private school we encourage you to contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.

A Family Guide to Helping Others

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The definition of a strong family bond differs from family to family. While there is no right or wrong meaning, spending quality time together is one of the main ways to strengthen the familial unit. As a family of faith, you have one more obligation. Service to others is part of the contract between you and God, and what better way to strengthen your family, and community, than to serve God through community service?

Service with a Smile

The example of quality service was set by Jesus, as a way to connect to those around us. When we think of helping others, we may have the mistaken idea that it has to be a huge deal, with a great time commitment; it doesn’t. Helping someone might be as simple as giving them a ride somewhere, buying them some milk while you are at the store, or rolling their trash cans to the curb. Family members of all ages can help others and will feel joy for having done it. Service to others is an act of love which brings us closer to God.

Share You

Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses. Many times, family members will complement each other in that manner, using their own strength where the other is weak. The same goes for service- find an area in which your family is strong and provide that to others. It might be baking cookies for a fundraiser, or organizing a group to clean up the local park. Someone in your community needs your strengths right now.

We Will Eventually Need Help Too

When life throws you a curve, and it will, remember to allow others to help you. Just as you have come to enjoy being of service to others, others wish to be of service to you too. Let your spouse, children, neighbors and community aid you in your time of need. It will bring you closer together, as well as closer to God.

Did you know that you can potentially send your child to private school for free? Even if you’ve filed for bankruptcy or have gone through some form of financial hardship, you may still qualify for financial aid. For information about financial aid for private school, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.