Mrs. Kerr Wins Teacher of the Year by Ivars

Posted on June 13, 2019

Our congratulations go out to CPCS 4th grade teacher, Mrs. LaWonna Kerr. She was honored in elementary chapel this morning by Ivar's Restaurants as Ivar's "Teacher of the Year" for 2019. 

Mrs. Kerr was nominated by CPC 5th grade student, Ashley Uusitalo. Ivar's held an essay contest that several hundred students participated in. Ashley's essay was chosen as the grand prize winner! Ashley's essay mentioned Mrs. Kerr's creative teaching style that always makes learning fun. Mrs. Kerr gives opportunity for students to challenge themselves to excel, and always takes the time to express care and concern for her students by stopping to listen and be a true friend. 

Mrs. Kerr received a $500.00 check from Ivar's for classroom supplies! She was interviewed by a local TV station, Q13 Fox News. 

We are blessed to have Mrs. Kerr at CPC!

Track & Field Athlete Recognition

Posted on June 13, 2019

We would like to recognize some of our phenomenal track and field athletes:


Sam Van Peursem - STATE CHAMP in the shot put and discus. He is also ranked top 10 in the nation for shot put.

Kaitlyn Ventler - 7th in State in the 200 meter dash

Mikaehla Brown - 8th in State in the javelin


Mark Riise - 5th in State in discus

Track & Field Athlete Recognition

Posted on June 13, 2019

We would like to recognize some of our phenomenal track and field athletes:


Sam Van Peursem - STATE CHAMP in the shot put and discus. He is also ranked top 10 in the nation for shot put.

Kaitlyn Ventler - 7th in State in the 200 meter dash

Mikaehla Brown - 8th in State in the javelin


Mark Riise - 5th in State in discus

Track & Field Athlete Recognition

Posted on June 13, 2019

We would like to recognize some of our phenomenal track and field athletes:


Sam Van Peursem - STATE CHAMP in the shot put and discus. He is also ranked top 10 in the nation for shot put.

Kaitlyn Ventler - 7th in State in the 200 meter dash

Mikaehla Brown - 8th in State in the javelin


Mark Riise - 5th in State in discus

Cubs Run With Pride!

Posted on May 17, 2019

Students on the Lynnwood Campus ran, jogged or walked around the school while listening to music making for an exciting fun-filled day at our annual Jog-A-Thon!

Spring Concert

Posted on May 17, 2019

Music was in the air at the Lynnwood Elementary Campus Spring Concert on Thursday, May 16th.  Under the direction of Mr. Curt VanderPoel Kindergarten through 6th grades hosted its final concert for the 2018-2019 school year.

Hooray for Book Fair and Loose Change Drive 2019!

Posted on March 23, 2019

Our All Aboard Book Fair Express and Loose Change Drive was a screaming success!  Enjoy all our fun moments

Mrs. Sawtell's Amazing Third Grade Biographies!

Posted on January 28, 2019

Lynnwood Campus Open House & Family Art Night January 31st, 7 p.m.

Posted on January 10, 2019

Our Family Art Night will be in conjunction with our Open House on Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m.  This will be a great time for parents to spend a fun evening in the classroom with their child creating masterpieces together!  Learn more about our mission and curriculum, take a tour of our campus and meet our staff!

Christmas Program

Posted on December 11, 2018

Under the direction of Mr. Curt Vanderpoel Kindergarten through sixth grade students on the Lynnwood campus celebrated the Christmas season with a joyous evening of Christmas song and show celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!

Senior Sam Van Peursem Signs Letter of Intent to Attend UW

Posted on November 15, 2018

Senior Sam Van Peursem signed his letter of intent with the University of Washington for track and field. Congratulations Sam!

McFun at McTeacher's Night!

Posted on October 22, 2018

Teachers from the Lynnwood Campus poured shakes, sold cookies and served hamburgers at McDonald's tonight!  A great turnout kept the restaurant busy for an evening of fun, fellowship and french fries while providing students, faculty and parents with the opportunity to increase school pride while generating funds for the school.  McTeacher's Night was a smashing success showing the tremendous support families have for the faculty at Cedar Park Lynnwood and is a great social event for parents and students creating a family atmosphere while dining under the Golden Arches!

See You At The Pole 2018

Posted on September 26, 2018

Students, teachers and parents gathered for See You at the Pole 2018,  a global day of student prayer.  A yearly tradition on the Lynnwood Campus, students prayed for our school, churches, community and nation.  


Open House Pizza Night!

Posted on September 01, 2018

We kicked off our 2018-2019 school year with an evening of pizza and fun!  Open House was an opportunity for our school families to greet teachers, drop off supplies as well as being informative!  We are excited for the new school year!

IS Students Participate in Spring Sports 2018

Posted on June 25, 2018

Our Independent Study students have been active in Spring sports this 2017-18 school year. From top row left to right, then bottom row left to right:

  1. Matthew Attalah (basketball)
  2. Kyle Sledge (rowing)
  3. Skye Bonner (track)
  4. Abby Perrigoue (basketball)
  5. Max (track)
  6. Lauren McNamara (baseball)
  7. Austin (soccer)

2018 IS Graduates

Posted on June 07, 2018

Here are a few of our Independent Study 2018 graduates and their stories of how they have benefited from the IS program. Read the Spring 2018 newsletter for more of our graduates stories!

Independent Study has blessed me, Katelyn Harper, in more ways than I can possibly imagine. IS has allowed me to have all the blessings of homeschooling, but has also given me the drive and determination to succeed. Independent Study has also given me the freedom to steadfastly pursue my dream of being a collegiate athlete in swimming. With 20+ hours a week of training in the pool, Independent Study has allowed me to focus on my sport and be able to serve in various areas of my church. I have been blessed to be on the leadership team of my youth group throughout my high school years and I have participated in several mission trips to the Yakama Indian Reservation. Beginning this Fall semester, I will be competing for the Biola University swim and dive team. I will be studying nursing. I know I would not have been able to achieve these goals without the unwavering support of my parents as well as my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “And we know that for those who love God all things word together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Hi, my name is Josie Marie Torrence, a 12th grade senior in the IS program at Cedar Park Christian School. I knew about CPC because I had gone to the Bellevue campus prior to entering intot IS. It has been a joy to work with Dr. McIntosh for the past five years, especially getting help on my research. I like that we can go at our own pace, yet still be on track for graduation. I also like that I got to choose two classes on campus Art and Choir, which allowed me to meet new people. This Fall I will be starting at Everett Community College in the two-year nursing program and the 30 hour childcare certificate. Then, I plan on transferring to UW Bothell for my BSN, while still working at CPC in the extended care-program and daycare.

Hello, my name is Kyle Sledge. I began Independent Study at Cedar Park two years ago when I moved to Washington. Independent Study has given me the chance to enjoy the flexibility of IS and the ability to steer my education in the direction I choose. I decided to join Cedar Park Christian Independent Study because I wanted an academic challenge, the opportunity to advance my studies, and the flexibility to dedicate time to a new sport; rowing with the club in Everett. Crew is practically a year-round sport, with practices running for three hours a day from Monday through Saturday and with regattas held nearly every weekend in the Fall and Spring, so attending a tradition school was not an option. Participating in Cedar Park Independent Study allowed me to finish most of my schoolwork before going to rowing practice in the afternoons. I have even had the time to pursue other interests like playing the guitar. Independent Study lets me balance my academic interests and my love for rowing. I would recommend the IS program for people who want to be academically challenged and still have the freedom to participate in rigorous outside activities. Next year, I will attend the University of Washington, School of Engineering and study Bioengineering and Pre-Medicine. My goal, Lord willing, is to become a surgeon.

3 ways your child will benefit from playing youth football

Posted by: Steve Alic on April 23, 2018

Football is blue-collar America. It’s working class, working together.

In this game – America’s favorite game – there are no isolation plays that cast a team aside. Nor are there intentional walks to avoid an obstacle.

In life, like in football, the easy route is rarely an option.

Reflecting early America, football fields are wide and open, but a stout defense – like challenging terrain – can hinder the most determined advance.

And great teams are united, like the states we call home.

By playing this sport, young athletes learn football’s timeless qualities of leadership, responsibility, perseverance and teamwork.

The passion evoked by football is as timeless as its values of sacrifice and discipline, standing forever firm regardless of society’s swings.

Every year, millions of children age 6 to 14 take to football fields across America to play the game they love. They may not realize it, but these young athletes are enjoying the benefits of physical exercise while learning life lessons through the sport:

  1. Studies show that being physically active through football lowers body fat, strengthens muscles and increases the likelihood of continuing good health habits later in life.
  2. Football also introduces young players to new social groups and to a set of coaches who serve as role models. 
  3. Research shows athletes tend to have higher levels of self-esteem and lower levels of depression.

To the kids, though, the game is about fun, friendships and camaraderie. It’s about achieving success or learning from failure then lining right back up to try again.

Football has captured America’s imagination for a century. There’s no better time to be a part of the game than right now. Take it from sports psychologist Dr. Chris Carr and former NFL linebacker Hardy Nickerson below:

Moods - From the Office of Dr. Clint Behrends

Posted on April 17, 2018

“The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Alexis de Tocqueville 178….

Cedar Park Christian Schools are blessed with parents who understand and aspire to follow Alexis de Tocqueville’s insightful analysis of what makes America exceptional. Earnestly teaching and living Biblical values is the difference between America and other nations. When America ceases to follow Biblical morality, based in faith, it will not remain great. In today’s culture the true challenge is to remain faithful, even though the definition of success seems to have changed to be “who can amass the most things.” We forget faithfulness is what matters most.

Nancy Pearcy, in her book “Finding Truth” refers to “the stupid years.” They are the years spent turning your back on the church and looking for a more sophisticated creed to live by. For young people it occurs often when they can’t appreciate “good” because they don’t have enough experiences to objectively compare how Christianity really works compared to other philosophies. Stupid years often arise when idealism, emotionalism, and naivety displace wisdom and experience. It is interesting that even as adults who have lived with many of the negative repercussions of enticement and self-indulgence, we still need encouragement to remain steadfast in faithfulness.

As parents, we have a wonderful, but limited, window of opportunity to give children a foundation of essential critical thinking skills which they will need before they are inundated with a thousand subtle sinister messages from culture.

C.S. Lewis was correct when he said the real struggle is to overcome ourselves and our moods:

“For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.

The rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where to get off’ you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion.

Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.

The first step is to recognize the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why prayers daily and religious reading and church going are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.

And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?”

Lewis is not speaking of children in this quote, but adults. In this world, there is a constant and continuous battle, not only for the hearts and minds of our children, but for the hearts and minds of all of us. As a result, each of us needs people and the church to remind and encourage us in what we believe. We know what we need most, but what we want now often pulls us away from what we really want most.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn said:

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.”

In many ways, it is a daunting life for the Christian of today to remain steadfast in the faith amidst so many allurements and contrary voices. If life were as simple as making one choice, one time, the human mind would not be so prone to compromise, confusion, and rationalizing behavior.

While salvation is the beginning of a new life and assures eternity, it does not always translate into a biblical thought process. Learning to understand what Truth is, what the Word of God says, what it means, and how to apply it to life, is unique in today’s world. We all need encouragement, inspiration, role models, and mentors to sharpen our critical thinking skills. If we expect our children to live out life as Christians, it just makes common sense that they are exposed to a consistent worldview through parents, school, mentors, and the church.

It takes the body of Christ working together.

Dr. Clint Behrends, CPCS Superintendent

School Safety by Dr. Clint Behrends

Posted by: Dr. Clint Behrends on March 22, 2018

School Safety

Virtually every graduate of the American school system remembers the inescapable monotony of fire and earthquake drills. Over the last twenty years, Cedar Park Christian Schools have consistently conducted emergency drills with a workmanlike conscientiousness. Recently, in light of the tragic mass school shootings throughout the nation, emergency procedures and drills have taken on a more serious nature for everyone concerned. Lockdown procedures now head the list of priority procedures.

Just last week, principals of Cedar Park Christian Schools were instructed to send notices to parents concerning several immediate security changes planned for each of our campuses. We are also assembling a committee of security professionals to audit and revise security issues with an emphasis on unauthorized intrusion. Next August, during Teacher In-service training, we will dedicate one day toward reviewing and practicing emergency procedures. While we pray each day for God’s protection, we also want to make every effort to ensure that every staff member is confident and prepared in case the Lord needs to use us in a difficult situation.

The school shootings in Florida appear to be a flashpoint for many; they symbolize the chaos running rampant throughout culture. It is both sad and ironic that we are living in the richest and most sophisticated nation the world has ever known, yet America has historic levels of homelessness, opioid overdoses, and suicides. Obviously, something is missing in the hearts of man.

Day by day there are new cries for action, students defiantly marching out of classes, legislatures boldly demanding new gun laws, parents insisting on more security at schools, all with the hope of solving an issue that most recognize cannot be solved with more cops, less guns, or more practice.

John Adams, our second President, said that the American Constitution is meant only for a “moral and religious people” and is “wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote on his visit to America that “religion and local voluntary association serve as glue to hold the democracy together.”

What is occurring in America is what inevitably happens to any culture as it loses its moral conscience and virtue. It collapses under the weight of sinfulness and selfishness. The more citizens focus on their individual rights and privileges rather than their duties and responsibilities, the more narcissism is amplified. As America loses its moral compass and seeks answers from the wrong places, its citizens become more isolated, more individualistic, more disturbed, and more dysfunctional. People who live without hope become lonely troubled people who fall through the cracks, and we end up with more moral and ethical tragedies like the shootings in Florida.

The only appropriate response is found in Christ and His character. When you raise virtuous people, freedom is sustainable, but without virtue, chaos. Accordingly, the ultimate reason so many parents believe in Christian education, and I and my colleagues feel “called” to work in a Christian school, is that we understand education is more than facts and figures. It is about teaching virtue and character and selflessness. It is about not conforming to the pattern of this world, but being transformed by the renewing of your mind.

-Dr. Clint Behrends,  CPCS Superintendent

Catch the Vision!

Posted on March 07, 2018

We have a huge Football Fest and Cheer event coming up on Sunday April 22nd from 4:00 till 6:00 in the CPC Bothell High School gymnasium.  Pre-register to hold your spot on a team.  We will only be taking 25 players per team so don’t wait and lose out.  You must come to Football Fest to finalize your registration or you will lose your reserved spot.  The first hour is about games, bouncy houses, activities and pizza for the kids while the parents get a chance to ask questions, talk to the coaches and finalize registration.  The 2nd hour we will all come together to hear about and see the future and vision of CPC Football!  There will be a raffle for tv’s, blue rays, free museum tour of HALO, and Xbox consoles.  This is an event you will not want to miss!

Welcome to CPC Football News!

Posted on March 06, 2018

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Samantha Edwards' Journey to West Point

Posted on February 28, 2018

Samantha Edwards and Her Journey to West Point Samantha Edwards has always been very determined. The reason for this may surprise people, but she attributes it to her homeschooling. Sammie has been home-schooled for all of her schooling, with the last four years through the Independent Study Program at Cedar Park Christian School. According to Sammie, homeschooling forced her to push herself out of her comfort zone and to participate in various activities; swimming, community service and academics being the main focus.

Homeschooling not only helped Sammie grasp concepts quickly, but also taught her how to be a self-disciplined and an independent learner. Sammie said, “I knew that I wanted to push myself harder, so I started doing Independent Study, with my advisor, through Cedar Park Christian as a freshman.

As a competitive swimmer for many years, both in a year-around club program and on a high school team, Sammie has been blessed with success. Sammie was a three-time All-Conference selection in the KINGCO athletic league and achieved recognition this year as a Scholastic All American and as an invitee to the U.S. Winter Junior Nationals. This coming Fall, Sammie will continue her swimming at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she has recently received an appointment.

For Sammie, however, swimming has been much more than just competing to win races. She said, “swimming teaches you about yourself and helps you to push past each plateau and those times of self-doubt.” Sammie has learned to heed the advice from family, more experienced swimming peers and coaches. Sammie remarked, “they taught me that you must have perseverance; which to me is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” For Sammie, that is the essence of swimming; persevering and enduring through countless hours of practice and pain each day.

Sammie’s family has been influential. Sammie describes some of their advice as follows: “my family has always told me, ‘it’s not how many times you get knocked down’… and before they could finish, my 10-year-old self would role my eyes and finish the sentence with ‘I know, it’s how many times you get back up.’” Sammie continues, “it was only after years of successes and failures in athletic competition, that I took this childhood quotation to heart and fully grasped its meaning.” For Sammie, this saying is a reminder to keep trying, and it symbolizes hope and purpose and helps her keep her eye on her goals.

Sammie has been asked why she has chosen to attend West Point. Sammie gives a simple reply: “I consider myself a patriot. I am very proud and very blessed to call this great country my home. I want to give back to my country and to protect everything for which this nation stands. Our country is a symbol of freedom for the whole world and a beacon of hope for the oppressed. Our freedom must never be taken for granted and each generation of citizens must find within its ranks, those who are willing to sacrifice to preserve that freedom. I want to do my part, and I believe I can do this by serving in the military and being a leader of fellow patriots.”

Lastly, Sammie remarked: “I will always be deeply grateful to CPCS and the Independent Study program”. “IS has given me the opportunity to work and excel at my own pace, to gain knowledge, to mature emotionally and socially and to grow in my faith in Christ. Each of these areas has helped me to move forward toward my journey to West Point.”

Cedar Park Robotics Wins 2nd Place at State Championship

Posted on February 13, 2018

Cedar Park Robotics Eagles (FTC 11120) won Finalist Award (second place) at the FTC State Championship today! There were 35 teams competing at this event. CPR EAGLES and 10 other teams (out of 157 teams in Washington) will advance to Super Regional West Championship representing 12 states. In additional to Championship second place, the team was also the runner up for Control Award.

The Super Regional West Championship will take place March 9-11 in Spokane, WA.

Congratulations to the students and the mentors: Sam Hunter (12), Chip Tang (11), Joshua Elmore (10), Keeghen MacPherson (10), Dany Wu (9), Michelle Zhang (9), John Guthrie (9), Remington Secrist (9), Eric Hoelscher (9), and Kevin Ellis (8). Mentors are Richard Elmore, Jeanette Elmore, Jamie Hunter, and David Hoelscher. Also, Screech visited the competition and cheered on the team. Thank you Screech!

Students Excel with the Accelerated Reader Program

Bellevue Campus

Posted on January 12, 2018

The fourth - sixth grade students at the Bellevue Campus are excelling in their extra-curricular reading with the use of the Accelerated Reading Program. After reading a book of their choice from Mrs. Strickland’s classroom library of over 400 books, student’s comprehension is assessed by means of a computer-based quiz that tests general knowledge of the book in a multiple choice format of 10 questions.

Students are competing for classroom rewards in a reading contest that ends at the end of the first semester. The computer keeps track not only of the comprehension questions answered correctly, but also even the exact number of individual words each student has read thus far. Points are awarded based on the number of questions answered correctly as well as the difficulty of the book read.

Extra-curricular reading is one of the activities emphasized for the students when they finish their regular curriculum assignments. Because excellent readers become excellent students, Mrs. Strickland is so pleased to see the children eager to read and participate in the AR program.

Bellevue Campus Kindergarten Sneak Peek

For Parents of Pre4 & PreK Students

Posted on January 08, 2018

Have you ever wondered what a CPCS kindergarten classroom looks like “in action”? How is a Christian world view integrated into the curriculum? What does the curriculum actually look like? What concepts are taught? How will my child fit in? This is your chance to find out!

Kindergarten Sneak Peeks are the perfect opportunity to observe the kindergarten class in action. These 45 min. visits can be scheduled most mornings in January and February. Contact Mrs. Johnson at to reserve your “sneak peek”!

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