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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

Salmon Project!

Posted on March 28, 2018

Today our 5th and 6th Grade Classes went to the Willow Creek Hatchery on behalf of the Lynnwood Campus and released the salmon that we’ve been raising since they were eggs. What an amazing experience the children had, they definitely learned so much!

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

Library Loose Change Drive on the Lynnwood Campus!

Posted on March 12, 2018

The book fair is closed but there is still fun to be had! An  anonymous donor is gifting $300.00 to the class who has the highest AVERAGE on the last day of our Loose Change Drive which is Wednesday, March 21st at 9 a.m.!  So get your tractors ready to pull all that loose change in!

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.”

IS Students Play Fall Sports 2017-18

Posted on February 28, 2018

IS students are actively participating in sports for the 2017-18 school year! Here are some photos of our students.

  1. Abby Perrigoue
  2. Sammie Edwards
  3. Zach Blosser
  4. William Cunningham
  5. Lauren McNamara
  6. Jacob Vicovan
  7. Alex Edwards
  8. Noah Vicovan
  9. Morgan Perrigoue

IS Students Participate in Operation Christmas Child

Posted on February 28, 2018

Teaching a Life of Giving to Jesus

As part of our global outreach, IS students have once again blessed children around the world. This has been an exciting service project connected with the Franklin Graham ministry. Many IS students participated in the shoebox ministry this year. What a blessing it is to give of our time and resources, and to make a difference in the lives of others!

Down On The Farm Scholastic Book Fair!

Posted on February 19, 2018

Our "Down on the Farm" Book Fair is here!  Come to the farm and have some fun with exciting new books kids want to read from Scholastic and other popular publishers Feb. 26 - March 9th during school hours.  Stay awhile on Thursday, March 1st and enjoy extended shopping hours 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Watch us fill our silo with our loose change drive Feb. 27 - March 21st.  
The Farm Stand will be open for Italian Sodas, Pink Cookies and Ice Cream Bars!  
Your support of the Book Fair and Loose Change Drive helps buy books for our library!

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!

Former CPCS, Lynnwood Campus, student chosen to carry the Olympic Torch!

Posted on January 20, 2018

Haeun Lee attended Cedar Park Christian, Lynnwood campus, as an international student in the 2015 to 2017 school years for fifth and sixth grade.  Morgan Brockmann, sixth grade teacher on the Lynnwood Campus and her husband hosted Haeun in their home.  Haeun not only became a family member of the Brockmann family, she was also a special student on the Lynnwood Campus!

Returning to Korea Haeun entered a nationwide contest for an opportunity to be an official Torch Bearer in the 2018 Olympic Torch Relay.  The theme was “Let Everyone Shine” with an emphasis highlighting those who achieve in their community and those who seek their dreams to open new horizons.  In Korea a nationwide contest asked people to write an essay about something that they pursued that changed their lives.  

Sharing her experiences while living in America with the Brockmann family, Hauen wrote about how the opportunity changed who she was.

Hauen was selected to interview in front of the Olympic Committee and was chosen out of many candidates for the once-in-a-lifetime honour of carrying the official Olympic Torch which she proudly did on January 8th, 2018!

Senior Jamie Copeland Steps Up to New Challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Posted on January 16, 2018

HERALDNET.COM: Jamie Copeland, who lives in Snohomish, is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. The ASB president still tries new things, such as cheerleading this year, and pulls a 4.0 in a demanding honors and STEM program.


Q: You are the president of the Associated Student Body. What are you working on?

A: At the moment we have homecoming. Our school doesn’t have a football team. So basketball is our big sport. So we do our homecoming court and our homecoming in January, so we’ve been planning for that.

Q: What drew you to leadership?

A: The people I saw in leadership were kind of who I was striving to be. Like when I was in eighth grade and I was looking up at the seniors, I thought those people are really setting a good example. I wanted to do that myself. So I stepped up and got involved. It was a great way to get involved in school, too, and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed in high school.

Q: Why is it important?

A: Especially at this school because it’s such a small school, by being involved I’ve been able to help others, myself included, to find more friends and just have greater relationships with people. And also as the leader now … to go out more to people who don’t have a place and include them.

Q: What else are you involved in?

A: I’m on our (National Honor Society); I’m the vice president of service this year. I’m in cheer right now. I’ve done volleyball, basketball, track and field. And I’m in our STEM program right now. Actually me and the other person in it are going to be the two first who will be graduating with the STEM diploma.

Q: What is the STEM diploma?

A: So it’s science, technology, engineering and math. It’s a separate diploma, so you have to do different requirements, electives and classes. So I’ve taken computer science. I’m in engineering design now. I’ve taken video game design, web design. It also requires you to take four years of math and science, which also goes along with our honors program that I’m in as well.

Q: Why was this something you wanted to pursue?

A: I think probably just the higher diploma. I like math but I’m not a huge science person. But our engineering design class I enjoy quite a bit more than I thought I would. … I think I just wanted to figure out something I’d be good at, because I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do for college.

Q: What are your plans?

A: At this point I’m waiting for acceptance letters. … I’ve considered possibly doing elementary education or physician’s assistant or physical therapy, but I haven’t narrowed down on one. I kind of just want to do something where I can help people. With elementary kids, I feel like that’s a really vital time of their life where you can pour into them, and I love kids.

Q: Do you have any teachers you look up to?

A: There are so many mentors that have poured into my life and they really care about us here. I think that one that has been like my best friend is our teacher Mrs. (Ann) Gillis. She was my eighth-grade through sophomore year math teacher and she’s also the ASB adviser. So she’s taught me a lot. She’s a really good teacher, but on a personal level she also knows me so well. I’ll sometimes go in her office and we’ll just talk for an hour. She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve met in my entire life.

Q: This is your first year doing cheer?

A: All other years I played basketball. We went to state last year. … I just decided I wanted to go out with that as my last memory of basketball. Our boys team is supposed to be really good this year. So I decided to stay in the basketball realm and join something new. We went in blind, and it’s been so much fun so far.

Q: You’re also involved in your church?

A: I love going there and just spending time there. It’s been so much fun. I’ve gotten such close relationships with the people there. I just came back from a mission trip in July to El Salvador. It was just awesome.

Q: What does it feel like to be at this stage?

A: There’s a lot of different emotions that you feel. I feel the stress of “oh my gosh, I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life.” … I’m in that stage where I’m like I don’t really want to leave high school yet, but I’m also a little bit ready to go and just experience something new.

-Melissa Slager: mslager@heraldnet.com

Paper Bag Book Reports

Bellevue Campus

Posted on January 12, 2018

The second and third graders in Mrs. Rohwer's class are learning to be self-confident speakers as they present Book Bag Reports. A small bag is decorated with  illustrations of the main characters, the setting, and an important part of the plot. Small items that help the presenter remember some of their favorite parts of the book are placed in the bag. The class is very attentive as they listen and watch to find out what exciting book they may want to read next!

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.


Led by senior trio, CPC MLT basketball team stays unbeaten

Posted on January 11, 2018

Erwin Weary, Jaide St. Lewis and Ryan Maxwell combine for 48 points in a 62-45 win over Tulalip Heritage.

  • By Cameron Van Til - The Herald
  • Friday, January 5, 2018 10:50pm

Erwin Weary is one of Snohomish County’s top scorers, averaging nearly 30 points per game with a smooth outside shot, rangy athleticism and impressive ball handling. “I’ve been a varsity coach for 20 years, and he’s the most skilled player I’ve ever had by far,” CPC-MLT coach Scott Moe said of his 6-foot-4 star point guard.

But the unbeaten Lions are more than a one-man show.

Weary, Jaide St. Lewis and Ryan Maxwell combined for 48 points and 36 rebounds Friday night, each recording a double-double as visiting CPC-MLT remained perfect with a 62-45 win over Tulalip Heritage in a showdown between the Northwest 1B League’s top two teams.

“At this level, not too many teams have that,” Moe said of the senior trio.

The Lions (12-0 overall, 6-0 Northwest 1B) were without second-leading scorer Jacob Schley for Friday’s small-school showdown, which pitted two teams that entered the night with numerous blowout victories and only one loss combined.

But CPC-MLT dominated from the start, rolling to a 34-13 halftime lead in front of an energetic crowd packed into the Tulalip Heritage gym.

The Lions have outscored opponents by 35 points per game this season, winning all but one contest by 16 points or more.

“Coach doesn’t even talk about (our record),” Weary said. “He just talks about getting better every day. We focus on winning practice. And if we can do as well as we do in practice every day, I think we can go a long way.”

Weary scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second and third quarters and grabbed 11 rebounds. St. Lewis, a 6-foot-2 forward, added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Maxwell, a 6-foot-3 forward, chipped in 10 points and a team-high 14 boards.

“Those guys are big and strong,” Moe said of St. Lewis and Maxwell. “It helps to have some size inside, and then combine that with a point guard like Erwin who’s 6-foot-4 and can handle the ball.”

Weary, an ultra-talented senior, is remarkably playing just his second season of high school basketball. Cut twice from the Edmonds-Woodway basketball program during his freshman and sophomore years, he briefly considered giving up the sport.

But after moving with his family and enrolling at CPC-MLT, Weary enjoyed a breakout junior campaign last season. The versatile lefty standout averaged 30 points per game — including a 54-point performance Dec. 22, 2017, against Rainier Christian — and led the Lions to the Class 1B state regionals.

Weary is putting up massive numbers again this season, yet more efficiently.

“He’s scored the same as he did last year, but on far fewer shots,” Moe said. “He’s letting the game come to him and really understanding what it means to make his teammates better.”

Despite the loss, Tulalip Heritage (11-2, 6-1) has already surpassed its win total from last year, when the Hawks went 10-13 in their first losing season since 2007-08.

The biggest difference this season has been a commitment to defense under first-year coach Cyrus Fryberg, who previously coached the girls basketball program. After allowing 52.1 points per game last year, Tulalip Heritage is holding opponents to 43.2 points per contest this season.

“We’re trying to play harder defensively than we’ve ever played,” Fryberg said. “And (it’s) been working. We’ve been really, really focused on what we’re doing defensively and just letting the offense come to us.”

Paul Shay Jr. had a team-high 13 points for the Hawks, who heated up after the halftime break with 32 second-half points.

The two teams meet again Jan. 26 at CPC-MLT.

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 dana.j@cedarpark.org to reserve your “sneak peek”!

CPCS Bothell HS & MS Serve Day 2017

Posted on December 13, 2017

On December 12 CPC Bothell HS & MS participated in Serve Day 2017. In addition to the students who brought donations, they had 55 students who served in the making of 120 care kits and collection and packaging of over 1,000 food items for the food bank. Also Christmas cards to veterans were mailed out and cards and cookies were handed out as the Rev choir caroled in retirement homes. Thank you Sara Boyd for coordinating Serve Day 2017!

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