2012 October Newsletter
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CrossRoad Christian Schools Newsletter
Issue: #4 October 2012
Harvest Field Image
The Harvest Fields are Ripe!

Although in sunny California nature appears to have delayed bursting forth in the autumn array of yellows, oranges, and browns, retail stores, unlike nature, are filled with signs of the change of season. They are stocked with candy, costumes, and masks of all kinds, shapes and dimensions. In celebration of Halloween the shelves are covered with orange and black items...from candy to paint.


Halloween is the second largest holiday of the year. Millions of dollars are spent in celebration. Up until the last few decades of the 20th century it was primarily regarded as a children's holiday. However, in more recent years, it has grown increasingly more popular with adults as well.


As Christians how should we approach Halloween? Is there a Biblical way to observe this secular holiday? For Christians, the Halloween dilemma may be a "disputable matter" ("doubtful disputations") as described under Romans 14. These are matters that lack clear and specific direction from the Bible. Ultimately, we each have to follow our own convictions regarding the observance of Halloween.


Christians are strongly divided on their perspectives on the observance of Halloween. Some feel complete freedom to observe the holiday, many boycott or ignore it, some run and hide from it, while others celebrate it through more positive and imaginative observances or Christian alternatives to Halloween, and still others choose to take advantage of Halloween's evangelistic opportunities.


We at CrossRoad Christian Academy have chosen the latter approach...a Christian alternative taking full advantage of evangelistic opportunities.


At this time of year our Annual Family Fall Festival, is the evangelistic vehicle we use to reach out to our "field" - the families of the South Bay area and surrounding communities, to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to providing free food, drinks, candy, carnival games, and prizes, we permit participants to come dressed in costumes excluding, witches, ghosts, or horror characters. Bible characters are encouraged.


As a Christian school we are always mindful of the fact that there are many who have not heard the Gospel and those who have heard but have yet to make a commitment to Jesus Christ. A quality education is important for this life, but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is of paramount importance for this life and the life to come.


The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,

that he will send forth labourers into his harvest

Matt 9:37-38


We are the labourers that Christ is emploring us to pray for. We are those who should clear the harvest fields. Let us remember to take the time and make the effort to preach Christ and His finished work with every opportunity presented to us. We must see the way that Jesus sees and take the steps necessary to bring in the great harvest that He has already prepared for us.


Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;

for they are white already to harvest.

John 4:35b


The fields are ripe for harvest!


Spotlight On...


"Spotlight On" is a new monthly series wherein a CCA Teacher from our Elementary School or an Instructor from our Middle School will be featured. You will have the opportunity to take an up close and personal look at each member of our teaching staff.


Each teacher/instructor writes his/her own autobiography in the style which he/she chooses and reveals unique, fun and interesting information about topics of their choice. Such topics may include education, career info, interests, idiosyncrasies, habits...both good and bad, family, dreams, hobbies, trips taken, etc. Enjoy this column as we put the spotlight on the CCA teaching staff.


This month the spotlight is on...

Mr. Pruette headshot Don Pruette
Math & Social Studies Teacher


Mr. Pruette graduated from the University of South Alabama with degrees in History and Political Science. He served as News Editor of The Vanguard, winning the Alabama Press Association Award for College News Reporting. He was also active in Model United Nations, and won gold medals at the South East Model United Nations and Spring Hill Invitational Model United Nations. He earned his teaching credential from California State University at Long Beach, where he graduated with a 4.0 gpa and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. If you find a really old copy of Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities, and look really hard, you may find Mr. Pruette listed there.


Mr. Pruette in a tux!Mr. Pruette served 6 years, 2 months, and 3 days in the U.S. Navy (but who's counting?) as a Gas Turbine Engineer onboard the USS Sides and as the materials manager on the USS Prairie. He worked in production and process control for AMVAC Chemical, Medtronic, and 3M Unitek. Before coming to CrossRoad Academy, he taught at Marina High School and Grace Lutheran School.


Mr. Pruette lives with his wife, Deb, daughter, Jackie, son, Sam, three dogs: Dennis, Delilah, and Beverly, Spirit, the cat, two lizards: Lizzie and Rudolph, and their cockatiel, Orlando, in Huntington Beach. They like animals. Deb is Office Manager of American Vanguard Corporate Headquarters. Mr. Pruette met Deb on the phone while he was working at AMVAC. They have been married 19 years. Jackie attFishing with Samends Marina High School, where she is a member of their award-winning color guard. Sam is a cornerback on the freshman football team at Marina. Mr. Pruette volunteers as an Assistant Scout Master of Troop 412, where Sam is working on his Eagle Scout requirements.


The Pruette family attends Calvary Chapel Refuge in Huntington Beach. They have gone on mission trips to Mexico where they have built homes, worked at an orphanage for deaf children, prayed for the sick, passed out Bibles, and distributed medical supplies. Mr. Pruette and Deb have taught Sunday School together. Recently, Mr. Pruette, Jackie, and Sam attended the Refuge Academy of Worship, studying praise music on guitar and keyboards. The Pruettes like to travel; this past summer they went to Europe where they visited England, Spain, France, Italy, and Croatia.


Jumping in St. Peter Square     

School News Article
Voting @ CCA
  CCA Rocks the Vote
Article by Mrs. Springle, 4th Grade Teacher


It is that time of year again. The time when platforms are heard, issues are discussed and votes are cast. You may think that I am talking about the presidential election, but I am not. That's small potatoes. I'm actually referring to the CCA Student Council Elections.


Both elementary and middle school have elected student council members. Students made posters, passed out flyers and campaigned diligently for over a week. At a special chapel, candidates gave speeches highlighting their goals and why they were best suited for their office. After all students grades 3rd - 8th voted at the polls, results were tallied and winners were announced.


Elementary Student Council

President- Dylan Cathcart

Vice President- Michael Marshall

Secretary- Susanna Hill, and Chaplin- Lee Kingwood III


Middle School Student Council

President- Karra Ideozu

Vice President- Nnaji Ideozu

Secretary- Kayla Ideozu

Treasurer- Bryson Fairchild

Parliamentarian- Sergio Palacios


The inauguration will be held during the Awards Chapel on October 30th at 8:30. Please join us as we celebrate all that the CCA Student Body has accomplished. We are all very proud of their hard work during their campaign and look forward to the work they are going to contribute this year.

Upcoming Events

Fresh & Easy Logo CCA Fresh & Easy Night

This Thursday, October 18th


Fresh & Easy is hosting a Shopping Night for CCA. We will be at the new Fresh & Easy located at 21815 Hawthorne Blvd, in Torrance, across from the Del Amo Mall. From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CCA will receive 5% of the total sales for the evening. In addition, parents will have the opportunity to run the cash registers and for every receipt collected, we will receive an additional $1 for every $20 spent. Please join us at Fresh & Easy as they give back to our school.

Shop with Scrip Logo
 CCA Scrip Program Launches!

The CCA Scrip Program has been launched! Our goal is to have 100% participation. If you are a parent at CCA and have not received your Scrip login name and password, please contact the school office and ask our Scrip Coordinators, Genevieve Richardson or Melvianne Andersen for assistance.


We will be conducting our first information workshop this Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 to 11:00 am in Kingdom Corner, below Collier Gymnasium. Please come out for more information about this exciting fundraising program for our school.

November Coffee Fellowship

The CCA Coffee Fellowship will be stationed in the Primary Parking Lot providing goodies that will be available free of charge for parents as you drop off your children. Hot coffee or tea, donuts, muffins, bagels and fruit will be served starting at 7:45 a.m. This month our Coffee Fellowships will be November 9th and November 29th (church lobby).

   PTF Meeting

Tuesday, October 23rd 


Let your voice be heard! Make suggestions, offer advice, and hear what is happening at CCA during our PTF Meeting on

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm.


During that time, we will provide

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for $10 per child in K-8th grade.
Great California Shake Out Disaster Drill


CCA will join millions of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20a.m. on October 25th* in the 2012 Great California ShakeOut!

Last year more than 12.5 million people were registered in ShakeOut drills worldwide. Participating is a great way for our school to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. 





 Family Beach Portrait   

Start preparing for your family Christmas card early. We will be taking professional family portraits on October 27th & 28th at Polliwog Park and El Porto Beach respectively. The photo sitting fee is just $35 and you will receive a free 8 x 10. Make your reservations today by emailing Genevieve Richardson with the School Office at richardsong@crossroadca.org. Reservations are required by Friday, October 19th.



We invite you and your family to join CrossRoad Church for our 28th Annual Family Fall Festival. Our purpose is to provide a Christian alternative to Halloween for children through 5th grade.


Come dressed in you favorite costume. Please NO witches, ghosts, or horror characters. We will have FREE hot dots, drinks, fresh popped popcorn, carnival games, prizes and bouncers for pre-school through 5th grade.


All Children Must Be Accompanied By An Adult.


Wednesday, October 31st

6:30-8:30 pm

Collier Gymnasium  

Calling All CCA Families!!! 


Annual School Dinner

"Blessed to Be a Blessing"


It is time for our Annual Dinner, the biggest family event of the year. Invite your family and friends to join us.


We will have a delicious turkey dinner, provided by Bevaris Catering, entertainment and a silent auction.


Join us Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 pm.

 Reminder: Become a CCA Partner


By becoming a CCA Partner you become united with us, our cause and our purpose. You join us in celebrating our Community--our shared experiences, commitments, and contributions; our unique differences, and our common values and ideals. You aid in strengthening our resolve to stand strong in the face of a declining economy where parents are struggling to meet basic needs, let alone providing tuition payments for a private Christian education.



So join with us today. Become a CCA Partner through volunteering and giving of your talents, finances, time, and prayer. Complete a "CCA Partner Response Card" today.


  Calling All CCA Alumni, Former Teachers & Staff

CCA is developing a webpage on our website for past and future alumni, teachers and staff of CCA. We are building a data base to keep alumni informed of alumni news and events.
Please help us by filling out the CCA Alumni Contact Form and submitting it to us via email, fax, or U.S. Mail. Also you can help us in the process by calling, emailing or writing any CCA alumni, former teachers or staff that you may know and letting them know about our new Alumni Association. If you have any questions you may contact info@crossroadca.org or call 310.327.3094.

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  CCA will be participating in National School Choice Week


Only 100 days remain until National School Choice Week 2013 officially kicks off with a huge celebration in Phoenix, Arizona. Several schools around the nation have already signed up to hold events during National School Choice Week 2013. These schools, which span all 50 states, enroll more than a half million children and now CCA will be among them.
We hope that today's news inspires you to get involved in National School Choice Week 2013 at CCA. Whether it's planning an event, participating in an event, writing a letter to the editor or an opinion piece for the local newspaper, or using social media to spread the good news about school choice - National School Choice Week provides so many different opportunites to put effective education options (CCA in particular) in the spotlight!

Let's spotlight all that CCA has to our neighborhood, our city, and our country!

Opening Closet Door

CrossRaod Learning Center:

Is There a Boogie Man in the Closet?


Toddlers and preschoolers clamor around, excited about receiving candy, candy apples and goodies galore. What a grand opportunity for all of us to once again become a child and to again see the world in wide-eyed wonderment.


With each passing generation children are becoming more in tune and in touch with what is going on in the world around them. 21st century television and technology have positioned this generation of children to be exposed to all kinds of pictures, words, and sounds that parents of yesteryear would never have allowed.


Halloween is especially a sensitive time when we have to be vigilant to protect children from exposure that is contrary to our fundamental beliefs. The kinds of horror masks, games and images that this generation sees are so realistic and horrifying that they are capable of even terrorizing some adults. We know that children's imaginations are vivid and to them they are real. It is imperative that we protect the images that will be imprinted in their memory banks during this season.


God uses our imaginations too, but only for good. He made us to be capable of having vivid imaginations, to use our imagination for us to see the divine possibilities He has already prepared for us. In an endeavor to create positive memories and imaginations for our children during Halloween, CrossRoad Learning Center invites all the children of the South Bay area and surrounding communities to attend the 28th Annual Family Fall Festival sponsored by CrossRoad Church on Wednesday, October 31st.There will be free hot dogs, drinks, fresh popped popcorn, carnival games, and prizes. Children may come dressed in their favorite costume, but we ask that they do to not come as witches, ghosts, or horror characters.


The Family Fall Festival is a positive Christian alternative to the traditional American-style customs of Halloween. Join us as we show our community that fun can be had without all the world's horrors included. 


For more information about CrossRoad Learning Center click here.

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In This Issue
Spotlight On... Don Pruette
CCA Rocks the Vote
CCA Fresh & Easy Night
CCA Scrip Program
Coffee Fellowship
PTF Meeting & Game Truck Night
Great Calfornia Shake Out
Family Portraits with CCA
28th Annual Family Fall Festival
Annual School Dinner
Reminder: Become a CCA Partner Today
Calling All Alumni, Teachers & Staff
CLC: Seasons of Love
A Message from the Head of School
Expected School-Wide Learning Results
November Calendar
CCA Faculty & Staff
A Message from the Preschool Director
Quick Links

A Message from the     Head of School

Show me the right path, O Lord;

point out the road for me to follow.

Lead me by your truth and teach me,

for you are the God who saves me.

All day long I put my hope in you.

Psalms 25:4-5 NLT


Sometimes as parents we have dreams for our children that really are deferred or unfulfilled dreams we may have had for ourselves. For example, a parent may have wanted to become a lawyer but for varied and sundry reasons was unable to do so. The parent wants the child to become the lawyer that s/he never did. In spite of the fact that the child has no interest whatsoever in becoming a lawyer, the parent does everything s/he can to influence or pressure the child (and unfortunately sometimes, even force the child) to become a lawyer. The parent has no ill intent. His/Her motives are pure and based on the parent's love for the child and desire to see the child become successful and prosperous.


On the other hand, as Christians, God is our Father. He too has plans for our lives. His plans are not based on deferred dreams or lost opportunities. His plans for our children were conceived in His heart of pure love and goodness. His Master Plan was created before the foundation of the earth and included the plans for our children.


God always was and always will be. He lives outside of time. He creates the end from the beginning. He didn't wait until our children were born and then think, "Now, let me see what plans or future should I make for Johnny?" No! A thousand times no! God made the plan, and then He made Johnny to fulfill a part of the plan, a part that was uniquely designed for Johnny. A plan that will fulfill all of Johnny's passions, interests, gifts, talents, and desires that God placed in Johnny before he was born. It is a plan that will lead Johnny on his own individual and unique pathway to success. It is a pathway that if Johnny follows it, will bless him beyond his wildest dreams.


As parents, we are to seek God for His wisdom and guidance in helping our children to discover and develop the gifts and talents that are divinely endowed, always trusting God that He knows what is best for our children. In doing so, instead of Johnny's pathway being paved with "good intentions", he will be on God's pathway that leads to life and life more abundantly."


Because of His Grace,

Dr. Alicia F.Q. Crosby
Head of School 
Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs)
CCA students are expected to:
1. Christ Centered:
Students will:
a. Show respect towards others, rules and laws
b. Know God's word and apply it to life situations
c. Articulate the need for a Savior and how Jesus saves
d. Participate in community outreach and Missions



2. Communicate:
Students will be able to:
a. Creatively express themselves in written, oral and technological forms of communication
b. Read and comprehend written language
c. Negotiate, initiate, plan, and evaluate in cooperative groups
d. Express themselves through art, music, and technology
3. Academics:

Students will be able to:

a. Display self-starting skills
b. Complete work in a timely manner and organized fashion
c. Demonstrate logic and reasoning skills
d. Utilize technology as a life source
November Calendar


Daylight Savings Time Ends



Book Fair Begins



Report Cards

Parent Conferences



Coffee Fellowship


Parent Conferences 



Food Truck Connection



Book Fair Ends



Annual Dinner



 11/16 - 11/23 

Thanksgiving Break

Happy Thanksgiving!


School Resumes



Family Visitation Day

Coffee Cart Social





 Have a blessed and thankful November!

CrossRoad Christian Academy
Faculty & Staff


Scott Fairchild


Executive Pastor

Mike Andersen







Ashleigh Varghese


1st Grade

Laverne Yamanaka 


2nd Grade

Janice Bensoua


3rd Grade

Melissa Chu


4th Grade

Brittany Springle


5th Grade

Debra Morris







Don Pruette



Britt Anderson



Caroline Vandenbree



Pat Wissler


Social Studies

Don Pruette



Britt Anderson



Betty Wiley

Cindy Hembree


Physical Education

Chad Clark

Donna De La Torre

Caroline Vandenbree


Teacher Aides

Maggie Aleman

Eileen Hill






Assistant Administrator

Donna De La Torre



Julie Herron


Technology Coordinator

Chad Clark


Curriculum Coordinator

Genevieve Richardson



Genevieve Richardson



Esperanza Lopez



Mark Deaver


A Message from the 
Preschool Director

"Trick or treat?" "Trick or treat?" high voices shrill as they walk through the streets on Halloween night. What exactly is the question children are asking as they go door-to-door in American neighborhoods? Our children are asking "Will you trick me or will you give me a treat?" Over the years innocent candy treats have evolved into pranks, mischief, and sometimes even outright acts that are life threatening and/or considered acts of vandalism. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children go trick or treating.




If you are planning on taking your child(ren) trick or treating we advise the following:


● Have adult supervision

● There is safety in numbers: Stay in a group

● Take the long way around: Go to areas where there are a lot of people around. Never take short cuts through alleys and parking lots

● Try trick-or-treat homes: Go to homes with lights on.

● Stay outside: Never go into anyone's house.

● Remain visible: Dress in bright colored costumes, or wear reflective strips, carry a glow stick or flashlight.

● Shorter costumes are safer: To protect children from tripping

● Don't cover your child's face. Use make-up instead

● Quality check treats. Check over your child(ren)'s candy before they eat it.

● Say "No" to strangers: Tell your child(ren) never to accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger

● Obey the law: Obey all traffic lights, use crosswalks and crossing lights when available.

● Have a great time!


Most importantly, make sure that you and your child(ren) have fun!




Akida Quarles-Crosby 
Preschool Director 



Formerly known as:
 Calvary Baptist Elementary  Calvary Christian Academy