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December 8, 2021

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FROM DR. B.

Parents:

I think one thing our world could use more of is hope. Since we are a people of hope, let’s spread it!


I’ve shared the following before, and I think it’s always a good reminder for all of us. There is always a purpose and a plan! Alex Cravens, youth pastor at a church in Russellville, AR, shares these words:


"Don’t feel sorry for or fear for your kids because the world they are going to grow up in is not what it used to be. God created them and called them for the exact moment in time that they’re in. Their life wasn’t a coincidence or an accident.


Raise them up to know the power they walk in as children of God.


Train them up in the authority of His Word.


Teach them to walk in faith knowing that God is in control.


Empower them to know they can change the world.


Don’t teach them to be fearful and disheartened by the state of the world but hopeful that they can do something about it. Every person in all of history has been placed in the time that they were in because of God’s sovereign plan.


He knew Daniel could handle the lions den.

He knew David could handle Goliath.

He knew Esther could handle Haman.

He knew Peter could handle persecution.

He knows that your child can handle whatever challenge they face in their life. He created them specifically for it!


Don’t be scared for your children, but be honored that God chose YOU to parent the generation that is facing the biggest challenges of our lifetime.


Rise up to the challenge.


Raise Daniels, Davids, Esthers and Peters!


God isn’t scratching His head wondering what He’s going to do with this mess of a world.


He has an army He’s raising up to drive back the darkness and make Him known all over the earth.


Don’t let your fear steal the greatness God placed in them. I know it’s hard to imagine them as anything besides our sweet little babies, and we just want to protect them from anything that could ever be hard on them, but they were born for such a time as this.”


And to that I add: AMEN!


Thank you for choosing SCCS as a partner with you as you raise your children to know, love, obey, and serve God. It is an honor to do this important work with you. Have a great rest of your week!

5TH-8Th GRADE MINIMESTERS


Our 5th - 8th graders enjoyed a unique educational experience called "Minimesters" for two days last week. Their teachers created mini classes that help students learn something new and develop their Habits of Learning (curious thinking, courageous designing, gracious communicating, and joy-filled collaborating).


Each student attended three sessions, with choices like Officiating, Taekwondo, Marching Band, Raiders of the Lost Locker escape challenge, Cursive, Knitting, Explore Your Upper Story (the brain!), Archery, Table Etiquette, Improv, Leadership Lessons and many more!

A buzz of excitement could be heard through the 5/6 and 7/8 hallways as students delved into learning new life skills, working their brains in new ways, enjoying time together, and discovering their teachers have skills and interests outside of the classroom!

#treasured #trained #transformed

FESTIVE HALLWAY MUSIC

Thanks to many of the 6th grade band students who have been blessing us with festive Christmas music as we enter the building each morning. #beautymakers #communitybuilders #treasured #trained #transformed
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IGNITE THE VISION

In a world that daily invites children into its many and varied stories, at Sioux Center Christian School we are dedicated to making God's Story KNOWN, LOVED and LIVED every day!

Our deep desire is to be here until Christ returns... discipling, treasuring, and training as many children as God sends our way, until His Day of ultimate transformation!


A key milestone in our plans to endure is expanding our campus to include a new flexible gym/chapel/performance space, with ten additional classrooms, plus expanded student work areas.


Will you prayerfully consider how your year-end gift can help IGNITE the giving for this next milestone?

We have already received over $100,000 in gifts towards our goal of reaching $350,000 by December 31! Every gift is important in laying the foundation of giving towards this next exciting step for our school! You may give online at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/support/donate.cfm or drop off/mail your donation to school (630 1st Ave SE). Thank you!

NICSTO UPDATE

We are excited to share that we have met our goals for NICSTO and can no longer receive contributions! Thanks so much to all who gave to NICSTO, which is our largest form of tuition grants! If you have any questions regarding NICSTO, please connect with Amy Vander Berg (712.441.4530 or avanderberg@siouxcenterchristian.com).

POSITION OPENINGS

PRINCIPAL: Do you have a passion for serving God’s kids and want to be part of a vibrant learning community? Do you have experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment? Do you want to serve with a strong leadership team and in a well-established yet strategic school?

Sioux Center Christian School is seeking to fill the position of Principal, a key leadership role that partners with the Head of School as a member of the leadership team. This position is designed to fulfill the faith-based mission statement, philosophy, and purpose of Sioux Center Christian School through the diligent, excellent fulfillment of assigned essential requirements and essential responsibilities.

For more details on this position and the application package, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm


SCCS Parents
- thank you for covering this process in prayer and please spread the word to anyone you feel would be a good fit for this leadership position at SCCS.



K-4TH GRADE ART TEACHER: Sioux Center Christian School invites you to consider the opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty and staff, passionate parents, and fantastic students through the position of K-4th grade art teacher, with a start date of August 1, 2022. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning.

Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm.



PARAPROFESSIONAL (Part- or Full-Time):Do you have a passion for serving God’s kids and want to be part of a vibrant learning community? Sioux Center Christian School is seeking to fill the role of paraprofessional in either a part- or full-time capacity.

For more details on the position and the application package, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm



SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: We are in need of substitute teachers for this school year. Subs are needed for teachers and paras at all grade levels, kitchen crew and at times a nurse. Please contact Carmen Mulder (cmulder@siouxcenterchristian.com) if you are interested in adding your name to the sub list. SCCS will provide all training, and you even get a free lunch when you sub! Qualifications for being a sub include a love of children, the ability to follow teacher lesson plans, flexibility, and a commitment to Christian education. We invite you to join us!

Parent Visit Days

We take seriously our calling to partner with parents in the education of their children. We value this partnership! We want to invite you into the school so you can experience what’s happening in the classroom with your students. To do that, every grade level will be hosting a parent visit day. You are invited to join us for some time in the classroom and a free lunch with your child.


3rd grade visit day will be Thursday, January 13 (10:30-11:30- classrooms/11:30-12:00-lunch). Sign up here by Monday, January 10 if you plan to attend!


More information for the following visit days will be sent out later:

  • Jan. 20 - 4th grade (10:30-11:45- classrooms/11:45-12:15-lunch)
  • Feb. 3 - 5th grade (11:00-12:00- classrooms/12:00-12:30- lunch)
  • Feb. 10 - 6th grade (11:00-12:00- classrooms/12:00-12:30- lunch)
  • March 10- 7th & 8th grade (11:15-12:15- classrooms/12:15-12:45- lunch)

REMIND TEXT ALERTS FOR WEATHER

We will be using the Remind system again for our weather alerts so that you can receive a text. We will also be posting on Bloomz.


If you would like to sign up to receive a text alert, please text the information below (depending on your last name) to 81010. We need to be a little creative to still use the free account. 😊


Last Name A-D: text @sccsa-d to 81010

Last Name E-K: text @sccse-k to 81010

Last Name L-P: text @sccsl-p to 81010

Last Name Q-T: text @sccsq-t to 81010

Last Name U-V: text @sccsu-v to 81010

Last Name W-Z: text @sccsw-z to 81010

RECESS INFORMATION

Now that cooler temperatures are here, please review the following information, so your child(ren) are prepared for recess. Whenever possible, the head of school and director of learning will have students outside for recess, as this break is very important in the learning process.


The website www.weather.com is our source for determining wind chill.

If the wind chill temperature is above 0, we will go outside for recess. If the wind chill is between -10 and 0, we will shorten the outdoor time. If it is below -10, we will stay inside for recess.


If the wind chill temperature is below 30 degrees, all students are required to wear a coat and are encouraged to wear hats, mittens, etc. to cover exposed skin. They must also wear pants outside.


If the wind chill temperature is between 30 and 50 degrees, a student can choose between a coat and another second layer (coat, jacket, or sweatshirt). TK-4 must wear pants outside and for grades 5-8, wearing pants outside is optional but recommended.


If the wind chill temperature is above 50 degrees, a second layer is not required (t-shirts and shorts are permitted outside).


Shorts are permitted indoors throughout the school year but must meet dress code requirements.


Grades TK-4

  • Boots in TK-4th Grade: Students are required to have boots to wear outside when the grounds are wet. Boots need to be put on and taken off by the outside door.
  • *Snow pants are required to use the sledding hill or to play in snowy areas.


Grades 5-8

  • Boots in 5th-8th Grade: Students are expected to wear extra shoes or boots if they choose to play off the cement, rocks, or wood chips when the ground is wet or snow-covered.
  • *Boots are required to use the sledding hill or to play in snowy areas in the winter.
  • The use of snow pants is at the students’ discretion in grades 5-8.


Additional Information

  • Students who do not have appropriate clothing for recess will be sent to the office to call home or may borrow clothing from the nurse’s office.
  • Students may leave their boots at school during the week. On the last school day of the week, boots must be taken home.
  • Teachers and students will be informed about recess decisions through the use of electronic signage in the main hallways: “Outside Recess” (green), “Shortened Recess” (yellow), “Inside Recess” (red), and “Stay on Cement, Rocks, and Wood Chips” (blue).
  • Shoes/sandals must be worn by all students and employees at all times inside and outside of the school building. Slippers are not acceptable.


Sledding Policy

We want everyone to have a fun and safe experience, so please follow these expectations:

  • Boots are REQUIRED for all sledding and snow activities.
  • Sleds will be provided by the school. No sleds from home.
  • One rider per sled.
  • Riders must remain seated while riding sleds.

We have 1 sled bin that will be monitored by the person on duty. He or she will hand them out at the start of the recess. Students should line up on the sidewalk and wait for the next available sled. When they have taken a turn, students should bring the sled back up the hill and give it to the next person in line. Students who choose not to follow the sledding expectations will not be allowed to continue sledding, which is at the discretion of the person on duty.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
  • There will be no school Dec. 20-31. Classes will resume on Jan. 3.
  • The school office will be closed Dec. 20-31.
  • The TRIP Office will only be open Wednesday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 8:00-1:00.

LOST AND FOUND

  • Is your child missing a jacket or sweatshirt? How about gloves? The Lost and Found Table is full so check it out to see if anything belongs to you. Items not picked up will be donated to Melissa's Hope Chest during the Christmas break. Thanks!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THE ART ROOM

We are entering into a very busy season in the art room! We use a lot of materials and tools which require a lot of clean up. In order to maximize the amount of time that students are engaged in creating, I am asking for some volunteers to help with tool and desk clean-up from 11:30-12:15 everyday. To sign up click here. Contact Mrs. De Jong (ldejong@siouxcenterchristian.com) if you have questions.

OUTLET 75

Did you know that Outlet 75 received a HUGE shipment of toys? They have Legos, board games, Nerf guns, dolls, action toys …so much variety for girls and boys.


They also have beautiful Christmas décor plus hand-poured candles (perfect for Christmas gifts!). PLUS, your purchases support our school!


Outlet 75 is open on Wednesdays from 11am-8pm, Thursdays from 11am-3pm, plus in December they will be open 10am-1pm on Saturdays, December 11 and 18!


Are you willing to fill in any of the open shifts in December? We’d love to have you come and experience the joy of volunteering at Outlet 75!! If you can help, please connect with Janey Boogerd (712.449.8106 or info@shopoutlet75.com)

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

  • Thanks to everyone who signed up to help with dishwashing this year! If you would like to help out you can sign up here. If you have questions, contact Carmen Mulder (cmulder@siouxcenterchristian.com).
  • You can find the lunch and dishwashing schedule here.
  • If you would like to eat lunch with your child, please contact school 24 hours in advance.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • ETM (Early Teen Ministries) Christmas Party will be on Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm at 1st CRC. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater/shirt and bring a white elephant gift with you. Contact Lisa Dykstra with questions (lisa_dykstra@yahoo.com).
  • Staff Member of the Month: Nominate your favorite SCCS faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond for the Pella Staff award! Nomination forms can be found here or are available by the TRIP window. Each month a winner is chosen and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used to impact learning! Nominations are due by the 25th of each month and can be returned to our school office or mailed/dropped off at Pella Corp.

SCCS

The mission of Sioux Center Christian School is to disciple God’s children by equipping them with a knowledge and understanding of Christ and His creation so that they can obediently serve God and others as they work and play.

Every Student TREASURED, Every Student TRAINED, Every Student TRANSFORMED