SCCS Home Bulletin

February 15, 2023

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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


In the last Teaching and Learning Segment, I shared a slice of the time our Grade 2 teachers dedicate to literacy instruction. The time includes building foundational skills. Our elementary teachers instruct students in phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency, vocabulary and oral language comprehension, and text comprehension. One curriculum resource we use is Really Great Reading. Here’s what our teachers say about that resource:

“RGR is a fantastic curriculum that systematically teaches students foundational reading and spelling skills and also prepares them for the next level of reading.* (It is amazing to watch 1st graders grow in their reading skills!)” Marcy Holwerda, Gr 1 Teacher

“Research states that direct, systematic phonics instruction is an important part of learning to read. Really Great Reading helps provide a key part of our reading instruction in second grade. Together with high quality reading experiences to develop new vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency, Really Great Reading provides phonics and phonemic awareness that are key to effective reading instruction.”

Sarah Stoub, Gr 2 Teacher

While the Really Great Reading resource helps teachers to design learning focused on foundational skills, our teachers also purposefully integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills in their instruction. We are fortunate to have wonderful teaching resources!


  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (
  • There will be no school for students on Feb. 16, 17 and 20. Our teachers will be participating in Professional Development on Thursday and Friday and Monday will be a day off for everyone for President's Day.
  • The TRIP Office and school office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20.


The SCCS Spring Instrumental Concert is scheduled for Monday, March 13, at the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt. The 3rd-8th orchestra and the 5th-8th band and jazz band concert will be performing. The concert will start at 6:30.


We value the partnership between our parents and school! We want to invite you into the school so you can experience what’s happening in the classroom. Each grade level will be hosting a Parent Visit Day again this year.

7th and 8th grade parent visit day will be on Friday, February 24. Please sign up here (by Tuesday, Feb. 21) so we know how many to plan for. Thank you!

  • 11:00 - Welcome in the band room
  • 11:10-12:10 - Classroom visit
  • 12:10 - Lunch (We will be ordering pizza from Pizza Ranch for our guests and will start with 2 pieces of pizza per person)
  • You are welcome to stay for recess as well!


On February 27-March 2, specialists from AEA will be at our school performing hearing screenings. Students in TK through 3rd grade and 8th grade will be screened as well as any new students in 4th-7th grade. Other students may be screened as well, if requested. Students who do not pass will be re-tested at school in 1 month. Parents of students who do not pass the second test will receive a letter in the mail from AEA with further recommendations. AEA will not send communication for students who pass the screening test. If you do NOT want your child’s hearing to be tested, please sign and return the attached form.


Is your child ready to start school this fall? It is TK/Kindergarten Round Up time, and we’d love to share more about how God’s children are Treasured, Trained, and Transformed at Sioux Center Christian School.

Families interested in learning more are encouraged to register for the following events:

  • Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, March 2 @ 12:00-1:00 PM or 6:00-7:00 PM.
  • Sneak Peek of SCCS on March 10 or March 17 @ 9:30-10:30 AM
  • TK/K Round Up on March 30 or 31

Call our school office (712-722-0777) or visit our website: to register or request more information.

If you know of a family who might be ready to start their journey at SCCS, please share this announcement with them or fill out our “Refer a Family to SCCS” form on our website. We are excited to welcome the next generation of young learners to Live God’s Story at our school!


In March we will be focusing on the Throughline "Earth Keeper.” We need clean, used t-shirts for our March 8 upcycling connection group activity. If you have a t-shirt you no longer need and would like to donate, please bring it to the school office, or place it on Jill Friend’s desk in the orchestra room by March 3. Any sizes, colors or designs work, but if you happen to have a Storyline t-shirt from a previous year, we would love to repurpose it for you!


The calendar for the 2023-2024 school year is attached. Some notes:
  • We will host parent/teacher conferences again before school begins so that teachers and parents can start building relationships. This year, that will be on August 17, 2023 (the same night as registration).
  • The first day of school is August 23, 2023.
  • We will continue to release at 2:05 PM every Wednesday for professional development.
  • We continue to have the day before Thanksgiving off and 2 weeks (10 school days) at Christmas break to respect family time.
  • We continue to include professional development time next to vacation breaks as much as possible, rather than days off here and there, which we have heard is helpful for family schedules.
  • The last day of school is May 22, 2024 with graduation that evening.
  • We have 54 extra built in hours of school (about 8 days of school) than what we are required to have by the State of Iowa should we need to use them for snow days, late starts, etc.

We look forward to 23-24 at SCCS!


The first Trail’Raiser Night fundraising event was held on April 11, 2015. Our new addition was still under construction and over 1,000 attendees enjoyed walking through the future music rooms, K-2nd classrooms, and office area. Plus, the gym filled to the brim for our first ever game show, the Family Feud. The event raised $110,000 for the new addition and an annual tradition was born!

We have had a total of eight Trail’Raiser Nights, alternating between auctions and game shows (Survivor in 2017, The Price is Right in 2019, Family Feud in 2022) and raising a total of $1.14 million through them!

Now approaching our 9th Trail’Raiser event, we are ready to try something a little different to help build the Blazer Center campus expansion. Our event this year is planned for Saturday, April 15, and will be a come and go event running from 9am – noon (note: Grandparents/Special friends Day is Friday, April 14).

We are renaming the event to Trail’Raiser Trek and attendees will walk a one-mile course near school and through school, ending with a delicious Blazer Brunch in the lunchroom. Before the event, businesses, supporters, parents and grandparents will have the opportunity to pledge a $.05 to $5 gift for every person who comes to the event. The more people who show up to walk, the more money we raise! If we reach our goal of $150 sponsored for each attendee and we have 1,000 attendees – that raises $150,000! If 1,250 people attend, $187,500 is raised. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase cupcakes, bars, snack mixes, event t-shirts, plus some fun new things!

We’re still working on the details, but just wanted to give you a heads up so you can reserve the morning of SATURDAY, APRIL 15 for this event!

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Registration is OPEN for our Tales and Trails Summer Camp 2023! This is an educational and fun summer opportunity for kids who are 5-11 years old by June 1, 2023.

This program is designed to be educational, fun, and infused with our Christian perspective.

Weekly camp themes encourage students to learn about the wonder of God’s creation through a variety of hands-on, fun activities. Outdoor play is also an important part of the camp experience, and kids are encouraged to stay active and engaged during their time at camp.

Information and registration forms were sent home with every child in 4Care – 4th grade.

SCCS families have the first opportunity to register! We will open registration to community members after March 1 (let your friends and neighbors know!)

February Sale on All Seasons Center swimming passes!

All kids need a swimming pass for the weeks they attend Tales and Trails.

The All Seasons Center has a 20th Birthday 20% Off sale running from Feb 1-28 on annual and summer memberships.

How to get the deal:

Purchase your membership online: (If you do not have a current annual membership, you will have to make a new account.)

OR Stop by the All Seasons Center and purchase your membership in person

OR Call 712-722-4386 ext. 2 and purchase your membership over the phone


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 following positions with a start date of August 1, 2023. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning. Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at A review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • Kindergarten Teacher (0.82 FTE)
  • School Counselor (Full-time)
  • Discovery Coordinator and Teacher (Full-Time)
  • 1:1 Paraprofessionals (3 Full-time positions) - start day August 2023
  • Bus Drivers

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 fill out the form at the link below 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!


Storyline chapels are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:35pm in the gym. Please remind your child to wear their chapel t-shirt. Parents and guests are WELCOME to attend! You may also join our livestream (and recording) at

Storyline Chapel Playlist:


Outlet 75 sells new clothing, shoes, home décor, kitchenware, bedding and more …and all profits go to Sioux Center Christian School and contribute to the Alternate Revenue discount that was on your tuition statement!

Volunteers make this profit possible, and we continue to encourage parents to fulfill the commitment made to volunteer at least 3-4 shifts per year (remembering that we also need volunteers in the summer!)

Sign up now for the February and March shifts – February still has a few openings that need to be filled soon! March has many open shifts that need to be filled! THANKS so much for your help!



Open hours: Wednesdays 11am-8pm and Thursdays 11am – 3pm. One Saturday each month (OPEN THIS SATURDAY, February 11 from 10am-1pm)

Location: About 1 mile south of Sioux Center on Hwy 75. Look for the red flag.

If you have any questions about helping at Outlet 75, please feel free to email


  • 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 Ashley Keith (
  • 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.


Staff Member of the Month: We believe all our faculty and staff are amazing and encourage you to take the time to nominate one (or more) of your children’s teachers!

Complete the nomination form (; printed copies are available by the TRIP window) and return to our school office or mail to/drop off at Pella Corp. by the 25th of each month during the school year.

Each month a winner is chosen from our local schools and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used in their classroom to impact learning! Pella kindly keeps nominations “in play” for 3 months to provide multiple opportunities for an outstanding staff member to be recognized. Feel free to re‐nominate someone if you feel they are deserving, and they didn’t win the award during the 3 months that the nomination was in play.

Mrs. Abigail (Clemens) Van Beek won the November award and it would be great if a few more of our teachers were nominated this year!

We are extremely grateful to Pella Corp for this program that serves to encourage and bless our faculty and staff!


Thank you so much to everyone who ordered a Freezer Meal for the Christian Ed fund at Faith CRC! We really appreciate your support!! And we hope you enjoy your meal(s)! You will be able to pick your meals up from the back door of Caseys Bakery on Wednesday Feb. 15 from 2:00-5:30. If you have a hard time getting around and would like your meals delivered to you or if you can not make the pick up dates, we can make other arrangements with you. Payment can be made at the time of pick up. We are suggesting $25 a meal. If you have questions, contact Liz De Groot 541-3911.


The Office Handouts is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more!

Currently there is information for:

  • Sioux Center Public Library Wings of Fire Escape Box
  • Sioux Center Public Library Coding Program
  • Dordt Cultural Fair
  • Dordt University Fitness Week
  • Sioux Center Recreation 3rd & 4th Grade Boys & Girls Basketball
  • Hull PRCS Guild 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  • Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure
  • 2023 Drivers Education Options