SCCS Home Bulletin

September 13, 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


SCCS Parents:

I hope your week has gone well so far!

Let’s keep rolling with our series on Reformed: Doubling Down.

Last week, we started to look at the history of the Reformed movement. You’ll remember that there was corruption in the Catholic church and little access to the Bible. Once the Bible was printed more frequently and translated, people could read the Truth for themselves.

The man credited with starting the Reformation: Martin Luther. Luther was a German monk who was very upset about the church’s practice of selling indulgences. You’ll recall that indulgences were letters written by the pope supposedly offering people or their relatives time off from punishment in purgatory after death. Basically, they were a money-making operation for the church. Luther did not accept the idea of buying forgiveness because he know that only God could forgive sins. Luther wrote down some of his objections to indulgences in 95 statements that called theses. He posted them on the church door in Wittenburg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. The Reformation began! This is also why we consider October 31 to be Reformation Day.

Reformed churches started in Switzerland under the leadership of two men: Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin. Calvin’s teachings became the dominant force in these churches as they spread across France, the Netherlands, Scotland, North America, Africa, Hungary, Indonesia, and other parts of the world. Calvin was inspired by the teachings of Martin Luther and took up serious study of the Bible, which prompted him to write commentaries on almost every book of Scripture . He also wrote a summary of biblical teaching called The Institutes of Christian Religion, which is still widely read and studied. Calvin was persecuted by the Catholic Church, so he fled to France and was then drafted to support the Protestant cause in Switzerland, where he became an active preacher, teacher, and leader.

We are thankful for these faithful servants who stood against the teaching of their day to bring forth God’s Word!

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At SCCS, we want our students to engage in opportunities that help them live God’s Story as growing disciples - meeting real needs of real people with real work.

In 5th grade social studies, our students are learning about the importance of preserving history as they study the history of churches in early Iowa, of Iowa's road to statehood, and the formation of our state government.

On Monday our 5th graders took what they learned about the importance of preserving history and helped prepare Heritage Village, Sioux Center for the Harvest Festival this Friday and Saturday (Sept 15 & 16).

Students demonstrated their classroom storyline, SEEK and SHINE, as they shoveled dirt along the new brick paths, pulled weeds, swept floors and sidewalks, and cleaned out buildings and the popcorn stand. Their work will help the HUNDREDS of students and visitors who come to the Harvest Festival this weekend enjoy the village as they experience how things were done in the past.

Thank you to our 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Pieper, Mrs. Vanden Hull, and Mrs. Van Ravenswaay, who design their classroom lessons to integrate with field experiences so that their learning is truly transformational!

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Last Thursday, our 2nd grade students had a great Field Experience at the Dordt Prairie. They walked to the Prairie on a beautiful day, equipped with nets and eager to help Naturalist Sarah Davelaar from Sioux County Conservation Board/Oak Grove Park gently capture and tag Monarch butterflies. Each class was able to tag two Monarch butterflies and release them back into the wild. If you know a 2nd grader, ask them why scientists want to tag Monarchs.

We are grateful for our 2nd grade teachers, Ms. Stoub, Mrs. Vande Kamp, and Ms. Woudstra, who create lessons that help their students learn what an amazing and creative God we have as they study His creatures and their interdependence with other creatures and creation.

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Our 4th grade classroom storyline is "TRUST God, SEE Him in everything, and FOLLOW where He leads us."

In science, they are studying pond ecosystems and SEEing the relationship God has made between plants, animals, and nonliving things. Last Friday, they were able to SEE God's creatures on a field experience to Sandy Hollow, gathering frogs, bugs, plants, and very tiny critters with nets!

Thanks to Sioux County Conservation Board/Oak Grove Park naturalist, Sarah Davelaar, for helping our students SEE and learn more about God's creation and creatures.

We are thankful for Mrs. Vander Kooi, Mrs. Van Zee, and Mrs. Winter, our 4th grade teachers who daily design each lesson and learning experience so students can clearly SEE God in everything, learn to TRUST Him, and FOLLOW where He leads!


  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (
  • Each Wednesday , SCCS dismisses at 2:05 for teacher professional development.
  • Students may ride a different bus for daycare purpose only. Parents must write a note, email or call the office to get a bus pass for your child. If you need to contact the transportation director for any reason, call 722-2481.
  • Please make sure your child knows their after school plans before they leave home in the morning! Thank you!
  • Just a reminder that if you would like to drop your child off at school, please use the drop-off lane. If you want to walk your child into school in the morning, please park your vehicle in the parking lot. Please do not park in the bus lanes.


Check out all our new SCCS Trailblazer Apparel at our SCCS ONLINE APPAREL STORE!

New designs and an amazing selection of t-shirts, hoodies, crewneck, quarter-zips, and more for adults and kids!

Show your Trailblazer spirit on Trailblazer Tuesdays and any other day! Think ahead to Christmas gifts, too!

Store CLOSES at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (Wed, Sept 13)!


Did you know the TRIP program has their own Facebook page? Follow along at Sioux Center Christian School TRIP Program for the latest announcements regarding new businesses (*hint ~ check out the newest one 😉), new promotions and bonuses and schedule adjustments! Thanks so much for supporting the TRIP program!


Storyline chapels will be the first Wednesday of the month at 1:35pm in the gym. Students are expected to wear their Storyline shirts!
Parents and guests are WELCOME to attend! You may also join our livestream (and recording) at


  • 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 the school 24 hours in advance of when you would like to eat. The cost for a lunch is $5.00 and can be paid as you go through the lunch line. Thank you!


We Need You to Serve God’s treasured kids at SCCS!!

This year we are requiring each family to serve in one of two areas that benefit every SCCS student.

Washing Dishes:

Hours are 11:15am - 1:00pm. Three people work together to wash trays and silverware and wipe the tables. Bonus: You get to eat lunch for free with one of your children! We are asking that you work at least one time per month.

Benefit: With three volunteers working each school day, we save the cost of hiring three part-time employees.

Outlet 75:

Shifts are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and one Saturday per month. There are two volunteers needed for each shift and there is always a manager present to give you guidance. Volunteers help check out customers, unpack, check, and price clothing, steam clothing, put items on display, and neaten displays. Everything at Outlet 75 is new and purchased at a deep discount from places like Costco and Target.

Volunteers are critical to sales - the more merchandise we can get on the floor, the more we can sell! We are asking that you work at least two times per year.

Benefit: Outlet 75 distributes all profits to SCCS and each child receives a share of that profit in the Alternate Revenue Contribution on your tuition statement!

As an SCCS parent, you are required to choose one of these two above areas of opportunity. We would LOVE for you to choose both! Men and women are welcome in both areas!

Your willing work in these areas is greatly appreciated and truly helps SCCS treasure and train your children! This is the only required service we ask every family to give to SCCS - thank you for doing your part to make our school thrive! If you do not complete the form by THIS Friday, September 15, you will be assigned two shifts at Outlet 75.

CLICK HERE to choose your area and specify the times that work best for you…


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!


Pork N Bands - The Covenant CRC Christian Education Committee along with the Fruited Plain invite you to Pork N Bands on Saturday, September 16! We will be serving pulled pork sandwiches with chips and a sweet treat. Serving starts at 5 in the parking lot of the Fruited Plain. All donations from the meal go toward the Covenant CRC Christian Education Fund. Stay for the live music from local Sioux Center musicians!


Did you know that First CRC makes delicious pigs in the blanket for their Christian education fund and sells them year-round at Casey’s Bakery?

Look for them in their freezer section and buy a dozen for just $15.50.

An easy meal – they bake from frozen in 45-55 minutes!


Fruited Plain BOGO pizza cards are on sale now! The Covenant CRC Christian Ed committee is once again partnering with the Fruited Plain to offer this amazing deal! Each pizza card costs $30 and is good for 5 punches to buy one pizza and get one free. They make delightful gifts for anyone or are handy to have on hand for a family pizza night. Pizza cards can be purchased at the Fruited Plain through the end of October.


Do you feel like the fresh corn on the cob season went too fast?

You can enjoy delicious sweet corn all year long because the Carmel Reformed Church 22:6 Christian education group did all the work and froze some for you!

Quart bags of frozen sweet corn - just pull out of the freezer and heat! So easy and delicious! Just $10 per bag!

Place your order here:


Join us Wednesday, October 4, for Bethel CRC's annual Harvest Sale in the SCCS gym. A supper of Pizza Ranch pizza and chicken will be served from 5-7 with pie and ice cream for dessert. Take part in the Bake Sale and the Silent Auction, with the main Auction beginning at 6:30. Come for some fun and fellowship, with all proceeds going to the Bethel Christian Education Fund.


The Faith CRC annual Fall Supper and Auction will be at the SCCS gym on Thursday, October 5. Pizza Ranch buffet will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria with freewill donation for the meal. The auction begins at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds go towards Faith's Christian education fund.


  • Community Events & Forms ( is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more! Currently there is information for: Sioux Center Rec 5th/6th Volleyball, Ringneck Rendezvous Event, ASB Dome Middle School Soccer League, Try Hockey, Dordt Youth Cheer Camp, Dordt Men's Soccer Mascot Opportunity, 4-H Clover Kids, Unity Christian Cheer Kids Camp, Western Christian Junior Wolfpack Cross Country, Moped Safety Class, Fall Drivers Ed Course
  • Staff Member of the Month: Nominate a staff member to become the Pella Corporation Staff member of the month. Pella Corporation will award one monthly recipient $500.00 to use towards school approved items and a certificate of recognition. A nomination form can be found here.