SCCS Home Bulletin
September 29, 2021
FROM DR. B.
Happy Wednesday, all. It’s a great day to be a Trailblazer.
Last week, I started a series called the ABCs of SCCS, featuring A = alternate revenue and accessibility, sharing more about our alternate revenue streams as a school.
This week, we’ll focus on B = biblical perspective, Bible curriculum, and the SCCS statement of faith.
At SCCS, we strive to permeate every activity, every lesson, every interaction, every part of the school experience with a biblical perspective. How does that happen? A teacher explaining plants through the lens that God made them unique and for a purpose, a staff member providing correction on the playground through grace and restoration, the choir director highlighting that God made our voices for praise, students planting trees because they are motivated to be creation enjoyers and earth keepers, kindergarten students making maps of SCCS for incoming students to help them feel welcomed, and so much more. It’s knowing and then doing. It’s practicing. It’s living.
We’re definitely not perfect, but we have a deep desire to keep doing our very best. Each of our employees commit to living, serving, leading, and teaching from a biblical perspective. At SCCS, we use the Teaching for Transformation framework, which focuses on helping students see God’s Story and then Live His Story, with special attention on the concepts of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.
Why do we do this? We TREASURE each of our students as being created by God. Because of that, we want to TRAIN them in His Way and help them develop habits of knowing, loving, and living His Story.
Part of this training includes that students must be able to both understand and defend their faith. It’s always been important to defend the Christian faith, but it seems extra important to be able to do that right now, doesn’t it? To better train our students to understand and defend their faith, we’ve implemented a new Bible curriculum, the Building on the Rock Bible curriculum (for grades K-5) and the Walking in Truth curriculum (for grades 6-8). Vetted by our curriculum team and area pastors, the curriculum builds a framework for living biblically in all areas of life, teaches children how to defend their faith, applies what kids are learning to today’s world, is engaging, and provides questions that connect a student’s mind and faith. Our teachers ensure that all parts of the curriculum stay true to a biblically Reformed perspective. The Building on the Rock curriculum lays the groundwork of worldview education and helps students understand relationships with the Creator, each other, themselves, and creation. The Walking in Truth curriculum trains students to defend their faith and respond to counterfeit worldviews. At Sioux Center Christian School, we desire to do as much as we can to train students in the Truth and help them share it with others. We want students to see all of life from a biblically Reformed worldview and give them practice and training to do just that from kindergarten to 8th grade.
Finally, I’d like to bring special attention to the SCCS statement of faith (see the document below). All parents, employees, and trustees commit to following the statement of faith (you signed an agreement at registration and employees and trustees sign an agreement each fall and at contract time), and I think it’s important to review it often. The items outlined in the statement are nonnegotiable, and we must hold fast to them as an organization. Please know that the SCCS leadership daily seeks to live out these beliefs, and we covet your prayers that we would remain faithful and have the wisdom needed to carry out this task well. I encourage you to read through the statements, as they are core to who we are and what we do.
A biblical perspective, Bible curriculum, and the SCCS statement of faith: key items to fulfilling our mission!
Have a great rest of your week, and thanks for your support of SCCS.
Each year, we invite parents to complete a feedback survey. We use this information to discover trends and also to compare this year's results to last year's results. We also survey faculty/staff and our 7th and 8th graders.
We invite every parent to complete the survey, and the deadline is October 11. We take seriously the information shared and use it to celebrate and improve.
Please head to the link below to complete the survey. As you consider your responses, please think about your broad experience with SCCS, not necessarily individual experiences that may have happened. We would like to hear your feedback regarding the overall experience at school.
Thanks for your participation!
Faculty members are actively studying two books this year, one for use during faculty devotion time and the other as discussion material for professional development. Check out these texts as potentials to add to your home library! #worldviewmatters #reformed #intentional #treasured #trained #transformed
Reformed: What It Means, Why It Matters by Rob De Moor (all new faculty and trustees also read and study this book every year) https://www.faithaliveresources.org/Products/150755/reformed-what-it-means-why-it-matters.aspx
Beyond Biblical Integration: Immersing You and Your Students in a Biblical Worldview by Roger C.S. Erdvig (he is also coming to work with SCCS faculty in February) https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Biblical-Integration-Immersing-Worldview/dp/1733025650
IMPACT OUR TREASURED STUDENTS
You can give a donation that impacts our students while also receiving 75% of your donation back!
How is this possible??
When you make a donation to NICSTO (Northwest Iowa Christian Schools Tuition Organization), you receive an IOWA TAX CREDIT certificate valued at 75% of your donation.
Sioux Center Christian receives 100% of your gift and grants it to students who qualify. Last year, 267 of our students were blessed to receive $224,807 in NICSTO tuition grants!
Our goal this year is $316,242…and if we do not reach our goal, other Christian schools within NICSTO are allowed to finish up our goal and receive additional tuition grants for their school.
It’s easy to give! There is no minimum or maximum; you may give cash, grain, stocks, bonds, or from your IRA.
Learn more about this giving opportunity: https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/support/nicsto.cfm
Forms are available by the TRIP window or at the link above.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
- The Parent Directories are here...they were sent home with the youngest child in the family so check the backpacks for them!
- There will be no school for students on Thursday, Oct 7 and Friday, Oct. 8. Teachers will be attending the Heartland Conference on Dordt's campus on those days. The TRIP office will be open on Thursday from 8:00-1:00 and closed on Friday. The school office will be closed both days.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
BRIDGE OF HOPE APPLE PIES
Bridge of Hope is once again making and selling delicious apple pies as a fundraiser for their Christian Education Fund. Pies are $15 each. If interested in purchasing, please contact the church office (722- 3951 or email@example.com) with your name, phone number and number of pies you wish to purchase by Monday, September 27.
Pies will be made on Saturday, October 23, and will be ready for pickup at the church office/Ministry Center (43 2nd Street NE) on Tuesday, October 26 or Thursday, October 28, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. (If neither of those pick-up dates work, arrangements can be made for a different time.) Thanks for your support!
- The Office Handouts http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/parents/officehandouts.cfm is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more! Currently there is information for:
Junior Knights Girls Basketball for Grades 5-8
5th/6th Sioux Center Rec Volleyball Teams & Schedules
Western Christian Junior Wolfpack Girls Basketball for Grades 5-8
6th-8th Theatre Workshop Sign up
Dordt Cheer Youth Camp for Grades TK-6
Sioux Center Drivers Fall Education Classes
- 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 to use towards school approved items and a certificate of recognition. A nomination form can be found here.
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