Columbus Christian School News

March 8, 2019

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A Note From Mrs. Donnell

While I know this is a repeat, but it is worth repeating as we get ready to move our clocks forward this weekend.

Finding God in Daylight Savings Time

by: Dianne Neal Matthews

Finding God in Daylight Savings Time (DST) may sound like a strange idea. But the biannual ritual of changing our clocks can serve as a powerful reminder of why Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4 NIV)

In 1916, Germany and the United Kingdom put Daylight Savings Time (DST) into practice during World War I. The U.S. instituted DST in 1918 in order to conserve fuel needed to produce electricity. Most areas reverted to standard time after the war. In 1942, the United States reinstated DST for the duration of World War II.

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established a system of uniform DST throughout the country, except for states that voted to stay on standard time. Proponents of DST point out the reduction in energy consumption. Opponents claim the at the benefit doesn’t justify the adjustment of clocks twice a year and not that the disruption of sleep patterns in the spring corresponds to a spike in the number of serious auto accidents.

In the spiritual realm, the biannual changing of the clocks can serve as a reminder that we have a limited time on this earth. Jesus was keenly aware that he had only three years to carry out his earthly ministry. He wanted his followers to have that same awareness and dedication to their God-given assignments. Jesus made the most of his “daylight” and accomplished his mission before he died.

We live in the day of salvation when God’s grace shines like the sun. We need to be about the business of bringing others into his Kingdom. But time is short. God has fixed the date, since the foundation of the world, when this present age will end. We don’t know how brief our life will be. While we’re changing our clocks, we can be finding God in Daylight Savings Time if we renew our commitment to make the most of our days by serving Him.

Don’t forget to “spring” your clocks forward this weekend and enjoy your two week Spring Break! May each of us come back refreshed and ready to “Finish Strong”!


Mrs. Donnell

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spring break office hours

Dear CCS Families,

We hope that you are looking forward to the upcoming two-week Spring Break. The school office will be closed for the entire break. There are multiple maintenance and cleaning projects planned over Spring Break. Office staff will be checking emails and answering those that have immediate concerns over the break.

Again, we hope that you are able to enjoy some time with your students and that they all come back refreshed and ready to finish strong! Prayers for any of you that are traveling over the break.

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Open house invitation for you!

CCS Families,

Do you have friends and family members who wonder what a PreK-12th grade Christian education looks like? Now you can show them!

Come! and invite your friends to our All-School Open House on Thursday, April 18th from 5:30-7:30pm. This will be an evening where both current and future families can witness Christ-centered academic instruction, see results of athletic excellence and experience worship through the arts.

Are you or your child curious about what the transition looks like from Kindergarten to Elementary... Elementary to Middle School... or Middle School to High School? Come get a taste!

In the coming weeks, we will have open house promotional materials for our families and staff to share at your churches, in social groups, and with your family and friends. We will also be asking for and depending on your participation to showcase what God is doing at Columbus Christian.

Please begin praying for this event and for attending families who are weighing what public, private and home school options could look like for their child. We all know what that is like! There are exciting things happening and together we look forward to giving God the glory for His work in and through the lives of students, families and Columbus Christian School.

Building His Kingdom for eternity,

Kendall Wildey


P.S. CCS will also be coinciding the Open House with a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) family night at CCS led by Cummins. Be on the look out for information coming soon!

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Columbus Christian School

Elementary Chapel by Columbus Christian School

Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Mr, Kendall Wildey, CCS Superintendent

What's the most important classroom rule?

#1 Obey & Respect your teacher.

#2 Respect your fellow students.

If those two rules are followed, all the other rules will fall in place.

In life, we do what the Bible says - Love God AND our neighbors!

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Middle & High School Chapel

Speaker: Mr, Kendall Wildey, CCS Superintendent

Scripture: Mark 8:31-38

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

What is the cost of following Christ?

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College Financial Planning

Please join us for an event sponsored by Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500, Christian financial company. Thrivent is committed to helping Christian families honor God with their money by providing support for biblical financial stewardship.

Monday, March 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM
at Columbus Christian School

About this event: Two professional consultants will discuss how to create a financial plan for your student's college education. They will discuss saving strategies, how to navigate the FAFSA, and how to avoid debt at all costs. They will also facilitate an interactive Q&A session to address any questions you may have about the college planning process.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

This workshop is open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Pre-register by emailing Laura Cox, CCS Guidance Counselor, at

21st Century Scholar Program

For students in the 7th and 8th grade.

For specific program requirements, visit the home page of their website:


This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to be FAITHFULLY fearless. Please join us in encouraging your student(s) when they demonstrate this "focus-fruit" at home!

We are excited to see how the Holy Spirit will transform the hearts and minds of these young fruit-bearers!

Senior Class of 2019 Fundraisers

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The 2019 CCS graduating class will offer concessions during intermission of the musical, James and the Giant Peach, proceeds benefitting their senior class trip to NYC.
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The Columbus Christian School Drama Department proudly presents their spring musical: James and the Giant Peach. This is sure to be an eccentric evening of entertainment for the whole family!

This show is a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure. An orphaned boy is sent to chop down a fruitless tree by his conniving and dreadful aunts. There he meets an enigmatic stranger that concocts something special resulting in human-sized insects with overgrown personalities. This show has a wonderful medley of fun and heartwarming songs and laugh out loud moments!

James and the Giant Peach the musical words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Timothy Allen McDonald based on the children's book by Roald Dahl.

Doors Open at 6:30pm, Show begins at 7:00pm

Tickets: $7 for adults / $5 for children (Under 3 are free)
Tickets available at the door or in advance by calling the school office at (812) 372-3780.

The 2019 CCS graduating class will offer concessions during intermission, proceeds benefitting their senior class trip to NYC.

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Character Breakfast fundraiser

Save the Date to help the CCS Drama Dept raise funds for their upcoming Spring Musical- James and the Giant Peach. Join us for a Character Breakfast Fundraiser on March 30th 8am-10:30am. More details to come.
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Basketball Camp for Grades 1-8

Coach Kevin Roth is hosting a basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 1 - 8 on the following dates - March 26, March 28, March 29, April 2 and April 4.

Camp time will be 4:00 - 5:15 for grades 1-4 and 5:30 - 6:45 for grades 5- 8.

Cost of the camp is $35.00 per participant. Each participant will receive a t-shirt.

Open to CCS students AND students not attending CCS.

Registration deadline will be Monday, March 25 due to Spring Break.

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Anyone look familiar?

Congratulations to CCS Senior, Conner Emily, for making the 2019 NACA Basketball - Boys Division 6 All-Tournament Team!

Who's Ready For Summer Sports?

Softball and Baseball sign up is in the office for 7th-12th grade.

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parents portal

Keep up to date on CCS happenings and information on the Parents Portal located on the website:
School Documents & Forms

2018-19 Year Calendar, FAQ Sheet, Volunteer Background Check, Family Covenant, Internet & Electronic Device User Agreement, Student Handbook, eLearning info and more.

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Important Dates

Daylight Saving Time Begins

Sunday, March 10

Spring Break

March 11-22

CCS Board Meeting

Thursday, March 21

IREAD 3 Testing

March 25-29

College Financial Planning

Monday, March 25 / 6:30-8:00PM

Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, March 26

CCS Drama Character Breakfast Fundraiser

Saturday, March 30 / 8:00-10:30AM

CCS History Day (8th-11th grades)

Friday, April 5

CCS Drama Program: James and the Giant Peach

April 5 & 6

ISTEP+ (10th Grade Testing)

April 8-12

2 Hour Delay for Professional Development

Thursday, April 18

All School Open House

Thursday, April 18 / 5:30-7:30PM

Good Friday - No School

Friday, April 19

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Design An Ad Winners in the Republic

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7th grade Life Skills class Cooks Up Some yummy soup!

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Third Grade at the Kentucky Science Museum

2 Timothy 1: 7 “ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and self-discipline.”
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Our creative God made us creative too!

These early elementary students created 4-D dinosaurs and presented their research to their class. So creative and informative! Make sure and see these creatures before they go on spring break!
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How do you celebrate pi day?

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. Wikipedia

5th grade students were introduced to advanced math then made Pi bracelets and ate pie!

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Shaving cream fun before spring break in PreschooL.

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Columbus First Church of the Nazarene

Springhill Daycamp will held at Columbus First Church of the Nazarene (located at 1245 McClure Road) and WE WANT YOUR KIDS TO BE THERE!!!! Springhill is an amazing week jam-packed full of fun that is centered around the kids learning more about Jesus. Early Bird registration is now open and will last until the end of the month. You can register your kids for Springhill at This week will be the highlight of your kids’ summer. Spots are filling up quickly so get your kids registered today. Don’t let your kids miss out on this much fun. If you have any questions or for more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Pastor Brent Roll at

Community Church of Columbus

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Hey Crusader families! Our CCS library just got HUGE!

CCS is now a RightNow media partner and that benefit extends to you! Check your email for your gift subscription information and begin enjoying access to Christian materials, teaching videos and books available in this online Biblical library. You can use these with your kids, for your personal growth and even as part of a family devotion or small group.

" that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God..." Colossians 1:10

FREE Family Resource of the Month

Prepare for Easter with family devotionals from Focus On The Family. There’s also journal pages and sermon notes for kids. And Easter cards to help you share the love of Jesus with family and friends. FREE Family Resource Easter Pack.

Can a Parent Expect Respect?

Respect is not outdated or old-fashioned, and modern parents have a responsibility to teach their teens to be respectful in a myriad of ways. Check out the article from Focus On The Family. Article: Can a Parent Expect Respect?

Parent Resources available on the CCS website

Check out more resources for parents at:

AfterSchoolHelp is an educational service offered by BJU Press to further student understanding in difficult concepts. AfterSchoolHelp provides extra practice exercises that correspond directly with the wording and chapter numbers of BJU Press textbooks. Not only does AfterSchoolHelp offer extra practice exercises, but also videos chosen by BJU Press teachers, reviews, speed drills, and extra materials for each lesson. All material is searchable by chapter and lesson numbers from BJU Press textbooks.

By using AfterSchoolHelp, students can strengthen their understanding of the concepts that they learn during their lessons, and AfterSchoolHelp can help struggling students to grasp difficult concepts by reinforcing instruction or by adding new elements to the way they look at the problem.

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Better Together

For further information: or 812-348-6257.

CCS Verse of the Week

Many voices are fighting for control of your mind. Learn to discern what is God's voice and what is not. Refuse to let other voices bind you up!
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