SCCS Home Bulletin

January 25, 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


Happy Wednesday, Trailblazers!

I’m so thankful for a full week of school this week. It’s good to get back into a routine. Good for everyone, right?

We’ve been communicating a lot lately about various topics – snow day information, ESAs, and regular school communication. Keeping you updated is important to us. Thank you for reading what we send out and asking questions as they come up. Our partnership matters.

It’s been a bit, but let’s get back to the series the Stories of SCCS. This week, I’d like to feature Stacy Haarhoff, our admissions and development specialist.

STORIES OF SCCS: Stacy Haarhoff, admissions and development specialist

How long have you served/been at/been involved with SCCS?

  • I was hired in February of 2020 and worked for just a couple of weeks before the CO19 closures began. I started back up again in July of 2020 as we prepared to reopen school. It was a unique experience to be “behind the scenes” during this time and witness the leadership and detailed planning that it took to get the school ready to resume in-person learning that fall.

What's something interesting about you?

  • I consider myself somewhat “new” to Christian education. I attended public school and graduated from a public university. My interest in sending my children to SCCS was sparked after we had such a great introduction to Christian education through the Stepping Stones preschool program. So now, we are a “first generation” Christian school family. I filter a lot of the work I do through that lens; I always want to know how I can help families who aren’t as familiar with our school’s culture to feel more welcome and connected.

How does your role fulfill the mission of Sioux Center Christian School? How are you Living God’s Story at SCCS?

  • In my admissions and development role, I get the opportunity to help others find their path to SCCS and see first-hand a supportive community who give generously to help make Christian school accessible for all families. I know that if we are faithful in telling the stories of SCCS – the things that God is doing to transform the lives of our students – people naturally connect to our mission and are willing to walk alongside of us.

Why do you choose to be part of the SCCS community?

  • I love connecting with and serving the families of SCCS. I genuinely care about people and am excited about the student learning taking place at SCCS. I have the incredible opportunity to combine those passions in my position in admissions and development.

Which throughline do you most identify with and why?

  • Community builder is the throughline that I most identify with. Connecting families to the opportunities here at SCCS has to be done with purpose. Unless we are intentional about building relationships with others and inviting them into His story here, we will miss opportunities to welcome new families into this community of believers at SCCS.

What is most important to you about SCCS?

  • Seeing first-hand how God has placed each individual here to grow in their unique gifts and use these gifts to serve Him. The skills and talents everyone on the team brings to their roles is so exciting to witness. I pray that God continues to equip our people and grow our school so that we can share His story with every family who desires a Christian education for their child(ren).


As I continue to reflect on the events of the past several weeks and past couple of days, I stand in awe. Only God could make happen what I witnessed in hearings, testimonies, conference rooms, the Governor’s office, and more. Only God could put all of the pieces in place that needed to be in the right timing and order. Only God could soften hearts and convict decisions. We praise Him for what He is doing for the students of Iowa through an ESA!

I know that anything new causes questions – and that’s a good thing. I want us to do well at thinking through the implementation of ESAs at SCCS, and I believe it’s important to hear what you are wondering. What thoughts are going through your head? What questions do you have?

We want to make the wisest decisions possible for SCCS, and we plan to gather the questions submitted through this form, discuss them, and then share information via an FAQ document and other communication opportunities in the coming weeks.

Please head to the link below to complete a very brief Google Form that will help us organize the questions you have. Please complete the form by January 30.

And please pray that we follow God’s will through the entire process of implementing ESAs. Thank you!


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You are invited to attend one of the 7th/8th grade performances of Disney’s Newsies JR. on Friday, January 27 and Saturday January 28 at 7pm in the TePaske Theater. Newsies JR. is a musical inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City. No tickets needed; a freewill offering will be received. Doors will open at 6:40pm.

Note: 1st grade through 8th grade will attend a matinee performance at 1pm on Friday.


We’ve got an exciting week coming up next week – just in time to chase away the winter doldrums and to give a boost to the winter months: Trailblazer Days!

Our Deep Hope: SCCS students, faculty, and staff will celebrate Sioux Center Christian School.

Learning Target: I can enjoy and celebrate being a part of our school community.

From January 30-February 3, students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in fun dress-up days and activities:

Monday, January 30

Cozy Connections Day

Students may wear pajamas or comfy clothes to school.

*Attire must meet dress code requirements for modesty and weather. *Slippers may be worn inside, but students must have shoes.

Tuesday, January 31

Trailblazer Day

Students are encouraged to wear Trailblazer gear or colors (blue and gold).

Wednesday, February 1

Storyline Day

Students wear chapel shirts.

*Chapel at 1:35

Thursday, February 2

Decade Day

Students are invited to choose a decade and dress in clothing from that time period.

We will have a series of mini-assemblies featuring the Omaha Street Percussion Ensemble.

Friday, February 3

Celebrate SCCS - Fan Friday

Students are invited to dress in their favorite team gear.

We’ll have the annual 8th grade vs. teachers volleyball match from 2:30-3:00 in the gym. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to attend.

It’s time to show that Trailblazer spirit!


  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (
  • UPDATE: Transportation information for Friday, Feb. 3 - Sioux Center Community Schools will be having school now on Feb. 3, as a snow make-up day. All buses will run as normal.


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.

5th Grade parent visit day will be on Friday, Feb. 3. The morning will start with a welcome in the orchestra room at 10:55 followed by a classroom visit from 11:05-11:55 and lunch will be served at 11:55. 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! Please sign up here by Tuesday, Jan. 31, so we know how many to plan for. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Below are the dates and times for the other grade level Parent Visit Days this school year. More information will be sent out later.

  • Feb. 10 - 11:00 - 6th grade
  • Feb. 24- 11:00 - 7th & 8th grade
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Dordt University is hosting Family Bingo Night at Sioux Center Christian and you and your family are invited. Join us for a fun night of hanging out with other families and playing Dordt Bingo. Snacks will be provided and there will be a chance to win fun Bingo prizes!

When: Thursday, February 9

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Where: Sioux Center Christian School Cafeteria, 630 1st Ave SE, Sioux Center, IA 51250

RSVP: Space is limited, so please RSVP using the link below.

Questions: Contact Josie Faber at or 712-722-6029.

We're looking forward to hanging out with you!

Alicia Bowar, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Josie Faber, Signature Events Coordinator



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.

  • Title 1 (0.85 FTE or adjusted based on the best fit candidate)
  • Reading Specialist (Full-time)
  • Discovery (Full-Time)
  • 4th Grade (Full-time)
  • 3rd Grade (Full-time)
  • Paraprofessional (Full-time one-to-one support for a 1st grader) - start day August 2023

ASSISTANT CUSTODIAN POSITION OPENING: Sioux Center Christian School is looking to fill the position of assistant custodian. We are looking for a hardworking, dependable, detail-oriented person to serve in this position, working 2-5 hours/day after school releases (working any time after 3:15). Responsibilities include general cleaning and custodial duties. This position has very flexible hours to meet your schedule. We invite you to join our fast-paced, fun work environment! Interested candidates should forward the staff application (found at, and a resume to Josh Bowar, head of school, at A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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:


Congratulations to managers, Melissa Punt and Amy Feekes, plus all the Outlet 75 volunteers who have made the biggest distribution from O75 to SCCS possible! Outlet 75 was able to write a $40,000 distribution check to SCCS from Oct – Dec profits (and we had a snowstorm almost every Wed-Thurs in December)!! This brings the total contributions from Outlet 75 since they opened in 2019 to $259,000!

Volunteers make this kind of profit possible! Thank you, parents, for fulfilling the commitment you made at the beginning of the year to help at Outlet75. It has been a huge blessing!

Sign up now for the February and March shifts – February has some openings that need to be filled soon!



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!

Open hours: Wednesdays 11am-8pm and Thursdays 11am – 3pm. One Saturday each month (February 11 is the next open Saturday 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 and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used 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. We are extremely grateful to Pella Corp for this program that serves to encourage and bless our faculty and staff!


Faith CRC is once again making FREEZER MEALS for their Christian Ed fund! This is a great way to stock your freezer with meals for those busy winter and spring days, when you are just too busy or too tired to cook! OR how nice it would be to buy a meal and gift it to a teacher, a family that just had a new baby, a college student, a healthcare worker or a shut-in. The options to share a meal are endless. Here is the link to order your meals...Faith CRC Christian Education Committee: 2023 Freezer Meals (

If you know anyone who is not computer savvy and would like to order, direct them to give Liz De Groot (712-541-3911) a call and she would be happy to get them signed up.

The meals we are providing this year are Chicken Enchiladas (5 enchiladas, 2-3 servings), Bacon Cheeseburger Noodle Casserole (3-4 servings), and Chicken Pot Pie (3-4 servings).

You have until Sunday, January 29 to order your meals. We will announce when they will be ready to be picked up from the back door of Caseys Bakery (sometime the second or third week of February). If you have a hard time getting around and would like your meals delivered to you or if you cannot make the pick up dates, we can make other arrangements with you. If you have questions, contact Liz De Groot.


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

Currently there is information for:

  • Iowa State University Extension and Dordt University STEAM FEST
  • Western Christian Dance Camp
  • Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure
  • Sioux Center Recreation Winter Track Classic
  • 2023 Drivers Education Options
  • NWI Knights AAU Volleyball Registration
  • Western Christian Wolfpack AAU Volleyball