Columbus Christian School News

April 26, 2019

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

Our Sophomore ISTEP+ testing is complete and we will receive results over the summer. We will begin our new ILEARN testing for 3rd - 8th grade next week. Please try to schedule appointments outside of school hours, have your student get a good night’s sleep each night and a well balanced breakfast each morning. This is a new test format for everyone so we are just asking our students to give us their best effort. We appreciate your prayers for the testing to go smoothly.

Today is our mid-term and only 4 more weeks until the 2018-2019 school year is in the books. Many of our Senior High students are off this evening to enjoy fellowship and fun at their annual Jr/Sr Prom. Please say an extra prayer for each of them as they travel to and from the event. Check out our Facebook page to see a few snippets of the event tonight!

We have a lot of exciting things happening in the next few weeks. We hope you can find time to enjoy some of them and fellowship with the CCS family. Look for some exciting information in the next week or so about our upcoming Elementary Summer Enrichment activities.


Mrs. Donnell

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Middle and High School Students:

Effective now through the end of the school year there will be NO After School Resource for the Middle and High School students. All students must be picked up no later than 3:30 pm. There will be NO adult supervision after 3:30 pm and students cannot stay in the building without adult supervision.

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Summer Math Enrichment

We will be offering summer math enrichment during the months of June and July. It is not required, but is highly recommended for anyone who struggles with math and anyone who has not passed the ISTEP+ graduation exam. Any current Junior/Sophomore who has not passed the ISTEP+ must participate in remediation/enrichment as part of the requirements for the ISTEP+ Graduation Waiver.

Dates: June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Times: 9am - 11am

Location: CCS - classroom to be determined

Who: Any student who was enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II during the 2018-2019 school year

time to order your yearbook!

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Elementary Chapel by Columbus Christian School

elementary chapel

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Ridder, CCS Bible Teacher and Pastor of Bible Baptist Church

Topic: The Simple Gospel that Saves

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 ESV

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

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Columbus Christian School

Middle & High School Chapel 4-24-2019 by Columbus Christian School

MIddle & High school chapel

Speaker: Boyce College, Louisville, KY

Topic: The Way God Gives His Presence To The World

(Spoiler Alert: It's Through You)

Scripture: Isaiah 61

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Middle & High School Parents:

CCS staff has developed a presentation to educate middle school and high school students on a very important topic-- suicide prevention. The presentation includes information on mental health, suicide myths & facts, warning signs of suicide, and practical steps we can take to help someone who is struggling with thoughts of ending their life. This presentation contains clinical data and will be provided from a biblical perspective (by Laura Cox, Spencer Heaton, Kevin Ridder, and Brian Buterbaugh). Students will have the opportunity to process this information with a staff member following the presentation if desired. We welcome parents/guardians to join us for this presentation at 9:45 AM on Wednesday, May 8. Thank you for supporting us as we seek to serve our students by addressing difficult topics like these from a Christian worldview.
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Thank you, Chick-fil-A

Juniors and seniors enjoyed a presentation on customer service from Chick-fil-A along with a complimentary boxed lunch.

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Jobs For Teens HQ wants to help teenagers not just find a job, but help them explore and understand the opportunities they have access to as well as learn a variety of skills that future employers will find extremely valuable.

They are the largest FREE website on the internet that helps teens find a job. Whether it's an 11 year old looking for a part-time job to make a few bucks during the summer, or an 18 year old trying to decide on the direction they want to take in their career, they have information kids need to succeed. The website covers the specifics around full-time jobs, online jobs, summer jobs, and side jobs.


Video tour of website:

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 fearlessly GENTLE. 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!

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PTF Leadership positions available for 2019-2020

Are you prayerfully considering becoming more involved with service at CCS? Inquiring about Parent Teacher Fellowship is a great way to start! Please email to learn more about the PTF Leadership positions that are available for the 2019-2020 school year.
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Don't forget to turn in order forms!

Don't forget to turn in order forms for next Thursday's Creative Crusader Dinner, Art Exhibit and Talent Show!! Extra order forms are available at the Crusader Connection or below to download.

sampling of the art:

Our Elementary Students are getting so excited to share their artwork with you at "Creative Crusaders" on May 2nd! Be sure you sign up your whole family soon. Everyone is welcome!

Middle and High School students are more than welcome to submit a piece for the exhibit as well- just turn it into Mrs. Gover in the Resource Room.

Creative Crusaders: A Family Night of Food, Fellowship, Talent & Art

All Crusader Families are invited to this fun and engaging school-wide event! Bring the whole family (grandparents, aunts, uncles too!) to enjoy a homemade meal, Junior and Senior High Talent Show, and Elementary Art Exhibit.

The night will begin with a delicious meal, prepared by our wonderful school chef, Tammy Carlson. During dinner, you will enjoy the talents of our fantastic Junior and Senior High Students. At the end of the evening, you are invited to peruse the Elementary Art Show in the Elementary Hallway. All student’s artwork will be available to purchase by donation only.

Thursday, May 2nd 6-8 p.m at Columbus Christian School

Tickets: $6 pre-order, $8 at the door

Proceeds go to fund PTF projects next school year!

*Note: All Talent Show acts will be screened and approved, and students will sign a code of conduct contract to participate. Sign-ups for Talent Show will be posted in the coming weeks. Also, Junior and Senior High students are more than welcome to create a piece of art for the exhibit, but it is on a volunteer basis- all elementary students will be creating art work for the show during specials.

MSHS Students talent show sign up & art exhibit:

Toby and Jackson want you to know there is still time to sign up for the Creative Crusader Talent Show for Middle and High School!

The sign-up sheet is now located outside the Teacher Resource Room. All Middle and High School students can submit your artwork for the Art Exhibit to Mrs. Gover anytime this week or early next week. We can't wait to celebrate CCS with a fun family night!

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Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 6th-10th!

"Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 6th-10th! Help us celebrate by signing up to bring a dish for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday May 8th. We appreciate all of our helpful and giving parents at CCS!"

Sign up for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon ( ) on @SignUpdotcom today!

Preschool and Pre-K Raffle

Preschool and PreK will have a Class art piece that will be up for a Raffle at Creative Crusaders! Parents can purchase $1 raffle tickets during the event- the winner will be drawn at the end of the night! Thank you to Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Bowman for always creating the sweetest artwork with their students!
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it's coming...indy 500

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The roar of engines returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series prepare for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while seeing your favorite drivers push their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph. Then mosey on back to the gift shop where Columbus Christian families work side by side to raise funds for the Athletic Department.

Contact the school office to schedule your volunteer hours: (812) 372-3780.

Volunteer Work Dates / Time of Departure (carpool) / # of Volunteers Needed:

May 10 FRI Depart McDonald’s at 6:00am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 11 SAT Depart McDonald’s at 5:15am (Indy Grand Prix)
Number of workers needed: (12) shops 17 & 28

May 14 TUE Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 15 WED Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 16 THUR Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 17 FRI Depart McDonald’s 8:30am (Fast Friday)
Number of workers needed:(5) Shop17

May 18 SAT Depart McDonald’s 5:30am (Qualifications)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 19 SUN Depart McDonald’s 7:30am (Pole Day)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 20 MON Depart McDonald’s 10:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 24 FRI Depart McDonald’s 6:30 (Carb Day)
Number of workers needed: (12) Shops 17 & 28

May 25 SAT Depart McDonald’s 6:30am (Legends Day)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 26 SUN Depart McDonald’s 3:30am (103rd Running of the Indy 500)
Number of workers needed: (18) shops 17 & 28

Complete information about the day (what to expect, what to wear, how to get there, pictures, etc.) can be found on the website at: or you can download it below.

Baseball & Softball Schedules

Stay up to date with CCS activities using Eventlink. Need help getting started? Click here for information on setting up a free account.
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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

Mid Term Ends

Friday, April 26


Friday, April 26


Saturday, April 27

ILEARN (3rd-8th Grade Testing)

April 29-May3

Scholastic Book Fair

May 13-17

Senior Trip

May 13-17

Preschool Graduation

Thursday, May 16

1st & 5th Grades Baseball in Education

Thursday, May 16

Pre-K Graduation

Friday, May 17

Elementary Field Day

Thursday, May 23

Last Day of School

Friday, May 24

Kindergarten Graduation 8:15AM

MS/HS Awards 9-9:45AM

Elementary Awards 10-11AM

(Parents are welcome to come to the Awards Ceremonies/Located in Sanctuary)

Class of 2019 Graduation

Friday, May 24 / 7:00PM

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We appreciate you! Happy Administrative Professionals week!

They’re the voices that greet you when you call on the phone and the smiles that are shared when you come in the office... thank you, Lori and Tammy, for the care you show our students and families!
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preschool friends

The preschool kids show off their spring creations from class!
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We’ve got Spring in our step!

Make sure and drop by the elementary hallway to see some blossoming artists and writers.

Preschool Pajama Day!

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fifth grade

Fifth graders enjoyed a field trip on the Belle of Louisville!
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2019 All School Open House!

Thank you to all who participated, served, helped and attended the Open House!
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Prayer first!

So thankful, grateful, and blessed that God has placed this community of believers together.

CCS teachers, staff, students, and family volunteers pray together before the Open House.

CCS MISSION: Columbus Christian is a Christ-centered college preparatory school educating the whole student through qualified Christian faculty and staff.

CCS MISSION STATEMENT: Columbus Christian equips students to know Jesus Christ as Savior and to be fully prepared to serve Him in everyday life.

CCS VISION: Columbus Christian equips young people to lead Christ-centered, disciplined lives with a passion for learning, a heart for service, and a boldness to impact the world for Christ

Thank you, Cummins inc!

Thank you to Cummins, Inc. for hosting STEM night at CCS. All who participated had a great time!
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What a gift to be learning big truths like these at a young age.

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youth track program

The Indiana Pathfinders Youth Track program is a Columbus Running Club youth program for girls and boys aged 7-18. The first day of practice is on May 8. Depending on the age of the participants, the program will be offering coaching in sprints, distance events, long jump, pole vault, high jump, hurdles, and throws. If there are students who are currently involved in school sports, they may choose to join our program after their season is over and/or as their schedule allows.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Christina Newell, Columbus Running Club Youth Chair. Contact the school office for a registration form.

hilltop christian camp summer sessions

Hilltop Christian Camp has been offering a summer youth camp program since it began in 1946. Their mission is to provide a secluded place where the young people of the area churches can grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Campers learn about Christ in an atmosphere of worship, study and fun. They offer camps for ages 5-18 or grades K-12. The youth can experience Hilltop’s traditional dorm camp or the wilderness program. For more information, visit them on the web at or call (812) 988-4991.
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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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7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment

Good parents aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. There’s no formula to follow, but there are ways you can grow every day. Focus on the Family’s 7 Traits of Effective Parenting Assessment gives parents an honest look at their unique strengths, plus some areas that could use a little help. Take the Assessment Today!

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

Happy Easter from Columbus Christian School!

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

Jesus has conquered sin and death! His resurrection gives believers the power to live a transformed life. "Do you believe this?"
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