SCCS Home Bulletin
December 15, 2021
FROM DR. B.
Good morning, Trailblazers! I hope you’ve had a great week.
We continue on our ABCs of SCCS series. Last time, I shared about I = inclusive education. It’s time to head to J.
A feeling of great happiness.
That’s how Merriam Webster describes our next topic: joy.
But we know joy goes so much deeper.
Joy is that deep sense of comfort, thankfulness, excitement, and jump-up-and-down praise that comes only through belief in Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes, this season is called one of joy. In fact, joy played a big part in the first Christmas. Our first graders have been busy memorizing Luke 2. Part of the passage that they’ll have hidden in their heart includes: “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
May we stand in awe of the perfect gift that God gave us.
May we forever be thankful that we are part of His family.
May we keep our eyes, hearts, and hands open to opportunities to serve others.
May we cut through the noise, the distractions, the busyness, and the false stories.
May we continue to be people focused on bringing the good news that causes great joy.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Sioux Center Christian School!
EDUCATION FREEDOM SUMMIT
From Dr. Bowar: Greetings! This is an exciting time to serve in Christian schools in IA. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently became the first governor in the nation to sign the Education Freedom Pledge. The pledge states:
"I pledge to support policies that promote parental rights in education and educational freedom. This includes the right of parents to voice their opinions at school board meetings and to take their children’s taxpayer-funded education dollars to the education providers of their choosing – whether it be a public, private, charter, or home school."
As one way to educate and mobilize friends of the school choice movement in Northwest IA, I’d like to invite you to the Education Freedom Summit, a collaborative event being planned by Sioux Center Christian School and Western Christian High School. The event will be held at Western Christian High School on Wednesday, January 5 at 12:00pm. Lunch will be provided.
The intent of the Summit is to bring awareness and excitement around the topic of school choice and ESAs and to learn how to better advocate for these opportunities. The Summit will include Lydia Quick and Eric Goranson of the Iowa Association of Christian Schools, Steve Holwerda of EdChoice, Representative Skyler Wheeler, Senator Jeff Taylor, Corey DeAngelis of the American Federation for Children, school leaders, board members, and interested citizens. We have also invited Governor Reynolds. We are still awaiting her RSVP.
Now is the time to unite to advance the mission of Christian education. I hope you will join us, and please also invite anyone who you feel would be interested in this opportunity, especially people with a passion for ESAs! Please RSVP by December 22 by emailing email@example.com or by calling/texting 605-359-5704.
I hope to see you on January 5!
From Mrs. Vander Werf: TK was blessed last week with a visit from the Dordt Defender Hockey Team! They came and read Christmas books to us! TK students also gave them JOY! We read the book, The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg. We made candy canes ahead of time and gave one to each hockey player. TK told the story of the candy cane and celebrated the JOY of Christ’s birth with them! It was extra special because the coach of the Dordt Defenders is also Dad to one of our TK students! Thank you, Dordt University Hockey, for bringing us JOY today!
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Because of the high winds predicted this afternoon, all after school activities are being canceled. There will be no aftercare today.
- The school office will be closing at 2:15 today.
- Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
- There will be no school Dec. 20-31. Classes will resume on Jan. 3.
- The school office will be closed Dec. 20-31.
- During the break, the TRIP Office will only be open on Wednesday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 8:00-1:00.
IGNITE THE VISION
In a world that daily invites children into its many and varied stories, at Sioux Center Christian School we are dedicated to making God's Story KNOWN, LOVED and LIVED every day!
Our deep desire is to be here until Christ returns... discipling, treasuring, and training as many children as God sends our way, until His Day of ultimate transformation!
A key milestone in our plans to endure is expanding our campus to include a new flexible gym/chapel/performance space, with ten additional classrooms, plus expanded student work areas.
Will you prayerfully consider how your year-end gift can help IGNITE the giving for this next milestone?
We have already received over $100,000 in gifts towards our goal of reaching $350,000 by December 31! Every gift is important in laying the foundation of giving towards this next exciting step for our school! You may give online at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/support/donate.cfm or drop off/mail your donation to school (630 1st Ave SE). Thank you!
Parent Visit Days
We take seriously our calling to partner with parents in the education of their children. We value this partnership! We want to invite you into the school so you can experience what’s happening in the classroom with your students. To do that, every grade level will be hosting a parent visit day. You are invited to join us for some time in the classroom and a free lunch with your child.
3rd grade visit day will be Thursday, January 13 (10:30-11:30- classrooms/11:30-12:00-lunch). Sign up here by Monday, January 10 if you plan to attend!
More information for the following visit days will be sent out later:
- Jan. 20 - 4th grade (10:30-11:45- classrooms/11:45-12:15-lunch)
- Feb. 3 - 5th grade (11:00-12:00- classrooms/12:00-12:30- lunch)
- Feb. 10 - 6th grade (11:00-12:00- classrooms/12:00-12:30- lunch)
- March 10- 7th & 8th grade (11:15-12:15- classrooms/12:15-12:45- lunch)
PRINCIPAL: Do you have a passion for serving God’s kids and want to be part of a vibrant learning community? Do you have experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment? Do you want to serve with a strong leadership team and in a well-established yet strategic school?
Sioux Center Christian School is seeking to fill the position of Principal, a key leadership role that partners with the Head of School as a member of the leadership team. This position is designed to fulfill the faith-based mission statement, philosophy, and purpose of Sioux Center Christian School through the diligent, excellent fulfillment of assigned essential requirements and essential responsibilities.
For more details on this position and the application package, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm
SCCS Parents - thank you for covering this process in prayer and please spread the word to anyone you feel would be a good fit for this leadership position at SCCS.
K-4TH GRADE ART TEACHER: 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 position of K-4th grade art teacher, with a start date of August 1, 2022. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning.
Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm.
PARAPROFESSIONAL (Part- or Full-Time):Do you have a passion for serving God’s kids and want to be part of a vibrant learning community? Sioux Center Christian School is seeking to fill the role of paraprofessional in either a part- or full-time capacity.
For more details on the position and the application package, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm
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 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!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THE ART ROOM
We are entering into a very busy season in the art room! We use a lot of materials and tools which require a lot of clean up. In order to maximize the amount of time that students are engaged in creating, I am asking for some volunteers to help with tool and desk clean-up from 11:30-12:15 everyday. To sign up click here. Contact Mrs. De Jong (email@example.com) if you have questions.
Did you know that Outlet 75 received a HUGE shipment of toys? They have Legos, board games, Nerf guns, dolls, action toys …so much variety for girls and boys.
They also have beautiful Christmas décor plus hand-poured candles (perfect for Christmas gifts!). PLUS, your purchases support our school!
Outlet 75 is open on Wednesdays from 11am-8pm, Thursdays from 11am-3pm, plus in December they will be open 10am-1pm on Saturday, December 18!
Are you willing to fill in any of the open shifts in December? We’d love to have you come and experience the joy of volunteering at Outlet 75!! If you can help, please connect with Janey Boogerd (712.449.8106 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
- 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 Carmen Mulder (email@example.com).
- 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.
REMIND TEXT ALERTS FOR WEATHER
We will be using the Remind system again for our weather alerts so that you can receive a text. We will also be posting on Bloomz.
If you would like to sign up to receive a text alert, please text the information below (depending on your last name) to 81010. We need to be a little creative to still use the free account. 😊
Last Name A-D: text @sccsa-d to 81010
Last Name E-K: text @sccse-k to 81010
Last Name L-P: text @sccsl-p to 81010
Last Name Q-T: text @sccsq-t to 81010
Last Name U-V: text @sccsu-v to 81010
Last Name W-Z: text @sccsw-z to 81010
- 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:
Sioux Center Esports League for ages 8 and up
Western Christian Cheer Camp for grades K-4
NWI Knights AAU Volleyball for 5th-8th grade girls
- Staff Member of the Month: Nominate your favorite SCCS faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond for the Pella Staff award! Nomination forms can be found here or are available by the TRIP window. Each month a winner is chosen and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used to impact learning! Nominations are due by the 25th of each month and can be returned to our school office or mailed/dropped off at Pella Corp.
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