Columbus Christian School News

March 9, 2018

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A Note from the Principal

Finding God in Daylight Savings Time 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 Saving 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 that the benefit ­doesn’t justify the adjustment of clocks twice a year and note that the disruption of sleep patterns in the spring corresponds to a spike in the number of serious auto accidents.

In the spiritual realm, this 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.

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Don’t forget to “spring” your clocks forward on March 10th and enjoy your Spring Break! See you back at CCS on March 22nd!


Mrs. Donnell

Open House Invitation

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 19th 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.

God bless!

Kendall Wildey


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Jr. & Sr. High Chapel

Mr. Ridder, CCS Bible teacher and Pastor at Bible Baptist Church, gave a personal testimony for his message: Groan Inwardly - Wait Eagerly - Hope Patiently.

Romans 8:23-25

  • Have you embraced the gospel in salvation?
  • Are you experiencing difficult circumstances or painful trials? Are you prepared for them?
  • Are you waiting eagerly for the day of Christ's appearing or just living in the moment trying to hold onto that which does not last?
  • Are you using your experiences as platforms to share the gospel?
  • In what do you patiently place your hope? Will your hope hold in the greatest of tragedy?

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Elementary Chapel

Andrew Douglas, Children's Minister at East Columbus Christian, talked to the students about Love & Respect. In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells the parable of the good Samaritan. In the story there is:

Priest - He's suppose to be a godly leader - he walks by the hurt man.

Levite - He assists the priest - he walks by the hurt man.

Samaritan - Samaritans and Jews did not get along; kind of like Colts and Patriots, on a smaller scale. He is who you would expect to walk on by but instead he's the only one who does stop to help the man.

He saw the Jew not as a "Jew" but as someone created by God, therefore he had compassion. We are not all created the same. We should see people as people, like the Samaritan. Practice the Golden Rule with everyone.

Kindergarten field trip to Not Just Popcorn

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Let's Go Fly A Kite!

With spring break approaching, the first grade read and learned about kites! They learned that they need to be symmetrical for balance and that kites are made from lightweight materials. They got into groups and discussed how to engineer a kite: imagining, planning, creating, testing, and improving our own kites. They chose their own materials and put them together. They plan to fly them Friday afternoon before leaving for spring break!
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Third Grade PBL

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Fourth Grade Field Trip

Fourth graders went to IUPUC and toured the college, learned about the degree programs, and explored career options through fun games. They also went to Bakalar Air Museum and the Airport Fire Station.
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Fifth & Sixth Grade see Randy Ollis at Library

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Fifth Grade STEM Challenge:

Students had to build boats for a shipping company. They were given a price list and had to buy their supplies from Mrs. Gladden. The challenge was to be able to get their boat to float with the most amount of weight on it!

Spanish 1 at Riviera Maya

This week Spanish 1 students learned new food vocabulary and how to order in Spanish. They celebrated by eating lunch at Riviera Maya. Muy delicioso!

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Congratulations Box Top Battle Winners

First Grade won the BOX TOP BATTLE! They will receive their popcorn party when they return from spring break. All the classes brought in 100 or more box tops. They will get a bag of popcorn as a special thanks from the PTF! Thank you so much for helping the PTF earn money for special events at school like field day. You are a blessing!

Hurry in for your Father/Daughter Dance ticket. One ticket per couple!

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CCS is looking for a Soccer Coach for the 2018-2019 season. If interested, please contact the school office at (812) 372-3780.

Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Kayla Jones making The Republic's Athlete of the Week for March 1.

You can read the article here:

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Lost Keys

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Dear Parents,

Please remember to go to or call 1-855-386-9548 to request a FREE Energy Kit. Our school is participating in the My Energy Kit Challenge through Duke Energy and The National Theatre for Children. The goal of the program is to save energy by giving our families the opportunity to receive a FREE Energy Kit full of items that can be used to save energy around the home.

If our school reaches 100 sign-ups for the FREE kit from our families and staff, we’ll automatically win $250. Please help us win. Go to or call 1-855-386-9548 to sign up and credit our school.

Thank you!

Please note: Duke Energy provides one free kit per household every 36 months. If you’ve received a FREE kit before, you might be able get another one. Even if you can’t yet get another kit, your sign-up will still help our school!

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CCS Feedback Form

Send your ideas & suggestions to Mr. Wildey, CCS Superintendent.

School Documents

Elementary Pick-up Procedure, Dress Code, Winter Weather Information, Yearly Calendar, Background Check, Lunch Policy & more!

Save the Date!

Daylight Saving Time Begins

Sunday, March 11 (change clocks ahead one hour Saturday night)

Spring Break

March 12-21 (Return to school on 22nd)

Snow Makeup Days

March 22, 23 and April 2

Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, March 27

Good Friday - No School

Friday, March 30

Father/Daughter Dance

Friday, March 30 (6:00-9:30)

The Wizard of Oz

March 6 & 7

Doors open at 6:30pm

Show starts at 7:00pm

The Singing Crusaders Choir Concert

Tuesday, April 10

Drive one 4 your school

Drama Dept. Fundraiser

Saturday, April 21

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CCS Reminders:

Building Entry During School Hours: Please report to the main office to sign in before entering the rest of the school building during the hours of 8:15 am - 3:00 pm. The main office staff will notify the classroom teacher that you are here.

End of Day Procedures: All parents need to remain in the hallway outside the classroom during dismissal time. If you need to speak with your student’s teacher, please feel free to make an appointment after 3:20 pm.

After Hours Access to Classrooms: After hours access to classrooms need to be on an emergency basis only. If the need arises for your student to get something from their desk, IF the custodial person o staff is available, they may open the door for the student ONLY. The custodial staff person will remain in the class with the student. The student should only get something from his/her own desk.

Thank you for your help in each of these areas. CCS wants to make sure that everyone here is safe and that student’s information remains secure and private.

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To our CCS families and followers:

FACEBOOK is limiting posts from pages like Columbus Christian School in your newsfeed.

If you want to continue seeing these posts, visit our Columbus Christian School profile and under the "FOLLOWING" tab choose "SEE FIRST”.

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Simple ways you can help CCS earn money!

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Are you an AMAZON shopper?

Did you know if you shop Amazon via their AMAZON SMILE site - a percentage of your purchase can get donated to CCS? It's an easy way to support the school and costs you nothing extra!
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Be the FIRST to know when school is cancelled or delayed!

Get important information from your child's teacher and school with the free Remind app. It's easy to use. Follow the instructions here.
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ParentsWeb - RenWeb School Management Software

Want to get more involved in your child’s academic progress and future success – all via the Internet! See your child’s grades, attendance, homework and conduct, as well as other useful school information. You can also communicate with teachers and other school staff online whenever necessary. All you need is an Internet-capable computer. For more information on how to access RenWeb, click here: Parent Login Instructions

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