Columbus Christian School News

August 17, 2018

Welcome from Mrs. Donnell

We have made it through one full week of school! Staff and students are getting back into the routine of school. Everyone on the CCS staff has been prayerfully working hard to make each student feel welcome and loved.

I want to personally thank all of the staff, students and families for their patience. All of our new changes were challenging at first but everyone has been committed to making things flow successfully. The elementary staff has done a great job of using our “Teach To’s” with our Pre-K to 5th graders. They are learning our expectations and doing a great job meeting them. Our Middle School staff has been evaluating all of the 6th, 7th and 8th graders to make sure that we are meeting their needs. The High School staff has been diligently working to integrate the new 90 minute Block Schedule. The High School students have been wonderful as we have had to work through a couple of schedule changes.

Monday starts another new week and all high school schedules should be set and we will be preparing for our Middle School/High School Retreat. Our students and staff are pumped about what God has in store for us at Hilltop next week. Thank you all for your continued prayers and patience. Just know that each staff person at CCS is prayerfully loving on each of your children everyday!

Have a blessed weekend!

In Christ’s Love

Mrs. Donnell

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Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Todd Melloh, Founder and President of Beyond This.

Columbus Christian School

Chapel Elem 8 - 15 - 18 by Columbus Christian School

Middle School & High School Chapel

Speaker: Todd Melloh, Founder and President of Beyond This.

The glory of God is man fully alive.

2 Corinthians 5:9-11

Our apologies for the poor sound. The video played during chapel can still be heard.

Columbus Christian School

Chapel - Todd Melloh by Columbus Christian School
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Help CCS Welcome the New Crusader Families!

Date: Thursday, August 30 / 6:30pm

CCS is hosting a night for New Crusader Families to come together, meet other new families, ask questions and fellowship. Nothing says "Welcome" like homemade treats! Help welcome our new Crusader families by donating a sweet treat for them to enjoy! Purchased treats are always welcome too!

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Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and list the dessert you will be bringing.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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EventLink is a free app that will keep you up to date on your child's athletic activities.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Create Account
  3. Add Columbus Christian as the school to subscribe to. To do that type in Columbus Christian School where it asks for the school or zip code and then click search.
  4. Once Columbus Christian School populates in the left window, click on the “+” sign. This will subscribe you to CCS. Click on the green Next button
  5. Fill out the information (Name, address, phone number, user name, password, time zone). You also need to click on the “add contact” and enter your name again, and your email. This is how you will get your access code. Once you hit the green save button (verbiage may be different) twice, it should bring up your account with calendar and a box that will ask you for that access code.
  6. Check your email that you put in during registration, there should be an email from Eventlink with your access code. Enter that code in the box. This should get you in.

You can manage which calendars you want to see by clicking on "My Calendars” on the left side and clicking on “Manage Calendars” on the drop down box. Also, you can unselect “District of Columbus Christian” because that is basically used for bigger school districts like Bartholomew Consolidated.

If you encounter any issues, contact Matt Bond, Assistant Athletic Director at

Lego Robotics

Interested in LEGO Robotics? Visit: to learn more about the program. Students in grades 4-8 and ages 9-14 can apply.

Application link: Creator Crusaders LEGO Team

Applications due Wednesday, August 22nd. Please turn them into the office.

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Columbus Christian School is excited to begin a “legacy” program for our K-5th grade students this year. We are working in conjunction with Reverend Ron Bridgewater, ECCC and the CMF Child Sponsorship program ( Each of our classes K-5th grade has chosen their own age-level child through CMF to sponsor and “adopt” as their own classmate. The goal is for our CCS students to create a long distance, long term relationship with their “adopted” classmate and to understand the difference they can make across the world. Through the monthly sponsorship fee ($38.00 per child) our students will be assisting a child with food, necessary medical needs and most importantly an education that includes spiritual development. The classes will be corresponding with their “adopted” classmate through their 12th grade year. We are encouraging all K-5th grade students to bring offering to Wednesday chapel services and the money will be used for the CMF sponsorships of each class. Please help us, help your children understand the mission of CMF and CCS in building God’s Kingdom.

Marshmallow Tower Building

Students learn the scientific method of research by building marshmallow towers. Given a bag consisting of 3 toothpicks, 1 balloon and an allotment of marshmallows, students must work together, combining the knowledge of what they know about these materials, to make their marshmallow tower as high as they can make it.
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PTF Newsletter

Learn about this valuable group of parents, what they do, and how you can get involved. If you need help getting plugged in to CCS, these gals can help you out!

Check out the PTF Newsletter HERE.

Box Tops - new permanent home for the BoxTop container is in the office lobby. Feel free to swing in the office lobby and drop them in the container on your way in or out of school. BoxTop Battles by grade is coming in October (more info to come).

Grandparents Day at CCS is Friday, September 7th.

PTF invites you to a pancake breakfast from 7:30-8:15. Parents and grandparents are invited to have breakfast with your favorite CCS students! We will have a morning of yummy food and fun activities. At 8:15, grandparents of K-5th graders are invited to student's classrooms until 8:45. Please stay for Grandparent's Day Chapel at 9:00! Order forms for pancake breakfast will come home in next Tuesday's red folders.

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Middle School & High School Fall Retreat

Theme: Awakening Your Fearless Spirit

Grades 6th - 12th grade

Wednesday, August 22nd through Friday August 24th

Located at: Hilltop Christian Camp

Detailed information will be sent directly to all parents via email.

Interpersonal & Organizational Skills

CCS has added a new elective course for the freshman class called "Interpersonal & Organizational Skills." The content will be presented with the understanding that God created us as social beings - first and foremost to know Him, and secondly to be in relationship with other people. The topic of stewardship will be addressed as it pertains to caring for the people God has placed in our lives, the talents He has given to each one of us, and the responsibilities to which He has directed us as caretakers of His world. The curriculum was been written by CCS Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Cox.
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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

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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Background Check Must Be On File

All family members who anticipate volunteering in the school, going on field trips, attending school functions, even driving MS/HS kids to the retreat MUST have a Volunteer Application/Background Check on file with CCS. Please pick up a form at the Crusader Connection (located just outside the office door) and return to the office.


Heading back to school is an exciting time of year for students. As students go back to school, it is important that they eat healthy, stay active, and are up to date on their immunizations. The Bartholomew County Health Department would like to help you make sure your child is up to date. Call 812-379-1555 option 1 to check immunization status and make an appointment. Publicly funded program for those uninsured and underinsured to receive immunizations at no charge. Most insurances also accepted. Click here to view the 2018-19 Required & Recommended School Immunizations.

Theresa Forkert RN

Bartholomew County Health Department

2675 Foxpointe Drive Suite B

Columbus, IN 47203

812-379-1555, Ext 1 (office)

CCS School Documents & Forms


Middle & High School Fall Retreat

August 22-24

Labor Day - No School

Monday, September 4

Grandparent's Day at CCS & Pancake Breakfast

Friday, September 7

2 HR Delay for Staff Professional Development

Tuesday, September 11

Classes begin at 10:00AM

Picture Day

Tuesday, September 18

College Fair at East High School

For 11th-12th grades (11:00AM)

Thursday, September 27

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1st Annual Doug Anderson Family BBQ

When: Saturday, August 18

Time: 3:00 - 9:00pm

Where: (Location has changed due to potential weather)

Now located at: The Shelter, 5060 W CR 600 N in Scipio, IN (in front of Scipio Methodist Church on HWY 7).

Cost: $10 per person - pay at the event


  • Live music all day
  • Concessions
  • Corn hole
  • Volleyball
  • And more...

For more information, contact Ron Bridgewater at

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