Columbus Christian School News

February 15, 2019

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

Courtesy of

Valentine's Day has come and gone but this scene will always be in my mind. I saw a man buying flowers. He bought three big beautiful roses: one pink, one red, and one white. They were wrapped in a clear bag. When I went out of the store I saw him again, bending down in the snow to gather some up; and he was putting it in the bag so the roses wouldn’t wilt before he got them to their destination.

This was a wonderful idea and he was so thoughtful; I knew it represented his love for someone to take special care of his gift.

I thought about Jesus like the man who didn’t want his flowers to wilt and die. Jesus came that we might have life abundantly here and to give us eternal life so we really never have to die either. Yes, we will leave this earth one day in the physical, but our spirit man will live forever. Our earthly body (like a rose) dies, but our spirit is renewed day by day.

Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:15-17 (American Standard Version)

The three roses reminded me of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Father God loved us so much that he gave us His only Son, Jesus, to love and protect us, to heal us and to guide us every day. And He gave us the Holy Spirit to comfort us and empower us to be His witnesses while we are here on earth. Oh, what Love that is ours! He is the best Valentine I could ever have. How about you? There is a song that says “Like a rose trampled on the ground, He took the fall ... ” Yes, He paid the price for you and me to have eternal life and an abundant life now.

The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. John 10:9-11 (American Standard Version)

I almost wanted to stop and tell that man how thoughtful I thought he was, but I had a short lunch hour and had to be back to work. But then I thought I could write about the experience and hopefully bless others with the story.

I want to tell others of God’s love and say that perhaps you didn’t have someone that gave you a Valentine rose, candy, or a stuffed animal. It is OK, just take Jesus as your Valentine; love on Him and let Him love on you. Remember He will be your Valentine every day! By the way, you can always buy yourself a rose anytime; and when you look at it think about Jesus - one of His names is “The Rose of Sharon” and He will be with you to brighten up your day.

I am a rose of Sharon, A lily of the valleys. Song of Solomon 2:1 (American Standard Version)

Copyright © 2006 Cathy Irvin


Mrs. Donnell

Big picture

Re-enrollment time for all students at CCS

Dear Crusader Families,

Early enrollment begins February 1st - for both current and future families! Current families who enroll or re-enroll during the month of February will receive priority placement. Forms will be sent home with your child and are also attached to this email.

Benefits of Early Enrollment (February 1-28, 2019)

  • Lock in 2018-19 tuition rates. (Rate increases March 1st)

  • Discounted Enrollment Fee ($150/child or $200/family)

  • Secure a spot in your child’s class

For current 5th grade families curious what it’s like to attend CCS for middle school or 8th grade families curious about CCS high school, we invite you to continue to ask questions, schedule a private tour or shadow during a school day. Please take advantage of the resources on: This site can provide answers to questions you may not know or think to ask.

Our next Open House for Preschool-12th is Thursday, April 18th. Please share this with your family and friends who may be interested in seeing what God is doing here!

Big picture

Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Mr. Flint

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Let God change your life. Let Him give you a new mind.

Romans 12:1-2 NLV

"Christian brothers, I ask you from my heart to give your bodies to God because of His loving-kindness to us. Let your bodies be a living and holy gift given to God. He is pleased with this kind of gift. This is the true worship that you should give Him. Do not act like the sinful people of the world. Let God change your life. First of all, let Him give you a new mind. Then you will know what God wants you to do. And the things you do will be good and pleasing and perfect."

Columbus Christian School

Elementary Chapel 2/13/2019 by Columbus Christian School

Middle School & High School Chapel

Speaker: Mr. Flint

What is true spiritual worship?

Romans 12:1-2 NIV

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Columbus Christian School

Middle School & High School Chapel 2/13/2019 by Columbus Christian School
Big picture
Big picture

College Financial Planning

Please join us for an event sponsored by Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500, Christian financial company. Thrivent is committed to helping Christian families honor God with their money by providing support for biblical financial stewardship.

Monday, March 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM
at Columbus Christian School

About this event: Two professional consultants will discuss how to create a financial plan for your student's college education. They will discuss saving strategies, how to navigate the FAFSA, and how to avoid debt at all costs. They will also facilitate an interactive Q&A session to address any questions you may have about the college planning process.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

This workshop is open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Pre-register by emailing Laura Cox, CCS Guidance Counselor, at

21st Century Scholar Program

For students in the 7th and 8th grade.

The 21st Century Scholars Program “provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. If you attend a participating proprietary (for-profit) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.”

For specific program requirements, visit the home page of their website:

For specific eligibility requirements, visit the application page of their website:

To apply online, go to this link:

If you are unable to apply online for whatever reason, Mrs. Cox can do it for you. In order for that to happen, you must complete and submit the Scholar Enrollment Worksheet (found here: Turn this in NO LATER than Friday, May 3, 2019.

Note: All eligible students must submit their application by June 30 of a student’s 8th-grade year.

College might seem “far away” at this point in time, but planning NOW can save you LOTS of money later! We would love for each of our eligible students to take advantage of this generous opportunity.

Mrs. Cox will be presenting this information to 7th and 8th grade students in their homeroom where they will be given a hard copy of the Scholar Enrollment Worksheet.

For more information, contact Mrs. Laura Cox, School Guidance Counselor at


This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to practice GOODNESS fearlessly. 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!

Senior Class of 2019 Fundraisers

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Photo Credit: Heather Doty Photography
Big picture
Big picture

PTF has a private Facebook page Christian School PTF - Columbus, IN

Join the private PTF page to stay up to date on behind-the-scenes happenings at CCS.

Big picture

We wouldn’t miss it!

Come out and support the Varsity Boys Crusaders as they compete in the ICSAA Basketball Championship this Saturday, February 16th at 6:00pm!

*** No athlete was hurt in the making of this film.

South Regional ICSAA Schedule

Find team schedules and other athletic information on the web at:

Big picture

Who's Ready For Summer Sports?

Softball and Baseball sign up is in the office for 7th-12th grade.

Get the CCS Athletic Schedule delivered right to your phone!

It's easy and it's FREE!

Get instructions here: How to sign up for Eventlink.


Please double check your time zone that is selected in your profile.

  1. Go to your calendar and hover your mouse over your name
  2. When the drop down box appears, click on “Manage Profile”
  3. Check the time zone box and make sure it is set on Eastern and not Central
Big picture
Big picture

Can you help with Admissions or Concessions?

Contact Chef Darrell Polley at or text 812-350-0316. Let Chef know when you can help. You are much appreciated!

Rally's Hot Dogs

Are you enjoying the hot dogs at the CCS concessions? Thank you to Rally's for donating those yummy hot dogs!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
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.

Big picture

Important Dates

PTF Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, February 21 / 3:30PM

Correction: CCS Board Meeting

Thursday, February 21

ISTEP Testing

March 4-8

Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, March 6

End of Nine Weeks

Friday, March 8

Spring Break

March 11-22

IREAD 3 Testing

March 25-29

College Financial Planning Event

Monday, March 25 / 6:30-8PM

CCS History Day (8th-11th grades)

Friday, April 5

CCS Drama Program

April 5 & 6

ISTEP Testing

April 8-12

Big picture

Kindergarten has been learning about different states this week. Can you guess this state?

Big picture

Fisty Fist - a Mexican game the Kindergarten class learned while studying Mexico.

Big picture

Preschool Valentine's Party

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

1st Grade Valentine's Party

Big picture
Big picture

1st Grade Science Projects

1st Grade Learning About Recycling With 4-H's Mrs Trimpie

5th Grade Valentine Party & Box Contest

Big picture
When kids get inspired by Lego Robotics & STEM/STEAM, there's no end to their imagination! Creative Valentine Box! Go Creator Crusaders!

3rd Grade History Presentations

Big picture

CCS Alumni News

One of our CCS alums is prepping for a special trip to the United Nations in NYC this month! As part of a class through Purdue University, taught by Jon Padfield, Erica Gregg (‘18), was invited to speak to a group of UN Leaders and international students on the subject of Human Trafficking.

She also shared with us how her education at CCS prepared her, not only academically, but by fostering in her a heart to impact the lost for Christ. The Lord has given her a big platform to influence future decisions made on a global level. Please join us in praying for Erica as she continues her preparation and that the Lord would be glorified through her work!

Check out Erica's interview on the Alumni Blog - located on the new Crusader Alumni web page at

Special thanks to Lovewell Productions for helping us capture this interview!

Big picture
Big picture

Hilltop Junior Winter Retreat: Grades 3-5

February 22-23

$15 if registered by 1/15

$20 if registered after 1/15

Download registration form below or register online at:

For more information: 812-988-4991

Big picture

The Amazing Chemistry Show

Sunday, February 17 / 2:00-5:00pm

If you are between the ages of 1-101, you will enjoy The Amazing Chemistry Show & Family Experience. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you.

2:00-4:00pm Family Experience - Explore over 150 science experiences with your family featuring: rockets, magnets, electricity, slime and more!

4:00-5:00pm The Amazing Chemistry Show - Be amazed and entertained by explosions, foam, liquid nitrogen and glow in the dark fun that will captivate adults and kids alike while Josh Denhart shares the love God has for them.

For more information, contact First Christian Church at 812-379-4491 or view the information on their website at:

Community Church of Columbus

Big picture

Looking for inspiration?

Check out the Crusader Podcast page on the website. Hear what your kiddos are learning at Chapel. You may learn something new yourself!

Check out the 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.

Big picture

Better Together

For further information: or 812-348-6257.

CCS Verse of the Week

As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock, God looks after, provides, protects and rescues us. He knows where you are today. He's never lost track of one of His sheep...and He won't start with you.❣️
Big picture
Big picture