Columbus Christian School News

December 21, 2018

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

A Christmas Prayer for the Merry... and Not so Merry

"But the angel reassured them. 'Don't be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior — yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'" Luke 2:10-11 (NLT)

Father God,

We thank You and praise You today for the miracle of Your Son's birth. Thank You for bringing great JOY to the whole world!

Thank You for giving us the assurance that because You came to us in the form of a human, we who believe in Jesus can know with absolute certainty that we'll spend eternity with You.

We thank You, Lord, for the many reasons we have been given a merry Christmas. And we rejoice for each blessing. New life. New love. A home. A job. New opportunities. Second chances. And more.

We know, Lord, that You bring the sun and the moon and set the stars in motion. You tell the ocean where to stop and the snow when to start. And we thank You for the mighty gift of Your creation.

Thank You, Father, for spiritual leaders and faith-filled friends who keep encouraging us when we are close to giving up.

And although we have many reasons to rejoice today, Lord, we also know December 25th can be not-so-merry for a whole host of reasons. We pray for those who are experiencing loss this Christmas: relational, financial, spiritual and physical.

We pray for those who are coping with loving a prodigal and our friends and family members whose hearts are far from You. We pray for those dealing with unemployment and addictions and chronic sickness ... and unending pain and frustrations of all kinds. Thank You, Lord, that You are The Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace, even in the midst of our not-so-merry circumstances.

Finally, Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, and peace in our hearts, when the world all around us spins out-of-control.

Help us to stay focused on You, this Christmas time and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so that we might truly have a very merry Christmas.

In Jesus' Name,


Courtesy of

Merry Christmas to each of you and your families this Christmas season. Thank you to everyone who provided goodies and gifts throughout this holiday season. Each one holds a special place in my heart. Have a safe and joyful break.

Prayers and Blessings,

Mrs. Donnell

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Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Ridder, CCS Bible Teacher

Topic: Christmas is about the good news. We are called to believe the gospel.

Scripture: John 3:16

Video: When Santa Learned the Gospel

Stream More Chapel Speakers

Want to catch up on your student's chapel services? You can listen to the audio recordings here:

  1. On the website at
  2. On

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Gingerbread House Making Skills Taught Here

Preschool students enjoyed the tasty task of building a yummy gingerbread house.
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The Music Stopped...Grab That Gift!

Kindergarten students played a creative game while snagging a fun gift.
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Where's Jesus?

1st grade students looked for Jesus in the Bible and around the room before they had their party. They couldn't have a party without the guest of honor! They sang songs like the angels and came to honor him with a birthday cake. They shared their presents like the wise men.
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2nd grade students start their morning with devotions.
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Spreading Cheer

3rd grade students brought in toys for the Fireman's Cheer Fund and learned from area firemen how their contributions benefit other children.

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
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Caroling Anyone?

4th & 5th grade students went through the building singing Christmas carols and delivering special treats!
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Filling Bellies for Love Chapel

5th grade students collected 4 boxes of food for the Love Chapel. Thank you families for your generosity.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat..." Matthew 25:35

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PATIENCE Fearlessly

This month our MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to demonstrate PATIENCE 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!

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Thank You, CCS Families!

Thank you to our wonderful Parent Teacher Fellowship for coordinating and hosting the annual Teacher & Staff Christmas Luncheon! Thank you also to the CCS families who contributed the delicious desserts and salads! Your thoughtfulness and extra efforts made the lunch extra special. We appreciate you very much!

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.

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Get the CCS Athletic Schedule delivered right to your phone!

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Athletic Parents - sign up for concessions and admissions

Concession Volunteers – An important function that helps fulfill the athletic programs financial need is the selling of concessions at all home athletic events. Parents will be asked to volunteer to work the concession booth for home athletic events on specifically assigned dates. Again, after rosters are set, a list will be published for parents to assist in this endeavor. All efforts will be made so that no parent works during his/her student’s game.

Parent Participation Requirement: Parents should sign up for to help 4 times per basketball season and 2 times during soccer and volleyball for set up, clean up, concession and/or admissions and 1 Track or Stadium date. For any parent that does not sign up they will be assigned times to work that are not during your students games. If you need to switch there will be a master list with contact information and you can switch with someone. If hours are not fulfilled by participating students there will be an additional $200.00 fee. Each event served is equivalent to $40.00. The binder is located in the office.

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!
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Mortgage Match

God is Great! Our new total is over $60,000!

Watch the video below.
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How's the transition going?

We are so grateful that you chose CCS for your family and we care about your transition this school year. Here are a couple of articles from families that have transitioned from both the public school setting and homeschool setting to CCS. They have graciously shared their honest advice about their transition to CCS. Take a look and see if it will help you in your transition. If you have any questions, please know that you can email Mr. Wildey at or Mrs. Donnell at They would love to hear from you!

Reduce your school tuition for 2019-20

Learn how you can reduce your school tuition for 2019-20 by ordering gift cards through CCS.

If you do any of the following:

  • purchase gas, food, clothing
  • eat out
  • shop
  • purchase gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.
  • go on Vacations
  • work on your car and purchase parts
  • purchase materials or tools for big home improvement projects

It's really simple. All you do is purchase gift cards (called SCRIP cards) through CCS. Order through the office by Tuesday mornings or order SCRIP online...anytime! Call Tammy Harvey, Financial Secretary at (812) 372-3780 to get the enrollment code for ordering online. Start saving on next years tuition today!

Click here to learn more about the program.

Do you have pictures to share?

CCS is looking for pictures of field trips, athletic games, extra curricular activities, etc. to put into the yearbook. Please send your pictures to
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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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School Documents & Forms

2018-19 Year Calendar, FAQ Sheet, Volunteer Background Check, Family Covenant, Internet & Electronic Device User Agreement, Student Handbook and more.

Important Dates


Friday, December 21

Christmas Break

December 24 - January 2

2 HR Delay / Classes Resume

Thursday, January 3

Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, January 8

100th Day Chapel

Wednesday, January 16

MLK Day - School is in session

Monday, January 21

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Check out the Parent Resources available on the CCS website

Check out more resources for parents at:

Is Holiday stress in your future?

What will your family do for the holidays? Is everyone gathering together?

Does even just thinking about that gathering stress you out? While Thanksgiving and Christmas should be joyous times of family bonding, often they're two of the most stressful days of the year. Check out the Focus on the Family®Broadcast, "Reducing Drama in Your Relationships," featuring Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory.

Help your family keep Jesus at the heart of your holiday season.

This year's Focus on the Family Advent devotional calendar can help your family keep Jesus at the heart of your holiday season. Prepare for Christmas with 23 days of Scripture readings and devotions. And if there's time, do an optional activity with your children.

Free Download

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