Columbus Christian School News

January 25, 2019

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

Winter is officially upon us with the frigid temperatures and the mounds of “dirty” snow lying around. While the new fallen snow is beautiful, the leftover mounds of “dirty” snow remind us of the sin in our lives. Enjoy the following devotion by Pastor Terry Covey.

One of God’s amazing creations is snow. During the early part of the 20th century a man by the name of Wilson Bentley developed a camera capable of photographing individual flakes. During his lifetime he photographed over 5,000 snowflakes and declared that no two flakes are alike. Scientists agree that it would be very rare for two to be identical considering the conditions necessary for each one to form. Microscopic photography reveals that snowflakes are works of art. How wonderful the Lord is to make something so delicate.

There is another aspect of snow that we should consider. The Bible speaks of snow as a symbol for salvation. We read in the book of Isaiah –

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD,

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

(Is 1:18 NKJV)

During Bible times the colors crimson and scarlet were made from a worm that lived in that region. It has been said that the stain developed from this worm’s body was so potent that once it penetrated into a piece of fabric, nothing could remove it.

One wonders if the Lord had this in mind when He guided Isaiah to write – ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’ In other words – ‘Though sin has so penetrated your soul that it seems that nothing can remove it, I can make you clean.’


Mrs. Donnell

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eLearning Day Expectations

eLearning Days are utilized as a full school day. The expectation is that teachers will have assignments posted and available by 9:00 am and be available to answer email questions from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm from students/parents. Students are expected to attempt to complete all assigned work on the actual eLearning Day unless they have connectivity issues, power outage issues or are struggling with the actual assignments and are unable to get the assistance they need from their teacher during the scheduled hours.

If a student is unable to complete the assignments on time due to the above listed issues, then they will be given a two day grace period upon returning to school to turn the assignment in to their teacher. Students are expected to reach out to their teachers to let them know about any issues they are facing that may cause them to not complete the assignments on time.

Thank you for your patience as we all are learning something new with eLearning Days.

CCS Notifications

Parents, Please make sure to update your contact information in the school office if it changes.

* Families who would like to add grandparents, students, ect… (other than the guardian themselves) can text the word START to 22383.

Senior Class of 2019 Fundraiser - Thirty-One bags

The senior class is selling Thirty-One bags to raise money for their senior trip. Each bag costs $40 (including tax and shipping) and there are 24 designs to pick from. For each bag sold, the senior class receives $15. See any of the seniors to purchase your tote bags. For more information, email the seniors at:
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Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Pastor Kyle Comiskey, Calvary Baptist Church / Find Calvary Church on Facebook

Topic: Together We Are Better

Scripture: Romans 12

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Chapel_Elem_1-23-2019 by Columbus Christian School

Middle School & High School Chapel

Speaker: Pastor Kyle Comiskey, Calvary Baptist Church / Find Calvary Church on Facebook

Topic: Doing Makes A Difference

Scripture: James 1:22-25

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KINDNESS Fearlessly

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

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

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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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2019 Christian Cheerleaders of America Classic Competition

Come support all our cheerleaders here at Columbus Christian School on February 2nd, 8:00AM - 4:30PM.

Concessions help is needed for this event. Please email Darrell Polley at if you are able to help during this event.

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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
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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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You are invited... DATE CHANGE due to weather.

Sunday, January 27th / 3:00-5:30PM / Fellowship Hall

Join us in celebrating the faithful service of Jon Markland, who recently retired as Business Manager for East Columbus Christian Church and Columbus Christian School. We are thankful for the people the Lord has brought into His service!

If you have a concern or issue at CCS do you know how to resolve it?

Refer to page 9 in 2018-2019 Parent/Student Handbook under the heading: MATTHEW 18 - ARBITRATION POLICY FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION.

The handbook is always available on this e-newsletter on the "School Documents & Forms" button and also on the school website: under "School Information".

● STEP 1: Go to the person involved and in a respectful manner ask questions about the situation or concern. (Parent to parent, teacher to teacher, student to student, teacher to parent, parent to teacher etc.) Use this information to make an informed assessment and to maintain an open dialogue with that person about your views. The hope is to mutually find resolution at this level. If the issue is not resolved, go to next step.

● STEP 2: Go to an Administrator of the school. (Administrator, Teacher and Parent or Administrator, Teacher, Teacher, etc.) If the issue is not resolved, go to next step.

● STEP 3: Request a hearing with the School Board.

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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School Documents & Forms

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

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Important Dates

Mortgage Burning Celebration - All Invited

Sunday, January 27 / 6PM

Retirement Party for Jon Markland, Business Manager - All Invited

Sunday, January 27 / 3-5:30PM

All-School Skate Party

Thursday, January 31 / 6-8PM

CCS Early Enrollment for 2019-20 Opens

February 1

Valentine's Day Sale

February 7-13

Mid Term Ends

Friday, February 8

2 HR Delay for Staff Development

Tuesday, February 12

CCS Board Meeting

Thursday, February 14 / 6:30PM

PTF Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, February 21 / 3:30PM

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4th Grade

Mrs. Sidener served up a special treat of hot cocoa to her class because it's so cold outside!

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Trail Life

Christian Based Outdoor Adventure Program for Boys in Grades K-8. Info Session: Friday, January 25th / 6PM / Garden City Church of Christ Learn more about Trail Life Here.
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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

Hilltop Jr. High Retreat: Grades 6-8

January 25-26

Hilltop Christian Camp

$15 if registered by 1/18

$20 if registered after 1/18

Download registration form below or register online at:

For more information: 812-988-4991

Hilltop Sr. High Retreat: Grades 9-12

February 1-2

Hilltop Christian Camp

$15 if registered by 1/25

$20 if registered after 1/25

Download registration form below or register online at:

For more information: 812-988-4991

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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:

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Check out the Parent Resources available on the CCS website

Check out more resources for parents at:
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Free Resource

Download our 2019 Parents' Guide to Technology to help your family make wise decisions about smart phones, social media, the Internet, and more.
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Better Together

For further information: or 812-348-6257.

Columbus Railroad Project

CCS families traveling from the West side of Columbus may find this helpful. The Columbus Railroad Project has a status link you can download to your phone. The status box will change when a long train has been detected at County Road 950 South, indicating that there may be an upcoming traffic backup at SR 46 West. See the picture below to understand how this works.

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CCS Verse of the Week

Approach these snowy days with awareness of who is Boss. Remember that it is God who orchestrates the events. When our plans are thwarted, it may be He that is doing something important in our lives! Stay in close communication with Him.
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