Columbus Christian School News

February 22, 2019

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

As I was driving in to work this week I was blessed to see the beautiful full moon to the west and the morning horizon to the east and it reminded me that God provides us with signs that remind us to check ourselves everyday when we enter a room!

Check out this video link below, then ask yourself this question:

“Do you brighten up a room when you walk in or when you walk out?


Mrs. Donnell

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Re-enrollment time for all students at CCS

Dear Crusader Families,

Early enrollment ends February 28th - 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!

Assessment Literacy Update

The Indiana Department of Education's Office of Student Assessment has developed several three-minute videos to share with parents and educators about assessment systems and transitions to support assessment literacy.
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Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Pastor Ron Bridgewater, East Columbus Christian Church

The devil likes to distract us. He will throw all kinds of things at us to keep us from doing what God wants us to do. Love is the main thing Nothing counts without love.

What is the best use of YOU today?

Galatians 5

1 Corinthians 13

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Elementary Chapel by Columbus Christian School

Middle School & High School Chapel

Speaker: Pastor Ron Bridgewater, East Columbus Christian Church

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Middle School & High School Chapel by Columbus Christian School
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Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

1. Social media was not designed for children.

A tween's underdeveloped frontal cortex can’t manage the distraction nor the temptations that come with social media use.

2. You can not teach the maturity that social media requires.
I hear parents say that they want to teach their child to use social media appropriately, but their midbrains are not developed yet. Like trying to make clothes fit that are way too big, children will use social media inappropriately until they are older and it fits them better.

3. Social media is an entertainment technology.
It does not make your child smarter or more prepared for real life or a future job.

4. It is not necessary for healthy social development.

It is entertainment attached to a marketing platform extracting personal information and preferences from your child, not to mention hours of their time and attention.

5. A tween's “more is better” mentality is a dangerous match for social media.
Social media encourages them to overdo their friend connections like they tend to overdo other things in their lives. Does anyone have thousands of friends?

6. Social media is an addictive form of screen entertainment.
Like video game addiction, early use can set up future addiction patterns and habits.

7. Social media replaces learning the hard social "work" necessary for success.
The use of social media greatly lessens opportunities requiring children to practice dealing face-to-face with their peers, a skill they need to master to be successful in real life.

8. Social media can cause teens to lose connection with family.
They view “friends” as their foundation and since the brain is still being formed, they need healthy family attachment more than with their peers. It is just as important now as when they were preschoolers.

9. Social media use represents lost potential for teens.
The teen’s brain development is operating at peak performance for learning new things. Studies show that it is nearly impossible for them to balance it all and teens waste too much time and too much of their brain in a digital world.

10. Do any of us wish we had started earlier?

Published on February 27, 2018 / Psychology Today

Original story:

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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

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Watch the PTF meeting on Facebook

If you missed the PTF meeting, it was recorded and is available on the CCS PTF Facebook page. Check it out! Christian School PTF - Columbus, IN

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


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Boxtop Battle! Winning class will be announced next week.
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Boys & Girls Varsity Teams Headed to State

Prayers for our Crusader teams, coaches and families headed to state! Safe travels! We'll be cheering for you!

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ICSAA Boys Championship Game on Feb. 23

Indiana Sports Radio Network will be broadcasting the Championship on

Saturday, February 23rd. CCS coverage will begin at 4:45pm with tip schedule for a 5:00pm.

Go to:

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Athletic Schedule

NACA Boys Varsity Basketball Feb. 26, Time TBD.

Congratulations to the varsity boys basketball team on your regional win!

Thanks to all the fans who came out to cheer them onto a win in overtime! Next step...semi-state!
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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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A Letter From Jon Markland

Columbus Christian School

Borrowing the last words of Dr. Ben Rank, "It has been my privilege" to watch C.C.S.:

  • Grow from one room to needing to expand "again".
  • Have a Principle and Superintendent.
  • Have our own High School
  • Compete in multiple sports
  • Witnessing lives turn to the Lord
  • See Teachers forego higher pay to serve the Lord and CCS
  • Talk with the Pilot of Air Fore Two, a graduate of CCS.
  • See my Son compete in a world market with the base provided by CCS.

The list could go on and on.

Thank you for the gift but above all, thank you for "the privilege" of the above memories and many more.


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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, eLearning info and more.

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Important Dates

ICSAA Boys Varsity Championnship Game

Online at

Saturday, February 23 / 4:45PM

ICSAA Girls Varsity Championnship Game

Saturday, February 23

NACA Boys Varsity Basketball

Tuesday, February 26 / Time TBD.

ISTEP+ (10th Grade Testing)

March 4-8

End of Nine Weeks

Friday, March 8

Spring Break

March 11-22

IREAD 3 Testing

March 25-29

College Financial Planning

Monday, March 25 / 6:30-8:00PM

Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, March 26

CCS History Day (8th-11th grades)

Friday, April 5

CCS Drama Program

April 5 & 6

ISTEP+ (10th Grade Testing)

April 8-12

2 Hour Delay for Professional Development

Thursday, April 18

All School Open House

Thursday, April 18 / 5:30-7:30PM

Good Friday - No School

Friday, April 19

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Mr. & Mrs. Roth

We can’t say enough. We love the way these two love the Lord, love CCS, love the students, love the game and love the Coach. So thankful!
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What do you do when it’s cold outside? Take a field trip to FFY! PreK enjoyed the morning climbing, stretching, jumping and laughing!
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3rd Grade

Third graders hosted the Kidscommons! They learned all about sound.
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CCS Erica Gregg.mp4

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!

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

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Community Church of Columbus

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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.

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Better Together

For further information: or 812-348-6257.

CCS Verse of the Week

Instead of resenting the limitations of a weakened body, mind, or spirit, search for God in these very circumstances. His power IS made perfect in weakness. Your quiet trust speaks volumes!
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