Saints Calling

North Clackamas Christian School Newsletter

December 1, 2022

Christmas Blessings to the NCCS Family!

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CHRISTMAS BREAK IS DEC. 17-JAN. 2 (RETURN JAN. 3)

Chocolate Pie Orders-Pick up Dec. 7

Thank you for your support of the Willamette Valley Pie Co. Fundraiser. This tasty event brought in nearly $3,000 for NCCS! If you are still waiting for Triple Chocolate pies to complete your order, they will be available for pick up on December 7th at NCCS from 2:30 - 3:30 PM. Please contact Susan Van Sickle at susan_vansickle@ncchristianschool.com if you have any questions about pie pick up or fundraising at NCCS.

PLEASE READ: Host Families Needed

This year we have several international students who will study at our school. It is urgent that we get host homes secured ASAP for several new students coming next semester. We would like to ask our school community to consider hosting one of these students. NOTE: The picture to the right is of the Tewalt's with their Korean student and his family. They would love to talk with anyone who would consider this amazing ministry opportunity.


Starting January 24, through mid April, we will welome two 10th grade Japanese girls, who will study in a 3 month short-stay program with us. Click HERE for a bio of these students and let us know if you will host them.


Starting January 24, we will welcome three 11th grade boys from our Christian sister school, VCCS, in Korea. These students will complete the school year and then return for their senior year at NCCS. Click HERE for a bio of these students and let us know if you will host them.


We would love for you to open your heart and possibly your home, to this opportunity. Please pray with your family about being a host family to an international student. Host families receive a montly stipend to cover living expenses for the student. If you feel called to provide a home for one of these students, please reach out to our International Program Advisor Jodi Gill with questions, interest and inquiries.

Christmas Food Drive

On behalf of the NCCS National Honor Society (NHS) I'd like to invite you to participate in a food drive. We will collect specific food items and put together holiday food boxes for the West Linn Food Pantry. We hope to complete 25 boxes (fresh and dairy items to be added by the food pantry). SIGN UP HERE to donate. Click on the item(s) you want to donate, then click "submit" at the bottom; you will the be able to note how many of that item you will bring. We'd like all items by Monday, December 12.

Thank you and Happy Christmastime!

Carmen Moore (Dean of Students & NHS advisor)

Come Support our 6th Graders!

The 6th grade class will be putting on their annual “Black Friday” event (much like a Christmas bazaar) on the morning of Dec. 9, in the NCCS gym, to practice economic concepts, showcase creativity, apply math concepts, practice advertising and persuasive writing, unleash creativity, and ultimately raise money for those in need (through World Vision). They use their own version of this event to bring multiple curriculum strands together in a creative project that ultimately blesses others. They also see this as a school community-building event that will hopefully be a blessing to many.


The 6th graders have been organized into teams, each creating a store, complete with a name, unique products to sell, and an advertising campaign. See flyers below for details. The stores will have a friendly competition with each other to get the most customers and raise the most money for World Vision. On the day of the event, the students will display their goods and/or services on tables in the gym. Other classes, teachers, and parents are invited to come and shop from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m on Friday, Dec. 9.


Details for this event:

Date: Friday, Dec. 9

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Where: The NCCS gym

Who: The 6th grade class will put on the event. NCCS classes, staff, and parents are invited to attend.

Admission: The price of admission to our “Black Friday” event will be a can of food or a boxed food item (donated to a local food bank).

Money: It would be most helpful if you bring one dollar bills for purchasing items.

Proceeds: Items are purchased with money and proceeds will go to World Vision.

Basketball Season Begins!

Come out and support our basketball teams. Games beginning this month and the high school schedule can be found HERE. GO SAINTS!!!

All School Christmas Spirit Dress Up Days - Dec. 12-16

  • Christmas colors - Monday, Dec. 12

  • Christmas socks/sweaters - Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Christmas characters - Wednesday, Dec. 14

  • Winter wonderland - Thursday, Dec. 15

  • Christmas decorations - Friday, Dec. 16

Volunteer Help Wanted

We are thrilled to announce that the preschool playground is getting an upgrade on equipment. A donor has purchased a new structure and swings to replace the current equipment. The delivery of the parts is scheduled to happen during Christmas break.


Here are the needs...

-Adults are needed to help take down the current equipment and prepare the space. This will be done Dec. 17-19.

-Adults are needed for the installation of the new equipment. This will be done Dec.29-Jan. 2.


Please sign up HERE to offer assistance in this wonderful improvement to our preschool.

Campus Improvement Project

We are completed with the first half of our Campus Improvement Project (CIP). The "Music" and "400" buildings will be next, and we will UPDATE THE GYM BREEZEWAY (install entry doors, siding, new lighting, flooring, and paint).


In order to fully complete this project, we must raise $150,000. If you are able to give to the Campus Improvement Project, please use the QR code below, or checks are also accepted through our office. We would also welcome any efforts to share this need with others in your circle of influence. Questions or inquiries should be directed to Sherri James.


Thank you to those who have already given to this significant project. You are making a difference to the future of NCCS and its mission! The annual giving letter was emailed, and a copy is found below (with a project update flyer) that will be mailed out as well. If you have someone you know that wants to bless our school with a resources to help us meet our project goals, please share this information with them.

2023-24 Re-Enrollment Opens Jan. 9

Mark your calendars for Jan. 9 to commit for the 2023-24 school year through the re-enrollment process. Simply go to your FACTS account and indicate you want to continue enrollment, pay the fee (discounted through Jan. 22), update your family and student information, and you will be secure in your placement. Open enrollment for new families to NCCS, begins Jan. 23.

More details will be sent out this month from our office to guide this process. If you have questions, please contact McKenzie, our Admissions Director/Office Manager.

Career Exploration Assessment for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade

NCCS will offer the ASVAB - an aptitude assessment - in January, to interested 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) measures a variety of abilities designed to predict future academic and occupational success in the military. BUT, it is administered to any student and where it provides tools to help them explore careers, without requiring an interest or a commitment to miliary service. Following the assessment, students take an interest survey, and the results of the ASVAB combined with the interest survey produce an array of possible good-fit career path options.

Parents, please let your student know if you are signing them up ~ thank you! Sign up here: ASVAB Reach out to Mrs. Moore with any questions.

Early PSAT Available to 8th, 9th and 10th grade

In February, NCCS will offer the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade versions of the PSAT for students in those grades. The purpose of taking the exam at these levels is to build familiarity with the PSAT exam and also to assess if a student is "on track" for college readiness, specifically in the core areas of math, reading, and language. This test is just one way of evaluating a student's academic strengths and abilities. The test is $14 for the PSAT 8/9 and $18 for the PSAT 10 (payable to the school office in February), and you can sign up to have your student participate at this link: PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 '23

Please reach out to Mrs. Moore with any questions.

Spain Spring Break 2024

SIGN UP NOW! In March 2024, we will take a group from NCCS to Spain for an educational tour during Spring Break. Students currently in grades 8-12th are invited to travel on this tour, as well as interested adults. We can take up to 30 travelers. If you have questions, contact Mrs. James.


Visit our tour website passports.com/enroll, enter tour ID SJAMES2024-4. Here, you can get information, and also register to join us on this tour. Also see the flyer attached below for full details. The cost of the tour includes flights and ground transportation, hotels, food, entrance to sites, tour guides, tips, travel insurance, a TON of fun and incredible memories!

Upcoming Events

Dec. 5 December Board Meeting, 6:30pm (Library)

Dec. 7 Remaining Pie Order Pick Up, 2:30-3:30pm

Dec. 8 Pastries with Parents, 8:15-9am (Rm. 404)

Dec. 9 6th Grade "Black Friday" Sale, 9-10:30am (Gym)

Dec. 11 Excelsior Choir Performance at Homewoods, 2:30pm

Dec. 12-16 Christmas Spirit Week (themed dress up days)

Dec. 12 Elementary Christmas Program, 7 pm (Gym)

Dec. 13 Secondary Christmas Program, 7 pm (Gym)

Dec. 15 Preschool Christmas Program, 7 pm (Gym)

Dec. 17-Jan. 2 Christmas Break, No School

Dec. 17-19 Preschool Playground Prep Work

Dec. 29-Jan. 2 Preschool Playground Construction of New Equipment

Jan. 9 Re-enrollment 2023-24 Opens (discount fee and secured enrollment through Jan. 22)

Monthly Board Meetings

The Board of Directors will share the monthly meeting minutes with the society, attached below. Anyone wanting more detail or to attend a meeting, please reach out to any board member. Contact NCCS Board of Directors by email at nccs_board@ncchristianschool.com

Matt Hixson, Chair

Erika Porter, Vice Chair

Mark Van Sickle, Secretary

Danae Plover, Treasurer

Christian Parenting Resources

Pastries with Parents: E.N.G.A.G.E.D. Seven Steps to Raising Christ Centered Kids in a Conventional World

Each month, administration will host a time of community fellowship for parents of children PreK-12th grade. This will be a time of prayer, sharing, learning, and connection, along with some tasty pastries served. Join us Thursday, Dec.8 at 8:15-9am, for the next Pastries with Parents. Check in at the office and you will be directed to the meeting location.


We are going through a series, Raising Engaged Kids, available to us through RightNow Media. We will view one segment each month. Through this series we will discuss- How do we equip our kids to live authentic, meaningful, Christ-centered lives in a conventional world? RNM states that this series, "Deeply rooted in Christ-centered theology and backed up by insight from the largest and longest study of over 100,000 members of Generation Z, Raising Engaged Kids equips parents and caregivers with specific tools to see God work in and through our families. In this 9-part series, you will receive specific and practical insight that will equip you to identify God's purpose for your role and provide you with principles and a process that will transform your parenting and provide you with new freedom and fulfillment as a parent."


If you can't regularly join us during this time, please take time to view the series on your own, as it is an exceptional resource. Every family in our community has access through NCCS to RightNow Media. This is an excellent resource for Bible studies, sermons, and Christian programming.Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in discipling your children.You can find the video series at https://app.rightnowmedia.org/content/details/395510.

RightNow Media Content for FREE!

This is a reminder about your free access to thousands of high quality faith-based video resources. You have an account through North Clackamas Christian School. Log in to RightNow Media now to start watching biblically based series on topics such as marriage, parenting, and mental health, in addition to Bible studies. Give your children entertaining shows that inspire their spiritual growth and are safe for all ages. Enjoy original, exclusive content from pastors and leaders like Francis Chan, Jennie Allen, Matt Chandler, Tony Evans, and many more.

2022-23 School Verse Passage

Ephesians 6:13-17 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Keep up with us on our Facebook page

We have two Facebook pages at NCCS. The general page is https://www.facebook.com/nccssaints and the Parent Teacher Fellowship page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/250714442018544

We are here for you!

Please reach out to us should you need assistance:

Superintendent/Principal: Sherri James (Ext 101)

Dean of Students: Carmen Moore (Ext 214)

Assistant Principal: Rebekah Hardy (Ext 401)

Office Manager: McKenzie Falotico (Ext 100)

Office Front Desk/Attendance: Beth Woody (Ext. 601)

Business Office: Susan Van Sickle (Ext 202)

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