Columbus Christian School News

March 1, 2019

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

  • National Dadgum That’s Good Day

  • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

  • National Fruit Compote Day

  • National Horse Protection Day

  • National Pig Day

  • National Minnesota Day

  • National Read Across America Day

  • National Employee Appreciation Day

  • National Dress in Blue Day

  • National Speech and Debate Education Day

WOW! Who knew that March 1st had so many different observances and celebrations. Maybe you know someone who celebrates some of the things listed above, but how many people do you know that live a life of celebration through Christ.

How can we live a life of celebration? Celebration is an essential aspect of one’s spiritual life. Richard Foster in his classic book, Celebration of Discipline, said this:

Celebration is central to all the Spiritual Disciplines. Without a joyful spirit of festivity the Disciplines become dull, death-breathing tools in the hands of modern Pharisees.1

We see celebration not only here in Nehemiah 12, as Israel dedicated the wall, but we also see celebration throughout the Bible. The shepherds, wise men, and angels celebrated the birth of Jesus with gifts, songs, and prayer. God gave Israel many celebrations in the Old Covenant such as the Feast of Booths, year of Jubilee, etc. In the New Covenant, he has given us the Lord’s Supper and baptism. We also see future celebrations such as the wedding of the Lamb and the wedding feast with Abraham.

It is clear from Scripture that celebration is a spiritual discipline that God desires for us to practice. It was never his will for Christians to live dry, boring lives and that is why we see celebrations both commanded and practiced throughout the Bible. Scripture says that Christ came so that we may have life and life more abundantly (cf. John 10:10). This abundant life includes celebration. In Nehemiah 12, the Israelites have a great celebration when dedicating the wall, and from it, we can learn many principles about how we can live a life of celebration.

Live a life of celebration through Christ everyday!


Mrs. Donnell

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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 Patrick Glasser, Nashville Christian Church

"ONE ANOTHER" - How can we live for one another? When we are living for one another, we are ultimately living for Him.


Romans 12:10

Romans 12:16

Romans 15:7

Colossians 3:17

Ephesians 4:2

1 Thesalonians 5:11

John 13:34-35 - “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

"One Another" - mentioned 59 different times throughout the New Testament.

"Love one another" is the only one spoken by Jesus.

Leviticus 19:18 - “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Columbus Christian School

Elementary Chapel 2/27/2019 by Columbus Christian School
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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.

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


This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to be FAITHFULLY fearless. 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.

And the winner is...

1st: First Grade

2nd: Kindergarten

3rd: Third Grade

They won a popcorn and movie party!

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Basketball Camp for Grades 1-8

Coach Kevin Roth will be hosting a basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 1 - 8 on the following dates - March 26, March 28, March 29, April 2 and April 4.

Camp time will be 4:00 - 5:15 for grades 1-4 and 5:30 - 6:45 for grades 5- 8. Cost of the camp is $35.00 per participant. Each participant will receive a t-shirt. Open to CCS students AND students not attending CCS.

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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lost & found

Be sure to check the Lost & Found items before Spring Break! Items will be out on a table next week for you to look through!
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parents portal

Keep up to date on CCS happenings and information on the Parents Portal located on the website:
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

ISTEP+ (10th Grade Testing)

March 4-8

End of Nine Weeks

Friday, March 8

Daylight Saving Time Begins

Sunday, March 10

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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Thank you, Gausmann Family Dental!

Students in PreK-3rd grades had a special visitor in February for Dental Health Month. Thanks to Dr. Gausmann and Gausmann Family Dental for teaching us how to take care of the smiles God gave us! We have some new apprentice dentists in our classrooms!

CCS has the best pep rallys!

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Mrs. Rogers reading to the preschoolers in the reading loft.

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Z for Zoo in preschool

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1st grade practicing for their Bible test

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday in 1st Grade

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5th Grade

5th grade learned about minerals this week- they went mining for rocks and gold in their chocolate chip cookies!
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What’s for lunch? This Spanish class is made enchiladas! Yum!
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Columbus First Church of the Nazarene

Springhill Daycamp will held at Columbus First Church of the Nazarene (located at 1245 McClure Road) and WE WANT YOUR KIDS TO BE THERE!!!! Springhill is an amazing week jam-packed full of fun that is centered around the kids learning more about Jesus. Early Bird registration is now open and will last until the end of the month. You can register your kids for Springhill at This week will be the highlight of your kids’ summer. Spots are filling up quickly so get your kids registered today. Don’t let your kids miss out on this much fun. If you have any questions or for more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Pastor Brent Roll at

Community Church of Columbus

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FREE Family Resource of the Month

Prepare for Easter with family devotionals from Focus On The Family. There’s also journal pages and sermon notes for kids. And Easter cards to help you share the love of Jesus with family and friends. FREE Family Resource Easter Pack.

Can a Parent Expect Respect?

Respect is not outdated or old-fashioned, and modern parents have a responsibility to teach their teens to be respectful in a myriad of ways. Check out the article from Focus On The Family. Article: Can a Parent Expect Respect?

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

In what area of your life are you tempted to throw in the towel? God promises a big harvest when we are faithful in the things He has called us to. Who in your life needs to hear these words today?
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