SCCS Home Bulletin
August 30, 2023
The mission of Sioux Center Christian School is to disciple God’s children by equipping them with a knowledge and understanding of Christ and His creation so that they can obediently serve God and others as they work and play.
Every Student TREASURED, Every Student TRAINED, Every Student TRANSFORMED
FROM DR. B:
Happy Wednesday, Trailblazers!
First, thank you so much for a great beginning of the school year. It’s good to have students back in the building, and we are honored to be partnering with you in their education. Our faculty and staff are fired up for our mission, and we can’t wait to see what God does through SCCS this year!
As I shared in the last Home Bulletin, my section this year will be about the Reformed perspective. This is the perspective that our school was founded on in 1905 (when the City of Sioux Center was just 14 years old), and it’s the perspective that we continue to rally around today. In 1905, parents decided that they wanted a school that would back up what they are teaching at home and what their children are learning at church. Parents still want that today, more than a century later. At SCCS, we are committed and motivated to double down on the Reformed perspective and to fulfill the promise that we make to you as parents when you choose to enroll your kids at the school.
One resource that I will be using in my articles is the book Reformed: What It Means, Why It Matters by Bob De Moor. I encourage you to check it out if interested. It’s a text that each of our new teachers and trustees read as part of their orientation to the school. It’s also a text that our entire faculty studied a couple of years ago. The book is very good and easy to read!
Throughout this year, I’ll be sharing more about Reformed roots, Reformed teachings, and Reformed practice. I’ll share how the Reformed perspective has a particular accent, as shared by Cornelius Plantinga: “Our accents lie more on the sovereignty of God, on the authority of Scripture, on the need for discipled holiness in personal Christian life, and finally, on Christianity as a religion of the Kingdom”. It’s this accent that has led to the formation of Christian schools and the belief that Jesus is Lord over all creation. It’s this accent that encourages us to be active participants in public spheres. Through this accent, I’m hoping all will be motivated and encouraged to continue the good work God has called us to.
Again, thank you for a great start to the school year. Let’s keep going!
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
- Each Wednesday , SCCS dismisses at 2:05 for teacher professional development.
- Students may ride a different bus for daycare purpose only. Parents must write a note, email or call the office to get a bus pass for your child. If you need to contact the transportation director for any reason, call 722-2481.
- Please make sure your child knows their after school plans before they leave home in the morning! Thank you!
FROM NURSE JENNY
BLOOMZ INFO: ALL SCHOOL COMMUNICATION ON BLOOMZ STARTING SEPTEMBER 1
- We will continue to use Bloomz as our school communication tool. Bloomz is our main method of communication throughout the school year, so we ask that all parents view the training below and become comfortable with the tool. Bloomz has made many enhancements this summer. Parents can find a training for Bloomz at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/currentfamilies/bloomz.cfm.
- Parents should have received an invitation to join your child's class; please accept the invitation. If you are having difficulty joining that class, please contact the homeroom teacher or the office.
You can decide how you receive notifications from Bloomz. In order to adjust your notifications settings, follow these directions:
- Click on the left menu tray via Bloomz App or Click on the Setting Wheel in the left panel via desktop
- Click on Settings (Wheel icon)
- Click on Account Settings
- Click on Notifications
- Choose how you want to be notified: email, text, app and voicemail (when sent as voice mail)
- Toggle on or off what you want notifications regarding
- NOTE: All communication will be via Bloomz starting September 1.
BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY
This Friday, September 1, is the 2nd Annual Community-wide Bike to School Day.
Lorna Moss daily demonstrated an active lifestyle and inspired generations of NW Iowans to live healthily and to serve deeply. Lorna was tragically killed while riding her bike on the first Friday of September in 2021. The community of Sioux Center wishes to preserve her legacy by encouraging an active lifestyle and advocating for safe mobility practices for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
On Friday, students and staff at all Sioux Center schools are encouraged to ride their bike to school. All participating students will receive a USB-rechargeable tail light for their bicycle.
New for 2023! There are four "Bike Bus" locations where families can drop their children off or congregate to bike to school together. These chaperoned group rides will begin forming at 7:30am and will depart for schools at 7:45am. Locations include:
- Heritage Village
- Faith Christian Reformed Church (South Parking Lot)
- The All Seasons Center
- New Life Church (NE Parking Lot)
The forecast looks beautiful! We hope you and your kids can join in!
SCCS APPAREL ONLINE STORE OPENING THIS WEEKEND
We have an amazing new lineup of SCCS Trailblazer apparel! T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, quarter-zips – with new designs and in our favorite colors of blue and gold!
Watch Bloomz for the link to the Online Store and place your order by Wednesday, September 13!
OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER
Room Parents are still needed in some classrooms.
PACE needs people to provide food for faculty at various times.CLICK HERE for the links to all these opportunities to serves God’s kids and our school!
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
- Thanks to everyone who signed up to help with dishwashing this year! If you would like to help out you can sign up here. If you have questions, contact Ashley Keith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- You can find the lunch and dishwashing schedule here.
- If you would like to eat lunch with your child, please contact the school 24 hours in advance of when you would like to eat. The cost for a lunch is $5.00 and can be paid as you go through the lunch line. Thank you!
OPPORUNITY TO SERVE
We Need You to Serve God’s treasured kids at SCCS!!
This year we are requiring each family to serve in one of two areas that benefit every SCCS student.
Hours are 11:15am - 1:00pm. Three people work together to wash trays and silverware and wipe the tables. Bonus: You get to eat lunch for free with one of your children! We are asking that you work at least one time per month.
Benefit: With three volunteers working each school day, we save the cost of hiring three part-time employees.
Shifts are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and one Saturday per month. There are two volunteers needed for each shift and there is always a manager present to give you guidance. Volunteers help check out customers, unpack, check, and price clothing, steam clothing, put items on display, and neaten displays. Everything at Outlet 75 is new and purchased at a deep discount from places like Costco and Target.
Volunteers are critical to sales - the more merchandise we can get on the floor, the more we can sell! We are asking that you work at least two times per year.
Benefit: Outlet 75 distributes all profits to SCCS and each child receives a share of that profit in the Alternate Revenue Contribution on your tuition statement!
As an SCCS parent, you are required to choose one of these two above areas of opportunity. We would LOVE for you to choose both! Men and women are welcome in both areas!
Your willing work in these areas is greatly appreciated and truly helps SCCS treasure and train your children! This is the only required service we ask every family to give to SCCS - thank you for doing your part to make our school thrive! If you do not complete the form by Friday, September 15 we’ll fill you in where you’re needed most!
CLICK HERE to choose your area and specify the times that work best for you…
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: We are in need of substitute teachers for this school year. Subs are needed for teachers and paras at all grade levels, kitchen crew and at times a nurse. Please fill out the form at the link below if you are interested in adding your name to the sub list. SCCS will provide all training, and you even get a free lunch when you sub! Qualifications for being a sub include a love of children, the ability to follow teacher lesson plans, flexibility, and a commitment to Christian education. We invite you to join us!
SACK PACK PROGRAM
All students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Sack Pack Program. This program provides free food items in a “sack” each Friday to assist families who are struggling to make ends meet. Nurse Jenny discretely distributes the sacks each week. If your student(s) participated in this program last year, they will automatically be re-enrolled this year. If you no longer wish to participate, contact Nurse Jenny. If you would like to join the program, just email Nurse Jenny at email@example.com.
FRUITED PLAIN BOGO PIZZA CARDS
Fruited Plain BOGO pizza cards are on sale now! The Covenant CRC Christian Ed committee is once again partnering with the Fruited Plain to offer this amazing deal! Each pizza card costs $30 and is good for 5 punches to buy one pizza and get one free. They make delightful gifts for anyone or are handy to have on hand for a family pizza night. Pizza cards can be purchased at the Fruited Plain through the end of October.
FROZEN SWEET CORN
Do you feel like the fresh corn on the cob season went too fast?
You can enjoy delicious sweet corn all year long because the Carmel Reformed Church 22:6 Christian education group did all the work and froze some for you!
Quart bags of frozen sweet corn - just pull out of the freezer and heat! So easy and delicious! Just $10 per bag!
Place your order here: https://www.qrfy.com/zGPnxlP0yz
- Community Events & Forms (https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/currentfamilies/officehandouts.cfm) is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more! Currently there is information for: Try Hockey, Dordt Youth Cheer Camp, Dordt Men's Soccer Mascot Opportunity, 4-H Clover Kids, Unity Christian Cheer Kids Camp, Western Christian Junior Wolfpack Cross Country, Moped Safety Class, Fall Drivers Ed Course
- Staff Member of the Month: Nominate a staff member to become the Pella Corporation Staff member of the month. Pella Corporation will award one monthly recipient $500.00 to use towards school approved items and a certificate of recognition. A nomination form can be found here.
- Federal law requires that school officials inform you that SCCS has several rooms that might have some asbestos content in the floor tile. Specific information regarding this is contained in our adopted maintenance plan available in our office for anyone to see.
Subject to the United States Constitution, and all applicable state and federal laws, SCCS does not discriminate in its employment or admissions practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the school’s Equity Coordinator, Josh Bowar, Head of School, 630 First Avenue SE, Sioux Center, IA, 51250, 712.722.0777, firstname.lastname@example.org. SCCS reserves the right to institute hiring and enrollment practices based on the school’s mission statement and philosophies.