SCCS Home Bulletin

December 1, 2021

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FROM DR. B.

Hello again, Trailblazers!


We continue our series of the ABCs of SCCS. Last time, we focused on H = history. For this week, let’s check out I = inclusive education.


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. A large part of fulfilling this mission statement includes involving students with varying needs, and we do that through our inclusive education framework. Even though we understand that we are not equipped to enroll all students, we deeply hope to include as many children with varying needs as we possibly can.


The goal of inclusive education is to include, support, and challenge our diverse learners to reach their potential as servants in God’s world.


Inclusive education is not a program; rather, it is a philosophy, a desire.


We desire to be a school that provides a home for each student in the general education classroom and equips all students with the necessary support for academic and social success. An inclusive school strives to put people and programs around children whose parents desire a Christian education for them.


We believe:

  • All students are unique image-bearers of Christ and should have their needs met, learning and growing so they can serve as effective covenant members of God’s Kingdom.
  • A child’s value comes from being created in God’s image. Because of this belief, all students belong.
  • Everyone can and should learn and develop academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
  • In the success of all students by providing challenging content, effective instruction, and meaningful assessment. We are committed to all learners.
  • In a strong partnership between the school, church, and home. We believe in collaboration inside and outside the school building.
  • In nurturing the God-given gifts and talents of all students for His purpose and glory.
  • Intentional community and social relationships are key to serving each student well.
  • Not all students need to learn all things, but all students need purposeful learning activity.
  • Teachers and school staff working together, communicating, and differentiating leads to the success of all students.
  • In setting high, attainable expectations and in meeting students where they are.
  • In providing supports that are determined by the individual gifts and needs of each student.
  • Each student’s primary classroom is the general education classroom. Students will be included in their general education classroom as much as possible, determined by what works best for all students in the classroom.


Did you know that SCCS currently has 97 students who are being served through the inclusive education framework, which is almost 20% of our student body? We praise God for the beauty that students of various needs add to our community. SCCS is able to implement supports students need through our faculty and staff: dedicated classroom and co-curricular teachers, resource teachers, school counselor, Discovery teacher, Title I teacher, school nurse, sensory specialist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, audiometrist, speech therapist, paraprofessionals, director of inclusive education, and interventionists.


Students feeling a sense of belonging, worth, and purpose. Students having needs met. Students understanding that they are created in the image of God. Students developing their talents and gifts. That’s what inclusive education is all about, and we are so thankful to do it at SCCS.


Have a great rest of your week!

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5th GRADERS SEEK AND SHINE

Through their classroom storyline, Seek and Shine, 5th grade students in Mrs. Vanden Hull's English/Language Arts classes had many learning experiences around the topic of 9/11. Students worked hard to create 9/11 research reports focused on the learning target: I can create information writing that examines a topic, conveys ideas and information clearly, develops through the writing process, and connects to God’s truths within the topic.


All the 5th graders also read the novel "Ground Zero" by Alan Gratz while engaging in the learning target: I can connect to perspectives, seek God’s truth, engage in the reading community, and be compelled to SHINE.


Students were empowered to shine after learning about the events on that day and decided that people in the community had a need to know more about 9/11.


The students decided to create bookmarks to remind others of 9/11 and share their research reports around town. On Monday they were able to deliver the bookmarks and reports to the Sioux Center Public Library, the Centre Mall, and Franken Manor.


Amazing work, 5th graders!!

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6th GRADERS LEARN AT OAK GROVE

Click here to read the articles our 6th graders wrote for the Sioux Center News about their work at Oak Grove and how it ties to what they are learning in the classroom!

#servantworker #creationenjoyer #communitybuilder #earthkeeper

IGNITE THE VISION

In a world that daily invites children into its many and varied stories, at Sioux Center Christian School we are dedicated to making God's Story KNOWN, LOVED and LIVED every day!

Our deep desire is to be here until Christ returns... discipling, treasuring, and training as many children as God sends our way, until His Day of ultimate transformation!


A key milestone in our plans to endure is expanding our campus to include a new flexible gym/chapel/performance space, with ten additional classrooms, plus expanded student work areas.


Will you prayerfully consider how your year-end gift can help IGNITE the giving for this next milestone?

We have already received over $100,000 in gifts towards our goal of reaching $350,000 by December 31! Every gift is important in laying the foundation of giving towards this next exciting step for our school! You may give online at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/support/donate.cfm or drop off/mail your donation to school (630 1st Ave SE). Thank you!

CONNECTION NEWSLETTER

Check out all the smiling faces and information about what's going on at SCCS in our November 2021 Connection newsletter. https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/.../SCCSConnection

REMIND TEXT ALERTS FOR WEATHER

We will be using the Remind system again for our weather alerts so that you can receive a text. We will also be posting on Bloomz.


If you would like to sign up to receive a text alert, please text the information below (depending on your last name) to 81010. We need to be a little creative to still use the free account. 😊


Last Name A-D: text @sccsa-d to 81010

Last Name E-K: text @sccse-k to 81010

Last Name L-P: text @sccsl-p to 81010

Last Name Q-T: text @sccsq-t to 81010

Last Name U-V: text @sccsu-v to 81010

Last Name W-Z: text @sccsw-z to 81010

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THE ART ROOM

We are entering into a very busy season in the art room! We use a lot of materials and tools which require a lot of clean up. In order to maximize the amount of time that students are engaged in creating, I am asking for some volunteers to help with tool and desk clean-up from 11:30-12:15 everyday. To sign up click here. Contact Mrs. De Jong (ldejong@siouxcenterchristian.com) if you have questions.

POSITION OPENINGS

PRINCIPAL: Do you have a passion for serving God’s kids and want to be part of a vibrant learning community? Do you have experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment? Do you want to serve with a strong leadership team and in a well-established yet strategic school?

Sioux Center Christian School is seeking to fill the position of Principal, a key leadership role that partners with the Head of School as a member of the leadership team. This position is designed to fulfill the faith-based mission statement, philosophy, and purpose of Sioux Center Christian School through the diligent, excellent fulfillment of assigned essential requirements and essential responsibilities.

For more details on this position and the application package, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm


SCCS Parents
- thank you for covering this process in prayer and please spread the word to anyone you feel would be a good fit for this leadership position at SCCS.



K-4TH GRADE ART TEACHER: Sioux Center Christian School invites you to consider the opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty and staff, passionate parents, and fantastic students through the position of K-4th grade art teacher, with a start date of August 1, 2022. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning.

Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm.



PARAPROFESSIONAL (Part- or Full-Time):Do you have a passion for serving God’s kids and want to be part of a vibrant learning community? Sioux Center Christian School is seeking to fill the role of paraprofessional in either a part- or full-time capacity.

For more details on the position and the application package, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm



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 contact Carmen Mulder (cmulder@siouxcenterchristian.com) 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!

LOST AND FOUND

There are lots of sweatshirts, hats, water bottles, etc. that have been lost and would like to be found again. Check out the tables and claim what is yours...Thank you!

Parent Visit Days

2nd Grade Parent Visit Day will be Thursday, Dec. 9 (10:30-11:30- classrooms/11:30-12:00- lunch). Sign up here by Monday, December 6 at noon.


We take seriously our calling to partner with parents in the education of their children. We value this partnership! We want to invite you into the school so you can experience what’s happening in the classroom with your students. To do that, every grade level will be hosting a parent visit day. You are invited to join us for some time in the classroom and a free lunch with your child.


More information for the following visit days will be sent out later:

  • Jan. 13 - 3rd grade (10:30-11:30- classrooms/11:30-12:00-lunch)
  • Jan. 20 - 4th grade (10:45-11:45- classrooms/11:45-12:15-lunch)
  • Feb. 3 - 5th grade (11:00-12:00- classrooms/12:00-12:30- lunch)
  • Feb. 10 - 6th grade (11:00-12:00- classrooms/12:00-12:30- lunch)
  • March 10- 7th & 8th grade (11:15-12:15- classrooms/12:15-12:45- lunch)

RECESS INFORMATION

Now that cooler temperatures are here, please review the following information, so your child(ren) are prepared for recess. Whenever possible, the head of school and director of learning will have students outside for recess, as this break is very important in the learning process.


The website www.weather.com is our source for determining wind chill.

If the wind chill temperature is above 0, we will go outside for recess. If the wind chill is between -10 and 0, we will shorten the outdoor time. If it is below -10, we will stay inside for recess.


If the wind chill temperature is below 30 degrees, all students are required to wear a coat and are encouraged to wear hats, mittens, etc. to cover exposed skin. They must also wear pants outside.


If the wind chill temperature is between 30 and 50 degrees, a student can choose between a coat and another second layer (coat, jacket, or sweatshirt). TK-4 must wear pants outside and for grades 5-8, wearing pants outside is optional but recommended.


If the wind chill temperature is above 50 degrees, a second layer is not required (t-shirts and shorts are permitted outside).


Shorts are permitted indoors throughout the school year but must meet dress code requirements.


Grades TK-4

  • Boots in TK-4th Grade: Students are required to have boots to wear outside when the grounds are wet. Boots need to be put on and taken off by the outside door.
  • *Snow pants are required to use the sledding hill or to play in snowy areas.


Grades 5-8

  • Boots in 5th-8th Grade: Students are expected to wear extra shoes or boots if they choose to play off the cement, rocks, or wood chips when the ground is wet or snow-covered.
  • *Boots are required to use the sledding hill or to play in snowy areas in the winter.
  • The use of snow pants is at the students’ discretion in grades 5-8.


Additional Information

  • Students who do not have appropriate clothing for recess will be sent to the office to call home or may borrow clothing from the nurse’s office.
  • Students may leave their boots at school during the week. On the last school day of the week, boots must be taken home.
  • Teachers and students will be informed about recess decisions through the use of electronic signage in the main hallways: “Outside Recess” (green), “Shortened Recess” (yellow), “Inside Recess” (red), and “Stay on Cement, Rocks, and Wood Chips” (blue).
  • Shoes/sandals must be worn by all students and employees at all times inside and outside of the school building. Slippers are not acceptable.


Sledding Policy

We want everyone to have a fun and safe experience, so please follow these expectations:

  • Boots are REQUIRED for all sledding and snow activities.
  • Sleds will be provided by the school. No sleds from home.
  • One rider per sled.
  • Riders must remain seated while riding sleds.

We have 1 sled bin that will be monitored by the person on duty. He or she will hand them out at the start of the recess. Students should line up on the sidewalk and wait for the next available sled. When they have taken a turn, students should bring the sled back up the hill and give it to the next person in line. Students who choose not to follow the sledding expectations will not be allowed to continue sledding, which is at the discretion of the person on duty.

OUTLET 75

Did you know that Outlet 75 received a HUGE shipment of toys? They have Legos, board games, Nerf guns, dolls, action toys …so much variety for girls and boys.


They also have beautiful Christmas décor plus hand-poured candles (perfect for Christmas gifts!). PLUS, your purchases support our school!


Outlet 75 is open on Wednesdays from 11am-8pm, Thursdays from 11am-3pm, plus in December they will be open 10am-1pm on Saturdays, December 11 and 18!


Are you willing to fill in any of the open shifts in December? We’d love to have you come and experience the joy of volunteering at Outlet 75!! If you can help, please connect with Janey Boogerd (712.449.8106 or info@shopoutlet75.com)

DONATE TO NICSTO BY EARLY NEXT WEEK

It looks like the total NICSTO contribution goal will be met by the end of next week (approx. Dec 10)! There is still room for you to give to SCCS through NICSTO, but contributions will need to come in this week OR contact Amy Vander Berg with the exact amount you will be contributing by the end of this week (with the check coming later).


It gets a bit crazy in these last days of NICSTO, but communicating with me is the best way to ensure you can enjoy the benefits of donating to NICSTO. Please don’t hesitate to connect with me (712.441.4530 or avanderberg@siouxcenterchristian.com).

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 Carmen Mulder (cmulder@siouxcenterchristian.com).
  • You can find the lunch and dishwashing schedule here.
  • If you would like to eat lunch with your child, please contact school 24 hours in advance.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Arena Basketball Skills Camp for grades 5-6


  • ETM (Early Teen Ministries) Christmas Party will be on Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm at 1st CRC. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater/shirt and bring a white elephant gift with you. Contact Lisa Dykstra with questions (lisa_dykstra@yahoo.com).
  • Staff Member of the Month: Nominate your favorite SCCS faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond for the Pella Staff award! Nomination forms can be found here or are available by the TRIP window. Each month a winner is chosen and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used to impact learning! Nominations are due by the 25th of each month and can be returned to our school office or mailed/dropped off at Pella Corp.

SCCS

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