SCCS Home Bulletin

January 18, 2023

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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


Hello Parents! My name is Jill Van Soelen, and I am SCCS’s Director of Faculty Development. My role is to provide leadership and vision in the ongoing review, planning, and implementation of curriculum as well as design professional learning for our faculty. In this section of the Home Bulletin, I invite you to learn about a slice of SCCS related to teaching and learning. A slice, like a piece of my grandma’s delicious homemade pie, that will help us to get a better picture of the whole.

The curriculum slice is best viewed in the context of the classroom where our teachers are the Living Curriculum. You get a glimpse of the written curriculum in weekly newsletters, at Parent Visit Days, and in wrinkled papers at the bottom of your child’s backpack. The written curriculum and professional development at our school support our faculty in providing quality instruction and learning experiences that shape the whole child. SCCS recognizes the crucial role of the teacher, the Living Curriculum, as the key in designing engaging and effective instruction. The first slice to share with you is the importance of our Wednesday professional development time. Teachers collaborate, design, and deepen in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, so that we can make good on the promise of our school’s mission and to ensure your students are treasured, trained, and transformed. A portion of the Wednesday work is in Language Arts, and our next Home Bulletin will offer a slice of what that time involves.


Congratulations to our 4th grade class who won the People's Choice award in the Prairie Woods Nature Center's 2022 Christmas Tree decorating contest! Their Christmas tree featured student-crafted ornaments that pointed to nature and reflected their class storyline, "Fully Rely on God" (F.R.O.G.). As the winner of this award, the fourth graders will enjoy an exclusive live animal program with Sunday Ford, as well as a People's Choice First Place plaque! Thank you to Sioux County Conservation Board/Oak Grove Park for all the ways their education team helps our students study and enjoy God's great design in His creatures and creation! We are blessed by their knowledge and love of nature!

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  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (
  • UPDATE: Transportation information for Friday, Feb. 3 - Sioux Center Community Schools will be having school now on Feb. 3, as a snow make-up day. All buses will run as normal.


You are invited to attend one of the 7th/8th grade performances of Disney’s Newsies JR. on Friday, January 27 and Saturday January 28 at 7pm in the TePaske Theater. Newsies JR. is a musical inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City. No tickets needed; a freewill offering will be received. Doors will open at 6:40pm. Click here to see the production poster.

Note: 1st grade through 8th grade will attend a matinee performance at 1pm on Friday.

Thanks go out to Directors, Mrs. Eileen Buiter and Miss Kirsten Buiter and Choreographer, Mrs. Mel Knobloch for their talents and the time they put in to leading these students!

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We value the partnership between our parents and school! We want to invite you into the school so you can experience what’s happening in the classroom. Each grade level will be hosting a Parent Visit Day again this year.

5th Grade parent visit day will be on Friday, Feb. 3. The morning will start with a welcome in the Orchestra Room at 10:55 followed by a classroom visit from 11:05-11:55 and lunch will be served at 11:55. We will be ordering pizza from Pizza Ranch for our guests. There will be a limit of 2 pieces of pizza per person. You are welcome to stay for recess as well! Please sign up here by Tuesday, Jan. 31, so we know how many to plan for. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Below are the dates and times for the other grade level Parent Visit Days this school year. More information will be sent out later.

  • Feb. 10 - 11:00 - 6th grade
  • Feb. 24- 11:00 - 7th & 8th grade


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 following positions with a start date of August 1, 2023. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning. Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at A review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • Reading Specialist (Full-time)
  • Discovery (Full-Time)
  • 4th Grade (Full-time)
  • 3rd Grade (Full-time)
  • Paraprofessional (Full-time one-to-one support for a 1st grader) - start day August 2023

ASSISTANT CUSTODIAN POSITION OPENING: Sioux Center Christian School is looking to fill the position of assistant custodian. We are looking for a hardworking, dependable, detail-oriented person to serve in this position, working 2-5 hours/day after school releases (working any time after 3:15). Responsibilities include general cleaning and custodial duties. This position has very flexible hours to meet your schedule. We invite you to join our fast-paced, fun work environment! Interested candidates should forward the staff application (found at, and a resume to Josh Bowar, head of school, at A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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!


Storyline chapels are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:35pm in the gym. Please remind your child to wear their chapel t-shirt. Parents and guests are WELCOME to attend! You may also join our livestream (and recording) at

Storyline Chapel Playlist:


Thank you to everyone who has chosen to help our students by working at Outlet 75!

You can now sign up for shifts a few months in advance!




Outlet 75 sells new clothing, shoes, home décor, kitchenware, bedding and more …and all profits go to Sioux Center Christian School and contribute to the Alternate Revenue discount that was on your tuition statement!

Open hours: Wednesdays 11am-8pm and Thursdays 11am – 3pm.

Location: About 1 mile south of Sioux Center on Hwy 75. Look for the red flag.

If you have any questions about helping at Outlet 75, please feel free to email


  • 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 (
  • 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.


Staff Member of the Month: We believe all our faculty and staff are amazing and encourage you to take the time to nominate one (or more) of your children’s teachers! Complete the nomination form (; printed copies are available by the TRIP window) and return to our school office or mail to/drop off at Pella Corp. by the 25th of each month during the school year. Each month a winner is chosen and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used to impact learning! Pella kindly keeps nominations “in play” for 3 months to provide multiple opportunities for an outstanding staff member to be recognized. Feel free to re‐nominate someone if you feel they are deserving, and they didn’t win the award during the 3 months that the nomination was in play. We are extremely grateful to Pella Corp for this program that serves to encourage and bless our faculty and staff!


The Covenant CRC Christian Ed committee is hosting an Escape Room fundraiser on January 20-21! More information is listed below, but if all the spots are filled when you sign up, please keep your eyes open for this event to happen again! Follow the QR code below to sign up! Or follow this link:!/showSignUp/10c0c4aabaa28a0fac34-escape

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Faith CRC is once again making FREEZER MEALS for their Christian Ed fund! This is a great way to stock your freezer with meals for those busy winter and spring days, when you are just too busy or too tired to cook! OR how nice it would be to buy a meal and gift it to a teacher, a family that just had a new baby, a college student, a healthcare worker or a shut-in. The options to share a meal are endless. Here is the link to order your meals...Faith CRC Christian Education Committee: 2023 Freezer Meals (

If you know anyone who is not computer savvy and would like to order, direct them to give Liz De Groot (712-541-3911) a call and she would be happy to get them signed up.

The meals we are providing this year are Chicken Enchiladas (5 enchiladas, 2-3 servings), Bacon Cheeseburger Noodle Casserole (3-4 servings), and Chicken Pot Pie (3-4 servings).

You have until Sunday, January 29 to order your meals. We will announce when they will be ready to be picked up from the back door of Caseys Bakery (sometime the second or third week of February). If you have a hard time getting around and would like your meals delivered to you or if you cannot make the pick up dates, we can make other arrangements with you. If you have questions, contact Liz De Groot.


The Office Handouts is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more!

Currently there is information for:

  • Western Christian Dance Camp
  • Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure
  • Sioux Center Recreation Winter Track Classic
  • Dordt Youth Dance Camp
  • 2023 Drivers Education Options
  • Sioux Center Recreation Winter Esports Leagues
  • Western Christian Cheer Camp
  • NWI Knights AAU Volleyball Registration
  • Western Christian Wolfpack AAU Volleyball