Columbus Christian School News

MAY 3, 2019

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

We are down to our final 3 weeks of the 2018-2019 school year. We have completed nearly all of our state required testing this week (ILEARN) with a few absentee tests to make up next week. It was a rough week for everyone and we know that each of your students gave us their best effort and we are grateful for that. ILEARN was a newly developed state assessment that has replaced the ISTEP+ for grades 3 - 8. Our entire staff went out of their way to try and calm the students and encourage them to give us their best. I do have to say that we are so grateful that it is finished for this school year.

The PTF sponsored Creative Crusader event was a huge success and we are thankful for everyone who put in so much time and effort. We hope this will become an annual event that continues to highlight the talents of our students.

God’s grace and mercy toward each of us as we wind down this school year is such a blessing. Things in the office are getting crazy and the teachers are working diligently to make sure that each student leaves on summer break with a good academic foundation and an ever growing love for Christ.

Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and I would like to take the time to thank each staff member at CCS. Their undeniable dedication to Christ and your children is overwhelming. Their constant prayers over CCS and its families are always welcomed and appreciated. God is doing amazing things and Satan is always at work trying to stop Him.


Mrs. Donnell

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did you miss creative crusaders?

Elementary student artwork from the Creative Crusaders event is going home with your student. If you feel it on your heart to donate money in any amount to PTF, you may send it to the office. Your generosity is very much appreciated!
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Teacher appreciation week is May 6-10

"Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 6th-10th! Help us celebrate by signing up to bring a dish for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday May 8th. We appreciate all of our helpful and giving parents at CCS!"

Sign up for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon ( ).

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Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Summer Math Enrichment

We will be offering summer math enrichment during the months of June and July. It is not required, but is highly recommended for anyone who struggles with math and anyone who has not passed the ISTEP+ graduation exam. Any current Junior/Sophomore who has not passed the ISTEP+ must participate in remediation/enrichment as part of the requirements for the ISTEP+ Graduation Waiver.

Dates: June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Times: 9am - 11am

Location: CCS - classroom to be determined

Who: Any student who was enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II during the 2018-2019 school year

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scholastic book fair

Date: May 13-17

Want to help out with the Book Fair? PTF would love to have helpers with this event. You can sign up here:

Middle and High School Students:

Effective now through the end of the school year there will be NO After School Resource for the Middle and High School students. All students must be picked up no later than 3:30 pm. There will be NO adult supervision after 3:30 pm and students cannot stay in the building without adult supervision.

time to order your yearbook!

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Columbus Christian School

Elementary Chapel 5-1-2019 by Columbus Christian School

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Speaker: Voice of the Martyrs - special presentation global persecution against Christians to elementary chapel and middle/high school chapel

Topic: How Christian families around the world are sharing God's word

Scripture: Hebrews 13:3 - "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."

What does the word MARTYR mean? Someone who would rather die than abandon their faith.

PERSECUTION? Any kind of bad treatment because of what you believe in.


Learn more about The Voice of the Martyrs at their website:

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CCS Students pray for the Martyrs
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Participate to help and raise awareness.

Kids all over the United States and the world are participating in projects to help persecuted Christians and to raise awareness about persecution. What can your kids do?

Columbus Christian School

Middle & High School Chapel 5-1-2019 by Columbus Christian School

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Speaker: Voice of the Martyrs - special presentation global persecution against Christians to elementary chapel and middle/high school chapel

Topic: How Christian families around the world are sharing God's word

Scripture: Hebrews 13:3 - "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."

The Voice of the Martyrs:

  • Response to Persecution
  • Bibles
  • Front-line Workers
  • Fellowship and Inspiration

Learn more about The Voice of the Martyrs at their website:

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Middle & High School Parents:

CCS staff has developed a presentation to educate middle school and high school students on a very important topic-- suicide prevention. The presentation includes information on mental health, suicide myths & facts, warning signs of suicide, and practical steps we can take to help someone who is struggling with thoughts of ending their life. This presentation contains clinical data and will be provided from a biblical perspective (by Laura Cox, Spencer Heaton, Kevin Ridder, and Brian Buterbaugh). Students will have the opportunity to process this information with a staff member following the presentation if desired. We welcome parents/guardians to join us for this presentation at 9:45 AM on Wednesday, May 8. Thank you for supporting us as we seek to serve our students by addressing difficult topics like these from a Christian worldview.

*Parents of Middle & High School students will receive an email with the recording of the presentation as soon as the recording becomes available to send.

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They are the largest FREE website on the internet that helps teens find a job. Whether it's an 11 year old looking for a part-time job to make a few bucks during the summer, or an 18 year old trying to decide on the direction they want to take in their career, they have information kids need to succeed. The website covers the specifics around full-time jobs, online jobs, summer jobs, and side jobs.


Video tour of website:

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 practice fearless self-control. 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!

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PTF Leadership positions available for 2019-2020

Are you prayerfully considering becoming more involved with service at CCS? Inquiring about Parent Teacher Fellowship is a great way to start! Please email to learn more about the PTF Leadership positions that are available for the 2019-2020 school year.
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it's coming...indy 500

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The roar of engines returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series prepare for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while seeing your favorite drivers push their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph. Then mosey on back to the gift shop where Columbus Christian families work side by side to raise funds for the Athletic Department.

Contact the school office to schedule your volunteer hours: (812) 372-3780.

Volunteer Work Dates / Time of Departure (carpool) / # of Volunteers Needed:

May 10 FRI Depart McDonald’s at 6:00am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 11 SAT Depart McDonald’s at 5:15am (Indy Grand Prix)
Number of workers needed: (12) shops 17 & 28

May 14 TUE Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 15 WED Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 16 THUR Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 17 FRI Depart McDonald’s 8:30am (Fast Friday)
Number of workers needed:(5) Shop17

May 18 SAT Depart McDonald’s 5:30am (Qualifications)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 19 SUN Depart McDonald’s 7:30am (Pole Day)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 20 MON Depart McDonald’s 10:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 24 FRI Depart McDonald’s 6:30 (Carb Day)
Number of workers needed: (12) Shops 17 & 28

May 25 SAT Depart McDonald’s 6:30am (Legends Day)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 26 SUN Depart McDonald’s 3:30am (103rd Running of the Indy 500)
Number of workers needed: (18) shops 17 & 28

Complete information about the day (what to expect, what to wear, how to get there, pictures, etc.) can be found on the website at: or you can download it below.

Baseball & Softball Schedules

Stay up to date with CCS activities using Eventlink. Need help getting started? Click here for information on setting up a free account.
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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

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6-10

Visit the CCS booth at the Literacy Festival

Located at CMS

Saturday, May 11 / 11Am-2PM (Door Prizes Announced at 2PM)

Scholastic Book Fair

May 13-17

Senior Trip

May 13-17

Yearbook Orders Due

May 15

Preschool Graduation

Thursday, May 16

1st & 5th Grades Baseball in Education

Thursday, May 16

CCS Board Meeting

Thursday, May 16

Pre-K Graduation

Friday, May 17

Elementary Field Day

Thursday, May 23

Last Day of School

Friday, May 24

Kindergarten Graduation 8:15AM

MS/HS Awards 9-9:45AM

Elementary Awards 10-11AM

(Parents are welcome to come to the Awards Ceremonies/Located in Sanctuary)

Class of 2019 Graduation

Friday, May 24 / 7:00PM

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PROM 2019

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This great group of 6th graders wrapped up DARE with a pizza party!

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5th grade STEM activity

With a Peep, Smarties, Jelly Beans & marshmallows, design and build a car with wheels that turn. It turned out to be a big sticky job but they had a lot of fun working and learning!
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5th grade working on wax museum

3rd grade at Squire Boone Caverns

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1st grade at the library & dairy queen

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singing praises to our King

One of our 4th grade students praised the Lord and represented CCS at the Columbus National Day of Prayer service downtown! They will know we are Christians by our love! Wonderful job!
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creative crusaders a huge success!

What an INCREDIBLE night together as a CCS Family!

We are so thankful for the artistic worship that was on display as we celebrated the Lord’s gifts in our talented students. Great food. Great fellowship. Great entertainment. Great time of prayer. Great God!

A special thank you to the PTF for organizing, hosting and running this event. Thank to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Carlson for the delicious meal! We hope it is a new CCS tradition!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this amazing event. It was the refreshment that CCS has been needing for a long time! Thank you, PTF leadership, for your forward thinking, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you in your endeavors and moving in obedience to our Almighty God!

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2nd grade spring in the farm

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Crazy hair day in preschool & Pre-K

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Literacy Festival

Location: Central Middle School

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 11AM - 2PM

(Door prizes announced at 2PM.)

Celebrate literacy! Book character parade. Entertainment. Story time with Miss Jodi and improv games with Becca. Stop by the library booth and learn about the Summer Reading. Free books on the Book Express. Visit with Lottie the Great Dane. Free Event.

Stop by the CCS booth and say hello to our volunteers! They'd love to see you!

library reading program

Bartholomew County Public Library is gearing up for its Summer Reading Program. Contact the library to learn more about it.

youth track program

The Indiana Pathfinders Youth Track program is a Columbus Running Club youth program for girls and boys aged 7-18. The first day of practice is on May 8. Depending on the age of the participants, the program will be offering coaching in sprints, distance events, long jump, pole vault, high jump, hurdles, and throws. If there are students who are currently involved in school sports, they may choose to join our program after their season is over and/or as their schedule allows.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Christina Newell, Columbus Running Club Youth Chair. Contact the school office for a registration form.

The Voice of the martyrs conference

Date: Saturday, July 13 / 9AM-4PM

Location: LifePoint Church in Indianapolis

Free Event!

Learn more at their website:

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hilltop christian camp summer sessions

Hilltop Christian Camp has been offering a summer youth camp program since it began in 1946. Their mission is to provide a secluded place where the young people of the area churches can grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Campers learn about Christ in an atmosphere of worship, study and fun. They offer camps for ages 5-18 or grades K-12. The youth can experience Hilltop’s traditional dorm camp or the wilderness program. For more information, visit them on the web at or call (812) 988-4991.
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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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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

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