JULY PARENT UPDATE
Filling you in on all things registration/back to school
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
Off the Bat
I hope your summer has been filled with lots of time spent with family and friends, time to do things you enjoy, and time to relax, refocus, and refresh!
We are excited to partner with you during the 2022-2023 year as we work to meet the mission God has given to our school. God has great things in store for us!
A WARNING: this newsletter is long! It has lots of information, and I wanted to put it all in one place so it’s easy to go back to and reference. Please take the time to read through everything so that you can be prepared and informed. There's information about both registration and back to school details.
So grab a cup of coffee (or another favorite beverage), and start scrolling!
Registration Date/Time for 4Care-8th Grade Families
Our Covenant Community
- Enrollment Agreement
- Covenant of Communication and Support
Tuition Statement, First Payment
We are requesting ALL families to fill out the following Google Form with your busing intentions. Please fill this out by Thursday, August 4. Click here for the bus form. See below for bus eligibility. Students living outside the red boxed area are eligible to ride the bus.
MORE INFO ABOUT BUSING FOR NEW FAMILIES, REMINDERS FOR RETURNING FAMILIES
- Busing is free.
- SCCS, Kinsey, the middle school, and the high school all run together and drop off/pick up students from each school. There are 2 SCCS buses that pick up students who live outside of the district and have a few in-town stops as well (Bus #2014 and Bus #2020). The public school transportation director, Scott Shippy, as well as our director of transportation, Howard Rus, coordinate that route. All other buses that pick up/drop off our students will be a public school bus (Each of these bus numbers are two digits: i.e. Bus #07, Bus #11, Bus #14, Bus #18)
- If a family lives within one mile of school, they will be eligible to ride in the winter months, but there are no stops within those areas outside of the winter months. A sign-up comes out in the Home Bulletin to verify choosing this option for those within one mile. Feel free to put "occasionally" on the form linked above if you are thinking of doing busing in the winter months.
- There are in-town bus stops. These will be officially set and published once the transportation director has mapped all students interested in busing for the coming year.
- In the afternoon, some routes may end up with a transfer at the middle school.
- If you know of a neighbor from SCCS who will ride the bus, we encourage you to make a buddy system for the first few weeks until new students are more comfortable with the route.
- If you have any questions or change your mind about busing (either taking or dropping it), please contact the office at email@example.com or 712-722-0777.
PACE, Storyline Shirt
PACE: Parents in Action for Christian Education (PACE) is made up of all parents of students at SCCS. The goal of PACE is to serve our school and provide opportunities for fellowship and encouragement. Check out the ways you can help during the 2022-23 school year by going to the link below (also check out the "We Need You" announcement later in this newsletter). Please sign up where you would be willing to help out. There will also be a PACE table at registration to learn more about your responsibilities and opportunities as a member of PACE, including the opportunity to sign up as a room parent. Thank you to PACE for all of their work!
STORYLINE: Our Storyline this year is Living God’s Story: Elements of a Growing Disciple. SCCS provides a storyline t-shirt that is worn for chapel, class trips, and the final Storyline Celebration. There will be a form in your registration packet that you will need to complete and leave at the storyline t-shirt table. You will have the option to order additional shirts for your students for $10 each. Note: there will not be sample sizes this year because of apparel inventory issues – we don’t know what brand we will be using until we place the order after registration. In general, just order the size you typically order for summer rec teams, etc; and if in doubt, order up a size.
Aftercare, Kindercare, 4Care
Sioux Center Christian School will once again be offering three convenient options for childcare during the school year: Aftercare, Kindercare, and 4Care!
AFTERCARE: If you would like to register your child(ren) for Aftercare, please see the information and application below. Please print the forms and bring them with you to registration. If you don’t have access to a printer, please stop in the school office for hard copies.
KINDERCARE: If you have not registered for Kindercare and still would like to, simply mention it at registration, and we will get you registered. To learn more about Kindercare, check out the document below.
4CARE: There are still spots open in our 4Care program, with both AM and PM sections available. The 4Care classroom is in the main school building with lots of room, newly remodeled bathrooms, new toys and furniture, and run by Tara Dekkers! Check out https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/admissions/4care.cfm to learn more.
Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up
We are excited to offer before-school conferences again this year for grades TK-8, to be held August 18 from 2:00-8:00 PM.
We are excited for the school year. Let's get this strong partnership started!
After checking class lists, click here. Find your child's homeroom teacher and type your name in next to the time that works best for you.
Bloomz has made many enhancements this summer.
Parents can find a training for Bloomz at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/parents/bloomz.cfm.
Lunch Information, Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Our school lunch staff is gearing up to provide healthy lunches for your student this year. School lunch will not be free for all students this school year. School lunches this year will cost $2.95 per meal. Reduced price meals will be $.40. Extra milk and milk only will cost $.35. Adult meals will be $4.25. Families that may qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program will need to fill out application forms. Please bring completed applications to registration. If you don’t have access to a printer, please stop in the school office for a hard copy. Application, instructions and income guidelines are at the link below.
We are also requiring a Diet Modification Form if your student will be eating lunch and has special dietary restrictions that need to be accommodated. All Gluten Free students need to have an updated from on file each year. (This is new) Please find the form at this link. It does need to be signed by a medical professional. https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/128/Diet%20Modification%20Request%20Form%202018_v2.pdf
All Sioux Center students in TK - 8th grade have the opportunity to take advantage of the community led Sack Pack Program. The Sack Pack Program is a program that provides free food items in a “sack” each Friday to assist families who are struggling to make ends meet. The program gives children a sack of nutritious, easy-to-prepare snacks for the weekend. If you would like to participate, please print the letter below and bring the completed form to registration.
We Need You!
At registration, you will be asked to identify at least one area your family will help volunteer this year. All the opportunities listed below have been put in place to benefit your kids and make Sioux Center Christian School a great place to learn and thrive! We are blessed by your love for our school and thank you in advance for sharing your time and gifts to make these opportunities work!
Every family is asked to sign up for at least one of these two opportunities that raise funds for your children’s benefit:
Our retail store that directs all their profits to the Alternate Revenue Contribution on your tuition statement.
Need: Volunteers to fill 2 or 2.5 hour shifts on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays; three-four shifts per year.
Tasks: Unpacking new boxes of clothing, inspecting items, tending floor displays, checkout, etc.
Our annual fundraising night for the Blazer Center campus expansion, which will be on Saturday, April 15, 2023
Need: Volunteers to fill shifts and/or serve on various planning committees for the event
Tasks: May include helping before the event, working a shift that evening, clean up afterward, or serve on a Trail’Raiser committee.
Every family is also invited to sign up for these various opportunities that support our teachers and students and make our school community vibrant:
Need: Volunteers to fill shifts from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday; one shift a month is appreciated, or specify your availability.
Tasks: Wash dishes, wipe down tables. Bonus: can take a break and eat with your child during their lunch time!
PACE (Parents in Action for Christian Education)
Providing opportunities for fellowship among the SCCS community
Need: Serving as a room parent, hosting a teacher/staff appreciation social, teacher/staff encouragement, helping plan grade-level socials 1x/year
See earlier announcement with information to sign up.
Music helper (accompanist for classroom singing or music classes; help at festivals, and more)
We’ll share more information at registration, but please start thinking about how you can serve God’s treasured kids at SCCS!
Drama Opportunity: 7th and 8th Grade Musical January 27-28
We are excited to offer the opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students to participate in a musical this coming year: Disney Newsies, Jr.
Auditions will take place on Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16 after school as well as Saturday, September 17 from 8 am – 12 pm. We will cast the show on Saturday afternoon. A full cast readthrough will happen after school on Wednesday September 21, from 2:15 – 4:30. After that, rehearsals will be before school in the lunchroom from 7:00 am -8:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Friday afternoons from 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm. Not all students will be needed at every rehearsal.
All families and students need to visit this sheets page link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TBIiVyWo7tOHyTbXOpxVdAKv7dAc81CsMSJ__za0Vls/edit?usp=sharing and click on the Audition sign up tab. Place your student’s first and last name under an audition time for the CAST (Blue cells) or CREW (Green cells) or under NOT INVOLVED(orange cells). If you are going to be involved, make sure to bookmark this link. It is where you will find out everything about the show, rehearsal updates, costume information, cast list posts, volunteer opportunities, etc.
CAST means that they will get a role, be on stage and performing in the show. We can cast as many as would like to be involved. A list of characters is on the Casting tab.
CREW means that they want to help in the sound booth, backstage or with Hair and Makeup. The 8 Backstage crew members will appear on stage during the production, in costume, to move the sets during the songs. They will also be pulled into a singing role for the last song of the show. We do not have room for more than 25 CREW members. If you are curious about how we are dividing up the CREW roles go to the Casting tab of the link above.
NOT INVOLVED means they will not participate in the show in any way.
We are asking that all CAST and CREW members come to an audition time.
CAST auditions will be asked to prepare the audition excerpt that includes the dialog between Jack and Katherine, singing “Carrying the Banner” (Newsies Vocal Audition) and an unaccompanied scale. This is a 5-minute audition. If you are interested in a main role, we ask that you prepare one of the other songs available for specific roles, as well as the dialog between Jack and Crutchie.
CREW members are asked to come to a 2 minute interview so that we can get to know them and their interests for helping out.
TK and Kindergarten students also have immunization records that should be brought to school along with the dental card and the vision card, and a physical is also recommended (a physical is not required).
7th and 8th graders who plan to participate in athletics need to complete an athletic physical and turn it into Nurse Jenny or Mr. Groskreutz before they may practice or play. Athletes need a new physical each year.
Back by popular demand, school supplies will once again be provided by SCCS in our effort to be stewardly (we buy in bulk at reduced cost) and simple (families think about a lot at the beginning of the year). There are very few items parents will need to provide, such as personal things like a backpack, shoes for PE (K-8), and calculators (grades 6-8). Here's the list: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17QqpkPhGHddKTEhwGgwgorjShONSzTL3/view?usp=sharing
Name change news! For a long time the academic support services has been called “The Resource Room.” This coming school year we will be changing that name to “The Learning Center.” This follows our philosophy of inclusion that all students can receive support no matter their level of academic success. It is our hope that all students will feel comfortable utilizing these services. We currently have 5 Learning Center teachers. These include: Meredith Spicher in TK-2nd, Stephanie Peters in TK-4th, Sara Feekes in 3rd-4th, Cheri Horstman in 5th-6th, and Kristina Harmelink in 7th-8th. We look forward to this coming school year and the ways we can support students!