SCCS Home Bulletin
April 27, 2022
FROM DR. B.
Happy Wednesday, Trailblazers!
Let’s keep going with the series ABCs of SCCS. This week, we’ll check out W = walkthroughs.
Walkthroughs are short classroom visits done by a school leader. The intent of walkthroughs is to have school leaders present in classrooms, to get a sense for how things are going in the school, to provide support and accountability, and to connect with students. These walkthroughs last about 10-15 minutes and are done several times during the school year with each faculty member, with all walkthroughs unannounced.
School leaders take notes on the walkthroughs and follow up with teachers in face-to-face conversations, where encouragement and ideas for growth are shared and discussed. Walkthroughs are intended to be a source of professional and personal growth for our teachers. Rather than a “one and done” evaluation where teachers know a school leader is coming to visit, prepare and teach a lesson with a school leader watching, and then have a follow-up on that lesson, walkthroughs happen consistently and over time, providing school leaders with several touch points with each classroom and teachers with several opportunities for encouragement and growth.
What happens in the classroom is the most important thing happening at Sioux Center Christian School. It’s where student lives are truly impacted. It’s important for school leaders to be present in these learning spaces, and we continue to invest in leadership at SCCS to be able to spend time in classrooms. We have over 40 classrooms to perform walkthroughs in and want to be able to do this work well. Currently, Jill Van Soelen and Lisa Mouw spend large portions of their day in classrooms performing walkthroughs and then follow-up conversations. Next year, Brandon Haan and Jill Van Soelen will continue these walkthroughs.
We continue to invest in our core purpose at SCCS: training God’s kids in His Way through all areas of study. Walkthroughs are one method for helping us do just that.
Have a great rest of your week!
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
- Safety Reminder: If your child walks or rides bike to and from school, please remind them to use caution when crossing streets. If there is a crosswalk, please push the button so that the light activates before crossing. Thanks for helping keep our kids safe!
- Sioux Center Community Schools do not have school on Friday, April 29 but SCCS does. Only the two Sioux Center Christian School buses (2014 and 2020) will be running the morning and afternoon routes on those days. All other students will need to have their own transportation.
- Because of a conflict with Western's High School Graduation, the 5-8 Spring Choral Concert will be rescheduled to Monday, May 16 at Centerpoint Church (First Reformed). Please make this change on your calendars!
- Storyline Celebration will be held at Dordt on Monday, May 23.
- Our last day of school will be Wednesday, May 25. We will dismiss at 11:05.
- 8th Grade Graduation will be at Centerpoint Church (First Reformed) on Wednesday, May 25.
SCHOOL LUNCH UPDATE
There has been a great thing going for about 2 years, but we have been informed that the government will no longer be providing free meals for all students, starting with the 22-23 school year. Our lunch program is currently determining lunch prices for next year and taking into account the rising cost of food. It would be a good idea to start putting money into your school lunch account for next year so that we all can be ready to go at the beginning of the school year. Kelli Van Roekel (firstname.lastname@example.org) can help with this process. Also, please note that the federal poverty guidelines have been released, and we anticipate more families will qualify for free or reduced meals next year (the income levels have increased as far as qualification standards). We will share more about completing a free and reduced meals application as part of the registration process in August. If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Buiter (email@example.com).
THANK YOU to ALL who made our 8th annual Trail’Raiser Night a joyful, community-building event that COMPLETED the FUNDING goal for the 7/8 science lab/classroom in the future Blazer Center campus addition! We believe a science lab is a window to God’s handiwork, where students discover the fingerprints of God in EVERYTHING and are thankful for everyone who donated to make this piece of our vision happen!
Through Prayer Pens, Truth T-shirts, Gourmet Cupcakes, Bars, and Snack Mixes, Buy It Now items, Freewill Supper, Concessions, and the Family Feud game show, our supporters gave $125,662 in donations! When combined with year-end IGNITE the Giving donations and gifts from key donors, we are very excited to report that we have reached the $500,000 needed to build this important room in the campus expansion! (Bringing us to over $3 million raised/committed to the campus expansion!)
We estimate that over 1,200 people walked through our doors on Saturday, April 9 – a beautiful day God provided after a very windy and cold week!
The Family Feud Game Show was held in a gym full of people! Our game show host, Nick M, our announcer, Piet W, and the four amazing teams (Bunyans, Dunksters, Marvels, and Nerds), gave us a night we won’t soon forget! The Dunksters won $15,000 (for SCCS) by winning the rounds and the Marvels won $10,000 (for SCCS) by winning the Fast Money round!
For more pictures of the event and a detailed report of the event and game show, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/.../trailraisernight...
THANK YOU to ALL who blessed our SCCS kids - current and future students - by contributing to Trail'Raiser Night 2022 and helping build the science lab/classroom in the future Blazer Center addition!
K-8 CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT
HERZOG FOUNDATION - CHRISTIAN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
We have phenomenal teachers at SCCS who TREASURE God's kids and TRAIN them in the deep soil of God's Word and in the wonder of creation, so they may be TRANSFORMED to live each day as God's agents in the world!
The Stanley M. Herzog Foundation wants to give Christian teachers the recognition they deserve and is accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year Awards!
The vision of the Herzog Foundation is to see families and culture flourish through quality Christian education.
Fill out the nomination form and let them know who you think should be the Christian Teacher of the Year! Nominations are closing soon!
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 position openings:
Director of Development (Full-Time)
School Nurse (Part-Time...possible Full-Time)
Head Custodian (Full-Time)
7-8 Bible Teacher (Full-Time)
Paraprofessional (Part- or Full-Time)
- 5-8 general para – full time position
- 1:1 para for a student in 5th Grade – full time position
- 1:1 para for a student in TK (Monday through Thursday; full days)
- 1:1 para for a student in 3rd grade-full time position (could be split between two people)
- 1:1 para for a student in 3rd grade – full time position
- TK/4Care Para- Mornings (part-time position)
- Resource Para (full time position)
For more information on these positions and details on how to apply, go to:
TALES AND TRAILS: Now taking applications for SCCS Tales and Trails summer camp employment. Camp runs every week in June and July and the first week of August. A flexible schedule is possible. Please contact Cheri Horstman if interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the office (email@example.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!
SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY: Come join the SCCS Summer Cleaning Crew. We are looking for hardworking people (14 or older) to help clean the school this summer. The crew will work from June 1 – Aug 12. Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4 pm and Friday 8 am – 2 pm. Job applications are located on the employment page of the SCCS website. We are flexible with summer sports, mission trips and vacations. Contact Eileen Buiter at 578-8624 with questions.
Sioux Center Christian School offers a play-based, child-care opportunity for 4-years-olds enrolled in preschool called 4Care. If you have a child who will be in preschool next year and are looking for childcare for the other half of their days, this is a great place for your child to enjoy hands-on, child-led, play-based learning at SCCS for the part of their day that preschool is not in session. To learn more about 4Care and to reserve your child’s place, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/admissions/4care.cfm
TALES AND TRAILS SUMMER CAMP
Registration is OPEN for our Tales and Trails Summer Camp 2022!
This is an educational and fun summer supervision opportunity for kids who are 5-11 years old by June 1, 2022. Information was sent home with every child in 4Care – 4th grade.
Note: A pool pass is required for camp. You can purchase your membership online or call 712-722-4386 x2
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
- 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.
Outlet 75 is open on Wednesdays from 11am-8pm, Thursdays from 11am-3pm, plus occasional Saturdays from 10am-1pm. All profits from our store benefit every family at SCCS!
Are you willing to fill in any of the open shifts? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
https://www.shopoutlet75.com/ /// Facebook @shopoutlet75 /// Instagram @outlet75
STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Recognize a Sioux Center Christian faculty or staff member who goes ABOVE and BEYOND by nominating him/her for the Sioux Center - Pella Corporation Staff Member of the Month award!
Pella Corporation in Sioux Center offers this monthly award to a teacher or staff member in Sioux Center and the winner receives $500 to impact the learning in their classroom! Printed forms are available by the TRIP office.
Nominations are due by the 25th of each month. Completed forms may be dropped off at the school office, mailed or dropped off at Pella Corp.
- The Office Handouts http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/parents/officehandouts.cfm is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more. Currently there is information for:
Western Christian Sports Camps/Baseball/Softball
Unity Christian Sports Camps/Strength Training
Dordt University Camps
Sioux Center Public Library Dia Day
2022 Summer Driver's Ed
Sioux Center Arts Middle School Classes
Inspiration Hills Summer Camps
- The Sioux Center Public Library is looking for summer reading volunteers (6th grade and up) to help sign children up for the summer reading program. Students may work as many or as little of hours as they choose. Click here for more information. Contact Emily with questions (email@example.com).
- Did you know you can turn your Casey's Rewards points into donations to our school? Find SCCS in the rewards section of the Casey's app to start donating today! For more information go to caseys.com/schools.
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