Columbus Christian School News

January 11, 2019

Welcome New Families!

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

Life is a marathon – not a fifty-yard dash. When the psalmist says, “I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever,” he is reminding us that we were created for eternity. But instead of focusing on eternal things, we waste precious emotional energy and priceless spiritual power fixing our gaze on the here and now. I am not saying we need to ignore what God gives us to do today because the truth is that each step on each day’s path is filled with God ordained opportunities. What I am saying is that much of our stress comes when we measure life and hold it up against the wrong backdrop.


We must be very careful to choose the right backdrop against which we live our lives. Our backdrop is eternity – not the tyranny of urgent demands made by a relentless world. Our backdrop is an old rugged cross and an empty tomb – not the temporary trials or painful circumstances we face in this very fleeting life. We are “forever” people. Like the old song says, “This world is not my home. I’m just passing through.”


My two favorite words in the Bible are “but God.” Those two words create an eternal backdrop that changes everything. Everything looks different when He comes. Everything is made different by His presence. To survive and succeed in life, we must stop and take the long look, refusing to fix our gaze on the “little things” that are meant to divert God’s plan. If we want to live a life of victory, our glance must be on the circumstances and our gaze must be fixed on Him.

Choosing an eternal perspective is a spiritual discipline that makes stress yield to God’s peace. Does that mean we will float through each day without facing trials, defeats, enemies or impossibilities? No – but it does mean that the backdrop against which we view those dark moments will be replaced with the truth that there is an eternal purpose in every pain and that is through the struggle out of that darkness that we gain the strength to fly and become all God created us to be – now and forever.


Courtesy of: Girlfriends in God


Blessings

Mrs. Donnell

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Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Pastor Rick Persons, Senior Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church of North Vernon

Scripture: Luke 7

Columbus Christian School

Chapel Elem 1 - 9-19 by Columbus Christian School

Middle School & High School Chapel

Speaker: Pastor Rick Persons, Senior Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church of North Vernon

Columbus Christian School

Chapel MSHS 1 - 9-19 by Columbus Christian School
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Senior Class of 2019 Fundraiser

The Senior Class of 2019 is selling trash bags and storage bags. The money raised will go towards their senior trip. Orders may be placed by a senior or by contacting the school office. Payment is due with order. Thank you for your support!
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KINDNESS Fearlessly

This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to practice KINDNESS fearlessly. 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 has a private Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Columbus Christian School PTF - Columbus, IN


Join the private PTF page to stay up to date on behind-the-scenes happenings at CCS.

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Athletic Schedule

Subject to change with or without notice. With weather coming in this weekend, expect to have the contests played, with the probability that they will get cancelled. IF you haven't signed up with eventlink yet, today would be a good day to do that. See instructions below.
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Get the CCS Athletic Schedule delivered right to your phone!

It's easy and it's FREE!

Get instructions here: How to sign up for Eventlink.


Note:

Please double check your time zone that is selected in your profile.

  1. Go to your calendar and hover your mouse over your name
  2. When the drop down box appears, click on “Manage Profile”
  3. Check the time zone box and make sure it is set on Eastern and not Central
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Athletic Parents - sign up for concessions and admissions

Concession Volunteers – An important function that helps fulfill the athletic programs financial need is the selling of concessions at all home athletic events. Parents will be asked to volunteer to work the concession booth for home athletic events on specifically assigned dates. Again, after rosters are set, a list will be published for parents to assist in this endeavor. All efforts will be made so that no parent works during his/her student’s game.


Parent Participation Requirement: Parents should sign up for to help 4 times per basketball season and 2 times during soccer and volleyball for set up, clean up, concession and/or admissions and 1 Track or Stadium date. For any parent that does not sign up they will be assigned times to work that are not during your students games. If you need to switch there will be a master list with contact information and you can switch with someone. If hours are not fulfilled by participating students there will be an additional $200.00 fee. Each event served is equivalent to $40.00. The binder is located in the office.

Rally's Hot Dogs

Are you enjoying the hot dogs at the CCS concessions? Thank you to Rally's for donating those yummy hot dogs!
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You are invited...

Sunday, January 20th / 3:00-5:30PM / Fellowship Hall

Join us in celebrating the faithful service of Jon Markland, who recently retired as Business Manager for East Columbus Christian Church and Columbus Christian School. We are thankful for the people the Lord has brought into His service!

How's the transition going?

We are so grateful that you chose CCS for your family and we care about your transition this school year. Here are a couple of articles from families that have transitioned from both the public school setting and homeschool setting to CCS. They have graciously shared their honest advice about their transition to CCS. Take a look and see if it will help you in your transition. If you have any questions, please know that you can email Mr. Wildey at kwildey@columbus-christian.org or Mrs. Donnell at adonnell@columbus-christian.org. They would love to hear from you!

Reduce your school tuition for 2019-20

Learn how you can reduce your school tuition for 2019-20 by ordering gift cards through CCS.

If you do any of the following:

  • purchase gas, food, clothing
  • eat out
  • shop Amazon.com
  • purchase gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.
  • go on Vacations
  • work on your car and purchase parts
  • purchase materials or tools for big home improvement projects


It's really simple. All you do is purchase gift cards (called SCRIP cards) through CCS. Order through the office by Tuesday mornings or order SCRIP online...anytime! Call Tammy Harvey, Financial Secretary at (812) 372-3780 to get the enrollment code for ordering online. Start saving on next years tuition today!

Click here to learn more about the program.

https://youtu.be/7ovcUxt-V8Q

Do you have pictures to share?

CCS is looking for pictures of field trips, athletic games, extra curricular activities, etc. to put into the yearbook. Please send your pictures to lfoster@columbus-christian.org.
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Be the first to know when school is cancelled or delayed!

Get important information from your child's teacher and school with the free Remind app. It's easy to use. Follow the instructions here.
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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 and more.

Important Dates

100th Day Chapel

Wednesday, January 16


CCS Board Meeting

Thursday, January 17 / 6:30PM


Retirement Party for Jon Markland, Business Manager

Sunday, January 20 / 3-5:30PM


MLK Day - School is in session

Monday, January 21


Mortgage Burning Celebration

Sunday, January 27 / 6PM


All-School Skate Party

Thursday, January 31 / 6-8PM


Valentine's Day Sale

February 7-13


Mid Term Ends

Friday, February 8


2 HR Delay for Staff Development

Tuesday, February 12


PTF Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, February 21 / 3:30PM


CCS Board Meeting

Thursday, February 21 / 6:30PM

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What's your opinion about Hot Chocolate?

First graders share their opinions.
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Do you have New Year Resolutions?

Fifth graders share their new resolutions for 2019.
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The Amazing Chemistry Show

Sunday, February 17 / 2:00-5:00pm


If you are between the ages of 1-101, you will enjoy The Amazing Chemistry Show & Family Experience. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you.


2:00-4:00pm Family Experience - Explore over 150 science experiences with your family featuring: rockets, magnets, electricity, slime and more!


4:00-5:00pm The Amazing Chemistry Show - Be amazed and entertained by explosions, foam, liquid nitrogen and glow in the dark fun that will captivate adults and kids alike while Josh Denhart shares the love God has for them.


For more information, contact First Christian Church at 812-379-4491 or view the information on their website at: https://fccoc.org/ministries/childrens

FFY Volleyball & Basketball League Spring 2019

K-8 Volleyball League

January 22 - March 7 (Tuesday & Thursday evenings)

See download for more information


K-2 Basketball League

January 21 - March 6 (Monday & Wednesday evenings)

See download for more information

Trail Life

Christian Based Outdoor Adventure Program for Boys in Grades K-8. Info Session: Friday, January 25th / 6PM / Garden City Church of Christ Learn more about Trail Life Here.
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Hilltop Junior Winter Retreat

Junior Retreat: Grades 3-5

February 22-23

$15 if registered by 1/15

$20 if registered after 1/15

Download registration form below or register online at: http://www.hilltopchristiancamp.com/portfolio-items/junior-retreat-february-22-23/

For more information: 812-988-4991

Hilltop Jr. High Retreat

Jr. High Retreat: Grades 6-8

January 25-26

Hilltop Christian Camp

$15 if registered by 1/18

$20 if registered after 1/18

Download registration form below or register online at:

http://www.hilltopchristiancamp.com/portfolio-items/jr-high-retreat-january-25-26/

For more information: 812-988-4991

Hilltop Sr. High Retreat

Sr. High Retreat: Grades 9-12

February 1-2

Hilltop Christian Camp

$15 if registered by 1/25

$20 if registered after 1/25

Download registration form below or register online at:

http://www.hilltopchristiancamp.com/portfolio-items/sr-high-retreat/

For more information: 812-988-4991

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Check out the Parent Resources available on the CCS website

Check out more resources for parents at: www.whycolumbuschristian.org/parent-resources.
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Free Resource

Download our 2019 Parents' Guide to Technology to help your family make wise decisions about smart phones, social media, the Internet, and more.
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Columbus Railroad Project

CCS families traveling from the West side of Columbus may find this helpful. The Columbus Railroad Project has a status link you can download to your phone.The status box will change when a long train has been detected at County Road 950 South, indicating that there may be an upcoming traffic backup at SR 46 West. See the picture below to understand how this works.

https://columbusrailroadproject.org/

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