Filling you in on all things registration/back to school

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Our Mission

The mission of Sioux Center Christian School is to disciple Gods 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

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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 2023-2024 year as we work to meet the mission God has given to our school. God has great things in store!

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!

With you,


Registration Date/Time for 4Care-8th Grade Families

Registration will be held August 10 from 4:00-8:00 PM in the orchestra room for all families with students in 4Care-8th grade (all SCCS families should attend). Please plan to come during these times to take care of signing forms, your first tuition payment, and other details.

New Parent Meeting

All new parents are invited to the new parent meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 10 in the band room. This meeting is approximately 45 minutes and packed with important information you will want to know as you join the SCCS family!

Our Covenant Community

We are a covenant community, one where people care for each other. A thriving community includes both encouragement and accountability. As a way of living out our commitment to each other, the board of trustees has asked each family to sign each of the forms below when you come to registration. Copies of the forms are included for you to read through ahead of time. We will have hard copies available at registration, and you can also choose to bring printed and signed copies with you to registration.

  • Enrollment Agreement
  • Covenant of Communication and Support

Tuition Statement, First Payment

The first month’s tuition (10% of the total tuition balance for a family), any delinquent tuition, and the activity fee are due at registration, and you will be receiving a separate email that will include your tuition statement (the email will be coming from Kelli Van Roekel). The statement will list all credits and discounts that apply to your family (Legacy Plan, ESA, tuition grant, alternate revenue, government funding, etc.). Some will also pay the registration fee and/or make payments for aftercare, Kindercare, and/or 4Care. At registration, you will sign the tuition agreement.

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 your child was in TK this past year or if you did not sign up your TK or Kindergartener during enrollment and would like Friday Kindercare in the 2023-24 school year, please contact the office by August 1. To learn more about Kindercare, check out the document below.

4CARE: There are still spots open in our 4Care program. The 4Care classroom is in the main school building with lots of room, new toys and furniture, and run by Tara Dekkers! Check out https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/studentlife/4care.cfm to learn more.


We will continue to share busing with the public school.

We need ALL families to fill out the following Google Form with your busing intentions. If you did not already do so from the June announcement, please fill this out by Tuesday, Aug. 1. Click here for the bus form.

See the map below for bus eligibility. Students living outside the red boxed area are eligible to ride the bus.

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  • 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 sign up for this option. Please mark “no” for riding bus if you are within this area, and we will add your family to the list during winter sign up.
  • 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 sccsoffice@siouxcenterchristian.com or 712-722-0777.

SCCS Purchasing School Supplies

Back by popular demand...SCCS will once again be purchasing all school supplies for your children! Check out the link below to see what items you will need to purchase for your child(ren) for this fall. Everything else will be provided by school. No need to go supply shopping!

School Supplies

Trailblazer Gear

Show your Trailblazer spirit! The online store for our exciting new line of Trailblazer apparel will open on Tuesday, August 29. We’ll be offering new designs on t-shirts, hoodies, and more!


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 2023-24 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!


Bloomz Info

We will continue to use Bloomz as our school communication tool. Bloomz is our main method of communication throughout the school year, so we ask that all parents view the training below and become comfortable with the tool.

Parents can find a training for Bloomz at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/currentfamilies/bloomz.cfm.

Look for an invitation from your child's homeroom teacher to join Bloomz (it may go to your junk or spam folder). If you have not received an invitation by August 17, please let the homeroom teacher know.

You can decide how you receive notifications from Bloomz. In order to adjust your notifications settings, follow these directions:

  • Click on the left menu tray via Bloomz App or Click on the Setting Wheel in the left panel via desktop
  • Click on Settings (Wheel icon)
  • Click on Account Settings
  • Click on Notifications
  • Choose how you want to be notified: email, text, app and voicemail (when sent as voice mail)
  • Toggle on or off what you want notifications regarding

Lunch Information, Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Our school lunch staff is gearing up to provide healthy lunches for your student this year. School lunches this year will cost $3.60 per meal. Reduced price meals will be $.40. Extra milk and milk only will cost $.40. Adult meals will be $5.00. 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. Please find the form at this link. It does need to be signed by a medical professional.


Sack Pack

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.

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Substitute Teachers Needed

We are always in need of more quality substitute teachers and paras. We're looking for individuals who enjoy working with children, can follow instructions provided, and can be flexible with responsibilities. Responsibilities depend on the needs, but could range from kindergarten all the way to 8th grade, full or partial days, and could be classroom teacher or paraprofessional. Times, dates, and assignments are all depending on your preference. We will work with your schedule and level of comfort. Teaching degree not required. If interested, please fill out the form at the following link: Sub Info Form

If you have questions, contact Mr. Brandon Haan, principal: bhaan@siouxcenterchristian.com

We Need You to Serve God’s treasured kids at SCCS!!

This year we are requiring each family to serve in one of two areas that benefit every SCCS student.

Washing Dishes:
Hours are 11:15am - 1:00pm. Three people work together to wash trays and silverware and wipe the tables. Bonus: You get to eat lunch for free with one of your children! We are asking that you work at least one time per month.
Benefit: With three volunteers working each school day, we save the cost of hiring three part-time employees.

Outlet 75:
Shifts are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.. There are two volunteers needed for each shift and there is always a manager present to give you guidance. Volunteers help check out customers, unpack, check, and price clothing, steam clothing, put items on display, and neaten displays. Everything at Outlet 75 is new and purchased at a deep discount from places like Costco and Target.
Volunteers are critical to sales - the more merchandise we can get on the floor, the more we can sell! We are asking that you work at least two times per year.
Benefit: Outlet 75 distributes all profits to SCCS and each child receives a share of that profit in the Alternate Revenue Contribution on your tuition statement!

As an SCCS parent, you are required to choose one of these two above areas of opportunity. We would LOVE for you to choose both! Men and women are welcome in both areas!

Your willing work in these areas is greatly appreciated and truly helps SCCS treasure and train your children! This is the only required service we ask every family to give to SCCS - thank you for doing your part to make our school thrive!

CLICK HERE to choose your area and specify the times that work best for you…

Please complete this form by Friday, August 11.

WATCH for additional opportunities to volunteer!

You can sign up to help your child's classroom as a room parent, or help put away books in the library, or play piano for music classes. Links to sign up will be available soon (or you can sign up at registration).

We will also be looking for volunteers to help with the Trail'Raiser Trek next April. It's our only fundraising event (we’ve worked hard to eliminate all the little fundraisers that other schools do!) and offers supporters the opportunity to give, and bless God's kids through the Blazer Center campus expansion.

All of these volunteer opportunities will be communicated to you through Bloomz.

Music Registration Form for 7th & 8th Graders

In order to plan for the upcoming year, the music teachers would like to know what 7th and 8th grade students will be participating in music ensembles during the 2023-24 school year. All 7th and 8th graders should complete the short music survey in the following link before Monday, August 14. Thank you!


7th & 8th Grade Drama Opportunity

7th and 8th Grade Drama Opportunity: The Elves and The Shoemaker

Co-Directors: Eileen Buiter and Kirsten Buiter

Performance Dates: Jan 26 and 27, 2024

Audition/Interview Dates: September 18, 19, 20, 21 after school

All students that want to be involved will need to either

  • audition using the provided excerpt (see below) to act in the show
  • interview to determine your best placement backstage or in the sound booth

CLICK HERE to sign up for auditions/interviews. A rehearsal schedule and all other important information can also be found at this link.

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school, occasional Friday afternoons starting on September 22

In this fanciful and charming reframing of the traditional story of the shoemaking elves, the central character is Gunter, an old shoemaker. War rages across Europe and, somewhere in the midst of that conflict, Gunter has lost his only son. Gunther has also lost his will to work and instead waits for the daily casualty lists, sharing with his friend, the tailor, a growing dread. The same war claims the mother of a precocious boy named Peter. Elves grant the wish of the dying mother that Peter will live and be protected and cared for. A soldier brings Peter to Gunther, who reluctantly takes him as an apprentice. The elves watch over Peter and magically make shoes to the delight of the boy and the consternation of Gunter. The magical events turn the entire town topsy-turvy and gradually soften the heart of Gunther, who finds in the boy the son he has lost.

Immunization/Physicals/Health Info

ALL students entering 7th grade need to have the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccine before school starts. If you are unsure whether or not your child still needs the vaccine, please contact your family healthcare provider. Please bring a new Certificate of Immunization showing proof of the vaccine to registration. Students will not be allowed to start school if they haven’t had the vaccine (this is a state requirement).

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).

Please note that a religious exemption is available for vaccinations. To learn more, check out https://iris.iowa.gov/docs/Certificate_of_Immunization_Exemption_Religious.pdf.

7th and 8th graders who plan to participate in athletics need to complete an athletic physical and a signed concussion form and turn it into Nurse Jenny or Mr. Groskreutz before they may practice or play. Athletes need a new physical and concussion form each year. The forms are attached below.

Class Lists

CLICK HERE for the 2023-2024 class lists.


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. Please complete the form regarding sizes of your child(ren) as soon as possible (there will not be paper forms at registration this year). You have the option to order additional shirts for your students for $10 each.


Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up

We are excited to offer before-school conferences again this year for grades TK-8, to be held August 17 from 3:00-8:00 PM. Students are welcome to attend the conferences.

We are excited for the school year. Let's get this strong partnership started!

After checking class lists, find your child's homeroom teacher and type your name in next to the time that works best for you at the following link: PARENT TEACHER SIGN UP

First Day of School

It's coming! The first day of school will be August 23! Doors open at 7:55 each day with classes beginning at 8:10 and school dismissing at 3:05.

You are invited to come into the building at 7:45 the first day of school to bring your student(s) to their classroom(s).

2023-24 School Calendar

The school calendar for next year can be found here.

School Picture Day for Students

School pictures will take place on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 by Alison Obbink Photography. We hope to send picture forms home at parent teacher conferences on Aug. 17. Otherwise look for them to come home on the first day of school. The envelopes will be due on Friday, August 25. The classes that will have pictures on Tuesday, August 29 are TK, 1, 3, 5, 7 and the classes that will have pictures on Wednesday, August 30 are K, 2, 4, 6, 8.

IGNITE the Vision exciting news!

We're excited to share that we surpassed our June milestone of $7 million to IGNITE the Vision for God’s kids! The total amount given and committed to building the Blazer Center is $7,207,500. This is the most support SCCS has ever received during an 18-month period! We now have $1.8 million to go before we reach our next big milestone of $9 million, which allows us to break ground and start taking the plans on paper and transforming them to spaces that train and equip God’s kids.

As building costs continue to rise, we are seeking to steward the generous giving as well as the upcoming project with wisdom. To keep the most critical spaces in the project while maintaining the $14.7 million cost approved by the Board and SCCS Society, our hope is to bring this project to bid this fall so that construction can begin next spring.

We are committed to being a place that relentlessly pursues God’s Truth in all activities, in all teaching, and in all learning. Our educational program drives towards the knowledge, understanding, and habits students need to be effective disciples. Our spaces make this Christ-filled training possible!

THANK YOU for helping us reach this milestone through your personal gifts and commitments and through gifts made to the Trail'Raiser Trek. If you haven't yet given, we ask you to prayerfully consider how your giving commitment will help move this important piece of our vision forward and the significant impact you will make in the lives of God's treasured kids at Sioux Center Christian School!

Learn more about our vision to ignite student opportunities to learn and thrive and deepen our transformational impact on lives through the Blazer Center campus expansion...
Give a gift or set up your commitment to IGNITE the Vision for God's kids here...

Parent-Student Handbook

Click here for the 2023-2024 Parent-Student Handbook.

Whew, you made it through a lot of information. Thanks for reading through it! And thank you for choosing to partner with us at SCCS. You are making an eternal investment in the life of your child(ren) and we can't wait to partner with you!

We are SCCS

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.