SCCS Home Bulletin

April 5, 2023

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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


Happy Wednesday, Trailblazers!

Let’s keep going with our series The Stories of SCCS.

This time, I’d like to feature our principal, Mr. Brandon Haan. Mr. Haan has done a fantastic job learning his role, understanding SCCS, meeting many people and learning names, and also contributing in big ways to the SCCS community. We are so thankful to have him and his leadership at school.

Have a great rest of your week!

THE STORIES OF SCCS: Brandon Haan, principal

How long have you served/been at/been involved with SCCS?

  • A few months!

What's something interesting about you?

  • Not much, but here's a few things: I can juggle, I've lived in four different states in my life, I've never been on a silage pile (yet), I love onions, and I am afraid of heights.

How does your role fulfill the mission of Sioux Center Christian School? How are you Living God’s Story at SCCS?

  • Despite not directly impacting students in the classroom, the principal serves as a caretaker for the school and its mission. I work closely with teachers and other staff members to ensure our mission is alive and at the forefront of what we do. All of the meetings, disciplining, counseling, mediating, planning, and strategizing is in the name of the Lord and advancing His Kingdom through the lives of our students.

Why do you choose to be part of the SCCS community?

  • We chose to be a part of SCCS for a lot of reasons! There is a strong commitment of the teachers and community. The people of Sioux Center are industrious and innovative. We appreciate the family-friendly environment around school and town.

Which throughline do you most identify with and why?

  • Community Builder resonates a lot with me, but I also feel strongly toward Word Applier. I think that is because I get really excited about all the systems and people involved in a school and how it all comes together. I identify with Word Applier because I often have to take a broken situation and seek the counsel of the Word of God as we try to find a solution.

What is most important to you about SCCS?

  • For me, as principal and as a parent, I know that the students of SCCS are loved, known, prayed for, and instructed in the way of the Lord.
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This year SCCS offered an after-school enrichment program called Destination Imagination for high-ability 4th graders. D.I. is an educational program that promotes creativity, problem solving skills, teamwork, STEM concepts, and 21st century skills. The students are presented with a variety of open-ended challenges that required them to work together to create original solutions to problems without help from adults.

Two teams with six students each participated in this program. One team worked on a Fine Arts Challenge with Mrs. Stoub as their coach. Another team worked on an Engineering Challenge with Mrs. De Smith as their coach.

Because of a snowstorm in Pierre, SD, the teams were not able to attend their tournament last Saturday, April 1, but they did share their challenges with family and friends at school that morning and then celebrated the end of a great season with pizza and ice cream.

These 4th graders did a fantastic job of working together and using creativity to solve many difficult problems!

#orderdiscoverers #communitybuilders #imagereflectors

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Congratulations to First grade teacher, Mrs. Emily Penner!! Mrs. Penner was surprised with a visit by our local McDonald's friends who presented her with the McTeacher of the Month award. To celebrate Emily’s fantastic teaching and caring heart for her class, McDonald’s has awarded her $100 to use on her classroom, a plaque, and coffee for a year! Thanks to McDonald's Hart2Hart, Inc. for this program that honors and encourages teachers!

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THIS WEEK: Just a reminder that Sioux Center Community School will dismiss early (1:05) today (April 5) and will not have school on Thursday, April 6 for their Easter Break. Sioux Center Christian will have a regular 2:05 dismissal on Wednesday and a full day of school on Thursday. There will be no public school buses running Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning and afternoon. Only Bus 2014 and 2020 will be running the afternoon route on Wednesday and the morning and afternoon route on Thursday. If your child rides one of the public school buses, you will need to provide transportation at these times.

GRANDPARENTS/SPECIAL FRIEND DAY: Also note that on Friday, April 14, SCCS will dismiss at 11:30 for Grandparent/Special Friend Day. No buses will be running their routes at that time so all students will need transportation home from school at 11:30.

WEDNESDAYS BEGINNING APRIL 12: The public school will continue to provide busing for our 2:05 Wednesday dismissals (even if the public school has a different dismissal time). Bus numbers will be posted on Bloomz tomorrow. We appreciate the relationship that we have with them very much.

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The recording of the concert from Monday night at Centerpoint Church is now available at


On March 30, SCCS held its annual society meeting. Thank you to those who were able to attend! Some updates from the meeting are attached.


Grandparent/Special Friend Day will be on Friday, April 14. Invitations were sent home with your child. Please deliver to grandparents: send in the mail, text a picture of the invite, or hand deliver! If grandparents are unable to attend, please encourage sending a note to grandkids to be opened on Grandparents/Special Friends Day.

Grandparents are welcome to visit the 4Care and TK-8 classrooms from 8:15-11:15 am. The Trailblazer Cafe will be open from 8:00-11:30 in the lunchroom. We will dismiss at 11:30.

There will be no busing available at dismissal. Bus 2014 and 2020 WILL NOT be running. All students will need transportation home from school at that time.

TRAIL'RAISER TREK 2023 - Saturday, April 15

Make plans to attend our Trail'Raiser Trek fundraising event NEXT Saturday, April 15! It will be a come and go event from 8am - 11:30am.

The purpose of this is to work together to raise money to build the east half of the gym floor in the future Blazer Center. All the event details, registration form, and links to everything are here:

Event Opportunities:

1-mile walk in our school neighborhood and through the entire school building. Bring the whole family to Walk at the event. We hope every SCCS family will participate as walkers! (Be a Virtual Trekker if you can’t attend in person!) Please REGISTER AHEAD to make your check-in quicker!

Be a Sponsor – give a gift based on the number of walkers! OR give a set gift amount.

Blazer Brunch (scrambled eggs, sausage links, bacon, cinnamon rolls), Trailblazer Brew Coffee House, Gourmet Cupcakes Bars & Snack Mixes, and Truth T-shirts are all ways to also give to build the gym floor!

Order Frozen Meat for grilling & smoking– Limited Quantities! Online form here:

Love to bake? Sign up to bring Gourmet Cupcakes, Bars & Snack Mixes here:

Volunteer to help:

We’re looking forward to this fun, community building event that also helps move forward the vision for God’s kids at SCCS! We hope you can be part of it!


This is the time of the year when we begin to create class lists for next year! Here are some frequently asked questions regarding class lists that may help you understand our process:

Q – What are the steps for developing class lists?

A – Your child’s current grade levels teachers complete a rough draft of the class list for next year. We have learned it is important to begin with the professionals who spend the most time with your child at Sioux Center Christian School.

Q – What information do the teachers use to make the class lists?

A – We attempt to balance classes regarding gender, abilities to work independently, academic needs, learning styles, social needs, behavioral concerns, and special needs. Resource teachers also meet with each grade level to provide additional feedback towards placements.

Q – What is the proper way to communicate my requests to the school?

A – If you desire to make a request, please provide your input in writing (email) to Brandon Haan (principal) by April 6.

Q – If I make a request, it is safe to assume the request will happen?

A – We welcome the parent input, but ultimately the final decisions rest with the school.

Q - Can I make a request if it’s just for a teacher or classmate preference?

A – You can, but priority is placed with academic, social, and behavioral needs.

Q – What if I provide my input during the summer or after the class lists are posted in August?

A – This would make it difficult for the school to make adjustments. This request would likely upset the recommended balances, and potentially puts your child in a situation where students ask why they changed classes. There is some fluidity with class lists involving new students that add throughout the summer, so this is why lists are not posted until August 1.

We covet your prayers as we work through this process!


For all current TK-8 students, we will once again be doing continuous enrollment. SCCS assumes continued enrollment for students unless we hear otherwise from parents. There is no process families need to complete each year and no online forms. We do our best to keep things simple for families. If you have an enrollment change, please contact the office by Thursday, April 6, at If you have any updates to your contact information (address, phone, email, church membership, etc.), please make the changes in the parent portal or let the office know (


Do you have a child who will attend preschool next year? 4Care is an opportunity for children who attend half-day preschool to enjoy hands-on, child-led, play-based learning at SCCS on the half-day they are not in preschool.
Students may enroll in a morning or afternoon session, plus we offer a full-day Friday 4Care option.
You may reserve your child’s place in 4Care here:

We have a great relationship with Stepping Stones Preschool! Their online registration is now open. Click here for more info:
Click here for the registration page:


Tales and Trails Summer Camp is filling up quickly!

Tales and Trails Summer Camp at Sioux Center Christian School is a educational and FUN summer supervision option for kids ages 5-11!

With exciting weekly themes, such as Spectacular Sports, A Knight to Remember, Sensational Science, Shark Week, and Patriotic Parade, Tales and Trails offers nine weeks of active and engaging experiences for kids! Half-day and full-day options are available, and parents may choose the weeks your child will attend.

Tales and Trails Summer Camp is open to all children of the community, so share this with your friends and neighbors!

REGISTER SOON!! Sensational Science is full and the rest are filling fast!

To learn more details and for the registration form (printed copies available at school office):


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 positions with a start date of August 1, 2023. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning. Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at A review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • K-2 Learning Center (Resource) Teacher (Full-time)
  • Paraprofessionals (3 Full-time positions) - start day August 2023
  • Cook Positions - (Full-Time and Part-Time)
  • Bus Drivers

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 fill out the form at the link below 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!


Storyline chapels are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:35pm in the gym. Please remind your child to wear their chapel t-shirt. Parents and guests are WELCOME to attend! You may also join our livestream (and recording) at

Storyline Chapel Playlist:


Outlet 75 sells new clothing, shoes, home décor, kitchenware, bedding and more …and all profits go to Sioux Center Christian School and contribute to the Alternate Revenue discount that was on your tuition statement!

Volunteers make this profit possible, and we continue to encourage parents to fulfill the commitment made to volunteer at least 3-4 shifts per year – please know that working shifts in June-August absolutely count toward your commitment!

Sign up now for the April - June shifts. THANKS so much for your help!




Open hours: Wednesdays 11am-8pm and Thursdays 11am – 3pm. One Saturday each month.

Location: About 1 mile south of Sioux Center on Hwy 75. Look for the red flag.

If you have any questions about helping at Outlet 75, please feel free to email


  • Thanks to everyone who signed up to help with dishwashing this year! If you would like to help out you can sign up here. If you have questions, contact Ashley Keith (
  • 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.


Staff Member of the Month: We believe all our faculty and staff are amazing and encourage you to take the time to nominate one (or more) of your children’s teachers!

Complete the nomination form (; printed copies are available by the TRIP window) and return to our school office or mail to/drop off at Pella Corp. by the 25th of each month during the school year.

Each month a winner is chosen from our local schools and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used in their classroom to impact learning! Pella kindly keeps nominations “in play” for 3 months to provide multiple opportunities for an outstanding staff member to be recognized. Feel free to re‐nominate someone if you feel they are deserving, and they didn’t win the award during the 3 months that the nomination was in play.

Mrs. Abigail (Clemens) Van Beek won the November award and it would be great if a few more of our teachers were nominated this year!

We are extremely grateful to Pella Corp for this program that serves to encourage and bless our faculty and staff!


The Office Handouts is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more!

Currently there is information for:

  • Unity Christian Summer Workout Program/Open Gym Schedule
  • Unity Christian Jr. Knights Baseball
  • Unity Christian Jr. Knights Softball
  • Sioux County Conservation Summer Camps and Programs
  • 2023 Western Christian Summer Camps
  • 2023 Unity Christian Sports Camps
  • Dordt Women's Basketball Camp for Grades 4-8
  • Dordt Women's Basketball Youth Camps for Grades 4-9
  • Unity Christian Cheer Team Tryout Information for 8th Graders
  • Dordt Sports Camp Information
  • Sioux Center Recreation Spring Soccer
  • Dordt University Fitness Week
  • Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure
  • 2023 Drivers Education Options