SCCS Home Bulletin

September 7, 2022

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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

FROM Dr. B

I hope that you’ve had a great start to the school year. It’s hard to believe we are already in the 3rd week of school, but here we go!

This year, I’d like to focus on the Stories of SCCS. My desire is to feature what truly makes SCCS a special place: the people God has called to work, learn, and serve here.

Thank you for reading the Home Bulletin each week, as we try to keep it updated with relevant and important information. Have a great rest of your week, and thanks for choosing SCCS!

jb

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STORIES OF SCCS: Rebecca De Smith, Discovery Teacher and Coordinator

How long have you served/been at/been involved with SCCS?
  • I taught first grade for one year (1983-83), and I have been teaching in the Discovery Program for 31 years (beginning in the fall of 1991).


What’s something interesting about you?
  • I love to grow and nurture things, whether it’s my student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities OR relationships with students, colleagues, and friends OR plants in my garden, yard, or house. Tending and nurturing people and plants brings me joy and purpose!


How does your role fulfill the mission of Sioux Center Christian School? How are you Living God’s Story at SCCS?
  • My role as Discovery teacher helps to disciple God’s children by equipping high-ability students with the challenge, enrichment, and mindset they need to develop their skills, abilities, and attitudes to serve God and others as they work and play. It is a privilege to work and learn with my high-ability students at SCCS as I live out my story in God’s Story.


Why do you choose to be part of the SCCS community?
  • All those decades ago when I began working at SCCS, I felt the same strong commitment to bring Christian education to children in our community that I do today. God is truly faithful generation to generation.


Which throughline do you most identify with and why?
  • Wow, to pick just one is tough! (I try to nurture all 11 of them in my life.) In the Discovery Program, I try every day to be an Order Discoverer: I can see and rejoice in God's fingerprints throughout all of creation. I love the idea of seeing “God’s fingerprints” in creation and in our lives. Whether we are reading and discussing a story, trying to solve challenging math problems, investigating a new science concept, exploring important ideas in history, or meeting real needs for real people, I want my students to notice God’s fingerprints in other people, in His world, and in our own lives so we can rejoice in His goodness, faithfulness, and power.


What is most important to you about SCCS?
  • I have always been impressed with the dedication of the faculty and staff at SCCS. They are knowledgeable, hardworking, creative people who love God and love their students. My colleagues are beautiful examples of Christ to me. I pray that SCCS will continue to prioritize high-quality faculty and staff to lead and serve our students, their families, and our community.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
  • Just a reminder that if you would like to drop your child off at school, please use the drop-off lane. If you want to walk your child into school in the morning, please park your vehicle in the parking lot. Please do not park in the bus lanes.
  • Toys and playing cards should be left at home on school days. Our hope is to keep the experience here at SCCS similar for our students, enjoying the engaging games and equipment offered here at school.

STORYLINE CHAPEL

Our first Storyline chapel is today (Wednesday, Sept. 7) at 1:35pm in the gym. Students are expected to wear their Storyline shirts!
Parents and guests are WELCOME to attend! You may also join our livestream (and recording) at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/students/chapel.cfm


For the next two years, we will be delving into our eleven Elements of a Growing Disciple (also called “throughlines”).

Every week we have a Storyline event:

Week 1 – Storyline Chapel (all grades)
Week 2 - Connection Groups (two grades connect with an activity)
Week 3 – Praise & Worship for TK-4; Classroom Storyline 5-8
Week 4 – Praise & Worship for 5-8; Classroom Storyline TK-4

September element: God Worshiper.
Truth we will focus on: I can worship God in all parts of my life.


Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-9: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children…”

Song: O Worship the King

Our overall theme song is “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death” and our chapel closing song is “Jesus Strong and Kind”

Storyline Chapel Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaU4iNoUawUq8yQH7NLx7eQFcBk06m529

SPANISH CLUB

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SCCS ONLINE APPAREL STORE NOW OPEN!

It’s time to order some new SCCS Trailblazers apparel! We have a couple of exciting new designs on t-shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, and more! Plus, there is a nice selection of adult jackets this year!

Head to https://stores.mdesignpromos.com/sioux_center_christian_apparel/shop/home to see our exciting line-up of apparel.

We only offer apparel one time each school year, so be sure to let grandparents know and think ahead for Christmas gift ideas!

There will be samples of the jackets and some professional wear in the school entry by the TRIP office later this week (note: we will not have t-shirt and sweatshirt samples)

Place your order by Monday, September 12!

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BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

It was an absolutely beautiful morning for the first Bike to School Day, to celebrate the life of Lorna Moss! The organizers counted 177 bikes at SCCS and estimates that we eclipsed over 400 bikes between all the Sioux Center schools!

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SCCS LIBRARY

Students are invited to “Find the BEST story!” in our school library this year. The SCCS Library will begin checking out books to students on August 31. TK-4th Grade students visit the library weekly to check out one book. Students in 5th-8th grades will visit the library with their reading teachers and can check out one or two books for two weeks. We hope our students can access books that will grow their love of reading!


Are you interested in volunteering? Sign up on the linked volunteer form. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T3XFgv2tTiIMaHaaLFnXgnVg2WHDFxnztQ8eOq5npfs/edit?usp=sharing

ISASP

Please be looking for more information on results from this assessment and how to obtain your child's scores in the next few weeks.

WE ARE HIRING

ASSISTANT CUSTODIAN POSITION OPENING: Sioux Center Christian School is looking to fill the position of assistant custodian. We are looking for a hardworking, dependable, detail-oriented person to serve in this position, working 2-5 hours/day after school releases (working any time after 3:15). Responsibilities include general cleaning and custodial duties. This position has very flexible hours to meet your schedule. We invite you to join our fast-paced, fun work environment! Interested candidates should forward the staff application (found at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm), and a resume to Josh Bowar, head of school, at jbowar@siouxcenterchristian.com. A review of applications will begin immdiately and will continue until the position is filled.


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!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchPyh3Fnjis7w7htYQfnSK137TfmJ339p5IfWqkRChIwhAqQ/viewform

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 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: Dordt Youth Cheer Camp, Sioux Center Rec 5th/6th Girls Volleyball, Fall Driver's Ed Info, Northwestern Raiders Cheer Camp, Try Hockey for Free, Unity Cheer Kids Camp Registration, Sioux Center Youth Theater
  • Staff Member of the Month: Nominate a staff member to become the Pella Corporation Staff member of the month. Pella Corporation will award one monthly recipient $500.00 to use towards school approved items and a certificate of recognition. A nomination form can be found here.

REQUIRED ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Federal law requires that school officials inform you that SCCS has several rooms that might have some asbestos content in the floor tile. Specific information regarding this is contained in our adopted maintenance plan available in our office for anyone to see.
  • Subject to the United States Constitution, and all applicable state and federal laws, SCCS does not discriminate in its employment or admissions practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the school’s Equity Coordinator, Josh Bowar, Head of School, 630 First Avenue SE, Sioux Center, IA, 51250, 712.722.0777, jbowar@siouxcenterchristian.com. SCCS reserves the right to institute hiring and enrollment practices based on the school’s mission statement and philosophies.