SCCS Home Bulletin
September 14, 2022
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
As I shared last week, for the Home Bulletin 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. Last week featured the story of Rebecca De Smith, our Discovery teacher and coordinator. This week, I’d like to highlight Kelli Van Roekel, our director of finance and human resources.
Have a great rest of your week!
STORIES OF SCCS: Kelli Van Roekel, Director of Finance and Human Resources
What’s something interesting about you?
I play the clarinet.
How does your role fulfill the mission of Sioux Center Christian School? How are you Living God’s Story at SCCS?
Christian education is an investment we make in our children and everyone that wants to provide this unique learning experience for their children should be able to. In my role, I get to help families make it possible, no matter the financial barriers they may face. I get to see firsthand how God works through our supporters to walk alongside a family and provide a peculiar education that is geared toward equipping our kids to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they grow.
Why do you choose to be part of the SCCS community?
I choose to be here because I can help continue the mission of Christian education, and I get to be with my own children every day. I am humbled and honored that I can work here and be a part of God's Story every day.
Which throughline do you most identify with and why?
Order discoverer. A lot of my job is process and protocol, and I love to see God at work in all aspects of even the most mundane task.
What is most important to you about SCCS?
The people we have here that make a quality Christian education is the most important part of my daily tasks.
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.
We have had some reports of spam files being sent through Bloomz. Please do not open any files or attachments in message threads. We have heard from Bloomz Support (see their note below) and they strongly recommend changing your password to your account. They are also adding additional security enhancements as noted below. To change your Bloomz password, click on your name/picture (if using the app, click on the 3 lines on the upper left corner) which takes you to your profile settings. Click on “Account Settings”, then “Change Password”. Enter your old password and create a new one and click “Save”.
From Bloomz Support:
Please note that the Bloomz database is not compromised. However, we investigated and found that some parents' passwords from other systems (which may be a shared password and is already compromised in the dark web) are used to access their Bloomz account and post inappropriate content. So it is important that you also change your passwords in other personal accounts to protect yourselves.
Please note that we are working on a few immediate changes to prevent such unfortunate incidents:
- We are introducing 2-factor authentication. This means, users will need to validate their access with a code they will get to their email or phone number.
- We are also registering the devices for ongoing access so this way whenever access is initiated from another machine for the first time, we will force a 2-factor authentication to secure the account.
- If the account is accessed from a different location other than the user's default location, it will suspend the account and will require adding a custom "roaming" access to the account to unblock such accounts.
- We are adding an option to "report a user" from any other account and Admins will be given an option to suspend an account right away for the first report itself. When 2 such reports come, they will be automatically suspended and will need to request admin to gain access.
We anticipate pushing these changes tomorrow and some by day after tomorrow. Thank you again for your trust in Bloomz and we will do everything right to ensure such incidents do not repeat on Bloomz.
Bloomz Support Team
BUTTERFLIES AND MORE BUTTERFLIES!
Last Thursday, our 2nd grade students had a great Field Experience at the Dordt Prairie. They walked to the Prairie on a beautiful day, equipped with nets and eager to help Sunday Ford from Sioux County Conservation Board/Oak Grove Park tag Monarch butterflies. One child from each class was able to tag a Monarch butterfly and release it back into the wild. They had never seen so many Monarch butterflies on their past field experiences there. It was amazing! If you know a 2nd grader, ask them why scientists want to tag Monarchs.
As order discoverers and creation enjoyers, these students are learning about what an amazing and creative God we have as they study His creatures and their interdependence with other creatures and creation.
FROM NURSE JENNY
The National Pediculosis Association has named September as Head Lice Prevention Month! Many families will experience a head lice infestation at some point during their child’s school years so there is nothing to be alarmed about. These are the steps we follow when one or more of our students is hosting head lice.
- All classmates of the affected student(s) will be screened
- All siblings and sibling’s classmates of affected student(s) will be screened
- Parents of classmates of affected student(s) will be notified of possible exposure
There are a few proactive measure we can take to prevent head lice as we enter this season. It is recommended by both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that parents spend 15 minutes each week checking their children for evidence of head lice. It is also recommended to wash your child’s coat, hat, bags, etc. weekly to prevent sharing any germs or bugs. Talk to your kids about not sharing hats, scarves, headbands, ponytail holders, etc. with friends. Please also read the attached information to learn what to look for and what to do if you find your child has head lice.
Our Storyline chapels will be on the first Wednesday of every month 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
Thank you to everyone who has chosen to help our students by working at Outlet 75!
Here is the October sign up link, just in case you missed the email: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAAAD22ABFEC52-outlet75
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!
Open hours: Wednesdays 11am-8pm and Thursdays 11am – 3pm, plus they are open THIS Saturday (Sept 17) from 10am – 1pm.
Location: About 1 mile south of Sioux Center on Hwy 75. Look for the red flag.
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!
BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER
Make your household happy with some baked treats!
Stop by the Bake Sale fundraiser for the Middleburg Christian education fund. This fundraiser helps to support their Legacy Plan commitment.
They will be open from 1pm - 6pm, THIS Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Sept 14-16), during city-wide garage sales.
Location: 1838 6th Ave SE in Sioux Center
WE ARE HIRING
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!
- 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
If you are looking for a history program for your middle school student, the Sioux Center Public Library is having an Abraham Lincoln portrayal by Kevin Woods on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm. His likeness to the former president is amazing. You can find out more information here: https://siouxcenterlibrary.librarycalendar.com/event/kevin-wood-portrays-president-abraham-lincoln
- 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.