Columbus Christian School News

MAY 10, 2019

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

Thank you to our wonderful PTF. They have provided our staff with lots of wonderful goodies all week in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week. I am so grateful for the team at CCS. Every person on staff here takes prayerful care in everything they do daily. The love, wisdom and Christlike care they provide to the students and one another is overwhelming.

I would like to thank Mrs. Cox, Mr. Ridder, Mr. Heaton and Mr. Buterbaugh for tackling a really tough subject during our Secondary Chapel service this week. Suicide is never an easy subject to discuss but we felt it necessary to make sure our secondary students understand the love of God, His perfect plan for each of their lives and the lies they are fed by the devil.

The Senior Class welcomes your prayers this coming week as they prepare to take their final trip together as CCS students. They will be leaving on Tuesday, May 14th for New York City and returning on Thursday, May 16th. It will be a fun filled, exciting trip for all of them.

ILEARN testing is completely finished. Thank you to all of our students and staff for working hard to fit it all in and for giving us their best efforts. Now we wait!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and honors their Mother and Grandmothers this weekend. Happy Mothers’ Day to all of you this weekend!


Mrs. Donnell

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Elementary Summer Enrichment Activities 2019

CCS is very excited to announce that we will be offering several ways for the staff to stay in touch with our students. Our CCS Elementary staff will be presenting fun enrichment activities for students to participate in both online and at CCS throughout the summer break.

ONLINE: Teachers will be sending out email messages every Thursday to all of our elementary students’ parents giving instructions on fun, exciting enrichment activities that students can do and send back to the teacher. There will be points/prizes awarded for students who participate throughout the summer sessions.

We will be posting fun Tuck-In Tuesday videos every Tuesday evening on our Social Media sites for all students to enjoy. The staff will be sharing their favorite bedtime stories.

At CCS: Select Wednesday mornings (June 5, 12, 19, 26 - July 10, 17, 24) from 9-11 AM, staff members will be hosting hands-on enrichment activities. Two staff members will be on site to facilitate the activities and share the love of Jesus with the students who attend. There will be a contest among the grade levels for a class party at the beginning of the year. It will be based on the percentage of the classroom that participates in the on-site activities. PARTICIPATING STUDENTS CAN BE DROPPED OFF NO EARLIER THAN 8:45 AM AND MUST BE PICKED UP BY 11:10 AM.

MidSummer Night Hang out: Tuesday, June 25th from 6:30-8 pm. Families are encouraged to come with their lawn chairs to visit while the students hang out. We will have cold water and chips/pretzels. This will be a great opportunity for old and new families to get to know one another. We hope all of our families will mark their calendar to join us for some relaxing fellowship.

Online sign up

You can also sign up online at:

If you have trouble accessing the Google Form, please contact the school office.

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scholastic book fair

Date: May 13-17

Book Fair Hours:


Want to help out with the Book Fair? PTF would love to have helpers with this event. You can sign up here:

Check out the Book Fair Parent Video Here.

New this year: eWallet

time to order your yearbook!

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Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Summer Math Enrichment

We will be offering summer math enrichment during the months of June and July. It is not required, but is highly recommended for anyone who struggles with math and anyone who has not passed the ISTEP+ graduation exam. Any current Junior/Sophomore who has not passed the ISTEP+ must participate in remediation/enrichment as part of the requirements for the ISTEP+ Graduation Waiver.

Dates: June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Times: 9am - 11am

Location: CCS - classroom to be determined

Who: Any student who was enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II during the 2018-2019 school year

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elementary chapel

Speaker: Tiffany from Hilltop Christian Camp

Topic: Chain Breaker

Scripture: Romans 10

Columbus Christian School

Elementary Chapel 5/8/2019 by Columbus Christian School

MIddle & High school chapel

Speaker: CCS Staff

Topic: Suicide Prevention Presentation

Please check your email for information about this presentation.

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Jobs For Teens HQ wants to help teenagers not just find a job, but help them explore and understand the opportunities they have access to as well as learn a variety of skills that future employers will find extremely valuable.

They are the largest FREE website on the internet that helps teens find a job. Whether it's an 11 year old looking for a part-time job to make a few bucks during the summer, or an 18 year old trying to decide on the direction they want to take in their career, they have information kids need to succeed. The website covers the specifics around full-time jobs, online jobs, summer jobs, and side jobs.


Video tour of website:

21st Century Scholar Program

For students in the 7th and 8th grade.

For specific program requirements, visit the home page of their website:


This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to practice fearless self-control. 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!

Middle and High School Students:

Effective now through the end of the school year there will be NO After School Resource for the Middle and High School students. All students must be picked up no later than 3:30 pm. There will be NO adult supervision after 3:30 pm and students cannot stay in the building without adult supervision.
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field day - May 23rd

Click Here For Field Day Sign Up

CCS is in need of parent volunteers to help all day on Thursday, May 23rd to help run Field Day! Take this opportunity to spend the day with students celebrating the end of the school year. You can sign up for one morning slot, one afternoon slot, or a full day.

Morning: 8 - 10:30AM

Afternoon: 11:45-2:15PM

For more information about Field Day, contact

Thank you for showing appreciation to our ccs teachers!

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PTF Leadership positions available for 2019-2020

Are you prayerfully considering becoming more involved with service at CCS? Inquiring about Parent Teacher Fellowship is a great way to start! Please email to learn more about the PTF Leadership positions that are available for the 2019-2020 school year.
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it's here...indy 500

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Sign up online for Athletic Volunteer Hours at Indy 500

Click here to sign up: Athletic Volunteer Hours at the Indy 500

or contact the school office to schedule your volunteer hours: (812) 372-3780.

Volunteer Work Dates / Time of Departure (carpool):

May 11 SAT Depart McDonald’s at 5:15am (Indy Grand Prix)

May 14 TUE Depart McDonald’s 8:30am

May 15 WED Depart McDonald’s 8:30am

May 16 THUR Depart McDonald’s 8:30am

May 17 FRI Depart McDonald’s 8:30am (Fast Friday)

May 18 SAT Depart McDonald’s 5:30am (Qualifications)

May 19 SUN Depart McDonald’s 7:30am (Pole Day)

May 20 MON Depart McDonald’s 10:30am

May 24 FRI Depart McDonald’s 6:30 (Carb Day)
May 25 SAT Depart McDonald’s 6:30am (Legends Day)
May 26 SUN Depart McDonald’s 3:30am (103rd Running of the Indy 500)

Complete information about the day (what to expect, what to wear, how to get there, pictures, etc.) can be found on the website at: or you can download it below.

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CCS soccer sign up

Boys and girls in grades 7-12 who want to play soccer for this Fall, please sign up in the school office by Friday, May17th

Baseball & Softball Schedules

Stay up to date with CCS activities using Eventlink. Need help getting started? Click here for information on setting up a free account.
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Summer Enrichment Calendar

Download pdf versions of the calendars here.

School Documents & Forms

2018-19 Year Calendar, FAQ Sheet, Volunteer Background Check, Family Covenant, Internet & Electronic Device User Agreement, Student Handbook, eLearning info and more.

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Important Dates

Visit the CCS booth at the Literacy Festival

Located at CMS

Saturday, May 11 / 11Am-2PM (Door Prizes Announced at 2PM)

Scholastic Book Fair

May 13-17

Senior Trip

May 13-17

Yearbook Orders Due

May 15

Preschool Graduation

Thursday, May 16

1st & 5th Grades Baseball in Education

Thursday, May 16

CCS Board Meeting

Thursday, May 16

Pre-K Graduation

Friday, May 17

Soccer Sign Up Due

Friday, May 17

Elementary Field Day

Thursday, May 23

Elementary Summer Enrichment Form Due

Friday, May 24

Last Day of School

Friday, May 24

Kindergarten Graduation 8:15AM

MS/HS Awards 9-9:45AM

Elementary Awards 10-11AM

(Parents are welcome to come to the Awards Ceremonies/Located in Sanctuary)

Class of 2019 Graduation

Friday, May 24 / 7:00PM

MidSummer Night Hang Out

Tuesday, June 25th / 6:30-8PM

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5th grade wax museum

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1st grade at the zoo

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1st grade animal projects

ccs seniors help kindergarten students with a special painting project

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Literacy Festival

Location: Central Middle School

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 11AM - 2PM

(Door prizes announced at 2PM.)

Celebrate literacy! Book character parade. Entertainment. Story time with Miss Jodi and improv games with Becca. Stop by the library booth and learn about the Summer Reading. Free books on the Book Express. Visit with Lottie the Great Dane. Free Event.

Stop by the CCS booth and say hello to our volunteers! They'd love to see you!

Employment Opportunity at CCS

Working at Columbus Christian School is an exciting venture for outstanding Christians that seek a ministry in education. Our staff provides the “Living Curriculum” that models Christ every day to our students and disciples them in their own personal academic and spiritual development. We'd love to see how God could use you to advance His Kingdom at CCS!

  • Teaching Position for 2019-2020 School Year
    Secondary Math
    Indiana Teacher’s License Required

Should you like to be considered for future employment, please send your resume and applicable credentials to:

Kendall Wildey, Superintendent
Columbus Christian School
3170 Indiana Avenue
Columbus, IN 47201
or email:

library reading program

Bartholomew County Public Library is gearing up for its Summer Reading Program. Contact the library to learn more about it.

The Voice of the martyrs conference

Date: Saturday, July 13 / 9AM-4PM

Location: LifePoint Church in Indianapolis

Free Event!

Learn more at their website:

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hilltop christian camp summer sessions

Hilltop Christian Camp has been offering a summer youth camp program since it began in 1946. Their mission is to provide a secluded place where the young people of the area churches can grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Campers learn about Christ in an atmosphere of worship, study and fun. They offer camps for ages 5-18 or grades K-12. The youth can experience Hilltop’s traditional dorm camp or the wilderness program. For more information, visit them on the web at or call (812) 988-4991.
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Columbus First Church of the Nazarene

Springhill Daycamp will held at Columbus First Church of the Nazarene (located at 1245 McClure Road) and WE WANT YOUR KIDS TO BE THERE!!!! Springhill is an amazing week jam-packed full of fun that is centered around the kids learning more about Jesus. Early Bird registration is now open and will last until the end of the month. You can register your kids for Springhill at This week will be the highlight of your kids’ summer. Spots are filling up quickly so get your kids registered today. Don’t let your kids miss out on this much fun. If you have any questions or for more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Pastor Brent Roll at

Community Church of Columbus

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Free Resource: The Eternal Mark of a Mom

Mom's role is a high calling but it's easy to get caught up in the hectic, day-to-day family demands. Take a moment to breathe amid the minutiae of motherhood and refocus on the powerful and irreplaceable impact of a nurturing Mom. Download a free chapter of The Eternal Mark of a Mom by author Linda Weber today. Read More

Stress Busters for Moms

From Focus On The Family

I revved the engine of the minivan, anxious to get home. Ethan, then a preschooler, was telling me in no uncertain terms, "I have to go number two!" My nap-deprived 2-year-old daughter was getting crankier by the second. So I did what any stressed-out mom would do: I put the pedal to the metal.

Then I heard the siren. Read More

It’s Graduation Season: Are Your College-Bound Seniors Ready?

Stepping onto the college campus is truly unlike anything else. For your graduates, everything will be completely new and completely unknown. It will be incredibly...Read More

Parent Resources available on the CCS website

Check out more resources for parents at:

AfterSchoolHelp is an educational service offered by BJU Press to further student understanding in difficult concepts. AfterSchoolHelp provides extra practice exercises that correspond directly with the wording and chapter numbers of BJU Press textbooks. Not only does AfterSchoolHelp offer extra practice exercises, but also videos chosen by BJU Press teachers, reviews, speed drills, and extra materials for each lesson. All material is searchable by chapter and lesson numbers from BJU Press textbooks.

By using AfterSchoolHelp, students can strengthen their understanding of the concepts that they learn during their lessons, and AfterSchoolHelp can help struggling students to grasp difficult concepts by reinforcing instruction or by adding new elements to the way they look at the problem.

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Better Together

For further information: or 812-348-6257.

CCS Verse of the Week

"We do not have to know all the answers. We can simply share what God has done for us. Through our time in God’s Word and as we see Him working in and through our lives, we have much to share! In love, patience and understanding, let us help this next generation see the Lord.

Barna research shows that this young generation – whose top priority is attaining happiness and financial success – is willing to ask difficult questions about the meaning of life. The study reports that the rise in moral relativism, or the lack of a strong moral code, arises more from a confusion about truth than an actual rejection of it."

For more stats on Gen Z (1995-2015) one helpful resources is:

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