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September 21, 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

Greetings, Trailblazers!


I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Let’s keep going with our series “Stories of SCCS”. Last week, I featured our director of finance and human resources, Kelli Van Roekel. This week, I’d like to feature the Outlet 75 manager, Melissa Punt. Outlet 75 is a retail store that features NEW, brand-name clothing and shoes for the family, plus home décor and furniture at outlet prices. All proceeds benefit the mission of Sioux Center Christian School (and are part of the alternate revenue credit parents see on their tuition statements). Check out more (including a new Outlet 75 video!) at https://www.shopoutlet75.com/.


Make it a great day!


With you,

jb

STORIES OF SCCS: Melissa Punt, Outlet 75 Manager

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


What’s something interesting about you?
  • I’m good with jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.


How does your role fulfill the mission of Sioux Center Christian School? How are you Living God’s Story at SCCS?
  • I'm doing my best in the retail world to assist in bringing outside money in for SCCS and doing so with hard work, attention to detail, and I hope a spirit of humility.


Why do you choose to be part of the SCCS community?
  • As a child, I was homeschooled through 3rd grade, transported via van 1 hour for grades 4 and 5, and then a one-room school in a church basement in 6th grade with 8 students (grades 1-6). In 7th grade, I jumped into a class of 200 in our local public school. Until we had our own children, I never fully understood or appreciated the beauty and richness of a Christ-centered education. When our children started at SCCS, I was blown away. My heart was committed and working at Outlet 75 is one small way I am contributing to the mission for ALL the kiddos!


What is most important to you about SCCS?
  • Our biblically-based approach to all things and a Christ-centered education while we live in a secular world and attempt to be lights for Christ!

TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Two new SCCS students from Ukraine, Bogden and Misha, participated in a table tennis tournament in Sergeant Bluff this past weekend. Misha, who played table tennis for Ukraine's junior national team, was featured in the news! Check out the story here!

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.

IMPACTFUL GIVING OPPORTUNITY

Would you like to give a donation in which 100% goes to our treasured students, yet you receive 75% of the donation back?


You can make this happen by giving to NICSTO, an Iowa School Tuition Organization!

Learn more about this impactful giving opportunity at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/support/nicsto.cfm or call Paul Ross (director of development // 712.722.0777 x3)

OUTLET 75

Thank you to everyone who has chosen to help our students by working at Outlet 75!

You can now sign up for shifts three months in advance!

October: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAAAD22ABFEC52-outlet75

November: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAAAD22ABFEC52-outlet75nov

December: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AAAAD22ABFEC52-outlet75dec

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.

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 info@shopoutlet75.com

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.

STORYLINE CHAPEL

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


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

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

PELLA STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH AWARD

Since 2018, Pella Corporation of Sioux Center has sponsored a monthly Pella Staff Member of the Month Award, in which they recognize faculty and staff who go above and beyond in our local schools. They accept nominations for teachers from Sioux Center Christian and Sioux Center Community Schools each month and choose one nominee to receive an award of $500 to be used to impact their classrooms. Denny Van Zanten, Sioux Center plant manager, surprises the winning teacher with a classroom visit and a “big check”, sharing the nomination letter and the award.


We have had fifteen of our faculty receive this award since 2018, which has provided $7,500 toward classroom enhancements such as classroom furniture, learning toys, music instruments, books, and much more! Some of the teachers who have been nominated in the past are Andrea Wieringa (2019), Tammy Nieuwsma (2019), Rebecca Vander Werf (2020 & 2022), Sheila Tietgen (2020 & 2022), Emily Penner (2020), Samantha De Weerd (2020), Marissa Westra (2021), and Beth Bleeker (2022).


We believe all our faculty and staff are amazing and encourage you to take the time nominate one (or more) of your children’s teachers! Complete the nomination form (https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/editoruploads/files/SXC_STAFF_OF_THE_MONTH.pdf ; 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 (September 25 is the first deadline). 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.


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

BRIDGE OF HOPE APPLE PIE FUNDRAISER

Bridge of Hope church is making and selling delicious homemade apple pies as a fundraiser for their Christian Education Fund. These amazing pies are just $15 each and come frozen and ready to bake, so you can serve warm!

Order by Sunday, October 2! To order, contact the church office at office@bridgecrc.org or 712-722-3951 with your name, phone number and number of pies you would like. Payment can be made at time of pickup.

Frozen pies will be ready for pickup at the church office/Ministry Center (43 2nd Street NE) on Thursday or Friday October 27 or 28. (If neither of those dates work, arrangements can be made for a different time.)

Thanks for your support!

FAITH CRC FALL SUPPER AND AUCTION

The Faith CRC annual Fall Supper and Auction will be at the SCCS gym on Thursday, October 6. Pizza Ranch buffet will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria with freewill donation for the meal. The auction begins at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds go toward Faith’s Christian education fund.

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 Fitness Week, Dordt Youth Cheer Camp, Sioux Center Rec 5th/6th Girls Volleyball, Fall Driver's Ed Info, Northwestern Raiders Cheer Camp, Try Hockey for Free, Sioux Center Youth Theater

Bloomz Issue

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.

Thank You,

Bloomz Support Team