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April 19, 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!

Here we are in the final push of the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to a strong finish!

Let’s keep going with our series The Stories of SCCS. For this week, we’ll feature Tara Dekkers, the SCCS 4Care specialist.

Have a great rest of your week!

THE STORIES OF SCCS: Tara Dekkers, 4Care Specialist

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

  • This is my first year working at SCCS. I have been a part of the SCCS community since our oldest son started kindergarten in 2006.

What's something interesting about you?

  • I have been babysitting regularly or caring for children since I was 11 years old.

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

  • God gave me a love of working with young children years ago. It is amazing how God has written my story that has included working with and caring for young children for most of my life. I love working at SCCS and being able to show each child God's love for them. From exploring God's world on our nature walks to exploring outer space to learning about animals and so much more, I can show children that God touches every part of their life and we can shine for Him in all our work and play.

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

  • God was working on my heart for change. When the position for 4Care at SCCS had an opening, I felt God was pushing me to take the steps for this change. I love being at school with my three youngest children and being a part of SCCS.

Which throughline do you most identify with and why?

  • Image Reflector: “Seeing God’s image in others.... Christ’s light shines in a dark world."
    I love to see God's light shine through children. The storyline we started our year with is "This Little Light of Mine." No matter what our age, we can shine for Jesus in words and actions.

What is most important to you about SCCS?

  • We are a community of believers praising and serving God together.


It was wonderful to have so many grandparents and special friends in the building on Friday.

We LOVE to have our building FILLED with the people who love and treasure our SCCS kids even more than we do!

THANK YOU, grandparents & special friends!! Whether you are here or far away, you play a VITAL role in the lives of God's kids as the learn and live God's Story!!


"We are thrilled to have Josh Koedam joining the team as our school resource officer,” said Josh Bowar, head of school at Sioux Center Christian. “Safety is our priority at SCCS, and we want to do everything possible to provide our students, faculty, staff and visitors with a warm, safe learning and working environment. That’s a major promise that we make to parents who send children to our school. In today’s world, it makes sense to take the next step in having an armed officer present in the Sioux Center school buildings. I am thankful to be working with the public school and the city to make this happen.”



WEDNESDAY BUSING TO THE END OF THE YEAR: 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 are attached. We appreciate the relationship that we have with them very much.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28: The public school will have a half day of school on Friday, April 28. All buses will be running the morning route but only Bus 2014 and 2020 will be running the afternoon routes at our normal dismissal time. All other students will need to provide their own transportation home from school.


Our desire is to have Christian education as accessible for as many families as possible. We believe that what God is doing at SCCS is so important that we want all mission-appropriate families who meet all admissions requirements to have access!

We are excited and thankful to offer generous tuition support to our families.

Families applying for tuition grants (which includes both NICSTO funding and the SCCS Tuition grant fund) need to fill out the application. You can find the application at We have moved to a streamlined form for all tuition grant programs - so families just need to complete one form. We will no longer be using an online service.

For the 2023-2024 school year, education savings accounts (ESAs) are available to those who have an incoming K student, anyone transferring from a public school, and families who have an adjusted gross income below 300% of the poverty line. NICSTO funds are available for anyone below 400% of the poverty line. We encourage all families to look at their tax return and apply for a tuition grant if you are below 400% of the poverty line. We recognize that families between 300 and 400% will not be eligible for an ESA until the 2024-2025 school year, so we especially want to be able to support families in this bracket through NICSTO funding. So, please apply if this is you!

Please complete the form provided in the link above (which will ask you to include your adjusted gross income from Federal Form 1040, line 11) and turn in the form and a copy of pages 1 and 2 of Federal Form 1040.

Applications are due May 25 (the last day of school). Printed copies of the form are available in the office. If you have questions, please contact Kelli Van Roekel at


This year our SCCS library was a place to Find the BEST Story! All library books are due Friday, May 12. You’ll receive an email and a paper notice sent with your child if you have an end of the year library fine.

Email if you have questions. Thank you!


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! The following weeks are full:

  • A Knight to Remember
  • Sensational Science
  • Shark Week
  • Fast Week

Several of the other weeks only have 1 or 2 spots left so register soon!

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.

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!


Lots of stuff on the Lost and Found Table again...check it out and pick up anything that belongs to you!


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

The Sioux Center Rec Summer Information went home with your youngest child. Here is also a link to the information:

If you have questions, please contact The All Seasons Center.

Currently there is information for:

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Event for girls going into Kindergarten
  • Western Christian Girls Basketball Camp
  • Mother's Day Royal Tea Party at the Sioux Center Library - May 13
  • Western Junior Wolfpack Baseball
  • Unity Christian 8th Grade Lifting Registration
  • Dia Day at the Sioux Center Public Library - April 26, 3:30-5:00
  • Summer Driver's Ed Information
  • 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
  • Dordt University Fitness Week
  • Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure