Columbus Christian School News

October 30, 2020

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A Note From The Principal

The Pumpkin Gospel

One day, the Gardener went out into his field and picked a special pumpkin. It was a bit dirty from laying in the garden, so he brought it inside and gently wiped it off. Now the pumpkin looked clean on the outside, but what about the inside?

The Gardener took a knife and cut open the top of the pumpkin. And what did He find? A bunch of slimy, yucky goo! The Gardener wanted His special pumpkin to be beautiful, so He carefully scraped out all of the goo inside until the pumpkin was as clean inside as it was on the outside!

But the Gardener still wasn’t satisfied with the pumpkin. He decided it needed a face! So, He carefully cut out two eyes, a nose, and a big smiling mouth. Now the Gardener’s special pumpkin looked clean AND happy.

But the Gardener still wasn’t satisfied with the pumpkin. So, He put a light inside of it. The pumpkin glowed so beautifully! The Gardener’s special project was complete.

When friends and neighbors saw the Gardeners special pumpkin, they marveled at how He took something ordinary from His garden, cleaned it inside and out, put His light inside, and made it something extraordinary!

We are like pumpkins and God is the Gardener. God creates us and cares for us. He “chooses” us from all of the other pumpkins, but inside we all have the yucky goo – sin. (Read Rom. 3:23 and Rom. 6:23)

Just like the Gardener cleaned out his pumpkin’s goo, God wants to clean out all our sin, too. So, He sent his Son Jesus to die for our sins, to take the punishment we deserved. (Read Rom. 5:8, John 3:16, and 1 John 1:9)

Just like the Gardener gave the pumpkin a new face, God makes us a new creation! (Read 2 Cor. 5:17)

Just like the Gardener put His light into the pumpkin to make it shine, so God gives us His light to shine through us! (Read 2 Cor. 4:6 and Mt. 5:16)

So, when we let God clean out our sin, by believing that Jesus died to pay the punishment that we deserve, He turns us into new creations that can shine for Him! And when others see our light, then they might want to learn how to have a light of their own, too!


Mrs. Donnell

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CCS Fundraisers

CCS is thankful to have raised between the Golf Outing and Walk-A-Thon $7122.29! Thank you to everyone to helped us raise these funds!
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Walk-A-Thon Prize Winners

Individual $50.00 Pledge Winners: Ice Cream Party

Brentley Baldwin

Amelia Bond

Katie Bond

Sydney Emily

Zoey Glick

Abram Gover

Eden Gover

Jonah Gover

Keaton Groves

Sawyer Heaton

Lindsey Hunnicutt

Matthew Kennedy

Willow Knight

Alexis Miller

Emma Rice

Parker Rice

Lauren Sanders

Natalie Sanders

Eli Shafer

Zoey Shipley

Greta Urbancic

Sebastian Urbancic

Collin Young

Individual $125.00 Pledges: $25 Amazon Card

Kylynn Messer

Sully Billhimer

Lainee Eaton

Chesney Kinnick

Anderson Glasser

Overall Pledge Winner:

First Place: Madison & Jean Marcoux $100 Amazon Card

Second Place: Gus Burton $50.00 Amazon Card

The Winds in the Willows

Thank you to all who came and supported our Drama Department! Below are just a few photos from the production.
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Link to the Crusader Store

New Gear, New Looks! Our new gear is available to order until November 25, 2020

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Third Grade Math...

As third graders focused on multiplication, they discovered they are the perfect example of 3x3. can you figure out why from this picture?
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Hey Crusaders! Masks are on sale for $10 in the Office!

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Order Breakfast and/or Lunch Here

This link will take you to the FACTS SIS Help Login site.

Order Breakfast & Lunch Here

Place your students order and payment for breakfast and lunch here:

Meal prices:

Breakfast $2

Lunch $3

Snacks: $0.50 or $1 (available at limited times)

September Menu

Questions/Comments: Please contact Tammy Carlson at or call/text 1-812-322-4679.

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Empowering Kids Speech Therapy, LLC is a private practice owned and operated by Melissa Philippsen, M.A., CCC-SLP. She is passionate about working with children to improve their communication skills. Melissa Philippsen has been a speech-language pathologist for 12 years, is nationally certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association and holds her state license from the Indiana Professional Licensing Association.

Use the downloadable copy to find more information about Melissa and Empowering Kids Speech Therapy, LLC.

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2 - PRESS ON Monday

2-5 - I-Read for 4th Grade

5 - Prayer Walk

9 - PRESS ON Monday

9-22 - Scholastic Book Fair

10 - Picture Retakes

13 - Professional Development E-Learning Day

13 - Mid Term Ends

16 - PRESS ON Monday

16 - Mid Terms Go Home

23 - PRESS ON Monday

26 - No School Thanksgiving Break

27 - No School Thanksgiving Break

30 - PRESS ON Monday


7 - PRESS ON Monday

12 - Affordable Christmas

12 - Winter Formal

14 - PRESS ON Monday

17 - Christmas Programs

19 - Homecoming

21 - PRESS ON Monday

22 - End of 2nd 9 weeks

23-Jan.3 - Christmas Break


4 - Class Resumes

4 - PRESS ON Monday

4 - Report Cards Sent Home

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CCS Middle and High School Chapel

10/30/2020 - Ron Bridgewater - "What Would Jesus Undo?"

CCS Elementary Chapel

10/30/2020 - Ron Bridgewater - "What Would Jesus Undo?"

What's at the core of Christian education?

How well do you see? Most of us own a pair of glasses - glasses to help us see better, glasses to protect our eyes from the sun, reading glasses, glasses to "look" cool... When you put on those glasses, you see through a different lens. Your ability to see is fundamentally changed.

Christian education helps students learn to view the world through GOSPEL GLASSES. Every day, our teachers and students intentionally look at history, science, math, relationships, athletics, the arts and life through the lens of the gospel.

So what's at the core of Christian education? Listen to two of our Bible teachers explain what it really means to put on gospel glasses. What glasses do you have on today?

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Volunteers needed!

PTF is helping support our CCS staff by taking one of the daily shifts to disinfect the playground. We are looking for parent volunteers to spray the playground equipment each Wednesday morning. The job takes approximately 10-15 minutes and must be completed between 7:30am-9:30am. Training and equipment will be provided. Are you able to help by taking one of these Wednesday morning shifts? Please sign up using the link below. Thank you!


Crusader Families,

God has blessed us with INCREDIBLE Teachers and Staff! The PTF has done some extensive research to learn a little more about these amazing people... (actually, we just had them fill out a questionnaire)!

Please use this list as a resource throughout the year to surprise and encourage them (Birthdays, Christmas, or anytime you want to show them you love and appreciate them)! This is an easy way to show our teachers and staff how much we value who they are and all they do for our children. Thank you! - PTF Leadership Team

To access the 2020-2021 Teacher Favorites List:

1. Login in to

2. In the upper right corner, click on the “+” sign

3. Choose add classroom from drop down menu

4. Enter the code: 2kiskpm

5. Once you’ve joined the PTF classroom, all teacher favorites can be found under class

work, separated by grade

Please send all questions to Lori Hunnicutt (

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How can we pray for you?

Students - Make sure to take advantage of the locked prayer box (elementary) and prayer locker (#55 in the middle school/high school fellowship hall) at CCS.

Write down your requests and slip it inside, knowing that others will join you in praying for your concerns and needs too.

“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” - Psalms‬ ‭116:1-2

Prayer Bookmark

Download a prayer bookmark to encourage our CCS family to unite in prayer for our kids, teachers and leadership the first Thursday of every month.

HS/MS here is a link to download a pdf of the bookmark or ask your student to pick one up at the prayer locker in the fellowship hall. Download Prayer Bookmark Here.

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Good News!

You want good news? You can't go wrong when you purchase Rada Cutlery through our fundraiser! Products are guaranteed to last a lifetime, absolutely EVERYTHING is made in the USA, AND every purchase you make using the following link helps our group. Thank you for your support!

CCS Athletics Fundraiser


For information on CCS Athletics, check out the school website at


CCS uses a free app, eventlink, to communicate all it’s athletic & drama activities including game schedules. For more information, go here: How to Create an Eventlink Account.

If you encounter any issues, contact Matt Bond, Assistant Athletic Director at

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2021-22 Heritage Fund Scholarship

2021-22 Heritage Fund scholarship applications are now available.Thanks to the generosity of our scholarship donors, dozens of scholarships are offered for a variety of postsecondary fields of study and interests. See for a complete list of scholarships and their individual criteria, typical award amount range and link to apply. All completed scholarship applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2021.
FACTS Family Portal - Order Breakfast and/or Lunch Here

This link will take you to the FACTS Family Portal.

School Lunch Menu

October Menu

School Forms & Documents

Back to School Forms, After Care, COVID-19 Return to School Plan, Yearly Calendar, Supply List, Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures, & FAQ

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Researchers David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock share valuable insights about the faith of the emerging generation of young people, identifying many of the challenges facing teens and 20-somethings in the digital age. Our guests offer parents guidance for strengthening their teens’ faith and helping them sustain that faith in today’s culture. Read More

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2020-2021 School Theme: PRESS ON

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
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Columbus Christian School Contact Info.

How to stay connected:



Twitter: @ccscrusader

Instagram: columbuschristianschool

YouTube: Columbus Christian School

eNewsletter: Emailed to you every Friday and also on the website under the PARENTS tab.

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Background Check Must Be On File

All family members who anticipate volunteering in the school, going on field trips, attending school functions, even driving MS/HS kids to their retreats MUST have a Volunteer Application/Background Check on file with CCS. Please download the form, fill it out and return it to the office. Thank you!

Do you shop on Amazon?

Did you know you can donate a percentage of any regular Amazon purchase to CCS by using Amazon Smile? It's Amazon's way of donating to charities. Help us keep our costs down and our student impact big by taking advantage of this easy resource!

SCRIP - Reduce your school tuition for 2021-22

Learn how you can reduce your school tuition for 2021-22 by ordering gift cards through CCS.

If you do any of the following:

  • purchase gas, food, clothing
  • eat out
  • shop
  • purchase gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.
  • go on Vacations
  • work on your car and purchase parts
  • purchase materials or tools for big home improvement projects

It's really simple. All you do is purchase gift cards (called SCRIP cards) through CCS. Order through the office or online...anytime! Call Tammy Harvey, Financial Secretary at (812) 372-3780 to get the enrollment code for ordering online. Start saving on next years tuition today!

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Heading back to school is an exciting time of year for students. As students go back to school, it is important that they eat healthy, stay active, and are up to date on their immunizations. The Bartholomew County Health Department would like to help you make sure your child is up to date. Call 812-379-1555 option 1 to check immunization status and make an appointment. Publicly funded program for those uninsured and underinsured to receive immunizations at no charge. Most insurances also accepted. Click here to view the Required & Recommended School Immunizations.

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