SCCS Home Bulletin
January 31, 2024
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.
Happy Wednesday, Trailblazers!
Last time, we looked at the Reformed distinctive that God cleanses by renewing through sanctification and justification. Let’s keep going on our series of Reformed: Doubling Down by focusing on God cleansing through people being born again and how we learn to live. As a reminder, the content of these articles is coming from the book Reformed: What It Means, Why It Matters by Robert De Moor.
Reformed Christians sometimes don’t know what to say when they’re asked if they are “born-again Christians”. Some will say no because they mistakenly equate the label “born again” with the idea that they received some kind of “second blessing” from God. Others might answer, “Yes, I’m a born-again Christian—what other kind is there?”
Reformed teaching uses two key words to describe the cleansing work of God’s Spirit in our lives: regeneration or rebirth. Those words explain why Reformed Christians consider themselves and all believers “born-again Christians”. The Holy Spirit makes believers alive spiritually even though they are dead in their own sins. Our rebirth occurs when the Holy Spirit plants saving faith into our hearts. Our new life in Christ does not come from our own work. It comes from God’s work in us.
Once we are given rebirth through God’s Spirit, we haven’t arrived. In fact, we’ve just begun. We’ll have to learn to live all over again. We’ll slide back into our old ways. Conversion – the second term Reformed Christians use in this context – is a lifelong process, a constant discipline of putting off our sinful and evil ways and learning to live as loving, obedient children of God and as faithful disciples of Jesus. Some conversions are dramatic (think of Paul), while some happen over years or decades (think of Timothy). In either case, once you’ve made the crucial turn, you’re not there yet. Your old self will continue to try to pull you off course. The Christian life is one of consistent, ongoing conversion. The Holy Spirit will keep nudging us in the right direction.
Regeneration, rebirth, and conversion: Reformed distinctives related to how God cleanses us. And we praise Him for them!
INTRODUCING MR. PAUL BRENNER!
We are excited to announce that Mr. Paul Brenner will be our next Head of School at Sioux Center Christian School.
Paul comes to Sioux Center with Head of School experience through his role at Zion Christian Academy (Tennessee), and at Wayne Christian School (North Carolina) as the head of school since 2018. Paul began his working career in the world of software engineering and through being actively involved in his church and involved in the community as a basketball/football coach, Paul found his way into education. He has spent over 30 years in various roles starting out as an Athletic Director, teaching math, Bible, speech, PE, and directing middle school and high school theater and most recently, Head of School.
Paul and his wife Kim, have two children: their daughter Hannah, who is married to Jared, and Zach, who is currently attending Dordt University.
Paul is enthusiastic about his new role with SCCS. “We are excited to be joining SCCS and to be a part of the Sioux Center community. During our visit, we were moved by the overwhelming sense of love for the students, school and community: especially the desire to help every child learn, no matter their academic ability or if they had learning differences. There is no doubt that God is at work and something special is happening at SCCS. We consider it an honor to be invited to lock arms with you to pursue such a noble endeavor.”
We want to thank everyone for their help in this search process – those who have been in prayer for this process and those who served on the Search Committee.
THANK YOU for your ongoing commitment to support Sioux Center Christian faculty, staff, and board of trustees as we provide an environment where students are Treasured, Trained, and Transformed!
LOVE AND LOGIC TRAINING
We are excited to share that all of our paraprofessionals will be participating in an online Love and Logic course/training thanks to a grant that we recently received. We know just how important these individuals are to the operation of SCCS, and we are thankful that they can continue to develop professionally! The Love and Logic course provides handy tips and tricks to use when working with students and behaviors. It is based on a common sense, whole-child, respectful approach that we have adopted at SCCS. Paras will be taking the Love and Logic course this spring and meeting 3 times to discuss their learning and progress.
BUSING INFORMATION FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
PARENT VISIT DAYS
We value the partnership between our parents and school! We want to invite you into the school so you can experience what’s happening in the classroom. Each grade level will be hosting a Parent Visit Day again this year. You are invited to join us for some time in the classroom and Pizza Ranch pizza on us!
7th Grade Parent Visit day will be Friday, February 2. Looking forward to having you here!
- 11:00 - Welcome in the Band Room
- 11:10-12:05 - Classroom visit
- 12:05 - Pizza Ranch Lunch
2nd Grade Parent Visit day will be Friday, February 9. Please sign up here by Monday, February 5, so we know how many to plan for.
- 10:15 - Welcome in the Band Room
- 10:25-11:20 - Classroom visit
- 11:20 - Pizza Ranch Lunch
Below are the dates and times for the other grade level Parent Visit Days this school year. More information will be sent out later.
- Mar. 1 - 10:30 - 3rd grade
- Mar. 22 - 10:45 - 4th grade
- Apr. 4 - 10:00 - Kindergarten
TRAILBLAZER DAYS - JAN. 29-FEB. 2
Trailblazer Days continue – just in time to chase away the winter doldrums and to give a boost to the winter months. Our Deep Hope: SCCS students, faculty, and staff will celebrate Sioux Center Christian School. Learning Target: I can enjoy and celebrate being a part of our school community.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in fun dress-up days and activities:
Thursday, February 1
4Care, TK-4: Crazy Hair/Sock Day
5-8: Highlighter Day (dress in neon/bright colors)
Friday, February 2
4Care, TK-4: Sports Fan Friday
5-8: Sports Fan Friday
It’s time to show that Trailblazer spirit!
On February 5-8, specialists from AEA will be at our school performing hearing screenings. Students in K through 3rd grade and 8th grade will be screened as well as any new students in 4th-7th grade. Other students may be screened as well, if requested. Students who do not pass will be re-tested at school in 1 month. Parents of students who do not pass the second test will receive a letter in the mail from AEA with further recommendations. AEA will not send communication for students who pass the screening test. If you do NOT want your child’s hearing to be tested, please sign and return the attached form.
ROUND UP INFORMATION
Do you have a child who is ready to start Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten this fall? Our Parent Information meeting is on Thursday, February 29 and Round Up is Thursday or Friday, March 21 or 22. Go to our website (https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/connectwithus/tkkroundup.cfm) to sign up for a round up time and for more information. If you know of any families who might be interested in sending their child to SCCS, please share this information with them!
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.
Sioux Center Christian families and faculty/staff may reserve a place in 4Care starting Monday, February 5. Go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/studentlife/4care.cfm
All others who are interested in 4Care may reserve a spot starting Monday, March 4. Let your friends know about 4Care!
TALES AND TRAILS
Registration will OPEN on MONDAY (Feb 5) for our Tales and Trails Summer Camp 2024!
This is an educational and fun summer opportunity for kids who are 5-11 years old by June 1, 2024.
Weekly camp themes encourage students to learn about the wonder of God’s creation through a variety of hands-on, fun activities. Outdoor play is also an important part of the camp experience, and kids are encouraged to stay active and engaged during their time at camp.
Information and registration forms will be sent home soon with every child in 4Care – 4th grade.
SCCS families have the first opportunity to register! We will open registration to community members on Monday, March 4 (let your friends and neighbors know!)
PDFs of the forms will be available on our website.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Herzog Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2024 Christian Teacher of the Year Awards. This annual opportunity to honor Christian educators is part of the Herzog Foundation’s Excellence in Christian Education award series.
The 2024 nomination period will conclude on Friday, February 16. The Herzog Foundation will then select 12 Teachers of the Year to be honored at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
The Herzog Foundation exists to catalyze and accelerate the development of quality Christ-centered K-12 education. Our vision is for families and culture to flourish through quality Christian education.
Sioux Center Christian School administrators and staff been blessed to attend several of their training events! We encourage you to nominate an SCCS teacher you love and appreciate!
Storyline chapels will be the first Wednesday of the 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/currentfamilies/livestream.cfm
SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY: Join the SCCS Summer Cleaning Crew. We are looking for hardworking people (14 or older) to help clean the school this summer. The crew will work from May 29 – Aug 9. Work day hours are Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4 pm and Friday 8 am – 2 pm. Job applications are located on the employment page of the SCCS website. Work hours can be flexible with summer sports, mission trips, drivers ed and vacations. Contact Eileen Buiter at 712-578-8624 with questions. Interviews will take place as applications are received. The crew will likely fill quickly. Please submit an application soon, so that we can set up a 10 minute interview time slot.
KITCHEN (PART-TIME) : Looking for someone to join our Kitchen crew from 9:00-2:00 Monday through Friday to help with setting up the line, serving food and clean up. Job applications are available on the SCCS website. https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/connectwithus/employment.cfm
CUSTODIAL CLEANING CREW HELP WANTED: Looking for hardworking independent high school students or adults to fill openings on the SCCS after school custodial cleaning crew. Flexible after school/evening hours available. Contact Eileen Buiter 712-578-8624. Job applications are available on the SCCS website. https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/connectwithus/employment.cfm
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!
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
School lunch is available for all students. Free and reduced-price lunches are available to those who qualify for such assistance. If you feel you qualify or your income level has changed, please fill out this form and bring it to the office. These can be turned in at any time throughout the school year.
- Unpaid Meals Policy: Per our handbook, SCCS will communicate directly with parents to collect any unpaid meal fees. Should a family have unpaid meals, the lunch program will first reach out electronically. If meals are not paid within 30 days, the family will receive a letter in the mail regarding their balance. If after the next 30 days meals are still not paid, they will receive a call from the school lunch representative. Should meals not be paid within this 90-day time frame, student(s) will not be able to participate in the lunch program until all back fees are paid and a forward credit of at least $25 is placed on the student’s account by the parents.
- Also per our handbook, fast food is not allowed to be brought into the lunchroom.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- You can find the lunch and dishwashing schedule here.
- If you would like to eat lunch with your child, please contact the school 24 hours in advance of when you would like to eat. The cost for a lunch is $5.00 and can be paid as you go through the lunch line. Thank you!
Currently there is information for:
- Spring Driver's Education Options
- February Programs at the Sioux Center Library
- Inspiration Hills Summer Camps
- Hull PRCS 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
- Unity Christian Baseball Open Gym Info for 8th Grade Boys
- Dordt Youth Dance Camp
- Wolfpack Wrestling Camp
PELLA 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.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Please Note: Because of the weather on Jan. 11, the FREE Youth Mental Health Film Screening & Discussion is postponed to Thursday, February 22 at 7:00pm at the Boyden-Hull High School Theatre in Hull. The 30 minute film, “What I Wish My Parents Knew” will be followed by a panel and discussion.