Columbus Christian School News

September 14, 2018

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

Thank you to the PTF for inviting me to your quarterly meeting this week. It is always a pleasure to spend time with this fabulous group of parents who work so diligently to make CCS such an amazing place.

As I was reviewing my newsletter post from last year at this time, I noticed that I was asking each of us to pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. This year we need to be in prayer for everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence this weekend.

Lots of exciting things have gone on this week. Our secondary students went through their Beyond Assessments with the Beyond staff on Friday. This excellent tool provides information and tips for the students to improve in areas that will allow them to “know who they are” and “whose they are” as they move forward on their educational/life journey.

We had a couple of classes go on a field trip today and was able to enjoy today’s beautiful weather. We had a great guest speaker for our secondary chapel service this week. Mr. Bob Mortimer and The Lasting Hope came and shared their gifts with our students and staff.

In Christ’s Love

Mrs. Donnell

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Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Mrs. Laura Cox, CCS Guidance Counselor

Topic: Follow the Leader

Remember playing "follow the leader"? The leader would show us what we had to do as we followed them.

Just like in the game, we have people in our lives who help us know what to do.

1 Peter 2:21 says, "For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps."

Jesus is our leader and He shows us what to do in the Bible and through adults who love God and teach us about Him. Being a follower of Jesus means to trust and obey Him. We obey Jesus by following Him.

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Middle & High School Chapel

Speaker: Bob Mortimer, Motivational Ministries


Performing Artists: The Lasting Hope

Columbus Christian School

Chapel MSHS 9 - 12 - 18 by Columbus Christian School
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Picture Day is September 18

Extra order forms for school pictures are located at the Crusader Connection. You can download the order form here or order online at:

Family Discount: For families with three or more students at CCS - purchase two student packages at regular price, and all other student packages of equal value are FREE! Limit one free package per student. Family discount orders can NOT be placed online. All family discount orders need to be placed using order form.

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These girls used a “show and tell” coupon they earned to sing a song they wrote for their class!
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Mrs. Gladden's fifth grade class created dioramas of biomes.
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Poetry Out Loud

The first round winners for "Poetry Out Loud" are: J. J., Lauren Hunnicutt, Jackie Mouser, Hannah Stair, Adrianne Tallent, Anna Vanderbur, and Macey Wilkerson.

The second round will take place on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. The top three students will receive a cash prize, and the overall winner will attend round three at the state level. Everyone is invited to attend.

LOVE Fearlessly

This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to LOVE fearlessly. 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!

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BOX TOP BATTLES is coming...

Box Top Battles

October 1st- 5th

Elementary Classrooms will battle to collect the most box tops and prizes will be given.

Be saving up those box tops and get ready to send them in October 1-5!

To learn more about this fundraiser click here:

For coupons on products with box tops, click here:

Box Tops Bonus App

Earn even more cash to help the PTF get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App. Turn your everyday receipts into cash. It’s free and as easy as 1-2-3.


Now with new and improved geolocation so it's easier to find Box Tops offers at stores near you! PLUS, the latest Bonus App updates enable you to:

- Edit the school you're supporting
- Track your school's earnings progress
- See Columbus Christian School's Clip Board

Try it for yourself! You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in combination with the on-pack Box Tops clip and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.


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PTF's 1st Quarterly Mtg. / Q&A with Mrs. Donnell

Thank you to everyone who attended the first PTF Quarterly Meeting of the school year. Your insights and ideas are valuable to the school community. If you have any questions, contact Cynthia Gover at:

Save the date! Next meeting is: November 8

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Thank you, Brickyard 400 volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to work at the IMS track gift shop. CCS gets a percentage of everything the store sells which helps fund our athletic department, keeping our family cost low.

A huge thank you to the Booster Club for arranging & coordinating this fundraiser and for dedicating their time and efforts to make CCS athletics Excellent. CCS appreciates you!

Thank you to everyone that sold mums and pumpkins and/or helped with our mum sale!

Second grader Nevaeh Love sold the most mums and will receive $25.00 from the Athletic Department. Thank you Nevaeh!

If you forgot to order mums and pumpkins, don't worry, we do have a few left that are for sale. If you are interested in making a purchase, contact the school office.

Red Bull Air Race is coming

If you would like to help at the Red Bull Air Race on October 6 and 7, please let the school office know. This is a fun way to get your athletic service hours in!

Get the CCS Athletic Schedule delivered right to your phone!

It's easy and it's FREE!

Get instructions here: How to sign up for Eventlink.

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How's the transition going?

We are so grateful that you chose CCS for your family and we care about your transition this school year. Here are a couple of articles from families that have transitioned from both the public school setting and homeschool setting to CCS. They have graciously shared their honest advice about their transition to CCS. Take a look and see if it will help you in your transition. If you have any questions, please know that you can email Mr. Wildey at or Mrs. Donnell at They would love to hear from you!
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FREE Community Concert at the Commons - Columbus, Indiana

"Recreating the Christmas music and style of a bygone era- some of the most beloved Christmas music was written and performed from the 1940's thru the 1960's. That's what this show recreates." - Tim Shelton

LIVE Concert featuring Tim Shelton and his 12-piece Jazz Band

Thursday, November 29

Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert begins at 7:00pm

Open seating.

Bring your family and friends to this fun family kick-off to the Christmas season!

For questions or additional information call Columbus Christian School, at (812) 372-3780.

Car Pick-Up Line Card

Please remember to place your name card in car window with child's name on it so the ladies in the dismissal pick-up line can easily see the student's names and call for them. This will help the line run smoothly.

CCS Before School Care (K-12th grade)

CCS Before School Care (K-12th grade)

Before-School Care hours are 7:00 am - 7:30 am Monday-Friday. Mr. Brian Buterbaugh is volunteering his time as part of his ministry to the youth of CCS. Free-will donations may be paid to Mrs. Tammy Harvey in the main office.

ParentsWeb - RenWeb School Management Software

Want to get more involved in your child’s academic progress and future success – all via the Internet! See your child’s grades, attendance, homework and conduct, as well as other useful school information. You can also communicate with teachers and other school staff online whenever necessary. All you need is an Internet-capable computer. For more information on how to access RenWeb, click here: Parent Login Instructions

Be the first to know when school is cancelled or delayed!

Get important information from your child's teacher and school with the free Remind app. It's easy to use. Follow the instructions here.
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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 the retreat MUST have a Volunteer Application/Background Check on file with CCS. Please pick up a form at the Crusader Connection (located just outside the office door) and return to the office.


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 2018-19 Required & Recommended School Immunizations.

Theresa Forkert RN

Bartholomew County Health Department

2675 Foxpointe Drive Suite B

Columbus, IN 47203

812-379-1555, Ext 1 (office)


School Documents & Forms

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


Picture Day

Tuesday, September 18

College Fair at East High School

For 11th-12th grades (11:00AM)

Thursday, September 27

Poetry Out Loud

Friday, September 28

Fall Break

October 8 - 12

2 HR Delay for Staff Professional Development

Thursday, October 18

Classes begin at 10:00AM

Preschool Open House

Kindergarten & First Grade Open House

Thursday, October 18


Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 1

CCS Drama Program

Friday, Nov. 9 & Saturday, Nov. 10

Doors Open at 6:30

Show at 7:00

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Fall Family Fest

East Columbus Christian Church is having a Fall Family Fest on Friday, October 19th from 5-8 p.m. Inflatables, games, candy, food, soft drinks and Christian Illusionist Bobby Warren. Be watching for the pumpkin patch where you can pick an item and bring it in for this yearly outreach.
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