SCCS Home Bulletin

February 22, 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!

It just showed up on my Twitter feed the other day. Apparently, spring is only 30 days away!

It’s been a bit of a long-haul kind of winter, right?

Even though the landscape remains snowy and cold outside the SCCS building, things inside are definitely moving and shaking. We are in the middle of a deep time of learning at school, a time when we really see student growth and development, a time when things start to “click”.

First graders are loving their animals unit. Students in PE have been enjoying ice skating. Third graders are demonstrating their artistic creativity through making butterflies. Fifth graders are having fun playing with language by learning about idioms. Eighth graders look forward to a learning day at the state capitol.

The love of learning is evident at our school, something for which I am very thankful. Students love learning, teachers love learning, and school leaders love seeing learning happening.

We praise God for the ability to grow and learn, and we’re so thankful we can do it at a Christian school that unapologetically holds fast to the Reformed Christian perspective.

Thank you for your support of our efforts.

Let’s keep at it!


Sixth graders celebrated their study of the Middle Ages in Mr. Breen's Social Studies class with a Medieval Feast! Students dressed as court jesters, knights, serfs, plus each class had a king, queen, lord, lady, nun, and priest, who sat at the head table. They enjoyed a medieval "meal" while entertainment was provided by jesters and musicians. Studying and "stepping into" history helps students see God's hand in His Story in various times and places!

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The SCCS Spring Instrumental Concert is scheduled for Monday, March 13, at the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt. The 3rd-8th orchestra and the 5th-8th band and jazz band concert will be performing. The concert will start at 6:30.


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.

7th and 8th grade parent visit day will be on Friday, February 24. Looking forward to seeing you then!

  • 11:00 - Welcome in the band room
  • 11:10-12:10 - Classroom visit
  • 12:10 - Lunch (We will be ordering pizza from Pizza Ranch for our guests and will start with 2 pieces of pizza per person)


On February 27-March 2, specialists from AEA will be at our school performing hearing screenings. Students in TK 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.


Is your child ready to start school this fall? It is TK/Kindergarten Round Up time, and we’d love to share more about how God’s children are Treasured, Trained, and Transformed at Sioux Center Christian School.

Families interested in learning more are encouraged to register for the following events:

  • Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, March 2 @ 12:00-1:00 PM or 6:00-7:00 PM.
  • Sneak Peek of SCCS on March 10 or March 17 @ 9:30-10:30 AM
  • TK/K Round Up on March 30 or 31

Call our school office (712-722-0777) or visit our website: to register or request more information.

If you know of a family who might be ready to start their journey at SCCS, please share this announcement with them or fill out our “Refer a Family to SCCS” form on our website. We are excited to welcome the next generation of young learners to Live God’s Story at our school!


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 starting Thursday, February 23. Go to

We have a great relationship with Stepping Stones Preschool! Their online registration opens Thursday, February 23 at 6:00pm.
Click here for more info:
Click here for the registration page:


In March we will be focusing on the Throughline "Earth Keeper.” We need clean, used t-shirts for our March 8 upcycling connection group activity. If you have a t-shirt you no longer need and would like to donate, please bring it to the school office, or place it on Jill Friend’s desk in the orchestra room by March 3. Any sizes, colors or designs work, but if you happen to have a Storyline t-shirt from a previous year, we would love to repurpose it for you!


The calendar for the 2023-2024 school year is attached. Some notes:
  • We will host parent/teacher conferences again before school begins so that teachers and parents can start building relationships. This year, that will be on August 17, 2023 (the same night as registration).
  • The first day of school is August 23, 2023.
  • We will continue to release at 2:05 PM every Wednesday for professional development.
  • We continue to have the day before Thanksgiving off and 2 weeks (10 school days) at Christmas break to respect family time.
  • We continue to include professional development time next to vacation breaks as much as possible, rather than days off here and there, which we have heard is helpful for family schedules.
  • The last day of school is May 22, 2024 with graduation that evening.
  • We have 54 extra built in hours of school (about 8 days of school) than what we are required to have by the State of Iowa should we need to use them for snow days, late starts, etc.

We look forward to 23-24 at SCCS!


Registration is OPEN for our Tales and Trails Summer Camp 2023! This is an educational and fun summer opportunity for kids who are 5-11 years old by June 1, 2023.

This program is designed to be educational, fun, and infused with our Christian perspective.

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 were sent home with every child in 4Care – 4th grade.

SCCS families have the first opportunity to register! We will open registration to community members after March 1 (let your friends and neighbors know!)

February Sale on All Seasons Center swimming passes!

All kids need a swimming pass for the weeks they attend Tales and Trails.

The All Seasons Center has a 20th Birthday 20% Off sale running from Feb 1-28 on annual and summer memberships.

How to get the deal:

Purchase your membership online: (If you do not have a current annual membership, you will have to make a new account.)

OR Stop by the All Seasons Center and purchase your membership in person

OR Call 712-722-4386 ext. 2 and purchase your membership over the phone


The first Trail’Raiser Night fundraising event was held on April 11, 2015. Our new addition was still under construction and over 1,000 attendees enjoyed walking through the future music rooms, K-2nd classrooms, and office area. Plus, the gym filled to the brim for our first ever game show, the Family Feud. The event raised $110,000 for the new addition and an annual tradition was born!

We have had a total of eight Trail’Raiser Nights, alternating between auctions and game shows (Survivor in 2017, The Price is Right in 2019, Family Feud in 2022) and raising a total of $1.14 million through them!

Now approaching our 9th Trail’Raiser event, we are ready to try something a little different to help build the Blazer Center campus expansion. Our event this year is planned for Saturday, April 15, and will be a come and go event running from 9am – noon (note: Grandparents/Special friends Day is Friday, April 14).

We are renaming the event to Trail’Raiser Trek and attendees will walk a one-mile course near school and through school, ending with a delicious Blazer Brunch in the lunchroom. Before the event, businesses, supporters, parents and grandparents will have the opportunity to pledge a $.05 to $5 gift for every person who comes to the event. The more people who show up to walk, the more money we raise! If we reach our goal of $150 sponsored for each attendee and we have 1,000 attendees – that raises $150,000! If 1,250 people attend, $187,500 is raised. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase cupcakes, bars, snack mixes, event t-shirts, plus some fun new things!

We’re still working on the details, but just wanted to give you a heads up so you can reserve the morning of SATURDAY, APRIL 15 for this event!


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.

  • Kindergarten Teacher (0.82 FTE)
  • School Counselor (Full-time)
  • Discovery Coordinator and Teacher (Full-Time)
  • 1:1 Paraprofessionals (3 Full-time positions) - start day August 2023
  • Bus Drivers

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 30 – Aug 11. Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4 pm and Friday 8 am – 2 pm. Job applications are located on the employment page of the SCCS website. We 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 on Saturday, March 4. Please submit an application soon, so that we can set up a 10 minute interview time slot on March 4.

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 – plus March still has some openings that need to be filled soon! THANKS so much for your help!

MARCH still has openings:




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!


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

Currently there is information for:

  • Moped Safety Course - March 4
  • Sioux Center Public Library Wings of Fire Escape Box
  • Sioux Center Public Library Coding Program
  • Dordt University Fitness Week
  • Sioux Center Recreation 3rd & 4th Grade Boys & Girls Basketball
  • Hull PRCS Guild 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  • Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure
  • 2023 Drivers Education Options