SCCS Home Bulletin

May 11, 2022

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FROM DR. B.

For this week’s Home Bulletin, we’ll feature an article from Lisa Mouw. About every couple of months, the Sioux Center News asks SCCS to submit a column for publication, and this article will also be featured there. We thank Mrs. Mouw for her years of service and wish her the absolute best during her next leg of the journey!


Passing the Baton

Life is full of transitions, steps in our journey, and lessons along the way.

I have served at Sioux Center Christian School, both as a teacher and as an administrator, since 2009. God is now calling me to a new place of service, and I will be transitioning to Dordt University this summer to be an instructor in the education department.

As I wrap up my time at SCCS, I am filled with gratitude for the years God has called me to serve: in this place and in this community. I am thankful to take this opportunity to share what I’ve learned during this part of my journey with you in the hopes that you take the opportunity to reflect on your journey as well.


Celebrating the Blessings

I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to teach and lead in a school where we get to invite students into God’s Story in all we do- what a gift! I am thankful to work with an amazing team of educators that show up every day to faithfully serve where God has called them. I am thankful for our school community and the ways we partner together. I am thankful for what God has done and continues to do through his people at SCCS. I am thankful for the high view of education held by the community members of Sioux Center and for this community’s support. I am thankful for the many ways that students are educated in Sioux Center. Let’s keep working together for the benefit of our kids.


Recognizing Lessons Learned

I believe that God uses every experience to reveal Himself to us as we lean in and seek Him through challenges and difficulties and also during times of joy and celebration. There are some things that I had hoped to accomplish in my time at SCCS. Of course, there are also tasks that I would have liked to do differently or better. That’s normal as you make a transition. What I will take with me is the lessons learned, all of the memories, and the many relationships, and I have complete trust that God will continue His work through others.


Embracing the Transition

I believe that we are each called to various roles throughout our life and that God will equip us to accomplish His purposes. I believe that I was called to this role for the time I have been at SCCS. God is most definitely equipping the next person to take my place. He has a plan, and His plans far exceed anything we can imagine.


I will miss doing life with my colleagues, interacting with our students, and experiencing God at work in each classroom. I am thankful for the time I spent at SCCS and look forward to what God has in store next. I am also thankful to continue to work with the entire education community of Sioux Center through my new role.


If you are anticipating a change in your life, I encourage you to celebrate the blessings of where you have been, recognize what you have learned along the way, and embrace what God has planned for you in the days ahead. May we continue to be faithful during the transitions.


To God be the Glory in every step of the journey!

TUITION GRANT SYSTEM

The Tuition Grant System (through FACTS) is now live on our website for the 22/23 school year. Go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/parents/grants.cfm to start the process. Be on the lookout for a Bloomz post and an email explaining the process as well. Applications are due by May 27, 2022. Please connect Kelli Van Roekel (Kvanroekel@siouxcenterchristian.com) if you have any questions.

CONCERTS

  • The 5-8 Spring Choral Concert will be Monday, May 16, 7:00pm at Centerpoint Church (First Reformed).
  • The Pops Concert for 7-8 Band and 6-8 Orchestra will be in the school gym on Thursday, May 19 at 2:15pm. The Jr. Pops Concert for grades 3-5 Orchestra and 5-6 Band will be at 3:15pm, also in the gym. You are welcome to join us for these concerts!

STORYLINE CELEBRATION INFORMATION

  • The dress rehearsal for the TK-8th Grade Storyline Celebration is planned right away in the morning on Monday, May 23, at the BJ Haan Auditorium on Dordt’s campus. The buses will be dropping off the students at the auditorium rather than at SCCS that morning. If you drive your son/daughter to school, please drop them off at the BJ Haan Auditorium between 7:55 and 8:10. rather than at school that morning. Students may not ride their bikes, so if your student normally bikes to school, they will need to walk or get a ride to Dordt’s campus. All students will be bused back to school after the rehearsal.
  • Storyline Celebration will be held at the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt University on Monday, May 23 at 7:00pm. We would like the students to wear their storyline T-shirts with a nice pair of blue jeans or jean shorts. Please have your children at the BJ Haan Auditorium by 6:50 p.m. We will be dismissing by grade level after the program, so please plan to meet your child on the front lawn of the auditorium after the program. We look forward to sharing how we’ve been learning about and worshiping God this year!

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

  • Our last day of school will be Wednesday, May 25.
  • Join us for chapel celebrating our 8th graders in the gym at 8:30am.
  • We will dismiss at 11:05. The public school has a full day of school on that day so the public school buses will run in the morning but WILL NOT run at 11:05. Only the SCCS buses (2014 and 2020) will be running their routes at 11:05. All other students will need transportation home from school.

8TH GRADE GRADUATION

8th Grade Graduation will be at Centerpoint Church (First Reformed) on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00pm. There will be a reception after the ceremony in the Family Life Center at the church where you will have a chance to congratulate the graduates. Congratulations, 8th Graders!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
  • Safety Reminder: If your child walks or rides bike to and from school, please remind them to use caution when crossing streets. If there is a crosswalk, please push the button so that the light activates before crossing. Thanks for helping keep our kids safe!

LIBRARY BOOKS

This year our SCCS library was a place to Find the BEST Story! The final due date for library books is Friday, May 13. Your child will get a paper notice if they have overdue books. Email jvansoelen@siouxcenterchristian.com if you have questions. Thank you!

NEW FACES AT SCCS

We continue to share some of the new faces you'll see at SCCS this fall. We are excited to welcome Abigail, Leroy and Ashley to the SCCS family!

SCHOOL LUNCH UPDATE

There has been a great thing going for about 2 years, but we have been informed that the government will no longer be providing free meals for all students, starting with the 22-23 school year. Our lunch program is currently determining lunch prices for next year and taking into account the rising cost of food. It would be a good idea to start putting money into your school lunch account for next year so that we all can be ready to go at the beginning of the school year. Kelli Van Roekel (kvanroekel@siouxcenterchristian.com) can help with this process. Also, please note that the federal poverty guidelines have been released, and we anticipate more families will qualify for free or reduced meals next year (the income levels have increased as far as qualification standards). We will share more about completing a free and reduced meals application as part of the registration process in August. If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Buiter (ebuiter@siouxcenterchristian.com).

K-8 CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT

For all current TK-8 students, we will once again be doing continuous enrollment. SCCS assumes continued enrollment for students unless we hear otherwise from parents. There is no process families need to complete each year and no online forms. We do our best to keep things simple for families. If you have an enrollment change, please contact the office at sccsoffice@siouxcenterchristian.com. If you have any updates to your contact information (address, phone, email, church membership, etc.), please make the changes in the parent portal or let the office know (sccsoffice@siouxcenterchristian.com).

POSITION OPENINGS

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 position openings:


Director of Development (Full-Time)

School Nurse (Part-Time...possible Full-Time)

Head Custodian (Full-Time)

7-8 Bible Teacher (Full-Time)

Paraprofessional (Part- or Full-Time)

  • 1:1 para for a student in 5th Grade – full time position
  • 1:1 para for a student in TK (Monday through Thursday; full days)
  • 1:1 para for a student in 3rd grade-full time position (could be split between two people)
  • TK/4Care Para- Mornings (part-time position)
  • Resource Para (full time position)


For more information on these positions and details on how to apply, go to:

https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/about/employment.cfm


TALES AND TRAILS: Now taking applications for SCCS Tales and Trails summer camp employment. Camp runs every week in June and July and the first week of August. A flexible schedule is possible. Please contact Cheri Horstman if interested. chorstman@siouxcenterchristian.com


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 contact the office (sccsoffice@siouxcenterchristian.com) 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!

TK STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY HELPERS

This spring, TK students have been learning about Community Helpers and were very excited to visit the Post Office, Central Vet, the Fire Station, All Seasons Center, and Culver's, plus the Sioux Center Police and Sioux Center Health came to visit them. They discovered how community helpers use their gifts to serve others and they learned how to be a good citizen and show love and respect to others in the community. They experienced the JOY that community helpers give to the people of Sioux Center as well as how they can help and honor their work. They also talked about how, as TK students, they can give back to our community by doing real work, with real people, with real needs, with a joyful heart! Thank you to all the community helpers who took the time to share their JOY for service!

MATH BEE

Spring brings out the bees...Math Bees!


On March 30, two 6th grade teams competed in the Northwest AEA Math Bee. The competition consisted of five rounds of individual math tests and one team problem solving round. One team took third place and the other took fourth place in the competition, plus four students received awards for scoring among the top 20 individual students at the math bee!


On April 28, fifteen SCCS students participated in the 4th and 5th Grade Virtual Math Bee hosted by Dordt University. This math bee was modeled after a nationwide math competition, and its goal was to encourage and develop math skills. The students were involved in two rounds of testing: an individual problem solving round and a team problem solving round.


The 4th grade team came in fourth place among 4th graders in the math bee, with one student scoring in the top 20 individual students.


One of the 5th grade teams came in second place in the 5th grade competition, with five students scoring in the top 20 individual students!


Congratulations to all these math students! They demonstrated persistence in solving difficult math problems and did a great job of representing SCCS in these Math Bees!

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4CARE

Sioux Center Christian School offers a play-based, child-care opportunity for 4-years-olds enrolled in preschool called 4Care. If you have a child who will be in preschool next year and are looking for childcare for the other half of their days, this is a great place for your child to enjoy hands-on, child-led, play-based learning at SCCS for the part of their day that preschool is not in session. To learn more about 4Care and to reserve your child’s place, go to https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/admissions/4care.cfm

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TALES AND TRAILS SUMMER CAMP

Registration is OPEN for our Tales and Trails Summer Camp 2022!

This is an educational and fun summer supervision opportunity for kids who are 5-11 years old by June 1, 2022. Information was sent home with every child in 4Care – 4th grade.

https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/parents/talestrails.cfm


Note: A pool pass is required for camp. You can purchase your membership online or call 712-722-4386 x2

https://apm.activecommunities.com/allseasonscenter/Membership

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

  • Thanks to everyone who signed up to help with dishwashing! If you would like to help out you can sign up here. If you have questions, contact Carmen Mulder (cmulder@siouxcenterchristian.com).

  • 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.

LOST AND FOUND

Lots of stuff again on the Lost and Found table. Check it out! Everything left will be donated to Melissa's Hope Chest.
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OUTLET 75

Outlet 75 is open on Wednesdays from 11am-8pm, Thursdays from 11am-3pm, plus occasional Saturdays from 10am-1pm. All profits from our store benefit every family at SCCS!


Are you willing to fill in any of the open shifts? We’d love to have you come and experience the joy of volunteering at Outlet 75!! If you can help, please connect with Janey Boogerd (712.449.8106 or info@shopoutlet75.com)


https://www.shopoutlet75.com/ /// Facebook @shopoutlet75 /// Instagram @outlet75

STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Recognize a Sioux Center Christian faculty or staff member who goes ABOVE and BEYOND by nominating him/her for the Sioux Center - Pella Corporation Staff Member of the Month award!


Pella Corporation in Sioux Center offers this monthly award to a teacher or staff member in Sioux Center and the winner receives $500 to impact the learning in their classroom! Printed forms are available by the TRIP office.

https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/editoruploads/files/SXC_STAFF_OF_THE_MONTH_21-22.pdf


Nominations are due by the 25th of each month. Completed forms may be dropped off at the school office, mailed or dropped off at Pella Corp.

REQUESTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Western Christian Volleyball Camps

Summer Sioux County Conservation Board Programs

Sioux Center Rec Flag Football

Unity Summer Online Store

Western Christian Sports Camps/Baseball/Softball/Basketball

Unity Christian Sports Camps/Strength Training

Dordt University Camps

Northwestern Camps

2022 Summer Driver's Ed

Sioux Center Arts Middle School Classes

Inspiration Hills Summer Camps

SCCS

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