SCCS Home Bulletin

September 6, 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!

I’m excited to get started with our topic for this year’s Home Bulletin column: doubling down on being Reformed.

And where’s the best place to start? The beginning, of course!

In the 16th century, Reformers in Europe were focused on correcting the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. These efforts toward reform were not successful, as church leadership managed to suppress all attempts and sometimes even tortured and killed Reformers. There were many things that needed reforming in the Roman Catholic Church, including:

  • Corruption was widespread among the clergy, especially at the top
  • Ordinary people had little or no access to the Bible and were taught very little about it
  • The church encouraged believers to pray to Mary and the saints
  • Salesmen for the church went around selling “indulgences” – letters written by the pope supposedly offering people or their relatives time off from punishment in purgatory after death

After some time, people started to follow the Reformers, and the Roman Catholic Church could no longer silence these “Protestants”. The word protestant comes from the Latin word protestari, which means “to declare” (referring to the public declarations of disagreement being made against the Roman Catholic Church).

The Reformers could not be silenced because many efforts were made to place the Bible into the hands of people. Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, making Bibles and other Christian writings affordable. Education became more widely available so that people could read the Bible for themselves. Reformers also translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into everyday language people could understand.

By having access to the Bible, people could judge for themselves whether what the church leaders were teaching them was actually true. This was revolutionary, and many people left the Roman Catholic Church and started other churches (they “re-formed” the church). Standing on God’s Word is a central aspect of the Reformation and what we still believe with the Reformed perspective today.

What a blessing that we can celebrate that we all have access to be able to read God’s Word!


  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (
  • Each Wednesday , SCCS dismisses at 2:05 for teacher professional development.
  • Students may ride a different bus for daycare purpose only. Parents must write a note, email or call the office to get a bus pass for your child. If you need to contact the transportation director for any reason, call 722-2481.
  • Please make sure your child knows their after school plans before they leave home in the morning! Thank you!
  • Just a reminder that if you would like to drop your child off at school, please use the drop-off lane. If you want to walk your child into school in the morning, please park your vehicle in the parking lot. Please do not park in the bus lanes.
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It was a beautiful morning for hundreds of students to bike to school last Friday!

Thanks to the organizers for the free bike light and to all who participated in the 2nd Annual Bike to School Day!


Our first Storyline chapel is today (Wednesday, Sept. 6) 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


Check out all our new SCCS Trailblazer Apparel at our SCCS ONLINE APPAREL STORE!

New designs and an amazing selection of t-shirts, hoodies, crewneck, quarter-zips, and more for adults and kids!

Show your Trailblazer spirit on Trailblazer Tuesdays and any other day! Think ahead to Christmas gifts, too!

Store is open through midnight on Wednesday, September 13.


  • 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 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!


Reminder to Parents: Due to the severity of some children with peanut or any other nut allergies, please do not send food containing nuts to school (for example, peanut butter, some granola bars, etc.). If you would like to send a treat for your child's classmates, feel free to check with your child's teacher. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our children safe!


We Need You to Serve God’s treasured kids at SCCS!!

This year we are requiring each family to serve in one of two areas that benefit every SCCS student.

Washing Dishes:

Hours are 11:15am - 1:00pm. Three people work together to wash trays and silverware and wipe the tables. Bonus: You get to eat lunch for free with one of your children! We are asking that you work at least one time per month.

Benefit: With three volunteers working each school day, we save the cost of hiring three part-time employees.

Outlet 75:

Shifts are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and one Saturday per month. There are two volunteers needed for each shift and there is always a manager present to give you guidance. Volunteers help check out customers, unpack, check, and price clothing, steam clothing, put items on display, and neaten displays. Everything at Outlet 75 is new and purchased at a deep discount from places like Costco and Target.

Volunteers are critical to sales - the more merchandise we can get on the floor, the more we can sell! We are asking that you work at least two times per year.

Benefit: Outlet 75 distributes all profits to SCCS and each child receives a share of that profit in the Alternate Revenue Contribution on your tuition statement!

As an SCCS parent, you are required to choose one of these two above areas of opportunity. We would LOVE for you to choose both! Men and women are welcome in both areas!

Your willing work in these areas is greatly appreciated and truly helps SCCS treasure and train your children! This is the only required service we ask every family to give to SCCS - thank you for doing your part to make our school thrive! If you do not complete the form by Friday, September 15 we’ll fill you in where you’re needed most!

CLICK HERE to choose your area and specify the times that work best for you…


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!


Did you know that First CRC makes delicious pigs in the blanket for their Christian education fund and sells them year-round at Casey’s Bakery?

Look for them in their freezer section and buy a dozen for just $15.50.

An easy meal – they bake from frozen in 45-55 minutes!


Fruited Plain BOGO pizza cards are on sale now! The Covenant CRC Christian Ed committee is once again partnering with the Fruited Plain to offer this amazing deal! Each pizza card costs $30 and is good for 5 punches to buy one pizza and get one free. They make delightful gifts for anyone or are handy to have on hand for a family pizza night. Pizza cards can be purchased at the Fruited Plain through the end of October.


Do you feel like the fresh corn on the cob season went too fast?

You can enjoy delicious sweet corn all year long because the Carmel Reformed Church 22:6 Christian education group did all the work and froze some for you!

Quart bags of frozen sweet corn - just pull out of the freezer and heat! So easy and delicious! Just $10 per bag!

Place your order here:


Pork N Bands - The Covenant CRC Christian Education Committee along with the Fruited Plain invite you to Pork N Bands on Saturday, September 16! We will be serving pulled pork sandwiches with chips and a sweet treat. Serving starts at 5 in the parking lot of the Fruited Plain. All donations from the meal go toward the Covenant CRC Christian Education Fund. Stay for the live music from local Sioux Center musicians!


  • Community Events & Forms ( is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more! Currently there is information for: Ringneck Rendezvous Event, ASB Dome Middle School Soccer League, Try Hockey, Dordt Youth Cheer Camp, Dordt Men's Soccer Mascot Opportunity, 4-H Clover Kids, Unity Christian Cheer Kids Camp, Western Christian Junior Wolfpack Cross Country, Moped Safety Class, Fall Drivers Ed Course
  • 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.


  • Federal law requires that school officials inform you that SCCS has several rooms that might have some asbestos content in the floor tile. Specific information regarding this is contained in our adopted maintenance plan available in our office for anyone to see.
  • Subject to the United States Constitution, and all applicable state and federal laws, SCCS does not discriminate in its employment or admissions practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the school’s Equity Coordinator, Josh Bowar, Head of School, 630 First Avenue SE, Sioux Center, IA, 51250, 712.722.0777, SCCS reserves the right to institute hiring and enrollment practices based on the school’s mission statement and philosophies.