Saints Calling

North Clackamas Christian School - March 2020

2019/20 School Verse ‭

John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what hey have done has been done in the sight of God.

What's Happening at NCCS?

Staying Healthy

Recently, the CDC publicly spoke about schools and communities being prepared for cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), should an outbreak occur in the US. This is something that our administration is monitoring, and we are developing procedures should such activity/emergency bring a disruption to school. We receive regular updates from County Health and other government agencies.

Additionally, we are aware of a case in our county and the probability of additional cases in our local area. This situation is changing daily and we are preparing ourselves to make any necessary decisions for our school community. There are helpful resources available to the public through Oregon Health Authority, including a FACT SHEET.

Generally speaking, regarding our interest in providing a healthy learning and work environment, we want to remind everyone of the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick. NOTE: Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or arm when you sneeze.

As stated in the Parent and Student Handbook, when a child is at home with a contagious illness the parent/guardian should call the school office and inform school personnel what the child has and how long the child is expected to miss school. This information may help the school to take measures in order to prevent the spread of illness. Please review this PREVENTION FLYER.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to flu and other respiratory viral illnesses. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The only way to tell what specific germ is causing illness is through laboratory testing. Criteria for COVID-19 testing are set by CDC. Those who are ill should immediately contact their medical providers for evaluation. We will contact a parent for any student who shows signs of illness at school and have them go home to be monitored. Thank you for supporting any measures we take to prevent widespread illness at NCCS.

Basketball Season Update

This year 78 students participated in basketball at NCCS! The 5/6th grade teams finished their season in December, while the junior high and high school played regular season games through February. The junior high girls' team secured the number one seed position going into playoffs, and won the first game. They will play for the 1st and 2nd place team trophy!

Our student athletes are tough in competition and demonstrate exceptional Christian character on and off the court. The season reflects a great deal of dedication from the athletes and coaches. Congratulations to all our Saints basketball players on a job well done. We are proud of you!

SHOUT OUT to our high school all-league honor recipients!
Boys Varsity - Sportsmanship Award
Luke Nelson - Honorable mention
Caleb Matias - 2nd Team
Braden Hoeckelberg Young - 1st Team
Dana Dale - Honorable mention
Maddi Pitzl - Honorable mention
Nikki Hofer - Defensive 1st Team

Hailey Meuser - 1st Team

NCCS Goes to State!!!

  • NCCS Excelsior Choir earned state qualifying scores at the Linfield Choir Festival. They were the highest ranking 1A/2A school! State Choir takes place May 7, at Oregon State University. The choir has earned 1st place, 4 of the last 5 years.
  • Ian and Ashlyn Watt both had PR’s at the recent state swim meet. These NCCS students swim for Oregon City (6A). Ian finished 5th place in the 50 free and Ashlyn’s 200 medley relay team got 2nd place and her 200 free relay team got 3rd!
  • Boys Varsity Basketball won 3rd in district, which qualified them to move into the state playoffs. They finished their season in overtime in their first game of playoffs, which ended their pursuit of a spot at State. We are proud of these young men and their efforts!

Congratulations Honor Roll Recipients

We are excited to recognize the 58 Junior High and High School students who made 1st Semester Honor Roll. Congratulations, keep working hard and doing your best!

7th Grade: High Honors- Kian Hankland, Lacey Nelson, Timothy Van Sickle, and Jonathan Meuser; Honors-Roman Kannenberg and Bekah Neely.

8th Grade: High Honors-McKenna Brent, Mason Gackle, Addison Hixson, Allison Van Sickle, Matthew Michaels, Kassidy Sigler, Abby Wiese; Honors-Millie Hankland, Ella Kollias, Kristen Sigler, Chase Thornton, Tyler Hankland, Jesse Turner.

9th Grade: High Honors-Kali Dransfeldt, Kiana Hayward, Emmi Kerekffy, Ashlyn Watt; Honors- Dallas Hicks.

10th Grade: High Honors-Kira Burch, Ben Coleman, Molly Davis, Katelyn Hixson, Landon Meuser, Issac Minnie, Breanna Steele, Luke Van Sickle, Luke Nelson; Honors-Lizzie Neely, Josh Wiese.

11th Grade: High Honors-Tom Chen, Connor Filippello, Joshua Hankland, Megan Hankland, Jeremy Horn, Ashlynn Kerekffy, Hailey Meuser, John Turner, John Wang, Madalyn Meuser, Mackenzie McCarty; Honors-Caleb Matias.

12th Grade: High Honors-Dana Dale, Alexis Donovan, Gracie Neely, Marissa Van Sickle, Ian Watt, Braden Hoeckelberg Young, Nikki Hofer; Honors-Henry Waxenfelter, Tyler Burch.

Monthly Character Trait: FLEXIBILITY

Elementary students practiced showing FLEXIBILITY as they learned about this character trait. As students (and teachers) recognized classmates showing FLEXIBILITY during the school day, they would fill out a "halo". The halo was added to a class bucket of entries for the month. At a chapel, one name was drawn for each class from those entries to have a special lunch with Mrs. James at Burgerville. We are so proud of all our young Saints for showing FLEXIBILITY!

February Character Trait Drawing Winners: Regan(K); Hadee(1); Ayla(2); Arlington(3); Bella(4); Hudson(5); Carina(6).

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Regional Spelling Bee

This year we have two students, Isabelle (6th grade) and Kian (7th grade), competing at the 2020 Regional ACSI Spelling Bee. Congratulations to both of them for excelling in this event!

Regional Skills Competition for High School Students

The 42nd Annual Clackamas Regional Skills Competition is set to occur on Thursday, April 16th. Clackamas Community College will host the annual event that is expected to draw near 1,000 high school students from Clackamas County Schools. The Clackamas Regional Skills Competition offers opportunities to challenge students by providing an opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned in school. Winners of Regional Skills Competitions receive CCC tuition waivers! The day's activities also allow students to have an opportunity to participate in the Clackamas Youth Career Expo, take a campus tour, and learn about attending college. All NCCS high school students are encouraged to participate.

Registration forms are attached below and are due to Mrs. Hespen by March 6.

Information about the competition is available at

The webpage has contest details:

  • Paper registration forms
  • Areas of competition
  • General rules
  • Other helpful information

Mad Science Spring Session

Attention all Junior Engineers, grades K-6! In the next session, Planes, Cranes & Awesomemobiles, students will explore the fundamentals of the forces that hold our planet and buildings together through a fun series of lessons! This class includes lessons such as Fantastic Flyers, Science of Toys, Scientific Method, Super Structures, and more!

Registration for this next session will open next week, look for an email soon! More information can be found HERE.

Educational Travel

Join a group from NCCS as we travel the world and learn about history, art, traditions, languages, and people. We still have room on two upcoming tours, and we welcome student and adult travelers.

  • Italy, France and Spain -Spring Break 2021. Travel for 13 days through Europe and experience multiple cultures and get the most amazing hands on history lesson! Get information and enroll HERE . For questions on this trip, contact the Group Leader, Mrs. James at
  • East Coast, Washington, D.C./New York- June 2021. Visit national landmarks and see historical artifacts. This trip is open to junior high and high school students. For questions and to sign up for this trip, contact the Group Leader, Mrs. Hardy at .

Dress Code Reminder

Now that Spring is upon us and the sun is shining, please remember to have your child dress appropriate to the school dress code.
  • Pants must be free of any holes or rips above the knee. Tight fitting pants (including leggings), must be worn with a shirt that extends below the hips so as to fully cover the front and back. Pajamas and sleepwear attire are not permitted.
  • Shirts should cover the entire upper torso, including the waist, back, shoulders, and chest.
  • Shorts should extend down to the mid-thigh or longer.
  • Skirts/dresses should extend down to the mid-thigh or longer, whether standing or bending.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. No slippers or wheeled shoes. No sandals for preschool-6th grade.
  • Exposed undergarments are not appropriate. Undergarments, or any part thereof, should not be visible either through or extending from, clothing at any time.

Office Memo

Please be aware that the office no longer sells soup for lunch. Rather, there will be miscellaneous healthy snacks available ($1) for those that need food at lunch time. Additionally, there will no longer be spoons or forks distributed through the office. Please be sure to send these items from home with your child's lunch as needed.

Annual Auction UPDATE

Prepare to relive the 80's at the annual auction on May 2, 2020! Join us for a fun night in support of NCCS.

  • Ticket are being sold on the auction web page.
  • Follow updates for this event on the special Facebook page.
  • Donations Needed: The Auction Committee is asking for you to consider, "Who do you know who can work with us to make our event successful?" We are asking for donations of vacation rentals (Mexico, Hawaii, Sun River, Oregon Coast, ....) and experiences (guided fishing trip, hot air balloon ride, in-home chef, collegiate and professional sporting event...) to offer at the auction. Can you, or someone you know, provide these type of items? Maybe you have a skill to share that someone else would bid on?

ATTENTION: Here are the Sign Up Genius links to the auction class basket project. Everyone can help and contribute something from the lists of items needed. We appreciate your donations and help in making these baskets come together by the end of February!

Kindergarten - 1st - 2nd - 3rd - 4th - 5th - 6th - 7th-8th - 9th-10th - 11th-12th

If you have questions, are wanting to make a donation, or would like to work with the auction team, please contact Susan Van Sickle at Attached below are donation and sponsor forms for those wish to partner with us in this way

The Little Mermaid

Mark your calendar and bring the entire family to this year's Spring Musical! The show will be held at Barclay School Theater on April 3 & 4, tickets will be sold at the door. Our cast features students in grades 5-12 and is sure to be entertaining for all ages.

Spring Sports Registration

High School spring sports begin March 2. Go to the Athletics page for registration for track & field and boys' baseball .Go Saints!
Order Your Saints Spirit Wear (CLICK HERE)

Select to have your order shipped to your home or to the school. GO SAINTS!!!


Summer Learning Opportunities

Are you looking for opportunities for your high school student to continue learning through the summer? There are a couple options available:
  • Greenways Academy Online High School Classes- Students entering grades 9-12 may enroll in elective classes through this online provider. All classes are taught by Oregon certified teachers and are accredited courses. Course options include: career/technical , languages, art, STEM, and more. Registration is through our school office with Mrs. James.The fee for a one semester summer class is $275, due by June 1. Online classes begin as the school year ends and run through August. (This program is also an option during the school year, at no charge.)
  • Clackamas Community College (CCC) will be hosting two summer programs, the free Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Camp and the Summer Scholars Program. Information about both programs and the online sign-up forms are available at The registration deadline for both programs is May 1.
Monthly Parenting Article (CLICK HERE)

DESIRING GOD: Three Essentials for Christian Parenting

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Local Parenting Workshop: LOVE AND LOGIC

Love and Logic ( offers effective behavior strategies to support parents and educators as they teach children & youth. For one day, March 12, Dr. Charles Fay is coming to Portland, to present his workshop as a trusted leader in helping adults bring out the best in kids. To register, use the form below or go to

Adidas Employee Store Pass for NCCS

Shop March 19-April 19, for 50% off at the Adidas Employee Store with the pass below.

Upcoming Event Dates

March 2 Elementary Read Across America Day

March 2 Spring Sports Season Begins

March 5 Elementary Movie Night, 6-8 PM

March 6 No School, Teacher Inservice Day

March 6 ACSI Speech Meet for grades 1st-8th

March 8 Daylight Savings

March 10 Career Expo for grades 10,11,12th

March 10 All School Talent Show, 7-9 PM

March 11 NHS Induction, 9:05 AM

March 14 JH Bowling Party at Milwaukie Bowl, 3-5 PM

March 18 JH Choir Music Festival, 7:30 AM-2:30 PM (Newberg)

March 20 No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 23-27 Spring Break, No School

April 3-4 Spring Musical

April 5-7 HS Choir Tour

April 13-17 Spring Book Fair

April 16 Regional Skills Competition @ CCC

April 21 Kindergarten Roundup (Enrolled Students & Parents)

April 24 Math Olympics

May 2 Annual Auction

NOTE: Please use the ONLINE School Calendar for up to the minute information on school events.

Please let us know how we can help you!

If you have questions regarding any topic presented in this newsletter, please contact our office.

Superintendent/Principal: Sherri James (Ext 101)

Office Manager: McKenzie Falotico (Ext 100)

Athletic Director: Grant Nelson (Ext 201)

Business Office Manager: Emily Clark (Ext 202)

Front Office Reception: Beth Woody (Ext 601)

NCCS Mission Statement

North Clackamas Christian School partners with Christian parents in providing our students with a biblically-based education that pursues excellence in spiritual, academic, artistic and athletic programs, training them to serve Christ daily.