SCCS Home Bulletin
January 10, 2024
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
FROM DR. B.
Happy Wednesday, Trailblazers!
It’s good to get back into the swing of things after Christmas break. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season with your family and friends!
Let’s continue our series Reformed: Doubling Down. Last time, we focused on the Reformed idea that God confirms. Through the sacraments, God confirms and strengthens our faith.
Let’s look at baptism and the Lord’s Supper to dig into this further from a Reformed perspective.
Reformed Christians do not believe that baptism in itself washes away sins. Only Jesus Christ, who died on the cross, can do that. Through Jesus’s death, God saves us. The sacrament of baptism confirms that saving sacrifice. Sacrament or no sacrament, God remains faithful to His Word.
Let’s look at the Lord’s Supper. The Reformed faith teaches that the bread and wine (or juice!) do not actually turn into the body and blood of Christ. Jesus’s blood was shed for us once and for all on the cross. No further sacrificing of His body or shedding of His blood needs to be done. At the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is not bodily present with us. But Jesus is really with us through the Spirit working in our hearts. Through the Lord’s Supper, Jesus confirms for us what happened so long ago.
Reformed Christians speak about two different ways in which God strengthens our faith through the sacraments. Sacraments are signs and symbols that demonstrate a reality that we cannot yet see with our eyes: God’s salvation extended to us through Jesus’s death and resurrection. Sacraments are seals which confirm that we belong to God. A seal is the equivalent of a signature. In times past, people would prove a document was theirs by imprinting their unique seal into wax that was dripped onto paper. Similarly, when we place our signature on a document, we put our seal. By signing our name, we confirm that we are responsible for fulfilling what we agreed to do. It’s the same with the sacraments. Through them, we receive the guarantee that God’s promises belong to us personally.
Other perspectives identify up to seven sacraments, whereas Reformed Christians identify two. Why is that? Because these signs and seals of God’s promises (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) are the only two that Jesus specifically commanded us to celebrate. That’s what the Bible says, and Reformed Christians believe that the Bible is the only authority.
Through the sacraments, God confirms His saving grace and power to us. What a beautiful gift!
Congratulations to the twenty-six students who have been chosen to represent Sioux Center Christian at the NW Iowa Honor Orchestra Festival on Thursday, January 25! The students diligently practiced at school and at home for over two months to prepare for their auditions, which were recorded and sent to the festival judges in November. Thanks to Mrs. Jill Friend, Mrs. Brianna Kats, and Mrs. Karli Vreugdenhil (Dordt student) who worked with students to prepare them for the auditions and the upcoming festival!
KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS LOVE TO LEARN
Our kindergarten students were challenged to think about how God prepares His creation for winter as they read the story, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. They learned how God prepares us for winter and how the animals in the story survive the winter in real life. As they read the story, they acted out the animals and all tried to fit in the mitten their teacher made on the floor. It was a tight squeeze (until the sneeze)! They also reviewed fiction and nonfiction books, learned how to retell and sequence events in a story, learned about setting, characters, problem and solution in books, and explored two other versions of “The Mitten.” The kids had so much fun seeing the similarities and differences between the various stories.
We are thankful for Ms. Borger, Mrs. Haan, and Ms. Stuit, our kindergarten teachers who daily design each lesson and learning experience so students LOVE to Learn and LEARN to Love God, others, and His creation!
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
- We want to make sure we keep all students safe during the drop off and pick up procedure at school. Just a reminder: Please do not not park in the visitor parking spots when dropping off or picking up your child as we want to keep that area free for the buses. Please use the drop off lane or park in the northwest parking lot and walk your child into school.
BUSING INFORMATION FOR JANUARY 19
PARENT VISIT DAYS
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. Each grade level will be hosting a Parent Visit Day again this year. You are invited to join us for some time in the classroom and Pizza Ranch pizza on us!
6th Grade Parent Day is up next on Friday, January 12! The morning will start with a welcome at 11:00 in the Band Room followed by a classroom visit from 11:10-12:00 and lunch will be served at 12:00. We will be ordering pizza from Pizza Ranch and our guests will enjoy 2 pieces of pizza per person. You are welcome to stay for recess as well! Looking forward to your visit!
5th Grade Parent Visit Day will be Friday, January 19! The morning will start with a welcome at 11:00 in the Band Room followed by a classroom visit from 11:10-12:00 and lunch will be served at 12:00. We will be ordering pizza from Pizza Ranch and our guests will enjoy 2 pieces of pizza per person. You are welcome to stay for recess as well! You will need to sign up here by Monday, Jan. 15, so we know how many to plan for. After filling in each section of the form, please remember to click submit! Looking forward to your visit!
Below are the dates and times for the other grade level Parent Visit Days this school year. More information will be sent out later.
- Feb. 2 - 11:00 - 7th grade
- Feb. 9 - 10:15 - 2nd grade
- Mar. 1 - 10:30 - 3rd grade
- Mar. 22 - 10:45 - 4th grade
- Apr. 4 - 10:00 - Kindergarten
THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER
You are invited to attend one of the 7th/8th grade performances of The Elves and the Shoemaker on Friday, January 26 and Saturday January 27 at 7pm in the TePaske Theater. This production is a fanciful and charming reframing of the traditional store of shoemaking elves. No tickets needed; a freewill offering will be received.
Note: 1st grade through 8th grade will attend a matinee performance at 1pm on Friday, January 26.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Herzog Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2024 Christian Teacher of the Year Awards. This annual opportunity to honor Christian educators is part of the Herzog Foundation’s Excellence in Christian Education award series.
The 2024 nomination period will conclude on Friday, February 16. The Herzog Foundation will then select 12 Teachers of the Year to be honored at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
The Herzog Foundation exists to catalyze and accelerate the development of quality Christ-centered K-12 education. Our vision is for families and culture to flourish through quality Christian education.
Sioux Center Christian School administrators and staff been blessed to attend several of their training events! We encourage you to nominate an SCCS teacher you love and appreciate!
Storyline chapels will be the first Wednesday of the month 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 https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/currentfamilies/livestream.cfm
KITCHEN (PART-TIME) : Looking for someone to join our Kitchen crew from 9:00-2:00 Monday through Friday to help with setting up the line, serving food and clean up. Job applications are available on the SCCS website. https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/connectwithus/employment.cfm
CUSTODIAL CLEANING CREW HELP WANTED: Looking for hardworking independent high school students or adults to fill openings on the SCCS after school custodial cleaning crew. Flexible after school/evening hours available. Contact Eileen Buiter 712-578-8624. Job applications are available on the SCCS website. https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/connectwithus/employment.cfm
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!
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
- 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 (email@example.com).
- 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!
Currently there is information for:
- Unity Christian Baseball Open Gym Info for 8th Grade Boys
- Dordt Youth Dance Camp
- Western Christian Cheer Camp
- Unity Christian/MOC Reach Out T-shirt order form
- Western Christian Dance Camp
- Girl Scout Information
- Wolfpack Wrestling Camp
PELLA 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.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Parents are invited to a FREE Youth Mental Health Film Screening & Discussion next Thursday, January 11 at 7:00pm at the Boyden-Hull High School Theatre in Hull. The 30 minute film, “What I Wish My Parents Knew” will be followed by a panel and discussion.
WINTER STEM ACTIVITIES AT THE LIBRARY
Students in grades K-5 are invited to the Sioux Center Public Library on Mondays after school in January to participate in fun STEM activities. Drop-In Activities will be available as a come and go on your own timeframe between 3:30-5:00pm. STEM challenges curated by the NW STEM Region. No registration needed. There will be a new activity each week. Activities include:
- Making Snow Globes & sharing them with the community
- Creating your own most efficient snowplows
- Create the longest paper chain
- Create scratch art snowflakes for decorations
THE JUMPSTART PATHWAY AT WESTERN CHRISTIAN
You are welcome to attend an informational meeting regarding The JumpSTART Pathway at Western Christian High School on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm. To learn more about this unique 4-year path, check out the handbook that is attached below.