Columbus Christian School News

September 21, 2018

A Note From Mrs. Donnell

As we wind down another week at CCS, I am asking myself - is it really the 21st of September? Our current weather is suggesting that it might be the end of July, but it looks like relief is on the way this weekend! Tuesday was picture day and our CCS group cleaned up pretty good for the camera. God was shining brightly on the faces of our students.

So many exciting things are happening at CCS. The staff and students are working hard to make this Christian educational journey a success. Satan is not happy with CCS at all. He knows the good we are doing, the fearlessness we are showing in Christ and he is hard at work. This can make things a little stressful, but as was brought to my attention by one of our wonderful staff members this week, “it is a good thing to have Satan knocking on our door, it means we are doing God’s work and Satan doesn’t like it”.

Keep up your hard work Crusaders - prayerfully and fearlessly lead and disciple others as God has called us to do.

Have a blessed weekend.

In Christ’s Love,

Mrs. Donnell

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Columbus Christian School

Chapel Elem 9 - 19 - 18 by Columbus Christian School
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Elementary Chapel

Speaker: Mr. Brian Buterbaugh, CCS Teacher and Pastor of The Rock in Columbus

Topic: Temptation

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Homemade "Temptation Swatter" to deal with temptation:

  1. Pray to God
  2. Read the Bible every day
  3. Talk to someone about your temptations and get help from them

God is big enough to help us in our temptations. Have God help you with your temptations.

Middle & High School Chapel

Speaker: Mrs. Laura Cox

Topic: Leadership & Discipleship - Faithful in the "Little Things"
Scripture: John 8:11, Matthew 20:27-28, Matthew 18:21-22, Romans 5:8, Matthew 22:37-39, John 13:34, 1 John 4:8, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Luke 10:25-37, Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139, Philippians 2:1-4, James 4:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Proverbs 21:23, Luke 6:31

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault

Columbus Christian School

Chapel MSHS 9 - 19 - 18 by Columbus Christian School
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Third graders adopted a new class pet toad, named Roxy. They had a lot of fun gathering all the materials to give Roxy a nice home.

2nd Grade

Happy Constitution Day! 2nd grade made quill pens to write with - just like our founding fathers wrote with when creating the Constitution.

4th and 5th Grades

Crusaders take ‘Steps Through Time’: Hands-on history lessons.

CCS was one of a few schools invited by the Library to participate in this fun event last week. The Republic interviewed a couple of our students...

Read the full article at:…/columbus_takes_steps_through_…/

Thanks for representing the Lord and CCS well about town!

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Look how many books the Kindergarten class has read - Armloads Full!
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Kindergarten Field Trip

Wagon ride, hay bales and apples of course - Appleworks! A Kindergarten tradition and CCS favorite for apples and fun!
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PreK Field Trip

Giant tortoise, oppossum and owls, oh my! PreK students got an up close encounter with all sorts of critters at the Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators.
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Poetry Out Loud

The first round winners for "Poetry Out Loud" are: J. J., Lauren Hunnicutt, Jackie Mouser, Hannah Stair, Adrianne Tallent, Anna Vanderbur, and Macey Wilkerson.

The second round will take place on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. The top three students will receive a cash prize, and the overall winner will attend round three at the state level. Everyone is invited to attend.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Learn more about it at:

LOVE Fearlessly

This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to LOVE fearlessly. Please join us in encouraging your student(s) when they demonstrate this "focus-fruit" at home!

We are excited to see how the Holy Spirit will transform the hearts and minds of these young fruit-bearers!

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BOX TOP BATTLES is coming...

Box Top Battles

October 1st- 5th

Elementary Classrooms will battle to collect the most box tops and prizes will be given.

Be saving up those box tops and get ready to send them in October 1-5!

To learn more about this fundraiser click here:

For coupons on products with box tops, click here:

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End of season for Elementary & JH Girls Volleyball

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Basketball Season Is Approaching

Its time to sign up for basketball. If your student is in grades 5-12 and would like to play, please have them sign up outside the school office.

Red Bull Air Race is Coming

If you would like to help at the Red Bull Air Race on October 6 and 7, please let the school office know. This is a fun way to get your athletic service hours in!

Get the CCS Athletic Schedule delivered right to your phone!

It's easy and it's FREE!

Get instructions here: How to sign up for Eventlink.

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Keys & Earrings

Please contact the school office at 812-372-3780 to claim these items.
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How's the transition going?

We are so grateful that you chose CCS for your family and we care about your transition this school year. Here are a couple of articles from families that have transitioned from both the public school setting and homeschool setting to CCS. They have graciously shared their honest advice about their transition to CCS. Take a look and see if it will help you in your transition. If you have any questions, please know that you can email Mr. Wildey at or Mrs. Donnell at They would love to hear from you!
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CCS is hosting a FREE Community Concert at the Commons - Columbus, Indiana

"Recreating the Christmas music and style of a bygone era- some of the most beloved Christmas music was written and performed from the 1940's thru the 1960's. That's what this show recreates." - Tim Shelton

LIVE Concert featuring Tim Shelton and his 12-piece Jazz Band

Thursday, November 29

Doors open at 6:00pm. Concert begins at 7:00pm

Open seating.

Bring your family and friends to this fun family kick-off to the Christmas season!

For questions or additional information call Columbus Christian School, at (812) 372-3780.

Car Pick-Up Line Card

Please remember to place your name card in car window with child's name on it so the ladies in the dismissal pick-up line can easily see the student's names and call for them. This will help the line run smoothly.

CCS Before School Care (K-12th grade)

CCS Before School Care (K-12th grade)

Before-School Care hours are 7:00 am - 7:30 am Monday-Friday. Mr. Brian Buterbaugh is volunteering his time as part of his ministry to the youth of CCS. Free-will donations may be paid to Mrs. Tammy Harvey in the main office.

ParentsWeb - RenWeb School Management Software

Want to get more involved in your child’s academic progress and future success – all via the Internet! See your child’s grades, attendance, homework and conduct, as well as other useful school information. You can also communicate with teachers and other school staff online whenever necessary. All you need is an Internet-capable computer. For more information on how to access RenWeb, click here: Parent Login Instructions

Be the first to know when school is cancelled or delayed!

Get important information from your child's teacher and school with the free Remind app. It's easy to use. Follow the instructions here.
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Background Check Must Be On File

All family members who anticipate volunteering in the school, going on field trips, attending school functions, even driving MS/HS kids to the retreat MUST have a Volunteer Application/Background Check on file with CCS. Please pick up a form at the Crusader Connection (located just outside the office door) and return to the office.


Heading back to school is an exciting time of year for students. As students go back to school, it is important that they eat healthy, stay active, and are up to date on their immunizations. The Bartholomew County Health Department would like to help you make sure your child is up to date. Call 812-379-1555 option 1 to check immunization status and make an appointment. Publicly funded program for those uninsured and underinsured to receive immunizations at no charge. Most insurances also accepted. Click here to view the 2018-19 Required & Recommended School Immunizations.

Theresa Forkert RN

Bartholomew County Health Department

2675 Foxpointe Drive Suite B

Columbus, IN 47203

812-379-1555, Ext 1 (office)


School Documents & Forms

2018-19 Year Calendar, FAQ Sheet, Volunteer Background Check, Family Covenant, Internet & Electronic Device User Agreement, Student Handbook and more.


College Fair at East High School

For 11th-12th grades (11:00AM)

Thursday, September 27

Poetry Out Loud

Thursday, September 27 / 6:30PM

Fall Break

October 8 - 12

2 HR Delay for Staff Professional Development

Thursday, October 18

Classes begin at 10:00AM

Preschool Open House

Kindergarten & First Grade Open House

Thursday, October 18


Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 1

CCS Drama Program

Friday, Nov. 9 & Saturday, Nov. 10

Doors Open at 6:30

Show at 7:00

Tim Shelton's A Very Vintage Christmas Concert

The Commons / Free concert hosted by CCS

Thursday, November 29

Doors Open at 6:00

Concert at 7:00

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Fall Family Fest

East Columbus Christian Church is having a Fall Family Fest on Friday, October 19th from 5-8 p.m. Inflatables, games, candy, food, soft drinks and Christian Illusionist Bobby Warren. Be watching for the pumpkin patch where you can pick an item and bring it in for this yearly outreach.
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Why Christian Education?

A question so many of us often hear or get asked. This article answers the question beautifully.

Some powerful and big truths to think through! Thankful for the unity we have with others who prioritize Christian education all over the world.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline

Want FREE math or science homework help? Call Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline toll free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE, or 1-877-275-7673. The tutors are Rose-Hulman college students and answer calls from 7 P.M. - 10 P.M., Sunday - Thursday. It's a free service and a toll free call! Or go to to submit questions online.
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