Columbus Christian School News

April 18, 2019

Don't forget! CCS is closed in observance of Good Friday, April 19th.

Take this weekend to reflect, celebrate and worship the God who made the way back for us into fellowship with Him.

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A Note From Mrs. Donnell

What happened in the last hours before Jesus' death?

The last hours before Jesus' death were spent with His disciples, in the Garden of Gethsemane, on trial, traveling to His place of crucifixion, and finally hanging on the cross.

The night before He died, Jesus and His disciples celebrated Passover in the upper room of a residence (Luke 22:7-13). Before they began supper, Jesus showed His disciples His care for them by kneeling down and washing their feet—a task usually reserved for the lowliest household servant (John 13:1-5). Jesus' act of service included Judas Iscariot, who would later leave supper in order to betray Jesus.

After the foot-washing, the men partook in the traditional Passover dinner. This particular Passover marked Jesus' institution of the Lord's Supper (Communion). Alluding to His death, He declared that the bread represented His broken body and the cup represented His blood (Matthew 26:26-29). During the supper, Jesus predicted Judas's betrayal, and Judas left the meal.

When supper was finished, Jesus and His disciples moved to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus spent time in anguished prayer, anticipating the events that would soon occur. His disciples slept, even though Jesus asked them to stay up and pray (Luke 22:45-46). While they were in the garden, Judas returned with a crowd and betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Jesus was then arrested, accused of blasphemy, and put on trial.

The next hours were agonizing. Beginning before 6:00am, Jesus was subjected to harsh interrogation, beaten, spit on, mocked, brutally whipped, and finally convicted and made to carry His cross to His own crucifixion. He was nailed by His hands (or wrists) and feet to the cross and left hanging for hours before He died.

While on the cross, Jesus spoke to people, including one of the two thieves who hung beside Him. This thief defended Jesus from the taunting of the other; and because of his belief, Jesus promised that he would be with Him in "paradise" that same day (Luke 23:39-43). Jesus also spoke to His disciple John, asking Him to take care of His mother (John 19:26-27).

At noon, an unnatural darkness covered the land (Mark 15:33). At 1:00pm, Jesus cried out: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" An hour later, He said, "It is finished." He then died.

While this is a description of Jesus' last hours before His crucifixion and death, it does not describe His final hours on earth. Three days after Jesus died, He was resurrected from the dead and He appeared before His disciples and hundreds of other witnesses. He stayed on earth 40 days (Acts 1:3), then ascended into heaven to rule at the right hand of the Father (Luke 24:50-51).

Have a Blessed Easter!

Mrs. Donnell

celebrating holy week at ccs

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first grade seder meal

First grade celebrated Passover at school today by participating in a traditional Seder meal.

They read, “A Sweet Passover” by Leslea Newman and listened to Passover and Seder songs- including trying to sing along with the four questions and answers of the Seder meal.

They went though the 15 steps of a Seder and discussed each one. As a reward for finding the Afikoman... they each got a Berenstain Bears book about the very first Easter and read it together before going home!

We love how the truths of God and Jesus’ sacrifice once for all are being shared with these kids through all their senses!

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest [Jesus] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” - Hebrews‬ ‭10:10-14‬

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Middle and High School Students:

Effective now through the end of the school year there will be NO After School Resource for the Middle and High School students. All students must be picked up no later than 3:30 pm. There will be NO adult supervision after 3:30 pm and students cannot stay in the building without adult supervision.

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Summer Math Enrichment

We will be offering summer math enrichment during the months of June and July. It is not required, but is highly recommended for anyone who struggles with math and anyone who has not passed the ISTEP+ graduation exam. Any current Junior/Sophomore who has not passed the ISTEP+ must participate in remediation/enrichment as part of the requirements for the ISTEP+ Graduation Waiver.

Dates: June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Times: 9am - 11am

Location: CCS - classroom to be determined

Who: Any student who was enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II during the 2018-2019 school year

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Congratulations to the 2019 inductees into the National Honor Society!

We are praising the Lord for the talents He has given all our students and taking the time to recognize a few tonight! Wonderful work, Crusaders!

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Jobs For Teens HQ wants to help teenagers not just find a job, but help them explore and understand the opportunities they have access to as well as learn a variety of skills that future employers will find extremely valuable.

They are the largest FREE website on the internet that helps teens find a job. Whether it's an 11 year old looking for a part-time job to make a few bucks during the summer, or an 18 year old trying to decide on the direction they want to take in their career, they have information kids need to succeed. The website covers the specifics around full-time jobs, online jobs, summer jobs, and side jobs.


Video tour of website:

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21st Century Scholar Program

For students in the 7th and 8th grade.

For specific program requirements, visit the home page of their website:


This month our CCS MS/HS will be learning what it looks like to be fearlessly GENTLE. 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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PTF Leadership positions available for 2019-2020

Are you prayerfully considering becoming more involved with service at CCS? Inquiring about Parent Teacher Fellowship is a great way to start! Please email to learn more about the PTF Leadership positions that are available for the 2019-2020 school year.
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sampling of the art:

Our Elementary Students are getting so excited to share their artwork with you at "Creative Crusaders" on May 2nd! Be sure you sign up your whole family soon. Everyone is welcome!

Middle and High School students are more than welcome to submit a piece for the exhibit as well- just turn it into Mrs. Gover in the Resource Room.

Creative Crusaders: A Family Night of Food, Fellowship, Talent & Art

All Crusader Families are invited to this fun and engaging school-wide event! Bring the whole family (grandparents, aunts, uncles too!) to enjoy a homemade meal, Junior and Senior High Talent Show, and Elementary Art Exhibit.

The night will begin with a delicious meal, prepared by our wonderful school chef, Tammy Carlson. During dinner, you will enjoy the talents of our fantastic Junior and Senior High Students. At the end of the evening, you are invited to peruse the Elementary Art Show in the Elementary Hallway. All student’s artwork will be available to purchase by donation only.

Thursday, May 2nd 6-8 p.m at Columbus Christian School

Tickets: $6 pre-order, $8 at the door

Proceeds go to fund PTF projects next school year!

*Note: All Talent Show acts will be screened and approved, and students will sign a code of conduct contract to participate. Sign-ups for Talent Show will be posted in the coming weeks. Also, Junior and Senior High students are more than welcome to create a piece of art for the exhibit, but it is on a volunteer basis- all elementary students will be creating art work for the show during specials.

MIddle & Senior High Talent Show

Sign up for “Creative Crusaders “ talent show in the school office!

Here are a few guidelines: Up to 3 students per act, 3 minutes per act, all acts will be screened by a staff member beforehand, and students will sign a code of conduct contract to participate.

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Play Ball!

photo credit: Lily D.
photo credit: Lily D.

it's coming...indy 500

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The roar of engines returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series prepare for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Enjoy the sights and sounds of May at the Brickyard while seeing your favorite drivers push their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph. Then mosey on back to the gift shop where Columbus Christian families work side by side to raise funds for the Athletic Department.

Contact the school office to schedule your volunteer hours: (812) 372-3780.

Volunteer Work Dates / Time of Departure (carpool) / # of Volunteers Needed:

May 10 FRI Depart McDonald’s at 6:00am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 11 SAT Depart McDonald’s at 5:15am (Indy Grand Prix)
Number of workers needed: (12) shops 17 & 28

May 14 TUE Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 15 WED Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 16 THUR Depart McDonald’s 8:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 17 FRI Depart McDonald’s 8:30am (Fast Friday)
Number of workers needed:(5) Shop17

May 18 SAT Depart McDonald’s 5:30am (Qualifications)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 19 SUN Depart McDonald’s 7:30am (Pole Day)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 20 MON Depart McDonald’s 10:30am
Number of workers needed: (5) Shop 17

May 24 FRI Depart McDonald’s 6:30 (Carb Day)
Number of workers needed: (12) Shops 17 & 28

May 25 SAT Depart McDonald’s 6:30am (Legends Day)
Number of workers needed: (10) Shop 17

May 26 SUN Depart McDonald’s 3:30am (103rd Running of the Indy 500)
Number of workers needed: (18) shops 17 & 28

Complete information about the day (what to expect, what to wear, how to get there, pictures, etc.) can be found on the website at: or you can download it below.

Baseball & Softball Schedules

Stay up to date with CCS activities using Eventlink. Need help getting started? Click here for information on setting up a free account.
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School Documents & Forms

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

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Important Dates

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21

PTF Meeting

Thursday, April 25 / 3:30PM

Mid Term Ends

Friday, April 26


Friday, April 26


Saturday, April 27

ILEARN (6th-8th Grade Testing)

April 29-May3

ILEARN (3rd-5th Grade Testing)

May 6-10

Scholastic Book Fair

May 13-17

Senior Trip

May 13-17

Preschool Graduation

Thursday, May 16

1st & 5th Grades Baseball in Education

Thursday, May 16

Pre-K Graduation

Friday, May 17

Elementary Field Day

Thursday, May 23

Last Day of School

Friday, May 24

Kindergarten Graduation 8:15AM

MS/HS Awards 9-9:45AM

Elementary Awards 10-11AM

(Parents are welcome to come to the Awards Ceremonies/Located in Sanctuary)

Class of 2019 Graduation

Friday, May 24 / 7:00PM

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elementary artwork

Check out the fun artwork created by students during their Art class!

Theme: SPRING: All God's Creation

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hilltop christian camp summer sessions

Hilltop Christian Camp has been offering a summer youth camp program since it began in 1946. Their mission is to provide a secluded place where the young people of the area churches can grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Campers learn about Christ in an atmosphere of worship, study and fun. They offer camps for ages 5-18 or grades K-12. The youth can experience Hilltop’s traditional dorm camp or the wilderness program. For more information, visit them on the web at or call (812) 988-4991.
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Columbus First Church of the Nazarene

Springhill Daycamp will held at Columbus First Church of the Nazarene (located at 1245 McClure Road) and WE WANT YOUR KIDS TO BE THERE!!!! Springhill is an amazing week jam-packed full of fun that is centered around the kids learning more about Jesus. Early Bird registration is now open and will last until the end of the month. You can register your kids for Springhill at This week will be the highlight of your kids’ summer. Spots are filling up quickly so get your kids registered today. Don’t let your kids miss out on this much fun. If you have any questions or for more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact Pastor Brent Roll at

Community Church of Columbus

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Hey Crusader families! Our CCS library just got HUGE!

CCS is now a RightNow media partner and that benefit extends to you! Check your email for your gift subscription information and begin enjoying access to Christian materials, teaching videos and books available in this online Biblical library. You can use these with your kids, for your personal growth and even as part of a family devotion or small group.

" that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God..." Colossians 1:10

FREE Family Resource of the Month

Prepare for Easter with family devotionals from Focus On The Family. There’s also journal pages and sermon notes for kids. And Easter cards to help you share the love of Jesus with family and friends. FREE Family Resource Easter Pack.

Can a Parent Expect Respect?

Respect is not outdated or old-fashioned, and modern parents have a responsibility to teach their teens to be respectful in a myriad of ways. Check out the article from Focus On The Family. Article: Can a Parent Expect Respect?

Parent Resources available on the CCS website

Check out more resources for parents at:

AfterSchoolHelp is an educational service offered by BJU Press to further student understanding in difficult concepts. AfterSchoolHelp provides extra practice exercises that correspond directly with the wording and chapter numbers of BJU Press textbooks. Not only does AfterSchoolHelp offer extra practice exercises, but also videos chosen by BJU Press teachers, reviews, speed drills, and extra materials for each lesson. All material is searchable by chapter and lesson numbers from BJU Press textbooks.

By using AfterSchoolHelp, students can strengthen their understanding of the concepts that they learn during their lessons, and AfterSchoolHelp can help struggling students to grasp difficult concepts by reinforcing instruction or by adding new elements to the way they look at the problem.

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Better Together

For further information: or 812-348-6257.

CCS Verse of the Week

Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.
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