SCCS Home Bulletin

February 1, 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


In the January Home Bulletin I shared a slice of what happens inside the walls of SCCS, describing what faculty do during our professional development time on Wednesday afternoons to keep improving our craft. In today’s slice, I would like to share an example from second grade that demonstrates how our faculty design learning experiences that nurture and engage students in a balanced approach to reading, writing, and communicating effectively. Our master teachers and paraprofessionals divide their English Language Arts class time into 20-30 minutes of decoding skill practice, 20-25 minutes of small group reading instruction, and 20-30 minutes of whole class instruction. Our teachers weave in grammar, spelling and a minimum of 30 minutes of writing instruction as well. It is pretty amazing to see how many different opportunities students are given to develop their reading, writing, and communicating abilities!


Congratulations to Mrs. Wieringa, who was selected as this month’s McTeacher of the Month! To recognize her efforts, she has received a plaque, $100 to use on her classroom, and free coffee for a year.

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Trailblazer Days continue:

Thursday, February 2

Decade Day

Students are invited to choose a decade and dress in clothing from that time period.

We will have a series of mini-assemblies featuring the Omaha Street Percussion Ensemble.

Friday, February 3

Celebrate SCCS - Fan Friday

Students are invited to dress in their favorite team gear.

We’ll have the annual 8th grade vs. teachers volleyball match from 2:30-3:00 in the gym. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to attend.


The State of Iowa recently released more information regarding who will be eligible for an ESA in the 23-24 school year. Those eligible will be incoming kindergarten students, any student transferring from the public school, and students who have a household income level at or below 300% of the 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Please see the table below for more information, and we encourage you to talk with your tax professional when making financial decisions and plans.

To get more information as it becomes available regarding ESAs, please head to this link (you can also sign up at the bottom of the page to receive updates):

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The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council recently announced Sioux Center Christian School as one of the 37 schools awarded the STEM BEST® (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) + HD (High Demand) Grant. The STEM BEST Program brings schools and businesses together to provide students with real workplace experiences, introduce businesses and career opportunities in Iowa, and gain career-ready skills. SCCS has been awarded $40,000 toward the Blazer Center addition, specifically for the science lab planned to be built.

The STEM BEST + HD Program encourages teachers and industry professionals to work side-by-side to develop a work-based learning model that incorporates STEM subjects like mathematics and science with experiential learning opportunities to emphasize high-demand skills for the workplace. SCCS will be partnering with Interstates to make the project a reality. Thank you to Interstates for your partnership!

We praise God for this gift!


  • Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (
  • UPDATE: Transportation information for Friday, Feb. 3 - Sioux Center Community Schools will be having school now on Feb. 3, as a snow make-up day. All buses will run as normal.


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.

5th Grade parent visit day will be on Friday, Feb. 3. The morning will start with a welcome in the orchestra room at 10:55 followed by a classroom visit from 11:05-11:55 and lunch will be served at 11:55. We will be ordering pizza from Pizza Ranch for our guests and will start with 2 pieces of pizza per person. You are welcome to stay for recess as well! Looking forward to seeing you then!

6th grade parent visit day will be on Friday, Feb. 10. The morning will start with a welcome at 11:00, 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 for our guests and will start with 2 pieces of pizza per person. You are welcome to stay for recess as well! Please sign up here by Tuesday, Feb. 7, so we know how many to plan for. Looking forward to seeing you then!

More information will be sent out later for the 7th & 8th visit day on Friday, February 24, which will begin at 11:00.

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Dordt University is hosting Family Bingo Night at Sioux Center Christian and you and your family are invited. Join us for a fun night of hanging out with other families and playing Dordt Bingo. Snacks will be provided and there will be a chance to win fun Bingo prizes!

When: Thursday, February 9

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Where: Sioux Center Christian School Cafeteria, 630 1st Ave SE, Sioux Center, IA 51250

RSVP: Space is limited, so please RSVP using the link below.

Questions: Contact Josie Faber at or 712-722-6029.

We're looking forward to hanging out with you!

Alicia Bowar, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Josie Faber, Signature Events Coordinator



Do you have a child who is ready to start Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten this fall? Our Parent Information meeting is on Thursday, March 2 and Round Up is Thursday or Friday, March 30 or 31. Go to our website ( or stop by the office to get a Round Up packet if you didn’t receive one from preschool. If you know of any families who might be interested in sending their child to SCCS, please share this information with them!


Sioux Center Christian School invites you to consider the opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty and staff, passionate parents, and fantastic students through the following positions with a start date of August 1, 2023. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning. Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at A review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

  • School Counselor (Full-time)
  • Title 1 (0.85 FTE or adjusted based on the best fit candidate)
  • Reading Specialist (Full-time)
  • Discovery (Full-Time)
  • 4th Grade (Full-time)
  • 3rd Grade (Full-time)
  • Paraprofessional (Full-time one-to-one support for a 1st grader) - start day August 2023
  • Paraprofessional (Full-time one-to-one support for a 4th grader) - start day August 2023
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodian

ASSISTANT CUSTODIAN POSITION OPENING: Sioux Center Christian School is looking to fill the position of assistant custodian. We are looking for a hardworking, dependable, detail-oriented person to serve in this position, working 2-5 hours/day after school releases (working any time after 3:15). Responsibilities include general cleaning and custodial duties. This position has very flexible hours to meet your schedule. We invite you to join our fast-paced, fun work environment! Interested candidates should forward the staff application (found at, and a resume to Josh Bowar, head of school, at A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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!

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Our 3rd graders are being Order Discoverers as they study penguins, Antarctica, the phases of the moon, stars, and constellations!

Very appropriately, they celebrated Penguin Day last week, dressing up in black and white, penguin-themed learning activities, and even holding Penguin Olympics! They watched a video on Antarctica while pretending they were on the observation deck of a ship sailing along its coastline.

In science last week, 3rd graders modeled the phases of the moon with Oreos! Yum! They learned that the moon phases take one month-- which used to be pronounced more like "moonth" and are caused by the sun's light reflecting onto the moon in different ways.

They also went to the Oak Grove Prairie Woods Nature Center for a learning experience to study constellations in the star lab - a big inflatable dome students crawl into with the stars and constellations projected on the walls. Sunday Ford taught them how to find the Big Dipper in the North sky and then use that to find the North Star.

Plus some students were Servant Workers as they worked to remove the thick ice in places on our playground cement!

We are thankful for Mrs. Bootsma, Mrs. Korver, and Mrs. Wieringa, our 3rd grade teachers who designed each of these lessons and learning experiences so students can be Order Discoverers, Creation Enjoyers as they learn God's Story, love it and live it!


Storyline chapels are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:35pm in the gym. Please remind your child to wear their chapel t-shirt. Parents and guests are WELCOME to attend! You may also join our livestream (and recording) at

Storyline Chapel Playlist:


Congratulations to managers, Melissa Punt and Amy Feekes, plus all the Outlet 75 volunteers who have made the biggest distribution from O75 to SCCS possible! Outlet 75 was able to write a $40,000 distribution check to SCCS from Oct – Dec profits (and we had a snowstorm almost every Wed-Thurs in December)!! This brings the total contributions from Outlet 75 since they opened in 2019 to $259,000!

Volunteers make this kind of profit possible! Thank you, parents, for fulfilling the commitment you made at the beginning of the year to help at Outlet75. It has been a huge blessing!

Sign up now for the February and March shifts – February has some openings that need to be filled soon!



Outlet 75 sells new clothing, shoes, home décor, kitchenware, bedding and more …and all profits go to Sioux Center Christian School and contribute to the Alternate Revenue discount that was on your tuition statement!

Open hours: Wednesdays 11am-8pm and Thursdays 11am – 3pm. One Saturday each month (February 11 is the next open Saturday 10am-1pm)

Location: About 1 mile south of Sioux Center on Hwy 75. Look for the red flag.

If you have any questions about helping at Outlet 75, please feel free to email


  • 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 school 24 hours in advance.


Staff Member of the Month: We believe all our faculty and staff are amazing and encourage you to take the time to nominate one (or more) of your children’s teachers! Complete the nomination form (; printed copies are available by the TRIP window) and return to our school office or mail to/drop off at Pella Corp. by the 25th of each month during the school year. Each month a winner is chosen and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used to impact learning! Pella kindly keeps nominations “in play” for 3 months to provide multiple opportunities for an outstanding staff member to be recognized. Feel free to re‐nominate someone if you feel they are deserving, and they didn’t win the award during the 3 months that the nomination was in play. We are extremely grateful to Pella Corp for this program that serves to encourage and bless our faculty and staff!


The Office Handouts is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more!

Currently there is information for:

  • Hull PRCS Guild 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  • Iowa State University Extension and Dordt University STEAM FEST
  • Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure
  • 2023 Drivers Education Options