Columbus Christian School News

August 5, 2019 - Back to School Night Information

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Welcome from Mrs. Donnell

Dear CCS Families,

Can you believe that school is almost upon us? What happened to our summer break? I want to welcome our students, families and staff back to CCS for the 2019-2020 school year.

CCS has had some wonderful enrichment opportunities this summer, but we really can’t wait to get each of you back in the classroom every day. We hope you enjoyed the Tuck-in Tuesday bedtime stories, our Wednesday activities and your Mid-Summer Hang Out.

Your teachers have been working hard all summer to create classrooms and lessons that will help “train” you to learn about Christ and His love for you. We look forward to seeing all of you at Back to School night on August 5th from 5:30-7:00pm. You will be able to meet your student’s teachers, bring in their supplies and get your questions answered. Don’t forget to fill out the enclosed packet of student information and turn it in on Back to School Night in the gym for a gift.

School Hours:

Elementary – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Middle/High – 8:00 am to 3:15 pm

Exciting things are happening at CCS and this year our theme is “iTrain”.

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather,

train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value,

but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the

present life and the life to come.” I Timothy 4:7-8

As we begin this school year, I want each of us to be ready to “train” for whatever God has in store for all of us at CCS. May God bless this school, its staff, its students and its families as we press forward in presenting God’s Word and teaching CCS students the biblical perspective of the world.

Thank you all for continuing to allow me to be a part of such an exciting ministry!

Angie Donnell


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Where to park:

When you arrive, please park on the west side of the building. There will be flags directing you to the main school doors. Upon entering, please drop off your reams of paper and administration office supplies outside the Teacher Resource room in the Elementary Hallway. There will be smiling CCS students with carts ready to help you! Take your additional school supplies to your student’s classroom/homeroom/locker (see info by grade below). CCS staff will be ready to direct you!

What to do:

This event is an open house format. Please allow yourself enough time to drop off school supplies for each of your students, meet teachers, and visit the gym for sign-ups.

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All the documents you need to fill out are located here. You may download them, fill out the information at home and bring them with you to "Back to School" night.

These are the same forms that were mailed home to you in your "Back to School" packet.

Back to School Forms

Back to School Forms, School Supply List, Elementary After Care Info

Elementary (Preschool-5th):

Please take your school supplies and completed paperwork to your classroom and place them on your student’s assigned desk (or as directed by your teacher). Spend some time getting to know your teacher(s), ask any last minute questions, say hi to some familiar faces and meet some new friends! After you’re comfortable - head to the gym and visit each table for important information and sign-up sheets including school lunches, athletics, student activities and to order your student’s complimentary theme t-shirt.

Middle School (6th-8th):

Please drop off your office supplies, then head to the gym to hand-in your school paperwork, receive your schedule and locker number. Be sure to visit each table there for important information and sign-up sheets including school lunches, athletics, student activities and order your student’s complimentary theme t-shirt at the PTF table. After you're finished, head to the fellowship hall to find your locker and drop off supplies as directed by teachers.

High School (9th-12th):

Please drop off your office supplies, then head to the gym to hand-in your school paperwork, receive your schedule and locker number. Be sure to visit each table there for important information and sign-up sheets including school lunches, athletics, student activities and order your student’s complimentary theme t-shirt at the PTF table. After you're finished, head to the fellowship hall to find your locker and drop off supplies as directed by teachers.

Parents of Juniors & Seniors:

Representatives from Ivy Tech will be here to explain the Ivy Tech dual credit option and to answer any questions from parents & students. There will be a table set up on the Secondary end of the building for the Ivy Tech reps.


Mrs. Harvey will be at the Financial Table to help you pay any fees you may owe. You can prepay your school fees BEFORE Back to School night - Just stop by the school office. Summer Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am-12pm.


Meet Mrs. Tammy Carlson and learn about the lunch process at CCS. She will help you get set up so you can order your child's lunch online and pay for snacks.


Stop by the PTF table to learn about the ministry opportunities that are available.

Order your school themed t-shirt.

Students receive a free school themed t-shirt - orders must be placed at the PTF table.

Parents may purchase school themed t-shirts. Cost is $10 each. Place your order, with payment, for a school themed t-shirt at the P.T.F. table. These are great for family members to wear on field trips and school events.

All orders (student & family) must be placed by Friday, August 9th. No orders will be taken after this date.

What is Parent Teacher Fellowship?

P.T.F. supports our school and teachers in order to enrich the children's education, providing parents with the opportunity to participate in daily school life as well as special events and projects that contribute to the growth and success of our school. Participation in the P.T.F. is an easy way to support our school.


Drop by the Athletic table to meet Coach Roth and Mr. Bond. You'll have an opportunity to learn about the sports offered this year and sign up. You will also be able to sign up for EventLink, the app that let's you stay informed about game dates, practices and cancellations.


All girls in grades K-3 are welcome to join Mini Cheer. This group is coached by CCS senior, Emmie Felde and Mrs. Linda Felde. They learn the basics of cheer and performance. Practice is once a week after school. "Minis" cheer at Varsity Girls Basketball home games and perform a half-time show.


Parents need to sign a Library Content and Parent Approval form at the Library Table to specify the content your child is permitted to read/check out from the library.

You can download the letter and form below.


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 Required & Recommended School Immunizations.

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Ms. Cheryl Thill

High School 11th & 12th Grade English and Speech Teacher

Ms. Thill brings with her over 48 years of secondary, collegiate and corporate instruction in both English and Speech. A former teacher in the Jennings County School Corporation, she is also certified to offer dual credit English and Speech courses from Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College. Ms. Thill is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, received her MS in Education from Indiana University and completed post graduate work in Speech at Indiana State. She attends First Church of the Nazarene in North Vernon.

Mr. Mike Kerschner

High School Geometry & Algebra II Teacher

Mr. Kerschner is excited to join the Columbus Christian staff teaching Geometry and Algebra 2. Mr. Kerschner received his degree in Education from Indiana University and most recently taught Math at the high school level in Galveston, Texas before relocating to Columbus. Mr. Kerschner and his wife, Rachel, have three young children and attend First Christian Church in Columbus. He appreciates gardening, cooking and coffee! (And yes - those are brussel sprouts on his plate - eat your vegetables, kids!) His favorite Bible passage is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

Mrs. Kelly Taylor

High School Algebra I Teacher

Mrs. Taylor is excited to join the Columbus Christian staff teaching Algebra 1. She received her degree in Education from Franklin University and most recently taught high school Math at JCHS. Mrs. Taylor and her husband, Rob, have two daughters and attend First Christian Church in Columbus. She enjoys gardening, cooking and reading. Her favorite Bible passage is Colossians 1:17,

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Miss Lauren Lindsey

Elementary Bible Teacher

Miss Lindsey is thrilled to be joining CCS this school year to teach Elementary Bible! Along with teaching, she serves as the children’s minister at East Columbus Christian Church. Miss Lindsey received her BA in Youth Ministry and Bible & Theology from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN this past May. While attending college in Knoxville, Miss Lindsey worked and volunteered at schools in the area. It was through these opportunities that she discovered her passion for teaching children about a grace-filled relationship with Jesus. In her free time, you can typically find Miss Lindsey spending time with her family in Bloomington, IN or attempting to bake a dessert she found on Pinterest.

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We look forward to getting to know you!

Be sure to look at the 'PARENTS' tab on the school website for:
  • Parents Portal
  • Parent Resources
  • Newsletter
  • School Information
  • Health Services
  • Handbooks
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Chapel Podcasts
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Back to School Parent Prayer Meeting - All Invited

CCS invites all student family members to join us for our Back to School Prayer Meeting, Tuesday, August 6th at 8:15am. Our desire is to cover our students, teachers, staff and families in prayer for the 2019-20 school year.

Please join us on the CCS playground (stage if there is inclement weather) after dropping off your students. Our time will begin with short introductions and instructions. No one will be required to pray out loud or in front of others. People are invited to pray in groups or find a quiet place to pray alone. The key is to ask for God's blessing, will and provision for the upcoming school year. We hope you can join us as we begin this year as a CCS family before the Lord


  • First class day for 1st-12th grade
  • School begins at 8:00am for all full-day students. Elementary dismissal is at 3:00. Middle & High School dismissal is at 3:15.
  • First class day for Kindergarten Students. Half-day: 8:00AM-11:30AM /Full-day:8:00AM-3:00PM
  • Back to School Parent Prayer Meeting: 8:15AM- 8:45AM at the CCS playground (CCS stage if inclement weather)
  • PreK Orientation: 9:00AM
  • Preschool Orientation: 12:30PM


  • School theme t-shirt orders due. No orders taken after this date.
  • NEW: Chapel is on Fridays!
  • Middle & High School Chapel - 8:05am
  • Elementary Chapel - 9:05am


  • First Day for PreK: 9:00am - 11:30am
  • First Day for Preschool: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

  • Curriculum night for 6-12th grade: 6:30pm
  • Senior class parent meeting afterward.
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Back to School Night

Monday, August 5 / 5:30-7:00PM

First Day of School

Tuesday, August 6

Elementary: 8:00AM-3:00PM

MSHS: 8:00AM-3:15PM

Back to School Prayer Meeting

August 6 / 8:15AM

Curriculum Night for 6-12th grade parents

August 13 / 6:30PM

High School Retreat

August 21-23

New Families Dessert Night

August 29 / 6:30PM

Labor Day - No School

Monday, September 4

Mid Term Ends

Friday, September 6

Grandparent's Day

Friday, September 6 / 8:45-9:30AM

2HR Delay for Staff Development

Tuesday, September 10

School Picture Day

Tuesday, September 17

Middle School Retreat

Friday, September 20

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School Supply List

Click here to view or download the school supply list.

School Forms & Documents

Back to School Forms, After Care, Yearly Calendar, Supply List, & FAQ

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