MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I trust your Christmas decorations are up and your surroundings are festive. Even though they are having a “less than stellar” year, I have my Chicago Bears Christmas tree set up in my office. IMG_0979As much fun as we have with friends, family, food and gifts during this season, I am always reminded of the love that God has shown to humanity through His Son Jesus Christ. Remember with all the trappings and distractions surrounding us this time of year, celebrate God’s love this Christmas season.

Faculty Christmas Offering – Please remember to give to our faculty Christmas offering. This will help to provide Christmas bonuses for our faculty and staff. Every little bit helps, so please consider giving. You can simply send a check to the school with Christmas Offering in the memo line and you can also use this PayPal link to donate. Thank you in advance for being a blessing to those who work at CCS.

Continuous Enrollment – You will be hearing more about this in the upcoming re-enrollment letter, but we are excited to begin Continuous Enrollment this year. Typically 93% or more of our students re-enroll each year, yet we have made these families do all the work. That is changing. Click here to enjoy a short video that will introduce you to the program.

Meeting with Teachers – We want our teachers to be accessible to parents, however we also need them to meet their before/after school responsibilities. Therefore, if you need to speak to your child’s teacher before or after school, please make a habit of scheduling an appointment. This will allow our teachers to meet their responsibilities and be prepared for your meeting. Thank you for understanding.

Accreditation – Some Christian school choose not to be accredited. Many years ago CCS decided that it wanted to move in the direction of accreditation. Accreditation tells the public that this school is meeting the academic and improvement standards for this recognition. Additionally, accreditation sets benchmarks for CCS. We have been working hard for the better part of a year preparing for our next ACSI/AdvancED accreditation visit in April 2018. We are looking forward to a positive response from the team and the 5-year renewal of our dual accreditation. Please pray that the faculty and staff, who has shouldered the additional burden of preparing the reports for this visit, can finish strong.

One-to-One Chromebook Rollout – One of the major initiatives in the “20/20 Vision” Strategic Plan was enhancing of the technology offerings at CCS. This is to be done through the development of a one-to-one device program for students 5th grade -12th grade. This will not only benefit these older students, but will free-up existing devices (iPads and Chromebooks) for our younger students. This will enhance classroom learning and better prepare our students for a future that is becoming evermore technological every year. Additionally, it will better help us teach our students how to respond and act in a Godly way in the ever-growing tech world. Our faculty members are spending several hours this year in Professional Development prepping for this change. Watch for more information as it becomes available.

No-Shave November Results – Now for a little fun. As a fundraiser for the Student Council, several of our male high school students participated in “No-Shave November”. Here are the before and after pictures. Congratulations to Jake Landers, this year’s winner.

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As we move closer to the Christmas break, my prayer for you is that your season is filled with joy, knowing that you serve a God who loves you so much that He took on human form to pay the penalty for your sin. NOW THAT’S A REASON TO CELEBRATE!! Once again, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!