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We had another special time in Chapel this morning with great music and a wonderful reminder during our lesson time. Pastor Holby asked us a question. “How do we get connected to God?” He went on to tell us the many different answers he has received when asking this question of others…”look inside yourself – you are a god” – “out in nature, become one with nature” – “pick an idol and worship it” – “pray in a certain position toward a specific direction.” However, none of these will get us connected to God. He let the students know, “you can’t even call God on your phone!”

Pastor Holby drew out the true answer to his question. The only way we can get connected to God is through Jesus Christ. We need to believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross and through His resurrection from the dead; that Jesus paid the penalty to save us from the sin in our life that separates us from God. Once we put our faith and trust in Jesus, we can “get connected with God.”

Special points of interest:
We are still in need of parent volunteers in the lunchroom and for lunch recess. If you are able to help, please contact the school office. The ideal is for someone to commit to a specific day (or more) each week. However, we will take whatever help you can provide.

CCS middle school students will be participating in a 30-Hour Famine at the school this Friday and Saturday. Students will also spend a portion of their time doing community service at St. Vincent de Paul.
As part of this event, students will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Baraboo Area Food Pantry.
If you would like to help, your items may be dropped off at CCS through Friday, April 17th.

Excitement, nervousness, and anxiety are varied emotions building in CCS High School Forensics team members as they anticipate heading to UW-Madison on Saturday to compete for their final round of forensic competition: 2015 State Speech Festival. According to Coach Roxanne Biffert, “As a team, the students have shown continual growth in their communication skills and forensic confidence; they have truly exhibited our WHSFA motto, ‘Not to defeat each other, but to pace one another on the road to excellence’.” Mrs. Biffert also applauded freshman Carly Sidey for her organizational skills and encouraging attitude rendered to team members. “Carly’s talents as a team manager definitely pulled us together and contributed to our success this year,” she stated. Students who will be competing for their first State medal on Saturday will be: McKaryn Cross, Prose; Katie Althen, Clark Cook, Kaley White, Group Interp. True to this year’s state forensics’ T-shirt inscription: May the judges be ever in your favor! [Congratulations to Arianna Schleichert, who advanced to State in Solo Acting Serious, but will not be competing on Saturday; last year she earned Gold for her exemplary Prose performance.]

Your involvement in your child’s school is a fundamental key to the school’s success. Attending Parent Committee meetings is highly encouraged for all parents/guardians. Discussion will include updates on year-end activities, the Swap Meet, Parent Committee officer terms, and other important issues related to the school.

The CCS Parent Committee will be setting up a food booth at the Badger Steam & Gas Swap Meet from May 1st through May 3rd.
Volunteers needed! Thursday, April 30th help is needed to prep the food for the rest of the weekend. Lunch and dinner will be served on Friday; Saturday will be breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday will be breakfast and lunch. As you can see, lots of help is needed to make this event a success!! Beginning right after Easter Break, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a time to help that fits your own busy schedule. Students 6th grade and older may also volunteer to help. They should wear a CCS gym t-shirt.
CCS has been blessed by the support of our surrounding communities. In return, we take time to give back to our neighbors through Community Service Projects each quarter throughout the school year. Our next service project is scheduled for Friday, May 1st. We will be helping at Expeditions Unlimited, a local Christian Camp. The entire school, with the exception of 4K, will be participating in this project, and we will need parents to help transport and chaperone. Permission slips will be sent home in next week’s take-home folder. Please indicate on the permission slip or by calling the school office if you are able to help.
Students will be served lunch after we return to the school, and recess will follow.
Students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 7 – 12:00 noon – 12:45 p.m. – NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
CCS students and staff will be attending the National Day of Prayer to be held on the Sauk County Courthouse lawn in downtown Baraboo. We will load vehicles at the school at 11:30 a.m. and return to school by 1:15 p.m. If you are able to help transport and supervise students, please contact the school office. Permission slips will be sent home later this month.

LOOKING AHEAD IN THE COMING MONTHS (please take time to cover these in prayer):
April 17 – April 18 – 30 Hour Famine (Middle School students)
April 18 – State Forensics Festival, Madison (High School students)
April 20 – 6:30 p.m. – Parent Committee Meeting
April 30 through May 3 – Steam & Gas Swap Meet
May 1 – Half day of school for students (Community Service Project)
May 4 through May 8 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7 – 12:00 noon – National Day of Prayer – Courthouse Lawn, downtown Baraboo
May 14 – 8:00 a.m. – CCS Board Meeting
May 15 through May 17 – 8th Grade Class trip to Creation Museum in Kentucky
May 18 – 6:30 p.m. – Parent Committee Meeting
May 19 & May 20 – Rural Safety Days for 3-5 Class
May 25 – No School – Memorial Day
May 28 – Last day of school for 4K students
June 2 – 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten & 8th Grade Graduation and Spring Program
June 4 – 6:30 p.m. High School Graduation
June 5 – Last Day of School
June 13 – All families – deep clean school

Trail Ridge Camp is a campground run by VCY America which offers summer camp options for kids ages 8 through 13. Three different one-week camps are available this summer beginning July 6th and ending July 25th. This year’s theme is “Voyage to Treasure Island.” For more information about the camp and its opportunities visit the camp website at http://vcyamerica.org/trailridge. Thank you, Mike Althen of Elite Catering for sharing this opportunity with us. Mike has been catering meals at Trail Ridge Camp for several years.

Wishing you all a safe and restful weekend!

God bless you all,

Barbara Derse
CCS Administrative Assistant