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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter is here! Are you feeling the cold? I am so thankful that we don’t have the many feet of snow that hit the eastern states this week. I’m praising God for the little things. Speaking of snow…our lesson today in chapel was given by Pastor Walton. His topic came from Colossians 3:18…”in whatsoever you do, in word or in deed; do it all in the name of our Lord Jesus.” Are my words and my actions, and yes, even my thoughts, reflective of a heart that is set on Jesus? Is my intent to bring attention to myself, or to give God the glory? When I am out shoveling all the snow that is falling, or when I am feeling the bitter cold that is making me shiver, are my actions, words, and thoughts pleasing to God? Am I speaking, acting, and thinking on behalf of Jesus? These are things to ponder and focus on during this winter season.

This is also a season of thanksgiving. One thing I am very thankful for is time in Chapel each week. The four-part round this morning was a wondrous thing to hear. CCS is blessed with many beautiful voices, and it is soothing to the soul to hear them all combined on a Wednesday morning. A special thanks to Mrs. Kepple & Mrs. Hanchek for leading us in familiar songs and teaching us new ones. Please stop in and join us some week.

Special points of interest:

LUNCH MENU THIS WEEK
Please note that the lunch menu that is in your student’s take-home folder is for their milk order for Monday and Tuesday of this next week, as well as their milk, hot lunch, and/or Cousin’s sub order for the first week in December.

GANDER MOUNTAIN BRAT FRY – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH and FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST
Your help is needed!! The Brat Fry at Gander Mountain in West Baraboo starts tomorrow!!!! Thursday the stand will open at noon and serve until 6:00 p.m. We need more volunteers to step up and help. If you are available to help on Thursday during the times mentioned, or on Friday anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., please let Mike or Deb Althen know; 608-434-6703. It is a very simple thing to do, but it has a long lasting impact for those involved. Students are also invited to help by ringing bells for the Salvation Army bucket.

GALA MEETING – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH – 8:15 a.m.
The CCS Gala is one of our biggest fundraising events. If you would like to be part of the planning team for this event, this meeting is for you! Monday morning the group will gather in the Community/Music room of the school at 8:15 a.m. for some strategic planning. If you have questions, and/or are unable to make the meeting but would still like to be involved, please contact Deb Althen at 608-434-6703.

ARCHERY BOW RAFFLE – NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 10th
Have you sold all your raffle tickets yet? If so, there are plenty more available in the school office. Remember! The sales from these tickets help underwrite the cost of our archery program. The drawing for the winning tickets will be Wednesday, December 17th and participants do not need to be present to win. There were 900 tickets available to be sold for the Matthew’s Drenalin bow and 450 tickets available to be sold for the Genesis Bow kit. Both are great bows!

THANKSGIVING BREAK – NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH
School will be closed in honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate as it reminds me to be thankful for all of the blessings God has given me. May your time with family be extra blessed. See you on Monday, December 1st when classes resume.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18TH – 6:30 p.m.
The Christmas Program is coming together nicely for our celebration just before Christmas break. I hope you have marked your calendars so you can join us. CCS students from 4K through 12th level will be participating in this year’s program. There will be songs, handbells, Scripture recitations and more.

CHRISTMAS BREAK – DECEMBER 22 through JANUARY 2
CCS celebrates Christmas! The school will be closed during the above dates in honor of our Lord’s birth. Classes will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.

PARENTING IN A WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 29TH 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Travis Anderson will be giving an introductory talk on the world of technology and how it is impacting our children. He will give a realistic view of what is out there in the “social web” and offer ways to help protect our children when they use the internet. Please sign up in advance through the school office, and let us know if you will need childcare.

PARENT GROUP MEETING & BOARD ELECTIONS – RESULTS
The parent group held their monthly meeting this past Monday evening. Elections to fill open school board positions were held, and the following parents were elected to hold office: Travis Anderson, Micheleen Cook, and Scott Frostman. The group also decided to retain current parent group officers until spring when elections will be held.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Volunteering at CCS is not only needed to help keep the school running, it is greatly appreciated. There are a number of ways to help; assist in classrooms (especially the K-2 room), grading papers, promoting our school in the community, helping maintain our school (cleaning, maintenance, improvements, etc.), serving on the Facilities Committee, helping with the Parent Group projects, and many other ways. Contact the school office or your student’s teacher to learn how you can help support our school through volunteer work.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
There are times when our surrounding communities offer special events which are worth sharing with all of you. This new section is where we will be providing information about such events. This week we have a couple of items to share:
This evening (Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm) Dr. Kirsten Lombard will be speaking on the Common Core State Standards at The Farm Kitchen Restaurant in Baraboo. Lombard is the editor of “Common Ground on Common Core,” a collection of essays critical of the standards. The event is hosted by the Republican Party of Sauk County and is open to the public.

Pastor Matt Fearson and his wife, Rachelle, who minister with the Hope through Christ Warming Center in Baraboo, have expressed a need for warm winter boots for the homeless who utilize the center. If you are able to help, or would like further information about the warming center, you can contact Pastor Fearson at 608-434-7599.

Also of interest this time of year are special celebrations of Christmas. The Cal Center in Reedsburg will be presenting Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, November 30th at 2:00 p.m. This musical presentation is unique in that its entire text is taken word-for-word from the Bible. It is one of the most popular musical works ever composed. Tickets and more information about this event can be found at www.calcenterpresents.org

If you have any questions or concerns about any of these matters, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email.

Stay warm and remember to count your blessings while serving in His name.

Serving for God’s glory,

Barb Derse
CCS Administrative Assistant
608-448-2191