March - May 2019 | Issue #10
How Can I Help?
· Come to our Spring Event meetings
· Assist teachers and help them with preparing their class donation project.
· Hang fliers, posters, yard signs, church mailbox
Setting up tables and chairs.
· Asking businesses for donations.
· Assembling gift baskets.
· Kitchen help
· Tickets sellers
· Bidding sheet tallying
· Runners; retrieving items
· Sorters; organizing items
· Take down/Clean-up
Spring Event 2019
Every year GRACE orchestrates the massive fund raiser known as the Spring Event. This event is responsible for a significant part of our school’s operating budget and it helps to lower everyone's tuition. You can see how critical it is that we each help to make this a success.
The Spring Event has been happening at CCLS for 18 years! It is a fun and special day for our school families. The money raised at this event is one of many reasons we can provide excellent academics while leading children in their faith walk! If you are a CCLS family member, St. Paul member, St. Peter member, friend, relative, neighbor, staff, supporter, or community member, this event is for YOU!
Your $12 Ticket includes an Uncle Neddy’s pork chop (extra chop is $2), cheesy potatoes, baked bean casserole, or you can get a $5 hot dog meal with chips and choice of water, lemonade, or coffee with dessert.
Dozens of people prepare for this event in many ways long before its arrival. Donation requests are sent out up to six months beforehand. By January, meetings are set for planning and logistics are determined with vendors. Parent volunteers begin to organize paperwork to send home with students in February. In March we start seeing classrooms collecting donated items for themed baskets and working on their group project as their collective donation. By the time April arrives we get to view class group projects displayed in the hallway and finish last minute details on our own donation projects.
We graciously thank the many, many people who make this special event possible! From Grandma, growing and canning her special pickles to those who coordinate large amounts of planning. This event would not be possible without either of these kinds of efforts. So many of you create jams or sauces from your gardens, blankets or apparel from fabric and yarn, furnishings from wood, and goodies from your kitchens! Thank you for your support of Christian Education and for blessing CCLS with your hands and feet, toil and sweat!
April 27, 2019
Dinner, Silent Auction, Fun, & Fellowship
St. Jude Trike-A-Thon
The St. Jude Trike-A-Thon is a fun, service-learning program that teaches tricycle and riding toy safety while helping the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Children learn about what it means to do good things for other kids in the community around them. By participating in this program, you and your child will be helping children battle cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. With your help, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital can continue its mission to find cure and save children.
Our preschoolers on their trikes, scooters, and Big Wheels raise as much as $1,535 for St. Jude! We look forward to the Trike-A-Thon every year and enjoy cheering for the preschoolers as they cruise around the gym track.
By Lani Bixby
We are daily reminded that we serve a living God. Working here at CCLS, I am privileged to be able to witness our staff, His hands and feet, demonstrate that very fact to my son and his school mates.
We only have our children for a few years, and we treasure them. They are a valuable and relevant investment, infinitely more so than anything else we might maintain.
While Jesus was preaching to Jews, who were very familiar with the Psalms, He told us that “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.” Indeed! When Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:21 that "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” we are commanded to store our treasures in heaven.
As parents, we are given charge over our children. We are entrusted as their teachers, caretakers, protectors, providers, and much more. This is a fundamental commission. But we are not alone. Not even single parents. We have a Helper who has promised never to leave us or forsake us.
Within these walls my children and I are immensely blessed to live amongst that beautiful reminder. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I thank God for CCLS.
Enrolling at CCLS couldn't be easier. Enrollment Forms include a full listing of fees and discounts for the year. You can find these forms in the school office or print one off from our website.
After we receive your complete form and registration fee, your student is guaranteed a spot for the upcoming school year!
CCLS is currently offering 50% OFF tuition for new families!
New Kindergarten Teacher
Our kindergarten teacher, Madeline Strei will be retiring this spring after 40 years of teaching. Helping the staff over the years to focus on what is most important; the students and helping them to grow in the way they need, it was Madeline who wrote Christ Community Lutheran School’s Mission Statement, “Leading Children in Their Christian Faith Walk”.
We are delighted to welcome Nona Latzig to be our new kindergarten teacher. Nona comes to us with experience teaching kindergarteners at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake. Lutheran school second-graders in both Antigo, WI and Corcoran, MN have called her their teacher, as well as all of Norwood Young America students from St. John Lutheran Schools music class.
Nona landed here at CCLS in 2013 to teach Title I. Her gentle encouragement and attentive coaching transformed the program for our school and had a very positive impact on our students. She has also served here as a hard-working GRACE leader and girls volleyball coach.
A special celebration will be held this spring in honor of Madeline’s many years of service. Madeline will continue to teach one day per week next year while Nona enjoys a bit more time at home with her youngest.
Join us at Christ Community Lutheran School on March 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm to meet Nona and learn more about the continued focus on excellence in Christian education.
As our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), GRACE is responsible for furnishing iPads, Chrome Books, Smart Boards, and many other technological teaching aids for CCLS classrooms.
Attending GRACE meetings offer the best opportunity to learn about what is developing within the school and share your ideas. In January we start planning our annual Spring Event, a massive fund raiser that is responsible for a significant part of our school’s operating budget.
Each meeting begins and ends with prayer, as we invite the Lord to bless and guide us in our plans for the school. Generally, minutes from the previous meeting are approved before we continue with the evening's agenda. Tabled items are revisited, new items discussed, and motioned made.
Meeting together to improve our children's school helps families get more connected to one another while modeling volunteerism to our children and community.
Come on in and get involved! All are welcome, we need you!
Emergency school cancellations or closings are something we expect every winter here in Minnesota. Christ Community Lutheran School's busing is coordinated through the Watertown-Mayer (WM) school district, which employs Koch Bus Company for it's transportation services. This means that when WM is delayed or closed, so is CCLS. You will find both schools listed on the WCCO events roster at the bottom of your TV screen, or announced over the radio on 830 AM.
Other schools, such as Waconia or Mayer Lutheran High School, operate by their own procedures, separate from the WM school district.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to dismiss the school day early. We send notification via FastDirect (FD) and Facebook. You may opt to receive text notifications with each FD message (under parent information). Be sure to like our Facebook page and stay informed.
There is no AfterCare on early dismissal or early release days. If your child cannot be brought home at an unscheduled hour, please arrange a place where they can be left in case of an emergency dismissal. Be sure to inform your child and the school office about such arrangements. Children may not be released to unauthorized persons. We want to see everyone safe.
Returning to School After Strep: An Update
A NOTE FROM NURSE KOREEN
There has been a change to a rule that applies to returning to school after a strep throat diagnoses. The Department of Health changed the amount of time a student must be kept from school, after antibiotic treatment, to only 12 hours (child must still be fever-free without fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours). This time was previously 24 hours, so parents may find this new rule easier to observe when their child might present signs of early recovery.
We're all familiar with the sore throat (swollen glands) and fever that accompany strep, but some people may experience nausea, headache, and vomiting. Oddly enough, these may be the only symptoms experienced by some.
Because strep is spread by contact with discharges from the nose and throat of infected persons, it is necessary to practice proper hand-washing. Sharing drinks and food, sneezing and coughing, and touching contaminated surfaces are all ways to spread the bacteria.
If your child has symptoms of strep throat, please have a throat culture done. If it is positive, your child needs to be on antibiotic medication for a full 12 hours before returning to school or activities. Rest and sleep are the best source of healing for our bodies.
Germ-Busting with Soap and Water
Keeping our hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to keep ourselves, our families, and our community healthy. The only way to properly do this is to wash our hands with soap and clean, running water.
We touch our faces much more often than we realize. Germs that make us sick can enter our bodies through our eyes, nose, and mouth. They can multiply on some foods, and transfer from one object to another by unwashed hands.
Handwashing has been found to reduce absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by up to 57%, respiratory illnesses by up to 21%, and even help battle the rise in antibiotic resistance. These are all great reasons to be reminded about proper handwashing, especially when our families could be exposed to a nasty illness.
When should you wash your hands?
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
Preschool Open House/Kindergarten Round-Up
By PRINCIPAL JEFF BOEHLKE
Last night I met with or chatted with about twenty parents through the course of the conference evening. What a joy it is to talk about the great things that we are seeing with your children as they grow and develop as students but also as children of God!
Sometimes there are challenges, we share and work on them as the body of Christ. Sometimes there are learning difficulties that we talk about and work to resolve. At Christ
Community Lutheran School we do these things together; parent, teacher and child. Always, God is included as part of the plan. There is joy in this journey and we are blessed beyond measure!
So many of you reflected on the positive impact of our school ministry and the wonderful benefits you experience being a part of CCLS. We are So thankful and so glad you are here! We hope that you will share that good news with others.
The CCLS Kindergarten/ Preschool Open House has been rescheduled for March 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm. That night, Nona Latzig will be there along with Mrs. Strei to meet and greet potential Kindergarten students. We are excited about the future of our school! We hope that every parent will share this information with friends and neighbors!
This is a benefit for CCLS and a benefit for you as parents! Every child that enrolls at CCLS due to your recommendation will provide your family with a referral rebate! That means that your tuition goes down simply by sharing good news about CCLS with those around you.
If you have a friend or neighbor that you think might be interested in enrolling their child, and you want some help in connecting with them, please let me know, and I will contact them also!
Perhaps your church would be willing to let me come and visit and talk about CCLS some time, or post information about CCLS.
We enjoy having kids come and shadow at CCLS, we love having new families and students enroll and enrich our school and have the chance to be a part of this ministry every year!
So, please help us share more about our school and ministry with other families searching for something different, something special.
Thanks again for choosing CCLS as your choice for your child’s education!
Blessings in Christ!
March 1 12:45 pm Early Dismissal
March 6 Ash Wednesday
March 7 6:30 pm GRACE Meeting
March 10 Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 14 6:00 pm Preschool/Kindergarten Open House
March 21 STEAM Fair Grades 3-8
March 25 – April 1 Spring Break
April 4 6:30 pm GRACE Meeting
April 13 Spelling Bee @MLHS
April 14 Palm Sunday
April 19 No School/Good Friday
April 21 Easter Sunday
April 22 No School/Easter Monday
April 27 Spring Event
May 2 GRACE Meeting
May 3 Track & Field Day @MLHS
May 17 Play Day @ CCLS/No Preschool
May 24 Last Day of Preschool
May 27 No School/Memorial Day
May 28 8th Grade Graduation
May 29 Last Day of School