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March - May 2018

Washington D.C. and Scrip

by Lani Bixby

The scrip program is a resourceful tool for accumulating financial resources.  It’s like saving for your own future. 

I have been using the scrip program in order to earn rebates for my son’s 2020 Washington DC trip for the past three years.  So far, his account has accumulated $270!  All I have done is purchase scrip cards from the CCLS school office. 

I know that I’m going to need groceries, and I’m going to need gas.  Watertown Fuel and Food and Marketplace Foods each offer rebates of 10%.  Over the years I have used cards for my kids’ haircuts, pizza dinners, pet store purchases, and various other needs.  The more I use them, the easier it becomes and the more money I save for my son’s trip.  I’m so excited and relieved that I will have this money already saved up for such a big trip.

I prefer to stay local whenever I can, and have been surprised to discover so many local establishments that participate.

Some people do not presently have a student at CCLS but still use the scrip program.  This is a great way to get the most out of your dollar!  If you don’t have a student at CCLS you may choose to credit your savings to the school.  Every bit helps!

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NLSW 2018

National Lutheran Schools Week

Our 7th & 8th grade students submit ideas for theme days and decide, with a vote, which themes will be implemented during NLSW.  This year they featured the following:

o   Monday: Career & Patriotic Day

o   Tuesday: Star Wars & Super Hero Day

o   Wednesday: Pajama & Sports Jersey Day

o   Thursday: School Spirit Day

o   Friday: Crazy Day

The winter months can be an especially difficult time of year for many families.  Heating costs increase, due to the frigid temperatures, and debts become burdensome.  In order to help increase awareness of our friends and neighbors in need, we collect cereal boxes each year during NLSW.  This year we all worked together and collected 149 pounds!  These are donated to the Watertown area Friends for Life Food Shelf.  Thanks to the Murdock family for transporting all that cereal for us this year.  Thank you all for helping us to help others!

On Wednesday morning our students enjoyed a breakfast together.  Thursday our students, grades 1-8 had a field trip to MLHS to listen to inspirational speaker Kelsey Tainsh as she talked about personal strength and perseverance through overcoming.

Fridays of NLSW are always exciting here at Christ Community Lutheran School because it is the day we host the St. Jude Trike-a-Thon.  This year, after the Trike-a-Thon, K-8 completed their NLSW week with a Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament.

The Watertown Friends for Life Food Shelf

The Watertown Friends for Life Food Shelf is located in the Watertown City Hall building at 309 Lewis Ave S.

The food shelf is supported by local churches, businesses, schools, organizations and individuals who donate food and/or money.

The food shelf is open Monday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. and Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:00 am to noon by appointment only.   Donations may be dropped off during these hours.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or needs to make an appointment, call the food shelf at (952) 955-1980.

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Important School Dates for Third CCLS Trimester:

  • W 3.7 Report Cards
  • Th 3.8 Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Th 3.22 Science & Social Studies Fair gr. 5-8
  • M-M 3.26-4.2 Easter Break
  • Th 4.5 GRACE Meeting
  • Sa 4.14 Spelling Bee
  • Sa 4.21 Spring Event
  • Th 5.3 GRACE Meeting
  • Fr 5.4 Track & Field @ MLHS
  • W 5.16 K-6 MN Orchestra
  • F 5.18 Play Day
  • Su 5.20 Maifest
  • W 5.23 Last Day Preschool
  • Th 5.24 8th Grade Graduation
  • F 5.25 Last Day School

CCLS Website Updates

by Lani Bixby

Check out our school website; we’ve added a few things over the past couple of years.  First, we want you to feel informed about G.R.A.C.E., our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)They are responsible for making possible many of the activities and events at CCLS.  My plan is to enhance this page with photos of GRACE-sponsored events in order to encourage parent participation.

You may have read about a brand new page called “CCLS Merch”.  This page is now complete and features Saints merchandise that is for sale in the school office.  These items are for sale as free will donations, however there is a price reference if you feel the need for guidance.  Show your school spirit and grab some Saints merch for your young saint, and for your family members!

Have you ever wondered which products offer rebates for schools, or which ones with which CCLS participates?  Well, you no longer need to wonder!  We now offer a page that details this information for you.  It’s called “Clip-and-Save Fundraisers” and, more than just Box Tops, it lists the participating companies from which CCLS benefits.  Fundraising efforts are our main source of income and help fund activities, outings, and equipment for your student.

We’ve expanded our Scrip page to include clarification of Scrip programs, such as prestopay, scripnow, and ReloadNow.  We provide a link to the latest version of the scrip order form, as well as explaining how to use scrip.  This is a program that is offered to help YOUR FAMILY save money.  The scrip cards are for places where you already shop, such as Marketplace or Fuel & Food.  The savings are for you to designate, such as tuition, AfterCare, lunch, or Washington DC.

We post our most recent newsletter issue on our website, new health & wellness news, and additional volunteer opportunities. 

Finally, we’ve added a “Sponsorship and Giving” page for anyone who would like to learn more about our fundraising programs and events.

Take a moment to peruse our website and reacquaint yourself and your family with some of what helps to makes CCLS operate smoothly. 

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Come check out our Saints Merch!

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CCLS Student Chapel Giving for 2017 - 2018

by Lani Bixby


Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a human care ministry sharing the extraordinary, calming nature of Golden Retrievers and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.  It all began in August 2008 and now has over 130 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serving in more than 20 states. 

Disaster and crises strike us unprepared and in many forms, flooding us with a range of powerful emotions.  School shootings, agonizing legal processes, and treacherous storms, and life can deal a nasty blow.  Science is proving what we’ve known for millennia: dogs are good for you.  Comfort Dogs trains and dispatches their canines to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them.

Part of any Service Dog expense includes veterinary care and food.  It is for this that your student is giving their offering during chapel time on Wednesdays.

Camp Omega’s mission is “Rooted in Christ,” and they are dedicated to nurturing spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth of all people through camp sponsored programs and resources.”  Established in 1964 and located just north of Waterville, Minnesota, Camp Omega is a Christian retreat facility and summer camp open year round. 

They are committed to being a place where ministry and relationships meet and grow while being a place for campers, young and old, to discover & rediscover what life in Jesus means.  Situated on 88 acres and 7,000 feet of shoreline, they offer water and winter recreation along with ropes courses, archery, hiking, and much more.


Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a Christian non-profit, was founded in 1987, and provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children to schools, orphanages, medical clinics, and feeding programs in 70 countries.  Their mission “Feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit,”  is to distribute wholly-donated meals so that ministry time and resources may be focused on staff salaries, hire teachers, buy equipment or vehicles, purchase medical supplies and so much more.  More than 90% of your donations fund meal ingredients (the remainder finances administration, overhead, and fundraising) and volunteers hand-pack the meals and pray over them before they are shipped. 

Each meal costs 25¢ to make, so each $50 donation funds 216 meals for malnourished children.  Food applications are reviewed by considering several factors, such as physical conditions, other food available, ability to receive and store food safely, etc.  The distribution committee prays for God’s guidance, then rates each application.  Allocation is based upon these ratings.

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The spring event is an important fundraiser for Christ Community Lutheran School.  The money raised at this event is one of many reasons we can provide excellent academics while leading children in their preschool through eighth grade 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!

$12 Ticket includes pork chop (extra chop $2), cheesy potatoes, baked bean casserole, or $5 Hot dog & chips with choice of water, lemonade, or coffee with dessert.

Tickets sold at the door. 2 & under = FREE

  • 4:30-6:30 pm Dinner is served. Take out is available
  • 4:30 - 7:00 pm Silent Auction Opens
  • 7:15 pm Live Auction Begins
  • Wine Pull
  • Heads or Tails Game

General Store - purchase baked goods, jars of jam, honey, syrup, cotton candy, and more!

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  • Come to our Spring Event meetings March 1 & April 5 at 7:30 pm, following our GRACE meeting.
  • Join a committee
  • Advertise - hang fliers, posters, yard signs, church mailbox
  • Auction - fill out online requests, email, mail, collect donations
  • Sponsorship - collect advertising/sponsorship, organize booklet
  • General store - collect items for store, price each item, organize tables
  • Sign up to work a shift - this will be located in the hallway closer to event or online at the "sign up genius" link found on the school website.
  • To see a list of requests, please visit https://goo.gl/xu0CVf
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Share the opportunity to advertise local businesses in our sponsorship booklet. 

Last year’s Sponsorship/Advertising Book raised $1,175!

Letters with "donation information" and "sponsorship" need to be distributed.  Additional fliers, donation letters, and sponsorship letters are located in the office or on the school website. Please share your flier with a friend or relative and invite, invite, invite others!

Together, we can do great things for our school, children, and God's Ministry!

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G.R.A.C.E. Meetings

.R.A.C.E. Grace stands for God's Resources Active in Christian Education. The purpose of GRACE, the parent-teacher organization of CCLS, is to develop fellowship opportunities with the families of CCLS and to raise extra funds to help support the ministry of this school. It helps families get more connected to the school, meet other parents and lend a hand where needed. Come get involved!

All are welcome to attend our meetings the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm here at CCLS.

  • Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 pm; 7:30 pm Spring Event Meeting

  • Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm; 7:30 pm Spring Event Meeting

  • Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 pm

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Early Dismissals and School Cancellations

Emergency school cancellations or closings are announced over the radio on the WCCO 830 AM and KSTP Television. Christ Community Lutheran School follows the cancellation decisions of the Watertown-Mayer School District. You can also find early dismissals and school cancellations on FastDirect. Due to inclement weather it sometimes becomes necessary to dismiss early.

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, and inform your child and the school office about such an arrangement. Parents who make arrangements for someone else to pick up a child should also inform the school office. Children will not be released to unauthorized persons.

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Gilbert Paschka Adopt-A-Student Program

Gilbert Paschka, a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, had a passion for Lutheran education. He was excited to hear about new families enjoying the blessings of a Lutheran school. In Gilbert’s memory, the Board of Directors has established an Adopt-A-Student Program.  The Gilbert Paschka Adopt-A-Student Program encourages church members to step forward in faith and sponsor or co-sponsor a student whose family demonstrates financial need above and beyond the capacity of Student Aid. The program has multiple benefits; it allows children to enroll at CCLS who otherwise may not be able to afford the tuition and it allows church members to demonstrate good stewardship of the financial blessings God has given them by sharing their gifts and multiplying our ministry.

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We love to share our student's projects, accomplishments, and smiles.  Join us as we enjoy each student as a distinct and beloved child of the King.