Sept - Nov 2017

Stay Updated

Does it seem as though you’re often missing school communications?  CCLS communicates to families via FastDirect (FD) which you may view from your cell phone, your email, or both.  You can do this in three easy steps:

1.  Log onto the Christ Community Lutheran School web site Along the left-hand side, toward the bottom you will find a “FastDirect Portal” link printed in red.  Simply click on that link and you will be transferred to the portal.  

2.  Enter your Screen Name and Password.  Feel free to call the office for this information:  952.955.1419.  You may change this once you have accessed your account.  Once you’re on the FD home page click on the “View/Edit Parent Information” tab at the top of the page.  

3. You will be brought to the “Parent Information Edit Form” where you may opt to enter your cell phone number and email, as well as FastDirect notification preferences.  Once you complete this information be sure to “Save Changes” toward the bottom of the page.  

Now you should receive notifications from your child’s school about events and updates and never miss out again!


G.R.A.C.E. Grace stands for God's Resources Active in Christian Education. The purpose of GRACE 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, September 7 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 4 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 pm

Jeff Stern Memorial Golf Tournament for CCLS

Jeff Stern was an important leader in our school ministry, serving as board chair for many years.  He oversaw many changes and much growth at Christ Community as well as the building of our new school facility in 2001.  Jeff was a loving father to Zach and Allie Stern (former CCLS students).  A long time golfer, the school golftournament was renamed in his honor after he passed away in 2006.  Jeff is missed but not forgotten by everyone who knew him!  Proceeds go to the Student Aid Program.

Saints Merch

Show your school spirit with Saints merchandise!  Find CCLS spirit wear in the office, sizes youth to adult.  Caps, water bottles, and mugs available also.  Some items may be out of stock.  Suggested donations requested.

Saving With Scrip

Whether you’re interested in saving toward tuition, lunches, AfterCare, or your student’s Washington DC trip, you might not recognize how this program can save you money.

Scrip card purchases do not cost more than what you will otherwise pay while shopping.  In fact, when you pay $50.00 for a scrip card from Watertown Fuel & Food, $5.00 of that is directed to your scrip account.*  You choose where you would like to direct that money.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Purchase a scrip card. 
2. Use it as payment at the participating retailer. 
3. This savings will appear as a deduction in the account that you designate for discount.

 By using scrip cards instead of purchasing directly from the retailer, you can save toward your student's various school accounts.
Print off a form from the CCLS website then send it and a check (made out to CCLS) with your student. Orders handed in by 9:00 am Monday are filled by week’s end.  Stop in the office for details or email April Engen at for more details.  Try it, it works!

*Scrip rebate savings vary.

Fast Facts with Scrip

These local establishments participate in the scrip program:

  • B’s on the River 
  • Calm Waters Massage, LLC
  • D’Vinci’s Restaurant
  • Luce Line Lodge 
  • Mario’s Italian Kitchen
  • Marketplace Foods
  • SA 
  • Subway 
  • Watertown Fuel & Food  


At CCLS We Believe That…

  • ·         The Lutheran School is a servant of the church at large.
  • ·         All people are created by God and are therefore special in His eyes.
  • ·         All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.
  • ·         Christ has redeemed us from sin, death and the devil through His death and resurrection.
  • ·         Through the work of the Holy Spirit, in word and Sacrament, God provides freely to each of us: Faith, Forgiveness and Eternal Life.
  • ·         We are sinners, yet saints.
  • ·         God calls us to live a life of service to Him.
  • ·         In serving others around us, we serve God.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Washington DC Class Trip

Next spring our seventh- and eighth-graders will be off to Washington DC to see many memorials, museums, and historical sights.  They will remember this trip for the rest of their lives and will be working hard toward making it happen throughout this school year.  There will be extra fundraisers in order to support this exciting, educational trip, so watch out for a few extra goodies.  One of these will be Open Gym Night – yay!

Open Gym Nights

Open Gym Nights are held on occasional Friday nights.  They offer a couple of hours of chaperoned fun in the gym for kids of all elementary ages.  


Medication Administration

CCLS follows the Minnesota Guidelines for Medication Administration in Schools. Schools are unable to administer medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, to its students without a completed Medication Authorization form.

If a student requires medication, a copy of this "Medication Authorization" form must be completed and brought back into the school office or you may fax a completed form.  

Please note, all medications must be in their original packaging & any prescription medications require both a parent/guardian & physician's signature.

Students are allowed to carry an inhaler and/or epi-pen when the following criteria have met: 

  • The school receives annual written permission from the student's parent and health care provider to allow self-administration of the inhaler and/or epi-pen. 
  • The inhaler is properly labeled for the student.
  • Successful completion of an assessment of the student's knowledge and skills to safely use and possess an inhaler in the school setting done by the school nurse.

We cannot administer medication brought to school in an envelope, baggie, etc. The school does not provide any medication (this includes Tylenol, Advil, Tums, cough drops, sun screen, etc.). Medications cannot be carried by students in pockets, bags, desks, lockers, etc.

Sunscreen in School

 It’s not difficult to understand why schools require a parent’s authorized permission before administering medications such as Tylenol or Benadryl.  However, the FDA regulates sunscreen as an over-the-counter medication, and schools have categorized them as such in recent years.  Naturally, there are relevant arguments both for and against this reasoning.  Some people have allergies to fragrances and other substances found within some of these lotions.  Children often share their belongings, and allergies can be serious.  Yet, with laws requiring so many minutes of recess for students each day, a fair-skinned child may burn within that allotted time.  Might we be sending our children conflicting messages about the very real dangers of unprotected sun exposure?  Granted, Minnesota students don’t encounter an abundance of such days during their school years, sunburns are also serious and to be avoided.  Some good news for parents is that, across the country, bills are being proposed and widely supported from health experts and lawmakers to exempt sunscreen from these state rules.  Minnesota is not one of these states yet, but we will stay updated with these laws as they relate to our students here at CCLS.



If your child will not be in school because of illness or family emergency please contact the school office by 8:30 that morning.

Students arriving after 8:15 must check in at the school office.

Students departing prior to 2:45 must also check out at the school office.

For planned absences a note from the parent is required to excuse children early for doctor, dentist or other appointments.

Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade who are not picked up by their parents by 3:05 pm will be enrolled in the AfterCare Program.  This does not include children who are actively engaged in an extra-curricular program.  Parents will be responsible for applicable fees.

Stand Firm

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  Do everything in love.”

~ I Corinthians 16:13, 14

This is our theme for the 2017 – 2018 school year. 

"The terms in this verse are all military: Watch ye, watch, and be continually on your guard, lest you be surprised by your enemies

… Stand fast in the faith - Keep in your ranks; do not be disorderly;

be determined to keep your ranks unbroken; keep close together …

Quit yourselves like men - When you are attacked, do not flinch;

maintain your ground; resist; press forward;

strike home; keep compact; conquer … Be strong -

If one company or division be opposed by too great a force of the enemy, strengthen that division, and maintain your position … summon up all your courage, sustain each other; fear not, for fear will enervate you." (Clarke)


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.

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.

Welcome Back a POPular Snack

With their busy lives and frequent extracurricular activities, kids rely on available snacks (and so do we!).  But sometimes we become discouraged with the disproportionate high-sugar, high-fat options on market shelves.  One substitute we might consider is popcorn, but not the microwave popcorn of which you might be thinking.  Here is an idea that is healthy, economical, and delicious!

Popcorn is a whole grain, with an endosperm, germ, and bran.  This means that it has fiber, minerals, B complex vitamins, and vitamin E.  It doesn’t require oil or butter for that perfect puff, only heat.  It’s the perfect food for basic cooking, as thousands of years of evidence have demonstrated.  We can do this with just our microwave, a glass bowl, a plate, and a few kernels of popcorn. Here is the simple recipe:

  • ¼ cup dry popcorn kernels
  • Glass bowl
  • Microwave-safe plate (wide enough to cover the top of the glass bowl)

Place the dry popcorn kernels into the glass bowl and microwave for 2 minutes and 45 seconds.  Cooking times may vary.  Enjoy!


Tactical Trash

These little packets are found everywhere, from vitamin bottles to jerky to the box of new sneakers we’ve just purchased for our children.  They boldly instruct us to throw them away, and – for heaven’s sake – “do not eat”.  Perhaps this is because they resemble tapioca? 

Silicate is a porous mineral that attracts water molecules.  While the gel is nontoxic, some manufacturers add cobalt chloride, a moisture indicator, which is toxic.  You will know if it contains this additive if the silica gel is blue or pink.  These packets are NOT safe to store with food.  

Here is a list of several ways we can benefit from reusing these little packets:

  • Ammo
  • Camera Storage – Prevents Condensation
  • Drying-Out Cell Phone – “Better Than Rice!”
  • Eliminate “Old Book Smell”
  • Extend Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns
  • Fabric/Craft/Yarn Storage
  • Gym Bag
  • Important Documents
  • Leather-Storage
  • Luggage
  • Malodorous Sneakers
  • Photo Boxes
  • Razor Blades – Prevent Rust
  • Seed-Saving
  • Silver-Prevent Tarnishing
  • Tackle Box
  • Tool Box
  • Video Collection
  • Winter Clothing Storage

WCCO 830 AM Radio

KSTP TV Channel 5

…for your information about late starts and school closings.  CCLS follows the Watertown-Mayer school district with regards to weather-related closures.