April - May 2017

CCLS Registration 2017 - 2018

We are daily reminded that we serve a LIVING GOD. I am priviledged to be able to witness His hands and feet demonstrate that very fact here at CCLS. Its especially exciting when we’re able to observe a student discover these very fruits for themselves. It is a joy to recognize a child apply God’s loving grace toward a classmate. To see such young ones offer one another comfort in a time of difficulty, or encouragement during afflliction generates hope when many around us are criticizing these generations.

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 imagine.

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! So, 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. No, not even the 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!

It's Finally Spring!

But, it’s still Minnesota.  Even though we have more sunlight, our crisp spring days typically begin and end with cooler temperatures.  Please keep in mind the unpredictable weather this time of year when sending your student off to school.

Brynn Martin, Mary Elliott, Paul Dressel, and Conner Cox, September 2016

Brynn Martin, Mary Elliott, Paul Dressel, and Conner Cox, September 2016

GRACE

G.R.A.C.E. Grace stands forGod’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 on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm here at CCLS.

April 4, 2017                6:30 pm     (TUESDAY)

May 4, 2017                 6:30 pm

Heart’s Desire Race and Spring Event 2017

The 4th annual Heart’s Desire Race and Kid Fun Run will again take place on the scenic Luce Line Trail. On the morning of April 22, athletes of all ages and abilities will meet at one of three places and times.  Runners for the 10K are bused to the starting line (Highway 92) at 7:30 & 8:00 am. This race is open to ages 12 and up. Runners and walkers for the 5Kare bussed to the starting line (Highway 127) at 7:30 & 8:00 am. The 1K Kid Fun Run starts at 9:45 am, is open to all ages and, at about 2/3 mile, is ideal for young kids. Every participant will receive a race shirt and goodie bag as well as awards given.  Water and post-race goodies will also be made available.

Later that evening at 4:30 pm, all are invited to Christ Community Lutheran School for the 16th Annual Spring Event, featuring a silent auction, live auction, and Uncle Neddy’s pork chops.  With the date of the Spring Event confirmed in late summer, and the awareness of its annual occurrence, dozens of people prepare in many ways long before its arrival. Donation requests are sent out up to six months beforehand. By January meetings are set for planning, reservations are placed, and logistics are determined with the Heart’s Desire Race. Paperwork begins to organize and get sent home with students in February. Come March we start seeing classrooms collecting for themed baskets and working on their group project for donation. By the time April arrives we get to view the class group projects displayed in the hallway.

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 pickles 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!

Mr. Wilkening & Mr. Boehlke, Heart's Desire Race, April 2016

Mr. Wilkening & Mr. Boehlke, Heart's Desire Race, April 2016

Spring Spelling Bee

This year’s annual Spelling Contest for Lutheran Elementary Schools will be held at Mayer Lutheran High School on Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 am.  There are four divisions: Grades 7-8, Grades 5-6, Grades 3-4, and Grades 1-2.  Each school is allowed two contestants per division.

 

Elim Rehab & Nursing Home, Watertown, MN

Elim Rehab & Nursing Home, Watertown, MN

CCLS 4th Graders & Elim Residents

A couple of years ago, when our theme was "Do Something," I decided to partner up with Elim and start a foster grandparent program. Each 4th grade student was matched up to a resident there. We wrote letters of introduction and then went to visit monthly. Because it was such a big success with the students and residents, we've continued the program. Over the 2 1/2 years of our partnership, I've seen some really special relationships develop. Many of the residents don't get many visitors and really look forward to our visits. They treasure the letters, projects, and pictures we bring. 

Last month when we visited, one of my students received a letter from her "grandmother," telling her that she believed God had sent this special little angel to her at a time when she needed it most. She had recently been taken out of her home and had also had knee surgery. Whenever we visit, her face lights up and we can hear her exclamations of joy as she's wheeled down the hall toward us. This particular student and her mother have also gone to Elim on their own to continue this friendship. 

We thank God for the blessing of this unique partnership! - Mrs. Schilling

Patti Collins & Flynn. 2016-2017

Patti Collins & Flynn. 2016-2017

Flynn, the Reading Dog

This is Patti Collins and her dog, Flynn. They are a registered therapy animal team with North Star Therapy Animals who volunteer with the first and second graders here at CCLS each week. You may also have spotted them at the Watertown public library where they volunteer with the Tails for Reading program.  Flynn also loves to go for walks along the Luce Line Trail.

This is one dynamic duo! They also volunteer for the R.E.A.D. program (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) and visit the Ronald McDonald House.

Two paws up for making a difference in the world!

 

Tyson Project A+ Program…

The Tyson Project A+™ program is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and redeem Tyson Project A+ labels from packages of Tyson® products. For every label we receive, they give our school 24¢ – and our school can use the money for whatever it needs.

April is Autism Awareness Month

The prevalence of autism in America has risen to about one in every 68 children in America.  In fact, it is rising in many countries worldwide.  Autism is a developmental disability that affects the brain’s functions and remains with a person for the rest of their life.  Because it affects social and communicative skills, signs generally begin to appear before the age of three. 

It is important to ensure and demonstrate acceptance of those around who may endure difficulties.  Each of is capable of creating an environment of inclusion in order that everyone might be valued for their unique talents and gifts. 

The Puzzle Ribbon, pictured here, is the most commonly recognized symbol of the autism community.  Use #LIUB (Light It Up Blue) to share your experience across social media and help light the world up blue this April! 

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St. Jude Trike-A-Thon

 

These preschoolers on their trikes, scooters, and Big Wheels raised $1,535 for St. Jude!  St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  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.  We look forward to the Trike-A-Thon every year and enjoy cheering for the preschoolers as they cruise around the gym track.

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

How does one support mental health?  It’s a good question with some great answers.  Be educated.  Approximately 20 – 25% of Americans live with mental illness every day.  Awareness and understanding are the enemies of stereotyping.  Be a promoter of acceptance and a creator of a supportive environment. 

Someone you know has a mental illness.  Each of them has a story, not just a diagnosis.  Promise to see the person, not the illness.  Christ demonstrated this to us by the people with whom He chose to spend time.  Promote a supportive workplace, classroom, and culture of caring.  Make an effort to expel myths of character weakness or poor upbringing. 

Did you know that Mental Health America has led the observance of May as Mental Health Month since 1949?  Check out http://www.nami.org/stigma#pledge to learn more about how you can pledge to be stigma free.

Archery at CCLS

 Our fifth through eighth graders have been working on an archery unit over this past trimester during Physical Education. There is a lot more than just hand-eye coordination with this sport.  Stability and restraint are key. 

Archery is an ancient pastime that’s always been cool. The practice of stance and draw may prove somewhat frustrating.  Enthusiastic students must stay behind the shooting line until the signal for advance has been given.  Spending time simply learning how to hold the bow is enough to make any middle-schooler feel like they have ants in their pants. But the satisfying thud of your bow as it pierces the target is enough to put a smile on the steeliest adolescent face.

Fun fact: Did you know that golf is three times more dangerous than archery? Yup. The US reports archery is safer than even bowling!

 

Coins for Columbia

Our students have raised a total of $373.59 this year for Megan Schilling’s mission trip to Columbia.  The students have been very faithful with their giving each Wednesday during chapel. It’s exciting to see them trust our Lord’s provision!  Let’s remember Megan in prayer while she’s serving our Lord in South America.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities here at CCLS.  You may have spotted a volunteer sign-up sheet on the hallway table.  Following are a few ideas for your very generous and thoughtful consideration:

Ø  Recess attendant

Ø  Lunch attendant

Ø  All-School Marathon

Ø  Coaching

Ø  GRACE

Ø  Art Adventure

Ø  School Play

Ø  Concession Stand

Ø  Spring Event

Ø  October Golf Tournament

Product Coupon Organizer (Such as Box Tops)

 

WCCO 830 AM Radio

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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/school-closings/

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