Dec 2017 - Feb 2018


Soldier Care Package Project

Our seventh and eighth graders have gathered the names and addresses of ten local active duty military personnel.  These are friends, relatives, and neighbors within our community for whom these students have been working on putting together Care Packages which include small gift items, prayers, and letters of encouragement.  We want those who serve to know that we are grateful for their sacrifice!

Care Packages enhance the morale and well-being of the deployed troops worldwide by seeking, receiving, and shipping to the front lines.  This is especially important outside the established holidays.

If you would like to send your own care package to a deployed service member, here are a few contacts that you will help you get started.


If you have someone serving overseas (it doesn’t need to be in a war-zone), encourage them to sign up for the Green Beans Cafe’s Cup of Joe for a Joe program. The program matches micro-donations from civilians in the States of cups of coffee and bags of coffee (and personal notes of encouragement) to deployed members of the military. John signed up for the program at the beginning of his year and has been treated to quite a few cups of coffee from kind folks during his deployment. https://www.greenbeanscoffee.com/products/cup-of-joe-for-a-joe


Hershey Corporation will send care packages free of charge to deployed members of the military.  Note: your service member must be overseas and have an APO/FPO address. https://www.donationx.org/eRequestFormExt.aspx?f=c&O=8fcd3703-b0ed-4fc1-8161-e92463c726e6


The Postal Service created a “military care-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit is free, and each box is emblazoned with “America Supports You.”  To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for pack­aging, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at www.usps.com/supportingourtroops.

All-School Marathon

Friday, September 22 was a warm and sunny day for our walkers and bikers.  We kept the cool water stations ready for the students and the staff as well as offering them their “Stand Firm” t-shirts that day. The kids worked hard in order to meet their CRAZY goal of $11,000!!!

Preschool through 4th grade will visit a local apple orchard.  Fifth through eighth grade will spend their time in school in an overnight lock-in. The top fundraising class will be treated to a movie and popcorn on a school day.  The top three fundraising students earned a brand new bike, a trip to Big Thrill Factory, and a hover board.  The entire student body will be treated to an ice cream sundae social at this event.

We are grateful to everyone who contributed time, talent, and photos for this special event.  THANK YOU TO ALL who helped and sponsored this great CCLS event!  We could not have done it without each student, or without you!

Building parachutes in Mrs. Binstock’s fifth and sixth grade classroom with the STEM curriculum.

Building parachutes in Mrs. Binstock’s fifth and sixth grade classroom with the STEM curriculum.

What is STEM?

Excerpt by Elaine J. Hom, LiveScience Contributor | February 11, 2014

Building parachutes in Mrs. Binstock’s fifth and sixth grade classroom with the STEM curriculum.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. As mentioned before, STEM education begins while students are very young.


In Search of…

CCLS is looking for magazines and used picture books to use for art projects. Please be sure that magazines are appropriate for young children. Also, be sure these books are ready to be cut for projects. Thank you!


Box Top Wars

We had our Box Top Wars again in October with NORTH vs. SOUTH. 

The North was Preschool, third, fourth, and fifth grades; the South was kindergarten, first, second, seventh, and eighth grades.

Every product coupon qualified for this contest.  For example, not only Box Tops were counted,  but so were My Coke Rewards, Tyson Project A+, Kwik Trip’s Milk Moola, and Country Hearth and Village Hearth Loaves 4 Learning.

The students really pulled in a lot of product coupons!  This was their total:

North: 1245

South: 1255

Wow, that's close!  In reality every participating student, parent, neighbor, and loved one contributed to our school!  Thanks to each of you for helping to collect so many product coupons!

  • mycokerewards includes:   Barq’s, Dasani, Fanta, Fresca, FUZE, Mello Yello, Minute Maid, Powerade, Seagram’s, Sprite, Tab, and Mr. Pibb, as well as all Coca Cola products.
  • Box Tops participating products include:  Annie’s, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Progresso, Betty Crocker, Ziploc, Land O’Lakes, Hefty, Yoplait, Green Giant, Scott, Kleenex, and many, many more!
  • Village Hearth & Country Hearth Products:  Village Hearth & Country Hearth breads, buns, muffins, slender rounds, pita, thinwich, and bagels.
  • Kwik Trip’s Milk Moola Products:  Bags, gallons, ½ gallons, quarts, pints and ½ pints of milk, orange juice, Nature’s Touch drinking water, Nature’s Touch egg nog, Kwik Quencher® Iced Tea – Gallons, Kwik Quencher Lemonade – Gallons.
  • Tyson Project A+ Products:  Any'tizers, Breast Patties, Steak Fingers, Grilled & Ready, Chicken Breast Strips, Chicken Breast Fillets, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Breast Tenders, Breast Nuggets, Breast Fillets, Fun Nuggets, Breast Tenderloins, Southern Style Patties, and Southern Style Tenderloins.
Ministry in Motion portrayed the life of Jeremiah Denton for Grandparent’s Day; Friday, November 3, 2017.  This soldier was taken as a prisoner of war in 1965 in North Vietnam. He was a prisoner for 8 years, during which time he endured beatings, starvation, and many forms of torture. During that long and difficult ordeal, he never let go of his faith.

Ministry in Motion portrayed the life of Jeremiah Denton for Grandparent’s Day; Friday, November 3, 2017.  This soldier was taken as a prisoner of war in 1965 in North Vietnam. He was a prisoner for 8 years, during which time he endured beatings, starvation, and many forms of torture. During that long and difficult ordeal, he never let go of his faith.

Ministry in Motion

Ministry in Motion was started 9 years ago and is made up of volunteers from the upper grades who are willing to come to school early in the mornings to practice. The students act out Christian songs with dowel rods and hand signs. The purpose is to portray the songs in a different way to make the words come alive and make the songs more meaningful, while glorifying God. We have performed for Grandparent's Day, the Christmas Service, Maifest, the Spring Event, chapel, and church services.

Fort Snelling Field Trip

by Kelli Binstock

The students in grades 5-8 had the opportunity to visit Historic Fort Snelling last month.  Set on the banks of the Mississippi, the fort now offers its history to those who visit.  Our students got the chance to step back in time with hands-on activities such as washing laundry, visiting the hospital, and touring the all-popular blacksmith shop. They also marched in the military and watched a musket loaded and fired! It was truly a great experience to learn about this very important place and time in history!

New School Policy

by The National Association of School Nurses

The National Association of School Nurses no longer advocates sending students home if they’re suspected of infestation. Students are allowed to remain in class and participate in school activities.  Protocol requires that parents have the option of taking their child home early, with an excused absence.  If opting for their student to remain, they should be advised to avoid head-to-head contact with other students until appropriate treatment is completed.  Notifications of classroom outbreaks will no longer be distributed.  Instead, routine reminders should be sent to families electronically.

Head lice are not a known cause of disease, and should not be classified as rationale for infringing upon a student’s confidentiality or unduly alarming a community.


It is best to be educated and prepared.  Head lice are most common in children, especially with elementary and middle school aged students.  Periodically checking along the hairline at the base of the neck and behind the ears is good surveillance.  There are evidence-based treatment options that can be effective with one to two treatments, if instructions are closely followed.

With no wings or jumping legs, these tiny 1/8-inch long insects cannot fly or jump.  They are spread by head-to-head contact, as well as the sharing of personal items such as hats, brushes, pillows, and towels.  They lay small, oval, grayish-colored eggs called nits which adhere to the hair shaft near the surface of the warm skin.  Pets cannot carry them, and they are unable to reproduce or survive apart from a human body for more than two days.  Fallen nits will not reattach or hatch.

Simple action to clear your environment of any lice are washing your bedding, clothing, coats, hats, and scarves in hot water (above 130° F) and drying them in a hot dryer.  Combs and brushes should be heated for at least 10 minutes in 130° F water.  Floors, carpeting, and furniture should be thoroughly vacuumed.  The use of insecticide sprays is not recommended.  These cleaning efforts should happen on the day of first treatment and whenever live lice are found.  The best prevention is early detection.  Do not depend on someone else to check your child’s head as this may delay treatment. 


Mr. Joel Landskroener from Mayer Lutheran High came for chapel. He shared his favorite book with grades 1 and 2 also... "Go Dog Go!"   The MLHS football players came to read, also!

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Our girls took third place in the October volleyball tournament at Emanuel Lutheran in Hamburg. Great job, ladies!

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Jeff Stern Memorial Golf Tourney

It was a beautiful October day at Shadowbrooke Golf Course in Lester Prairie for the annual Jeff Stern Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for CCLS.  Here are a few of our favorite CCLS moms! 


De-stress your Christmas shopping with Scrip

Christmas is a happy time of the year.  It is a time to celebrate the birth of our loving Savior, recalling the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that were given to the Christ child by the Magi.  Recalling also the gift of eternal salvation; “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—“ Ephesians 2:8. 

We try not to stress during this beautiful season.  One way is to get a head start with our shopping.  The scrip program is a great tool for this approach.  Whether we are acquiring stocking stuffers or a splendid tribute, gift cards have become more personal over the years.

They rarely attach added fees and expiration dates, they’re easy to acquire and use, and they’re always the right fit.  Create some time to peruse shopwithscrip.com, you will be impressed with the number of retailers that participate in the program.

If you’re not a fan of gift cards, but you are a Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopper, consider purchasing scrip cards before you make your epic trek.  You will earn rebates for your family account at school.  Be sure to do this early so that you have them in time!

For those of you who are adept with the internet and your smartphone, don’t forget about MyScripWallet, which is mobile scrip at your fingertips while you shop.  This is available for Apple or android.  Here is where you order and redeem ScripNow, Reload, and ReloadNow from your smartphone. 

Convenience, ease, and no stress; this is a great way to sail through your holiday shopping and enjoy the Christmas spirit!


Important School Dates for Second CCLS Trimester:

§  W, 11.22: Half Day, No AfterCare

§  Th & F, 11.23 & 24: No School, Thanksgiving Break

§  W, 11.29: Report Cards

§  W & Th, 11.29 & 30: Preschool Conferences

§  F, 12.1: Deck the Halls

§  12.5-7: Vision & Hearing Screening

§  Th, 12.7: GRACE 6:30

§  T, 12.12: Basketball game @ Zion Mayer 3:30

§  T, 12.19: Basketball game @ Cologne Academy 3:45

§  W, 12.20: Children’s Christmas Service 1:30 & 7:00

§  Th, 12.21: Half Day

§  F, 12.22 – Mon, Jan 1: No School, Christmas Break

§  Th, 1.4: GRACE 6:30

§  T, 1.9: Basketball game @ Emanuel Hamburg 3:30

§  Th – Sat, 1.11-13: Girls Basketball Tournaments @ Chaska

§  Th, 1.18: Basketball game @ Chaska

§  F, 1.19: No School

§  1.21-28: NLSW

§  T, 1.23: Basketball game Boys @ NYA 3:30 + Girls HOME game 3:30

§  Th, 1.25: Basketball game @ Howard Lk 3:30

§  F, 1.26: St Jude Trike-a-Thon

§  T, 1.30: Basketball game Boys @ Waconia, Girls Home @ Howard Lk w/Waconia 3:30

§  Th, 2.1: Basketball game @ Wayzata 3:45

§  Th, 2.1: GRACE

§  2.5-2.9 MAP Testing

§  2.16-2.18 MLAA Basketball Tournament @ MLHS

§  M, 2.19: No School

§  Th, 3.1: GRACE

§  F, 3.2: No School: End of Second Trimester

Feed My Starving Children

Recently our students partnered with the students at Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia packing MannaPack ™ meals to feed God’s kids in other parts of the world.  FMSC is based on Psalm 146:7 "He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry."   Jesus is the reason that Feed My Starving Children exists.  Volunteers enable them to do what they do.  Volunteers pack all of the meals, and donations pay for them. They don’t receive free ingredients or government aid. It takes both packing and donating to feed kids!  This is an incredible program where adults and students alike enjoy their volunteer time.


by Jeff Boehlke

Numbers and statistics are important. We use numbers in our world every day. On November 3rd we celebrated Grandparents Day and our focus and gratitude was to Veterans and those who currently serve in our countries military.

Our students shared nine important numbers to contemplate that day...

16.1 Million- The number of men and women that served the USA in the military in WWII.

2.82 Million- The number of men and women serving our country here and abroad today!

400,000- The number of Americans that died in WWII.

500- We celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year!

404- The total number of Grandparents that might have come today to celebrate with us! (104 signed in.)

164- The number of flags placed on our lawn saluting those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Thank you Mrs. Steinborn and her class for coordinating and working so hard on this special project!

11.11.11-On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Allies and Germany called a cease-fire, bringing an end to WWI. There was no victor. Both sides simply agreed to stop fighting due to heavy loss of lives on both sides. Thus began Veteran’s Day, also known internationally as Armistice Day.

1- One Lord, one faith, one baptism! We celebrate that special truth today also! It is why our school exists, what drives us each and every day here at CCLS!

0- The number of sins that God will hold me accountable for when I go to heaven.

Of all of those numbers, the most important is zero. Praise be to God, the Father and to his Son Jesus Christ who came to this earth and took on my sins so that I might receive the gift of eternal life!

Galatians 3:24-27  
 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.


Father God,

Your son Jesus, said, ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Today we pray for those men and women who have, in their military service, sacrificed their time, strength, ambition, health and even their lives on this earth to benefit ‘friends,’ known and unknown.

Many of our warriors carry scars in their hearts as well as on their bodies. Jesus, you came to give us abundant life by providing a way for us to release our pain to you. Bring healing now to the veterans of our nation who bear tangible and intangible wounds.

We thank you for grandparents, for their love and care for the special relationship that we are blessed to have with them!

Finally, we thank you for zero. We thank you for the cross and the empty tomb. We thank you for the promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus!

 And all God’s people said, AMEN!


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.

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.


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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G.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, 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