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COUGAR CONNECTION
 October 20, 2017

 

MISSION STATEMENT
Calhoun Christian School provides academic excellence while upholding God’s truth and challenging children to serve.

VISION STATEMENT
Calhoun Christian School will be the benchmark of excellence in Christ-centered education.

 

NO SCHOOL
There will be no school on Thursday October 19th and Friday October 20th.
 
STAFF EMAIL CHANGES
Our school and staff is moving to using Microsoft Office 365 for many of our technology needs within the school.  We are also going to be using O365 for our emails.  Now, all staff have new email addresses following this format: Firstname:Lastname@calhounchristian.org.  For example an email for Jeralyn Belote will be jeralyn.belote@calhounchristian.org.  Our previous email addresses will be forwarded to our new addresses for the time being, however it is best to use the new addresses. 
 
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
Our school is in need of more substitute teachers.  If you have any interest in being on our substitute list please contact the office.
 
PARENT VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for some parent volunteers to come in and verbally read tests to students. There would be advanced notice as to what days are needed.  If you would be willing to do this please contact the office.  Thank you!
 
POPCORN & PICKLE FRIDAYS:
On November 3rd we will be moving popcorn and pickle distribution back to mornings.  Preschool & Elementary will have order forms their money will be collected & the orders delivered, just like last year.  Middle and High School can come to the concessions area and purchase theirs from 930-10am, when their teacher dismisses them to do so or in their passing time.  It will be on ALL Friday's ...including half days! 
    
LIVE NATIVITY
We are going to be having a new event this year (to replace the Christmas Program).  It will take place on Friday, December 15 in the evening. Our school and every student will be participating in a Live Nativity.  For that event each student will need to be dressed in a costume as if they are from the time of Jesus’ Birth.  Please begin planning now for the costumes for your child(ren).  We will be providing some ideas in the weeks to come.  We believe this will be an incredible opportunity to celebrate Christmas as a school community, but also to invite in those from the Battle Creek community into our building.  Keep your eye out for more information to come. If you would like to help out with planning the next Live Nativity meeting is Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 in the Parent Room.
 
CRAFT SHOW
The Craft show is November 18th.  There will be promotional materials available in the office. We will have flyers to hang up and yard signs are coming soon.
 
BANQUET
Banquet invitations are sent! There are extra invitations in the office, please invite your family and friends to attend with you!
 
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Operation Christmas Child is an international organization that, through the presentation of Christmas boxes filled with toys and goodies for children in third world countries, shares the love of Jesus Christ. Calhoun Christian’s Key Club teams with Operation Christmas Child to pack and send as many boxes as we can, but we need the CCS families’ help! We need shoe boxes! The more boxes we can use from the school families, the less we have to purchase and can use that money for shipping the boxes. Not only do we need boxes, but we need things to fill them! Starting now, as you shop for school supplies, pick up an extra box of crayons or pencils to send with your kids to school. The more items we can store up, the more boxes we can fill! We have loved watching this program grow over the years and are excited to see what we can accomplish this year!
 
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
The class with the most box tops collected through the month of September will win a basket filled with schools supplies for their class room. The September winner is 4th grade!
The next contest is an ice cream party! It begins now and runs through December. The winner will be announced after Christmas break.
 
FAFSA WORKSHOP
On Monday October 23rd, at 4:30pm there will be a FAFSA Workshop. This is a workshop for seniors and their families to come and work on their FAFSA. It is open to the community as well as students already in College.
 
ACADEMY NIGHT
U.S. Representative Justin Amash has scheduled his Service Academy Night for Monday, November 20, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. This is an evening for students and their parents to learn more about our nation’s service academies and the process for applying for an academy nomination and appointment.
Liaison officers from all five service academies have been invited. Each will make a short presentation at the event and will have information tables set up. The offices of U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow have been invited to participate. Connie Giarmo, staff of Representative Amash, will briefly highlight the congressional nomination process and will be available to answer questions, along with the Academy Representatives.
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
In an effort to further promote the school in our community, we would like to participate in the Battle Creek Holiday parade on November 18th and are looking for a volunteer to coordinate a group of people to participate in the parade. If you are interested or have questions, please email Melissa Pidcock (mpidcock@calhounchristian.org)
 
SPARKLE AND STITCH
Sparkle and stitch will no longer be doing the consignment part of the business as of January 1, 2018. They will still be offering alteration but if any of our High School girls would like to come and shop for their homecoming dresses, now would be a good time to do so.
 
CALENDAR
Oct. 20          No School  
Oct. 23          FAFSA Workshop at 4:30 in the Computer Lab
Oct. 23          Board Meeting at 6:30 in the Parent Room
Oct. 24          Live Nativity Planning Meeting at 6:30 in the Parent Room
Oct. 26          Elementary Field Trip to Gull Meadow Farms  
Oct. 27          Middle School Community Service
Nov. 1            Blood Drive
Nov. 1-3         Middle School Quarter 1 Exams
Nov. 10          Fall Banquet
Nov. 11          Apple Pie Making for the Freshmen and Sophomore families
Nov. 18          Craft Show
Nov. 18          Battle Creek Holiday Parade
Nov. 22          Grandparents Day, 11:30 dismissal
Nov. 23-24    Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 27          Board meeting at 6:30 in the Parent Room
Dec. 15-         Live Nativity beginning at 6:30
Dec. 18 -        Caroling
Dec. 19-         Bowling, 11:30 dismissal
Dec. 20-         Christmas Break begins
Jan. 3-            School resumes