February Community Letter

Dear Central Christian Community,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the school over these past months.  We know that God is at work throughout CCS, and we want to pay attention.

Now the Lord was going before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them in the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel day or night. (Exodus 13:21)

Today we celebrate the first full week of school that we’ve had in two months!  Christmas break, weather conditions, and national holidays have interrupted our daily patterns and now it is good to get back to a more regular school routine.  We’re thankful that because Central’s school days are a bit longer than our neighboring schools, we have enough extra school hours that CCS will not need to make up days.

High School and middle school students hoped for no snow days during Mini-Term.  This unique program, spanning eight days in early January, allows Central to offer thirty-five different hands-on courses with extended time frames.  Options ranged from farming to Mennonite Disaster Service, to serving and learning at a horse camp, to officiating, to woodworking, to learning technical math designs to create sculptures.   High School student groupings brought together grade levels, which created stronger connections within the school. Mini-Term also gave students the opportunity to work closely with teachers in small groups outside the regular classroom setting.  

Six of the high school students who participated in the teaching internship mini-term returned to the Elementary School this week.  On that day, Elementary teachers planned a full day to deepen the children’s understanding of 100 through a variety of activities that celebrated the 100th day of school and applied the children’s growing mathematical knowledge and skills.  

As a school, Central focuses on knowledge and skills and also on creating a safe space where students can grow in faith, leadership skills, competence, and confidence.  CCS wants to make sure that a diverse group of students have access to this kind of Christ-centered education. Central has renamed our former “Student Aid” fund as our “Fair Balance Tuition Fund.” The Fair Balance Tuition Fund allows CCS to offer variable rates of tuition to families in an equitable way based on their unique financial situation.  The varying rates of tuition are made possible by the Central community’s generous sharing of resources through Community Service Day, the Annual Auction, and giving throughout the year.

We value your prayers for this school. Please pray with us:

1.  For our middle school and elementary students as they participate in sessions to reduce the risk of bullying behavior.  

2.  For the Board and employees of CCS as they follow God’s leading.

3.  For Central’s upcoming Auction on March 9.

4.  For CCS students participating in academic and performing arts competitions in the coming months.  

5,  For more families to hear the story of CCS and decide to make an investment in their children’s education by enrolling.