June Community Letter

June 4, 2019
 

Dear Central Christian Community,
 
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, we rejoice with the Class of 2019 and celebrate their graduation. The class chose Ephesians 4:16 as their verse.
 
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
 
With Jesus as our center, we can imagine this Central Christian School community as a “supporting ligament” holding together the body, along with our congregations and extending to the global church, of which we are a small and important part. The body holds together as we grow and build each other up in love as each part does its work.
 
Central prepares citizen leaders for God’s kingdom by shaping a communitywhere students are rooted and grounded in love. This happens naturally and with intentionality. A few weeks ago at lunchtime, a high school student took two bags of Doritos for his haystack salad bar. Instead of calling him out, the person supervising the line came along beside him and in a friendly way showed him the nutrition label and explained the health reasons why the cafeteria only occasionally serves chips and why each person may only take one bag. The student agreeably put back the second bag and a potential conflict turned into a caring interchange.
 
Students have multiple opportunities to grow in leadership. In May, all ninth graders gave oral presentations of the story of the Old Testament. For many students, this is a formative public speaking opportunity. Students in grades 10-12 formed the audience and participated in the evaluation of the presentations. On that day, the whole high school got behind the first year students in support. After school, I noticed an 11th grader coming to sit beside a ninth grader to congratulate him and give him feedback on his presentation. 
 
The Board conducted a listening exercise with eighth graders in May. Using the World Cafe model, small groups of students rotated to tables with a different question on each table. In response to a question about faith formation at CCS, students enthusiastically mentioned daily chapels, Bible classes, National Day of Prayer, Heart of Central, and the way that God is incorporated into all classes. On the National Day of Prayer in May, I spent some time in the room with a multi-age group of elementary students who had chosen to pray as they modeled with red play-dough. After a time of quiet work and prayer, a deep thinking kindergarten student said, "I can even see God in hot lava. But I've never seen hot lava- so I guess I haven't seen God.” God was at work in these lively minds as they used play and prayer.
 
The interconnection between play and learning have always been core to Elementary and Middle School Principal Joyce Taylor’s philosophy of education. Joyce founded the CCS Elementary School 21 years ago. She encouraged the elementary teachers to remember, “The classroom is a playground and the playground is a classroom. Use the outdoors. That’s where learning happens.” Please join us in honoring Joyce with a reception on Sunday, August 4 from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center Lobby at CCS.
 
Please pray:

  1. With gratitude for the strong finish of the Class of 2019 and for God’s continued guidance in their lives.
  2. With gratitude for the contributions of Joyce Taylor, Jill Detweiler Breckbill, Lindsay Peters, and Deb Dutcher to Central Christian School.
  3. That new families will contact Christina Lowe as they make the decision to invest in their children’s education at Central Christian School. 
  4. That the right applicants will fill the roles of bus driver, part time Elementary Spanish teacher, and part time Winds instructor for 2019-2020.

 
Sincerely,


Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi
Superintendent