December 4, 2020
Modest in Victory; Gracious in Defeat

Modest in Victory...Gracious in Defeat. These words are painted boldly on the wall of Concordia Seminary’s field house where I had the opportunity to play many basketball games. The words remind us that sports are about more than just winning a game -- sports provide the opportunity to grow in our character. As John Maxwell teaches, sometimes you win and sometimes you learn. At CCLS we have had a lot of success in sports, but regardless of the outcome, we learn teamwork, respect for others, and diligence leading to the accomplishment of goals. And above all, we learn that playing with our friends can be really fun!

With basketball starting up this week, I want to thank Clint Adler, our Athletic Director, and all of our coaches for investing time into our students as they grow physically and in their character through sports. With so many teams, we are blessed to have parents dedicate their time to supporting our students in these life lessons.


Have a great weekend in the Lord!
Matt Hoehner
Executive Director

...Early Childhood... This week, we had more than 50 families join us for our virtual Kindergarten Readiness event. It was a great evening full of information for our upcoming kindergarteners! At the end of our evening, we talked about building resilience in our children during challenging times. Click here for tips that you can apply this year, as well as our upcoming Christmas season to help your child(ren) during these difficult times! 
...Elementary... 940!!!!!! That is the number of items that the elementary students brought in for the canned good drive for Kirk Care. Way to go families!. The gentlemen who came to pick up the items were very impressed and very thankful. Your donations will go a long way to help fill baskets of food for many families in need. This also means that the elementary students have earned a free dress day! We are planning on the free dress day for Friday, December 18th, right before the Christmas break. Thank you so much for your generosity. 
...Middle School... Drama Performance: The drama group has been feverishly working to complete and perform a zoom comedy everyone is certain to enjoy. Be on the lookout for the performance link in the near future.

Chapel: Dr. Jason Broge led a wonderful chapel this week on the topic of Advent. More specifically the meaning of Advent and waiting. Obviously we wait for Christmas to come but more importantly we wait for the second coming of Jesus. One of the questions the students journaled about was, what are you waiting for? I would ask parents to think about this as well.
The middle school is pleased to share, live chapel will be coming back again in January. For the second semester grades will rotate in the Concordia Center. For example, on January 13th the fifth grade classes will be in the Concordia Center, physically distanced. The other grades will have chapel live streamed into the classrooms. 
2019-2020 Yearbooks
If you forgot to order a yearbook for last school year we have some left. Please contact Mrs. Luttrell (314-822-7774 or mluttrell@ccls-stlouis.org) to acquire one. They are $40 each and we'll charge you via TADS. 
Coding Club
CCLS had twelve coding teams enter the post season of the coding league. The teams are competing in two categories: Community Favorite and Technical Merit. Community Favorite is based on votes collected from the community shared in class, with friends, with family, online, via email, and social media. Community Favorite is broken down into three rounds: school voting and two rounds of competing against other schools. Technical Merit is a team of industry professionals reviewed these projects, and evaluated them based on core computer science principles.

Of the 12 CCLS Teams, Alison, Natalie, Campbell's Project won to advance to Round 1 of Community Favorite. Round 2 is open now till noon on Monday, December 7. You may cheer them on and vote for their project here. Technical Merit awards will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony later this month. 
Coronavirus Book for your Kiddos!
Our very own Angela Shirley, director of ECE here at CCLS has written and published a children's picture book to help your children understand Coronavirus. It is also a great reminder that Jesus is ALWAYS with us! To order your copy of What Can I Do About the Coronavirus? A Resource for Young Children, click here.

I'm sure we can also have Mrs. Shirley autograph a copy for your child. What a great Christmas gift!
Virtual Polar Express for our ECE 4 year olds!
*this event is for 4 year olds only.
There are a few bonuses and a couple of new vendors to tell you about this week. Five Below has joined GLSC. The gift cards come in $25 increments and you will receive 1.5%. Freddy's Hamburgers has also joined GLSC. The cards come in $25 increments and you will receive 7%. The following bonuses will run through Dec. 21. 1. Domino's is offering a 4% bonus. You will receive 11%. 2. Baskin Robbins is offering a 5% bonus. You will receive 6%. 3. Sally Beauty Supply is offering a 2% bonus you will receive 12%. The next SCRIP date is Dec. 14. This will be the last SCRIP order before Christmas. If you are interested in using SCRIP for the first time, this is a great time to do so. You can get most of the gift cards you need in one spot and make money doing it. Please let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to assist you in setting up an account. If you have any other comments or questions, contact Sherry Jokerst at Scrip@ccls-stouis.org, or 314-822-7774. Learn more under the "Scrip & Giving Back Program" tab on MYCCLS.