January 8, 2021
At Christ Community Lutheran School, our focus is on forming strong Christian character in each of our students. While this takes place throughout the day and is highlighted during discipleship time, each year we also focus on our character in our civic context. We are experiencing difficult times now as a nation, and we are thankful for the opportunity we have at CCLS to play a role in developing both Christian and civic character in our young people/future leaders. 

Each year CCLS 5th through 7th graders are invited to take part in the Civic Character Formation Project. This is a project outside of regular class assignments in which students study a historical figure by exploring that figure’s identity, purpose, and action. Students then internalize the character lesson they have learned by performing a service project, which is evaluated by a scholarship panel. Based on the project, one student from each class is selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship for the next school year. The “Duesenberg Civic Character Awards” are funded annually by earnings from the Charger Legacy Endowment Fund, and named in honor of Robert and Lori Duesenberg. To learn more about taking part in the Civic Character Project, students can attend a meeting during lunch on Thursday, January 14th OR you can attend a Zoom meeting at 7:00pm that evening (Civic CFP Orientation). Whether you take part in the project or not, we can all pray for our nation and focus on growing in our character through love and respect for each other in Christ. 

Have a great weekend in the Lord!
Matt Hoehner
Executive Director
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UPCOMING DATES
No School: MLK Jr. Day January 18th
National Lutheran Schools Week January 25–29th

...Early Childhood... It may be chilly outside, but we are already thinking about our ECE Summer Program! Detailed information will be shared in upcoming Charger newsletters, but we wanted to let you know that we will be providing an awesome summer experience for students entering our 2’s classes through those entering kindergarten in 2021-2022. Registration will begin in the next few weeks, so be sure to check the Charger as well as Brightwheel messages regarding our fun-filled summer program!
...Elementary... Elementary service project is coming! The week of January 25th is National Lutheran Schools' Week. The students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade are going to be involved in a service project during that week. The students will be putting together Senior Care Kits for Operation Food Search. We are asking each elementary student to bring in six items from the following list. (Please note: a six-pack of applesauce cups counts as six items or a box of granola bars counts for as many bars as are in the box (usually 6-8).)  

Item list:
  • tea or instant coffee (several tea bags or single serve coffee bags in a small ziploc bag)
  • single serve applesauce, fruit cups or pudding
  • granola bars, cereal bars
  • individual snack bags of pretzels, cheez-its
  • microwave popcorn
  • peanut butter cracker packets
  • small bags of trail mix, dried fruit or nuts

Students may bring these items to their classrooms anytime before Monday, January 25th. The students will be decorating the gift bags and making cards with words of encouragement to go into the bags. Our goal is to put together 250 Senior Care Kits. Thanks for your help. 
...Middle School... Academic Team: CCLS has an academic team coached by Bethany Albers. The team has been working hard this year, and has competed in two meets being blessed to have won each meet by more than 400 points. The team is preparing for the virtual state meet on Saturday, February 13th. The 2021 members of academic team: Caleb Anderson (8th), Cooper DeSchryver (7th), Olivia Gorline (7th), Jordan Hemler (7th), Ryan Hugo (8th), Jackson Joyce (8th), James King (7th), Cooper Neifert (7th), and Owen Wampler (8th).

Youth Coding League: We are pleased to announce, the middle school has a YCL club again this semester. This semester club members, under the coaching and direction of Dee Leible, include seventh and eighth graders. There are 14 students involved in this club.

Epiphany: Epiphany was the focus of the GOSPEL Group message during chapel this week. Dr. Jason Broge led us through what the word means and set up a journaling and prayer time to think and pray for people who we know who we should be sharing the message of Jesus with.
Priority Enrollment Ends January 15
Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is underway! Current K-8 students have been automatically re-enrolled for next school year; no action is needed at this time for current K-8 students, unless they are not planning to return next school year. For all ECE students (including those current students planning to enroll in kindergarten), priority enrollment will end on January 15. Current ECE families should have received an email from TADS (our enrollment management system) with an invitation to enroll for 2021-22.  It is important to let us know of any changes in your plans for enrollment for the 2021-22 school year as soon as possible. We are extremely limited on spots available in our Early Childhood classrooms as well as K-8. Contact Leanna Butterfield (lbutterfield@ccls-stlouis.org) with any questions!  
Elementary School Lunch Volunteers
Happy 2021! As our volunteer schedules continue to evolve, our elementary lunchroom has a need for help on every Tuesday. Whether you can commit to one Tuesday a month, or multiple, please contact Meghan Morelan at mmorelan@ccls-stlouis.org. Thank you for your help and support!


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NWEA
The Middle School students will complete the 2nd round of NWEA testing next week beginning on Monday, January 11th thru Friday, January 15th. Our 3rd and 4th grade students will assess the week of Tuesday, January 19th thru Friday, January 22nd. 

Each student will be assessed in the areas of Math, Science, Reading Comprehension and Language.

The NWEA provides teachers and facilitators with data needed to make important decisions about student learning. The NWEA helps educators to:
  •  see what students have already learned -- and what they are ready to learn
  • personalize learning for each student
  • set goals for student growth and track progress
  • see how students are performing against grade level standards

Both in person students and distance learners will take the assessments at the same time during the school day.  

The schedule is as follows:
Monday, January 11th: NWEA Math Assessment for 5th - 8th grade

Tuesday, January 12th: NWEA Reading Assessment for 5th grade
                   NWEA Reading Assessment for Mrs. Teasdale's Class
                   NWEA Science Assessment for Mr. Hieber's Class
                   NWEA Science Assessment for 7th Grade
                   NWEA Language Arts Assessment for Ms. Alber's Class

Wednesday, January 13th: NWEA Science Assessment for 5th Grade
                   NWEA Science Assessment for Mrs. Teasdale's Class
                   NWEA Science Assessment for 8th Grade
                   NWEA Reading Assessment for Mr. Hieber's Class
                   NWEA Reading Assessment for 7th Grade
                   NWEA Language Arts Assessment for Mr. Fiala's Class

Thursday, January 14th: NWEA Language Arts Assessment for 5th Grade
                   NWEA Language Arts Assessment for Mrs. Teasdale's Class
                   NWEA Language Arts Assessment for 7th Grade

Friday, January 15th: NWEA Language Arts Assessment for Mr. Hieber's Class
                  NWEA Reading Assessment for 8th Grade

Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast each day. 
CCLS is currently accepting applicants for faculty and staff positions for the upcoming '21- '22 academic year. Some positions may be available to start immediately. Apply anytime at https://bit.ly/CCLScareers, or learn more by emailing Jessica Anderson, Director of HR, at janderson@ccls-stlouis.org.