October 2, 2020
The Return Narrative

Whether you recognize it or not, we all know the Return Narrative. It’s in movies like the Wizard of Oz and The Hobbit. It goes something like this: A character leaves home, experiences changes, the character changes and then returns home a different person. We’ve all experienced change in 2020 -- so how have we changed? As activities such as sports, Coding Club, and a Charger Society Breakfast event return to our life at CCLS this week, I find that I enjoy even more the little things... like watching a soccer game outside! 

We all know the Return Narrative, because it is the story of humanity. Having left the peace and presence of God in Eden, we have experienced the change of brokenness and sin. And yet, by God’s grace, Jesus enters our lives to ensure we return home to be with the Lord forever. Through it all we change. As we wait for the return, even now we appreciate God's unfailing love and the sure and certain hope we have as children of God, loved and saved by Jesus.

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

...Early Childhood... We are so excited for our upcoming Drive-Thru Candy Corn Festival! Put on your costumes and join us at the International Center (at the corner of Lindbergh and I44) on October 31st. Our Glendale and Webster campuses will drive through the line from 9:00-10:00am., and our Kirkwood and Crestwood campuses will drive through from 10:15-11:15am. Each one of our classrooms will be represented, while our costume-wearing teachers safely hand out goodies to all of our ECE students! Who knows? We might even get to see Charlie Charger! Specific directions and a map will be provided next week! 
...Elementary... Student-Parent-Teacher conferences are coming! The end of the first quarter is next Friday, October 9th! Be sure to turn in your service project forms as well as your first quarter church attendance form. (Yes, attending online church does count and we know that Sunday School is not being offered at this time.)
Following the first quarter, the elementary faculty meets to set up a schedule for these required conferences. Kindergarten has parent-teacher conferences. The format for students in grades one through four is that the beginning of the conference time is student led and then the second half of the conference time is a parent-teacher conference. These conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 20th beginning at 1:00 and continuing into the evening. (School will be dismissed at noon on the 20th.) The conference times will continue Wednesday, the 21st, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. (Students do not have school on October 21, 22 or 23rd.) Please watch for a note coming home next week for you to choose your conference time. We would prefer to do these conferences in person (like our school (home) visits in August). If your family situation is such that you need to schedule a virtual conference, please indicate that on your form. 
...Middle School... We have great things to give God the Glory for the gifts and talents He has given the students. Our Coding Club is currently placed 3rd out of 25 teams in the league. Awesome! John Lee is currently representing CCLS very well in the individual bracket for having a perfect score! There are only seven students holding a perfect score out of 321! 
Campbell, Natalie, and Micah are close behind and in the top 20! Several more are not far away. 
Daily Attendance & Health Sceening Form Text Reminders
We know that some of you may love the daily text reminders you receive to fill out your Student Daily Attendance & Health Screening Form, and others of you may find them annoying... So, we have news that could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it! Now that we are settled into schedules and routines as we approach the end of the 1st quarter, we will no longer be sending daily reminder texts for the Health Form after Friday, October 9th. It is still important that we receive a completed form for each K-8 student prior to school each day. Please put a reminder on your phone or a note on the fridge remember to complete the form starting Monday, October 12th.
CCLS Boosters & Community Business Directory
We are excited that CCLS is able to offer athletics and extracurricular programs for our students this school year! As competition gets underway for some of our teams, we want to highlight our CCLS Boosters program. CCLS Boosters supports our CCLS athletes and club members with fun encouragement (posters for state competition, 8th grade recognition) and help funding team uniforms and scholarships for participation in activities.  

In past years, CCLS Boosters has put together an Athletic Booklet which contained business advertisements to raise funds. This year, we are taking a different approach. Instead of offering ads in a print booklet, we are planning to re-promote the online CCLS Community Business Directory that was started last spring as a way to support local businesses during the pandemic. We know that many of our small businesses are still struggling financially, and we would like to continue to promote our CCLS community businesses to our families. We will be posting a link to it on CCLS' Social Media pages once a month as well as in the weekly Charger Newsletter and on our website.

If you would like your business to be included in our CCLS Community Business Directory, you can simply fill out the form at this link: Directory - Entry Form. We will continue to offer promotion in the CCLS Community Business Directory free of charge. However, if any business or individual would like an opportunity to make a gift to CCLS Boosters, you may do so (in any amount) at this link.
Virtual Author Visit
CCLS is very excited to have our first ever Virtual Author Visit. Award winning author Andrea Beaty (www.andreabeaty.com) will be virtually visiting with the CCLS Pre-Kindergarten-2nd grade classes on Thursday, October 8. This virtual author visit is made possible by our friends at Webster Groves’ independent bookstore, The Novel Neighbor. Though the presentation is geared for our younger students, anyone may preorder an autographed book by Andrea Beaty.
Check out what's new with SCRIP this week:

  • Topgolf is now offering a physical gift card. It comes in a $50 denomination and they are giving back 7%. 
  • Bath & Body Works is offering a 5% bonus from Octber 3-16. You will receive 15% back.
  • TGIF is offering a 1% bonus from Oct. 3-16. You will receive 9% back.

Take advantage of the great offers! If you would like to get started using SCRIP and making money towards your tuition, please fill out a registration form and place an order. It's free money for purchasing gift cards for places you would normally shop or buy for gifts. It's the perfect way to do your one stop shopping for Christmas and make money doing it.

Watch for bonuses in the SCRIP article in the Charger News. The next order will be Monday, October 12. If you have any questions or comments about SCRIP, please email me at scrip@ccls-stouis.org or call Sherry Jokerst, SCRIP Director at 314-537-1664.
We're Hiring!
Are you looking for an opportunity to work just a few hours during the middle of the school day? We have a variety of new opportunities! Great fit if you want to work just a couple days a week. For more information, contact Jessica Anderson, Director of HR, at janderson@ccls-stlouis.org or 314-822-7774. Or, apply online by clicking Careers at the bottom of the school webpage.
LESA Brew in the Lou Passport
Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) provides student scholarship assistance and teacher professional development opportunities for CCLS and other area Lutheran schools. In place of its annual Brew in the Lou fundraising event, this year LESA is offering a “Brew in the Lou Passport Book”. For $30, you’ll get exclusive access to $300 in beverages, menu items and special discounts at 30 of your favorite breweries, distilleries, wineries, restaurants and retailers. Since it’s good for an entire year expiring Oct. 9, 2021, you can support Lutheran schools – and businesses hurt by the pandemic – all year long. To purchase a passport book, visit lesastl.org/brew-in-the-lou
Lutheran High School South
Calling all eighth graders: Lutheran South is now accepting applications for fall 2021. Applicants who apply by November 15 are eligible for Course Selection in February. Know you're coming to Lutheran South and want to hold off on a visit? We're happy to send you a shadow gift this fall, just send us an email. Questions or to schedule a visit, contact: Katy Schmitt, Director of Admissions, 314-833-1088, kschmitt@lslancers.org.
Spiritwear - Dot The I
Dot the i will be closed on Friday, Oct 2 and will open on Monday, Oct 19. (We are celebrating a Behnke wedding and a Hudson grandchild and will be taking some time off to be with our families!) We had a wonderful back-to school season and stayed true to our deadlines as much as possible even with the extra orders from new families. Any orders placed at this time will be delivered to school, or available for pick up, beginning Oct. 22.

Mark your calendars for our Annual Holiday Boutique, Friday November 6 at our location 4621 Mehl Ave., 63129. Follow us on Facebook for more details. You may also find us online at www.dottheiembroidery.com