Wednesday, January 25, 2023

3 C's for Jr. Cougars and Science ROCKS!


1. Chapel!

To kick off our elementary chapel last Friday our Jr. Cougar worship team, under the direction of our beloved music teacher Mrs. Draper, taught and led us in a new song about the Great Commission passage in Matthew 28. We then had the unique and so very special opportunity to welcome back one of our very own! Laura Ann Stauffer, a 2019 CCS graduate and now alumni, was our guest speaker. Laura Ann engaged and captivated our Jr. Cougars by sharing with them her journey the Lord called her on for Him to "go make disciples" in Mongolia. Perhaps one of the key moments in her sharing was how the first time she felt His leading to being a long-term missionary was when she was just eight years old!!! Laura Ann explained to our littles and bigs her desire to deliver the message about the saving love of Jesus to all the world and for now, that is in Mongolia. She also gave students an opportunity to ask her questions about her recent trips there and how she is preparing to leave again at the end of February for as long as God has her there. I for one was impressed with the interesting and thoughtful questions they asked. We then had the JOY of praising the Lord with her by singing and dancing to one of her favorite worship songs. As we concluded our chapel time Our Jr. Cougar small groups prayed together for Laura Ann while our elementary dream team prayed with and for her too. What a precious gift to Laura Ann and to all of us! 

Coming up at our elementary chapel next Friday, with the enthusiastic help and gracious assistance of a couple of eager and excited fourth graders the Jr. Cougars will dig into the depths of the new character trait of LOVE and the impact of words on the hearts of others. 

2. Carnival!

Puppy kisses, popcorn, Punch Cards, PRIZES, and Mr. Parris PIE FACE are back and getting ready for a fine, fantastic, and fabulous time of fun, food, and fellowship with our Jr. Cougars and their families at the Jr. Cougar Winter Wonderland Carnival!  Whoop! Whoop!

All this jolly, jovial JOY happening on Saturday, 2/4 from 9:30 -11:30 am in the gym!!! Whoop! Whoop! 

To add even more JOY to this bubbly, bouncy, blast of a time, Punch Cards for fun and games can be purchased in advance HERE :)

Punch Cards will also be available for purchase at the door with CASH, CHECK, or CARD  💸. 

While you're at the Carnival enJOYing the festivities, if you have a coffee craving, cold brew and hot cups of Joe will be available for purchase or maybe a bit of bottled water will wet your whistle. If your sweet tooth needs filling, our doughnuts will be a hole-in-one for sure! And if you're thinking this is all a little corny, (you're not wrong :), popcorn will also be available at our snack stand. All drinks and treats can be scored with cash or check.

So COME ONE AND ALL to our heartwarming, happy, and wholesome CCS Jr. Cougar Carnival for a Winter Wonderland of WOW! 

3. Continuous Enrollment!

Recently Mr. Parris sent an email about our Continuous Enrollment Process. This is what he shared:

"Basically you are already enrolled for next year unless you inform us you are not returning. PLEASE read through the Continuous Enrollment letter, in it you will find:

-The process - please read to avoid any fees for not returning to CCS in 2023 (unless you have a graduate)
-Tuition Numbers for the 2023-24 school year
-The 2023-24 Fee structure
-Ways to reduce your tuition in 2023-24

Here is the link to the CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT LETTER from our Admissions Office. 

...Science ROCKS!

Our next session of “Science Explorers” is coming up quickly! Our CCS  “Glad Scientist,” Mrs. Sunshine Smiley. :)  is eager for her new clubbers of  Jr. Cougar scientists to join her on 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, and 3/8, which are all Wednesdays, after school, from 2:45 - 3:45 pm. Together they will be "Loose in the Chem Lab."   
Sign up your Jr. Cougar Scientist HERE !

  • February 4                Jr. Cougar Winter Carnival

  • February 8                MS/HS Admissions Open House

  • February 10              Kindergarten Sneak Peek

  • February 17              No School - Winter Break

  • February 20             No School - Presidents Day

  • February 21              Instrumental Recital

  • February 22              ES Admissions Open House

  • February 28              PS Admissions Open House


  • March 2                     2nd Trimester Ends 

  • March 3                     No School - Teacher In-service

  • March 27-31             Jr. Cougar Week

  • March 30                  ES Concert/Showcase

  • March 31                   Founders Event

Thank you for allowing CCS to partner with the Lord and you

 to share this part of your child's journey in growing

 spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Go Jr. Cougars! 


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Falling into Thanks and Praise

Hopefully you received your "Meet the Teacher" email about signing up for a conference with the teacher/s of your Jr. Cougar. This year conferences are Monday, 11/21 and Tuesday, 11/22. While in-person is recommended, we are offering a virtual alternative if that option is best for you. Please sign up as soon as possible and be sure include your conference style preference.
The last day to sign up is Friday, 11/18 at noon!
We look forward to this sweet time with you praying, processing, and sharing in the journey of loving, teaching, and helping your fearfully and wonderfully made Jr. Cougar to grow and become all that the Lord has planned!

In our last elementary chapel we reviewed what we learned in a previous chapel about the 3 Whos and the 3 Hows of obedience.  

The 3 Whos of Obedience

The 3 Hows of Obedience

  1. God

  2. Authorities

  3. Parents

  1. Obey right away

  2. Obey with JOY

  3. Do your best

One of the verses we discussed and practiced was John 14:15.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

In their small groups Jr. Cougars discussed with one another a time when they were obedient over the last two weeks. In preparation for our guest speaker the small groups also shared a favorite present they received. At the end of the small group discussion time one of our precious Jr. Cougars raised his hand and boldly shared that his favorite gift is Jesus and what He did on the cross for him!!! Praise the Lord for this JOY!!!

As always, God's timing was perfect for this focus teaching because Mr. Jack Greenly, our Director of Student Life, was also led to speak about obedience in conjunction with presenting our Jr. Cougars with the gift of a plan for us to help to share JOY of Jesus right here in our own community just in time for Christmas! (Yep! The "most wonderful time of the year" is soon here!!! Whoop! Whoop!) Mr. Greenly centered his teaching about obedience focusing on the two greatest commandments, loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind and loving each other as ourselves. Throughout his time of sharing Mr. Greenly referenced Mark 12:30-31 and John 15:12-14.

"And you shall love the Lord your God with
 all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
You are my friends if you do what I command."

I myself sat in awe of the Lord during chapel as Mr. Greenly shared his heart and the Lord's message because he and I had not originally planned to teach together and neither one of us had discussed our topic or verses before we presented, Yet the Lord brought it altogether.

Mr. Greenly then explained to the Jr. Cougars that they have the opportunity to share God's love and love our neighbors by working with the Twin Valley Food Pantry to bless and bring JOY to other littles and bigs just like them, with toys for Christmas! As the Lord leads your family, your Jr. Cougars can donate new, unwrapped toys to a child in the community that might not have any gifts under their tree on Christmas morning. Donations can be brought into school until Friday, December 2nd.  On this day representatives from the Twin Valley Food Pantry will be joining us for chapel so we can share God's blessings with them of the toys from our Jr. Cougars. We will also pray over the gifts and for the children and families that receive them. (All parents are invited to attend this special chapel at 8:10 am in the gym.:) We can't wait to celebrate the love of Jesus and His gifts to us and to our local brothers and sisters during this special chapel and precious Christmas season.   

(Maybe your Jr. Cougar  and you can have experience Christmas JOY together over the Thanksgiving break by planning a Christmas shopping date together!:)

Make a JOYful Noise!!!
Thursday, 12/15/2021
Concert at 6:30 pm 
(Jr. Cougars need to report by 6pm)
At Hopewell Church
Mark your calendars for this oh so JOYful and holy night celebrating the birth of our precious Savior Jesus with our Jr. Cougars worshipping Him and singing His highest praises of the season! This night definitely adds Jesus JOY and sweet and heavenly peace to celebrating Christmas on earth!

'Tis the season for cold and snow...
But the Jr. Cougars still love to get up and go!
It's so much fun to get outside to run and play
each and every sunny day and maybe the cloudy ones too. 
As long as the temperature is not too much below the freezing mark of 32.
So please be sure they have lots of cold weather gear,
 like coats and hats and gloves 
to keep your littles (and bigs) warm and cozy and bundled with love!

(And don't forget the mud shoes too! :)

  • November  18              1st Trimester Ends 

  • November  21-22        Parent Teacher Conferences - No Classes

  • November  23-28        Thanksgiving Break



  • December  9 -10         Cougar Classic

  • December  15              All-School Christmas Concert

  • December  21              Last  Day before Christmas Break

  • Dec. 22 - Jan. 2            Christmas Break 


Thank you for allowing CCS to partner with the Lord and you

 to share this part of your child's journey in growing

 spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Go Jr. Cougars! 



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

All Things New


New to our beloved Elementary Dream Team!
(Continued from our last Elementary Blog!!!)

Continued from our last elementary blog, we are so excited and blessed to welcome to our beloved Elementary Dream Team our new school counselor and our new librarian! We can't wait to see how the Lord is going to shine in and through them and all they do to love, support, encourage, and teach our precious Jr. Cougars! We've already seen them in action and know they are bright additions to all of the beaming rays of sunshine on our team.

Mrs. Getz

Hi I'm Kelly, a former graduate of CCS.  I graduated with my degree from West Chester University in Business Management and spent several years in the corporate world.  For the past 5 years, I've been a stay-at-home mother to my two wonderful daughters, one being an incoming Kindergartener.  This has brought me back around to CCS. I felt God calling me to work and serve where my children will be attending and I feel blessed that I get to be a part of my children and their friends' education.  I'm excited to be walking the same halls I did as a student many years ago.

Mrs. Yoder
CCS School Counselor

My name is Stephanie Yoder, CCS's first-ever full-time K-12 School Counselor.  I am thrilled to be here supporting our students and families.  I am a graduate of EMU who has spent the last 26 years working with students in various roles.  I have taught Learning Support, Social/Emotional learning, and most recently was the Student Assistance Specialist in ELANCO offering support groups and individual check-ins.  When I am not at work, I can be found cheering on CCS's sports teams (Coach Yoder is my husband and my daughter, Chloe, is a senior), walking briskly for exercise, swimming, reading, playing games with family and friends, exploring nature, or traveling our beautiful world.  This photo is of Chloe and me on a recent trip to Germany.

Elementary Chapel this Friday at 8:10 am in the Gym!


At the end of the year last year I shared with our precious Jr. Cougars how the Lord had called me to be BOLD for Him! To stretch and grow me in this area He was blessing me and giving me the gift of a lifetime and lifelong dream come true mission trip to Kenya! This past summer from July 1st through 13th, along with a team of brothers and sisters from Hopewell Church and Branchlife Church, I had the JOY, honor, and privilege of traveling to Ol Kalau, Kenya on a short-term mission trip caring for littles and bigs and playing with them lots and lots too, in three children's homes that are part of Living Love Ministries. I promised our Jr. Cougars that at the start of the school year I would share with them all about what God did in, through, for, and with me on the trip during one of our elementary chapels.  Not to mention show them a few of the many pictures I took while was there too. :) So this Friday at 8:10 am in the gym, our elementary chapel is featuring my adventures with Jesus in Kenya! You are welcome to join us! (Please be sure to sign in at the main office in the high school with Mrs. Nace before heading down to the gym. :)

NEW this school year...

CCS Parent Gathering 

In an effort to help parents get to know us and each other a bit better our school planning a CCS Parent Gathering is on Wednesday, 10/5. It will be a combination meet and greet and ice cream social for our CCS grown-ups! (Free 😁 ice cream and no littles or bigs around to have to share it with or clean up after! )

The schedule for this time of sweet treats and cool connections is as follows:

6:30-7 pm - ES Meet and Greet

7-7:30 - Ice Cream Social for all parents PS through Grade 12

7:30-8 pm - MS/HS Meet and Greet 

So save the date, watch your email, and RSVP to spend an evening getting to know us and your CCS family!                                        

Attendance and Pre-Planned Absence Procedures

When starting a new school year there are many procedures and details to learn about the day-to-day operations and especially if you are new to CCS. So below are a few noteworthy ;) mentions about absences both preplanned and unexpected.  

Notifying the School of Absences

-It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the school office with the reason for the absence as soon as possible on any day a student is absent.  Messages can be left on office voice mail at any time.  A staff person in the CCS office will call for information regarding an absent student for whom no information has been received.

-If a parent/guardian does not contact the school to provide information about the absence, the absence will be considered unexcused.  If parents/guardians would like to request an excused absence, they need to notify the school within three days.  While notification does not automatically excuse the absence, no absence will be excused without notification.  If no notification occurs within 5 school days upon return to school, the absence will be identified as unexcused and will not be changed unless granted by the Head of School. 

-At the end of the school year, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school office by the last day of senior exams for students in 12th grade and by the last day of school for students in kindergarten through 11th grade to request excused absences.

Preplanned Absences

-Preplanned absences are to be requested for family events, educational trips,

DMV appointments, college visitations, graduation project, etc., and are to be submitted

to the school office at least five days in advance of the absence.  Forms for preplanned

absences are available from the school office or the school’s website.  Preplanned

absences are not to exceed five consecutive school days.  current families on the CCS website.

Preplanned Absence Form


  • October  3                     Picture Day (4-year-olds, Pre-K, and
                                          K - 11th grades)

  • October 5                      CCS Parent Gathering - Meet and Greet/Ice Cream Social

  • October  12                   PSAT 11   

  • October  14-15             BBQ & Auction (Friday full school day)


  • November 10               Height/Weight/Vision/Scoliosis

  • November 11               No School - Teacher In-service

  • November  15              Picture Day Retakes (Also 3-year-olds and 

  • November  18              1st Trimester Ends 

  • November  21-22        Parent Teacher Conferences - No Classes

  • November  23-28        Thanksgiving Break


Thank you for allowing CCS to partner with the Lord and you

 to share this part of your child's journey in growing

 spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Go Jr. Cougars!