Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Jr. Cougar Fun in 2021!

As I sat in church on Sunday morning, the pastor was sharing about faith rhythms of our homes. He began with the charge that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:19-20:

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

As he continued on, the pastor shared that spiritually healthy homes are homes where discipleship is taken seriously. To his point he said, "We need to give God to the people in our homes first." While this is a longing, desire, and goal of my heart as I am sure it is yours too, it is also an area, if I am being honest, in which I can do better. Shining the light, love, and JOY of Jesus, being the light, hands, and feet of Jesus, and loving others in our homes and even our world no matter the circumstances first begins with me. How do I do all of these things in a world that is just so broken? How do I ensure that my family is walking in His truth, love, and light? How do I keep my heart, mind, and spirit focused up when life seems to be breaking down around me/us? How do I make disciples around me? The pastor then brought us back to the greatest commandment first taught in Deuteronomy 6:5-9:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

The action items taken from this passage that I walked away with were:

1. Believe It!
2. Say It!
3. Live it!
4. Share It!

But God in His infinite wisdom, grace, and mercy knew not to leave it there because when I was doing some of my own study later that day, He lead me to the same message/commandments, but this time taught to us again by Jesus in Mark 12:29-33:

"Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.”  And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.  And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

As I reflect on these passages, the action items from the pastor's teaching, the recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my own heart, my home, our school, and even our country and world today, I thank and praise God for His timely reminder both on that day and throughout His Word that the presence of His love in this world starts with my own heart! I pray that we can continue to encourage one another so our hearts can be filled and overflowing with the light, love, hope, and JOY of Jesus today and every day! 

For Jr. Cougar Week/4th & 5th Grade Adeventure Days 
The Jr. Cougar Showcase and Concert!

After several meetings and lots of prayer, it has been officially decided to postpone Jr. Cougar Week/Adventure Days and the Jr. Cougar Showcase and Concert until the spring. Among others, one of the hopes is that we might be able to host portions of the events outside, maybe even under a tent, so stay tuned! The new dates for Jr. Cougar Week/Adventure Days are April 19 - 23, culminating with the Jr. Cougar Showcase and Concert on Friday evening April 23. There has been talk of possibly having the showcase in the gym to allow for more social distancing and the concert outside, but those details have not been finalized yet. We will be further discussing all that surrounds this most special week in our beloved elementary abode in our upcoming team meetings. So make note of the changes on your calendars and take a deep breath....praying and trusting that our show will go on this year! Whoop! Whoop!

Appearance Code Reminder
This is just a reminder that between November 1 and April 1, Jr. Cougars should not wear shorts OR shorts with leggings to school unless the temperature forecast for Morgantown is 60 degrees or above.

Ooey, Gooey Mud!

The cold and the mud are here to stay,
at least for a little while anyway.
But our Jr. Cougars still love be outside to run and play.
Please be sure they have mud shoes here
and appropriate winter weather gear
to keep mostly clean, dry, and warm the little ones you hold do dear!

  • January 18 - No School - MLK Day

  • January 21 - Middle School Open House

  • January 28 - Elementary Open House & Preschool Story Time

  • February 6 - TSA Regionals

  • February 8-12 - Jr. Cougar Week

  • February 15 - No School - President's Day

  • February 18 - Kindergarten Sneak Peek

  • March 5 - End 2nd Trimester

  • March 8 - No School - Teacher In-service

  • March 31 - April 5 - Easter 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! 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Falling into November


As we quickly fall into the month of November, I pause to reflect on all the JOY and blessings we have already experienced so far this school year. The list is a long one, but if I had to name the first few that come to my mind, my list would include having your precious Jr. Cougars here with us live and in person, being together under one roof in our elementary abode with our beloved elementary dream team, God's safety and protection on all of us, and of course elementary chapel. Chapel with our Jr. Cougars is perhaps what I missed the most during our months of quarantine. Although it was a blessing and I had a blast working with Mrs. Palladino to create our "Elementary Chapel in the Clouds" videos, nothing beats being able to worship and praise the Lord together and hearing all of our littles and bigs singing His praises together first thing in the morning! There is no better way to start the day! This year we have had the blessing of sitting under the teaching of Pastor Brian Fuller (dad of fifth grade Jr. Cougar Cade Fuller :) not only one time but two times, and he really knows how to get and keep our Jr. Cougars engaged and active while he is teaching them God's Word! In fact, during one of his chapels, Pastor Fuller taught us the four main ideas of the Bible with motions. He shared that in the simplest of terms, the Bible can be explained this way: CREATION, FALL, THE CROSS, NEW CREATION. Be sure to ask your Jr. Cougar for a demonstration with words and actions! :) 

Online Scholastic Book Fair 

CCS invites you to shop our Online Scholastic Book Fair and support our school! The book fair runs for 14 days from November 2-15. It will feature a virtual fair walkthrough so you and your Jr. Cougars can experience the magic of the school book fair shopping experience: browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and much more! All purchases will ship directly to students’ homes and will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss these two weeks of events, fun, and books. The Scholastic Homepage Link is LINK TO ONLINE SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR

Scholastic Bookfairs Logo

As we look forward to the quickly approaching holiday season, we are excited to bring you good news and great JOY! This year, under the leadership of our high school National Honor Society, our all-school holiday giving project will be for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. It is our hope that these special gifts and the message of the gospel will fill the hearts of the children receiving them with the love, JOY, and salvation of Jesus! This week a letter, as well as a brochure that had all the necessary details about the special giving opportunity for our CCS family, was sent home with your Jr. Cougar. Please complete and return the form to me (Mrs. Brenner) as soon as possible indicating how many shoeboxes your family would like to pack. Upon receiving this paper from you, the number of shoeboxes you are requesting will be sent home with your child/children listed on the form within 2 days.

The boxes are due back at CCS by Thursday, November 19.

A special message from the National Honor Society:

This project is sponsored by our school's National Honor Society (NHS), and a reward will be given to the class with the most boxes donated per child. This reward is... SHADY MAPLE DONUTS for the entire class.

Our Jr. Cougars will be learning even more about this special giving project at our elementary chapel, which is being led by representatives from our National Honor Society, this Thursday, 11/5, at 8:20 am in our high school gym.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and generous support of this special giving opportunity during the most wonderful time of the year!

Appearance Code Reminder

And just like that, it is the month of November! We are falling into cooler and even colder weather around our CCS campus and beyond it too. This is just a reminder that between November 1 and April 1, Jr. Cougars should not wear shorts to school unless the temperature forecast for Morgantown is 60 degrees or above. In addition to no shorts, please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather for daily outdoor recess. Please be sure that all Jr. Cougars have coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to keep them warm and snuggly while they are enJOYing the outdoors, fresh air, and burning off bundles of their energy! :)

November 5 Elementary Chapel led by NHS

November 16 Picture Retakes

November 19 Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due

November 19       Elementary Chapel led by Pastor Derek Ryder

November 23 End of Trimester 1

November 24 & 25 Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 25 No School for Students  

November 26-30 Thanksgiving Break

December 3                                   Elementary Chapel

December 8 Instrumental Recital

December 9                                    Trimester 1 Report Cards

December 16 Choir Concerts

December 17                                  Elementary Chapel

December 23-January 3 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! 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Soon and Very Soon...Back to school!

God's Love

Soon and Very Soon...Back to school!

Norwalk Fire Department is Collecting School Supplies Through August 4

As we prepare for the new 2020/21 school year, perhaps one of the first thoughts we have is what supplies "we" need for a smooth, solid, and super start. Back to School shopping trips with each of my own children still fill my momma's heart with JOY! It is a special time I look forward to every new school year, but for me, it now includes items like carpets for dorm rooms, extra boxes of toothpaste, laundry detergent, ambiance lighting, jumbo boxes of granola bars, and of course coffee, coffee, coffee, just to name a few. (This year I am blessed to have a senior-in-college son and a sophomore-in-college daughter.:)  Even more this year than past years, due to the circumstances surrounding us in the world, at the top of our lists are hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes and then, of course, traditional items like pencils, markers, glue, and scissors.  I'll get back to material supplies, but perhaps always and this year more than ever, at the top of our lists should be the spiritual supplies to help ensure that our littles and bigs and we are equipped with the full "Armor of God." 

Ephesians 6:13-18

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." 

Melonheadz LDS illustrating: The Armor of God | Bible for kids, Armor of  god, Bible lessons

After armoring your children and yourselves, "body, mind, and spirit" in the Lord, it is time to print your CCS supply list, grab your mask and wallet, and let the shopping JOY and fun begin! I also want to make you aware that in the past week we have added a few new, additional, and necessary items to the elementary supply lists to aid in the protection and safety of our students. These items include:

-ART BOXES/BINS for ALL Elementary Grades - (From Mr. Parris)  I need to add to our K-8 Parent Supply lists.  Please, parents, can you purchase one of those plastic boxes/bins for your students' art supplies?  We have purchased a plethora of art supplies for this year.  Normally we spend around $2,500 - $3,000 on art supplies; this year we are closing in on $15,000.  This is to help stop the spread of COVID.  PLEASE help us by purchasing an Art Supply Box/Bin with your regular school supplies 

Please have them no bigger than 9x6.  Walmart has these plastic bins, and they are about $1.

Also, please make sure the bins latch.  We do not want art supplies all over the floor :) : Sterilite Plastic Pencil Box (17234812) : Large Crayon Box :  Office Products

-USB COMPUTER MOUSE to use with school Chromebook for Grades 3 - 5

-ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES  Recently many of you have been reaching out and sharing that it is nearly impossible to purchase antibacterial wipes. We hear you, and we too are having a difficult time as well! That being said, we first want to reassure you that we have an abundant supply of wipes leftover from last year to begin the new school year. We also have ample safe and sanitary cleaning solution and paper towels to assist us in maintaining the highest level of cleanliness and sanitation possible. If you are unable to find or purchase antibacterial wipes for the start of school, we understand! (and in the words of Mr. Parris, "don't freak out." :)  We would just encourage you to keep on the lookout throughout the school year and send containers of wipes to school as they become more available. Sending in one container at a time is it is just fine. :) Thank you so much for your care, support,  and help with keeping our school clean, sanitized, and safe and our littles and bigs happy and healthy!

You can use the link below for quick and easy access to the supply lists. Happy Back to School Shopping! Whoop! Whoop!

School Supply Lists for 2015-2016 | Huntley Community School District 158

LINKS to Elementary Supply Lists

Back to school typography. Black and white "back to school" typography.

Back to School Night Open House

In keeping with CCS tradition, we are having our annual Back to School Night on Thursday evening, August 27. This year it will be open-house style from 5-8 pm.  We cannot wait to welcome our CCS families and especially our Jr. Cougars to campus to visit, drop off supplies, and safely fellowship together inside and outside our buildings including our beloved elementary abode and creative and cool classrooms. Stay tuned, as we get to this special evening for the links to the short and sweet informational faculty videos that will be shared to welcome and guide you as you prepare for the much anticipated, exciting, and sure to be blessed and filled with JOY first day of school 2020/21! Whoop! Whoop!

 Wrapping up I pray in the words of Romans 15:13:

"May the God of hope fill you with all JOY and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." 

Looking forward to seeing you soon and very soon! Blessings and JOY to you and yours!

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! 

Monday, March 30, 2020

The latest episode of our Jr. Cougars: What's Up Chronicles is ready for your viewing pleasure so get some popcorn and a cozy blanket and enJOY! Ha! In it you will see a special feature starring my puppy Daisy JOY, but she also has a sidekick that wanted to steal the show. :)   I wanted to be sure to give him the props he deserves because he too is a cutie and a loving JOY!  The big ole' golden retriever you see blocking the action and me at times is my beloved big dog, Samson! His best trick is always being by my side ready to protect me! Be sure to watch to see both my fur babies Samson and Daisy JOY!  


Last Sunday when I was watching our church service online the children's Pastor and worship team led us in the song linked below. Even though there aren't any little ones in my home anymore, I was up dancing and singing to it. I was up praising the Lord and smiling with JOY! 

The lyrics of the song can be found in multiple places in the Bible.

Here are a few:

Psalm 23:4 
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me..."

Psalm 62:1-2
"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken."

Verses 5-6
"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my HOPE comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken."

Verses 11-12
"One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard:
that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving..."

Are you dancing yet??? :)

I hope you have a blessed Sunday with the Lord and each other! I am praying for a super start tho this first week of distance learning for all of our precious Jr. Cougars and their dear families, as well as all beloved CCS faculty and staff!  Blessings, JOY, Hope, and Peace to you!


Psalm 28:7
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for JOY and I will give thanks to Him in song." 

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! 


Hopefully you have heard by now either from the email from Mr. Parris yesterday or from the media at some point, that we are unable to return to school as we have known it until after 4/6. That being said, everyone at CCS has been hard at work getting ready to begin distance learning and instruction this Monday, 3/30. Unlike this past week, in which it was optional for students to participate, beginning on Monday, 3/30 it is expected and required that CCS students will actively engage in the assignments, activities, and Zoom classes their teachers have been creating and preparing for them.  That being said, we are all in a learning curve, so please know we are in this together and we are here to support in any way we can. Please be sure to reach out to us with questions and concerns so we can assist, help, guide, encourage, and cheer for you and your Jr.Cougars in this new phase of school in the clouds. Whoop! Whoop! :) We all long for this to go as smoothly as possible for all of us and most of all for our Jr. Cougars to know that they are loved by God and us and for them to continue learning, growing, and having fun!

Here are a few important details as we prepare to launch into the coming week of distance learning and instruction: 

-In an effort to keep things moving forward, we are having another elementary materials pick up day. It will be this 
Monday, 3/30,  from NOON - 6 pm.
The procedures will be the same as they were this past Monday and Tuesday. If it is raining, the materials will be inside the entrance of the elementary building and if it is nice out they will be on the elementary porch. 

-First through fifth grade will be using google classroom as the platform for posting assignments and activities at the start of each week. All the special areas, which includes PE, art, music, Spanish, and guidance will be utilizing this platform as well. Please be sure to have your children check their google classrooms daily.  

-Preschool and kindergarten will be using email and the class websites as their platforms for the communication of assignments and activities. 

-Mondays will be the day each week that elementary teachers will host live ZOOM classes with their students. Stay tuned to the communication from your child's teacher for further information about the specific time and content.

-Some of you have inquired about future plans for field trips. At this point, the one certainty around field trips is that all field trips that were scheduled for April are now canceled. Further decisions about May and June field trips as well as rescheduling April field trips are on hold until after Easter. 

I hope this information can help you feel more prepared for the week ahead. It seems right now that we are trying to rebuild life while still being in the middle of it being taken apart. Thankfully we build our lives around Jesus therefore we cannot be shaken...listen here for a little encouragement:


Thank you for all you are doing to support and encourage your Jr. Cougars and us! We are blessed to be living, loving, working, and walking together! Please be in touch if you have any questions, concerns, or even just want to connect. Know that we continue to pray for all of our precious Jr. Cougars and you, their dear families!  

James 5:10-11
"Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion." 

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!