Monday, October 16, 2017

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Elementary Chapel
Following Jesus and Being His Hands and Feet

This past Friday our Jr. Cougars, parents, and the elementary dream team had a blessed, sweet, fun time praising, worshiping, and learning about how bring glory to the Lord by being diligent in all that we do.  

Our chapel began with lifting our voices in song which was led by Alexandra Barnes and Emelia Haupert, two of our middle school students :), under the direction of Mrs. Stone. We then heard the special message on diligence which was shared by Pastor Josh Good. Pastor Josh is a dad to two of our Jr. Cougars -- Jakob (1st grade)  and Jordyn (kindergarten). He is currently serving the Lord at Trinity EC Church in Terre Hill. During his time with us Pastor Josh shared 5 ways (with hand motions) to honor the Lord while on the journey of diligence.  Those ways include:
1. PRAY daily.
2. STUDY the Bible every day.
3. SERVE others...even in simple, small ways each day.
4. SHARE your faith openly.
5. WORSHIP God at church each week
 and all throughout the week too!
He then wrapped up his time with us by teaching us the song "Hosanna Rock" and playing his guitar! Here is a link to the song for you and your Jr. Cougar to enJOY together!

As if our chapel wasn't special enough, we ended our elementary chapel with more special music worship. Whoop! Whoop!  Katelyn Morris and Maya Tumolo, two more of our middle school students :), under the direction of Miss Petersheim, shared their newly learned talent of playing the choirchimes for us. Our Jr. Cougars joined them by lifting their voices with JOY to their last song  "Jesus Loves Me."  

What a blessing it was/is to learn and grow in our knowledge of the love, Word, and ways of the Lord together. We are so thankful to Pastor Josh, the middle school students, and their teachers for their examples to us of being diligent to the Lord by using and sharing their gifts and talents with us!

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”  John 14:6
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God has prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

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As we are journeying through this week, our senses are in tune to the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes leading up to our CCS 44th Annual Chicken BBQ and Auction. Here are a few important highlights to assist you in planning this week and weekend.

Chicken Barbecue and the 11:30 am Dismissal

This Friday, 10/20/17, is our annual Chicken Barbecue. Be prepared to have your taste buds tickled and your bellies filled to the max!

Here are a few important details that you need to know about dismissal on this day:

-Our Preschool students enrolled in “Little Conestoga Preschool” and all elementary students will be dismissed at 11:30 am. (There is no Preschool Lunch Bunch or After-School Care.)

-There is NO BUSING for students who usually take the school bus home if you are in the ELANCO or PEQUEA VALLEY school districts. Students who reside in those districts must have someone plan to pick them up in the car line for our 11:30 am dismissal time. (At 11:30 am bus riders will be dismissed first. Car riders will be dismissed once all buses have left the CCS parking lot.) If you arrive before 11:30 am, please wait at Conestoga Mennonite Church and follow the normal dismissal procedures found on page 68 of the Student/Parent Handbook.

Link to Student/Parent Handbook

Class Baskets
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A definite highlight of our school Auction is the class baskets, and this year is no exception! First, let me personally say a great big THANK YOU to the parents who took the lead for each grade, preschool through fifth, in communicating, organizing, collecting, and assembling this year's baskets! Another big THANK YOU to everyone for your generous contributions to the baskets as well!  The baskets and YOU are awesome! The final steps in the basket process are the big moments of bidding on and selling them at the Auction. These exciting components in the class basket process are happening this Saturday, 10/21/17, beginning at 10:30 am. Please help your child to join with his/her teacher and class at about 10:25 am to present each basket and encourage bidders to raise their hands in support of our beloved CCS and all of our little and big kiddos!

After the basket fun you can head over for even more fun at the children’s area. Children can enjoy entertainment in the kids' area with activities, games and prizes, a train ride, and more all starting at 10 am. With the purchase of a $7 wristband plus a bonus of a FREE Turkey Hill slushy coupon, children are able to play all day in a fun, safe, supervised environment! (A maximum charge of $20 per family.)

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Auction Help Still Needed!
Note from our volunteer coordinator:
We desperately need help in the children’s area from 10-12 and 12-2. This is a great place for parents with young children as their children can play while they help. That would be huge if we could get three more adults in each time slot. 

Other Jr. Cougar Happenings...

Jr. Cougars Running Club    
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“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  
Hebrews  12:1

It is hard to believe that the Jr. Cougars Running Club wrapped up their practice season this past Wednesday. (There is no practice this Wednesday.) To celebrate and share our successes, we are hosting a Jr. Cougar Fun Run “under the lights,” in two weeks on Wednesday, 10/25/17, at 6:00 pm. ALL of our Jr. Cougars and their families are invited to walk, run, cheer, and have fun with us! Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Lego Blocks Anyone?
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Our CCS After-School Care program has Cougars big and small who love to create and build with Lego blocks, but our collection of these little, colorful blocks to keep minds and hands busy is a bit slim and limiting. Do you have Lego blocks sitting around at home detached from creative minds, active hands, and each other? Are you looking for a new "home" for them? Maybe our CCS After-School Care Program is the solution for you and our Cougars big and small! If you are interested in "rehoming" your Lego collection in part or whole, please contact Susan Brenner.

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Coming Soon to CCS!
“Science Explorers” will be back on our CCS campus and will once again be led by our super and sometimes silly “scientist,” Mrs. “Crystal” Caley. Science Explorers will meet many Thursdays after school, from 2:45 - 4:00 pm. On Wednesday, 10/25/17, from 1:45-2:30 pm in the MPR, we will be having our Science Explorers Kickoff Assembly where we always have a blast of a time together! Please watch your child’s folder after this special assembly for details on how to register for our Science Explorers after-school club! Science Rocks!

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! Whoop! Whoop!