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December 2019 Newsletter

From Mr. Phillips, Head of School

What is the first thing you think of when you hear or see the word "Christmas"? Maybe it is seeing all of the Christmas decorations or spending time with family or friends you haven't seen in a while, and for some, it may be about waking up early Christmas morning to see the joy of children opening presents. As each year passes, I become more discouraged at the commercialization of the Christmas season. Yes, I enjoy Christmas decorations and spending time with family and friends, and I have always enjoyed seeing my children's excitement as they see presents under the tree. I think though we need to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. I would encourage you, during this Christmas season, to remember what that true meaning of Christmas is and celebrate the birth of our Savior. Share the gift of the gospel with someone that you know needs Christ in their life. Wouldn't it would be an awesome Christmas gift - to see someone accept Christ as Savior!!

All of us here at CBS wish that all of our families at CBS have a wonderful Christmas season, enjoy the Christmas break, and have a Happy New Year!

- Mr. Scott Phillips, Head of School

 Annual Fund Drive



Your financial support is invaluable to our school. Please consider giving to our 2019 Annual Fund Drive if you haven't already done so. Click here for additional information.

Daycare & Preschool News

Brrr! Winter approached quickly this year with our Operation Christmas Child box kickoff in November. Countless daycare/preschool families have been generous in spreading God's love through the boxes for children across the world. Thank you for your family's participation and support. This helps to build character in your children and family through the OCC mission by instilling sacrifice and giving, as well as vision for the world to know Christ. Throughout the month of December we are carrying on the principle of thanksgiving and gratitude in the classrooms. Teachers will also be focusing on the gift of Jesus as our Savior and how his life changes ours daily.

As the weather gets chillier, we wanted to remind you our stance on playing outdoors. We follow our state licensing guidelines to determine outdoor play. Children are required to be given 1.5 hours of outdoor play time per day. To determine if the weather is appropriate for children to be outside, and how long, we follow a
weather chart and use WRDW to make a determination. We have weather indicators by our outside doors that we change throughout the day, using the weather chart for reference. When it is on yellow, they can go out for no longer than 15 minutes, but should a child appear to be too cold or too hot, teachers can come in sooner. Our Bright from the Start licensing agency states: “Humans don’t get sick because of the cold weather but because of germs. Going outside allows children to breathe fresh air instead of recirculated air they breathe when they are in a heated or air conditioned building.”, and “There’s no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.”  So please send your children in appropriate clothing, jackets, hats, and anything else you feel is best to keep them warm when outside playing.

Please remember when the weather changes to change out your child's spare clothes in the classroom so they are weather appropriate. Thank you! As you change out your child’s clothes from summer to winter, if you have any outgrown shorts, pants, or underwear, please consider donating them to the daycare. We often need extra clothes for those that don’t have any on hand in case of an accident.

Dates to remember:
4K Christmas Program Practice - Dec. 2-6 & Dec. 9 @ 8:15 am
4K Program December 10 @ 8:30 am (Please have your children here no later than 8:00 am to get ready.)

Please see your child's classroom for sign-ups and information about individual class Christmas parties.

Daycare is CLOSED on the following dates: Dec. 24 - 26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
 
- Mrs. Avia Stocker, Daycare & Preschool Director

Elementary School News

We are coming to the end of the first half of the school year and our students have been busy. It was a delight to see our elementary students full of Curtis spirit during Spirit Week. We had our Operation Christmas Child chapel and our students were excited to participate and have an opportunity to share the gospel with children around the world. Coming in December will be our Elementary Christmas programs. We invite our parents to join us.

It is a true blessing to serve the Curtis family.
 
- Mrs. Lisa Ingle, Elementary School Principal

Middle & High School News

For our Middle School and High School students “Tis the Season to Be Jolly” because:
We are halfway through the school year.
We have enjoyed a safe and productive first semester.
We have two weeks to enjoy time with family and friends.
We have the opportunity to return in January to participate in another great semester at CBS.
Most importantly, each of us has the joy of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your help in making the first semester a success. Merry Christmas.

- Mr. Larry Ford, Middle and High School Principal

Guidance News

I pray that your Thanksgiving break was restful and that you all ate tons of food!! I cannot believe we are almost done with this semester! I am very proud of each of the students and all of the hard work they have put into their classes!
 
Dates to remember:
December 9 - Reinhardt College will be coming in during high school lunch to speak with the students.
December 18 -20 - High School Exams (I will be emailing out all information for those three days so please keep a lookout for that email.) 
 
I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  

- Ms. Jessica Reed, Guidance Counselor

Crusader Club

The Crusader Club will be hosting the CBS Christmas Shop from Monday, Dec. 9 - Thursday, Dec. 12. Students will be able to shop for family members from a selection of inexpensive, high quality gifts and enjoy the "joy of giving". If you can volunteer for a morning or afternoon time slot to help students select and wrap presents for their families and loved ones, please contact Deb Ulrich (admissions@curtisbaptist.org).

 Save the Date: 10th Annual Silent Auction

Click here to download or print a PDF version of this flyer.

SCRIP Zone

The SCRIP program offers gift cards from hundreds of national and local retailers, passing on a percentage of your gift card purchase to CBS. Place your order with the school on Tuesday and pick up your cards on Friday of that same week. Visit the SCRIP website (www.scripzone.com) to see all the participating retailers.

- Drop off your order and payment to the school
- Or, place your order and pay online by going to the SCRIP website and selecting CBS; create a new user account and link your account to CBS (706722cbs)
Christmas is right around the corner and Scrip has something for everyone. For more information, call the school at 706-828-6624 and speak to Sherry West (ext. 3) or Tina Hadden (ext. 2).
 

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Events
  • Crusader Club Meeting - December 2 @ 6 pm, Cafe 180
  • Silent Auction Meeting - December 8 @ 4 pm, Cafe 180
  • CBS Christmas Shop - December 9 - 12
  • K4 and K5 Christmas Program - December 10 @ 8:30 am
  • High School Exams - December 18 - 20
  • Elementary Christmas Program - December 19 @ 6 pm
  • Early Dismissal - December 20 @ 11:30 am
  • Christmas Break - December 23 - January 6 
  • Daycare Closed - December 24-26, 31 and January 1
  • Parent Teacher Fellowship Meeting - January 13 @ 6 pm, Cafe 180
  • CBS Open House - January 16 @ 5 - 7 pm
  • Martin Luther King Day, No School or Daycare - January 20
  • Homecoming - January 31
 
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