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Dear Parents,
 
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a final report of the 2017-18 school year.  First, let me share some very good news.  When the 2018-2019 budget was developed and presented at the Association Meeting in February, we projected an enrollment of 246 students.  As of today, the total number of students enrolled, including 26 new applications in process, is 247 students for next year.  Additionally, our Admissions Coordinator is receiving inquiry calls daily; new applications are coming in, and people are wanting tours of the school.  In comparison to last year at this time, we only had approximately 200 students enrolled.  Interest in the kindergarten program has required us to open a second class for this fall.  This is amazing!  God is doing great things! 
 
With the finish of the school year, there are some people transitioning into CCS and others who will or have left CCS.  Most of our present staff are returning for another year at CCS.  A listing of those changes taking place this summer are found below.
  • Mr. Chuck Knoedler, secondary math, retired from teaching after 21 years at CCS.
  • Mr. Tracy Edwards, maintenance staff, left CCS on May 30.
  • Mrs. Monica Bonanno, K5 teacher aide, took a position with Shoprite.  We will hire a replacement.  
  • Mrs. Karla Laws, Business Manager, is leaving at the end of June.  She will be replaced by Mrs. Jamie Westcott.
  • Ms. Deanna Dieterly, PK3 & PK4 teacher aide, is not returning to CCS in the fall.  We will hire a replacement.
  • Ms. Moriah Bradham, afternoon extended care, is seeking a full-time position.  We will hire a replacement.
  • CCS budget cuts did necessitate reducing the number of hours per day for the nurse. With this change, Mrs. Papperman has decided to leave CCS.  It is our intent to have a nurse at school every day.  We will begin taking applications for the position.  
  • Mrs. Kathy Ploucher, elementary secretary, is leaving after 27 years of service at CCS. This secretary position was eliminated because of budget cuts.  We are appreciative of her many years of service.
  • CCS’s business office, admissions office, and main office will be housed in Stratton Hall (additional details will be given later in July).  
  • Mr. Angel Rodriguez joined the CCS staff on May 29th, as the Director of Buildings and Facilities.
  • Miss Joelle Howard has been hired to fill the second Kindergarten class position that was just added.
Two years ago, we added a second PK class.  This year, we are adding a second kindergarten. The elementary school is outgrowing “A” wing.  What exciting news!  Because of this growth, the fourth grade classroom will be moving to “B” wing.  The class will still participate in all elementary activities; just the location of the room is moving.  We are keeping the fifth grade in “A” wing, so the safety patrol students can help with our little ones and be closer to their jobs.
 
My experience through the many years of Christian school ministry is that when God is doing great things at the school, Satan’s attacks can’t be too far behind.  1 Peter 5:8-9 illustrates this point: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
 
Changes in organizations will often bring questions.  I am willing and available to address your questions in person, by phone, or through email.  I would like to ask that we focus on the good God is doing here at CCS and be alert as the enemy wants to disrupt and discourage us as we seek to “[Reach] the Mind, the Heart, and the Hands for Christ!”  Please keep our school in your prayers.  
 
In His Service,
Ken
 
Kenneth R.T. Howard
Headmaster
 

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