Knowledge.  Faith.  Character.

BizTown, USA

BizTown provides an amazing opportunity for students to get a real feel for how their community works together for the benefit of the residents.  "Our volunteer-delivered, kindergarten through high school programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 8,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace." (https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-gstlouis )

Unlike most field trips, students prepare weeks in advance for their participation.  We asked teachers and students to give some input about the entire process and this is what they had to say.

Mrs. Hill is the 4th grade teacher, and she says that teachers spend about 10-12 weeks preparing for the trip.  They present lessons on financial literacy (checkbooks, savings, and other banking terms), community (rights and responsibilities of a citizen), work readiness (filling out a job application, interview skills, and soft skills), and business management (working in business teams to start and run a business).  This all culminates in their BizTwon day where students work at their job for a day and earn a paycheck.  Possible jobs include CEO, CFO, directors of organizations, principal, teachers, security, mayor, on-air talent (for radio and TV), sales associates and others!  A few businesses at BizTown are Smokehouse Mrket, Print Shop, AT&T, Utilities, City Hall, First Bank, and many others.  Students also get the opportunity to be consumers and spend money they earn from their jobs at the various businesses throughout their day.  Kids come away with snacks, balls, toys, and stuffed animals.  They can even rent a cell phone for the day from AT&T.  It is such a fun experience!

She did get feedback from a couple of her students:  "I thought all the businesses would be outside and it surprised me when we got there that everything was inside.  I thought the whole day went very smoothly and it was the best field trip ever!"  (Ariya Barton)

"I was surprised that my job included the work that it did.  My advice would be to expect the unexpected because you never know what you are going to see and do until you are there."  (Jack Acopolis)

Mrs. Hill and Mrs. DeSantis want to thank all the parents that come.  It is a very busy day for them, but such a great experience for the kids, and one they will always remember.  They appreciate the sacrifice they made in getting up early and putting in a full and busy day with them!

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Serving Our Veterans - Central MO Honor Flight

Central Missouri Honor Flight - by Steve Paulsell

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CFS Pursues A+ Schools Program by Sarah Hixon

We are excited to announce, that in an effort to continually improve the options available to our students after they graduate, the administration of Christian Fellowship School is pursuing designation as an A+ School.  The A+ Schools Program was originally established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 and recently became available to private schools. Graduates of designated A+ schools who successfully complete the requirements of the program may be eligible to receive two years of free tuition to a designated public community college, vocational, or technical institution in Missouri. All funds are subject to Missouri General Assembly allocating monies for the A+ Program.

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Advice from Nurse Dixie

 

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First Semester Upcoming Events

OCTOBER

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Book Fair and Read-a-Thon 2017

Although we still have money coming in for a few pledges, we are very pleased to report the following:

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Weekly Announcements

  • Be sure to schedule your Parent Teacher Conferences!!  A link was sent to all parents of PK-5th grade students to sign up.  Other teachers can be scheduled by calling the office. 573-445-8565.
  • No School Thursday or Friday this week!
  • State Tournament for Varsity Soccer and Volleyball Thursday - Saturday this week - in Joplin.

Save the Date:
Junior Class Chili Cook Off - Nov 13th - Sign up now to enter your chili to win the coveted Golden Ladle Award!  
Collection Date for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes: Nov 14 - Mrs. Mueller has spear headed this wonderful process of giving for over 20 years now at CFS.  Let's see if we can break our goal of bringing in 100 boxes!!!

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What happens at teacher & staff in-service?

Some of the topics covered were Understanding Race Relations - by Nathan Buxman who is the MU Director of Athletes in Action.  We also reviewed our Anti-Bullying Policy, and discussed what bullying actually looks like.  Sometimes it is social as in excluding others from playing in a group; other times it can be verbal or even physical.  We are focusing on educating other students how to intervene properly and be a good friend to someone who is being left out or teased, as well as finding an adult to help.  We also have an incident report form for teachers to complete if needed.

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How Media Use Affects Your Child - by KidsHealth.org provided by Nurse Joan

Most kids today are plugged into devices like TVs, tablets, and smartphones well before they can even ride a bike. 

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The Necessary Struggle ~ by Principal Scott Williams

We see it when a butterfly is working its way out of a chrysalis or a baby chick is pecking its way out of an egg. The struggle appears to be so overwhelming, one is tempted to help the poor creature break free from its enclosure.  We know, however, that in the struggle, the butterfly and chick become strong enough to live outside of the safety of its former, confined environment.   If there is no struggle, there is no strength, and the risk of not surviving or being handicapped increases considerably.

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School Choice Matters

\"This week marks the annual National School Choice Week, which highlights the importance of giving parents the freedom to choose where to enroll their children in school. School choice is a non-issue for the many Americans who have the means to move to school districts with high-quality public schools or to send their children to private schools. But to the millions of families living in poverty, school choice can be a lifeline. These families have their children assigned to schools that are often under-performing, so being able to enroll their kids in a better school can propel students to higher achievement and change the course of their lives.\"  US News Online - By     
 
While we don\'t have school vouchers or school tax credit money to use yet in Missouri, I can promise you parents in Columbia agree having a variety of schools to choose from is essential, even in a community like ours where public education is still strong and a viable option.  This is also why CFS offers tuition assitance to 20-25% of our students each year.  We know many parents desire a quality education with a Christian viewpoint, yet not all families can afford to send their children to a private school.  This is also why we are gearing up to expand our school in 2018, to double it in size so we can offer the kind of education we have over the last 30+ years to our growing population in Columbia.
 
Many of our parents are alumni of CFS, choosing to carry on the legacy of Knowledge, Faith, Character to their own children.  Their kids get a kick out of seeing their parents on the composites along the wall in the high school, or flipping through yearbooks to get a glimpse of their parents when they were here at school.  The parents often comment how things have changed so much, yet also so much has stayed the same. 
 
We hope as school choice becomes a topic in politics, as it will in the near future, that our community voices their desire to keep the education options open and available to everyone in our state and not just the affluent. 
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We pay tuition. Why do we need an Annual Fund?

We know our families, often at huge personal sacrifice, pay tuition for their children to attend our school.  So why do we need to supplement our tuition revenue with donations to our Annual Fund?  CFS has always been an outreach ministry to our community to provide a quality Christian education to as many children as we possibly can.  We believe the body of Christ is diverse, encompassing people of all races and socio-economic status, so why should a Christian school be any different?  So we have made CFS affordable to more families by keeping tuition lower than our costs, and allowing students to receive tuition assistance as needed.  We believe this makes CFS a better school.

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Looking back August 2013

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As I begin making plans for events and fundraisers for 2014-15, I look through my calendar of events from last year and the memories of triumphs and challenges start flooding my thoughts.  I thought we could take a look at what CFS has accomplished this past year, along with the struggles we faced.   We would love to read comments about your own favorite memories of CFS.  I will start with the hot, humid month of August.

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