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FALL 2016

Shine Like




A few common questions are answered by Interim Principal, Mr. Nicholas Groen



Students from Crown Point Christian School connect with peers in the Dominican Republic



A look at developing programs that meet the individual needs of students at Crown Point Christian School

13 Spiritual Development

3 Excellence in Education

7 The EveryONE Project


The Crown Point Christian School system admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs.

IN THIS ISSUE FEATURES 2 A HEART OF GRATITUDE Development Director, Tracy Hall, reflects on her time serving Crown Point Christian School 7 THE EVERYONE PROJECT The results of The EveryONE Project have had a profound impact throughout the school 13 SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT A focus on involving students to cultivate a God-honoring environment within the school 21 A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE Chloe Weemhoff gives a perspective on how grace is reflected in a student’s life UPDATES 1 Board of Trustees

ON THE COVER “Shine Like Stars” is the theme for the 2016-2017 school year. It is based on Philippians 2:14-15, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” PAGE 11

9 Spanish Immersion 15 Fall Sports Update 17 Second Life Resale Shoppe 19 Alumni News 20 Technology Update - Edmodo 23 Memorial Tree 24 CAMP

MISSION AND PURPOSE Crown Point Christian School is an association of evangelical Christians committed to providing a Biblically based, Christ-centered education that partners with parents in preparing children spiritually, socially, academically and physically to honor God in all aspects of life.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mr. Doug Santefort, President

The Crown Point Christian School board continues to ensure our school is doing its best to prepare our children to go out into the world as equipped disciples for the Lord. One of the ways we evaluate our effectiveness in making sure our children are in fact equipped is by working with Christian Schools International (CSI) every five years for an accreditation review. This review process evaluates every area of our school. CSI provides insight on what we are doing well. They also provide a list of needed improvements. Crown Point Christian School finished our five year accreditation review last spring. Overall, our school was found to be doing things in an exceptional manner. One of the areas CSI would like to see improvement is in regards to our school board adapting to a governance model that more closely aligns with the size and growth of our school. The current school board manual was written for a school that was much smaller and demanded a lot of board oversight on operations. Over the past several years, the school board has worked to hire and establish a team of internal leaders so that less daily oversight is needed from the school board. We agree with CSI and feel that now is a great time for the school board to update the board manual.

“We ask that you pray for this process, the principal search process, and for the Lord to be at work each day within our school, equipping our staff to prepare our children for service in His kingdom.” Our goal is to adapt to a governance model that provides us the opportunity to spend more time on long range and strategic planning. We want to make sure the school’s vision is adapting to technological and educational trends while always keeping Christ as the center of the school on which all things are built. In November, the board will be meeting with a CSI representative to further our discussions on adapting and meeting this goal. A key part of this goal will be to find and hire another principal that has the skills, knowledge and desire to lead a school of our size, and work with the school board on implementing these changes. 1

RECENT BOARD ACTIVITY The Facility Continuation Committee finished the building project on time and under budget. Tracy Hall and Lisa Flipse have launched a connection between Crown Point Christian School and the Pathway to Jesus School in an effort to be more involved in our community and beyond. The Electronic Entry System was completed and provides much better building security. The Board of Trustees supported middle school teachers in their request for an eighth grade spiritual retreat. The weekend was a huge success and provided a great opportunity for students to mature in their walk with Christ. The Board of Trustees and the Education Committee are working to bring more STEM projects and teaching into the school. Over the summer all open positions were filled including adding an additional part time IT staff member to assist staff. The Board of Trustees is working with the administration to provide more regular professional development to our teaching staff in a convenient manner. The Board of Trustees continues to review the now complete five year accreditation report and will make preparations to meet the goals contained within it. The Principal Search process is underway with help from a CSI consultant to lead the process. The student admissions process was changed to an online application method through RenWeb.


A HEART OF GRATITUDE Mrs. Tracy Hall, Development Director

What a gift to be the Development Director at Crown Point Christian School. I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand the generosity of many individuals. Our families, grandparents, donors and community give and serve joyfully, willfully, with great expectation of how God will use their gift. Their hearts are motivated by two things. A life transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and a desire to love and impact kids with the truth of God’s Word. Today, as we walk through the hallway of the newest addition, we reflect on the goodness of God and the generosity of His people. One hundred percent of the needed funds have been given, so we will be able to fully pay for our new addition in cash without the need to take on additional debt. Through The EveryONE Project, we witnessed firsthand people in our community giving and contributing toward the vision of reaching and impacting ONE child. When you give, your gift isn’t small. Each and every gift given is stewarded with care to provide the greatest opportunity to not only academically challenge our students, but also shape and mold their understanding of the world around them to see Christ. Honestly, “Thank you” seems like something too small to say. How can these two words truly convey our joy, excitement and indebtedness? Webster’s Dictionary would define gratitude as “a quality of being thankful; a readiness to show appreciation”. I believe this definition falls so far short of what we, as a body of Christ, know to be true. Our gratitude is based on the immense gift of grace and a heart that overflows with thanksgiving to a God who offers LIFE. As you entrust us with your gift, you can be confident that with our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will steward your gift for His Kingdom purpose. After two years of serving Crown Point Christian School, the Lord has called me, my husband and our three girls to Des Moines, Iowa. I cannot begin to express the heart of gratitude that bursts within my chest. I passionately love my fellow staff, our families and this community. I echo the heart of Paul in I Thessalonians 1:2-3, “We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2


Excellence In Education FROM THE DESK OF THE INTERIM PRINCIPAL Mr. Nicholas Groen, Interim Principal

We are almost three months into the school year, and what a whirlwind it has been! It never ceases to amaze me at how fast the year goes by. While time and events have quickly come and gone, I have had the wonderful opportunity to take my time, walk around the school, visit classrooms and truly marvel and give thanks for what a great place Crown Point Christian School is to our community. There are so many activities, programs and classes happening on a daily basis such as Spanish Immersion, art, music, social studies, Student Services, etc. that are molding our students in the image of Christ. As a Christian school, what an awesome privilege and great responsibility we carry.

to providing a well-rounded and thorough Christcentered education that helps each child develop spiritually, academically and socially.

With privilege and responsibility come questions. Three I generally hear are, “How is Crown Point Christian School maintaining a high standard of education?”, “How is technology continually integrated into our classrooms?” and “What is my vision for Crown Point Christian School as Interim Principal?” While we will be addressing each of these questions individually, know that we are committed

Differentiated instruction, data driven decision making, formative assessment and collaboration between Student Services and the classroom teachers are just a few ways we are maintaining our high standard of education. These new methods and strategies will be regularly reinforced through our yearlong professional development series for our teachers that will focus on education best practices


“HOW IS CROWN POINT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL MAINTAINING A HIGH STANDARD OF EDUCATION?” We are committed to ensuring the education we provide meets the highest standards by which we can know that we are a leader in education. This belief and understanding is achieved through our commitment to new and innovative instructional methods and strategies, focused professional development and regularly researching and identifying new programs or methods from which our students could benefit and grow.


and inter-departmental collaboration. Lastly, as is evident by past program adoptions, Crown Point Christian School is always on the lookout for new and innovative programs that can challenge our students and prepare them for future learning. “HOW IS TECHNOLOGY CONTINUALLY INTEGRATED INTO OUR CLASSROOMS?” One way we are accomplishing this is simply through technology availability. Everyone is familiar with our current middle school laptop program, but every year we are also increasing the number of laptops available in the classroom to our elementary school students. Through this, we currently have between six and eight computers in every elementary school classroom. Additionally, there is a SMART Board in every room from Kindergarten through eighth grade and Student Services. When teachers have technology increasingly available to them, they are far more likely to integrate it into their classroom instruction and lesson planning. Additional technologies and programs, such as an emerging iPad program for teachers, mirroring software for teacher machines, laptop carts and an iPad program for Student Services, coupled with parts of our professional development series being dedicated to technology incorporation into the classroom, will empower and equip our teachers

to increase the use of technology in their daily lessons. Understanding the amount of technology available to our students, it’s important to note we see technology as a tool that enhances and contributes to the classroom experience. Technology does not replace education or the teacher. We are committed to purposeful and safe use of technology. “WHAT IS MY VISION FOR CROWN POINT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL AS INTERIM PRINCIPAL?” Throughout scripture, we are called to be excellent. We are encouraged and commanded to do all things to the best of our abilities and for the glory of God. I know and have seen how great of a place Crown Point Christian School is, and this is what I want to continue. I will continue to support and strengthen our current programming, grow and empower our faculty and staff and continue the process of identifying future academic programming and learning opportunities that will help our students develop skills and competencies that will benefit them in future learning or career endeavors. Finally, I want to continue to see our students being loved and challenged by their teachers and to grow and mature not only academically and socially, but most importantly, spiritually.

WELCOME NEW FAMILIES Mrs. Sue Boersma, Admissions Coordinator

As the Admissions Coordinator, I would like to extend a special welcome for the 20162017 school year to all of our new families. Our school has been blessed by the addition of 42 new families this year. We pray that you are encouraged by the staff and families of Crown Point Christian School throughout the year. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with all our families in Christian education to help shape the lives of our students as we learn together this year to “Shine like Stars”, for His glory. If you are interested in learning more about Crown Point Christian School, please contact me at 4


FURTHERING STUDENT SERVICES Mrs. Becca Harkema, Director of Student Services

I am often asked why I am so passionate about Student Services at Crown Point Christian School. Not only do I have a personal love for helping our students use their God-given talents and gifts, but I believe that the work of our department is strongly tied to the mission of Crown Point Christian School. Our mission states that we are committed to “…providing a Biblically based, Christ-centered education that partners with parents in preparing children spiritually, socially, academically and physically to honor God in all aspects of life.” Our department meets students where they are and helps them develop in their school work, their friendships and their relationship with Jesus. We are excited to offer our Discovery services for students that need extra assistance, the EXCEL program for students that are in need of academic challenge and therapy supports to help students with speech and language needs. We will continue to provide social-emotional programming this year through our weekly lunch groups that focus on topics such as friendship building, anxiety and 5

family change. Additionally, we plan to implement a research-based social skills curriculum in our middle school. Last year we piloted a sensory integration area, and this year we are thrilled to have an entire room devoted to supporting students with these needs. We also look forward to partnering with our thriving Spanish Immersion Program. We are blessed to have a strong staff that includes five teachers, five aides and one therapist. However, our department enlists the help of the entire teaching staff to support the needs of our students. This year we are focusing on providing intentional professional development to help the entire Crown Point Christian School staff feel equipped to teach a wide variety of learners. We are also excited to be using a new assessment program that will help us closely monitor the progress of all of our students in reading and math and assist us in making informed decisions about instruction.

If you would like information on how you can be involved in serving God’s children through our department, please feel free to contact Becca at


“Our department meets students where they are and helps them develop in their school work, their friendships and their relationship with Jesus.”



If you walk down the hallway of our new addition you will see excited students and talented teachers settled into their new surroundings. Our new addition has given us the gift of space. While it may seem obvious, this space is beyond ordinary. This new project has given us the ability to dream. Within the walls are the voices and aspirations of students given the opportunity to learn, sing, create and grow. Our physical growth has allowed us to cultivate cognitive, emotional and most of all spiritual growth within the lives of 709 students. Praise be to God!

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Intermediate Student Services Elementary Music and Art Classroom Student interaction makes learning fun New EveryONE Project Classroom: Allows the flexibility for an ever changing learning environment 5. Hands-on learner centric science curriculum experiences 6. S.T.E.M. Learning Activities: Students working with a variety of materials to address and solve real world issues 7. Sensory Room: Volunteers staff our sensory integration area so that students with sensory needs can have scheduled breaks that allow them to perform at their best in the classroom 8. Middle School Student Services 9. Spanish Immersion: Expanding minds and exploring God’s creation through the Spanish language 10. Our flexible learning spaces help to encourage and facilitate small group instruction and learning 7















SPANISH IMMERSION @ CPCS As you can imagine, our Spanish Immersion teachers are uniquely gifted. We asked them to share some quick thoughts.




Mrs. Hoekstra shares, “I was born and raised in Mexico City. I moved to the United States in 2010. My husband and I have two children, both of whom attend Crown Point Christian School. I feel so blessed to be a Spanish Immersion teacher because it’s a great opportunity to share my knowledge and cultural background with my students. It’s so exciting when they start speaking Spanish for their everyday activities!”

Mrs. Ackerson shares, “Each day I spend hours immersed in a room full of six year olds who leave their mother tongue at the door and jump bravely and recklessly into a new way of thinking and communicating. There is nothing in the world like watching a child develop language, seeing the way their minds take it in and mold it to serve their own communication and cognitive needs. Each day is a miracle and a wonder!”

Mrs. Alonso shares, “I grew up in Madrid, Spain. Once I finished my university studies, I started teaching in different schools. I feel blessed by these experiences because I could share the love of God to my students through education. I strongly believe that we are living in a world increasingly more global where people have the ability to communicate in more than one language. I love teaching at Crown Point Christian School and am confident that our students will one day share their testimonies with people from different Spanishspeaking countries.”

Every year, Crown Point Christian School will add another grade to our Spanish Immersion Program to accommodate the incoming class. For more information, please contact our Spanish Point Person, Mrs. Lisa Flipse, at 9


PATHWAY TO JESUS Mrs. Lisa Flipse, Spanish Immersion Point Person

Crown Point Christian School students will be virtually traveling to the Dominican Republic to get a look into the eyes of other students their age, classrooms and cultures as we partner with Pathway To Jesus School (Colegio Caminito de Jesus). Mrs. Shelly Hernandez, Head Director of the school, spoke to our students at a recent chapel. She not only showed them pictures of beautiful island beaches in the Dominican Republic, but also the towns that are extremely impoverished. The common goal we have with Pathway to Jesus School is that we all want to show the love of Jesus and tell people about eternal salvation. Unfortunately, public education in the Dominican Republic is not up to measureable standards, and students are being passed even if they do not understand the material taught. Mrs. Hernandez and her husband, Guillermo, saw a need for standardized Christian education thirteen years ago when serving as missionaries. That is when Pathway to Jesus School started giving children the opportunity to receive an excellent education while learning about God, the Bible and Jesus’ love.

Pathway to Jesus School is located in the Los Palomas Sabeneta area of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Santiago is the second largest city in the country and is in a low income area near the Santiago airport. Pathway to Jesus School offers low cost Christian education to children in the surrounding community.

Crown Point Christian School wants to give our students an opportunity to be a shining star to the students in the Dominican Republic. We have opportunities to use our Spanish classes to write letters, Skype, pray for each other and build friendships beyond our school’s walls. We look forward to different ways we can bless our new friends in Christ during the year. It is our hope that this new relationship will continue to grow with Pathway to Jesus School, the staff and the students for years to come.



It is fall in the year 1986, and I’m out in the Florida Everglades at a nameless roadside space on Alligator Alley. It’s a men and boys’ retreat, and we have just left the light and noise-polluted atmosphere of Ft. Lauderdale. There is an uncommon beauty, a “loud” quiet and gorgeous weather. They say Halley’s Comet will be visible for a few nights, and then not again in my lifetime. I know that stars exist and could even point you to a few constellations, if you were interested, but…WOW! I’ve never seen stars like this before. The sky is full-tooverflowing with pinpoints of light. I think I’ve logged my comet sighting, and I can’t stop staring. So what is it that makes such a difference? It’s the darkness. In the Everglades, away from street and city lights and even headlights, the brilliance of the stars shines so incredibly bright. This makes me think of the Crown Point Christian School theme verse for this year, Philippians 2:14-15, which talks about shining like stars. How can that same kind of star-shining amazement be produced in faulty and failing followers of Christ? Work back through the passage with me. It seems there are some parallels. “Then” you will shine among them, but when is “then”? The answer is when, or if, we become blameless and pure, which will make us faultless. How do we become blameless and pure? One possible answer comes at the beginning of the passage. We do everything that we do without grumbling or arguing. These are easy words to read, but hard to live. I’d have to count myself among those who fall into this trap in big or small ways, publically or privately, on a daily basis. The command “Do” doesn’t leave room for any type of excuse. It just has to be done. The payoff comes as we fight the grumbling and arguing parts of us. “Then” we find ourselves as children of God “without fault”, and shining like stars. And where will these stars shine the brightest? In the darkest place, the twisted, messed up world right here where we live. There is so much darkness here that even our imperfect attempts to be blameless and pure can be seen brightly if we let Him work. May we all shine like the stars in the Everglades. Like the shine in a student’s smile as he helps a classmate tie his shoe. Like the sparkle in a teacher’s eye as she encourages her students to see God in all things she teaches. Like the twinkle in a parent’s expression as they share about the love of God to an unsaved friend. Shine like a star, so incredibly bright, today!



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“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:14-15



SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT Mr. Jeff Stallinga, Spiritual Development Director

As the Crown Point Christian School Spiritual Development Director, Mr. Stallinga provides impactful guidance to our students. Recently, he was asked the following questions: What are your objectives as the Crown Point Christian School Spiritual Development Director? One overriding goal is to provide students with opportunities outside the curriculum to deepen their faith and strengthen their walk with Christ. An additional objective is to develop positive, godly leadership among the students. In our desire to have a God-honoring environment in our middle school, there is only so much teachers can do. We rely on student leaders to be a positive influence on their peers in the classroom as well as on their sports teams and in the hallways.

How are students equipped to mature their walk with Jesus Christ in a discerning lifestyle that honors God? There has been consistent emphasis in chapels, Bible studies and Friday Night Fires on the importance of being a person of integrity and discernment, and how those principles manifest themselves in all areas of life -- choosing the right friends, how you handle social media, how you play sports, etc. How do students develop their discipline of Bible study, prayer and worship at Crown Point Christian School? It all starts in the classroom. Most middle school teachers assign students to lead the class in devotions. Seventh graders are all reading through the book of Psalms in their nightly devotions. Sixth graders have been encouraged to keep a journal as they do their personal devotions and are given opportunities to share what they have written in class.

“In our desire to have a God-honoring environment in our middle school, there is only so much teachers can do. We rely on student leaders to be a positive influence on their peers in the classroom as well as on their sports teams and in the hallways.“ 13




Cross Trainers is a group designed to develop positive leadership among boys. Twenty-seven seventh grade boys have volunteered to be a part of this group, which began when they were in sixth grade. It is a support group, where boys pray for each other, hold each other accountable, study God’s word together and are provided with leadership opportunities in our middle school. Bradley Reece explains, “I love how Cross Trainers is such a good support group. When I’m having a struggle or a problem in life, they are open to praying for me. Mr. Stallinga is such a wonderful leader and gives up so much of his time to continue the group. I love Cross Trainers!”

There is a mentoring program where a pair of eighth grade students is assigned to a small group of sixth graders for the year. Twice a month, they meet together. The eighth graders lead their small group in devotions, pray for their group members and talk to them about school and their walk with Christ. “I have chosen to be a mentor,” states eighth grader Jenna O’Brien, “because when I was a mentee, I really enjoyed going and meeting with my mentors. I like being a mentor because I get to have an opportunity to change or influence someone’s life.”



Friday Night Fire, which occurs once a month, is a night of worship. There is also a time of discussion where the students are given a challenge in their daily Christian walk. Sixth grader Maddux O’Brien, who attended the Friday Night Fire in September, says, “I felt it was a safe place to worship and talk freely about God.” Classmate McKinley Cowser reflects, “Friday Night Fire was probably one of the best nights of my life. It was full of deep songs, laughter, stories and a lesson that really moved and changed me.”

Summer is often a time where we become lax in our disciplines. A lack of a daily routine and schedule can often lead to a loss of devotional time. Hence, at the end of the last school year, the sixth graders were challenged to join the “Chapter a Day” club, where they would commit to reading a chapter of the Bible every day through the summer and were given a calendar where they could keep track and mark what they read each day. Numerous students kept their commitment and met that challenge.



FALL SPORTS UPDATE Mr. Tom Kamp, Athletic Director

At Crown Point Christian School we strive to provide a program of athletic excellence that develops many levels of ability. When the world thinks of excellence they think of wins and losses (mostly wins). When Crown Point Christian School plans excellence, coaches are structuring the student athlete experience to balance learning skills, with having fun and winning. We hope these three goals, along with involving as many kids as possible, can be accomplished on most of our teams (especially at the sixth and seventh grade level). Crown Point Christian School also recognizes that involvement on teams in an athletic program has its limits which is why in most eighth grade athletics, as well as “A” team soccer and our annual conference track meet, we do our best to compete at the highest level and win a league championship. Winning a championship is one goal while we are also preparing our kids to play in high school by giving them the best competitive experience within our league play. Thanks for understanding these goals are a “moving target”. This is an evolving process. Crown Point Christian School will try its best to include kids when possible, play to win when appropriate and help our kids develop their full potential all while giving glory back to the Lord.

CROSS COUNTRY Cross Country had a great season this year. The boys team placed first at our home meet and the last Illiana Christian High School meet. The girls team ran well but did not place in any season meets. All of the team members improved on their individual run times. For the first time, Crown Point Christian School hosted a cross country meet. The cross country parents were such a huge help in hosting our guests and competitors. Coach Hannah Trivette enjoyed coaching such a great team and looks forward to another successful year next year. 15




The “A” team soccer season was successful in spite of numerous injuries. The team’s competitive record was close to .500. We had a number of losses in shootout penalty kicks or by one goal. We advanced to the second round of our league’s tournament and lost in another great game (our fourth loss in penalty kicks). One of “A” team’s greatest strengths was they played well together in all circumstances, win or loss. They represented themselves, their family and God throughout the season. The “A” team was coached by Larry Koontz and Miguel González García.

The “B” team soccer had a season record of 7-1-1 with a first place finish in the tournament hosted by Crown Point Christian School. Every player played offense and defense and contributed to each win. Players developed many individual skills during the season. The greatest strength of the team was defense supported by excellent goalie play. Coach Scott Balkema and Coach Miguel González García are thankful to the parents and kids for making it such a wonderful season.



The seventh grade girls volleyball team had an undefeated season. They also placed first in the Calvary Academy and the Illiana Christian High School tournaments. The team played in a united effort and kept Christ first during their season. Coach Heather Blocker and Coach Lori Eenigenburg were proud of the team’s accomplishments and appreciated the parental support.

The eighth grade girls volleyball team had a great season with very competitive matches. The team placed second in the Calvary Tournament and won the “Silver” division in the Illiana Christian High School tournament. Coach Carli Doorn had a great time coaching and enjoyed witnessing the team’s improvement of skills and the Christ-like sportsmanship displayed throughout the season.




A strong partnership divides the effort and multiplies the effect.” 17


FULFILLING THE MISSION Mrs. Sharla Slings, Head Manager Mr. Ivan VanEssen, Volunteer

Second Life Resale Shoppe has been going strong for the last six years. With such a great history, we are in the process of evaluating our mission and formulating long range plans. We are also working with the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees. We know that Second Life impacts many lives - our volunteers, customers, employees and the community that we serve. We pray our evaluation will provide direction for the future of Second Life and its impact on Crown Point Christian School and the surrounding community that we serve. As a board, we testify that we joyfully serve in the best interests of all the lives Second Life touches. Second Life continues to be the largest fundraiser of Crown Point Christian School. We are an independent non-for-profit organization, and in the past six years over $1,300,000.00 has been gifted to Crown Point Christian School. Two gifts are given during each school year, which are reflected on tuition statements and assist our parents with a substantial reduction in tuition charges.

We fully understand the busy lives we all lead. Understanding our fulfilled mission will excite you to become involved in some way. A strong partnership divides the effort and multiplies the effect. Grandparents, we invite you to give a few hours to benefit your grandchildren. Invite one of your friends to come along. You will be surprised how much fun and laughter goes on. We also encourage parents to volunteer at Second Life. Remember, you are the ones that benefit from all the effort that takes place at Second Life. The Second Life board is optimistic about the ongoing work at Second Life. We have challenges as we continue to serve and build on our mission. In a few months, we need to appoint a few new board members. You may submit names to one of the present board members for us to consider. The qualifications require that you are a Crown Point Christian School parent or grandparent and possess leadership skills.

Another important benefit of Second Life is to offer great merchandise at low cost. We have many repeat and new customers who visit us daily. We are encouraged by the positive testimonies shared of Second Life being the greatest resale store in the surrounding community. Merchandise that is unusable at Second Life is sent to World Mission. We receive price-per-pound on the merchandise. Items they deem usable are sent to third world countries with a device that has the Bible recorded in their native tongue. Second Life assists Crown Point Christian School families, helps people around the community and helps countries around the world. Second Life is certainly fulfilling its mission!

Second Life Resale Shoppe 1510 Main Street Crown Point, Indiana 46307 (219) 663-5266 Second Life Resale Shoppe’s mission is to raise funds for Crown Point Christian School by selling tax-deductible donations provided by generous people from the surrounding community. Through our work at Second Life Resale Shoppe, we seek to make a difference in God’s kingdom. 18


ALUMNI NEWS Tyler Schutt (Class of 2012) After my time at Crown Point Christian School, I attended Illiana Christian High School where I played soccer and baseball all four years. I started my time as a Lansing Police Cadet my sophomore year and was quickly promoted to Cadet Sergeant. I really enjoy being part of the department as this has been my dream since I was four years old. This past year, I was elected National Youth Representative for Law Enforcement Exploring. I currently represent all of the Law Enforcement Explores in the United States and Puerto Rico. I am currently a freshman at Trinity Christian College majoring in criminal justice and communications. I am also playing on the varsity soccer team. Crown Point Christian School helped me get to where I am today. The school helped mold my faith and provided a strong foundation for me to stand on. I still keep in contact with the friends that I made during my time at Crown Point Christian School.

PRAYER WARRIORS Mrs. Tammy Gorter, CPCS Parent

The Crown Point Christian School Prayer Group is a group of parents who are passionate about God, our students and our school. We meet on Wednesdays in the middle school conference room at 8:00 AM to pray for staff members and any events or concerns that have been brought to our attention. Since our group’s inception in the fall of 2013, we have rejoiced with families over their praises and prayed many families through illnesses, personal trials and the loss of loved ones. While we do not always see


or hear exactly how the Lord has walked with these children, parents and grandparents through each trial, we know the Holy Spirit is at work in and among each one of them. We would love to have more prayer warriors join us. If you cannot make it to prayer time, but want to participate in this ministry, send your email address to to receive our weekly prayer list. Thanks for praying for Crown Point Christian School.



Mr. Jack Rupp, Director of Information Technology

For the last two school years, individuals from the Technology Committee, Education Committee, Teaching Staff and Administration have been meeting to cast a vision for the adoption of instructional technologies into the classroom and beyond. One area of need that was identified involved communication between the school and the home. In an attempt to create greater access to the classroom, we recently adopted a Learning Management System called Edmodo. The aim here is to break down barriers between parents, students and teachers in an effort to open up the lines of communication and make content more accessible to families at all times of the day. Edmodo has proven to be a helpful tool by acting as a communication medium and as a repository for content.

Similar in form and function to Facebook, teachers create posts that can be viewed by both parents and students. Some posts contain information about the happenings in the classroom, pictures, news from the day, etc. Other types of posts may relay the homework and expectations, including attachments that parents can review, study guides or even the weekly spelling list. An exciting feature being widely used in the middle school is the assessment delivery platform of Edmodo. Teachers have the ability to quiz and poll their students to assess learning. There is even a homework turn-in feature. Students “drop” their assignments digitally and teachers grade, comment and provide valuable feedback, all while keeping parents in the loop.


Mrs. Debbie Ohm, Back to School Blast Volunteer

On Friday, September 9, Crown Point Christian School hosted a Back To School Blast event. More than 700 people purchased their $5 wristband, which helped with the cost of food, paper supplies, Knockerball, games, balloon ladies, face painting, bounce houses and more. Some teachers and staff participated in the dunk bucket, which the kids thoroughly enjoyed. Who wouldn’t want to get their principal or teacher soaking wet? We thank you for coming and making the event a huge success.



A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE BY CHLOE WEEMHOFF - 8TH GRADE Throughout the school day, Crown Point Christian School students show grace in many ways to people. Students have been taught to be kind to others. Many students have extended grace towards myself and others, including their peers and teachers. One way students show grace at Crown Point Christian School is through their actions. I have observed many students holding the door for others and going out of their way to be polite. Also, students help classmates with locker combinations and help one another with their books and laptops. This year, many chapels have discussed serving and treating others with kindness and respect. From what I have seen, students have put this into practice and their actions reflect what values they have been taught. Students also show grace with their words and by what they say. During the school day, I hear many kids encouraging others about their grades and accomplishments on assignments. They also encourage classmates in specials, like gym, while they are playing games and participating in sports. Just recently, Mr. Davids spoke at a middle school chapel and talked about how we need to add value to others. Some ways Crown Point Christian School students are living that message out is by complimenting others and praying for them. In Mr. Davids’ message, he told the story of “The Good Samaritan”. We all need to be the body of Christ and help everyone. Just like the Samaritan helped the man, the students at Crown Point Christian School are trying to reach out to others in need of prayer or a friend. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” This verse is an important guideline for students to live by. I think this year, students should set a goal to show grace to others everyday whether it be something small like a prayer, or something bigger, like sitting by someone who looks lonely and might need a friend. Even though showing grace is not easy at times, I think it is something we all should strive to do. 21


Love God. Love Kids. Love Teaching. This is a personal mission statement of mine. It keeps me focused on what is most important in my career. I enjoy growing in all three of these areas. My personal walk with Christ keeps me centered and ever growing in my heart for Him, as well as the precious children He brings into my classroom each year. What a blessing to be part of a school that values and invests in that third part of what molds and shapes the gifts I’ve been given to support the latter part of my mission. - Mrs. Joyce Koster, Second Grade Teacher

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“We are thankful for the Christia n education our children receive at Crown Point Christian School, and for what our school has done for our kids. Words can not express how grateful we are for the growth we witness in our kids academically and spir itually. The Lord has become #1 in each of their lives, and we know that CPCS plays a big part in them putting Christ first.” – Kevin Corcoran, CPC S Parent



“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.” Psalm 78:4

In Memory of Bette DeJong Marilyn Boomsma Bernard & Dorothy Bruinius Arnold DeJong George DeVries Roger & Evelyn Feikema Alvin Herman, Jr. Donald & Ida Hopp Peter & Sharlene Jouwstra Dean & Ruth Koldenhoven David & Beverly Kramer Harvey & Karen Kruithof Richard & Wilma (Pixie) Molenhouse John Rosier Ronald & Carol VanAntwerp George & Jacqueline VanRyn Carol VanValkenburg James & Cheryl Vroegh David & Marjorie Wegner Carol Wichers In Memory of Alyssa Marie Eenigenburg Arnold DeJong In Memory of Linda DeCavitch Arnold DeJong In Memory of Cora Bult Gilbert & Grace Lyzenga In Memory of Henry F. Visser Everett & Lillian Landman


MEMORIAL TREE When you enter Crown Point Christian School, you will find that your eyes cannot help but focus on a very important tree located on the lobby wall. This tree reflects the names of loved ones who have been called home. These loved ones are remembered by a gift given to the school. An engraved plaque with the deceased’s name is placed on a leaf of our tree. Please contact the school office if you would like to remember a loved one on our Memorial Tree. Mrs. Leanne Balkema shares, “The Crown Point Christian School Memorial Tree, to me, represents so many different and unique life stories and testimonies. Each leaf honors a life lived and their gifts to the kingdom. My dad’s name is there, Cliff Van Beek. My dad loved serving God’s kingdom. This wasn’t done out of obligation, but more as a completely natural part of everyday life. Even until his last days, he never grew tired of giving back. He loved seeing a need, big or small, and meeting it. Dad left a legacy of generosity and service that I strive for daily. This is something that is taught at Crown Point Christian School every day - to model our lives after Jesus by serving and loving others. Christian education was important to my grandparents and parents, and now it is equally as important to us. My family is very blessed to be a part of this community of believers.”

Leanne and her husband, Scott, have three children. Bode is in seventh grade, Tyler is in fifth grade and Josie is in first grade at Crown Point Christian School.



Mrs. Brittany Eenigenburg, CAMP Director

CAMP stands for Create Achieve Motivate Play and is the before-school and after-school care program at Crown Point Christian School. If you are considering CAMP for your child(ren), be assured they will be in the best of care. This is a great option for working parents. WHAT IS CAMP? Ms. Zylstra covers before-school CAMP and has the students eat their breakfast, play games and study for any tests they may have that day. On a daily basis, CAMP staff members have the following routine for the students in after-school CAMP: check-in, recess, snack time, homework time and play time. We have various board games that the children play, along with Legos, blocks, Barbies, fun worksheets and coloring sheets. HOW MANY CHILDREN ATTEND CAMP? Before-school CAMP is from 6:30-7:30 AM. So any students that come to school before 7:30 AM are sent to CAMP until it is time for them to be dismissed to the playground. CAMP is after school from 3:006:00 PM. Most days we start after-school CAMP with around 50 children, but some days have as little as 20 and as many as 65.

IS CAMP FUN? Many of the children love interacting with their friends outside of the classroom. Whether playing outside together, doing homework at the same table or watching a movie on Wednesdays, they have fun with different students of various ages. The younger students especially love to play games with the middle school students. HOW IS CAMP MORE THAN A DAYCARE/BABYSITTING SERVICE? CAMP students are challenged to create, achieve, motivate and play with one another. The students are all together and not separated by age or grade. They are free to play with who they want or with what they want. The CAMP staff is able to supervise and play with them to make sure every student has someone to play with and something to keep them engaged. We all enjoy the energetic environment that CAMP students provide.

If you are interested in CAMP for your child, contact Brittany at


Crown Point Christian School 10550 Park Place St. John, Indiana 46373

UPCOMING CALENDAR DATES: NOV. 23: 2 PM Dismissal NOV. 24 & 25: Thanksgiving Break, No School DEC. 8: Band Christmas Concert DEC. 9: Choir & Orchestra Christmas Concert DEC. 16: 2 PM Dismissal DEC. 19-JAN. 2: Christmas Break, No School JAN. 16: Record’s Day, No School JAN. 18: 2 PM Dismissal JAN. 20: Spaghetti Dinner JAN. 26 & 27: Winter Jubilee JAN. 27: 10 AM Start Time

The Connection - Fall 2016  

Crown Point Christian School Newsletter

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