COVID-19 Impacts Unity Campus Plans
It is difficult to look at the messages communicated a short time ago - first hire, information evening, keys to the building - but the truth is, COVID-19, has also impacted CCS' plans to open up the Unity Campus this September. Given the ongoing health and financial crisis that has seized our country, indeed our world, the CCS board of directors felt that September 2020 is not the right time to open the doors to the Unity Campus.
However, we are committed to providing Christian education to the many families still seeking a Christ centered learning experience for their children, so the board has decided to simply delay the opening until September 2021! A number of factors played into this decision as we recognized that families were counting on sending their children to our second campus. As a result, the board has also tasked the school's administrative team with the task of accommodating the Unity families at the West 5th campus.
The administrative team is already exploring ways to welcome the added families to the West 5th campus and we are confident that Christian education will be provided to the families seeking it.
In the meantime, we have the gift of time - time to complete the Unity campus renovation, time to plan a comprehensive capital campaign, and time to welcome even more families to join us in this exciting endeavour.
First Person Hired at Unity Campus!
We are thrilled to announce the first hiring at Unity Campus! Mrs. Amanda Breimer has been hired as the Vice Principal at the new school. Mrs. Breimer comes with 8 years of teaching experience at Calvin Christian School and has been an amazing leader in curriculum development and teacher training. Her expertise in Project Based Learning will be a real asset at the new campus. In addition to her administrative role as a Vice Prinipal, Mrs. Breimer will also have some teaching duties at Unity Campus. Stay tuned for more news regarding staffing at our second campus.
We were thrilled to welcome over 150 people to our Unity Campus Information Evening!
Based on survey results, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering JK-Grade 3 classes, with grade 4 still a possibility. It is our intention to offer part time JK and SK, with optional days on the off days, similar to what is presently done at the West 5th Campus in our Come Along K program. What this means is that parents can sign up their child for full time educational opportunities at the Unity Campus.
The CCS Transportation Committee has also planned tentative bus routes, and families that have registered with us have been included in the routes.
We are also aware that a number of families are seeking before and after school care, so that option is also being explored.
We are grateful to the many families that filled in the survey and helped us plan for the September 2020 opening. Consider spreading the word, because at this time, there is still plenty of room in each of the classes.
Historic morning: Calvin Christian School gets the keys for the Caledonia site of its new Christian school, opening Fall 2020. Bring on the hard hats … and soon, the buses!