Gwen Bond
The Bonding Place

Avoid the Summer Slide!!

Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve her reading during the summer and beyond:
  1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check our book lists for recommendations.
  2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
    • Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
    • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.
    • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.
  3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.

It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

Find more Summer Slide information here!

School Supplies

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Special Helpers:

I assign "Special Helpers" for each day of the week.  They do all of the classroom jobs that I may need help with: pass out/collect papers, run errands, clean the lunch table and bring the lunch cart back, etc...

The special helper also does Show-N-Tell for their day.  The only requirement is that it fit inside their backpack.  Please talk with me ahead of time if you'd like to bring in something special that does not fit/belong in their backpack: pets, instruments, siblings, etc... and we will plan a special time for Show-N-Tell.  For instance, if bringing a pet or sibling, it may be more convenient for you to bring them in the morning and take them right home or maybe before dismissal so you can take your child too.  

The helpers for the week of 8-8
(Be aware that these may change due to special days or absences)

Monday - No School
Tuesday- Meet Your Teacher Day
Wednesday- Mrs. Bond

AR Reminder

AR Goal Reminder:
2 books read in first 9 weeks (TBD)
4  books read in second 9 weeks (TBD) 
6  books read in third 9 weeks (TBD)
8  books read in fourth 9 weeks (TBD)

Check the DocLinks to your right to see the AR Packet for first grade.  The first attachment below is an overview of how the AR program works.  The second attachment is AR Book Finder!  You'll want to keep this handy through-out the year!

If you run out of AR slips, you can download more below!!

Scholastic Books

Scholastic online orders
are a great way for our class to earn new books!  Our class code is GXTDF.  Check out See-Saw for first grade as well as many more catalogs that Scholastic has to offer!  Put in your order and I will send it home when it gets here! 

Don't forget to grab book titles to meet your AR goal.  We have had parents in the past order books for AR and then pass them onto the class reading center for others to use as well. Just a thought! 

Also, for those secret Christmas and Birthday book orders, let me know ahead of time.  I'll try to bring it out to dismissal in the car line or you can pick it up at school without telling your kids they have an order.


A great thing about CCS is chapel.  We join together (K-6th) on Wednesday mornings from 9-10.  (The upper grades worship together later.) 

Offering is also collected during each chapel for service projects or any charities we may work with.  The students bring their offering to the classroom and give it to me. (If sending it in their binder please mark it for chapel.)  Any cheerful and heartfelt giving is encouraged- whether it be a penny or something more. 

Also, if you know someone who would be interested in speaking for one of our chapel dates, please text me, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the school at 372-3780 and let me know.  Thanks! 


See attachment below...

Winter Weather

When severe winter weather is forecasted please listen to or watch the following programs for Columbus Christian School closing:

WRTV Ch 6, WISH Ch 8,  WTHR Ch 13, WXIN FOX Ch 59       

Bridge FM 90.3, WYGS 91.1, WCSI 1010 AM,  WKKG 101.5 FM, WRZQ 107.3 FM

Columbus Christian School generally follows Bartholomew County School Corporation’s closing schedule. In an early dismissal, we will follow the BCSC Elementary Schedule.

Please do not call the school during this time until you have heard the announcement on the radio. We need to be able to contact the necessary stations to announce the closing.

ONE HOUR DELAY -Before care will start at 8:30 for all students.
• Elementary– Classes will begin at 9:15. Regular dismissal time.
TWO HOUR DELAY -Before care will start at 9:30 for all students.
• Elementary– Classes will begin at 10:15. Regular dismissal time.

Please listen to the radio or TV stations when bad weather threatens. Do not bring your children before 8:30/9:30 when we are on a one/two hour delay. The students will not be supervised before these times.  Please make other arrangements if needed.

Thank you for your help.

Grandparents Day Pancake Breakfast

CCS is celebrating Grandparent's Day on Friday, September 8th.  We will be starting our morning eating pancakes with our grandparents from 7:15-8:15.  Money for that is due by Friday, Sept. 1st. 

Everyone will be directed to the classrooms for a special time with grandparents between 8:15-8:50.  The Grandparent's Day program will begin in the chapel at 9.  Students may sit with their grandparents (or teacher if no grandparent is available) and will be dismissed from there to their classrooms.  We are looking forward to meeting all of our wonderful grandparents!

Back to School Ideas

Fun Back to School Ideas

1. Special Breakfast – Make a special healthy breakfast (you can find some recipes for school at or pick up a few gooey frosted donuts and chocolate milk for special morning as you discuss how the new school year is going, curriculum, rules, and expectations.
2. New Supplies – Give each child a little brown lunch bag full of fun new things they will need for the day like colored pencils, stickers, a picture of you, a special note or scripture to remember, etc.
3. Banner or Sign – Go crazy with washable paint and write an important memory verse for the day on your tile or mirror or create a banner.
4. Most Important: Pray- As you leave for school or while in the car pray together for the day ahead.



Welcome Back!

Get ready! Get set! Go!

Can you believe school is starting!  I know God has great things in mind for this year!  I can feel it!  Please be in prayer for our class and school as we venture into a new school year!  Thanks for all you do to help us out!  I'm looking forward to working with you! 

Book-It Program by Pizza Hut

Reading is the ultimate super power!  And with the help of the BOOK IT! ® Program, our class will be growing our reading skills over the next six months.

The mission of the BOOK IT! Program is to encourage more reading inside and outside of the classroom.  The program is easy and fun!  Your child has the opportunity to earn Reading Award Certificates (one per month) by reading books to meet their AR goals.  The Reading Award Certificates can be redeemed at Pizza Hut® where your child will receive a BOOK IT! award and a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza®.

The BOOK IT! Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut and has been in elementary schools for more than 25 years.  You might have participated in the program when you were in school!   To learn more about BOOK IT!, please visit

I hope you will join us in our mission and encourage your child to read every day.

Happy Easter!

Reminder:  No School on Monday

                2-Hour Delay on Tuesday