11/13/2020 Parent Newsletter

Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews 12:1

Be Prepared: With the rising number of COVID cases in our area and the uncertainty around when/if individuals or our school have to return to remote learning, it is good to figure out how to be prepared for the possibility. Students are being encouraged to bring home (and bring back) all materials they need for their classes every day. Boxes to transport books are available in the workroom. Some students have received two copies of some textbooks, this is so they leave one copy at home and have one available at school. We are not planning to remote at this time, this is just to help us be prepared.

Chrome Book Charge Cords: We are missing two charge cords for the school Chromebooks. If you happen to find one, please return it to Mrs. Holman.

FFA has some masks for sale. If you are interested, talk to Lisa. FFA is also selling sausages. Order forms were given to students. Students are encouraged to participate, not required.


Blood Drive:The next Red Cross Blood Drive at COS will be November 23 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Appointments and masks are required. To book your appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, go online to www.redcross.org, or use the Red Cross Donor App. Donors between the ages of 16 & 24 will receive a $10 gift card by email.


Reminder – Tuition is due the 15th of each month.


Remind App Sign Up: We will be using the Remind app to help communicate information like school closings due to inclement weather and reminders to parents. Please sign up by following these steps. 

1. Send a text to 81010. 
2. Text this message: @csavior

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa or Mr. Foster or the school office. Starting December 1, group texts will no longer be sent. 

COS Spirit Wear available: Order new COS Spirit Wear through this link: http://bit.ly/COSLHS-SpiritWear. Place your order by November 23. Orders should be ready by Christmas.


SUDZ Fundraiser: This fundraiser of soap and candles will benefit our 2022 mission trip. Orders are due by Nov. 30 with payment. Physical copies of the order form were given students last week. Students are encouraged, but not required to participate in this fundraiser. Checks should be made payable to Christ Our Savior.


Amazon Smile: If you shop at Amazon and designate Christ Our Savior as your charitable organization, Amazon will make a donation to COS. This is the link to shop through to support COS: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/37-1370105


Thrivent Action Grants: Members of Thrivent can request two $250 action grants each year. If you or a family member has a Thrivent Action team they have not used yet, please consider using it for one of our future projects.  We would like to update landscaping, do some deep cleaning, painting, and maintenance work.  Please contact Lisa 618-713-7125, if you would like to use an Action Team Grant toward one or more of these projects.


Yearbooks: You can reserve a copy of the 2020-2021 yearbook by paying for the $25 yearbook in the office.


Low Income Energy Assistance Program: Due to COVID-19, this program has been expanded. If you need assistance to help with your energy bills or home weatherization, and live in Jackson, Monroe, Perry, or Randolph County, call the Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council in Sparta: (618) 443-5231.


Snack Bar: Small bills are encouraged for purchasing items in the snack bar. Students can purchase a snack bar card in the office for $20. This is for students who do not want to remember to bring cash every day for snack bar purchases. The card will be kept in the cashbox and we will mark off the value spent each day.


Notify Me: If you would like to receive a text message or an email when school is closed, sign up for Notify Me. The link is on the home page of the school website: www.coslhs.org.  Information is also posted on Facebook and on local TV stations.


College Planning Resource: Thrivent Student Resources ( https://www.thriventstudentresources.com/ ) has tools to help you navigate planning, preparing and paying for college. 


SWIC: Seniors who are planning to attend SWIC are encouraged to register with SWIC and visit this page to help with their college planning. https://www.swic.edu/students/services/enrollment-services/admissions/the-senior-plan/


Scholarship Opportunities:

CollegeSTEPS:  https://collegesteps.wf.com Wells Fargo site that has helps to aid families in college planning and paying for school.

Tuition Funding Sources: https://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/ A scholarship database.

Cappex: https://www.cappex.com/scholarships/

FastWeb: http://fastweb.com/

Student Scholarships: https://www.studentscholarships.org (This one has lots of advertising & affiliated links, read carefully before signing up for anything.)

Sallie Mae: https://www.salliemae.com/college-planning/ (They provide students loans, but they also have a large section on scholarships.)

Scholarship Experts: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships#fromscholarshipexperts 

Concordia University Nebraska offers a minimum of $20,000 per year in scholarships and grants to graduates of Lutheran High Schools. 

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Is offering free tuition for incoming freshmen and transfer students with a family income of $61,000. For more information http://go.illinois.edu/Commitment 

RaiseMe: Students in grades 9-11 can earn merit scholarships with a value of up to $98,000 to attend the University of Dayton by participating in RaiseMe. If you are interested, talk to Mrs. Laufer.

Parkland College/Birkley's CNH Service Technician Scholarship: Tuition assistance, starter tools, paid internship, and uniform possibly leading to full time employment with Birkley (Case IH & New Holland) in Champaign, IL. Ask Mrs. Laufer for a copy of the scholarship.

Washingon Universityhas an awesome scholarship program if you qualify - Full tuition & room and board. Read more at  https://admissions.wustl.edu/cost-aid/affordability/

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking: Open to seniors, applications due February 19, 2021. A copy of the application is available in the office.


College Application Fee Waiver: If you think your family is low income, you can request that the college you are applying to waive the application fee. Mrs. Laufer has the form you will need if you wish to request a fee waiver. You can also download the fee waiver application at ncacfairs.org/ApplicationFeeWaiver


ACT Testing All juniors (and sophomores interested in taking college credit classes as juniors) should take the ACT test. When you register, designate SEMO and Concordia Wisconsin to receive your scores if you want to sign up for college credit classes. For juniors, it will help you become familiar with the test. Most students improve their scores by taking the test more than once. Many free practice materials are available online. The fee waiver only covers the basic cost of the test. It will not cover late fees, reports to more than 4 colleges, or the writing test. Each income eligible junior and senior may have four fee waivers.

ACT Test Dates
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
Dec. 12 Nov. 6 Nov. 20
Feb. 6 Jan. 8 Jan. 9-15
Apr. 17 Mar. 12 Mar. 13-26
June 12 May 7 May 8-21



SAT Test Dates
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration
Dec. 5 Nov. 5 Nov. 24
Mar. 13 Feb. 12 Mar. 2
May 8 Apr. 8 Apr. 27
June 5 May 6 May 26


SAT Practice: Use of the Khan Academy SAT Practice raises the average SAT score by 90 points. Khan Academy is free.


Test Help for All Tests: The US Army run website provides an online study program to help students prepare for standardized tests, improve schoolwork and review materials. It is free but read what they will do with your data before signing up. https://www.march2success.com/  



Nov 20            2nd Mid-Quarter

Nov 23            COS Red Cross Blood Drive 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nov 25-27       NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

Dec 12             Yule Ball @ COS Gym 7:00 p.m.

Dec 17-18       First Semester Finals, ½ days

Dec 19-Jan 3   Christmas Break

Jan 4                Second Semester starts, classes resume

Jan 18              MLK Day, NO SCHOOL

Jan 29              3rd Mid-Quarter

Feb 12             NO SCHOOL (teacher institute day)

Feb 15             Presidents Day, NO SCHOOL

Mar 5              Third Quarter Ends

Apr 1-5            Easter Break

Apr 16             4th Mid-Quarter

May 19-20       Second Semester Finals, ½ days

May 21            Graduation