Parent Newsletter December 10, 2020

Jeremiah 23:5-6

Jeremiah 23:5-6
 Remote Learning:Christ Our Savior will again be fully remote from January 4th through January 18th. With the holidays bringing increased travel and potential gatherings these periods of remote learning will allow for quarantining after the holidays, if necessary, before returning to the classroom. Students will receive their schedule for second semester as well as needed books & materials for remote learning next week.


Yule Ball admission is $12.  It is scheduled for December 12 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. We will not be giving tickets this year.  Please send the admission money in an envelope with the student’s name on it and marked for the Yule Ball. Place it in the tray outside the office for Joyce. The Yule Ball is for COS students only. Due to COVID, no guests are permitted this year. Masks and temperature checks will be required.


Spirit week (December 7-11) Dress-up Days. All students are encouraged to participate in the dress-up days. 

Fri.  Dec. 11 - School colors (set up for Yule Ball after school)


Food Drive: Help a local family in need. Bring your donation of non-perishable food items to school by December 18.


Finals Schedule:  Finals will be held on Thursday and Friday, December 17 & 18. Students are expected to be at school by 8:05 so finals can start promptly. They will be dismissed for the day at noon each day. Each final will be allotted 90 minutes with a break between them. The snack bar will be open during the break. 

8:10-10:00English Math
10:10-noonScience Social Studies


Stonies Sausages orders will be ready for pick up on December 11.

Sudz orders should be ready for pick up by December 18.

Spiritwear – our orders are being shipped on December 15. We will contact you when they come in.


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


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:


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:  Information is also posted on Facebook and on local TV stations.


College Planning Resource: Thrivent Student Resources ( ) 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.


Scholarship Opportunities:

CollegeSTEPS: Wells Fargo site that has helps to aid families in college planning and paying for school.

Tuition Funding Sources: A scholarship database.



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

Sallie Mae: (They provide students loans, but they also have a large section on scholarships.)

Scholarship Experts: 

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 

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

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


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
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
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.  



Dec 12             Yule Ball @ COS Gym 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Dec 17-18       First Semester Finals, ½ days

Dec 19-Jan 3   Christmas Break

Jan 4                Second Semester starts, classes resume

Jan 4-15           Remote Learning 9:00-noon

Jan 18              MLK Day, NO SCHOOL

Jan 19              In-person Classes Resume

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