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Greetings CCS Community, 

Please review this video update from Dr. Ken Friesen:

This link also includes helpful information regarding the COVID-19 protocols and procedures on our campuses as well as a new chart we will be updating continuously.

Thank you for your continued support and increased vigilance to follow the COVID-19 protocols in place as we enter the winter months. 

Cascade Christian Schools

CCS Families,

We have completed three weeks of successful on-site learning thanks to everyone’s diligence in following our health and safety protocols, and that is worth celebrating, especially since we have seen a slight uptick in the amount of cases being reported within Pierce County.  

The Health Department sends out weekly communication about the number of COVID-19 cases for Pierce County, and with that comes their recommendations. At this time, they have left the decision-making for on-site learning up to the individual private schools based on what is happening within their own school communities. We want to remind you that we have posted information in the FAQ section of our website. This is to help you determine the proper course of action if someone in your household has COVID-like symptoms, may have been exposed to the virus, or has in fact tested positive. If you need additional help beyond what you see on the website, please don't hesitate to call your campus office for further clarification and assistance. We will monitor reports of possible exposure, and should a student or staff member test positive for the COVID-19 virus, we will enlist the assistance of the Health Department for how we respond. 

Let's continue working together in our commitment to preserving a healthy environment by demonstrating care and caution not only while at school, but in other places as well. With this, we can continue operating safely and effectively, and become a benchmark for other schools in doing so.

Thank you for your continued efforts that enable us to maintain a safe on-site learning environment. 

In His Service,

Ken Friesen, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Cascade Christian Schools

Dear CCS Families:

We are pleased and excited to confirm that we will begin all formal instruction and other programs in the following manner tomorrow morning, September 14:

  • Remote learning for all K-12 students will begin on all campuses as scheduled
  • Thrive-On camps will operate on-site at both Frederickson and McAlder campuses on regular schedules
  • K-prep classes will begin/resume on-site at all campuses on regular schedules
  • All child care programs will continue on regular schedules

We want to thank everyone again for the incredible support and patience that has been demonstrated over the past week in particular. We invite you to pray with us that all students and teachers will have an incredible week of remote learning and a smooth transition to on-site learning the following week. Elementary and JH students will transition to on-site learning on Monday, September 21 and HS students will be on-site Wednesday, September 23. 

Praising God for His goodness,

Ken Friesen, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Cascade Christian Schools

253-841-1776

Dear CCS Families: 

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out on behalf of the staff and families in our community who have been significantly impacted by power outages and wildfires. We encourage everyone to continue to be diligent in praying for those who have been impacted, asking that God grant them peace, safety, and provision. Our desire is to support them in as many ways as we can. 

Thank you to those of you who were able to respond so quickly to the survey. Your feedback was extremely helpful to us in making our decision for what things will look like for the remainder of this week. Survey results revealed that there is still a significant number of families who are unable to begin remote learning. For that reason, we have determined that it is best that we not begin formal remote instruction until Monday, September 14. However, we want students who can to have the opportunity to connect with their teachers this week. You will receive an email in the morning from teachers, or someone on their behalf, with more details.  

We want the first day of school to be special and something that all our students can participate in together. The first day of school will have important information for our students as we prepare them for another year of learning. Taking the path of patience will provide the opportunity for all students to start well and will prevent some students from being at a disadvantage.  

Please see below to make sure you are aware of all the important details regarding various programs: 

  • K-12 remote: Students to connect with teachers on Thursday, September 10–Friday, September 11  
  • K-12 remote: Official first day of school, remote learning on Monday, September 14 
  • McAlder part-day KPrep: First day of school on Monday, September 14 
  • McAlder Thrive-On Camp: CLOSED until further notice 
  • Frederickson part-day KPrep: First day of school on Monday, September 14 
  • Frederickson Thrive-On Camp and child care: OPEN and back on normal schedule as of today 
  • Puyallup Early Learning Center part-day KPrep: To resume tomorrow with normal start times 
  • Puyallup Early Learning Center child care: OPEN and back on normal schedule as of today 

We have been tracking the power outages and fires, analyzing the survey feedback, and praying for guidance during this season. We are confident that this course of action will provide the best possible start of the school year for our entire community.  

In His Service, 

Ken Friesen, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Cascade Christian Schools

 

Dear CCS, 

The purpose of this email is to inform you of our plans for the remainder of this week. While we all have been excited to get the school year started and understand the importance of the first day of school, we also understand that many have been impacted by the power outages, fires, and evacuations. Our hearts and prayers go out to those students, teachers, and families directly affected by the fires. In this moment, it is appropriate that our efforts be directed toward supporting those in our community who are experiencing hardship during this time. It is for that reason we are choosing to postpone the start of school to Thursday, September 10 at the earliest.

Below are details regarding current CCS plans:

  • Due to poor air quality and McAlder’s close proximity to fires, no programs will operate at McAlder Campus tomorrow.  
  • Child care at Puyallup Early Learning Center is available as needed starting September 9, for those families who are registered.
  • Child care and Thrive-On camp at Frederickson Campus is available as needed starting September 9, for those families who are registered.
  • The earliest start date for K-12 remote learning is Thursday, September 10.
  • The earliest start date/resume date for ALL half-day KPrep classes is Thursday, September 10.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (ESV) says, “If one member suffers, all suffer together.…” Therefore, it is important for us to surround those in our community with as much care and concern as we can. I ask that you devote times of prayer on behalf of those within CCS as well as the community-at-large for safety and protection. 

We will continue to provide daily updates via email and/or parent alert texts through the end of this week regarding the start of school. May God grant us all an extra measure of peace, comfort, and reassurance during these extremely challenging times. 

 

In His Service,

Ken Friesen, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Cascade Christian Schools

There have been significant updates to the start of the school year.

Please read letter above from Dr. Friesen sent on September 8.


August 13, 2020

Greetings, CCS Family,

This email is to inform you of our plan for opening school this fall. As we’ve planned and prepared for the start of the school year, we have kept our vision, mission, and purpose in mind while keeping the health and safety of our community a top priority. On Tuesday, August 11, the CCS Board of Trustees met to finalize the best approach for the start of the school year and expressed support for opening with an on-site option and a remote learning option unless mandated otherwise. Our plan was prepared, acknowledging the fact that we would have to be flexible in case circumstances shifted. Shortly after the board meeting, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department released a statement, changing their previous recommendation to a mandate that requires us to momentarily start the school year in an all-remote format.

To protect the health and safety of our community and to follow mandates put in place by the health department, Cascade Christian will begin the school year in a temporary remote learning format. We are disappointed with the TPCHD’S change of position, as are many other private schools in the area, and along with those schools are working closely with the Washington Federation for Independent Schools (WFIS) to see if there are constructive ways, with superior protective measures, for us to challenge that ruling. In the meantime, we will abide by the mandate as it stands. You can be encouraged that we are doing everything we can to have on-site learning begin as soon as possible. We remain optimistic that this all-remote format will be short-lived and that we will be on-site at some point early in the school year. We are also making plans for students and parents to come on-site at each campus for preview and meet the teacher sessions in a manner that meets general social distancing guidelines that are in place.

Please read below for details, including child care options, remote learning improvements, and our transition plan to on-site learning.

Steps for Success

Because opening school on-site remains our primary objective, it is critical that we all do our part to operate according to the requirements that are in place to protect ourselves and our community. Whether at school, at home, or out in the community, we ask that CCS students, staff, and parents commit to practicing protective behaviors that will allow for us to be on-site sooner rather than later.

Remote Learning

Our academic committee has been working hard over the summer to make upgrades and strengthen the remote learning experience for our students. You can feel confident that the remote learning experience this fall will be much more robust than it was last spring. It will include, but not be limited to, the following features:

  • Daily interaction between students and their teachers
  • Consistent weekly and daily schedules
  • The same learning format to be used by all teachers
    • Elementary: through Seesaw
    • Secondary: through Teams
  • Varying instructional methods, including such things as live instruction, video instruction, one-on-one virtual help
  • Professional development and support for teachers

Read more by visiting our Remote Learning Page.

Students in grades 7 - 12 who would like remote learning for the entire 2020-2021 school year, will receive detailed information on a specialized year-round program. These details will be provided within the next few days.

Homeschooling vs. Remote Learning

We are here to support in every way that we can. When it comes to remote learning, our teachers are planning a structured curriculum so students can learn in an environment that is guided by our teachers daily. There will be more teacher/student interaction and opportunities for forms of socialization with other students.

To read more and understand the difference between homeschool and remote learning, click here.

Early Learning Center and Elementary Child Care

Our Early Learning Center remains an essential program and will continue to operate with the health and safety guidelines in place.

Families who need child care for children in kindergarten through grade 6 will have the option of signing up for Thrive-On Camp. This program is available only to CCS families. Please complete the form here to sign up and view price options.

KPrep

Traditional KPrep will be operating as an early learning program on-site at each campus where typically offered. The health and safety guidelines will be implemented in the KPrep classrooms for continued learning and care. More information will be sent to you in an information packet from your campus.

Kindergarten

We are currently in the process of investigating ways to further enhance the learning process for kindergarten. We hope to have more information to share with you soon.

K–12 Learning Options and Tuition

All CCS families will receive a 15% reduction in tuition during our time in remote learning. Families who choose the full-time remote learning option will receive the 15% tuition reduction for the entire 2020-2021 school year. This reduction will be in addition to any other adjustments that have already been made. These adjustments will be reflected in families’ FACTS accounts starting September.

Temporary remote learning with transition to on-site learning

If it is your intent to transition to on-site learning when circumstances allow, your student’s spot in the classroom is being held. Your FACTS account will automatically be adjusted to reflect the remote learning tuition rate for the period that we are operating remotely. At the point that we transition back to on-site learning, tuition will automatically be adjusted back to regular rates. No action is needed on your part at this time.

Full-time remote (2020-21 school year)

If it is your intent to choose full-time remote learning, you are acknowledging that it may be your only option for the 2020-2021 school year as on-site space is limited. Families choosing this option will pay the remote learning tuition rate—which reflects the 15% discount—for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

Please formally indicate your choice for full-time remote learning by completing the link below so we can adjust your FACTS account accordingly. Completing this form will also open a spot for another on-site student when we transition to on-site learning. Please complete this form by 5 PM on August 17, 2020.

Special Opportunity to Give

Our desire in offering a 15% reduction in tuition is to serve and support our families during what may be a challenging time financially and personally. At the same time, our cost of operation will not decrease to any degree of significance, and there is still a great need for those funds to come in during the 2020-2021 school year. If you are in a position to do so, be watching for an opportunity to help with tuition reduction for our CCS families.

Return to School Plan

Many elements have contributed to our decision to transition to on-site learning as soon as possible. Click the button below to view the outline in detail.

Plan Details

The CCS leadership team, COVID-19 task force, and planning committees have made extensive efforts to meet or exceed the requirements that will be put in place once we transition to on-site learning. You can view the detailed CCS COVID-19 protocols/procedure here. Detailed campus plans are being finalized and will be sent to you when completed.

Closing Remarks

While our current circumstances are ones that we would not have chosen, we do get to choose how we respond to them. According to what we are told in 1 Corinthians 10:13, God is faithful and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. For that reason, we will resist the temptation to be discouraged and instead, choose to operate with a mindset of surrender, trust, and living free.

We look forward to working with the entire CCS community for a safe and successful start to the new school year. Thank you for your continued prayers for God’s blessing and covering.

 

With Deep Gratitude,



Ken Friesen, Ed.D.

Superintendent


Check out the start of the school year video from a few CCS students and staff!

Click here for CCS COVID-19 FAQ