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Parent Note – October 16, 2017

PARENT NOTE – October16, 2017

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”

Matthew 5:41

 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

With Grandparents Day and Canadian Thanksgiving (yes, I celebrate both!) behind us, the end of First Quarter and CEA Convention ahead of us and the arrival of cooler weather, we are deep into 2017-18!  The next event to focus on is Parent (Student) Teacher Conferences.  We strongly encourage the attendance of students in Grades 3 – 8 at the Conferences.  I will be talking to students ahead of time to help them understand their role in the Conference as we continue to challenge them to take ownership of their education.  Teachers are sensitive to the fact that there may need to be some time to address issues with the student not present and they will provide for that.  Students have seen their MAP Scores and had the opportunity to review their goals.  We will be sending these scores to you later this week.  SCHOOL NEWS

    1. Important Reminder: There is no school this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 & 20.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 from 2:00-4:30 and again from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Specific times are being scheduled for grades K-5. The Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up Form was sent home with all K-5 students last week. Please fill out this form to let us know if you need a time slot before the supper break or after the supper break. If we do not receive a form back from you, we will assume any time is okay. If you only have a junior high student, you do not have to fill out this form. You may go to their classrooms any time on Nov. 9 between 1:00-4:30 or 5:30-8:30 p.m. If you cannot make a Thursday conference, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule one on a different day. Please return this form to the office by this Wednesday, Oct. 18.Junior high teachers will be available for conferences beginning at 1:00 p.m.

 

    1. Students in grades 3-8 should attend the conference with their parents.
    2. Apple Slice pick-up is tomorrow, Oct. 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the gym foyer.
    3. Picture re-take day is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 8. More information will be sent home in the following weeks.
  • A nurse from the Indiana Department of Health will be coming to school tomorrow to look over all kindergarten and new student health records. If you have not turned in your child’s immunization record, please send it to school tomorrow. Records not turned in will be put on the non-compliant list.

 

 

ETC NEWS

  1. Next Thursday, Oct. 26 is sort night at etc for 5th grade from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

TRIP NEWS

  1. Strack & Van Til Grocery gift card bonus rebate has changed to 3%.
  2. HELP! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!       We are looking for volunteers to help with putting together TRIP orders once a month and volunteers are needed to help with a new gift card store we are starting in November. If you are able to donate an hour or two of your time once a month contact Ann Lynch at 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or at trip@highlandchristian.org .
  3. Wednesday, Oct. 18th TRIP orders (paper and online) are due with payment this by 10 a.m.
  4. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 10/16):       Jewel – 5%; Express – 11%; Bath & Body Works – 17%; TGI Fridays – 9%.
  5. Next week’s Bonus Rebates (week of 10/23): Bed, Bath & Beyond -7% and JCPenney – 5%.
  6. Team C (Tina Hoeksema, April Vander Meyden, Laura McDonald, Amanda Porter) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Oct. 17th. Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tues. at 2:45 p.m.
  7. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders: Team D Oct. 24; Team A – Oct. 31; Team B – Nov. 7; Team C – Nov. 14

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Mark your calendars now to plan to attend the Cadet Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 28, 7-10 am at New Life CRC (3010 Ridge Road, Highland, IN).  What better way to start off a fall weekend than by satisfying your appetite with hot, fluffy pancakes & juicy sausages!  Donations for the Cadet Club will be gladly received!
  2. Calling all volleyball fans! Illiana Christian High School is sponsoring a Junior High Night at its last regular season JV and Varsity girls’ volleyball matches this evening, October 16. Starting at 4 p.m., the first 50 7th and 8th grade students will receive a free T-shirt at the gate. Compete to win Illiana Spirit Wear in the serving competition between matches too!

Parent Note – October 9, 2017

PARENT NOTE – October 9, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
We had a great day on Friday with all of the Grandparents who came.  Pastor Tim Huizenga of Faith Church challenged everyone to go the extra mile for their grandchildren – and it was obvious that Grandparents were doing that as I witnessed their interactions at school.  I think Grandparents were pleased to see the way technology is enhancing education here at HCS.  Be sure to ask your children for their perspective.  We are rolling out a program called IXL which children can access from home to further enhance their learning.
Don’t forget that teachers will be gone at Convention on October 19 and 20 so there will be no school those days.

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Parent Performance of the K-5 Grandparents’ Day program is this evening, Oct. 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  All HCS families are invited!  Students should be in their classrooms by 6:45 p.m.  Please note – this is a required performance for all K-5 students.
2. Everyone is invited to the all-school chapel this Thursday, Oct. 12 at 8:40 a.m. led by the 5th grade.
3. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 from 2:00-4:30 and again from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Specific times are being scheduled for grades K-5.  The Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up Form is being sent home with all K-5 students today.  Please fill out this form to let us know if you need a time slot before the supper break or after the supper break.  If we do not receive a form back from you, we will assume any time is okay.  If you only have a junior high student, you do not have to fill out this form.  You may go to their classrooms any time on Nov. 9 between 2:00-4:30 or 5:30-8:30 p.m.  If you cannot make a Thursday conference, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule one on a different day.  Please return this form to the office by this Friday, Oct. 13.
4. Please continue to save pop tabs in memory of Elena Poortenga, daughter of former HCS student Jeff and Krystal Poortenga.  Last year, with the support of the community, HCS was able to collect enough pop tabs for Jeff and Krystal to be able to put Elena’s name on a leaf on the tree at the Ronald McDonald House where they stayed during Elena’s hospitalizations.  They are now working on collecting enough tabs to put her name on a leaf at another Ronald McDonald House.  Pop tabs may be turned into your child’s classroom all year long.
5. Box Tops:  Keep those Box Tops for Education coming! The top three classrooms so far are Mrs. Musch’s 7th grade class, Mrs. Sylvester’s 3rd grade class, and Mrs. Groen’s 8th grade class. Way to go the extra mile, Huskies!

ETC NEWS
1. This Tuesday, Oct. 10 is sort night at etc for 6th grade from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

ATHLETIC NEWS
Monday, Oct. 9 – Illiana Invitational Cross Country Meet at Erfert Park – girls at 4:30, boys at 5:00
Tuesday, Oct. 10 – 7th & 8th volleyball vs. Crown Point – HOME – 4:15 start
A & B soccer vs. Crown Point – HOME – 4:00 start
Thursday, Oct. 12 – First Round A Soccer Tournament at HCS vs. Lansing – 4:00 start
8th Volleyball Tournament at Crown Point – 4:30 start
Saturday, Oct. 14 – A Soccer Tournament Semi-Finals & Championship at Covenant Christian High – 9:00 start

TRIP NEWS
1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  We are looking for volunteers to help with putting together TRIP orders once a month and volunteers are needed to help with a new gift card store we are starting in November.  If you can donate approximately two hours of your time a month to help the TRIP program contact Ann Lynch at 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or at trip@highlandchristian.org .
2. TRIP orders (paper and online) are due with payment this Thursday Oct. 12th by 10 a.m.
3. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 10/9):  Bath & Body Works – 17%; TGI Fridays – 9%; Cabela’s – 13%; Domino’s – 10%; L.L. Bean – 16%.
4. Next week’s Bonus Rebates (week of 10/16):  Jewel – 5% and Express – 11%.
5. Team B (Kathi Fulton, Lisa Long, Amy Jellema) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Oct. 10th.  Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tues. at 2:45 p.m.
6. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team C – Oct. 17; Team D Oct. 24; Team A – Oct. 31; Team B – Nov. 7

COMMUNITY NEWS
1. Calling all volleyball fans! Illiana Christian High School is sponsoring a Junior High Night at its last regular season JV and Varsity girls’ volleyball matches on Monday, October 16, 2017. Starting at 4 p.m., the first 50 7th and 8th grade students will receive a free T-shirt at the gate. Compete to win Illiana Spirit Wear in the serving competition between matches too!

 

 

 

Grandparents’ Day (K-8) – October 6

We invite you to celebrate life with your grandchildren!  Join us on Friday, October 6, 2017 as we wonder at  “God’s Big World”.  Students are busily preparing their classrooms for your visit and working hard on a special musical performance just for you!  Here is the schedule for the day:

Arrive and Brunch is served (8:30 am – 9:15 am)
Class Visits (9:15 am – 10:15 am)
Gym doors open and you may find seats  (10:15 am – 10:30 am)
Devotions (10:30 am)
Program (10:45 am – 12:00 pm )
Student Dismissal (12:00 pm)

Parking:
Parking is available in the school’s parking lot to the east or at New Life Christian Reformed Church’s parking lot to the west.  All school doors will be open and a greeter will direct you toward the gymnasium.  You may get a a name tag and a map at either entrance to the gymnasium.

If you would like to print the invitation and schedule, click here.


If you have preschool students, check your schedule here.

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Parent Note – October 2, 2017

PARENT NOTE – October 2, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents,
One of the best days of the year is this week – Grandparents’ Day!  I know that grandparents have always mattered.  Scripture speaks of “Our children’s children.” It also says that “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged” – in other words, the most precious people in the world to us.  As a grandparent myself, I know!  I hope that Friday will be fun for the grandparents, but also a great encouragement to them as they support and encourage you in your decision to send your children to Highland Christian School

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Reminder:  This Wednesday, Oct. 4 is a late start day.  School will begin at 10:00 a.m.
2. This Friday, Oct. 6 is Grandparents’ Day at HCS!  If your child’s grandparents did not receive an invitation, please extend one to them.  Please make sure the grandparents know who their grandchildren’s teachers are.  Grandparents’ Day begins with arrival and brunch from 8:30-9:15 in the gym.
Important Parent Information for Grandparents’ Day, Oct. 6:
• If you are dropping your child off in the morning, please use the drop-off line instead of parking and walking your child into school.  We need all of the parking spaces available for the grandparents.
• There is a 12:00 dismissal on that day.  If you are picking up your child via the pick-up line, please do not come before 12:00.
• If your child is going home with a grandparent, please notify the teacher and bus driver by Thurs. Oct. 5.
• K-5 students should dress in nice clothes on that day.
• There is no aftercare on Grandparents’ Day.
• There is no hot lunch on this day.
3. Parent Performance of the K-5 Grandparents’ Day program is next Monday, Oct. 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  All HCS families are invited!  Students should dress in nice clothes and be in their classrooms by 6:45 p.m.

PTO NEWS
1. This Friday, Oct. 6 is Culver’s Day!  Visit Culver’s at Ridge Road & Cline Avenue in Highland from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Culver’s will donate 10% of sales to Highland Christian School!  Thanks for your support!

ETC NEWS
1. Dollars & Dillys – Big Contest at etc!!  Attention all kdg.-8th graders!  etc…a resale marketplace is holding a sort night contest for all kdg.-8th grade classrooms.  The classroom who has the most adult participation at their scheduled sort night, wins an ice-cream party and a $10.00 etc voucher for each child in their classroom.

The next sort night is next Tuesday, Oct. 10 for 6th grade from 6:00-8:00.

ATHLETIC NEWS
Monday, Oct. 2 – 7th & 8th volleyball vs. Calvin – HOME – 4:15 start
A&B soccer vs. Calvin – HOME – 4:00 start
Tuesday, Oct. 3 – 7th & 8th volleyball vs. Lansing – HOME – 4:15 start
A soccer vs. Lansing – HOME – 4:00 start
Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Cross Country Meet at Erie-Lackawanna Trail – girls at 4:00, boys at 4:30
Thursday, Oct. 5 – 7th & 8th volleyball vs. Tinley Park – AWAY – 4:15 start
A&B soccer vs. Tinley Park – AWAY – 4:00 start
Saturday, Oct. 7 – B Soccer Tournament at Crown Point – 9:00 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 9 – Illiana Invitational Cross Country Meet at Erfert Park – girls at 4:30, boys at 5:00

TRIP NEWS
1. More extra bonus rebates coming your way October 21st through the 27th for those registered with the shopwithscrip.com program.  Contact the TRIP office to find out how easy it is to get gift cards for your favorite retailers and reduce your tuition bill at the same time.  For more information call 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or at trip@highlandchristian.org .
2. TRIP orders (paper and online) are due with payment this Thursday Oct. 5th by 10 a.m.
3. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 10/2):  Cabela’s – 13%; Domino’s – 10%; L.L. Bean – 16%; Restaurant.com – 64%.
4. Next week’s Bonus Rebates (week of 10/9):  Bath & Body Works – 17% and TGI Fridays – 9%.
5. Team A (Staci Sunderman, Lupe Morales, Julie Sitter, Cheryl Filler) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Oct. 3rd.  Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tues. at 2:45 p.m.
6. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B – Oct. 10; Team C – Oct. 17; Team D Oct. 24; Team A – Oct. 31

 

See You at the Pole!

Highland Christian School invites friends, families, and local believers to join us on campus for a time of prayer, Wednesday, Sept 27 from 7:45-8:00 am .  Hebrews 12:2  is the theme for the National Week of Student Prayer and See You at the Pole 2017.  Show up; join in!  Let’s Fix our Eyes on Jesus for our good and His glory!  See you Wednesday!

Print Full Prayer Schedule

Grandparents’ Day (PreK) – Oct. 4th/5th

SONSHINE ENRICHMENT CENTER

Calling all “GoPs”!  That would be Grandparents of Preschoolers!  We invite you to join your smallish ones for a special day at school.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4: for students in the 3 half, 3 full, 5 half, or 5 full day classes. 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Guests can come to their SEC student’s classroom for activities and a program will be held in the gym at the end of our time together.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 5: for students in the 2 Half-Day Classes. 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Guests can come to their SEC student’s classroom for activities. The morning will end with a program in each classroom.

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Running for Clean Water

A Big Husky Howl to “Team World Vision” members who hail from Highland Christian School’s community!  Thanks for running with a purpose as you competed in the Chicago Half Marathon this past weekend!  We do “go farther together” as the Body of Christ.  Thanks for giving clean water to communities in need!

Parent Note – September 25, 2017

PARENT NOTE – September 25, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Themes are dangerous things: they make one accountable.  My first year at HCS, our theme verse was boiled down to Live Worthy.  Last year Ephesians 2:10 was summed up by Prepare(d) and this year, we are being challenged to Go the Extra Mile.  I have started to hear this phrase in conversations around school, and while the temptation is always there to want those around us to go the extra mile, my hope is that this will mainly be self-directed – that instead of focusing on insisting on the extra mile from others, we first ask God to help us go the extra mile as we work together for the worthy task of ensuring that All students at Highland Christian School wlll be academically equipped, biblically grounded and spiritually nurtured to impact the world for Christ.
I saw our students going the extra mile the last couple of weeks, working hard on their MAP Assessments.  We hope to complete the make-ups this week for those who were absent and look forward to sharing the information with you soon.
We continue to be grateful for an incredibly generous donation which has now provided Ipads for every elementary student in our building.  Teachers are enhancing lessons and targeting instruction to meet needs with the assistance of Technology Coach Rick VanderWoude.  Also, the first Project Lead the Way classes of the year are underway in Mr. VanDyke’s 7th Grade Science classes where students are learning the design process of engineering.  Their project is to design an orthotic for an imaginary student with cerebral palsy.  One day, it may be that these students will impact the world by designing solutions for other real life challenges!
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for this learning community.

SCHOOL NEWS
1. See You at the Pole:  This Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:45 a.m. we are gathering around the HCS flagpole to pray for our nation, school, friends, and family.  Everyone is invited to come and pray with us!
2. Muffins for Misses will be this Wednesday after See You at the Pole from 7:55-8:25 a.m. Come and enjoy some fellowship!
3. Grandparents’ Day invitations were mailed last week.  If your child’s grandparents do not receive one, please extend an invitation to them.  Grandparents’ Day is Friday, Oct. 6 and the morning begins with brunch from 8:30-9:15.
4. The HCS delicious apple slices are back!  They will be ready-to-bake or are able to be frozen.  Apple Slices are sold in an 8×12 pan and cost $10.00.  Sale ends this Thursday, Sept. 27 and pick-up will be Oct. 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

ETC NEWS
1. Dollars & Dillys – Big Contest at etc!!  Attention all kdg.-8th graders!  etc…a resale marketplace is holding a sort night contest for all kdg.-8th grade classrooms.  The classroom who has the most adult participation at their scheduled sort night, wins an ice-cream party and a $10.00 etc voucher for each child in their classroom.  The next sort night is this Thursday, Sept. 28 for 7th grade from 6:00-8:00.

ATHLETIC NEWS
Tuesday, Sept. 26 – 7th & 8th volleyball vs. Crown Point – AWAY – 4:15 start
A&B soccer vs. Crown Point – AWAY – 4:00 start
Wednesday, Sept. 27 – Crown Point Christian Invitational Cross Country Meet at Crown Point – 4:30 start
Thursday, Sept. 28 – 7th & 8th volleyball vs. Tinley Park – HOME – 4:15 start
A&B soccer vs. Tinley Park – HOME – 4:00 start
Monday, Oct. 2 – 7th & 8th volleyball vs. Calvin – HOME – 4:15 start
A&B soccer vs. Calvin – HOME – 4:00 start

TRIP NEWS
1. More extra bonus rebates coming your way October 21st through the 27th for those registered with the shopwithscrip.com program.  Contact the TRIP office to find out how easy it is to get gift cards for your favorite retailers and reduce your tuition bill at the same time.  For more information call 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or at trip@highlandchristian.org .
2. NO PRESTOPAY FEES for all online orders with the shopwithscrip.com program from September 25th through the 29th!!
3. TRIP orders (paper and online) are due with payment this Thursday Sept. 28th by 10 a.m.
4. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 9/25):  Restaurant.com – 64%; Shutterfly – 11%.
5. Team D (Shelly Witham, Amy Yonkman, Tracy Bandstra) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Sept. 26.  Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tues. at 2:45 p.m.
6. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team A – Oct. 3; Team B – Oct. 10; Team C – Oct. 17; Team D Oct. 24

COMMUNITY NEWS
1. You are invited to the “Let’s Finish This” fundraising dinner at Illiana’s new campus property (10920 Calumet Ave. Dyer, IN 46311) on Saturday, September 30, at 4:00 p.m.  Join us for dinner, music and a tour of the new campus building site. Come hear our vision for building the hearts and minds of our students for Jesus Christ. Everyone will get an opportunity to write Bible verses, prayers or any encouraging words on the concrete floor of the ARC.  Everyone is welcome so bring your family and join us as we “Finish This”! Please RSVP by September 22 at BuildingIlliana.com.
2. Information for Dyer Indoor Soccer sign ups is available in the HCS office.

 

$50K Received for K-5 Ipads!

Just as we prepared to open the doors of Highland Christian School for 2017 – 2018, God opened up His store house and surprised us with a $50K gift for IPads!

Wowee!  Our jaws dropped and our hearts overflowed with gratitude for how God used a local couple (Class of ’61) to catapult our 1:1 Technology program forward by 3 years.  These mobile Ipad computer labs  will be used for instruction and assessment in our primary and elementary classrooms.

SGO Scholarship Appeal 2017

We believe that extraordinary Christian education should be accessible for all children who are being raised to know and love Christ.  The SGO Scholarship is a $500 one-time scholarship that qualifies Highland Christian School students for the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program.  Since inception, we have awarded 101 scholarships!  To God be the glory!

This year we have 25 students who are financially eligible for this assistance.  Will you help us meet this need?  To fund the 2017-18 SGO Scholarships, we need to raise a total of $12,500.

If you choose to give a gift this year, you have two tax benefit options:

#1.  We will receipt your gift directly and you may include it in your charitable contributions if you make your check payable to Highland Christian School.

#2.  To apply for the Indiana Tax Credit, you will need to make your check payable to Institute for Quality Education and complete the enclosed form.  Return your check and form to Highland Christian School, attn: Jodi Lineburg.  Please note:  The Indiana Tax Credits are limited.  In 2016, these credits ran out in early December. 

For additional information, please contact me at (219) 838-0356 x165 or visit us online at http://highlandchristian.org/admissions/sgo-tax-credit-scholarships.

Thank you for your consideration and continuing support.

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