Parent Note – December 17, 2018

PARENT NOTE – December 17, 2018
“Run YOUR Race”
Hebrews 12:1

This will be a full week at HCS – as we get ready to prepare for Christmas – and make sure our work is done!  Hard to believe that we only have two weeks when we get back before we will be at the end of the quarter – and the half-way mark on running our race this year!
In addition to some fun activities with music, food and time with our multi-age teams we also will have the opportunity to present our second jog-a-thon gift.  What started out as “give one get one”, thanks to the hard work of our students and your generosity, became “give two get one”.  At our Christmas chapel on Friday, we will be presenting Love, Inc. with a check for $6,000.  How appropriate, that at Christmas when, for most kids, the focus is on what you get, HCS students have the privilege of focusing on what they can give.
I trust that you and your family will have a great Christmas break – and I look forward to seeing you in 2019 as we continue to “run the race marked out for us!”

1. Important Reminder:  School will dismiss this Friday, Dec. 21 at 1:45 p.m. for the Christmas holiday and will resume on Monday, Jan. 7.  Please note:  There is no aftercare on Dec. 21.  We pray that our HCS families have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!
2. Everyone is invited to our Christmas Chapel this Friday, Dec. 21 at 8:40 a.m.
3. Hot Lunch Change:  We will be serving PIZZA on Thursday, December 20 instead of hot ham & cheese.
4. Lost & Found:  Stop in and check out the lost & found table by the office.  All items left after Friday will be given to etc…Thrift Store.
5. Retail Fund Raising Opportunities
• Your purchase at AmazonSmile will earn Highland Christian School great rewards!  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as on  The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Highland Christian School when you select us as your charitable organization.  HCS is listed as the Association for Christian Instruction.”
• Magazines & Other Fun Items:  Anyone can order or renew magazines at any time and the school will receive 40%.  Just order magazine(s) and other items online at and use the school code 2497394.  Click SHOP NOW.  Enter school code 2497394.  At “selecting student,” choose “skip this step.”  Then enjoy your online shopping.
• Office Depot “Give Back to Schools”:  Every time schools, teachers, students, parents and school supporters give a school’s 5% Back to Schools Program ID number 70036301 when buying school and office supplies at Office Depot, that school will receive credits equal to 5% of the qualifying purchases to use for free supplies.

1. TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Card Store – Thurs., Dec. 20 from 8:15 to 9 a.m.  If you are unable to come at that time call or email the TRIP office at 219-838-0356 or and a volunteer will get back to you.
Bonus Rebate Cards for store:
Aeropostale $25 – 13%; Applebee’s $25 – 13%; Bass Pro Shops $25 – 11%; Bath & Body Works $10/$25 – 17%;
Best Buy $25 – 4%; Bob Evans $10 – 12%; Buffalo Wild Wings $10 – 12%; Chipotle $10 – 13%; Cold Stone Creamery $10 – 26%; Cracker Barrel $25 – 8%; Disney $25 – 4%; Fannie May $10 – 25%; JCPenney $25 – 8%; Jiffy Lube $30 – 10%; Potbelly $10 – 9%; Red Robin $25 – 10%; Taco Bell $10 – 6%; The Children’s Place $25 – 15%; The Home Depot $25 – 7%.
Cards available to purchase:
Aeropostale $25, $10/$25/$100, AMC Movie Theatres $25, Applebee’s $25, Baker’s Square $25
Bass Pro Shops $25, Bath & Body Works $10/$25, Best Buy $25, Bob Evans $10, Buffalo Wild Wings $10,
Carters/Osh Kosh $25, CVS $25, Chick-fil-A $10, Chili’s $25, Chipotle $10, Cold Stone Creamery $10,
Cracker Barrel $10/$25, Culver’s $10, Dairy Queen $10, Disney $25, Dunkin Donuts $10, Family Express $25,
Fannie May $10, Gap/Old Navy $25, Gordon’s $25, Hohman Floral $10, Home Depot $25, IHOP $10, iTunes $15, JCPenney $25, Jiffy Lube $30, Kohl’s $25/$100, Meijer $25/$50, Menards $25/$100, Miner Dunn Rest. $5,
Noodles & Co. $25, Olive Garden $25, Outback $25, Panera Bread $10/$25, Papa John’s Pizza $10, Pizza Hut $10, Potbelly $10, Red Robin $25, Sanfratello’s $20, Speedway $25/$50, Starbucks $10, Strack & Van Til Grocery $25/$50/$100, Subway $10, Taco Bell $10, Target $25, Teibel’s $25, The Children’s Place $25, TJ Maxx $25, Ulta Beauty $25, Walgreens $25, Walmart/Sam’s Club $25/$50, Walt’s $25/$100, Wendy’s $10, Cascading Gift Card File $3, Holiday Gift Card Wrappers $2.

1. etc..Thrift Store would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
2. Third grade parents and students!  Your sort night at etc is quickly approaching.  Join us at the store on January 10, 2019, from 6-8 pm for sorting!  Your help is truly appreciated!
3. We are so excited to share this news!  Starting Tuesday, January 8th, we will be open until 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings!  Our new hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays from 10-4 and Tuesday and Thursday from 10-7!

1. Tuesday, Dec. 18 – 8th girls & boys vs. Crown Point – HOME – 4:00 & 5:00

1. No TRIP order due this week.  Enjoy your Christmas break!  Next TRIP order due is January 10th. families can order scripnow and reloadnow cards online 24/7 using the PrestoPay option.  Need more information?  Contact the TRIP office at 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or
2. Team B (Amy Jellema, Lisa Long, Liz St. George) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Dec. 18th.   TRIP orders will be ready for pick up on Tuesday in the school office by 2:45 p.m.
3. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team C – Jan. 15; Team D – Jan 22; Team A – Jan. 29.; Team B – Feb. 5.  Next TRIP Cash & Carry Store:  Thurs., Jan. 17.

1. Illiana Futbol Club’s Spring 2019 outdoor tryouts will be held at Dyer Indoor Soccer Arena on Dec. 17 at the following times: 8U (Birth year 2011/12) @ 4-5:30; 9U/10U (2009/10) @6-7; 11U/12U (2008/09)@ 5-6; 13U/14U (2005/06) & High School @7-8.  Make-up tryouts will be on Dec. 18 @ 6-7 for 9U-11U and Dec. 19 @ 6:30-8:30 for 13U/14U if unable to attend Dec. 17.  Arrive 20 minutes early and see for more info.