Parent Note – November 25, 2019

PARENT NOTE – November 25, 2019
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that we are just days away from Thanksgiving. This is the second of three Blue Note messages that highlight our thankfulness for the partnership we have between the school, home, and church.
Today, I want to take a moment and acknowledge the strong partnership with our parents and caregivers. Although the school day ends at 3:10pm, we all know that learning extends well beyond the first and last bell. Parents are, and should be, the primary educator. The time that you invest in your child is irreplaceable. We want to thank you for the trust you give the dedicated teachers and support staff. We could not do our jobs without you! From the entire staff at HCS, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mr. Kyle Weener – Principal

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Thanksgiving Break:  School will dismiss at 1:45 this Wednesday and there is no school Thursday & Friday, Nov. 28 & 29.  Aftercare will be provided this Wednesday. We pray that our HCS families have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!
2. Parents and grandparents are invited to our Thanksgiving Chapel this Wednesday, November 27, beginning at 8:40 a.m. Please join us as we give thanks to God and present our gifts to representatives from Roseland Christian Ministries.
3. Homemade vanilla is for sale in the office for all of your holiday baking.  8oz. bottle for $2.00.  Don’t wait too long – they sell out fast!  If you have any empty 8, 10, or 12 oz. glass bottles, please send them to the office so more vanilla can be made.
4. Retail Fund Raising Opportunities:
Smile.amazon.com donates 0.5% to Association for Christian Instruction
“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 Amazon.com.  The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), 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.”
Magazine Fund Raiser
Anyone can order or renew magazines at any time and the school will receive 40%.  Just order magazine(s) and other items online at www.GAschoolstore.com 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 our school’s 5% Back to Schools Program ID number 70036301 when buying school and office supplies at Office Depot, we receive credits equal to 5% of the qualifying purchases to use for free supplies.

PTO NEWS
1. Reminder: All Bulls ticket money is due before Thanksgiving Break. Please call, text, or email Liz St. George for questions. 724-513-4072 Lcwhite79@yahoo.com
2. Thanks to all who came out for Wonder Park movie night. Best turnout yet!
3. Save the Date: All School Family Fun Game Night – Jan. 17.

ETC NEWS
1. etc… thrift store is now hiring!  We have immediate openings for front room and back room receiving clerks.  Must be able to work Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays.  Please stop by the store for an application or send resume to info@etcresale.org.

TRIP NEWS
1. Online News:  Shopwithscrip.com is offering more chances to earn higher bonus rebates!
Shop Nov. 30th through Dec. 13th   for extra bonus rebates from several retailers
No Credit Card fee when you shop online Dec. 5th & 6th and use your credit card to pay for your order
PetSmart gift cards are now available in eCards and Reloads
The Home Depot gift cards are now reloadable
Need to sign up for online ordering?  Contact the TRIP office for more information (219-838-0356, ext. 199 or trip@highlandchristian.org ).
2. The next TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Card Store will be on Dec. 5th from 8:15 to 9 a.m.  There will be a second Cash & Carry Store on Dec. 19th, also.
3. TRIP orders are due this ***Wednesday, Nov. 27th by 10 a.m.
4. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 11/25):  Bob Evans – 11%; Carters/Osh Kosh – 10%; Starbucks – 8%; Shutterfly – 11%; Outback – 9%.
5. Upcoming Bonus Rebates (week of 12/2):  Applebee’s – 10%; Arby’s – 9%; Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s – 12%; Burlington – 10%; Express – 11%; The Home Depot – 6%; Jiffy Lube – 17%; Landry’s Rest. – 11%; Lane Bryant – 9%; PetSmart – 6%; TGI Fridays – 13%.
6. Team A (Julie Sitter, Missy Buikema, Tori Smits, Larissa Vander Pol) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Nov. 26th.  TRIP orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday by 2:45 p.m.
7. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B – Dec 3; Team C – Dec 10; Team D – Dec. 17; Team A – Jan. 14

COMMUNITY NEWS
1. PREVIEW ILLIANA (OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS):  Discover what Illiana Christian has to offer at Preview Illiana on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Parents and students interested in learning more about Illiana are welcome.  Meet with faculty and administration, tour the campus, attend informative sessions, and have all of your questions answered about Illiana.  No pre-registration necessary. Call Director of Admissions, Marie Limback, at 219-558-7066 ext. 49 for more information.
2. Birthday Party for Jesus Open House – Thursday, December 5  at Wicker Park Social Center, 2215 Ridge Rd., Highland, IN for North Township children, accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Preschool ages from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and grades K-5 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  There will be crafts, games, facepainting, pizza, cookie decorating, and stories.  The event is free! If you are able, just like a party for a friend, bring a gift in the form of hygiene items or diapers of any size to be donated to Haven House in Hammond.  If you have any questions, please contact Tya Koutz at 219-730-8931.