Parent Note – January 13, 2020

PARENT NOTE – January 13, 2020
“Blazin’ God’s Light”
Matthew 5: 15,16

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
At Highland Christian, we believe ALL students can and will learn at high levels!
In the classroom, teachers use formative and summative assessments to track student growth on a day to day, week to week, and year to year basis. Among the many assessment tools we use are state tests and national tests. Using data to inform decision making is one of the essential reasons Highland Christian has showcased substantial academic growth in the past 5 years. The NWEA tests are a major part of our school’s goals to better prepare God’s children for the work He has prepared for them.
This week, we will celebrate as students showcase the work they have accomplished! This establishes next steps for students and teachers and provides a snapshot of progress for 2019.  Let’s celebrate with the following students as they showcase all they have learned:
Tuesday – 2nd, 3rd, 5th, Junior High (Reading)
Wednesday – K, 3rd
Thursday – 1st, 2nd, Junior High (Math)
Friday – 3rd, 5th
How can you help your child?
1. Speak positively at home about the importance of giving your best on these assessments
a. These assessments are important, but they are nothing to be stressed about
2. Going to bed at an age appropriate time the nights (plural) before the given assessments
3. Eating a nutritious breakfast and getting to school with ample time for students to be prepared and organized for their day

Kyle R. Weener – Principal

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Highland Christian School’s Preschool & Kindergarten Open House is this evening, January 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  If you know of anyone interested in learning more about HCS, please extend an invitation to them.
2. Reminder: There is no school next Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
3. Camp Invention: The date is set! Camp Invention is June 22-26 here at HCS.  The camp runs daily from 9-3:30 and is staffed by teachers from Highland Christian School. The curriculum aligns with the science curriculum from school and is a great way to boost summer activities! Sign up on invent.org/camp today and use promo code DSB25 to get $25 off the registration fee (promo code expires March 31). Join us for a week of exploration and fun. Contact Judy Zandstra (librarian) with any questions.
4. School Musical: The sets crew is looking for some props.  Do you have fake palm trees or jungle foliage you would like to lend to the music department for a week or so?  We will take good care of it.  Please contact Judy Zandstra (librarian) if you can help out.  Thanks!!
5. Science Fair: Highland Christian School’s Science Fair on Friday, March 13 is looking for judges. The 5th grade and 7th grade students are completing projects using the scientific method. They will have them displayed on tables in the gym, ready to be judged.  If you are available to help or need more information, please contact Sara Timmer at ext.#131 or email stimmer@highlandchristian.org.  Thank you!

PTO NEWS
1. Join us this Friday, January 17 for Family Trivia Night from 6-8. We’re going to play Bible Jeopardy! RSVP on Facebook or email pto@highlandchristian.org so we have enough snacks for everyone.
2. Are you interested in being on the PTO board next school year? We are looking for about 5 people who want to help fund-raise, put on family events and help keep a healthy relationship between teachers, parents and students. Contact Liz St. George for an application lcwhite79@yahoo.com or 724-513-4072.

LIBRARY NEWS
1. The Annual Lake County Public Library Read-a-Thon is on! Your child can participate by reading to raise money for the public and HCS libraries.  A flyer was sent home last week but if you need another one there are plenty.  Contact Judy Zandstra (librarian) for any information.  Thanks for reading!

ETC NEWS
1. A huge thank you to the families of HCS for their continued support through donations at the trailer!  We have been incredibly blessed by your generosity and are looking forward to an amazing 2020.  When using the trailer as a drop off point, please do not put any furniture in the trailer.  We would be more than willing to pick up furniture from your house (a few restrictions apply).  Please call the store at 219-865-5400 to arrange a furniture pick up.
2. The items that are donated at the trailer must be gently loved and in good condition.  Please make sure all items are in bags or boxes, please no loose items.  Thank you very much for your donations!  The staff and volunteers at etc…thrift store appreciate your understanding!

TRIP NEWS
1. The end of the TRIP quarter for tuition earnings will be on Thurs., Jan. 23rd.  These earnings will appear on your February tuition statement.  Any earnings received after Jan. 23rd will be applied to the next quarter and will appear on the May 1st tuition statement.
2. Beginning in February TRIP orders for physical cards will only be taken on the second Thursday through the last Thursday of the month.  The first Thursday of the month will be the TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Card Store.  Online ordering for Escrip and Reloads is available 24/7!  Need to sign up for online ordering?  Contact the TRIP office for more information (219-838-0356, ext. 199 or trip@highlandchristian.org ).
3. Next TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Card Store is Thurs., February 6th from 8:15 to 9 a.m.
4. TRIP orders with payment (paper and online) are due Thurs., Jan. 16th by 10 a.m.
5. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 1/13):  Best Buy – 4%; Buffalo Wild Wings – 9%; Domino’s – 10%;
Red Robin – 10%.
6. Next Week’s Bonus Rebates (week of 1/20):  The Home Depot – 6%; TGI Fridays – 9%.
7. Team A (Julie Sitter, Tori Smits, Missy Buikema, Larissa Vander Pol)) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Jan., 14th.  TRIP orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday by 2:45 p.m.
8. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B – Jan. 21; Team C – Jan 28; Team D – Feb. 4; Team A – Feb. 18; Team B – Feb. 25; Team C – Mar. 3; Team D – Mar. 17; Team A – Mar. 24

ATHLETIC NEWS
1. Tuesday, Jan. 14 – 6th, & 7th girls vs. Lansing – AWAY – 4:00, & 5:00
Thursday, Jan. 16 – 6th, 7th, 8th girls vs. DeMotte – AWAY – 4:00, 5:00, 6:00