Parent Note – May 23, 2022

PARENT NOTE – May 23, 2022
“Just LIVE it!”
James 1:22

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Over the past year, Highland Christian has taken many tangible steps to strengthen its longevity – providing Christian education to vision minded families for generations to come. HCS has built or grown future minded funds like the Choice Contingency Fund, the expansion resources, the HCS Foundation, long-term building needs, family legacy funds, and expanded tuition assistance. God certainly is moving through the HCS community. While growing these funds have been critical to achieving our long term goals, the tangible impact of so many faithful families, grandparents, donors, and friends of the school is incredible.

Although financial support has been tremendous, our school community has knocked it out of the park using their time and talents to advance our school’s mission and vision. Although this list is not exhaustive, here are some individuals that have gone above and beyond to serve our community:
• The Women’s Prayer Group
• Beth Mills and the ETC Team
• Building Christian Men Volunteers
• Lawn, Garden Bed, and Maintenance Volunteers
• PTO (leaders and volunteers)
• The Auction Committee
• Volunteer Board Members (Foundation and School Board)
• Ann Lynch, Shelly Witham, Amy Jellema, and all of the TRIP Volunteers

If you see any of these wonderful individuals, please express your gratitude for their willingness to serve the children we love so much. It is abundantly clear – God has blessed our school community greatly!

SCHOOL NEWS
1. This Thursday, May 26 is Fine Arts Night at HCS.  Please join us at 7:00 p.m. as the Beginning Band, Junior High Band and Choir will give their final performances of the year.  Also on display will be artwork from the 5th – 8th grade students.
2. Everyone is invited to our Gifts Assembly this Friday, May 27 beginning at 8:40 a.m. in the gym.
3. Yearbooks will be handed out to the students this Friday.  There are still a few available for $15.00.
4. There is no school next Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.  May we always remember and honor those who lost their lives serving in our nation’s military.
5. HCS is looking for soccer and cross country coaches for the next school year.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Neil Krooswyk at ext. #164.

HCS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
1. Highland Christian School has the following employment opportunities for the 2022/2022 school year:
• Dean of Students
• 5th Grade Teacher
• Junior High Science Teacher
• Junior High ELA Teacher
• Part-time hot lunch/classroom aide combination position
• Bus Drivers

INDIANA CHOICE NEWS
1. Indiana School CHOICE Scholarship applications for the 2022/2023 school year to begin soon.  We are currently awaiting approval from the IN Department of Education to accept CHOICE Scholarship applications.  Please watch announcements here for an update.
2. If you have previously received a CHOICE Scholarship, you MUST apply each year with current financial information and proof of address.  If you have never received a CHOICE Scholarship and would like to apply, you must meet with Lisa Long, our CHOICE Scholarship Administrator to provide proof of income and address and complete the application.  Please see details about the program at: https://www.in.gov/doe/students/indiana-choice-scholarship-program/
3. If you have any questions about eligibility or qualifying for a School CHOICE Scholarship, please contact Lisa Long at (219)838-0356 ext. 168 or indianachoice@highlandchristian.org.

TRIP NEWS
1. Over the summer TRIP gift cards are still available!  You can order physical gift cards through June 9th.  After that you would need to contact the TRIP office at 219-313-2830, ext. 199 or trip@highlandchristian.org for any physical card orders.  Online ordering for escrip or reload gift cards is available 24/7.  Orders for physical gift cards will resume Aug. 11th.  Contact the TRIP office for more details.
2. TRIP orders are due this week (paper and online) on Thurs., May 26th by 10 a.m.  The TRIP program will be accepting physical gift card orders on June 2 and 9.
3. TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Cards available to purchase are:  Amazon.com $100, Arby’s $10, Aurelio’s Pizza $20, Bass Pro Shops $25; Beggars Pizza $20, Burger King $10, Cabela’s $25; Carter’s/Osh Kosh $25, Chick-fil-A $10, Chipotle Mex. Gr. $10, Cracker Barrel $10, Culver’s $10, CVS Pharmacy $25, Dairy Queen $10, Domino’s $10, Family Express $25, Gordon’s (GFS) $25, Hohman Floral $10, Menards $25/$100, Miner Dunn Rest. $5, Pizza Hut $10, Potbelly $10, Qdoba Mex. Gr. $25, Red Lobster $25, Red Robin $25, Speedway $25, Starbucks $25, Strack & Van Til Grocery $50/$100, Subway $10, Taco Bell $10, Teibel’s $25, Texas Roadhouse $25, Walgreens $25, Walmart/Sam’s Club $25/$50, Walt’s $100, Wendy’s $10, Zandstra’s Greenhouse $17. Contact the TRIP office to purchase these cards.
4. Team A (Julie Sitter Missy Buikema, Jessica Hiskes, Larissa Vander Pol) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., May 24th.  Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday by 2:45 p.m.
5. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B – May 31; Team C – June 7; Team D – June 14; Team A – Aug. 16

COMMUNITY NEWS
1. Information on Vacation Bible School at Lincoln Street Christian Church in Highland is available in the school office.