Parent Note – June 3, 2019

PARENT NOTE – June 3, 2019
“Run YOUR Race”
Hebrews 12:1

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents:
It’s hard to believe that this is my last Parent Note to you!  No one can ever be sure of what a new position will entail, but I had no idea how much I would learn when I took on the role of Principal of Highland Christian School. In terms of relationships, I have witnessed firsthand how important it is for students to feel appreciated by their peers and by the adults in their lives -so my Continue reading Parent Note – June 3, 2019

Parent Note – May 28, 2019

PARENT NOTE – May 28, 2019
“Run YOUR Race”
Hebrews 12:1

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
What a great party we had here on Friday afternoon!  I feel very honored for the relationships and work we have been able to do in just four years!  I am so grateful for all of the notes that students wrote to me – they will be read and re-read many times as I head into the next stage of my career.  I am often asked what my plans are?  Fortunately, I’m receiving great wisdom from a wonderful book called The Uncommon Guide to Retirement.  The advice?  Take some time to reflect on what you’ve done and then seek God’s will for what He wants me to do next – so, that’s what Summer, 2019 will be about!  Huge thanks to the PTO for decorating the gym, the amazing masks, and the awesome Little Library that will be on our campus.
On another note, just like last year, you will be receiving information on how your child did in terms of mastering the learning standards that we shared with you at Back to School Night.  For grades K-2, these standards will form the basis for the report card as they have done all year.  For grades 3-8, the standards information will supplement the report card.  Look for it coming home next week.

SCHOOL NEWS
1. This is the second-to-the-last parent note of this school year- watch for one more being posted and emailed next Monday!  The last day of school is next Tuesday, June 4 and there is a 1:45 dismissal on that day.  We pray that our HCS families have a safe and relaxing summer.  See you next year!
2. Aftercare:  There will be aftercare available on the last day of school, June 4.
3. Highland Christian School 8th Grade Graduation will be held next Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at New Life CRC.  Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
4. Everyone is invited to the Gifts Assembly, this Thursday, May 30 at 8:40 a.m.
5. Reminder:  If your child has prescription medication, epi-pens, and/or inhalers in the office, please pick them up before school dismisses for the summer.
6. Lost & Found:  Stop in and check out the lost & found table that is set up in the hall by the office.  All items left after the last day of school will be given to etc…Thrift Store.
7. Box Tops: Congratulations to Mrs. Otte’s 1st grade class for collecting the most Box Tops last month!  You get a trophy and a yummy treat!  Don’t forget to keep collecting Box Tops over the summer.  There will be an exciting contest in August for the biggest collectors!

8th GRADE NEWS
1. Tuesday, June 4 is graduation day!  Students should come to practice at 8:30 am at New Life Church.  Practice will take approximately 45 minutes. Students should be picked up by 9:30 am.
2. In the evening, students should arrive at New Life Church by 6:00 pm.  Please meet in the basement of the church. Boys should wear dress clothes and shoes and girls should wear a dress or skirt for under the graduation robe.  All graduation wear will be handed out in the basement of church. After graduation, we will go over to the HCS gym and enjoy a reception for graduates. All family members and friends are invited. Pictures will be taken in the gym after the graduation.

INDIANA CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP
1. Applications are now being accepted for IN CHOICE Scholarships.  Contact Lisa Long at 219-838-0356 x 168 or indianachoice@highlandchristian.org to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.  If you received a scholarship for this school year, you will need to complete a new application for next year.  For more information, go to www.doe.in.gov/choice.

SUMMER TUTORING
1. HCS third grade teacher, Mrs. Calli Van Kley, is offering math tutoring for grades K-5 this summer.  If you are interested in summer tutoring for your child, you may email Mrs. Van Kley at cvankley@highlandchristian.org

LIBRARY NEWS
1. All students were given the opportunity to join a summer reading challenge.  Reading is such an easy and effective way to keep your child’s head in the learning game over the summer. Without reading, your child loses learning they’ve gained over the school year and uses valuable learning time relearning information in September. This is why we encourage reading over the summer through the summer reading challenge. The students make a goal for how many books they will read and a paper is sent home to record the goals and the books read.  The paper is to be returned to the librarian at the beginning of the school year. Here are some ways to encourage and participate in the reading challenge with your students:  purchase books, take your  children to the library, take books along on road trips and vacations, play audible books in the car while driving, build reading time into your child summer routine, put limits on screen time,  find a book series the child likes so there will be multiple books to read, sign up your child for a reading program through the local public library, read the same books as your child is reading and talk about them. Happy reading everybody!!

TRIP NEWS
1. The school year is almost done but TRIP orders continue through June!  Orders are due on June 6, 13, 20, and 27.  The TRIP office is closed in July. Scrip orders start back up the first week in August.  For those times TRIP orders are not available, consider signing up for the shopwithscrip.com online orders.  ScripNow ecards and Reloads are available 24/7!  You can still order physical gift cards for Cash & Carry and our local vendors, such as Teibel’s or Miner Dunn restaurants, during the summer break.  Contact the TRIP office at 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or trip@highlandchristian.org for more information.
2. TRIP orders (online and paper orders) are due this Thursday May 30th by 10 a.m.
3. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 5/28):  Red Robin – 10%.
4. Team D (Shelly Witham, Amy Yonkman, Shavonne Dennie, Mary Brinks) will be putting the TRIP orders together today.  TRIP orders will be ready for pick up today in the school office by 2:45 p.m.
5. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team A – June 4; Team B – June 11; Team C – June 18; Team D – June 25

COMMUNITY NEWS
1. Illiana Futbol Club, a Christian based travel soccer club, is holding tryouts for the 2019-20 season.  Tryouts for birth years 2010-15 (6U-10U) are on June 4 & 6 @ 5:30 and for birth years 2009 – high school on June 11 & 13 @ 5:30.  Players should attend both days of tryouts for their age group at Cedar Lake Ministries.  More information is available in the HCS or visit  www.illianafutbolclub.org/outdoor-tryouts for more info.
2. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to send your kids to one of the best day camps in Northwest Indiana! Viking Academy is offered through Illiana Christian High School and has over thirty options of different day-camps for elementary and middle-school aged students. Join us from July 8th through the 26th for high quality classes and camps. We are excited to bring such a long list of integrative and enjoyable classes to the local community including STEM, baking, fishing, art, hiking, basketball, golf, cheerleading, and so much more! Go to https://www.illianachristian.org/life-ichs/vikingacademy.cfm  to read more about the camps we offer and register your child today.
3. Riverside Community Church at 175th & Calumet Avenue in Hammond, IN is still looking for a pianist to play at worship services on Sunday mornings at 11am.  This is a paid position and only requires 1 1/2 hours on Sunday mornings weekly or just once a month.  Please contact Lisa at 312-719-0649.  Teens are also welcome to apply.

Parent Note – May 20, 2019

PARENT NOTE – May 20, 2019
“Run YOUR Race”
Hebrews 12:1

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
One of things I have enjoyed most about my time at Highland Christian has been working to bring the vision statement to life.  We worked at making sure we knew what academically equipped looks like – all students learning at high levels getting ready for high school.  We learned what biblically grounded and spiritually Continue reading Parent Note – May 20, 2019

Parent Note – May 13, 2019

PARENT NOTE – May 13, 2019
“Run YOUR Race”
Hebrews 12:1

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents,
Do you remember the Ice-cream Social/Back to School Night last August?  Perhaps what you remember most is my epic fail at getting our students into their multi-age teams!  We did figure out how to do that better and have enjoyed those groups several times this year. On that night you received the Learning Targets for your Continue reading Parent Note – May 13, 2019

On May 24, the Husky Pack will be hitting the street to make an impact on others through the love of the Lord and the labor of their hands. Our day will begin with an all school chapel at 8:40am.  Please join us in the gym for this time of celebration and prayer. 

Students will be dismissed to their IMPACT Project after chapel.  Here are the projects they will be engaged in this year:

  • Kindergarten – Crafting Cups of Cheer for friends of HCS
  • 1st Grade – Riddles & Songs with Resthaven Residents
  • 2nd Grade – Constructing Chemo Care Packages at Phil’s Friends
  • 3rd Grade – Hosting a Sole Hope shoe party for Uganda/Making contents for Phil’s Friends care packages
  • 4th Grade – Making Soup packets for the Beacon Light Food Pantry
  • 5th Grade – Spring Clean up at Ross Reformed Church
  • Junior High Projects:
    1. Humane Indiana
    2. ETC Thrift Store
    3. Bibles for Missions Thrift Store
    4. Hearts in Motion
    5. Highland Public Library
    6. Beacon Light/Old Fire House
    7. Bethshan
    8. Elim Christian Services
    9. Operation Christmas Child
    10. HCS Art Room

 

Parent Note – May 6, 2019

PARENT NOTE – May 6, 2019
“Run YOUR Race”
Hebrews 12:1

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents,
Thanks for your support with ILEARN testing last week!  With the exception of a few kids who were too sick to be here, we had great attendance.  The students were really engaged and appeared to be doing their best – and that’s wonderful.  Today, we started 3rd Grade and next week we have a few Social Studies and Science tests.  Once Continue reading Parent Note – May 6, 2019

Celebrating Mr. Payne

Please share a brief comment to be included in the Appreciation Papers that we will present to Mr. Payne at the Cake Reception on May 24th. This can be a statement of thanks, something you like or appreciate, or perhaps a memorable exchange that was shared. We know that this will mean alot to him!

HCS Annual Society Meeting – May 6, 2019

Highland Christian School is a parent-governed school.  Each year we host a Society Meeting on the first Monday evening in May.   At this meeting, the acting Board and Administrative Team provides report on the State of the School.  It is here that we review and approve the annual budget and nominate our School Board.

Voting privileges are given to individuals who are professing believers, active members in good standing of a local church in the Christian Reformed or Reformed denominational family and are active in their financial support of HCS.

Privilege of the floor is given to any vested member of our community who is a professing believer, an active member in good standing within their local church and wishes to invest themselves in our School.

Prior year minutes, board nominees and reports are published in the Annual Society Meeting Agenda.