Parent Note 9-6-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. H.C.S. Picture Day:  Next Wednesday, Sept. 14, Interstate Studio will be taking the school pictures of our students.  Order forms are being sent home with the students today.  Please send the order form back to school with your child on Wednesday, Sept. 14 (the day of picture taking).
  2. Market Day pick up is this Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the gym foyer.
  3. Parent Student Handbook:  The Parent Student Handbook is now available on line through secure login only.  In order to access the handbook you will need an Edline account with screen name and password.  If you do not have internet service, feel free to request a paper copy from the office.
  4. Family Directory On-line:  The HCS and SEC Family Directory is now available on line through secure login only.  In order to access this directory you will need an Edline account with screen name and password.  If you do not have internet service, feel free to request a paper copy from the office.
  5. Parents: A SAFETY Concern –

Please drive SLOWLY in the parking lots when dropping off and picking up your children and obey traffic flow patterns and arrows. Also, watch for those children walking & running in-between vehicles.

  1. AR QUIZZES: Parents, due to the exciting school wide computer upgrade and the coinciding upgrade to the AR program, please be aware that at this point you cannot access the AR quiz list from home.  When the AR program is fully upgraded an information letter will be sent with your child so that you are able to access the “Home Connect” to the AR site.  Keep reading!
  2. Dress Code Concerns:  Due to the concerns expressed by several parents regarding the ambiguity of the language in the new dress code expectations, a team is working on clarifying language.  In the meantime, please honor the spirit of the dress code (while the letter is unclear) by requiring your students to wear clothes that are not intended for athletic pursuits.   This will greatly assist us as we work to achieve a serious academic atmosphere.
  3. Box Tops Info:  It’s time to send in all those Box Tops you saved over the summer.  There is a note coming home today with a current list of items that have Box Tops on them and further information about the program.  There are several items right now that have double Box Tops, so stock up on those items, so our school can benefit.
  4. National History Day Club will meet this evening from 5:30-7:00 in the school library.

P.T.O.

  1. Thank you to all the parents who have turned in their volunteer sheets!  If you haven’t already done so, there’s still time.  Volunteers are still needed for all shifts for our Annual Dutrch Apple Pie fundraiser as well as a number of other items throughout the year.  If you’ve misplaced your sheet and need another, pick up a new form from the school office, or you may express your interest by emailing: Jill Feikema, PTO Clerk @ jill.feikema@sbcglobal.net.

ATHLETICS

Thursday, Sept. 8

  • “A” soccer vs Lansing – AWAY – 4:15 p.m.
  • 7th volleyball vs. Lansing – AWAY – 4:15 p.m.
  • 8th volleyball vs. Lansing – AWAY – 5:15 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 12

  • Cross Country Illiana Invitational at North Creek Meadows – 4:00 p.m. start
  • “A” soccer vs. DeMotte – HOME – 4:15 p.m.
  • “B” soccer vs. DeMotte – HOME – 5:15 p.m.
  • 7th volleyball vs. DeMotte – HOME – 4:15 p.m.
  • 8th volleyball vs. DeMotte – HOME – 5:15 p.m.

E.T.C.

  1. Welcome Back!  ETC…a Resale Shop has missed you!  We are hoping you can join us this year by helping us on our sort nights.  They will be every Tuesday night from 5-7 p.m.  Come and meet new people and help us sort through items that have been donated. We need your help to get ready for the fall merchandise.  Your efforts will help the store be a great success!  Please join us!!!!!

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. TRIP orders are due on Thursday September 8TH by 3:15 pm.
  2. Congratulations to weekly TRIP $10 Voucher winner Michelle Pierce (To be eligible for this weekly drawing you need to place a $150 or more TRIP order.  Then you can use the voucher to order $10 worth of gift cards and keep the earned tuition credit!)
  3. Team D (Anne Spoelman, Shelly Witham, Tracy Bandstra, Amy Lenting) will be putting the TRIP order together Wednesday, Sept. 7th.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 2:45 pm Wednesday afternoon.
  4. New Stuff:  Best Buy increased to 3%; L.L. Bean increased to 16%; Wal-Mart $25/$100 – use your gift card to buy gas at Wal-Mart & Murphy USA gas stations & receive 10c off a gallon of gas; Burlington Coat Factory $25 has been added to the TRIP program with a percentage rate of 7%;  ServiceMaster $50 (TruGreen, Terminix, Merry Maids, etc.) has been added to the TRIP program with a percentage rate 4%; Gap increased to 13%; Uno Chicago Grill increased to 12%.
  5. TRIP TeamsTeam A-Sept. 13; Team B-Sept. 20; Team C-Sept. 27; Team D-Oct. 4

COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Information for the Town of Highlands Girls Basketball is available in the HCS office.  The program is for girls in grades 2-8.  The Town of Highland will allow non-resident participants only if the non-residents are attending a private school located in Highland, IN.

Parent Note 8-29-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  • Please plan on coming to the Ice Cream Social this Thursday from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, and enjoy some ice cream!
  • Reminder:  There is no school on Labor Day, Monday.

Forgotten Edline Screen name or Password

  • Go to your internet browser and enter www.highlandchristian.org .  Hit return.
  • Click on ‘Parent Login’ on the upper right corner of the site.
  • Click on ‘Login to Edline’.
  • Click on ‘Forgotten Screen name’ or ‘Forgotten password’. Follow the instructions.

Forgotten BOTH Screen name and Password

  • Contact the school office for your screen name and follow the instructions above.  Please call or email rfennema@highlandchristian.org.
  • Tax Deduction FYI:  The Indiana school choice legislation allows a $1000 deduction to families attending private school.  A deduction reduces your Indiana taxable income.  This amount is then multiplied by the tax rate (for Indiana, it is 3.4%).  This deduction will be taken on the state tax return only.  We pray this will help and encourage you as you continue to make sacrifices to provide Christian Education for your children.
  • There will be a bus rider assembly in the gym next Tuesday morning, Sept. 6.  Ms. Benson will be going over the rules and expectations for all students riding the bus this school year.

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  • TRIP orders are due on Thursday September 1st by 3:15 pm.
  • Congratulations to weekly TRIP $10 Voucher winner Dana Morgan (To be eligible for this weekly drawing you need to place a $150 or more TRIP order.  Then you can use the voucher to order $10 worth of gift cards and keep the earned tuition credit!)
  • Team A (Ali Buder, Dawn Stammis, Gigi Eriks) will be putting the TRIP order together Tuesday, Aug. 30th.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 2:45 pm Tuesday afternoon.
  • New Items:  Staples $25 (this week only) – buy a gift card & it will be loaded with $26.25; Wal-Mart $25/$100 – use your gift card to buy gas at Wal-Mart & Murphy USA gas stations & receive 10c off a gallon of gas; Burlington Coat Factory $25 has been added to the TRIP program with a percentage rate of 7%;  ServiceMaster $50 (TruGreen, Terminix, Merry Maids, etc.) has been added to the TRIP program with a percentage rate 4%; Gap increased to 13%; Uno Chicago Grill increased to 12%.
  • TRIP TeamsTeam D-Sept. 6; Team A-Sept. 13; Team B-Sept. 20; Team C-Sept. 27

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

Candy & Entertainment Book

World’s Finest Chocolate

Highland Christian Chocolate salesThe HCS Candy Sale will begin on Friday, August 26 but this year there’s a twist!! Students will also have the opportunity to sell Entertainment Books! You may choose one or both items to earn spectacular prizes while helping us raise funds for specific events and programs this year, including Grandparents’ Day. This epic sale will function the same as the Candy Sale did last year. All students will be permitted to participate with parental consent. Thanks for being part of our success! Materials will be sent home with your child during the first week of school.

Final Turn In Date is for sales is September 9

Permission Slip

Entertainment Books

Highland Christian Entertainment BooksThe Entertainment Coupon Book is the perfect fundraising program especially during these economically difficult times! The Entertainment Book is filled with hundreds of 50% off and 2-for-1 discounts for your area on the things you do everyday like dining, groceries, shopping, services, travel, attractions, and much more! With each book purchase, you also have online access to hundreds of additional local printable coupons and incredible online shopping discounts not found in the book! They make a wonderful gift, and you can support our school for only $25.00! Books will be coming home on Friday, August 26, 2011!

Final Turn In Date is for sales is September 9

Permission Slip

Parent Note 8-23-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. Welcome Back!  It’s so great to see all the students and families – we hope that everyone had a wonderful summer!  We thank God for each one of you and ask for His blessings on this new school year.
  2. Mark your calendars for the Ice Cream Social next Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Come visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, and enjoy some ice cream!  Volunteer opportunities will be available in your child’s classroom.
  3. H.C.S. Men’s & Women’s Prayer Ministry times have changed for this year.  Women will meet on Friday mornings after the children are dropped off.  The men are meeting the last Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the H.C.S. conference room.  Men will begin this Thursday, August 25 and women will begin next Friday, Sept. 2 from 8:30-8:34 a.m.
  4. All K-8 students need to bring headphones in a ziploc bag with their name on it to school.  These will be kept at school for computer class.  These may be earbuds (similar to what is used for an ipod).

FINE ARTS

  1. Information for HCS Chamber Choir will be sent home with all students in grades 3-6 tomorrow.  If you have any questions, please contact Miss Boekeloo.

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. Welcome back to school!  Start your school year off right and sign up for the TRIP program.  Buy gift cards for all your favorite stores from gas to groceries to restaurants and so much more.  Check out the TRIP order sheet online at highlandchristian.org or at the display case outside the TRIP office.  Families participating in last year’s TRIP program saved over $28,000 in tuition costs!  Invite your friends, neighbors, and family members to help you reduce the cost of your tuition by participating in the TRIP program.  A little bit goes a long way!  Any questions contact Ann Lynch at 838-0356 ext. 100.
  2. Do you shop at JC Penney’s?  The TRIP office has for sale JC Penney $100 gift certificates for immediate purchase.  If you would like to purchase one or more call Ann Lynch at the TRIP office.
  3. TRIP orders are due on Thursday August 25th by 3:15 pm.
  4. Team B will be putting the TRIP order together today.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 12:15 pm today.
  5. TRIP TeamsTeam A-Aug. 30; Team D-Sept. 6; Team A-Sept. 13; Team B-Sept. 20; Team C-Sept. 27

  COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Information for Highland Hurricanes Swim Club is available in the HCS office.

New Family Open House

Welcome to Highland Christian! We are excited that your family has become part of ours. To make your transition into Highland Christian smoother, we invite you to our New Family Open House on Monday, August 22 from 6:30-7:30pm.

Please park in the large east lot and enter the doors marked “To God Be the Glory.” At 6:30, we will gather in the gymnasium for a brief orientation. You will then be dismissed to your child’s classroom to meet their teacher and other new student families. Light refreshments will be provided by our PTO.

Dress Standards For ’11-’12

Spirit of the Dress Code:  The first goal of a dress code is to honor the Lord in the way we clothe and carry our bodies, the temples of the Holy Spirit.  Following that, a dress code is honoring to the Lord when it allows children to ‘work as unto Him’ in an academic atmosphere that is conducive to learning while avoiding distraction.  With this in mind, please send students to school in clothes that are modest, neat, clean and safe.  The spirit of ‘modest, neat, clean and safe’ is described below.  Please support the faculty and administration when their discernment is called upon to determine that clothing choices are not honoring to the Lord or adversely affecting the learning environment.

Addressing Dress Code With Students:

  1. Students will be spoken to privately by a teacher regarding the impact that clothing choices are having on their testimony or on the learning environment.
  2. At the teacher’s discretion, the student may be asked to: 1) change or 2) refrain from similar clothing choices in the future.
  3. Repeated choices that are inappropriate, after being addressed, will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Parent Student Handbook (Junior High) or as decided by the teacher and administrator (K-5).

Modest for a school environment:  A lack of modesty includes clothing that tightly outlines the body in full or part to the extent that it is distracting or suggestive.   A lack of modesty allows private parts of the body to be visible or partially visible whether by exposure or by see-through material.  A lack of modesty includes clothing cut high or cut low.  A lack of modesty would also apply to those clothing and grooming behaviors that are outlandish and draw inordinate attention to oneself.   Skirts and shorts should be at least fingertip length and not allow for the appearance of an undergarment in any way.  Necklines should not allow any appearance of any private part of the upper torso or undergarments.  Shirts must have sleeves.  This is not an exhaustive list; other modesty issues may arise and be addressed as needed.

Neat:  messy clothing causes a messy attitude in the wearer that spreads to those around.  In many cases it can also be distracting.  This would include oversized or undersized clothing, excessive wrinkling, purposely mis-matched, untied flopping shoes, excessive accessories, tears, frays, holes, tattered, etc.  This is not an exhaustive list; other neatness issues may arise and be addressed as needed.

Clean:  A lack of cleanliness includes visibly dirty clothing or a distracting odor.  Cleanliness includes personal grooming and hygiene.  A lack of cleanliness also includes offensive, filthy, suggestive or otherwise socially unacceptable writing and/or pictorial representations printed on clothing.   This is not an exhaustive list; other cleanliness issues may arise and be addressed as needed.

Additional Safety Considerations:  Shoes for K-5 students should be chosen with safety in mind.  On the playground and on the playground equipment, flip-flops and sandals pose significant safety risks such as slivers, broken bones, loss of footing and falling, etc.  Even when there is no injury due to flip-flops and sandals, they often become a distraction in the classroom as they become a ‘toy’ for young children.  For Junior High students high heels are a safety hazard and in some cases give the appearance of support for inappropriate life styles.   Heels with a small diameter point are dangerous to the student and destructive of the flooring.

School Supply List For ’11-’12

Kindergarten

  • Crayola crayons – basic 8 (small)
  • Elmers glue (4 oz.)
  • 2 heavy duty two-pocket folders
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 box of Kleenex (150 or more count)
  • 2 containers anti-bacterial wipes (to clean tables)

First Grade

  • school box (approx. 8″x5″)
  • 1 box of Crayola crayons (24 count)1 eraser (pink or green)
  • 1 Fiskar children’s scissors (pointed)
  • 1 4 oz. Elmer’s white glue
  • 1 two-pocket folder
  • 1 box 150 or more tissues
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • boys buy 1 box of Ziplock sandwich bags
  • girls buy 1 box of bandaids
  • 1 container anti-bacterial wipes
  • 12 #2 pencils
  • 3 Expo dry erase markers – small tip

Second Grade

  • Crayola crayons (24 count)
  • 2 two-pocket folders
  • Elmer’s white glue (4 oz.) & glue stick
  • pencils
  • soft, pink eraser
  • spiral notebook (large rule)
  • school box
  • scissors
  • large box of Kleenex
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 container of disinfecting wipes
  • pencil sharpener (one that collects shavings)
  • colored pencils

Third Grade

  • Elmer’s white school glue (4 oz.)
  • sharp scissors
  • pencils
  • pencil sharpener that collects shavings
  • crayons (24 count)
  • colored pencils
  • 1 large box of Kleenex
  • transparent ruler
  • soft pink eraser
  • small school box
  • 3 two-pocket folders
  • 1 large container of disinfecting wipes
  • 1 roll paper towel
  • spiral bound notebook
  • 2 glue sticks

Fourth Grade

  • pencil sharpener that collects shavings
  • 2 ruler with inches & centimeters (1 for school, 1 for home)
  • good scissors
  • 3 two-pocket folders
  • crayons (24 is enough)
  • small school box
  • pencils
  • 2 blue pens
  • 2 glue sticks (large)
  • 1 large box of Kleenex
  • colored pencils (16 is enough)
  • soft pink eraser
  • 1 large container of disinfecting wipes (75 or more)
  • Boys bring: package of wide-rule lined paper, roll of paper towels, box of fat markers for shared classroom bin
  • Girls bring: large Ziploc bags, 4 black dry-erase markers

Note:  We will provide an assignment notebook

Fifth Grade

  • 2 highlighters
  • 24 colored pencils
  • small pencil box
  • 2 large glue sticks
  • pencils
  • good scissors
  • big, soft pink eraser
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 large box of Kleenex
  • 1 container of disinfecting wipes
  • 1 ream of wide-rule lined paper
  • pack of 3×5 notecards (100)
  • 3 Expo dry-erase markers
  • Large accordion folder – 7 sections
  • NIV Bible (student Bible preferably) – can be used throughout Junior High

Note: We will provide an assignment notebook.

Junior High

  • NIV Bible (NIV Study Bible encouraged)
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • pencils and pencil pouch or case
  • pencil sharpener
  • set of colored pencils
  • pens (blue or black)
  • 1 glue stick
  • good scissors
  • calculator
  • ruler
  • protractor
  • loose leaf paper
  • large accordion folder (minimum of 6 sections)
  • 3-ring 1″ binder
  • 1 notebook for each of the following classes: Math, Science, History, Spanish, English, and Bible
  • 7th grade – small Spanish dictionary
  • 4 dry erase markers for Geography
  • 1 bound composition notebook for Science
  • *flash drive strongly encouraged

Illiana Figure 8 Crash Fest

THE RACE IS ON Join us for some crazy midsummer fun at the Illiana Speedway. If you haven’t seen a Figure 8 Crash Fest you are missing out. Come cheer as our oldest bus careens around the track to raise funds for the transportation program. HCS will have a roped off section of tables and chairs where you can tailgate with your family and friends. If you wish to pack a picnic, you will have access to grilling facilities.(hot-dogs and hamburgers).

When: July 9, Gates open at 4:00 PM–Festivites start at 6:00 PM.
Where: Illiana Speedway
Costs and Tickets:

General Admission $20.00. Children 9 and under: $10.00.
Tickets will be available at Buys Off Broadway —

  • Thursday–6/30
  • Fri-7/1–10a-6p
  • Weds-7/6–10a-4p
  • Thurs-7/7-10a-6p

Cash only–no credit cards or checks

Tickets also available at the Race Track Saturday nights 7/2 & 7/9