Preschool & Kindergarten Open House

Monday, January 9, 2012

6:30-8:00p

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Explore. Discover. Learn. At Highland Christian School young children are encouraged to explore their world through a combination of hands-on and teacher directed learning activities.  Our learning environment combines individual, small group and large group experiences.  Our gifted preschool and kindergarten teachers structure these experiences to suit to your child’s needs. We invite you to learn more about the early education we provide.  Join us during our Open House on Monday, January 9th to meet our teachers, tour our full service facility and discuss how we might benefit your child.
Highland Christian School is fully accredited. ~ Our Preschool programs follow NAEYC standards

Preschool Classes

3 Year Olds – 2 days
Class meets on Tuesday & Thursday
2 session choices:  Morning (8:45-11:30 a.m.) or  Afternoon (12:15-3:00 p.m.)

4 & 5 Year Olds – 3 or 5 days

  • 3 Day Class meets on Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 2 session choices: Morning (8:45-11:30 a.m.) or Afternoon (12:15-3:00 p.m.)
  • 5 Day Class meets Monday through Friday – 2 session choices: ½ day mornings (8:30-11:45 a.m.) or full day (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Classes

  • 3 Full Day
  • 5 Full Day

For more information, please contact:

Jodi Lineburg, Development Director/Recruiter
(219) 838-0356 x165
jlineburg@highlandchristian.org

Location:

Highland Christian School
3040 Ridge Road
Highland, IN 46322

Parent Note 12-19-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. The faculty and staff would like to thank the PTO and HCS families for the delicious breakfast provided last Wednesday.  Thank you so much for thinking of us during this holiday season!
  2. Important Reminder: School will dismiss this Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 1:45 p.m. for the Christmas holiday and resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3.  We pray that our HCS families have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!  May our lives reflect the hope we have in the joy of the Christ Child’s birth!
  3. Volunteers are needed for the Pizza Hot Lunch on Wednesdays from 11:15-12:30.  Please contact Kristie Van Kley at 923-4484 if you are able to help. 
  4. If anyone is interested in judging the 5th – 8th Grade Science Fair on Friday, February 10 at Highland Christian School from 8:30 to 11:00 am, please contact Sara Timmer at stimmer@highlandchristian.org.
  5. Information was sent home last week about the Wednesday Pizza Lunch beginning Jan. 4.  Please remember that pre-order payments are due by January 4.
  6. Severe weather information was sent home with the students last week.  Please look this over as we enter the winter season.
  7. If possible, please join us for an all-school Christmas chapel on Tuesday the 20th at 8:45 a.m.

ACADEMIC NEWS

The HCS third grade class is growing bean plants using hydroponics (growing in water).  They have been observing the structures and behaviors of live crayfish and beetles in their classroom using their new FOSS science curriculum.

The 5th – 8th Grade Science fair will take place on Friday, February 10.  This fair will also include a geography fair involving work of the 5th grade class.  Preparations for this fair will begin as soon as school resumes in January.

P.T.O. NEWS

You haven’t missed your chance!  The students may be on break, but the office is still open from 7-1 daily.  2012 Scripture calendars ($8.00 each or two for $15.00) and King Peppermint rolls ($1.00) make excellent Christmas gifts.  Stop in soon!

FINE ARTS NEWS

  1. There will be a parent meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 6:00-6:30 in the choir room.  All choir parents should plan on being there or talk with Miss Boekeloo before Thursday.
  2. Auditions will be held in the choir room on Jan. 12 & 13 from 3:30-5:20.  JH choir students may sign up outside the choir room between Jan. 3-6 for a time slot.
  3. Audition packets went home with the students last Friday, Dec. 15.
  4. There wil be Chambers Choir rehearsal on Jan 3 from 3:45-4:30 in the choir room.
  5. JH pep band dates are Tues, Jan. 10, Mon., Jan. 30, and Thurs., Feb. 16.  Information regarding pep band will go home after break, but please put these dates on your calendar.

ATHLETIC NEWS

Monday, Dec. 19

  • 6th boys, 7th girls, & 7th boys vs. Oak Lawn – HOME – 3:45, 4:45, & 5:45

Tuesday, Dec. 20

  • 7th girls vs. Lansing – HOME – 4:15
  • 7th boys A/B vs. Lansing – AWAY – 4:15 & 5:15

E.T.C. NEWS

  1. From all of us at ETC Resale, have a blessed Christmas season!  Thank you for all of your prayers, volunteer hours,and donations in 2011.  We will be closed December 24th and the 31st, but if you have some time to spare over break, we would love to see you at the store!  Praise God for the birth of our Savior!
  2. ETC is receiving a special delivery of household items from Kmart.  The items are being delivered on pallets and ETC is asking for your help in unloading the items from the pallets and assembling them as needed.  The pallets will be already unloaded from the truck and placed in the store, so there should be no heavy lifting necessary.  The ‘assembly’ night will be this Wednesday, December 21, between 5 – 8 pm.  Come in whenever it is convenient for your schedule.

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. Our next TRIP order will be due on January 5, 2012.  Have a Merry Christmas.
  2. Congratulations to weekly TRIP $10 Voucher winners Chris & Amy Yonkman.
  3. Team C (Jen Stevens, Tina Hoeksema, Kristie Van Kley, April Vander Meyden) will be putting the TRIP order together on Tuesday morning, Dec. 20th.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 1:15 pm Tuesday.
  4. New Additions to TRIP:  Qdoba Mexican Grill $25/6% has been added to the TRIP order form.  We have two new voucher business participants.  Herbalife nutrition and weight loss program is being offered by Abigail Del Rio with a 25% earnings percentage.  Call her at 219-513-2541 for more information.  Another voucher addition to TRIP is Groen’s Fine Furniture in Dyer.  Their earnings percentage rate is 2%.  Contact Ashley De Boer at 865-6585 for more information.
  5. TRIP TeamsTeam D-Jan. 10; Team A-Jan.17; Team B-Jan. 24; Team C-Jan. 31

Parent Note 12-12-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. Severe weather information is being sent home with the students today.  Please look this over as winter weather approaches.
  2. National History Day Club will meet this Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 in the library.
  3. Wednesday Cheese Pizza Lunch:  Information is being sent home today about the Wednesday Pizza Lunch that will begin January 4 and go through June 6.  Please remember that pre-order payments are due by January 4.
  4. Homemade vanilla is for sale in the office for all of your holiday baking.  If you have any empty 6, 8, or 10 ounce glass bottles at home, please send them to school so more vanilla can be made. 
  5.  Box Tops News:  This Friday, December 16 is the day to turn in to your child’s classroom all the Box Tops that you have collected.  Please continue to collect them over your the Christmas break.  Thank you.

ACADEMIC NEWS

  1. Congratulations to those students who were on the 1st quarter honor roll or high honor roll for high academic performance!  This list includes students maintaining a 3.0-4.0 average in all core courses.
  2. The Student Space Flight Experiment has been under way at HCS for some time.  Jack Barth, JP Peerbolt, Cameron Zandstra, Ryan Griffin, Joshua Kostelyk, Noah Holderman, Ethan O’Riley, and Matthew Vargo have been hard at work in teams with area schools including Lake Ridge Academy to write experiments that will go up on the Space shuttle in spring 2011.  Two of the three semi-final experiments that were chosen to as winners came from teams of Highland Christian students!  We are eagerly waiting to hear the final result on the winning experiment.
  3. H.C.S. Students Learn to Give!  The community of Roseland Christian Ministries wants to thank all of you for your hard work and effort in assisting us in feeding hungry people in Roseland.  The day before Thanksgiving, about 20 people from Roseland got together and went door to door handing out boxes of food with one frozen chicken to every household.  By the time we were finished, over 500 families received boxes of food!  Many of those families will now begin to participate in one of the many programs at Roseland Christian Ministries.  Christian community is built and God’s gifts are used in a variety of ways.  We thank you for your large part in this. – Joe Huizenga, Pastor

FINE ARTS

Chambers Choir rehearsal is tomorrow (Dec. 13) from 3:45-4:30 in the band/choir room.

ATHETIC NEWS

Monday, Dec. 12

  • 8th girls & boys vs. DeMotte – HOME – 4:15 & 5:15
  • 6th boys A vs. Crown Point – AWAY – 3:35

Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • 7th girls & 7th boys A vs. Crown Point – AWAY – 4:45 & 5:45

Thursday, Dec. 15

  • 6th boys, 7th girls, & 7th boys vs. Calvin – 3:45, 4:45, & 5:45
  • 7th girls & boys vs. Crown Point – AWAY – 4:15

Saturday, Dec. 17

  • HCS 6th Boys Basketball Tournament  8:00-1:00

Monday, Dec. 19

  • 6th boys, 7th girls, & 7th boys vs. Oak Lawn – HOME – 3:45, 4:45, & 5:4

P.T.O. NEWS

  1. A special thanks to all the moms who have confirmed that they will provide items for this week’s Christmas Staff Appreciation Breakfast.  If you were asked to bring an item, you may drop them off in kitchen on Tuesday from 8:00-8:30 or 3:00-3:30.  We are all set with a great breakfast menu! For any questions, please call Jill Feikema, 219 923 9107.  If you were not contacted and would like to help with our next Staff Breakfast in February, please email us at jill.feikema@sbcglobal.net.
  2. Please remember to save your holiday catalogues, junk mail, newspapers, etc. for the HCS paper recycling bin located in the east parking lot.
  3. The time is now – only a few scripture calendars remain!  Available in the office – $8.00 each or two for $15.00.
  4. King mints are available in the office for $1.00 a roll.  These make great stocking stuffers!

E.T.C. NEWS

  1. Thirteen more days until Christmas!!!!!  Dont’ forget to stop by ETC to grab your last minute gifts!  Donate clothing and receive a 15% off coupon.  We will be closed December 24th and December 31st.  Have a wonderful holiday!  – Your friends at ETC!
  2. Sort night will be cancelled for this Tuesday, December 13th.

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. This week is the last TRIP order due before Christmas break!  Our next TRIP order will be due on January 5, 2012. 
  2. And the winner is….Rene Fennema!  Rene has won the $50 Strack & Van Til/Ultra gift card.  Congratulations! 
  3. Team B (Sandy Burgess, Julie De Young, Kathi Fulton, Barb Vargo) will be putting the TRIP order together on Tuesday, Dec. 13th.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 2:45 pm Tuesday.
  4. Bonuses for this week’s order:   Applebee’s 9%; Bass Pro Shop 10%; Starbucks 8%; iTunes 6%; Staples $25 card worth $26.25; Home Depot 5%;  Cabela’s 12%; Jiffy Lube 10%; Red Robin 10%; Uno Chicago Grill 12%; Lowe’s 5%; Pottery Barn/Wm. Sonoma 9%; L.L. Bean 16%.  Family Express Convenience Stores $25/$100 has been added to TRIP at 3%.
  5. TRIP TeamsTeam C-Dec. 20; Team D-Jan. 10; Team A-Jan.17; Team B-Jan. 24

COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Join us for an evening of traditional Christmas cheer, Friday Dec. 16th at 7:00 pm –   Singer, Sarah Van Drunen and musicians, will present a night of Christmas music at Munster Church (214 Ridge Road) that you won’t want to miss!  Free cookies and refreshments will be served after the concert.  To purchase tickets or for more information, please speak to Kim Keevers or contact her at 219-613-1651 or keeverskk@sbcglobal.net.\
  2. LADIES  . . . Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 CCRC Women’s Retreat which will be held at Community CRC in Roselawn, IN, Saturday, February 18, 9:00 AM to 300 PM. This year’s theme is “Bless You . . . “ based on Matthew 25:40 – “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  Our featured speaker is Jolene DeHeer.  Jolene is one of the freshest inspirational speakers today.  She will move you from side-holding laughter to heart-felt tears as she inspires and encourages you – she will touch your life and heart forever.   For tickets for more information call Cindy Poortinga (219-987-3332) or e-mail at cindyp99@netnitco.net .  Tickets are $25 which includes an English breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon sessions.

HCS Severe Weather Info

School Closings: (apply to all SEC/HCS classes)

Edline Users

A text, voicemail, and email will be sent to all Edline activated users.

If you are not yet activated on Edline, please contact rfennema@highlandchristian.org for instructions.

NON-Edline Users

School closings are reported to Emergency Closings, notifications are posted:

  1. www. emergencyclosings.com
  2. Radio AM: WGN, WBBM
  3. TV: CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN Morning news, FOX 32, CLTV

Severe Weather Pickup:

HCS will conduct a severe weather pickup under certain conditions.  This will NOT CHANGE SEC pick-up, however if SEC vehicles arrive late on these days, enter the EAST lot to avoid getting ‘locked in’.

Pizza Hot Lunch

Pizza is available every Wednesday that school is in session from January 4th, 2012 through June 6th, 2012.

Ordering Options:

Pay as You Go:  Send $1/per slice to school at or before 8:30 a.m. on the Wednesday that you desire your child to have pizza.  Place the money in an envelope marked ‘pizza’, ‘# slices’, and ‘name’ (see example below).  The envelope must be handed to the classroom teacher.

(Envelope Example)

Pizza
2 slices
Rachel Ferrara


Pre-order (this payment covers 1 slice each Wednesday for the rest of the school year): 
Send $22 to school on or before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4th The envelope must be handed to the classroom teacher. 

ALL pre-orders are due by January 4th, 8:30 a.mWhen pre-ordering, keep in mind that there will be no refunds.

Remember:

  1. Pizza is served at lunch time and does not include snacks for any other times of the day.  If you wish your child to eat at snack time, please send a snack.
  2. If your child does not get milk, it will be necessary to send a drink on Pizza days.
  3. Pizza will be cheese and sausage.

Parent Note 12-5-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. Christmas Concert: This Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 pm the Beginner Band, Junior High Band & Choir will present our annual Christmas Concert.  The Art Department will also display visual arts of our unique and gifted students.  Please come and share this special event with us, as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior!
  2. Wednesday Pizza Lunch:  Beginning on Wednesday, January 4th – Wednesday, June 6th, all students will be able to purchase Wednesday Pizza Lunch at a cost of $1.  The school board is currently working on a 5 day lunch program, but it is not anticipated to be available in the 2nd semester.
  3. Homemade vanilla is for sale in the office for all of your holiday baking.
  4. HCS Timeless Recipes Cookbooks are available in the office for $5 each, two for $9, 3 for $12 and you get the 4th one free!  These make great Christmas gifts!
  5. National History Day Club will meet this Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 in the library.

ACADEMIC NEWS

  1. Buzz Ingram from NIPSCO conducted a seminar for 4th graders about electricity safety.  The ‘safety village’ came to Highland Christian and students were treated to hands-on learning in the careful use of electricity.
  2. Several classrooms are in the process of learning about giving as they prepare to provide Christmas gifts to needy people around the world.  In the past, classrooms have chosen gifts of livestock, clean water wells, educational supplies, and many other ways to share the love of Christ and contribute to sustainable life systems.  These projects are filled with learning about Christian love, civic responsibility, social studies, and more! 

P.T.O. NEWS

  1. 2012 is fast approaching.  Keep track of all the great upcoming HCS events on a beautiful scripture calendar.  Only a few remain available in the school office for $8.00 or two for $15.00.
  2. Strack & Van Til Days are this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Information and coupons are being sent home with the students today.  Additional coupons are available in the school office.

 ATHLETIC NEWS

Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • 7th girls, 7th boys A&B vs. Tinley Park – HOME – 3:45, 4:45 & 5:45
  • 6th boys A&B vs. Tinley Park – AWAY – 4:15 & 5:15

Monday, Dec. 12

  • 8th girls & 8th boys vs. DeMotte – HOME – 4:15 & 5:15
  • 6th boys A vs. Crown Point – AWAY – 3:35

E.T.C. NEWS

Please remember ETC when you are cleaning out your closets and garages! Donations are needed!  Drop off your items at the store and receive a 15% off coupon! 

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. There are two more TRIP order dates left before our Christmas break, Dec.  8th and 15th.  Plan ahead! 
  2. This is the last week to be entered in our Christmas promotional drawing for a $50 Strack & Van Til/Ultra gift card!  The winner of this gift card will be announced on Dec. 12th.  
  3. Team A (Ali Buder, Gigi Eriks, Staci Sytsma, Amy Wilcox) will be putting the TRIP order together on Tuesday, Dec. 6th.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 2:45 pm Tuesday.
  4. Bonuses ending Dec. 9th:  AMC Theatres 12%; CVS Pharmacy 6%; Express 11%; Land’s End 17%; Bass Pro Shop 13%.
  5. Bonuses ending Dec. 16th:   Applebee’s 9%; Bass Pro Shop 10% (starts Dec. 10); Starbucks 8%; iTunes 6%; Staples $25 card worth $26.25; Home Depot 5% (starts Dec. 10); Cabela’s 12%; Jiffy Lube 10%; Red Robin 10%; Uno Chicago Grill 12%; Lowe’s 5%; Motherhood Maternity 10%; Pottery Barn/Wm. Sonoma 9%.
  6. TRIP TeamsTeam B-Dec. 13; Team C-Dec. 20; Team D-Jan. 10; Team A-Jan.17

COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Blue Christmas:  For many people, the holidays do not seem like joyful times.  Feelings of loneliness, sorrow, or depression can be heightened while the world seems to celebrate.  The grief over the absence or loss of a loved one can be intensified while many plan on large family gatherings.  At 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 11, New Life Christian Reformed Church will be hosting a “Blue Christmas” evening worship service.  You are welcome to join us as we take space and time away from the hype of the holiday season.  We will learn how to give voice to our heartache as we seek God’s comforting presence.
  2. This Friday, December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 10, 4 – 7 p.m. 20th annual Journey of Joy, an eight-scene walk through re-enactment of the Christmas story with live animals.  Presented atCottage Grove Christian Reformed Church (16556 Cottage Grove Avenue, South Holland,IL).  Free, 20 minute guided tours.  Come any time during the hours listed above.  This is a wonderful opportunity to present the gospel to your friends and neighbors as well as a great way to start the holiday season.  Jesus truly is the reason for the season.  For more informa­tion, call 708/331-0391.
  3. Men’s Book Discussion Group:  This Tuesday, December 6, the men’s book discussion group at New Life Christian Reformed Church will begin studying, “They Echoed the Voice of God: Reflections on the Minor Prophets,” by Roger Ellsworth.  We meet every Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at New Life Christian Reformed Church (next door to Highland Christian School), and our group consists of men from a variety of churches and denominations.  If you are interested in joining our group, please call the church (219-838-0506) office so that we can order a book for you.
  4. Join us for an evening of traditional Christmas cheer, Friday Dec. 16th at 7:00 pm –   Singer, Sarah Van Drunen and musicians, will present a night of Christmas music at Munster Church (214 Ridge Road) that you won’t want to miss!  Free cookies and refreshments will be served after the concert.  To purchase tickets or for more information, please speak to Kim Keevers or contact her at 219-613-1651 or keeverskk@sbcglobal.net.
  5.  LADIES  . . . Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 CCRC Women’s Retreat which will be held at Community CRC in Roselawn, IN, Saturday, February 18, 9:00 AM to 300 PM. This year’s theme is “Bless You . . . “ based on Matthew 25:40 – “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  Our featured speaker is Jolene DeHeer.  Jolene is one of the freshest inspirational speakers today.  She will move you from side-holding laughter to heart-felt tears as she inspires and encourages you – she will touch your life and heart forever.   For tickets for more information call Cindy Poortinga (219-987-3332) or e-mail at cindyp99@netnitco.net .  Tickets are $25 which includes an English breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon sessions. 

Parent Note 11-28-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. Men’s Prayer Group will meet at HCS this Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 .
  2. Discover Illiana:  Discover what Illiana Christian High School has to offer at their Open House on Dec. 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Parents and students interested in learning more about Illiana are welcome.  Meet with faculty and administration, tour the campus, observe classes in session, and have all of your Illiana-related questions answered.  No pre-registration is necessary.  For more information, call 708-474-0515 or visit www.illianachristian.org.
  3. Homemade vanilla is for sale in the office for all of your holiday baking.
  4. Market Day pick up is this Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 in the gym foyer.
  5.  HCS Timeless Recipes Cookbooks are available in the office for $5 each, two for $9, 3 for $12 and you get the 4th one free!  These make great Christmas gifts!

ACADEMIC NEWS – Did you know?

  1. …that grades 6th-8th have the opportunity to enroll in Bible Foundations or Bible Builder?  All students are tested in the spring and enrolled in Bible Builder if the Bible content knowledge is sufficient to move to higher study levels.
  2. …that 7th graders now have a classroom experience with Mr. VanDyke called Health.
  3. …that Band and Choir now meet 5 days a week?
  4. …Mrs. Wagenaar teachers Science to all 4th graders and Mrs. Jabaay teachers Social Studies to all 4th graders?  Each teacher is appropriately endorsed for these studies. 

FINE ARTS NEWS

  1. Chambers Choir Rehearsal is tomorrow (Nov. 29) from 3:45-4:30 in the choir room.
  2. The Christmas Concert is next Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 pm in the gym.  All fourth graders must report to their classroom by 6:45 in something nice (no jeans).  Beginner Band students meet in the band room at 6:30 in their “uniform” (something dark on the bottom and white on the top). JH Band students meet in the band room at 6:30 in their uniform, and JH Choir students meet in the art room at 6:30 in their uniform.  All are welcome to attend the concert!

ATHLETIC NEWS

Tuesday, Nov. 29

  • 6th boys A&B vs. TInlely Park – HOME – 4:15 & 5:15
  • 7th girls, 7th boys A&B vs. Tinley Park – AWAY – 3:45, 4:45, and 5:45

Thursday, Dec. 1

  • 6th boys A, 7th girls, and 7th boys A vs. Oak Lawn – AWAY – 3:45, 4:45, & 5:45

E.T.C. NEWS 

  1. Come join the fun as we “wrap up” the year with plenty of December sales!  Come to the store and find your perfect “ugly sweater” for your holiday party!
  2. We will also be having sort night this Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.  Please join us and find a treasure before it even hits the sales floor!

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. Christmas is fast approaching! There are three TRIP order dates left before our Christmas break, Dec. 1st, 8th, and 15th.  The next TRIP order due after Christmas break will be on January 5, 2012. 
  2. You have two more chances to be entered in our Christmas promotional drawing for a $50 Strack & Van Til/Ultra gift card.  The winner of this gift card will be announced on Dec. 12th.  
  3. Team D (Shelly Witham, Tracy Bandstra, Amy Lenting, Anne Spoelman) will be putting the TRIP order together on Tuesday, Nov. 29th.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 2:45 pm Tuesday.
  4. New Items:  Starbucks increased to 8%; iTunes increased to 6%; Buca di Beppo & Outback Steakhouse increased to 9%. CVS Pharmacy increased to 6%; Land’s End increased to 17%.
  5. TRIP TeamsTeam A-Dec. 6; Team B-Dec. 13; Team C-Dec. 20; Team D-Jan. 10

 COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Friday, December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 10, 4 – 7 p.m. 20th annual Journey of Joy, an eight-scene walk through re-enactment of the Christmas story with live animals.  Presented atCottage Grove Christian Reformed Church (16556 Cottage Grove Avenue, South Holland,IL).  Free, 20 minute guided tours.  Come any time during the hours listed above.  This is a wonderful opportunity to present the gospel to your friends and neighbors as well as a great way to start the holiday season.  Jesus truly is the reason for the season.  For more informa­tion, call 708/331-0391.
  2. Men’s Book Discussion Group:  On Tuesday, December 6, the men’s book discussion group at New Life Christian Reformed Church will begin studying, “They Echoed the Voice of God: Reflections on the Minor Prophets,” by Roger Ellsworth.  We meet every Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at New Life Christian Reformed Church (next door to Highland Christian School), and our group consists of men from a variety of churches and denominations.  If you are interested in joining our group, please call the church (219-838-0506) office so that we can order a book for you.
  3.  The Men of A-Chord will be having their Christmas Concert on Saturday,  December 3 @ 7:00 p.m. at Munster Church (corner of Hohman and Ridge Rd.)  Start the Christmas season by joining us for a night filled with a beautiful Christmas music concert, worship and singing. 
  4. Join us for an evening of traditional Christmas cheer, Friday Dec. 16th at 7:00 pm –   Singer, Sarah Van Drunen and musicians, will present a night of Christmas music at Munster Church (214 Ridge Road) that you won’t want to miss!  Free cookies and refreshments will be served after the concert.  To purchase tickets or for more information, please speak to Kim Keevers or contact her at 219-613-1651 or keeverskk@sbcglobal.net.

Parent Note 11-21-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. Thanksgiving Break:  There is no school this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  We pray that our HCS families have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!
  2. Our Thanksgiving Chapel is this Tuesday beginning at 8:40.  Parents, grandparents, and friends are welcome to join us as we give thanks to God and give our offerings of food and clothing to Roseland Christian Ministries and Beacon Light Food Pantry.  Donations will still be collected tomorrow morning.
  3. HCS Men’s Prayer Group will meet next Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m.
  4. Box Tops Info:  As you shop and bake for the holidays, please remember to clip the Box Tops off the many products that you use.  Send them into your child’s classroom or drop them off at the office labeled with your child’s class.  The next pick up date will be Friday, December 16.  Thank you for your help in supporting the Accelerated Reading Program.  You make a difference.
  5. Homemade vanilla is for sale in the office for all of your holiday baking.
  6. Discover Illiana:  Discover what Illiana Christian High School has to offer at their Open House on Dec. 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Parents and students interested in learning more about Illiana are welcome.  Meet with faculty and administration, tour the campus, observe classes in session, and have all of your Illiana-related questions answered.  No pre-registration is necessary.  For more information, call 708-474-0515 or visit www.illianachristian.org
  7. The School office will be open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday this week if you have questions or need assistance.

ACADEMIC NEWS

 Math Triathlon participants did a great job representing Highland Christian School.  Top mathameticians from each grade were as follows:  3rd Grade – Simon Molenaar, 4th Grade – Olivia DeYoung, 5th Grade – Dylan VanderWoude and Julia Oostema, 6th Grade – Andrew Fiekema.  The Math Triathlon for 7th and 8th grade will be held in the spring.  Congratulations to all!

FINE ARTS NEWS

Chambers Choir Rehearsal is Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 3:45-4:30 in the Band/Choir room.  Please look for information regarding new pick up plans for the children.

P.T.O. NEWS

  1. 2012 is fast approaching.  Keep track of all the great upcoming HCS events on a beautiful scripture calendar.  Only a few remain available in the school office for $8.00 or two for $15.00.
  2. Thank you for the great response to National Recycling Week!  Keep sending in all the items listed on the note stapled to the recycling bag.  (Please – no pop cans, cardboard boxes, steel cans, or milk jugs.  They are not part of the program.)
  3. When making all your Thanksgiving green bean casseroles, be sure to save those Campbell’s soup labels for HCS!  We are still collecing those valuable points to help our school.

ATHLETIC NEWS

Monday, Nov. 21

  • 7th boys A&B vs. DeMotte – HOME – 4:15 & 5:15
  • 6th boys A & 7th girls vs. DeMotte – AWAY – 4:15 & 5:15

 ETC NEWS

  1. There will be no sort night this Tuesday, November 22nd.  We are having a furniture delivery at 6 p.m.  If you have an hour to spare we could use some help getting the furniture off of the delivery truck.
  2. At this time of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank our wonderful volunteers who give of their time to help make the store a success!  We also thank those who give donations to the store and who shop!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. This week’s TRIP orders are due on TUESDAY, Nov. 22nd by 10:00 a.m. in the TRIP office.
  2. You have three more chances to be entered in our Christmas promotional drawing.
  3. Place a TRIP order of any size and your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Strack & Van Til/ Ultra gift card.  Not enrolled in TRIP?  Stop by the TRIP office, fill out a registration form and place a TRIP order.  New families enrolled in the TRIP program will have their names entered in the drawing twice with their first order.
  4. Team C (Jen Stevens, Tina Hoeksema, Kristie Van Kley, April Vander Meyden) will be putting the TRIP order together on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 2:45 pm Tuesday.
  5. New Items:  Buca di Beppo & Outback Steakhouse increased to 9%. CVS Pharmacy increased to 6%; Land’s End increased to 17%; Cabela’s & Uno Chicago Grill increased to 12%; Express increased to 11%; JCPenney increased to 6%; Sears increased to 6%; Jo-Ann Fabrics has changed their gift card denomination to $25.
  6. TRIP TeamsTeam D-Nov. 29; Team A-Dec. 6; Team B-Dec. 13; Team C-Dec. 20

COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Friday, December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 10, 4 – 7 p.m. 20th annual Journey of Joy, an eight-scene walk through re-enactment of the Christmas story with live animals.  Presented atCottage Grove Christian Reformed Church (16556 Cottage Grove Avenue, South Holland,IL).  Free, 20 minute guided tours.  Come any time during the hours listed above.  This is a wonderful opportunity to present the gospel to your friends and neighbors as well as a great way to start the holiday season.  Jesus truly is the reason for the season.  For more informa­tion, call 708/331-0391.
  2. Men’s Book Discussion Group:  On Tuesday, December 6, the men’s book discussion group at New Life Christian Reformed Church will begin studying, “They Echoed the Voice of God: Reflections on the Minor Prophets,” by Roger Ellsworth.  We meet every Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at New Life Christian Reformed Church (next door to Highland Christian School), and our group consists of men from a variety of churches and denominations.  If you are interested in joining our group, please call the church (219-838-0506) office so that we can order a book for you.
  3. South Holland Bakery Supply, located in South Chicago Heights, IL, has several open positions for delivery drivers.  Candidates must have a CDL License and be able to lift 50lbs.  Applications are accepted at South Holland Bakery, 72 E. Sauk Trail, South Chicago Heights, IL, 60411 or you may fax a resume to 708-709-2104 or call 708-709-2100.

Parent Note 11-14-11

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN SOUP SUPPER:  We warmly invite you to join us for our delicious homemade soups, salad, bread and desserts supper this evening in the gymnasium from 5 to 7 pm.  Donations at the door will be graciously accepted.  Proceeds will go towards new LCD TV’s for classrooms.
  2. The following people have volunteered to help at the Soup Supper:  5-6 pm shift – Julie, Josh & Kayla Sylvester, Stacy & Mia Moore, Emma & Isaiah King, Tim & Audrey Zoeteman, Jen, Emma & Evan Stevens, Ronald & Adam Graves, Ali, Madison & Tristan Buder, Jessica Bell, Tenia Phillips, Savannah Morgan, Cate Peerbolte.  6-7 pm shift – Judy & Madeline Zandstra, Vanessa & Joshua Nolen, Lisa, Mitch & Anna Floyd, Nikki & Lexi Terpstra, Tim, JoAnn & Anna Delahunty, Jill & Emily Feikema, Tammy & Morgan Rinkema, Olivia Yonkman
  3. Spirit Wear is IN!!!!  If you ordered Spirit Wear BEFORE October 28 it is in the office ready to be picked up.  The next Spirit Wear order will be placed on November 18 (this Friday).  The last Spirit order will be placed on December 2.  If you want to guarantee  Spirit Wear delivery by Christmas, please place your order by November 18.Thank you and GO HUSKIES.
  4. National History Day Club will meet this Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the school library.
  5. The Thanksgiving season gives us the opportunity to show our thankfulness to God by sharing with others in need.  This year for Thanksgiving we will be collecting food, paper goods, and warm clothing for Roseland Christian Ministries in Roseland, IL, and food and paper goods for the Beacon LIght Food Pantry in Gary.  These gifts will be presented at our Thanksgiving Chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 22.  We will begin collecting these items in the classrooms this week.
  6. The art room is in need of Kleenex.  If you can send some boxes to school with your child, it is very appreciated.  Thanks, in advance.

ACADEMIC NEWS

On Friday November 18th, several students from 3rd-6th grade will be travelling to Southwest Christian School in Oak Lawn to compete in this year’s Math Triathlon.  Another event is scheduled in the spring for 7th-8th grade students.  Congratulations to those students that qualified to attend this competitive event.

7th Grade students had the opportunity to attend the Challenger Space Learning Center at Purdue-Cal University and will be involved in a highly respected academic program at the Planetarium in Merrellville.

Thirteen 6th-8th grade students have chosen to be a part of an extra-curricular science club that is in partnership with 4 area schools to write an experiment for the next space flight.  The program is called Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.    This is a highly competitive project that is going on nationally and globally.  HCS involvement with the 4 area schools is funded through a State grant. 

P.T.O. NEWS

  1. PTO. welcomes Julie (Glen) De Young as our new PTO secretary.  Thanks so much for your willingness to fill this open position!
  2. This is Recycling Week at HCS!  All students are encouraged to participate.  On Tuesday, a bag will be coming home with each student to fill with your recycling items.  Ms. Recycling and Pal will be visiting the classrooms this week!
  3. It’s almost time to pick up those yummy cake rolls you ordered!  Be sure to visit school on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 2:00-4:00 to pick up your Audrey’s Cake Rolls.  Wednesday, Nov. 16, pick up times are from 8:00-9:00 in the morning and 2:30-4:00 in the afternoon.
  4. Have you been invited to another holiday gathering?  Did you promise to bring dessert?  Act now – a very limited number of the delightfully delicious Dutch Apple Pie Desserts are still available.  Priced at only $10.00, stop by the school office to claim one.
  5. If you are searching for a gift that is both useful and meaningful, be sure to purchase a calendar from HCS.  For $8.00, these colorful calendars show your love for our school and help you keep track of all your important events.  Get yours at the school office.

FINE ARTS NEWS

There is Chambers Choir Rehearsal tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15.  from 3:45-4:30 in the band room.

ATHLETIC NEWS

Tuesday, Nov. 15

  • 6th boys & 7th girls vs. DeMotte – HOME 4:15 & 5:15
  • 7th boys A/B vs. DeMotte – AWAY  4:15 & 5:15

Thursday, Nov. 17

  • 6th boys, 7th girls, & 7th boys vs. Crown Point – HOME  3:45, 4:45 & 5:45

Monday, Nov. 21

  • 7th boys A/B vs. DeMotte – HOME  4:15 & 5:15
  • 6th boys A and 7th girls vs. DeMotte – AWAY – 4:15 & 5:15

E.T.C.NEWS

ETC would like to give a big thank you to those who were able to help on Tuesday’s sort night!  It was our biggest volunteer group yet!  Dont’ forget to stop by the store and start your holiday shopping!  Maybe even come by and pick out your holiday dress!  The store has everything holiday for you and your family!

T.R.I.P. NEWS

  1. The TRIP program is offering a special promotional drawing beginning with this week’s, Nov. 10th, order and running through the Dec. 8th order.  Place a TRIP order of any size and your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Strack & Van Til/ Ultra gift card.  Not enrolled in TRIP?  Stop by the TRIP office, fill out a registration form and place a TRIP order.  New families enrolled in the TRIP program will have their names entered in the drawing twice with their first order.  Any questions?  Call Ann Lynch at 838-0356, ext. 100.
  2. TRIP orders are due on Thurs., Nov. 17th by 10:00 a.m. in the TRIP office.
  3. Team B (Dawn Pyle, Julie De Young, Kathi Fulton, Barb Vargo) will be putting the TRIP order together on Tuesday, Nov. 15th.  Orders will be ready for pick up at 2:45 pm Tuesday.
  4. New Items:  Cabela’s & Uno Chicago Grill increased to 12%; Express increased to 11%;JCPenney increased to 6%; Sears increased to 6%; Jo-Ann Fabrics has changed their gift card denomination to $25; Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants $25 gift cards have been added to the TRIP order form at 7%; Bath & Body Works increased to 17%; Boston Market increased to 15%; L.L. Bean increased to 16%; Marriott and Overstock.com increased to 9%; Shutterfly increased to 13%.
  5. TRIP TeamsTeam C-Nov. 22; Team D-Nov. 29; Team A-Dec. 6; Team B-Dec. 13