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Introducing… Mr. Kyle Weener

Highland Christian School’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kyle Weener (pronounced “Wayner”) as the next Principal of Highland Christian School.  He will take up his duties on July 1, 2019.

Mr. Weener comes to Highland Christian School from Kalamazoo Christian School, Kalamazoo, MI where for the past 5 years, he has served as a fifth grade teacher.  In addition to teaching fifth grade, he serves as the Varsity tennis coach of KCS’s top state-ranked program.  He has also served on the salary study and finance committees, and the school improvement team.  As he anticipates the transition into administration at Highland Christian School, Mr. Weener is eager to meet the students, families, alumni and friends that make up our community.

“Christ-centered education rests at the heart of my passion, mission and calling as an educator and administrator.   An education that is centered around Christ has the power to change the hearts and lives of students, loved-ones, and the community which it is a part of.  God has called us each to different roles within His kingdom. Guiding our young people into their fullest purpose and potential is one of the highest callings we have. I have already seen that Highland Christian is an invaluable institution in helping students to discover the plans God has for their lives. I am absolutely elated to join this team as we continue the work of this great commission.

My joy of working with children, teachers and families is rooted in building strong relationships that extend beyond the bells of the day into a life-long partnership that focuses on proclaiming God’s truth in all that we do and say.  We are thankful that God has called us to be a part of the community at Highland Christian School, and we look forward to entering into all that God has for the years ahead.”

Mr. Weener is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, and has earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership.

The Weener’s are active members at Centerpoint Church (RCA) in Kalamazoo where they serve in the nursery, and as leaders on the worship team and within their small group.

We look forward to continued strength and growth under Mr. Weener’s leadership and are excited to welcome him, his wife Abby and young son Ezra into our school community.

Do you have some time?

 

Parents, Grandparents, Alumni, Friends!  We need additional volunteers to help judge the science and engineering fair.  No science background is required, just a desire to listen to students as they present the work they have done. Judging takes place between 8am and noon on Friday the 15th. If you are able to help out, we’d love to hear from you!  Sign up here!

Calling All Families!

It’s PJs, Pillow and Popcorn Time!

Let’s hear a big husky howl for our super-duper PTO!  They’re rolling out a 2nd movie night just for you! So, make plans with your pals and save the date!  We’ll see you 2 weeks from today.

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Children and Stewardship: Practical Ideas

This excerpt is copied from “Children and Stewardship: Practical Ideas” written by Sharon Ely Pearson, Building Faith.

A Child’s Point of View
One’s understanding of personal stewardship is a continuing journey that should begin in childhood. Most children already have a sense of wonder of how to respond with thanksgiving to God who created them and the world in which they live. Theirs is an “attitude of abundance”, according to John Westerhoff when discussing healthy stewardship with children in Will Our Children Have Faith? The question is not only, “How can we teach stewardship to children?” but “How can we encourage children to continually respond to God’s creation by caring and enjoying what God has given them, personally and in the world around them?”

The sense of belonging to a community is an important aspect of faith development for children (and all ages). This can be an asset in exploring how we use what God has given us to include creation, abilities & talents and resources (financial and relational). Children need approval of family, friends and teachers as they begin to develop their own “theology of stewardship.” They need hands-on exploration of concepts, being able to relate Bible stories to their lives and the issues of today. It is important that we encourage questioning and exploration, while sharing our own faith and understanding of stewardship in an honest, open way.

In teaching stewardship concepts with all God’s children, it is helpful to build upon different focal points:

  • Stewardship of creation
  • Stewardship of ourselves and our bodies
  • Stewardship of talents and spiritual gifts
  • Stewardship of time and priorities
  • Stewardship of our relationship with others
  • Stewardship of treasure and material possessions

Stewardship Pledge Cards
Just as adults are asked to make a commitment (promise) financially to the church each year, children should also be included. In its most simple form, stewardship is taking care of the world and the church on behalf of God. Questions such as the following help children discuss their roles as stewards:

  • How do you think God wants us to take care of the church?
  • How are we ministers to others for Jesus?
  • What are some ways the church can help take care of the world?
  • What are some things you can do to help the church in its ministry?
  • What can you do to help take care of God’s world?

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Valuing all Gifts
We must also use the gifts of ministry that they have offered. Adults are asked to help with various church activities and projects so they can utilize their gifts in service to the church and the world. Children can help with clean-up days, dinners, visits to homebound members, special mission projects and more.

If we want to nurture children in an understanding of stewardship, we need to find ways to help them experience stewardship and the joy of giving of oneself. We must take the gifts our children can give seriously and let them know how much such gifts are appreciated!

School Improvement Drive Update

Ding, ding, ding! Your contributions to our annual School Improvement Drive are fueling innovation and growth at Highland Christian School.  We are pleased to report that your gifts have already exceeded our 2018-19 School Improvement goal! But… this is no reason to stop! It just means we may get to do more than we imagined! Although we planned to equip 2 classrooms with modular furnishings this year, we have 5 junior high rooms to update.  Who knows, maybe we’ll get to upgrade the whole wing!  To view the full list of school improvement appeal initiatives, click here.

 

Foundation Appeal update!

Thank you for your generous gifts in response to our current Foundation Appeal! To date we have received gifts in the amount of $20,570 towards our goal of $25K. We’re just about there!

The Foundation Fund reduces tuition costs for parents and provides financial stability for our school.  As we equip students academically – with the knowledge and skills necessary for their future goals, and nurture them spiritually – grounding their thought processes in a foundation of Biblical truth – it is imperative that we develop and maintain a competitive edge in standards based education while being wise stewards of our financial resources.

We are ever so grateful to the men and women who have served on our Foundation Board over the past 34 years to see our school prosper.  This year we are celebrating the Foundation’s 34th birthday and look forward to sharing this legacy with you through stories of their families, faith and vision.  Stay tuned as we recognize and honor them here.

Upcoming Community Events

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