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Parent Note – December 2, 2020

PARENT NOTE – December 2, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
I hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Over the long weekend, I was able to spend time focusing on Psalm 17 which states, “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.” We Continue reading Parent Note – December 2, 2020

Parent Note – November 16, 2020

PARENT NOTE – November 16, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
As we approach Thanksgiving, I can’t help but comment about the goodness that the Highland Christian family has brought to our family. God is doing great things through the students, parents, teachers, and constituents of HCS. He is faithful.
Over the past two weeks, COVID cases have risen across the country. Fortunately, Highland Christian continues to be minimally impacted. Many thanks are in order to the students and teachers who have been diligently following social distancing and mask wearing best practices. Although some schools have made transitions to eLearning, HCS remains focused on ensuring best practices are implemented so we remain on-campus.
In light of Indiana and Chicagoland’s spike in COVID cases, I have directed our teachers to proactively minimize group work (limiting close contacts), wearing masks more so during class periods (when distanced), and refocus student hand washing, etc. Highland Christian’s response continues to be extremely proactive, which has led to such a successful fall. It is for this reason that we extended Thanksgiving Break through Tuesday, December 1 – school will resume on Wednesday, Dec. 2. We appreciate your support as we ensure onsite instruction, support community health, and provide for the needs of our loved students.

Blessings,
Mr. Weener

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. For our Thanksgiving service project, we are collecting food and toiletries for Roseland Christian Ministries in Roseland, IL. These gifts will be presented at our Thanksgiving Chapel on Wed., Nov. 27. A list of needed items is on the Thanksgiving letter that was sent home at conferences. Items are coming in. Let’s keep them coming!!
  2. The Dan Seaborn Event on November 20: This event is being cancelled due to COVID and low participation. It will be rescheduled for this spring.
  3. Homemade vanilla is for sale in the office for all of your holiday baking. 8oz. bottle for $2.00. Don’t wait too long – they sell out fast! If you have any empty 8, 10, or 12 oz. glass bottles, please send them to the office so more vanilla can be made.
  4. Hot Lunch Update: Lunch for tomorrow is chili dog or turkey dog, Ruffles chips, salad, and fruit.
  5. The Auction Committee is seeking volunteers to help solicit donations for this year’s auction. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Porter at amandaporterme@gmail.com
  6. Face Masks: Parents, please put one or two extra face masks in your child’s backpack. We only have a limited amount of extras in the HCS office.

PTO NEWS

  1. Family Movie Night: We hope you and your family were able to enjoy Family Movie Night last Friday! Thank you to those who sent pictures! They were great to see!

TRIP NEWS

  1. Shopwithscrip.com extra bonus rebates are coming up this Thurs., Nov. 19th and Fri. the 20th! Not signed up for online ordering? Contact Ann Lynch at 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or at trip@highlandchristian.org for more information about online ordering.
  2. TRIP will offer Cash & Carry Gift Cards beginning Dec. 3rd. Contact Ann Lynch at the TRIP office to make an appointment for purchasing gift cards. Look for a list of cards available to purchase in the Dec. 2nd Parent Note.
  3. The week of Thanksgiving TRIP orders will be due on Wednesday Nov. 25th by 10 a.m.
  4. TRIP orders are due (paper and online) this Thurs., Nov. 19th by 10 a.m.
  5. Current Bonus Rebates (week of Nov. 16): Nordstrom – 5%; Outback – 15%; Sally Beauty – 13%; Shutterfly – 11%.
  6. Team B (Amy Jellema, Stefanie Buikema, Lisa Long) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Nov. 17th. TRIP orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday by 2:45 p.m.
  7. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders: Team C – Nov. 24; Team D – Dec. 1; Team A – Dec. 8; Team B – Dec. 15

COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Save the date for Illiana Christian’s 6th Annual Silent and Live Auctions to be held on November 21. The silent auction will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the gym. We will have great food, great fellowship and lots of great items to bid on. This year’s auction will be both in-person and virtual. The proceeds of the auction will go to the athletic department. If you have any questions or would like to donate to the auction, please email btrepton@illianaweb.org. By donating to the auction, your business will receive advertising in the winter sports book.
  2. Plan now to join us, in person or virtually, at Preview Illiana on Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. Meet students, teachers, and staff, learn about our academic, extracurricular, and service opportunities, and experience Illiana’s mission to develop a passion for God, people, and the world. Register at https://ichs.io/PreviewFall20.

Parent Note – November 9, 2020

PARENT NOTE – November 9, 2020

“GO: Compelled By Love!”

Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Thank you for making conferences a great success. With our combined collaboration, we are able to better serve your children as we seek to fulfill our mission to academically equip, biblically ground, and spiritually nurture students to impact their world for Christ. 

Speaking of spiritually grounding, we were very excited to partner with Bible League over the past two weeks to raise $7,005+ for their program entitled – Light of the World. Altogether, HCS students provided over 1,400 Bibles to children around the world. One highlight during the coin challenge was that two community members saw the students’ excitement to help others and matched the funds raised. Let us not forget the impact kids can have on the Kingdom!

Next week, information will be coming home about our annual partnership with Roseland Christian Ministry – yet another way for students to grow a heart of service. God continues to be at work in and through the Highland Christian family!

Blessings,

Mr. Weener

SCHOOL NEWS

  1. The Thanksgiving Season gives us the opportunity to show our thankfulness to God by sharing with others in need.  For Thanksgiving this year, we will be collecting food and toiletries for Roseland Christian Ministries in Roseland, IL.  These gifts will be presented at our Thanksgiving Chapel on Wed., Nov. 25.  A list of needed items is on the Thanksgiving letter that was sent home at conferences last week.   All donations will be collected in the students’ classrooms.  We will begin collecting items this week.
  2. Spread the Word!  Highland Christian School will be hosting the first Parent Preview Event of the year, this Friday, November 13 (1:30-3:00p).  If you have friends or family who are interested in Christian education, send them our way!  Also, if you are a BRAND CHAMPION for HCS and are willing to represent as a current parent, raise your hand!  We are looking for individuals who would be willing to help us welcome and support candidate and incoming families. This will be an as needed, light duty, do-it-from-home role.  If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Jodi Lineburg (jlineburg@highlandchristian.org )  p 219-838-0356 x165.
  3. Hot Lunch Update:  Due to a supply issue with our vendor, lunch on November 17th will be changed to chili dog or turkey dog, Ruffles chips, salad, and fruit. 

PTO NEWS

  1. Restaurant Night Update:  We were able to raise $408 through your support on October 30!  Thank you to everyone who helped support this event and make it successful! 
  2. Family Movie Night:  This Friday, November 13 is PTO’s Family Movie Night.  Due to the pandemic, we’ve had to re-think this event.  Instead of having Movie Night at school, PTO will be sending home a Red Box code (1 per family) for families to enjoy a Family Movie Night at home.  We’d love to see pictures of your family enjoying a movie!  Feel free to email your pictures to pto@highlandchristian.org

TRIP NEWS

  1. The next shopwithscrip.com bonus rebates are coming up November 19th and 20th!  Not signed up for online ordering?  Contact Ann Lynch at 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or at trip@highlandchristian.org for more information about online ordering.
  2. TRIP orders are due (paper and online) this Thurs., Nov. 12th by 10 a.m.
  3. Team A (Julie Sitter, Jessica Hiskes, Missy Buikema, Larissa Vander Pol) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Nov. 10th.   TRIP orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday by 2:45 p.m.
  4. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B – Nov. 17; Team C – Nov. 24; Team D – Dec. 1; Team A – Dec. 8

COMMUNITY NEWS

  1. Save the date for Illiana Christian’s 6th Annual Silent and Live Auctions to be held on November 21. The silent auction will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the gym. We will have great food, great fellowship and lots of great items to bid on.  This year’s auction will be both in-person and virtual.  The proceeds of the auction will go to the athletic department. If you have any questions or would like to donate to the auction, please email btrepton@illianaweb.org. By donating to the auction, your business will receive advertising in the winter sports book. 

Parent Note – November 2, 2020

PARENT NOTE – November 2, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
It’s conference week – one of our favorite weeks of the year! Although students anxiously await leading conferences (3rd – 8th grade conferences are student led), this is an excellent time for parents, students, and teachers to come together to support your Continue reading Parent Note – November 2, 2020

Parent Note – October 26, 2020

PARENT NOTE – October 26, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
I hope your family was blessed with the restful, long weekend. Personally, this weekend was much needed for our family. As I reflect on these past days off, I am continually reminded how God  has called us to rest in His truth and refresh ourselves through community and family (Matthew 11:28-30). I hope each of you is Continue reading Parent Note – October 26, 2020

Parent Note – October 19, 2020

PARENT NOTE – October 19, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Can you believe we have been learning together for over a quarter of the year? I am fortunate to have the unique ability to observe the continued work of our students, teachers and staff. I can confidently report that each member has played a critical part in the success of Continue reading Parent Note – October 19, 2020

Parent Note – October 12, 2020

PARENT NOTE – October 12, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Over the past eight months, research has clearly stated that the social-emotional needs of humans has dramatically increased. In this era of heightened anxiety, worry about safety, and concern for the future, our faith helps us stand strong amidst a 2020 that no one imagined. Just as we know our staff and students need encouragement, we know you are no different – the parents.
We are excited to announce a partnership with Munster CRC and world-renowned speaker, Dan Seaborn, on Friday, November 20 at 6pm in an event entitled: Faith & Family. As the founder of Winning at Home, a West Michigan based counseling organization, Dan serves churches, universities, professional sports teams, and other organizations to share God’s word and equip parents to raise children that love the Lord. His fire for the Lord and commitment to seeing families thrive will leave you impacted and ready to lead your family closer to the King.
Due to COVID guidelines, we are limiting the number of attendees to 160, which is Munster CRC’s COVID capacity. In order to register for this event, please purchase a ticket from the office for $5.00. Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect in November: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41WTIpW_H7U

Have a blessed week and don’t forget to register!
Mr. Weener

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Auction Blessed!  It was a Husky Pack Attack and it was amazing!  You came through for the kids and our great school, raising a total of $87K through our 2020 Livestream Auction Event!  We are humbled, blessed and so thankful for each person who made this possible!  Proceeds from our annual Auction event offset specific budgeted expenses as well as a specific, named project.  This year we raised funds for active learning furniture for grades 3-5 and you surpassed the goal!  Thanks for your great generosity. To God Be the Glory!
2. Parent/Teacher Conferences – Nov. 4&5:  This year, we are again using Schoolbookings.net to let parents sign-up for the conference slot they would prefer. Like last year, 3rd-8th grade conferences will be student led. Pre-K – 2nd grade conferences will just be with the parents.
Open this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gyUtePIZzSUy8wo77aFFhjHZ-UMJjwuq/view?usp=sharing to watch a short tutorial of how to sign up for a conference slot. This process is very straightforward and will help simplify this process for the office and give more options to families. Our school code is jh4gf.
3. HCS is partnering with The Bible League by doing a coin challenge beginning this Wednesday and going through Wednesday, Oct. 21.  Information on this coin challenge will be sent out tomorrow.  We are looking for a couple of volunteers to count and roll coins this Thursday, next Monday and Wednesday.  Please contact the office if you are able to help.  Thank you for your support!
4. HCS Job Opportunities:
• Highland Christian is seeking a part-time (40%) school counselor, effective immediately. This employee will ensure that students are given appropriate academic, emotional, and social support. As a non-authoritative advocate for students, the counselor will encourage academic success, help develop social competence, and assist students to discover her/his individual skills and interests, all in an environment that supports the development of each student’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
• Highland Christian is seeking candidates to serve as a substitute secretary. This individual will work every Tuesday or Wednesday and serve as a substitute in the event of an absence or vacation. This individual will be trained in the inner workings of Blackbaud, attendance, fielding parent questions, and supporting the office with other daily needs.
• Highland Christian is seeking candidates to serve as substitute teachers in the preschool, elementary, and junior high. Desired candidates would have substitute teaching experience or training in education.
• Highland Christian is looking for Math and Reading after-school tutors (3:15 – 4:15).
If you have questions about these instructional positions or would like to express interest, please contact Kyle Weener at 219-838-0356 x157 or kweener@highlandchristian.org.
5. Women’s Prayer:
• Women’s Prayer will have a monthly 6am prayer call. Our first one will be Wednesday, Oct 14th from 6:00-6:30 a.m. If you would like to be on a text list to get a reminder, contact Tya Koutz @ 219-730-8931 or for questions. To join the call, dial (425) 436-6315 enter code 491381. This is a free call.
• Women’s Prayer is now meeting inside the BAC room every Friday at 8:30, or you may join us via phone call at (425)436-6315 code 491381

PTO NEWS
1. Candy Bar Prize Update:  Limo Lunch prize winners (Aubrey Staples, Anayeli Favela, Taylor Kinkade, Gabriel Lockett, and Steven Depew), we are going to be pushing back your prize until the spring in hopes of being able to enjoy the lunch with maybe a few less restrictions.  We will not forget, but wanted to inform you of the timing.
2. Candy Bar Boxes:  We still have boxes that need to be sold, and are available to be purchased.  If you are interested in purchasing a case of candy bars please email pto@highlandchristian.org.
3. Save the Date:  We will be having our first restaurant fundraiser of the school year coming up on Friday, October 30 with Panda Express.  This event will be slightly different than previous years, as you will need to place your order online at pandaexpress.com and use a coupon code in order for the credit to go towards Highland Christian.  This is a nationwide event, meaning you can go to any Panda Express in any state (a great opportunity for friends and family out of town that may want to help support Highland Christian).  Also, note that Panda Express is also part of the T.R.I.P. program.  More details will be coming.

ATHLETIC NEWS
Monday, Oct. 12 – Cross Country Meet at Illiana – girls at 4:30, boys at 4:50

TRIP NEWS
1. For all of our TRIP online participants – there are extra bonus rebates coming up the next three Fridays and Saturdays on the shopwithscrip.com website.  Contact Ann Lynch at 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or at trip@highlandchristian.org for more information about online ordering!
2. Amazon.com is currently having an extra bonus rebate of 3.25% through Tues., Oct. 13th for the online TRIP participants.
3. The end of TRIP’s first quarter for tuition earnings is coming up.  The last day to receive earnings credit for your November tuition statement is Mon., Oct. 26th. **Please note:  Tuition earnings for online orders (escrip/reloads) placed and paid for using PrestoPay for the month of October are not posted until November.  Those earnings will be on your Feb., 2021 tuition bill.
4. TRIP orders are due (paper and online) this Thursday, Oct. 15th by 10 a.m.
5. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 10/12/20):  Jewel – 4%; Bath & Body Works – 16%; TGI Fridays – 9%.
6. Team A (Julie Sitter, Larissa Vander Pol, Missy Buikema) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Oct. 13th.   TRIP orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday by 2:45 p.m.
7. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B – Oct. 20; Team C – Oct. 27; Team D – Nov. 3; Team A – Nov. 10

Parent Note – October 5, 2020

PARENT NOTE – October 5, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
HCS Parents,
Wow! I want to thank you for your generosity during Friday’s Auction. The Auction Committee, donors, and office have worked very hard to make this event a reality. Even while the event was pushed back over six months, the 2020 Auction ended as a huge Continue reading Parent Note – October 5, 2020

Parent Note – September 21, 2020

PARENT NOTE – September 21, 2020
“GO: Compelled By Love!”
Psalm 32:8

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
In guiding spiritual growth and academic advancement, Highland Christian must be intentional and purposeful in order to achieve the highest levels of growth. In pursuit of this goal, every day is planned with precision to maximize opportunities for every child to grow. Oftentimes, these Parent Note messages discuss academic Continue reading Parent Note – September 21, 2020

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