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Parent Note – December 11, 2017

PARENT NOTE – December 11, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Below you will read about our opportunity to give this Christmas Season – thank you Mrs. Huizenga and the Junior High Leadership Team for helping HCS students grow in understanding what it means to impact the world for Christ. Continue reading Parent Note – December 11, 2017

Parent Note – December 4, 2017

PARENT NOTE – December 4, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents,
Even though Thanksgiving marks the “gateway” to the holiday season, we are enjoying three more full weeks of school till Christmas.  At conferences, I know everyone received information about IXL and the math help it offers students. Here’s the thing, at some point everyone needs help with math.  Your child may need it Continue reading Parent Note – December 4, 2017

Parent Note – November 27, 2017

PARENT NOTE – November 27, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Have you been asked if you had a good Thanksgivng?  I have – and I posed this question to our students: “What makes a good Thanksgiving?”  There are so many aspects of the holiday that are marketed to us – mostly taking a holiday about being grateful for what you have and turning it in to a holiday for wanting more!
I think a good Thanksgiving involves gratitude to God for who He is and for the work He is doing in my life to continue to make me into the person he wants me to be.  I am thankful for the opportunity we have at Highland Christian School, to prepare these students for the life God has prepared for them – as last year’s theme verse said: they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good work which God has prepared in advance for them to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Important Calendar Update:  School will dismiss on Friday, Dec. 22 at 1:45 p.m.
2. Amazon Smile donates 0.5% to Highland Christian:  Your purchase at AmazonSmile will earn Highland Christian School great rewards!  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com.  The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Highland Christian School when you select us as your charitable organization.  HCS is listed as the Association for Christian Instruction.  Please remember to “SMILE” when shopping Amazon.  Cyber Monday is here!
3. Office Depot “Give Back to Schools”:  Every time schools, teachers, students, parents and school supporters give a school’s 5% Back to Schools Program ID number 70036301 when shopping at Office Depot, that school will receive credits equal to 5% of the qualifying purchases to use for free supplies.  If you don’t have the ID number with you, try offering the school phone number (838-0356).  They may be able to confirm it with the Business Manager’s name, Roberta Huitsing.
4. Homemade vanilla ($2.00 for an 8oz. bottle) is for sale in the HCS office for all of your holiday baking.

ART NEWS
1. The Art Department is in need of your newspapers. Thank you in advance for sending some to school.

ATHLETIC NEWS
1. Tuesday, Nov. 28 –  6th boys, 7th girls, 7th boys vs. Crown Point – AWAY – 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
Thursday, Nov. 30 –  6th boys, 7th girls, 7th boys vs. Calvin – HOME – 4:00, 5:00, 6:00
Monday, Dec. 4 –  6th boys, 7th girls, 7th boys vs. DeMotte – AWAY – 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

ETC NEWS
1. etc – the thrift store benefitting HCS has the following job opportunities.  Please contact Debra Brown for more information or to submit an application (219) 865-5400.

Delivery Truck Driver – Part-time position driving a box truck to deliver and pick up furniture. You will also help move furniture on the showroom floor as needed.  This position is for 2-3 days/wk. incl. Saturday.
Qualifications needed:
A valid driver’s license and good driving record
Age – at least 18 yrs. old
Available to work Saturdays and a couple weekdays
Able to lift and move furniture
Cordial in interactions with customers

Cashier /Floor Assistant – Part-time Cashier/Floor Assistant. This is an entry level position with the expectation that you will transition into the role of Assistant Manager. This position is for 2-3 days/wk. with an occasional Saturday.
Qualifications needed:
Present a welcoming appearance to guests who visit etc
Cordial in interactions with customers
Ability to handle cash and accurately ring sales on the register
Able to work Saturdays and a couple weekdays
Leadership ability and discernment
Able to manage other employees and volunteers
Able to remain calm in busy or stressful situations

TRIP NEWS
1. The TRIP office will be offering a Cash & Carry Gift Card Store in December.  Watch the Parent Note for information on times the store will be open and gift cards available to purchase!  Call 219-838-0356, ext. 199 or email, trip@highlandchristian.org for more information.
2. TRIP orders (paper and online) are due with payment on Thursday, Nov.30th by 10 a.m.
3. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 11/27):  Bob Evans – 11%; Carter’s/Osh Kosh – 10%; Meijer – 5%; Petsmart- 8%; Starbuck’s – 8%.
4. Next Week’s Bonus Rebates (week of 12/2):  American Eagle – 11%; Bass Pro Shops – 12%; CVS – 7%; Home Depot – 6%; Landry’s – 10%; Lowe’s – 5%; Red Robin – 10%.
5. Team A (Julie Sitter, Tori Smits, Lupe Morales, Cheryl Filler) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Nov. 28th.  Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tues. at 2:45 p.m.
6. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B– Dec. 5; Team C – Dec. 12; Team D – Dec. 19; Team A – Jan. 16

COMMUNITY NEWS
1. PREVIEW ILLIANA (OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS):  Discover what Illiana Christian High School has to offer at Preview Illiana this Thursday, November 30 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 live teaching, and have all of your questions answered about Illiana.  No pre-registration necessary. Call Marie Limback at 708-474-0515 ext. 49 with any questions.
2. Birthday Party for Jesus Open House – December 7th at Wicker Park Social Center, 2215 Ridge Rd., Highland, IN for North Township children, accompanies by a parent or guardian.
Preschool ages from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. will see a reenactment of Christ’s birth, pizza lunch, games, cookie decorating and music.
Grades K-5 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. will hear the Christmas story, pizza, games, cookie decorating and face painting.
The event is free! If you are able, just like a party for a friend, bring a gift in the form of socks (adult or kids), or hygiene items.
3. Living Hope Church, 9000 Taft St., Merrillville is having performances of the Shake Up Christmas production on Dec. 1, 2, and 3.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Special additional Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.  This is a Fun, Free event for all ages!  Please contact Living Hope at 219-769-3601 for more information.

 

Parent Note – November 20, 2017

PARENT NOTE – November 20, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents,
Well this is an easy note to write – I am thankful, for you, for our students, for our board, faculty, staff and supporters.  Together, we continue to work toward ALL HCS students becoming academically prepared, biblically grounded and spiritually nurtured so that they Continue reading Parent Note – November 20, 2017

Parent Note – November 13, 2017

PARENT NOTE – November 13, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents,
It looked like a great turnout for conferences last week.  Thank you for your strong response to our desire to include 3rd-8th grade students in the conferences.  Whether it’s giving students access to programs like IXL, setting their own MAP goals, or regular encouragement that their education is about preparation for the life Continue reading Parent Note – November 13, 2017

Parent Note – November 6, 2017

PARENT NOTE – November 6, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
I hope that you and your child/ren are looking forward to conferences on Thursday.  We would like students in Grades 3-5 to attend the conference and students in Grades 6-8 to lead the conference.  The 6th-8th grade students have had the opportunity to think about what they would like to say and how to share what Continue reading Parent Note – November 6, 2017

Parent Note – October 30, 2017

PARENT NOTE – October 30, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
During our announcement time this week, I have been sharing with students some quotes from Martin Luther in recognition of the fact that this week marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Luther had interest in many areas of life – including education.  He said this:  Continue reading Parent Note – October 30, 2017

Parent Note – October 23, 2017

PARENT NOTE – October 23, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Parents,
I hope that you enjoyed some extra time with your children last week.  Most of the teachers were at the Christian Educators Association Conference in Holland, Michigan.  Some teachers stayed behind to work on different initiatives here at school.  Mrs. Reynhout and Mrs. Wagenaar are our Lead Teachers for Project Lead the Way.  Last year we began this program in Junior High and this year it has been expanded to K-5.  While adding this program involves many details and much hard work, deciding to add the program was easy.  Why?  Because our vision says that we want all HCS students to be academically equipped – and for our students and the world which they will be impacting, that means STEM education.  The ‘E’ in STEM stands for engineering and students will begin to understand how engineers look at problems and work collaboratively to find solutions.  Your child’s classroom teacher will let you know when their STEM module will take place.  In Junior High, we have moved on to the next level and Junior High will be beginning automation and robotics.  Hopefully you’ll hear more about this learning when you ask “What did you learn in school today?” Continue reading Parent Note – October 23, 2017

Parent Note – October 16, 2017

PARENT NOTE – October16, 2017

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”

Matthew 5:41

 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

With Grandparents Day and Canadian Thanksgiving (yes, I celebrate both!) behind us, the end of First Quarter and CEA Convention ahead of us and the arrival of cooler weather, we are deep into 2017-18!  The next event to focus on is Parent (Student) Teacher Conferences.  We strongly encourage the attendance of students in Grades 3 – 8 at the Conferences.  I will be talking to students ahead of time to help them understand their role in the Conference as we continue to challenge them to take ownership of their education.  Teachers are sensitive to the fact that there may need to be some time to address issues with the student not present and they will provide for that.  Students have seen their MAP Scores and had the opportunity to review their goals.  We will be sending these scores to you later this week. Continue reading Parent Note – October 16, 2017

Parent Note – October 9, 2017

PARENT NOTE – October 9, 2017
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
We had a great day on Friday with all of the Grandparents who came.  Pastor Tim Huizenga of Faith Church challenged everyone to go the extra mile for their grandchildren – and it was obvious that Grandparents were doing that as I witnessed their interactions at school.  I think Grandparents were pleased to see the way technology is enhancing education here at HCS.  Be sure to ask your children for their perspective.  We are rolling out a program called IXL which children can access from home to further enhance their learning.
Don’t forget that teachers will be gone at Convention on October 19 and 20 so there will be no school those days.  Continue reading Parent Note – October 9, 2017

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