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Parent Note – May 21, 2018

PARENT NOTE – May 21, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents,
Last week I shared with you that you would be getting some very useful information that you can use to help your child be ready for their next grade.  Here’s the date so that you can be prepared to receive the information: June 4th.  On that date you will receive your child’s MAP results, as well as a list of the learning standards for the grade that they are completing, including directions for IXL for any of the standards that need work.  We have found the IXL work engaging for students.  Their recommendation of an average of 3 ten minute sessions per week should be very doable for our students.  They can access IXL from any computer with internet – home, library or wherever.  The report cards will be available on June 16.
Parents, you play a part in providing orderly classrooms by communicating with the teacher if your child will be leaving school early.  When you come in unannounced and we call the classroom to have the student get ready and have the teacher get their things ready, this disrupts the learning of the other students in the class.  Please avoid these early departures if at all possible and when they are necessary, please let us know at the beginning of the day.

SCHOOL NEWS
1. The Grand Finale!  Join us this Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. for the final concert of the year for 5th Grade Band, Junior High Band, Junior High Choir and, new this year – Art!  After the concert, join us in the gym foyer for refreshments and see the art that students in grades 5-8 have created this year!
2. Don’t forget to order your yearbook – there is only a small amount left!  Yearbooks will be handed out this Friday, May 25.

8th GRADE NEWS
1. Thursday, June 7 is 8th Grade Graduation.  Students will come to school at 9:00 a.m. for graduation practice and must be picked up when it is over at approximately 9:45 a.m. That evening, students should be at New Life Church by 6:15 and the graduation ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Following graduation, we will have a short reception in the HCS gym for students to take pictures and have light refreshments.  NOTE: We will need 8th grade families to bring cookies, brownies and bars for this event.  Please call or email Mrs. Groen (jgroen@highlandchristian.org) if you are able to bring a dessert.  All family members attending graduation are invited. Boys are required to wear collared shirts, ties, dress pants, and dress shoes.  Girls are required to wear a skirt or dress, and light-colored dress shoes (no flip-flops). Please keep in mind that dresses should have sleeves.

ATHLETIC NEWS
1. HCS is looking for one or two volleyball coaches for next fall.  If you are interested in coaching, or know of someone who is, please contact Neil Krooswyk at 838-0356 ext. #164.

ETC NEWS
1. Now Hiring!  Immediate openings for part-time cashiers/floor stocking.  Apply in store or send resume to info@etcresale.org

TRIP NEWS
1. The next TRIP Cash & Carry Gift Card Store will be this Thurs., June 7 from 8:15 – to 9 a.m. only (no afternoon store).  Contact the TRIP office at   219-838-0356, ext. 199 or trip@highlandchristian.org  for more information.
2. TRIP orders (paper and online) are due Thurs., May 24th by 10 a.m.
3. Current Bonus Rebates (week of 5/21):  Chili’s – 13%; Jewel – 4%; Red Robin – 10%; Shutterfly – 10%.
4. Team A (Julie Sitter, Tori Smits, Cheryl Filler, Lupe Morales) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., May 22nd.  Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.
5. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team B – May 29; Team C – June 5; Team D – June 12; Team A – June 19

Parent Note – May 14, 2018

PARENT NOTE – May 14, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents,
One final encouragement for you to join us tonight for Chris McKenna of Protect Young Eyes.  While we will continue to teach your children about ethical digital citizenship here at HCS, we will continue to provide you with helpful tools to help you as you guide Continue reading Parent Note – May 14, 2018

PARENT NOTE – May 7, 2018

PARENT NOTE – May 7, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

If you were at the Auction last month you witnessed an amazing outpouring of generosity from this community to advance the technology initiatives for students at Highland Christian.  Along with the blessing of this technology comes the responsibility for acceptable use.  For the third year, Highland Christian is pleased to welcome Mr. Chris McKenna of “Protect Young Eyes.”  He will be with us on Monday May 14th.  Chris will be speaking to our students Continue reading PARENT NOTE – May 7, 2018

Parent Note – April 30, 2018

PARENT NOTE – April 30, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
ISTEP testing will be finished tomorrow. Thank you for supporting us with great attendance during this time!  You will be able to see the results of these tests when the Parent Portal is open from June 11-22.  We will share the information about how to access the Continue reading Parent Note – April 30, 2018

Parent Note – April 23, 2018

PARENT NOTE – April 23, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents,
Have you checked your child’s 3rd Quarter Report Card yet?  I recently read some research on Home School Communication.  Evidently, just because it’s there doesn’t mean you are going to rush to read it.  While the amount of information we have is helpful, it can be overwhelming.  The point of the article was that schools need to Continue reading Parent Note – April 23, 2018

Parent Note – April 16, 2018

PARENT NOTE – April 16, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE HCS BOARD
When we began this quarter, we were returning from celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At that time of the year, we think about the incomparable love that God showed to us, His sinful children, as He took on human form and a nature just like Continue reading Parent Note – April 16, 2018

Parent Note – March 26, 2018

PARENT NOTE – March 26, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents,
I’m reading an excellent book right now called Boys Adrift – if you’re raising boys, I recommend it!  One of the points he makes is that just as we are facing a critical shortage of students prepared for STEM Continue reading Parent Note – March 26, 2018

Parent Note – March 19, 2018

PARENT NOTE – March 19, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Parents:
In order to keep the calendar free for ISTEP Part 2 testing, which runs from April 16 to May 4, the following changes are being made:
• May Late Start moves from May 2 to May 9
• Protect Young Eyes with Chris McKenna moves from May 1 to May 14.  After he spends the day with students, Chris will meet with their parents at 7:00 p.m.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to have Chris help you navigate the challenges facing our students with technology.  This meeting is mandatory for parents of current 5th graders in preparation for their children receiving school Macbooks in the fall of 6th grade.
• Service Day will move from April 27 to June 1.
There are some things that we can’t change like Young Authors and Math Triathlon, but clearing the calendar helps us stay focused.
Note: In order to check our inventory of Macbooks and make preparations for the summer and next year, junior high students will leave their laptops at school for spring break.

SCHOOL NEWS
1. Important Reminder:  Due to a snow make-up day, there will be school on Good Friday, March 30.  It will be a 1:45 dismissal and there is no aftercare on that day.
2. Everyone is invited to our K-5 Spring Program this Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.  Students in grades K-5 should dress in an Easter color – light blue, yellow, green, purple, pink, white, or orange (no sweatpants or jeans with holes) and be in their classrooms between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.  This is a mandatory performance for all K-5 students.
3. Everyone is invited to the All-School Gifts Assembly this Thursday, March 22 at 8:40 a.m. in the gym.
4. HCS parent and Prayer Group Leader, Mrs. Koutz, invites students and parents for a time of prayer on Wed., March 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the HCS Prayer Garden.  If you are not familiar with the Prayer Garden, it is in front of the school to the west of the main entrance.  This prayer initiative is being encouraged at all Highland schools.
5. Smile.amazon.com donates 0.5% to Association for Christian Instruction:  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 customers 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.”  BONUS:  Amazon Smile is granting 3 times the points now through the end of March.  1.5% of every purchase designated to Association for Christian Instruction will go to Highland Christian School.
6. Reminder:  If you choose to have your child share a birthday treat with his or her classmates, please send it in a package that can be put in the children’s backpacks at the end of the day to take and enjoy at home.  This practice allows us to preserve valuable learning time and also allows parents to decide if the treat is consistent with the dietary choices appropriate for their child.

TRIP NEWS
1. Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy and will be closing all of their U.S. stores.  If you have any gift cards for this store use them immediately!
2. Zandstra’s Greenhouse gift certificates will be available for sale beginning the week of April 9th.
3. Interested in buying Cash & Carry gift cards from the TRIP office before spring break?  Contact the TRIP office at trip@highlandchristian.org or call 219-838-0356, ext. 199 with a list of cards you would like to buy.
4. Countdown to Spring Break!  This week is the last week to place a TRIP order before Spring break.  TRIP orders are due (paper and online orders) on Thurs., Mar. 22nd by 10 a.m.
5. Current Bonus Rebates (week of Mar. 19):  Bass Pro Shops – 11%; Game Stop – 4%; JCPenney – 5%; Meijer – 5%; Shutterfly – 10%; The Home Depot – 6%; Domino’s – 10%; Red Robin – 10%, TGI Fridays – 9%.
6. Team B (Kathi Fulton, Suzanne Van Ek, Amy Jellema, Lisa Long) will be putting the TRIP orders together on Tues., Mar. 20th.  Orders will be ready for pick up in the school office on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.
7. TRIP Teams for Stuffing Orders:  Team C – Mar. 27; Team D – Apr. 17; Team A – Apr. 24; Team B – May 1

COMMUNITY NEWS
1. Men of A-Chord Christian Men’s Chorus is pleased to announce our annual “Night of Song” Concerts.  There will be FOUR men’s choruses participating in TWO concerts this year!  Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.  The concerts will be held at First Christian Reformed Church, (16248 South Park Ave., South Holland, IL).  Everyone is welcome to join us for a time of praise to God our Savior.  There is no cost to attend.   For more information see our website at www.menofachord.org.
2. GEMS FUNDRAISER: Visit Culver’s in Highland on Saturday, April 7, from 11am to 8pm and they will donate 10% of sales to our New Life’s GEMS Club! Enjoy a delicious meal, benefit a great cause & feel good all over! Please remember to mention GEMS when you place your order.
3. Now Hiring Accountant: Barnabas Foundation seeks an Accountant to join the finance team in its Crete, Illinois office.  The accountant’s primary responsibilities are to support the Accounting Manager in the recording and reporting of financial transaction, and to administrator all aspects of trust and gift annuities from the initial proposal for clients up until the final distribution of the residual account balance to charity.  Qualifications for this entry level position include: desire to apply accounting skills in Christian nonprofit setting; trustworthy with confidential information; excellent attention to detail and accuracy; positive attitude and ability to work well with others; ability to multi-task in an organized manner; excellent keyboarding and computer skills. A four-year degree in accounting is desired, and prior experience in non-profit accounting is helpful.  Interested candidates should email a resume to jobs@BarnabasFoundation.com.  To learn more about Barnabas Foundation and view details of the job description go to www.BarnabasFoundation.com/careers.
4. Please join us at Illiana Christian High School on Tuesday, April 24th, for the annual “Evening for Illiana” fundraising dinner.  This will be the final dinner at the Lansing campus and we have some special things planned!  Dinner will be served in the upper gym from 5pm until 7pm.  Farewell Lansing campus tours will be guided by former and current teachers and staff from 5pm to 6pm.  Fine Arts displays will be open during dinner and the Fine Arts program, featuring competition winners, will take place in the chapel at 7pm.  No reservations needed, but we would appreciate knowing if you are coming!  RSVPs can be sent to nicoles2947@aol.com or please call Nicole Smit at 708-946-6669 to let us know you are coming.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  We would love to see you there!

Parent Note – March 12, 2018

PARENT NOTE – March 12, 2018
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
Matthew 5:41

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Larry Lezotte, in his work about the Correllates of Effective Schools, cites a safe and orderly environment as highly important.  There are two generations of safe and orderly and both matter.
The first generation deals with things like fire drills, severe weather drills, locked doors and now, of course, Lockdown Drills.  Each year Continue reading Parent Note – March 12, 2018

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