Maroon Messenger: December 2018
Thanksgiving was such a great time to slow down and be thankful for all that we have. We were able to prepare our table for friends and family. Just today I was blessed with a conversation with someone who works in several school districts – including ours. She was saying how different and kind our students were because of the love and support they get from their peers and their teachers – a noticeable difference. In that moment, I was reminded how blessed I am to be able to work at such a great place as Holland Christian. In a world (and country) full of unrest, uncertainty, and chaos, it is such a privilege to serve at a place that acknowledges our Christian faith and dependence on a sovereign God who is in control.
Happy December! How has half the school year gone by? Fall athletics wrapped up successful campaigns with conference and district championships and state meet participation. I promised the students I would make it to at least one game/match of every varsity sport – I made my goal. It was so much fun watching them participate in a way that is different than walking in the halls with them everyday. In November, we also enjoyed the performance season for all of the fine arts groups: fall music concerts, visual arts displays, and the fantastic fall musical, Cinderella – I loved seeing all these students participate in this – it was amazing! I am so impressed by the time and talent that is on display from our students. Throughout this fall I observed students experiencing successes and disappointments, highs and lows, health and sickness, joys and frustrations. Through all of these I observed significant growth in these students as they learned valuable life lessons.
Now, all of a sudden, there are less than three weeks of school and some exams yet to take in this first semester. I hope that you will join me in praying for all of our students and teachers as they finish the semester strong. I have been approached several times this fall by parents expressing their deep appreciation for Holland Christian Schools and for those who serve here. Thank you so much for your kind words.
I pray as we all plan to prepare our table for the Christmas season, that our thankfulness will be to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings for all He has done for us. Thank you for your partnership.
Thanks for all you do,
The High School office will be closed during the Christmas Break (December 24 – January 5.) The Administration Office will be closed for the holidays and open January 2-4 from 9 am to 3 pm and back to regular hours on Monday, January 7.
Anyone interested in Dutch Dance may sign up and pick up your information packet in the office. ALL dancers, first time or returning dancers MUST attend the first practice on January 8 at 6:15 am. After that, if your group consists of all returning dancers, you will not need to return until April 9.
Bittersweet Ski Club Information
Bittersweet Ski Club forms are available in the office! We have the ski club cards available for purchase in the office when you return your signed form and payment. Student and adult cards are $17 each. If you plan to ride the bus to Bittersweet (12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22 & 3/1), you must pay $24 when you purchase your card. Then each time you ride the bus there will be a $5 fee. Checks should be made out to Holland Christian.
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) is a fundraising program available to help offset the cost of Holland Christian tuition. The more you use the TRIP program the more you earn.
Instant TRIP is available on Wednesdays 7:30 am – 9 am at Rose Park and the High School. First come, first serve!
Future TRIP dates:
December 5, 12, & 19 (NO TRIP on December 26) – Last day to order before Christmas is December 12. Orders placed December 19 will be ready on January 9.
January 9, 16, 23, 30 (NO TRIP on January 2).
Online orders for physical gift cards are sent to the coordinators’ box, not to the companies, so they follow the timeline listed above.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM: HOST FAMILIES for 2019/20
The international program at Holland Christian is a wonderful program. Students come from all over the world to receive a Christian education and experience American culture. We in turn are enriched by the diversity and gifts that these students bring along with the relationships that are made. If your family is interested in learning more about hosting an international student, please contact Karen DeRoo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to use our PaperGator recycling containers; they are located at each one of our school facilities. PaperGator will recycle all newsprint, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, phone books, hard and softcover books, school/office paper, AND PAY HCS FOR THE RECYCLED PAPER! Do not put any plastic, metal, trash, glass, cardboard or paperboard (grocery item boxes) in the PaperGator containers.
ESCAPE MINISTRIES OPEN HOUSE
Escape Ministries invites the HC community to their open house Friday, November 30 from 5-7pm @ Escape; 202 E 32nd St. Come see and interact with the special work God is doing through education, jobs, and fitness with our community’s youth in tough situations at Escape! Raffle tickets to win a 2014 Jeep still available at escape-out.org/fundraisers
FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
2019 CHAMPS Coupon Books
CHAMPS books are now available for $25 at the High School Office.
Scheduling/Cancellations/Game Information can be found on our website.
UPCOMING FINE ARTS EVENTS
24 Hour Theatre Performance will be presented December 1, at 7 pm in the High School Auditorium. There is a $5 admission fee.
The High School Music Department invites you to its annual band, orchestra and choir Christmas concert on Saturday, December 15, in the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts, located on the campus of Hope College. We will be offering two performance times for those who would like to attend: one at 2:00 pm and one at 4:00 pm. Follow this link to make a reservation for which concert you would like to attend. Those who do not have access to the internet will be able to make reservations through the high school front office. The number of reservations for each of the performances will be limited. In this way we hope to be able to offer a seat to everyone who would like to attend. We look forward to sharing in the celebration of our Savior’s birth through our music.
A Night at the Disco: Hits from the 70’s (A Living Hope Showcase Event)
Join the Living Hope Singers for an evening of song and dance as they celebrate music from the 1970’s. Showcase 2019 will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 7:00 pm in the Holland Christian High School Auditorium. Reserved tickets will be available online starting December 8. Tickets can be ordered here. Order tickets early for the best seats! Tickets make great Christmas gifts!
Tuesday, December 18
8:45-10:15 am Period 1 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 2 Exam – Tech Center required. Students may leave 2nd hour exam when finished/Tech will be notified that you may be late.
Wednesday, December 19
8:45-10:15 am Period 3 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 4/5 Exam – Tech Center Required
Thursday, December 20
8:45-10:15 am Period 6 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm Period 7 Exam – Tech Center Required
Friday, December 21
8:45-10:15 am Period 8 Exam
10:30-12:00 pm – Make up slot – Tech Center Required
- Students are not required to be at school unless they have an exam.
- You will not be allowed to take your exams until all lunch detentions have been served, and you will not receive credit for your first semester courses until you take your exams.
- All books must be returned and fines paid in the Media Center before exams may be taken.
- All students should check with the bus driver to find out the bus schedule for exam week.
2019-20 CLASS SIGNUP
Students will be signing up for their 2019 – 2020 classes in February. Registration information for current 9th – 11th graders will come out by the end of January. All parents are encouraged to discuss with students the opportunities that are available.
Current students will submit their course selections online by February 22, 2019. Scheduling information for incoming freshman will be sent home before the end of January.
FUNDRAISERS & GIFT IDEAS
The Tuition Grant Fund has made Christian education available to many families who desire a Christ-centered education for their children. Now through December 31, 2018, all donations to the Tuition Grant Fund will be doubled! We have received a challenge from generous donors to match dollar for dollar up to a certain amount! Stop in the Administration Office or donate online!
“Direct Your Dollars” is a program that Family Fare/D&W is currently running. Please turn in your ENTIRE receipt then HCS can receive funds in return. We will have a basket at the High School and Rose Park TRIP tables to make it easy for you to turn them in.
PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, several representatives from the Careerline Tech Center will be speaking to the students about what the Tech Center has to offer, should they be interested in attending Tech Center beginning their junior or senior year. All sophomores and any interested juniors will be attending this presentation. Parents are welcome to attend as well. It will be held in the high school auditorium from 10:25 – 11:10 am.
The PSAT testing went well. According to the College Board website, students should be able to access their scores online beginning December 12.
ACT AND SAT TESTING
- Upcoming ACT test dates are February 9 (regular deadline is January 11), April 13 (regular deadline is March 8) and June 8, 2019 (regular deadline is May 3). HCHS is a testing site for each testing date this school year. Register for the test at www.actstudent.org.
- Upcoming SAT test dates are March 9 (regular deadline is February 8), May 4 (regular deadline is April 5) and June 1, 2019 (regular deadline is May 3). HCHS is a testing site for the March 9 test date. To register for the SAT, go to www.sat.org.
ACT/SAT PREP CLASS
Holland Christian will hold free ACT/SAT prep sessions this year for all junior students. The sessions will be held during the school day second semester during Family Flex time. More details will be coming at a later date; watch the announcements. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our students and hope this will help them feel better prepared for the ACT/SAT.
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
When a senior applies to a college, the college will consider that student for all institution-based aid and all state and federal aid (information is obtained through FAFSA). The only scholarships your son/daughter must apply for are those sponsored by private organizations. For a listing of scholarships, visit the Counseling Department link of the HCHS website. This listing is updated as new scholarship announcements are received.
FAFSA4caster is a federal aid estimator that can be used before officially applying for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA4caster will provide you with an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what types of student aid you may receive. Using your EFC, FAFSA4caster will determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study you might qualify for and will provide you an estimated award amount for each. Any student, regardless of age or year in school, may use FAFSA4caster. Go to www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov. The website will provide information on next steps in the financial aid process. Also, in winter of your senior year of high school, you will receive a reminder to complete the FAFSA.
Seniors who are considering attending a Division I or II University and hope to compete on an athletic team must complete an NCAA application eligibility form. Students can apply online at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Seniors who are considering attending an NAIA member school must complete the NAIA application. For a complete listing of NAIA schools and an application visit www.naia.org. If an NCAA or NAIA application is made online, a copy of the completed form must be given to the counseling secretary for submission of the student’s transcript to the eligibility centers. It is the student’s responsibility to check requirements and make sure his/her senior courses ensure eligibility.
ditto is blessed by you!
As we move into the Advent season, we are so thankful to God for the gift of his Son who came into this world to save us. We are also extremely grateful to our volunteers, our staff and Board, our customers, and the wonderful people who choose to donate items to ditto upscale resale. God has been so good to us in furthering our mission of providing tuition assistance to families whose children attend Holland Christian and Zeeland Christian Schools.
We are closing out another successful year at ditto, but it is important to be ever mindful that this success comes from God and is supported by so many who volunteer their talents, time, and treasures to support Christian Education. If you, or someone you know, has time to spend volunteering; we would love to have you join us! It takes a large team of volunteers to do the work necessary to keep a store of ditto’s size operating smoothly.
Please keep our students, volunteers, managers, and Board in your thoughts and prayers. ditto is a mission not only for Christian Education, but to a community of customers and partners who are blessed by what we provide as a store.
UPCOMING BUSING INFORMATION
The following are the days our public school partners will NOT be providing transportation.
Zeeland Public Schools
December 14 (No PM transportation)
January 16-18 (No AM transportation)
February 1 (No PM transportation)
April 19 (No PM transportation)
May 8, 9, 10 (No PM transportation)
Holland Public Schools
February 26 (No PM transportation)
March 12 (No PM transportation)
May 8, 9 (No PM transportation)
West Ottawa Public Schools
January 18 (No PM transportation)
May 9 (No PM Transportation)
IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
December 1 – 24 Hour Theatre Performance (7 pm)
December 12 – World Cultures Event (6 pm)
December 15 – BOC Christmas Concert, performance times are 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm, Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts located on the campus of Hope College
December 18, 19, 20 and 21 – HS Exams
December 24 – January 4 – Christmas Vacation
January 7 – 11 – Winterim
January 28 – HS Showcase (7 pm)
February 9 – WinterFest Dance, HS Cafeteria (8 pm – 11:30 pm)
February 15 – Staff Development (No School)
February 18 – Winter Break (No School)