Heritage Christian School San Diego


Weekly Newsletter

February 5, 2024

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Important Dates

EVENTS, ACTIVITIES, & DEADLINES


Feb 8 - First Semester Grades Due

Feb 8 - School Board Meeting

Feb 9 - Petco Park Tour Field Trip Registration Deadline

Feb 12 - Mime Club Parent Meeting

Feb 13 - Petco Park Tour Field Trip

Feb 14 - Senior Girls Galentine's Tea

Feb 14 - Sea Lab Field Trip Registration Deadline

Feb 15 - Panda Express Fundraiser

Feb 16 - Sea Lab (Marine Science Floating Lab) FT

Feb 17 & 19 - Mime Club Training Camp

Feb 19 - Office Closed for President's Day Holiday

Feb 20 - Girls Softball Parent Meeting

Feb 24 - Annual Heritage Conference

Feb 29 - Board Nominations Deadline

Feb 29 - Fleece Blankets Deadline

CLASS DAYS & ACADEMIES


Feb 5

Academies


Feb 8

DC/ESC


Feb 12

Academies


Feb 15

EC/BON

Complete School Calendar Here

From the Board of Directors

Better Before Bigger - an Invitation to Prayer and a Call to Action

by Marc Crawford, HCS Chairman


The buzz in the Del Cerro Baptist Church fellowship hall from Tuesday, January 16 still resonates deeply within me. As we unveiled Heritage Christian School's ambitious 5-year plan, "Better Before Bigger," at the annual State of the School meeting, I witnessed a wave of excitement and unity that I have not seen in a long time. This plan provides a roadmap for strengthening our HCS community of families and your positive response has not only been comforting but also fundamental in shaping the future of our beloved school.

 

"Better Before Bigger" is not just an ambitious roadmap; it reinforces the values that define us. It is a commitment to nurturing the spiritual roots of our children before we expand their branches. 


Read the full article including an invitation to prayer and a call to action HERE.

HCS Board of Directors Seeking Nominations for New Board Members for the 2024-2025 School Year


Nomination Period: January 29 - February 29, 2024


Please send your nominations to HCSboard@hcssd.org and principal@hcssd.org. You do not need to confirm the interest of the nominee to submit their name (though you are certainly welcome to do so). The Principal will reach out and let the nominee know they have been nominated and determine whether or not they want to proceed.


Your role as members is absolutely vital in this process. We are looking to you to bring forth men who you believe share our passion and vision for Heritage Christian School. We hope that you will take some time to think through at least one or two nominations. Self-nominations are also welcomed.


For complete information about the qualifications and duties of Board members, please go to the member's password-protected section of the website, enter the passcode (23hcssd24), and locate the Bylaws (under Documents).

Administrative Updates & Announcements From the Office

Grades Are Due This Week!

 

First semester ended on January 24th and grades are due by February 8th. To enter grades, follow the instructions below.

 

The Student Information System (SIS) grade page is linked with the Course of Study page that you may have entered back at the beginning of the year. When you login to SIS to enter your students' grades, all the classes that you entered in your Course of Study will be waiting for you in the grading system.


If you were unable to enter a COS (no worries), just enter each class by "Add Subject" and grade as needed. If you have changed or added a class since you entered your Course of Study – no worries. On the far right, select “Delete” or “Add Subject” appropriately. Then follow through with the subject, course and grade.


Download step by step instructions on how to enter grades HERE.

School-Wide Service Project:

Fleece Blankets for San Diego Rescue Mission


Did you know you can make comfy fleece blankets without sewing, gluing, or stapling? What a perfect way to care for our neighbors experiencing homelessness!


Purchase fleece at a local fabric store and make these easy no-sew blankets at home. Simply follow the easy instructions that may be found on the SDRM website HERE.


This would make a great fellowship project for groups of students or as a family. The 10th-grade class will be getting together and making these as a social event.


Bring your completed blankets to the office no later than February 29th. You may also bring them to EC Class Day or Academy and give them to Mrs. Stormoen who will take them down to the Rescue Mission on March 1st.

WORD Achiever


Congratulations to the following students for completing the WORD passage (Col 3:1-17):


Natalie Stormoen (10th)


As a reminder, to be included on the WORD yearbook page, the passage must be recited by February 29, 2024. Decals and website recognition will be given up to June 3, 2024.


There is no greater thing to memorize than the WORD of God!


Visit the WORD website page to see this year's passage challenge as well as past year's challenges and achievers.

SAT Testing Registration Now Open

New Process This Year


On-Site Dates: April 2-4, 2024 (for 7th-11th grades only)

At Home Dates: April 10-17, 2024 (for 4th-11th grades)


Visit the Testing website page for full details and registration link.

New Podcast Episode:

A Closer Academic Look at the Junior High Years


Join Principal Vicki Stormoen as she shares the academic skills that homeschooling parents should solidify and prepare in their junior high students to ensure success in their high school years.


Access the podcast on our Buzzsprout site or search for Homeschool Talk with HCS on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Podcast Addict, and more. Subscribe to the show to be notified when new episodes are uploaded. 

We Want You In the Yearbook!



The yearbook staff has reserved special sections in the book for various groups. Currently, they are looking for new student drivers, working students, volunteer students, and families who are new to HCS this school year. If this applies to your family or student, please take some time to complete the questionnaire and submit a picture using the links below. Don't delay, make your submissions now because the questionnaires close on February 9th. Email yearbook@hcssd.org with any questions.


Yearbook Questionnaires

New Student Drivers

Working or Volunteer Students

New HCS Families

Annual Heritage Conference

Registration Is Open!


February 24, 2024 | 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Del Cerro Baptist Church

5512 Pennsylvania Ln, La Mesa 91942


In this section of the newsletter, we will be featuring the bios and session previews of the speakers who will be speaking this year. For complete conference information including speakers, session topics, and schedule, visit www.homeschool-conference.com.

Conference Speaker & Session Spotlight

Allison Wardrip is a native Californian and has been married to her husband, Noah, for 20 years. They have two daughters, ages 14 and 10, and they are currently in their 8th year of homeschooling (always through Heritage!). Allison absolutely loves coffee, loves to read and discuss books, and loves worship music and hymns.


In recent years, she has been attending Bible classes and building her skills in Theology, Biblical Worldview, and Apologetics. As a result, she has developed a passion to educate herself and her children in these areas. Allison also uses her time to volunteer with various Jesus-loving organizations such as the Center for Biblical Unity, Unity4Orphans, and American Heritage Girls.

Discipleship and Teaching a Biblical Worldview


As homeschooling parents, we recognize the value of teaching our children. Not only do we want to educate our children in the academic subjects, but we also understand that our primary focus should be to disciple our children to have a Biblical worldview. What does it mean to allow the Bible to inform every encounter in day-to-day life and how do we develop this perspective?


In this session, we will address these important areas:


What exactly is a Biblical worldview?

Why is having a solid Biblical worldview important for myself and my children?

How do I incorporate this into my homeschooling and daily life?

What are some resources to help teach a Biblical worldview to my children?


We all recognize that the world around us is volatile and dark (without Christ!), but as Christian parents, we need not lose hope! We don’t need to be afraid to stand for Truth; however, we must be equipped and proactive to disciple our children (and ourselves!) effectively to navigate daily life. With a solid Biblical worldview, we can be confident that God’s Word provides the wisdom and guidance we need for every day! Let’s journey together to understand and implement a Biblical worldview within our families and homeschool!

Events & Field Trips

Petco Park Tour Field Trip


February 13 | 10:40 am - 12:30 pm


Looking for your next field trip? Look no further than a behind-the-scenes tour of Petco Park that will be an experience they will never forget! Registration closes 2/9/24.

Sea Lab (Marine Science Floating Lab) Field Trip


February 16 | 8:15 am - 12:30 pm


Our Marine Science program is a half-day exploration for K-12th grade students and their parents. This hands-on, popular trip is conducted in the San Diego Bay on boats outfitted with oceanographic equipment specifically for student useRegistration closes 2/14/23.

High School Formal


April 16


Save the date for this year's high school formal. Stay tuned for more details.

Clubs & Sports

Football Anyone?


Do you have a son who would like to play football? We’re looking to restart the Heritage Football Club for the 2024-2025 school year. If interested email football@hcssd.org for more information. All experience levels welcome!

Join The Mime Club


February 12 | 5:30 pm

Grace Brethren Church

3455 Atlas St, San Diego 92111


Do you have a student interested in possibly joining the Mime club? Please attend the upcoming parent meeting to learn more about the club.


Mime Club's Spring session will kick off with Training Camp all day on February 17th & 19th, followed by our first week of practice on Monday, February 26th, 4:30-8pm. Registration is open now on HSL. Go to The Arts tab, and select Mime Club. Email mimeclub@hcssd.org with any questions.

Drama Club Fundraiser

at Panda Express


February 15 | All Day


Save the date! Another chance to support our HCS Drama Club is around the corner! On Thursday, Feb 15, when you order online via the website or app and use code 920672 at check-out, Panda Express will donate 28% of the sales for the day to our HCS Drama Club!


You can set your order to be picked up at ANY Panda Express across the country, and can even schedule your order up to a WEEK in advance (2/8)! Share this flyer with your out-of-state friends and family who have been wanting to support our Drama Club to treat themselves to lunch or dinner that day for a great cause. 


Your support will help us with the expenses of scripts, props, sets, costumes, venues, and more! Thank you and enjoy!

Senior Section

Senior Galentines Tea


February 14 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


This event is for Senior girls only. Please bring a tray of something to share: finger sandwiches, scones, chocolates, little pastries, or other tea party delectables. Visit the Monthly Senior Events page for details. Registration closes 2/12/24.

Now Accepting

Grad Nite Chaperone Applications


If you are interested in applying to be a Chaperone for our 2024 Grad Nite, please complete this application. Chaperones will receive a small discount on their admission and charter bus transportation tickets. The number of chaperones needed will be dependent on the number of student registrations. Please contact events@hcssd.org with any questions.

Grad Nite 2024 Disney's

California Adventure Park


May 28 | 9:00 am - May 29 | 4:00 am


Celebrate the end of your Senior year at Grad Nite 2024. This year we will return to Disney's California Adventure Park for a day filled with fun at the park and a private Grad Nite party in the evening.


For more information and registration visit the Senior Events page. Registration closes 2/16/24.

College Bound Resources

CAL GRANT


  • Cal Grants are monetary awards for students meeting certain academic and financial requirements. They can be used for any UC, CSU, private college, community college, and most vocational schools in California. They are not paid back.


  • To receive a Cal Grant, a student must file an FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form and a GPA Verification form to determine eligibility no later than the March deadline of the student’s senior year. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: HCS cannot fill out the GPA Verification form required for a CAL Grant because we are not accredited. The California Student Aid Commission has made a provision for home-schooled students who attend a non-accredited high school. GED, SAT, or ACT test scores will be accepted in place of the GPA Verification form.



To submit test scores, complete the "To be filled out by student" section of the GPA Verification form. Mark the bubble for Question 7 "Test Scores" and attach a copy of your ACT/SAT or GED scores to the form. Send the form with a copy of test scores to the Student Aid Commission no later than the March deadline. For more information, go to the California Student Aid Commission’s website. www.csac.ca.gov 

Take Note that many colleges do not require the SAT or ACT for acceptance, however, these tests are still used to award the CAL GRANT.

Volunteer Spotlight

HCS depends heavily on our volunteer leadership team in order to provide economical classes, clubs, and events to our members. In this section of the newsletter, we will be highlighting the various services and opportunities available to you because of the efforts of our volunteers. Please be sure to thank the various volunteers who spend many hours working hard behind the scenes in order to provide these services. Their full bios and pictures may be found on the website under About --> Volunteer Leads.

Volunteer Spotlight: Robotics Club


In Robotics Club, students learn engineering research and innovation skills by designing a novel solution to a problem, learn robot design and computer programming skills, learn to work as a team, learn presentation skills. and, build with Legos! Come check out the fun!


The Parent Committee is made up of:

Genoveva Rodriguez - President

Celinna Dever - Secretary

Tiffini Gonzalez - Treasurer


Their bios may be found on the Volunteer Leads page.

Classifieds | Community | Helpful Resources

Submissions by our members or alum for events or opportunities that are NOT sponsored by HCS.

Jostens Photography Contest


The Jostens Photo Contest 2024 runs until March 1, 2024. You could win the best prizes in the industry! Winners will be announced in April 2024. More Photo Contest information can be found at www.jostens.com/photocontest.

 

Here’s a stack of previous winners for inspiration. Photo editing programs may be used to enhance the technical aspects of the photo in ALL categories. Photo editing examples include cropping, correction of white balance, brightness/contrast and exposure, switching to black and white, etc.

 

All students are eligible - students do not need to be on the yearbook staff to participate.

Trigonometry tutoring service offered by HCS senior, Nico Lundgren whose final grade in college-level trigonometry was an A. References are available upon request.


"Nico 100% helped me! I got my grade to a B from an F on two of the last tests."

-Isaiah


"Nico is wonderful at taking complex concepts and breaking them down into understandable terms with visual step-by-step displays that make them easier to grasp. His patience is paramount."

-Thomas Harris

Homeschool Family Camp - Fall 2024


HCS Families Receive 10% Discount


Hartland’s Home School Family Camps have provided quality education and Biblical teaching for over thirty years.


Hartland has a heart for homeschooling families. That’s why we've created these unique programs designed specifically for families who have chosen to homeschool. We have combined fun family activities, crafts, and games with in-depth teaching of biblical values, to create a program like no other. Home School Family Camps are designed to keep families together. You’ll enjoy worshiping, playing, learning, and growing together in a safe, positive, uplifting environment.


Along with great messages from our keynote speakers, each Home School Family Camp offers outdoor education classes, including hands-on experiences that will make learning fun and memorable.


Email lydia@amosfamily.us with any questions.

OFFICE STAFF PHONE EXTENSIONS

To bypass the phone menu, you may use any of these extensions at any time.

NORMAL OFFICE HOURS: 10 AM - 3 PM | T & TH (In-Person) | M & W (Remote)

1. Vikki Grieshaber (field trips, front desk-work permits/driver's ed docs, general info, RaiseRight, library)

2. Tracy West (billing)

3. Jane Richards (school records, transcripts, high school evaluations, Class Day concerns)

4. Lilia Sepulveda (school calendar, website, newsletter, social media, podcast, school merch)

5. Vicki Stormoen (principal)

6. Emmie Palacios (events, yearbook)

7. Judy Beckmann (clubs)

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The weekly newsletter submissions deadline is 12 noon on Thursday to news@hcssd.org. This newsletter is for notices of interest to the entire school regarding HCS-sponsored events, with the exception of pre-authorized clearance for listings in the Classified section. Notices specific only to a group should go to that group’s contact list only.



HCS exists to support and encourage Christian families in the high calling of biblical discipleship through Christ-centered home education by providing administrative help, mentoring, classes, and parent-driven activities, all while honoring family sovereignty.