Heritage Christian School San Diego

Weekly Newsletter

November 13, 2023

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Important Dates


Nov 14 - Volleyball Banquet

Nov 14-16 - Basketball Camp

Nov 16 - Basketball Rubio's Fundraiser

Nov 17 - Knott's Berry Farm Field Trip

Nov 18 - Sixth Grade Friendsgiving Potluck

Nov 20-24 - Office Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Nov 25 - Senior Movie & Game Night

Nov 28 & 30 - Basketball Tryouts

Dec 2 - Outdoor Club Fishing Trip

Dec 2 - First Aid/CPR Workshop

Dec 2 - Senior Cookie Exchange & Board Game Night

Dec 11 - Noel Noel Registration Deadline

Dec 12 - Heritage Christmas Program

Dec 13 - Noel Noel San Diego Symphony Field Trip

Dec 15 - The Nutcracker Field Trip

Dec 15 - Sixth Grade Christmas Bunco & Gift Exchange

Dec 27 - Mission San Juan Capistrano Registration Close

Jan 8 - Birch Aquarium Registration Deadline

Jan 10 - Birch Aquarium Field Trip


Nov 13


Nov 16


Nov 20


Nov 27


Complete School Calendar Here
Administrative Updates & Announcements From the Office

Save the Date

February 24, 2024 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Del Cerro Baptist Church | 5512 Pennsylvania Ln, La Mesa 91942

This year's topics have been finalized:

  • Special Needs
  • Classical Education
  • Homeschooling with Littles
  • The State of Homeschooling Today
  • Managing Stress and Homeschooling
  • Teaching a Biblical Worldview
  • Homeschooling and Meal Planning
  • Thoughts from a Homeschooling Veteran
  • Dads Only Session
  • Private Homeschooling Options and How HCS Can Help (for non-HCS members)

For speakers information and details in the weeks ahead, visit the Training Workshops page on the website.

HCS Zero Tolerance Policy Reminder

Please be mindful of the Zero Tolerance Policy found in the HCS Parent Student Handbook regarding weapons being brought to any HCS event. Weapons include but are not limited to, pocket knives, multi-tool devices, ninja stars, etc. None of these kinds of items may be brought to any class day/academy campus, club, field trip, or any other HCS activity/event. Violation of this policy can result in anything from temporary or permanent suspension, up to and including, immediate expulsion from the school.

The Parent-Student Handbook may always be found on the website in the Members Only section (password 23hcssd24) under Resources ---> Documents. All parents and students are held to all the policies stated in this handbook. Please take some time each year to review the handbook, both as parents and students. If there are any changes made to the handbook during the school year, those changes will be highlighted in the newsletter.

Christmas Program 2023

December 12, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Bonita Valley Community Church | 4744 Bonita Rd, Bonita 91902

Admission is FREE for everyone.

The countdown continues! Just 42 days until Christmas and 29 days until our exciting Christmas program! So save the date and continue spreading the word. Invite friends and family to get into the Christmas spirit by attending our annual program, with performances by our band, choir, and other clubs and class day groups. 

Come hungry, food court opens at 5:00 pm!

Many school clubs and groups will have food (nachos/hot dogs/chili dogs), drinks, and novelty stocking stuffing gifts for sale. Concession stands will open an hour before the program and after the program.

The performing spots are booked! Thank you all who signed up, it is going to be a full entertaining night.

Fundraising Opportunity. If your HCS club or group would like to sell to fundraise for your cause before and after the program, please email Judy Beckmann at [email protected] by November 24th to reserve your spot.

Office Closed

November 20-24, 2023

Please note that the office will be closed both physically and remotely for Thanksgiving week. Please plan ahead for any office-related needs you may have (work permits, DMV forms, college forms, picking up items from the office, etc.) as no one will be monitoring phones or emails that week.

New Feature in HSL

Do you ever forget if you have already signed up for an event and searching through all your emails is not helping?

HSL now lists all the Events you have signed up for alongside the list of classes, clubs, and volunteer jobs you have signed up for. To see this feature, go to any matrix in HSL and click above the matrix on Manage Class Registrations. On the left, you will see all the classes, clubs, and volunteer jobs you are signed up for (with Past, Current, and Future tabs) and on the right you will see all the Events you have registered for (Past and Future).

HSL continues to evolve as its popularity among homeschool groups grows. New features and updates that you may find useful will be included in the newsletter.

Student Information System (SIS) Undergoing Major Update

Thank you to all who entered their Course of Study (COS) in our Student Information System (SIS). We are currently working through some major updates in the system, so please do NOT attempt to enter your COS if you haven't already done so. We will not be charging a late fee at this time. We will notify you when our system is up and running.

Events & Field Trips

Sixth Grade Friendsgiving Potluck

November 18 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join your fellow Sixth Graders to celebrate "Friendsgiving" together! Registration closes 11/16/23.

Sixth Grade Christmas Bunco & Gift Exchange

December 15 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join your fellow Sixth Graders for a time of fun and fellowship! Registration closes 12/11/23.

Noel Noel San Diego Symphony Open Rehearsal

December 13 | 9:15 am - 12:30 pm

Experience the return of Noel as she and her friends search for Santa and the magic that he brings with the season. New to this year’s performance will be featured guest vocalist Devin DeSantis. It’s a program full of Christmas classics, holiday cheer and jolly spirit. For Grades 6-12.

Registration closes 12/11/23.


Birch Aquarium

January 10 | 9:15 am - 5:00 pm

As the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of

Oceanography at UC San Diego, Birch Aquarium's hands-on exhibits explore the latest in oceanography while introducing you to a variety of amazing creatures like the Giant Pacific Octopus, a Weedy Seadragon, the world's smallest penguins, a sea turtle and beautiful varieties of fish. Registration closes January 8, 2024.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

February 28 | 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

Join us as we explore life at the Mission in this hands-on program where students use their hands to dive into the past and learn about the jobs that the original Acjachemen builders did, including building the Mission with adobe bricks. Registration closes 12/27/23.

Clubs & Sports

New Club Launch: Mime Club

HCS is pleased to announce the addition of its newest club. The Mime Club uses creative arts, primarily mime, to share Bible stories and the Gospel in various public venues. It also utilizes weekly practices and events to invest in growing the students in their faith and leadership skills by participating in Bible studies, prayer groups, and being assigned weekly responsibilities.

The Mime club meets on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at San Diego Grace Brethren Church located at 3455 Atlas St, San Diego 92111. The cost to join is $40 per student. For families with multiple students, the 3rd student and beyond will be only $25 each. Students ages 8 to 18 may join.

Anyone interested in joining Mime Club can visit one of their weekly practices to check it out before formally committing to participate. Please RSVP to the club via email prior to your visit.

To contact the Mime club, email [email protected]. Registration for the club takes place through your HSL account. The Mime Club page may be found under The Arts on HSL.

Senior Section

Senior Movie and Game Night

November 25 | 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join your fellow Seniors for games and a movie. Bring a game to play and an appetizer, dessert, or drinks to share. Register here using your HSL account. Registration closes on 11/24/23.

Senior Cookie Exchange

& Board Game Night

December 2 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join your fellow Seniors for a cookie exchange and board games. Bring a dozen of your favorite holiday cookies to exchange. Register here using your HSL account. Registration closes 12/1/23.

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: Drama Club

The purpose of the HCS Drama Club is to give HCS students opportunities to perform in a theater setting while developing their communication skills, confidence, and God-given talents. While refining their abilities we encourage meaningful,

Christ-centered, relationships, so our students can together be lights to the world, having the self-confidence to effectively communicate the truth of Christ and His salvation.

This year's production of Singin' in the Rain Jr. will be performed on April 12th and 13th.

The Parent Committee is made up of:

Beth Fox - President

Laura Walmsley - Treasurer

Jessica Valdez - Secretary

Laura Bennett - Fundraising Coordinator

Marcy Bamba - Creative Director

Their bios may be found on the Volunteer Leads page.

College Bound Resources

Considering Attending GCU?

Did you know that Grand Canyon University offers a $5000/year scholarship to students living on campus, for every year the student attends a school that is part of Canyon Christian School Consortium? Heritage Christian School is part of the Canyon Christian Schools Consortium and as an HCS graduate, you can benefit from this partnership. This can translate to savings of up to $20,000 on college tuition over the course of four years. Explore GCU by visiting their website.

Fall Virtual Christian College Fair

It's for seniors deciding where to attend college next fall, underclassmen narrowing down college choices, and everyone exploring the variety of options available for the future. Visit FindYourChristianCollege.com for more information.

  • Explore the comprehensive, ongoing virtual college booths anytime from November 1st - 17th.
  • Visit College Booths
  • Watch College-Prep Webinars
  • Interact LIVE with reps from each college

Monday, November 13 | 7 to 10 pm (EDT) 

Thursday, November 16 | 7 to 10 pm (EDT)

Reps will be in their booths from 7-10 pm (ET) | 4-7 pm (PT)

Christian College Information

By completing the free Christian College request form, you'll be entered into the $5,000 Christian College Scholarship drawing and receive Christian college information. See the Christian Connector website for more information.

"What an awesome ministry The Christian Connector is, we are thankful for the vision of those who initiated it, support it, and work there. May you continue to make a difference for the Kingdom and may the Lord continue to use The Christian Connector for His honor and glory!" Parent - J. Tovar from Texas

Classifieds | Community | Helpful Resources

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

March 9, 2024 | 5:00 pm

North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre | Chula Vista, CA

This year Franklin Graham will be traveling to ten cities including Chula Vista and will be presenting a gospel message at the God Loves You Frontera Tour. There will be live worship as well. 


We first and foremost personally want to invite Heritage Christian Schools to attend this event and would love to be able to connect with you and share more about it! I have attached the link to our website, godlovesyoutour.com to learn more.


In addition to attending the event, we also have several volunteer opportunities. For past tours, we have had groups from local Christian schools serve with us on the day of the event. This has been a great opportunity for students to serve with their friends and community, as well as a way to complete their community service hours too!


We still have a need for volunteers to serve on-site! Our On-site Team consists of two shifts assisting with various needs, from the set-up of 10x10 tent, tables, and materials for various resource tents around the venue to greeting & serving in our resource tents. If you are interested in learning more about the event or serving as a group, my team and I would be happy to connect with you via phone call or Zoom and walk through the various shift opportunities and the simple 2-step registration process for your group!

In addition to our On-Site Team, we have our Prayer Team as well, where volunteers can come alongside a new believer after the invitation and pray with them. We’d be happy to walk through the steps of this role as well during a phone call or Zoom meeting.

November 14, 2023 | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Redeemer Bible Church | 29775 Santiago Road, Temecula, CA 92592

Join CHEA and Andrew Pudewa, along with Nathan Pierce of FPM, for a special evening of informative and encouraging sessions. This is a free event, but registration is required. Childcare is not provided, but children are welcome to attend if they sit quietly with their parents. Visit CHEA of CA's website for more information including speakers and workshop line up.


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 [email protected]. 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.