July 26, 2018

This edition of the Weekly Heritage is filled with very important information about the upcoming school year . Please read it thoroughly and call or email the office if you need clarification on any of the items below. We hope you are having a wonderful summer and we can't wait to kick off another great school year in August!
School Calendar and Updated Parent/Student Handbook

Please take note of the school calendar for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Did you know? You can subscribe to the Heritage Calendar by going to our website and clicking on 'Calendar' under the 'Parents' tab. Click on the Subscribe button at the bottom and choose the option that you prefer. That will save you a lot of time entering in each event individually!

In addition, revisions to the Parent/Student Handbook have also been made. All revisions from previous years are highlighted and you are strongly encouraged to take a look at those changes by clicking the following link: Parent Student Handbook
Class Supply Lists

If your kids are anxious to get Back to School supplies, the Class Supply Lists for this year can be found on our website or by clicking here.
Back to School Work Day

With the start of school just around the corner, we need your help to spiff up the school building and surrounding campus. On Saturday, August 11,we 'll have our annual Back to School Work Day from 8:00am to 12:00pm. As always, more hands equal less work. This is an excellent way for you to meet other school families and we would love to see you there. Be watching your email for additional information and a Sign-up Genius in the next week or two.
Pre-K Parent Orientation Night - Aug 17th

New this year , the Pre-K would like to invite all of our families to come on Friday, August 17 at 6:00 (30 minutes earlier than the Back to School Night) to bring school supplies and get important information that will ensure our school year is started off right. There is also a time set aside for questions/answers. We will have 3 adults available to take the kids outside if you would so choose so that you will be able to concentrate while the kiddos are having fun on our playground!  This will take the place of the Pre-K Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 21st that was on the original 2018-19 School Calendar.
Back to School Night

We're looking forward to seeing you on Friday evening, August 17th for our annual Back to School Night. The itinerary for the evening is as follows:

  • 6:30-7:00pm - Teachers will be in their classrooms welcoming families and receiving school supplies.
  • 7:00-8:00pm - Frozen Yogurt Social in the Gymnasium

You won't want to miss this fun event to kick off the new school year! Additional information can be found in the Parent Student Handbook under the Special Events Section in the back.

The office will be open that evening if you need to finalize any paperwork or payments before the start of the school year.
Heritage H.A.N.D.S. Back to School Pool Night

Say goodbye to summer and lazy days at the pool with one last splash! Heritage H.A.N.D.S. is hosting a Back to School Pool Night at the NL Rec center on Sunday, August 26 from 6-7:30pm. Come out for some fun and fellowship with other Heritage families and catch up after the summer break. Bring the whole family at no charge!
A Message from Head of School Mike Annis

Hiring the right people for the work we do at Heritage is always a faith-testing adventure. I typically know what roles I need to fill in the spring of the preceding year and begin an active pursuit. This year, my pursuit has not yet yielded the person I am confident is the right one for middle school Science and Literature. Of late, I have been asking God “why” as I look at the start of the school year rapidly approaching. That being said, I always like to have multiple plans in place to address needs knowing that my desired outcome may not be what materializes. I advance all of the plans simultaneously so that when the rubber meets the road, we can pull the trigger on the plan that fits the situation best. The time has come to pull the trigger. For the 2018-2019 school year, the full-time middle school role of Science and Literature will be split. I will teach the 3 middle school Science classes (part of my background before moving into administration) and Shari Montgomery will teach the middle school Literature classes. This summer, both of us have been working through the material to be taught and anticipate a good year working more closely with all of our middle school students and parents.

I ask that you continue to pray that God provides the right person to assume that full time role and for Shari and I – that God would fully equip us for the road ahead.
A Note from the Board of Directors

On May 8, 2018 an ICACSA meeting was held, part of which was a Heritage Board of Directors’ election of three new members. One of the newly elected members, Caleb Stamp, and his wife have since decided to homeschool. At the time of the election this was not a change that the Stamps anticipated; but due to unforeseen changes in other aspects of their life the decision was made for this fall. They feel that this is the path that God has directed them to and is a way for them to further disciple their son.
D ue to this decision, Caleb has chosen to step down from his role on the Heritage Board. The Board has accepted Caleb’s decision. The by-laws state that the board can operate with between 7 and 11 members. The current number of board members is seven, so the Board of Directors will proceed without electing a new member.
Lunch Servers Needed!

We are in need of at 5 least more lunch servers in order for us to serve hot lunch this year. The time commitment is about 1.5 hours from 11-12:30pm. Currently we have openings on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. If your schedule is such that you are not able to commit to the entire year, we have options! If you are only available for the fall months, the winter months, or the spring months, we can arrange a schedule accordingly. if we do not get enough lunch servers, we will not be able to serve lunch each day. This is a great opportunity to volunteer and get to know the students better! It's also a great way for a grandparent to volunteer so pass the opportunity along to your child's grandparents. Please call or email Brenda Wichhart in the office if you are willing to serve in this capacity. (wichhartb@hcs-nl.com)  or 626-4777.
Part-time Jobs Openings for 2018-19 School Year

Substitute Teachers Needed:
Are you looking for part-time employment and a chance to accept only those placements that fit your skills and confidence level? Heritage Christian School is in need of substitute teachers! The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners allows those with a bachelor's degree to complete a short substitute authorization course equipping them to substitute teach at Heritage. For more on substitute teaching at Heritage, please contact the school office at 319-626-4777 or information@hcs-nl.com . For more information about Iowa's substitute authorization course, visit: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/subfaq.html.

Before and After School Care Supervisor Needed:
Heritage Christian School is looking for Before and After School Care Supervisors Monday through Friday from 7-8am and/or 3:30-5:30pm for the 2018-19 school year. If you love working with kids and are looking for some part-time work, contact Mike Annis ( annism@hcs-nl.com ). Hourly rate is $10.55.

Middle School Technology/Computer Teacher Needed:
Have a flexible schedule and an interest in teaching technology to middle school students? Heritage Christian School is looking for someone to teach our middle school computer classes Monday through Friday from 2-3pm. Contact Mike Annis ( annism@hcs-nl.com ) if you or someone you know is interested.
Volunteer Screening Process

If you anticipate volunteering with direct supervision over students this year (driving for field trips, serving lunch, coaching, etc.), you will need to complete a Volunteer Application. This application needs to be done each school year so even if you filled one out last year, you will need to do it again this year before being able to volunteer . You can visit our website and click on the Volunteer Application icon under Parent Hub on the home page or click here  to access the application. You'll choose the volunteer option and then click on the form for the volunteer opportunity you would like to apply for. One item to note is that if you will be driving for a field trip, we need a copy of your drivers license as well as a copy of your declarations page showing your vehicle insurance limits (not just the insurance card). If you have questions, contact Lisa Turnbough at turnboughl@hcs-nl.com
Update your child's immunization records this summer

Many of you may be scheduling health exams and athletic physicals over the summer. Please assist the office by requesting an updated record of immunization for your child at their next exam. This is especially important for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade when additional required immunizations are given. The Department of Public Health and Human Services requires the school to have an up-to-date record of immunization on file before our annual audit in the fall. Immunization records can be faxed to 319-626-4778.
Order and Pay for Lunches Online

The lunch menu for August and September will be available the 2nd week of August. You'll receive a separate email with the menus and details for ordering. As a reminder, you have the ability to pay for those lunch orders online via e-check or debit/credit card. (You're not required to pay online, checks are still accepted in the office.) There will be a convenience fee for each transaction as follows:

  • eChecks: $.85/payment
  • Credit and debit card payments: 3.75% of transaction amount

For more information about signing in to RenWeb and completing online lunch orders, click here .

Please place all lunch orders online regardless of your payment option.

We currently only accept online payments for lunch and Before and After School .
Sports Update

It is that time of year again! Time to sign your students up for soccer and volleyball. Coach Carlos Medina will be the 7/8th Head Soccer Coach and Coach Scott Montgomery will be the 7/8th Assistant Soccer Coach. For volleyball, Coach Sarah Franje is currently prepared to coach both the 5/6th and 7/8th teams, although we are still looking for additional volleyball coaches. If you are interested in becoming a volleyball coach, please e-mail Serah Snell at snells@hcs-nl.com as soon as possible.
If your student is interested in soccer or volleyball, please e-mail Serah Snell at snells@hcs-nl.com in order to sign your student up for the upcoming season. To finish the sign up process, please submit the $40 athletic fee per sport and the completed athletic forms to the office by Friday, August 24.

Soccer Schedule:
Monday, August 6 - Optional Soccer Practice - 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Friday, August 10 - Optional Soccer Practice - 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Monday, August 13 - Optional Soccer Practice - 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Friday, August 17 - Optional Soccer Practice - 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Volleyball Schedule :
Thursday, August 9 – Optional Volleyball Practice 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 16 – Optional Volleyball Practice 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 21 – Optional Volleyball Practice 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Upcoming Events

Back to School Work Day
Sat, Aug 11

Pre-K Parent Orientation
Fri, Aug 17

Back to School Night
Fri, Aug 17

First Day of School (5 Day Pre-K - 8th)
Thurs, Aug 23

First Day of School (3 Day Pre-K)
Fri, Aug 24

H.A.N.D.S. Back to School Pool Night
Sun, Aug 26
@NL Rec Center

K-5th Grade Parent Orientation Night
Tues, Aug 28

6-8th Grade Parent Orientation Night
Thurs, Aug 30
Heritage Christian School exists to serve Christ by partnering with parents to provide biblically faithful, academically excellent education. The vision of Heritage Christian School is to be a leader in developing passionate life long learners committed to Christ.

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