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December 15 - January 1: Christmas Break - School Closed
January 2: Faculty/Staff In-Service (No Students)
January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Closed
January 17: Welcome Wednesday
January 19: PTF Breakfast Club & Early Childhood - Grade 4 Information Night
January 26: Men's Prayer & Fellowship
February 2: Storytime
February 5: College Financial Aid Workshop (info below)
February 10: Broadway Night
February 16: Faculty/Staff In-Service (No Students)
February 19: Presidents Day - School Closed
February 23: Men's Prayer & Fellowship
- Workshop: Little Known Secrets of Paying for College
- SGO Giving Opportunity Ending Soon
- Winter Weather Information
- November 2017 CEO Update
December 5, 2017
The cost of a college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? What if your children attend elite or out-of-state schools? What if they don’t graduate in four years? The costs can be monumental.
This workshop will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement nest egg. You’ll discover strategies that may enable to you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.
Please join us on Monday, February 5, from 6-8pm in the Elementary Eagles Nest for this informative workshop. This is information you can’t afford to miss!
December 4, 2017
For those of you who missed our final SGO information breakfast this morning, we've posted the presentation below. We are entering the final weeks of the program. Your gift not only provides financial assistance for a family and a tax credit for yourself, but also lessens the burden on Heritage's own financial aid budget, releasing funds for other critical school needs. Making a donation to this program is a win/win/win!
November 15, 2017
It’s that time of year again! This season, as winter weather arrives, we want to make sure that you have some general information about how we will communicate weather-related school or activity delays and closings. Please take a moment to review the following questions and answers.
November 2, 2017
As we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things. In addition to home, family, and a loving Heavenly Father, I am thankful for our vibrant Heritage community. I am always humbled by God’s goodness towards us as we seek to honor Him in all we do. Let me share a few updates about this year’s Heritage journey.
This year, we were blessed to be recognized as the #1 College Prep School in Central Indiana by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, as reported in the Indy Star and other local media. We had no idea that this independent review, analyzing several years of data, was taking place, but were so pleased to see Heritage acknowledged. This simply confirmed what we already knew, that Heritage excels at preparing students for college.
In addition to the Commission for Higher Education #1 ranking, we also (again) received an “A” letter grade from the Indiana Department of Education.
We also received recognition from several online review sites, putting us in the top 5 schools in Indiana in key categories.
Beyond equipping young people for successful K-12 and college seasons, our focus remains on providing God-honoring “life-prep” that has eternal implications. We hope you see that distinctive in Heritage and that it encourages you as a member of this mission-minded community.
Maintaining our pursuit of excellence involves a comprehensive accreditation process. Our leadership has been actively engaged in working through the process with our accreditation bodies, ACSI and AdvancEd. We are assembling materials and preparing for an intensive visit, audit and review in March 2018. These will be important meetings.
Thrive Campaign News
In other news, my last CEO update reported that we were closing in on our $4 million Thrive Campaign pledge goal. You may have already heard, but it’s certainly worth repeating… we have reached our pledge goal! What a blessing from our generous community. The campaign has already provided initial Thrive salary increases, raised teacher starting salaries, placed us on a path to debt elimination (cutting our debt in half, from more than $4.2 million at campaign start to less than $2.1 million today) and accomplished strategic Vision 2017 goals. Thank you Heritage! We still have pledged money to collect, but anticipate receiving the remaining $900,000 in outstanding pledges in the next 12-18 months.
As we rejoice in a successful Thrive Campaign, I want to remind you of the annual SGO program that always needs your support. It provides substantial tax credits for investing in scholarships to allow eligible students to experience a Heritage Christian education. Your gift through a scholarship granting organization (SGO) qualifies for a 50% state tax credit and will be subtracted from your Indiana tax due. In addition, your gift is also fully tax deductible toward your federal income tax.
A $10,000 gift (at the 35% tax bracket) could have a true cost of only $1,500 after the Indiana Tax Credit ($5,000) and the Federal Deduction ($3,500). You can save further by giving from your IRA or appreciated stocks with no capital gains taxation.
Perhaps most importantly, you directly help the school’s finances through this program. The more SGO dollars given, the less we have to spend of our own institutional financial aid. You will be freeing up valuable Heritage financial resources to help meet other critical school needs. Your gift not only helps you with your taxes and deserving HCS families, it also helps the school.
Tell your tax advisor about this opportunity. Other private schools in the area are using up the available funds quickly. Over half of this year’s state tax credits and program dollars are now gone. To take advantage of the program and help us reach this year’s goals, you will need to make your gift before the end of November. You can also learn more and give by visiting www.heritagechristian.net/SGO.
HCS Talkers – A Word of Mouth Recruitment Strategy
One of our most important objectives is to expand our reach and allow as many families as possible to experience a Heritage education. We want to grow, and we’ve been evaluating our enrollment situation and looking at ways to introduce Heritage to more people.
We know that over 1/3 of our new family inquiries come from word of mouth activities. And with 30% of those inquiries enrolling, we knew we needed a focused effort in this area. That’s what our new Word of Mouth “HCS Talkers” program is all about.
In summary, it’s about identifying, engaging and encouraging fans of Heritage to tell our story and recommend what we have to offer. The campaign will equip “HCS Talkers” with resources like yard signs, home banners, stickers, promotional materials, as well as tickets to Heritage activities, all with a goal of introducing others to Heritage. Talkers will engage families within their neighborhoods, churches, networks and social circles with personal conversations, phone calls, social media, emails and texts, and other high touch one-on-one communications.
We believe in the inspiring education Heritage offers and there is no better way to tell others than word of mouth. If you are interested in becoming a Heritage “Talker”, contact Lauren Schneider (email@example.com), HCS Marketing Manager for more information about becoming a Talker.
I also want to let you know about a new Parent Resources page on our website. It will include recommended articles, books, and other resources we hope will help you during your child's academic and spiritual journey here at Heritage. We look forward to your feedback on this important resource.
We are always looking for ways to invest in our students, and we're excited to host the LEAD NOW Middle School Conference (Dec. 2nd from 9am-3:30pm). The conference focus is "Leading from Your Heart, Head, and Hands". It equips middle school youth to embrace I Timothy 4:12 in truly impacting our culture for good. The cost for the conference is $50. To register your middle school student, go to www.heritagechristian.net/leadnow.
And finally, we are wrapping up work on our newest strategic plan. Vision 2020 is a continuation of many of the same goals and objectives charted in our Vision 2017 plan. It clearly identifies a path forward towards ongoing excellence in all we do.
Vision 2020 was crafted by a strategic planning committee made up of HCS board members, leadership, faculty and parents. Vision 2020 is fully integrated with the “continuous improvement” criteria laid out in our current ACSI accreditation expectations. Look for more details in the weeks ahead as we communicate Vision 2020 to our community.
Please keep Heritage in your prayers as we develop future leaders to impact a changing and challenging culture. This Thanksgiving, in addition to everything I’ve shared in this update, I am grateful for the privilege of serving and partnering with you.
You're probably curious about the many things you need to do in preparation for joining the Heritage community. Check out the New Family Welcome Sheet for more information to help make your transition to HCS simpler and easier.
Registration is now open for after school clubs! Clubs allow students to discover and pursue their passions outside of the classroom. To view the clubs currently available for registration, click the button below:
- HCS Health Services - Policies and Protocols
- Lice Policy
- Allergy Guidelines
- Guide to Online Medical Information & Consent
- Indiana State Immunization Requirements 2017-18
- Medical Exemption Form
- Religious Exemption Form
- Permission to Carry Emergency Meds Form
- Asthma Action Plan
- Food Allergy Form
- Medication Permission Form: Elementary
- Medication Permission Form: 5th-12th Grade