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    FriFridayJulJuly12th2013 July 12, 2013

    Dear HCA Parent,

    I trust that you are having a great summer! It is our prayer that the Lord gives all of our families and staff some much needed rest and times of laughter and fun this summer. In the meantime, we are working on a number of things for next school year and wanted to make you aware of one important change that will benefit everyone at HCA.

    As you know, for many years now we have used a school information system (SIS) called Skyward. This is an online tool where we can track attendance, post grades, and assignments and even communicate to a degree with our families. While it is a good tool that has served our school well during those early years, it is clear our needs and Skyward’s capabilities were moving in opposite directions. This gap in capability created many inefficient hours to be spent by several staff members, limited our ability to track and store various pieces of information in one location and communicate more effectively with you, our school families.

    That is why I am pleased announce that we are working to transmit all of our current Skyward data into our new SIS called “Infinite Campus” (IC). Infinite Campus is quickly becoming the most utilized SIS in education around the country. It is a completely integrated system that incorporates student information, attendance, schedules, grades, assignments, communications, food service, registration, enrollment and other data currently stored in several other various systems into one online, user-friendly system. Several of our school leaders have years of experience with IC and were so satisfied with its performance that we agreed to look at bringing to HCA. You can easily go online and see how many of the large school districts in our area are already on IC. Interestingly, the state of Wisconsin Department of Education has converted from Skyward to IC as well.

    During the summer, you can expect to get information from our staff to let you know how you will access IC. We are currently transferring all the required data we already have on file. This is no small task but we expect to be operating on IC in time for the 2013-2014 school year. I believe this advance in our infrastructure will help us continue to grow into the school we desire to be.

    Have a great summer. We are praying for you!

    We are Lions,

    Marc

    ThuThursdayMayMay23rd2013 May 23, 2013- Preschool Transitions

    Dear Preschool Parents,

    Since our preschool opened, Mrs. Cathy Snowwhite has provided great leadership for her team, and cared for our kids with great love. As you know Mrs. Snowwhite is a tireless worker who goes above and beyond to model excellence in our school program. Over the past couple years Mrs. Snowwhite has mentioned the possibility of a new direction in her career and enjoying more of life outside the school and her office. She has said numerous times how she’d like to spend more time with her husband and perhaps even travel a bit more. Well, that time has come and we couldn’t be happier for her.

    On the other hand, Mrs. Snowwhite still has so much to offer us here at HCA and while it may look different – she is ready to try something new for a while. Although we’re still shaping that new role completely, I wanted you to know that the change is coming next year. I trust you will thank Mrs. Snowwhite and congratulate her on the many ways the Lord has used her here in our preschool.

    I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Shelby Naugle has agreed to step out of her classroom and into the leadership role in Harvest Christian Academy’s Preschool. In order to optimize the developmental and instructional integrity of our program, Mrs. Naugle will also join the lower school team reporting directly to Mrs. McCaulley, our Lower School Principal. I have no doubt that Mrs. Naugle will bring the same high level of enthusiasm and joy to her new role as she did each day in her classroom. Mrs. Naugle came to her teaching career from the marketplace where she was a Human Resources Executive. Under her leadership and love for the Lord, her co-workers and our kids will be blessed here at HCA. I am very excited about her relationship with Mrs. McCaulley and they have already started discussing a comprehensive evaluation of our curriculum to see if we can more effectively transition children from preschool to kindergarten.

    I hope you will join me in congratulating Cathy and Shelby on these exciting new challenges that the Lord has provided for them. I look forward to many more great days serving along with them. I trust you do too!

    We Are Lions,

     

    Pastor Marc

    ThuThursdayMayMay23rd2013 May 23, 2013- From Pastor Marc

    Dear HCA Parents,

    I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone by. As we work through all the things we need to do to “close out” the school year, I need to bring a few things to your attention.

    First, we need to close our financial records and account for everything it took to make school happen this year. To make that possible, all outstanding balances and overdue accounts must be paid in full. Overdue accounts include: tuition, Resource, café-pass, hearing and vision, etc. If you have received an invoice from Harvest Christian Academy’s Accounting Department reflecting an overdue balance, please take care of that overdue balance immediately.

    As per our stated policy, we will not release your student records, including report cards, until all overdue accounts are paid. If you are uncertain of your exact overdue balance, please contact Cheryl Nygren at .

    Additionally, let me remind everyone that the parking garage will be a very active and crowded place on Friday in particular. Please slow down and stay alert for a lot of little people hurrying to their cars.

    Do not park in handicapped spaces unless you are authorized to do so.

    Be prepared to turn in your parking pass/tag if you haven’t already.

    Finally, if you can make it, we’d love to have you join us for our “end-of-the-year all-school assembly” in the Worship Center at 9:00 AM on Friday, May 24.

    Thank you, see you soon and have a great summer.

    We Are Lions,

    Pastor Marc

    FriFridayMayMay10th2013 May 10, 2013
    IMPORTANT DATES FOR PRESCHOOL

    Wednesday, May 15-Thursday, May 16 = Lower and Upper School Uniform Consignment Sale 
                                                                        (get your kindergarten gear now!)

    Tuesday, May 21 = Last day of Monday-Tuesday Preschool

    Thursday, May 23 = Last day of Preschool

    REMINDER: MEDICATION PICK UP
    If you submitted medication for your student, please pick it up in the HCA Health Office on their last day of school. Unclaimed medication will be disposed of after May 31.   

    CAR VISOR TAGS
    Parking Garage Car Tags should be returned to Preschool teachers on Tuesday May 21 (for the Monday-Tuesday classes) and Thursday, May 23 (for the Wednesday-Friday and Monday-Friday classes) unless you also have students in the Lower or Upper Schools which will be collecting these tags by Friday May 24.  HCA will use these colored tags again in the future, so it is important for us to collect them. Please note that this year’s tag will not gain you entry into the building next year.  The tag’s color changes to correspond to the current school year, and we will change the color each year to keep access limited only to the families of students in that current school year.  Thank you in advance for your assistance in the collection of all HCA car tags.

    GIFT$
    Our last GIFTS order of the school year will be placed this Monday, May 13th with a pick-up on Thursday, May 16th!! Don't delay - place your orders now! Should you have any questions, please email us at hcagiftsprogram@gmail.com

    Blessings for wonderful family time this weekend
    FriFridayMayMay10th2013 From Pastor Marc

    Dear HCA Parents,
    As we approach the end of the school year and we all begin thinking about everything that goes into “being done” for the year. I want, rather, I need to make you aware of something and request your help in solving the issue that I will make you aware of.

    First, for some time now as our school has continued to grow as it has been, we are experiencing some “issues” in our parking garage. From distracted drivers, to driving too fast, to parking in unauthorized, reserved or handicapped spots. My fear is the frenzy of the last days of school will make those problems more severe, if not dangerous. I want you to know, our Security department is aware of even more issues than I am and they have frequent (and uncomfortable) conversations with folks every day. Throughout the year they have asked me for the “clearance” to take a more stringent enforcement approach in our garage. However, in the spirit of community and good relations, I’ve asked them to simply continue having the conversations.

    However, as we prepare for the next two weeks of school their approach – our approach - will be a little more aggressive. That approach may include restricting access to the garage for a time. So I need your help.

    • SLOW DOWN in the parking garage
    • Be cautious as you turn each corner on your way up and down the ramps
    • DO NOT PARK IN HANDICAPPED SPOTS
    • Read and obey EVERY sign posted in front of your car in a parking spot
    • Do not park in the driveway, If you need to finish a phone call, circle around to the back of the building
    • Have your HCA Parking Tag clearly displayed. If you don’t – don’t be surprised when you get stopped
    • DO NOT PARK IN HANDICAPPED SPOTS. (yes, I said that twice)

    I look forward to a great finish to our year. Let’s avoid having hard conversations that don’t need to happen by following the rules and being courteous in our beautiful parking garage.
     
    Thanks very much,
    Marc

    FriFridayAprApril26th2013 April 26, 2013

    IMPORTANT DATES FOR PRESCHOOL

    Wednesday, May 15-Thursday, May 16 = Uniform Consignment Sale

    Tuesday, May 21 = Last day of Monday-Tuesday Preschool

    Thursday, May 23 = Last day of Preschool

    YEARBOOKS – NOW IS THE TIME
    Our Yearbook Department has informed us that there are only 75 yearbooks left.  To receive one of these, you will need to order by check or cash (checks preferable – made out to HCA) in an envelope marked “Yearbook” turned in to the Preschool Office with the following information: number of yearbooks you are ordering, student’s name, student’s  teacher, and your phone number.  Yearbook price is $36.00.  The hard cover yearbook will be delivered to your students before the end of the school year, and the supplement (containing graduations, field day, spring sports and concerts) will be handed out at the beginning of next year.  If you have been putting off or forgetting to order a yearbook, this is your last chance.  Order your 2013-2013 HCA yearbook now!

    LIBRARY ASSISTANCE NEEDED
    The library is looking for volunteer help on Tuesdays at 1:00 for an hour or two.  If you are available and would like to help, please contact Jennifer Maughan at 847-214-3500 X3350 or .

    DESSERTS NEEDED - TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
    PTF is hosting a western-themed luncheon for the teachers and staff on Friday, May 3 as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. The  Preschool & Middle/Upper School Parents ONLY are being asked to provide the desserts for this event as the parents of students in K - 5 were asked to donate the food items for the March Breakfast Cart. So, to show your love and support toward our teachers please SIGN-UP TODAY to bring a dessert for this wonderful end of the year event. 

    Blessings this weekend for warm and wonderful family fun

    FriFridayAprApril19th2013 April 19, 2013

    As we feel relief that winter has finally left we are greeted by Spring Storms.  This week our preschool students have been expressing much concern about thunder, lightning, the high winds and dark storm clouds. Our teachers assure their students that God is keeping them safe. Mrs. Naugle brought in a “Sid the Science Kid” PBS video about storms that helped our little ones understand thunder and lightning in terms they can process and reuse when frightened. We also encouraged the children to talk about how the rain cleans the sidewalks, washes our cars, etc besides helping flowers grow! It’s fun for them to watch the wind cleaning out the trees across from our Motor Room. Our God is so clever to design these events for a purpose.  Most of all it is important to reassure your children to know that we love them and will keep them safe.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    Did you know that our Preschool Office takes attendance, monitors illness for the county, orders lunch for extended care and tallies numbers of students during drills or emergencies using the classroom sign-in rosters?  It’s true!  A growing number of parents are forgetting to initial these rosters, and this can throw off our numbers for the above-mentioned counts.  When you are dropping off students to the Preschool classroom, including students that are not your children, please make sure that you mark your initials in the daily space for each child you drop off – and include extended care if they will be staying that day.  Thank you so much for your assistance.

    IMPORTANT DATES FOR PRESCHOOL
    Wednesday, May 15-Thursday, May 16 = Uniform Consignment Sale

    Tuesday, May 21 = Last day of Monday-Tuesday Preschool

    Thursday, May 23 = Last day of Preschool

    KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT
    If you have a student enrolled in Kindergarten next year, or you are just interested to know more about it, please join us on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.  This meeting is for parents only. Students will have opportunity to meet their teacher once assignments are given out in August.

    LIBRARY ASSISTANCE NEEDED
    The library is looking for volunteer help on Tuesdays at 1:00 for an hour or two.  If you are available and would like to help, please contact Jennifer Maughn at 847-214-3500 X3350 or .

    DESSERTS NEEDED - TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
    PTF is hosting a western-themed luncheon for the teachers and staff on Friday, May 3 as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. The  Preschool & Middle/Upper School Parents ONLY are being asked to provide the desserts for this event as the parents of students in K - 5 were asked to donate the food items for the March Breakfast Cart. So, to show your love and support toward our teachers please SIGN-UP TODAY to bring a dessert for this wonderful end of the year event. 

    Blessings for a most wonderful weekend – C’mon, Spring!

    FriFridayMarMarch29th2013 March 29, 2013

    Easter is a time to celebrate Jesus! 

    Talking to little ones about why Jesus came to Earth and what he did for us is difficult to put into words. We try to give our young children information they can understand. At Preschool we talk about God sending His Son, Jesus, to us. Jesus came to bring us God’s love.  Jesus also came to tell us of God’s forgiveness.  All year long we talk about what Jesus did here on Earth -- Jesus was a good friend; he helped people, taught all that would listen about God and He performed miracles. But the most important thing Jesus did for us was at the end of His life on earth. He died for us (John 16:22) and then came ALIVE again….just for you! At Preschool we focus on Jesus’ resurrection (Matthew 28: 6-9) and the JOY! 

    Jesus promised, “Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19b

    IMPORTANT DATES
    Friday, March 29 = Good Friday - No School P-12 Good Friday Get tickets for Good Friday services at the Rolling Meadows Campus. Join us Easter Weekend!

    Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5 = HCA Spring Break. No Preschool or Extended Care this week

    UNIFORM CONSIGNMENT SALE 
    Many of you that have future Kindergarten Students have asked for this, so mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16.

    RE-ENROLLMENT
    Have your re-enrolled yet? Early bird pricing will end March 31. At that time the fee for registering will go from $295 to $325 for grades K-12. For more information, click here.

    HCA SCHOOL YEARBOOK
    Yearbook ordering is extended to April 12, 2013.

    NURSE NOTE:
    Stomach viruses (gastroenteritis: severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting) and upper respiratory viruses (sore throat, headache and nausea) are still going strong in our area. See the doctor if you student has a high fever x 2 days or is not taking fluids well. These viruses can last a few days up to a few weeks.

    It is time to be watching for lice again. Please see information on how to screen for lice at home here and here or go to our school website under Medical, News from the nurse. Screenings should be taking place in your home after events like sleepovers and camps.  

    Blessings for a most wonderful Easter holiday and Spring Break!

    FriFridayMarMarch8th2013 March 8, 2013

    IMPORTANT DATES
    Thursday, March 14 = Yearbook orders due

    Thursday-Friday, March 14-15 = HCA Musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    Thursday, March 21 = Preschool Family Night at 6:30 pm

    Friday, March 22 = No Preschool or Extended Care

    Friday, March 29 = Good Friday - No Preschool or Extended Care

    Monday, April 1--Friday, April 5 = Spring Break – No Preschool or Extended Care

    FAMILY NIGHT
    Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunties, Uncles and Friends are invited to our Preschool Family Night on Thursday, March 21st.  Our program begins at 6:30 PM in the Chapel where we will honor God with our precious voices. After our performance please come to the cafeteria to visit with Preschool families and teachers and enjoy delicious refreshments.  Feel free to visit the classroom and “oooooo/aaahhh” at our school work

    SPECIAL OCCASIONS TREATS
    From the HBC Kitchen
    The kitchen offers delicious treats, complete with paper goods, delivered to your student and their classmates for Birthday Celebrations and Holiday Parties.  New menus/order forms are available in the kitchen and Preschool office where you may also drop off your form and payment.  To place an order call 847 214-3500 ext. 3365 or Email elginfs@harvestbiblechapel.org  

    Blessings for a happy and healthy weekend – don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead!

    TueTuesdayMarMarch5th2013 School Closed for Tuesday 3/5
    School will be closed today Tuesday, March 5. Enjoy your snow day. We will see you Wednesday.

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    With this approaching storm the HCA Administration has decided to make a call by 6:00 AM on Tuesday, March 5 on whether to cancel school. Please plan to wake up and check links below for more information at that time.

    FriFridayMarMarch1st2013 March 1, 2013

    IMPORTANT DATES

    • Friday, March 8- No Preschool or Extended Care
    • Thursday, March 14- Yearbook orders due
    • Thursday-Friday, March 14 & 15- HCA Musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    • Thursday, March 21- Preschool Family Night at 6:30 PM
    • Friday, March 22- No Preschool or Extended Care
    • Friday, March 29- Good Friday No Preschool or Extended Care
    • Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5- Spring Break No Preschool or Extended Care


    REENROLLMENT                                                                                                  
    REMINDER: All re-enrollments/enrollments for preschoolers and pre-k students going to kindergarten must be on a paper form – you cannot register your preschooler or kindergartener on-line.  Please call or stop in to the Preschool Office with any questions.

    FAMILY NIGHT
    Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunties, Uncles and Friends are invited to our Preschool Family Night on Thursday, March 21.  Our program begins at 6:30 PM in the Chapel where we will honor God with our precious voices. After our performance please come to the cafeteria to visit with Preschool families and teachers and enjoy delicious refreshments.  Feel free to visit the classroom and “oooooo/aaahhh” at our school work.

    PRIMAVERA STRING ORCHESTRA  
    HCA has the privilege of hosting this renown orchestra for a private concert. We invite parents to join us Monday, March 18 at 9:00 AM in the Worship Center. For more information visit harvestchristianacademy.org/primavera.

    YEARBOOK ORDERS
    The deadline for ordering your HCA Yearbook is March 15. Order online, at entourageyearbooks.com click on the "store" tab then type in "Harvest Christian Academy" under the "Lets go shopping" bar from there you can select  our school name and then buy your yearbook.  

    NURSE NOTES
    Dental Exams for current grades K, 2 and 6: Proof of a dental exam is due by May 15 for students currently in grade K, 2 or 6. The exam should have been performed after November 15, 2011. You can use this state form or obtain one from your dentist. An email was sent to parents of students who do not have this form in their record. 


    Illnesses to watch for: Strep throat, flu, and gastroenteritis (stomach flu). 

    Remember to check for lice after large group gatherings such as sleepovers and camp outings.


    Blessings for a happy and healthy weekend.

    ThuThursdayFebFebruary21st2013 Snow Day Friday 2/22
    HCA will be closed on Friday, February 22 due to weather conditions. We hope letting you know tonight allows for you to make alternate plans more easily.

    Stay safe and enjoy the day!
    FriFridayFebFebruary15th2013 February 15, 2013

    Happy February! February is a fun month in preschool when we talk about the color red, love, how our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, 100 day parties, Dr. Seuss, rhyming, opposites. 

    “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.  And you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  Matthew 22:37

    “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God.”  John 4:7

    IMPORTANT DATES

    SCHOOL CLOSINGS
    Find out if we are having weather-related closings by checking:                    

    NEED A DATE NIGHT?
    Parent's Night Out babysitting is Friday, February 22.  This is a fundraising event for our high school students trying earn money for next year's European trip.

    REENROLLMENT
    REMINDER: All re-enrollments/enrollments for preschoolers and pre-k students going to kindergarten must be on a paper form – you cannot register your preschooler or kindergartener online. 

    Please note day changes for the 2013–2014 school year.    All three-day preschool classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Two-day classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday.   These changes will allow all of our preschool classes to be held on consistent days and will also make it convenient for parents with multiple preschool students.

    ABSENCES
    Parents are asked to call or email the Preschool Office (847-214-3500 x3509) if your student will be absent.  Illnesses should be reported by symptom, as we track these for school records.

    NURSE NOTES
    Dental Exams for current grades K, 2 and 6: Proof of a dental exam is due by May 15 for students currently in grade K, 2 or 6. The exam should have been performed after November 15, 2011. You can use this state form or obtain one from your dentist. An email was sent to parents of students who do not have this form in their record.

    Illnesses to watch for: Strep throat, flu, and gastroenteritis (stomach flu).

    Remember to check for lice after large group gatherings such as sleepovers and camp outings.


    Blessings for a happy and healthy weekend.

    WedWednesdayFebFebruary6th2013 School Closed for Thursday 2/7
    HCA will be closed on Thursday, February 7 due to anticipated weather conditions.  We hope letting you know tonight allows for you to make alternate plans more easily.

    Stay safe and enjoy the day!
    TueTuesdayFebFebruary5th2013 February 5, 2013

    IMPORTANT DATES
    February 15 = Early Dismissal (Preschool parents may pick up from the classroom at 11:00 or 11:30.  There is no garage pick up, PM preschool or extended care this day)

    February 18 = President’s Day – No School

    March 8 = No Preschool

    Thursday, March 21 = Preschool Family Night at 6:30 pm

    Friday, March 22 = No Preschool or Extended Care

    REENROLLMENT                                                                                                                                                   
    Please note day changes for the 2013 – 2014 school year.    All three-day preschool classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Two-day classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday.   These changes will allow all of our Preschool classes to be held on consistent days and will also make it convenient for parents with multiple preschool students.

    YEARBOOKS - updated
    The HCA yearbook is only $36 and we have added 40 more pages this year. Deadline for ordering is March 1 (new deadline). To place orders online, go to entourageyearbooks.com click on the "store" tab then type in "Harvest Christian Academy" under the "Lets go shopping" bar from there you can select  our school name and then buy your yearbook.  Anyone turning in paper order forms to the Preschool office needs to do so by February 28.

    ABSENCES
    Parents are asked to call or email the Preschool office (847-214-3500 x3509) if your student will be absent.  Illnesses should be reported by symptom, as we track these for school records.

    FriFridayJanJanuary25th2013 January 25, 2013

    ENCOURAGING LITERACY
    Books:  We all know that reading to your child encourages literacy. With our busy schedules it’s sometimes difficult to read a story every day; however, it is vital to make time each day to read to your child.  Reading with humor and expression using different voices will soon make reading even more fun! At school we usually read a book all the way through the first time and from there on as we read the story we discuss what's happening in the book, point out things on the page and ask questions of the children   After you have read the book a few times you can also talk about the writer, who is called the author, and the drawer (photographer, artist) that we call the illustrator.  It’s ok to read your child’s favorite books over and over and over again!  Remember to tell your little one (no matter what age) that “story time” is a favorite part of your day.

    Downtime:  When you find yourself spending down time with your child such as waiting to see the doctor, driving in the car, or walking in the grocery store, it’s a great time to encourage literacy.   Words and objects fill up our lives, so start talking! In the car you can say things like, "Look at that billboard. What colors do you see?” “Blue, ok let’s find something else that is blue. What letter does blue start with?”  “I see something that begins with the same sound. Right, the BUS.”  At the grocery store, “I wonder where we will find the milk. Let’s see if we can find a sign with “M” for milk.  Do you know which animal God gave us that makes milk?”  Encouraging literacy is not just reading; it is helping your child connect all the “dots” life gives us.  Encourage your preschooler’s literacy by making a game of it.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    • February 15- Early Dismissal* 
    • February 18- President’s Day (No School)
    • February 28- Reading Night

    *Preschool parents may pick up from the classroom at 11:00 AM or 11:30 AM.  There is no garage pick up, PM preschool or extended care this day.

    REENROLLMENT INFORMATION
    Reenrollment forms for current Preschool students, including those current Pre-K students who will be entering HCA Kindergarten next year, were e-blasted on January 10 to each of our Preschool families.  Please fill out the reenrollment and medical authorization forms and return them to the Preschool office with the reenrollment fee ($100 for Preschool, $295 for Kindergarten) to secure your student’s spot for the 2013-2014 school year.

    YEARBOOKS                                                                                                                 
    The HCA yearbook is only $36, and we have added 40 more pages this year.  Before February 1 you can buy it on line and it will be ready in the spring before you leave for summer vacation! Go to  entourageyearbooks.com click on the "store" tab then type in "Harvest Christian Academy" under the "Lets go shopping" bar from there you can select  our school name and then buy your yearbook.  Anyone turning in paper order forms to the Preschool office needs to do so by January 31.

    Blessings on your weekend.

    FriFridayJanJanuary18th2013 January 18, 2013
    January seems to be the month that children experience INSIDE-I-NESS! At almost every age, this is the time of year children may behave in ways that adults do not find easy or pleasant. However, with creative activities and consistent parenting life can be manageable while we all brave January, February and March!

    This is the time of year preschoolers are testing limits, learning that they can argue, maybe “telling stories” or “untruths” and asking “WHY?” way more than you want to answer.  Positive approaches to children have the most favorable impact on their behavior. Prayer is at the top of our list as we pray for each of our children and their families in the classroom.  Listed below are some strategies that we in Preschool implement daily:

    Be consistent. Children like things to be predictable. Establish regular routines for your child and stick with them

    Respond calmly, speak briefly.  Wait until a "teachable" moment can happen once both of you are away from the challenging situation and have calmed down.

    Use redirection.  A young child can often be redirected into stopping an undesirable behavior. For example, if your preschooler gets into a squabble with another child over a toy, distract him or her with another toy – present its  wonderful qualities.

    Tell your child in advance what is happening. When possible, let your child know what will happen ahead time. Prepare them for any changes to their daily routine. "Today, after your nap, we will go to the mall and play on the climber."

    Be silly.  Use humor, making up games to accomplish tasks. Young school-age children can be calmed with humor/games, like “I can brush my teeth standing on my toes”or "How fast can you jump in the bed, crawl under the covers and see what is on the ceiling?

    Offer choices. Choices help build independence while also giving some control over the environment. For example, when deciding on what to do, offer "Do you want to play outside or would you like to listen to some music?"

    Here are some links to fun winter activities to do with your child/children to cope with INSIDE-I-NESS

    IMPORTANT DATES
    January 21 = Martin Luther King Day – No School
    January 25 = Early Dismissal (Preschool parents may pick up from the classroom at 11:00 or 11:30.  There is no garage pick up, PM preschool or extended care this day)

    REENROLLMENT INFORMATION
    Reenrollment forms for current preschool students, including those current Pre-K students who will be entering HCA Kindergarten next year, were e-blasted on January 10 to each of our preschool families.  Please fill out the reenrollment and medical authorization forms and return them to the Preschool Office with the reenrollment fee ($100 for Preschool, $295 for Kindergarten) to secure your student’s spot for the 2013-2014 school year.

    HEALTH NEWS
    This week’s absentee rate is declining from 6% on Monday to 5% Thursday. Flu-like symptom absences are also declining from 3% on Monday to 2% on Thursday.  Please do not send your student to school ill. Students who display illness at school or who are sent to school against our illness policy will be sent home. The school’s policy is written with concern for all - even the ill student. Please review it here.

    YEARBOOKS
    The HCA yearbook is only $36, and we have added 40 more pages this year.  Before February 1 you can buy it on line and it will be ready in the spring before you leave for summer vacation! Go to  entourageyearbooks.com click on the "store" tab then type in "Harvest Christian Academy" under the "Lets go shopping" bar from there you can select  our school name and then buy your yearbook.  Anyone turning in paper order forms to the Preschool office needs to do so by January 31.

    Have a blessed three-day weekend.

    FriFridayJanJanuary11th2013 January 11, 2013

    Happy New Year, and welcome back to school!  It’s been a good week in preschool with everyone excited to return to normal.  Our students have been expressing their disappointment in the lack of snow, though, so the teachers have been compensating with winter crafts, games and a Motor Room snowball (nerf ball) battle!  We also have two new siblings that entered the world this week: congratulations to the Powells with the arrival of Vivian and the Moores in Nathan’s arrival.  Lots of information listed below for your reading pleasure.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    January 11 = Reenrollment for current HCA families begins                                             
    January 17 = Health Education Meeting (see Nurse’s Notes below)                            
    January 17 = Open House on January 17 at 7:00 PM
    January 21 = Martin Luther King Day – No School                                                  
    January 25 = Early Dismissal (Preschool parents may pick up from the classroom at 11:00 or 11:30 AM.  There is no garage pick up, PM preschool or extended care this day)

    REENROLLMENT INFORMATION
    Reenrollment forms for current Preschool students, including those current Pre-K students who will be entering HCA Kindergarten next year, were e-blasted on January 10 to each of our Preschool families.  Please fill out the reenrollment and medical authorization forms and return them to the Preschool Office with the reenrollment fee ($100 for Preschool, $295 for Kindergarten) to secure your student’s spot for the 2013-2014 school year.

    HEALTH NEWS
    An informational meeting regarding influenza, lice and strep throat will take place on Thursday, January 17 in the cafeteria after drop-off. All are welcome!  
    Our absentee rate is between 2 and 3% this week. This is exceptionally good for this time of year! 
     
    YEARBOOKS
    The HCA yearbook is only $36, and we have added 40 more pages this year.  Before February 1 you can buy it on line and it will be ready in the spring before you leave for summer vacation! Go to  entourageyearbooks.com click on the "store" tab then type in "Harvest Christian Academy" under the "Lets go shopping" bar from there you can select our school name and then buy your yearbook.

    NEED A DATE NIGHT WITH YOUR SPOUSE?
    Our high school students want to give parents that. Our next opportunity for a babysitting night is Friday, January 18. Register and see details.

    BATHROOM BEFORE DROP OFF
    Please make sure your little lion visits the bathroom before being dropped off in the classroom to ensure a smoother transition into the Preschool day.  We appreciate it!

    EXTENDED CARE GEAR
    A reminder for students planning to attend Extended Care to bring in your own king-size pillow case (to use on the sleeping mat) and blanket, which will be sent home on Fridays to be washed.  Though we have a few of these items in our Extended Care room, we can not ensure enough for everyone.  Thank you for your assistance.

    SEVERE WEATHER CLOSING INFORMATION
    In the event of severe weather requiring school closing, the school office will post the closing in the following places:
    Parents may also obtain information from area television stations CBS Ch. 2, NBC Ch. 5, ABC Ch. 7, FOX 32, WGN-TV or CLTV cable or listen to WGN Radio 720 AM, WBBM Radio 780 AM for closing information.
    The Emergency Closing Center website contains up to date information regarding all school closings. Every effort will be made to provide early notification of school closing so that carpools can proceed safely.
    In the event of severe weather when school is open, no attendance penalty will be assessed if parents choose to keep their children at home.

    Blessings on your weekend.
    FriFridayDecDecember21st2012 December 21, 2012

    CHRISTMAS CHAPEL
    Enjoy pictures from today. You can see Chapel as well as some class parties.

    SEVERE WEATHER CLOSING INFORMATION
    In the event of severe weather requiring school closing, the school office will post the closing in the following places:
    Parents may also obtain information from area television stations CBS Ch. 2, NBC Ch. 5, ABC Ch. 7, FOX 32, WGN-TV or CLTV cable or listen to WGN Radio 720 AM, WBBM Radio 780 AM for closing information.
    The Emergency Closing Center  contains up to date information regarding all school closings. Every effort will be made to provide early notification of school closing so that carpools can proceed safely.
    In the event of severe weather when school is open, no attendance penalty will be assessed if parents choose to keep their children at home.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    DECEMBER 24- JANUARY 4
    Christmas Break – No School

    DECEMBER 24 (Christmas Eve)
    Christmas Eve Service times at Harvest Bible Chapel.  There are no services at any of the church campuses on Tuesday, December 25.)

    FESTIVAL AT THE GAIL BORDEN LIBRARY
    No registration is needed to attend these free films.
    Children under 12, please bring an adult.

    Wednesday, December 26
    10:00 AM The Pirates! Band of Misfits!  
    2:00 PM   Secret of the Wings  

    Thursday, December 27
    10:00 AM Big Top Scooby-Doo!  
    2:00 PM Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted  

    Friday, December 28
    10:00 AM  Ice Age: Continental Drift  
    2:00 PM   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days           

    NURSE NOTES
    Please be diligent in checking your children for head lice. In the past month we have had one case at a time in various lower school classes, which is not alarming, but rather a call for thorough lice checks at home. It is a good idea to reinforce not sharing any item that comes in contact with heads such as hats, combs or pony tail holders. Head lice, while a nuisance does not pose a health risk and can occur at any economic level. Visit the  CDC website for information that will help you. If you have any questions you can contact  .
    Children with live lice should be kept at home until a treatment has been administered and appears clear. Also, please call the school to report it as with any other illness and then see Lori prior to returning to class.

    REENROLLMENT INFORMATION
    Information on reenrollment for current students and enrollment for new students for the 2013-2014 school year will be available upon return to school in January.

    Christmas will always be for us
    A time to reflect on Christ,
    The gift God gave to all the world
    Was the gift of His life
                                           M.S .Lowndes

    We hope you have blessed and wonderful Christmas.  Merry Christmas from the preschool staff.

    FriFridayDecDecember14th2012 December 14, 2012

    Walking down the preschool hall this week, it was like pushing the remote volume button higher and higher each day.
    MONDAY was fairly normal, with a few shouts of glee;
    TUESDAY gentle classroom music curbed happy hollers when students saw the tree;
    WEDNESDAY the kiddies painted holiday projects with noisy yells of delight;
    THURSDAY we bellowed Christmas songs while trying to crescendo just right;
    FRIDAY the Pre-K parties elicited excited shrieks;
    Oh my, oh my; there’s still one more week!

    IMPORTANT DATES

    DECEMBER 21
    8:30 to 9:30 AM  - All School Christmas Chapel in the Worship Center. Afternoon and Monday-Tuesday students are welcome to attend this Chapel with their parents.
    11:00 to 11:30 AM - Early Dismissal Day (preschool parents can pick-up from the classroom at 11:00 or 11:30)
    There will be no garage pick-up, no PM classes and no Extended Care this day. 

    DECEMBER 24- JANUARY 4
    Christmas Break – No School

    DECEMBER 24 (Christmas Eve)
    Christmas Services at Harvest Bible Chapel

    CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST
    Our Preschool staff members have donned their “best” Christmas sweaters, pictures of which are on display at the “voting table” outside Mrs. Naugle’s room next to the door to the Chapel Lobby.  Come join in the fun and vote for your favorite through Wednesday AM.

    USE EXTENDED CARE FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIME
    Many of our Preschool parents have found it helpful to have an extra hour or two in their day during the holiday season where they are able to shop or prepare for the holidays while their little ones were happily spending time with their playmates in Extended Care.  Extended Care is available from 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM every day that preschool is in session for a full day (Early Dismissal days do not included Extended Care, garage pick up or afternoon classes).  Please circle on the classroom roster any day that your student will be staying for Extended Care – and Happy Shopping!

    SPIRIT STORE HAS CHRISTMAS GIFTS
    The Spirit Store is open on Thursdays before and after school.  Come and find HCA wear for your little lion.

    SEVERE WEATHER CLOSING INFORMATION
    In the event of severe weather requiring school closing, the school office will post the closing in the following places:
    Our website, harvestchristianacademy.org.
    Facebook, Havest Christian Academy- Official
    Twitter, @goHCALions
    Parents may also obtain information from area television stations CBS Ch. 2, NBC Ch. 5, ABC Ch. 7, FOX 32, WGN-TV or CLTV cable or listen to WGN Radio 720 AM, WBBM Radio 780 AM for closing information.  The Emergency Closing Center website contains up to date information regarding all school closings. Every effort will be made to provide early notification of school closing so that carpools can proceed safely.  In the event of severe weather when school is open, no attendance penalty will be assessed if parents choose to keep their children at home.

    Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

    FriFridayDecDecember7th2012 December 7, 2012
    Here is the story of Gloves vs. Mittens:
    Preschool teachers embrace winter as a season for our students to learn another skill, that being the sequence or order involved in “dressing for outside”.   Problem solving skills are used to figure out that going to the bathroom before putting on your snow pants, boots and coat is a MUST!  Zipping your coat -- while making sure your chin is not caught in the final zip -- is trial and error.  Hats are easy as the target area is large.  All is going well as we dress, singing our snow songs with anticipation.   Mittens are simple -- thumb in the thumb place, squeeze your fingers together, and . . . push. THEY ARE ON!  BUT, sometimes students have . . . gloves.  Who would think those little octopus-looking hand coverings would be so terrifying for grown teachers?  Thumb goes in the thumb place, but then middle finger decides to bunk with ring man and pointer is his usual bossy self not wanting to slide into a finger slot and nobody can find pinky—he’s just plain lost!  Our little bundles of joy are beginning to sweat as they wait for “the gloves” to get on. Preschool teachers know “the glove” can defeat even the most tolerant, so we settle for everyone having fun outside except for pointer, ring man and middle finger who are always partying in the wrong room.  The moral of this story:  PLEASE SEND MITTENS WITH YOUR CHILD TO PRESCHOOL.  We would appreciate it very much!

    USE EXTENDED CARE FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIME
    Many of our Preschool parents have found it helpful to have an extra hour or two in their day during the holiday season where they are able to shop or prepare for the holidays while their little ones were happily spending time with their playmates in Extended Care.  Extended Care is available from 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM every day that Preschool is in session for a full day (Early Dismissal days do not included Extended Care, garage pick up or afternoon classes).  Please circle on the classroom roster any day that your student will be staying for Extended Care – and Happy Shopping!

    IMPORTANT DATES:
    December 21
    All School Christmas Chapel in the Worship Center from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Afternoon students are welcome to attend this Chapel with their parents. This will be an early dismissal day. Preschool parents can pick-up from the classroom at 11:00 or 11:30 AM.  There will be no garage pick-up, no PM classes and no Extended Care this day. 

    December 24- January 4
    Christmas Break – No School

    MEN’S CLOTHING DRIVE
    HCA is sponsoring a clothing drive for men’s coats and other winter gear starting December 3 through December 14.  Please drop off new or gently used items in the cafeteria you would like to donate to bless someone in need. Please no children's wear at this time.

    MOTHERS IN PRAYER
    The prayer schedule is posted through December.  You can easily find this page at harvestchristianacademy.org/prayerschedule.  We hope you will join us in praying for HCA.

    Blessings for a wonderful weekend.
    FriFridayNovNovember30th2012 November 30. 2012

    FROM MRS. SNOWWHITE’S DESK
    One of the blessings for the preschool staff is hearing your children pray. Their hearts are so innocent, and they can think of “thank yous” that we often take for granted. Surprisingly, there is very little “I want this . . .” and much more thinking of their family members in prayer. I am thankful that we live in a nation where we are free to pray with our children, teaching them to be appreciative of what the Lord provides. 

    During December our teachers focus on Jesus’ birth along with decorating classrooms, making gifts, baking and learning Christmas songs.  This is such an exciting time of the year for our young students. Each class will celebrate by holding a birthday party for JESUS (specific class information will be supplied by your teacher). We end the school month with an all school Christmas Chapel – please feel free to join us.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    December 5, 6, 7 & 18
    Hearing & Vision Screening (ask your teacher for your class’s date)

    December 21
    All School Christmas Chapel in the Worship Center from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Afternoon students are welcome to attend this Chapel with their parents. This will be an early dismissal day. Preschool parents can pick-up from the classroom at 11:00 or 11:30 AM.  There will be no garage pick-up, no PM classes and no Extended Care this day. 

    December 24- January 4
    No school for Christmas Break

    MEN’S CLOTHING DRIVE
    HCA is sponsoring a clothing drive for men’s coats and other winter gear starting December 3 through December 14.
    Please drop off new or gently used items in the cafeteria you would like to donate to bless someone in need. Please no children's wear at this time.

    HEALTH AT HCA
    We have new report of head lice. Every year we have a few cases. Lice are transmitted by head to head contact or sometimes by sharing combs, hats etc. Find out more here .

    MOTHERS IN PRAYER
    The prayer schedule is posted through December.  You can easily find this page at harvestchristianacademy.org/prayerschedule.  We hope you will join us in praying for HCA.

    Enjoy your weekend – see you next week

    FriFridayNovNovember16th2012 November 16, 2012

    If I had my child to raise over again
    I'd build self-esteem first and the house later
    I'd finger paint more and point the finger less
    I would do less correcting and more connecting
    I'd take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes
    I would care to know less and know to care more
    I'd take more hikes and fly more kites
    I'd stop playing serious and seriously play
    I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars
    I'd do more hugging and less tugging
    I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often
    I would be firm less often and affirm much more
    I'd model less about the love of power
    And more about the power of love
                                                          
    PRESCHOOL THANKSGIVING WEEK
    Preschool will not have classes in session from November 19-23.  We are praying you have a very blessed holiday.

    EXTENDED CARE
    Our Extended Care Program is growing, and we now need to make some changes to define what type of care we can provide for your child.  We staff Extended Care with two teachers providing care for up to 15 students each day.  To plan for lunch and to provide proper staffing it is important for the Preschool Office to know by 9:15 AM the number of students who will be here for Extended Care.  

    Afternoon parents should call 847.214.3500 x3509 or email  at the beginning of their attendance week before 9:15 AM (in addition to circling these days on the class roster).   If your child is attending before their afternoon class they must be here by 11:45 AM.  All students attending Extended Care between 11:30 to 12:30 PM need to eat lunch with the group.  At 12:00 PM the students are getting settled in the classroom, washing hands and sitting at the table to get ready to eat.  This is a busy time for teachers to accept incoming students and give them the appropriate greeting to join the group.  The teachers are serving all the students and properly supervising lunch, so this time does not allow supervision of students not eating lunch but playing around the room.

    Thank you so much for helping us to run a quality Extended Care program.

    MOTHERS IN PRAYER
    The prayer schedule is posted through December.  You can easily find this page at harvestchristianacademy.org/prayerschedule.  We hope you will join us in praying for HCA.

    GIFTS
    Hours for the week of  November 19 will be Monday 2:20-2:55 PM in the cafeteria.

    Planning on giving gift cards for presents this Christmas season?
    A special Christmas GIFTS Order Form is available and was also sent home in today's Friday folders.  View the list of merchants and if you are interested in this opportunity just...

    1. Fill out the order form for gift cards for places like Walmart, Toys R Us, Starbucks, etc.
    2. Return the order form with payment by November 30 to the Lower School Office.
    3. Pick up your gift cards on December 6.  

    Any questions, email .

    ILLNESS UPDATE FROM THE NURSE
    Visit harvestchristianacdemy.org/nursenews for this week's information regarding respiratory and stomach viruses.

    HEARING AND VISION SCREENING - 12/5, 12/6 & 12/7
    Parents of students who will need a hearing and/or vision screening have been sent an email. Please be prompt in sending in your payment. You may email Lori Fisk for questions.

    Let’s be thankful to our Lord for our many blessings this week and always.

     

    ThuThursdayNovNovember8th2012 November 8, 2012

    FROM MRS. SNOWWHITE’S DESK
    Life is so busy and the days seem to fly by, but I am challenging you to take time to enjoy and know that you will fondly remember these preschool years with your children until your memory is gone.  You will remember this time when your little ones were so affectionate, offering hugs and kisses so willingly to any accepting person, especially you!  You will remember how thrilled your child was about the littlest things and always hear those squeals of excitement in your memories. You will remember how easily they were entertained by reading the same book over and over or how they enjoyed watching the same movie time after time. I will always remember Saturday morning with us all cuddling in our big bed as we reviewed the week and enjoyed being together. It’s a time when being positive “rules” as they haven’t had time to develop dislikes as they will when they get older.  Cherish this time when you are seen in their eyes as knowing everything and being so wonderful!
    “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” – James 1:17

    PICTURE RE-TAKE REMINDER - Tuesday, November 13th 
    If your child was absent for Picture Day in October, or if you are not happy with how your child’s picture turned out, here is the opportunity to get the picture you want.  On or before Re-take Day, you must turn in to your teacher either an order form (if your child was absent) or the picture package you received and would like to re-do.  Extra order forms are available from your teacher or in the Preschool office.  If your child does not attend Preschool on Tuesdays, you can come in between 9:15 AM and 1:00 PM on Re-take Day to have the picture done.  Don’t forget to bring your smile on Picture Retake Day!

    IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

    • November 13 - Picture Retake Day
    • November 14 - Preschool Thanksgiving Feast
    • November 14-20 - Book Fair
    • November 19 through 23- Preschool Thanksgiving Week.  (No Preschool)

    OPEN HOUSE
    Invite your friends and family to come and see what God is doing at our school. Our next Open House is Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM. Guests should park in the parking garage (blue door) and head to the second floor Chapel Lobby to sign-in. Please register.  If you have any questions contact our Director of Admissions, Eileen Arosen.

    FAITH AND CULTURE SERIES – Saturday, November 10
    The Biblical Soul Care ministry is offering to the entire Harvest family a series of Biblical talks on how we as believers are to interact with the world around us.  Our first one entitled “How Creation & Science Intersect with the Church” is happening on Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 AM - noon at the Rolling Meadows Campus in the Learning Center.  To sign up visit harvestbiblechapel.org

    From the Nurse
    ILLNESS UPDATE:
    The major complaints this week are associated with respiratory or stomach viruses. Symptoms I am seeing alone or in combination include nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, sore throat, headaches, sinus headaches and fever. These are very typical for this time of year.  Viruses usually last 3-4 days or as long as a week with improving symptoms. Please see your doctor if symptoms get worse, do not go away or come back.

    HEARING AND VISION SCREENING-December 5, 6 and 7
    Students who will need a hearing and/or vision screening have been sent an email. Please be prompt in sending in your payment. You may email me at for questions.

    Blessings for a beautiful November weekend.

    FriFridayNovNovember2nd2012 November 2, 2012

    “THANK YOU,” “Thank you,” “Thank you” will be heard around the Preschool this month.  We are celebrating gratitude which means to recognize and appreciate our blessings.  It is important to model for our children appreciation and gratitude. We do this by acknowledging our daily experiences in life. Please don’t wait for the “big things” to be thankful; it’s the small things that bring joy to our lives -- that look of accomplishment on your child’s face when s/he has completed a task, a smile when first waking up, using a tissue (instead of a shirt sleeve), going through the night without an accident, having a warm coat, going to the library, eating chocolate -- so many things we take for granted! Let your children pray before they eat; make it a point to tell Jesus before every meal how thankful you are for this food. Thank God when you get in the car and ask Him to keep you safe. Say “thank you” to the grocery clerk. Say “thank you” to your child for tasks they perform -- “Thank you for getting in your car seat,” “Thank you for brushing those beautiful white teeth” and our favorite, “Thank you for that hug.”

    Appreciating our blessings starts with acknowledging them. Don’t let the little moments pass you by………………

    “ Now, our God, we give you thanks and praise your gracious name.”
                                              1 Chronicles 29:13

    IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

    • November 2 - ACTS of HCA Talent Show  TONIGHT!
    • November 8 and 9 - Parent/Teacher Conferences.  (No school P-8)
    • November 14 - Preschool Pre-K Thanksgiving Feast
    • November 19 through 23- Preschool Thanksgiving Week.  (No Preschool)

    OPEN HOUSE
    Invite your friends and family to come and see what God is doing at our school. Our next Open House is Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM. Guests should park in the parking garage (blue door) and head to the second floor Chapel Lobby to sign-in. Please register.  If you have any questions contact our Director of Admissions, Eileen Arosen.

    SCHOOL CALENDAR
    Our HCA school calendar has been updated.

    FROM THE NURSE
    ILLNESS UPDATE: This week a stomach virus is the main source of complaints around school. Symptoms may include any of the following: fever, vomiting, headache, nausea and fatigue. Symptoms are generally lasting 3-4 days.

    HEARING AND VISION SCREENING-December 5, 6 and 7. Students who will need a hearing and/or vision screening have been sent an email. Please be prompt in sending in your payment. Contact with questions.

    WedWednesdayOctOctober31st2012 ACTS Talent Show Friday

    ACTS of HCA is coming!  Enjoy an entertaining night out with the family to see talented students of Harvest Christian Academy. 

    A live performance is this Friday, November 2, at 7:00 PM in the Chapel.  There are over 20 different ACTS performing, which consist of singers, dancers, actors and some other very entertaining acts. Tickets are $5 each, sold at the door. Concessions will be offered in the Chapel Lobby. Prizes will be presented to the top three acts.  Celebrity judges from HCA and Harvest Bible Chapel will be on hand and lots of fun will be had by all.

    Bring your family, extended family, friends and anyone who wants to have a night of laughter and fun. In doing so, you will be supporting our Drama Department.

    FriFridayOctOctober26th2012 October 26, 2012

    FROM THE DIRECTOR
    Okay? OK. Okay!
    This little word has many uses and can cause some confusion in our young learners. OK can fill space when we can’t think of a word, a nervous crutch between sentences. Often we use it to say “I am finished” (OK, done), sometimes a quick way to verify everything is alright (Okay?), occasionally we say OK to mean “Let’s go!” (OK!).  We also use OK for authorization or approval  (“When will he give us the OK?"). 

    When you give a direction to your child you expect it to be followed. You are not asking for your child’s approval of the direction. Frequently the Preschool staff hear parents giving their child a direction followed by “OK?” such as, “Billy, hang your coat in the cubbie, OK?” or “Susie, don’t push your sister, OK?”  Think about the mixed signal you are sending to your children by ending a direction with “OK?”. You are giving them permission with that little word – OK -- to decide if they want to obey.  When the direction is not followed you become frustrated. Your child becomes agitated because he/she doesn’t understand that it was a direction, not a choice.  In Ephesians 6:4 the Bible tells us not to provoke our children to anger (frustration) which is clearly the result of giving a mixed message. So, for all of us, when we find an “OK?” trying to slip out of our mouths, let’s give a thought to the wisdom of Ephesians.

    IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 
    • October 30 and 31- Preschool Harvest Festival
    • November 2- ACTS of HCA Variety Show
    • November 8 and 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences.  (No school P-8)
    • November 14- Preschool Thanksgiving Feast
    • November 19 through 23- Preschool Thanksgiving Week.  (No preschool)

    UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR
    Find this on the website under HCA Essentials.  Print this copy for your reference.

    NEWS FROM THE NURSE
    For medical and nutritional information from the Health Office, visit our new page News from the Nurse.  This week you can read about how caffeine affects your kids and symptoms of mononucleosis. For future reference use the shortcut harvestchristianacademy.org/nursenews.

    HEARING AND VISION SCREENING
    Emails will be going out to parents of students who are required by law to have a hearing and/or vision screening in December. Your child may be waived for this screening by turning in a vision or hearing exam by a licensed eye or ear doctor.

    Hearing screening will be performed on December 5, 6 and 7 for the following:
    • Preschool
    • Kindergarten
    • Grade One
    • Grade Two
    • Grade Three
    • Resource classes
    • Transfer students
    • Students referred by a teacher
    Vision screening* will be performed on December 5, 6 and 7 for the following:
    • Preschool
    • Kindergarten
    • Grade Two
    • Grade Eight
    • Resource classes
    • Transfer students
    • Students referred by a teacher

    “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.  Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.”


    FriFridayOctOctober12th2012 October 12, 2012

    ASK THE PRESCHOOL STAFF
    Dear Mrs. Snowwhite,
    All last year my youngest son cried when I dropped off his brother at Preschool, always wanting to stay. Now that it is his turn he is apprehensive and not wanting to come to school. What is wrong?
    Not so sure Mom

    Dear Not So Sure Mom,
    This is normal behavior from a three year old. Last year he had the security of big brother and assumed you would stay too.  This year you left him alone with a room full of people that are NOT you.  Although there is plenty to do it doesn’t feel right at first to him because it is different than home.  Usually in 5-6 weeks your three year old will become comfortable and familiar with his school surroundings.
    Blessings, Mrs. Snowwhite

    Dear Mrs. Valentine,
    Why do you have so many forms for us to fill out? 
    Sincerely, Can Keep Track Mommy

    Dear Can’t Keep Track,
    I know there are many forms to fill out for your child to come to Preschool.  The State of Illinois requires us to make sure your child is physically fit to attend and then once the child is here that we know much about him/her.  We must have a birth certificate on file and also know about allergies, medicine and what procedures to follow, who may pick-up your child, what if anything frightens your child, and the list goes on . . . Thank you so much for diligently filling out and turning in your forms so that we may serve your family in the best way possible (and be compliant with the State of Illinois!)
    Gratefully His,
    Mrs. Valentine

    IMPORTANT DATES
    October 16 & 17 = School Pictures
    October 18 & 19 = Teacher Training – NO SCHOOL
    October 30 & 31 = Preschool Harvest Festival

    SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS
    Smile! School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 16th for our Monday-Tuesday three year-olds and Wednesday, October 17th for all other Preschool classes, so please make sure to dress your sweetie extra-specially that day and turn in your portrait package order forms to your teacher.

    HARVEST FEST
    On Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31, the Preschool Motor Room will be transformed into a “Harvest Festival” for our Preschool students.  The children will participate in games and fun activities, make Fall crafts, and learn about the amazing bounty God blesses us with each Autumn.  Check your class calendar to see if your child participates on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Children can dress in “farmer clothes” (jeans, bib overalls, flannel shirts, colorful bandanna handkerchiefs and hats).  Parents are welcome to help with the festivities.  Please see the sign-up sheet in each classroom.

    “The Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and all the work of your hands and your joy will be complete.”  Deuteronomy 16:15

    GIFTS
    We will have different GIFTS hours next week due to the school being closed on Thursday and Friday.   Please note that we will have GIFTS hours on Wednesday, October 17th from 2:30-2:55pm in the school cafeteria.   We will have orders ready for pick-up and also have Woodman's, Starbucks, Chili's and GAP cards for sale!   There will be no GIFTS hours on Thursday October 18th.  Any questions, please email us at .

    CAN YOU HELP?
    We are looking to assemble a group of volunteers that would be available monthly to do some painting around HCA.  We desire to keep our spaces looking bright and clean during the school year.  Assisting our operations team in this way would bless them immensely!  If you are interested and able to serve in this way, contact Bridget Keeran.

    ILLNESS UPDATE
    Cold and allergy symptoms are being seen this week at HCA. Usually there is no fever. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, sinus pain, watery eyes, sore throat and nausea. You may send your children with cough drops to school as long as they do not share them with other children.

    HEALTH POLICY REVIEW
    Students may return to school 24 hours after these symptoms have subsided:
    1. Vomiting
    2. Diarrhea
    3. Fever (a temperature over 100 degrees orally.)

    SPOTLIGHT:  FIRE SAFETY
    October 7-13 is fire safety week. Please visit here to find tips on smoke alarms, holiday lights and fire prevention in your home.

    NUTRITION NUGGETS
    Do you have a healthy nutrition tip or recipe to share? Send it to my email at lfisk@harvestchrisitianacademy.org.

    Happy Friday, and blessings for your weekend!

    ThuThursdayOctOctober11th2012 Tomorrow's the Dance so Save $5 and Register Now
    Today is the last day to pre-register for our lower price ticket of $20 per family. Walk-ins will be welcome for $25 per family.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
    Time
    : 6:00-8:00 PM
    Where: Assembly Room 1 (between the West Lobby and the Children’s Ministry Counter)
    Attire: Semi– formal
    Theme: City Lights, drinks and snacks will be provided
    Tickets: Register here for your $20 per family ticket price which will be collected at the door. Walk-ins will be welcome for $25 per family.

    Student Council is excited to host this event for daddies and daughter(s) of all ages. Please invite your non-HCA friends to come with you. It will be a lovely out for dads and their girls. Come ready to dance and have a great time!
    TueTuesdayOctOctober9th2012 UPDATE- Friday's the Dance!
    Sign-up now for our first annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Friday, October 12. This is a Student Council fundraising event open to all daddy and daughter(s) of all ages.  This event is for both HCA and non-HCA familes.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
    Time
    : 6:00-8:00 PM 
    Where: Assembly Room 1 (between the West Lobby and the Children’s Ministry Counter)
    Attire: Semi– formal
    Theme: City Lights, drinks and snacks will be provided
    Tickets: Register here and your ticket price will be $20 per family to be paid at the door. If sign up is not done ahead of time, tickets are available at the door for $25.

    Come ready to dance and have a great time!
    TueTuesdayOctOctober9th2012 Tomorrow's the Dance!
    Sign-up now for our first annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Friday, October 12. This is a Student Council fundraising event open to all daddy and daughter(s) of all ages.  This event is for both HCA and non-HCA familes.

    HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
    Time
    : 6:00-8:00 PM 
    Where: Assembly Room 1 (between the West Lobby and the Children’s Ministry Counter)
    Attire: Semi– formal
    Theme: City Lights, drinks and snacks will be provided
    Tickets: Register here and your ticket price will be $20 per family to be paid at the door. If sign up is not done ahead of time, tickets are available at the door for $25.

    Come ready to dance and have a great time!
    FriFridayOctOctober5th2012 October 5, 2012

    ENCOURAGING LITERACY AT HOME
    You can build your child's vocabulary by talking about words and objects wherever you find yourself with your child/children. For example, in the car you can say, "Look at that billboard . . . What colors do you see?” or “I wonder if they used crayons to make the sign?”  At the grocery store ask, “I wonder where we will find the milk . . . Let’s see if we can find an “M” for milk on a sign” and “Do you know which animal God gave us that makes milk?”

    We all know that reading to your child also encourages vocabulary and literacy, but with our busy schedules it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to read together. It is vital to make time every day to read to your child to increase these skills.  Use humor, expression and different voices and you will soon be having fun, too!

    At Preschool we usually read a book all the way through the first time, and each time after as we read the story we discuss what's happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions of the children   After you have read the book a few times talk about the writer of the book who is called the author and the drawer (photographer, artist) that we call the illustrator.  It’s ok to read your child’s favorite books over and over and over again!  Remember to tell your little one (no matter what age) that “story time” is a favorite part of your day. You will never regret having spent your time this way.

    DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
    Sign-up now for our first annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on October 12.  This is a student council fundraising event open to all daddy and daughter duos, trios and beyond. The event will be from 6:00-8:00 PM and cost $20 per dad. Preschool through High School daughters are welcome. Register here.

    PICTURE DAY
    Smile!  We will be having Picture Days on Tuesday, October 16 for Mrs. de Lara’s Monday-Tuesday 3 year-olds and on Wednesday, October 17 for all other preschool classes.

    MOTHERS IN PRAYER
    We are excited to roll out a new plan.  Each week we will focus our prayer time on a different group of students and staff.  Come join mom’s with kids in the same grade on your week from 8:10-9:00 AM in the East Lobby.
    For the monthly schedule visit HCA Essentials/PTF page on our website.  October's dates are listed:

    • October 9 (second Tuesday of the month) - we will be praying for Lower School and Preschool.
    • October 16 (third Tuesday of the month) - we will be praying for Middle School students/teachers/ coaches.
    • October 30 (fourth Tuesday of the month) - we will be praying for High School student/teachers/ coaches.

    Preschool mom's, join us this Tuesday, October 9!

    ILLNESS UPDATE
    The flu (respiratory symptoms) is showing up earlier this year. If you were planning on receiving a flu shot and have not done so, it would be wise to get yours now. Symptoms include: fever, cough, body aches. If respiratory symptoms lead to difficulty in breathing you should see your doctor.

    Stomach viruses are also showing up earlier this year. Contrary to popular belief, these gastric symptoms are not the “flu”. The flu shot will not protect against these viruses. They are easily spread through the air and on surfaces. Proper hand-washing and disinfectants that are labeled to kill the flu can help in preventing their spread.

    HEALTH POLICY REVIEW
    Students may return to school 24 hours after these symptoms have subsided:
    1. Vomiting
    2. Diarrhea
    3. Fever-free without fever reducing medication. (A fever is a temperature over 100 degrees orally)

    CONDITION SPOTLIGHT:  BACKPACK SAFETY
    Backpacks are necessary, but improperly used can lead to spinal and muscle injury.  Is your child using his/her backpack correctly? Check here for helpful tips from Kidshealth.org.

    NUTRITION NUGGETS
    Do you have a healthy nutrition tip or recipe to share? Send it to .

    IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

    • Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day.  No School or Extended Care
    • Tuesday, October 16 & Wednesday, October 17 – Picture Days
    • Thursday, October 18 & Friday, October 19 – Teacher Training Days.  No school or Extended Care
    • Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31 – Preschool Harvest Festival 

    Blessings for a fun-filled, relaxing long weekend.

    TueTuesdayOctOctober2nd2012 Parent Night Reminder

    It’s October!  Yes, we have officially entered the second month of Preschool.  As our teachers are getting to know your child, they also want to establish a good relationship with you, the parent. Maintaining an open, clear channel of communication can help achieve a successful Preschool experience.

    A perfect opportunity to become more familiar with your child’s teacher and classroom activities is to attend Preschool Parent Night this Thursday evening October 4th.  Mrs. de Lara’s Monday-Tuesday class parents will meet from 6:15 to 7:00 PM.  All other classes will meet from 7:15 to 8:00 PM. 

    Many parents use this evening as a date night and share a dinner together before coming to Parent Night.  We hope to see you Thursday!

    FriFridaySepSeptember28th2012 September 28, 2012

    FROM MRS. SNOWWHITE’S DESK
    “I’m tired of it.  Every night it’s the same fight,” was the comment I heard from a Mom sitting outside my office, “I hate bedtime!”  “I know,” said another Mom, “It’s a battle of who’s the strongest”.  At the end of a long day you are ready to hang up your Mommy hat (or Daddy hat) and have time to yourself, but if bedtime is difficult and keeping your child in bed is a struggle, think about your bed time routine: 

    • Is your child watching busy or violent T.V. shows before bed? 
    • Are you winding up your child with play that involves running, hiding and loud voices before bed?
    • Is your child’s naptime too long or running too late in the day so your child isn’t tired?  

    Make sure to establish a bedtime routine; do the same thing every night.  Nothing makes you sleepy more than a warm bath with time to play.  Then a drink, a trip to the bathroom and a nice calm story.  I liked to read to my children as they snuggled into bed, ending the routine with a prayer and a kiss goodnight.  Often we read our last story of the day with just the night light on.  Be firm with your child at bedtime. You have met all their needs with the drink, bathroom, story, prayer and kiss good night.  Remind your child that God watches over us while we sleep. 

    In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8

    Be encouraged as you later look in on your sleeping child—remember this is only a season.

    PRESCHOOL PARENT NIGHT
    Thursday October 4 is Parent Night - an opportunity to learn more about our preschool curriculum, daily activities in the classroom and events for the school year.  As this evening is for parents only, many enjoy a quiet dinner before coming to the event -- book your child care now and enjoy.

    Please see below for your child’s class specific times:                                                  
    • Mrs. Zeivel's W/Th/F AM & PM classes @ 7:15 – 8:00 PM
    • Mrs. Pawelek's 3/5-Day AM Pre-K class @ 7:15 – 8:00 PM
    • Mrs. de Lara's M-T 3 y.o. AM class @ 6:15 – 7:00 PM and W/Th/F Pre-K AM class @ 7:15 – 8:00 PM
    • Mrs. Naugle's Pre-K AM and PM classes @ 7:15 – 8:00 PM


    DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
    Sign-up now for our first annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on October 12.  This is a sudent council fundraising event open to all daddy and daughter duos, trios and beyond. The event will be from 6:00-8:00 PM and cost $20 per dad. Daughters preschool through high school are welcome. Register here.

    FROM NURSE FISK'S DESK
    Keep HEALTHY Lions!   

    ILLNESS UPDATE: We continue to see cold-like symptoms and stomach viruses. Follow this link to see if your child’s symptoms are a cold, allergies or the flu.  

    CONDITION SPOTLIGHT:  CONCUSSION
    From a bump on the head at recess or during a sporting event concussion awareness is on the rise and rightly so. At HCA if a student receives a blow to the head they are sent to the health office for evaluation and observation. If signs of a concussion are found, a call home and follow up with a physician will be recommended. Otherwise, they returned to class where they are observed and sent back to the health office to be evaluated hourly.  Please inform me if your child has a concussion to discuss school activities based on the physician’s recommendations. Exclusion from P.E. and recess should be implemented as well as possible rest time during the day. You can find out more about signs and symptoms of a concussion here.

    HEALTH POLICY REVIEW:
    Our school policy prohibits students carrying or distributing medication while at school. This includes vitamins, Tylenol or Ibuprophen. While these products are common, at school they should be given under the direction of a doctor (occasionally a parent) and as a rule only by the school nurse.

    IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 
    • Thursday, October 4 – Preschool Parent Night
    • Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day.  No School or Extended Care
    • Thursday, October 18 & Friday, October 19 – Teacher Training Days.  No School or Extended Care
    • Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31 – Preschool Harvest Festival 

    BLESSINGS FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN WEEKEND.

    FriFridaySepSeptember21st2012 September 21, 2012

    IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
    Thursday, October 4 – Preschool Parent Night

    Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day.  No School or Extended Care

    Thursday, October 18 & Friday, October 19 – Teacher Training Days.  No School or Extended Care

    Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31 – Preschool Harvest Festival

    FORMS REMINDER                                                                                                     
    Are you compliant?  Please make sure that you have turned in all office forms for your Preschooler, especially the birth certificate, as the State of Illinois requires that the school have one on file for each student and we need your assistance to be compliant with the State.  Please call the office at extension 3509 with any questions. 

    PARENT NIGHT
    Thursday October 4th is Parent Night - an opportunity to learn more about our Preschool curriculum, daily activities in the classroom and events for the school year.  As this evening is for parents only, many enjoy a quiet dinner before coming to the event -- book your child care now and enjoy.

    Please see below for your child’s class specific times:                                                  
    Mrs. Zeivel's W/Th/F AM & PM classes @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    Mrs. Pawelek's 3/5-Day AM Pre-K class @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    Mrs. de Lara's M-T 3 y.o. AM class @ 6:15 – 7:00 pm and W/Th/F Pre-K AM class @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    Mrs. Naugle's Pre-K AM and PM classes @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    FROM NURSE FISK                                                                                                             
    Please turn in your medical forms                                                                                        
    If I have contacted you in the past few months regarding needed health forms it is very important that you complete this task as soon as possible. Grade required exams are mandated by the State. Your student will be considered to be non-compliant with the State of Illinois if these are not completed by October 15.

    Health at HCA
    -Continue to be diligent in watching for head lice. Every year we have a few cases. Lice are transmitted by head to head contact or sometimes by sharing combs, hats etc. Find out more here .

     -Symptoms seen this week are; stuffy noses, stomach pains and coughs. Encourage your children to use proper hygiene, get plenty of sleep and stay well hydrated.

     Eat your veggies!!! September is Fruits & Veggies — More Matters Month

    The CDC says research shows that fruit and vegetables are important to promoting good health. Yet, the majority of Americans are not getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables they need each day. Check out this link for tips on how to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

     

     Please be sure to send appropriate outer wear for your students’ Preschool day as we do play outside, and the weather is definitely becoming more autumnal.  Blessings on your weekend.

    FriFridaySepSeptember14th2012 September 14, 2012

    Our Preschool classrooms are designed to encourage children to learn through the five senses that our wonderful God designed for us.  When our little ones can see, hear and touch they absorb information.  In each classroom you will see items to see and touch such as media tables full of something fun, paint easels, supplies for media exploration, dramatic play areas (housekeeping, puppet stage, block center) and a reading area all for sensual exploration and learning. We cook weekly in the classroom so our students can identify smells and taste the end result. Your children will want to repeat many of these activities over and over, because when a child feels happy and satisfied with a learning experience, that’s what they like to do. We like the analogy that senses are the gate in which information gets to the brain. Here at HCA Preschool we constantly have our students swinging on the gate, opening and shutting it as we learn!

    FORMS REMINDER
    Please make sure that you have turned in all office forms for your Preschooler (Application, Birth Certificate, Enrollment or Re-Enrollment Form).  The birth certificate is particularly important, as the State of Illinois requires that the school have one on file for each student, and we need your assistance to be compliant with the State.  You may confirm the completion of your student’s forms by calling the office at extension 3509. 

    IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
    Wednesday, September 19 –Early Dismissal in the Lower and Upper Schools. 
    In Preschool this means that you have the option of picking up your student from the classroom at 11:00 (especially if you have other siblings/carpoolers being dismissed at 11:00) or 11:30 (if you want to avoid having to park among all the traffic in the garage at 11:00).  On all Early Dismissal days Preschool will not use garage pick up and there will be no Extended Care available.

    Thursday, October 4 – Preschool Parent Night

    Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day. No School or Extended Care

    Thursday, October 18 & Friday, October 19 – Teacher Training Days.  No School or Extended Care

    Tuesday, October 30 & Wednesday, October 31 – Preschool Harvest Festival

    DIRECTORY
    If you do not want your contact information in the all-school directory, please e-mail Denese Gay at dgay@harvestchristianacademy.org by Wednesday of next week, September 19.

    FROM NURSE FISK
    We are…..HEALTHY Lions! We continue to see upper respiratory illness in the community. Remember that keeping our bodies strong and healthy will go a long way in fighting illness.

    Healthy habits:
    Proper hygiene practices of washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes
    Proper diet of low fat protein, high fiber diet with fresh vegetables and whole grains along with drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day
    Proper rest; for most people it is 8 hours of sleep per night
    Decrease simple carbohydrates (sugar) in your diet to keep your immune system strong

    Did you know that stress can lower our immune system? Prayer is a powerful tool to decrease stress by laying our burdens on our mighty and able God. Modeling prayer with your children will show them that we all have burdens and we can trust the Lord with them. Their faith will be strengthened as you share the provisions of the God for the things we have brought to him.  

    PARENT NIGHT
    Please join us on Thursday October 4th for Preschool Parent Night.  Here is an opportunity for a date night -- get someone to watch the children and enjoy a quiet dinner before coming to school.  Please see below for your child’s class specific times:

    Mrs. Zeivel's W/Th/F AM & PM classes @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    Mrs. Pawelek's 3/5-Day AM Pre-K class @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    Mrs. de Lara's M-T 3 y.o. AM class @ 6:15 – 7:00 pm and W/Th/F Pre-K AM class @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    Mrs. Naugle's Pre-K AM and PM classes @ 7:15 – 8:00 pm

    This event is an opportunity to learn more about our Preschool curriculum, daily activities in the classroom and events for the school year.  PLEASE NOTE:  The evening is for Parents; book your child care early so you can come learn more about your student’s day at Harvest.

    Blessings for a beautiful September weekend!

    FriFridaySepSeptember7th2012 September 7, 2012

    HAPPY FRIDAY!   Whew; we made through our first week of Preschool and even got past some tears (from the Moms!) 

    FROM MRS. SNOWWHITE: 
    In my years working with young children I can safely say they are unpredictable creatures designed by God.  While parents have no idea how their children will react to the first weeks of Preschool, you can do your best to prepare for this first step toward their independence.  Remember to talk about their day, discussing a bit about their teachers along with the different activities they do at school. When walking down our long halls remain calm, attaching a big smile on your face. This attitude gives your child reassurance that school is safe.

    If your child cries and clings to you (and sometimes they do this after they have had several peaceful arrival days) please, PLEASE resist the urge to take them home. It's only going to make tomorrow even more difficult and sends a mixed signal that something IS wrong with school.

    HCA teachers are well trained in how to handle your crying child. Once you get them in the door, hug them, tell them you love them and you will see them later. With that beautiful smile still firmly affixed to your face, calmly walk out the door and keep going.  It is my experience that the majority of the time, if your departure is handled in this manner, the child will stop crying by the time you reach the blue doors!  Once they become absorbed in their new experiences they will hardly miss you and enjoy the Preschool day.

    FORMS REMINDER:
    Please make sure that you have turned in all office forms for your Preschooler (Application, Birth Certificate, Enrollment or Re-Enrollment Form).  Most of our student’s files are complete, but we are still in need of several birth certificates and enrollment forms.  The birth certificate is particularly important, as the State of Illinois requires that the school have one on file for each student, and we need to be compliant.  You may pick up an Enrollment Form in the Preschool office if you need another copy to fill out.   

    CARPOOLS:
    Thank you to all parents for helping to make our morning garage pick up run efficiently.  Please remember to inform our office of any on-going carpool arrangements so that picking up is a smooth process.  If you are adding someone to your Authorized Pick Up List, you can let the office know verbally or by e-mail. 

    ABSENCES:
    Please notify the Preschool office or your child’s teacher if he or she will be absent from Preschool.  We track illnesses for the county, so we would appreciate you letting us know the reason for the absence as well. 

    NURSE NOTES:
    Illnesses seen at HCA this week include cases of upper respiratory symptoms which sometimes include fever. There have also been some cases of bronchitis and pneumonia reported so if your child seems to be struggling with her “cold” symptoms please see the doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Please do not send students to school who are overly tired, who have lost their appetite or have an oral temperature of 100 or above.  

    We are on the edge of flu season as well. This is the proper time to vaccinate your child and yourself if you so desire. People who are at high risk for respiratory illness or come in regular contact with those people should consider vaccination each year. This includes the very young, the elderly, those with asthma or chronic respiratory diseases .You may follow this link for helpful information.  

    It is the season for lice. Please be diligent to check your family if they show the following signs: continued itching of the scalp, redness behind the ears or nape of the neck, or small bites on the scalp. You can follow this link for more information. Lice cannot jump but are transmitted by head to head contact or by sharing hats, combs etc. We strongly discourage sharing of these types of items at school.

    If you find that one of your children has lice please do not send them to school until treated with a special medicated shampoo and a discussion with the HCA nurse.

    BIBLE STUDY FOR MOMS:
    Harvest Bible Chapel is offering a bible study on parenting Wednesday evenings from 6:15-8:15 PM or Thursday mornings from 9:00-11:00 AM beginning Wednesday, September 19th or Thursday, September 20th. Touted by many as “revolutionary” training, authors Paul Tripp and Elyse Fitzpatrick brilliantly equip moms to teach their kids the "awe of God". We will spend ourselves this year praying fervently for our kids and learning what it means to parent in light of the gospel and what it means to pass on the messages of God’s love and grace to our kids. Go here to register and preview all the selections. 

    HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND

    FriFridayAugAugust31st2012 August 31, 2012
    WELCOME BACK TO PRESCHOOL!

    We were so happy to see our preschool friends -- old and new -- at Visit the Preschool on Thursday and are excited to be starting a new school year.

    Monday-Tuesday and Monday-Friday classes will begin on Tuesday, September 4.  Wednesday-Friday classes start on Wednesday, September 5.  Our new traffic pick-up plan for our morning students will begin right away.  Please see your teacher with any questions about pick-up.

    EXTENDED CARE

    Anyone wishing to attend Extended Care will need to circle the days of attendance on our classroom sign-in rosters by 9:30 AM so that we have a correct count for lunch order and staffing.

    AWANA BEGINS SOON
    We are excited to launch Awana this year on Wednesday, September 12. With several brand new features added-- activities, games, and fresh worship planned -- Wednesday Awana will be a night your family won't want to miss.  For information regarding our program for preschool through grade five students see the registration webpage here.  If you prefer, you can come to our Awana Registration Blitz on Thursday, September 6, from 3:00-4:00 PM on the 3rd floor K-5 Children's Ministry Counter and we can register children and volunteers for you.  We hope to see you there.

    FATHER AND SON CAMP-OUT
    The HCA Student Council is hosting a fundraising event on September 21 -22.   This is our first father and son camp-out for fathers and sons of all ages. Dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday is provided.  You bring your gear.  For more information and to sign-up click here.

    NURSE NOTES
    Allergies:
    Mold and weed counts are moderate to high this week leading to allergy symptoms. If your student is complaining of a headache on the forehead and nausea associated with nasal drainage this could be the culprit. Please be sure to help your student make it through the day comfortably by treating these symptoms prior to school.

    Lice season alert: This is the season for lice. It is time to be vigilant about lice checks for every family member. Many families have never had a case of lice and do not know what to look for. You can follow this link more information.  School policy states that a student with live lice may not attend school until treatment has been administered and a check from the nurse has been performed.

    SEE YOU NEXT WEEK - HAVE A BEAUTIFUL LABOR DAY!

    WedWednesdayJunJune27th2012 Updated School Calendar for 2012-2013
    Key dates have changed in Spring 2013. Check out the updated calendar here. April 15, 16 and 17 have been added back as school days.  You can always find the calendar in the HCA Essentials box on the main webpage.
    FriFridayMayMay18th2012 May 18, 2012
    IMPORTANT DATES:
    Next Thursday, May 24, is the last day of preschool. This is also the last day of Extended Care until next September.

    PARKING GARAGE CAR TAGS
    Parking garage car tags should be returned to Preschool teachers on Tuesday, May 22 (for the Monday-Tuesday classes) and Thursday, May 24 (for the Wednesday-Friday and Monday-Friday classes) unless you also have students in the Lower or Upper School which will be collecting these tags by Friday May 25.  HCA will use these colored tags again in the future, so it is important for us to collect them. Please note that this year’s tag will not gain you entry into the building next year. Thank you in advance for your assistance in the collection of all HCA car visor tags. 

    HARVEST’S 5K
    Join the fun. Bring your whole family to this annual 5K run.  You can even walk.  There will be a 200 yard dash for kids ages five to seven, a one mile run for students ages eight to twelve and the 5K for ages ten and up. Pricing for the 5K registration includes: 
    -   Harvest 5K Performance T-Shirt
    -   Official timing system
    -   Awards
    -   Food and beverage
    -   Activities for children
    All 5K race proceeds go to benefit the HCA scholarship fund. Visit harvestbiblechapel.org/5k for all things 5K. To register click here.

    NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL CALENDAR
    Please download the 2012-2013 school calendar for your reference and planning.  Please note that this calendar is available on our HCA website and is subject to change as events are planned.

    HIGH FIVE IS COMING
    Mark your calendars for June 18-22 so that you don't miss out on this amazing week of camp here at the Elgin Campus.  Read about electives and register here.  Some electives are at capacity so don't wait any longer to register.

    SCIENCE DEPARTMENT DONATION NEEDED
    If you have a household refrigerator/freezer that you would like to donate to the HCA Science Department please contact Pastor Marc.  We are looking for unit that is standard size, side by side or top/ bottom unit and in working condition.

    WE TRULY HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL, BLESSED SUMMER!

    MonMondayMayMay14th2012 Today's Fire Drill 5/14
    For your information, today we had a planned, all campus fire drill at 2:00 PM. The students did a good job of exiting the building in a timely manner.
    FriFridayMayMay11th2012 May 11, 2012
    FAMILY NIGHT DVD
    Next week will be the last chance to order the DVD from our Preschool Family Night.  We will need all orders in by Friday, May 18 to assure delivery by the last day of preschool (May 22 for Monday-Tuesday classes and May 24 for all other classes).  The cost is $5.00 (cash only please) for this precious memory!

    PARKING GARAGE CAR TAG TURN-IN
    Parking Garage Car Tags should be returned to preschool teachers on Tuesday May 22 (for the Monday-Tuesday classes) and Thursday, May 24 (for the Wednesday-Friday and Monday-Friday classes) unless you also have students in the Lower or Upper School which will be collecting these tags by Friday May 25.  HCA will use these colored tags again in the future, so it is important for us to collect them.

    Please note that this year’s tag will not gain you entry into the building next year.  The tag’s color changes each year to keep access limited only to the staff and students of the current school year.  Thank you in advance for your assistance in the collection of all HCA car tags. 

    HARVEST’S 5K
    Join the fun. Bring your whole family to this annual 5K run.  You can even walk.  There will be a 200 yard dash for kids ages five to seven, a one mile run for students ages eight to twelve and the 5K for ages ten and up. Pricing for the 5K registration includes: 
    -   Harvest 5K Performance T-Shirt
    -   Official timing system
    -   Awards
    -   Food and beverage
    -   Activities for children
    All 5K race proceeds go to benefit the HCA scholarship fund. Visit harvestbiblechapel.org/5k for all things 5K. To register click here.

    NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL CALENDAR
    Please download the 2012-2013 school calendar for your reference and planning.  Please note that this calendar is available on our HCA website and is subject to change as events are planned.

    HIGH FIVE IS COMING
    Mark your calendars for June 18-22 so that you don't miss out on this amazing week of camp here at the Elgin Campus.  Read about electives and register here.  Some electives are at capacity so don't wait any longer to register.

    Blessings for a beautiful weekend!

    FriFridayAprApril27th2012 April 27, 2012

    IMPORTANT DATES:
    May 1st - 4th = Teacher Appreciation Week (look for a letter in your student's cubby/backpack for details)
    May 3rd = Kindergarten Information Night
    May 5th - 6th = PTF Consignment Sale (HCA Uniform sale for gently used items)
    May 10th = last Boxtop Collection for the school year
    May 22nd - Last Day of Preschool for Monday-Tuesday Classes
    May 24th = Last Day of Preschool. for Wednesday-Friday and Monday-Friday classes.  NOTE:  This is the Thursday before the last day of school (Friday) for the Lower and Upper schools.  We will have Extended Care available on Thursday the 24th, but this will be the last day of Extended Care for the school year  (We will not have Extended Care on Friday, May 25th).

    BOOSTER CLUB MEETING
    Whether you are a current member, or interested in becoming a member and taking part in building our athletics program, please plan on attending the HCA Booster Club meeting on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.

    DON'T MISS OUT ON YOUR YEARBOOK
    Yearbooks are coming at the end of this school year.  You won’t want to miss ordering your copy of 2011-2012 memories. Our quality yearbooks are only $32.  Read more about them and how to order here.

    HARVEST’S 5K
    Join the fun. Bring your whole family to this annual 5K run.  You can even walk.  There will be a 200 yard dash for kids ages five to seven, a one mile run for students ages eight to twelve and the 5K for ages ten and up. Early Bird pricing for the 5K registration is through May 6 and includes: 
    -   Harvest 5K Performance T-Shirt
    -   Official timing system
    -   Awards
    -   Food and beverage
    -   Activities for children
    All 5K race proceeds go to benefit the HCA scholarship fund. Visit harvestbiblechapel.org/5k for all things 5K. To register click here.

    NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL CALENDAR
    Please download the 2012-2013 school calendar for your reference and planning.

    HIGH FIVE IS COMING
    Mark your calendars for June 18-22 so that you don't miss out on this amazing week of camp here at the Elgin Campus.  Read about electives and register here.  Some electives are at capacity so don't wait any longer to register.

    SPIRIT STORE SALE
    The Spirit Store's current sale is for every $50 you spend receive a Lion Share worth $10 valid to be used after August 1 (cannot be used on PE uniforms.) Stop by and browse all our HCA gear to show your Lion Pride!

    PLACE YOUR ORDER FOR MARKET DAY                                                                                                  May is the last month to order for this school year.  Stock up now!  Place your order online at marketday.com by Saturday, May 5.  Pick up is on Wednesday, May 9.  Contact Bridget Keeran if you have any questions.

     

    FriFridayAprApril13th2012 April 13, 2012
    FLIGHT 1504 IS COMING SOON
    Mark your calendars for High Five June 18-22 so that you don't miss out on this amazing week of camp here at the Elgin Campus. Flight 1504 is our preschool morning elective from 9:00-12:15 PM.  These early learners engage every sense at High Five when they hop on Flight 1504 for a trip around the world. Your child will come home tired after working out their little minds, hearts, and bodies non-stop all week long. Campers are separated into smaller squads by age. Must be three-years-old by June 1.  Find out more here.

    HARVEST U NEEDS YOU
    Be part of the Harvest U Volunteer Team!  Join us as we equip and serve pastors and other key ministry leaders attending the conference. Different opportunities are available.  Dates for this event are Sunday, April 22- Wednesday, April 25. For additional information and to register go to harvestuniversity.com/volunteer

    DON'T MISS OUT ON YOUR YEARBOOK
    Yearbooks are coming at the end of this school year.  You won’t want to miss ordering your copy of 2011-2012 memories. Our quality yearbooks are only $32.  Read more about our yearbooks and how to order here.

    NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL CALENDAR
    Please download the 2012-2013 school calendar for your reference and planning.

    SPIRIT STORE SALE
    The Spirit Store is offering a new sale. Starting Monday, April 16, for every $50 you spend receive a Lion Share worth $10 valid to be used after August 1 (cannot be used on PE uniforms.) Stop by and browse all our HCA gear to show your Lion Pride!

    HOPE YOU HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND!

    FriFridayAprApril6th2012 APRIL 6, 2012

    Easter Services This Weekend
    For your use here is a listing of the Easter services at our H.B.C. campuses. 
    Have a beautiful and blessed holiday!

    Rolling Meadows:
    SAT. 4/7    5:00 pm
    SUN. 4/8    7:00, 9:00 and 11:15 am

     Elgin:
    SAT. 4/7    5:00 pm
    SUN. 4/8    9:00 and 11:15 am

    Niles:
    SAT. 4/7    5:00 pm
    SUN. 4/8    8:00 and 10:00 am; 12:00 and 5 pm

    Crystal Lake:
    SUN. 4/8    9:00 and 11:15 am

    Chicago North:
    SUN. 4/8    10:00 am

    Aurora:
    SUN. 4/8    7:00, 9:00 and 11:15 am

    North Shore:
    SUN. 4/8    9:00 am (Launching)


    Parents Date Night
    Would you like a night out?  Consider bringing your children to our babysitting event and having the night out with your spouse.  Friday, April 13th from 6:00-10:00 PM you can drop your child(ren) off at the small gym in the HCA basement to check-in. The fee for the evening includes the cost of pizza dinner.

    1 kid=$15
    2 kids=$27
    3 kids=$38
    4+ kids=$50

    Please email Nate Johnson with names and ages of children coming and any allergy information to register in advance.


    Kindergarten Information Night
    Please join us on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 P.M. in the chapel to hear about our kindergarten program for the fall.  During our time together you will have opportunity to:
    ·        Meet the teachers
    ·        Learn about our full day program
    ·        Receive necessary required health forms
    ·        Receive dress code information
    ·        Sign-up for your child’s May screening
    ·        Ask any questions you may have about the program
    This meeting is for parents only. Students will have opportunity to meet their teacher once assignments are given out in August. We are looking forward to an exciting year with your kindergartener and are eager to share HCA information about the upcoming year.  We hope to see you Thursday evening, May 3.


    Upcoming Important April Dates
    Friday, April 6th = Good Friday [No School]
    Monday, April 9th = Easter Recess - [No School]
    Friday, April 13th = Boxtop Collection for Contest
    Monday, April 23rd-Tuesday, April 24th = Harvest University [No School]
    Friday, April 27th = Boxtop Collection for Contest

    Please consult your classroom calendars and newsletters for important information related to your specific class!

    FriFridayMarMarch16th2012 MARCH 16, 2012
    REMINDERS
    Preschool Family Night is next Thursday, March 22nd, at 6:30 p.m.  Come join us for this precious night of family fun.  Please ask your teachers or see your classroom newletters for details on the night's events.

    On Friday, March 23rd, Preschool has a scheduled In-Service day and will not hold classes or offer Extended Care.

    H.C.A. Spring Break is March 26th - April 1st.

    OLIVER
    Meet the cast and crew of Oliver here. Seats are still available for HCA’s Broadway musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale “Oliver.”  Shows times are Thursday, March 15, Friday, March 16 at 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel. Visit harvestchristianacademy.org/oliver for ticketing information.

    MARCH MADNESS TONIGHT
    HBC Elgin's Campus Sports & Fitness Ministry is hosting an outreach on Friday, March 16 from 6:00-10:00 PM for men (16 yrs. or older.) The aim of the event is to connect those not connected to HBC.  For every unconnected guest you bring, you’ll get an entry into a giveaway for a Chicago weekend getaway. The evening will include: all-you-can-eat buffet, NCAA tournament games on multiple screens, 25+ ticket giveaways to Chicago sporting events, gospel presentation testimony and basketball contests with open gym basketball. Register here.  Call Brit 847.398.7005 x3251 with questions.  A $7 suggested cash or check donation/person should be given at the door.

    HEALTH UPDATE FROM SCHOOL NURSE LORI FISK
    We are seeing spring like illnesses this week at HCA. The vast majority of students are complaining of dizziness, sinus headaches with stomach pain but no fever.  With the high pollen count, I am seeing itchy eyes and sneezing on the rise.  There is a rare occurrence of gastrointestinal illness or respiratory illness noted.     In general, these are viruses that need to run their course. Rest, pushing fluids and proper nutrition will help recovery.  As always, if your student is running a fever over 2 to 3 days, has difficulty with breathing or is producing yellow or green phlegm a doctor visit is recommended. 

    HCA SPIRIT JEWELRY & CHARM BRACELETS
    HCA spirit jewelry will be available for order beginning March 12 in the Spirit Store.  Ronda will be available at 7:45-8:15 AM and 2:45-3:15 PM in Spirit Store.  All orders are custom and special order and come with a warranty.  We have picked super cute items for moms, girls and guys that represent your family and HCA.  This is a once a year opportunity.  Click here for a brochure.  Orders arrive in time for Mother's Day.

    PRESCHOOL INCLUDED IN BOXTOP CONTEST
    For this contest all you need to do is simply collect 10 BoxTops (not expired) and glue them onto the new BoxTop Collection Sheet and then turn each completed form into your classroom teacher.  Your name will be entered into a raffle drawing for each form that you turn in. The more completed forms you turn in, the more chances you have to win!  But please note that for this particular contest Bonus BoxTops will NOT be included (please save your Bonus BoxTops for future contests.)  A total of three raffle drawings will take place.

    •Friday April 13
    •Friday April 27
    •Friday May 11

    The winner from each drawing will win a $20 gift certificate to the HCA Spirit Store!  Now, go get clippin'!

    Have a beautiful and blessed weekend.

    FriFridayMarMarch9th2012 MARCH 9, 2012
    IMPORTANT REMINDERS
    Don't forget that we turn the clocks forward this weekend . . . Spring is almost here!

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 22nd - It's Preschool Family Night!  The students are so excited to share their songs, poems and verses about the Seasons with you.

    DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE- MARCH 10
    It's not too late to buy tickets to the Daddy/Daughter Dance THIS Saturday, March 10 from 7:00 - 9:30 PM.
    Please note that the location for this event has changed to the small gym on the North side, Level 1 due to the number of people signed up to attend. If you haven't purchased your tickets it's not too late. Tickets may be purchased at the door!  This western themed event is for all preschool and lower school dads (or dad representatives) and daughters.  Desserts and drinks will be served. Thank you to the Upper School Student Council for sponsoring this wonderful event!  Help is needed with set-up on Saturday afternoon. Please contact Jill Nolan jnolan@harvestchristianacademy.org if you are available to help.

    GIFTS
    The last Gifts order before Spring Break will be placed on Sunday, March 18 with a pick-up date of Thursday, March 22.  There will be no Gifts ordering or pick-up during the week of Spring Break.  If you are planning to travel, now is a great time to stock up on gift cards for things such as gas, hotels, and restaurants to make traveling easier AND while earning money back for next years tuition!  

    In addition, please note that the Scrips office is closed the week of April 2 and the next Gifts order will be placed on Sunday, April 8.  Email us at hcagiftsprogram@gmail.com with any questions.

    MARCH MADNESS OUTREACH EVENT
    HBC Elgin Campus Sport’s & Fitness Ministry is hosting an outreach on Friday, March 16 from 6:00-10:00 PM for men (16 years or older.) The aim of the event is to connect those not connected to HBC.  For every unconnected guest you bring, you’ll get an entry into a giveaway for a Chicago weekend getaway. The evening will include: all-you-can-eat buffet, NCAA tournament games on multiple screens, 25+ ticket giveaways to Chicago sporting events, gospel presentation testimony, and basketball contests with open gym basketball. Register here.  Please call Brit 847.398.7005 x3251 with questions.  A $7 suggested cash or check donation/person should be given at the door.

    OLIVER!
    Meet the cast and crew of Oliver here. Seats are still available for HCA’s Broadway musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale “Oliver.”  Shows times are Thursday, March 15, Friday, March 16 at 7:00 P.M. and Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 P.M. in the Chapel. Visit harvestchristianacademy.org/oliver for ticketing information.

    HCA JEWELRY FOR EVERYONE … EVEN FOR MOTHER’S DAY
    We are now carrying stainless and silver plate jewelry in the Spirit Store.  This will be offered only once a year so don’t miss out on necklaces, key chains, charm bracelets custom for your children and family with HCA’s own navy and Vegas gold accessories .  Check out our selection with Ronda in the Spirit Store from March 12- 16 at 7:45 AM and 2:45 PM everyday.  You will love our new items for women, boys and girls. All items are affordable and custom-made to represent your HCA school spirit! Place your order March 12-16 and receive your items in time for Mother’s Day. All items come with a warranty. 

    God's blessings on your weekend.

    FriFridayFebFebruary24th2012 FEBRUARY 24, 2012

    OPEN HOUSE
    Invite your friends and family to come and see what God is doing at our school. Our next Open House is Thursday, March 1, 7:00 PM. Guests should park in the parking garage (blue door) and head to the second floor Chapel Lobby to sign-in. RSVPs may be done here.


    DADDY-DAUGHTER PRESCHOOL/LOWER SCHOOL DANCE
    All Pre-School and Lower School daddies (or daddy representatives) and daughters are invited to the Front Circle Lobby on Saturday, March 10 from 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. for a Western themed Daddy-Daughter Dance sponsored by the HCA High School Student Council! Desserts and drinks will be served, and both daddy and daughter should dress in Western wear. Tickets are $25 no matter how many daughters you desire to bring. To buy tickets, submit checks and RSVP sheets (already distributed in student folders) to Mrs. Hopwood or Mrs. Gay with “Daddy-Daughter Dance” marked on the memo line. Contact Mrs. Nolan at jnolan@harvestchristianacademy.org if you have questions. 


    FAMILY NIGHT
    Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunties, Uncles and Friends are invited to our Preschool Family Night on Thursday, March 22nd.  Our program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the small Chapel. The preschoolers will honor God with their precious voices. After our performance enjoy delicious refreshments in the cafeteria. It will be a fun time to visit with teachers, students and other parents.  And then, if you wish, you may go to the classroom to “ooooooo/aaahhh” about our school work.  Mark your calendars now!


    MARCH DATES
    Thurs 3/22 = Preschool Family Night
    Fri  3/23 = Preschool In-Service Day (No Classes)
    Mon 3/26 - Sun 4/1 = Spring Break


    EXTENDED CARE LUNCHES
    Each day the number of lunches to be ordered for Extended Care is tallied and called in between 8:15 and 8:30 A.M.  If you should drop off your Preschooler after 8:15 A.M., and he or she will be staying for Extended Care, please make sure to tell the office so that we order the correct number of delicious luches.  Thank you for helping us out in this way!


    Blessings on your beautiful, snowy weekend.

    FriFridayFebFebruary3rd2012 New Website Launched Today
    We are excited to announce to you a new look for harvestchristianacademy.com.  On Friday our updated site launched.  We invite you to come browse and have fun.

    Here are some new features:
    Large photo banner for school pictures and highlights.
    Center carousel with access to each classroom.
    Current News and Latest Events grouped together.
    HCA Essentials for quick reference to highly referenced information.
    Top navigation bar with core philosophies and offerings.

    Thank you for your patience as we switch from the old to the new.
    WedWednesdayJanJanuary25th2012 BoxTop Contest for Preschool
    Dear Preschool Parents:
    Here is the breakdown on how your classes' BoxTops will be tallied for the competition:
    Group 1: Three year old (AM only) 2 Day
    Group 2: Three and four year old (AM and PM) 3 Day
    Group 3: Mrs. Zeivel Pre-k 3 Day and Mrs. Pawelek Pre-k 3/5 Day
    Group 4: Mrs. Naugle Pre-k 5 Day AM and Pre-k 3/5 Day PM 

    Below is the information about the contest sent to you on Monday for quick reference.

    The contest will take place for only one month beginning  January 24 to February 24...so get clipping!  It includes preschool through fifth grade students.  To make the contest extra fun, there are two ways to win some fantastic prizes!  

    Award #1:  The ENTIRE GRADE who collects the most BoxTops will be awarded an ice cream sundae party! 

    Award #2: The TOP 3 INDIVIDUALS who collect and submit the most BoxTops will receive an HCA Spirit Store Gift Certificate  for either a $50, $25, or $15 respectively. Instructions and an official entry form were placed in student’s cubbies.

     Download additional forms here.
    FriFridayJanJanuary20th2012 PRESCHOOL NEWS

    January seems to be the month that your child/children experience INSIDE-I-NESS! Have you noticed your child/children behavior changing these last few weeks? At almost every age, this is the time of year children may behave in ways that adults do not find easy or pleasant. However, with creative activities and consistent parenting life can be manageable while we all brave January, February and March!

    Listed below are some of the strategies that we implement daily in Preschool. We begin by praying for each of our children and their families every day in our classroom.

    ·  Be consistent. Children like things to be consistent and predictable. Establish regular routines for your child and stick with them

    ·  Respond calmly, speak briefly.  Wait until a "teachable" moment can happen once both of you are away from the challenging situation and have calmed down.

    · Use redirection.  A young child can often be redirected into stopping an undesirable behavior. For example, if your preschooler gets into a squabble with another child over a toy, distract him or her with another toy. Present the toy in a way that shows its wonderful qualities.

    ·  Tell your child in advance what is happeningWhen possible, let your child know what will happen ahead time. Prepare them for any changes to their daily routine. "Today, after your nap, we will go to the mall and play on the climber."

    · Be silly and use humor.  Make up games to accomplish tasks. Preschoolers and young school-age children can be calmed with humor. “I can brush my teeth standing on my toes”, "How fast can you jump in the bed?

    · Offer choices.  Give your child choices to help build independence while also giving some control over his environment. For example, when deciding on what to do, offer "Do you want to play outside or would you like to listen to some music?"

    Here are some links to fun winter activities to do with your child/children to cope with INSIDE-I-NESS.

    http://chicagofun.com/winterfunguide/           

     http://familyfun.go.com/       

    http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/activities/  

    ENROLLMENT:   Current Preschoolers re-enrolling to Kindergarten are eligible to register on-line through our Family Access program.  All Preschool parents of students in Pre-Kindergarten were sent an e-blast on January 10th explaining this procedure.  Please contact the office with any questions.  Students re-enrolling Preschool classes can use the Re-Enrollment Form sent in the January 12th e-blast (or pick one up in the Preschool office).

    Remember, January is protected time for current HCA students to re-enroll before we open up general enrollment.  Hold your spot for next year now!  Tuition for Lower School (Kindergarten) will move to $325 from $295 after January 31st.

    FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:   We have seen an increase of headaches and stomach aches in many grades this week.  Some are caused by allergies or sinus pressure and may be accompanied by watery eyes, sneezing, fatigue, and scratchy throat.  Please watch for signs of Strep Throat (decreased appetite, tender lymph glands on the side of the neck, red throat with difficulty in swallowing) and seek medical attention if you suspect this.  

    Other headaches and stomach aches may be caused by a virus.  Some common symptoms are: headache, stomach ache and/or nausea with or without vomiting and diarrhea or fever.  Keep your student home if they have a fever, vomiting, diarrhea or are so uncomfortable they will not be able to function at school. With vomiting and diarrhea the most important thing is to keep your child hydrated with electrolyte-rich fluids and seek medical attention if signs of dehydration occur.  Click on this link for dehydration symptoms.

    Please remember that if your student has had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea they should stay at home for 24 hours after those symptoms have stopped.  Taking this action will help your student recover and help keep the school healthy. 

    VISION & HEARING RE-SCREENING:   Preschool re-screens are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 31st.

    MARK THE DATES:   February 17th is an Early Dismissal Day.  Preschool parents are welcome to pick up their students from the classroom at 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.  There is no garage pick-up on Early Dismissal days.  We will not have afternoon classes or Extended Care on this Friday.

    February 20th is Presidents Day and there will be no classes at HCA.

    G.I.F.T.$.:   Get your Woodman’s gift cards.  We have restocked.

    NEXT OPEN HOUSE:   Invite your friends and family to come and see what God is doing at our school. Our next Open House is Thursday, February 2, 7:00 P.M. Guests should park in the parking garage (blue door) and head to the second floor Chapel Lobby to sign-in. RSVP's may be done here. If you have any questions contact our Director of Admissions, Eileen Arosen.

    ATHLETICS:   Tuesday January 24 varsity basketball games start at 5:30 PM in the Mitch.  Don’t miss the fun!  Free prizes this night and we will be having a contest for greatest percentage of attendance by grade for K-12.  If your grade wins Mr. Lockwood will be wearing pies (yes, pies) thrown by you during half time.  Free admission for ALL!  Students sign-in at the table for credit to your class.

    Thursday January 26 is Pack the Place.  Our teams play Schaumburg Christian in the Mitch.  JV starts at 4:30, varsity girls at 6:00 and varsity boys 7:30.

     

     

    ThuThursdayJanJanuary19th2012 FALSE FIRE ALARM THIS MORNING
    January 19, 2012

    Attention Parents:

    This morning we had the fire alarm trigger due a mechanical system in the building. The entire school evacuated to the Mitch and students were assembled on the gym floor.

    The students and staff did an outstanding job during this false alarm.

    Just wanted to let you know.


    Marc Abbatacola
    Executive Director
    Harvest Christian Academy
    ThuThursdayJanJanuary12th2012 NO SCHOOL FRIDAY JANUARY 13
    Due to the weather conditions HCA will be closed on Friday. Enjoy your four day weekend. See you on Tuesday January 17.
    WedWednesdayJanJanuary11th2012 How Will I Know if School is Closed Due to Weather Conditions?

    In the event of severe weather requiring school closing, the school office will post the closing in the following places:

    Parents may also obtain information from area television stations CBS Ch. 2, NBC Ch. 5, ABC Ch. 7, FOX 32, WGN-TV or CLTV cable or listen to WGN Radio 720 AM, WBBM Radio 780 AM for closing information.

    The Emergency Closing Center website contains up to date information regarding all school closings. Every effort will be made to provide early notification of school closing so that carpools can proceed safely.

    In the event of severe weather when school is open, no attendance penalty will be assessed if parents choose to keep their children at home.

    MonMondayJanJanuary2nd2012 HCA COLONIAL CARES TOMORROW NIGHT
    Make the first day back to school and easy one by planning on dinner out. Please join us for our next Colonial Cares Benefit tomorrow at 600 South McLean Boulevard in Elgin. Come anytime from 4:00-10:00 P.M. Credit will go towards HCA for either dine in OR carry out (call ahead for an order, or place it as you come in). You must mention HCA and put your receipt in the box. See you there!
    FriFridayDecDecember30th2011 VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS- REMINDER

    To our Parents and Guardians,

    This is a reminder that hearing and vision screening for preschool students will be happening soon! These are required screenings by the State of Illinois and are very helpful; even at this young age.

    Don’t forget to register and make your payment of $16.00* here. Payments are due by December 31.

    *If your child has an eye or hearing exam performed by a physician within the past 12 months, please contact me for payment options.

    “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.” (Section 27-8.1 of the School Code)

     

    In His Hands,

    Lori Fisk, RN, BSN
    School Nurse
    Harvest Christian Academy
    847-214-3500x 3378

    TueTuesdayDecDecember20th2011 VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS- REMINDER

    To our Parents and Guardians,

    This is a reminder that hearing and vision screening for preschool students will be happening soon! These are required screenings by the State of Illinois and are very helpful; even at this young age. 

    Don’t forget to register and make your payment of $16.00* here. Payments are due by December 31.

    *If your child has an eye or hearing exam performed by a physician within the past 12 months, please contact me for payment options.

    “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.  Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.” (Section 27-8.1 of the School Code)

     

    In His Hands,

    Lori Fisk, RN, BSN
    School Nurse
    Harvest Christian Academy
    847-214-3500x 3378

     

     

     

    ThuThursdayDecDecember15th2011 HEALTH UPDATE

    Dear Parent(s),

    Recent emails have stated that pertussis (whooping cough) has been on the rise in our community. We want to keep you updated that there has been one mild case reported at HCA. We have been in contact with Kane County Health Dept and we are following all of their protocol. Although there is no cause for alarm, continue to be diligent in monitoring your family’s health. Be aware if you have been immunized against pertussis mild symptoms may occur. If a member of your family has a persistent cough for 2 weeks you should be seen by a physician. Click this link for further information from the Kane County Health Dept. I hope this information helps you in your assessment of your child’s health and ask that you keep your child home from school and notify the health office if any of these symptoms appear.  

    In His Hands,

    Lori Fisk,

    Lori Fisk, RN, BSN
    School Nurse
    Harvest Christian Academy
    847-214-3500 x3378

    TueTuesdayDecDecember13th2011 CHAPEL SCHEDULE CHANGED
    The previously mentioned Christmas Chapel scheduled for Friday, December 16, is cancelled.  Please feel free to join us tomorrow (Wednesday) for our regular chapel time at 8:10 A.M.


    FriFridayDecDecember9th2011 DECEMBER 9, 2011
    CHAPEL NEXT WEEK
    There is no Chapel on Wednesday. Next week's Christmas Chapel is scheduled for Friday, December 16 at 9:00 A.M.

    PAJAMA DAY & CHRISTMAS SING
    The Preschool will attend the all school Christmas Chapel as noted above.
    Following Chapel we will get together for a Christmas Sing! Have the kids stay in their favorite PJs for school; it will save time during your morning routine :)

    EARLY DISMISSAL/ NO PM PRESCHOOL
    HCA Lower and Upper schools have early dismissal on Friday at 11:00 A.M. Preschool parents are free to pick up their preschool students at 11:00 or 11:30 A.M.
    There is no garage pick up on early dismissal days, so please pick up at your preschool classroom.
    There is no Extended Care on early dismissal days. 

    CHRISTMAS BREAK
    Christmas break is from December 19 through January 2. See you in 2012 on January 3 or 4.
    Blessings for a glorious Christmas holiday!

    YEARBOOK ORDERS
    The order forms for a 2011-2012 yearbook went home with your student last week. The cost of the yearbook is $28.00; checks must be made out to HCA with "yearbook" noted in memo line. You may turn in your order form at the front desk, the fourth floor office or the Spirit Store by December 16.

    YEARBOOK PICTURES WANTED
    We are looking for candid photos to be included in the yearbook. For your photos to be considered, visit community.lifetouch.com. Use access code #XMXQEK to register as a new user and then follow the steps provided by Lifetouch. Preschool and Lower School photos are needed first for a mid January deadline.

    MARKET DAY
    Don’t forget to order your Market Day online by December 10. This month is cookie bonus days. Order a container of cookie dough to make over Christmas break! Pick up this month is Wednesday, December 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M. in the cafeteria. Contact Bridget at bkeeran@harvestbiblechapel.org with questions.

    TARGET REDCARD DONATIONS
    With Christmas shopping these next few weeks, help HCA get 1% back on all your Target purchases! It’s easy. Just click here to apply online and view the rewards program. We have 59 families designating their REDcard funds to HCA. Don't forget to ask your extended family and friends to sign-up. Thank you for helping HCA fundraise in this way.

    ATHLETICS
    Basketball season has already started. This week’s home games are listed. These are our varsity boys’ and girls’ season home openers. Come cheer on our teams.
    Boys’ Varsity Basketball vs. Romeoville Christian on Monday, December 12, 7:30 P.M.
    Girls’ Varsity Basketball vs. Romeoville Christian on Monday, December 12, 6:00 P.M. 
    Boys’ Middle School Basketball vs. Quest Academy on Tuesday, December 13, 4:30 P.M/ 5:30 P.M.

    SPIRIT WEAR
    HCA Spirit Wear makes a wonderful Christmas gift!  Visit the Spirit Store in the cafeteria for great gift ideas.

    WedWednesdayDecDecember7th2011 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES- LOCKDOWN DRILL
    Dear HCA Parents,
     
    At Harvest Christian Academy we have many different emergency procedures on file to ensure the safety of our students and staff for various types of emergency situations. As you may know we have already tested our Fire Drill twice this school year. This afternoon we tested another one of our Emergency Procedures. This one is called "lockdown" and it is meant to ensure security of our classrooms and control over our students in the event of an unauthorized person in the building.  As we do with Fire Drills, we did have Elgin Police present on the scene to evaluate our procedure and provide assistance as they might in a real world situation. 
     
    I wanted to let you know, it was a drill. I know that sometimes by the time the story gets to your dinner table - it can be a little more colorful than it is actually was. But make no mistake, this was a very well executed drill of our Emergency Procedures.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Marc Abbatacola
    Executive Director
    Harvest Christian Academy  
    WedWednesdayNovNovember30th2011 VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS

    November 30, 2011

    Dear Parents or Guardians,

    Preschool students are required by the State of Illinois to receive both a hearing and a vision screen annually at school.  We have contracted with Kid Care to provide this service by a certified screener.  Every year we find children who are helped by these simple but important screenings. 

    The charge will be $16.00* for both screens. Payments via credit card can be made here.  Please make payment by December 31.

     “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.  Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.” (Section 27-8.1 of the School Code)

    *If your child has a vision or hearing exam performed by a doctor within the past 12 months, please contact me prior to making a payment. 

    In His Hands,

    Lori Fisk

    Lori Fisk, RN, BSN
    School Nurse
    Harvest Christian Academy
    847-214-3500 x3378
    lfisk@harvestchristianacademy.org

    TueTuesdayNovNovember29th2011 NOVEMBER 29, 2011

    One of the blessings of working at Harvest Preschool is hearing your children pray. Their hearts are so innocent that they can think of “thank yous” we take for granted. I am thankful that we live in a nation where we are free to pray with our children, teaching them to be appreciative of what the Lord provides.                              
    -- Cathy Snowwhite, Director of Early Education

    The month of December will pass quickly; we have three weeks of school with Christmas break running from December 19 to January 3.   During December we focus on Jesus’ birth along with decorating classrooms, making gifts, baking and learning Christmas songs.  This is such an exciting time of the year for our young students. Each class will celebrate by holding a birthday party for Jesus (specific class information will be supplied by your teacher).

    CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES, ELGIN CAMPUS
    Saturday, December 24 at 2:00 P.M.
    Saturday, December 24 at 4:00 P.M.
    Saturday, December 24 at 6:00 P.M.
    Children’s Ministry will be provided for nursery and preschool aged children at these services.  For information regarding our December calendar on all six campuses click here. Please note there are no services on Sunday, December 25.

    OPEN HOUSE
    We will be hosting an all school Open House on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 P.M.  This is a time for prospective parents and students to learn about HCA and its programs. Please get the word out to neighbors, friends and family members who may be interested.

    PICTURE
    RE-TAKES
    School pictures will be sent home this week (some were given out at conferences). Re-takes will be on Tuesday, December 6. Unwanted pictures must be presented to the photographer at that time. Students who have not yet been photographed may get their pictures taken on that day. We would like all students photographed for the yearbook class pictures regardless if you order any pictures.

    HCA CHRISTMAS CONCERT
    Our annual concert  will be a special time this year as we combine the Upper School and Lower School Christmas Concerts.  See you Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 P.M. in the Worship Center.

    MR. BOB
    As many of you have heard, a dear friend of our own HCA library, Mr. Bob Burks, went home to be with our Lord recently. Mr. Bob was also Grandfather to our preschool student Lorelei Gruening.   Mr. Bob (as our preschoolers called him) was gentle and kind to everyone.  Often he read stories to our students during their class library visits, and he always knew good books that captured a preschooler’s attention.   It has been decided to have a special section in our library dedicated to his memory. Books will be purchased using donations and will have a special nameplate indicating the book was donated in his memory.  If you would like to donate funds to purchase books in memory of Mr. Bob, please give a check to your child’s teacher. Please write "Mr. Bob" in the memo, and the library staff will take care of the rest.


    FROM MRS. FISK (OUR SCHOOLNURSE)

    As the winter months approach, please remember the following:
    1. Send your student to school dressed appropriately for the weather and activities of the day.
    2. To receive an excused absence, please email   and include the reason for the absence.
    3. Administer medications needed for cough and allergies at home prior to coming to school. This will ensure that your child will be comfortable for the day.
    4. Recently whooping cough has been reported in McHenry County. HCA has not had a report of whooping cough, but you can find information here from Kane County.

    TARGET REDCARD DONATIONS
    Did you know that Target will send 1% of all your purchases back to HCA?  Once you set up your account, you never have to think of it again.  It’s easy, just click here to apply online and view the rewards program.  You can also stop by Target and fill out an application for a credit or debit card.  If you prefer a debit card, bring in a paper check that will allow them to link your checking account to a Target REDcard.  You will receive your Target REDcard in the mail within ten days.  Once you receive your card in the mail, go online to your Account Summary page and scroll to the bottom to the Rewards Summary and link your card to HCA.   An area school received a check for $17,000 this past fall.  That’s a big deal!  Ask your friends and family across the country to help, too.   

    FriFridayNovNovember18th2011 NOVEMBER 18, 2011
    REMINDER - NEXT WEEK:
    Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd.  We will not have classes or Extended Care these days.  There are no classes scheduled at H.C.A. next week Wednesday the 23rd, Thursday the 24th or Friday the 25th for Thanksgiving break.  Have a blessed holiday.

    TARGET REDCARD DONATIONS
    Did you know that Target will send 1% of all your purchases back to HCA?  Once you set up your account, you never have to think of it again.  It’s easy, just click here to apply online and view the rewards program.  You can also stop by Target and fill out an application for a credit or debit card.  If you prefer a debit card, bring in a paper check that will allow them to link your checking account to a Target REDcard.  You will receive your Target REDcard in the mail within ten days.  Once you receive your card in the mail, go online to your Account Summary page and scroll to the bottom to the Rewards Summary and link your card to HCA.  What’s the big deal?  One school in our area received a check for $17,000 this past fall.  That’s a big deal!  Ask your friends and family across the country to help too. 

    FROM OUR NURSE
    As the winter months approach, please remember the following:
    Send your student to school dressed appropriately for the weather and activities of the day.

    When a student is absent from school, Pam Valentine should be informed by email at pvalentine@harvestchristianacademy.org.  Please include the reason for the absence in your email which helps us track cold and flu outbreaks for the State of Illinois.

    Recently Whooping Cough has been reported in McHenry County. HCA has not had a report of Whooping Cough, but you can find information here: http://kanehealth.com/pertussis.htm

    SPIRIT STORE GIFT CERTIFICATES & HOODIES
    Gift certificates are now available at the Spirit Store.  Consider these for your up-and-coming present purchases.  We also have brand new zip front hoodies for students of all sizes. All pre-Christmas special orders must be received by Friday, December 2.

    FriFridayNovNovember11th2011 November 11, 2011

    EXTENDED CARE
    Our EXTENDED CARE program is growing! Several children attend weekly on a set schedule such as Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, Monday through Friday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  And many are attending on occasion as needed.

    For instance, several parents have used EXTENDED CARE this fall when older siblings have a class field trip.  Some parents have been taking a “ME” day to do what they need to do. With Christmas coming we’ve been told by many parents that they plan on using EXTENDED CARE to shop unaccompanied by their little ones.  

    Because of the growth in our program it has come to the point that whether you want to use EXTENDED CARE for your child each week or only on occasion, the Preschool office now needs to know your needs with as much advance notice as possible so that we can check for availability of slots, provide the correct number of lunches/snacks, prepare sleep mats for each student and make sure we staff accordingly for the number of children attending each day. 

    Our scheduled parents are faithfully circling each day their child will attend EXTENDED CARE on the classroom sign in sheet—thank you!  Anyone wishing to use EXTENDED CARE should do the same.  The kitchen needs our lunch count by 8:30 a.m., so it is most important for us to know if your child will be staying past 11:30 a.m. for lunch during EXTENDED CARE. 

    Our parents using EXTENDED CARE occasionally have called, emailed or stopped in the office to reserve a day for their child to attend EXTENDED CARE – thank you!  Please continue to reserve days when you know your schedule.   

    If you have a last-minute need, please check with the Preschool office to see if a spot is available for a drop-in attendee. 

    REMINDER:  There is no Extended Care the week of 11/21-11/25 as Preschool will not be in session.  We wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving.

    DYSLEXIA PRESENTATION
    Meet the leading expert, Susan Barton, at a free presentation on the symptoms and solutions of dyslexia on Monday, November 14, at Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin, 6:00 P.M. For more information and to reserve your seat, go to www.HarvestBible.EventBrite.com

    BOOK FAIR
    The theme for this year's book fair is "Roar into Reading" sponsored by Usborne Books. Book fair dates are November 14-22.  The Book Fair is located in the Library.

    BOB BURKS
    One of our Preschool student"s Grandpa, Mr. Bob Burks, who worked in our HCA School Library went home to be with our Lord a few weeks ago. Several families have inquired about possible ways to remember Mr. Bob in the library.  It has been decided to have a special section in our library dedicated to his memory. Books will be purchased using donations and will have a special nameplate indicating the book was donated in his memory. They will be kept in a separate section of the library. If you would like to donate funds to purchase books in memory of Mr. Bob, please send a check with your student to be given to his or her teacher. Please write "Mr. Bob" in the memo, and the library staff will take care of the rest.

    YEARBOOKS
    We have about 30 of last year's yearbooks left. If you would like to purchase one, they will be available at the front desk or the Spirit store. Each yearbook costs $25.00 for students and $15.00 for staff. Please make checks out to Harvest Christian Academy.

    HAVE A WONDERFULWEEKEND

    FriFridayOctOctober28th2011 October 28, 2011

    NO SCHOOL 
    There will be no school on Monday, October 31 or Tuesday, November 1.

    CHECK YOUR CALENDARS
    Special events and holiday breaks are coming up soon.  Please see your Preschool Important Dates calendar and remember that there is no garage pick up or Extended Care on early dismissal days or days where school is not in session.

    PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
    These will be scheduled at the end of November.  Please see your teacher to sign-up for a time slot Monday, November 21 or Tuesday, November 22.  Please note that preschool is closed during these days for the conferences and also the rest of the week for Thanksgiving.

    HARVEST FEST
    A big Thank You to all the parent volunteers at our Harvest Fest this week.  The kids had such a great time!

    CONGRATULAIONS LADY LIONS
    On Thursday, girls’ varsity volleyball won 2-0 against Westminster Christian to be the first ever HCA team to capture IHSA 1A regional divisional champions title.  The Mitch was packed with a roaring crowd that cheered them on to victory.  The Courier News and Daily Herald ran articles on the event.  Sectional competition begins Tuesday, November 1 at Westminster.  We will compete against Morgan Park Academy at 6:00 P.M.  Let’s pack the house there and cheer on our girls to great success!

    PTF   
    Parents, did you know that a portion of the revenue made through PTF last year went towards the purchase of laptop computers for our teachers?  It is such a privilege to be able to bless our teachers and our school in this capacity.  Please continue to participate in BoxTops, Colonial Cares Benefit Nights, GIFTS, and the Consignment Sale.  Let's try to make an even bigger impact this year.

    Thank you for all of you who came out to support our Algonquin Colonial Cares Benefit Night. This event brought in $400 in revenue for our school! Don't forget to mark your calendars for our Elgin Colonial Cares Benefit Night on Tuesday, January 3.  We hope to have a St. Charles event sometime this spring.

    Let's hear it for our BoxTop Team! They did an amazing job of coordinating the collection and processing of BoxTops in order to meet our November 1 deadline. Because of everyone's efforts we will be submitting almost $1000 worth of BoxTops.  Way to go HCA Families!  Our next submission deadline is March 1, so keep cutting. 

    HCA Serving Opportunities -
    • Handcrafted Birthday Cards - We need volunteers to make handcrafted birthday cards for our teachers and staff.  The PTF gives a gift card to all staff on their birthdays and we like to present this gift in handcrafted birthday cards.  The cards will be created in the home of Rachel O'Brien on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 A.M. - noon.   If you have been looking for ways to serve at HCA but can't volunteer during the week please consider this wonderful opportunity.  Those interested please contact Rachel at reobrien513@gmail.com
    • GIFTS -  We are looking for one to two more people to sit at the pick-up table and distribute orders on other days besides our current Thursday morning time slot. If you are available, please contact Shelly at HCAgiftsprogram@gmail.com.

     We have opportunities for working parents to serve during athletic events, 5:16 Live and the Christmas Concerts.  Please contact Jill Young at jill.r.young@sbcglobal.net.


    MARKET DAY
    Don’t forget to check out www.MarketDay.com. Place your order online by Saturday, November 5 or paper orders are due Wednesday, November 2 to the school reception desk.  Pick-up will be November 9 here at the school from 2:30- 3:30 P.M. Contact Bridget at bkeeran@harvestbiblechapel.org if you have any questions. 


    ThuThursdayOctOctober27th2011 BOB BURKS

    Dear HCA Family, 

    I am sorry for the delay in this message but I wanted to pass along that our dear friend and colleague, Bob Burks, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 15. Bob served so faithfully in our library and was loved by our kids very much.

    He is survived by his loving wife, Irene, and his daughter, Deanna Gruening, her husband, Dennis, and their daughters, Lorelei and Leyna. Dennis and Deanna also work and attend church at our Elgin campus. If you’d like to send a card or note to the family, please drop it off at the school reception desk and we will get them to Deanna and her Mom. 

    While we are sad and will miss “Mr. Bob” very much, we know that he is standing in the presence of his Savior who he loved and served so faithfully, and loving every minute of it!

    Loving HCA, 

    Marc

    Marc Abbatacola
    Executive Director
    Harvest Christian Academy

    TueTuesdayOctOctober18th2011 Health Update

    October 17, 2011    

    Dear Parents, 

    I am happy to tell you that we have been clear of a lice occurrence for 10 days so we are in the clear.  I have been spot checking rooms as needed and checking affected students daily.  At no time were new cases found or reported. 

    As we see winter approaching, please continue to stress with your student that hygiene goes a long way to preventing communicable diseases. Following these steps will help:

    o        Do not share combs, straws, or drink after one another.

    o        Cover coughs and sneezes and then wash their hands.

    o        Wash hands before eating.

    o        Throw used tissue away after use and then wash their hands.

    o        Stay home with a fever over 100°.

    o        Stay home with vomiting or diarrhea the night before.

    o        Stay home with a rash.

    o        Students should keep you informed if they are bothered by any health issue.  This is especially important with our older students.

    Thank you for your partnership the past few weeks.  It has been very much appreciated and has gone a long way in keeping our school healthy! God bless you all. 

    In His Hands, 
     

    Lori Fisk, RN, BSN
    School Nurse
    Harvest Christian Academy

    847-214-3500 x 3378

    FriFridaySepSeptember30th2011 HEALTH UPDATE

    Thursday, September 29, 2011


    Dear Parent(s),

    We value the relationship we have with you and wish to communicate important issues as they occur. There have been a few cases of head lice reported among the students. While this is certainly not cause for alarm, there is a call to diligence.  

    Precautions have been taken in the classrooms; stuffed animals/pillows are being bagged for 20 days which should be more than enough time to allow any nits (eggs) present to die. As usual, we will reinforce no sharing of coats, hats or combs. Also, I am checking appropriate students the day of a report and 7-10 days later to be cautious. 

    See below the information taken from the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Please read this carefully and follow the directions when checking your student. We ask that you keep your child home from school if you notice live lice or eggs. 

    On a closing note, we are followers of Christ and as such show love and compassion towards each other.  This is an excellent opportunity to encourage your children to grow in these characteristics when they interact with each other.    

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email me.  I would love to help you.

    In His Hands,

    Lori Fisk, RN, BSN
    School Nurse
    Harvest Christian Academy
    847-214-3500 x3378
    lfisk@harvestchristianacademy.org


    HEAD LICE

    What are the symptoms of a head lice infestation?

    The earliest and most common symptom of a head lice infestation is itching, particularly in the area behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. Intense scratching may lead to secondary bacterial infection.

    How are head lice spread?

    Head lice can be passed from person to person through direct contact. But they also can be transferred indirectly among clothing items when coats, hats and scarves hang or are stored touching one another (in cloak rooms or when these items are placed against one another on coat hooks or racks). Head lice also can be spread when infested hair brushes or combs are shared or when infested bedding, towels or shower caps are shared. Once present in a home, school or institutional environment, head lice usually spread rapidly.

    There are many misconceptions about head lice. They do not transmit communicable diseases. They do not jump or fly; they can only crawl. Head lice depend completely on their host for nourishment; their only source of food is human blood. The prevalence of head lice infestation is no different in individuals with long hair than in those with short hair. Head lice seldom occur on eyebrows or eyelashes. They infest persons from all socioeconomic levels, without regard for age, race, sex or standards of personal hygiene. Animals are not a source of human lice.

    How long do head lice live?

    The life span of an adult louse on a host ranges up to 30 days. During this time, the female head louse can deposit about 90 eggs. After incubating for seven to 10 days, the nits hatch and, after another 10 days, mature into adult head lice and the cycle begins again. Off the host, adult head lice can live about two to four days at 74 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and one to two days at 86 degrees. Nits will remain alive off the host for up to 10 days; they will not hatch at or below room temperature (68 degrees F).

    How are head lice infestations treated?

    Both prescription and over-the-counter remedies are effective in treating head lice. But it is important that pregnant women and infants be treated under the direction of a physician because of concerns about potentially adverse effects. Be careful not to use topical preparations more frequently and over longer periods of time than directed. Overuse of these preparations may cause dermatitis or result in absorption of potentially toxic quantities of the drug. Since agents that kill lice may not kill nits completely even when used according to directions the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that infested patients be treated twice. The interval between treatments should approximate the incubation period for nits (seven to 10 days) so the second application will kill any newly hatched parasites. Waiting longer than 10 days to apply a second treatment may allow some parasites to mature and lay more eggs.

    All persons who have head lice in a household should be treated. To treat an infested person--

    • Remove all clothing;
    • Apply head lice medication according to label instructions (do not bathe before treatment), using a towel to protect the eyes;
    • Have the person bathe and put on clean clothing after treatment; and
    • Repeat treatment in seven to 10 days.

    Special fine-tooth combs (nit combs) are readily available and can be used to scrape nits and lice off the hair shaft. Combing out nits and lice after proper treatment is not necessary to eliminate infestation, but it may be used for cosmetic reasons or may be required by school "nit-free" policies or by health authorities. Parents and guardians should check treated children for lice and nits daily for two or three weeks after treatment.

    Should objects (e.g., clothing, furniture, etc.) be treated?

    Objects that are able to harbor head lice and serve as vehicles of transmission should be treated.

    • Exposing lice and nits to temperatures above 125 degrees F for 10 minutes is lethal. Most personal articles of clothing and bedding can be disinfested by machine washing in hot water or machine drying for at least 20 minutes using the hot cycle. Be sure to allow time between loads for water to reheat to the disinfesting temperature.
    • Place non-washable personal articles of clothing or bedding in the dryer on high heat for at least 20 minutes, dry clean or seal non-washable fabrics in a plastic bag for a minimum of 10 days.
    • Place combs and brushes in a pan of water and heat on a stove to about 150 degrees F for 10 minutes. If heating may damage combs or brushes, soak them for one hour in a phenol solution (e.g., Lysol®). To prevent the spread of head lice, do not share combs, brushes, hats, coats, towels or other articles that come in contact with the head, neck and shoulders.
    • Thoroughly vacuum or clean car seats, bus seats, and individual infant and car seats according to manufacturer's directions.
    • Fumigating rooms and using insecticidal sprays on furniture and carpets are not recommended to kill head lice; thorough vacuuming of houses and rooms inhabited by infested persons is sufficient.

     
    Illinois Department of Public Health                                
    535 West Jefferson Street
    Springfield, Illinois 62761
    Phone 217-782-4977
    Fax 217-782-3987
    TTY 800-547-0466
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