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School of the Wild

Ask any older Heritage student what the highlight of their 4th grade year was and you’ll likely hear something regarding School of the Wild. For the last 13+ years, students have had the opportunity to experience this week-long program exploring the outdoor setting with small group sizes and experienced naturalists and teachers. This year our 4th graders spent the week of November 12-16 at MacBride Nature Recreation Area learning about and experiencing the wonder and beauty of God’s creation.

Each day had a theme with learning and activities centered around that theme. On Monday, students explored the ruins and artifacts of an abandoned homestead and also created shelters in small groups for Archaeology Day. Day 2 brought about Bird Day and was packed with activities. The morning was spent birdwatching on a short hike, setting up a mist net, learning the process of bird banding, and observing the male Downy Woodpecker and Eastern Tufted Titmouse that they caught. In the afternoon students spent time at the Raptor Center, visiting the different exhibits and sitting in the observation blind. (One group even got a close up of a deer that came through!).

On Wednesday, the students could be found exploring some of the .1% of original Iowa prairie remnant, sniffing mint, and spotting an opossum for Prairie Day. They also had fun playing Predator and Prey, enjoyed some of the ice left by the high waters, and played hide and seek in the prairie to end the day.

Wetlands Day came next which including hiking and “pontooning” to several different ponds, observing signs of beavers, and learning the history of Lake MacBride. Unfortunately, this year Spider Pond was covered in several inches of ice so it wasn’t possible to do the usual canoeing so instead the students ended the day with s’mores and more hide and seek in the prairie.

The final day of the week was Woodlands Day and the students ended up hiking over three miles! They were challenged to find several different types of trees, learned a song for the types of oak trees, and ate a chilly lunch at the spillway. In addition, they did a blind hike, individually reflected on the sounds of nature, and then ended their day back in the prairie (their favorite place!) for coyote tag.

Pre-K Open Enrollment

Heritage Christian School pre-kindergarten serves families in the North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City Area. Four and five-year-olds become comfortable in the classroom setting under the instruction of certified teachers that are passionate about teaching and nurturing each child as they prepare for the transition into kindergarten. More information can be found on our pre-k page.

Heritage parents shared this with us on a survey about the 2014-2015 pre-K school year:

“It has been very structured and the kids know what to expect each day. We like the encouragement from our teacher and the way we have seen our child grow this year. We really appreciate the intentional focus on making Christ Lord over every aspect of creation, which includes education!”

“There is a genuine love for the Lord from the teachers, staff, and community that is truly evident.”

“I appreciate that the Pre-K program is structured more like a Kindergarten program than a preschool. My son has learned so much more at Heritage than he would have at another preschool.

“Heritage Pre-K reinforces what we teach.

Two Options

  • Three-day Pre-K

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$3,848/year

  • Five-day Pre-K

Monday-Friday

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$5,986/year

Monthly tuition rates

Financial Aid is available for up for 50% of tuition. More Info

Before and After School Program

Prekindergarten After School Program: Prekindergartners stay in their classroom with Mrs. Peters until 3:25 PM, and then transition into the All-School Before and After School Program.

Before and After School Program: Students may be dropped off as early as 7:00 AM and may stay as late as 5:30 PM.

Inclement Weather Procedures

The following is critical information related to how the school operates during inclement weather. There are three scenarios in which the normal school day may be adjusted:

  1. School delay or “late start” — When a late start is determined, classes will begin at 10 a.m. Most other schools delay by two hours. Our delay is always 90 minutes. When a late start is determined students should arrive to school no earlier than 9:45 a.m. If there is a delayed start due to weather, the Before and After School Program is always cancelled. Late start has potential to become a full-day school cancellation.
  2. School cancellation — Continue to watch the media after determination of late start is made.
  3. Early dismissal — Parents will receive a text through Parent Alert by the school office to inform them of the time school will be dismissed.

All cancellations, late starts and early dismissals will be announced through a text message via Parent Alert and in the media. Channels to watch or websites to check are KCRG 9, KWWL 7 and KGAN 2. We recommend you first check the media’s website under school cancellations. To make sure early dismissal runs smoothly, please make sure the office has current home, cell and work numbers along with emergency contact information. Call the school at 626-4777 with any updates. Always know if weather conditions deteriorate during the day and you are concerned about road conditions, you are welcome to pick up your child early. If you have questions related to inclement weather and how it affects the school day, please call the office. To assist you in knowing about school cancellations, KCRG offers the following FREE service that will alert you with Heritage school cancellations, delays and late starts. Sign up at www.KCRG.com by clicking on “MOBILE” in the upper left corner and scrolling to the bottom of the page where it says “TEXT Alerts Free.” Fill out the page and click “Submit”

 

Winter Recess Information:

  • Pre-kindergarten students do not go outside for recess during the winter season
  • Recess is inside for all students when the windchill is below 0
  • Heritage uses weather.com for current temperature and all other weather information
  • If the temperature is to be at or above 0 degrees Farehheit please remember to send your children to school with the following winter attire: winter coat, mittens/gloves, hat, scarf, boots (if snow on the ground)
  • If there is snow on the ground and students do not bring winter boots, they will not be allowed in the snow, but be required to stay on the sidewalk during outside recess

Operation Christmas Child 2018

Operation Christmas Child (sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse) helps provide for needy children worldwide and is a great opportunity to give out of the abundance that God has given to us. This year, each class will be filling two shoeboxes to send, and collections will take place between October 22 and November 9. Here’s how you can help:

  • Each class will fill two shoeboxes (one for a girl and one for a boy)
  • We are asking every Heritage student to bring in $1-$2 (or MORE to cover for those students that don’t bring money in) to help cover the shipping and handling cost ($9 for each shoebox).
  • Ideas for what to include in shoeboxes can be found at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/
  • Donate any of the following items by bringing them to the school (check your child’s classroom newsletter for details):
    • SMALL toys (that can fit in a small shoebox) – small cars, dolls, stuffed animals, yo-yos, jump ropes, toys that light-up or make noise, etc. PLEASE, NO WAR-RELATED TOYS OR BREAKABLE ITEMS.
    • School supplies – pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, coloring books, writing pads or paper, solar calculators
    • Hygiene items – toothbrush, mild bar soap, comb, brush, washcloths, etc. (NO TOOTHPASTE)
    • Other miscellaneous items that a child would enjoy – watches, picture books (no words), sunglasses, flashlights (with extra batteries), ball caps, socks, T-shirts, hair clips, etc. (NO CANDY OR FOOD of any kind!)
    • DO NOT INCLUDE: USED OR DAMAGED ITEMS, WAR-RELATED ITEMS, CANDY OR FOOD, TOOTHPASTE, LIQUIDS OR LOTIONS, MEDICATIONS OR VITAMINS, BREAKABLE ITEMS SUCH AS GLASS, OR AEROSOL CANS
    • Please note that we will NOT ACCEPT TOOTHPASTE or CANDY/FOOD

Veterans Day 2018

When: Friday, November 9, 9:45-11am

Where: Heritage Christian School (255 Hackberry St, North Liberty, IA 52317)

Heritage Christian School  is hosting our Veterans Day Celebration on Friday, November 9 from 9:45am-11:15am. As part of an annual tradition, community members and parents join the students and staff of Heritage Christian School to honor and thank present and past members of the United States Armed Forces. Classes are suspended for the day as the entire school participates in the half-day program.  The program features instrumental and choral performances, an Armed Forces Salute, presentation of the colors by the University of Iowa Army ROTC, a speech by Iowa Air National Guardsman and Heritage parent, Josh Nimmo, and personal recognition of all veterans present at the event. At the end of the event, each Heritage student shakes the hand of each veteran in attendance, thanking them for their service. It is a very memorable and special event that you will not want to miss.

Comments and questions can be directed to Michael Annis, Heritage Christian School Head of School, annism@hcs-nl.com,  319-626-4777

See You at the Pole September 26

Wednesday, September 26
7:45-8:15am

We are excited to rally with the global student population for God’s will to be done in this school, city, state, nation and world. Please join us Wednesday, September 27 at 7:45 a.m. around the flagpole for the HCS event. Parents, this is a great opportunity to pray with your children, their classmates and other parents.

Welcome to 2018-19

Here are a few links that will be helpful throughout the school year. You can download all calendars, documents, schedules and handbooks right from this page.

All School Information:

  • 2018-2019 Heritage Christian School Calendar: important dates listed including holiday breaks, Grandparents Day, half days, and more.
  • Parent Student Handbook: Refer to the handbook for information on school policy such as dress code, discipline, lost and found, etc. There is a very informative “Special Events Guide” in the back of the handbook explaining a variety of school events that are held throughout the year.
  • Supply Lists

Lunch:

Athletics:

Before and After School Program

Summer Office Hours

The Heritage Christian School office will be open for visits and phone calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm during the summer months. Our normal hours will begin again in mid August.

Feel free to call or email any time and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also fill out an inquiry through our Contact page or Visit page.

Heritage Christian School Office:

(319)626-4777

information@hcs-nl.com

More contact information

Operation G.O.O.D. 2018 Service Project

During April and May, our students collected pledges for our annual Operation G.O.O.D. fundraiser and raised $45,248.26. On Friday, May 11th, our students participated in the service project portion of the fundraiser. Our Pre-K students took part in a canned food drive in our neighborhood and collected 53 cans to bring to the North Liberty Food Pantry. Our kindergarten through 3rd graders worked with the Army Corps of Engineers pulling 1600 pounds of invasive garlic mustard, which translates to an estimated 8.4 million seeds removed from the ecosystem at Squire Point. The 4th-8th graders teamed up with the city of North Liberty working at the North Liberty Food Pantry and at 3 city parks spreading 100 cubic feet of mulch around 350 trees. Praise God for the generous contributions of family and friends as well as the opportunity to serve our community in this way!

Talent Show Info

Talent Show – May 30, 2018, 9:00am

Auditions – May 8th & 9th 
 
Who: Students K – 8th grades. You may participate in up to 2 performances.
What to bring:   EVERYTHING you need for your act MUST be brought to the audition. You must have your own CD or accompanist (no i-devices or flashdrives). Any lyrics or jokes MUST be printed and given to the judges at the audition. If you don’t have everything needed for your performance, you will not be allowed to tryout.
When: Sign up for an audition April 30th  – May 4th (this is the only week to sign up). Auditions are held May 8th & 9th at 3:10pm
Where: Auditions will be in the gym. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside each classroom
Why: Honor God by sharing the talents God has given you!
Some other information:
  • Parents are responsible for transporting their students to and from the talent show auditions. Anyone without a ride will be sent to after school care and charged accordingly. Students normally in after school care will not be dismissed unless they have signed up on the audition sheet.
  • Students will be signing up for an audition day, not a specific time. Students must sign up during week of sign-ups.
  • No lip syncing.
  • 3 ½ minutes time limit for solo acts and 5 minute time limit for a group.
  • All acts must be approved during one of the two tryout days.
Any questions please see Mrs. Peters, Miss Franje, or Mr. Ellerie.