2019–2020 Back To School Information

Dear Parents, 

Welcome back! I am greatly looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year. Our enrollment is up for the fifth consecutive year, and we are equally excited to serve all of our families—both returning and newcomers. Once again our campus has seen significant upgrades over the summer months, including a new parking lot for elementary staff on the southwest corner of Prospect and Butterfield. This will free up over 50 much needed parking stalls on campus! (I can picture many of you cheering right now.)

Unlike so many other schools, we covet your input here at Timothy. Only by working hand in hand can we maximize the effort to turn this generation ON to change the world for Jesus Christ. There is nothing in the world happening of greater importance, so please hold us accountable to our mission. I have provided my contact information below, including my mobile number. Please feel free to reach out—365/24/7. Here’s the bottom line: we’re in this adventure together!

We will continue to show an enthusiasm for excellence and will undoubtedly tally more achievements as a school throughout the year. Our students [your children] are the best! Additionally, you will find our faculty and staff to be as strong as ever. Yet all of our efforts lose relevance and importance if we drift away from our mission. So let’s uphold Biblical truth, ignite academic excellence, and inspire courageous leadership one student at a time — and let’s be sure to give God the glory every step of the way. He alone is worthy.

Please join me in prayer for the upcoming school year. By the power of God, let’s Go Beyond the limits of our dreams and imaginations. He is able!  Ephesians 3:20-21

Very Truly Yours for Christian Education,

Matt Davidson
Superintendent
davidson@timothychristian.com
Office: 630-782-4044
Mobile: 623-853-7507

Both letters from elementary/middle school principal, Dr. Hoeksema, and high school principal, Brad Mitchell, contain important information. Please take a moment to read them.

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We are excited to begin another school year, and we appreciate the trust you place in us. It is our goal to guide every student to understand and identify God’s purpose for their life and give them the courage to live it. Not just during elementary, middle, and high school years — but well beyond.

This newsletter is full of information that will help you have a smooth start to the school year. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Important Back to School Dates

  • High School eCampus Virtual Bookstore Opens: August 5
  • High School iPad Pick-Up for 10th-12th grade: August 14, 10:00 am-2:00 pm or 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • Freshman Retreat: August 15-16
  • K-6th Grade Class Lists Emailed to Parents: August 16, 6:00 pm
  • Parent Palooza: August 19, 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Meet the Teachers (K-6th): August 19, 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Middle School Load Your Locker: August 19, 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Pool Party: August 19, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • High School Back to School Night: August 19, 7:00 pm
  • High School iPad Pick Up (alternate date): August 20, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • First Day of School: August 21, 8:15 am-Noon
  • Parents Back to School Coffee: August 21, 8:15-10:00 am
  • Back to School BBQ & Dance for High School Students: August 23, 6:00-10:00 pm
  • 8th Grade Retreat: August 22-23
  • Chicago SuperSprint and Tri: August 24
  • High School Portrait Day: August 26
  • Back to School Night for ES/MS: August 27, 7:00 pm
  • Golf Outing: September 13
  • Octoberfest: September 20 and 21
  • Clothing & Toy Resale: September 20 and 21

 

ParentPalooza: August 19, 4:00-5:30 pm

ParentPalooza is a one-stop shop for all things PiE and Timothy! PiE fundraising, community events, busing, cafeteria, spirit wear, and much more! Stop by the grade school gym and learn more about ways you can get involved and pick up your students pre-ordered student supply kits. 

Paradise Bay Family Swim Social Monday, August 19, 7:00-9:00 pm

Kick off the school year with a swim party at Paradise Bay Water Park. Located at 433 East St. Charles Road in Lombard, the cost is $5.00 per person with a $20 maximum per family. Cash or check will be accepted. Lifeguards are on duty, however everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The concession stand will be open. Don’t miss out on this fun community event. Please email questions to Bernina Dorsey at piecommunityevents@timothychristian.com and although it’s not necessary to RSVP it is helpful. Click here and let us know if you plan to join us.

Get Involved! Parents in Education

Our community is one of the things that sets us apart from other schools. Parents in Education, or PiE, may be a small name, but it’s a group of parents that does mighty things for the Timothy community. Every Timothy parent is part of PiE. Join other parents to help plan fun events and serve our community. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am in the high school conference room. Our first meeting of the year is September 10. Join us! Visit timothychristian.com/pie/ to learn more about how you can get involved. Continue to watch TCS News for more fundraisers, community events and ways to support our teachers. 

2019-2020 PiE Calendar Click HERE see this year’s PiE calendar of events and important dates.

SignUpGenius (SUG) 

SUG is the online volunteer system. Use this LINK to see all the ways you can volunteer.  Be sure to toggle right to view all our volunteer opportunities — and check back often! We will add more volunteer needs.

BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS

Wellness, Health and Nutrition Guidelines

Because we are committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, the following steps have been approved by our board and implemented at Timothy:

  • Home prepared foods will not be distributed to P-12 students during regular school hours.
  • The use of any trans-fat in food sold or distributed to P-12 students during regular school hours has been completely eliminated.
  • The use of Styrofoam to serve or deliver food to P-12 students during regular school hours has been eliminated.
  • We have eliminated student or parent distribution of food to celebrate student birthdays. GS teachers will distribute a school supplied “favor” on birthdays that is appropriate to the grade level.
  • Any distribution of any food to students at school must be approved by the administration, meet approved requirements, and be communicated in a timely fashion to parents.

Allergy/Medication Management

If your student has allergies that we need to be aware of and/or you need to keep medicine at school for your child, you will need to have the below paperwork filled out and turned into the school nurse along with any necessary medications: Link to all health forms

Family and Student Login

Families new to Timothy will be receiving a separate email within the next day or two that contains individual family and student login information which will be necessary to complete all the back to school information and set up your PowerSchool account. Please be sure to complete your checklist in SchoolAdmin prior to the first day of school. You can access SchoolAdmin here

School Hours 

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 21, beginning at 8:15 am with dismissal at noon (this is NOT a late start Wednesday). Our first day of school is a HALF day! After School Care will be available from 12-6:00 pm for all registered students at the regular rates and for others at $8.00 per hour.

Regular School Hours

AM Kindergarten: 8:1511:15
Full Day K-8th Grade: 8:153:01 (students are not permitted in building before 8:00 am).
High School: 8:153:00

*Wednesdays are late start days throughout the year and school will begin at 8:30 am. ES/MS students are not permitted in the building prior to 8:15 am on Wednesdays.  There are four one hour Late Start Wednesdays during the year.  Please refer to the school calendar for those dates.


Attendance

Attendance is key to success!  Please contact the school before 8:15 am on days when your student will be either absent or late. We have 24-hour voicemail and email, so you may contact the school any time, day or night.  Please contact us in advance for any pre-planned absences, late arrivals, or appointments, so we may provide your student with a pre-arranged absence form or pass to be dismissed, for minimal interruption to classes.

ES/MS Student Absence: 630-833-4717 or nelson@timothychristian.com
MS Student Absence: 630-833-4617 or seremak@timothychristian.com
HS Student Absence: 630-833-7575 or
TCHS@timothychristian.com

Parent Coffee: August 21, 8:15-10 am

Please join us for coffee and light breakfast refreshments in the grade school cafeteria. Meet Timothy administrators and fellowship with other Timothy parents, while getting valuable information for a great school year. New and returning parents are welcome! Feel free to bring younger children.

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION

Meet the Teachers

K-6th students and parents are invited to the grade school on Monday, August 19, between 4:00-5:30 pm. This is a very informal “open house” format to give students and parents an opportunity to meet and greet their teacher for the year. 

Students in grades 7th-8th are invited to an optional load your locker activity from 4:00-5:30 pm on August 19. This event gives students an opportunity to organize their lockers before school starts. They will also have a chance to do this on the first day of school.

This is a very exciting day but please try not to arrive before 4:00 pm since the teachers will be attending meetings.

ES/MS Back to School Night 

Save the date for our ES/MS Back to School Night which will be held on Tuesday, August 27, at 7:00 pm. More information will be sent home the first week of school regarding this evening.

School Supplies

Click here for school supply lists. If you pre-ordered a school supply kit, it will be available for pick-up on Monday, August 19, during Meet the Teachers in the grade school gymnasium.

Room Parents Needed Pre-8th

Want to be more involved with your child’s classroom and teacher? Sign up to be a room parent! We have availability for preschool through eighth grade! If we have more than two parents per class we will pick out of a hat. Questions? Please email pieroomparents@timothychristian.com, see us at ParentPalooza, or sign up here.

K–6 After School Care

Our After Care program operates from 3:00-6:00 pm each day. Click here for more information on how to sign up for this program.  Be sure to visit our director, Mrs. Denise Parker, in the library during Meet the Teachers time on Monday, August 19.

ES & MS Hot Lunch Program & Milk Orders

Hot lunch monthly menus are always available on our website.Click here to see the August/September menu.

Ordering is easy!  Prior to the beginning of each month grade school families receive an email link to order meals for the coming month. The cost of each pre-ordered hot lunch is $4.25. If you forget to submit your student’s monthly order they can still order daily in the grade school office.   But these late order lunches can only be the grade school meal deal lunch and cost $4.75 each.

MS students can purchase the daily meal deal, HS meal, ala carte items, and/or beverages with separate pricing. Students may use their MealTime account or pay with cash.

The cafeteria uses a computerized system called MealTime. If you have used this system in the past, there is nothing you need to do. Your login and password are the same as last year. If you are new to TC or you have not setup an account in the past, please do so. ALL students need to register on MealTime. The appropriate student information to set up an account is included in your personal email that will be sent Friday.

Click here to register or view your MealTime account (you will need the student number from your personal email). Cafeteria representatives will be available during the ES/MS Meet the Teachers, August 19. They will be able to load your accounts, show balances, and assist, if necessary, in setting up your MealTime account.

White or chocolate milk is available for purchase for the school year for all K-6th students. Cost of milk (white OR chocolate) is $64 per student. Please complete this information on SchoolAdmin.

Mama Maria’s Weekly Pizza Fundraiser 

This fundraiser lunch will be WEEKLY for full day Kindergarten through 6th grade. Registration will open here after class lists go out. Registration will close midnight August 29, 2019.  Lunch will begin, September 10.  We are sorry, but we cannot add anyone after September 5 — so make sure you register right away!

MS Sports Tryouts

Boys Soccer: Coach Ryan Dollard & Coach Ben Dragstrem
6th, 7th, and 8th grade tryouts: August 26 and 27, 3:15-4:45 pm 

Girls Volleyball: Coach Deanne Brouwer & Coach Lindsey VerVelde
7th and 8th grade tryouts: August 26 and 27, 3:15-4:45 pm

Cross Country: Coach Jim Snoeyink
6th, 7th, and 8th practice begins (no tryouts) August 26, 3:15-4:15 pm

8th Grade Retreat

The retreat will be during the first week of school. Eighth graders will leave at 8:30 am on Thursday, August 22, and return at approximately 4:45 pm on Friday, August 23. You can check out Camp Manitoqua if you would like to see some of the activities they will be doing. Click here for the packing list.

Middle School Drama Club

Attention all 6-8th grade students! Do you like to act? Like to sing? Well, come one, come all! Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow and Toto are headed to Timothy Middle School this fall! Auditions for the annual MS Musical, The Wizard of Oz,  are going to be on Tuesday, August 27 from 3:15-5 pm and Wednesday, August 28 from 7-9 pm in the high school choir room. Copies of the songs plus scripts for auditions will be available in the middle school office and grade school office for you to pick up on the first day of school PLUS Mrs. Markos will be available during lunch those first few days!  If you have questions, contact Mrs Markos markos@timothychristian.com and Mrs. Crichton  crichton@timothychristian.com. We hope to see you following the Yellow Brick Road!

Picture Lady/Guy

A Picture Lady/Guy volunteer is needed for each full-day Kindergarten through 5th grade classroom. Each picture lady/guy visits their assigned classroom the second Friday of each month from 9:30-9:50 am and briefly presents an assigned picture. A workshop for all picture helpers will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 am in the grade school library. No experience is needed. Classrooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis after the class lists have been released on August 16th. To request a classroom call or text Karen Myers at 630-988-0656.

HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION

Parking

If you have a high school student who drives to school, each year they will need to register their car in the high school office during the first week of school. Students may park in the south and east lots. Vehicle registration forms can be picked up outside the high school office or you may access the form here.

eCampus Virtual Bookstore

The 2019-20 school year will be the fourth year that Timothy Christian High School will be partnering with eTechCampus as the provider of textbooks through our online bookstore.

Parents will have three options to obtain books once each student reviews his or her schedule through PowerSchool. The first option is to purchase books through our online virtual bookstore (timothychristian.ecampus.com) by selecting the student’s courses and purchasing either a new or used textbook or electronic resource. The second option is to rent all of your student’s textbooks (through eCampus) for a flat fee of $300. Rather than selecting “buy new” or “buy used,” you will select “rent textbook” for each book that your student needs. At checkout, rather than being charged for each book, you will only pay the $300 rental fee. At the end of the school year, your child will return all of his or her textbooks to eTechCampus during the textbook buyback at the end of the school year. (Click here for some FAQs about textbook rental.) A third option is to find all of the textbooks on your own through another online retailer or by other means using the identifying information on the eTechCampus website.

The virtual bookstore will open on Monday, August 5, and any textbooks ordered through eCampus will be shipped for free!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the high school office at 630-833-7575 or tchs@timothychristian.com. The office is currently on a summer schedule, so please allow a few days for us to return your call. 

What supplies does my HS student need?
There isn’t a school supply list for high school, but students will certainly need pens, pencils, notebooks, and folders or whichever system of organization works best for them. A planner is always helpful, too, and can be purchased wherever school supplies are sold. Math teachers will let students know at the beginning of the school year which calculator would be best; most students buy the TI-84 (or similar series). Teachers will also let the students know if they need other specific items, such as index cards, etc.

High School iPad Pick-up Hours for RETURNING students grades 10-12
For the 2019-20 school year, students will pick up their iPads in the high school office on Wednesday, August 14, between the hours of 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and again from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. If you are unable to make those times, you may pick up your iPad on Tuesday, August 20, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Please note that all registration items through SchoolAdmin MUST be completed prior to picking up the student’s iPad. At the time of iPad pickup, you will also receive instructions about how to set up your iPad for the school year.

Upperclassmen NEW to TCHS (grades 10-12)
The following items must be submitted prior to iPad pickup:

  • A 9th grade (or most recent, if received after 9th grade) physical which includes all state-required immunizations (unless already turned in). Make sure to complete and sign the parent/guardian portion of the health examination form before turning in.
  • A photocopy of your student’s birth certificate.
  • Complete all necessary forms online via SchoolAdmin prior to iPad pickup.

Important Items for Seniors to Bring to iPad Pickup
All senior class members must submit proof of receiving the MCV4 (bacterial meningitis) immunization from their health care provider. We will not distribute your student’s iPad to them without this. A letter was sent home to parents in June regarding this state requirement. (If you did not receive a letter, then your child is compliant for this vaccine.) This immunization should have been administered on or after the student’s 16th birthday. Please refer to the letter for additional details. An electronic copy is attached here.

Incoming Freshmen

Click here for important details about the Freshman Retreat being held Thursday-Friday, August 15-16. Also, please fill out the Freshman Retreat Information Form ASAP so we can document emergency contact information, student medical information, etc. If your son or daughter is unable to attend the retreat, please still fill out the form and contact Jonathan Huizinga at huizinga@timothychristian.com

Items that Must be Completed Prior to the Freshman Retreat

  • A current physical which includes all state-required immunizations (unless already turned in). Make sure to complete and sign the parent/guardian portion of the health examination form before turning in. A new state requirement this year for incoming 9th graders is proof of a dental exam. Please bring in a recent form that has been completed by your dentist. Please refer to the email that was sent previously to all incoming freshmen parents for details.
  • A photocopy of your student’s birth certificate. (If you attended Timothy middle school, we may have your birth certificate on file. Please feel free to contact the high school office to confirm.)
  • Complete all necessary forms online via SchoolAdmin prior to departure to the Freshman Retreat. Please register here.  

Prior to leaving for the retreat, all freshmen will receive and set up their iPads. If any of the above information is NOT completed or turned in, students will not be allowed to take their iPad home until all requirements are fulfilled.

HS Back to School Night: Monday, August 19 at 7:00 pm
This event begins in the Huizenga Auditorium and is required for freshmen and new students along with one or both parents, but all returning students and parents are also welcome to attend.

This night for all grade levels includes information about student iPads, an abbreviated walk-through of a typical day’s schedule, and an informative time in classrooms with the teachers.

Summer Reading
In order to promote both reading skills and pleasure in reading, the summer reading program requires some students (all freshmen and honors and AP English students) to read books during the summer. Requirements concerning these books vary from class to class and grade to grade, so please read the information within the following link that pertains to the grade and class your student will be entering to learn that level’s requirements. Study guides and assignments for each book are available here: HS Summer Reading Information

Those students who are required to read specific books will be assessed on those books during the first week of school. Assessed books will be included in the student’s 1st semester English grade.

Portrait Day: Monday, August 26

All students will be photographed for their school IDs. (Photos of students in grades 9-11 will also be used for the yearbook.) Students will receive portrait order forms when they pick up their iPads; however, purchasing student portraits is optional. If you choose to purchase them, enclose payment and return the form TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER on Portrait Day. Orders may also be placed in advance online at mylifetouch.com. The make-up date for students who are sick or absent is Friday, October 11.

Registration for Sports Participation
Any students who wish to participate in sports must complete the sports registration process online and turn in a current IHSA sports physical form.

Please note that freshmen may use their current regular freshman physical form in place of the IHSA form for the upcoming school year. However, an IHSA form cannot be used in place of the regular physical form for freshmen.

Click here for online sports registration. Click here for IHSA sports physical form. Click here for Fall Sports tryout dates/information. 

Octoberfest Practices

Octoberfest is an annual Timothy tradition! Anyone is allowed (and encouraged) to sign up! Practices begin soon after the first day of school. A schedule of practice dates can be accessed via this link. Ticket sales for the September 20 and 21 performances will be announced at a later date.

High School Dances
Dances have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Friday, August 23 – Back to School BBQ & Dance
  • Saturday, November 2 – Turnabout Dance
  • Saturday, February 1 – Homecoming Dance
  • Saturday, May 16 – Senior Prom

Information about ticket purchases, locations, etc. will be shared with students through the daily announcements as well as posted around the campus.

2019-20 HS Student Life Calendar