2018–2019 Back To School Information

We are excited to begin another school year. And we appreciate the trust you place in us. It’s 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!

2018-19 School Calendar

Click here to see this year’s calendar of events.

Important Back to School Dates

  • High School Virtual Bookstore Opens: August 6
  • High School iPad Pick-Up for 10th-12th grade: August 15, 10:00 am-2:00 pm or 6:00pm-8:00pm.
  • Freshmen Retreat: August 16-17
  • K-6th Grade Class Lists Available Online: August 17, 6:00 pm
  • ParentPalooza: August 20
  • Meet the Teachers: August 20
  • Pool Party: August 20, 7-9:00pm
  • High School Orientation: August 20, 7:00pm
  • High School iPad Pick Up (alternate date): August 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • First Day of School: August 22, 8:15 am- noon
  • Back to School BBQ for High School Students: August 22, 12-3:00 pm
  • Parents Back to School Coffee: August 22, 8:30-10 am
  • 8th Grade Retreat: August 23-24
  • High School Portrait Day: August 24
  • Back to School Night for GS/MS: August 28, 7:00 pm
  • Octoberfest: September 21 and 22

Family and Student ID’s

Families new to TC will be receiving a separate email within the next day or two that contains individual family and student ID’s as well as passwords 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 22, beginning at 8:15 am with a 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: 8:15 – 11:15
PM Kindergarten: 12:10 – 3:01
Full Day K-8th Grade: 8:15 – 3:01 (students are not permitted in the building before 8:00 AM).
High School: 8:15 – 3:00

*Wednesdays are late start days throughout the year and school will begin at 8:30 am. GS/MS students are not permitted in the building prior to 8:15 am on Wednesdays. There are 4one hourLate 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.

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

Bus Service

If you have signed up for bus service, you will receive a bus schedule via email by August 15. A transportation representative, Donna Eakley, will also be available in the grade school gymnasium during the GS/MS Meet the Teachers event from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm on August 21. To contact the transportation department, please call 630-782-4076, or email eakley@timothychristian.com. If you need to contact the First Student dispatch desk during the daily bus routes, you can call 630-530-9366. There is no need to contact transportation if your child is not riding the bus.

2018-19 Theme Verse

Unfinished — Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

 

Elementary & Middle School
From the Desk of Dr. Tim Hoeksema, K-8 Principal

It’s not yet August, but it’s already time to start thinking about the beginning of another school year at TCS!  We are all eager to welcome you back for our first day on Wednesday, August 22 as we again enthusiastically pursue our mission to develop “academically prepared Christian disciples”.  We look forward to a year of growth and faithfulness as we serve the Lord together at Timothy!

For a smooth start to the school year, read this email in detail.  This will help make sure your student comes to the first day of school with all the correct information completed.  If you haven’t uploaded your student’s required health forms please turn them in the first day of school (see your School Admin checklist https://timothychristian.schooladminonline.com/users/sign_in).

Because we want to maintain balanced classrooms and make any last minute adjustments, our K-6 Class Lists will not be available until 6:00 PM on Friday evening, August 17 when they will be posted on our website.  To access these lists on that Friday, we will email you a link earlier that day along with a password.  This will give you an opportunity to review the class lists prior to Meet the Teachers time. The lists will also be posted on Monday in multiple locations throughout the school including the gymnasium and the individual wings.

MS Schedules along with locker numbers are now available to view on PowerSchool.  If you have accessed PowerSchool in the past, your account will be the same as it was in previous years.  If you need to set up a new PowerSchool account, information will be emailed soon.  Paper copies of your MS Schedule will be available during Home Base on the first day of school.

There has been a great deal of activity at school this summer!  Project Impact – Phase II is nearing completion (targeted for late September/Early October) and you will notice a variety of other improvements and updates throughout the building. But even more importantly, teachers have been working and planning together to implement some new programs and our traditional curriculum that will help us more effectively meet our Christ-centered mission.

Our school nurse, Mrs. Diffin, begins her third year of work at TC and we continue to be grateful for her expertise and commitment to the health of our students!   With a nurse on staff, we have made some needed changes to our policies and procedures, and you are encouraged to read them in our Family Handbook that can be found on the TC website.

There are two changes to our school start that are important to note:

  1. Meet the Teachers has always been the day before school starts, but this year Meet The Teachers will be on Monday, August 20.  We have also adjusted the time of the event to accommodate families.  The elementary school meet the teacher will be 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Beginning at 5:00pm, Timothy will host an all school parent / student cookout with live music courtesy of ServiceMaster from 5:00–6:30pm. This will also be the time when middle school students can load their locker.
  2. The first day of school will be a HALF day with a noon dismissal.   This change is to accommodate the developmental needs of our youngest learners.   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.

Theme Verse

Our worship theme this year is Unfinished – Fixing our Eyes on Jesus based on Hebrews 12:1-3.  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.  For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Meet The Teachers

Students and parents are invited to school the elementary school on Monday, August 20 between 4:00-5:30 PM. This is a very informal “open house” format to give parents and students an opportunity to meet and greet their teacher for the year. Students and parents of middle school students are invited to load their locker from 5:00–6:30pm. Students are encouraged to bring their school supplies and set-up their desk or lockers in preparation for the start of school.   

Timothy will host an all school parent and school cookout with live music during the middle school load your locker time from 5:00–6:30pm. Everyone is invited to attend, regardless of age!

*MS students — don’t spend too much time or money setting up your locker because the lockers in the new building are a different size.

Save the date for our Back to School Night which will be held on Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00 PM. More information will be sent home the first week of school regarding this evening.

School Supplies

GS/MS click here for school supply lists.  If you pre-ordered a school supply kit, it will be available for pick-up on Monday, August 20 during Meet the Teachers in the grade school gymnasium.

Hot Lunch Program

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 $3.95.    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 $4.50 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 Timothy Christian 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 GS/MS Meet the Teachers, August 20.  They will be able to load your accounts, show balances, and assist, if necessary, in setting up your MealTime account.

K-8 Milk Orders

White or Chocolate milk is available for purchase for the school year for all K-6 students.  Cost of milk is $64 per student.  Please complete this information on School Admin.

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 TCS:

  • 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:

After School Care

Our After Care program operates from 3:00-6:00 PM each day.  Click on the link below 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 20.

Click here for After School Care Information and registration forms.

MS Sports Tryouts

Boys Soccer – Coach Ryan Dollard & Coach Zach Schutte
6th, 7th and 8th grade Try-outs August 27 and 28, 3:15-5:00 pm 

Girls Volleyball – Coach Anna Whartnaby & Coach Lindsey VerVelde
7th and 8th grade Try-outs August 28 and 27, 3:15-4:45 pm

Cross Country – Coach Jim Snoeyink
6th, 7th,and 8th practice begins (no try-outs) August 27, 3:15-4:15 pm

8th Grade Retreat

Excitement is building as we are entering the final planning stages for this year’s 8th Grade Retreat at Camp Manitoqua.  You can check out the camp at http://manitoqua.org/ if you would like to see some of what we will be doing.  

This retreat will be during the first week of school.  We’ll be leaving at 8:30 AM on Thursday, August 23 and returning at approximately 4:45 PM on Friday, August 24.  

Click here for the packing list

 

High School Information
From the desk of Mr. Brad Mitchell, High School Principal

Dear High School Students and Parents,

This coming school year will be the start of my seventh year as principal of Timothy Christian High School. My second oldest son graduated this past year, my triplet boys will be juniors, and my twin girls will be in kindergarten. I am in awe of how fast the years go by.

Each summer I take some focused time of prayer for Timothy Christian School and our community. My prayer annually is that students grow in their relationship with Jesus, that God reveals to each student how he or she has been gifted, and that, as a school, we continue to support all students in reaching their highest potential. Please join me in praying for our staff and students throughout the year as God leads you.

As a school, we start new activities for students in which they can participate, integrate new instructional strategies, and make various adjustments to help students grow and improve.  Each year during our assessment day, which is the half-day of school before the CEA break in October, we have all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students take one of the practice tests from the SAT suite of assessments. Both the ACT and SAT are universally accepted at colleges and universities across the country to determine student acceptance. One benefit for our students is that there are many more free practice SAT resources available.  

Textbooks will again be purchased online for the upcoming school year; more information can be found below.  All students will need to stop in to pick up their iPads before the start of school on the scheduled pickup date.  Please take special note of the important registration items below that students will need to bring or have completed when they arrive on their iPad pickup date.

High school schedules are currently available to view on PowerSchool.  If you have accessed PowerSchool in the past, your account will be the same as it was in previous years.  Families new to TCHS will receive an email in the coming days with this information. Paper copies of your schedule will be distributed at iPad pickup.  Locker numbers, chapel seats and home office assignments will be posted on the bulletin boards near the office on iPad pickup day.

Please let me know if you have any questions as the beginning of the year draws near.

General School Information

Click here to see this year’s calendar of events:
2018-19 School Calendar

School Hours and Times
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 22, beginning at 8:15 am  (this is NOT a late start Wednesday*). Our first day of school will be a half day; high school students will meet from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 pm.

*Wednesdays are late start days and classes will begin at 8:30 am during the school year.  There are 4 one-hour Late Start Wednesdays (9:15 am) 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 that we may provide your student with a pre-arranged absence form or pass to be dismissed to provide minimal interruption to classes.

Please call 630-833-7575 or email tchs@timothychristian.com to report a High School absence.

Bus Service
If you have signed up for bus service, you will receive a bus schedule via email by August 15.  A transportation representative (Donna Eakley) will also be available in the grade school gymnasium during the GS/MS Meet the Teachers event from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm on August 21.  To contact the transportation department, please call 630-782-4076, or email eakley@timothychristian.com.  If you need to contact the First Student dispatch desk during the daily bus routes, you can call 630-530-9366. There is no need to contact transportation if your child is not riding the bus.  Please keep these phone numbers in your directory for future reference.

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 and purchase a $5 parking sticker 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.

Hot Lunch Program
The price of the “meal deal” this year for high school students will be $4.05. A la carte menu options are also available at various prices. Hot Lunch monthly menus are always available on our website. Click here to visit our cafeteria page and see menus.

The Timothy Christian cafeteria uses a computerized system called MealTime. High school students may purchase lunch items using their MealTime account or with cash. If you have used this system in the past, there is nothing you need to do except add funds to your student’s account. This may be done online or you may send in a check to school payable to Country House and the amount will be added to the account. Your login and password are the same as last year.  If you are new to TC or you have not set up an account in the past, please do so. ALL students need to register on MealTime.  If you are new to Timothy, the appropriate student information to set up an account is included in your personal email that will be sent shortly.

New users can click here to register online with MealTime (you will need the student number from your “new student” email that will arrive in the next day or two). Please contact the cafeteria directly if you have any questions about or need assistance with your MealTime account. Cafeteria staff can be reached at 630-833-7575, ext. 220 or via email at espinoza@timothychristian.com.

eCampus Virtual Bookstore

The 2018-19 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 (http://www.ecampus.com/timothychristian) by selecting the student’s courses and purchasing either the 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 6, and any new textbooks purchased that week will be shipped for free, so please be sure to order all of your textbooks by August 13 to receive free shipping. After that date, shipping fees may apply.

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

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 2018-19 school year, students will pick up their iPads in the high school office on Wednesday, August 15, between the hours of 10:00 am and 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 21, from 1:00 pm – 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 16-17. 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.

The following items 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 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 HS office to confirm.)
-Complete all necessary forms online via SchoolAdmin prior to departure to the Freshman Retreat. Please use this information to register through the following link:  https://timothychristian.schooladminonline.com/users/sign_in.

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 20, 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 levels 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 – Friday, August 24

All students will be photographed for their school IDs.  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 Tuesday, October 9.

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 21 and 22 performances will be announced at a later date.

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

  • Saturday, October 6 – Homecoming Dance
  • Friday, November 30 – Jingle Ball
  • Saturday, March 16  – Turnabout Dance
  • Saturday, May 25 – Senior Prom

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

2018-19 Student Life Calendar

2018-19 Theme Verse

Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”