Good to Know

In case of wintery weather

If you wake up one morning and the weather outside is frightful check for school cancellation notices in the following places:

  • Edsby
  • CHCH TV
  • CHML 900 radio
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

If there is no cancellation notice, then come on in – we’re open!


Grade 12 Independent Study Day  ~ Nov 21

On Thursday, November 21, HDCH is hosting its annual Exceler8 Day where Grade 8 students are on campus to experience what life is like at HD. Hosting these students requires staff and space, and as such, Grade 12 students will be given the opportunity to dig deep into their work and projects with a self-directed, independent study day. This day is to be used for things like:

  • completing assignments
  • catching up on work
  • working on group projects
  • working on ongoing projects
  • conferencing with teachers (as available)
  • group study sessions

The library will be open and a computer lab will be available for students to use, should they wish to work here on campus. We believe this to be a valuable study opportunity for students, so the expectation is that if they are at school they are engaged in learning activities and in school uniform. Alternatively, students may choose to work from home. Many Grade 12 teachers will be available for part of the day. Students should double-check with any specific teachers they wish to connect with to determine that teacher’s availability.


Mid Term Reports for Semester 2

Midterm Reports will be available this week in Edsby. The purpose of midterm reports is much deeper than just providing a number that represents your child’s achievement. These reports also include feedback about learning skills (see Learning Skills Rubric pinned in Edsby School Talk for more detail), and reflections on student growth in learning and character. Teachers work hard to make the comments meaningful, both celebrations of success and encouragement towards growth.

Please read reports and connect with your children and with their teachers regarding any comments, questions or concerns you might have. We trust as you read reports that you can see your child is known and cared for at HDCH, and that we are invested as a community in working together with you to support their learning as it cultivates their character for lives of service to God.


Vaccination Reporting

Please note that, in accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act, Hamilton Public Health is required to keep up-to-date vaccination records for all students who attend schools in the City of Hamilton. As parents or guardians, it is your responsibility to communicate your child’s vaccine history to Hamilton Public Health. Details about what and how to report are on the Hamilton Public Health website. Any questions should be directed to Public Health.

Some Good Information

Church Leadership Breakfast

We share the same vision that our supporting churches have, which is to cultivate character in our youth, equipping them for lives of service to God. By hosting a breakfast for Church Leaders, we had the opportunity to share the story of how we strive to do this through learning at HDCH.

Welcomed by the aroma of bacon, Pastors, Ministry Leaders, and Youth Leaders were provided the opportunity to connect or become newly acquainted with colleagues in ministry, HDCH students and the HDCH Leadership Team.  Principal Duncan Todd opened with devotions and prayer, and Owen Webb engaged the audience on the topic of Restorative Practices and how they are applied at HDCH.

We are blessed that our students can so eloquently tell the HDCH story and they capably led table discussions over breakfast and provided tours of the school, highlighting some of their favorite learning spaces and places of community.

Our Church Leader’s Breakfast is hosted annually, and here are more opportunities for us to connect with our supporting churches. Consider personally inviting your pastor or church leader to:

  • concerts and performances at HDCH and
  • Celebration of Learning

For specific questions about how churches can partner with HDCH, please contact Tina VanDyk @ 905-648-6655 x 110 or tvandyk@hdch.org


Europe 2021

Grade 10’s and 11’s,
If your considering going on the Europe trip during March Break of 2021 but haven’t signed up yet, EFTOURS, the company we travel with, is offering $150 off until the end of October. Consider signing up now to take advantage of the early discount. Contact Mr. Vanderhoek with any questions.

More Info

Wardrobe Re-Sale ~  Oct 22th
During Student Learning Conference on Tuesday, October 22, our volunteer wardrobe team will be holding a resale. Drop by and see what gently-used items we have available!

After every resale, our wardrobe stock is significantly reduced. If you have clean HDCH wardrobe tops in good condition that your children no longer need, please bring them in. You can drop them off at the school office anytime, or even bring them in during Learning Conferences.

Thanks to our volunteers who make these sales possible. If you have an interest in joining this team, which sorts clothes and staff resales three times a year, please let us know. Thanks also to all of you who bring in clothes, for helping to keep wardrobe affordable for HDCH’s families, and for supporting the stewardly reuse of clothes in good condition.


Picture Re-Take Day ~ Oct 29th
On Tuesday, October 29th photographers will be at the school to take pictures of students that were absent on picture day.  Any student that is dissatisfied with their first picture may also get retakes on that day.

FYI

Golf Tournament Thanks

We are so thankful for the generous support to HDCH within our community and pleased to report that our golf tournament on Sept. 14, 2019 raised $44,650.

Funds raised support building improvements in an effort to keep tuition rates more accessible to enable families to attend HDCH. For more information about fundraising initiatives contact Tina VanDyk 905-648-6655 x 110, tvandyk@hdch.org.


Attendance

If your child will be late or absent, even for part of the day, please let us know by contacting info@hdch.org or by calling 905-648-6655.

You can tell us the day of, the day before, or even weeks in advance. Thanks for your assistance in this!


Edsby

We encourage parents to use Edsby, our secure online learning management system, to communicate with staff and to keep up with what’s going on around here. You’ll find:

  • daily announcements
  • you can report lates and absences
  • attendance
  • details about extra-curricular activities and clubs
  • booking details about Student Learning Conferences (closer to the date)
  • the school calendar
  • and so much more

For that and other how-to’s, you can visit:  https://edsby.com/help/parents/ 


Student Learning Conferences

At Student Learning Conferences, we invite students to join their parents/guardians in meeting with teachers to talk about their learning together.

Learn More >>

Bridge Days & More

BRIDGE DAYS

Today is the first Bridge Day of the new school year. Twice a semester, each class has the opportunity to spend a double period diving deeply into their course material in one way or another. The class expands to the length of either the entire morning or the entire afternoon to make way for an extended learning experience.

Just some of the experiences today included:

  • Gr 12 English students traveled to Jackson Square.
  • Gr 9 Integrated Arts went to the Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Gr 11 Law class visited the John Sopinka Courthouse

Discover more about Bridge Days at hdch.org/connect-life-learning


Attendance

If your child will be late or absent, even for part of the day, please let us know by contacting info@hdch.org or by calling 905-648-6655.

You can tell us the day of, the day before, or even weeks in advance. Thanks for your assistance in this!


Edsby

We encourage parents to use Edsby, our secure online learning management system, to communicate with staff and to keep up with what’s going on around here. You’ll find:

  • daily announcements
  • you can report lates and absences
  • attendance
  • details about extra-curricular activities and clubs
  • booking details about Student Learning Conferences (closer to the date)
  • the school calendar
  • and so much more

For that and other how-to’s, you can visit:  https://edsby.com/help/parents/ 


Good to Know

Welcome Chef Nathan

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Nathan Scott who will be managing our cafeteria services. Nathan is a Red Seal chef who graduated from Niagara College culinary school. Watch for delicious new specials for your lunches at school.

Knight Eatery Card
We are pleased to offer a convenient way to purchase food at Hamilton District Christian High with our Knights Eatery Reloadable Card.  Just like any gift card, a balance is loaded on a card and declines as purchases are made. The online function provides convenience to purchase, reload without having to travel with cash.

Simply pick up your card from the front office. Set up your card by going to: https://knightseatery.ackroo.net to register and load your card. Follow the instructions online to set up an account and check your balance.


Attendance

We work hard to always know where your kids are. If your child will be late or absent, even for part of the day, please let us know by contacting info@hdch.org or by calling 905-648-6655.

You can tell us the day of, the day before, or even weeks in advance. Thanks for your assistance in this!


Late Bus Service

To make it easier for our students to participate in after-school activities, we continue to offer a late bus service to families in the Burlington area and the Ancaster-Brantford corridor. This year, we are happy to share that we again have a Caledonia-Jarvis late route as well. Late buses are open to all students at no additional cost, Mondays through Thursdays.

Brantford
Late bus departs at 5:00 p.m. making stops along Ancaster Fairgrounds (Gate #1 on Trinity Rd South), Ancaster Seniors Achievement Centre, (Alberton Rd South), The Moving Box (Hwy 53 at Brant School Rd) and ends at Brantford Christian School.

Jarvis
Leaves HD at 5:00 pm with stops in Caledonia (Fresh CO, A&W Plaza), Hagersville (St. Mary’s School), and Jarvis (IDA, Jarvis Community Christian School).

Burlington
Late bus departs at 5:00 p.m. from Hamilton District Christian High, making stops at Walmart (Hwy. 5 near Hwy. 6 at 5:40) and Walmart (Fairview St. at 5:55).


Edsby

We encourage parents to use Edsby, our secure online learning management system, to communicate with staff and to keep up with what’s going on around here. You’ll find daily announcements, attendance, the school calendar, and so much more. If you are new and haven’t received your Edsby invitation or if you have any other questions about it, please contact our office.

For Your Info

Graduation

This year’s Grade 12 Graduation will be held on Monday, June 24 at 7.30 PM at the Redeemer College University Auditorium. We look forward to having family and friends join us for this celebration highlighting the accomplishments of this year’s graduates. Each graduate has been allocated a limited number of tickets to give to their invited guests. Please be aware that entry to the ceremony is by ticket only.

Welcome Table for Special Seating Information
There will be reserved seating available for guests with special seating needs. If you have a family member attending the graduation who may need special seating due to a health or medical concerns, please talk to Mr. Todd to arrange this. There will be a Special Guest Table in the lobby on the night of graduation to provide information about where the reserved seating will be available.

Ceremony
This year’s ceremony starts at 7.30 and doors open at 6.45 PM. Graduates are asked to be at the meeting area by the Redeemer Business Office by 6.45 PM.

Following Reception
There will be standing reception immediately following the ceremony in the main Commons area outside the auditorium with refreshments provided. Please arrange to meet family members and guests outside following the reception as there won’t be a formal receiving line.

Please connect with Mr. Blyleven or Mr. Van Egmond if you have any questions about Graduation 2019.

For Your Information

Tuition Paperwork

Please be reminded that your 2019-2020 tuition paperwork is now due to the Finance Office.  If you have any questions or need a new form please contact Sherry Osinga at sosinga@hdch.org.


Graduation – Monday, June 24 @ 7:30 pm

Graduation Ceremony – Monday, June 24 @ 7:30 pm at Redeemer University College

Graduation is less than a month away! Our graduating students had their ceremony practice and have received their allotted tickets for their guests. Parents, if you have unneeded tickets we ask that you return them to the school office. If you hope for extra tickets, please contact Kris Slootweg at info@hdch.org to get on that list.

If you’re wondering about graduation details, check out the “Graduation 2019″ group in Edsby. All information is posted there.

We look forward to celebrating your children and their learning on June 24th!

FYI

Tuition Forms

Tuition forms for the 2019/2020 school year have now been sent out and you should have received yours. If not, please contact Sherry Osinga at sosinga@hdch.org. The forms are due by May 30th.


Seniors’ Day 

Seniors’ Day is a favorite day on our academic calendar and this year was no exception. Students had the opportunity to share their gifts and their work both on stage, in the hallways and in the classroom. We are very blessed to have a faithful inter-generational community that encourages us and supports us.

More than 350 seniors were our guests for the morning which included a program featuring a variety of musical performances and a scene from the Sound of Music production. Sydney Shields shared devotional before lunch and spoke about the interconnection of generations doing God’s work. And how it is not up to us or past or future generations but up to God. When Seniors toured classrooms they were able to connect with students/grandchildren. If they stopped in the art room they were also able to see how the students designed and created the “Everyday Hero” greeting cards which were presented to them as they arrived.

The delicious meat pies that were ordered from Hamilton Meat Pie Co arrived hot and ready to serve. Serving lunch to more than 300 guests is no small feat and we were able to provide generous hospitality with Evelyn Hielema coordinating the kitchen with support from our Student Ambassador Team and a number of parent and alumni volunteers. Thank you to Christina Demik, Kelly Dilda, Jaden Dilda, Liisa Farrugia, Natasha Postuma, Jessica VandenBrink and Trixie Zimmerman. Fred Eisinga and his crew work hard to set up the gym for this event as well.

Thank you to Vos Floral for donating the carnations on the tables and Tim Hortons for donating coffee for this event. We are also grateful that Rehoboth United Reformed Church generously allows us to park in their lot when we have the need.


OFSAA ~ June 6 – 8th

We are excited to share that HDCH is hosting OFSAA, the Ontario Provincial ‘A’ Soccer Championships, this June.

We host OFSAA for two reasons.

  1. hosting provides our young HDCH athletes with the opportunity to develop sportsmanship and community.
  2. it allows us to share HDCH’s generous hospitality and commitment to excellence with people from all over the province.

OFSAA is a large undertaking that involves 45 coaches, many volunteers, and 800 soccer players from all over Ontario. We’ll also be welcoming spectators including parents, grandparents and other community members. As alumni and parents and a part of our support community, we invite you to participate in this terrific event.

Learn more about ways you can help ensure that OFSAA is a success for all involved.

OFSAA Support >>


Coffee & conversation

All parents and community members are invited.
Join our principal Nathan Siebenga, in small groups of parents, alumni, and community members to talk more about the proposed Campus Renewal project, and to share more about this exciting vision for HDCH’s future.

We hope you’ll join us in the HDCH Cafeteria on one of the following dates for coffee, continental breakfast/snacks, and Campus Conversation.

Morning Conversations ~ 4:00 pm
May 22, May 29

Afternoon Conversations ~ 7:00 pm
June 4 ~ 7:00 pm

Please choose a date that is convenient for you and RSVP on our website, or contact our office at 905-648-6655.


Help Needed

MARY POPPINS Items 

Our props crews are searching for some magical items for the Spring Play. Please connect with us at 905.648.6655 (swhetstone@hdch.org)  if you have any of these items that we may borrow in May.

Properties

  • 2 matching blankets and 2 matching pillowcases for Jane and Michael’s beds
  •  fake coins
  •  large book to be used as a ledger
  • locket
  • compact mirror
  • paint pallet
  • trident (think Poseidon)
  • coat rack (not too large, narrow at the bottom)
  • small dog stuffed animal (realistic looking)
  • bright coloured umbrellas

OFSAA Soccer Volunteers Needed ~ Jun 6-8

We are excited about hosting OFSAA Girls and Boys soccer in the Hamilton area on Thursday June 6th to Saturday, June 8th.

There will be 40 teams from around the province competing for gold and we are looking for adult volunteers, parents, grandparents, and friends of HD,  to be supervisors at fields around the city for a day or two.  More information and training will be provided closer to the date.  If you are interested or want more information contact Sarah Veenstra at sveenstra@hdch.org


HDCH Information

OFSAA Soccer Volunteers Needed ~ Jun 6-8

We are excited about hosting OFSAA Girls and Boys soccer in the Hamilton area on Thursday June 6th to Saturday, June 8th.

There will be 40 teams from around the province competing for gold and we are looking for adult volunteers, parents, grandparents, and friends of HD,  to be supervisors at fields around the city for a day or two.  More information and training will be provided closer to the date.  If you are interested or want more information contact Sarah Veenstra at sveenstra@hdch.org


MARY POPPINS Items 

Our costume and props crews are searching for some magical items for the Spring Play. Please connect with us at 905.648.6655 if you have any of these items that we may borrow in May.

Properties

  • canvas satchel
  • antique brown medicine bottle
  • antique birdcage
  • small stuffed bird (about a foot tall)
  • magnetic eggs (that can open and be resealed)
  • large glass canister
  • an inkwell and ink pen
  • wooden step stool
  • a dog puppet (hand puppet)
  • a clown outfit (or wigs)
  • a single-lens telescope (think pirate)

Costumes

  • Navy Admiral’s hat
  • A bonnet
  • Clown costume(s)
  • a white suit
  • parasol umbrellas

Seniors’ day volunteers needed

Can you help in the kitchen on Senior’s Day –  for a shift or the day?

Volunteers are needed in the kitchen to assist with lunch preparations, setting tables, serving, clearing and followup cleanup.  Please contact Tina VanDyk, tvandyk@hdch.org or 905-648-6655 x 110.


New This Year:  Class Rings!

HDCH is partnering with Jostens Canada to provide graduating students and their proud parents with the opportunity to purchase a custom high school class ring. A class ring serves as a memento of your accomplishment, school spirit, your passions in high school and what lies ahead of you.  To browse the selections and order your class ring go to www.jostens.com.