Good to Know

Report Cards

Teachers are hard at work reflecting on their semester 1 students’ learning and writing report comments accordingly. Students will pick up hard copies of their reports on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 12. Reports will also be shared electronically via Edsby shortly before that.


HANDS in Nicaragua Auction

2020 Student Mission Trip Team invites you to participate in their online auction in support of their service trip supporting EduDeo’s HANDS (Helping Another Nation Develop Schools) in Nicaragua.

Funds raised will be used to help offset the personal costs of individual students wishing to participate in the trip. Visit their auction here >>


Tax Receipts

Tuition and donation receipts are will be mailed out mid-month. Please keep an eye for yours. If you don’t receive one by the end of February, or have questions regarding your receipt after you’ve received it, contact our Director of Finance, Sherry Osinga, at sosinga@hdch.org or905-648-6655 X111.


Literacy Test

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is a graduation requirement in Ontario, will be written on Tuesday, March 31. Grade 10 students and any grade 11 or 12 students who have not yet completed their Ontario Secondary School Literacy requirement will be writing the test.

We will be mailing a letter home later this month with the information you need if your child will be writing. In the meantime, you can go to eqao.com to find out more.


Coronavirus

We received a letter recently from the Ontario Ministry of Health, sent to all schools in the province, in response to questions they had received about the new coronavirus. They are monitoring the spread of the virus globally, and specifically any cases that reach Ontario, and they see no reason for alarm. At this point, they are only advising the usual precautions to avoid spreading seasonal viruses. For more information, see the latest from the Province of Ontario here >>.

Semester 2, Grad Photos & More

It’s almost Semester 2

What can you expect when you come back to school in Semester 2?

New timetable
Starting at 8:30 am, all students can pick up a new copy of their semester 2 timetable in the the cafeteria. (There have been some room and teacher changes since timetables were first printed in August, so make sure to get yours!)

Textbooks
After you get your timetable, head to the library for your semester 2 textbooks. It is very helpful if you bring your student ID card with you to speed up your textbook processing. Classes will begin at 9:50, so there will be time for everyone to pick up their book before period 1 begins.

Class changes
If you’re thinking of changing a class, sign up via the appointment sign up link on the Edsby Student Services page. And then please attend the classes on your timetable until Student Services staff connect with you.

Any other questions? – Drop by the office and Mrs. Slootweg will help you out.


Grad Photos ~ Feb 3-7

It’s graduation picture time!  LINK >>
The photographers will be at HD from Feb 3-7. All grade 12’s need to sign up for a 10-minute slot. The $35 sitting fee may be paid online when you sign up or brought to the camera on the day of the appointment. Please follow the instructions in the attachment below. If you have any questions, please ask Mrs.O.

Some FAQ’s:
What does the $35 get you?
You get 10 shots, 3 or 4 are typical cap/gown/diploma shots and the others are your choice. You can have pics taken with friends or with your favorite instrument or book etc. You will also get a copy of the composite picture of all grads. The $35 does not give you any pictures. You will have to purchase those separately.

What if I can’t make my appointment time?
You can go online and log in using your username and password and change your appointment time.

What clothes do I need?
You should bring a white shirt (girls) or a white shirt and tie (guys). Lifetouch will have a few in case you forget but there is no guarantee that they will fit or be the style that you prefer. They will provide a cap and gown. You may also bring other clothes if you want some casual shots taken.

What if I don’t want grad pictures?
We encourage you to get your picture taken so you can be included in the composite picture, have your picture on the screen when you walk across the stage at graduation and be included in the yearbook.

What if the program says it doesn’t recognize my name when I try to sign up?
Tell Mrs. O. The program has preloaded all of our grade 12 students. There are errors sometimes.


SPRING FUNDRAISER PLANNING COMMITTEE

Our Spring Fundraiser is a dinner and silent auction on March 28th to raise funds for Student Learning Projects.  We are inviting more people to be a part of the planning team.

Do you enjoy planning events, decorating or do you have connections to local businesses whom you could approach for prizes and auction items?

Contact Tina VanDyk (tvandyk@hdch.org 905-648-6655 x 110) for more info.


SPRING FUNDRAISER SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE

Plans are already underway for the Eat, Give & Be Merry Spring Fundraiser – Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle.  We could really use your help!

Help us to entice our dinner guests with fabulous auction items and prizes by donating gift cards, camping gear, electronics, or gift baskets.  Experiences are ever-popular including game tickets or a cottage stay.

Do you have a skill to share? Consider donating a cooking class, sign making, pottery or another workshop.  This is a great way to advertise your business AND raise funds for Student Learning Projects at HDCH.  For more information, contact Tina VanDyk.


In the case of wintery weather

If you wake up one morning and the weather outside is frightful we will post cancellation notices in the following places: Edsby, CHCH TV, CHML 900 radio, Facebook, and Twitter. If there is no cancellation notice, then come on in – we’re open!


Good Information

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who gave astounding gifts of financial support in November and December. Right up to the last days of 2019, you were building the Tuition Assistance Fund to help families in need of support.

There continues to be a need to add to the fund, as there are 40 families in our community who need your help. Thank you for considering ways you can support accessible Christian Education.

2020 TIP: Many people find that making an automatic monthly gift of support is a convenient and manageable way to spread donations out into equal payments. Would you like to be a monthly giver? Thank you, and click here to enroll!


SPRING FUNDRAISER PLANNING COMMITTEE

Our Spring Fundraiser is a dinner and silent auction on March 28th to raise funds for Student Learning Projects.  We are inviting more people to be a part of the planning team.

Do you enjoy planning events, decorating or do you have connections to local businesses whom you could approach for prizes and auction items?

Contact Tina VanDyk (tvandyk@hdch.org 905-648-6655 x 110) for more info.


SPRING FUNDRAISER SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE

Plans are already underway for the Eat, Give & Be Merry Spring Fundraiser – Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle.  We could really use your help!

Help us to entice our dinner guests with fabulous auction items and prizes by donating gift cards, camping gear, electronics, or gift baskets.  Experiences are ever-popular including game tickets or a cottage stay.

Do you have a skill to share? Consider donating a cooking class, sign making, pottery or another workshop.  This is a great way to advertise your business AND raise funds for Student Learning Projects at HDCH.  For more information, contact Tina VanDyk.


In the case of wintery weather

If you wake up one morning and the weather outside is frightful we will post cancellation notices in the following places: Edsby, CHCH TV, CHML 900 radio, Facebook, and Twitter. If there is no cancellation notice, then come on in – we’re open!


Vaccination Reporting

In accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act, Hamilton Public Health is working to ensure that they have up-to-date vaccination records for all students who attend schools in the City of Hamilton.

Parents are required to communicate their children’s vaccine history to Hamilton Public Health. Details about what and how to report are on the Hamilton Public Health website.

This year, Hamilton Public Health is concentrating on records students born from 2003, 2004 and 2005. If you have a child born during those years, please make yourself familiar with reporting procedures and ensure you are up-to-date by January 20, 2020.

Note that non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-age children will require the completion of an in-person immunization education session. Further details can be found here.

Any questions should be directed to Public Health at publichealth@hamilton.ca or 905-540-5250.

Info this Week

Summative (Exam) Week

Tuesday, January 21 – Friday, January 24
Period 1 Exams or Summative Tasks are on Tuesday, Period 2 on Wednesday, and so on.

Please note that not all classes have Summative Week tasks. The full exam schedule (including exam room locations) is available here. More details on the exam days–when to arrive, what to do–will be coming in early January.

Exam Schedule >>


Winter Campaign

This team of students is gathering winter gear – coats, hats, mitts, socks, and boots until the end of this week! The Dream Centre in Hamilton will be picking up the items to give to those in need this winter! Blessings and thanks to you for your generosity to date; it has been truly amazing!

Consider bringing in items when you join us for the Christmas Concert on Dec 12th.


Purses for Purpose

This team of students is very grateful for the number of purses and supplies that have been donated to help women in the Hamilton area. A representative from the Good Shepherd will be coming to HDCH to share further insight into the response, results, and outcome of this Purses for a Purpose Campaign. Items can be dropped off until December 16th.

Consider bringing in items when you join us for the Christmas Concert on Dec 12th.
Blessings and thanks!


Did you Know …

Year-end Donations
Your year-end donations may be eligible for tax-back credits of up to 53%. As you consider your year-end tax planning, it may be helpful to be aware of the tax benefits associated with your charitable gift to HDCH.

Many Companies Match Employee Donations Dollar For Dollar

By accessing your company’s gift matching program, your donation to HDCH may be doubled! And, some companies will send a gift to HDCH, in recognition of your volunteer time: Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada Enterprises and Royal Bank, to name a few, provide volunteer grant programs.

This list of matching gift companies is just a fraction of those that offer employee gift matching. If your employer is not on the list, please consider asking your HR department to find out more.

  • Bank of Montreal
  • BCE Inc.
  • Deluxe Corporation
  • Gildan Activewear
  • H&R Block
  • Intuit
  • Rio Tinto
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Thomson Reuters
  • TransCanada Energy

We are here to help. If you like more information, please contact us at 905.648.6655


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!


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.

Things to Know

Venture ~ Grade 9s

Are you looking to explore potential career pathways as part of your High school program? Applications for the Venture program are now being accepted for the 2020-21 school year.

The HDCH Venture Program offers some exciting opportunities to discover new skills, connect with community employers and gain some valuable real-world work experiences. Grade 9 students are invited to consider this program as they plan their courses for next year. More information is available on our school website. You can pick up an application form in the main office or fill one out online at the link provided.


Winter Campaign

A special note of THANKS to everyone who has so graciously donated so many new and gently used items for our two winter campaigns. We are still collecting winter items to help those in need in Hamilton stay warm this winter!

The Christians in Society/WATCH group are focused on those living on the streets with a “Blessings in a Bag Campaign” and for those who are living in need within this area through the Dream Centre with the “Out of the Cold Campaign”. We have been blessed with so many wonderful items and yet the need is great, so please continue to send in items if you haven’t had a chance as we’ll be collecting until December 12th. Blessings!

Purses for Purpose

The Purses for a Purpose Campaign continues to grow each day as new and gently used purses continue to be dropped off at HDCH. This team has been blessed with donations from local dentists, a feminine hygiene company and the generosity of our community with so many different items to fill these purses. Thank you!

This team of Christian in Society students are looking forward to filling these purses before Christmas so please continue to send in items to fill these purses as these are such a blessing to those who receive them. If you get a chance please continue to send in items or purses until December 18th! Blessings!


Did you Know …

Many Companies Match Employee Donations Dollar For Dollar

By accessing your company’s gift matching program, your donation to HDCH may be doubled! And, some companies will send a gift to HDCH, in recognition of your volunteer time: Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada Enterprises and Royal Bank, to name a few, provide volunteer grant programs.

This list of matching gift companies is just a fraction of those that offer employee gift matching. If your employer is not on the list, please consider asking your HR department to find out more.

  • Bank of Montreal
  • BCE Inc.
  • Deluxe Corporation
  • Gildan Activewear
  • H&R Block
  • Intuit
  • Rio Tinto
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Thomson Reuters
  • TransCanada Energy

We are here to help. If you like more information, please contact us at 905.648.6655


Intergenerational Bible Study

The Christians in Society Class is welcoming adults from our community to join us for an intergenerational Bible Study. The Bible Study will take place on Thursday mornings at HDCH from 9: 00 – 10:15 AM. The students in the class selected the questions relating to their own faith journey to work through together.

The most asked questions by the students included:

  • What influences our faith?
  • How can I share my faith with others? Prayer and wanting to focus on this topic.
  • How can I see God in my everyday life?
  • What is the role of the Bible in the life of a Christian?
  • What makes Christianity different from other religions?
  • What is God’s will in my life?

Together we plan to share our insight, understanding, experience as we open the scriptures to find God’s will in our lives. Please consider joining us this semester; for more details please email Pauline VanderVelde at pvandervelde@hdch.org or call HDCH at 905-648-6655. Blessings.


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!


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.

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.