Summer and September

SUMMER DETAILS

Here when you can expect to hear from us over the summer.

  • Late June / Early July – We will be in touch by email once the Ministry of Education makes its announcement regarding September plans. That announcement is scheduled for late June. We hope at that time to let you know which of the three scenarios we will be pursuing for September.
  • Mid-August – We will send our usual summer email to all new and returning families. This will include more detail for the coming school year. Student timetables will also be mailed at this time.
  • Late August – See you (hopefully in person!) at our Orientation Days, currently planned for Thursday, August 27 and Tuesday, September 1.

GETTING IN TOUCH

While our campus is closed, many of our support staff and leadership team members are still at work. You can always reach us via info@hdch.org. Please note that our office will be fully closed July 20 – August 3 inclusive. 
Have a safe and restful summer!

2020-2021 CALENDAR

Next year’s calendar is available here. Check it out for important dates like the first day of school!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER?

Mr. Todd describes the three scenarios we’re preparing for as we look ahead to next year.

View on YouTube here.

Drive-thru

Drive-thru Graduation

That’s right, a Drive-thru Graduation! We are excited to report that we’ve been cleared by local authorities to hold this ceremony on Friday, June 26 from 5:00 – 8:30 pm. While we still hope and plan for a regular ceremony come October, we want to recognize this important milestone for our 2020 graduates this June, as well.

Grads, if you haven’t already, please sign up for a time here. The event code is “hamtn”. There will be 10 grads driving through in each 15-minute time slot between 5:00 – 8:15 pm.

Dress as formally as you like. Car decorations are optional but encouraged!

We will be live streaming this event for friends and family (and staff!) who can’t attend in person. Let them know what time your grad will be coming through, and direct them here to watch.

CARE Campaign

FYI

Tuition Paperwork

As we continue to prepare for September, we ask that new and returning families complete and return your tuition forms as soon as possible, as the due date was May 29. If you have questions, please contact our Director of Finance, Sherry Osinga, at  905-648-6655 x111.or sosinga@hdch.org.

Tuition Schedule >>
Pre-Authorized Payment Form >>


Alumni Connect Contest

During the last week of May we engaged with alumni over social media and invited them to enter a contest by completing a Get Connected survey. The survey gave alumni the opportunity to provide an update on what they have done since high school and to share encouragement with staff and teachers and share an update on what they have done since high school. Our community was blessed by their words.

My time at HDCH was deeply impactful & equipped me to do so much of what I did in university & what I continue to do in my work today. [I am thankful] for the investment and encouragement [I received from staff] and so many other students – it is deeply appreciated. I’m so grateful for the clear mission of HDCH – to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God – and am grateful for the ways I watched teachers & administrators live that out, particularly as I reflect on how I should live it out in times like these.” ~Anonymous

Thank you to all who participated! Although the contest has ended – the survey remains available on our website. We love to hear from alumni at anytime!

Congratulations to the winners of the draw! Lee-Ann Voordenhout ’94, Melissa Koning ’07, Victoria Searle ’09.


Care Campaign

How Will We

  • Stop the leaking roof?
  • Ease entry into the building for people of all abilities?
  • Allow anyone –even in a wheelchair– to get the second floor unaided?
  • Improve our care for our corner of God’s kingdom?

Together!

We are on a 3-year. $1.675 million journey–our CARE Campaign–where together we will restore and invigourate our cherished building.

May we invite you to engage in a conversation about how you could support this endeavour?
Please call or email Sandra Baker, sbaker@hdch.org, or 905-466-0237

FYI This Week

Tuition Package

The tuition package for the 2020/2021 school year will be sent out later this week. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Osinga at sosinga@hdch.org. The forms are due by May 29th.


End of Year Details


Supporting the Tuition Assistance Fund

If you are able at this time, please consider a gift of support to the HDCH Tuition Assistance Fund, which helps families who need it receive tuition support. 

Your donation is entirely optional and any amount would be most welcome!

A gift of $25, $50, $100, or any amount of your choice, would mean so much.

In order for us to issue a tax receipt, please enclose a separate donation cheque with your tuition payments, noting Tuition Assistance on the cheque. You can also contribute online hdch.org/giving.  Thank you.

Good to Know

Admissions for Fall 2020

Do you have a student currently in grade 8 who plans to attend HDCH in the Fall? 
If you do and you have not yet applied on their behalf to HDCH, please do so as soon as possible. This is the time of year where we prepare for the Fall, both in terms of budget and classes.

For new students, and siblings of current families alike, the online application is the first step in HD staff getting to know your child.

Please apply online by following these four easy steps. As you set up your online application account please remember your user name and password and ensure you complete the grade 9-course selection in your Checklist.

As a current HDCH family, you are not required to pay a deposit. If you have any questions or concerns about the online application please connect with Kris Slootweg at kslootweg@hdch.org or call 905-648-6655, ext. 101.


Grad Photos

Graduating students should have received their graduation picture proofs and can order packages online through the Lifetouch portal with the access code given.


Grad Jewelry

Students and their families that are interested in graduation jewelry can see the items available at the following website: www.jostens.com . HDCH has an account set up with Jostens for class rings and other “Class of 2020” jewelry items.


Midterm Reports ~ APRil 30

Midterm Reports including marks, learning skills, and teacher comments will be published to parents and students in Edsby on April 30th. In order to accommodate University and College application information cycles, grade 12 marks will be finalized the week before, by April 23.


Garden Soil Fundraiser

Looking to get started in your garden? When you order from our friends at Green Horizons and use our promo code HDCH20 they’ll donate $10 to our Life Skills Pathways and give you a $5 discount. Order now and receive an extra $10 Early Booking Discount.
https://www.bigyellowbag.com/orders/new

 


Summer Sport Camp for Sport Champs

It certainly has been a unique time in our HDCH history.

We want to continue to plan for things that are coming up in the future, but in the back of our minds, we realize our plans may have to change (In reality, isn’t that always how it is?). We are taking the same mentality with our Sport Camps 4 Sport Champs this summer. We are offering five different camps this year: 2 for basketball and 3 for volleyball.

Please continue to sign your children up for these camps. We have had a great number of sign ups already, and for that we are very thankful. If you are going to sign up, we ask that you do not pay…yet. As soon as we know the camps are going on for sure, we will send you a method of payment. For those who have signed up, you can expect a full refund if the camps do not run.

Hoping for the best while trusting that God is in control and His plans are good. Be well, be safe, and be active!

The early bird deadline is now extended to May 8.
Registration is open >>


Chef’s Corner

Chef Nathan offers live demos and pre-recorded content highlighting kitchen techniques and meal prep ideas to serve your family and community. Continue to check on Edsby for more.

Cutting Up a Whole Chicken

FYI this week

Admissions for Fall 2020

Do you have a student currently in grade 8 who plans to attend HDCH in the Fall? 
If you do and you have not yet applied on their behalf to HDCH, please do so as soon as possible. This is the time of year where we prepare for the Fall, both in terms of budget and classes.

For new students, and siblings of current families alike, the online application is the first step in HD staff getting to know your child.

Please apply online by following these four easy steps. As you set up your online application account please remember your user name and password and ensure you complete the grade 9-course selection in your Checklist.

As a current HDCH family, you are not required to pay a deposit. If you have any questions or concerns about the online application please connect with Kris Slootweg at kslootweg@hdch.org or call 905-648-6655, ext. 101.


Midterm Reports ~ May 30

Midterm Reports including marks, learning skills, and teacher comments will be published to parents and students in Edsby on Thursday, May 30th. In order to accommodate University and College application information cycles, grade 12 marks will be finalized the week before, by Thursday, April 23.


Summer Sport Camp for Sport Champs

It certainly has been a unique time in our HDCH history.

We want to continue to plan for things that are coming up in the future, but in the back of our minds, we realize our plans may have to change (In reality, isn’t that always how it is?). We are taking the same mentality with our Sport Camps 4 Sport Champs this summer. We are offering five different camps this year: 2 for basketball and 3 for volleyball.

Please continue to sign your children up for these camps. We have had a great number of sign ups already, and for that we are very thankful. If you are going to sign up, we ask that you do not pay…yet. As soon as we know the camps are going on for sure, we will send you a method of payment. For those who have signed up, you can expect a full refund if the camps do not run.

Hoping for the best while trusting that God is in control and His plans are good. Be well, be safe, and be active!

The early bird deadline is now extended to May 8.
Registration is open >>


Chef’s Corner

Chef Nathan offers live demos and pre-recorded content highlighting kitchen techniques and meal prep ideas to serve your family and community. Continue to check on Edsby for more.

Pro Knife Tips
Take a sneak peak into Chef Nathan’s knife kit along with some pro maintenance tips.

For Your Information

Admissions for Fall 2020

Do you have a student currently in grade 8 who plans to attend HDCH in the Fall? 
If you do and you have not yet applied on their behalf to HDCH, please do so as soon as possible. This is the time of year where we prepare for the Fall, both in terms of budget and classes.

For new students, and siblings of current families alike, the online application is the first step in HD staff getting to know your child.

Please apply online by following these four easy steps. As you set up your online application account please remember your user name and password and ensure you complete the grade 9-course selection in your Checklist.

As a current HDCH family, you are not required to pay a deposit. If you have any questions or concerns about the online application please connect with Kris Slootweg at kslootweg@hdch.org or call 905-648-6655, ext. 101.


Summer Sport Camp for Sport Champs

We are excited to offer our summer basketball and volleyball camps. These past few years have been a great success and we hope to continue enjoying the experience of watching our youth grow in sport and character at our camps. Looking forward to seeing the players here!

Registration is open >>


LITERACY TEST ~ CANCELLED

Due to the extraordinary circumstances facing the province, the Ministry of Education has cancelled all EQAO assessments for the 2019–2020 school year. As a result, the successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is a requirement to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, has been waived for students eligible for graduation this year. EQAO supports this direction, as the safety of students and educators is paramount during this time. See link >>


 

For Your Info

Admissions for Fall 2020

Do you have a student currently in grade 8 who plans to attend HDCH in the Fall?  If you do and you have not yet applied on their behalf to HDCH, please do so as soon as possible. This is the time of year where we prepare for the Fall, both in terms of budget and classes.

Please apply online by following these four easy steps. As you set up your online application account please remember your user name and password and ensure you complete the grade 9-course selection in your Checklist.

As a current HDCH family, you are not required to pay a deposit. If you have any questions or concerns about the online application please connect with Kris Slootweg at kslootweg@hdch.org or call 905-648-6655, ext. 101.


LITERACY TEST ~ MARCH 31

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. Our staff will be working to ensure that students are well-equipped to write.

Letters to the parents or guardians of all students who need to participate were mailed out two weeks ago. In the meantime, you can go to eqao.com to find out more. And contact Aline Koiter, akoiter@hdch.org, if you have specific questions regarding your child.


STUDENT LEARNING CONFERENCES ~ MAR 26 & 31

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

Learn more >>

Parents / Guardians
Listen to your child talk about their learning; share your perspectives and ideas as they relate to their learning, and participate in the discussion about how to best support student learning moving forward.

Students
Talk about your work, what is going well, what you are proud of, and what is challenging; share ideas about what you need for your best learning.

Teachers
Teachers will facilitate the discussion; listen to insights from students and parents; share perspectives about student learning, and participate in the discussion about supporting student learning moving forward.

Booking times will open soon on Edsby.


Wardrobe re-sale ~ March 31

We are planning a Wardrobe Resale in March. Now is a great time to donate any of your gently used uniform tops (with the current HDCH logo & no rips or stains). Note that we are not accepting pants at this time.


Summer Sport Camp for Sport Champs

We are excited to offer our summer basketball and volleyball camps. These past few years have been a great success and we hope to continue enjoying the experience of watching our youth grow in sport and character at our camps. Looking forward to seeing the players here!

 

FYI

Valentines Day SUPPORT

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
HD students are thriving,
Because of you.

Thank you for the love you’ve shown for HD last week. Together, you have added $3,400 to the Tuition Assistance Fund.

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness of donors. Here are some of the blessings we received:

  • Thanks for providing assistance. This has helped my grandson be able to attend. 
  • Thank you for fostering the development of faith in your students.
  • Thank you for helping me provide my boys with Christian education, so glad to be able to help others now. 🙂 

The Tuition Assistance Fund continues to grow with your grace and support.


Tax Receipts

Tuition and donation receipts are will be mailed out this week. 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.


Volunteers Needed

Plans are underway for the Eat, Give & Be Merry Spring Fundraiser Dinner on March 28th. Many hands will be needed to make the event an even greater success. If you prefer to roll up your sleeves over pulling up a chair, please contact Tina VanDyk and volunteer to help serve from 6-8:30pm or with clean-up from 8-9:30pm. Volunteers will receive a complimentary dinner.


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.


Vaccination Reporting ~ Deadline Feb 26

Parents and guardians: if you received a letter from Hamilton Public Health last month regarding missing vaccination information for your child, please ensure that you have followed up with that organization. Students who do not have a complete vaccine history or who do not have an official letter of exemption on file by February 26 may be suspended as per the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

Details about what and how to report are on the Hamilton Public Health website. Please note that non-medical vaccine exemptions for school-age children will require the completion of an in-person immunization education session. Further details about exemptions can be found here.

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

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We much prefer our students to be in school!