Heritage Christian School San Diego

Weekly Newsletter

June 3, 2024

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Important Upcoming Dates


June 3 - Promotion & Graduation Rehearsal

June 4 - Summer Kickoff Concert

June 6 - All Lending Library Books Due

June 6 - DC Used Curriculum Sale

June 7 - End of Second Semester

June 7 - Promotion & Graduation Ceremonies

June 10-14 - Office Closed

June 18 - Lending Library Reopens

June 20 - School Open House

June 21 - Second Semester Grades Due

June 20 - "Chosen Families" Park Day


June 6 (last day)


Complete School Calendar Here

From the Board Of Directors

Farewell, Heritage Christian School

by Marc Crawford, HCS School Board Chair

Farewell, Heritage Christian School: A Heart Full of Gratitude

As many of you know, this semester marks the end of an era for our family at Heritage Christian School. With our eldest child graduating and a potential move on the horizon, it's time for me to step down

from my role as Chairman of the Board. The past 12 years at HCS have been an incredible journey, filled with growth, faith, and friendships that my family and I will cherish forever. It's hard to put into words the immense gratitude we feel for this special community.

Beyond the Classroom: Memories Made

Bonita Class Day, with its vibrant energy and close-knit community, holds a special place in our hearts.

We have seen countless friendships blossom and young minds flourish. The drama club, music club,

basketball club, and National Honor Society provided our children with invaluable opportunities to

explore their talents and build confidence. The laughter, teamwork, and shared experiences these clubs

fostered are treasured memories.

Continue Reading Here

Administrative Updates & Announcements From the Office

It's Promotion and Graduation Week!

Please note the times for both the rehearsal today (June 3rd) and the actual ceremonies on Friday, June 7th.

Rehearsal Times (Monday, June 3rd)

K/6/8 - arrive by 2:15 pm, rehearsal begins promptly at 2:30 pm. We should be done by 3:30 pm.

Seniors - arrive by 3:45 pm, rehearsal begins promptly at 4:00 pm. We should be done by 6:00 pm.

Promotion & Graduation Ceremonies (Friday, June 7th)

K/6/8 - arrive by 12:45 pm. The ceremony begins promptly at 1:00 pm.

Seniors - arrive by 2:45 pm. The doors open at 3:00 pm and the ceremony begins promptly at 3:30 pm.

Please note: The sanctuary will be fully cleared out after the K/6/8 promotion ceremony on the 7th and the sanctuary doors will remain closed until 3:00 pm. There will be no seat saving for the senior graduation ceremony until the doors open at 3:00 pm. This includes families who are there earlier for the promotion ceremony.

New Website Location for Members Only Section

Please make note that the MEMBERS ONLY password-protected section of the website has moved. It is no longer located within the footer of the home page.

You can access this section by selecting Member Links & Resources from the Members Only drop-down menu at the top of the website. This directs you to a page asking you to enter the password. As always, this password can be found at the bottom of the weekly newsletter if you need it. As a reminder, this password will change on August 5th and the new password will be published in the newsletter on that date.

NOTE: If it takes you directly to the links page without asking for the password, it could be because the browser history is automatically reading the password from your cookies.

This is the Final Newsletter for This School Year

Please note the planning ahead dates listed below as the next newsletter will not come out until mid-July.

Planning Ahead - Dates to Know

June 21 - 2nd Semester Grades Due

July 22 - Fall and Class of 2025 Merch Store Opens

July 27 - Pillars of Homeschooling

August 26 - Back to School Rally

September 3 - First Day of School

Save the Date for Pillars of Homeschooling Workshop

July 27, 2024 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grace Brethren Church | 3455 Atlas St | San Diego 92111

This event is FREE for all enrolled HCS members. Choose from one or both of the workshops presented: Homeschooling 101 and Homeschooling Through High School. Look for a separate email at the beginning of July to RSVP.

Time to Return Library Books!

June 6, 2024 | All Books Due Back

June 18, 2024 | Library Reopens for 2024-2025 Check Outs

Please see the library website for a smooth return and check-out process.

Summer Office Hours

The office will be closed the week following graduation from June 10th - June 14th. We will reopen on Monday, June 17th.

Summer hours are 10 am to 1 pm; remote only on Monday/Wednesday and in-person on Tuesday/Thursday.

Fall Merch Store Opens in July

Summer gets busy so make sure to mark your calendar and be on the lookout for the 2024 Fall merch offering which opens July 22nd. Both school merch and class of 2025 senior merch will be available for purchase. More details to come in the July newsletter. Don't miss out!

Final Used Curriculum Sale

All are welcome to buy or sell. There is no selling fee. Email the office mail@hcssd.org with any questions. See website for more details.

Del Cerro Sale

June 6, 2023

12:20PM - 2:30PM

Set Up at 11:50AM

Del Cerro Baptist Church

5512 Pennsylvania Lane

La Mesa, CA 91942

Lower Parking Lot

Have You Picked Up Your Yearbook Yet?

Please make arrangements to pick up your yearbook at the school office by June 27th.

Changes for the 2024-2025 School Year

A few administrative changes are coming your way for the new school year and some have already been implemented. If you've missed the list of these changes in the past few newsletters, you can see the full list HERE.

Clubs & Sports

Varsity Volleyball Tryouts Registration

Now Open

June 18, 2024 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Serra Mesa Recreation Center (tentative)

$85.00 Fee Per Player

Tryouts to join the 2024 Varsity Volleyball teams are around the corner. Visit the Boys and Girls Volleyball page on HSL to get all the details and to register. Please follow the registration steps and read the description and documents carefully before registering your child. Registration closes on June 13th at 8 pm. 

Varsity Teams Summer Practices (For those who make the teams.)

June 25 - August 8, 2024 | Tuesdays 11:30 am - 2:30 pm & Thursdays 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Serra Mesa Recreation Center (tentative)

Start Your Summer With Music

June 4, 2024 | 6:30 pm

Faith Chapel

9400 Campo Road

Spring Valley, CA 91977

Wrap up the school year and welcome summer with fantastic music from our own Beginning Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Junior Choir, and OneAchord Choir!

Join the Yearbook Program

Applications for next year's yearbook are now open! Deadline to apply is Friday, June 21. Apply here.

College Bound Resources

Secure a Seat for the SAT

Attention high schoolers! Many colleges consider SAT scores as part of their holistic admission and placement decisions, and your score is a valid way to show what you've learned. Most juniors take their first SAT in the spring, and many take it again in the fall of their senior year to improve their score. It can help you keep your college options open, demonstrate your unique strengths, and even qualify for scholarships. Register Here.

Upcoming 2024-25 SAT Dates

Test Dates Registration Deadlines /Late Registration Deadlines

August 24 ,2024 August 9, 2024 / August 13, 2024

October 5, 2024 September 20, 2024 / September 24, 2024

November 2, 2024 October 18, 2024 / October 22, 2024

December 7, 2024 November 22, 2024 / November 26, 2024

March 8, 2025 February 21, 2025 / February 25, 2025

May 3, 2025 April 18, 2025 / April 22, 2025

June 7, 2025 May 22, 2025 / May 27, 2025

Class Happenings

9th Grade Summer Outdoor Movie Night

June 22, 2024 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Olivas Residence | 8343 Amino Dr, Santee, 92071 

Bring a beach chair, blanket, pillow, and sign up on the Class of 2027 band app to bring a snack/candy to share! Contact Aprill Olivas with any questions at (619) 929-9379.

Join the Class of 2027 Band group HERE to stay connected with other families in your class.

Stay Connected to Fellow Classmates

If you haven't connected with your fellow classmates on our school Class Bands, you're missing out. Both parents and students are welcome to join their grade band. It's a great way to make new friends and stay connected through the 5th - 12th grades until graduation.

Events for these groups are not organized by the school. Any family or team of families can put together an event and promote it on the Band app, Facebook group, and here in the school newsletter.

Join now and stay connected through the summer break!

Class of 2024 (seniors)

Class of 2025 (juniors)

Class of 2026 (sophomores)

Class of 2027 (freshmen)

Class of 2028 (8th)

Class of 2029 (7th)

Class of 2030 (6th)

Class of 2031 (5th)

Summer Activities

These events are NOT sponsored by HCS.

Bonita Summer Park Days

July 11, July 25, August 8, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rohr Park, Gate B

4548 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita 91902

We have some summer Park Days lined up, and they are open to all HCS families and friends. We will meet at Rohr Park, near the Gate B entrance. There is no agenda planned; bring sunscreen, drinks/snacks for your family, and something to sit on. You will see us under the trees near the green and grey playground equipment.

Email bonitaclassday@hcssd.org with any questions.

Heritage Chosen Families

RSVP Requested

June 20, 2024 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rohr Park, Green Playground

4548 Sweetwater Rd, Bonita 91902

July 7, 2024 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Collier Park | 4401 Palm Ave, La Mesa 91941

Heritage Chosen Families are families that have said YES to fostering/adoption! We are uniquely called and wonderfully made, and together we can find strength and laughter for the great days to come. 

Not a "chosen family" or not one yet? That is okay! All Heritage families are welcome to join us this summer for fun days at the park.

Save the date(s) and pack a lunch for you and your family. We are looking forward to seeing you! 

Please email Denise Castro at denise.h.castro@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Classifieds | Community | Helpful Resources

Submissions by our members or alum for events or opportunities that are NOT sponsored by HCS.

Joshua Camps

July 14 - 20 & July 28 - August 3, 2024

Joshua Camps is a week-long adventure for students entering 7–12th grade, on the campus of West Coast Baptist College. You will be challenged to discover your God and develop your gifts. Pick your specialty camp in one of ten areas and get ready for a week of learning and excitement. Camp starts at 5 pm on Sunday and goes through 9 am on Saturday.

Visit Joshua Camps website for details and registration.

RGB Youth Camp 2024

August 9-10, 2024 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Redeemer's Grace Church invites all youth entering 7th to 11th grades here in our local San Diego community to attend our third Youth Camp: By Design, with the exciting theme of "In His Image." Join us in learning about various engineering design concepts through unique lessons coupled with a fast-paced, hands-on project, developed by RGC's own team of engineers.

Visit Redeemer's Grace Church Youth Camp website for all the details and registration.

VBS Anyone?

July 22-26, 2024 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Registration is now open for VBS at New Life Presbyterian Church of La Mesa. Open for grades TK-6th. Register here: VBS Registration


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2. Tracy West (tuition billing, accounts payable & receivable, human resources)

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5. Vicki Stormoen (principal)

6. Erin McKinsey (events, field trips)

7. Judy Beckmann (clubs)

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