Family Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

April 03, 2017


  • WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER HOSTING AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT? Hosting is a rewarding opportunity to care for, educate and learn from a curious international student as he or she navigates a new spiritual, educational and cultural environment. Host families receive a stipend equivalent to tuition. For example, the 2016-2017 host family stipend is $8,780. Inquire sooner rather than later! Please prayerfully consider being a host family for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.  For a host family application and more information, contact Admissions Counselor, Elly Makowski, at 708.474.0515 Ext. 49 or   

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSE SELECTIONS:  Any Junior or Senior who will be taking an AP course next year should pick up a commitment form in the office.  The form must be signed by a parent and returned to the main office. 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Conferences will be held on Thursday, April 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Teachers will be available in the large gym for five-minute conferences.  Parents are encouraged to come and take advantage of this opportunity to speak with all of their child’s teachers. Students are not invited.

ASSOCIATION MEETING:  The annual meeting of the Illiana Christian High School Association will be Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.   A newsletter regarding the proposed budget and board candidates has been mailed.

EVENING FOR ILLIANA:  Join us on Tuesday, April 18, for “An Evening for Illiana”, the fundraiser for Excellence in Education, hosted by Illiana’s Parents Involved in Education (P.I.E.).  A hot beef sandwich dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Donations will be accepted at the door.  This evening was created for family and friends of Illiana so you can have dinner and enjoy the Fine Arts Recital. Fine Arts projects will be on display in the gym and the Fine Arts Recital will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the dining hall.  Please contact Nancy Rietveld with any questions at  or 708-846-5164.

GRANDPARENTS DAY:   All grandparents of Illiana Christian High School students are invited to visit on Friday, April 21, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the upstairs gym.  Grandparents will be welcomed with a light lunch and at 12:45 p.m. they will connect with their grandchildren.  Grandchildren will escort them to 6th and 7th period classes.  The program in the auditorium will be from 2:15 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.  Parents:  Please make sure your child knows if a grandparent is coming so that they can meet at 12:45 p.m.  We are not sending invitations directly to grandparents but are assuming that students or parents will invite the grandparents.  Students will have early dismissal at 2:25 p.m.

PANCAKE PACER 5K RUN & WALK: Join us on Saturday, April 22, for our annual Illiana Pancake Pacer 5K Run/Walk to support Illiana Christian athletics. The 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m., the annual pancake breakfast will be held 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Registration for the race will be online through  Please click the “2017 Pancake Pacer” link on or visit and search for “Pancake Pacer.” Tickets for the pancake breakfast will be $5.00 and can be purchased through a spring athlete or at the door. Thank you for your support of Illiana Christian athletics! We look forward to seeing you there.

“GO” (CHRISTIAN SERVICE) DAY:  On Wednesday, April 26, all students will be leaving school during the day for various service projects.  Information about the projects (and permission forms if necessary) will be given out in homerooms.  If any parents are willing to provide transportation or help out, please call the school office.

FOUNDATION TRIP:  The Illiana Christian High School Foundation is planning a trip for June 12-18, 2017.  This guided tour will be a 7-day, 6-night bus trip led by Jeff White, a History teacher at ICHS.  The trip will include visits to Sauder Village, Flight 93, Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Lancaster County, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Fort McHenry, US Naval Academy and more.  This is the perfect trip for history enthusiasts!    The cost per person will be $1,400 for double occupancy or $1,800 for single occupancy.  This includes transportation, lodging, admission to all attractions and at least two meals per day.  Any monies left over will be given to the Illiana Foundation as a donation.  Time is running out!  Reservations and money are due by April 15.  More information, including a detailed itinerary can be found on the school website at  Any questions regarding the trip should be directed to Bonnie Trepton (708) 474-0515 ext. 24 or Jeff White at

SEX OFFENDER LIST:   State law requires that we publish a website you can use to see if there are any registered sex offenders living near you.  The following websites are available: (or if you do not have access to a computer you may call the Records Division at 708-865-4560),  (National Sex Offender Public Registry), (Illinois Sex Offender Information), and (Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry) or you can contact your local law enforcement agency.


  • Vice-secretary, Vice-treasurer and Vice-president: The P.I.E. Board is looking for three people to join the board to fill the Vice-Secretary, Vice-Treasurer and Vice-President positions for the 2017-2018 school year. We meet once a month on Wednesday nights. These positions earn $300 P.I.E. credit. Please email Kim VanRoekel ( if you are interested or would like more information.

  • P.I.E. CREDITS: If you have fulfilled your P.I.E. volunteering, the credit has been posted on your tuition statement. If you have any questions regarding P.I.E. Credits or, please contact Cathy at

  • VOLUNTEER SIGN UP: If you would like to be added to the "Emergency Sign Up List for Lunches" on, please follow this link: If a need arises, is used to send emails to everyone who is signed up with the P.I.E. group page.

  • WALKING TACO MANAGER NEEDED: this position is once a month on Wednesday mornings from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • CATERING:  Having a baby shower, wedding, or special church function? Our delicious homemade dinners are served in the wonderful setting of our dining hall.  Contact Terri Schaaf for details-, 708-259-0749.


  • CHEER TRYOUTS: For students who wish to try out for cheerleading for the 2017-2018 school year a Cheer Clinic will be held April 24 & 26, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Tryouts will be May 3 at 5:00 p.m.  Register for tryouts at You may contact Coach Carisa Beezhold at  or 708-606-6208 for more information
  • 7TH & 8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL:  Varsity Basketball Coach, Grant Sikkema, is offering Summer Basketball for 7th & 8th grade boys.  The dates are July 5, 12, 19, 29 and August 2, starting at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $85 and includes two games each night and a reversible jersey.  Register at If you have questions, please email Grant Sikkema at
  • COACHING POSITION:  The Illiana Athletic Department is looking for a boys Frosh/Soph soccer coach for the coming fall.  Contact Mr. Darren DeBoer, Athletic Director if you are interested -708-474-0515 ext. 14 or

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