Family Newsletter

August 2020

        AUGUST 2020 


The parent meeting of 8/4 explaining this plan can be seen on Illiana’s Facebook page.

Illiana Christian High School is excited to return to in-person instruction for the 2020 – 2021 school year!  We look forward to seeing you the third week of August.  Until then, we have many details to share with you.  If you do not find the answers here, check our website   You can also call us at 219-558-7066. 



18 Freshmen 1st day

19 All Students 1st day


3 Back To School Night

7 Labor Day/No School

8 Freshmen Breakfast

21 Golf Outing

22 Cookout


TEXTBOOKS:  Freshmen will receive their textbooks on the day of Freshmen Challenge, August 18.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will receive their textbooks in homeroom on the first day of school.

PARKING FOR 2020-2021: On the first day of school please park in either the north or south lot.   Parking tags are required for identification purposes, and if you have not signed up for one there is still time to register your car.  Students who have signed up for a parking tag will receive theirs in homeroom on the first day of school.

WELCOME NIGHT:  Incoming freshmen families and transfer students will receive notice about a Welcome in the next week.

FRESHMEN CHALLENGE:  Illiana Christian High School welcomes ALL incoming freshmen to Freshmen Challenge on Tuesday, August 18, 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Be sure to bring a snack.  Join us for a day of orientation.  When you arrive please meet in The Commons.  You will receive another copy of your schedule, your textbooks, and your Chromebook as well as run through your classes and meet each of your teachers.  Buses will run this day.  Students must wear a mask.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:  Immunization records and birth certificates are required for all freshmen before school starts.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:    The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19.  Please note this is a full day.  Students will report to homeroom by 7:45 a.m. (the first bell rings at 7:40 a.m.) and school will dismiss at 2:50 p.m.  Students will receive another copy of their schedule in homeroom on this day.  We also plan to have textbooks and the Chromebook available in homeroom.  (Chromebooks may not be charge up.)  Masks are required.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:  Parents are invited to come to school to visit the classrooms and meet their students’ teachers on Thursday, September 3, at 7:00 p.m.  Remember this is for parents only.

PICTURES:   Senior Portraits are scheduled for August 17 and 18.  Information has been sent to the families of seniors.  Underclassmen will have their pictures taken on August 26, and information will be coming soon.

GOLF OUTING:  The Illiana Christian Athletic Association will be holding its Fall Golf Classic at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville, IN on September 21. Check-in and lunch is from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. with a shot gun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner and awards follow at 5:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities available! For more information, contact Darren DeBoer at (219) 558-7066 ext. 14 or  or Bonnie Trepton at (219) 558-7066 ext. 24 or email

MOMS IN PRAYER:  The Illiana Moms in Prayer group will meet the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays of the month.  We meet at Illiana on days when school is in session beginning August 24 at 9:00 a.m.  Meet with us for an hour of prayer for our school, faculty, staff and students.  For more information, email or check out the website at


TUITION:   The first payment for each student is due by August 15.    Monthly payments for August – March will be $947.73, and April – June will be $947.72

Foundation Fund Earnings Form:  Please complete and return to the school office not later than October 31.  Late forms will not be accepted.  If you choose not to claim this your allocation will go to the Tuition Assistance Fund.

Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT):  You are encouraged to participate in this automatic payment plan using electronic fund transfer.  Payments are automatically taken from the account of your choice.  A new form must be completed every year.  The August payment must be made by cash or check.  Auto payments begin in September. Please call Suzanne Jonkman (ext. 11) if you have questions or for more information.

BUS NEWS:      2020 – 2021 bus registration link is open.  If your student will need bus transportation next school year, please take a moment to register them.  There is transportation from South Holland, Lansing, and Highland.  The bus registration fee for next year is $215 and will be billed on your August tuition statement.


SCHEDULES:  Schedules are available online, and students will receive a copy in homeroom on their first day of school.  Due to new enrollments, section balancing and schedule changes throughout the summer, please check your schedule just before school starts as it may have changed since you reviewed it online. The counselors will be in the office starting the week of August 10.  If any changes are needed, please email your requests to your counselor.  Some changes can be made after school starts but only under very limited conditions.  Students whose last names begin with the letters A-K, contact Mrs. Melanie Benes ( and students whose last names begin with letters L-Z, contact Mr. Neil Zandstra (

ACT:  Students who wish to take or retake the ACT on Saturday, September 12, 2020 should register by August 16.  The September test is NOT held at Illiana.  You must register online at  Our school code is 145555.  This code should be used for both SAT and ACT testing registration to ensure your scores are sent to Illiana so they can then be included on your transcript. Due to COVID-19, pay close attention to updates regarding test administration. The test may be cancelled at any time.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID NIGHT/FAFSA INFORMATION:   Parents of juniors and seniors are invited to the College Financial Aid night on September 21, at 7:00 p.m., in the Commons.  This is an important seminar to attend as you begin college and financial aid applications.  Please make this a priority.


STUDENT INSURANCE:  Illiana does not have medical insurance coverage for your child.  If your child is hurt, even if at school, we do not have a policy to cover that injury.  We expect that all our families have their own health insurance.

PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK:   The Parent-Student Handbook contains important information regarding academics and student life here at Illiana Christian High School.  The Handbook is located on our website.

DIRECTORY:  The directory is available on RenWeb>ParentsWeb>School Information>Directory.  You may search by Family or School Staff.  The School Staff option will display all faculty and staff and their contact information, including email addresses.

SECURITY:  After the school day has started, entry doors will be locked.  Anyone arriving after 8:00 AM must use the north entrance (by the flagpole).  Late students and all visitors will need to be buzzed into the school office by office staff.  A mask is required.  Late students must sign in and receive a pass.  Visiting the school during the school day is discouraged.  Generally, visitors will only be allowed in the main office.  If there is a need to enter the school, a visitor must receive authorization by the school staff after proper identification and badging.  A temperature check may be taken.  All visitors must sign out when leaving.


Parents Involved in Education (P.I.E.) is Illiana’s fundraising organization which raises funds for the Excellence in Education program.  To encourage participation, each Illiana family is assessed a “P.I.E. fee” of $200, which is billed on the tuition statement. When you volunteer the required amount of time, you will receive a credit to offset this fee.   Information from the P.I.E. Board has been sent in a separate email.


ATHLETIC REGISTRATION:   All students participating in sports must register on Final Forms.  All athletes must be registered BEFORE tryouts begin.  If you have questions, contact Bonnie Trepton at 219-558-7066 ext. 24, or

PHYSICALS:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2019-20 school year, the IHSAA will waive the need for students to get another sports physical for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.   Valid physical and consent forms turned in this past year after April 1, 2019 may be valid for the 2020-2021 school year.  However, on Final Forms you must print off, complete, and return to the athletic office, the IHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire.  After reviewing your questionnaire, we may extend the 2019-2020 physical’s validity through 2020-2021.

Transfer students moving from one member school to another member school must provide a copy of their 2019-2020 physical in order to be eligible.

Incoming freshmen with a valid IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical and Consent Form completed and signed after April 1, 2019 will also be eligible to compete during the 2020-21 athletic season.    The physical form is available on our website.

Sports Schedules can be viewed at the link on our website: Illiana Christian Vikings.


The Athletic Department enlists the services of a certified athletic trainer. The trainer, Melissa Vargas, will be available at many of the home events and after school on practice days to provide athletes with prompt treatment as well as preventative measures such as taping, bracing, etc.  Every student who participates in sports at Illiana will be assessed a fee of $50 per sport to help defray the expense of this program. This fee will be added to your tuition statement.

 In the midst of all these details, let’s remain focused on what is of greater importance to us all.  Pray for the school, our teachers, and our families that this school year will be a blessing to God and will expand His kingdom in hearts and hallways.  We are not the only ones preparing for a new school year; the Spirit of God is also at work here.


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