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April 2019

April 01, 2019

HOST FAMILIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:   At this time we are seeking families interested in hosting an international student for the 2019-2020 academic year. This year we have three international students at Illiana, and we anticipate several more this fall. We are thankful for the opportunity to welcome students into our community for an academic year and in some cases an entire high school career.  Please prayerfully consider being a host family for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. For more information, contact Director of Admissions, Marie Limback, at 219-558-7066 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 from the literature display across from the office.  The form must be signed by a parent and returned to the main office by May 1. 

GRANDPARENTS DAY:   All grandparents of Illiana Christian High School students are invited to visit on Friday, April 26, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the ARC.  Grandparents will be welcomed with a light lunch.  At 12:45 p.m. they will attend a program in the ARC.  Grandchildren will meet up with their grandparents at 1:15 p.m. and then escort them to 6th and 7th period classes.  Parents:  Please make sure your child knows if a grandparent is coming so that they can meet them.  We are not sending invitations directly to grandparents but are assuming that students or parents will invite their grandparents.  Grandparents will dismiss at 2:30 p.m., and students will dismiss at their regular time – 2:50 p.m.

PANCAKE PACER 5K RUN & WALK: Illiana's Pancake Pacer 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 27. We have a whole new course! This year's Pacer will start and end at the Midwest Training & Ice Center (Dyer, IN). This new course will offer a great track for the race and is just a couple minutes from our campus.  Check-in begins at the Center at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. Our delicious pancake breakfast will be held at the school from 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  All registered runners can eat for free following the race. Any community members wanting to eat and support athletics can pay $5.00 each at the door for the pancake breakfast.   To register for the race, follow this link, or go to the    We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your help in making athletics a great experience for our students.

ASSOCIATION MEETING:  The annual meeting of the Illiana Christian High School Association will be Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.   The issue of The Spectator including the proposed budget and board candidates will be mailed at the beginning of April.   You may also download an absentee ballot from our website.

SPRING SUPPER:   P.I.E. is hosting the Spring Supper on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Illiana families and all those in the Illiana community are invited to stop in and enjoy a delicious dinner anytime between 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hot beef sandwiches, baked mostaccioli and hot dogs will be served, along with side dishes and desserts. A donation will be taken to support the Excellence in Education Fund.   You are also invited  to stay for the Fine Arts Program from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Please R.S.V.P. to or call 219-374-9395 or text 708-259-1781.   (You may attend without an R.S.V.P. - we are just trying to gauge how much food to order.) Thank you for your support!

“GO” DAY:  On Wednesday, April 24, all students will be leaving school during the day for various service projects in the area.  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.

BEAN BAG TOURNAMENT:  Illiana's 4th Annual Bean Bag Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. (previously scheduled for May 10).   This tournament is open to all Illiana parents, students, alumni and friends.  Join us for an evening of fun and friends, bags and burgers (courtesy of Praise Crowd).  To join in the fun, click here: Beanbag Sign Up, to sign up. You can sign up as a team for $10 or as an individual for $5 (all individuals will be paired up the night of).   The winners will receive a custom Illiana Beanbag set.

VIKING ACADEMY:  Summer is coming and so is Viking Academy! This year, Illiana is hosting a summer camp program called Viking Academy for children in elementary, middle and high school. Camps range from academic to athletic and are held for a period of three weeks in July. As parents and educators ourselves, we realize just how important it is for learning to continue over the summer. Viking Academy is your answer to getting your kids off their phones and into learning or exercise.   For more information visit our website or contact Cassie Siersema at 219-558-7066 Ext. 22 or Jenna Dutton 219-558-7066 Ext. 41. 


P.I.E. CREDITS:  P.I.E. credits will be applied on April 1 if you have completed your volunteering as of March 31.   P.I.E. credits applied on May 1 will include everything you have earned as of April 30.   Any credits earned in May will be applied on June 1.   All P.I.E. volunteer questions should be directed to Cathy De Young at   

VOLUNTEER HOURS: There are still open lunch spots on     If you have fulfilled your P.I.E. volunteering and would like to help with lunches during the month of May, please sign up.   We appreciate your help! 

LUNCH POSITION: We have an opening for a Salad/Potato Manager.   This position requires about 1.5 hours once a month in the evening.  You can choose the time that is convenient for you.  You would be responsible for managing the volunteers to make the salads and wash/wrap the potatoes.  If you are interested, contact Terri Schaaf at 708-259-0749 or  This job offers $300 in P.I.E. Credit.

SCRAPBOOKING SUPPLIES:   Illiana scrapbooking supplies are still available.   We have die cuts and lots of Illiana paper at   discounted prices. Contact Cathy if you are interested in purchasing any supplies at


  • CHEER TRYOUTS:  Cheer Tryouts will be held on April 17, and 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and April 24, 5:00 -7:30 p.m.             Please contact Coach Carisa Beezhold with any questions at 708-606-7208.


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