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2 2011-2012 School Theme Pursuing Excellence “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.“ Philippians 4:8

3 The mission of Hill Country Christian School of Austin is to provide a Christ-centered, classical, college-preparatory education that inspires students to become life-long learners and effective communicators who impact the world with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ School Mission

4 Hill Country’s Lower School provides a joyful, interactive environment that inspires students to love God and see biblical truth as they develop a Christ-like character and a solid foundation in the core subjects Lower School Mission

5 We love Jesus, books and friends, we’re the Little Knight Lights, that shine for Him. Preschool Motto

6 Executive Staff Kristine Kruse Lower School Principal Bill McGee Head Master / Upper School Principal Debby Krohmer Dir. of Student Services Pete Craycroft Athletic Director / Dean of Students Carmen Hamilton Executive Dir. Of Operations & Development

7 Administrative Staff Shannon Ficklin Dir. of Admissions Sondra Janssen Controller Suzanne Farrell Dir. of Comm./Marketing Holley Loveday Technology Integration Specialist Eric Leonard IT Network Administrator Philip Hudgens Dir. of Operations

8 Support Staff Alice Storke Executive Asst./Bookkeeper Jennifer Neumann Lower School Admin. Asst. Rebecca Glace Upper School Admin. Asst. Sheryl Belloni Admissions Asst./Sub Coord. Libby Barber Receptionist Catherine Schomaker Receptionist

9 Support Staff Janet Holder Nurse Kelly Innis Lunch Coordinator Annette Vickers After School Care Charlotte Johnston Athletics Admin. Asst. Josie Stevens After School Care

10 The Learning Center (TLC) Jana McGee GATE Coord. / Lower School Specialist Joy Hudgens TLC Specialist Wendi Trevino TLC Admin. Ass istant Suzanne Pokorney TLC Specialist/K & 1 st GATE Georgette Corliss TLC Specialist Irma Plaza Dir. of The Learning Center

11 Preschool Faculty Josie Stevens PK Spanish Margaret Jackson Dir. of Preschool/ PreK 5 day Kristi Felty Kinder Readiness Cheri Todd Teacher Aid Angie Horton Enrichment Program Elaine Burleson PreK 3-day Lisa Maher Music & Movement

12 Lower School Faculty Leslie Blasig Kindergarten Linda Mayberry Kindergarten Michelle Dozier Kindergarten Brigitta Baker 1 st Grade Lori Gates 1 st Grade Karen Jasek 2 nd Grade Cyndy Fisher 2 nd Grade Angi Horton Kindergarten Aide

13 Lower School Faculty Kim VonLehmden 3 rd Grade Cindy Bartold 4 th Grade Kourtney Shepard 4 th Grade Shelly Mobley 3 rd Grade Kendra Antonevich 5 th Grade Kerry Smelser 5 th Grade

14 Lower School Faculty Donna Harrison 6 th Grade Victoria Policke 6 th Grade Jill Bayer 6 th Grade

15 Enrichment Faculty Lynna Peterson PK-6 th Art Gina Odendahl P.E. Coach Janean Greer P.E. Coach Ed Baptiste Chaplain / Teacher Jane Reed Spanish and Latin Upper School GATE Nancy Love K- 6 th Music Marcelle Simms Dir. of Library Services

16 Getting the Year Started Meet the Teacher from 1:00–3:00 p.m. (come & go) 1 st – 6 th students meet their buddy in classroom Ice Cream Social: 1 st floor auditorium 1:00 –3:00 p.m. (come & go) Kindergarten ½ day the first week – 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. (will eat lunch at school – send a lunch)

17 Visit Today 1 st Floor Auditorium: American Heritage Girls Brown’s Gymnastics Booster Club Band/Drum Line/Music Conservatory Boy Scouts of America Parent Teacher Fellowship/Parent Advocacy Team Parker Uniforms Pep Squad / Knight Guard Staff Appreciation TLC/GATE Volunteer Hub

18 BooHoo / WooHoo Breakfast Preschool and Kindergarten parents are invited to The Hill Country Christian School of Austin BooHoo -WooHoo Breakfast! Time: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Where: 4 th Floor Lobby area What to Bring: Just Yourself! Sponsored by 1 st grade parents

19 Morning Carpool PK – 6 th grade students must be dropped off at the main school entrance Want to walk your child in? Park in the parking lot by the portables PK – 1 st grade students will sit in school lobby 2 nd – 6 th grade students will meet in the 3 rd floor auditorium Per the Fire Marshall – Do Not park your car under the awning or handicap spot


21 Exit car as quick as possible, on the right side only Parents, pls. do not exit your vehicle Pull up as far as possible to the car in front of you Leave the crosswalk open for students to cross safely If you are late, park by the portables and walk your child in Do not pass cars in the carpool lane In order to keep your child safe, your cooperation is essential! Morning Carpool Reminders

22 Afternoon Carpool Preschool - 12:00 p.m. pick-up under the awning at the main school entrance 3:00 p.m. “drive-up” – School Lobby 3:00 p.m. “walk-up” – Northwest Lobby Let your child know which carpool (drive-up/walk-up) Please try to stay consistent Students must be picked up by 3:20 p.m. or late fee will occur

23 Four one-way lanes of cars down the carpool lane at the main school entrance Each set of carpool lines (divided by the wall) will go separately when whistle is blown Right lanes (on each side) will exit to Little Elm Left lanes (on each side) will exit to Hatch Road Each family will be given a number – display on the front dashboard Students will sit in the lobby and walk out when their number is called Please turn off your engine and stand outside your car when students come out Drive-Up Instructions


25 Students will be sitting in grade level lines in the lobby Parents park in the Northwest Lobby parking lot Please escort your child to the bathroom in the café if they need to go after you pick them up Please exit quickly through the Northwest Lobby doors Students may not be unattended in the Café or gym – parents must always supervise children, even when waiting for Upper School siblings to be dismissed Walk-Up Instructions

26 Carpool Q&A What if my child is in a carpool with another family? Please make sure your child knows the carpool number of the family picking them up. Remind your child in the morning to stay alert and watch for the other members of their carpool. Where do I get my carpool number sign? At the front desk after orientation. If I want to coordinate a carpool, is there a list of families sorted by subdivision/zip code? Yes, the Admission office and/or front desk will have a list.

27 Tardies Classroom teacher will record student as tardy PK - 4 th parents must walk child to class Preschool will walk to class at 7:50 a.m. 5 th - 6 th students may walk to class Important to be on time

28 Chapel K – 4 th grade every Tuesday at 8:05 – 8:50 a.m. in 3 rd floor auditorium (parents welcome) Preschool will have chapel together every week 5 th – 6 th grade chapel every other Wednesday immediately after lunch

29 Security We require all visitors to enter through the main school entrance (park by the portables) Sign-in at the school lobby reception area Raptor system – need driver’s license (only the first time) to sign-in & get a badge Kinder Cove doors remain locked all day

30 Dress Code P.E. uniforms required (5 th – 6 th grade) – for sale TODAY in the 1 st floor auditorium A travel shirt required for every student (K-6 th ) to wear on field studies – for sale TODAY in the 1 st floor auditorium Skirts/shorts/long shirts w/ leggings - no shorter than mid thigh when seated No sleeveless shirts (except for pep squad uniform) Flip flops: 5 th – 12 th grade only All students should wear tennis shoes on P.E. days

31 Lunch Program Hot lunch served Mon. – Fri. Monthly menus posted on Cornerstone and website Load lunch money in account through check only – turn in at reception desk Students access lunch account through a pin code Information and pin code will be emailed soon For questions contact Kelli Innis, Lunchroom Coordinator, at or visit her today in the 1 st floor auditorium

32 School Forms Forms can be found on our website under the Academic tab Lower School Parent/Student Handbook Upper School Parent/Student Handbook Academic Calendar for Current School Year After School Care Registration Form After School Care Handbook Background Check Form Conservatory Registration Form TLC Registration Form

33 Communication Vital for our success in partnering with parents Email: What Knights Need to Know (every Tuesday) The Knights Realm (school wide Newsletter) Occasional Announcements Alerts for school closures Cornerstone: Update personal information – training sessions will be scheduled soon Teacher’s email (first initial of first name/ Resolving conflict - Matthew 18 rule Visions & Values from Mr. McGee and school board Website – for forms and calendar Weekly Newsletter from teachers (K – 6 th ) – Preschool will use a monthly calendar

34 Parent Meetings What are they? August 30K – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Room 4.110 1 st – 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.Room 4.114 August 312 nd – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.Room 4.110 3 rd – 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.Room 4.114 September 14 th –6:00 – 7:00 p.m.Room 4.110 5 th –7:15 – 8:15 p.m.Room 4.110 6 th –6:00 – 7:30 p.m.Room 4.114 Sodalitas History Club – Info. meeting – August 30 at 3:20 p.m.

35 Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) The PTF is all of us…partnering together with faculty and staff to support the mission of the school We do this through …….  Volunteering  Community-building events - ice cream social / family dinner nights / service projects / tailgates  Financial support  PAT – Parent Advocacy Team  Dads only - meeting and get together  Sign-ups in 1 st floor auditorium TODAY End-of-Year event Door Dads – morning carpool from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

36 Athletics Sport schedules on website Sports promote school community We encourage families to attend: Football Volleyball Basketball Baseball Pep Rallies Tailgate Parties Friday, September 2nd– First Spirit Day (wear your Hill Country attire) and attend the Varsity Football game at Cedar Park High School at 7:30 p.m.

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