Great Start – Great News
As we begin our 35th year, we have so much to praise God for including the tremendous work and faithful diligence of our staff, faculty, board and so many parent volunteers – all serving together propelling us to a very encouraging start in so many ways. A few highlights:
Our 2018-2019 school theme of “Loving God – Loving Others” is taken from Mark 12:30-31: “And you shall love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” We pray and trust that all of us – students, parents, staff and faculty alike will grow in our love for God and others this year.
We thank God for the hard work of so many resulting in a significant overall enrollment increase of almost 10%! Our Upper School grew by approximately 25%. Please join us in warmly welcoming 100 new new students and their families to CHA.
We are also welcoming several excellent new teachers to our community. We are very thankful that our Lord has led such gifted and committed Christian teachers to our school as they equip and teach our children.
We are greatly encouraged that Niche.com has again ranked our Upper School as the #1 Christian high school in Illinois! We are also ranked the No. 9 private K-12 school in the entire state. While there is much to do and improve on every front, we are grateful for these positive affirmations that we are on the right track.
We are committed to helping resource parents and families in our shared partnership of raising up the next generation of Christ-followers. Just two of the ways we are seeking to help parents and families is by offering Women’s Precept Bible Study and also the Family Enrichment Series. Every Thursday morning almost 50 women gather to study God’s word under the excellent teaching of Mrs. Linda Gunter. All women are invited to attend. Also, we are pleased to host two outstanding speakers in our fall Family Enrichment Series events: Pastor Erwin Lutzer on October 4, and Betsy Corning on November 8. Pastor Lutzer’s topic of great importance to all families is: “Technology, Purity and Godliness in your Home.” Betsy Corning’s topic is “Entrusted with a Child’s Heart.” Please register and plan to come, and please feel free to invite others who may be interested in these critical topics.
Our Fall Prayer Emphasis Week culminated with our annual CHA Prayer Walk on Saturday, September 15, where more than 107 people covered our students, families, faculty/staff and the entire campus in prayer. We believe that if anything of a lasting transforming eternal work is to happen in the lives of our children, it will be because there is an earnest daily commitment to prayer on the part of all us. Also know that all parents are invited to join the every Monday Parents Prayer time in the chapel from 8:30 to 9:30AM.
Thank you for your partnership as we continue to work toward a blessed, transformative year for our students and community.
Hutz H. Hertzberg, DMin, PhD