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February 11, 2011    
Save the Date for Spiritual Life Week Family Night - Wednesday, February 16
The whole family is invited to an exciting event with singer/songwriter/speaker Peder Eide. Peder will be the guest speaker throughout Spiritual Life Week and this would be a great way to share the experience with your student. The event is FREE and will take place on February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. 
 
Schedule Changes During Spiritual Life Week
Please note that school will start at 8:00 a.m. on February 16 and conclude at 2:00 p.m. The spring musical rehearsal will take place from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Spiritual Life Week Family Night will begin at 7:30 p.m. Contact Jen Brendsel with questions. Please see the schedule for the week.

Spiritual Life Week
Monday, February 14, 2011
Chapel Schedule

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Chapel Schedule

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
80 minute periods, 35 minute chapel, combined lunch, 10 minute Community Time
8:00-9:20 1st Period
9:30-10:05 chapel
10:15-11:35 2nd Period
11:35-12:30 combined Lunch
12:30-1:50 3rd Period
1:50-2:00 Community Time (in classrooms)

Thursday, February 17, 2011
80 minute periods, 35 minute chapel, combined lunch
8:00-9:20 4th/5th Period
9:25-10:45 6th Period
10:50-11:25 chapel
11:25-12:10 combined Lunch
12:15-1:35 7th Period
1:40-3:00 8th Period

Friday, February 18, 2011
Chapel Schedule 
 
Curriculum Night
Monday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. / Fine Arts Center
All returning WA parents are strongly encouraged to attend this evening. You will have the opportunity to pick up individual student Course Registration packets; get an overview of new course offerings, online registration process, and changes for the 2011-2012 school year; and attend special break-out sessions, including the following: 
- How to Plan for the Senior Year
-What Freshman Parents Need to Know
-What to Expect in an AP Course
-Who’s Who and What’s Up in Student Services
- Help Your Student Design a Rigorous and Challenging Schedule
 
Dads' Prayer - Special Guest Jim Holtrop
All WA dads are invited to our monthly Dads' Prayer. We meet on the second Saturday of the month in the historic white Chapel. We will be introduced to a different teacher or staff member each month who will share some prayer needs from a WA employee’s perspective. Our special guest for February is Jim Holtrop, Work Study/Student Events Coordinator. Make plans to join us on Saturday, February 12 at 8:00 a.m. and please be in prayer for your students, their teachers and our school.

 
Spring Musical Showtime and Ticket Information
Once again it is SPRING MUSICAL time, and this year the Academy Theatre is proud to present the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast. The performances are February 25 and 26 and March 3, 4, and 5. All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. and dessert is served at intermission. Seating is reserved so don’t wait to purchase your tickets. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the show! This year we are pleased to offer online ticket purchasing as well as the ability to purchase tickets with a credit card. We hope that these new features will make your ticket purchasing easy and hassle-free. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, February 17. Click here for more information on tickets.
 
Spring Musical Helpers Needed
This year's spring musical Beauty and the Beast promises to be an exciting show. We are in need of volunteers to bake or donate for the purchase of a dessert to be served at intermission. If you would be willing to help, please email Kori Hockett. We need helpers for the weekends of February 25-26 and March 3-5. Thank you for considering helping in this way - we truly couldn't do this without you!
 
Musical Props Needed
The musical  is quickly approaching and the props department is in need of a few items to complete the set.
We are looking for:
1 twin size canopy bed
1 large, rustic, wood chair
1 large royal or kingly looking chair
3-4 rustic and wood bar stools.
If you are willing to let us borrow, have, or buy any of these items, please contact Jim Holtrop at 630-878-2043. Thanks for making the musical a success and we look forward to seeing you all there.
 
Middle School Matinee Full
The middle school matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast, scheduled for February 25 at 10 a.m., has been filled. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for tickets, please contact Rachel Swanson in Admissions at 630-562-7501 with your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you would like to obtain. We will then let you know if seats become available for your group.

Financial Assistance Application
The Business Office is currently accepting financial aid applications for the 2011-2012 school year. We continue to partner with FACTS Management Company to help administer this process. Application proceduresCommon Questions about Financial Aid and a direct link to the FACTS application site can be found on the Wheaton Academy website.
Some important things to remember:
-Aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
-Your application is complete when all required documentation has been submitted (2010 tax return and Letter of Intent).
-When you receive your award letter, a non-refundable 5% tuition (after aid) deposit will be due within 2 weeks to lock in your aid .
-A signed enrollment contract is also due with deposit.
-Endowment Grant Scholarship applications are due with financial aid applications.
The final deadline is March 15. Please note that there is a $25 financial aid application fee. It can be paid by credit or debit card. If you have questions regarding the FACTS application, please contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-315-9262. Help is available M-Th 7:30-7:00 and F 7:30-5:00. For non-application related questions contact Sandy Dede in the WA Business Office at 630-562-7515.
 
An Invitation to Meet with Local Legislators Tomorrow 
Head of School Gene Frost and Director of Alumni Relations Dawn Earl are looking for a few parent volunteers who would like to attend a meeting with them. The meeting is being organized by the Illinois Advocates of Educational Choice for area private school leaders and families to meet with State Senator John Millner and Representative Michelle Mussman. The purpose of the gathering is to communicate the specific issues facing non-public schools with these elected officials. The meeting is Saturday, February 12, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran School in Roselle. If you would be willing to attend or would like more information, please call Dawn Earl at 630-562-7510. The more representation we have, the better!
 
Connect with the Wheaton Academy Community on Facebook
Don't forget to "like" Wheaton Academy on Facebook. We post announcements about school closings, pictures, and other fun facts. Click here to access Wheaton Academy's Facebook page.
 
Qualified Education Receipts
If you would like to receive a "Receipt for Qualified Education Expenses" for 2010, please call the Business Office at 630-562-7512 or email Leslie Green.
 
Don't Forget to Sign Up for Driver's Education
In an effort to accommodate student schedules and extracurricular activities, Excel Driving School is now offering after school driver’s education courses at Wheaton Academy. Two courses will be offered each semester that will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The next available session will run from April 4 to May 5, 2011. For information on class schedules, pricing and availability, please call 630-983-9235 or visit http://www.exceldrivingschool.com/. Gift certificates are available as well and make a great present for a 15-year-old.
 
Cap & Gown Orders
There are still several seniors who have not placed an order for a cap and gown. Orders need to be submitted ASAP. Please contact Jen Brendsel if you have questions.
 
Sophomore Field Trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum
On March 2 the sophomore class will take a class field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum. March 2 is a Wednesday and students will need to arrive at WA at 8:00 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. Students will be gone all day and the cost is $21. Permission slips and money are due February 23 and need to be turned in to Evan Jasper. Students need to get permission slips from their sophomore world history teacher (Nate Leman or Evan Jasper).
 
Spring Sports/Activities Yard Sign Sale
We have WA yard signs for drama and music as well as a Warrior (generic) sign. We also have track, soccer, tennis, softball, baseball, volleyball, and cheerleading yard signs available. Click here for an order form and to view a sampling of the signs.Yard signs can be ordered at the Spring Sports Kick-off on March 12. All orders are due by Monday, March 14. Questions? Contact waboosters@wheatonacademy.org.

Lost Epipen
An Epipen was found at school. Please contact the nurse if you lost yours recently.
 
Precautions for Whooping Cough
A sibling of a WA student has been diagnosed with whooping cough. He had recently traveled to California where there is an outbreak now. Also known as Pertussis, it is on the rise in many states, including Illinois. For more information, click here, or contact the Health Office, 630-562-7504, or nurse@wheatonacademy.org.

 
Student Services


College Counseling – Local Scholarships 
The list of local scholarships has been updated and is available on Wheaton Academy’s website. Check out these scholarships and the growing list of items in Student Services by clicking here
 
Parent Seminar - Saturday, February 19 AND Saturday, March 19 - 8:30-10:00 a.m.
What is and is not normal in teenage emotions and behaviors? Presented by Chris Mazarella, Psy.D.,LCPC, Heritage Professional Associates. We are offering this two times, as it has been a popular topic. This session will explore the turbulent and confusing nature of teenage emotions and behaviors. We will look at normal teenage emotions and behaviors as well as problematic emotions and behaviors. We will also discuss depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD as well as other issues common to teenagers. If you are interested in attending, please  R.S.V.P.  to Seminars@wheatonacademy.org (This will help us plan for seating and handouts/materials).
Click here for the full year Parent Seminar schedule.
Click here for Freshman Technology Exam information.
 
ACT Prep Course
There are still a few seats remaining in the ACT prep course that begins March 1. This 18-hour course is taught by WA teachers in six three-hour sessions after school. Click here for the information/registration sheet.  
  
Upcoming College Events
A Judson University Preview Day will take place Monday, February 21. Interested in taking a bus from WA to Judson? Pick up is at 8 a.m. and return will be 3:30 p.m. There is also an option to stay overnight on Judson’s campus, with pickup at 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact Dan Crabtree if interested in either option.
 
“Calvin College in Chicago” will take place March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum. Details and R.S.V.P. at 616-526-6106 or www.calvin.edu/go/chicago.
 
A Trinity Christian College rep will visit WA on February 23. College reps coming in March include Union (TN), Bethel (MN), COD, Northern Iowa, North Central (MN), and Samford (AL).
 
Registering for the ACT
Each year most WA juniors take the ACT on the April test date. Registration is done through ACT, not through the school – we are simply a test center for the April 9 exam. Students must register for the ACT by March 4. Go to www.act.org and click on Register for the test.

Athletics

 
Up-to-Date Game Results
The most up-to-date game results and summaries are available on the athletics website
 
Spring Sport Physicals
All students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade who intend to tryout for a spring sport are required to have a current sports physical on file. Sports physicals are valid up to 365 days after the initial examination date. Students without current sports physicals will not be permitted to tryout. Contact Ryan Hall with questions.
  
Summer Athletic Camp Schedule
The Summer Athletic Camp schedule is now posted on the Wheaton Academy athletics website. Visit the site for more information on all the opportunities this summer. Registration will open on Tuesday, March 1. Contact Ryan Hall with questions.
 
 
 
 
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