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Volume 26 Number 26  |  3/27/2020
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

Words From the
Head of School

God is not dead.  Nor is He distant or deaf.   In fact, He is more alive in the midst of a crisis. 

I am reminded of a play called Shadowlands which is a play about CS Lewis and his relationship with Joy, the woman he ultimately married—who later died of cancer, shortly after they were married. In the play, Lewis says that “pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” 
 
Corona has aroused a deaf world, but it may be up to those of us who embrace Christ daily (with or without a crisis) to help that world know that there is hope.  There always is.  There always has been. 
 
God’s plan of salvation was in His mind even before Adam and Eve caused the separation we call the Fall.  He told the serpent who tempted Eve: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15).  The serpent (Satan) attempted to destroy Christ but Christ –through his death on the cross—crushed the serpent’s head.  Forever.  And through Him we have life and have it abundantly.  Do we want to embrace that life?  Do we want to share it with others?
 
Corona means “crown” and refers to the appearance of the virus.  The virus may “rouse a deaf world” but it is up to us to acknowledge the One who wears the Crown of the Universe and who has not only power to calm a storm, or to heal a disease, but to save us all and give us hope and eternal life.  And that life does not have to wait for eternity…it starts here and now. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Below is an update from the Texas Private Schools Association. They are providing daily weekday updates on the progression of COVID-19 in Texas and its implication on private schools in Texas:

Summary From Today's Call: 
It has only been two weeks since the first school closures for COVID-19 in Texas; two very long weeks in which almost every school in Texas has redesigned education for the over 5 million students in the state.  Please take some time for yourself this weekend to rest and recharge and know that you have already done great things, good things will come from this crisis, and we are here to help you in any way we can. 

Texas Cases of COVID-19:
There are now 1,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 105 out of 250 counties, 23 deaths, and over 24,000 people tested in Texas.  More details are available here at a very cool new dashboard.

Positive Test Communications:
Schools are getting confirmed and presumptive positive test results for staff and students.  The TEA has provided guidance on when this information should be distributed to the community and template letters on their website here.  The templates are word documents under the section entitled "Closure Guidance and Communication Resources".  

Private schools are not required to use the templates provided, but certainly may do so.  It is important, however, to follow the instructions at the top of the letter about when to inform the community of positive or presumed positive test results.  Your local health authority should also be guiding you on these communications.

New Residential School Information:
There is an update to the guidance for boarding schools that was released at the beginning of the week.  There is some clarification on having staff on campus at the bottom of this revised document.  

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:
Starting April 1st, employees of every school with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for 80 hours of paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave due to the coronavirus to be reimbursed with a tax credit from the IRS.  The link to the Fisher Phillips webinar is here.  A handy chart summarizing the details of these new emergency acts is here. 

Private Schools Included in CARES Act:
Private schools are included in the CARES Act that provides $13.5 billion for K-12 schools as well as $3 billion to governors to provide emergency support to schools most impacted by the coronavirus.  This bill was just signed by the President a few minutes ago, so it is now law.  Details on what this assistance will cover and how it will be distributed are forthcoming. 

Small Business Administration Loans:
Private schools with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for Small Business Administration Loans, which are forgivable if used to keep workers on the payroll during the covered period of February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020.  We do not know if the recipients of these loans will be considered a recipient of federal funds.  Schools may go ahead and apply for these loans and decide later not to accept them if it is determined that it would qualify the school as a recipient of federal funds and that is not acceptable for the school.  More information here.

Unemployment Assistance:
This is a bit complicated because some of our schools pay into unemployment insurance, and some choose not to as an exempt religious entity.  The CARES Act does contain language about expanding eligibility to include individuals who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation under state and federal law, but we do not yet know the details of how this will play out with non-profits and religious schools.  Will schools that have not been contributing to unemployment insurance be required to pay back that money if it is distributed to a former employee?  Are there other conditions?  We are seeking answers to these questions through the Council for American Private Education in DC.   

Talking with Children
About COVID-19

COVID-19 Plan

Heritage School rose to the challenge and did not let corona derail our distinctive education for long.  In a matter of days, the plan for Heritage @ Home was birthed.   Students/parents collected books and supplies on Monday and Tuesday.  On Tuesday evening, a ZOOM tech orientation was delivered by our IT guru, Esteban Garza.  On Wednesday, we held our first-ever cyber BACK TO SCHOOL II Night, and by Thursday we were having classes!
 
Next week we will be on a 5-day week schedule which includes CHAPEL on Wednesday (no uniforms required).  We attempted to create a schedule that will afford students a rich education without spending excessive hours in front of a computer screen.  We trust that once everyone gets into the habit of classes, both students and parents will find it a rewarding experience.  But we are betting that everyone will be more than ready for our community to gather again in the fall and enjoy the live Heritage experience!

MAKING LEMONADE
out of LEMONS…

Send us ideas you have for special family times..
for “connecting” with your neighbors…for creating memories….
for book titles for recreation and sharing with the whole family…

And please send us photos of your Heritage @ Home experience!
Got Tech Questions? 
Send an email to IT@heritageschool.org
or for urgent cases, text or call Esteban at 830.998.1122

Families Begin with

Families set up their Heritage @ Home school spaces and classes started on Thursday!

SEW HELPFUL!

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Cherilynn Eggleston wanted to do something to help encourage our many doctors, nurses, and medical personnel who, even at their own expense,  are dedicated to keeping our community healthy and safe even during times as trying as these.  She kept hearing about shortages of masks that are so vital for the protection of all of our medical providers and first responders.  Because she can sew, she thought perhaps she could make masks.  She called Hill Country Memorial Hospital and received an almost immediate reply from Linda Simonsen, HCM Volunteers/Community Relations, encouraging Mrs. Eggleston to sew, sew, sew!
 
Linda sent Mrs. Eggleston the information regarding how to sew the specific type of masks preferred by HCM.  Linda assured Mrs. Eggleston that they are accepting masks and that there are others in the community who expressed an interest in sewing masks as well.  If they receive an abundance of masks, HCM will share then with nursing homes and other first responders as needed.
 
According to Mrs. Eggleston sewing the masks is quite easy if you are at all adept at sewing!  You don’t even have to buy material if you have scrap pieces of 100% cotton on hand from previous projects.  If you or someone you know would like to join Mrs. Eggleston in sewing masks from home, please email Mrs. Eggleston at:

ceggleston@austin.rr.com 

Mrs. Eggleston will be happy to send you the instructions regarding how to make the specific masks preferred by HCM.
 
A special thanks to Mrs. April Klepac and Mrs. Martha Lucas who have both volunteered to sew masks. 
 
“Whatever you have done for the least one of these…you have done for me.” Matthew 25: 40.

An Uplifting Video

Upcoming Events

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STAY AT HOME &

WASH YOUR HANDS

Eagle Extras

Before Spring Break, second grade enjoyed going to the Alamo on the anniversary date of the battle, March 6.

Heritage Athletics

Volleyball Announcement

We have exciting news for Heritage Varsity Volleyball for this upcoming fall. We will have a new face on our staff. We will still enjoy Coach Tonya Morrow contributing in track and subbing in as needed in volleyball and Coach Clarence Stewart as the head varsity boys basketball coach. We appreciate their contribution to our programs and years of service to our student athletes. We aren't losing them!

Jessica Haggerty is joining our Heritage family as the head Varsity Volleyball coach. She moved to Fredericksburg in the last 3+ years. She is married with two kids. She graduated from Texas A&M. Her coaching experience includes varsity volleyball at Cornerstone Christian as well as several years at a 5A high school in San Antonio. She has already started putting together a program for the summer and fall. We will be having an informational meeting (date TBD) giving the girls a chance to meet their new coach. If you know Jessica, please welcome her to the Heritage Family. We are excited to have her. 

-- Athletic Director Dr. Tami Given
State Championship winning football game is on at 12pm on Saturday, 3/28/2020 

TAPPS Office - TAPPS Championship REWIND
As sports across the country remain at a standstill, TAPPS is ready to fill that void for you with 'TAPPS TV Rewind'.

Beginning Thursday, March 26, TAPPS TV will be showcasing championship broadcasts from the past 12 months on TAPPS TV and YouTube. All broadcasts will be free to view thanks to BlueFrame Technology. Multiple championships will be re-streamed live each day on the TAPPS TV webpage (https://tapps.biz/tappstv/) and also via official TAPPS TV apps on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, and Roku.

Track

Before spring break and the coronavirus precautions, our track student athletes competed in Comfort in one of the first track meets of the year.

Comfort Track Meet 3/5/20
 
Boys competed at JV level- 1st out of a field of 15 teams
 
Caden Bray                         1st pole vault 11’6”, 4th place high jump 5’4”, 2nd place 400 m 54
Jack Henderson                1st place Triple Jump  38'-9 1/2",  3rd place long jump,   18'-0, 2nd place high jump 5’4”
Sam  Richburg                   2nd place  long Jump  18'-0 1/4"
Joshua Hoermann            1st place high jump  5’6”, 6th place pole vault 10’6”, 2nd place triple jump 38”4’
John Fritzsch                    3rd place shot put 38’10”, 2nd place discus 124’2”, 1st place 100 m dash 12.08 
Rory Shelton                      3rd 3200 m run 12:44.32
Joshua Tabor                     4th 800 m 2:19.63, 5th 1600m 5:36.02 
Alex Ludwig                        6th 1600 m 5:43.29
               
               
4x1 Relay            2nd  Daniel Sauer, John Fritzsch, Sam Richburg, Caden Bray   46.83
4x2 Relay             3rd Noah Given,  Joshua Hoermann,  Jack Henderson, Daniel Sauer  1:41.3
4x4 Relay            3rd  Joshua Hoermann, Jack Henderson, Daniel  Sauer, Caden Bray   3:53.7
 
 
Girls competed at JV level - Placed 8th out of a field of 15 teams
 
 
Caroline Abel        2nd long jump 12’11”, 6th pole vault 6’0”
Livy Jons               6th place discus 72’3 ½”
Madison Brantley  3rd long jump 12’11”
               
 
4x1 Relay          5th Madison Brantley ,Kate Abel, Caroline Abel, Mason Barnett  57.42
 
4x4 Relay          3rd  Lilah Brillhart, Madison Brantley, Caroline Abel , Mason Barnett    4:51.1                 
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