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Volume 26 Number 30  |  4/24/2020
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:5

Graduation is ON...
and YOU'RE invited!

After checking with the local authorities (Health Dept and Chief of Police), we are pleased to announce that Heritage School will go forward with our May 15th graduation.  Though details and procedures are still in the planning stages, we are excited to be able to proceed with a graduation ceremony that will be COVID-compliant, yet meaningful, and even fun.
And it will all happen on the beautiful campus at Heritage School, come rain or shine!
Essentially, we will have a stage in the center of Shipman Field and all the families and guests  will park in the visitors’ area, the end zone, and the MPAC driveway—while STAYING IN THEIR CARS.  Only the graduates, Mr. Turpin, and Mrs. Hierholzer will be on the stage and interacting in person with the graduates.  Never fear, you will be able to see—via our live streaming which will be on You Tube during the ceremony AND archived for future viewing.  As the ceremony progresses, those in cars can roll down windows and sing or clap at the appropriate times-- while STAYING IN THEIR CARS.  Meanwhile, anyone can view the ceremony up close via tablet or phones –while STAYING IN THEIR CARS
After the ceremony ends (hopefully right when the sun sets—since Heritage has particularly lovely sunsets), we will all exit campus, and drive down Main Street, honking horns and flying streamers.    We may be socially distant physically but we will be socially close as the Heritage FAMILY!
Save the date:  SENIOR CHAPEL via ZOOM will be WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 @ 8:00 am.

Heritage Alum Recognized

Click on this video for the presentation of the Wanda Mercer Legacy Award to our own Heritage alumnus Abe Hinterlach. (Starts at 19:44)
Abraham Hinterlach, 2017 graduate of Heritage School, receives Tarleton State University’s prestigious Wanda Mercer Legacy Award. This year’s recipient is Abraham Hinterlach, son of Chris & Sara Hinterlach, Fredericksburg, TX.

Dr. Wanda Mercer, former VP of Student Affairs, served Tarleton for nineteen years leaving a legacy of leadership and servitude.  Each year Tarleton selects one winner who is a positive example of servant-leadership who will leave a legacy for other students to aspire to follow.

At Tarleton State’s 24th Leadership and Service Awards ceremony, 2020, Kelli Styron, Vice President of Student Affairs, recognized students who have committed their time and energy to serving Tarleton. The awards ceremony celebrated students who are leaving an impactful legacy on Tarleton State University and recognized students who have gone above beyond to exemplify Tarleton’s core values.

Abraham Hinterlach, a junior at Tarleton State University, graduated from Heritage School, class of 2017.  V.P., Kelli Styron, said that Abraham is an example of true servant leadership as proven by his actions. Abraham is a Tarleton Ambassador, Tarleton Transition Mentor, President of Kappa Delta Rho, Honors College Student Association member, American Sign Language Club member, Intern at Timber Ridge Church, and Worship Leader at Timber Ridge Church.

V.P. of Student Affairs, Kelli Styron, tells Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post that Abraham’s time management skills are exemplary.  He lends a helping hand where ever it is needed.  He lives out Tarleton’s core values daily.


Grammar School

Mrs. Hierholzer was the guest speaker for the Grammar School chapel. She asked why we participate in the speech meet and then asked what the students drew or painted in art recently. Then, she showed the art works which depicted the students' interpretation of Rene Magritte's The False Mirror.  The remarkable art of the students showed the large eye with a blue sky and clouds reflected in it.  Connecting the two seemingly unrelated discussions, she talked about how the speech meet helps us present our thoughts and ideas well.  She commented that the artwork did seem to show how Magritte saw the world as reflected in an eye.  Afterwards, she read the first four verses of Psalm 19:  "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world."

She pointed out that God's creation--which is so beautiful right now in the early spring--loudly proclaims the glory of God--without spoken language. She emphasized that we can be encouraged that He who caused the trees to spring back to life and brought Jesus out of the tomb shows us His great power and love for us.

Upper School

In Upper School chapel, Sam Richburg and Finn Sawtelle discussed their takeaways from two books, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and The Miracle Morning. Sam talked about balanced self-renewal and the importance of continually renewing your spiritual, emotional, physical and mental dimensions every day, through some means. These dimensions are simply aspects of your life. Encouraging the health of these dimensions could be a combination of prayer, exercise, meditation, discussion, journaling, or many other methods. The importance, he says, is to do something to renew each of these aspects of your life every day.

Finn Sawtelle discussed Hal Elrod and his book The Miracle Morning. Hal survived great physical and financial trauma including a massive car accident that left him crippled and a personal financial crisis, resulting from the 2008 economic downturn. In experiencing these traumas, he came to conclusions about everyday tasks that he could perform to dig out of the holes he was in and become his optimal self. Finn spoke about how dreaming realistic dreams, and attempting to find out how you can attain those dreams every day can lead to them coming true over time. Finn pointed out Elrod's suggestions:
  • start your day off well without putting things off
  • when you encounter a serious problem, allow yourself to come to terms with it - get out any frustration over the course of 5 seconds, then try to move on quickly
  • accept that some things are out of your control and dispel negative aspects of those things from your mind quickly.
Finn told us that creating daily progress towards becoming the person you need to be is essential to making your vision for your optimal self a reality. 

Thank you for your positive messages, Finn and Sam!
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Texas Cases of COVID-19:
There are now 21,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 225,078 people tested in 202 out of 254 counties, and 561 deaths.  More state details are available here.  The projected peak in Texas according to IHME moved to April 24th for peak deaths and April 23rd for peak resource usage, according to this model.

Schools Closed, Access Allowed:
Governor Abbott announced on Friday, April 17th that public and private schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. Teachers may enter the school buildings in order to provide distance learning, clean out classrooms, and/or close out the school year.  Guidance on entering the buildings safely is here.  Note that teachers should wear face masks in the school building.  This is a recommended practice, but not an absolute requirement. There are some questions about whether students may be in the building.  The TEA is not clear on that, but is seeking guidance.  More details are expected soon.
Click here for an article from Tim Elmore on the concept of social distancing.

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Checking In...

Fourth grade is working on their insect drawing for an insect research paper.
This week first grade read The Parable of the Lost Sheep and made a sheep craft about the verse, “Rejoice with me, I have found my lost sheep.” Luke 15:6. First grade also read about and made monarch butterflies and tended to their green beans they planted a little over a week ago.
In honor of William Shakespeare's birthday, fifth graders celebrated with a surprise scavenger hunt. Students had been forewarned to wear fast running shoes. They had 20 minutes to find 18 Shakespeare-related items around their homes. (List is an attachment) Quickly this scavenger hunt became a fun, family quest.
And the winners are...

Tie for 1st place:
Reece Baker
Josiah Sauer

Tie for 2nd place:
Jett Barnett
Justin Goodman
Since our field trip to the San Antonio Museum of Art was cancelled, we decided to take a virtual field trip today. We saw online images and descriptions for amazing art from the four main areas in our ancient history curriculum: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
-Mrs. Stollenwerck
Especially at this time, use Amazon Smile at NO COST to you!
There is an extension to your internet browser that is free and simple to add that will automatically make your Amazon purchases into AmazonSmile purchases that will benefit Heritage... Remember there are zero drawbacks to using AmazonSmile, it works just as a normal Amazon transaction works, only benefits the school. When selecting the charity, search for "Heritage Family School" and we should come up close to the top of the list.


Heritage can take advantage of our partnership with Shutterfly to earn funds for our school. This is similar to Amazon Smile. Go through the links below to the Shutterfly store to  The school earns 8% for any orders placed through this storefront link.  No funds are earned through the app or the regular Shutterfly website.


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