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Heritage Herald

Volume 22 Number 16 12/17/2015

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
—Isaiah 9:6

Heritage School provides a distinctive classical Christ-centered education that prepares students for servant leadership and lives that glorify God.
Happy New Year!  Heritage School resumes class on Monday, January 4.

Senior Spotlight

Meet Sarah Andrews and Skylar Kitzmiller

Hello, I'm Sarah Andrews.  I was born in Kerrville Texas on January 29, 1998 ,to my parents, Mark and Gatrel Andrews. I am the caboose of 7 children, having 4 older brothers and 2 older sisters. For kindergarten and first grade I, along with most of my other siblings, was homeschooled by my mom. >>Continue Reading 

I am Skylar Kitzmiller, I have lived in Fredericksburg my whole life.  I attended the public school until third grade, at which point I began a homeschooling adventure—an adventure that I soon would realize had massive ups and downs.  A great part about homeschooling was that I got to learn to think on my >>Continue Reading


Eisbahn is OPEN!  Bring your family and friends to enjoy a holiday tradition.  For only $10 per person, you can skate all day and come-and-go as many times during the day as you please.  Pizza, snacks and drinks are available to purchase at the concession stand.  Gloves, socks and caps can also be purchased. 
Let this become your family holiday tradition.  Join us in the  Kinderhalle Pavilion at Marktplatz for fun and fellowship on the ice.  See you there!


“The Real Meaning of Eisbahn”

A message from Derek Spence, Eisbahn Operations Manager                    

Good evening,
Heidi and I just wanted to write a quick note to tell you all of a couple of incidences/ observations at Eisbahn that we have had the opportunity to notice over the past week.
While I know that Eisbahn is looked at as kind of a pain by many who have to volunteer for its operation (including myself), I hope that I, and everyone else, will be able to recognize that not only is this a great fundraiser for the school, but it is also, and even more importantly, a way of bringing happiness into the lives of children who might not have such a happy home life.  There are so many different life stories that come through our gates.  We, as flawed humans, tend to forget that each soul entering our "skating rink” is unique and loved by God just as much as He loves us.
We, by God's Blessing, have the opportunity to give an hour or so of happiness to the life of a child or an adult who might be going through a most unhappy time.
I noticed many teenage kids (12-15 year old) tonight who were skating and having innocent fun, as opposed to drinking alcohol, smoking pot, or participating in any other inappropriate behavior. For the time we have them, they are safe, happy, and staying out of trouble.
I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting a beautiful little 6 year old girl named Lyla, whose grandmother was unable to remove her skates so she could take her to the restroom. I offered assistance, and immediately found myself caught up in Lyla's story. She informed me, upon my helping her, that her "mommy and daddy were currently separated", and that she was "sad" about it because it was Christmas time and she didn’t know who she would spend Christmas with. However, she very much enjoyed her skates and the hot chocolate. She was a bright and happy child despite her plight, and I felt honored that she had decided to confide her little heart to the "skate guy". It reminded me that this is much more than a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to bring happiness into a very broken world that is gasping for joy.
There are hundreds of kids like Lyla that enter our world every day that Eisbahn is open. It is hard work, and cuts in to "our" time considerably. But there is a much larger story here than most recognize (including me, until tonight). It is easy to get jaded by the inconvenience of it all. It is the enemy's desire to destroy such a great ministry as he loves to destroy the hearts and lives of our children. It is worth all of the effort and expense to bring happiness to just one life, and yet we get to reach so many more.
It is late, and I have had a long day, and I suspect this might come across as a pep talk, but I wanted to share my thoughts while they were still fresh on my heart. And my true desire is to let everyone know that there is so much more at work here than just a skating rink/fundraiser. 
God Bless,  and have a good Sunday,
Derek and Heidi Spence

December Chapel Schedule

December 18
  • All School Chapel:  Christmas Carols ~ Great Hall

Grammar School Village

Kindergarteners--enjoyed growing crystal trees...thank you to the Olafson family for the extra fun science project. 
1st Graders--enjoyed making tambourines to enable them to make a joyful noise to the Lord.
2nd Graders--talked about the composer Tchaikovsky, read the Nutcracker Story and watched part of the ballet.
3rd Graders--worked hard in the kitchen...surprise, surprise.  
4th Graders--wondered at the birth of Christ Jesus, our Lord, and what it must have been like for the nearby shepherds to see and hear the glory of the Lord as the angels shared it with them on that Holy Night.
5th Grader--completed Egypt research reports and presented them with visuals. We also enjoyed a deep study of the Birth of Christ. 

Kids Youth Ranch…service project

Thank you for your generous donations to our November/December service project.  We were able to donate $250 cash, $100 in gift cards, Under Armour gear, coats, clothing, pajamas, basketballs and many other items to the boys at the youth ranch.  The donated cash was used to purchase Lego's, roller blades, razors, games and other specific items that Antuan and Armando requested.  Thank you again students and families for your kindness and generosity. 

Sophomores Christmas Caroling

On Friday, December 11th, the Sophomore class sent a large contingent to both the Knopp 2 and the Windcrest nursing homes to bring colorful Christmas Wreath decorations for the residents' doors and also to sing Christmas carols with the folks. A big thank you to Mrs. Martha Lucas, Mrs. Suzanne McComack, and Mrs. Bel Tucker for helping drive the kids over to the nursing homes.  As Mrs. Lucas played the joyful sounds upon the piano, the students sang for the residents as they made requests for their favorite Christmas carol!  The 10th graders made the door decorations in art class that week, creating 96 wreaths to adorn the residents' doors.   Room 110 was a green and red Christmas factory!  What fun we had meeting the residents and shaking hands!  Mrs. Mac's mother, Nancy Martin said, "Our favorite part was when they sang "Jingle Bells" and then shook hands and spoke to everyone.  They were so polite and personable!  I hope they come back for another visit!"  Thank you, Mrs. Lucas, for planning this service event for the Sophomore class. 
Please note that Heritage School (Herzog Hall) closes daily at 4:00 p.m.  All students must be picked up by 4:00 p.m. unless they are participating in an athletic practice.   Thank you.
ATTENTION PARENTS:  PLEASE do not park in either of the circle drives in front of the school. These are fire lanes as well as drive through lanes and you are hindering the flow of traffic if you park your car there.  Please use the provided parking spaces if you need to park and come into the school.  

Seriously folks!  PLEASE no parking in the fire lanes.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Heritage Athletics

Week 18

Scoreboard in review (Dec 10- Dec 16)
Junior High Girls Basketball A vs River City Believers Academy W-27-7
Junior High Boys Basketball A vs River City Believers Academy W-36-9
Junior High Boys Basketball B vs River City Believers Academy W- 27-0
Junior High Girls Basketball A vs Covenant Academy W- 23-2
Junior High Boys Basketball A vs. Covenant Academy W- 32-15
Junior High Boys Basketball B vs. River City Christian School W-28-6

Looking ahead on the Eagle Sports Calendar
Dec 18 Varsity Girls Basketball vs Ingram JV @ MPAC (6:00)
Dec 18 JV Boys Basketball vs Fredericksburg Freshman @ FISD Girls Gym (6:15)
Dec 18 Varsity Boys Basketball vs Fredericksburg JV @ FISD Girls Gym (7:30)
Dec 28-29 Varsity Boys Basketball @ OLH Tournament
Jan 4 Junior High A vs Gateway MPAC (5:00)
Junior Boys White vs Gateway MPAC (6:00)
Junior Boys Green vs Covenant Kerrville @ Calvary Temple Church
Jan 5 Varsity Girls & Varsity Boys Basketball @ **Hill Country San Marcos (6 & 7:30)

**District Games

Heritage Calendar

Tami Given

Athletic Director

All State, All District and Academic All State 2015 Season                               

Heritage School Varsity Football
Head Coach Tim Shipman
TAPPS Division III Six-Man Football

All State Team                  
Jackson Abel      Soph      2nd team TE
Blake Ashley      JR            2nd team Punter
Academic All State                          
Blake Ashley      JR           
Jacob Huser        JR           
1st team All District                        
Jackson Abel      Soph      TE
Blake Ashley      JR            Punter
2nd Team All-District                      
Skylar Kitzmiller SR           Wide Rec.
Skylar Kitzmiller SR           Def Lineman
Blake Ashley      JR            Quarterback
Jacob Huser        JR            Kicker
Jacob Huser        JR            special teams
Dillon Roberts    Soph      Spreadback
Jackson Abel      Soph      Def Lineman
Jonathan Hoermann       Fresh     Def Back
Honorable Mention All-District                 
Elliot Arms           Soph      Def Back
Jacob Huser        JR            Utility Back
Note from the Athletic Director-
Greetings!  Just a quick shout out to all the families with students in sports. I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to work with your students. We are working hard to provide a positive challenging program. The students have stepped up and received it. With their commitment, you can see the level of fitness and athleticism improving.
 Especially with our younger athletes, please continue supporting your kids with good positive feedback. You should be very proud of each of them. They are gaining experience and skills, but it does take time. It also takes hard work and they are stepping up. This adversity is what builds good character. It doesn’t happen overnight and maybe not even in one season. We are trying to build a program. I love what I am seeing on and off the court and field with these students. Your part is important- positive reinforcement to keep working and trying. Never give up!
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered in any capacity during the fall sports season and now in basketball. I appreciate all my drivers, gate keepers, scoreboard and bookkeepers, team parents, set and clean- up crew. We couldn’t have our competitions without your help. You are being a great example for your children through service.  We all need to do our part to teach them about giving and serving others.  Thank you!!
Enjoy this special time with your family. Time goes by way too fast. Let us slow down and enjoy the best birthday ever. Merry Christmas!

Tami Given, Athletic Director
Heritage School

P.S. All 11th and 12th graders who are running track or playing tennis are expected to come out of hibernation and begin working out in athletics starting in January in preparation for their seasons. Grab some warm-ups!!


Heritage School Parent Association

Our new HSPA Chair for the 2015-2016 school year is Elizabeth Harris.  HSPA Meetings are usually held the fourth Monday at 8:15 a.m. in the office of Matthew Skinner. (Exceptions are when the Administration Office is closed.)  HSPA meeting dates:
January 25
February 22
March 21
April 25
May 23

HSPA Positions Open for 2015-16 School Year:
Chair:                 Elizabeth Harris
Chair Elect:   Kimberley Franek
Treasurer:       Kimberley Franek
Secretary:         April Klepac
Upper School Liaison:  Kelly Oosterbahn
Lower School Liaison: Kim Roberts (Matt)
Grandparents Day: Helana Pedregon Chair, Rhonda Hickey Co-Chair
Back to School Night Liaison:  Shelly Gioffre, HSPA Liaison
Baking Committee:  Andrea Gentry
Teacher Appreciation:  Courtney Fritzsch
Spring Fling:   Matthew Franek
Room Moms:
K:  Jill Perry
1st: Shara Zgabay
2nd: Kim Roberts
3rd:  Shelly Gioffre
4th: Karen Willingham
5th: Kim Roberts
6th:  Meredith Plesko
7th:  Christy Klokker
8th:  Wendy Barnett
9th:  Kelly Oosterbahn
10th:  Martha Lucas
11th:  Laurie Crenwelge
12th:  April Klepac

2015 - 2016 Student Council Officers

President- Parker Given
President Elect- Blake Ashley
Secretary-Dylan Sione              
Treasurer-Rose Pedregon
Events Coordinator-Jamie Hoermann
Chaplain- Sean O’Leary
Missions Coordinator-Avery Klepac
Teacher Liaison-Mrs. Sultemeier

Coats for Tots

Student Council is collecting Coats for Tots for the Hill Country Community Needs Council in Gillespie County.  Donation boxes are located in Herzog Hall and the Grammar School.  

Christmas Carols

Student Council will lead the school in Christmas Carols on December 18 10:35 a.m. in the Great Hall after the final that morning.  The Upper School will award the winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest during time.

Photo Request!

Please consider sending photos on a thumb drive to April Klepac.
Upper School:
Cross Country
Grammar School:
Field Trips
Class Events

Although a thumb drive is preferred, you may also send them to

PSAT Scores Delayed 

Besides our many Christmas season traditions, early December routines usually include the distribution of October PSAT scores. According to a bulletin from College Board, that occasion will be postponed until after our semester break:
scores will be available to students online Jan 7; schools will receive paper score reports by Jan 29. Those paper score reports will be matched up with each student's actual test booklet (with scratch-work) and given to students to trouble-shoot their errors as soon as possible. (You may remember that this PSAT used the new SAT format.)

Acceptance Letters

Class of 2016

Our 2016 Seniors have received acceptance letters from:
  • A&M
  • A&M-Galveston
  • Abilene Christian
  • Baylor
  • Dallas Baptist
  • Hardin-Simmons
  • Santa Fe School of Art & Design
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Texas State
  • Texas Tech
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • Colorado Schol of Mines
That's just the beginning!

College Night

Save the Date Monday evening, January 11
Freshmen through Junior parents should make every effort to attend and will come away with action steps. (Students are most welcome.)
Logic School parents are encouraged to attend and will glean talking points and focus.

Grammar School parents are quite welcome and, according to statistics, may benefit most from the earlier perspective and preparation.
Please email Mrs. Sauer your priority topics and questions so as to make the most of the evening:

Early College Credit Registration Open for Spring

Central Texas College has opened its registration portal for Spring Semester classes. You should start the online application process at:   Complete the one-time online application to CTC, track down your SAT scores and make an appointment with Kristy Kothe at the Hill Country University Center (254-616-3401) You must be a junior or senior to register and are limited to two courses per semester.
More independent souls may find the ONLINE early college offerings at LeTourneau University more suitable:  Although LETU online students do not have designated online class times, they do have weekly deadlines for graded work. LETU courses cost about $360 each.
Early college credit not only saves thousands of tuition dollars ($328/course at CTC  compared to $950 at A&M and $3636 at Baylor), the gift of time and flexibility in your future college schedule can be more advantageous in pursuing a minor or double major. Also, the seniority attained by early college credit can make a huge difference at freshman registration. Of course, early college credits afford little advantage at all if your chosen major degree plan does not call for those courses or your target college does not accept the transfer. Mrs. Sauer can help you find that information and help you make a plan. 

Applications for 2016 college summer camp experiences are coming online already. Camp tuition would make a great Christmas gift!  Check out:
Sam Houston State Pre-Law Academy June 5-11,2016 at www.sfasu/pre-lawacademy
University of Dallas Shakespeare in Italy, Latin in Rome or Arete (on campus in Dallas).
Early applications receive a 10% discount:
Applications for The American Legion Boys State summer leadership camp in Austin opens Jan 4. This is one of the oldest and largest camp experiences in Texas:  The Girls State link is:

2015-2016 SAT and ACT Test Dates and Deadlines

SAT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Jan 23 Dec 28 Jan 12
Mar 5 Feb 5 Feb 23
May 7 Apr 8 Apr 26
Jun 4 May 5 May 25
  Heritage Code: 442607
ACT Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Feb 6 Jan 8 Jan 9–15
Apr 9 Mar 4 Mar 5–18
Jun 11 May 6 May 7–20

2015-16 College Preview Events

UT-Austin:          Feb 14, Mar 20
Texas State:       Feb 13, April 16
Trinity U:            Jan 30, Feb  13
Dallas Baptist:    Jan 30, Feb 15
A&M:                    Feb 13, call Admissions for separate department open house dates
Baylor:                  April 16
LeTourneau        Mar 18, April 23
LETU Engineering :  Feb 11-12
LETU Aviation :  Feb 18-19

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Cailloux Scholarship

Comes online Nov 3 at  .
Applications due Feb 2, 2016
SAT + KhanAcademy = free personalized online SAT practice at
This trend-setting company has moved well beyond textbook rentals. Their free online ACT/SAT test prep launches in November. Seniors! The Chegg scholarship search engine is one of the best: Every month Chegg gives away $1,000 to a high school student who best answers their monthly prompt. Apply now for this month's scholarship.


Heritage School will be unable to order SCRIP while the offices are closed during Christmas.  If you are signed on with PRESTO PAY by all means, shop away! 

SCRIP will benefit the Heritage School 15th Graduating Class Expenses for the Class of 2016.

For more information please contact April Klepac 830-997-6597.

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Heritage Lunch Options

Lunch Options:
Go to >>Heritage School for the lunch order forms.
Opa’s on Monday:  Deliver Order Form to:  April Klepac.  You may pay by check (made payable to Opa’s) or credit card by filling out the order form. 
Tubby’s on Tuesday:  Deliver Order Form to:  April Klepac.  You may pay by check (made payable to Tubby’s) or by credit card at their website: >>Tubby's
West End on Wednesday:  Order and pay online at: >>West End Pizza or drop a check in the West End Pizza box in the teacher workroom.
Kelani Yogurt on Thursday:  Deliver Order Form to:  April Klepac.  You may pay by check (Made payable to Kelani Yogurt) or online at: >>Kelani Yogurt  
Pizza on Friday:  Contact Jenny Staudt if you would like to participate in the Pizza Friday’s option. 
Again, we thank you for not making changes to the orders once they have been placed.  If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call!
If you were unable to submit your lunch forms in December, your student will not receive lunches the first week of January.  You have until Thursday, January 7 to order for the spring semester.

Thank you,
April Klepac

Click here for Order Forms.

Student Honors and Accolades

Sofia Janc, second grade, won second place in the Marketplatz Ornament decorating contest. Her star is on display on the Christmas Tree at Marketplatz. Sofia is pictured with the mayor at the tree lighting Friday after Thanksgiving. 
Please send photos and information of student honors and accolades to:

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