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Volume 26 Number 27  |  4/2/2020
God is our REFUGE and STRENGTH, an ever-present help in trouble...

Psalm 46:1-3

Palm Sunday

A blessed Palm Sunday to all as we remember the King of Kings... 

Crown him with many Crowns!


With our second week of ZOOM classes + home work, we are all learning together what works and what doesn’t.  The Grammar School faculty gathered with Mrs. Brantley and me this week to discuss successes and problems.  The reports were good, by and large, as were the comments from the Upper School Directors.   While teachers were encouraged to “triage” their lesson plans (in light of fewer classroom minutes) and assist parents with lesson plans, the parents were urged to be in close proximity or right next to their K-5th grade children to ensure classroom behavior while on ZOOM so that all could listen and learn without distractions.
The Board of Trustees and I met Thursday night in a ZOOM meeting and among the topics discussed were the potential help from Federal funds.  
Business as usual:  We will have our first “virtual” visit by a potential applicant, and Mr. Sultemeier and I held a ZOOM parent interview for new applicants to 7th and 8th grade for the fall.  It’s exciting to be able to keep moving forward!
As you know we have had to cancel or postpone many typical spring events.  The grade level directors and I are in the process of making plans for academics (exams, thesis defense, etc) and graduation as well as exploring options for the canceled junior class trip to Washington DC.
Meanwhile, Heritage @ Home zooms on and we pray that you will all have a contemplative Passion Week, a meaningful, healthy, and blessed Palm Sunday, and a glorious Easter celebration.

Heritage @ Home
Live and Learn... Comments from Parents

Dana Lindner:
“Heritage has done such a good job transitioning to this online school!”
MaLinda Burnett:
“When I said I wanted to be a fly on the wall in my kids’ classes, this isn’t exactly what I meant. To be honest, in the beginning I was a bit panicked (and crying a little) at the idea of schooling five kids at home on the internet at the same time while keeping the 4-year-old quiet.  But as the week went by, each day went smoother than the day before.  My kids quickly got the hang of ZOOM, are learning time management, and keeping up with their schedule on their own.  I am thankful for our incredible teachers who have been so supportive in making this such a smooth transition!  We have enjoyed having more time at home with our kids while still giving them an excellent education.  And oh the chores we are getting done now!!!”

No Quarantine Rain on
THIS Parade...

On Wednesday Reece Harris was supposed to celebrate her birthday. 

But her birthday party was not to be thanks to COVID quarantine.  However, friends decided that a celebration would happen anyway.  At 5pm, 25-30 cars, decorated, honking horns, waving signs, blowing bubbles celebrated in style.

A memorable birthday indeed!

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:
Texas Cases of COVID-19:
There are now 5,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 145 out of 254 counties, 90 deaths, and 55,000 people tested in Texas.  More details are available here.

Statewide Executive Order:
Schools, both public and private, are now closed and dependent on distance learning until May 4th by the Governor's new Executive Order.  

Please see the state's online resources on COVID-19:

Talking with Children
About COVID-19

Ideas, Comments and Troubleshooting

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 to:
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Send an email to
or for urgent cases, text or call Esteban at 830.998.1122

Two Juniors
Recognized for PSAT

Katie Chastain and Wess Burnett have been named to the CBRP (College Board National Recognition Program) list for 2019-20. These two juniors scored in the top 2.5% on the October 2019 PSAT/NMSQT.

Congratulations Katie and Wess!

Checking In...

During this quarantine, students are finding fun ways to read outside!
Thomas Schildknecht had spirit day along with pizza and ice cream - just like we do at school on Fridays!
Students continue to get accustomed to the new distance learning format. Great job at adapting to something so different, Heritage students! Thank you, Heritage parents, for your efforts in aiding this transition!
Heritage teachers are fully in the groove with Zoom! With a week and a half of virtual class under their belts, they are old pros at starting meetings, sharing their screen, using whiteboards, document cameras and drawing pads online, and presenting Powerpoints. Way to go, amazing Heritage faculty!

Eagle Extras

Third grade student Gunner Kramer didn’t let being at home stop him from creating a BEAUTIFUL desert habitat which we would have made together in class. Well done, Gunner!
- Mrs. Ashley
Fifth graders are still calling their Care Call friends, just from home now. What a blessing these special friends and family members have been to our class. Before spring break, one of our Care Call friends, Miss Charlene, visited the classroom to watch students present their Greek myths.

5th Grade Speeches

Each year for Speech Meet, 5th graders have the opportunity to really step it up by writing and memorizing their own original speeches. This year Reece Baker and Laney Stollenwerck wrote and memorized original speeches. If they had been able to compete in San Antonio at the ACSI Speech Meet competition, they would have had an opportunity to really shine. These are outstanding speeches, and Mrs. Stollenwerck is very proud of them!!
You Always Have a Friend
Topic: Friendship
By: Laney Stollenwerck
Have you ever had a really good friend? If you are close to someone, that must mean you are good friends, but do you know how to be true friends? In Proverbs 27:9, it says, “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” True friends are honest, helpful, and loving.

A friend is someone who is honest with you, who tells you when you are doing something wrong, even when you think you’re doing something right. For example, if you hurt someone but don’t know it, a friend should be honest with you. It may hurt your feelings at first, but at least they are telling you what’s right and are not lying to you. Aristotle said, “We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us.”

A friend is someone who helps you when you mess up, fall down, or have a struggle. A friend will help you get back up on your feet and stand tall. For example, if you feel sad, a true friend will check on you, call to tell you a joke, send you a silly meme, or draw you a pretty picture. True friends want to help and say kind words to support you. Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

A friend is someone who loves you just the way you are. Try to find friends who let you be you. For example, a true friend will love you even if you walk funny, talk funny, or have no sight. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times…”
I hope you have friends that are honest, helpful, and loving. Even when my friends aren’t around, I know I always have a best friend right there with me. He is Christ our Lord, also known as Jesus. Jesus is honest, helpful, and loving. I hope he’s your best friend too.
Athletes Honoring God
Topic: Christian Walk
By: Reece Baker
Going back to 776 B.C. Greeks honored there false gods in the Olympics. Today in sports, athletes either honor or dishonor our one true God. Two well-known athletes who honor God are Tim Tebow and Carmelo Anthony.

Tim Tebow gives glory to God for his abilities and wins. He praises God in each interview. When he scores a touchdown, he kneels down in the end zone and prays to God and thanks God for everything. When Tim Tebow played in N.F.L., he wore eye black, and he would write Bible verses on them mostly from the book of John. Tim Tebow once said, “I will give God glory in everything.” He would also encourage his teammates to go on the field and do great things. Carmelo Anthony also gives glory to God for his abilities and wins. At tip off, he blows a kiss to God. These outstanding athletes are both good examples for young athletes. Isaiah 40:31 says, “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not get weary. They will walk and not be faint.” That means we should give credit to God, not to ourselves.

On the other hand, some athletes don’t honor God. They act like their gifts or wins are all them, not God at all. They think they are powerful and important. Instead, we should do as recommended in Isaiah 25:1: “O Lord, you are my God; I will give thanks to your name.”

I want to start honoring God like Tim Tebow and Carmelo Anthony. I think we should all start honoring God in every sport. He is the reason we are blessed to play the sports and why we are athletic. He has given us many great gifts, and we should thank him for all of our gifts.
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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.


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