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May 18 2014

In This Issue

Principal's Desk
Raise Funds by Shopping
• Dave Strom Passes Baton
• Graduation LiveStream
• Around the Castle

Live Streaming

Hillcrest's graduation festivities are live streamed on the LiveStream Events Page. To watch select events from the weekend live, visit

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Hillcrest Privileged with International Blessings

This week a family asked Promotions Director Wayne Stender about how the International population has grown at Hillcrest. The question was centered in an observation that Hillcrest has a diverse student body. His excitement to answer this question is rooted in the mission of the school; believing Hillcrest's diversity unifies students, and is part of God's redeeming work from the Tower of Babel to Pentecost.

To read this piece coming from the Principal's Desk by Promotions Director Wayne Stender, Please CLICK HERE>>

Support HLA Through Regular Shopping

With graduation around the corner a number of students will receive gift cards from supportive relatives and friends. We want to encourage you to consider purchasing those gift cards, and organizing your everyday spending, to support Hillcrest through Scrip.

Scrip is a fundraising option Hillcrest is employing to support families paying tuition. Scrip is basically gift certificates from national and local retailers. They’re the same gift certificates that you buy at the store. Many popular retailers participate in our scrip program including JCPenney, The Gap, Shell, Pizza Hut, Red Lobster and many, many others. 

Scrip participating retailers agree to sell gift certificates to our organization at a discount. Member families like yours buy the certificates for full face value, they redeem them for full face value, and our school keeps the difference as revenue. And scrip is exciting, because everybody wins: 

  •  The retailer gets cash up front and repeat business… 
  •  You get a powerful fundraising alternative that involves no selling… 
  •  Our school gets to support your family's commitment to Hillcrest through this fundraising option that pays towards your student's individual tuition account...

The beauty of scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work. You earn money for Hillcrest without spending a single additional penny. Just spend your regular shopping dollars with scrip at the stores that participate in thescrip program! And SCRIP can be used for just about any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline and even dining out. 

The funds raised through the SCRIP program go back into supporting families with tuition. Revenue created with SCRIP supports scholarships for your family, along with supporting Hillcrest.

Families may participate in the scrips gift card program by visiting to sign-up. In creating your account use Hillcrest's code: 83AFA3C735588. The cards may be ordered online or through Hillcrest's volunteer coordinator. To inquire for more information please contact Wayne Stender (218.737.6408 |

Dave Strom Passes Baton after 23 years

In the fall of 1991, Dave Strom started teaching at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Twenty-three years ago he stepped into the classroom for the first time as the choir director. Now, Mr. Strom is pursuing pastoral leadership. Throughout his years at Hillcrest, Mr. Strom has led the choir from coast to coast. He has created a legacy of professionalism in the fine arts that is a hallmark of Hillcrest Academy’s Music Department.

To read the full article, visit Hillcrest's HLA Today Page>>

Graduation LiveStream

Hillcrest's graduation is a memorable time for students, but it is also memorable for alumni, friends and family. While we hope all will attend the events during graduation, we understand the challenges with travel and schedules at this time of the year. With this in mind, we LiveStream our graduation ceremonies.

Friends and family may view online the Senior Class Night on Saturday, May 24 at 7pm and the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 25 at 10am. 

To view the events, please visit Hillcrest LiveStream Events Page>>

Around the Castle

Tournament Time for Baseball, Softball and track
The spring sports calendar is nearing the end, with tournaments and section meets coming up for the competitive athletics program at HLA. To view the schedule of events, please visit our Athletics Page>>.
Finals Week
Finals Week begins Monday, May 19th, with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday half-days.
Graduation Festivities Begin
Graduation festivities begin Friday, May 23rd with the all school concert at 7pm at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN
Valley City Football Camp
As graduation closes the 2013-14 school year, football camp opens the 2014-15 session. The camp is slated for June 1-3.
Summer Weight Room Open
Hillcrest's Booster Club is organizing a special weight room training June 1st at 7pm in the Student Activities Center. The weight room hours are posted on Hillcrest's school calendar>>
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