Would you be willing to send a few letters to your friends and family on behalf of Westlake? The school will provide you with everything you need – just fill out the form below to request letters to be set aside for you in the office.
Did you know that no family pays the full cost of educating a child at Westlake Christian Academy? In addition, 45% of Westlake families receive need-based tuition assistance and benefit from the generosity of people like you.
You can make a difference in a student’s life by donating to Westlake’s 2019 Tuition Assistance Drive. Your donation makes it possible for students to receive a high quality Christian education at an affordable price.
As a ministry, Westlake Christian Academy walks by faith, depending on God to use his people to cover the gap between what it actually costs to provide an education and what some of our families can pay. Thank you for helping us to meet the needs of these families!
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Need an evening without kids? Want to get started on your Christmas shopping early? Maybe a date night?
Westlake Christian Academy Parents Association is hosting a Parents Night Out.
Friday, November 22nd | 5:30pm-9:00pm | Preschool-6th Grade | *ALL children must be potty trained*
Enjoy 3.5 hours of kid free time!
PRICING PER CHILD:
$15 per child/ sibling cap of $45
Payment will be collected upon registration.
3.5 hours of childcare
Movie + pizza slice and popcorn*
Games, arts and crafts supplies will be provided.
Westlake Christian Academy
275 S. Lake Street
Graylake, IL 60030
Bring your pillow and blanket to get comfy in the Gym and watch a movie on the big screen!
We are planning a special night for families of Fall 2020 kindergartners. Make plans now to join us for Kindergarten Roundup on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30pm in the kindergarten classroom.
Who Should Attend?
- Prospective families who want to learn more
- Current Pre-K families who are still exploring kindergarten options
- Current Pre-K families who are already committed to kindergarten at Westlake (including continuously enrolled families with older siblings)
What to Expect
- Snacks and a craft for kids
- Meet our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Culbertson, and learn about our kindergarten program
- Receive info about special kindergarten admissions requirements
- Ask your questions
The kindergarten class of 2019-20 had a waiting list, and we anticipate that all 22 spots in our 2020–2021 kindergarten class could also be filled.
- Current Westlake families will receive priority kindergarten admission through February 28, 2020. After this date, admission is not guaranteed.
- Prospective families may submit an online application, beginning January 15, 2020. New applications will be considered in the order they were received, beginning March 1, 2020.
Join us Monday, November 4th, 2019 at 7pm for a special evening of fellowship and vision casting. This small gathering will provide an opportunity to engage with school leadership and to hear about the exciting things happening at Westlake Christian Academy.
7:00 Reception and Fellowship
Hope Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Grayslake, IL 60030
We love our pastors and are so thankful for the impact you have on our lives! We hope you will visit our school and join us for a special chapel.
Join us on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 8:30 am – 9:45 am for fellowship with other area pastors and then an all-school chapel.
Our students love it when their pastor visits, and they love having the opportunity to thank you for shepherding them so faithfully. As one of the only Christian schools in the area, Westlake shares your desire to disciple the next generation, and this is one way that we can partner with local churches.
8:30 – Coffee & Fellowship with Other Area Pastors
8:40 – Message to Pastors (Laura DeReus and Peter Worrall)
9:00 – All-School Chapel
Tuesday, October 8th from 4:30pm-8:30pm &
Wednesday, October 9th from 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 8 & 9, 2019, are set aside for Parent/Teacher conferences. We have made our teachers available 4:30-8:30 Tuesday evening and 9:00-12:00 Wednesday morning (no classes Wednesday through Friday at all). We are only scheduling conferences with core subject teachers. If you have a concern about a music, art, or PE class, please contact the school office at Info@WestlakeChristian.org or 847-548-6209 to schedule a separate conference.
Elementary Parents (PreSchool – 6th Grade):
To schedule a conference with an elementary teacher, please sign up on that teacher’s schedule sheet outside the school office. If you cannot make it in to do so, call or email the school office to schedule with an elementary teacher.
Secondary Parents (7th – 12th Grade):
We schedule individual conferences with secondary teachers. We set aside 15 minute blocks for each conference. To enable us to schedule your junior/senior high school conferences, we ask that you click the following link and fill out the on-line form (this online registration is for junior/senior high school students only). Please take care of this no later than Friday, October 4, 2019.
Westlake Christian Academy is looking forward to having our students’ grandparents visit us on Friday, September 20th. It is a great morning of celebrating our students and their grandparents. Special guests are welcome to attend if grandparents are not able to attend.
Note to Parents: Grandparents Day is a Late Start Friday (9–12) and a half day for everyone (no aftercare will be provided). Students should wear their normal uniforms.
Note to Grandparents: Our format has changed this year! Students will report directly to their classes in the morning, and grandparents are invited to head directly to the gym to join us for coffee. The program will begin promptly at 9am, so we recommend arriving a few minutes early.
8:45–9:00am (gym) – Coffee & Light Refreshments
9:00–10:15am (gym) – Special Music, Elementary Chapel
10:30–11:15am (classrooms) – Visit 1st Grandchild’s Classroom*
11:15–12:00pm (classrooms) – Visit 2nd Grandchild’s Classroom*
12:00pm – Dismissal from classrooms (if grandparent is present); Parents may pick up students from the Elementary Pick-Up Line along Slusser St.
*Grandparents with more than one student will have the opportunity to switch classrooms at 11:15am. Grandparents with only one student may stay with that student for the entire morning.
Click below to register your child’s grandparents or special guest for this event.
Late Start Every Friday: this is an initiative to provide more quality time for our teachers to collaborate on professional development. On these days, teachers arrive early and classes start 45 minutes late, allowing our Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) an hour and a quarter each time to accomplish their objectives.
- Those parents who pay for before-school care may drop their children off at the normal time of 7:00–7:50 a.m. Mrs. Schlaman will provide her regular level of supervision for them.
- Those parents who cannot postpone dropping off until the late-start time (due to work schedules) may drop off their children anytime after 7:50 a.m. Elementary and secondary students will be supervised in two different areas for the next 55 minutes.
- Those parents who are able to wait should drop off their children around 8:45. Secondary students who drive should likewise plan to arrive at that time.
- The regular school day will be from 9:00 am–12:00 pm for our half-day students, 9:00 am–3:10 pm for Elementary, and 9:00 am–3:20 pm for Secondary. On half days, the school day will be from 9:00 am–12:00 pm for all grades.
At the beginning of each school year, the WCA high school goes on an overnight retreat. Our purpose for the retreat is three-fold 1) to allow students to renew old friendships and make new ones, 2) to allow students and faculty the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships, and 3) to be spiritually challenged. This overnight retreat is always one of the highlights of the year for our students. The retreat is an intentional component of our school ministry and each high school student is expected to attend. We ask that you pray with us that this event will fulfill its purposes.
DEPART: Wednesday, 8/28 at 8:00 a.m. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to load the vehicles.
RETURN: Friday, 8/30 about 3:30
PERMISSION: Sign and return the EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM by Monday, August 26. This form (purple) was distributed at back to school night last week. To receive an extra copy, your child may pick one up in the office or email Info@westlakechristian.org.
COST: The cost of the retreat is included in tuition for full-time students. Six meals, transportation, regular activities and two-nights lodging are all included. There are three optional activities available for an extra cost (see reverse). Students are to bring money for a fast-food lunch on the way home.
WHAT TO BRING: SPACE IS LIMITED!
1. Sleeping bag or twin bed linens & blanket
3. Clothing suitable for outdoor activities and the weather – watch the weather forecast
- WCA standards for modesty always apply.
- Shorts must be mid-thigh or longer (no short shorts).
- Tank tops and off-the-shoulder tops are not acceptable.
- Undergarments are not to be visible (e.g. boxer shorts, bra straps, underwear)
4. Beach towel and swimsuit (modest, one-piece swimwear, or a t-shirt as cover-up)
6. Towel & washcloth
7. Bible, notebook or paper, pen or pencil 8. Money for fast-food lunch on the way home
WHAT NOT TO BRING
- Items prohibited during a regular school day.
- It is expected that students will not need to use their cell phones during the retreat. In the event of an emergency, students will have access to the camp phone (see above).
Retreat Theme: Take the Towel
Have you ever asked, “Why did he/she/they do that? Why did he take the last donut? Why did she pay me that compliment? Why are my parents always on my case?” It’s a simple question—Why?—and we ask because we are looking for MOTIVE. Did he take the last donut because he didn’t KNOW I hadn’t had one or because he didn’t CARE? Why did she pay me that compliment—does it mean something more? Does it feel like my parents are always on my case because they don’t think I’m good enough OR because they really want me to be my best?
In John 13 Jesus got up from the meal, takes a basin of water and a towel, and gets down on His knees and washes His disciples’ feet. Each one. One at a time. Even Judas who He knew was about to betray Him. Why? Jesus said, “I am your Teacher. The teacher is the one who knows and understands the world better and helps the students to know and understand. So it is lesson time. Pay attention. I am teaching you something here and now.”
He also said, “I am your Lord. Lord means master. I am your boss. I am the One from whom you take your orders. So listen up. I am about to give you a command.” He says (verse 15), “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” I have done an object lesson to teach you how My Kingdom works. It is those with power and position serve those without. It is everyone serves everyone. I have given you a command to be obeyed: Go and wash people’s feet. Go and serve others in whatever way you can. There is no act of service that you should be above or too good for. Maybe that question has crossed your mind, “Why would I do this? Why would I take up a towel and serve others?”
For me, Jesus answered that on the Cross and a thousand other ways, and I hope the same is true for you.
Jesus didn’t take the towel to the Cross with Him. Presumably He left it there in the upper room. What will you do? Will you take the towel?
Retreat Speaker: Arman Sheffey
Pastor Arman Sheffey and his wife Lariza are the proud parents of two children. He has been in pastoral ministry with Torch Church and Torch of Faith for over 6 years and is currently the Executive Director and Lead Pastor of the Unshackled Network. The network was recently launched as he followed the Lord’s leading to develop small expressions of church throughout Lake County that are intentionally seeking to reach out to different marginalized people groups in the area. He also leads Unshackled Records, which has released two Hip-Hop albums since 2018, with a clear focus on pointing people to Jesus. His passions are family, preaching, music production, and fishing. He is excited to serve the youth of Westlake at the upcoming retreat!
Camp Fairwood offers the following optional activities. Students who plan to participate must submit all money to the office by Friday, August 23rd.
Horseback Riding – $24 (HS Retreat – Camp Fairwood activity waivers)
Paintball – $20
Giant Swing – $6 (waiver required)