May 2017 Newsletter

Last Day of Classes
The last day of HEARTS is Friday, May 12.  See you in September!

Graduation Ceremony
Graduation 2017 will be held on Friday, May 12, at GUMC at 7pm. We congratulate this year’s graduating class on their many achievements! May God go with them as they step out in faith in Him.
~~Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:  If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.~~ Proverbs 24:14

Science Fair
The HEARTS Science Fair will be Monday, May 8.  The Chemistry and Biology classes will present their boards during Period 2.  Physics and Physical Science presentations will take place during Period 3.

2017-18 Registration
Online registration for the 2017-18 school year is now open.  Regular registration ends June 30, after which a $25 late fee will apply.  If you have registered for classes for next year and would like to add or cancel a class, please email changes to

New Courses
HEARTS is offering several new courses for the 2017-18 school year.  Debate will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Pre-Calculus, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry will also be available.  The new courses for Fridays are:  PE with Health; Mathematical Applications; Middle School Literature and Composition; Earth/Life Science; and Photography.  For details, visit

AP Physics and History
Mr. van Essen will be offering an Advanced Placement (AP) track within his existing Physics, World History, and American History courses next year. If you are interested, please register normally, then contact him at  Students will be in the same classes, but have extra assignments, tests, and study groups in preparation for the end-of-year AP exams.


Fall Sports Planning
It has been two years since we fielded a boys soccer team.  We’d love to reestablish the team this year.  If you are interested in playing boys soccer, please email the athletic director at so we can start building a roster.  We will also welcome back our cross country and girls volleyball teams.  And, we are always looking for soccer and volleyball coaches.  Visit the LIONS sports website for more information:

Sports Banquet
The third annual LIONS sports banquet will be held during the month of May.  Details will be sent by email.


Backpack Buddies
HEARTS is partnering with GUMC to help them fill backpacks for the Backpack Buddies program.  This ministry provides meals for disadvantaged students in our area who rely on the school for their meals.  To support the program, please bring single-serve, lightweight, microwavable, and easy-to-open pantry items.  (Imagine a five-year-old preparing the food for himself.) Donations will be collected in labeled plastic bins in the GUMC main hallway.

A Chance to Serve
Lisa Zadravec, the HEARTS art teacher, is having a total knee replacement surgery on May 25.  Help is appreciated with rides to medical appointments and to ballet class (for daughter Elisia), as well as grocery shopping, yard work, and meals. If you are available to assist, please contact Ms. Zadravec before her surgery date at 703-404-2977 or  Elisia will be the contact person for meals during Ms. Zadravec’s recovery. You can sign up for meals at (Last Name: Zadravec, Password: Lisa).


Spanish & Sports Summer Camps
“Around the World n 5 Days” is a five-day summer camp for elementary schoolers through Kaila Rumford’s Spanish immersion school in Ashburn.  It will be held June 26-30 and July 31-August 4 from 9am – 2pm.  We are taking a “trip around the Spanish-speaking world.” The kids will learn about the rich culture, the beautiful language, and some of the most popular sports in the Hispanic world.  It is hosted at Jumping Jack Sports in Ashburn, which features a giant gym with obstacle courses, mini climbing wall, and tons of sports and gymnastics equipment. For more info, email Kaila at

Camera for Sale
A NIKON D40 camera is available.  It includes: 18 55-mm lens * Nikon camera bag * Nikon D40 digital field guide book * Nikon D40 instructional guide * wireless remote * battery charger * multi-battery pack * USB-to-camera cord * 2-GB memory card.
Besides the lens, all of these items are in good condition.  Everything on the lens works, except the autofocus. A replacement lens costs around $90.
Asking $200.  This would be a great buy for any student enrolled in the photography class, or anyone looking to start a photography hobby.  Contact Jenny Holsinger ( if interested.

Self-Defense and Home Security Products
The Ford family runs, a website intended to keep you and others safe!
They are dedicated to selling self-defense and home security products so you can keep yourself, your home, and your family safe. They offer over 500 different products, including stun guns, Tasers, pepper spray, and more!
Like many of you, they are a family that is passionate about protection in this ever-changing world that we live in, and want to be prepared for anything life could throw at us.  They are determined to keep each other safe in all scenarios, and now they would like to be able to share their passion with other families and individuals through!
They are now in their second month of operation and really need the word of their website to be spread. If you’re especially interested in the website, they have business cards available so you can hand them out to your friends – just ask!  In addition, they currently have a promotional offer:  for every order of $20 and up, you’ll receive a $5discount. So please, don’t hesitate to check it out yourself, and tell your friends!

Summer Art Camps and Fall Art Classes
Registration is now open for summer art camps at Lisa Zadravec’s home studio. Lisa, our HEARTS art teacher, has fine arts programs for all grades.  She is a professional, multi-award-winning, internationally recognized & published artist with 22 years teaching experience in both home-school and private school environments.  Know any home-schoolers in the Rockville, MD area? Lisa is heading up children’s, teens’ and home-school art programs at the Compass Atelier 2 in Rockville, MD starting soon. Registration and other details are at  Or call 703-404-2977.

Senior Photo Sessions
Danielle Holsinger is taking appointments for senior photos.  Her preferred location is Claude Moore Park in Sterling, but she is open to other locations as well.  The price is $75 for a one-hour session.  Danielle will take pictures, edit them, and deliver them by your preferred method (thumb drive, Google Drive, etc.).  Samples of her work from previous sessions are available to view upon request.  Please email with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment.

Aptitude Testing for Students and Adults
Four Winds Services is now offering aptitude testing for students and adults.  Utilizing the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Highlands Abilities Battery, Sandra Herr, who is professionally certified in both of these instruments, can help you or your student gain an in-depth understanding of their natural aptitudes and personality preferences.
This vital information can help in selecting:
– a college that is ideally suited for your student
– a major that will best utilize your student’s most powerful aptitudes
– a post-college career path and work environment
This career consulting is also of immense value for adults considering re-adjusting their career direction, as well as those seeking to become more productive in their work.
Contact Sandra Herr (, 703-507-4521) for more information and for prices.

Aquarium Care
Aquatic Transformations, Your Aquarium Experts, offers freshwater aquarium setup, maintenance, stocking, procurement, and advice.  Operated by 11th grader Caleb Sine, Aquarium Transformations specializes in freshwater angelfish and the planted aquarium.  References are available.  Contact Caleb, or visit

Spanish Immersion Preschool
Set your preschooler (age 2-5) on the path to bilingualism by enrolling in a full immersion preschool program.  We meet Thursday and Friday mornings from 9-11:45am in Ashburn. Countless studies have shown that the golden window of opportunity for language learning is in early childhood when the brain is able to soak up linguistic information like a sponge. Kaila’s mission through her school, Bilingüitos, is to create a positive multicultural learning environment where students explore and discover freely, immerse themselves in a new language, and gain the self-confidence they need as they grow into future bilingual leaders. Don’t let another school year go by without introducing your young learner to a new language!

Advertising Policy
HEARTS members and alumni may post classified ads in the monthly newsletter.  Current HEARTS members may advertise for themselves or for someone whose service they have used or are currently using, if the member includes his/her own name and contact info.  HEARTS alumni may post classified ads for themselves ONLY.  All ads are subject to Steering Committee oversight.

Steering Committee:  Peggy Burkley, :: Erika Busser,
Tara Ford, :: Michelle Gash,
Jenny Holsinger, :: Brijet Miller,
Athletic Director:  David Beckwith,