October 2017 Newsletter


Withdrawal Deadline

Wednesday, October 4 is the last day to withdraw from classes without penalty.  Tuition for the full year will still be required for any cancellations after this date.

End of First Quarter

The first grading period ends FridayOctober 27.  Tuition for second quarter is due to teachers by Friday, November 3.  After the due date, a late fee of $10 per class will be applied.

Prom 2018

Registration for the 2018 prom is now open.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa, and the theme will be “The Nifty Fifties.”  Students have the option to pay for tickets in two installments of $35 each by November 10 and January 12.  Or they may pay the full $70 by January 12.  After that, registration will remain open until March 30, but all payments will be due in full at the time of registration.  Students must be 14 years old by September 30, 2017 in order to attend.  Additional details will be sent by email.

Tardies and Absences

Please call 571-207-5768 to notify HEARTS that your child will be tardy or absent.

~~ Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.~~ Psalm 34:8


HEARTS Sealions Varsity Swim Team

Come join the one and only varsity swim team for homeschoolers in Virginia for teens age 13 and up.  We currently have three local meets along with one travel meet for the homeschool championships in NorthCarolina.  Our season is from November 6 to the end of February.  We practice twice per week on Monday and Thursday mornings from 7:30am to 8:30am at Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling.

Online registration is open now until October 31.  Register at https://heartsforthelord.org/lions-sports/.  The cost is $150.00 per swimmer.  The team is open to all swimmers 13 and up who can easily swim 50 yards.  We prefer those who can swim all four strokes, but it is not required. If you are currently a club swimmer and you would like to join, please email Sally Burkley (sbburkley@icloud.com) if you need flexibility in the practice schedule.  Contact Sally for more information.


Yearbook Cover Design Contest

Calling all artists!!  Submit cover designs for the HEARTS yearbook!  The theme is the “Rock Through the Ages,” and each design must include a Bible verse, “HEARTS,” and “2017-18.”  Please submit front and back designs on 2 sheets of 8 ½ x 11- inch paper.  Submit entries by email or in Peggy Burkley’s file folder at GUMC by November 1.  If emailed, art must be 3 MB or higher quality.  Contact Peggy (pbjelly@me.com) for more info.


Self-Defense and Home Security Products

All items are currently on sale at www.fortify4life.com, a website run by the Ford family.  www.fortify4life.com is here to keep you and others safe!

They are dedicated to selling self-defense and home security products so you can protect yourself, your home, and your family.  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 www.fortify4life.com!

If you’re especially interested in the website, they have business cards available so you can hand them out to your friends – just ask!  So please, don’t hesitate to check it out yourself, and tell your friends!

Art Lessons

It’s NOT TOO LATE to take ART!!! HEARTS art teacher Lisa Zadravec also teaches art classes from her home in Sterling.  Sign up now for fine art programs for all grades.  Lisa is a professional, multi-award-winning, internationally recognized, and published artist with over 22 years of teaching experience in both home-school and private school environments.  She has a chapter in the new book, Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil, so there is naturally an emphasis on realistic drawing and painting.  Her 2017-18 homeschool schedule includes Homeschool Art, Wednesdays 1-2:30pm, a Teen Art class from 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays, and other classes for homeschooled, after-school, children 5 and up through teens.  Registration and other details are at www.LisArts.com, or call 703-404-2977.

Piano Lessons

Christy Shipe is a private piano teacher in Ashburn with openings if anyone is interested in piano lessons.  She has been teaching for twenty years and can teach all levels.  Mrs. Shipe emphasizes reading music and learning a classical technique that can be applied to all types of playing.  Whether you want to learn just for fun, for playing in church, or for serious study, she can help you learn the skills you need!  Contact Mrs.Shipe at clshipe@gmail.com or 571-465-0470.

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 (sandraherr9@gmail.com703-507-4521) for more information and for prices.

Homeschool Guidance Counselor

Is your student planning on going to college?  Is he/she applying to schools now and confused about the common app? Wondering how to prepare your student for college? Need a transcript?  If you answered YES to any of these questions and you would like some help, look no further!  Contact Peggy Burkley at pbjelly@me.com to schedule an appointment to help you and your student’s future.  The cost is $20 per 30-min consultation.  Consultations include hands-on learning, along with templates needed for transcripts.  Consultations are available for:

  • Transcripts and course descriptions
  • Common App and other college applications
  • Classes required for colleges
  • NCAA requirements

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.


Director and Assistant Director:  Michel (michel@heartsforthelord.org) and Kim (kim@heartsforthelord.org) van Essen

Steering CommitteeErika Bussererika@heartsforthelord.org :: Tara Fordtara@heartsforthelord.org 
Jenny Holsinger
jenny@heartsforthelord.org :: Brijet Millerbrijet@heartsforthelord.com

Athletic Director:  David Beckwith :Kristene Jordan, lionssportsad@gmail.com