September 2017 Newsletter


Back-to-School Night

The HEARTS Back-to-School Night will be held TuesdaySeptember 5 at Galilee United Methodist Church at 6:30 PM.  Come meet the HEARTS teachers and get important information about the upcoming school year.  All students are required to attend with at least one parent.

First Day of Class

HEARTS classes begin Wednesday, September 6.  Welcome, new and returning families!

2017 Yearbook Pickup Reminder

If you ordered but have not picked up your HEARTS 2016-17 yearbook, you can get it from Peggy Burkley at Back-to-School Night. Please email Peggy at if you need to schedule a different pickup time.


Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~~ Psalm 107:1


Welcome to LIONS Sports!

Welcome to a new year of LIONS Sports! We are excited to welcome so many returning and new athletes to our teams.

XC Season Begins

The Lions Cross Country Team opened their season on SaturdayAugust 26 with the “Hills Take Skills” challenge hosted by the Front Royal Flames.  Daniel and Nathaniel Ferrante finished 1st and 2nd in the high school boys 5K race, while Alexandra Marrero and Anne Marie Trench placed 2nd and 3rd in the girls 5K race. The LIONS boys team, composed of DanielNathaniel, and Matthew FerranteJohn Grant, and Anthony and Thomas Hopper, came in 2nd place just behind the James River Eagles by a margin of only 6 points.

Amanda FerranteNick Hopper, and Micah Smith ran the middle school 3K race and all performed commendably.  Finally, running for the LIONS in the 2K 6-9-year-old race were two younger siblings and future stars, Andres Marrero (9) andNaomi Ferrante (6).  Andres placed 3rd in the boys division and Naomi placed 15th among the girls.  Congratulations to all the runners, including Sumner Badzik and Elizabeth Sargent, on a fantastic first meet.

New Athletic Director Staff

This past spring, Kristene Jordan joined the LIONS team as a part of the Athletic Director staff.  Kristene and David Beckwith are working diligently to set up this year’s sports programs including volleyball, basketball, swimming, spring soccer, and flag football.  If you have any questions, the new email address to reach both of them is

New Volleyball Coach

We are excited to welcome Meghan Dudley as the new volleyball coach to LIONS Sports.  With the help of team manager, Steve HolsingerMeghan will be leading both a girl’s varsity and JV team into a great season of volleyball.  Games start in September at the Virginia Volleyball Center on Church Road in Sterling.  Come out and cheer for our Lady LIONS!

Winter Sports

School is just getting started, but it is not too early to be thinking about winter sports teams. Athletes interested in boys or girls basketball (both middle and high schools) or swimming can email the Athletic Directors for more information.


HEARTS Yearbook Team

If you are interested in joining this year’s yearbook team, please email Peggy Burkley ( for more information and to sign up.  They will meet on Wednesdays from 2-3PM in Room 3 starting September 13.

September Kick-Off

The HEARTS Student Council has organized a kick-off event for Saturday, September 305-9PM.  It will be an icebreaker for all the new students, as well as an opportunity for HEARTS students to get to know each other, hang out, play games, and eat food!  There will be hamburgers and hot dogs, outdoor games and sports, and indoor games.  The event will be at the home of Dominik Jordan, 115 Balch Springs Circle, Leesburg.

Yearbook Cover Design Contest

Calling all artists!!  Submit cover designs for the HEARTS yearbook!  The theme is the 90s, 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 ( for more info.



The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be administered on Wednesday, October 11.  Your home-instructed, high-school aged students may take the test at the school that serves your residence.  There is no charge to take the test; however, your child must have a current NOI on file with the County.  Contact the Director of School Counseling at the high school before September 8, 2017.  See for additional information.



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 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 ( and Kim ( van Essen

Steering Committee:  Erika  :: Tara :: Jenny :: Brijet

Athletic Director:  David Beckwith :Kristene Jordan,