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From the Desk of the Superintendent

February 2, 2018

ACS Family,

We have had a smooth start to the second semester, and we are looking forward to a busy spring. Individuals and businesses are contributing to the IL tax credit scholarship program, and many families are now applying for scholarship through Children?s Tuition Fund of Illinois.  Our continuous re-enrollment has hopefully simplified your life, as you do not need to do anything unless a change is desired.  Our accreditation with the Association of Christian Schools International, the largest Christian school organization in the world, is being renewed this year; our faculty and staff have been preparing for over a year, and an accreditation team will visit this spring.  Registration for our Easter break Mission Impossible trip is underway, and our winter athletic teams are making history!  For more details, follow Aurora Christian Schools on Facebook and/or Twitter.

I am excited to announce some huge news? here?s a personal note from Mr. Etchison, Preschool and Elementary Principal:

Back in 1985, when I was just 22 years old, I came to Aurora Christian School as a fifth grade teacher. Oh, how I loved teaching and wanted to be the best teacher! But, while teaching, God began to work in my heart with a new plan. The Lord was preparing me for a leadership position at Aurora Christian, and I'm so thankful! While pursuing the required further education, I met the love of my life. (I praise God for my wife Naomi!) In 1992, at just 29 years old, I started as the elementary principal of this school that I love! Throughout my years as principal, I've been stretched and grown in so many ways working with preschool, elementary, and middle school students and teachers. 

Over the past year, God has been working in my heart again. He has been preparing me for a new challenge. I have accepted the position as District Administration Coordinator here at Aurora Christian. I will work more directly with the administrative team and staff on the nuts-and-bolts of the overall ministry! This means that at the end of this school year, although I will be leaving a position that I have loved, I am following the clear call of God in my life and believe it is time for change. Just as in 1992 I watched a new, fantastic teacher come in and teach the fifth graders, next year I will be able to watch a new, fantastic principal come in to take over leadership of the preschool and elementary. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds me, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." I'm excited for all that God is going to do in my life and the ministry here at Aurora Christian School!

It is amazing to experience the Lord?s guidance and direction!  If you have been involved here for very long, you probably know that Mr. Etchison has a passion for ACS, has an extensive knowledge of our systems, and is gifted in ?the details.?  His new responsibilities as District Administration Coordinator in 2018-2019 will include transportation management, employee management, technology planning and support, professional development, and website content.  I know that his focused work will help our entire ACS team to develop in these areas and become even more effective in our mission of Relationship|Education|Service.  The search for a qualified, innovative, and enthusiastic new principal is already underway!  I hope to make an introduction this spring.

The new Angel Fleet has been an incredible blessing to our students, staff, coaches, and parents!  The three student activity buses are also proving to be a source of mobile marketing in our community; but there is no better advertisement than a personal testimony!  Please continue to spread the word to family and friends about your experience here as part of the ACS family.  Increased enrollment will strengthen our programs and enable us to do even more great things.

We continue to praise the Lord for his faithfulness and provision!  Here are the results of our annual external/independent audit:

Thank you so much for your continued support and confidence in Aurora Christian Schools.  It is such a blessing to lead this amazing school family!!

Collette House, Ed.D.


December 2016

ACS Family,

The rush of the Christmas season has seemed to take many of us by surprise this year! Maybe it was due to the warm weather this fall, the highly charged election, the exciting Cubs World Series... or just a mix of the hectic "day-to-day." Although the calendar hasn't changed, the days seemed to slip by so fast. But I hope that you will dedicate a few days - or at least a few hours - to avoid distraction and really focus on the amazing Truth of Christmas. Jesus left His place with His Father to come to earth as our Savior!! Although we often repeat that message, I think we too often minimalize the awesome significance. Please don't let the Truth of Christmas slip by unnoticed!

So many great things have already happened this school year. The return of our class mentoring initiative culminated in an all-school service project: our Chick-Fil-A leaders coordinated our elementary, middle, and high school students in working together to make blankets for the homeless. Our students also ministered to Aurora families in need through clothing drives and Jingle Bell Christmas. We re-launched ACS soccer after a 10 year hiatus, and we transformed our gym to host our very first ACS wrestling match! Our 2 year-olds through 18 year-olds joined together for our annual Walk-a-Thon, and they boldly worshipped and proclaimed Christ's birth in chapels and Christmas concerts. We have a fabulous student body... watch them grow and serve by liking our ACS Facebook page!

Our long-term goal has been to be operationally fully-funded through tuition so that all extra fundraising could support additional programs. However, we understand the recent difficult economic times that have continued to impact families! Our administration has worked very hard to manage a tight budget and to improve our fundraising efforts in order keep our tuition as low as possible. Although our operational costs will continue to rise by 3-5%, we have minimized the tuition increase and will need ALL families to participate in our future Walk-a-Thons. You'll also be happy to hear that our new Continuous Enrollment process (which we'll send out in January) will require less paperwork from you and no enrollment deposit! We continue to praise the Lord for his protection and provision. In the last decade, literally thousands of Christian schools have had to shut their doors. Although we faced uncertain times, families were committed and the Lord was faithful... and Aurora Christian Schools is now healthier than ever! We continue to be a light to our community and a leader to Christian schools in our region. Here are the results of our annual external/independent audit:

I am SO blessed by the privilege to lead here at Aurora Christian. I love our teachers, our staff, and our families. I even had the joy of stepping back into the classroom this fall and interacting daily with your children! There is no place that I'd rather serve the Lord than here at ACS. You will be in my heart and prayers over Christmas. I hope that you have time to relax with family, reflect on Christ's gift, and renew for the challenges and opportunities that await in 2017. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Collette House Ed.D.

2255 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL 60506 . 630.892.1551
Fall 2016
ACS Families,

Thank you so much for partnering with ACS for the Christian education of your children! Thank you, too, for your patience and understanding through some continuous improvements and recent staff transitions. I believe that the Lord uses our strengths, our weaknesses, and especially our willing hearts to move us in the right direction. It is amazing to see Him work through our staff to impact our fabulously diverse student body! This year we have already been challenged to confront differences, work together, and move forward for growth and success.

We continue to reap the benefits of last year's generosity. We installed a new, state-of-the-art, digital sign on the corner of Sullivan and Bowman with funds from our spring 2016 Celebrate Faithfulness Dinner along with a generous matching donation! The fall 2015 Walk-a-Thon funds helped with classroom technology including wireless projection and preschool/elementary classroom document cameras. The 2016 Walk-a-Thon funds will enable continuous review and improvement of the educational experiences we provide for our students. Every family has been challenged to raise $100 in pledges for the Walk-a-Thon. Please create a personalized giving page to share on Facebook with family and friends... and join us on November 2 to celebrate and walk as we Take Steps Forward together!!

Every October, ACS families enjoy an extra-long weekend! As an accredited member school of the Association of Christian Schools International, our teachers spent those days collaborating and improving their instructional proficiencies. We were blessed this past week to host over 600 Christian school teachers and administrators on our campus for the ACSI Mid-America region's Professional Development Forum! It was exciting for our staff to rub shoulders with other Christian educators who share our passion for training students to love and serve the Lord. We were also proud to be able to share our facilities and provide leadership to Christian schools in our 12-state region.

Over the past several years, we have focused on constantly promoting the ACS mission of Relationship/Education/Service. In order to further improve our fulfillment of that mission, we need to hear from you... so I need your help! We have done weekly QuickShot surveys, and many of you have met with us to share your ideas or concerns. However, we would like to take it one step further by soliciting broad feedback from the whole ACS family! Over the next few weeks, we will have our staff and students complete a school survey to get "the big picture." Today I am asking you, parents/guardians, to complete the 2016-2017 ACS Survey. This anonymous survey covers a wide range of topics regarding your experience at ACS. I am committed to further exploring items that are revealed as areas of needed improvement. We need 100% participation to really gain "the big picture." Click Here to take the 2016-2017 ACS Survey. It is essential that we strive for excellence through Continuous School Improvement!

As a Christian school, we enjoy our current liberty to worship freely and educate our students from a biblical worldview; but there has never been a more important time in our nation's history for Christians to pray for our leaders and the direction of our country! There has also never been a greater need for excellent Christian education. We must train our children to know the Truth, to stand for righteousness, and to love like Jesus. There is no greater calling!

Collette R. House, Ed.D.
2255 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL 60506 . 630.892.1551

Summer 2016

ACS Family,

I hope that you have had a fabulous summer so far spending time with family and friends! As we prepare for a great new school year, I want to introduce you to our new District Staff.

Dr. Stacy Beebe, MS/HS Principal

Dr. Beebe is joining our Administrative team full-time after providing support as our Curriculum Consultant and volunteering as a coach for the past four years. Dr. Beebe holds a master’s degree in Secondary and Elementary Administration and a doctoral degree in Instructional and Curriculum Leadership. She has taught at all grade levels, and has spent the last 12 years training teachers at Judson University and Aurora University. Her husband Dan is our Athletic Director, and her sons Trey and Ty attend ACS. Dr. Beebe’s passion is to provide accountability, professional guidance, and personal support to our teachers so that they may provide the highest quality of instruction and care to students. She has already met individually with each middle school and high school teacher to provide support and set goals. Our faculty and staff are excited about the academic leadership that Dr. Beebe brings to ACS!

Mrs. Nicole Chesley, Admissions & Advancement Manager

Mrs. Chesley has joined our District team to lead the Admissions and Advancement department. She is an ACS alumnus (Class of '96) and coached poms for ACS from 2009-2013. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Judson University, Mrs. Chesley gained full-time experience in marketing, sales, and management. While staying home with her young children, she volunteered to plan fundraising events for United Way and Making Waves. Her husband Adam and children Rook (9), North (7), and Ecker (4) have already jumped in to become part of the ACS family! Mrs. Chesley is heavily involved in acting and directing community theater. Her most recent work has been as an event manager for the Paramount Arts Center and RiverEdge Park. Mrs. Chesley is excited to use her experience, strong organizational skills, and community knowledge to further improve our Admissions and Advancement department. She has a passion for ACS and is committed to our future growth and development!

You’ll soon be hearing from Mr. Etchison or Dr. Beebe with Back-to-School information and new faculty introductions, but for now… mark your calendar and plan to attend our Back-to-School Block Party on Saturday, August 13, from 10:00am-2:00pm! All faculty and staff will be on-deck for this "one-stop-shop" fair! All students will get ID pictures taken, HS students may choose lockers and parking spots, MS students will meet their color team leaders and fill their lockers, elementary students can find their desks and get their school supplies organized, and preschool students will meet teachers and become familiar with their classrooms. Booths will be available to purchase PE uniforms, load lunch accounts, find out about class events, make last minute HS schedule changes, buy ACS spirit wear, get involved in ministry, and settle finance accounts. The fall sports meeting and the 4th/5th grade band meeting will occur. Local food vendors will be onsite for lunch and treats, and we’ll have outdoor activities happening (bags, soccer, frisbee golf, etc.). We're looking forward to seeing all families at the Block Party!


This year, in ALL that we do, we will focus on our mission: Relationship, Education, and Service... through Jesus Christ! It is not just a statement... it is a daily endeavor and the reason our faculty and staff have dedicated their careers to Aurora Christian School. I am so excited for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year! We continue to be purposeful in our programs, intentional in our mission, and faithful to our convictions. Together, we - the family of Aurora Christian School - can impact the world!!

Working to fulfill our mission,

Dr. Collette House,

2255 Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL 60506 . 630.892.1551

October 19, 2012

Today marks the first quarter-end of the 2012-2013 school year!  Can you believe how quickly time flies?  We're already looking back on Orientation, Curriculum Night, Spirit Week/Homecoming, and Parent-Teacher Conferences... and we're looking forward to football playoffs, Thanksgiving, Jingle Bell Christmas, concerts, final exams, and Christmas break!  The annual routines of a school year are nothing new, but it seems that this year our families have experienced more sudden personal loss than in several years past. 


Although we don't enjoy these unexpected trials, our response in times of crisis reveals our character.  I have been amazed and humbled by the outpouring of love shown by all of you over the past few months!  We had a great response to our initial call for the ACS Family Ministry, and just this week my inbox was flooded with responses when another family experienced tragedy.  Aurora Christian is more than a school... we are an active part of the body of Christ. 


I could ramble on with my thoughts, but I'd like to share a testimony from someone outside of our school family.  Prior to our football game last Friday night, the Montini Catholic High School athletic director asked our school community to join their fans in an "Orange Out" in honor of one of their students battling leukemia.  This letter is from a Montini fan that was abundantly blessed by the "heart and hands of Jesus" through all of you! 


Please extend thanks to the entire Aurora Christian community for your generous financial support as well as your outward emotional support for Johnny Weiger at Montini Catholic High School Friday night. Everyone I know at Montini has been sharing stories of your generosity, whether it was the signs for Johnny made by your cheerleaders, the checks given to our Athletic Director, or the genuine, heartfelt support from the parents and fans in your stands.
Nearly my entire family was fortunate enough to witness first hand the class, generosity and overall exemplary Christian behavior demonstrated by everyone who represented Aurora Christian Friday night.
My wife was one of the volunteers selling T-shirts for Johnny near the entrance at the game. She spent the rest of the weekend telling anyone who would listen of the countless parents from Aurora Christian who donated to the cause. My youngest son, a ten year old, was one of the kids walking around the the home and away stands selling candy to raise money for Johnny. He excitedly sprinted from the Aurora Christian stands exclaiming to my wife, "They're overpaying for the candy and some of them aren't even taking the candy!" I couldn't imagine a better, more concrete example of generosity for a young boy to grasp than people "overpaying" for something and then not even accepting the prize in the name of a charitable event, and turning down candy no less! My oldest son is a senior on the varsity football team for Montini and my next son is on the sophomore team. They both went out of their way to mention that the young men on Aurora Christian were "classy" and "good sports". My oldest went so far as to say, "The Aurora Christian players were a class act, and they were well coached and... just plain good. I'm definitely gonna follow them throughout the playoffs and root for them- I hope they win state again." This was before my wife shared any stories of the generosity of the Aurora Christian fans. I have to assume that's as high a compliment an opponent could earn from a high school kid. For my part, I was a member of the chaingang on the away team's sidelines. The orange footballs with Johnny's #76 on the back of each Aurora Christian player's helmet was not lost on anyone on the field, or in the stands. The sportsmanship and class that my sons noticed on the field is a direct reflection of the demeanor I saw from the entire Aurora Christian coaching staff on the sidelines. Every Aurora Christian coach treated every player, ref and opponent with respect and dignity. It is obvious that the young men on your football team are influenced by the excellent example set by all the coaches more than they could ever be by any lecture or speech.
My wife and I chose to send our boys to Montini Catholic primarily because we wanted them to learn and grow at a school where there is a strong sense of family and community. We made a great choice, Montini has provided a family atmosphere that has exceeded our hopes. We never considered that the family atmosphere would extend to the schools that make up the conference in which our sons compete.
On behalf of my family, Montini Catholic and the community as a whole, thank you, everyone involved in any way at Aurora Christian, for setting a Christian example and for showing, strictly through your actions, that sportsmanship and charitable generosity are alive and well today.

I am so thankful that the writing on our jerseys - CHRISTIAN - is supported by the living message we share on field, in our stands, in our hallways, and throughout our community, city, and state (James 2:14-19).  Last fall I challenged our school community to be a LIGHT in Aurora and the surrounding area.  The Lord has given us opportunities to meet that challenge!  Please don't grow weary in doing good.  Together we are making a difference in hearts and lives. 


Praising God for His strength,  
Collette House, Superintendent


PS - Special Reminder!!  Please join me for "ACS SchoolHouse: Curriculum" on October 30 from 7:00-8:30pm.  Dr. Stacy Beebe and Mrs. Holly Henning will be the primary presenters, and the principals and I will be on hand to answer related questions.  Major topics will include Common Core Standards, Terra Nova Test Results Interpretation, and ACS Curricular Review and Alignment.  Dr. Beebe will explain the national focus on academic standards, and she will discuss how we at ACS are using data to ensure that we are meeting or exceeding those standards.  Mrs. Henning's explanation of how to read and interpret your student's Terra Nova scores will be expanded to shed light on the effectiveness of instruction at ACS.  The presentation will apply to all grade levels K-12.  


We are excited to announce that ACS had a banner year for new enrollment!  We welcomed 147 brand new students to the school this fall.  With that great news, it's time to begin building for next year.   Our Parent Surveys showed that personal referrals from friends, family, and fellow church members is our most effective means of growing our enrollment.  Please share the great things God is doing at ACS and invite your friends and family to join us for our Fall Open House:


Our first Open House of the 2012-2013 school year will be held on Friday, November 30 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  We will be highlighting our amazing fine arts program at this event.  Help us get the word out by inviting families who may be interested in attending Aurora Christian.  ACS families who bring a prospective family will have the chance to win a $500 scholarship for themselves and the family they bring.  Following the Open House, join us for the HS winter play, "Professor, How Could You?!" which begins at 7:00 p.m. 
Aurora Christian is an amazing place to learn and grow - in wisdom, knowledge, faith, friendship, and fellowship.  This year, we have more than 20 events planned to attract and welcome new families to our school.  We continue to focus on academic excellence, character development through athletics, God-honoring creative expression through music and the arts, and, most importantly, spiritual growth and service to Christ and our community.         
We are working hard to raise the funds for a new preschool/elementary school playground.  If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation toward this project, please drop a check (payable to ACS) in the Finance Office.  If you have questions, contact Principal Scott Etchison for more information. 
We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in helping with marketing and development efforts.  We have two exciting new projects that we will be launching this fall and winter.  At this time, we have a few highly motivated volunteers but we still need more energetic and enthusiastic ACS parents to join our team!  Please contact District Coordinator Wendy Holtz at (630) 264-4058.

If you have a testimony you'd like to share, please email it to or, if you are willing, share it here on our facebook page.



Thank you so much for your continued support of Aurora Christian School.  We last reported that Fifth Third Bank was working with us for resolution.  We are continuing to work diligently for the financial success of Aurora Christian School and plan to have some more good news for you by semester end!  Please continue to pray for God's guidance and blessing.   

ACS Board of Directors