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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 15, 2013

As Interim continues, be sure to stay in touch with Calvin via the website for new stories posted about campus happenings and student travels in January.


Here's a chance to catch up with many of the students traveling during January via their blogs:

Off-campus programs director Don De Graaf offers advice to parents of students who will be studying off-campus for interim or second semester. Please see the Student and Parent Resources on the off-campus programs pages.

Siblings Weekend

Siblings Weekend, February 22–24, is a weekend of fun for siblings, cousins, young friends, and other school-aged guests who come to visit a Calvin student! Of course guests can visit anytime, but Siblings Weekend is geared for kids. All meals are included in the registration, and a variety of events and opportunities are available. Sign up by February 18 for $25 to avoid a late fee. Find out more about Siblings Weekend or register now!

Next treat

Parents may send their student some "love" by having the parent relations team deliver a Student Treat to them during the school year. There are birthday, exam, holiday and special event treats to send for on- or off-campus students.

The next treat deadline on February 7 is for the Valentine Treat ($20) which will be delivered on February 14. This treat features a handmade gourmet Rice Krispie treat covered in caramel and milk chocolate (with or without nuts), a $5 gift certificate to Johnny's and fun snacks (including a few "kisses"), delivered to your student on Valentine's Day.

Order online now. You may also call Jen at (616) 526-6142, e-mail or fax (616) 526-7069. Thank you!

January Series

The January Series is a nationally-acclaimed lecture series that takes place every year on Calvin's campus during the fifteen days of Calvin's interim term. The series hosts many remote webcast locations, one may be near you. Find out if there is one near you or listen online when available.

Student conference

The eighth annual Faith and International Development Conference, "From Here to Shalom: Participating in God's Plan for Universal Flourishing," is January 31–February 2. The goal of this student-centered event is to create a space for sharing ideas and exploring passions among students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Participation in the conference has grown to over 600 students, faculty leaders, and organization representatives. The planning and organizing of the conference is student-led, although essential support comes from other members of the Calvin community.

Tax considerations

Are you planning to apply for financial aid for your son or daughter for 2013-2014? If so, now is the time to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for maximum consideration. Even if you will not have your tax return finished it's more important to submit the FAFSA by March 1st (using estimates) than to wait until your tax return is completed. If you have special circumstances to present to the financial aid office, be sure to submit a Calvin supplemental aid form in addition to the FAFSA.

And don't forget about available scholarships; look for these with the online search tool. The application for most of these scholarships is March 1, 2013.

If you have any questions about this process, or anything related to financial aid, you may contact the financial aid office at or 1-800-688-0122.

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