Hi-lites week of December 7th, 2015

Second Week of Advent!

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I was able to attend the St. John's University and College of St. Benedict, "Celebrate the Season," concert at the Basilica with my girls on Saturday night. The setting was just perfect and the music heavenly. This performance encourages the audience to join in singing traditional carols between the various choral groups. There is nothing like singing, "Silent Night" in German with several thousand people. Always makes me tear up a bit.

It also reminded me of the upcoming Highland Catholic School Christmas Show, as we gather in a sacred space and encourage our students to make a joyful noise and glorify the Lord. Students will be performing at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17th.

I can hardly wait to see what the students have in store for us.

Reminder: School begins at 9 .m. on Friday, Dec. 18th. Extra Innings is available beginning at 7 a.m. Our Christmas break begins at 2:50 p.m. on the 18th.

Enjoy the Season!

Jane Schmidt


Highland Catholic Facebook Groups

Did you know that each grade has its own private Facebook group exclusively for parents? This is a great way to make group announcements, promote events, plan fun for a specific grade, share field trip pictures, etc.

All parents are invited to join for each grade they have current students. To join, simply search for the Facebook group by the year your child will complete 8th grade at Hi-C, then ask to join the group. You will be authenticated through the Hi-C directory, so each group is truly only for parents of that grade level.

Use this guide to request admittance to the correct group:

Current GradeFacebook Group Name

8th Highland Catholic Class of 2016

7th Highland Catholic Class of 2017

6th Highland Catholic Class of 2018

5th Highland Catholic Class of 2019

4th Highland Catholic Class of 2020

3rd Highland Catholic Class of 2021

2nd Highland Catholic Class of 2022

1st Highland Catholic Class of 2023

Kinder Highland Catholic Class of 2024

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Join us for PRIDE on Thursday, 12/10

Last month's PRIDE assembly including some toe-tapping music from the Tachney brothers, Mason and Delvin. A special thank you to our 5th graders for organizing, writing, and leading our monthly assembly. We always look forward to it. Parents and guardians are always welcome to join us at 8:15 a.m. in the Cafeteria.

Super 8th Graders

Thanks to the following 8th graders, who volunteered to help with the Advent mailing for Lumen Christi Catholic Community: Megan, Olivia E., Ella, Gus, Miquel, Maggie, Rosa. Helen, Chris, Maxx, Daniel and Claire. It is wonderful for our students to support the work of the Church. Thank you.

Prayer Request

Our sympathy goes out to the families who lost a loved one over the Thanksgiving break. Prayers to Ms. Sarah Broos on the death of her maternal Grandmother, Yvonne Schauer on the death of her Mother and to the Felion Family at the death of Grace, who was a wonderful HiC Mom and volunteer. May they rest in Peace.

Another Veteran's Letter to our 5th Graders

Dear Anna,

Thank you very much for your wonderful Veterans Day letter you sent me!

I am so proud that you and your classmates are learning about veterans and how much they gave and are still giving to our great country.

I pray everyday for our Veterans and their families.

I am going to show your letter to all my military friends and your letter will be at our house for all our family to see at Thanksgiving. We can all be thankful for our Veterans Service.

You and your classmates have made this old soldier very proud.

Grandma and I love you and will see you soon.


Grandpa Joe

Turkey Trot Coloring Contest Winners

The following students were the grade level winners and received a Menche’s gift card as a special treat: Kindergarten/Leo, 1st/Joey, 2nd/Gavin, 3rd/Tea, 4th/Charlotte and 5th/Anna.

Weather Alerts

This warm weather can't last forever.

Just a reminder that Highland Catholic School announces any late starts or school closings through WCCO radio, television, and website. I believe you can register at CBS Weather for personal updates about Highland Catholic School from WCCO.

Also, please log into Cornerstone and set your alert notification from Highland Catholic School. To do this just click onto your name on the log-in page and choose “Alert Notification.” This allows you to set the contact for any emergency alerts from school. It is super important for all families to have a working contact for these messages.

Visitation Sisters' Gift Collection

Please join us for Noon Mass on Tuesday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

All students are encouraged to bring a wrapped Christmas present for an infant, child or adult to Mass. These gifts will be delivered to North Minneapolis and distributed by the Sisters during their Christmas Party for the neighborhood. Students will carry gifts to the Gathering Space before Mass.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, Dec. 8th Noon Mass and Gift Collection

Thursday, Dec. 10th Reconciliation Services

Grades 4,6,8 Service at 10:00 a.m in Church

Grades 3,5,7 Service at 11:45 a.m. in Church

Lunch and recess times will be adjusted.

Saturday, Dec. 12th - HCS Choir carols in The Village from 12-1:30 p.m. They will begin caroling in the Lund's parking lot, at the Petting Zoo. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Wednesday, Dec. 16th Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, Dec. 17th Show time! 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

More directions to follow!

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Christmas Child Gift Boxes

These three giant Christmas Child Gift Boxes are just a few of the helpers who delivered our mountain of boxes to the radio station. on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. What a wonderful project. Thanks to all who participated. We would love to hear where your boxes landed for Christmas!