Hilites week of December 18, 2015

Fourth Week of Advent...Almost Christmas!

See you Next Year!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

What a wonderful Season! We are so fortunate to be able to celebrate this religious time every single moment at school.

Thanks to everyone for your help with our Christmas Program. The delightful story of the missing Shepherd was the perfect vehicle for telling the story of Christ's birth. A special shout out to our Directors: Mrs. Ann Whiting and Mrs. Jean Olson, and our artistic director, Mrs. Jeanne Engel. We also rely on the behind-the-scenes support of Mr. Ken Boyd and Mr. Lindell Blanchette. It is always fun to have our former music teacher, Ms. Rosie Romportl at the keyboard.

Thanks to the many families who helped with clean-up. It is a major task.

Follow us on Facebook. Dozens of great photos from the Show....all downloadable!

Have a wonderful Christmas break.

Jane Schmidt


On a personal note, I am happy to report I have completed the coursework for my Educational Specialist Degree at the University of St. Thomas with Murray Cohort 31. It was a tremendous experience and I am grateful for the opportunity. I will admit I won't miss the homework!

TIES Conference

A number of Highland Catholic School teachers/staff were able attend the Technology Conference in Minneapolis this week. Katie Atlas, Tammy Kuenster, Molly Nelson, Sara Skovholt, Kathy Diffatte, Michele Prom and Carol Broadax are already using new skills and tools from the event.

Professional Development Day - NWEA Testing

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a release day from Highland Catholic School. Teachers will be working with trainers on the best use of MAP reports, testing accommodations and proxying, and implementation of the Skills Navigator. We are looking forward to making full use of this testing data to help students grow.
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Quiz Bowl Team

Our fabulous Quiz Bowl Team, Joey, Henry, Jane and Olivia performed well during this week's competition tying for 10th place out of 44 Teams.

Support Group for Parents with Students with Learning Differences

Spend an evening with fellow parents and staff to discuss and support each other in our efforts to discover, plan and develop tools for our children with learning difficulties.

First meeting on Monday, Jan. 11th at 7PM in the library at Highland Catholic.

Our Plan is to meet monthly for open discussion on challenges, resources and topics for upcoming meetings.

All discussions are confidential and remain within this group.

If interested or have more questions, please contact Jane Schmidt at jschmidt@highlandcatholic.org

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 18th Christmas Break begins at 2:50 p.m.

Jan. 4th School Resumes Happy New Year!

Jan. 6th Home and School Meeting

Jan. 7th Swing Meeting

Jan. 8th All Pro Dad Breakfast 7:15 a.m.

Jan. 11th Parent Support Group for Parents with children with Learning Differences

Jan. 13th Final Picture Retake Day

Letter from Columbia Heights Public School - Third Grade Socktober Project!

Dear Mrs. Schmidt,

The Columbia Heights School Board, in formal Board action on November 24, 2015, was pleased to accept the Highland Catholic School donation of $160.00 and donation of hats, mittens, and socks, valued at $150 to Valley View Elementary for student needs.

The School Board, staff, and children of the Columbia Heights School District sincerely appreciate your gift and your support of public education.

Kathy L. Kelly


Baby Shower

The Lumen Christi Respect Life Committee has organized a Baby Shower to benefit Abria Pregnancy Resources, formerly known as Highland and University LifeCare Centers. Abria offers a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment for Twin Cities women and couples facing an unexpected pregnancy, and is in need of the various items below.

Items will be collected after all Masses on the weekend of January 9/10, 2016 in the Pack and Plays that will be set up in the LCCC Gathering Space and the Highland Catholic School lobby following Christmas vacation.

For more information about Abria, please visit www.abria.org. Thank you for your help! Ideas for donations include:

· Sleepers

· Baby/Toddler shoes

· Winter Gear: coats/hats/mittens/boots (sizes Newborn through 3T)

· Diaper rash cream

· Booster high chair seats

· Diaper bags

· Changing mats

· Baby shampoo/lotion

· Bottle cleaning brushes

· Baby/Children’s books

· Nursing pillows

· Personal care items for mothers

· Baby carriers

· Monetary donations are also appreciated (checks payable to Abria Pregnancy Resources)

Note from School Librarian, Mrs. Michele Prom

Last Tuesday a parishioner from church, Rita Mailander, came to school and read her Advent story to the 2nd graders. "Snidely Snow Flake Hates to Wait", is a story about becoming more than you ever thought you could be, but it take time and living in the moment before we can reflect upon how much we’ve grown. Mrs. Mailander gave each student a book to take home, and donated three extras to our library. I want to thank her for sharing her talent and faith.
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Don't forget to order Scrip every Wednesday in the Cafeteria from 8-9 a.m. Of send in an order anytime and we are happy to fill it!

Ten Goats

Way to go 7th and 8th graders! Your friendly competition raised enough money to purchase ten goats (maybe more) for the Free the Children Program. Our students learned about this organization during WE Day! Way to have a global impact.