Hi-lites week of May 6, 2016
What a great time of year!
Reminder: No School Friday, May 13th
I heard it was a great party with a delightful mix of Legacy/Alum Parents and tons of new folks! Now in its 17th year, Swing continues to support the incredible programming at Highland Catholic School. It is a the best party in town. Thanks again to our Co-Chairs: Andrea Massari and Julie Keegstra and the dozens of working bees!
Congratulations to our Raffle Winners:
1. Moeller Maui - The Helgesons
2. Tuition Raffle grand prize winner - The Beaudette Family )
3. Pamper Your Teacher - Mrs. Donohue (2nd year running!)
4. Kids Raffle Grand Prize Winner - Ava Schwind ($300 target gift card)
- Kids Raffle Runners up:
1st - George Johns (year's supply of gum)
2nd - Bianca Langer (year's supply of gum)
3rd - Carrie Keegstra (Menchie's gift card)
4th - Charlie Probst (Menchie's gift card)
But, of course the BIG winner is the Highland Catholic School Community. Thanks to all.
Eleven 5th grade students competed in the Math Masters competition. Congratulations to Greta for receiving a medal for sixth place in the Individual Round. Math Masters is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities as well as to provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.
Many thanks to Mr.Jack Kirr for coaching our math-letes!
Students in Grades 2-8 had the opportunity to participate in the NWEA Map testing in Mathematics, Language Arts and Reading. Parents and Guardians will receive a print out with the report card mailing in early June. Here Third grade students concentrate during the online test.
HiC Swimmers Make a Splash!
Our Highland Catholic School Swim Team earned 70 ribbons at Finals and the girls and boys teams placed 5th place out of 20 schools. We welcome more swimmers to join us in the pool next year. Great individual and team sport!
Many thanks to Mr.Jack Kirr for coaching our math-letes!
Calling all 6th-8th Graders!
Saturday, May 7th - 8am - Noon
WE STILL NEED YOU ON MAY 7th 8:00 - NOON
April 23rd date is cancelled.
We need your help as we team up with the HiC Men's Club for the Spring Grounds Clean Up at Lumen Christi
Grab a friend, sibling, parent and a rake and meet at Lumen Christi for some garden fun and fellowship.
Designers at Work
A team of 8th graders worked during lunch, recess and even after school to create a sculpture out of the used (washed) plastic ware, that was collected for one week in our lunchroom. Thanks to art teacher, Mrs. Alice Stahlmann, for have a vision for this otherwise, trash.
The sculpture of recycled plastic ware was unveiled at the Earth Day Celebration during the lunch hour. Though it it lovely, in a strange way, we hope it inspires us to greatly enhance our school-wide recycling. Stay tuned!
Band-aids with Great ideas
First graders have already put some deep thought into improving efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle with their band-aid messages.
Designers at Work
The Green Scene
Earth Day 2016
Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin. It started as a national day to focus on the environment. This celebration has grown from a national “teach-in” with 20 million Americans taking to street and parks to an international day of observance celebrated by over a billion people worldwide.
Highland Catholic is using this day to discuss the results of a lunchroom waste assessment with the students. We are encouraging students to take steps to reduce lunch waste. Ask your child about what they have learned. This is in preparation for upcoming changes in how Highland Catholic recycles and manages lunchroom waste. Look for more information coming Fall 2016.
Garden Coordinator, Sandy Gross, spent time in the first grade classrooms sharing the life-cycle of the potato with students before they went outside to get busy! What a great lesson to actually know how are food grows!
First Grade Gardeners
First graders took their job of creating our staw bins for potato growing very seriously. You might want to try this at home.
Where do potatoes come from?
The HiC Garden! Thanks to our fourth graders for filling our straw bins with potato cuttings! With this beautiful weather it won't be long until we see potato vines. Thanks to our Garden Coordinators: Mrs. Sandy Gross and Mrs. Tachney for guiding our green thumbs.
First Grade Gardeners
Church Council Ministries -They have been busy.
Parish and Ministry Council Meeting Minutes: March 2016
The Parish Council continues to work on laying the foundation for successfully accomplishing the goals laid out in the LumenUs strategic plan. Work is underway to engage the Council and all Ministry Councils in a preliminary Annual Planning Process that will set the direction for the rest of the year and lay the groundwork for more integrated, mission-based planning and budgeting in 2017 and beyond. Fr. Paul reported on a successful review of the parish by the Archdiocese and the reactivation of Highland Catholic’s School Board.
Discipleship and Parish Life will focus on welcoming. We are reviewing the new parishioner process and want to centralize and focus the efforts with a coordinator. We hope to have a Ministry Fair in the fall and distribute volunteer booklets to parishioners before Masses so people can consider opportunities to get involved. We would like to see sharing between councils on Leadership Nights to share how things are going and discuss overlapping efforts.
The Faith Formation Ministry Council members continue to meet with all faith formation leaders and we are discussing the results of those meetings. After we complete these discussions, we will be able to prioritize next steps to support the needs we are discovering. We are looking for ways to make information cards available that 1) have responses for mass and 2) share what it means to be Catholic.
Finance Ministry Council: New annual budgeting process is underway, updates and review to investment policy and review and recommendations from last year’s endowment study.
School Ministry Council strategic planning work efforts – planning underway to operationalize the goals identified in the Strategic Plan. Proposal will be developed in the following areas.
- Leadership Structure Training, led by Kari Tierney and Ofelia Lopez
- Annual Plan and Budget, led by Tim Murphy and Bill Leary
- Grounding ourselves and the rest of the community in our mission
and value, Margaret George to facilitate future Ministry Council dinner discussion
The Worship Ministry Council is working to strengthen and support committees and activities of the parish Worship Ministries. Plans for informing members of the parish about Adoration and opportunities were discussed. The WMC will begin conversations with the Liturgy Committee members in April.
Pastoral Care/Social Justice Ministry Council agreed upon a working role statement. The Ministry Council also agreed upon a working framework for our ministry council based on the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teachings.
Summer Football Camp
The Saint Thomas Academy Football Camp is designed to offer football fundamentals, game knowledge, and individual skill development for players who are between ages 9 and 13 (entering grades 4-8 in the fall).
Camp staff will provide instruction to help your son further develop his current skills and introduce him to concepts and techniques that will help him advance as a football player. As a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this non-contact camp will provide an opportunity to learn and have fun doing it!
Camp dates are June 20-22, 9:00 a.m. to noon and the cost is $70. Register online at Cadets.com/Camps.
Friday shop from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday shop from 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
100% of proceeds benefit HiC
May 8th - Happy Mother's Day.
May 9th - Third Grade Fieldtrip to Gibbs Farm
May 9th - Support Group for Learning Differences 7 p.m. Library
May 10th-12th Annual 8th Grade Camping Trip
May 10th, Noon - All School Mass, Last of the year.
May 10th - Kindergarten Field Trip to MN Zoo
May 11th - Play Hookey at the Twins Game - a few tickets remaining.
May 13th NO SCHOOL - Teacher workshop
Teachers will be visiting the PACER Center in St. Louis Park and working with the new math curriculum in the afternoon. Enjoy your three-day weekend. Good luck during the MN Fishing Opener!
May 20th Last All Pro Dad Breakfast of the Year 7:15 a.m. in Cafeteria
May 20th - WaterPark Trip for Marathon
-Play Hooky at the Twins Game on May 11th - daytime game
or any of the great grade level parties. These are a nice way to meet the parents/guardians for your child's classmates. These parties never disappoint. Thanks to hosts and guests.
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All Pro Dad Breakfast
Please RSVP to http://www.allprodad.com/4443
You can pay $5 per person at the door. Please come.
Learning Differences Support Group
Last Meeting of the year Monday, May 9th, 7 p.m. in Library
Do you have a child/children with learning differences? Join fellow parents and teachers to discuss and support each other in our efforts to support, discover, plan and develop tools for our children with learning differences. We welcome all parents at any point in your journey, just getting started to any level of experience.
This meeting we will discuss resources, webinars and classes for teachers, parents and students available during the summer. Discuss strategies and opportunities to expand the group next school year.
All discussions are confidential and remain within this group.
If interested or have more questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org