Hi-lites week of January 13th

Happy New Year!

Swing 2020!

The annual Swing fundraiser is such an important event that helps the school in so many ways. Not only do the funds support the school financially, but it also brings families and parents together for a fun night. Save the date: April 25th!

This year the goal is to raise $135,000 in order to begin installing new windows for the school, provide flexible seating for students, continue 1,000 Petals mindfulness curriculum, buy a new commercial dishwasher for the kitchen, increase technology in addition to keeping the school competitive and the general operating budget.

Volunteers are needed now for key roles that make this event a success. If you are interested and willing to help the school with this event, please send an email to swing@highlandcatholic.org.

Here is where we need help:

Swing 2020 co-chair(s) (1-3 individuals): This is an important role –It helps the chair(s) ensure that the planning and execution of the fundraiser is a success. Typically, the co-chair(s) chair the upcoming year, so it is also an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the event prior to chairing it. It can be an individual or a small group.

Family Fun Event coordinator(s) (2-4 individuals): Creates a plan for the family fun event; determines if it is open to community; determines ways to incorporate the theme and get families engaged in Swing weekend. With the theme this year there are a lot of ways to make this event fun for kids and families this year! Work with Men’s Club regarding pancake breakfast.

Flag sponsorships (1-2 individuals): Get creative and determine how donors can “create” a flag to showcase during the remainder of the school year and at the Swing event. Coordinate receiving the money for the flag, getting the flag decorated for the donor and displaying the flag.

Business donations (1-2 individuals): Jackie Guy is leading the effort and has 3 volunteers but could use 1-2 more. Volunteers work with local businesses to request and obtain donated auction items and services.

Request donations via business online forms – no calling needed! (1-2 individuals): Request donations from a list of businesses and ensure they are collected. This can done in your pajamas from home!

Family donations (1-2 individuals): Katie Cooney is leading the effort but could use 1-2 more individuals to help requesting family donations and tracking them.

Raffle coordinator (1-2 individuals): Volunteer(s) plans school raffles and raffles at event including marketing and sales. Responsible for getting gambling license.

Live auction/event coordinator(s) (1-2 individuals): Works with donation volunteers to understand live auction items, coordinate any physical items that need to be onsite for live auction, manages flow of live auction and surrounding program. Works with chairs to secure auctioneer.

Please consider recruiting a friend to help you with one of these tasks. We really would love the help. If you need more information in order to make a decision please contact Michelle Kennefick at swing@highlandcatholic.org or Jane Schmidt at j.schmidt@highlandcatholic.org

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For a limited time, we are offering a tuition referral award!

Refer a new family for

Preschool Open House (Jan 29th, 6pm - 7:30pm)

School Tour (individually set up)

Kinder Round Up (Feb 6th, 9am - 10:30am)


Spring Information Night for Prospective Parents (Preschool - 8th grade, March 24th, 6:45pm - 8pm)

and receive a $50 tuition credit!

You just have to get them “in the door” ... the student(s) does not need to apply/ enroll for you to get the referral reward. You can have multiple referrals!

New families can call the office at 651-690-2477, text 651-456-8538 or visit our website to RSVP: www.highlandcatholic.org > Admissions > Open Houses.

Sign in sheets will be at the events to gather the referral information.


  • Must be a new family to Highland Catholic (i.e. no current preschool or K-8


  • New family must provide your name (and only one name) when asked if


  • One referral per new family (referral applies to first event attended)

  • Current Hi-C family can have multiple referrals for different new families

  • Referral program will be closed at the Principal’s discretion


Thanks to the many households who have already completed enrollment for 2020-21. The deadline is March 15th. At that time we will open spots for new families who have applied.

Please contact school with any questions.

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Pick up/Drop Off Orange Zone

Orange Zone -

We are now plowing four additional access points for the orange zone. This should make a difference. Safety is our top concern.

You might want to consider pulling around to the blue/purple zones during this snowy time. Also, traffic is lighter for those arriving at 2:55 p.m. instead of 2:50 p.m.. Thanks for keeping everyone safe.

Early Childhood Family Life Program

Dear Highland Catholic Families,

We are excited to announce the Spring Session of our Early Childhood Family Life program (ECFL). As parents, we are our children’s first teachers. ECFL aims to bring parents of young children together in a community of support, learning, and faith. Modeled after ECFE programs throughout Minnesota, families with children ages Birth – Pre-K participate in weekly ECFL classes. Parents join together for discussions surrounding relevant, timely parenting topics. The ECFL Spring Session is full, but openings remain in the Elementary Years Family Life (EYFL).

EYFL Family focuses on families of school-aged children. The format is the same, but topics will primarily focus on the needs of families with children in grades K - 5. To register for EYFL, click the link below.


Keri Brenden, a licensed K-12 school counselor and Hi-C parent, facilitates Family Life groups. Keri is a school counselor at two local Catholic elementary schools.

Elementary Years Family Life will meet on Wednesdays beginning January 22 –April 1st from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. We will not meet on February 5th due to a Teacher In-service. Childcare is not available.

The fee for Spring Session is $75.00. Please contact Mrs. Kenney (k.kenney@highlandcatholic.org) if cost a concern. Space is limited.


Kassy Kenney

Preschool Director

Christmas Program Links - What a Great Show!

Preschool and Standard Video of K-8 Program: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1El5uo4DSGW0nJO2f1syFaUN6F1Ormhpb?usp=sharing

360 Video Links

“Hound Dog” - Grade 8 https://youtu.be/J4roRGuT7_0

“Little Star” - Grade 3 https://youtu.be/SYboT3YYSaU

“Shepherds Sleeping” - Grade 1 https://youtu.be/ZllTD-LwYBQ

“Amen, Go Tell It” - Grade 4 https://youtu.be/Y0Xv1EJjwEY

“Angels We Have Heard On High” - Grade 6 https://youtu.be/Sp6lIRMCgyk

“Hail, Holy Queen” - Grade 5 https://youtu.be/ia7wYx6C2Wc

“What Child Is This?” - Grade 7 https://youtu.be/eMWSp7jjKG4

“Infant Holy” - Grade 2 https://youtu.be/_OMgmxqWswM

“King Of My Heart” - Kindergarten https://youtu.be/MD5fp1rNIaM

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Jan. 13th

-We host the Junior High Math League Competition in our Cafeteria after school

Good luck, Hornets.

Tuesday, Jan. 14th

-Kindergarten Science demonstrations in the morning – stage area

-4th Grade Field Trip to U of M (Physics demo)

Wednesday, Jan. 15th

-Sixth Grade Family Mass at Noon

Thursday, Jan16th

-MakeYourName will be in the building filming everything and everybody. This is one of the first of three days they will spend with us. Smile!

-Kindergarten Field Trip to Children’s Museum

-8th Grade Field Trip to St. Mary’s Orthodox Church (formerly St. Therese)

Friday, Jan. 17th

-Preschool Field Trip to Mpls. Institute of Art

Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 26th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass

Don't miss the Pancake Breakfast in the LCCC Community Room following both 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Thanks to the Home and School for sponsoring and serving!

Highland Catholic School Swim Team! Dive in!

1. SEASON OVERVIEW: Hornet’s Swim Team is for swimmers in grades K-8.

Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool by themselves to participate.

Our swimming season runs from January 12 - April. 1

Practices will be at the Hamline University pool on Snelling Ave. and Hewitt in St. Paul.

We will also be practicing at theHighland Park Senior High School pool on Snelling Ave.

Swim meet planning- We will have a few swim meets plus prelims and finals.

We ask that you let the coach know if a swimmer will not be able to attend the meet one week prior to the Saturday meet. All events are planned on the Sunday before the meet.


Registration form/Swim fees. Fill out the registration form online at https://forms.gle/BVspRnurRFv5eEQ28 and we will use TADS for the fee.

Fee is $200 for 1 swimmer. The fee drops to $150 for 2nd swimmer and $100 for 3rd swimmer.

Hornet’s Swim cap is included in registration fee. Replacement swim caps are $5 if cap is lost.

We do not have a team swimsuit but prefer swimmers to wear black or blue or combinations of black & blue. We suggest investing in a good set of swim goggles.

Swim shirts are not included in the registration fee. You can order shirts here no later than January 5th.


Remind 101. Keep up to date with any schedule changes.

Simply send a test text message to 484-576-2251 with the message @hics.

CAA MEET: PRELIMS - Saturday, March 28th

CAA FINALS- U of M Aquatic Center

Boys-Tuesday, March 31st @ U of M Warm Ups start at 6:00 pm; Meet starts at 7:00 pm

Girls- Wednesday, April 1st @ U of M Warm Ups start at 6:00 pm; Meet starts at 7:00 pm

Coach info- Jean Olson- hicswimming@highlandcatholic.org #612-709-8441

and Eric Fotsch- Eric.Fotsch@gmail.com #651-231-1442