Hilites week of March 13, 2015

Our Lenten Journey Continues

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are enjoying all things Spring and Swing! What a wonderful week.

Thanks to all of the Swing leadership and volunteers, especially Elizabeth Allen and Andrea Massari, our co-chairs.

Line up those baby sitters now for May 2nd, as we come together in support of our school and for a good time!

Reminder: Students are now able to wear their Swing shirts on Mondays and Fridays for the next five weeks up to Swing! We have more shirts in the office, so come on down!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jane Schmidt


Somehow we have managed to survive the change in Daylight Savings Time. Some sleeping heads this week on both the teachers and students!

International Music Events

All parishioners are invited to the Matsiko World Orphan Choir Performance at Lumen Christi Catholic Community in the church on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day at 9:30 a.m. We are excited to welcome these children from Peru, India and Africa. Their music is renowned.

There is no charge for this concert and hand goods will be available for sale after the performance to support the children.

Highland Catholic School is offering this concert in support of our parish global focus of Stewardship during this month.

To that same end, the Highland Catholic School Choir is performing at the 16th Annual Give Us Wings Celebration Fundraiser. Give us Wings helps families; especially women and girls overcome poverty in Kenya and Uganda. The provide clinics, clean water, safe homes, education and work programs. That event will take place at the McNamara Center at the University of Minnesota on March 27th.

The world has grown smaller and we are indeed all neighbors.

Funds for Chimbote

$2176.98 one quarter at a time! Thanks to all students for participating in our Catholic Schools Week Teacher Adventure Raffle. Those bright orange 25 cent tickets raised over $2000 dollars for Sr. Peggy's Education Fund at the mission in Chimbote, Peru. Thanks to all teachers for their generosity, too!

Target for Education

With all of the hard news about Target Corp. in the news this week, it is nice to share their generosity to our school. Your participation in the RedCard Program has earned Highland Catholic School a $2,246.39 check from Target. Thanks to all.

Fr. Peter's Address

So many of you wanted to be able to contact one of our favorites.

Fr. Peter Akudugu

Bishop's Secretariat

P.O. Box 351

Bolgatamga, Ghana W/A


Bishop Alfred Agyenta

St. Paul Midway Lions Club

Congratulations to Rosa B., 7th grader for her participation in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Out of all the posters created by students at HCS, her entry best portrayed the contest's theme, 'Peace, Love and Understanding," The judges were very impressed with the amount of effort exhibited; it was obvious that Rosa had strong ideas of what peace means to her.

Understanding Depression and How to Develop Skills Needed to Help Your Child

Presenter: Dr. L. Read Sulik


Tuesday, March 17th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Used Book Sale

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are on the hunt for books, games, puzzles, CDs, for our annual Used Book Sale which is held in the Community Room of Lumen Christi Catholic Community.

Please drop off any donations to school during the week or church during the weekends. A bag of books is great, two is better, ten is amazing!

Just think, if you empty off a few shelves of already read titles, you will have room for some fabulous new titles!

Book Sale Dates and Times: (I can hardly wait!)

Friday, 3/20 6-8:00 p.m. ($10 preview entry fee)

Saturday, 3/21 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 3/22, 8:30 - Noon

Making Waves!

Congratulations to fifth grader Luke L, who is participating in the USA Swim State Championship. He has qualifying times in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke. Good luck, Luke, we look forward to hearing of your success at the State Meet in Rochester on March 20-21.
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Busy Home and School Committee

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Book Fair during conferences. We love working with the Red Balloon and all the proceeds go to increasing the inventory in the school library.

Last month Home and School granted some wishes to our wonderful teachers. Some of the things we were able to purchase with our fundraising funds included:

  • Mobile Maker Wagon for Kindergarten
  • Sphero rolling robots for 4th grade
  • Preschool Religious Books
  • Performing Arts/Music Guest presenters
  • Classroom posters for music/ performing arts
  • New music for choir
  • First grade math centers
  • New reading titles for Grade 5
  • STEM biographies
  • Monitor mounts/grommets for the Lab
  • New titles for Grade 6-8
  • Privacy shields for Grade 3
  • Health posters

Don't forget to set aside your treasures while you're spring cleaning for the annual Rummage Sale in May.

Interested in volunteering for the Home and School committee next year? Watch for information next month regarding open spots for grade level reps! We'd love to have you!

Destination Imagination

We are so proud of our two DI teams that performed last Saturday at Harding High School Both were elementary teams and they competed in "Feary Tales". Students were great representatives of Highland Catholic School and enjoyed the day.

Both teams will perform at PRIDE on March 26. Come and see what Destination Imagination is all about! PRIDE begins at 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria. Thanks to coaches Christ Paar and Greg Barth for leading the charge with our students on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m., as they mastered the world of mean, medium and mode!

Also, six 6th grade students represented Highland Catholic at the Math Masters tournament in Lakeville last Thursday.