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August 17, 2009

Take Note Make Your Plans to Attend Parents’ Night Thursday, August 20 6:30 p.m. Spencer Center During Parents’ Night, the Highlands shuttle bus will run beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. from the old Mountain Brook Swim & Tennis Club (5601 Old Leeds Road)

Dear Parents, As fall arrives in my favorite "Chick Flick," one of the characters emails his e-pal, "I would give you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." I enjoy the contrast between the yellow Number 2 pencils and the high-tech (at the time) communication tool of email. Tynley Baker and a team of designers have been working diligently for the last few months on a new and improved Highlands School website to make it the best communication tool it can be. We have also jumped into social networking with a Facebook Fan Page and Twitter – tools that offer informal snippets of information and allow for interactions among our community members. Please enjoy our newly updated website (due to launch tonight!), complete with teacher pages, our Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter. I hope we all remember, though, that sometimes a name and address and newly sharpened pencils along with a face-to-face conversation may be the best tools.

Kathryn Woodson Barr

Calendar Highlights

Save the Date Parents’ Auxiliary Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8 8:05 a.m. Learning Center Highlands School Sally Foster Catalog Sale Began Friday, August 14! All Orders are due back at school by Friday, August 28! Highlands will receive 50% of all sales. The money raised will help fund field trips for the 2009-2010 School Year.

Thursday Tuesday

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Parent’s Night 6:30 p.m. Spencer Center Camp McDowell 5th Grade Parent Meeting 6:30 p.m. Learning Center Thursday 27 Class of 2010 Leadership Retreat Friday 28 Class of 2010 Leadership Retreat Sally Foster Orders are Due - Last Day Thurs.-Fri. Sept. 3-4 Speech and Hearing Screening Monday 7 Labor Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL/OFFICE CLOSED Tuesday 8 Parents’ Auxiliary Meeting 8:05 a.m. Learning Center Wed-Fri. 9-11 Fifth Grade Camp McDowell Trip Tuesday 15 Picture Day A Day in the Life 6:30 p.m. Preschool, Kindergarten, 4th & 5th grade Thursday 17 Third Grade Play for Parents 6:30 p.m. Spencer Center Friday 18 Former Faculty Coffee Learning Center 9:30 a.m. Third Grade Play for Students 10:00 a.m.


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Meet our New Teachers When you see them on campus be sure to introduce yourself and to offer them a warm Highlands School welcome! We are very excited to have them as the newest members of the Highlands School Faculty. Sitting (L-R): Sandra Parker: Fourth Grade Science and Mathematics; Erin Williams: Physical Education; Ashley Jones: Fifth Grade Science and Mathematics; Pam Grass: French. Standing (L-R): Stacey Heughan: Preschool Associate; Amy Han: Chinese; Janie Fahey: Fourth/Fifth Grade Language Arts; Tiffany Barlow: Art; Bree Seay: Spanish; Renee Guichard: Preschool Associate; Connie McCall: First Grade Associate.

General Carpool Rules Please Do Not Use Your Cell Phone Always Display Your Carpool Number Pull forward as directed by the teachers; do not change lanes Put your car in park as children are loaded into cars After loading, exit only as directed by the teachers Please do not get outside of your car while in the car line.

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Short Notes Wonderful things come in threes! Please join us in offering congratulations to: Mrs. Silko (Third Grade Teacher) and her husband, Chris, on the arrival of their daughter, Annie Lane. She was born on July 23rd, weighing 7 lbs and measuring 20 1/2 inches long. Mrs. Wolfe (Family Center Director) and her husband, Stephen, on the arrival of their daughter, Maggie Rose. She was born on July 30th, weighing 6 lbs and 13 oz. Maggie Rose’s big brothers are William (Preschool) and Jackson (Family Center). Mrs. Cahoon and her husband, David, on the arrival of their granddaughter, Coley Ann. She was born on August 13, which is also her PawPaw Cahoon’s birthday! What a precious birthday gift!


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On My Summer Vacation‌ The Highnotes Roving Reporter thought it might be fun to ask some of our teachers to complete the following sentence: On my summer vacation... Here are some of their responses. Enjoy! ...I went to the beach for a family reunion! Miss Harris (PS) ...my family went to the beach and spent lots of quality time together! Mrs. Horton (First) ...I went to Maryland and Washington D.C. for a week. Mrs. Williams (PE) ...my family and I played in the sprinklers! Mrs. Hunsicker (Middle School Mathematics) ...I went snow skiing! Mrs. Haskell (Art) ...I had a wonderful time at the beach after enjoying The Jersey Boys on stage. Mrs. Blackerby (Third) ...I read several books and took a trip to the beach. Mrs. Spivey (Middle School Humanities) ...I had a lot of fun, changed a lot of diapers, and read a lot of books. Mrs. Kinsley (Second) ...I went to Washington D.C. and visited the National Monuments. Ms. Gregory (First) ...my husband and I spent a wonderfully relaxing week in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina in a quaint and cozy log cabin, listening to the rain and reading. Mrs. Cahoon (Music) ...I missed my trip to the beach and to Disney World because I broke my ankle and had a huge cast. Miss Elizabeth (PS) ...I crossed the continental divide via the Eisenhower tunnel‌and burned up a set of brakes! Mr. McDonald (Middle School Science) ...I went to New Orleans and ate lots of Creole food! Miss Marx (Third) ...I kept the grandchildren. Mrs. Denise (Family Center) ...my family and I traveled by train to Denver for the Fourth of July Weekend. Mrs. Barr (Head of School) ...I went to the beach with my family and I went in a canoe on the Locust Fork River. (I also, fell out.) Miss Pat (PS) ...my husband and I went to Hangzhou, in the south of China. It is a great place with nice people. Mrs. Han (Chinese) ...my family and I ate beignets. Yum! Mrs. Hammer (Middle School Head) ...I visited my family in Dallas. Mrs. Mendel (Lowe School Head) ...my family moved into our new house. Mrs. Parker (Fourth Math/Science) ...my husband and I traveled to France and Italy. Madame Grass (French) ...I went to the beach with my family to enjoy a relaxing week. Mrs. Jones (Fifth Math/Science) ...I went to Nashville, Tennessee and stayed the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. While there I attended a cooking seminar with Bobby and Jamie Deen. Miss Darby (Development Director) ...I spent time with all my family (husband, daughter, son in law, grandson, son, daughter in law and the other set of grandparents) at the beach! We had a wonderful time! Mrs. Drew (K) ...my children and I took a road trip to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, where we spent the month of July with my parents. Mrs. Fahey (4th/5th Language Arts) ...I moved from Charleston, South Carolina, to Birmingham, Alabama! Miss Renee (PS) ...I visited with our son, Tyler in New York and with my family in Charleston. Mrs. Suzan (K) ...my husband and I went to Las Vegas to celebrate our five year wedding anniversary. Senora Seay (Spanish) ...I went to the beach with five of my best girlfriends! Miss Stacey (PS)

And how did you spend your summer vacation?


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The September Color/Day Calendar will be in the Monday, August 31 issue of Highnotes.

Welcome Back to School!

Highlands EDP Gears up for a New Year! Welcome to a brand new school year at Highlands School! Regular Highlands Extended Day Program Care started Thursday, August 13th! However, the After School Activities don’t start until the week of August 24th. We are excited to meet new students and also welcome back some familiar faces. Along with some of our tried and true activities like Karate, Chess, Piano and Art Makers; we are thrilled to add some new ones like Geography Club with Mr. Garrett and Irish Dancing. And that’s not all! There are still spaces available in many activities, so take a look at what we have to offer. But hurry, you might just miss out on a great opportunity! You can email me directly or access the EDP contracts with activities on the webpage under Online Forms and Docs, and then under Registration Forms (Summer Mailing). If you have questions, feel free to email, call or just come by my office. Thanks! Gabe McCool EDP/Summer Camp Director (205) 956-9731 ext. 105


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