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September 8, 2008

O. Henry’s Red Chief visits Highlands

Take Note

The UAB Bookends, a traveling group of UAB theatre students (pictuted left), visited Highlands School last Friday and performed O. Henry's The Ransom of Red Chief. Students and faculty enjoyed the antics of two con artists who decide to “borrow” the son of the wealthiest man in the town of Summit, Alabama hoping to receive a little cash. Little do they know that the son is a hard-to-handle little boy who makes life difficult for any who are with him. Following the performance, the actors gave the students opportunities to ask them questions about the play and acting.

Don’t forget Picture Day is Thursday, September 11! Wear your best smile!

The Highlands School Book Fair will be Wednesday, September 24 See Pages 4 and 5 for more information

Have you made your gift to the 2008 - 2009 Annual Giving Campaign? Our goal is $150,000 With your help we can reach this goal and achieve 100% parent participation!

Please join the Highlands School Community as we pause to remember the events of September 11, 2001 with the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag Highlands School Quad Thursday, September 11, 2008 8:05 a.m.

Calendar Highlights Mon.-Tues. 8-9 Thurs. 11 Fri.

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Speech and Hearing Screening Picture Day! Don’t forget your smile! 9/11 Pledge on the Quad Student Council Installation 8:05 a.m. Spencer Center A Day in the Life (K, 2nd, 3rd, MS) Spencer Center 5th Grade to Camp McDowell A Day in the Life (PS, 1st, 4th, 5th) Spencer Center Highlands School Book Fair Learning Center Third Grade Play Parents Performance 6:30 p.m. Spencer Center Third Grade Play Students Performance 10:00 a.m.


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Student Milk Requests Information The milk requests, which parents included on their Student Profile sheet earlier this year, will appear as a one time charge on the next billing statement. We’ve been happy to allow children these first few weeks of school to change their count and flavor preferences however, after September 12, no other changes will be accepted. Thank you, Jane Jenkins, Business Manager

Highlands Soccer Information Soccer Practices began the week of September 2nd and the soccer games will begin on Saturday, September 13th. Preschool U6 U6 BU8 Tozzi BU8 Schwiebert GU8 Haskell/Kutsch GU10 McFadden/ Shuttlesworth BU10 Garrett/Gregory et al U12 Perkins U12 Touloupis

Fridays, 1-1:45 Fridays, 2:15-3:30 Fridays, 2:15-3:30 Monday 4:30-5:30, Thursday 5:30-6:30 Tuesday 4:30-5:30, Thursday 5:30-6:30 Tuesday 5:30-6:30, Thursday 4:30-5:30 Tuesday 5:30-6:30, Thursday 4:30-5:30 Monday 4:15-5:15, Wednesday 5:00-6:00 Wednesday 4:00-5:00, Friday 4-5:30 Tuesday 4:30-5:30, Friday 4-5:30

If you are planning to take advantage of the EDP drop-in service during soccer season, please send Gabe McCool an email (gmccool@highlandsschool.org) requesting that option.

Highlands Welcomes New Parents On Wednesday, September 3, Mrs. Barr hosted a coffee time for Highlands new parents to mix and mingle with returning parents as well as the faculty and staff. Mrs. Barr would like to extend a special thank you to Cindy Talbird for her help in coordinating this event and to all the parents who attended.

Short Notes The Secondary Placement Fair needs YOU and a few good card tables! The Secondary Placement Fair will be on Wednesday, October 8th. If you are able to volunteer your time to help please contact Mandy Vinyard at avinyard@bellsouth.net. Also, each school will need a card table for its display. If you have a standard card table and would be willing to lend it to us for a few days, please contact Mandy Vinyard at avinyard@bellsouth.net.

Please join the Highlands School Community for the installation of the 2008—2009 Student Council Friday, September 12 8:05 a.m. Spencer Center Auditorium


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Middle School to visit the “City of Brotherly Love” During Community Meeting on Tuesday, Mrs. Hammer announced the destination for the Middle School Trip this spring. On Sunday, April 26, all Middle School students will load the bus and head to Philadelphia. During their time away, students and their faculty chaperones will visit some of the great sites in American History, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. They will tour the National Constitution Center and visit the Gettysburg Battlefield. Other stops include the Franklin Institute Science Museum and Independence Seaport Museum. The students return to campus on the evening of Friday, May 1. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months for more information on the trip.

Congratulations to the 2008-2009 Student Council! President – Mac Muse Vice-President – Kayleen Simmons Secretary – Roderick Smith Treasurer – Noah Fields Sixth-Grade Representatives – Eli Cohen, Sarah Polhill Seventh-Grade Representatives – Emily Polhill, Patrick Scalise Eighth-Grade Representative – Owen McCormick While many of us love our pets and love to see yours, please help us keep our campus clean and safe, our students comfortable, and your dogs safe by only allowing your dogs to say hello at carpool from the safety of your car. Also, if you must let your dog out of your car, please keep it on a leash and make sure the only thing your pet leaves behind on our campus is its paw-print. Thank you for your cooperation.

Let them say Pi! Last March, Highlands celebrated the second annual Pi Day on March 14 (3.14). One of the activities was a pi digit recitation contest. MacLaine Fields won first place, and Connor Walker won second place. Connor's father Billy has posted a video of Connor's recitation on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyjNplpLoSM . Check it out! We will continue the tradition this year on March 13 since 3.14 is on a Saturday. Start memorizing those digits! The winners get to throw pies at Mrs. Barr, Mrs. Hammer, Ms. Mendel, and the math teachers. (Pictured at right: Mrs. Barr after getting a pie in the face last year.)


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H IGHLANDS S CHOOL B OOK F AIR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2008 Happy Birthday Highlands! On Wednesday, September 24th, 2008, the Highlands School Book Fair will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school’s original firstmonth-of-school in 1958. Our students love to contribute to the school through the HS Book Fair and celebrating the school’s 50th birthday promises to make this year’s fair very special. The Highlands School Book Fair is a wonderful way for the students to give their school a birthday present. During this event students choose the books they want to donate to the Learning Center from a special collection of age-appropriate, recently published titles. A personalized 50th Anniversary bookplate honoring your child’s donation is placed in the front of each donated book. For years to come, your child and all those who borrow the book will be reminded of who donated the book to our Learning Center collection. Each book is $20.00, all of which is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. If you wish to participate please use the attached form to indicate the number of books he or she may donate and your total donation. Return this form and a check made out to Highlands School for the full amount of your donation to your child’s home room teacher. Please return a separate form for each participating child. Every book plate will read Presented by (your child’s name) 2008-2009. If you would like to donate books in honor or in memory of someone special to your child, you may do so by filling in the appropriate fields on the permission form. Thanks so much for honoring Highlands School and the library in this special way. Please return the attached form to your child’s homeroom teacher with a check for your total donation on or before Wednesday, September 17th. Participating students will check out the books they choose to donate complete with personalized book plates, on the day of the fair, provided the attached form is returned by September 17th. With gratitude,

Tynley Baker School Librarian


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H IGHLANDS S CHOOL B OOK F AIR PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM BY SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2008 Please fill out a separate form for each of your children. Each book is $20.00. Individual Student: ________________ Number of books: Check #:

@ $20.00

Homeroom: Total donation:

Thank you for your donation to the Highlands School Library.

Return form and your check (made out to Highlands) to your child’s homeroom teacher by Wednesday, September 17th, 2008. Books will be chosen on Sept. 24th. Presented by (your child’s name) 2008-2009 will appear on every 50th Anniversary dedication label. Additional Dedication: You may choose to donate books in honor or in memory of someone special to your child. If so two additional lines will be added to the book plate. Please photocopy this form if more dedications are required.

Book 1 please circle one:

In honor of

In loving memory of

(one name per book—27 character limit including spaces) Book 2 please circle one:

In honor of

In loving memory of

(one name per book—27 character limit including spaces) Book 3 please circle one:

In honor of

In loving memory of

(one name per book—27 character limit including spaces) Book 4 please circle one:

In honor of

(one name per book—27 character limit including spaces)

In loving memory of


Highnotes: September 8, 2008