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Care for a Warm Cup of Cheer?

Please reserve the date for a morning of holiday cheer, including an overview of the wonderful things happening in the Infants through Primary 4 classrooms that prepare our creative learners to become independent thinkers. You'll also enjoy a surprise performance by a special group.

Guests will automatically be included in a raffle for three $50 Tommy Hilfiger gift cards
 

Holiday Gift Fund Distribution

Thank you to all the parents that joined us on this holiday tradition to contribute to a fund that will be equally distributed to faculty and staff as a Christmas gift. This is a great way to provide a monetary gift from families to staff, express our appreciation and wish them a very Merry Christmas!

We are still seeking volunteers to bake holiday treats to distribute along with the staff holiday gift. To participate, contact Kelly Biagioli at (713) 851-6070.

The PTO will shower staff members with gifts, notes of gratitude and homemade holiday treats on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LS Makerspace.

  
 

Let's Get Wrapping!

The PTO is hosting the annual Wine and Wrap Social on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in Palmer Hall.
  • Bring your gifts, wrapping supplies, and a beverage or appetizer to share.
  • PTO will provide extra paper and wine.
  • No RSVP is necessary.
  • Contact Chilly Zoretic at (713) 822-7414 for questions.
 

Wear your PJs

Last week we accessorized our school uniform with holiday socks, hats and tacky sweaters. This week is time for your cozy holiday pajamas!
Friday, Dec. 14
Wear your holiday or coziest pajamas (avoid inappropriate designs and slogans, no leggings or tights allowed.)

*Please adhere to the guidelines for the holiday dress days.
 

Middle School News

Dance Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather reports for this evening through tomorrow, The Middle School Christmas Dance is postponed until Friday, Jan. 25. 

The safety of our families and staff is our highest priority. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to a fun dance to kick off the new year.

Final Exams

The end of the first semester and final exams are just around the corner.

Mid-year exams will take place Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 13. Students will follow a half-day schedule during finals. Testing will begin from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m., followed by a 30-minute break - please pack a snack. After the break, the second test period is scheduled from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Tutorials will be available from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Review pick-up options and schedule for details.
 
Monday, Dec. 10 is considered part of "Dead Week" and students will not have exams, quizzes or homework (other than studying for mid-year exams.)
 

Lower School News

Service for the Holidays

First and second-grade students worked on a service project this holiday season. They prepared cards, letters, and packages to send to our U.S. soldiers overseas.

On Tuesday, a veteran parent of HSES and his service dog visited our classes to talk about how these trained animals can brighten a soldier’s Christmas.
 

Spring Semester

Ready U classes for the fall semester concluded yesterday; there are no Ready U classes next week.

However, Ready U spring registration is open with new and previous classes. Make sure you register before the holiday break so you can kids can return to their new classes for 2019!  
 

Homecoming Festivities

Let’s kick off 2019 with a Homecoming celebration and make it the best one in HSES history yet! So in support of this awesome reunion, don’t forget to pre-order your spirit shirt to wear on Homecoming day.

Spirit Week Attire

Monday, Jan. 7 – Teacher Look-A-Like Day
Tuesday, Jan. 8 – Crazy Socks Day with chapel uniform
Wednesday, Jan. 9 – Twin Day (group of 2 or more)
Thursday, Jan. 10 – Favorite Sports Team Jersey (with chapel bottoms)
Friday, Jan. 11 – Blackout or Homecoming Spirit shirt
*Pre-order your shirt now to receive the week of Jan. 7, 2019.
*Make checks payable to HSES with Booster Club in the memo.
*Submit the form and payment by Thursday, Dec. 13 to the Front Office or Athletics.

Homecoming Spirit Night
Hosted by the PTO

Friends and families are invited to Buff Burger in Spring Valley on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a night of Homecoming spirit! The Buff Burger family will donate back 15% of the evening proceeds. Students that attend are eligible for a Free Dress pass. The date to redeem the Free Dress pass will be announced that evening.

Let the Games Begin

Friday activities will include a Pep Rally at 2:30 p.m. in the Gym, followed by a “Parents and Special Friends vs Faculty and Staff” basketball game.

Game Rules: Athletes will play four quarters of five minutes each, with a continuous running clock. The referees will determine shooting fouls with free throw shots. Players will play full court with five members per team on the court.

If you have any basketball or athletic skills, please join us for a fun and exciting basketball game! We are recruiting five to eight parents and staff members to play and have a good time. Contact Coach Mitriel to sign up by Wednesday, Dec. 12.
 

What Happens During a Week at HSES?

"Authors" at the second-grade Publishing Party shared their first publication with family.
Seventh grade visited the Alley Theater to view "A Christmas Carol."
Infants and toddlers in CEC also enjoyed the holiday spirit and looked too cute on hat day!
Third and fourth grade harvested vegetables and spices from their garden and cooked their own winter recipes.
First-grade moms and students used their imaginations to create an elf trap in the LS Makerspace.
Kindergarten and fifth grade packed almost 500 bags for Blessings in a Backpack to deliver to Spring Shadows Elementary.
The swim team couldn't warm-up during practice but they sure tried!
 
 
Kindergarten shined in their renown performance of The Baby in the Manger.
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Upcoming Events

Saturday, Dec. 8
* Girls Basketball Tournament at HCHS
* Student Ambassadors host Rudolph Run water station
Monday, Dec. 10
* MS "Dead Day"
* PTO Wrap & Wine Social at 7 p.m. in Palmer Hall
Tuesday, Dec. 11
* No LS & MS Chapel 
* PS Chapel at 9:30 a.m. 
* CEC Chapel at 10 a.m.
* MS exams & early dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
* MS tutorials 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.​ (optional)
* PTO distributes Holiday Gift Fund
* Girls Basketball at Bay Area Christian 5 p.m.
* Boys Basketball at St. Marks 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
* CEC & PS Holiday Coffee at 8:15 a.m. in the Library
* CEC Chapel 10 a.m.
* MS exams & early dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
* MS tutorials 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (optional)
Thursday, Dec. 13
* PS Chapel at 9:30 a.m. 
* LS & MS Eucharist at 10 a.m.
* MS exams & early dismissal at 11 a.m.
* MS tutorials 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.​ (optional)
* CEC holiday classroom parties
Friday, Dec. 14
* PJ day (or spirit shirt with uniform bottoms)
* CEC, PS, LS, MS holiday classroom parties
* PS early dismissal at 11:45 a.m.
* LS & MS early dismissal at 12 p.m.
* NO Kidventure
* CEC Open (all day)
Dec. 17-Dec.19
* CEC Open
* PS, LS, MS Closed
Dec. 20-Jan. 2
* CEC Closed
* PS, LS, MS Closed
Jan. 3
* All students return to school



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