* Wednesday, March 1 – Ash Wednesday, All School Mass, 9:00am

* March 3-4 – St. Hugo is hosting CYO Regional Basketball Tournament, Gym

* Tuesday, March 7 – No school, teacher in-service day

* Friday, March 10 – PTG Mother/Son event, Gym, see attached invitation

* Friday, March 17 – deadline to order April lunches

* Sunday, March 19 – Fine Arts Open House, 1:00pm-3:00pm

* Friday, March 24 – No School

* Tuesday, March 28 – STEAM Day

* Friday, March 31 – End of 3rd quarter

ATTENTION! A school wide art contest will be part of our upcoming STEAM Day. Students in all grades are invited to submit a drawing that illustrates the acronym STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). If chosen, you will receive a gift card and your illustration will be printed on a large banner to be hung in the school. Artwork will be judged on content, originality, and neatness. You may use marker, chalk, paint, crayon, pencil or create in a digital format. Submissions are due Friday, March 10 to Miss Bitzinger. If interested, please pick up drawing paper from the art room.

THE LOST AND FOUND, located in the cafeteria, is OVERFLOWING! We have an abundance of gym sweatshirts and sweatpants as well as winter gear. Take a look in the lost and found next week! Any items left behind at the end of the day on Friday, March 3 will be donated. Thank you!

DUE TO LOW INTEREST Mr. Barrett had to cancel several spring sports teams this year. If your son or daughter registered to play 5th/6th grade baseball, 5th/6th grade softball, or 7th/8th grade softball they will be bringing their registration form and check home today. Mr. Barrett extended the deadline to register several times and it is now time for CYO to begin scheduling games.


* The art department is in need of several parent volunteers to help hand/arrange art for the Fine Arts Open House. Please email Miss Bitzinger,, if you can help in any of the following time slots: Monday, March 6 11:00am-3:30pm, Friday March 10 8:25am-12:00pm, and Tuesday, March 14 12:15pm-3:30pm. Thanks for supporting the arts!

* The next and possibly final clay class will be Thursday, March 23/30 from dismissal to 4:45pm. Please send a check made payable to Miss Bitzinger if your child is interested. Open to grades 1-8.

* Congratulations to the following students for their participation in the Meemic Masterpieces Art Contest and Grant Opportunity: Matthew Krzeszewski, Sophia Vitello, Brenden Bieth, Annalisa Bortolotti, Izzie Rex, Kate Dickson, and Keely Nykerk. All students will receive a certificate of appreciation. Keely Nykerk was selected as one of 50 winners and she won an Amazon HD Tablet and her art will be on exhibit which will then be permanently on display at Meemic headquarters in Auburn Hills. The art room will also receive a grant of $300 for art supplies.

* Miss Bitzinger’s pet rabbit, Pickles, will be coming to visit the beginning of April – before Easter. If your child has an allergy issue or if you have other concerns, please let Miss Bitzinger know.

PUBLIC LIBRARY VISITS for prizes during March is Reading Month! Any student, during the month of March, who visits their public library will receive a small prize when they bring Mrs. Braet or Mrs. Balcer their public library book receipt. Students can earn multiple small prizes if multiple visits are made to their public library. Please note, one prize per a weekly public library visit. Students must be able to voice what books they checked out at their public library to Mrs. Braet or Mrs. Balcer when claiming their prize.

FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS have spent the last month working on their Human Body Systems project for Miss Rosenbaum’s Science class. The students were assigned one of seven human body systems that they had to creatively explain to the class. Since the students were able to choose the format they wanted to use, there was a lot of creativity and individuality present in the various Science presentations. They were very excited and learned more in depth about their specific system as they researched the different important organs that made up each system. Overall, it was a great experience and the students were able to express their uniqueness and individuality while learning some very important information about our body.


• Time for spring cleaning? Get rid of those dusty old computers! Computer recycling will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1 from 3:00pm-5:00pm and on Sunday, April 2 from 8:00am- 12:00pm. Please drop off your computers, printers, and other electronic equipment for recycling in the boxes stationed inside the St. Hugo Maintenance Garage, located between Ladies of Charity and the carport, behind the church. NO CRT monitors or TVs are accepted due to the mercury gas in them. Wooden speakers are also not accepted. Thanks for helping make us a “green school”!

• It is still not too late to sign up for “Parenting with Love and Logic”. It is offered for the next 5 Thursdays from 6:30pm- 8:30pm in the library at St. Hugo. The cost is $65 per family. We welcome you to come to as many of the classes as you can fit into your busy schedule. We offer childcare in the Fr. Esper Room for parents that attend. Just call Ann Bartoli at 248-283-2153 if you would like to sign up!

• Dr Hallowell, a prolific writer and researcher for adults and children with ADHD, has created a one-of-a-kind week long camp for families. Children and parents attend separate morning sessions throughout the week, then have the afternoon and evenings to spend together. Parents participate in a highly interactive discussion-based seminars, while the children work and play in a highly experiential adventure learning program. For more information check out the following web site:

ARCHDIOCESE OF DETROIT TUITION ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATON is available by going to If you have questions, contact the office.


• We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you on March 25! We have been working hard to find some exciting and unique packages for our silent auction, but definitely need your help. Most years our Acquisitions Committee consists of at least 10-15 moms, but this year we are working with a skeleton staff of only 3. Please consider supporting our event by donating an item for our Silent Auction. Nothing is too big or too small, and everything makes a difference. You would be surprised what an impact one donation can make! We are especially in need of sporting event tickets, spa gift cards, golf packages, jewelry, and restaurant gift cards. All donations are greatly appreciated and will go a long way to enhance our event. Feel free to drop off your donations in the school office or contact Gina Rook (248-593-2525 or for pick up. Let’s go “All-In” for our kids this year and make this the best auction yet!

• A signed Detroit Pistons jersey has generously been donated to our auction, however, it needs to be framed. We have all the materials, just no one who knows how to attach the jersey into the frame properly. If you or someone you know has the skill set, please contact Gina Rook. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

• Please join us for an Auction Kickoff Night on March 9, 2017 from 6 – 11pm at Dick O’Dows in downtown Birmingham. This a fun night for adults – see flyer below.

• Invitations to the All-In for St. Hugo Auction & Casino Night will be going out via kidmail this week. Keep a lookout in your child’s backpack.

• Get the latest updates and information about the auction in the Auction Newsletter. Go to the St. Hugo website at and click fundraisers to see all the issues. The next one will arrive in your email on Wednesday around 3pm from or please sign up to receive them at:

ALL FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS recently participated in the American history essay contest sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. In honor of the centennial anniversary of the National Parks System, this year’s essay topic was “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.” Each student was asked to pretend he or she was writing a journal while visiting one of the 58 national parks. The local DAR chapter chose Maggie Scott’s essay for judging on the State level. Congratulations to Maggie who recently won the state level of the competition! State winners receive certificates and silver medals. Good luck to Maggie as her essay now will be judged at the Divisional level! Hopefully her essay will continue on to the National competition.

THE TEACHER APPRECIATION COMMITTEE is looking for one more volunteer to host this Thursday’s lunch from 11:00am-1:30pm. If you are able to help, please contact Kelley Priebe,, or Rochelle Denipoti,


Model United Nations – Great job to Mrs. Budiongan and her MUN team! St. Hugo received a total of 8 awards:

Committee: Arctic Council – Peter Burg – Outstanding Delegate (Representative for the Greenland Gas and Oil Exploration Company), Catie New – Honorable Mention (Representative for the Aleut International Association)

Committee: Commission to Restore Detroit – Kathryn Torok – Best Delegate (Debbie Stabenow)

Izabel Kruze – Outstanding Delegate (Coleman Young II)

Committee: National Education Committee – Megan DeFrancesco – Outstanding Delegate (Trustee Sheen)

Committee: Yaysenyuk’s Interim Government (Ukraine) – Paul Silaghi – Best Delegate (Oleksandr Sych, Vice Prime Minister for Humanitarian Policy)

Committee: Survival of the Martian Colonies – Elijah Venos – Honorable Mention (Dr. Pelageya Romanov: Russian Chief Health Officer)

St. Hugo of the Hills also received an award for Outstanding Large Delegation. The students had to research their committee, their topic, and their nation and/or person whom they were representing. They also had to exercise rules of diplomacy, Parliamentary procedure, and public speaking skills.

There were over 250 middle school students and 17 schools represented. It is a very long day, but well worth it! During MUN, students shared their research and ideas with their respective committees. They debated the issues and possible resolutions to address and/or solve a world problem. They wrote resolution papers. They voted Parliamentary style. They demonstrated diplomacy and remembered — at all times – they were portraying someone else during debate. There was a ton of interaction, collaboration, and public speaking opportunities. They were absolutely amazing!!!! Our students were poised, articulate, confident, and knowledgeable. Mrs. Budiongan was so very proud of each of them. We had a total of 25 students attend this conference. Most, if not all, of them had the opportunity to speak.

Daddy/Daughter Dance – The 2017 Sweetheart Dance was a special night. Thank you to all those who attended. I was disappointed not to make it out this year and I am looking forward to this event next year. Thank you to the committee Allison Mayette, Heather Koziarz, Anita Hakim, Laurie MacMichael and Suzanne Tosto for all of their efforts. We are grateful for the helpers Michelle Mojares, Colleen O’Brien, Yasmine Najor, Janeen Fahkouri, Darlene Sullivan, Cindy Hermann, Amy Monroe, Erica Thurman, Gina Thomas, Heather Namy, Ron Sudomir, Bill Bluethmann and Don Kowalewski. It was a memorable evening for all that attended.

CYO Basketball Championship – Two of our three teams survived the first round of the CYO playoffs this past weekend. The varsity girls’ team won by six in a tightly fought contest remaining undefeated. They play this Saturday at St. Hugo’s at 12:30. The varsity boys’ 2 team won comfortably and plays at 1:45 this Saturday. The varsity boys’ 1 team lost a tough contest where the foul calls did not seem to go their way. They had a great season. Let’s give our St. Hugo teams a home court advantage this weekend!

Science – Thank you to the following Science Exchange volunteers: Gina Thomas, Erin Marsh, Lorry Schwegman, Allison Mayette, Tegan Higgins, Patty Watters, Lisa Seneker, Serena Seneker, Gilda Wachowiak, Natalie Guerra, Cindy Hermann, Elisa Palizzi, Eileen Fandino, Colleen O’Brien, Michelle DeMarais, Meredith Cosgrove, Sonia Vittiglio, Heather Harris and Deanne Siefert.

Thank you to Mrs. Teresa Farnell and her company for transforming Mrs. Mueller’s Science Room into a Science Lab. Mrs. Mueller is thrilled and this will help students for years to come!

We are looking forward to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Day on Tuesday, March 28!

The Mission of St. Hugo of the Hills School is to provide students with an educational experience in which the teachings of the Catholic faith are instilled, nurtured, and demonstrated. These teachings constitute an integral part of the school’s academic program and the St. Hugo community. Strengthened by the values inherent in these teachings, students and staff are challenge to live with the conviction that,as followers of Jesus, it must be different with us.
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