Parent Bulletin | November 13, 2017


  • Wednesday, November 15 – deadline to donate to Lighhouse of Oakland County, 10:00am
  • Friday, November 17 – STEAM Day
  • Friday, November 17 – deadline to order December lunches
  • Friday, November 17 – deadline to register for Intramural Basketball, grades K-3
  • Tuesday, November 21 – No afternoon bus service
  • November 22 – 24 – No school, Happy Thanksgiving!


CONGRATULATIONS TO Bennett Boyle!  Evan was last week’s TRACK winner.  He was observed by Mrs. Kender for being helpful in the classroom.  Keep up the good work, Bennett!


DECEMBER BOOK CLUB  Any students in grades 4-6 who love to read are invited to join Mrs. Braet in the library on Fridays after school until 4:30pm.  December’s book will the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  We will be watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as well to compare the book and movie.  Book club will be $60 for a 3 week session (December 1, 8, & 15).  Weekly snacks, materials, and a purchased copy of the book for each student to keep will be included.  If interested, please contact Mrs. Braet,, or send a check made payable to Katrina Braet in the amount of $60.  There will be a limit of 12 students for each month’s book club.


LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Parent volunteers are needed to help in the library to assist with the circulation desk, shelving books, book repair, and other special tasks throughout the year.  Those who volunteer in the library tend to work either morning or afternoon for 1-3 hours at a time, every other week.  The following time slots are available:  Monday 9:30am-11:00am and 12:15pm-3:15pm, Wednesday 12:15pm-1:15pm and 2:15pm-3:15pm.  If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Braet,


PLEASE HELP US help Lighthouse of Oakland County provide a Thanksgiving meal for local families in need.   Suggested list:  Grades Pre-K – 4:  boxed stuffing, pie crust mix*, boxed potatoes, muffin mixes, boxed mac and cheese, cake mixes, frosting*, and jello.  Grades 5-8:  canned yams*, gravy, canned potatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit, broth, soup, evaporated milk*, pumpkin pie filling, canned cranberries.  NO GLASS.  Monetary donations and grocery store gift cards are also appreciated and will be used to purchase turkeys and items not received through the food drive. (*tend to run low on these items)  Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 15 at 10:00am.  Additionally, if you are interested in driving the donated items to All Saints Episcopal Church on November 15, please contact Kelly Ryan,  Thank you for your generosity!


THE HEALTHY FOOD COMMITTEE is looking for volunteers!  If you have knowledge or passion for healthier food alternatives for our school, please join us!  Contact Tressa Joseph,, or Mishel Abdou,, for more information on how to get involved.


WANTED!  6th grade boys basketball coach is needed.  If interested, contact Mr. Barrett,

SCRIP PHYSICAL GIFT CARDS are back in time for the holidays!  Order your Scrip cards by 10:00am on Tuesday, November 14 and pick up in the school office Friday, November 17.  Order online at www.shopwithscrip (see attached flyer for more registration information).  If paying by check, make your check payable to St. Hugo PTG and send to the office ATTENTION:  SCRIP no later than Wednesday, November 15.  60% of the rebate price is credited towards your tuition, and 40% goes to St. Hugo.  Last year St. Hugo earned over $1600 from Scrip rebates.  Contact Heather Koziarz,, for more information or sign up details.  There will be two more physical card oders before Christmas break.  With Prestopay and ScripNow, you can get e-cards in minutes delievered to your email address and your Scrip wallet.

NOTRE DAME THEATRE PRESENTS Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella!  November 16-18 at 7:00pm and November 19 at 4:00pm, Avondale High School Auditorium.  Tickets are available at or at the door.  Several St. Hugo graduates are in this show – Bea Fandino, Rowland Scheessele, Evan Wells, Angeli Fandino, Tommy Frost, and Christopher VanDieren!


 HUGO…ARE YOU READY TO ROCK YOUR RIDE?  Jeff Wayne and family are proud to bring CycleBar, Premier Indoor Cycling, to our hometown of Bloomfield Hills! Come join us for the most intoxicating fitness experience of your life in our state-of-the-art CycleTheaterbooming with IMAX quality sound and video.  Classes are led by our inspiring and high-energy CycleStar instructors. We help you measure your success such as calories burned, distance, class ranking, and much more. To kick off the celebration, we are giving away 5,000 complimentary rides. Our upcoming Grand Opening events include:  100 private group or public rides, complimentary water bottles and purified water, fresh towels, digital lockers, fresh fruit, aromatherapy, big discounts for future rides.  From November 13th – December 3rd:  Complimentary GROUP rides for up to 47 riders per class. This is an opportunity for you to champion a healthy and energizing event for your co-workers, team members, friends, and employees. To request a GROUP ride, email Complimentary INDIVIDUAL rides will also be offered for you, your friends, and family who want to experience what all the buzz is about.  To join us for the fun, go to www:bloomfield hills, your name and email address will be added to our invite list for our upcoming Grand Opening rides beginning next week. We will also be donating ride packages to the St. Hugo Auction, so keep your eyes open for those.

 HUGO AUCTION WINE WALL is accepting donations! Please drop off you wine donation in the front office marked “Auction” – include your name, address and phone number for donation purposes. We are looking for $15-$25 per bottle value for this project.  Contact Carolyn Still-Love,, or Kelly Thalmann,, if you have larger quantities that you would like to meet at pick up for.  Thank you for your participation and generosity!  Our goal is 150 bottles.



Save the date! November 30, 2017

Jingle & Mingle Auction Kick-off Party

Who: All Ladies of St. Hugo School                  What: Jingle & Mingle Holiday Cocktail Party

Why: Proceeds benefit the St. Hugo’s 2018 Auction while we mingle with our fellow ladies of St. Hugo’s School.

When: Thursday November 30th @ 7:00pm   Where: Pine Lake Country Club

Hosts: Janeen Fakhouri, Sharon Atty, Elena Vitello

Cost: $60

Look for an official flyer coming home soon.


Conferences  Thank you to both the teachers and parents for two productive evenings of conferences.  I met with a lot of happy parents and teachers during the two evenings.


Sixth Grade Students  Excellent work to the sixth graders who collected money for UNICEF while Trick or Treating! They raised $125.



October Students of the Month  Kindergarten Readiness – Caroline Slifka; doing her best in class

K – Brady O’Brien; follows direction, works hard, good friend, 1st grade – Isabella Pratt; kind and friendly, always a smile on her face, 2nd grade – Khloe Semma; kind friend and conscientious student, 3rd grade – Sean Herstein; kind and helpful , 4th grade – Allison Ong; conscientious, hard worker, kind, 5th grade  – Leila Mains; she has matured since the beginning of the year and helpful,  6th grade – Connor Monroe; conscientious, jumps up to help when he sees a need, well behaved, 7th grade – Mia Mojares; kind, helpful, friendly, 8th grade – Anthony Manni and Keely Nykerk; serve at Mass consistently

Art – Lilly Bujoll; thinks outside the box during projects and enjoys the challenge Spencer Seneker; works hard on assignments and asks thoughtful questions throughout the creative process, Band – Haley Guerra;  great student, always raises her hand to speak and is respectful to all,  Dominic Kretschmer; excellent growth and progress with trumpet performance.


Thank you!

  • A big thank you to Hermann, Mrs. Thomas, and the book fair committee for their time organizing and running the Scholastic Book Fair. Their time spent was well worth it because all of the money raised will go towards many new books and supplies for the library.  Our St. Hugo readers are very happy and appreciate the generous amount of time donated for this event. If you could not make it in or are looking for out of stock or additional titles, our online scholastic book fair will run until November 19. Please go to:
  • Thank you to the Kindt family and Glass and Mirror Craft out of Wixom. They donated new windows to both the Kindergarten Readiness, and Teacher’s Lounge rooms.  If you have been on lunch duty, you would have noticed how beat up the previous windows looked.  Now, the windows are brand new, and look wonderful!
  • Thank you to Pacifico, Miss Calvaneso, and his band students as they had an awesome time performing to veterans in Cleveland this past Friday. Congratulations to our St. Hugo Band and Vocal Vikings on their Cleveland Veterans Day Performance at the Great Lakes Science Center this past Friday.  Students honored our Veterans with a performance of God Bless America.  Students also had a great time visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  Thanks to our chaperones and our trip coordinator, Holly Mustion.
  • Thank you to Tony for the new awning outside the Fr. Esper room entrance. Fr. Tony is generous with his support of the school.  It is really wonderful to be at school with such strong pastor support.


STEAM Day  Science, technology, engineering, art, and math day is this Friday.  Thank you to Mrs. Mueller and her STEAM committee for all of their work for this special event.  I believe we have many future St. Hugo students that will work in a science related occupation when they grow up!

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.