• Tuesday, November 22 – All School Mass, 8:30am, please bring $1 (or more!) to support Ladies of Charity
  • Tuesday, November 22 – last day to order St. Hugo Basketball Spirit Wear
  • November 23-25 – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Sunday, November 27 – last day to order St. Hugo Band Spirit Wear
  • Thursday, December 1 – Wednesday, December 7 – Ladies of Charity Toy Drive
  • Monday, December 5 – Moose Preserve Dining Fundraiser, see attached for details
  • Thursday, December 8 – All School Mass, Immaculate Conception, 8:30am, Church, please bring $1 (or more) for our Parish
  • Thursday, December 8 – OK2SAY presented to all students
  • Friday, December 16 – Deadline to order January lunches
  • Tuesday, December 20 – JK-2 Christmas Pageant, 1:30pm, Gym
  • Tuesday, December 20 – Hugo Christmas Band Concert, 7:00pm, Gym


MORNING DROP-OFF SAFETY ISSUES   Last week during morning drop-off a young student was almost struck by a car while walking across the drop-off lane. We are thankful that nobody was injured. Additionally, a vehicle in the drop-off zone pulled over to the side of the lane and exited the vehicle to assist students getting out of their vehicle. No students should be walking in the parking lot in the morning whether or not they are accompanied by an adult. If your student needs additional help in the morning parents should drop their student off following the drop-off procedures, then park their vehicle and cross the flow of traffic to assist their student. The drop-off zone is not the place to pull to the side and assist students. Goodbyes need to be said and students should be ready to exit the vehicle before parents enter the drop-off line. If you are not able to fulfill your morning parking lot obligation, please find a substitute. The morning drop-off process works if we all commit to it. Thank you for partnering with us in keeping your children safe.


IOWA TEST SCORES for grades 2-7 are being sent home today. Check your student’s backpack!



  • CONGRATULATIONS to the 6th Grade Quiz Bowl team! The team, comprised of Mia Tosto, Natalie Burg, Joe Bruck, Claire Ruschak, Robert Silaghi, Paul Jazwari, John Torok, Mia Mojares, Megan Quakenbush, Tom Cosgrove, Tommy Rook, Gabby Mekani, and Ella Spender scored 1,303 points which was enough to give them a first place finish in their division! Our division is made up of 12 states. We are so proud of you!
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the following 4th and 5th grade art students whose drawings were chosen out of nearly 700 submissions to be featured in Oakland County’s 2017 Clean Water Calendar: Jazelle Yaldo’s illustration was chosen for the month of November and she has been invited to attend an award ceremony at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Students who received honorable mentions and special acknowledgements will also be featured in the calendar and are as follows: Jacob Brzustewicz, Abigail Chaiysate, Cameron Costello, Maia Keena, Matthew Krzeszewski, Meghan Chaiyasate, Lily Mojares, and Ryan Wells. Every grade 4 and 5 student will receive a complimentary calendar. Great work everyone!
  • A BIG THANK YOU from Miss Bitzinger to Mrs. Bojan and Mrs. Discenna for their help washing art smocks. The art room would be very grateful for donations of baby wipes and Lysol wipes. Thank you for all of your help in keeping our young artists tidy!
  • THANK YOU to Mrs. Carroll, Mrs. Monroe, Mrs. Wednieski and all of the volunteers that helped make the Mom2Mom sale a success! And thank you to all that donated baked goods or made a monetary contribution to the Mom2Mom bake sale.
  • THANK YOU to all those that donated food to the Lighthouse food drive! We collected enough food to fill three large SUVs. A special thanks to Mrs. Sabagh, Mrs. Discenna, Mrs. Brzustewicz, Mr. Dixon, and Mrs. Naman for delivering the food to Lighthouse and to our 8th graders that helped collect the food from classrooms and load it into the vehicles.
  • THANK YOU to the Scholastic Book Fair committee – Molly DeFrancesco, Gina Thomas, Cindy Hermann, and Denise Belkin – the book fair was a great success! And thank you so much to all that supported this year’s fair! We had some wonderful volunteers who helped make it all run so smoothly: Ann Lazar, Katie Becker, Gina Rook, Arlene Curioca, Brigid Jackson, Yasmine Najor, Carrie, Jesena, Ginna Segura, Jose Segura, Melissa Williams, Sarah Jankowski, Andrea Mychalowych, Allison Mayette, Janell Ciarlone, Tracey Jacob, Victoria De Varona, Suzanna Cerroni, Heather Koziarz, Laurie MacMichael, Susan Devanney, Katie Wybo, Cherly Abarca, Laurie Sabagh, Rita Kattola, Jennifer Nykerk, Regina VanDieren, Sandy Orow, Miss. Rigterink, Erin Marsh, Kennedy Marsh, Pam Fatur, Evan and Trent Fatur, Sebastian Naman, Megan DeFrancesco, Kathryn Torok, Elena Schwegman. We truly appreciate your willingness to help! A big thank you to Mrs. Braet who did an incredible job of keeping everything running perfectly!
  • THANK YOU to Mrs. Mychalowych for organizing the Pistons Night fundraiser. Much fun was had by all!


SCHOOLSTORE.COM Each student brought home a packet from If you are an online shopper, please consider making your online purchases through SchoolStore. It is an easy way to make money for our school. Thank you!


ONCE AGAIN ST. HUGO will be partnering with the Ladies of Charity to help bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of low income families in Metro Detroit. We will be collecting new, unwrapped books, toys, games, teen items, and sports items for the needy from Thursday December 1 through Wednesday, December 7. Following are some recommendations:

K- Grade 2:      cars, trucks, blocks, craft kits, dolls, small train sets, etc.

Grades 3-5:      building toys, Legos, Lincoln logs, craft kits, building sets, etc.

Grade 6:           new books and board games

Grades 7-8:      new, unused teen items such as make-up kits, sports items, hand-held games, jewelry, purses, etc.

Thank you for your generosity!

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING gently used books to the St. Mary’s Catholic Athletes for Christ book drive. St. Mary’s chapter of Catholic Athlete’s for Christ will embark on a new community service project this year involving literacy. A Detroit based movement to establish “Little Libraries” where free books can be obtained, returned, and shared is on the rise. St. Mary’s is looking for books for all age groups – Pre-K through 12th grade. For more information contact Mark Lengel,


PARENTING WITH LOVE & LOGIC WORKSHOP will be coming to St. Hugo in February/March. This six week program will provide you with simple and practical techniques that will make you more effective at raising your children and will provide you with tools to effectively handle challenging behaviors for children of any age. Flyers were sent home last week. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Bartoli,

St. HUGO WILL BE PRESENTING the Attorney General’s student safety program, OK2SAY, on Thursday, December 8. The presentation will be made to different grade levels throughout the afternoon to ensure the age appropriateness of the material. Students will be given information on a confidential way to report anytihg that threatens their safety or the safety of others. More information can be found at



ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Junior Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will experience a yoga class run by Born Yoga (Ashley Goldberg) and St. Hugo alum Sydney Still. The class will include music, games, breathing/mindful meditation and yoga poses with a theme of peace, friendship, and kindness. The cost to students is $2 and the proceeds will be donated to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Grades 3-8 are encouraged to bring a donation on November 30 as well as a way of giving thanks to our IHM Sisters.



Good news! The St. Hugo Science Exchange is back. The Science Fair is being held on Friday, January 27, 2017, for students in grades 3-8. Registration is open on the school’s website, starting November 21 through December 5. The $20 registration fee is due in the office by December 5. Students may work individually or with one partner. And new this year, we are holding a t-shirt design contest! Please submit your idea on an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, in black ink, to the office by December 5. Thank you.

Congrats to the 6th grade as they finished first in the state of Michigan for their Quiz Bowl score! They finished with the highest score that Mr. Dooley could recall. Mr. Dooley was very proud of the team. I witnessed the 8th grade Quiz Bowl. It was exciting as on their final question they met their goal of 1000 points finishing with 1001 which placed them in the upper echelon in the state. Nice job Mrs. Budiongan and her 8th grade Quiz Bowl team.

There are some parents organizing an 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. This trip is not sponsored by the school and no one from the school staff will be attending. It is the parents’ discretion to attend this trip. Normal classes will take place any school days that are missed. Students will be afforded the opportunity to make up missing work.

The 8th grade attended the Detroit Science Center this past Friday. They had a great time seeing some new exhibits and an Imax movie. Thank you Mrs. Mueller for organizing the trip. 5th grade students enjoyed seeing A Christmas Carol at Meadowbrook this past Friday. All of the 5th grade teachers and chaperones enjoyed the show and said the students modeled perfect behavior.

Pokemon cards have become a problem at school. Please make sure they are not brought to school. We appreciate your support with this request. Thank you!

Thank you to Mrs. Mychalowych who organized the Pistons Night this past Saturday. Everyone enjoyed the game that attended. Thank you to Mrs. Carroll, Mrs. Monroe and Mrs. Wednieski for all of their efforts with the Mom2Mom Sale this past Saturday.

Nice job to Evan and Trent Fatur and Aidan and Declan McGrath as they finished 20th overall in their robotics competition in Novi. Evan was confident they would have done better but a conveyor belt malfunctioned. All of it is was a great learning experience for the boys! Teachers are planning a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Day in the spring and we hope the boys can help us with their gained experience.


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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