• Monday, September 25 – Health Room training, 8:15am, cafeteria
  • Tuesday, September 26 – Catholic High School Information Night, gym, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 27 – new deadline to register for Mother/Son Event
  • Sunday, October 1 – Margaret’s Retirement Celebration, noon mass, light reception to follow
  • October 2 – 20 – IOWA Testing, please avoid making appointments if at all possible
  • Thursday, October 5 – Hearing Screening, 4 year old Kinder Readiness students
  • Friday, October 6 – Mother/Son Event, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Lucky Strike Bowling
  • Friday, October 6 – STEAM Day non-uniform, $1, wear Michigan State or University of Michigan attire
  • Wednesday, October 18 – Picture retakes
  • Friday, October 20 – Deadline to order December lunches
  • Friday, October 20 – Trunk or Treat, 6:30pm-8:30pm, St. Hugo parking lot



  • Caitie New! Caitie was last week’s TRACK winner.  Caitie was nominated by Mrs. Kurn for being helpful to a student/staff member/visitor in the classroom.  Keep up the good work Catie!
  • The Vocal Vikings on a successful performance of the Star Spangled Banner and the St. Hugo Pep-Band on a great performance at homecoming!


  • To the wonderful parents who volunteered to donate homemade, bite-sized desserts for the retirement reception for Sister Margaret this coming weekend: Nikki New, Lorry Schwegman, Gina Rook, Allison Mayette, Sienna Dietz, Arlene Curioca, Jennifer VanNorwick, Kristen Bujoll, Yasmine Najor, Erin Marsh, Ann Connolly, Sarah Jankowski, Eileen Fandino, Sonia Vittiglio, Rochelle Denipoti, Paula Quaine, Doris Hanna, Julie Torok, Janet Rivard, Lori Ervin, Inam Denha, Laurie MacMichael, Carolynn Krause, Gilda Wachowiak, Stacey Tuohy, Ann Mutone, Bianca Curioca, and Margie Wells.  Please drop off your treats in the Parish Hall this Saturday, September 30.  We can still use a few more volunteers, so please contact Colleen O’Brien,, if you can help.  We hope everyone will join us in celebrating Sister Margaret this Sunday, October 1 at the noon mass with reception immediately following.
  • The awesome Fun Run Committee: Nykerk, Mrs. Higgins, Mrs. Ong, Mrs. Cardillo, Mrs. Siefert, Mrs. Bojan, Mrs. Wachowiak, Mrs. Lazar, and all of their wonderful volunteers – Sandy Orow, Nicole Orow, Barb Bojan,Tracey Jacobs and Gilda Wachowiak. Also a big thank you to Suzanne Tosto for all of her help.  This was our largest Fun Run ever!

MORNING CARPOOL  We are a month into the school year, all students should be dropped off using the carpool line.  No student should be walking through the parking lot whether they are accompanied with a parent or not – help us keep our students safe!

 HEALTH NOTICE  St. Hugo follows the protocol of the Center for Disease Control regarding fever.  Students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.

THE 9TH ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT will be held on Friday, October 20 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the St. Hugo parking lot.  The sign up to attend the event will be available via Bidpal next week.  If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Mrs. Tosto,  If you already signed up to help, you will be contacted this week.

 OCTOBER 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.  October’s book will be Doll Bones by Holly Black.  Book Club will be $60 for a three week session (Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20).  Weekly snacks, materials, and a purchased copy of the book for each student to keep will be included within the three week session.  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.

MOTHER/SON EVENT deadline to register has been extended to Wednesday, September 27!  The event has been opened to include kinders and first graders if you are bringing an older student.  Questions?  Contact Mrs. Elia,

 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND is the St. Hugo after school computer lab!  Beginning Tuesday, September 19, Mr. Brogan will be reopening the after school computer lab.  The lab will be open Monday through Friday from 3:30pm – 4:15pm (sharp).  If you wish for your student to attend the after school computer lab please adhere to the following:

  • Student should bring a “Going Home Another Way” note from their parent indicating that they are to go the computer lab after school.
  • These students should leave the classroom with carpool, re-enter the school through the rear door, and proceed to the computer lab. Brogan will supervise this service.
  • The after school computer lab is available on an as-needed bases, and registration is not required. Students who attend the after school computer lab are required to observe the St. Hugo Internet Policy and directive in the Student Handbook at all times.  Any students remaining in the computer lab after 4:15pm will go to the cafeteria where Mrs. Winowiecki, the Latchkey supervisor, will supervise them until an authorized person comes for them.  Please be aware that there is a charge for both the Latchkey program and for the After School Computer Lab program.
  • Students attending the After School Computer Lab are expected to pay on the day of attendance. Many parents prefer the convenience of making a payment in advance.  Charges will then be deducted from the balance as needed.  Please make checks payable to St. Hugo of the Hills School.  Students who accumulate an unpaid balance will receive a balance statement that is to be returned with the payment.  Parents of students who have an unpaid balance may be notified by email as well.
  • Basic rate follows:
  • $1.00 – less than 16 minutes of lapsed time
  • $3.00 – at least 16 minutes but less than 31 minutes of lapsed time
  • $4.00 – 31 minutes or more of lapsed time
  • A reduced rate of $2.00 for 16 minutes or more of lapsed time will apply for any student who is involved in a school-sponsored after school activity such as band, sports or the school play.


LOOKING FOR SERVICE HOURS?  The Mother/Son Committee is looking for high school volunteers to help them out at the event.  Interested parties should contact Mrs. Elia,

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT   Representatives from 16 Catholic high schools will be at St. Hugo of the Hills School in Bloomfield Hills on Tuesday, September 26 from 6 – 8 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for middle school students and their parents to find out more about each school’s spiritual, academic, athletic and social programs.  High schools who will have admission representatives available are Academy of the Sacred Heart, Austin Catholic, Bishop Foley, Brother Rice, Catholic Central, Everest Collegiate, Ladywood, Loyola, Marian, Mercy, Notre Dame Prep, Orchard Lake St. Mary, Our Lady of the Lakes, Regina, Shrine, St. Catherine of Siena, and U of D Jesuit.  Representatives can also discuss the High School Placement Test, the freshman application process, academic scholarships and need-based financial aid offerings.  We hope to see you at St. Hugo of the Hills gym on Tuesday, September 26!  For students not able to attend the night on September 26, here are some options in this area:

Holy Family – Rochester – Tuesday, October 3 from 6-8 PM,

Our Lady of Refuge – West Bloomfield – Wednesday, October 4 from 5-7 PM,

St. Mary – Royal Oak – Monday, October 9 from 6-8 PM,

Our Lady of Sorrows – Farmington – Wednesday, October 18 from 6:30-8:30 PM


INTERESTED IN BEING A ST. HUGO ALTAR SERVER?  There is now the opportunity to join up…it’s easy!

  1. Register online: Go to & fill out the form.
  2. Come & train at 2 of these Saturday morning sessions:

from 10-11:30 AM in the church:  September 30, October 7, October 21, October 28

We’ll get you in the schedule!  (We will work around dates that you are not available, so no worries about that.)  If there are any questions, please email



Fun Run  This year we had a beautiful day for the annual Fun Run.  725 students, teachers, alumni, parents, and parishioners had a great time running and socializing.  The school also presented a check for one- thousand dollars, and donations collected by the school to Christ Child Foundation. Thank you to Fun Run Committee led by Julie Cardillo, Jennifer Nykerk, Tegan Higgins, Tricia Ong, Deanne Siefert, Barb Bojan, Gilda Wachowiak, and Ann Lazar.  Nice job to Ava Olah who sang the national anthem.  The Fun Run was truly a wonderful community event!

Eighth grade Manresa Retreat  The eighth grade students enjoyed their retreat at Manresa this past week.  I was impressed that each group was led by a former St. Hugo student.  It was a faith-filled day for our eight grade students.

Pictured here are former St. Hugo students, current Brother Rice students that assisted with the retreat:  Michael Laurencelle, Brendan Flynn, Billy Nelson, Connor Pietsch, Parker Landis, and Charlie Carter.


Iowa Testing/Blue Ribbon  Iowa Testing takes place October 2-13.  Standardized test are a substantial gauge for students and schools.  Recently, the current Superintendent of the AOD came in to encourage St. Hugo to apply for Blue Ribbon status based on our outstanding test scores.  We are amongst the top two schools in the AOD out of 94 other Catholic elementary schools.  Please let your student know the importance of this test and get plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast.

Book Club Mrs. Braet does an outstanding job as a library teacher and with her after school book club.  The students had a fun time celebrating their last book with a special treat this past Friday.  Great job Mrs. Braet and her students.


Gina Rook  I would like to welcome Gina Rook to our staff.  Gina is working the front desk in the office to work on all of the fundraising events and to assist with school tours.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Rook with any fundraising or admissions questions at

Box Tops We are still collecting Box Tops.  Please bring them to the office.  Eighth grade students have volunteered to help separate them.  We also plan to have a school-wide competition later this year.

CYO  I was able to catch two football and volleyball games this past week.  Congratulations to both the varsity and junior varsity on convincing homecoming wins.  The J.V. team defeated Country Day 26-7 as the team had key contributions from the entire team as the weather was in the 90 degree range.  The varsity team was dominant over Shrine 28-0.  Xaiver Chow caught a 60 yard touchdown on the first offensive series, and had two key sacks on defense.  Ryan Browne had a touchdown run and a key interception.  Congratulations to the 5/6 grade volleyball team who won all four of the games this past week.  Come cheer them on this week: Monday, 9/25 5:00 at St Regis, Friday, 9/29 6:00 at Home vs St Joes, Sunday, 10/1 12 noon at Marist.  Keep up the good work to all of our Viking athletes!

Duct Tape Charity  A group of fifth grade girls will be selling some of their duct tape creations during lunch tomorrow.  They have already created and sold some of their items.  All money raised will go to the giving well at Mass.


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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