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Back to School Packet 2018

Back To School Packet


This packet is designed to give you all your Back to School information to prepare for the new school year.  Please note that the information is in an A to Z format for your ease in locating the information you are looking for.  We appreciate you taking the time to read through the Back to School packet. 
 

Afterschool Care

Our Afterschool Care program offers structured activities, snacks and homework time for students.  Information can be found on the Afterschool Care Program page of our website.  Online registration is also available via this page.  All fees will be paid via FACTS. 
 

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund Drive is the largest single appeal to our entire community in support of The Highlands School. Our 2018-2019 Annual Fund Drive will kick off on September 20th on North Texas Giving Day.  We ask all families to prayerfully consider how they can best support the school each fall.  To learn more, click here.
 

Athletic Forms

Each fall, students in grades 5 - 12 who wish to participate in athletics must complete a sports physical.  Forms for these physicals are available under the Athletics tab.  Be sure to obtain a physical over the summer and have your student's doctor complete the Physical-Medical History Form.
 

Back to School Ice Cream Social

Each August our community gathers together to kick off our school year with one another.  This evening is filled with fun, football and fellowship.  Come join us on August 24th to meet new friends and reaquaint with old ones.  Ice cream will be served and everyone is encouraged to bring their Blazer pride and watch our football team scrimmage in preparation for the season.
 

Calendar

There are several calendars for you to seek information from.  All may be accessed through the CALENDAR button at the top of this page.  The School Year Calendar 2018-2019 at the top is a PDF of our general days in session and days off.  You can sync the calendar to your Google, Outlook, or Apple iCal.  Our Blazer Athletic Calendar is also available online.  You will see lots of details added to these calendars in the coming weeks. Be sure to check back and see all of the great happenings already scheduled for the 2018-2019 school year.
 

Dine Out Nights

Once a month, beginning in September, we will host a Dine Out Night.  These nights are held at local restaurants, and a percentage of their receipts that evening are donated to our school when customers tell them they are with The Highlands.  These nights are a great way to support our school, eat a meal out and build community. 
 

Emergency Information

Every family needs to be sure to login to their ParentsWeb account and verify their information.  Please be sure your contact information, email, medical and emergency pick up information is correct. Log into ParentsWeb, choose School Information, Web Forms then Family Demographic Form.  It is important that this information is up to date and accurate for your child's safety and in case of emergency. 
 

FACTS

All tuition, sports, afterschool care, and all other incidental billing will be charged through your FACTS account.  You can log in to see your FACTS account via your ParentsWeb at any time.  Any questions about billing should be directed to the Business Office. 
 

Fall Sport Registration

Registration for fall sports of football, cheerleading and volleyball will be available on our Athletics page.  All fees will be charged to your FACTS account.
 

First Week of School

Monday, August 13  
Teacher Inservice - NO School
Tuesday, August 14   
PK3 - 5th grade:  9:00am - 11:00am Meet your teacher and preview the classroom. (No uniform)
6th - 12th grade:  Half Day  8:05am - 12:00pm   First Day of School
Wednesday, August 15
PK3 - 5th grade:  Half Day  8:05am - 12:00pm   First Day of School  
6th - 12th grade:  Full Day  8:05am - 3:20pm 
Afterschool Advisory Program begins for 6th - 12th grade
Thursday, August 16
PreK3 - 5th grade:  Full Day 8:05am - 3:00pm
6th - 12th grade: Full Day  8:05am - 3:20pm
Afterschool Care begins
Friday, August 17
Everyone attends full day:  8:05am- 3:05pm(LS)/3:20pm (MS/HS)
Afterschool Care available
 
 

Immunizations

Any students who need immunizations for the fall will receive a notification from Nurse Beth.  All updated immunizations must be completed before the first day of school.  Any questions? Please email Nurse Beth.
 

Lunch Information

Your child may bring a lunch, or may purchase a lunch from our dining service, Twelve Oaks Catering.  Here is a welcome letter from Twelve Oaks. 
 

Mass Times (parents are welcome to attend)

PK-2nd Grades:  Wednesday, 8:15am-9:00am
3rd-5th Grades:  Friday, 8:15am-9:00am
Middle School:  Thursday, 8:55am-9:40am
High School:  Thursday, 9:45am-10:30am
 

Medications

Students who need to take medications during the school day need to be sure that all medications are in their original container and all forms are properly submitted to support the medication.   Any questions? Please email Nurse Beth.
 

Orientation Nights

 
High School New Student Orientation:
High school orientation for all incoming 9th graders and new high school students will be held August 13th from 1pm-4pm in the Assembly Room. 
 
Middle school new parent orientation:
Parents of new 6th-8th grade students are invited to attend an information session addressing practical details of THS middle school on August 13th from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Assembly Room. 
 
Parent Orientation: 
All parents will have the opportunity to hear about plans for the coming year and all of the great things we have in store!  Come hear from our administration and teachers and get all of your questions answered to kick the year off with a strong start.  
High School:                         Tuesday, August 21          6:00pm    
Lower & Middle School:     Wednesday, August 22     6:00pm   
 

Parents' Club

All parents are welcome and encouraged to be involved in the school!  The Parents’ Club strives to advance the mission of our school. As parents, we join with the teachers and staff to promote academics, character growth, and the spiritual formation of our children. We also want to create a fun, social atmosphere to bring our THS community closer together. We appreciate your willingness to volunteer!  Parents’ Club will host ongoing activities throughout the year. These are wonderful opportunities to volunteer and meet others in our community. You will see detailed descriptions in the THS weekly email and can find more information about the events on our THS website. Please feel free to contact the Parents’ Club with any suggestions or questions.  parentsclub@thehighlandsschool.org
 

ParentsWeb

ParentsWeb is your virtual portal to the school. It contains a list of resource documents, including the parent-student handbook, the current academic calendar, permission slips, and much more.  You may also view your child’s class schedule, grades, homework, progress notes, teacher contact information, and more.  Please note that ParentsWeb also houses the school directory, which includes contact information for The Highlands families and school staff.
 

Retreats

Each year our middle and high school students attend a retreat to start the year. These formation retreats are a great way for our classes to bond and grow.  Retreats offer students an opportunity to begin to focus on the year and look forward to the fun and growth that await them.  Mark your calendars today!
Middle School Retreat (boys/girls retreat held at different locations): August 30-31
High School Retreat (boys/girls retreat held at different locations):  September 12-14
 

Safe Environment

We have an obligation to keep all students safe.  Therefore, all volunteers are required to complete the Safe Environment training and screening process. This program exists to help keep all of our children safe and secure on campus and school events.  See the Safe Environment page for more details.  Summer is the best time to get all of the steps taken care of so that you are able to volunteer and be on campus once school starts!
 

School Supply lists

PK3 - PK4:  Child backpack to hold folder, nap pillow, nap blanket (we provide mat) and leakproof waterbottle.
K - 5th Grade:  All supplies are provided for students.
Middle School:  Supplies are provided by parents.  Click here for a list of needed materials.
High School:  Supplies are provided by parents.  Teachers will inform students of needed materials the first week of school.  
 

Summer Reading

We expect students to keep their reading skills sharp and engaged during the summer months.  Students entering grades 1 - 12 are expected to complete required summer reading.  Lists are provided below.  We also encourage students to participate in summer reading programs at local public libraries for great incentives.
 

Summer Math

Rising 2nd to Geometry students will need to complete a summer math exercise workbook for the grade level just completed and submit the completed workbook to their teacher of their next grade level for a grade, due on the first day of school.  The workbook is called SUMMER SOLUTIONS, and the excercises can be done in 15 minutes three times per week.  Here is a link to order the workbook. 
 

Teacher Assignments

Each summer students (and parents) are eager to learn who their child's teacher will be.  The Highlands will announce teacher assignments in August prior to meeting your teacher. 
 

Textbooks

Book lists are made available by July 2. Books can be ordered online through MBS Direct, and once on the MBS Direct website, you will select your child’s grade level to find a list of required books. High School and Middle School students will select their classes in order to see a list of books specific to their schedules.
 

Uniform - New

Uniforms can be purchased from Risse Brothers Uniforms store in Addison-4452 Beltway Drive or ordered online. The Highlands dress code outlines appropriate dress by grade level and gender.  You may purchase shoes from any store, provided that they comply with the dress code. All ties will be purchased through Risse Brothers.  In the fall, we are rolling out a few adjustments to our uniform. Listed below are updates for the 2018-2019 school year:
Sensible Seasons:  Students will be able to choose which uniform options to wear based upon the weather. Is it 85 degrees in November? No problem, wear the warm weather options. Is it 45 degrees in April? No problem, wear the cold weather options.
PreK and K:  Boys will be able to wear the polo year round. Oxfords will be optional. Risse Brothers will carry the smallest sizes of the P.E. pants.
4th and 5th Girls:  Will wear navy sweaters only. (No burgundy sweaters may be worn for 2018-19)
Middle School:  Middle school will wear red t-shirts and sweatshirts for P.E. (No grey shirts/sweatshirts can be worn for 2018-19) Girls will wear red sweaters. (No burgundy sweaters may be worn for 2018-19) Boys will wear the grey sweater. (No navy sweaters may be worn for 2018-19)
 
 

 

Volunteer Hours

 

We enthusiastically welcome parent involvement, and ask each family to contribute 40 service hours per year to the school. Summer is a great time to work on some of your hours.  We will have opportunities coming soon, so watch your email for more details! 
How can you find out about opportunities during the year?  As a Highlands parent, you are automatically a member of Parents Club, which has 14 committees charged with organizing various school activities and programs throughout the year. There are many opportunities to lead or contribute within these committees. The Blazer Blast, our school newsletter sent out each Friday, includes a wealth of information and news related to the school, as well as opportunities to contribute your time and talents. You may also access information for parents about upcoming events and opportunities by visiting family life and volunteer opportunities on the Campus Life page of our website. 
How do you log your hours for credit?  Service hours are logged through your ParentsWeb account, under 'Family Information' and then choosing your name and 'Service Hours'.
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