A Private PreK - 12 College Preparatory Catholic School

2017 Summer Packet

All you need to know:  A to Z


This packet is designed to give you all of your "need to know" information to make it through the summer and prepare for the year ahead.  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 summer packet. 
 

Afterschool Care

Our Afterschool Care programs 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 2017-2018 Annual Fund Drive will kick off on September 14th 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.
 

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 25th 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.
 

Beautification Day

We invite you to help us make our campus shine!  All summer long our facilities team works tirelessly to refresh, repair and renew our campus.  This year we are asking families to spend a Saturday morning with us in completing a random "honey do" list of chores we can do to assist our facilities team.   Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 29th from 8:00am to 12:00noon.  More details to come via email later in the summer.
 

Blazer Community Nights

This summer we will be hosting several Blazer Community Nights.  These nights will be held on our playground and soccer practice field.  Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner or just come and hang out.  Bring a lawn chair, soccer/football, bug spray and a water bottle!  We want our families to make new friends and stay connected during the summer months. Join us!
Wednesday, June 14     6:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 28     6:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 12     6:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 26     6:00pm - 7:30pm
 

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 2017-2018 at the top is a PDF of our general days in session and days off.  The Main Calendar on this page is our school calendar.    This calendar can be viewed in a calendar or agenda format or sorted by category of events.  You can also 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 2017-2018 school year. 
 

Camp Reminders

Don't forget about all of our summer opportunities for students entering PK4 and older!  Click on the links to learn more about these outstanding camps!  Summer Enrichment camp at The Highlands, Challenge camps, Conquest camps at The Highlands. 
 

Dine Out Nights

Once a month we will host a Dine Out Night.  These nights are held at local restaurants who will donate to The Highlands a percentage of their receipts for a designated night 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.  Watch for details of summer Dine Out Nights.
 

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

Beginning this year 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 14    
Teacher Inservice - NO School
PK3 - PK4:  8:30am - 5:00pm Meet the Teacher.  Watch for details to come in late summer.
Tuesday, August 15    
K - 5th grade:  8:30am - 5:00pm  Parent - Teacher Meetings  Watch for sign ups in late summer.
6th - 12th grade:  Half Day  8:05am - 12:00noon   First Day of School
Wednesday, August 16
PK3 - 5th grade:  Half Day  8:05am - 12:00noon   First Day of School  
6th - 12th grade:  Full Day  8:05am - 3:05pm 
Thursday, August 17
Everyone attends full day:  8:05am - 3:05pm
Afterschool Care begins
Friday, August 18
Everyone attends full day:  8:05am - 3:05pm
Afterschool Care available
 

Immunizations

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

Lunch Information

Your child may bring a lunch, or may purchase a lunch from our dining service, Twelve Oaks Catering. For more information, please view the Twelve Oaks welcome letter and download a sample pre-order menu.
 

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 Karin.
 

Meet the Teacher

PK3 - PK4 students and parents will have the opportunity on Monday, August 14th to meet their teacher and learn more about the coming year.  Watch for further details later this summer.
 
On Tuesday, August 15th, families of K - 5th grade students will have the opportunity to meet their child's teacher to create a common plan of success for their child in the coming year.  Watch for sign up times later this summer. 
 
 

New Family Welcome

We will be hosting a cookout to welcome all of our new families to the community on Wednesday, August 9th at 6pm.  Bring the family to meet your buddy family, student ambassadors and others to welcome you to our community. 
 

Orientations

Watch for information on MS and HS orientations in August.  Details will be posted mid-June. 
 

Parent Nights

All parents will have the opportunity to hear about this coming year and all of the great things we have in store!  Come to 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 22     6:00pm    
Middle School:  Wednesday, August 23     6:00pm    
PK3 - 5th Grade:  Thursday, August 24    6:00pm     
 

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 challenges, fun and growth that await them.  Mark your calendars  today as these are mandatory!
Middle School Girls: September 13 - 15
Middle School Boys:  September 20 - 22
9/10 Girls:  September 21 - 22
11/12 Girls:  September 7 - 8
High School Boys:  September 6 - 8
 

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.
 

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 Augusts prior to our Meet the Teacher events.  Please be patient! 
 

Textbooks

Book lists are made available by July 1 in the online back to school information packet. 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. Summer books may  also be available here. 
 

Uniform - New

Uniforms can be purchased from Parker Uniforms store in North Dallas on Alpha Road (near the Galleria), or ordered online. The 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 for high school are purchased from our front office for $10 each.
In the fall, we are rolling out a few adjustments to our uniform. Updated uniform options will  be available at Parker Uniform in mid-June.   Here is a preview of the updates:
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. Parker will now carry the smallest sizes of the P.E. pants.
4th and 5th Girls:  We are transitioning for all PK-5th to be in navy sweaters. This means for next year, 4th grade girls will wear navy sweaters. 5th grade girls will wear navy sweaters. (Burgundy sweater may be worn by 5th grade for 2017-18 only)
Middle School is going ABLAZE:  Middle school will wear red t-shirts and sweatshirts for P.E. (Grey shirts/sweatshirts can be worn for 2017-18 only) Girls will wear red sweaters. (Burgundy sweater may be worn for 2017-18 only) Boys will wear the grey sweater. (Navy sweater may be worn for 2017-18 only)
 

Uniform - Used Sales (books, too)

Twice a year our Parents' Club hosts a Used Uniform Sales.  On this day, families may purchase gently used uniforms and books from the Parents' Club or other parents.  This year the sale will be on June 24th from 9am to 3pm in the Assembly Room.  Here is a flier with information for sellers, buyers and volunteers. 
 

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 some of these 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 The Highlands parent, you are automatically a member of Parents Club, which has 14 committees charged with organizing various school activities and programming throughout the year. There are many opportunities to lead or contribute within these committees. The THS Weekly, a 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 in your individual ParentsWeb account.