Tuesday, June 18, 2013
From the Principal’s Desk
Part of our new leadership structure for our schools has been to improve home/school communication. Our goal is to cultivate relationships on a foundation of communication. We also understand that given our technology-driven society, the methods of communication are constantly changing. I have changed the format of my emails so they can be easily read on a phone or other small screen. Additionally, we have tried to consolidate our communications so as not to dilute the importance of our messages. Finally, we have made an effort to have the GLAds send you grade specific information so you are kept in the know.
In keeping with the fast moving evolution of communication, we would like to try something new. We have discovered a system that will allow us to send text message reminders directly to your phone. The system is called remind101 (http://remind101.com/) and is truly amazing. This system was created by two brothers who grew up in Skokie (literally down the street from our school), and I would encourage you to checkout the About section of their website. I have highlighted some facts and benefits of the system:
- Currently, there is no cost to the school or to you directly. You do not need to pay a fee to subscribe to this service (standard text messaging costs may apply, depending on your carrier and cellular plan). The creators of the site know that this is a valuable service but have not yet attached a fee structure to the system. We will be using this FREE version.
- This system works on all phones that receive text messages. You do not need a smart phone to receive messages.
- There are no ads. Remind101 is an educational company and honors the fact that their users don’t want to be bothered with ads.
- All information is secure. All phone numbers are kept on a secure server, and you do not need to worry about your information being sold to a third party.
- You’re in control. If you choose, you can subscribe to receive text reminders. If you decide you no longer want to receive texts, simply text the word STOP, and the texts will cease.
- The text messages won’t replace the emails that you receive, but they will supplement them.
We are excited to offer you this service, and we believe that is will help us to improve the way we communicate with you. We promise not to inundate you with messages and to use the system wisely. Each one of our GLAds will host a grade level list. If you would like to sign up to receive texts please follow the directions below.
5th Grade Parents: text @mezie to the number (201) 822-5959
6th Grade Parents: text @msblack to the number (201) 822-5959
7th Grade Parents: text @f3c to the number (201) 822-5959
8th Grade Parents: text @mrsjacks to the number (201) 822-5959
Thanks, and have a great weekend,
March 11 - 17, 2012
Are you ready for TGIF? This fun party for students takes place next Friday, March 16, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Highcrest. Similar to Freaky Friday, TGIF offers tons of fun for Highcrest students, with snacks, a DJ and inflatable games. TGIF wristbands ($10 each) will be on sale during lunch starting on Monday, March 12 through Thursday, March 15 and will not be available at the door. We rely on parents to run a SAFE and successful event, so please click here to sign up for a shift, or visit www.highcrestpto.org.
Calling all Highcrest parents! The nominating process for executive and general board positions for the 2012-2013 Highcrest PTO has begun. Here’s a list of the open positions; you can also find the information on the Highcrest PTO website at highcrestpto.org. If you are interested in a position, or if you have questions, please contact Rhona DiCamillo, chair of the nominating committee, at email@example.com.
The WJHS PTO is looking for a few great people to serve on our Executive Board and General Board. The Legislature position is open on our Executive Board. General Board open positions include Environmental Awareness, Landscaping, Newcomers, Yearbook, Youth Connection Liaison – Battle of the Bands and Youth Connection Liaison – Spring Musical. Interested?? Go to http://www.wjhspto.com/PTO%20open%20positions.html to learn more or email Sarah Jacobs at mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Connection: The Youth Connection Spring Fiesta Fund Raiser will take place on Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Center, Gillson Park in Wilmette. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at www.youthconnectionwilmette.org. Admission includes Mexican-inspired appetizers, an open margarita bar, and music with a DJ. Youth Connection is looking for silent auction item donations for its Spring Fiesta Party. Please contact Karen Funari, youth Connection Executive Director, at 847-254-2224 if you have something you’d like to donate.
For more information on this week’s news and other PTO activities, please visit www.highcrestpto.org.
What’s Happening This Week
Friday, March 16
TGIF, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Highcrest
Friday, March 23
Early Release, 8:49 – 11:45 a.m.
Monday – Friday, March 26 – 30
No School – Spring Break
Monday, March 12
Chef’s salad, grilled chicken, soup, whole wheat roll, fresh fruit (Roast beef)
Tuesday, March 13
Nachos, cheese sauce, turkey taco meat, brown rice, salad, fresh fruit (Turkey/cheese wrap)
Wednesday, March 14
Baked potato bar, broccoli, grilled chicken, salad, whole wheat roll, yogurt, fresh fruit (Salami)
Thursday, March 15
Multi-grain, French bread pizza, salad, soup, fresh fruit, Italian ice (Egg salad)
Friday, March 16
Vegetarian egg rolls, brown rice, egg drop soup, salad, mandarin oranges, fortune cookies (Tuna salad)
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