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January 6, 2013

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Last Chance to Sign Up for Montessori Mornings & Afternoons - Winter Session

The new session of Montessori Mornings and Afternoons Programs begins the week of January 7, 2013! There are still openings available for YMCA Art, Sports and Swim, Xtreme Karate and Science Explorers! If you're interested in registering your child for one or more of the terrific classes being offered, be sure to send in your completed registration form and payment by the start of class! Please make all checks payable to the specific company if enrolling in a class offered by Xtreme Karate or Science Explorers!. If you register your child for any of the YMCA programs (Art, Sports or Swim) please make checks payable to HMM PTA!

Science Olympiad Team - 3rd through 6th Grade Parent Informational Meeting

Does your 3rd through 6th grade child LOVE science? HMM's first ever Science Olympiad Team is being formed this year! Come find out more about the Science Olympiad and the great academic offerings it has for your child on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30pm in the HMM Media Center. Science Olympiad is a science tournament meant to get kids excited about future careers in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The team consists of preparing for the regional tournament in May with a focus on teamwork, hands-on science inquiry, and rigorous academic inter-scholastic events. Contact Meliza Reynoso (, Christiana Coburn ( or Melissa Click ( with any questions.

HMM School Spirit Day - Friday, January 11th

Show your school spirit - wear your HMM t-shirt and uniform bottoms (khaki or navy - NO JEANS) on Friday, January 11th!

Nothing but Noodles Spirit Night - Thursday, January 17th - 6pm to 8pm

Join us for the first Spirit Night of 2013 at Nothing but Noodles (1605 Elizabeth Avenue) from 6-8pm on Thursday, January 17th! Take a night off from cooking and have a great night with your family and friends as we kick off the new year at Nothing but Noodles! Hope to see you there!

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY - 2013 Winter Ball Tickets on SALE!

The annual Highland Mill Montessori Winter Ball is being held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 7pm to 9:30pm at Grand Central (located at 1000 Central Avenue). Tickets are $12 per adult and $10 per child and will be on sale now through Friday, January 18th. Tickets must be purchased in advance – tickets will not be on sale at the Winter Ball! We can only sell 235 tickets this year, so BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW if you’d like to attend the annual HMM WINTER BALL!

Please contact Connie Cabbs at with any questions or concerns.

2nd Annual HMM Silent Auction

The Silent Auction Committee has accumulated some FABULOUS donations from some very generous vendors so far for the 2013 Silent Auction, (to be held at this year’s Winter Ball.) Some of the items up for bid will be:
- a Kindle Fire 8G! from Best Buy valued at $200
- a $100 gift certificate to BLT Steak Restaurant
- one week of Summer Arts Institute Classes from The McColl Center of Visual Arts
- tickets to The Charlotte Checkers
- dinner for 2 from Cabo Fish Taco
- Spring League Registration a ball/stick and one summer camp from Mountain Island Lacrosse
- a Photo Session and CD from Sabrina Lewis Photography valued at $175

....and the list goes on! We still need donations so please reach out to your friends, place of employment or frequented businesses.

Please contact Kati Mayo (PTA Silent Auction Committee Chair) at to receive a donation letter with our TAX ID # for possible vendors, to arrange pick up of an item or if you have any suggestions or inquiries. All donations must be received by January 25, 2013 so that they can be included in the auction brochure. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Piedmont IB Middle School Coffee Chats - Reserve Your Spot Today!

Are you (and your 5th Grader) trying to figure out the mysteries of middle school and not sure who to ask to get the inside scoop? Please join parents of current Piedmont students for coffee to learn about Piedmont IB Middle School on Friday, January 25th OR Friday, February 1st from 9:30am to 10:30am at Amelie's French Bakery (2424 N. Davidson Street). Space is limited so please RSVP to Joanne Robinson ( to reserve your spot!

Piedmont IB Middle School will host several Open House events in their Media Center on Tuesday, January 8 @ 6pm, Thursday, January 24 @ 6pm, Tuesday, January 29 @ 6pm, Monday, February 4 @ 6pm and a Parent/Student Drop in on Thursday, January 31 from 9:30am to 11:30am.

Girls on the Run

Attention third through fifth grade girls…

Girls on the Run will be offered this spring at Highland Mill Montessori. Girls on the Run is a fun afterschool program that teaches healthy living, confidence and includes fun running activities and games. Registration for Girls on the Run will begin the week of January 28th and the season will start February 19th. Look for more information in the coming weeks! If you have any question please contact Vicki Pater at or Kristina Horton at

Remind101 - Never Miss a PTA Event or Activity Again

Remind101 is a text messaging service that will send messages from the PTA straight to your phone. Sign up today so you’ll never miss another PTA event or activity again! Text 424.789.8749 with the message @hmmpta to become a member of our mailing list!

Link Your Google Calendar to the PTA Google Calendar

The PTA calendar is on Google so you can add all the events and activities from the PTA calendar onto your own Google calendar! Go to your Google calendar and select “Add a Friend’s Calendar”. Type in our email address: and select. As soon as we accept your invitation the dates will be added to your Google calendar!

Retail Incentives - 2 Ways to Invest in a Child @ the Grocery Store

1. Link your Harris Teeter VIC Card and your Food Lion MVP Card to our school.
2. Clip Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s Labels for Education, Coca Cola Rewards and Tyson’s labels. Send them to school & we’ll redeem them.

The PTA Audit Committee Needs a Chairperson!

The PTA Audit Committee is in need of a Chairperson. If you are interested in learning more about this committee, please complete and submit the form below. If you are not ready to take on the committment of committee chair, but would like to volunteer, please complete and submit the I Want to Volunteer Form.

Before you're able to volunteer at Highland Mill Montessri, be sure to logon to the CMS Volunteer Management System and fill out the Volunteer Profile Form. You may register and create a login by going to Please remember to log your volunteer hours on the website!

Mark Your Calendars
  • Spirit Day, Friday January 11th
  • Spirit Night at Nothing but Noodles, Thursday January 17th
Need More Dates?
Check out our calendar on the PTA website –