Volume 1, Issue 5
April 2018
Home & School Club

Please join us at our next Home & School Club meeting on April 16th at 7pm in the Leigh Library. All are welcome.

Read the minutes from previous meetings  here


Volunteer of the Year Award - Parent Nominations
Message from Principal Butler

We are looking to acknowledge one of our amazing volunteers. If you are or know of a parent who has dedicated themselves to Leigh as a volunteer, please consider nominating them for our Volunteer of the Year award. Click this link to take you to the nomination form. Please nominate as many parents as you would like. We know we have many amazing volunteers who deserve to be recognized. The deadline for nominating is April 20th. 

Join the Home & School Club Board &  Committees 

We are currently seeking parents who would like to be a part of the Home & School Club Board and Committees. Our goal is to have co-chairs for most of the roles as well as a team of volunteers to support that role. Click here  to learn what the different roles entail, how to put your name forward for a role, and why parents volunteer at Leigh. Any questions, contact vice_president@leighhsc.org.

It takes a Village... this is YOUR Village! 
Thank you for making a difference at Leigh!

Parent Education Speaker Series

The Well-Balanced Student -  Strategies to address cheating and academic integrity, sleep, media use, and more

Thursday, April 26th, 7-8:30pm
Leigh Cafetorium
When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this research-based presentation, parents will explore research on and strategies to address cheating and academic integrity, sleep, media use, and more. Parents will also reflect on how to help to reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase children's resilience, creativity, and well-being.

This interactive, 90-minute workshop includes a PowerPoint presentation, coupled with opportunities for personal reflection, audience participation, and brief discussion activities. The presentation will be delivered by Mary Hofstedt, the Community Education Director at Challenge Success  (www.challengesuccess.org).

Emotional Intelligence 
by Dr. Lorea Martinez from the international organization of Six Seconds.

Thursday, May 17th, 7-8:30pm 
Leigh Cafetorium

Mark your calendar! More info to come.

Relay for Life at Leigh - April 27th-28th

Relay For Life - Cambrian is an annual grass roots, community-based team event. This year, Leigh  High  School is hosting this fun filled overnight event and the energy level is preset to high! Families and friends will share in fun crafts, games, music, and dancing all while raising funds to give hope. All ages welcome!

For more info, to donate or start your own team, click here.

A detailed schedule for the event is available here

Check out the Relay For Life - Cambrian Facebook page.

Take our Home & School Club Survey

Would you like to share your thoughts with the Home & School Club Board on the programs we fund? On our Mission? On our Communications? Click here to complete the Home & School Club survey.

Your feedback is critical to helping us improve, and this is your chance to share your opinions and preferences.  Thank you!

Help needed - Senior Grad Night

Preparations are currently underway for Senior Grad Night and a most amazing night of fun is planned at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. More info here. A wonderful team of volunteers has been working hard on this project - Kristina Williams, Ann Auld, Ron Blumstein and Jen Petroff.  However, more parent support is needed with ticket sales, fundraising, planning, communications, etc. and the team would very much appreciate any time you can give. Please contact Kristina at gradnight@leighhsc.org if you are able to help. Thank you!

Hear from our Teachers

Ms. Celeste Smiley is the teacher rep for Home & School Club. At each HSC Board meeting, she shares what is happening in the classrooms and other general info related to the teachers. Her reports provide a treasure trove of information and highlight so many of the amazing things happening at our school. Click here and here to view past reports.

We Love our Teachers and Staff!

Many thanks to our Staff Appreciation co-chairs, Carol Hofheimer and Susan Lovelady, and their wonderful team of volunteers for showering love and appreciation on our teachers and staff every month. Here's a look back at what they've done during the past few months:

December: Holiday inspired decor and a box of chocolates for each teacher

January: Donuts for a little morning cheer

February: Happy Valentine's Day!

March: Spring Luncheon

Grants approved by Home & School Club Board

  • Funding
    Teacher Grants
    • $75 to Spanish 1 for online videos to support the curriculum.
    • $978.50 to Journalism for two editions of The Eleight 
  • Club Grants
    • $300 to Music With A Mission for piano accompanist for benefit concert.

Check out our new website!

We have a new website with information on all of our Home & School Club programs, how to donate, how to earn free money for Leigh, how to stay connected, and more! Your feedback and input is welcome. Please contact us at communications@leighhsc.org.

Earn FREE money for Leigh

Corporate Matching

Many local companies offer matching donations to school organizations. If you avail of this program you can double or triple your donation to Leigh Home and School Club! Many companies also donate cash to match your volunteer hours contributed to the school. Please check with the HR department at your company to see if it has a matching donations program. Our Tax ID: #77-0199809. Click here for more information and to see a list of companies that offer this program (it is not a complete list - if you do not see your company on this list, please do check with your HR dept).

Shopping on Amazon? 

Use our  dedicated Leigh Amazon link  when shopping with Amazon, and Leigh Home & School Club receives 6 - 11% on products you purchased. Bookmark this link for future shopping 'trips'! The link is always available on our website. Does your company shop at Amazon? Then refer this link to the person in charge of purchases. Anyone can use this link and Leigh will benefit.  Note: Do NOT Use Amazon SMILE as donations through this program are significantly less.

Shopping at Target, Apple, Macy's? Use eScrip

Earn automatically when you shop online at stores like Apple (1.2%), Best Buy (1.2%), Target (1.2%), Macy's (4.8%), Old Navy (2.4%), and many more! Register at www.escrip.com to start earning now! Install the "ForgetMeNot" browser plug in and you will get a reminder if a site that you're shopping at gives contributions.

College & Career Center Newsletter

Operation of our college and Career Center depends on the 30+ parent volunteers that manage all of the activities taking place under the guidance of College and Career Specialist, Mrs Nathalie Goricanec. Mrs. Goricanec and a group of volunteers have published their first newsletter. Click here to view (and subscribe to future newsletters which will be published bi-weekly).

To stay informed about news and announcements from the College and Career Center:
  • join our Facebook group LonghornsCCC
  • follow us on Twitter @LonghornsCCC
  • follow us on Instagram at cclhs
  • get text reminders on your cell phone with Remind by texting @38df to 81010
  • send an email to LonghornsCCC@gmail.com
  • join our Leigh Longhorns CCC Newsletter mailing list: http://eepurl.com/c7KRAn

Stay Connected

We invite you to connect with the Home & School Club and be a part of this great community.  Here are a few ways you can do this...

  • Subscribe to our mailing list to receive monthly newsletters and stay up to date with Home & School Club happenings.
  • Become a member and donate to Home & School Club.
  • Attend our monthly meetings.
  • Volunteer your time by signing up to help when needed (sign up sheets included in this newsletter and posted to our mailing list as needed).
  • Join a committee/team. We have lots of opportunities, big and small! Send an email to Home & School Club President, Doug Carlen, at president@leighhsc.org.
  • Check out our website 
  • Follow us on Facebook
    Like us on Facebook
Click the Amazon Banner below to support Leigh HSC when you shop at Amazon. 
Up to  11% of your purchases goes towards Leigh HSC and supports all of our students. 
Do NOT Use Amazon SMILE as donations through this program are significantly less.
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