PTSA is raising money for OUR school!

Last year, more than 100 donors/families donated an average of $91 each. This year our goal is 150 donor/families and an average gift of $100. Will you help us reach our $15,000 goal with a contribution of $100, $200, or more?

We are raising money for the little things… the things we don’t really notice… the things that just magically show up right when you need them. 

The Highland Park PTSA is all about the little things, supplies and equipment that the department budget’s can’t cover. These things, from big to small, give our students rich educational experiences. With your help, we can continue to provide the little things.

A small sample of what we used funding for includes:

  • Library books
  • Paints and paper for art students
  • Scientific balances
  • Badminton equipment
  • Chinese reading materials
  • Mountain bike stands
  • Music stands
  • Dissection animals

Just to name a few!

Our goal is to raise $15,000 this year to make sure our students and faculty have the little things they need to be successful, have fun, and build their community. 

Please donate before November 14 by check to the office (PREFERRED) or online at givemn.org/organization/hpshgive

 
Thanks for including Highland Park in your Give to the Max plans!

Sincerely,
Your Parent Teacher Student Association

Give the Max committee

Athena Adkins
651-235-2645
adkinsdesk@me.com

What to do this Halloween

Halloween pumpkin head jack lantern with burning candles. Image taken from: https://www.istockphoto.com/photos/halloween?sort=mostpopular&mediatype=photography&phrase=halloween

October 31st is right around the corner. Lots of people have their decorations up and costumes ready.

So, what are you going to do for Halloween? If you aren’t sure how you want to celebrate, take a look at the four ideas listed in this article. 

Go trick-or-treating. To an extent, age shouldn’t matter if there is free candy involved. If you want to go out one last time, then honestly, just do it. There may be some people who criticize you, but the fun you have will make memories for years without end.

Also, just a tip if you do wear a costume, your best option might be one that covers your face. That way some of the most critical candy passer-outers don’t know what you look like and would not really have the ability to assume your age.

And, try your best to go to the houses that aren’t as busy. Any houses that don’t have many visitors often pass out more than one measly candy bar. 

Pass out treats. If you are the kind of person that finds pleasure in making others happy, this could be pretty fun for you. Not only can you stay inside during the cold October night, but you will be able to see all the little kids that come “trick-or-treating” by your house in their cute, and sometimes creepy, costumes.

But be warned, never leave out a bowl of candy on your step. All it takes is one group of kids to come and raid your whole bowl with a “please take one” sign on it. 

Do the tricking. If there is anytime to scare someone, no doubt it should be on Halloween. There are always questionable decorations, weird setups, and a variety of costumes, and kids walking around looking for candy, all while it’s pitch black outside, so use this all against them to give them what they have been asking for all night. 

Watch scary movies. There is no shame for anybody on Halloween who choose to shut off all the lights in their house, make some popcorn, and watch a scary movie. If anything, this holiday is the best time to do it. There are countless numbers of Halloween-themed movies that could fill up your schedule for about the next year.

Highlights from the recent Apple event

Everyone knows about Apple. The extremely successful company has grown over the years and has created many revolutionary products of our time, like the iPhone. Recently, they had an event where they showcased some of the new products they were releasing this year. Here are some of the highlights:

New iPad

The newest iPad is better and cheaper than ever, with a starting price of just $329. That’s a great price considering the iPad is like a computer and many people use iPads on a daily basis for work and school.

The new iPad also has a 100% recycled aluminum body and comes with a free, year-long subscription to Apple TV+. We’ll get to that later.

Apple Watch Series 5

This announcement was expected at the event, but nevertheless was exciting. This new Apple Watch has many new features that can make your life much easier. Some of these features include a new compass function, and many health-monitoring features, including a heart rate monitor and an emergency phone call function if you can’t access your phone.

The best new feature is an always-on feature, where the display of the watch never turns off, which is very useful.

Apple Arcade and Apple TV+

Some of the software features announced were the Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.  Apple Arcade is a subscription service that allows access to a wide variety of games to be played on your iPad or iPhone. There were over 100 titles released when it launched on September 19, from big game companies like Capcom and Konami.

The other subscription service announced was Apple TV+. Apple TV+ is, when boiled down, Apple’s take on a television streaming service, similar to Netflix or Hulu. The service has original TV shows and movies, and is set to release on November 1st for $5 a month.

iPhone 11

The announcement of the night, that had to take the cake, was the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. These new iPhones have tons of new features that top them from their previous models, especially the iPhone 11 Pro. It comes with 3 cameras, which includes an ultrawide camera lense. This lense is used to take very wide photos that look amazing, and it is considered the greatest camera on a mobile phone, ever.

 

Apple has created a wide list of products, and is improving on them now more than ever. These products are designed to be integrated into our everyday life and match with our lifestyle. Apple products have many uses, and can help make our lives easier.