Hi-Five Sports Zone Tournament

Hi-Five Sports Zone has scheduled a Flag Football Tournament . It will take place on Jan. 25 from 1 to approximately 4:30 p.m.

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The 2020 Girls Night of Code is Jan. 24

Join Vernon Hills High School’s Computer Science Club for their 3rd annual Girls Night of Code! The event will feature hands on coding activities, a guest speaker, and a presentation about CS opportunities in high school. This event is FREE to attend: free food, swag and fun!

Date: Jan. 24th, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Vernon Hills High School (145 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061)
Eligibility: Must identify as female, and be in 6th through 8th grade at Hawthorn Middle School North or South

FYI: Girls who attended last year are welcome to attend again this year, but they will be put on a waiting list if the event reaches capacity to allow girls who haven’t experienced the event to attend. 

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Girls’ STEM Day, Jan. 18

Carmel Catholic High School is hosting a Girls’ STEM Day on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please review the flyer for more details.

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Kessel Basketball Winter Camp

Kessel is offering a basketball camp at the Libertyville Sports Complex over winter break.

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Carmel Catholic High School Admissions Information

Students who want to be considered for admission must submit a formal application to Carmel Catholic High School by December 13, 2019.  If you have already submitted your student’s application for admission, please disregard this email.

Applications received after this date will still be considered as long as space is available.

Click here to access the online application.

In addition to the application for admission, parents must also complete and submit the “Authorization to Release/Exchange Confidential Information form to their student’s current school. By signing and submitting this form to your student’s grade/junior high school, you are directing them to release records that are necessary for your student’s application file.


If your 8th-grade student did not attend the entrance exam at Carmel Catholic High School (or at any other Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Chicago) on December 7, we are offering make-up exam opportunities by appointment and on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

Click here to pre-register your student for a make-up exam. 


Entrance Exam Merit Scholarships

Carmel Catholic has expanded the scope of merit scholarships to recognize the top 10% of entrance exam scorers by providing four-year renewable scholarships.

97-99th percentile: $2,500 per year
94-96th percentile: $1,500 per year
90-93rd percentile: $1,000 per year
In order to be eligible for the Entrance Exam Scholarship, students must achieve a composite score in the top 10 percentile nationally on the HSPT, submit an application for admission prior to Monday, February 3, 2020, maintain good standing in the Christian Service Program and maintain a 3.5-grade point average.

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Kirk Players Announce Open Auditions for The Jungle Book

The Kirk Players will hold open auditions for The Jungle Book at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 and Wed., Jan. 8, 2020 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 10 S. Lake St. (Rte. 45) in Mundelein. Roles for adults, teens, and children, age 7 and over are available. For more information, please review the flyer.


Mundelein High School Invites You to a Bilingual Holiday Celebration

The Puertas Latino Culture Club students are sponsoring a new event at Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley Street in Mundelein, this year called Dias Festivos on Saturday, Dec. 14th!  This bilingual open house style event is aimed at bringing our Spanish speaking families into the school to celebrate the spirit of the season with their children to take part in family friendly activities that highlight some of the holiday and seasonal traditions of Latinos and Latin Americans.  For more information on the event activities, scroll lower in this email.

More About the Event

This is a free event, and all are welcome to enjoy the festivities with their families, including staff members. We will have activities for children ages 4 and up.  Due to the heavy Catholicism of the region, the Christmas holidays are an important part of many Latin American cultures and often start near the beginning of December and run through Los Reyes Magos (3 Kings Day) in January.  Different Latin American countries have different ways of celebrating these holidays throughout Central and South America.  As such, our festivities are highlighting a variety of customs for families to learn about these various traditions.  For example:

–         Holiday Themed Loteria

–         Luminaria/Farolito making

–         Nacimiento coloring

–         Nochebuena/Poinsettia ornament making

–         Letters to Santa/Papa Noel/Los Reyes Magos

–         Cookie decorating

–         Traditional Mexican Ponche

Families are welcome to come any time during the 5:00-8:00pm event time.  Activities will be run in both Spanish and English.  Stay for a little while, or stay for a long while!  The Puertas students are excited to welcome you and your families during this time of year!

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Good News Club Registration Form

To register your child for the Good News Club, please use this form.

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Citadel Theatre Presents Annie

The Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest is presenting the musical Annie. Due to popular demand, it has been extended until January 5. There’s now even more opportunities to enjoy this heartwarming show. You can also gift Annie tickets to those hard-to-shop-for people on your holiday lists. If you’d like a certificate for gift-giving, contact the theater at tickets@citadeltheatre.org or call 847-735-8554. The theater has added several Saturday matinees, along with talk-backs with the cast immediately following the Saturday matinee performances. Meet the actors portraying the beloved Annie characters! Visit the theater’s website to purchase tickets.

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Holiday Gift Opportunities for Those on Tight Budgets

Finding it hard to budget gift-giving this holiday season? Toys for Tots, The Salvation Army/Angel Tree, and the Jewish Family Service have sign-up lists where families can request gifts for the holiday season.

Toys for Tots- Due Nov 22 Information- https://chicago-il.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspxHow to apply: Email ChicagoToysforTots@gmail.com. Call 7738552687 for questions 

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program Information- https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/angel-tree-chicagoland/https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/angel_tree_program.html
How to Apply- Email USCMET.AngelTree@usc.salvationarmy.org or call 7732053690

Jewish Family Service Information- http://jfsnashville.org/chanukah-gift-program/How to Apply- Email tljlcsw@aol.com or call (615) 354-1672