THREE …..Baskets & Bidding Reminders

The list of baskets with estimated retail value and minimum bid is attached. The itemized list of what is in the basket will be on the bidding sheet.
Bidding reminders:
– The bid sheets list the next increments for bidding. The numbers are in red until the value of the item is reached and then the numbers are written in green. – We hope people will try to “Go For the Green” when you are bidding on an item you would normally purchase. Bargains are fun, but please remember this is also a fundraiser. – At the end of intermission we will have a count-down that ends with “Pencil’s Down”. – Please honor the pencil’s down – even if you are in the middle of writing. – The last person with a full name and amount will be the final bid.
PIZZA ORDER Reminder:
Form is attached. Please drop off forms by 4pm at the check-in table basket (with check or cash).
FINALLY – please be praying for the people who are putting in long hours to pull off this event, for the success of every student performing in the Variety Show, and for a fun evening blessed with financial provision.
Thank you to everyone who has & will contribute to this event. Blessings, Marilyn

FOUR…..Classes, Lessons, Service, Wellness

Gmail has decided I’m SPAM because I’m sending out so many large emails. I’m hoping this email will go through if I send it without the attachment and I send it to individual groups (my first attempt resulted in 150 emails bouncing back to me😞). If it does goes through, some of you will get this email multiple times.
SO – we’ve posted ALL the lists of what will be on the wall to bid on our website. hstonline.org <hstonline.org>
Click on the 25th Anniversary Banner and it will take you to the lists. The last list had 21 items for Classes, Lessons, Service, Wellness.
NOTE: There may be a few more gift certificates that come in before Saturday. We’ll announce those from the stage so no one ends up saying, “I didn’t know that was being offered. I would have bid on it, if I’d known.”
Be informed….look over the lists! The Saturday Auction is a bit harder because *you will need to walk around to find the items you wish to bid on*. You’ll also have to decide* which items you want to “guard” when the countdown happens* (stand near by in case someone overbids you, so you can hopefully get in another bid before “pencils down”). Some families assign different family members to guard different items.
In addition to the lists – there will be Baskets, specialty items, and specialty baked goods to bid on.
REMINDER: The online auction will end at 9pm tonight. *You will pay for (and pick up) any items you win when you check out on Saturday *(after the Variety Show).
www.32auctions.com/25thYearAuction
I hope everyone end up with some fun items! Blessings, Marilyn

FIVE……Restaurants and Retail

We all have to eat…..so enjoy looking through the 66 gift certificates from restaurants that you can bid on Saturday, Nov. 16 (list is attached). A few of these will end up going for full value, but most will go for less then their value.
SO…plan your next night out and go after these great deals!
*REMINDER: *The online auction closes on Wednesday, Nov. 13. at 9pm. *People will pay for and pick up their won items on Saturday* – when we do our regular check-out after the Variety Show is over.
www.32auctions.com/25thYearAuction
Blessings, Marilyn

Need Variety Show Act Info – ASAP

Dear 25th Year Variety Show Participants,
I had assumed that everyone put all the info needed into the Sign-Up Genius. Since that didn’t happen, I need everyone to open the attached document and find your act in the Order of Show.
Please reply to this email will any/all missing information and any corrections in spelling. We need this ASAP.
Many thanks for participating in this show. Blessings, Mrs. Mullan

Lice Reminders

Dear 25th Year HST Families, We have 1 family who is treating their child for lice. The family caught it right away so there is very little chance anyone else in HST has or will be exposed. However, our policy is to notify our families so that precautions and reminders can be shared with all students.
First some helpful facts to know:
– Lice is not indicative of poor hygiene, in fact it appears to be the opposite with lice preferring clean heads. – Lice do not jump or fly. That means they cannot “leap” from one student to another. There needs to be direct contact. – Lice do not move quickly outside of human hair/scalp. Therefore if they are on a piece of clothing that touches another piece of clothing briefly – they cannot quickly move from one to the other. The items would need to be lying together for a period of time for the transfer to happen. – Lice eggs have a 2 week gestation period. Once an egg hatches, the lice will die in 45 minutes if it does not have contact with human skin.
Prevention steps you can take:
– *Check your student’s head for nits.* Even though there is very little chance anyone in HST has been exposed, it is good to normalize checking for nits. It’s a preventative thing to do, just like brushing teeth. – *If you ever do discover lice, please email us to let us know.* This information will be kept private but the level of preventative steps taken by HST depends on the number of active cases. – You can purchase holistic repellents. – Lice do not like Tea Tree Oil which can be found in some shampoos. One product that has Tea Tree Oil is “Nature’s Gate” shampoo which is sold at Safeway. – Lice do not like Rosemary which can be found in some conditioners. We suggest purchasing *Fairy Tales – Rosemary Repel *shampoo, conditioner or leave-in conditioning spray which are available at the Yellow Balloon in the Kentlands. The note on these products says: *Infused with pure rosemary oil which has been shown to repel lice and other insects from the hair. The products are all natural and organic. Be sure to spray behind the ears, back of neck, and tops of shoulders for maximum lice protection.* – Remind your student not to share hair brushes, bobbie pins, hats – and don’t put their coats/hats in pile.
Again – there is very little chance that anyone in HST has been exposed or will be exposed. We are just keeping our policy of notification. Blessings, Marilyn

SIX….Tickets & Recreation

Dear 25th Year Families,
Attached is a list of 36 GREAT deals for Tickets and Recreation.
These items will be on the wall for bidding on the night of the auction (Nov. 16).
We suggest you print the list and highlight what you want to pursue.
Also – we have reduced the minimum bid on many of the online auction items, *so you might want to take another quick look! *
www.32auctions.com/25thYearAuction
Blessings, Marilyn

SEVEN – To Bid, or not to Bid

To bid….or not to bid….. Do you really have the time to find something to bid on?
Is it worth forwarding the auction link to other people?
The answer is YES…. because bidding is better than tuition increases.
Over the years, it has been pointed out to me that the $15,000 we raise at this auction, requires MANY volunteer hours that could be spent working on our shows. It has also been suggested that a tuition increase of $150 per family would be simpler. However, if we assess $150 per family – that would double tuition for a family who only has a student in tech or choir. On the other hand,if we make a % increase for every class – that would put an excessive burden on families with multiple children doing multiple classes.
SO – *we do NOT want to increase tuition*, but *we DO want to raise money in as painless a way as possible. *
Thus….we hope everyone will support the auction be finding a bargain, or a service, or a delicious baked good that you – or someone you know – could enjoy.
Now – t*o help families determine what their priorities are for bidding* – we have decided to hold the online auction open until WEDNESDAY, at 9pm. *In the next 3 days, you will get all the lists of bidding items** that will be available for auction on the 16th.*
NOTE: If you enter your max bid amount and then click the ‘Proxy’ button, the auction will automatically up your bid (if you are over-bid), until you get to your max. However, if you click the “Exact bid” button, your bid will immediately become your entered amount. If you made this error, contact us and we will fix it for you.
www.32auctions.com/25thYearAuction
We have put up 100 items that you can sort through by category (*look under the Title of Auction where it says 100 Items and click arrow to get drop-down menu*). Some of the categories we have are:
– Toys – Household – Specialty Service – Thanksgiving Baked Goods (these get delivered Friday, Nov. 22)
You are welcome to share the auction link with family and friends. Let them know that if they win an item(s), they will be sent a link to our website’s PayPal account after the auction closes. * If you forward the link, we ask that you be willing to pick up items for your friends/family at Nov. 16 auction *(*they will have already been paid for*). ‘ HST families who win items will be asked to pay with a check at the Nov. 16 auction. Items will be at auction ready for you to take home. If you wish to purchase toys for Christmas gifts you can arrange to pick up items from Mullan home, but payment will be due at Nov. 16 auction. Note: *We have some AMAZING deals on Playmobil, Barbies, Nerf Guns! *
*Special Features:*
– You can “heart” the items you like to create a watch list. – You will get an email notification if you are the lead bidder and get overbid. – You can get watch list notifications. – Proxy Bidding: *A proxy bid allows you to enter the maximum amount you’re willing to spend with the goal of winning the item at the lowest possible price.* *The system will bid for you, up to your maximum proxy bid *amount, as additional bids are entered on the item. To enter a proxy bid, enter your maximum bid amount, click the Proxy Bid button, and then submit your bid.
It is a good idea to add noreply@32auctions.com to your address book to ensure you receive emails *For people like me who are not tech savvy – logging in is super easy – just 4 quick steps*! Click on link for the auction: www.32auctions.com/25thYearAuction
1. Click “login” on the upper right OR if you have never been on the 32auctions site (which would be most of you) click on “create an account now” (just to the right of the Login button).
2. Fill out the form.
3. 32auctions will then send you an email with a link to finish setting up your account.
4. Click the link and you’re done.
Everytime you visit the auction in the future, simply login with your username and password.
We hope everyone signs on and enjoys bidding online in the comfort of your home…or wherever you are, with your phone! Blessings, Marilyn
Details Reminder:
– Sat., Nov. 16 @ Derwood Bible Church, 16011 Chieftain Ave, Derwood, MD 20855. – Doors open at 4:30pm. Performers go backstage at 5pm. Variety Show starts at 6pm. – Bidding closes at the end of intermission. – Won items can be paid for after show – usually 8:30pm
Blessings, Marilyn

EIGHT……Online Auction Begins!!

Welcome to our FIRST EVER online auction!! You have 49 hours to enjoy bidding!!
The online auction closes Monday night at 9pm.
www.32auctions.com/25thYearAuction
We have put up 100 items that you can sort through by category (*look under the Title of Auction where it says 100 Items and click arrow to get drop-down menu*). Some of the categories we have are:
– Toys – Household – Specialty Service – Thanksgiving Baked Goods (these get delivered Friday, Nov. 22)
You are welcome to share the auction link with family and friends. Let them know that if they win an item(s), they will be sent a link to our website’s PayPal account after the auction closes. * If you forward the link, we ask that you be willing to pick up items for your friends/family at Nov. 16 auction *(*they will have already been paid for*). ‘ HST families who win items will be asked to pay with a check at the Nov. 16 auction. Items will be at auction ready for you to take home. If you wish to purchase toys for Christmas gifts you can arrange to pick up items from Mullan home, but payment will be due at Nov. 16 auction. Note: *We have some AMAZING deals on Playmobil, Barbies, Nerf Guns! *
*Special Features:*
– You can “heart” the items you like to create a watch list. – You will get an email notification if you are the lead bidder and get overbid. – You can get watch list notifications. – Proxy Bidding: *A proxy bid allows you to enter the maximum amount you’re willing to spend with the goal of winning the item at the lowest possible price.* *The system will bid for you, up to your maximum proxy bid *amount, as additional bids are entered on the item. To enter a proxy bid, enter your maximum bid amount, click the Proxy Bid button, and then submit your bid.
It is a good idea to add noreply@32auctions.com to your address book to ensure you receive emails *For people like me who are not tech savvy – logging in is super easy – just 4 quick steps*! Click on link for the auction: www.32auctions.com/25thYearAuction
1. Click “login” on the upper right OR if you have never been on the 32auctions site (which would be most of you) click on “create an account now” (just to the right of the Login button).
2. Fill out the form.
3. 32auctions will then send you an email with a link to finish setting up your account.
4. Click the link and you’re done.
Everytime you visit the auction in the future, simply login with your username and password.
We hope everyone signs on and enjoys bidding online in the comfort of your home…or wherever you are, with your phone! Blessings, Marilyn
Details Reminder:
– Sat., Nov. 16 @ Derwood Bible Church, 16011 Chieftain Ave, Derwood, MD 20855. – Doors open at 4:30pm. Performers go backstage at 5pm. Variety Show starts at 6pm. – Bidding closes at the end of intermission. – Won items can be paid for after show – usually 8:30pm
Blessings, Marilyn

NINE…..Food, glorious food!

Dear 25th Year Families,
What is a party without food? HST’s Silent Auction/Variety Show has LOTS of great ways to satisfy your palate.
*PIZZA* – Pappa Johns Pizza for dinner! (at Nov. 16 auction)
– Pre-Order Large Cheese or Pepperoni for $11 – Delivery Times: 4:30, 5pm, 5:30, Intermission – Order form attached – drop in Check-in basket (w/check) – Cheese Pizzas for $11 available for purchase at event (first come/first serve) – We don’t sell by the slice – so team up with another family if you don’t need a full pizza. – Free water or $1 for can of soda (while supply lasts)
*BAKE SALE (*at Nov. 16 auction)
– HST students will be baking cookies, bars, muffins, and cupcakes (some of them gluten free!) that can be purchased for $1 or $2. – Coffee for $1 available at the Bake Sale.
*SPECIAL BAKED GOODS* – for bidding on night of auction (Nov. 16)
– HST parents show their baking expertise with tempting specialty baked goods that will be bid on during the auction. – These items (if won) can be taken home to freeze for a special occasion – or consumed immediately (your choice!).
*THANKSGIVING BAKED GOODS* – part of online auction (Nov. 9 – 11)
– HST students pledge to bake Thanksgiving cookies, pies, breakfast muffins, and breakfast breads that will be delivered to Redland Baptist on Friday, Nov. 15. – These items will be bid on as part of the online auction.
*RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATES – *(at Nov. 16 auction)
– One of the most popular auction items on Nov. 16th is restaurant gift certificates. Since HST’s auction is unique (bidding starts around 1/2 price of value and rarely bids up to full value), these gift certificates make a great excuse for a date night! – List of specific restaurant/food items that will be bid on Nov. 16 will go out later in the count-down.
SPOILER ALERT – *Tomorrow’s countdown will be a link to HST’s online auction.* TOYS, Household, Thanksgiving Baked Goods and Service Coupons will be included in the online auction. *This auction will close on MONDAY – Nov. 11th at 9pm. *
Details Reminder:
– Sat., Nov. 16 @ Derwood Bible Church, 16011 Chieftain Ave, Derwood, MD 20855. – Doors open at 4:30pm. Performers go backstage at 5pm. Variety Show starts at 6pm. – Bidding closes at the end of intermission. – Won items can be paid for after show – usually 8:30pm
Blessings, Marilyn

Parents – check your child’s baking sign-ups

Dear 25th Year Parents,
*Please go to the Sign-Up Genius *and scroll down to *see if your child signed up to do baking for the Silent Auction *(or for delivery on Nov. 22).
www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aea72ca1fa7-thssilent
*If your child was overly ambitious* and *you wish to drop something they signed up for *- please reply to this email with their name and the item being dropped.
Many thanks & blessings, Marilyn