Highlands Elementary School

Greetings from Highlands

Greetings from Highlands

Highlands School is a nurturing environment in which the school staff, parents and the community plant the seeds of lifelong learning and responsible citizenship in every student.


Our <br />School

Our School - Painted by Mr. Perry, Fourth Grade

Science Night

Science Night

Science Family Fun Night



Reading is Fun!


Free Groceries 11-1 Fridays @ CSM/

Comida Gratis Viernes a las 11-1 @ CSM

Technical Support for Families/Students during the summer

(Distance Learning Family Resources) /Recursos de Aprender en la Linea para la Familia

As a reminder, families/students requiring technical assistance during the summer may submit Tech Tickets. You may find this on our District Technology Page

Online Distance Learning Tech FAQs

 Social Emotional Resources/Recursos Emocionales Sociales

Online learning is the preferred method of instruction in Phase 2. Individual teachers may choose to provide additional hard-copy materials to their students who are not able to access online learning or the placemats.  

Online Learning TK-1 English - Spanish

Online Learning 2-3 English - Spanish

Online Learning 4-5 English - Spanish 

San Mateo Color 5K

Although this year's San Mateo Color 5K has been postponed until next year, you can still get out and help the community at the same time. Sign up for the 2020 Virtual Color 5K and you can run while supporting Peninsula Family Service, the San Mateo/Foster City School District and the San Mateo Sunrise Rotary Foundation. Dress up in your most colorful outfit and have a great time. And be sure to send us photos.
Sign up at:  https://sunriserotaryclubofsanmateovirtualrace.itsyourrace.com/

Thank you for your support. Have a good run and stay safe.

Michael Wong
San Mateo Sunrise Rotary Club Virtual Color 5K.

Highlands Elementary School Principal’s Message for the Week of June 7, 2020

Dear Highlands Families,

I hope that this message finds you and your family safe and well.  One cannot go without saying that the mistreatment, resulting in the death of George Floyd has sparked many emotions in all of us.  Please find a way to share your feelings about racial equality with your children.  We need to build a better world and it starts with each of us, in every little way.  Let’s work hard to eliminate prejudices and go forward together to help our children have a brighter future together.  The district has created a web page to help families with this issue.  Here is the link: 


Thank You for Your Help

We are still asking everyone to help keep others off campus during this pandemic.  Children are climbing the fence and opening doors for others.  Adults are bringing their dogs on campus.  Some clean up after themselves, others don’t.  We are still undergoing a pandemic and need to be vigilant for the safety of our families.  It isn’t easy, but it isn’t over yet.  Thank you in advance for all of your help.

Return of School Items and Collecting of Students’ Personal Items
This week, our teachers will be returning items to you.  We ask that you bring back any textbooks, library books, reading room books, instruments, and any other items that belong to the school, at this time.   Please plan on driving up to the specified location on the specific days and times, to return all textbooks and materials for this school year.  In order to maintain safety we will follow the shelter in place protocols.  Please do not get out of your cars.  Masks need to be worn in the cars if you will be rolling down the windows.  We will not be able to be closer than 6 feet away from open windows to maintain social distancing.  Thank you for helping us maintain safety protocols.  

Donations Needed – Some of our families are undergoing housing and food insecurities.  Some are struggling with COVID 19.  If you are able, please think about donating non-perishable items, gift cards or cash to help some of our families with their struggles.  The school district provides meals during the week, but these students may not have food over the weekends.  Until all are up on their feet, they need our help.  All food items will be donated to Samaritan House and all gift cards and cash will go directly to our families in need.  If you are one of the families who could benefit from some help, please call the office and leave us your name, or email me at Lfenech@smfcsd.net and we will do what we can to help.   

Report Cards
A PDF copy of your child’s report card will be emailed to you on June 17th, by your child’s teacher.  The district wide report card date is the 17th.  Please do not ask for your child’s report card prior to this date.  If you do not receive your child’s report card, please email you child’s teacher or let the office know.

The last day of school is June 17th.  Please stay safe and well, and thank you for encouraging your child to get used to wearing their masks.  Next year, that will be the norm.


Lana Fenech 


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Welcome highlands bears!

2020-21 Registration Information



Substitute Teachers - Our District is Hiring!

Teacher Substitutes Needed. Do you have a Bachelor’s degree and teaching, coaching or other experiences working with students? Consider becoming a substitute teacher for our District. Please apply online at www.Edjoin.org or contact our Human Resources Department for more information at 650-312-7700.

Daily rate $130.00
Long-term rate $150.00 (after 20 days subbing in the same position)
Some permanent sub jobs may be available. If you have questions, please contact the Sub Coordinator at 650-312-7294.