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

Hey Highlands Bears! We miss you and love you and want you to know that we may not be there with you, but we will always be here for you. We are Highlands strong!

Science Night

Science Night

Science Family Fun Night



Reading is Fun!

Community Resources - English Meal Flyer - English
Recursos Comunitarios - Español Servicios de Nutrición - Español

Phase 2 - Online Learning

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

Online Distance Learning Tech FAQs

 Social Emotional Resources/Recursos Emocionales Sociales

Welcome back from Spring Break. We hope everyone was able to get some rest and relaxation.  We are now entering Phase 2 of our distance learning. 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 May 25, 2020

Dear Highlands Families,

I hope that you had a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend.  The sun was dazzling which made us all want to go out and enjoy.  Hopefully, you did so with mask on and social distancing.  It makes a difference.  Please don’t let your guard down now.  We have been making a difference.  This is not behind us yet.  We need a vaccine before we may think about relaxing precautions.  Thank you so much for each of your efforts to help combat this disease.

Staff Member Update

Dear Highlands Families and Students,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure from Highlands Elementary and the San Mateo Foster City School District at the end of this school year. My husband’s company Steelhead/McKenzie Brewing Company will be continuing in its original location in Eugene, Oregon. And so, this will be our family’s new destination and home by this summer.

While we prepare for this move over the next month, I will continue to share and be with you through the Virtual Library and Google Classrooms. If we are able to access the campus in June, I will ensure the library is in good shape and ready for the next amazing librarian. I never imagined saying goodbye in this way, and that is the most difficult part of all of this. 

I will always treasure my years at Highlands and will dearly miss every one of you. I greatly appreciate the support of our PTA, volunteers, and families in the library, during Literacy Month, book fairs, and school events - I could not have done my job without you! What I will miss most are the smiling faces and curious minds of our students. 

No matter how bittersweet the goodbye, I know our Highlands students and families are in good hands. I look forward to staying in touch with all of you as we venture into this new future. We will carry on, with good hearts and minds no matter how distant we will be. 

With much love and gratitude,
Mrs. Nichelle Garcia and Family

Nichelle will truly be missed, as she has made the library a place of warmth and caring.  It is a special place because of all of the love she has poured into it.  We wish Nichelle and her family all the best in their new home. We will miss her smile and devotion to our students.  Thank you so much Nichelle.  You are missed already.

End of the Year Information

I can’t believe that we are already thinking about the close of one school year and the opening of the next.  We are diligently working on how to make the opening of our next school year safe and logistically possible.  How do you socially distance with 530 students and 60 staff members?  The district teams are trying to figure it out.  We are only starting this plan, waiting to hear the framework within which to work from the County Health Director.  

In thinking of next year, and to lessen student contacts with one another, I am placing all twins or triplets into one class with their sibling.  This is to protect the number of student contacts each family would have.  If, for some other reason, you want your twins or triplets separated, please email me by June 1st so that I may make those accommodations.  My email is Lfenech@smfcsd.net 

Return of Materials, Library Books, 5th Grade Instruments and Collection of Your Child’s Belongings

Teachers will be closing up their classrooms very soon.  You will be notified when, during the week of June 8th, your class will be collecting any materials that need to be turned in, and you will be given a bag of what was left in your child’s desk.  If you purchased a yearbook, we are hoping that the yearbooks are received by then and if they arrive in time, we will include them with your bag of materials.  More information will be coming out next week to let you know when to come and how we will proceed with this task.  


The guidelines seem to change daily.  The Promotion Committee has been meeting to plan how to make our virtual promotion special.  The staff is working on a surprise, and scholarships have been chosen.  More information will be forthcoming to all 5th grade parents.  Your children have been working on their slide.  It will include their picture that you have allowed to be posted online and a sentence that describes what they wish for their fellow students.  If you do not want your child to participate or have their name and picture featured in the virtual promotion, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible.  You may also let me know and I will share that information.  This will be the last time your child will be considered a Highlands’ student and we want the day to be as special as it can be under the changing conditions of our “new normal.”  Please stay tuned for more information as it develops.

Enjoy the sunshine and time you have been given with your family.  Please stay safe and well.

Lana Fenech
Highlands Elementary School

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Welcome highlands bears!

2020-21 Registration Information





Dear Parents,

Please be aware. There are red and yellow zones marked on Bunker Hill.  Please do not park in these areas.  We have asked the Sheriff’s Department to help us patrol around our school, for the safety of all of our students. Please help us out. If there is a parent who would be willing to cross children at Bunker Hill, please let us know.  We truly could use the help.  Thank you for driving carefully around our school and parking in appropriate areas, not in our yellow or red zones.  Safety First. 

Lana Fenech

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.