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Principal's Corner - Bear News

Welcome Highlands Parents and Guardians,

On Monday, our TK/Kindergarten students are invited to a “Meet and Greet” with their classroom teachers from 1-2 p.m.  At 6 p.m., on Monday, parents only, are invited to come to our TK/K “Back to School Night.” 

For all of our students, we are excited to see you on Tuesday morning for the first day of school.  Please remember that 4thand 5th grade students start at 8:00 a.m., and TK through 3rd will begin at 8:20 a.m.  Once you take your child to their teacher, please come to the LGI where we will have coffee and treats provided by the PTA, and tissues for parents who need them, provided by your principal.  Informational tables will be set up.  The PTA will have a membership table, School Site Council will have a table where you can sign up for car pools or walking groups.  There will also be a table where you may access the parent portal with help from our very own Mrs. Olthof.  This year we are fortunate to have a table where you can get fingerprinted here at Highlands for a cost of $60.00.  If you ever plan to chaperone a field trip, or work with students, this needs to be done.  Having this available on site is a wonderful way to expedite the process.  The fingerprints are valid through 8th grade in our district.  Please take advantage of this service.

If your child takes the bus, please have them at the bus stop at College Park School, at 7:23 a.m. It leaves promptly. 

This year, the PTA has provided all of your child’s supplies to your child’s teacher.  You do not have to stand in the long lines at Office Depot.  The PTA has also purchased t-shirts for all children and staff to wear on our Friday Bear Shirt Day, and on field trips.  Thank you PTA!  All that you need to bring is a backpack, a water bottle, a snack, and a lunch if you are in grades 1-5. 

As you can see, the school is busy getting ready.  Postcards with your child’s classroom and teacher were mailed on Wednesday.  You should be receiving them any day now.  In the event that you do not receive your card from us in time, no worries.  Please come to the front of the office, on Tuesday, where we will have a table set up to help you with that information. 

Also, school is in session, so please drive carefully around the neighborhood.  Students are small and it may be hard to see them.  Plan to take the time you need to get to school safely.  Please do not park in the yellow zones, as those are for active loading and unloading only.  Please follow all traffic rules. 

On Tuesday, you will receive an envelope of information that needs to be filled out and returned by Wednesday in the same envelope.  Later that week, you will be receiving your regular Thursday Folder of information.  Enjoy the last few days of summer and we look forward to seeing you Tuesday.

Lana Fenech
Highlands Elementary School