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Dr. Vicki Eversole
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LOTS of News going on!!! Please click on View All News in the News section to see ALL the happenings.
1326 Pennsylvania Blvd
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30a-3:30p
Safety at Dropoff and Pickup
There have been a number of incidents already at the crosswalks and at the staff parking lot to make us fear for our children's safety. Please be wise and set a good example for the children. Give yourself ample time to park and walk to the school to pick up your children. And remember, the staff parking lot is not to be used for parking or turnarounds. We are working on having the Concord Police visit more frequently to help with enforcement.
We need everyone to follow our drop off and pick-up procedures.
Curb Area (extends from crosswalk to park fence) is designated for dropping off and picking up students. The curbs in this area are painted white. Please do not stop or park in this area. We need to keep traffic moving. Cars parked are subject to ticketing.
Staff Parking Lot: To ensure students' safety, student drop offs, pick-ups, and making u-turns are not permitted at this location.
Bus Zone: The curb area between the crosswalk and Pine Hollow Road is painted red and is reserved for bus parking only. Cars that stop or park in this zone are subject to ticketing.
Please follow these instructions to ensure the safety of our children. Thank you!
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week
10/27 MONDAY: I’m too cool for drugs!
Wear Your Sunglasses
10/28 TUESDAY: Be a Super Athlete!
Wear your favorite Sports Jersey
10/29 WEDNESDAY: Pledge To Be Drug Free!
10/30 THURSDAY: Being Drug Free Is Crazy Cool!
Wear a Crazy Hat
10/31 FRIDAY: Halloween! Spook Away Drugs!
Wear Your Halloween Costume
Highlands 9th Annual Holiday Boutique
Highlands 9th Annual Holiday Boutique
The Highlands 9th Annual Holiday Boutique is happening Thursday, November 13th from 2-8pm. If you would like to be a vendor, please download the 2014 Vendor Application and submit by November 1. Registration/payment is on a first come, first serve basis so don't wait!
2014-2015 Welcome Letter from the Principal
Highlands Elementary School - "Soaring to New Heights"
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2014-15 School Year. As the school year begins, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to our staff members, parents, and community for their dedication and commitment to our students. I am honored to be part of such a wonderful school.
To those students and parents who are new to Highlands, I hope that you will quickly feel at home and become involved in the activities of our school through the PTA and your child’s classroom program.
As a Distinguished School, we have a history of academic success. In our continued pursuit of excellence, we are excited to begin the new school year with wonderful improvements to better serve our students. These improvements include the implementation of class size reduction in grades K-3, a second computer lab with new laptops, instrumental music for fifth grade, and air conditioning in all classrooms!
We are also preparing and collaborating to ensure that our students are developing the critical-thinking, problem solving, analytical skills necessary to be successful in the twenty-first century. To ensure that we continue to meet the district/state academic goals, continued parent support is needed. Highlands is extremely fortunate to have such a highly-committed parent community. We certainly could not do our work without your involvement and encouragement. I welcome your input and encourage you to volunteer in your child’s classroom and to attend school functions and academic events.
The contents of this packet will assist you in getting acquainted with upcoming events, PTA support, and district forms. Your completion of the enclosed demographic and disaster release forms will assist in having emergency information on file for your child. Please take the time to look through the packet carefully prior to our Back to School Bonanza.
Back to School Bonanza will be held on August 20 in in the multi-use room in which class assignments and other information will be provided. The first day of school is August 25. Back to School Night for grades 1-5 is the evening of August 26 and for TK and kindergarten, September 2.
Please refer to the back of this page for important information and upcoming events. Note the changes in Tardy and Attendance policies. Also, visit our school website for current news and information including schedules, school supply lists, and upcoming events.
We strive to provide the highest level of programs and services for our students.
Together, we can continue to have an outstanding school.
I look forward to working with you.
Dr. Vicki Eversole
Back To School Bonanza Wednesday, August 20th
1:00 – 3:00 Last Name A – M
3:00 – 5:00 Last Name N – Z
MUST BRING: completed/corrected Demographic Forms and Disaster Release forms in order to receive class assignments!
First Day of School Monday, August 25th
7:55 Start Time
Parent Coffee Monday, August 25th
8:05am – In Front of School Office
Back To School Nights Tuesday, August 26th
6:00-6:30pm Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th,
2nd-3rd SDC, 4th-5th SDC
6:35-6:55pm All Families -- Special “Welcome to Highlands” Assembly (Multi-Use Building)
7:00-7:30 Grades 1st, 2nd
Tuesday, September 2nd
6:30-7:00pm TK, Kindergarten, TK-1st SDC
7:05-7:30pm All Families – Special “Welcome to Highlands” Assembly (Multi-Use Building)
PTA – Back to School Breakfast Friday, August 29th -- “Pancakes with Parents” 7:30-8:00am
PTA Ice Cream Social Friday, September 12th
Walk-a-Thon Friday, October 10th
Picture Day Monday, October 13th
Picture Make-Up Day Thursday, November 13th
Please check in at the office when your child is tardy to avoid being considered absent. Children are encouraged to establish a habit of promptness. Students are at a disadvantage when they enter late, as they frequently miss directions given by the teacher. Tardy children also may cause classroom disruptions for the teacher and other students. If your child is tardy, please send a note explaining the reason.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:
Children who must leave school during the school day should have a note from their parents giving the reason and the time the student should be excused. Parents are required to come to the office to sign the child out of school. The Office Staff will then call the classroom to ask that your child be sent to the office. Please plan your schedule to allow for this process. For your child’s protection, it is our policy not to release your child to anyone other than the parent or guardian without your written consent (or they must be listed on the demographic form as an emergency contact). Photo I.D. will be required.
Please note that early releases will now be documented in our computer system and are accounted in the same way as a tardy. There are excused reasons an unexcused reasons, and attendance will be affected accordingly.
2012 California Distinguished School Award
Congratulations staff, students, and parents! Highlands is a California Distinguished School. This award is a great honor and it is a direct reflection of your dedication, hard work, and vision for educational excellence.
Teacher Wish Lists Online
Highlands PTA has created an account with www.teacherwishlist.com. We have asked our teachers to create a list of items they may need for their classrooms. Please take a moment to see if your child's teacher has started a list. If not, maybe you could offer to help get them started. This is a fast and easy way for the teachers to communicate their needs.
Earn Free Money and Stuff for the School!
There are many programs offered that give the school money with little to no effort by you. Just grocery shopping or buying gas - things everyone does - can earn us free money! And Highlands can definitely use it! Please look at the following pages and make sure you sign up for these fantastic programs.
Yogurt Shack 5th Grade Camp Fundraiser
Just say "Highlands" when you pop into our local Yogurt Shack located at 5348 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Concord on November 7, and 25% of your tab will be donated to our 5th grade camp fund. No flyer necessary!
For the safety of our children, ALL school volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and pass a TB test. Please refer to the Mt Diablo Unified School District website here for more information on the process. Appointments with the district office are filling up quickly so we recommend calling as soon as you can if you would like to volunteer in the classroom, attend a fieldtrip or volunteer for one of our fundraising events.
Please call 682-8000, ext. 4153 to schedule an appointment for Fingerprinting. You must have a TB Test done within the last 60 days prior to being fingerprinted.
We are now taking donations online! Click to donate with your credit card or Paypal account to support Highlands Elementary PTA! All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your donation!
Corporate Matching Program
Does your company offer corporate matching for your charitable giving? Your Highlands PTA qualifies for your tax-deductible and corporate matching contribution. Check your company's policies and or click here to see if your company participates in a Corporate Matching Program.
During this COLD & FLU season, please take the time to read the tips from Kaiser Permanente: 2013 COLD & FLU PREVENTION TIPS from Kaiser Permanente
PERTUSIS (whooping cough) is widespread in our county. If your child is 10 years and older and has not received the "Tdap" pertussis booster shot, please contact your doctor or the health department. Please visit the Contra Costa Health Department's website for more info and coupons.