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Dr. Vicki Eversole 

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1/6/16
  • Tuesday, February 2nd, 9:00am-11:00am / 1:00pm-3:00pm (please see informational sheet)

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten
Registration for 2016-2017 School Year:
Pre-registration of children eligible for TK and Kindergarten in August 2016 will be conducted in all Mt. Diablo Unified School District elementary schools on a first-come basis starting Tuesday, February 2, 2016.  The hours of registration for Highlands Elementary School will be 9:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Highlands Multi-Use Building for students in the Highlands Elementary School attendance area.


Eligibility for TK and Kindergarten is determined by birthdate:  
TK = Date of Birth on or between 9/2/2011 and 12/2/2011 (will turn five (5) years).  
Kindergarten = Children who will reach the age of five (5) years on or before September 1, 2016.


Registration packets will be available at the Highlands School Office beginning Tuesday, January 19th.


AERIES Internet Registration (AIR) is now available and is HIGHLY encouraged for registration of new students (including Kindergarteners) in order to quickly start the process of registering a student for school.  Upon completion, the student’s information is electronically available to the school.  To complete registration, parents will still need to attend registration on February 2nd or visit the school office following Feb. 2nd in order to present completed paperwork to be verified.  


The AIR website is:  https://air.mdusd.org/air/

 
Parents should bring the following documents with them to registration: 


Original Birth Certificate (or other official documentary proof of the child’s birthdate – ie, passport)
Three original documents to verify where the child resides (one must be a photo I.D.),  UTILITY BILLS NOT ACCEPTED.  Check the district website (www.mdusd.org) to verify needed documents.
Immunization Records
Printed signature page from AIR if registration has been started online.


Please contact the school office with any questions.

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1/6/16

The deadline for turning in Intra-District Requests to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office (for 1st grade an above) is January 15th.  Requests turned in after that date will not be considered.  Forms are available on the MDUSD website (see link, below)  as well as in the Highlands Office.

Families of TK and K students who are interested in applying for a transfer to attend a school other than their resident school must enroll first at their resident school and then complete a transfer application.  Transfer applications will be accepted for TK and Kindergarten at the MDUSD District Office (Student Services) from February 3, 2016 through March 1, 2016.  Your student must be enrolled at their resident school in order to submit a transfer request and to be eligible for the district lottery

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A REMINDER TO HIGHLANDS FAMILIES – There will be no school on the following days in January, February and March.  Please plan ahead and mark your calendars!

  • Monday, January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Friday, January 22nd – Teacher In-service Day (no students)
  • Monday, February 8th – Lincoln’s Day
  • Monday, February 15th – Presidents’ Day
  • Friday, March 11th – Teacher In-Service Day (no students)
  • Monday-Friday, March 28th-April 1st – Spring Break
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Fundraising is still taking place for 5th Grade Outdoor Education scheduled for March 22-25.  Funds must be raised completely by February 1, 2016.  For more information, please contact your 5th grade student’s teacher.

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NEW PTA Fundraiser - Drink Pouch Brigade

Please read about our NEW PTA Fundraiser called the Drink Pouch Brigade here!  We are asking everybody to start collecting their drink pouches so we can achieve our fundraising goal.  Thank you!

 


 

Interdistrict/Intradistrict Transfers

Whether requesting a transfer to a different elementary, middle, or high school, please read this document provided by the district on the appropriate procedures.

Home Support to help students master reading - Lexia

We are pleased to offer Lexia School to Home Support to help students master foundational reading skills

Lexia Reading Core5 provides students immediate corrective feedback, multiple levels of scaffolding, and explicit instruction both online and through direct instruction with the teacher.

Students work to develop reading skills in a structured, sequential manner with a focus on:

  • Foundational skills to develop automaticity and fluency
  • Listening and reading comprehension with complex text
  • Academic and domain-specific vocabulary to improve comprehension

Each student follows a personalized learning path, with adaptive placement and pacing in activities designed specifically for the Common Core and the most rigorous state standards.

We encourage that students practice 15-20 a few evenings a week.  Please use the link below to sign in.  

http://www.lexiacore5.com/?SiteID=8347-3236-1472-6801

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!

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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. 
Check out this article in the Contra Costa Times:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/concord/ci_20796927/highlands-elementary-named-california-distinguished-school

and on Claycord:
http://claycord.com/2012/03/30/highlands-elementary-in-concord-two-martinez-schools-win-2012-california-distinguished-schools-award/

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.

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Earn Money for Highlands When Shopping with Amazon!

If you shop with Amazon.com, be sure to click thru this banner so that a portion of your purchase is donated back to Highlands! Thank you for your support!

Earn Money for Highlands Shopping at Target!

If you are a Target REDcard holder, you can setup your card for Highlands to receive 1% back on your purchases made with your Credit or Debit REDcard.  Click the photo below to register your card now!
 

Volunteers

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.

After School Enrichment Programs

The City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department in cooperation with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District is offering After School Enrichment classes at select elementary schools in Concord. A wide variety of fun and exciting recreation classes are offered for children in grades 1st-5th. Benefits include increased self-esteem, new skills and abilities, improved social skills, higher school performance, and encouraging life long learning. Thank you for choosing Concord Parks & Recreation Department and the After School Enrichment Program.

 

Classes at Highlands for the winter/spring are:

  • Peer Piano
  • Guitar
  • After School Hoops
  • Young Rembrandts Animal Drawing
  • West African Drumming & Dance
  • Chess Wizards
  • ROBOTED:GAMEBOTS
  • Mad Science - Academy of Future Space Explorers

To read more about any of these classes or to sign up, please visit ConcordReg.org or call 925-671-3404.


 

Donate Now!

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.

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Nurse's Note

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. 

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