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Welcome to Highland Ranch
Cindy Venolia, Principal

14840 Waverly Downs Way, San Diego CA 92128
Phone: 858-674-4707 Fax: 858-485-7642
ESS: 858 485-7310
Attendance – 858-485-4876
Office Hours:  M-F 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
School Hours:  7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

RANCH ROUND-UP ~ September 12, 2014


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SAVE THE DATE:  Please see our website for the full year calendar, it is updated as needed. 


  • 16th – Bucket Filler Assembly
  • 17th- School Pics(Volunteer pics scheduled with make-ups on 26th)
  • 18th- Back to School Picnic 5-7pm Association meeting at 6pm Field/lunch area
  • 22nd- Professional Growth Day NO SCHOOL
  • 24th-Restaurant Night - Rubios - Flyer will be going home next week!
  • 26th- Make-up Pictures/Volunteers/PTA/Foundations
  • 29th-Oct.3rd- Book Fair MPR (Family Night Oct.2nd 4:30-7:00)


  • 6th-Foundation Meeting Library
  • 8th- PTA Board Meeting 2-3 MPR
  • 20-24th -Red Ribbon Week (RB Broncos for Monday Flag and k/1 recess)
  • 25th-Howlapalooza 4-7pm Blacktop/Lunch area
  • 28th- TGFD Assembly Grade 4/5 (1-1:45)
  • 29th-TGFD Assembly Grade 1      (1-1:45)
  • 29th-Restaurant Night
  • 30th- TGFD Assembly Grade 2  (1-1:45)

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO BE PART OF THE PUSD TEAM?  Interested in becoming an employee of the PUSD Team?  Instructional Assistants for our Special Education program are urgently needed.  Positions are Monday through Friday from 1 hour per day to 6 hours per day.  Salary begins at  $13.90 for Level I and $14.60 for Level II.  Apply at www.powayusd.com and click on the briefcase icon at the top of the page. 

JUST ONE MORE PARENT:  We still need parents for  School Site Council!  Be a Super Stallion parent and make this commitment of just one hour per month to help decide the future educational plans of Highland Ranch!  We just need ONE MORE parent – give Mrs. Venolia a call directly if you’re interested!

FIRST ANNUAL MILITARY FAMILY APPRECIATION AND RESOURCE FAIR:   If you are a military family, join Poway Unified on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 4 – 6 p.m., at the Caring Connections Center, 13626 Twin Peaks Rd. Bldg #300, Poway, CA 92064.  There will be:

Games, Face Painting and Glitter Tattoos with our Westview NJROTC Cadets! Family Photos compliments of Photography by Sabine! PUSD Programs – Transitional Kindergarten, After School Safety & Education Program Info, Caring Connections Center, Parent Education info, Adult Education, Alternative Programs and more! Opportunity drawing by our Partners in Education! Dinner available for purchase by the Hamburger Factory! Meet MCAS Miramar Military Liaisons, Operation Family Caregiver, Exceptional Family Member Program, LINKS, Child, Youth and Teen, MFLAC, Behavioral Health and more!


Fall Fundraising Campaign:

The Fall campaign is well under way!  We are about half way to our goal.  Thank you to all the families that have already made a donation!  All the money raised will help make a difference for the students and teachers at Highland Ranch Elementary!  The money raised in this campaign will go toward additional staffing and/or technology in the classroom.  Possible examples include bringing back teacher aids, hiring an impact teacher, purchasing iPads/Chrome Books, etc.  The Foundation will gladly accept donations at any time, but the Fall Campaign will run until November 21st. 

You can send your donation back to the school with your child in the blue and white envelope, use the blue and white envelope to send your donation in the mail, or donate online on our new website http://www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org/fundraisers.html

 Hopefully you all got the bright yellow flyer about our easiest fundraiser, the Ralph's Rewards Program.  All you have to do is register your Ralph's Rewards card, the Foundation will get a percentage of every purchase you make.  This is such an easy way for the Foundation to earn money! There are two EASY ways to register your card: (1) take the flyer into the store the next time you shop and have them scan the barcode.  Or (2) visit http://www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org/ways-to-help.html to see how you can complete this process online.  Thank you!

*All Reward’s cards MUST be REREGISTERED every school year so even if you have registered your card in the past you must do it again at this time for our school to continue benefitting from Ralph’s generous community giving program!

 Don’t forget Jamba Juice will be sold after school, outside each gate, every Wednesday for $2 a smoothie.  The Foundation earns a portion of the proceeds from every smoothie sold.

 We appreciate your support!


We hope to see you at our Welcome Back Picnic. Bring a picnic and have fun with your friends from 5-7pm on September 18th! Our first association meeting will be at this event at 6:00pm. We need your vote to approve our budget. So please join us! PTA will be set up on the blacktop and we will provide free lemonade and water. Bring a blanket to enjoy your picnic on in the grass and a ball to play if you'd like but please no bikes, scooters or pets!

Have you checked out our website or online Spirit Store yet? Have you liked our Facebook Fan Page? Right now we have 91 likes!  Our goal is 300 likes!

Thanks to everyone that has become a member and donated! So far we have 130 members and have collected $2,370 in donations! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!  If you have donated to the PTA and would like a receipt for tax services, please let us know at hresmembershippta@gmail.com and we will send you a receipt right away!

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS and VENDORS!  PTA will be hosting a Holiday Boutique on November 20th from 6:00-8:00pm. Sign up to sell items you craft by hand or showcase your business and sell!  We will be offering two options for you to display your goods. A half table for $25 and a full table for $50. The Holiday Boutique will be a family night for our school. This event will also be advertised to the whole community through flyers and inside the newspaper. We will be providing hot chocolate and different craft stations for the kids to participate in while the parents get some holiday shopping done. The kids can shop too! We are hoping to provide a variety of shopping options for families to choose from. We are reaching out to our school community first to offer booth space and then we will go to the public if there is not enough interest. We will not allow multiple booths of the same business name such as Tupperware, 31, Avon etc. So please email us if you are interested, first come-first served! Please contact Shona Wigley at shonaw93@gmail.com for more information and to sign up for a table.

Enjoy the City Coupon Books are NOW on Sale! If we sell 50 Mrs. Venolia will...

“Enjoy the City” is a discount book for food, activities and merchandise in San Diego and surrounding areas. The majority of the discounts are “buy one, get one” for some really great stuff. You can see specific details at: http://issuu.com/enjoythecityinc./docs/san_diego_fall_15?e=2416109/8978541. We are selling these books in conjunction with the Fall Festival to offset the food budget costs and to help raise more money for HRES. The books cost $20 and 50% of the proceeds from book sales go directly to the school. The coupons in this awesome book are good until DECEMBER 2015!! If we are able to sell 50 books by 10/09, Mrs. Venolia will wear a super crazy hat (created by the Howlapalooza Committee) for the entire day on 10/10. Books will be available for sale at Friday Flags and after school on Wednesdays starting in October, and are available for purchase at the PTA Store NOW at: https://hrespta.myschoolcentral.com/ptaez/(S(yzpold550wxy2b551ktu4g45))/WebStore.aspx)

SPIRIT WEAR NOW ON SALE! Today was our Spirit Wear Showcase at Friday Flag! The kids were super excited to see all the different new designs and styles! Mr. Pon even joined in on the fun! If you missed Friday Flag, please check out the new styles and designs at our Spirit Store and order your spirit wear! We will be taking orders for the next two weeks and then we will place our first order. T-shirts will be delivered approximately 3 weeks to your child’s teacher from when we place the order. A new option this year if you just can’t wait to get one of these new shirts is you can go to Big Frog in Rancho Penasquitos and put your order in through them. They can print on the spot, bling takes a few days! Here is their address 9917 Carmel Mountain Rd., SD 92129.  Just tell them you are from Highland Ranch and they will pull up the designs and you can pick right from the store OR you can just order from our store. The choice is yours!  https://hrespta.myschoolcentral.com

PARENTING CORNER:   How does reading a novel improve your thinking process?  You’ll just have to read the attached article to find out!