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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 ~ October 9, 2015

FEDERAL SURVEYS:  Every student received a blue federal survey form this week.   Each student (not each family) should complete the survey and return to school by October 19th.    This important information provides funds to our school.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Venolia at cvenolia@powayusd.com

Spin-a-Strategy:   Ever wonder how you could give your child choices on what they can do when faced with a problem?  See the “Spin-a-Strategy” attachment.   The best use of this is to have your child tell you the problem, and then go one by one through the strategies until they arrive at the best strategy for that situation!  Post it on your refrigerator!  Let’s help all our Stallions make good choices!

ELL Parent Meeting

Please join our ELL Team on October 16th in the MPR from 8:00 to 9:00 am.   We are proud to have families from all around the world, and are committed to providing the best education to all our students.  If you’d like to learn more about our ELL program, including CELDT testing and services please join us on the 16th.


Mission Federal Credit Union is sponsoring San Diego Zoo and Safari Park “Kids Free” in October.   Visit   https://www.missionfed.com/events/2015-10/kids-free-october-san-diego-zoo-and-safari-park

Save the Date!

The 2nd Annual Stallion Stampede will run on December 5th. Registration information will be sent out soon, but right now we are in need of sponsors. If you own or work for a business that would like to sponsor our 5k fun run/walk please contact Maggie Cascio at CascioFamilySD@gmail.com or see the attached letter.


Amazon Shoppers

Do you Shop on Amazon? You can easily help support the school. Visit the Foundation website www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org, click on the Amazon banner advertisement and continue shopping on Amazon Smile. Remember, you need to visit the Foundation website before shopping on Amazon every time. Please help by spreading the word to friends and family!

Fall Fundraising Campaign Update:

We appreciate all those who have participated in this campaign so far!

There is still time to offer your support and help make a difference in your child's education.  The Foundation will gladly accept donations at any time, but the Fall Campaign will run until November 6th.  The class in each grade level with the most donations collected will earn a Popsicle party.

Also, remember to check with your employer to see if they will match your donation!!

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

PTA News:

The 2015 Annual Fall Festival “Howlapalooza” at Highland Ranch Elementary School (HRES) is set to take place on Saturday, October 17th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Please got to the PTA Website for detailed Info: http://hrespta2.wix.com/hrespta

Please feel free to contact Christy Grider (480-250-3472 or cgriderca@gmail.com), Fall Festival Committee Co-Chair, if you have any questions.

Ticket Orders for Howlapalooza

Earlier this week an orange ticket form came home in your child’s backpack. If you did not receive the order form it is attached to this e-mail. This is the BEST deal for festival tickets. All tickets sold the night of the festival will be full price. DON’T WAIT…PLEASE complete this form and send it back into school, with payment, prior to next Wednesday, October 14th. The pre-purchase ticket orders and they will be sent home Thursday 10/15.

Fall Festival Craft Donations

Does your child have a crafty talent? We are accepting submissions for the Silent Auction at the Fall Festival from our talented students. This is an opportunity for your child to highlight their skills and make some money for HRES. My daughter is donating a handmade scarf and hat for the auction. If you would like to submit a handmade item from your child to be auctioned off at the Fall Festival please e-mail Christy Grider cgriderca@gmail.com.

Fall Festival 2016

Next year is my last year at HRES; I still need someone to take my place as the Fall Festival Chair. The next chairperson should participate as much as possible in the next 3 weeks to see how the magic happens. : ) I will commit to co-chair next year to ensure you are comfortable with your new role. Please, consider being the next Fall Festival Chair; this is a traditional event for HRES and it would be a shame if it disappeared. If you are interested, please contact Christy Grider cgriderca@gmail.com.


Calling all budding Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Photographers!!! The PTA Reflections Art Program is in full swing. This is a National Competition with school, council, state and national levels. This is a chance for your student to be inspired and express their creative talents imaginatively through their artwork and have fun while doing it!  They can tap into critical thinking skills, think outside the box and receive positive recognition for their creativity and imagination.

Students are invited to submit original artwork in one or more of six areas: Dance/Choreography, Literature, Photography, Film Production, Music Composition, Visual Arts. 

Student Entry Forms, Consents and Guidelines can be found at 


 This year’s Reflection’s theme is “Let your Imagination Fly.”  Entries due in the office by Friday, OCTOBER 23, 2015   We will have a Showcase and Ice Cream Party for ALL participants Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm.   Encourage your students to enter!  They may enter more than one category.

  LOOKING FOR A WAY TO BE PART OF THE PUSD TEAM?  Interested in becoming an employee of the PUSD Team?  Yard Supervisors positions are schools needed.  Please stop by the office for more information. 


  • 16th – ELL Parent Meeting 8:00 – 9:00 am 17th – Howlapalooza
  • 19th - 23rd - Red Ribbon Week
  • 28th -Restaurant Night Chickfila from 5-8pm

Check our website for more dates!

File attachments: Howlapalooza Tickets.pdf

strategy wheel.docx

                        2015 5k sponsor letter.pdf