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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 ~ August 29, 2014

File attachments: Not Exactly Rocket Science - round up attachment 082914.docx

Welcome to your first Highland Ranch Weekly Round Up!  You will receive these every Friday.  They are full of news from the school, our PTA, and Foundation.   This year, I will be starting a PARENTING CORNER, providing articles on interesting topics that will help navigate the difficult task of parenting.  This week, we explore the use of video games by children.   The research is very interesting, and makes a lot of sense.  We get better at the things we practice, the things we don’t like, we fall behind in.  Read on for some thought provoking information.   Hope you enjoy!      

TRAFFIC CHANGES:  Over summer, I met with members of the County Traffic Department, PUSD Transportation, Maintenance, as well as a few parents.  We’ve come up with a change to the Traffic process.  You have all been doing a great job following directions!   Remember to keep circling the loop until your child is there, do not block ANY intersection or cross-walk, and never let your child in or out of the car when you’re not in the pick-up/drop-off area.  The loop out of ESS is right turn only, and the parking lot is for staff only.  We are working with the City to have some of the other signs on Waverly Downs and Eastbourne revised so cars can access these areas.  Stayed tuned and thanks for your patience!

STALLIONS SUPPORT:  We know that the beginning of the year can present Stallion families with financial impacts that are challenging.  If you have a student in any grade, we have backpacks and school supplies to help.  If your son or daughter needs a backpack, or school supplies, please contact me directly, and I can arrange to have them provided to you confidentially.   cvenolia@powayusd.com

PRESCHOOL GATES:  The gates leading into the preschool area are NOT to be used as access points for other students.  Students should not enter or exit school through these gates.  This is for the safety of our littlest Stallions – please be responsible and use the main gates.


Have you joined PTA yet?  Please send in your $10.00 dues and join us to make Highland Ranch the best we can! If you get your membership in by September 12th you will be entered into a raffle at our Welcome back picnic on September 18th. We will raffle 4 admission tickets to the USS Midway Museum, 4 admission tickets to the San Diego Automotive Museum and a $20.00 gift card to Ralph's Carmel Mountain. Send in the membership envelope included in the packet that was sent home with your child or visit our web store at https://hrespta.myschoolcentral.com and sign up online. If you have any questions about membership please email Shona Wigley at hresmembership@gmail.com.

There is still time to submit your info for the school directory! If you would like to be included in the directory this year, please send in the slip that was included in the packet or simply email hresdirectory@gmail.com with your Name, Student Name, Teacher, Grade, Email and phone number by September 12th.

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 check out our website or online Spirit Store yet? Have you liked our Facebook Fan Page? You can purchase all things PTA through the Spirit Store and stay up to date through our website and Facebook page. Check these links out, if you haven't already. You'll be glad you did! Spirit wear is coming soon!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION:   Last school year we raised almost $3,000 through this program!  That’s $3,000 worth of playground equipment for our children!  Help us keep earning money for playground equipment this year by sending in your Box Tops in a zip baggie or envelop to your child’s teacher.  Every other moth the classroom that sends in the most will earn a popsicle party.

Participate in our first Walk to School Day next Friday! Its time to walk the walk.  Leave the keys at home, or park nearby (e.g. Carmel Mt Library) and stretch those legs while spending some time talking and walking with your Highland Rancher.  Meet us on the corner of Eastbourne and Waverly Downs for a collectible walking charm for your Stallion to show off on their back pack. Jimbo's Naturally will be supplying organic apples as an added treat.  First "Walk to School" day is Friday, September 5th from 7:25 to 7:40.

Mark your calendars! PTA will be hosting two Meet and Greets next Friday, September 5th. Join us in the MPR after Friday Flag from 8:30-9:00 a.m. or you can join us from 7:00-7:30 p.m. in the covered lunch area by the MPR. Feel free to bring children to either time. We will be providing coffee and baked goods in the morning and goldfish crackers and water in the evening. See what the PTA is up to and learn how you can get involved! There are lots of ways you can help, from daytime events to family nights to ways you can help from the comfort of your home! We especially need volunteers for the Howlapalooza coming up! Learn how you can help make this event a howling good time! :-)

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.


The Foundation would like to inform you of an update to our PE Program.  Please help us congratulate Coach Ryan on his new teaching job at a local private school.  Coach Ryan, you will be greatly missed!  The interview process for a new P.E. Teacher will begin shortly.  We will re-adjust the P.E. schedule as soon as we hire our new P.E. teacher.  Thank you!

Fall Fundraising Campaign:

We all know that budget cuts have forced schools to increase class sizes.  The Foundation has kicked off its Fall Fundraising Campaign to try to add support to Highland Ranch in order to help reduce the effects of larger class sizes on both students and teachers.  Your donation to the Foundation 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.  If every family donates $150 in this Fall Campaign we can reach these goals. White & Blue Foundation envelopes went home this week.  Please check your child’s backpack for the envelope that shows the different levels at which you can donate. Or donate online on our NEW website by visiting 


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.

Please plan to attend our first Foundation meeting of the year.  It will be held Sept. 8th in the school library at 7 PM.  All parents and staff are encouraged to attend.  Come learn what the Foundation is doing and how to get involved.

‪ If you haven’t had a chance to like us on Facebook yet here’s the link to our page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Highland-Ranch-Educational-Foundation/128142960553967, invite your friends to like us too!



  • 1st - Labor Day Holiday
  • 4th – Music with Dr. Burkey - Music in the Morning begins – 7:20 a.m. in MPR/Chorus – 1:45 in MPR
  • 4th – Band begins for 5th grade
  • 5th- Walk to School Day
  • 5th- PTA Meet and Greets 8:30-9:00 a.m. & 7:00-7:30 p.m. in Lunch area
  • 8th - Foundation Meeting Library 7:00 p.m.
  • 17th- School Pics (Volunteer pics scheduled with make-ups on 24th) Board meeting 2-3 MPR
  • 18th- Back to School Picnic 5-7pm Association meeting at 6pm Field/lunch area
  • 24th-Restaurant Night
  • 26th- Make-up Pictures/Volunteers/PTA/Foundations