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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 ~ January 23, 2015

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

  • January 26 through 30th – Great Kindness Challenge
  • January 27 – 3rd Grade Foundation Sponsored Elimination Spelling Bee
  • January 28 – 4th  Foundation Sponsored Elimination Spelling Bee
  • January 28 – Restaurant Night
  • January 29 – 5th Grade Foundation Sponsored Elimination Spelling Bee
  • January 30 – Spirit Day – Twin Day
  • February 4 – Snap Circuit Assembly After School for Fourth Grade
  • February 7 – Stallion Stampede
  • February 10 – End of Kids Who Care Food Drive
  • February 11 – Minimum Day for Professional growth (dismissal 11:15)
  • February 13 – End of Hygiene Drive

Lunch menus are online at http://powayusdnutrition.com/index.php?sid=0502141943502717&page=menus


Great Kindness Challenge January 26th-30th.  We challenge everyone to perform as many kind deeds at school and home as you can in one week.  Students can use the checklist they receive on Monday and check off their kind deeds.  Have fun! 

 Valentine Gram sales begin Tuesday, January 27th and end Tuesday, February 10th.  Gram and a lollipop are $1.00 each.  All proceeds from Valentine Gram sales come directly back to our students.  Thank you for your support!

Friday, January 30th--Dress like a friend "Twin" Spirit Day.  This is a regularly scheduled spirit day that falls at the end of the week.

Friday, January 30th--OPTIONAL--We will have hearts delivered to your classroom that you can have students write ONE kind deed that they did during the week (including name).  You may choose to do this with buddies?  Student Council reps will collect your hearts at the end of the day on Friday and we will display them in the MPR for a couple of weeks.

 Thank you for your support and time with this activity.  In addition to a little bit of fundraising for our school, Student Council also wants to promote kind and caring behavior.  We hope the Great Kindness Challenge won't take too much time away from your teaching.


We are continuing our partnerships with local community business, and have an offer for fourth grade students!  General Atomics Scientist Supporting Student Scientists Foundation is offering an hour long after school workshop for students.  The focus will be basic electronic circuitry.  There is no cost to the school, the GA foundation provides the funds to purchase the kits.    If your fourth grade student is interested in science, this is a great opportunity to introduce them to electronic circuits!  Space is limited so turn your permission slips in as soon as possible to the office.  The workshop is in Room 32, directly following dismissal on 2/4.  Arrive no later than 1:55 if you are notified that you are able to attend.



Thanks to all those who have turned in Spell-A-Thon pledge donations!  Please continue to collect both 'flat donations' and 'per word donations' and return them to the office or your child's teacher as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, January 30th. The pledge sheets can also be downloaded from the Foundation website. 


To continue to have our Science and PE programs next year, we need your support! THANK YOU!

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all of you that earned 100% on your Spell-A-Thon test, Great Job!  Mrs. Venolia will be contacting all students that have earned a spot in our upcoming Spelling Bee.  The Spelling Bee will be held in the MPR at 5:30.  The dates are as follows: 3rd grade Tuesday, January 27; 4th grade Wednesday, January 28; 5th grade Thursday, January 29. 

  Stallion Stampede

On Saturday, February 7th, your Foundation and PTA will be hosting it's first annual Stallion Stampede!  This is a 5k fun run/walk or a 1 mile fun run/walk.  The choice is yours as to what distance to do! Each participant will receive a cotton race t-shirt and finisher's medal.  Since pre-registration is now over, participants who register from here until the day of the event will receive their t-shirts a week or so after the run takes place. Also now that pre-registration is over, the entry fee is $25 per participant. To register, please send a registration form and waiver for each participant (child or adult) and payment to the school office.  We accept cash, or checks payable to Highland Ranch Elementary School.  The courses go through the neighborhoods surrounding Highland Ranch, with both the start and finish at the school.  As a fun run, the event will not be timed. Please note that there may be traffic lights to wait for to cross major intersections.  All money raised, after expenses, will go toward the purchase of Chromebooks for use by the students of Highland Ranch. A big thank you to our sponsors!  Our gold level sponsors are Spartan Army Rugby (sponsoring Mile 1); Coffey Engineering (sponsoring Mile 2); Ed Orenstein, Realtor (sponsoring our water stop); and Sam Rasoul & Associates (sponsoring our finish line).  Our silver level sponsors are Frakes ConstructionPetra Strecker, Realtor; and Jimbo's.  Thank you very much for helping out our school! If you have any questions, please contact Becca Barr at becca@highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org or visit the Foundation website.  Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you at the Stallion Stampede!


Stallion Stampede volunteers needed

The PTA and Foundation are hosting the first annual Stallion Stampede and need volunteers to help make it a huge success.

Please sign up using the volunteer spot below if you can help.

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming signups.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/4zj1QC

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Girls, celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special man in your life:  Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Biggest Brother, Friend, or Family Member...

  • Friday, February 13th
  • Featuring DJ Alectro
  • Photo Booth, Refreshments, Music and Fun!!

Tickets on Sale Soon - Watch the Round Up and website for details!!

Boys - how about some Valentines Day fun with Mom and your friends?  Treat her to a special "date."

  • Saturday, February 14th
  • Mother/Son Bowling!
  • Mom can't make it?  Bring your grandma, aunt, biggest sister, a friend or family member!  

Tickets on Sale Soon - Watch the Round Up and website for details!!


Kids Who Care will be having a food drive starting on Tuesday, January 20 until Tuesday, February 10.  The food collected will be donated to families in need in the Poway Unified School District.

  • Please donate can foods (fruit, vegetables, soups), pasta, peanut butter, tuna, beans, cereal, etc. 
  • The class that collects the most food will receive an Otter Pop party.

HYGIENE DRIVE FOR THOSE IN NEED  Brownie Troop 2171 collecting hygiene items to donate to the homeless at the San Diego Rescue Mission.  (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo (both large bottles and trial size), feminine products, soap, razors and shaving cream.  All items must be new and in original containers. Collection box in office.  We're collecting through February 13th. 

ACADEMY AT MEADOWBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL  informational meeting:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., Meadowbrook Middle School Gymnasium, 12320 Meadowbrook Lane in Poway

LOOKING FOR PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT?  Go to the PUSD website (www.powayusd.com) and click on the briefcase icon at the top of the page or call 858-521-2794 for information.