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 ~ February 5, 2016


"Band Concert" by Pratibha in Mrs. Hardy’s 5th grade class

“Instruments up!” said our band teacher, Mr. Erb. Why did our instruments come up? Let me tell you. The 5th graders that play instruments had a mini concert on December 17, 2015 in the Multi-Purpose Room. The audience were Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and the other 5th graders. Pretty big audience right? Were we nervous? No! We played songs related to Christmas, Hanukkah, and some fun random songs. Such as, Jingle Bells, Candles of Hanukkah, and Flying High. We had fun. Wait! Not fun, but SO MUCH FUN!

We had an opportunity to learn an instrument by our FABULOUS instructor, Mr. Erb. So I used that opportunity, and started learning in September. There are six instruments for you to choose from, which are flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and violin. I chose flute and I go on Thursdays at 11:45 to 12:20. We are so fortunate to be able to learn an instrument. This concert wouldn’t have been successful if it weren’t for Mr. Erb.



Have you set your calendar for the fun family events coming up? 


Monday - turn off the TV and play a game with your family!

Tuesday - muffins with moms. Moms, grandmas, aunts, or another special person in your life can join us before school for a power up snack and some quality time!

Wednesday - donuts with dads. Dads, grandpas, uncles, or another special person in your life can join us before school for a yummy breakfast pastry and some great conversation!

Thursday - craft at snack time. Family members are invited to meet their Stallion during their regularly schedule recess to chat and make a simple craft. Parents should complete their craft and then allow their children to go play at recess.  Parents may not accompany their child to the playground. Please check your child's recess on the daily schedule tab.

Friday - family lunch. Family members are invited to meet their Stallion during their lunch period to enjoy a tète-à-tète and a meal.  Parents should enjoy their lunch and then allow their children to go play at recess.  Parents may not accompany their child to the playground. Please check your child's recess on the daily schedule tab.

Father/Daughter "Sweetheart" Dance 

Friday, February 5th 6-8:30pm in MPR Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 per couple and $10 each for additional family members

This event is for all the Highland Ranch girls to bring their dads, grandfathers, uncles or any special person in their life! Snacks, drinks, photo booths and music awaits you all for this special and memorable night!!

 Mom/Son Bowling Day

Saturday, February 6th 1-3pm at Poway Bowl

This event is for all the Highland Ranch boys to bring their moms, grandmothers, aunts or any special person in their life! A fun Saturday afternoon with bowling and snacks!

Box Tops It’s Box Tops submission time again! Turn in your Box Tops before March 1st so they can be included in our school’s April check – it’s our last chance this school year to earn cash for our school. All Box Tops turned in after this date will go toward next fall’s check. Thanks for your help!


 Save the date for Foundation’s ‘Grease is the Night’ Silent & Live Auction!

This fun event will be held on May 7th at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. 

**Sneak peek at a few Live Auction items:  4 Comic Con Tickets and a Callaway golf bag with 2 Clubs.  More info to come SOON!


Thank you for all the support and all the pledges that have been collected!  At last count we were about $3,000 away from our goal.  If you still have pledges to turn in please do so ASAP!  Thank you!


The Stallion Spellers did a terrific job this week!  We’d like to congratulate everyone who participated!  The top spellers were: Grade 3:  Liam Nicotera (1st place), Joseph Jeon (2nd place), and Maanya Pahuja (3rd place).  Grade 4:  Matthew Ipe (1st place), Marcus Rivera (2nd place), Aiden Ryou (3rd place).  Grade 5:  Pratibha Arun (1st place), Husain Patanwala (2nd place), and Pratham Rao (3rd place).

The first place winners will be competing in an upcoming district spelling competition.  Good job to all who participated in this year’s Spelling Bee!   Many thanks to Liz Campos who dedicates her time each year to this event.  We couldn’t do it without her and our fabulous Foundation.

ABSENCE HOTLINE:  Remember please call the absence hotline whenever your child is absent.  858-485-4876.

TK Interest Wait List Information

Parents of children with a fifth birthday between June 1st and September 1st, 2016 who wish to enroll their child into a TK class, MUST place their name on a District Interest Wait List. After March 1, 2016, at 8:00 AM, go to the District Website and select "TK Interest Wait List" to put your child's name on the list. The assigned TK school site will notify parents on the Interest List starting in June, or later in the summer,  of an opening in TK. The parent will then be given 48 hours to enroll. Due to increased numbers of students required to enroll in TK, please note space is very limited and will be determined on a first-come, first served basis.


Highland Ranch has started a team for this important and fun event!  To sign up for the run go to http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=25870

Once you check the box of waiver and initial to electronically sign waiver, a page with a drop down menu will display our team name.  Select ‘Highland Ranch Elementary School families'.


Please plan to join us after school on February 8th in the library where we will present our new school’s Mission and discuss its meaning and the journey we took to create it. All parents, and students accompanied by an adult, are welcome to attend. 


Student Council will be collecting items for our Dog and Cat Food/Toy/Blanket Drive through Thursday, February 11th.  Student Council will be delivering all donations to Helen Woodward Animal Center after February Break.  Thank you for your contributions!!

 Valentine Grams and Little Valentine Buddies are selling quickly!  Student Council will be selling Valentine Grams and Little Valentine Buddies next Monday and Tuesday.  Be sure to get yours while they last!!  Grams and Buddies will be delivered to classrooms on Friday, February 12th.  Money raised through sales will go directly back to Highland Ranch!


5th – Father/Daughter Dance 6pm to 8:30pm

 6th – Mother/Son Bowling – 1pm to 3pm

8th – School Site Council

8th – 12th – Family Week

8th-9th- Valentine Grams and Little Valentine Buddies for sale (last day)

9th- Math Olympiad Test 2:15-2:45 pm

 8th - 12th - Family Week 10th – PTA Board Meeting

12th – Valentine Gams distributed to classrooms

15th-19 President’s Week no school

26th-Spirit Day-Twin Day 29th - March 10th – APEX


4th - Family Night

7th- Foundation Meeting Library 7:00 pm

8th- Math Olympiad Test 2:15-2:45 pm

9th-Springs Pictures

 9th – PTA Board Meeting 1pm to 2pm

9th Meadowbrook Middle School Parent Night 6:00

 10th - APEX Run

16th- Professional Growth Minimum Day Dismissal 11:15am

16 – Bernardo Heights Middle School Parent Orientation 5:00 pm OR 6:00 pm; GATE Session after 6:00 Session

18th - Science Fair

21st-April 8th – Pasta for Pennies

25th-Spirit Day-Disney Day

 30th - Restaurant Night  

Check our website for more dates!