Welcome to Highland Ranch
Cindy Venolia, Principal
SCHOOL PAYMENT SOLUTIONS (used to be Mylunchmoney.com)
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. - 3:30 p.m.
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
RANCH ROUND-UP ~ November 22, 2013
Highland Ranch is a wonderful school that focuses on student needs
first. Our goal is to provide a safe, secure, and happy place for your
children to learn. So that we all understand the expectations, we are
providing a Highland Ranch Guideline for you to review. Please know
that we not only talk about good Character, but we believe that it is the
foundation of everything we do. Our expectations are that all members
of the school community embrace the values of Trustworthiness, Respect,
Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Please take
the time to read the attached guidelines, and we welcome your positive
comments or productive suggestions.
EMAIL PROBLEMS: We are experiencing issues with delivery of email to people who have Microsoft affiliated accounts (Hotmail, msn, Bing, etc.). Gmail and yahoo accounts are not affected. When email messages are being sent there could be a delay in “bouncing back to sender” as much as 24 hours. So you may think you communicated via email, when in fact the parent may not have received your communication and the email is being bounced back to you sometime later. We have contacted Microsoft and are waiting to hear back about a solution. It’s recommended that sensitive email requiring immediate attention be handled through another avenue.
JOIN MUSIC IN THE MORNING’S MINI CONCERT. Celebrate the voices of our students and the good work Mr. Burkey! On Thursday, December 19th at 7:00 the boys and girls will put on a show for you! There will be a brief parent meeting immediately after. Please bring a refreshment to share!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
December 2 – Foundation Meeting 7:00 p.m. in Library
LET’S GET OUR STALLIONS INTO SHAPE! We are excited to announce that the Foundation has raised enough funds to hire a P.E. teacher for the next trimester!! We are looking forward to our next fundraiser, our annual Spell-a-Thon in January, which will raise funds to pay for the teacher through the rest of the school year. Interviews are underway, and our new teacher will hopefully be starting soon. A HUGE thank you to the Highland Ranch community for your generous donations, which made this possible. Having both a science teacher and a P.E. teacher for all grades this year will be amazing!
STALLION SCIENTISTS: Hello Stallion Parents! This week in science we are learning how waves function. Students will understand the difference between a P wave and an S wave. We have been using SLINKIES to generate P waves and S waves. Ask your child about the differences between the two waves. For my budding geologists, I have posed a challenge over the Thanksgiving break: Make your own seismograph! Click here are the instructions the materials needed are very simple! If you have a cereal box, a plastic cup, sand, pencil, roll of paper and a glue gun, you are mostly there! These are things you already have in your house! Check out the instructions and have your child get together with a friend and work on this! When we return next week in science, we will be learning about seismic waves and building and retrofitting structures to withstand P and S waves! If you do this project, I will let you teach a portion of my class and better yet, you will be almost done with an awesome Science Fair Project! Consider the following gift for the holidays for your child: better than the PlayStation 4, a SLINKY and a STOPWATCH! I could not get your children away from those two things during the lab this week! They were in love with some very cheap holiday presents! You can thank me later for saving you about 500 dollars! -Mrs. Lopatka
HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS: It's time for Holiday GIFT CARDS! Please check your child's back for the Scrip gift card order form. They make great gifts or use them for yourself. They are face value and a percentage of every card purchased comes back to your Foundation. Please pay special attention to the order deadline and delivery schedule on the back - to get your gift cards on time.
FOUNDATION MEETING: The next Foundation meeting will be Monday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents and staff are invited to attend!
AMAZON ALERT! When doing your holiday shopping online this year, don't forget to click the Amazon.com link on the Foundation website! Just visit our website (www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org) and click the link on the left-hand side of the page. This will take you directly to Amazon.com, and the Foundation will receive a small percentage from every purchase you make!
RALPH’S REWARDS: Is your Ralph's Reward card linked up to the Foundation? It not, please do so (visit Ralphs.com and click on Community Contribution; follow instructions from there). The Foundation gets a percentage from every Ralph’s purchase, which can really add up during the holidays. Thank you!
GOT SHOES? Save your shoes! The Foundation will be having a shoe drive in February, and will need everyone's old shoe donations! If you have an old pair you were going to give away, please hold onto them until February. More information will be coming soon. Thank you!
Walk to School
Join us next Friday, December 6th for our walk to school morning.
PTA will be hosting a holiday boutique in the evening on Dec. 5th in the MPR. If you or someone you know would like to showcase products for sale please contact Kristi Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org. Booth space can be purchased for $25 or $50. Raffle prizes will be available to those of you that bring non-perishable food for a Girl Scout sponsored food drive.
Volunteers are needed to participate in this year’s PTA International Night. Friday, February 28th 2014. You do not have to be from a particular country to represent one. For example if you love all things Irish but are not from Ireland please feel free to come and share your interest.
There are many ways you can get involved, such as:
• Hosting a booth for a particular country
• Providing a food item from another country to share
• Providing a poster display representing a country
• Arranging a dance or musical performance
• Sharing a cultural craft
If you are interested in taking part please email Shona Wigley by 30th Nov with the country you would like to represent. email@example.com Any Boy/Girl Scout troops interested in helping with Countries that have no representation please email to let me know you are interested.
The Stallion Cafe' will not be open on rainy days. Come join us every Friday morning for muffins, pastries, Starbucks coffee, juice and more. The Stallion Cafe is open every morning (except rainy days) before Friday Flag outside the playground gates. All items will be sold for $1.00 or less and will help support our PTA and school. We hope to see you all there. ***We are still in need of volunteers to help in the morning from 7:00-8:15. Please email Jessica Rasoul if you can help. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next restaurant night is at Panera Bread. It will be on Wednesday December 11th.
Walk to School
Join us on December 6th for our walk to school morning.
CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH LITTLE LEAGUE 2014 SPRING SEASON
Online Registration is now open for ages 4-14, for Tee Ball, Rookie, Minor, Major, Intermediate, and Junior Divisions! Please register online at www.cmrll.org. We are seeking managers, coaches, score-keepers; help with events/general league on-going needs. Email email@example.com. PLAY BALL!