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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 ~ February 27, 2015

Dates to remember:

  • March 2 – Foundation Meeting in the Library 7:00
  • March 3 – PUSD Community Forum at Bernard Heights Middle School
  • March 6 – Fifth Grades Parent Surveys due (attachment)
  • March 12  – Parent Night:  Are You Smarter Than Your Smart Phone?  NOTE DATE CHANGE and please RSVP by 3/10 (attachment)
  • March 13 – Parent Coffee with Mrs. Venolia in MPR after Friday Flag
  • March 16 – 20 – Pennies for Pasta
  • March 20 – Science Fair (attachment)
  • March 28 – Foundation Gatsby Gala

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

Are you smarter than your Smart Phone?   Highland Ranch Elementary School invites all parents to this important presentation on March 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.    COME LEARN ABOUT UP-TO-DATE TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY:

What is the right age for my child to have a smartphone? What are my options? Learn about tricks and scams and how to respond. Learn about some of the latest phone apps that could put you and your child at risk. Learn more about Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, and many more!! Learn some simple techniques to better connect with your child. Walk away with the tools to create a technology contract for your child. BRING YOUR PHONE, YOU’RE GONNA NEED IT

COMMUNITY FORUM:   PUSD invites you to a Community Forum, where we will be asking “Five Critical Questions”:   Parents and community members are invited to attend any or all of these Community Forums.  In our area, the Community Forums will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at Bernardo Heights Middle School – RSVP here - http://whoozin.com/CE9-A4M-CACX

Parent Coffee:   Be the future of Highland Ranch!    Highland Ranch Elementary School is one of four teams selected to participate in this year’s Poway USD Innovation Design Challenge. Our challenge question is:  How might we engage our students and greater community in building a foundation of deeper learning at our school?  We had the Fifth Grade student give their answers to the following questions, now we would like parents’ responses.  We value parents as partners – our connection to your students begins with a positive connection with you!  Join Mrs. Venolia for an informal coffee chat on March13th where we will be compiling student responses as we begin the process of writing a new mission and vision for our school. 

What does great learning look like? What does deeper learning look like? What are real world issues you see children facing now and in the future? What did you learn in school that left an impression? Tell me about a time you felt like you learned something “deeply”? What was your biggest challenge in school?   What was your best learning experience 

PLEASE KEEP TOYS AT HOME:   There is a new toy that our students have discovered and while I don’t know its precise name, it is a wooden toy with a sharp tip.  Please remember that toys are not to be brought to school.  In the event that students bring these toys to play with after school, they  (and all toys) are to remain in the backpacks, and not to be used in the hallways as students are exiting school or on the playground before school.  


Open Board Member Positions

Your Educational Foundation is looking to fill the open board member positions for 2015-2016 school year. We have several board members moving out of the school as their kids graduate, and it is time for new parents to fill in the positions that are opening up. Without these positions filled, the Foundation will unfortunately cease to be as productive as it has been in the previous years. These positions allow you to have a say and make a difference in your child's education in a very rewarding way! Some of the open positions are Treasurer, Webmaster, Fall campaign Chair, Spring Auction Chair, & Stallion Stampede (5K run) Chair.  Officer and board positions will be voted on in April. If you are interested in nominating yourself for a position, or someone you think would be great, please contact Prasad Herur at prasad@highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org to find out more about this opportunity to help your child and our school.  Please join us at our next monthly meeting, Monday March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the library, to learn more about these positions.

Gatsby Gala tickets are now on sale!   All parents, teachers, & Staff are invited to attend the Highland Ranch Educational Foundation’s roaring 20’s inspired Silent and Live auction.  Buy your tickets at the Foundation table at Friday Flag or on the Foundation website http://www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org/fundraisers.html#springgala

This fun, adult only, event is coming up on March 28th from 6:00-10:00 pm at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.  Tickets are $40 each and include a free drink if purchased by March 1.  All the proceeds from this event will benefit the students of Highland Ranch.

Check out the Foundation website at the link above to see the beautiful class art projects available at the auction.


Please visit the PTA website for full descriptions of all PTA events and news (including details on everything listed below) at http://hrespta2.wix.com/hrespta 

Spirit Store: https://hrespta.myschoolcentral.com Shop for all things PTA!

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/highlandranchpta Like our page! This is just another way to stay connected to HRES PTA!  



International Night: International Night has been rescheduled for April 24th from 5pm to 8pm in the MPR. If you are interested in taking part please email Shona Wigley with the country you would like to represent at shonaw93@gmail.com.

Walk to School on Friday March 6: We will be handing out special edition clover charms to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to first come first serve. Don’t miss out on adding this special charm to your collection! 

Spring Pictures: Spring  pics will be March 18th. 5th Grade promotion pics will also be taken on this day.

Science Fair: This awesome family event is scheduled for March 20th. There is still time to sign up for a booth. Please visit the blog spot regarding all things science fair and sign up. http://highlandranchsciencefair.blogspot.com/