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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 ~ October 2, 2015

ELL Parent Meeting

Please join our ELL Team on October 16th in the MPR from 8:00 to 9:00 am.   We are proud to have families from all around the world, and are committed to providing the best education to all our students.  If you’d like to learn more about our ELL program, including CELDT testing and services please join us on the 16th.


Mission Federal Credit Union is once again partnering with the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park for “Kids Free” in October.   All children ages 11 and younger receive FREE admission to both the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park all month long.  The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park will also provide kid-friendly activities each weekend in October such as crafts, coloring and animal encounters. Guests can get up close with a variety of animals and meet their trainers. For more information, visit https://www.missionfed.com/KidsFree

Poway Unified appreciates all the great work by Mission Fed supporting our students and families throughout the community.

PTA News:


10/7 is National Walk to School Day!  Join millions of other students in walking or biking to school on October 7th to celebrate healthy habits and simple ways to reduce pollution.  Get your very own commemorative walker keychain on Wednesday the 7th, a new one available the first Friday of every month.    We recommend everyone who can walk to school EVERY DAY.   If you choose to drive, please drive safely.  Remember you could be saving the lives of our Stallions by being cautious and courteous!

Fall Festival Craft Donations

Does your child have a crafty talent? We are accepting submissions for the Silent Auction at the Fall Festival from our talented students. This is an opportunity for your child to highlight their skills and make some money for HRES. My daughter is donating a handmade scarf and hat for the auction. If you would like to submit a handmade item from your child to be auctioned off at the Fall Festival please e-mail Christy Grider cgriderca@gmail.com.

Fall Festival 2016

Next year is my last year at  HRES; I need someone to take my place as the Fall Festival Chair. The next chairperson should participate as much as possible in the next 3 weeks to see how the magic happens. : ) I will commit to co-chair next year to ensure you are comfortable with your new role.

Please, consider being the next Fall Festival Chair; this is a traditional event for HRES and it would be a shame if it disappeared. If you are interested, please contact Christy Grider cgriderca@gmail.com.


Our Fall Book Fair was a huge success!  We collected a total of $10,930.14, which means our school earned $5,566.28 for our library!   Thank you all for your support and  fun during the Slime Time.


Calling all budding Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Photographers!!! The PTA Reflections Art Program is in full swing. This is a National Competition with school, council, state and national levels. This is a chance for your student to be inspired and express their creative talents imaginatively through their artwork and have fun while doing it!  They can tap into critical thinking skills, think outside the box and receive positive recognition for their creativity and imagination.

Students are invited to submit original artwork in one or more of six areas: Dance/Choreography, Literature, Photography, Film Production, Music Composition, Visual Arts.   Student Entry Forms, Consents and Guidelines can be found at http://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/   This year’s Reflection’s theme is “Let your Imagination Fly.”   Entries due in the office by Friday, OCTOBER 23, 2015  We will have a Showcase and Ice Cream Party for ALL participants Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  Students enter more than one category.

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE – Save the DATE - November 6th 6-8pm.  CALLING ALL CRAFTERS and VENDORS! - Sign up to sell items you craft by hand or showcase your business and sell!   Please contact Shona Wigley at hrespta2@gmail.com for more information and to sign up for a table.

Fall Festival

The 2015 Annual Fall Festival “Howlapalooza”  at Highland Ranch Elementary School (HRES) is set to take place on Saturday, October 17th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale SOON! Please got to the PTA Website for detailed Info: http://hrespta2.wix.com/hrespta

Please feel free to contact Christy Grider (480-250-3472 or cgriderca@gmail.com), Fall Festival Committee Co-Chair, if you have any questions.

Foundation Fall Campaign

Please join the Foundation in our efforts to continue to provide important educational enhancements to the students at Highland Ranch.  In the past the funds raised by the Foundation have provided Highland Ranch with a PE teacher, Science Teacher, Impact Teacher, Kindergarten Aid, and current/updated technology.  We need everyone to support the Fall Campaign to be sure that these wonderful programs continue at our school.  The Fall Campaign will run until November 6th.   The class in each grade level with the highest donation amount will win a popsicle party.

Donations can be mailed or returned to the school in the envelopes that were sent home or via PayPal at http://www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org/fundraisers.html#fallcampaign

Families who donate at the Stallion Level ($150-$249) qualify to paint a tile which will hang in the school for years to come, and donors at the Clydesdale Level ($250 and above) will get to paint a tile as well as get 2 tickets to the Spring Auction and a Gold leaf hanging on our tree mural in the library.


We need everyone to re-register their Ralph's card in order to continue to benefit from their Community Contributions Program!  A representative from the Foundation will be at Friday Flag on Friday, October 9th.  If you haven't had a chance to reregister your Ralph's Card stop by the table and they will help you do it right then.  You can also take the yellow paper that came home with your child to the store next time you shop to quickly re-register or you can go online and register your card. Directions for this are available at http://www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org/ways-to-help.html. Thank you!


  • 5th - Retake Fall Pictures and Volunteer Pictures
  • 5th- Foundation Meeting Library 7:00 pm
  • 7th – Walk to School Day
  • 14th – PTA Board Meeting 1pm to 2pm
  • 16th – ELL Parent Meeting
  • 17th – Howlapalooza
  • 19th - 23rd - Red Ribbon Week
  • 28th -Restaurant Night

Check our website for more dates!