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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 30, 2015

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

    February 2 – Science Field Day Meeting for 4th/5th grade – 7:15 am or 2:00 pm  in the library

    February 4 – Snap Circuit Assembly After School for Fourth and Fifth Grade

    February 5 – PTA Meeting 6:30-7:00 in the MPR

    February 7 – Stallion Stampede

    February 9-14 – Family Week

    February 10 – End of Kids Who Care Food Drive

    February 10 – End of Valentine’s Gram Sales

    February 10 - Internet Safety for Your Children – Parent Meeting with Guest Presenter

    February 11 – Minimum Day for Professional growth (dismissal 11:15)

    February 13 – End of Hygiene Drive for Girl Scout Troop

    February 13 – Father Daughter Dance

    February 14 – Mother Son Bowling

    February 16-20 President’s Week- No School

    February 25- PTA Board  Meeting 2:00-3:00 in the library

    February 27 – International Night

    March 20 – Science Fair

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

    SNAP CIRCUITS FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE  We are continuing our partnerships with local community business, and have an offer for fourth and fifth grade students.    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. Complete attached permission slip.

    SCIENCE FIELD DAY Join students from around San Diego County at the Science Field Day - A special opportunity is coming up to join the Highland Ranch Science Field Day team and prepare for a fun day of science competition in May. Science Field day is open to 4th and 5th graders only.   If you are interested, you must attend an informational meeting on Monday, February 2nd in the library at either 7:15 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Please note this is an ongoing commitment that will require preparation for the event. Parent coaches are needed for this event to happen. The time commitment is reasonable and flexible. Schedules will be determined once a team is gathered. There are only 16 spots available. This is a special opportunity - so don't miss out! For events, go to:   http://www.sdcoe.net/lls/ccr/Pages/elementary-science-field-day-events.aspx Science Fair - Save the date! The annual Science Fair will be held on Friday, March 20th, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. More information to come very shortly!


    SPELLING BEE:  The first annual Highland Ranch Spelling Bee was a huge success ​ and really fun!  We had twenty-four 3rd graders, twenty-nine 4th graders, and fourteen 5th graders participating.  Our first place winners are Matthew Ipe (3rd), Husain Patanwala (4th)​,  and  Helen Ryding (5th) .   Our second place went to Ewan Chen (3rd), Isabella Moncada (4th), and Esha Gupta (5th).   Third place congratulations go to Erica Wang (3rd), Pratibha Arun (4th), and Dylan Ferrer (5th).   These successful spellers will be eligible to represent Highland Ranch in the ​Interschool Spelling Bee in May.  Congratulations to all participants!   And our heart-felt gratitude to Liz and Anthony Campos!  Liz is our Foundation Co-President and did a commendable job with our First Bee.  Anthony, her third grade son, was here every night to ensure things ran smoothly!  We can’t wait for next year.

     STALLION STAMPEDE:   The Stallion Stampede 5k Fun Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is only a week away---February 7th!.  The run starts at 8:00 a.m.  There is still time to register!  At this time, registration is $25 per participant.  All runners will receive a cotton t-shirt and finisher's medal.  If you haven't pre-registered, you will receive your t-shirt a week or so after the race.  If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your t-shirt and bib either next Thursday (February 5th) after school; next Friday (February 6th) at Friday Flag, or on the morning of the run.  You can still ​register at ​either of ​these t​ables​, ​or the morning of the run, starting at 7:00 a.​m. We accept cash or checks payable to Highland Ranch Elementary School.  Please Visit http://www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org/fundraisers.html#stallionstampede for more details, or contact Becca Barr at becca@highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org.  Come have fun and help the PTA and Foundation purchase Chromebooks for our students!

    We are grateful to our proud sponsors for helping to make this run a success!  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!

    PTA NEWS: 

    Stallion Stampede - Volunteers Needed February 7th 2015

    We need volunteers to stand at intersections during the race from 7:45 to 9:15

    Please sign up at the link below.

    VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/4zj1QC

    Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13th

    Girls, celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special man in your life:  

    Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Biggest Brother, Friend, or Family Member...

    Featuring DJ Alectro, Photo Booth, Refreshments, Music and Fun!!

    Tickets will be on sale after school, at the door, or send in the form attached.

    Mother/Son Bowling – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14th

    Boys - how about some Valentines Day fun with Mom and your friends?  

    Treat her to a special "date."

    Mom can't make it?  Bring your grandma, aunt, biggest sister, a friend or family member!  

    Tickets must be purchased by February 11th to reserve your space!

    International Night – Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers are needed to participate in this year’s PTA International Night set for Friday February 27th, 2015. 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 with the country you would like to represent at shonaw93@gmail.com . 

    BOX TOPS:  Thanks for supporting our school! We still need your help clipping and turning in Box Tops to your child’s teacher.  So far, we have collected $406.00 for our school.  Help us to reach this year’s goal of $1000. The next submission deadline is March 2. We will receive our last check of the school year in April. Let’s finish the school year strong! The class with the most Box Tops collection by February 20th will receive a Popsicle party. That is only 3 weeks away!  The money we raise with the Box Tops program goes directly to the school for new playground equipment.  For participating products, go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products


    Monday -Turn off the T.V. in the evening and play a game with your family

    Tuesday - Muffins with Mom (or anyone)- come to school early to enjoy a muffin with your mom or other adult

    Tuesday – John Moffat, Internet Safety Expert – will provide an informative meeting for parents on keeping your children safe on the internet.   This will be held in the MPR.  More information to follow.

    Wednesday - Donuts with Dad (or anyone)- come to school early to enjoy a donut with your dad or other adult

    Thursday - Recess with a relative-come during recess to make a craft with any relative.

    Friday - Lunch with a family member- make sure you check for your child's lunch time


    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. 

    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.