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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 27, 2014

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


  • 27th-28th- Ghost Gram Sale
  • 28th- TGFD Assembly Grade 4/5 (1-1:45)
  • 29th-TGFD Assembly Grade 1     (1-1:45)
  • 29th-Restaurant Night Cafasso’s Meatball Company
  • 30th- TGFD Assembly Grade 2   (1-1:45)
  • 31st Ghost Grams go home – Halloween Friday Flag


  • November 17 – Conference Day – No Students
  • November 20 and 21 – Minimum Days for Conference (dismissal 11:15)
  • December 10 – Minimum Day for Professional growth (dismissal 11:15)
  • January 16 – Professional growth – No Students
  • February 11 – Minimum Day for Professional growth (dismissal 11:15)

RED RIBBON WEEK SUCCESS!  Thank you Mrs. Wigley and members of the PTA’s Red Ribbon/Character Counts Team!   It was such a fun way to remind children of the importance of making good choices and staying drug free!  The week was full of fun and here are the winners of the competitions:

Hat competition -

  • K: Spencer – Mrs. Phaneuf
  • 1: Miles – Mrs. Sheldon
  • 2: Kelsi – Mrs. Demers and Meadow – Mrs. McGurrell
  • 3: Chloe – Mrs. Rasmussen
  • 4: Lucas and Devika both Mrs. Baker
  • 5: Tisha - Miss Eckmann
  • Winning Teachers Mrs. Levchenko and Mrs. Lachel

Color Competition 

  • K: Rico – Mrs. Eckmann
  • 1: Ellery – Mr. Georggin
  • 2: Kiho – Mrs. McGurrell
  • 3: Yuki – Mrs. Vara

Essay Competition

  • 4: Michelle – Ms. Thomas
  • 5: Amy – Mrs.Lachel

HALLOWEEN FRIDAY FLAG:  Don’t forget that we invite students and staff  to dress up for next Friday Flag.  It will be our Halloween Parade of Costumes.  Your child is not required to dress up, but if he or she wants to join in the fun, remember that all costumes must be school appropriate and have no props that could be construed in any way as a weapon.  No full face masks or blood should be worn.  Don’t forget that our littlest Stallions are only three, so nothing too scary.  If you’re wondering if the costume is school appropriate, ask your child’s teacher. 

KIDS WHO CARE:  Support Kids Who Care as we collect used towels and blankets.  All donated used towels and blankets will be donated to a local animal rescue.  We will have decorated boxes in the halls to collect donations.  Thanks so much for helping Kids Who Care make a difference.


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!  



BOX TOPS: Please send in your box tops to your child’s teacher. The class with the most Box Tops by the end of November will receive a Popsicle party. The money we raise with the Box Tops program goes directly to the school for new playground equipment. We need those box tops!

RED RIBBON WEEK WRAP-UP- THANK YOU to our fabulous chairpersons Shona Wigley and Anna Renstrom for planning such a fun week full of activities for our Stallions! THANK YOU all for participating! Pictures of all the festivities will be included in the yearbook! The winners of the essay and color competition will be announced next week. The winners of the crazy hat contest were Spencer from Mrs. Phaneuf’s class, Miles from Mrs. Sheldon’s class, tie in 2nd grade between Kelsi from Mrs.Demers class and Meadow from Mrs.McGurrell’s class, Chloe from Mrs.Rasmussen’s class, tie in 4th grade between Lucas and Devika from Mrs.Baker’s class and Tisha from Ms.Eckmann’s class. The winning teachers were Mrs.Lachel and Ms.Levchenko!

Announcing our first official spirit day!!! Show your STALLION PRIDE next Thursday, Oct. 29th and wear your Stallion t-shirts or colors!

NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM- Calling ALL artists! Each participant is required to fill in the Student Entry form and the Consent form that you will find on this link: http://www.palomarcouncil.com/reflections.html.  Each participant, whether they progress to the next level or not, will receive a certificate. Entry deadline is next Friday, Oct. 31st.

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE – Save the DATE - November 20th 6-8pm– There will be a brief PTA meeting from 6-6:15. Bring the family for a fun family night and get your holiday shopping and family portrait done at the same time! Sign up for a portrait with this link: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/265358762073  A special performance by the HRES chorus and milk and cookies with the principal is just some of the fun in store for you. You don’t want to miss this!

Foundation News:

The HRES Garden will be having an Open House, and a Pumpkin sale during the Howlapalooza on Oct 25th at 4.00PM. Please stop by and support the HRES garden! Highland Ranch Educational Foundation is a proud sponsor of the HRES Garden.

Fall Fundraising Campaign Update- We have raised $11,000 to date.  This is so exciting! We have almost reached our goal! Just a reminder that anyone who donates at the Stallion Level ($150 and above) by Nov. 21 will receive a HRES logo car magnet, as well as the opportunity to paint a tile to be hung up in the school .

If you have already made a donation towards our fall campaign, watch for the receipt that has been mailed. If you work for an employer that does corporate matching, please remember to submit a request for the same. Corporate matching is such an easy way to double your contribution. 

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Boys in Grades 1-4, are you interested in having fun with your friends, camping, spending time outdoors, creating derby cars, exploring San Diego, and more?  In Cub Scouts, your son will have lots of fun, learn new things, and make new friends.  But it is more than that.  Cub Scouts is fun with a purpose.  Scouting is family oriented. It develops character, leadership, communication skills, and good citizenship.  If your son is interested in Cub Scouts, our Highland Ranch Pack 624 is looking for new members!  Contact Charlie Kennedy at harrison.c.kennedy@gmail.com for more information.   We look forward to hearing from you!