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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 ~ May 1, 2015

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  • May 4-8- Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4th Foundation Meeting in the Library 7:00
  • May 6 – Run for the Ranch!  APEX Fun Run
  • May 7 – Kindergarten Parent Information Night for Incoming Kindergarten Students in fall (6:00 – 7:00 in the MPR)
  • May 8 – ELL Parent Meeting 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • May 9th Science Field Day at Lakeside Middle School
  • May 11- 5th Grade Promotion Pictures
  • May 11- Site Council Meeting at 2:00
  • May 11 – TK/Kindergarten Enrollment (2:30 – 7:00 in the MPR)
  • May 14 – New Student/Continuing Student Enrollment (2:30 – 7:00 in the MPR)
  • May 14 – Music in the Morning Concert (Gateway Gardens)
  • May 15- Music in the Moring and Chorus Concert in the MPR 7:00 pm
  • May 21- 5th Grade End of Year Gala Concert in the MPR 7:00 pm
  • May 22 – Design Thinking Challenge Due – Build a Better Birdhouse for Mrs. Rasmussen
  • May 27- Restaurant Night TBD
  • May 29 - Volunteer Breakfast – Please join us for Friday Flag
  • June 4 – Family Picnic and Math Night

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

ELL PARENTS:  There will be an English Language Learner Parent Meeting on Friday, May 8th. It will be in Room 101 at 7:00-7:30 A.M. The items to be discussed include; CELDT, reclassification and English learning opportunities during the summer. 

DESIGN THINKING CHALLENGE:  Highland Ranch is developing creativity in our students by giving them real world problems, that need real solutions.  Our first challenge to our students is Build a Better Bird House for Mrs. Rasmussen.   Please see the attached flyer for information on the Design Thinking Challenge and then let your creativity flow!

RUN FOR THE RANCH AND DEVELOP GOOD CHARACTER!  We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major fundraiser!  This will take the place of our annual Run for the Ranch.   The Apex program will be with our students from April 27th through May 14th teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school.  Please look in your child’s folder and e-mails that will be sent to you from your teachers as the fun run gets nearer.    Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness.  During the Apex Fun Run, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on May 6th to help our school.  Students will run for 30 minutes and will run average 26-36 laps, with the maximum amount of laps being 36 (each lap is 1/16th of a mile).  Sponsors can pledge $1/lap, $2/lap, $5/lap, or any other amount for students.  All participants will receive an access code that allows you to enter pledges online.  All students will receive Apex bands, race-day lap counters, and team awards.  We will need your help in the following four ways:

Help connect your child to potential sponsors and help them acquire pledges from family, friends and contacts. Ask your child about the “Apex Extreme” character lessons, and download the “Apex Fun Run” App! Come to the Apex Fun Run and don’t forget to invite others to attend our fun-filled community event. Help volunteer for the race!  We need a few parents to help cheer on students and mark laps.

Thank you again for continued support, and we are excited to begin this journey with you!

WRITE ON!  The San Marcos Writing Project invites students entering grades two through six to participate in a Writers Workshop!  You will have a great time with your friends learning how to draft, share, revise, and publish your writing.   The dates are July 27 to 31st from 8:30 to 11:30, and it’s right here at Highland Ranch.  Your child should have brought home a bright red flyer, but if not, please email Mrs. Lachel at clachel@powayusd.com for more information!  Hope to see you there!


 YEARBOOK –Don't wait until the last minute to buy your yearbook. Each family also has the option to personalize 2 pages in your child's yearbook.   All yearbooks need to be ordered online they will NOT be sold at school. The deadline to order and have your child's book delivered to them at school is April 29th. You can to  www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter school code  1013489799753947 to order.   


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!

Thank you to all of the volunteers and to the families for supporting International Night. We really appreciate your support!

Teacher Appreciation Week: Details for Teacher Appreciation Week (5/4-5/8) are available at the PTA Website.There are a couple dozen doors around campus that require decorating in addition to the teacher doors (ELL, Science RM, ASD rooms, etc.).If you are interested in decorating one of the other doors on campus please sign-up for an available door ASAP at: http://vols.pt/poV7mz

Run for the Ranch: As you have probably noticed we are in full swing with collecting pledges for our run.  The actual race day will be next Wednesday, and we need your help to count laps!  Please click on the link below to sign up for one or more spots.  Thank you for all of your help!

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.  Please sign up for Apex Fun Run!  Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/mp6ibt  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!  Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Officer and Board member positions for the 2015-2016 school year will be voted on at this coming Monday’s meeting. We know Highland Ranch is full of wonderful parents who have so much to offer this important organization.  Getting involved with the board is a great way to have input on how this organization will support the students of Highland Ranch Elementary in the future. We are looking for people to fill the following positions: 

Co-President Secretary Paralegal/Legal Counsel Webmaster Stallion Stampede Co-Chair Spring Auction/Gala Chair Fall Campaign Chair Grant writer

If you are interested in, or would like more information about a Foundation position please contact Prasad@highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org ASAP.

The next Foundation meeting will be Monday, May 4th at 7:00 pm in the school library, all are invited to attend!

HOT OFF THE PRESS - Check out the May/June issue of 92128, which just arrived in mailboxes this week!  The HREF Gatsby Gala is featured on page 48 with a recap of the night and some beautiful pictures of staff and other familiar faces from our awesome school community!