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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 ~ August 22, 2014

Welcome back!  This will be the first of my weekly Ranch Round Ups!    This week, Back to School Night was an incredible opportunity for me to meet many new people.  We are definitely a wonderful school and I am proud to be a part of the Stallion team.   My goal is to communicate information in these weekly emails, as well as keep you updated on school events.     

Traffic improvements made for your child’s safety!  Thank you to parents who have been following the process of the “moving” loop by ESS.  Once students begin arriving on the white curb, you will be instructed to circle the loop until your child is sitting on the curb.   Remember to pull to the right hand side to pick up your child, and pass on the left (interior) of the loop to continue circling or exit the loop once you’ve picked your child up.

Music in the Morning

Once again Highland Ranch will offer extracurricular music programs outside of school hours.  First and second grade students are invited to participate in Music in the Morning at 7:20 AM on Thursday mornings. Music in the Morning is a general music class.  The goals will be to introduce children to music, encourage the children to sing with confidence, teach rudimentary music reading and simply enjoy music.  Music selections will tend toward American folk music.  First and second graders will be dismissed directly to school at the morning bell.  Third, fourth and fifth graders are invited to join the Highland Ranch Chorus.  Chorus will practice after school on Thursday afternoons.  Parents are asked to pick students up immediately after rehearsal at 2:30 PM as we have no mechanism for post-practice child care.  ESS students will be sent directly to ESS.  In contrast to Music in the Morning, the Highland Ranch Chorus is a performing group.  The primary goal of this group is to teach students to present themselves in front of an audience with poise and confidence.  The group will sing selections in many different styles and from different cultures.  Both groups will practice in the multipurpose room and participate in an early December concert and a concert in May.  Other activities will be scheduled depending on available opportunities and how quickly the children learn.

    For 2014-2015 these music groups will again be directed by Tom Burkey.  He is a parent volunteer who started the Highland Ranch Chorus while his daughter was a student at our school.  Tom holds music degrees from both The Ohio State University and Arizona State University.  Participation in both music groups will be FREE for this school year although we will need to hold some type of fund raiser for this practice to continue.  The chorus receives no school funds and must rely on donations.  We also ask for parent volunteers to sign students into Music in the Morning and Chorus at each practice.  The extra set of eyes really helps with crowd control.  Volunteer signup sheets will be posted at the first practice of both groups.

     Both Chorus and Music in the Morning will start on Thursday September 4th.  Enrollment and rehearsal etiquette forms may be found on the school website.  We ask that you print these forms and return them to your classroom teacher no later than Friday August 29th.  Parents are always welcome to attend practice and listen to your children sing.  Please feel free to call the school office or contact Mr. Burkey (858-521-8414 or highlandranchchorus@hotmail.com ) with questions.

COMMON EXPECTATIONS:  Ask your children about some common expectations we went over this week:  Walking in the Hallways, After School Dismissal, and the Character Pillars (Trustworthy, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship).  For the first 20 days, we will revisit our school’s common expectations daily!   Next week, we will be having Character Assemblies to review all the pillars.  Please see the Student Handbook attached for more information.


The Highland Ranch Educational Foundation wants to welcome everyone back to the new school year.   Our mission is to raise funds to enhance educational curriculum for all students at Highland Ranch.

Starting Monday, August 25th, we are kicking off our Fall Campaign.  Our goal this year will be to help reduce the effects of increasing class sizes by supporting HRES with additional staffing and/or technology.  Possible examples include bringing back teacher aids, hiring an impact teacher, purchasing iPads/Chrome Books, etc.  If every family donates $150 in this Fall Campaign we can reach these goals. Check your child’s backpack for the envelope that shows the different levels at which you can donate. 

Jamba Juice will be sold after school, outside each gate, every Wednesday for $2 a smoothie.  The Foundation earns a portion of the proceeds from every smoothie sold.

Please plan to attend our first Foundation meeting of the year.  It will be held Sept. 8th in the school library at 7 PM.  All parents and staff are encouraged to attend.  Come learn what the Foundation is doing and how to get involved.

‪Please visit our NEW website www.highlandrancheducationalfoundation.org.  You will find information on the Fall Campaign and different options for how to make your donation (either through PayPal, mail in, or check)


PTA Packets will be sent home today! We worked really hard over the summer to get these packets ready for you. Please disregard the school year mistakes. On the welcome back letter Andrea Burgan is listed as the Foundation President. Liz Campos and Prasad Herur are the new Foundation Presidents for this year. In these packets you will find info on how to become a member and make donations and also info on what exactly the PTA does and how you can get involved! There is an Executive Board roster included in the packet so you can get in touch with the committee chairmen and board members. This list changes throughout the year when people move or new people sign up. The most up to date roster can be found on our website at http://hrespta2.wix.com/hrespta.

Please join PTA and become a member. We need you! If you get your membership in by September 12th you will be entered into a raffle at our Welcome back picnic on September 18th. We will raffle 4 admission tickets to the USS Midway Museum, 4 admission tickets to the San Diego Automotive Museum and a $20.00 gift card to Ralph's Carmel Mountain. Send in the membership envelope included in the packet or visit our web store at https://hrespta.myschoolcentral.com and sign up online. If you have any questions about membership please email Shona Wigley at hresmembershippta@gmail.com.

If you would like to be included in the directory this year, please send in the slip that was included in the packet or simply email hresdirectory@gmail.com with your Name, Student Name, Teacher, Grade, Email and phone number by September 12th. We are sending the directory out via email to only the people that send their information. Information that was in the directory last year was deleted so even if you signed up last year, please resend your information to be included.

Mark your calendars for the first PTA family event, our Welcome Back Picnic. Bring a picnic and have fun with your friends from 5-7pm on September 18th! Our first association meeting will be at this event at 6:00pm. We need your vote to approve our budget. So please join us! PTA will be set up on the blacktop and we will provide free lemonade and water. Bring a blanket to enjoy your picnic on in the grass and a ball to play if you'd like but please no bikes, scooters or pets!

PTA is happy to announce the opening of our web store, website and Facebook Fan Page! You will be able to purchase all things PTA through the web store. Memberships and direct donations are available at this time. Coming soon will be Howlapalooza tickets and Highland Ranch Spirit Wear! You can pay with your paypal account or with a credit card! Go Here https://hrespta.myschoolcentral.com to check it out! You can also find the link to our web store on our website at http://hrespta2.wix.com/hrespta. Don't forget to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/highlandranchpta.  

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 28th at 5:30pm. Christy Grider and Corey Blanton our chairmen of the Howlapalooza (our Fall Festival) will be hosting an information and volunteer sign-up meeting at the Highland Ranch Park that is next to the school. We are hoping to earn $10,000 this year so we need as many volunteers as possible. Please join us for the meeting and learn how you can help. We are aiming to include more community involvement so please invite your family members and neighbors. You will also see signs in your local businesses inviting the community to this fun family event!

In the packet, you will find info about our Non-Fundraiser/Fundraiser also known as Direct Donations. We are NOT selling any gift wrap or candy in the fall. Our Howlapalooza and this non fundraiser/fundraiser will be our only fall fundraiser. There will be a school wide reward if we reach our fundraising goal with our Non Fundraiser/Fundraiser and there will also be a reward for the highest earning class. More details will be sent out next week so STAY TUNED to the Highland Ranch Round-Up and visit our website at http://hrespta2.wix.com/hrespta regularly to stay connected to your PTA!



  • 27th- First PTA Board meeting-2-3:00pm School Library
  • 29th –Music in the Morning enrollment forms due


  • 1- Labor Day Holiday
  • 4th – Music in the Morning begins
  • 8th - Foundation Meeting Library
  • 17th- School Pics(Volunteer pics scheduled with make-ups on 24th) Board meeting 2-3 MPR
  • 18th- Back to School Picnic 5-7pm Association meeting at 6pm Field/lunch area
  • 24th-Restaurant Night
  • 22nd- Professional Growth Day-Non student day
  • 26th- Make-up Pictures/Volunteers/PTA/Foundations
  • 28th – Howlapalooza Planning at 5:30 at the park next to school

Check our website for more dates!