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Highland Newsletter - May 03, 2019

Theatre is CLOSED due to the Plague

Article Date: May 03, 2019

“Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself.” – Pat Summitt

Upcoming Events

Monday - Friday, May 6 - May 10 - Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 7 - PTO meeting at 3:30 in room 1 (Ms. Vickery’s room)

Thursday, May 16 - Screen Time & Your Child, PTO Parent Speaker Series, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the library

Friday, May 17 - Bike Night

Monday, May 20 - Kids Inc Registration Online at 5:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 21 - Move Up Day for 5th Graders (visit middle school)

Monday - Friday, May 20-24 - Variety Show Auditions before and after school

Monday - Friday, May 20-24, Unplugged Week

Friday, May 24 - Skate Party from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Cascade Indoor Sports

Friday, May 24 - Movie Night from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Highland gym

Principal’s Letter

Dear Highland Families;

Next week Highland students in grade three through five will begin their state standardized testing. Testing times will vary depending upon schedules but we expect to commit approximately 45 to 90 minutes each day, depending upon the test and grade level. The rest of the day will be fairly typical and it is a goal to make the experience just another academic task for our students’ day.

At the school level, Highland enjoys a really good track record in terms of performance on standardized tests. The results, combined with other standardized tests used throughout the year and our own classroom assessments, provide great evidence for the effectiveness of Storyline, our talented teaching staff and the hard work of our students.

On the individual level, results from these tests combined with other measures can help us identify students as Talented & Gifted (TAG). For students who struggle academically, the results can be used to support identification for special education to ensure they receive appropriate support to be successful in school.

I must be honest that I do find both the time commitment and the timing (May can be crazy!) of this testing very challenging. As teachers, we always have so much to do with our students at this time of year and testing is never on the top of those lists. It simply does not carry the same excitement, glamour or joy compared to all the other things we want to do. However, federal funds make up a critical source for every public school district budget in every state. Among many things, the use of a standardized assessment providing evidence for growth and progress is a requirement for federal funding.

I really appreciate you taking the time to read this and I wish you all a great weekend. Enjoy this wonderful weather!


Brian Kissell


The 2019 Pole Pedal Paddle art winner is Ellis B. from Highland Elementary School! Way to go Ellis. Great Job!

PTO Message

Staff Appreciation Week: May 6-10th

Let's come together to show our appreciation for our amazing Highland staff! Instead of individual gifts, PTO and Highland families have planned a week packed with ways to say thank you and celebrate all Highland staff members! We will have delicious meals, gifts, cards, flowers, daily gift raffles, and so much more!

How can you get involved?

1) Donate gift cards to our gift card drive for our daily staff raffles! Gift cards can be from anywhere! Ideas include local restaurants, spas, major retail chains, but the possibilities are endless! Gift cards can be dropped off in the tub in the office starting Monday, April 22nd. All donated gift cards will become a raffle item, and all staff members will win at least one raffle prize in the daily raffles.

2) Sign-Up to bring food for the staff! We have lunch planned for Monday 5/6, snack on Wednesday, 5/8, and breakfast on Friday 5/10. Sign-Up HERE!

3) Encourage your student to show their appreciation for the staff by participating in the suggested daily themes!

  • Monday, 5/6 - Find your own special way to help your teacher or a staff member.
  • Tuesday, 5/7 - Draw your teacher a picture to decorate their classroom.
  • Wednesday, 5/8 - Bring your teacher a flower. PTO will provide a vase for each teacher.
  • Thursday, 5/9 - Write a staff member a special note. Staff members include: office staff, nurse, educational aides, lunch, PE library and custodial staff.
  • Friday, 5/10 - Bring your teacher or a staff member a favorite snack.

Let's come together and show our staff how much we appreciate them!


Ms. Cross and students are in Antarctica

All School BBQ - Wednesday, May 29th

We invite parents/guardians and siblings to join our yearly outside school BBQ. This is a wonderful Highland tradition. Nutrition Service will be serving lunch on the playground.

In order to make this process as smooth as possible, we ask that you do two things:

1) Load your student’s nutrition services account with money for your student AND for all attending guests. https://blpay.bend.k12.or.us/ $2.75 Student / $4.00 Adult (If your child is on free and reduced lunch, please only load the guest(s) portion).

2) RSVP [email protected]. In order to make sure all guests receive a meal, we ask that you RSVP the number of additional guests attending.

Lunch Schedule for BBQ:

11:25 Howard

11:30 Therrian

11:35 Woock/Green

11:40 Vickery/Martinson

11:50 Eriksson

11:55 Reisinger

12:00 Chambers

12:05 Striegel

12:10 Hildebrand

12:15 Gross/Cross

12:20 Fetrow

12:25 Greene

Returning to Highland Next Year? Please let the front office know if you will not be attending Highland next year. We will assume you are planning to attend Highland Elementary School (unless you are going to middle school), if we do not hear from you.


Bike Safety in Ms. Eriksson's Class

District Message:

We want to personally invite you, our families, to join our staff as they March for Students after school on May 8.

March for Students Details

2:30 p.m.- Families are invited to park and walk alongside staff from one of the three rally points to the Education Center in downtown Bend: Bend Senior High School, Highland Magnet School or the northwest parking lot at Shops at The Old Mill District.


2:45 p.m. – Join us at the Education Center, across from the library in downtown Bend. We will be cheering on the groups of walkers as they begin to arrive from rally points around town.

We will have sign making materials, and thank you cards for staff available for you.

It looks like it will be a warm day, so plan to enjoy some ice cream and water, before the march begins.

3:15 p.m. – Speakers

3:45 p.m. - March begins through downtown Bend

4:30 p.m. - Event concludes

Attendees are encouraged to wear red.

Queremos invitar a ustedes, nuestras familias, a unirse a nuestros empleados mientras Marchan Por Los Estudiantes después de clases el 8 de mayo.

Detalles sobre la Marcha por los estudiantes—Bend

2:30 p.m.- Las familias están invitadas a estacionar sus carros y caminar con nuestros empleados desde uno de los tres puntos de partida de la manifestación hasta el Centro Educativo en el centro de Bend: La escuela preparatoria Bend High, la escuela primaria Highland, o el estacionamiento al noroeste de las tiendas del Old Mill.


2:45 p.m. – ¡Únanse a nosotros en el Centro Educativo, junto a la biblioteca pública en el centro de Bend. Echaremos porras a los que llegan caminando desde los varios puntos de partida.

Proporcionaremos materiales para hacer letreros y tarjetas de agradecimiento que las familias podrán regalar a los maestros.

Parece que será un día bonito, así que vengan para disfrutar de un helado y agua antes de la marcha.

3:15 p.m. – Discursos

3:45 p.m. – Comienza la marcha por el centro de Bend

4:30 p.m. – Se termina el evento

Se anima a los asistentes a que lleven puesto el color rojo.


Ms. Gross' Sunflowers

Variety Show Information:

Friday, 5/3 - Sign ups after school

Monday, 5/13 - Audition times/slips delivered to classroom teachers for distribution

Monday, 5/20 - Friday 5/24 - Auditions before and after school

Friday, 5/31 - Permission slips delivered to classroom teachers for distribution

Wednesday, 6/5 - Permission slips due to Ms. Greene

Friday, 6/7 - Music due to Ms. Greene

Sunday, 6/9 - Mandatory dress rehearsal at Highland (2-4pm)

Monday, 6/10 - Variety Show at Highland (5:30-7ish) - performers to arrive 5-5:15


Ms. Fetrow's Class

Important Dates:

All School BBQ (Families are invited to join their student(s) for a picnic lunch outside on the playground) - Wednesday, May 29

5th Grade Graduation - Wednesday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m. in the Highland Gym

Field Day (Students have fun playing field games for ½ the day) - Thursday, June 13

Last Day of School - Friday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m.