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Highland Newsletter - October 4, 2019

The 4/5 Classes are on the Oregon Trail

Article Date: Oct 04, 2019

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 10/05 - Bend Fire Department Open House, 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Monday, 10/07 - Friday, 10/11 - Find answers to Firebuster Worksheet

Tuesday, 10/08 - General PTO Meeting in Library, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 10/08 - Mileage Club at Recess, 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10/10 - Mileage Club at Recess, 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10/17 - Firebuster Worksheet Due for chance to WIN a BIKE

Thursday, 10/17 - Safe Touch Parent Information Meeting in Library, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, 10/18 - Assembly in the gym, 8:15 a.m.

Friday, 10/18 - Fall Festival in the Gym, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Please click HERE to view the full Highland calendar


Principal Letter

Dear Highland Families,

There is a lot happening in the next several weeks and this newsletter (like every newsletter) is full of all the details you need to know! Be sure to keep yourself up-to-speed.

Area Attendance Review

I want to focus your attention on the upcoming boundary changes for both the high schools and middle schools. Please do not miss your opportunities to be informed and provide input on this difficult process. This is an incredibly challenging process and change is inevitable. Change can bring out some emotional responses, so I would encourage you as representatives of our Highland community to bring composure, empathy and respect for all to any of the public input sessions. The following link will take you to the page for more information: Attendance Area Review 2018-2020.


If you are interested in learning about the Safe TOUCH curriculum, please be sure to join us in the library on Thursday, October 17, at 5:30 p.m.. Safe TOUCH curriculum is designed to keep students safe from abuse with age-appropriate lessons. I can provide a quick overview of both the “why” and “how” we provide this content for our students.

Litter Alert

This may seem a little trivial, however, the appearance of our campus is really important to me, so I am hopeful I can get some help with this issue. There’s been an uptick of litter left behind on campus each day. If you have children in the after school sports practicing on our field, please help spread the word that the field and playground need to be left litter-free. The other more serious issue is an increase in vaping accessories found on our playground. If you notice these items, please dispose of them right away. Apparently, these are the new cigarette butts in our variety of litter!

Morning Drop Off

We are improving with the morning drop-off; however, we still have approximately 20 to 25 students running in after the 8:00 a.m. bell. If you find yourself in this group, or you happen to see Brad frequently holding the gate open for you, then please try to move your morning timeline up by 5 minutes (maybe reset your clocks without telling your kids). You will make your life easier and you will make your child’s transition into the classroom much easier. Keep up the great work!


Brian Kissell


Walking the Oregon Trail - 4/5 Classes

Coat and Boot Drive...

It is time for the annual Highland Coat and Boot Drive. This is an opportunity to give warm winter clothing to students and their families through the FAN Advocates in the Bend La Pine School District. Please bring in new or gently used items such as: coats, boots, hats, gloves and warm clothing of all sizes. Bring donations by Wednesday, 10/22. Look for the 3 big boxes in the Highland hallways!

(In addition to warm items, FAN is always in need of small size underwear.)

FAN - Family Access Network

Opening doors to hope, help and new possibilities.

Get Connected to: Food, Clothing, Housing, Medical, Dental, School Supplies, Utility Assistance, and More.

Highland’s FAN Advocate: Eilean Karpstein, (541) 355-1858

If you and your family have a need, please contact Eilean. Click for more information.

Every Kid Outdoors:

If you have a 4th Grader, you want to read about this amazing program for FREE Entrance to Public Lands! CLICK for more information regarding the program. CLICK to view Press Release.

PTO Parent Speaker Series:

Monday, November 18th, 5:30-7:30 pm, Highland Library

Enjoy Your Kids More and Stress Less!

Presented by: Trish Wilkinson, co-author of Brain Stages

Join Trish Wilkinson to find out how the latest brain research can help you boost your children's brainpower as well as their emotional intelligence. You'll discover easy tweaks to your routine and fun, simple activities that can make a huge difference! Questions: [email protected]


A Message from Central Oregon Fire Prevention Co-Op:

The Central Oregon Fire Prevention Co-Op and our sponsors would like to invite you to participate in our annual FIREBUSTERS fire and life safety program. Please be watching for a Firebuster Worksheet coming home soon. All participants will get a free McDonald’s ice cream cone and a chance to WIN A BIKE!

College Day is Friday, November 22 - Mark your Calendar

We are excited to see all of your school spirit, creative ideas and variety of colleges represented. Students and staff are encouraged to participate. Bring out the old college sweatshirts!

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Lost and Found - PLEASE CHECK

The Lost and Found is overflowing. Please stop by the lost and found, located near the cafeteria, and claim your belongings.

A Message from Highland PTO:

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Friday, October 18 - 5:30 - 7:30pm

Wear your costume (no masks or weapons) and enjoy some family fun at the annual Fall Festival in the Highland School Gym & Courtyard! There will be lots of games and entertainment for the kids, as well as great raffle items and pizza and snacks available for purchase.

Fall Fest is a fun volunteer opportunity for Highland families. There are many ways to get involved!

Raffle Donations

We are collecting raffle donations for our Fall Festival raffle prizes. If you have a business or know of a business that would like to donate, please contact Rebecca Alstott or Constance Botelho.

Volunteer at the Fall Festival

From assisting with games and helping with concessions to set-up or clean-up, there are many ways to participate in this great event! Older children are welcome to sign-up and help run the games with an adult.

Click here to Volunteer!

Thank you for your continued support!

District Message:

Please CLICK to view the 2019-2020 Annual Notice for Statewide Tests.