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Piper Post- March 17, 2023

Article Date: Mar 17, 2023

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March 27-31- Spring break

Principals letter:

Dear Highland Families;

It’s safe to say that time change really hurt us! The number of students arriving after the second bell jumped dramatically this week, so I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to revisit those morning and night time routines with your children. A good morning routine starts with a good night time routine. Use an arrival time range of 7:35-7:40 and then work backward to determine your “out-the-door” time, breakfast, teeth brushing, etc. Write it down, review it as a family and post it.

If you are arriving at or after 7:45 please plan on parking and walking your child through the office. We don’t like to close the gate on any of you, however we are contributing to the problem of tardiness when we keep it open. It’s causing a lot of missed attendance marks and miscommunications between the classrooms, the office and home. We know it can be really inconvenient to make that extra trip to the office, but the hope is that inconvenience prompts a change to get here prior to the 7:45 bell. Our teachers would really appreciate the collective effort as it is definitely impacting their instructional day.

This is the last week for the lottery for Kindergarten students! If you have a younger sibling coming to our school next year, please be sure to complete the application and enrollment.

We have one more week until spring break and after that there will be a lot of fun and exciting events at school and in the community. While this is a lot of fun, it can also add stress to our bodies and minds (kids and parents) and sometimes our bodies don’t know the difference between the good stress and the bad stress. It’s good to be aware of all the different pulls on our time, so you can try to build in some breaks and pauses.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe.


Brian Kissell

Highland garden club:

Highland's Garden Club is selling hanging flower baskets to help us break ground on our new beautiful courtyard garden & outdoor classroom. Baskets are available for purchase through this link If you need more information on the Garden Cub and our fundraiser, please visit the Enrichment page on the PTO website Our fundraiser will go through May 1st and baskets will be delivered to Highland for pick-up on May 6th (just in time for Mother's day!) Spread the word to your friends & family to help us sell 261 more baskets! If you have questions, please reach out to Jessica Bentley at [email protected]

Yearbooks for sale!

Get yours today to take advantage of free compton pages in your child's yearbook! Tree ring offers FREE custom pages, If you order before April 12 you can get your custom pages in before the deadline of April 13. Last day to order a yearbook and have them delivered to school is May 11. We will not have extras for sale this year at the office :)

From the PTO:

Friday, April 21st (4:30-6:30pm) BIKE NIGHT! Get your family ready for the warmer weather: bring your bike(s) to the Highland playground for an evening of bike-or-ific excitement!

Friday, May 12th (5-7pm) CARNIVAL: The much anticipated EVENT OF THE YEAR - PTO's second annual Spring Carnival!

** If you (or someone you know) wants to donate an item to this year’s raffle, please email Taelor and Cory at [email protected] **

To stay up to date with Highland PTO, keep reading the Piper Post, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and please sign up for emails by emailing [email protected]

Choice Options School Lottery is OPEN. Here's What You Need to Know!

If your student is currently enrolled at Highland and you live within the Bend LaPine School Boundary (CLICK), you do not need to do anything to remain at Highland for the 2023-2024 school year.

All Incoming 2023-2024 Kindergarten Siblings:

Please fill out an online lottery application TODAY to ensure your spot at Highland Elementary School. Siblings have first priority in the lottery process, but only if an online application form is submitted. CLICK to submit your application today.

Kindergarten lottery application deadline is 3 pm March 24th

A Note from the Nurse

Please see this important message from the Bend Lapine school Director of Health Services

We are seeing lots of bugs going around school and wanted to remind our community of the general guidelines for keeping your kids at home when they are sick:

General Guidelines:

Vomit/ diarrhea- Need to stay home for 48 hours after the last event.

Fever- Needs to be fever free without fever reducing medications for a full 24 hours before returning to school

Cough/ runny nose/ cold symptoms- We recommend staying at home until your student is feeling better and symptoms are greatly improved.

Eye redness/drainage- Say home until symptoms resolve or are seen by medical professional and started treatment

Thank you for your help! Let's try to keep our campus healthy this cold and flu season!

For more information on when to keep your kid at home please check out this document (click)

FAN - Family Access Network

If you are struggling with food, clothing, housing, medical, dental, school supplies, utilities and more, help is available. Eilean Karpstein is our amazing, confidential FAN advocate. You can reach her at (541) 355-1858.

CLICK to learn more about FAN.