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A Note From The Principal


Welcome Back Highland Hawks!

Everybody in this school is smart and capable.  

2nd Grade Student, 2016

Dear Families,

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!  Each new school  year brings on feelings of excitement and anticipation and we are thrilled to be welcoming everyone back this year!  For children and  families that are new to Highland, we welcome you!  You are now officially a Highland Hawk!  


The purpose of this letter is to let families know about some of our new school-wide routines for all classrooms.  We hope that you will find this information helpful.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions!  We are looking forward to a great year!


School-Wide Theme

This year, we will be celebrating the theme of Rippling Kindness!  During the first few weeks of school, your child’s teacher will be reading a book entitled, Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson.  My favorite quote from the book is, “Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.”  Our hope is that we encourage children, staff, and families to center conversations around the concept of Rippling Kindness out into the world!


Class Dojo

This year, we are utilizing ClassDojo to encourage important REACH skills. ClassDojo is a teacher communication tool that can be used via email or a smartphone app.  It is the easiest way for you to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding his/her conduct.  You will receive an invitation to your child’s class Dojo account at meet the teacher night.  Please use this invitation to connect with your child’s teacher.  While this is a great communication tool, please understand that our teachers are busy during the school day teaching students and meeting during their planning period, therefore teachers will not be able to respond immediately to questions via the Dojo app.  Any transportation changes will still need to be communicated via a note in the morning or a phone call to the office by 2pm.  Your child’s teacher will provide you with specific information regarding the use in his/her classroom this year!  For general information, please visit the Classdojo website:  www.classdojo.com/LearnMore.  Other arrangements will be made if parents do not have access to email or a smartphone.  


Daily 5

In reading instruction, every classroom will be utilizing the “Daily 5" structure for instruction.  The purpose of this literacy structure is to allow your child to concentrate fully on his/her learning.  The Daily 5 teaches independence and gives children in kindergarten through fifth grade the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing.  It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually:  1) read to self, 2) work on writing, 3) read to someone, 4) listen to reading, and 5) word work.  The children also begin working on building their stamina until they are successful at being independent while doing each task. Soon your child will be talking about “the Daily 5” at home!  


Once all five tasks have been introduced and the children are fully engaged in reading and writing, teachers will be able to work with small groups and confer with children one-on-one.  One thing you may notice is a decrease in the number of worksheets your child brings home.  Although worksheets keep students busy, they don’t often result in the high level of learning we want for your child.  During the first several days of school, we hope that you will ask your child about the Daily 5 and help us make this a great year for creating a love of learning!


Dismissal Car Rider Line/Procedures

As an additional safety measure, we will now be requiring ALL cars to have a Highland-issued Car Rider Tag for any students who will be picked up via our car rider line.  Any cars who do NOT have a Highland-issued Car Rider Tag will be directed to park and walk into our front office and wait until 3pm for release of students.  This also includes all students who will be picked up in our daycare car rider line.  Also remember that students who need to be picked up early from school for appointments must be checked out of the office prior to 2:15 pm to avoid safety concerns during dismissal.  Please plan to pick up your child before 2:15 pm when necessary.  Parents may not park and check-out a student during dismissal.  

 

In order to receive a car rider tag, please visit the Highland website and register.   Each family who registers will be issued two Car Rider Tags.  If more are needed, they can be purchased for a nominal fee of $2 at our front office.  ID will be required in order to purchase additional Car Rider Tags.   

 

Yoga Hawks

Sasha Denham, third grade teacher, participated in the Alamance Burlington Teacher Leadership Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.  Through this program she was awarded a grant through Impact Alamance that provides optional yoga and mindfulness training for Highland staff through the program “Yoga 4 Classrooms.”  Many of our classroom teachers have taken the training and will be utilizing Yoga strategies throughout their instructional day.  Yoga and mindfulness helps to increase emotional control, self- regulation, attention and motivation in the classroom environment.  We are very excited to see the positive impact this program will have on our students!  For more information about this new and exciting program, please visit the Yoga 4 Classrooms  website: www.yoga4classrooms.com.

 

See you soon!

The staff has been very busy preparing for the children.  I am looking forward to another great year with the students, staff, and families at Highland.  

 

See you soon!

 

Mrs. Wroblewski

Principal                              



A Note From The Assistant Principal


Greetings Hawks!

Dear Highland Families,

Welcome back!  We are excited that your child will be here at Highland this year.  As we look forward to the new school year, I want to update you on bus information for the year.  

Buses

We have 5 buses that transport about 350 students to and from school every day. We are fortunate to have 5 excellent drivers that treat the safety and well-being of your students as their number one priority.  Please be patient with our drivers as they learn their routes and make necessary adjustments. It is important to always allow at least a 15-minute window for drop-off and pickup.

-Bus routes are established by the transportation department, not the school or the driver.

-Per ABSS Board Policy: no daycare transportation is provided. Students cannot be dropped off at a babysitter’s or relative’s house for the purpose of childcare. All students will be dropped off at their residence. 

I look forward to a great year!


Sincerely,

Erin Millspaugh
Assistant Principal
Highland Elementary School
erin_millspaugh@abss.k12.nc.us