NEU Highgrove Newsletter

May 2022

Success at NEU Highgrove

We exist to serve the whole child, with a focus on building 21st century skills in order for ALL scholars to be productive and world ready citizens.

Dear Highgrove Families,

April has gone by quickly and now we are into May and only three and a half weeks from ending this amazing and challenging school year.

Thank you for joining us at our Open House, it was an amazing event. Seeing you enjoy your children's experience was a pleasure to witness.

Our amazing teachers have made a tremendous impact on our scholars' academic and social-emotional well-being this year. I am proud to work alongside these educators. Please help our students celebrate all of our teachers on May 11, 2022. Your students may write a thank you card, draw a thank you picture or share a small gift of gratitude.

Traffic Safety and Southern California Gas Co construction work

The safety of our students and staff is our priority. We expect all of our parents and visitors to abide by traffic rules and common courtesy when dropping off and picking up students. Please park and walk to the gates to pick up your child. There is no parking between the small fence and parking spots. The curb is painted red and there are "No Parking" signs on the fence. The Handicapped parking spots are just for those with a visible Handicapped Placard. There is also no parking in the white lined areas. We will be asking law enforcement to help us keep everyone safe. Thank you for your help.

Southern California Gas Co. has informed us that they will be conducting construction down Center St. Construction on Center St, between Iowa Ave and Oriole Ave, is estimated to start on March 21, 2022 and to conclude in June 2022. The School Zone work hours are 9:00am – 2:30pm.

The company has shared the following, "You may notice an odor of natural gas." To perform this work safely, the operation may require a controlled release of natural gas. We encourage anyone who has concerns to call us at 1-800-427-2200. We are available 24. hours a day, seven days a week."

Please do not hesitate to call the company for any questions or concerns you have regarding their project.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress CAASPP

Our 3rd through 6th grade students have completed the ELA portion of the state exams and next week they will be taking the math portion of the assessment. Please ensure your child is at school on time, 7:40 am. Testing will take place Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

We want our students to feel prepared to take these exams, so we ask that you ensure your child goes to bed early and has breakfast. We have breakfast for all of our students starting at 7:15 a.m., so you may of course drop off your student at that time to enjoy breakfast at school.

Attendance Matters for Scholars' Success

Our scholars' time in class is a significant factor for their success. It is important for our students to arrive on time to school and stay the entire school day. For the month of April, our overall daily attendance rate reached 91%; we maintained attendance.

We are setting our May goal to reach 93%. With your support, our scholars' daily attendance will be 93% or higher. Please make every effort for your scholar to be at school every day.

Our doors open at 7:15 am for students to arrive and have breakfast. The first bell rings at 7:40 am for students to line up and at 7:45 the instructional bell rings to begin learning. When our students arrive after 7:45, they miss critical minutes of social and emotional and academic learning.

Just imagine arriving to class at 7:48 everyday, that is three missed minutes of learning for 180 days; this ends up being 9 hours of engaged learning lost. Please ensure your student(s) arrives to school between 7:15 am and 7:40 am so they engage in learning 100% of the day.

If your scholar is absent, please call our office at (951) 788-7296 to report his/her absence. For your convenience, we have also added an online form for you to report absences, please go to

Link: This form is also available on our website.

In addition, reach out to his/her teacher to learn about what was missed in class and how the student can make up the learning. Many times, the student can find all of the assignments in their Google Classroom.

TERRIFIC Character Counts Every Day

At NEU Highgrove, we pride ourselves in how well our students learn and demonstrate TERRIFIC Character. For the month of April our scholars learned and practiced Good CITIZENSHIP.

For the month of May, we will focus on WONDER.

  • Wonder is to stop and say: “Wow!

  • Wonder is to marvel at mystery, to stand in awe before the unexplained.

  • Wonder is to delight in beauty and mystery.

  • Wonder is the first step on the path to knowledge

We ask that you teach and demonstrate this trait to your student at home as we will do the same at Highgrove.

We will recognize scholars for this trait on May 20, 1st - 5th grade; May 23 for kindergarten, and May 24 for 6th grade. Teachers will send out invitations for the virtual assemblies.

6th grade Promotion and Kinder Celebration

Parents, please mark your calendars for our In-person Kinder Celebration and 6th grade Promotion!

May 23 Kinder Celebration In-Person starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. A letter will go home this week.

May 24 6th grade Promotion In-Person starting promptly at 8:30 am. A letter went home with students on Monday, April 4, detailing our event.

2022-2023 School Year Hours

Starting next school year, 2022-2023, Highgrove's hours will change to the following:

  • Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays: First Bell will ring at 8:05 am and instruction will begin promptly at 8:10 am. Dismissal will be at 2:30 pm.
  • Wednesdays: First bell will ring at 8:05 am and instruction will begin promptly at 8:10 am. Dismissal will be at 1:15 pm.

These changes are occurring due to the start times for our middle schools and high schools changing to be in compliance with Senate Bill 328.

NEU Highgrove Counseling Corner

At Highgrove Elementary, we are fortunate to have two counselors who work together to help students in all areas of their life such as, academic, social and emotional, as well as to prepare them for college because they are all COLLEGE BOUND!

Our names are Vanessa Hurtado and Nidia Parra. Parents and Guardians please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns or would like your student to receive counseling. Our contact information will be below. Thank you!

Highgrove Phone number: (951)788-7296

Vanessa Hurtado, MSW LCSW, Student Assistance Program Counselor

Extension: 42249 Email:

Nidia Parra, M.A. Ed, Multi-Tier System of Support Counselor


Health and Safety


For all Health and Safety updates, please visit Riverside Unified School District's website at

2022-2023 Tk/Kindergarten Registration


We are excited to open registration for our future TK and Kinder HERO Huskies, 2022-2023. This coming year, children who will have their fifth birthday between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023 will qualify for Transitional Kindergarten.

Registration will begin the week of March 28, 2022. We have available registration packets in our office and the documents are also available on our website for you to download. Please visit our website at You will also find directions for how to make a registration appointment.

Community Construction starting in July 2022

Lennar Homes of California has recently informed Highgrove that it will soon begin a community housing project across from Highgrove Elementary. Please read the letter below for more information and directly contact Lennar for any questions you may have.

Letter from Lennar Homes of California

English Learners' Advisory Committee

Monday, May 2nd, 8:30-10:30am

This is an online event.

Minimum Day

Friday, May 13th, 11:15am

690 Center Street

Riverside, CA