HPE Weekly Newsletter
Week of January 22
No School on Friday
There is no school on Friday, January 26. Our staff are using this day as a professional development day.
HPE’s Community Night: Stories, Music, and Games!
Save the Date!
What: This event is an opportunity to celebrate the many cultures and traditions that make up our school community of our families at HPE, and an opportunity to be together in community.
When: January 30, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Highland Park Elementary (1700 Saunders Ave St. Paul, MN 55116)
Who: HPE students, parents, families and friends
Do you have a collection of stories, music or games that represent your family tradition, culture and/or childhood that you would like to share? If so, consider signing up to participate by completing this form.
Want to donate money to help provide food and entertainment? Please use this link or send money to the school office. https://square.link/u/tDBqUt2N
HPE PTA and International Night Planning Committee
Please join us for Highland Park Elementary’s National African American Parent Involvement Day* (NAAPID) on Monday, February 12, 2024.
7:15 – 7:50 AM:
Enjoy coffee, light refreshments and social time hosted by Principal Severns, in the gym. Please enter the building through the main entrance to sign in before proceeding to the gym.
7:50 – 9:10 AM:
Visit your child’s classroom and participate in their learning
To request an interpreter or schedule transportation to this event, call the school office at 651-293-8770 by Thursday, February 8.
Families are welcome to visit Highland Park Elementary at another time that works better with their schedule. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to set up an alternate date and time to visit and participate in your child’s learning.
*National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) started in 1996. It was started by Joseph Dulin, a longtime school principal in Michigan after he attended the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. He was inspired by a speaker at the event who challenged the men in the crowd to go back to their communities and do more.
Enrollment Information for 2024-2025
Families with children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2024 can apply now for the Highland Park Elementary (HPE) Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program for next fall. Children who will be 5 by September 1, 2024 can apply for Kindergarten. The deadline for applying is Friday, February 23, 2024.
If your child is currently enrolled in grades Pre-K to Grade 4 at HPE you do not need to apply for next year. All students in grades Pre-K to Grade 4 will automatically have a spot at HPE for next year.
The district mailed letters to families of fifth graders to let you know in which middle school your child has a reserved seat for the upcoming school year. The middle school assignments are based on the family address. If you are planning to have your child attend that middle school, you do not need to take any action. You will receive a letter in the spring with information about how to register your student for classes at their middle school. If you want your 5th grader to attend a different SPPS middle school or if you do not live within the City of Saint Paul, you will need to complete an application.
Attending open house events is a great way to learn more about SPPS middle school options. For a complete list of middle school open houses, visit spps.org/openhouses.
The 2024-2025 School Choice Priority Enrollment deadline for grades Pre-K – 12 is Friday, February 23, 2024. Applying by the deadline is the best way to ensure your child is enrolled in your school of choice. To apply, you can complete an online application at apply.spps.org or call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760. If you have questions about the application process, please visit Student Placement Center or call 651-632-3760.
WIDA ACCESS Testing
The ACCESS test for English language students is coming up. See below for more information.