January 2023


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,

We hope you enjoyed your winter break and that you also spent it with loved ones healthy and safe. Thank you to all of our families who assisted with our December family event, Pictures with Santa. It was a wonderful for our students and families.

We also launchd the year with Miles of Smiles, a free dental service for all of our scholars. Many children were able to receive the dental sealant service at no cost to families.

Success at Highgrove

Our scholars came back from winter break ready to continue learning. We are very proud of them!

  • TK and Kindergarten continue to develop their early reading skills with letters, sounds and blending. They are also learning to write one complete sentence with details. In math they are learning all about measurement.
  • First grade is learning to blend and segment sounds in longer words and are building their oral comprehension skills as their teachers engage them with read alouds. They of course are also writing one paragraph on topic with details.
  • Second grade is working on expanding their writing into paragraphs on topic and with details. In math they are building fluency up to twenty.
  • Third grade is working on multiple paragraphs and developing stronger independent reading fluency skills. In math they continue to work on multiplication.

More to come next month!

Attendance Always Matters

Perfect attendance for December

Congratulations to the 214 scholars who had perfect attendance for the month of December. These scholars came to school everyday in December and arrived on time, 8:10 am. They have received their December brag tag and will be receiving a lunch treat.

At School Everyday and on Time!

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 December, our overall daily attendance rate reached 91%; our goal is 97%. We understand that many students were out ill due to colds and other factors. However, it is important that all parents make a huge effort to ensure students are at school every day and on time. We will continue to hold Student Attendance Review Team meetings to assist parents with student school attendance challenges.

Our doors open at 7:40 am for students to arrive and have breakfast. The first bell rings at 8:05 am for students to line up and at 8:10, the instructional bell rings to begin learning. When our students arrive after 8:10, they miss critical minutes of social and emotional and academic learning. Just imagine arriving to class at 8:13 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 7:40 am and 8:05 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: https://bit.ly/NEUHighgrove. 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.


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Courage and Resilience

At NEU Highgrove, we pride ourselves on how well our students learn and demonstrate TERRIFIC Character. For the month of December we focused on Caring.

For the month of January, we will model, teach and practice Courage and Resilience with our scholars.

Courage is:

  • doing the right thing even if it is difficult.

Resilience is:

  • the ability to bounce back from adversity.

At home, please join us in teaching and modeling to our scholars these character trait.

We will recognize scholars for these two traits at the end of the month. Teachers will send out invitations to the parents of the students who will be recognized at our virtual assemblies.

I am Courage

I Am Courage

RUSD LCAP Meetings


All of the meetings are open to ALL parents/guardians - We want to hear your voice! Hope you can join us!

Jan 17 (Tues) - Ramona High School (5:30pm to 6:30pm)

Jan 23 (Mon) - Poly High School (5:30pm to 6:30pm)

Jan 31 (Tues) - North High School (5:30pm to 6:30pm)

Feb 7 (Tues) - Arlington High School (5:30pm to 6:30pm)

Feb 13 (Mon) - King High School (5:30pm to 6:30pm)

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Celebrate and Remember

Monday, January 16, 2023 is our National Holiday to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here at Highgrove we are sharing the history of this great American with our scholars. We hope you enjoy this holiday remembering the many contributions Dr. King brought to our country to ensure our civil rights. Here are a few resources you can share with your child and family.
Dr. King


Parent Involvement

School Site Council

Our next School Site Council Meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2023 at 2:45 in our parent room. We will be discussing our Comprehensive School Safety Plan.

English Learners' Advisory Committee

Our next English Learners' Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for January 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm in our Parent Room. We will be sharing with our families resources for the home on how to support our students' academic and social-emotional wellness.

PTA Meeting

We invite all of our families to join PTA. We will have our next meeting January 23 at 4:30 pm in our parent room. A flyer will go out this week.