Husky Update for Nov. 29, 2021

News for our Highline Community Elementary School

From Principal Sanchez-Hart

Hello Highline Families,

As we enter into December, it is always a busy time of year at home and at school! We have many after school activities for our families to attend. This week I hope to see you at the PTCO meeting Tuesday, Nov. 30 starting at 4:30 pm. We will get to hear information about the new STRIDE health clinic opening on the Overland/Prairie Campus! It is an amazing facility that will service our community with preventative health care for all ages. If you can't join me in the evening, I will also host my Coffee with the Principal. Please bring any questions or ideas you would like to chat about on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:40 am. Finally, I hope you can join me, Ms. Ruiz, and Mrs. Quintana in our first in-person PASS event on December 9th. We will hold to sessions: one in the morning from 8:00-9:30 am and one in the evening from 5:30-7:00 pm.


  • November 30 PTCO hosting information from the district STRIDE clinic opening on the Prairie & Overland Campus - Child Care will be Provided
  • December 1 - Spelling Bee 9:00 am - Virtual Event LINK
  • December 2 - Coffee with the Principal at 7:40-8:15 am in the Innovation Lab
  • December 2 - Evening Talent Show Performance for Families of Participants at 5:30 pm
  • December 9 - Highline PASS meeting - Come to share your experiences as a family of color. See details below!
  • Winter Spirit Week Dec. 13-17 - Details coming next week!
  • Winter Break Dec. 20-Jan. 3 - No School for Students
  • Tuesday, January 4 - Students return to School in 2022

On behalf of our dedicated teachers and staff, we thank you for your continued support.



Proud Highline Principal

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Congratulations to these Spelling Bee Contestants!!

The Highline School Spelling Bee will be on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 9:00-10:00 am in the library. Sadly, parents are not allowed to attend, but Mrs. Beswick has emailed each parent with the link LINK. We hope you can view this event and cheer on our kids from home!

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P.A.S.S. (Partnerships for Academically Successful Students)

Please join us for our first P.A.S.S. meeting!!

December 9, 2021

8:00-9:30 am


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Highline Library

**Food, Interpreters and childcare will be available**

P.A.S.S. is a structure that fosters the intentional building of relationships between the school and the parent communities in an effort to create an inclusive learning environment for all students. P.A.S.S. also gives parents and guardians of students of color voice and direct access to teachers and administration.

**If you would like an interpreter please RSVP by calling 720-747-2300**

From Assistant Principal Gaby Ruiz

Dear Highline Family,

We understand the importance of having our students go outside to play and get fresh air, which is why we go outside for recess every school day regardless of the weather unless it is extremely cold or there is precipitation. If the weather is under 20 degrees or the windchill is under 20 degrees, we will stay indoors. Otherwise please expect students to go outside for 15 minutes of recess. Please have children wear appropriate clothing and shoes for recess. In order to play in the snow, students must be wearing snow boots, gloves, snow jacket and snow pants. Thank you for your support and partnership.

From Nurse Maddie

Hi Highline Families,

Can you please send in or email your student's most recent vaccination records to the health clinic. It is important that your students vaccinations are up to date and that we have the most current records of their vaccinations. If you have any questions about your students vaccination records, please feel free to reach me at OR call the clinic at 720-7474-2307. Thank you for your partnership!


Nurse Maddie

Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

Last month, our school wide theme was empathy. Our students have been learning to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect same and different feelings, and show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

As we head into December our next school wide theme is emotion management. During our classroom community talks we prompt students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we will remind them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:

  • Stop—Use your signal
  • Name your feeling
  • Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you have questions about how you can help your child learn to identify feelings, show empathy and compassion, or ways to calm down at home.

To access the School Meal Page, click the title above and it will take you to the Title School Solutions site where you can adjust for allergies and dietary needs. You can also look into the future to see what is on the menu as well as change the language from English to Armenian, Burmese, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, Russian, or Vietnamese. Be sure to start with "Highline Community Elementary" in the school section.
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Highline Childcare Enrichment Program (HiCEP) through CCSD ECS

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From the CCSD District Department of Equity, Culture & Community Engagement

Greetings District P.A.S.S. Community,

Please note: District P.A.S.S. meetings are not recorded or live streamed. Cherry Creek School District will require masks inside ALL school buildings for ALL students, staff, and visitors.

Please join our administrators, teachers, and other Overland Area families at our area feeder event in January!

2021-2022 District P.A.S.S. Schedule

  • January 19, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Overland Feeder Schools – Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, CO 80012.
  • February 9, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Smoky Hill Feeder Schools – Smoky Hill High School, 16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora, CO 80015.
  • March 23, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Cherry Creek Feeder Schools – Cherry Creek High School, 9300 E. Union Ave., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
  • April 20, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, 8000 S. Chambers Rd., Centennial, CO 80112.

For more information on District P.A.S.S. visit the Cherry Creek School District website:

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The Highline Office Team

Principal - Diana Sanchez-Hart

Assistant Principal - Gaby Ruiz

Office Manager - Elizabeth Wethington

Registrar - Martha Galvan

School Nurse - Maddie Hamman

Family Liaison - Liz Calvillo-Martinez

Before & After Care (HiCEP) Director - Kathleen Larason

HiCEP: 720-747-2369

Attendance Line: 720-747-2395