HPES Parent Newsletter


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This Veterans Day, I encourage you to set aside a few minutes to remember and honor those who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Let's take a moment to thank our friends and family members who have served out country. This Veterans Day, our students will be learning about the significance of this day. Partner with us, as we help our students understand, and show appreciation for the sacrifices our brave veterans have made.

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Highland Park Bulldog Dash!

The Bulldog Dash has kicked off, and our students are going to have a blast!

This year’s PTO-sponsored fundraiser is the HIGHLAND PARK BULLDOG DASH! It’s a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on Wednesday, November 6th. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 short laps) at the Bulldog Dash, which will happen on Friday, November 15. This year our goal is to raise $23,000 for new laptops (grades 2-5) and iPads (Pegasus – 1st) and we need your help! Just like last year, we’ve partnered with the experts at Booster (formerly Boosterthon) to power our fundraiser to make it easier, more profitable, and more fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK: WILD WEST! Booster’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to save Dr. Shock, our students will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

Donations will go toward upgrading our technology needs on-campus, so please help our school by getting pledges from family and friends and entering them on FUNRUN.COM as early as October 30th. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on our students at the Bulldog Dash. Volunteer opportunities will also be available. Thanks so much for your support!

Bulldog Dash Fun Run Volunteers Needed

Don’t forget to sign up to volunteer at the Bulldog Dash this Friday.


Sterling Shining Star

Congratulations to Ms. Anna Mendez on her recent nomination as a Sterling Shining Star! The Sterling Shining Star of the Year Award is an annual honor program that recognizes and rewards school district educators or employees. Finalists and respective school districts are on the Sterling Shining Star website at www.sterlingshiningstar.com. This year an award will be given in the amount of $10,000 to be equally shared between the recipient and his/her school.

To visit your nominee’s profile, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to www.sterlingshiningstar.com
  2. Click on the “NOMINEES” menu at the top right of the page
  3. Find their profile and click on their name to be directed to the individual page
  4. Post a comment, “Like” the nomination or better yet “Share” the profile on a social media channel of your choice

Be on the look-out for your nominee and keep up with what is going on with us by following us on Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag your shares with #SterlingShiningStar. The comments and likes left on her profile will play a huge role in the committee’s decision on who will win the award and the $10,000.

Position: Bilingual Teacher

School: Highland Park Elementary

School District: Pfllugerville ISD

How has this person changed your life?

Mrs. Mendez is a fabulous teacher. She teaches Pre-K Bilingual. Her love for each and every one of her students shines throughout her classroom. Each student is special to her. Mrs. Mendez enjoys teaching her class of 4-5 year olds. She has been teaching for 15 years. Her patience, love and knowledge is shared with others.


We have recommended candidates for the lunch monitor and front office receptionist positions. We are currently hiring for the following positions and will be interviewing this week.
  • Special Education Inclusion EA (new position)
  • Special Education Behavior Unit Teacher

Welcome our New District Social Worker Ms. Jessica Marquez

Ms. Marquez will support our campus on Mondays. She will work with students in small group and with Mrs. Vazquez to support our families. Welcome to our HPES Bulldog Family Ms. Marquez!

Calendar Survey

Please click on the link and check out the 2 calendars that the DAAC committee have proposed for next year to be submitted to the Board for Approval at the November meeting.

DAAC is seeking community input on the 2020-2021 academic calendar. Please use the survey link to indicate your calendar preference. This survey will close on November 17, 2019.

Please click here to complete this 1 minute survey.

Congratulations to our October Teacher of the Month!

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Congratulations to our October Staff Member of the Month!

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Absence Notes

If your child had to stay home due to being sick, please make send a doctor note or parent note to school within 3 days after your child returns. Please include the child's first and last name, date of absence, and reason in the note. Our registrar is Miriam Ruvalcaba. Her email is miriam.ruvalcaba@pfisd.net
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Please join our Next PTO meeting on December 5 , 2019, at 6:30 p.m!

Stay connected with the HPES PTO!

Website: https://hpespto.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandparkelementarypto/

Instagram: @hpes.pto

Text at @HPESPTO to 81010 to get event info via text!

November PTO Calendar

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  • Veteran's Day Concert today- 4th grade performs at 1:30!
  • Students may wear a college shirt on Wednesdays and a school spirit shirt on Fridays
  • Tardy bell rings at 7:35, with announcements starting promptly at 7:40. Traffic is hectic during morning drop-off, please plan accordingly.

Great Things Happening at HPES!

Highland Park Teachers Joining in the Booster Dash Fun!

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4th Grade Learning About Text Structures!

3rd Grade Learning About Dia de Los Muertos!

Kinder Working with Shapes!

Dia de Los Muertos Altar!

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3rd Grade Texas State University T-Shirt Photo!

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Upcoming Events

11/11- Veterans Concert 4th grade

11/11- Book Club 3:00-4:00

11/13- Picture retakes

11/15- Bulldog Booster Dash

11/15 Big Kahuna orders delivery 11 - 5 pm Cafeteria

11/18- Book Club 3:00-4:00

11/20- 4th and 5th Grade Field Trip to UT Basketball game

11/21- Thanksgiving Luncheon

11/22- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35

11/25-11/29- Thanksgiving Break

12/02- Book Club 3:00-4:00

12/03- Kinder Fieldtrip to Elgin Tree Farm

12/05- American Sign Language 2 ends

12/06- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35

12/09-12/12- 3rd Grade Bazaar

12/09- Book Club 3:00-4:00

12/13- Diversity Celebration

12/16- Kinder 80th day of school

12/19- Winter Concert 1st, Choir, ASL

12/20- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35

12/20- 1st Grade party in cafeteria 8:15

12/20- Student Early Release @ 12:00

12/23-01/03- Holiday Break