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November 14, 2021

PfISD COVID-19 DASHBOARD

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PfISD Pfamily Pflyer

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HPES HONORS VETERANS DAY

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School Hours - 7:35 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Front Doors Open at 7:15 a.m.

Dear Highland Park Families,

On Thursday, November 11th our 4th and 5th graders performed the annual Veterans program here at HPES during the school day! To all of our HPES Community Veterans- and all Veterans everywhere - We thank you for your service! Special thanks to Sophie Hynes, 4th & 5th Grade students, and teachers for helping put together this wonderful performance. Please take a moment tomorrow to check out our campus Facebook as we will be posting the Veterans Day 4th & 5th Grade performance videos.


On Wednesday our 4th and 5th graders will go on their first field trip in two years! We will be visiting the University of Texas and attending one of the UT Basketball games.


On Friday, we will have our Booster Dash Obstacle Course event. This is the first event we will have parents on campus for in nearly two years.


One week left of learning before we go out on Thanksgiving Break, we are excited and looking forward to this week! Please read this newsletter for more information on events and safety protocols.


Highland Park Bulldogs WOOF!


Warm Regards,


Lizbeth Ruiz

Principal

Highland Park Elementary

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Fall Picture Retakes on Monday!

Monday 11/15 is our Fall Picture makeup day for individual students' photos!
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Thanksgiving Pies for Staff

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and what better way to say thanks than to send out teachers and staff to their break with a sweet tooth fix. Fill out the form and return it to your child’s teacher. Please sign up to bring a dessert or two on Friday, November 19th.


Follow this link to fill up the form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeg04FaKNwDAAN4oOL-g_tCaiSjvo_DKIKUO8XNFS9suafrxg/viewform


A PTO member will be outside the front office collecting the pies on Friday morning. Due to covid the pies must be store-bought.

Any questions email or text Emily at Emily@cahan.us or 512-409-5142

4TH & 5TH GRADE: 40 ACRES FIELDTRIP WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

Texas Women's Basketball has reached a new group of young fans through the 40 Acres Field Trip. The Frank Erwin Center has opened its doors to over 8,000 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders in Central Texas for exposure to college athletics and a unique experience with higher education.


Highland Park Elementary will participate this year in the 40 Acres Field trip on Wednesday, November 17th. Students in 4th and 5th grade will attend this exciting event. Students and staff will receive free tickets to the game and be encouraged to pursue higher education. Students will need to bring lunch in a disposable bag, as we will eat lunch at the Frank Erwin Center. Students may wear a HPES shirt.


Current PfISD guidelines do not allow for parent chaperones on this field trip. Parents may purchase a General Admissions ticket and sit in the General Admissions seating, but will not be allowed to sit with Highland Park students.


HPES FIELDTRIP 40 ACRES FIELDTRIP SAFETY PLAN


Highland Park Elementary will transport 190 students and 12 staff via PfISD transportation to the Frank Erwin Center. Covid Safety protocols will be utilized throughout the field trip. Please see the safety protocols below. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call or email us. We want all students, staff, and parents to feel safe and comfortable. We are looking forward to providing our 4th and 5th-grade students with a fun, safe, and exciting experience!


Fieldtrip Transportation


Boarding Bus Procedures:

  • Students will practice social distancing as they approach and board the bus.

  • Use hand sanitizer (provided near the bus stairwell).

  • Members of the same classroom are encouraged to sit together.

  • Bus in motion rules: Standard Pflugerville ISD bus rules apply.

  • Students should NOT share food, drinks, or personal devices.


Unloading at Campus:

  • Unloading will start from the front to the back.

  • Students should practice social distancing and follow campus guidelines.


Disinfecting Protocol:


  • After each route, the buses will be disinfected


Bus Arrival & Dismissal


Student Expectations Arrival at Frank Erwin Center:

  • As students depart from the bus, they should immediately walk into the building and designated area for arrival.

  • Students will not congregate with other students after exiting the bus.

  • Students should maintain appropriate social distance guidelines as they enter the building and report to designated waiting areas.


Student Expectations Dismissal from Frank Erwin Center:

  • Students will wait in a designated "pre-loading" area for each bus to arrive.

  • Students will maintain current social distance guidelines as they load and are seated for the duration of the bus ride home.

  • Students will remain with homeroom class while boarding the bus.


Teacher/Staff Expectations:

  • Assigned staff will supervise student arrival and dismissal and direct students to waiting areas.

  • Staff will ensure social distancing during arrival and dismissal.

  • During dismissal, teachers or designated campus staff members will supervise designated pre-loading areas for students waiting for the bus to arrive.

  • Teachers will complete a bus seating chart.


Frank Erwin Center


Seating:

  • Students and staff will be assigned seats from the University of Texas. Each campus and class will sit in a designated area. Teachers will complete a seating chart for their class.


Lunch:

  • Students will bring their lunch from home or from campus to eat while viewing the UT Women’s Basketball game. Concessions will be available for purchase through the University of Texas.


Permission Forms:

  • Each student that attends will be required to have parent permission to attend. Teachers will ensure all students have submitted their permission forms. Alternate activities will be provided for students that parents do not allow them to attend.


Parent Volunteers:
  • In compliance with Pflugerville ISD Safety Protocols, this field trip will be closed to parents. Parents will be given the option to purchase a general admissions ticket to attend on their own. Parents will be required to sit in the General Admissions seating area and not with Highland Park Elementary.

BOOSTER DASH- FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH

Pledging for this year’s Bulldog Dash is now open! This year more than ever, we need additional funds to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students. We completely understand if your family is not in a position to financially support the school right now. You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at MYBOOSTER.COM. Sharing IS supporting!


All students will participate in the Bulldog Dash, regardless of financial participation. We will also be following our school safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.


We appreciate your support more than you know.


Here is how you can help our school:


  • Log onto MYBOOSTER.COM

  • Share! Go to social media to help spread the word by creating a Student Star Video! You can upload your student’s picture and share it through Facebook, email, or text. It is a fun and easy way to ask for a donation from friends, family, or even local businesses.

  • Donate online to support our school if you are able.

  • Check to see if your company offers corporate matching gifts with the easy-to-use widget on MYBOOSTER.COM!

BOOSTER DASH 11/19 SAFETY PLAN

Parents, we are excited about this opportunity to invite you to this event! This is the first event in two years that we will have parents on campus. Please make sure to read the safety plan below and adhere to all safety protocols. This event will set the stage for future events. We want to open our doors to our community while maintaining student safety. Please do not hesitate to email us or call the front office if you have any questions. See the safety plan linked below. Let's have an AMAZING and SAFE experience for our Bulldogs! Thank you, and looking forward to seeing you!

BOOSTER DASH LOCATION

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BOOSTER DASH PROCEDURES & SAFETY GUIDELINES

Parents:

  • Check-in at the front office ( arrive early as we anticipate many parents on campus)
  • Wear the visitors' tag provided by the front office on your chest.
  • Masks and social distancing are highly recommended.
  • Walk outside the front doors and follow the arrows to the designated area (Flags).
  • You must remain inside the flags at all times.
  • Teachers will allow your student to come to you for pictures at the end of the race.
  • Please only take pictures with your child. Some parents may not want their child to take pictures or be close to other adults, we need to be respectful of that.
  • Each class will have an opportunity to take a class picture. You may take pictures of the class when they line up for pictures.


Teachers:

  • Fun RunParents must stay inside flags at all times

  • After class pictures come up to the Fun Run area and stand behind your color cone
  • Fun Run will start and last about 30 minutes
  • Once it is done you will walk around to the track area and go stand by your color cone
  • From there, you can release the student to go take a picture with their parents (parents must stay behind the flags)
  • Once all your students have said bye to their parents please make your way back inside to your class
  • Stop and take a class picture in between the doors (I will try to make something for a background). Parents can take a picture from behind the flags

  • Exit out the North door (near playground) 10 minutes before your specials start


Recess:
  • Exit out the South doors (bus loop)

  • Walk thru the gate and have recess outside by the portables

  • Cones/fence will be your perimeter

  • You are welcome to do indoor recess as well

  • No one on the back playground/track area that day

BOOSTER DASH SCHEDULE

  • PK-4 & Pegasus: 7:50- 8:20
  • Kinder: 8:20-9:10
  • 1st: 10:00- 10:50
  • 2nd: 9:10- 10:00
  • 3rd: 11:25-12:15
  • 4th: 1:05-1:55
  • 5th: 12:15- 1:05

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HAPPY LSSP APPRECIATION WEEK MS. LEHNING!

Happy Licensed School Psychologist Week to Emily Lehning! We appreciate everything that you do for our students, staff, and school! Thank you for working tirelessly to support and advocate for our Bulldogs! We Love and Appreciate You!

COVID VACCINES

COVID vaccines are now available to all persons aged 5 and up. PfISD has partnered with APH and Travis County to provide vaccinations to our school communities. If you or your child are interested in receiving a Covid vaccine please sign up on the link below.


https://forms.gle/aykGKKi7HMzpiG8u9

2021-2022 Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Visit pfisd.nutrislice.com for interactive menus, nutritional information, and more!


Beginning Monday, November 2, 2020, all USDA Reimbursable Breakfast and Lunch meals are free! A la carte and seconds are not included. *This program has been extended during the 21-22 school year.

BE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS THE FOLLOWING

  • Please send your child with at least 2 clean masks (they can wear one, and keep one in their backpack in case they lose it, or something happens to the one they are wearing) We will have extras but we know children feel more comfortable with their own.


  • Please send your child with a water bottle. Students cannot drink directly from the water fountains. They will be using the water filter system and water fountains to refill their water bottle as needed.

REMEMBER

  • 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 7:35
  • Fall picture retakes on Monday 11/15!
  • 4th & 5th Grade Fieldtrip on Wednesday!
  • Booster Dash on Friday during Specials!
  • Thanksgiving Pies on Friday for Staff!

KUDOS

Have a staff member who really matters and whom you want to recognize? Let’s recognize our HPES Bulldogs, no kudos is too big or too small!


Campus Kudos:


  • Sophie Hynes: (From HPES Admin & Staff) for a phenomenal Veterans Day Performance. It was a wonderful and emotional time for all of us! Thank you, thank you, thank you for going above and beyond in all aspects of this performance, organization, hours of practice, decorations, all of it was just wonderful! It was a phenomenal performance! Congrats to you Sophie!


  • Anna Vazquez: (from Lizbeth Ruiz) for submitting the 4th and 5th-grade field trip proposal, safety plan, and not leaving me alone until we got it approved. My goodness, it was a difficult task to get this field trip approved! There were many moments where we were asked for additional information, additional safety protocols, additional hoops to jump through. Each time Ms. Vazquez responded to my requests with a quick turnaround! Thank you Ms. Vazquez for not giving up and advocating for this field trip!


  • Gina Lochner: For creating a campus-wide PM data log where teachers can easily enter their scores. A new requirement this year is to log all campus PM in one place. Gina did not want to add this to teachers' plates and instead created a log where teachers could enter their progress monitoring. She has already added all tier 2 and tier 3 student names for each class and carved out time to add in the data. Huge thank you for keeping us in compliance and taking this data entering off our plates.


  • Jay Lubman and Family: for providing us with fun-filled, exciting, sit don't the edge of your seat entertainment all week! I don't know about you, but we needed this stress-relieving laughter and a good time in our life! Thank you Jay for sharing your Family Feud experience with us! Be on the lookout because our celebrity will be highlighted on district and local media here soon! Whoohooo!


  • Emily Pleasanton: and any others who helped her for organizing the science lab. It is much more user-friendly and helps take away some of the stress when planning labs. Thank you so much!!


  • Lizbeth Ruiz: for leading our campus this year, another unprecedented year. You are always willing to listen and support your staff in many ways.


Superintendent Kudos:


  • Jordan Bruck, Highland Park Elementary substitute CCC-SLP (via Veronica Jimenez): “Jordan is covering for one of our SLPs. She has done an amazing job with my students. I appreciate all of her communication and patience. She will continue to do great work wherever she goes next. Thank you, Jordan, for all of your hard work!”


  • Kameron Davis and Lauren Kerley of Special Education (via Veronica Jimenez): “Lauren and Kameron have been very supportive with me while we brainstorm how to best support a student. They are receptive to my plethora of questions and check in to see how everything is going. I appreciate the collaboration from the district level in order to do what is best for my student.”


  • Pablo Ildefonso and Ebony Clark of Highland Park Elementary Special Education (via Shannon Robertson): “I want to say thank you for your assistance and support with one of my kids. Being new to a campus, I am still learning about the staff and building relationships. They both have been so supportive and welcoming to me. I try hard to work through problems on my own, but sometimes we all need the extra TLC and support from another person. Ms. Clark and Mr. Pablo have been just a great help and resource. Thank you for supporting my student and myself! It means a lot! I want you both to know I appreciate your hard work, dedication and the support so, so much! Thank you!”


If you have any kudos you’d like to share, you can submit them through two different avenues:


Superintendents Newsletter Kudos: Kudos submission form or HPES Bulldog Weekly News Kudos


Remember, one small positive thought or compliment can change a person's entire day. :)

HPES PTO

We are lucky to have such a wonderful PTO at our school who helps us in so many ways! Please consider joining this wonderful group of parents and join HPES Team!



Next PTO Meeting:

Date: January- Date will be shared soon

Time 6:30-7:30p.m.

Location: Via Zoom (login information will be shared by classroom teachers)


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!

HPES Public Meeting/CAAC

Please click to view our HPES Report Card and Campus Improvement Plan Goals and Objectives for 2021-2022

LET'S TALK PLATFORM FOR PARENT QUESTIONS

Our Let's Talk platform is designed for parents to ask questions or submit comments. It has a submission for questions on the following topics: Payroll, Food Services/Meals, Technology, HR/Benefits/Leaves, Online Learning, Google Classroom, and General Coronavirus Questions. Additionally, there is a section for each campus to direct any questions or comments directly to the principal and the senior administrative associate a the campus. Click here to learn more about the system.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Link to the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar 2021-2022 District Calendar


Nov. 15- Fall Picture Make-Up Day

Nov. 17- 4th & 5th Grade Field Trip

Nov. 17- Progress Reports go home to parents.

Nov. 19- Booster Dash during Specials

Nov. 19- Thanksgiving Pies for Staff

Nov. 22- Nov. 26- Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 7- Dec. 10- 3rd Grade Bazaar

Dec. 13- Dec. 17- HPES Reindeer Days (Theme Dress Up Days for Students)

Dec. 16- 2nd 9 weeks AR deadline

Dec. 17- Winter Class Parties

Dec. 17- Early Release at noon

Dec. 18- Jan. 2- Winter Break

Jan. 3- Professional Learning Day for Staff

Jan. 4- Staff Planning and Prep Day

Jan. 4- 2nd 9 Weeks Grades due at noon

Jan. 5- Students return from Winter Break

Jan. 6-7- AR Celebration

Jan. 12- Report Cards go home to parents

Jan. 14- 2nd 9 Weeks Awards during Announcement

Jan. 17- MLK Holiday

Jan. 31- Blue Bonnet Book Voting

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HPES Kinder Fairy Tale Parade

Click here to view our Kinder Fairy Tale Parade!

1st 9 Weeks Awards Presentation

Click here to view our 1st 9 Weeks Awards Presentation!

Elementary UIL A + Academic District Meet

PFISD will host an Elementary UIL A + Academic District Meet on January 29, 2022, at Pflugerville High School. Our school is seeking courageous, talented, and motivated students to compete in the following UIL A+ Academic Events.


There are up to eight events in which certain grade levels can compete.


  • Chess Puzzle - Grades 2, 3, 4 & 5 separate contests (3 students per grade level)
  • Creative Writing - Grade 2
  • Oral Reading - Grades 4 & 5 combined (3 students)
  • Storytelling - Grades 2 & 3 combined (3 students)
  • Social Studies - Grade 5


**If your child is interested in practicing and trying out for any of the above events and you will be able to participate in the meet on January 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. please complete the form below. Event practices will be in person this year! We plan to start practices very soon in October!


UIL Academic Meet Sign Up

Elementary Dual Language Enrichment District Meet

PfISD is having the Elementary Dual Language Enrichment (DLE) District Meet on January 29, 2022 (practices start the week of October 18) at Pflugerville High School. Our school is seeking courageous, talented, and motivated students to compete in the following DLE Academic Events


There will be five events in which certain grade levels can compete.


  • Creative Writing - Grade 2 (3 students)
  • Oral Reading - Grades 4 & 5 combined (3 students)
  • Spelling – Grades 3& 4 combined (3 students) and Grade 5 (3 students)
  • Ready Writing – Grades 3&4 combined (3 students) and Grade 5 (3 students)
  • Story Telling - Grades 2 & 3 combined (3 students)


**If your child is interested in trying out for any of the above events and you will be able to participate in the meet on January 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. please complete the form sent home by classroom teachers. Try-Outs will be held during school on October 18 to January 29, 2022. Events will be practiced at school and home.

HPES MASK PROTOCOLS & EXPECTATIONS

  • HPES is following PfISD Covid 19 safety protocols and guidance.
  • We are asking all students and staff to wear a mask while at school.
  • If a student forgets their mask, they will be provided one upon entering the campus.
Highland Park Elementary Return to Learn 2021-2022

Please click on this link to see our campus detailed Return to Learn procedures. This presentation will cover specific information about safety protocols that will be followed at Highland Park Elementary this school year.

HPES MASK PROTOCOLS & EXPECTATIONS

  • HPES is following PfISD Covid 19 safety protocols and guidance.
  • We are asking all students and staff to wear a mask while at school.
  • If a student forgets their mask, they will be provided one upon entering the campus.
  • We thank you for your support, as we continue to have the student's health and safety at the forefront.
  • Information on our current protocols and practices is available on our Return to Learn plan at: HPES Return to Learn Guidelines

STAY INFORMED

Here are a few ways to stay informed. Follow us on Facebook @HighlandParkES and on Twitter @HighlandPark_ES. School communications will also be sent out through Peach Jar via email. Please, open emails from Peach Jar to stay informed of campus and district information. On Tuesdays, an HPES folder will be sent home with flyers and information. Please be sure to look out for the folder on Tuesdays. Additionally, please sign-up for our mailing list at You will receive a monthly campus newsletter through the mailing list. You can also find a copy of a newsletter like this one on our campus webpage under “Principal’s blog”

VISITORS

  • Only visitors with essential official school business will be allowed on campus. These visitors should seek prior approval before coming to campus.

  • All campus meetings will be done virtually. If a parent is needing to meet in person, this will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

  • Parents and family members will not be allowed to enter the building, walk down the hallways, etc.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS!

As a reminder, all breakfast and lunch meals are free this year, to all PfISD students. This does not include ala carte items.


Despite the complimentary meals, it is imperative for households to complete and submit a free and reduced application for school accountability purposes. Fill out the form here https://www.pfisd.net/Page/500

APPROVED VISITORS ON CAMPUS

Clarification regarding approved visitors on campus:


We are still honoring what was shared at the beginning of the school year:

If a visitor is on campus for educational purposes:


  • Tutor

  • Mentor

  • Reading Buddy

  • Private Lesson Teacher

  • Counselor/Social Worker

  • Social Services

  • Individual Educational Supports

  • Providing direct educational services to students...


If they fit the description above, then, yes, they can still be on campus. A volunteer to be on campus for cutting materials, laminating, etc., are not there for direct student learning impact. They will not be allowed on campus.


We are not allowing parents/guests on campus to eat with their children, walk their children to class, etc. If you have any questions, please make sure you reach out. Any approved visitor on campus must honor our social distancing and masking expectations.

HPES PTO UPDATE-2020-2021 YEARBOOK

Dear Families –

To say the last school year was challenging is an understatement, but our teachers and staff did an amazing job navigating through some incredibly difficult circumstances. Our PTO Team, who is also a small group of volunteers, tried their best to continue engaging and supporting our school as best as possible. However, we regret to inform you that we could not put together a yearbook filled with wonderful photos due to limited on-site access and sourcing enough photos to put together a complete yearbook. To that end, after reviewing many options, we will be refunding all monies for purchased yearbooks and advertisements. We know that this may be difficult news to hear (especially if your child was a 5th grader), and it certainly isn’t what we would have liked to happen, but we feel it is the best option at this time. Thank you for understanding.

PFISD STUDENT DRESS CODE 2021-2022

Please make sure to review this as there are significant changes.

PfISD COVID-19 UPDATES

If you did not see PfISD communications over the weekend, we have updated our protocols regarding masks on all our campuses and facilities. PfISD now requires masks to be worn by all students, staff, and visitors. Many of you have voiced your opinion at Monday night’s Board meeting via email or social media. Your opinions are heard and valued. PfISD will keep its mask mandate in place at this time, as it is a matter of reducing the opportunities for COVID-19 to spread among our community. The number of cases continues to rise, with the Delta variant gaining a stronger foothold in some areas. Masking can help limit the spread and keep our hospitals and ICUs from being overrun.



DISMISSAL MAP

Please make sure to review our dismissal updates and map below.


Beginning Monday, August 23rd, the bus loop will be used for BUSSES & DAYCARE ONLY. We are asking parents to please not drive or park in the bus loop area.



  • The only exception is if you have a handicap tag and are handicapped parking is available in this area.
  • If you are needing to park and pick up your child, you may park at the front of the school parking area, or on Kingston Lacy.
  • If you are parked at the bus loop, one of our staff members will be asking you to move your vehicle.
  • If you are driving through the bus loop, one of our staff members will be asking you to turn around and exit the bus loop.
  • This is to ensure the safety of students as they are dismissed through the 100 & 300 hallways.
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DISMISSAL TAGS

Every time we fail to follow procedures, we are less safe. With increased student enrollment is imperative that we follow procedures. Please continue being consistent with bringing/showing us your child's dismissal tag when picking them up after school. Remember the parent dismissal tag, must match the child’s tag. This goes for car riders also, please ensure that you have a tag displayed on the windshield when picking your child up through the car lane. If you are missing a tag, please let your child's teacher know or call the front office so we can provide you with one.

PfISD Mask Guidance: Non- Compliance with Travis County Mask Mandate

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GUEST EDUCATORS NEEDED

PfISD is currently in need of more substitutes and guest educators, and we strive to provide the best possible qualified substitutes to ensure the quality of educators our students have. If you enjoy working with kids and can work on an on-call basis, being a substitute teacher may be for you.

To qualify to serve as a substitute in PfISD, you must be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma. If you hold a valid teaching certificate, are bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese or have extensive skills/background in a high-need area, your qualification consideration is accelerated.

Applicants must complete an application online here.

ARRIVAL PROCESS

All staff will be on duty to support students and assisting them in locating their classrooms. Grades PK-2nd should arrive with a label to indicate their name and teacher.


7:10 a.m Bus students arrive on campus

7:15 a.m Front Doors open for car riders, walkers, and bike riders

7:20 a.m. Teachers will welcome students into their classrooms

7:35 a.m. First Bell- Students dismissed from the cafeteria if eating breakfast

7:40 a.m. Tardy Bell- Students arriving after this time report directly to the office


  • The building will open at 7:10 a.m. for bus riders and 7:15 a.m. for car riders and walkers.

  • Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to walk students in.

  • Bus riders will enter the building through the 100 hallway doors adjacent to the bus loop at 7:10 a.m. If they are eating breakfast they will go directly to the cafeteria, if they are not eating breakfast they will go to the gym and wait. The bus riders in the gym will be sent to class at 7:15.

  • Car riders and walkers will enter the building through the front entrance at 7:15 a.m.

  • Walkers and car riders that arrive early will wait outside.

  • Upon entering the building car riders, walkers, and bike riders will go to either the cafeteria or their classroom.

  • We are asking all students to wear a face mask. We will have masks available and will offer these to students who forget one.

ARRIVAL DROP OFF REMINDERS

With over 700 students learning on campus we have noticed morning traffic is heavier than usual. Please remember the tardy bell rings at 7:35, instruction begins promptly, and every minute counts. We need your help with a few key things that we think will help with morning drop-off.


  • When dropping off your child please make sure they have everything ready, backpack, lunch bag, water bottle, and face mask. Students should exit on the right side of the vehicle as the left side has passing vehicles.
  • If you are needing to help your child out of the car or getting their things ready, please pull into our parking lot and park. You will need to then walk your child across the crosswalk to the front door.
  • Please do not park and send your child alone across the parking lot, there are many moving vehicles and this is very unsafe.
  • When exiting the campus parking lot, please note that there is a "DO NOT TURN LEFT" sign below the stop sign. As you exit, please turn right towards Heatherwilde and not towards the neighborhood. Turning left holds up the drop-off line, may cause students to be late, upset parents behind you, and unnecessary stress to students getting dropped off.
  • Finally please be kind to our staff on duty. These staff members are outside at 7:15 a.m. every day to help get our students in the building. We understand at times stress is high, but we need to work together, provide each other grace, and support one another.
  • Please know that our number one priority is student safety. We love our students and want to welcome everyone in a happy and safe environment.


We are hoping the key actions above will help everyone get to their destination safely and on time. As always, we thank you for your help and support!

DISMISSAL PROCESS AND REMINDERS

All staff will be on duty to support students and ensure social distancing during dismissal. Please make sure to inform your child's teacher how your child will need to go home.


Students will be dismissed in the following order:


  • Pre K /Pegasus

  • 100 Hallway

  • 200 Hallway

  • 300 Hallway

  • 400 Hallway


  • First group to be dismissed: Bus riders will be called over the intercom by bus number. These students will go to the bus area and will line up in their bus line order. Once these students are in the order they will board their bus.

  • Second group to be dismissed: Bike riders, walkers, parent walk- up and car riders will walk in line order and exit the building through the 200 and 400 hallways.

    • Bike riders & walkers: Students will walk in line order and be dismissed by the flagpoles. We will have staff on duty that will walk them off school grounds.

    • Parent walk-up: Students whose parents park and walk-up will be dismissed at the grassy area to the right of the flagpoles. We will have marked locations for parents to maintain social distancing.

    • Car riders: students will sit at the front of the campus at the assigned grade level area. Students will be asked to sit and wait for their parents while maintaining social distance.

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at entrances and exits of buildings. Students will sanitize their hands before exiting the building.

COMMUNICATION GUIDE

Every summer, there are staffing changes. Staff members move on to other opportunities, and new staff members join the campus. Before emailing a staff member from last school year, it would be wise to check with our front office staff. It is also a good idea to consider which staff member is your first point of contact for questions before you send your email. You may also call the front office at 512-594-6800 and ask for the person you need to speak with. I hope this information is helpful!


Senior Admin. Associate: Mima Oiesen – miroslava.oiesen@pfisd.net

General campus information.

Registrar: Miriam Ruvalcaba – miriam.ruvalcaba@pfisd.net

Student records, registration, residency questions, attendance, transfers, withdrawal, and student records.

Student Support Clerical Support: Anita Moreno- anita.moreno@pfisd.net

Schedule LPAC and 504 meetings, and gather student grades, relevant classroom, and health data.

Nurse: Christina Henderson – christina.henderson@pfisd.net

Shot records, allergy information, distribution of medication, general student health, Section 504, and SpEd as related to health, etc.

Instructional Coach: Gina Lochner – regina.lochner@pfisd.net

General questions regarding curriculum.

Counselor: Anna Vazquez – anna.vazquez@pfisd.net

Student care and concerns, parent and student support, Credit by Exam, Gifted and Talented information, assessment, and Section 504

Assistant Principal: Jesus Olivas –jesus.olivas@pfisd.net

Primary contact regarding discipline, LPAC, and SpEd. Additionally, virtually everything you would contact Ms. Ruiz for. It is a good idea to copy Mr. Olivas on emails sent to Ms. Ruiz because both of them are able to respond to questions or concerns.

Principal: Lizbeth Ruiz – lizbeth.ruiz@pfisd.net

Any and all topics not covered by the staff members listed above.


Please feel free to email or call us if you are needing support. We look forward to passionately serving the families of Highland Park Elementary!

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