HPE Weekly Newsletter

Week of January 9

Open House for Prospective Families

HPE will be holding its open house for prospective families on Thursday, January 12, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. This event is targeted toward families who are considering selecting HPE for the first time next year. Currently enrolled students and families need not attend. Please help us spread the word!

PTA Meeting Monday, January 9

Please join us for our virtual PTA meeting on Monday, January 9, at 6:00 p.m.

Our PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a group of parents and school staff committed to building community and supporting our school throughout the year. We hope you will be able to join us to share your thoughts and ideas for how we can make this a great year. Everyone is welcome!

Social Media and Elementary School

Our counselor has put together a resource to support families in maneuvering the challenges of a world so impacted by social media. Click the link below to learn how you can help your student become a responsible digital citizen and how you can play a role in keeping your student safe online.

Determining Interest: Girls on the Run

Please see the message below from one of our partnering programs, Girls on the Run:

Hello 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families,

Exciting news: Girls on the Run is coming to Highland Park Elementary! Girls on the Run is an afterschool program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd - 5th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Over the course of the 10-week, 20-lesson season, girls learn life-changing lessons about healthy friendships, teamwork, decision-making, self-respect and more, all while preparing to run a 5k. Open to all 3rd - 5th grade girls and non-binary/gender expansive youth; no previous running experience required, and generous financial aid is available. Our season will be each Tuesday & Thursday 2:10 - 3:40 p.m. from March 28 - June 4, culminating with the Girls on the Run 5K the first weekend in June. If you child is interested in participating, please fill out this form in order to receive more information about the program.

We are also recruiting coaches for this spring. We must have at least three coaches in order to offer the program. You do not need to be a runner; you simply need to have a desire to support and encourage the next generation. Coaches receive all the tools and support they need and find that they get as much out of coaching as they give. If you have any questions about coaching, please contact Tracey Lindfors at traceylindfors@gmail.com. You can sign up to be a coach at the Girls on the Run website if you have time either Tuesday or Thursdays (or both days) from 2:00 - 3:45 pm.


Tracey Lindfors

Site Coordinator for Girls on the Run Highland Park Elementary

Student Advisory Leadership Team

The exciting creation of our Student Action Leadership Team provides an opportunity for students in Fifth Grade to participate in leadership activities that build responsibility, good decision-making, and leadership skills. SALT members will be trained as Peer Mediators and may help students in peaceful conflict resolution; help younger students as lunch buddy/playground pal, help to promote social and friendship skills with younger students, participate in school and community service projects; Act as an Elementary Student Ambassadors for events.

Contact Ms Sunny (lori.sundelius@spps.org) for more information.

Reminder: No School Monday, January 16

Monday, January 16, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all schools in St. Paul Public Schools will be closed.

Tech Talk

Save the date for Highland Park Elementary's Tech Talk Night, which will be on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:00 p.m.

During this event we will be covering some of the basics of technology for our elementary learners:

  • SPPS use of iPad to support learning and enhance instruction
  • Ways iPads are used at HPE
  • Preview key apps used at HPE
  • Data security and policies
  • Technology resources for families
  • How to have conversations with children about cyber security
  • How to set content filters and view your child's search history

We hope to see you there!


The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Highland Park Elementary is a non-profit group committed to building community and supporting our school through events and fundraisers. We strive to partner with staff, families, and the community to create a safe and healthy learning environment where all students can reach their fullest potential.