Highcroft Hotline

January 26, 2020

Highcroft's Mission

At Highcroft, we help learners grow in a safe, caring community where ALL are valued and supported to become leaders.

Upcoming Events


  • 27: Family Fun Night Fundraiser, Old Spaghetti Factory, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • 28: Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm, MPR
  • 29: Late Start, School begins at 11:05 am
  • 29: Spirit Day - Crazy Day


  • 5: Central Region Art Show, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Central High
  • 8: 4th Grade Strings Day Concert, 3:45 pm - students arrive at 3:00, West High
  • 13: Valentine's Parties, 2:45 pm
  • 14: No School, Records Day
  • 17: No School, Presidents' Day
  • 17 - 21: Highcroft's Science Fair
  • 19: 4th Grade Field Trip to Powell Hall, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • 19: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm, 471 N. Woods Mill Road
  • 20: 3rd Grade Field Trip to St. Louis Area Food Bank, 9:15 am - 12:30 pm
  • 20: All Read, 3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
  • 26: Late Start, School begins at 11:05 am
  • 27: PSO Meeting, 7:00 pm

Lucas Letter


I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend and are ready for the upcoming week. We are looking forward to another great week of learning and some fun events. Hopefully, we will see you either at the Old Spaghetti Factory Family Fun Night, the Chorus Concert, or the All-District Choir Concert featuring fifth-grade students who elected to be a part of the event.

BRRR! It's cold outside! With the colder weather setting in, we want to remind families that we do go outside per the National Weather Services' guidelines. Please ensure that your child has a coat, gloves, and a hat to protect against the cold temperatures.

In the upcoming weeks, please be on the lookout for Valentine's parties and spring conference sign-ups, as well as class placement input forms.

In partnership,

Cartelia Lucas



January's Acts of Kindness Calendar Created By The 3rd-5th Kindness Leaders

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The Reading Corner

Ms. Yelton, Reading Intervention Specialist

This month’s topic: More Than Words: Why Reading Matters for Kids by Devon A. Corneal https://www.readbrightly.com/why-reading-matters-for-kids/

1. Reading improves parent-child relationships. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to start reading to their children in infancy not only to promote literacy, but also to improve their relationships with their kids. Reading together helps parents and kids connect and build strong bonds.

2. Reading improves concentration. Children learn concentration and discipline while reading or being read to. A squirming toddler eventually gains an ability to focus on longer and more complex stories. Reading is a fun way to help little kids sit still and listen, and I don’t know a parent alive who wouldn’t want that.

3. Reading builds neural pathways in the brain. Reading is exercise for your brain. It’s not just that your brain processes words and meaning while looking at text, reading actually changes your brain’s structure. If you need convincing, check out the six-part series, “Why Reading Matters,” from the BBC. You’ll never think about reading the same way again.

4. Reading teaches children about language. Reading teaches kids the building blocks of language, including cadence, vocabulary, structure, and word definitions. Children’s ability to communicate grows as their reading exposure increases.

5. Reading can make you smarter. I can’t guarantee that your child will turn into an Einstein, but a study from 2013 suggests that reading to kids in an “interactive style” (asking open-ended questions and engaging the child in the story) can boost their IQ by up to six points.

6. Reading can make kids more empathetic. Going even further, reading complex fiction can increase empathy in both kids and adults. Because navigating social relationships is nearly impossible without the ability to recognize and understand other people’s emotions, this is no small thing. The good news for all us Muggles is that even reading Harry Potter can trigger this effect. Turns out, Hogwarts teaches more than just magic.

7. Reading encourages creativity. Reading sparks the imagination, opening up a child’s mind to new ideas and concepts. In the wake of concerns about a “creativity crisis” in children, it’s reassuring to know that reading fosters ingenuity and inventiveness.

Library News

Mrs. Stilts, Librarian

Highcroft is a school full of readers! I am so proud of our circulation data and how often kids are checking out books. The following is a list of the number of books, by grade level, that each student is typically allowed to have checked out at a time:

Kdg - one book at a time

1st - two books at a time

2nd - three books at a time*

3rd - four books at a time*

4th - four books at a time*

5th - four books at a time*

*additional books allowed for research

This week I will send an email to the parents of students that have overdue (out for more than two weeks) books. If you are sure your child returned the book, it could certainly be an error, so please let me know. Please don’t hesitate to email me with questions. Thank you for your support in helping to maintain our collection for all to enjoy!

Are these cold days keeping your students indoors? Do you wish there were activities online that help promote academic growth AND are fun? Look no further than the Highcroft Library web page. Select library, then databases. Student databases are reliable resources that are developed by experts, written at age-appropriate reading levels, and are ad-free. Most also have great educational games! If any of the databases require usernames and passwords to access from home, both the username and password will be pkwyhome.

Thank you for sharing your love of reading and learning with your students. Highcroft is such a special place to learn, lead, and grow!

Highcroft Library Twitter: @DanielleStilts

Highcroft Library Webpage: https://www.parkwayschools.net/domain/202

Email: dstilts@parkwayschools.net

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