Highland Happenings

October 15th, 2021

Halloween is Coming!

We can't wait to add another dose of "normal" back into the school year, and are excited to share that Halloween parties and our annual costume parade are back! While parties will look a bit different than they did prior to the pandemic, it will still be a spooky good time! A very big thank you to our Highland PTA, and all of our room parents, for providing this fun experience for our students. Halloween information, including costume guidelines can be found below. More information on the Halloween parade and parties will be shared next week. Be on the look-out for student MAP reports, including RIT scores and percentiles in your Huskies backpack today. Please let me know what questions, concerns, or feedback that you have. Have a great weekend!

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Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Ups Are Now Open!

District 58 parents and guardians may sign up for fall 2021 parent-teacher conferences via the PowerSchool Parent Portal any time between Thursday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. and Monday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Parent-teacher conferences will be held in person. However, families who require a remote option should schedule their conference in PowerSchool and use the “Notes” field when registering to specify if they would like to schedule a virtual conference.


Conferences will take place:


Preschool through sixth grade:

10/19/2021: 4:40 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

10/21/2021: 4:40 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

10/22/2021: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Please click here to read instructions on how to sign up for a conference.

Dismissal Procedure Reminder

Our dismissal procedures are designed to get students home from school as safely and quickly as possible. When picking up a student in the car line, please make sure to have a sign with your last name on it in your passenger window. These signs allow our staff to quickly identify your families car, and call your student outside right away. The Highland main office is happy to provide you with you an additional sign, if you need one.

Attention Free Lunch Participants

Recently, there has been a large increase in the number of students who are participating in our school lunch program that consistently bring a lunch to school, in addition to the lunch that is being provided to them. This has led to a significant amount of food waste, or leftover items.


If students are signed up for the school lunch program, they will be given a lunch each day, rather than it being an option. We are happy to be able to continuing to offer the lunch and snack option. As a reminder, if you no longer would like your child to participate, please contact the Highland main office.

Optional Student COVID-19 Testing

Voluntary COVID Testing Program Signup

District 58 encourages families to consider signing up for free PCR COVID-19 testing for District 58 students. Registration for this optional testing program is open and our program is actively underway.

Families can select from any or all of three types of testing services including:

  1. Weekly screening testing (routine testing)

  2. Symptomatic testing (testing when a student or staff member develops symptoms at school)

  3. Test-to-Stay (testing for situations in which a student has been identified as a close contact)

Test-to-Stay, an IDPH-endorsed process that allows a close contact to remain in school with regular antigen testing, will begin next week. Please see the district communication regarding the IDPH's guidance regarding when Test-to-Stay can be implemented in schools.

The student sign up for our school can be found below.


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PTA All Day

The Return of Fun Lunch/Treat Day/Pizza Lunch

We are excited to be able to bring back Fun Lunch, Pizza Lunch and Treat Day! Order now via this link: https://highland58pta.memberhub.com/store.

*All orders must be placed by Sunday, 10/24, & we CANNOT accept orders after that date.*

  • Treat Day is 10/29
  • Fun Lunch is 11/12
  • Pizza Lunch is 11/19

Please make sure that you identify your student by name and teacher when you order each item, doing so will allow us to get the item to the right kid & place (this is a new challenge with students eating in the classrooms, library & gym). If ordering for multiple kids, add full name + teacher and then "Add to Cart"... and then repeat for each additional student.


Coming soon...Books, books, and more books!

The Highland Virtual Book Fair will take place Tuesday 10/19 to Thursday 10/21. Click here to shop the fair! Every purchase earns rewards for Highland. Books will be shipped to the school & distributed directly to the kids. Be sure to check your teacher’s wish list & get them a little something - we know they deserve it!

LRC Volunteers

The LRC needs your help! We have opened signups for volunteer shifts throughout the rest of October - sign up here! Please sign up for individual shifts that work with your schedule.


The LRC is a great place to volunteer! It's a quiet and lovely spot to spend some time. Volunteers will be helping organize and reshelve books. Ms. Mara is also looking for help with covering books in protective plastic (remember covering your books with brown paper back in middle school? similar activity!). No prior training or experience necessary!


Read-a-Thon Update


Thank you again to everyone who made the Read-a-Thon a great success! Prizes ordered from the rewards store will be arriving soon and will be sent home with students next week.


MemberHub/Directory


As we shared previously, we are working on a process to make the PTA directory accessible to members, as the directory feature on our new platform, MemberHub, is not user-friendly. We will be sharing that info with PTA members soon. Thank you for your patience! If you have yet to purchase your PTA membership and would like access to the directory mentioned above, please use this link to join us: https://highland58pta.memberhub.com/store.

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