November 12th, 2021
A Wonderful Flag Salute!
I hope everyone has had a great week. On Monday, Highland had the privilege of giving the flag salute at the District 58 Board of Education meeting. Thank you to our Student Council officers who did a great job presenting at the meeting, and thank you to our Student Council sponsors, Mrs. Dunlap and Mrs. Varys. I am grateful for the opportunity to showcase some of the great things that are happening here at Highland, and for the opportunity to highlight our partnership with the Highland PTA. The video that was shared at the meeting on Monday night can be found below. We are looking forward to one more full week of school before Thanksgiving break, and the end of the first Trimester next Friday. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or feedback. Have a great weekend!
Optional Vaccination Card Collection
District 58 invites families to voluntarily share an electronic image of their child’s vaccination card with their building’s health office. Providing proof of vaccination is not required. However, current CDC guidance excuses fully vaccinated individuals from having to quarantine unless symptomatic.
By sharing a copy of your child’s card, if your child is a close contact, having the vaccination card on hand will expedite the school’s investigation process. Copies of proof of vaccination will be kept in each student’s individual health file and treated in the same way as all health records. Please feel free to send a picture of your child's COVID vaccination card to your school nurse!
The Highland Scoop
Asphalt Construction November 17th-18th
It has been great to see all of our Huskies playing on our new playground and improved blacktop space. In order to ensure the longevity of the project, additional drainage improvements will be made to our back blacktop. These improvements will help further improve water drainage and prevent large pools of standing water on the East end of the blacktop. These improvements will require the removal and replacement of a portion of the asphalt behind Highland. Weather permitting, a District 58 contractor will be on-site on Wednesday November 17th and Thursday November 18th in order to complete this work. We anticipate students remaining inside for recess on these two days as the project is completed. Please feel free to reach out to the Highland main office if you have any questions about this upcoming project.
Donate Your Extra Halloween Candy at Highland!
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:
Weekly screening testing (routine testing)
Symptomatic testing (testing when a student or staff member develops symptoms at school)
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.
PTA All Day
Fun Lunch - Friday 11/12
Fun lunch (Buona Beef Mac & Cheese) is Friday 11/12! Please be sure to send your student(s) with a water bottle as no beverage will be included this year. If you have any questions please contact Olga Karam (email@example.com) or Deanna Smetana (firstname.lastname@example.org). Don't remember if you ordered? Check your inbox for an email titled "Receipt" from email@example.com.
Next PTA Meeting: 11/16/21
Our next general PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, November 16th at 7pm. We are planning to meet in-person at the school, if you would prefer to join us virtually, please use this link for Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/zbg-dmzx-sjc
Reflections Art Program
The Reflections Art Program is back! Students are invited to reflect on the theme, "I Will Change the World By..." and create artwork in the categories of photography, literature, visual arts, music composition, film production, dance choreography, or special artist. Due date to turn in at school is Tuesday November 23rd. Any questions, please contact Vikki Beening.
Save the Date: Holiday Shop on 12/4
Our Holiday Shop will be on December 4th from 9-1. Students will be able to shop for presents for their family members in the gym, or shop online that week. More information coming soon, along with opportunities to volunteer and help with this event.
It's time for us to come together as a community again to provide for a few of our fellow Highland families. With your donations, we hope to provide a full holiday meal to several families, with extra food to hopefully last throughout the rest of winter break. In addition, we will be gathering donations to fill their list of necessities. During this holiday season, some of our families need winter coats, socks, pajamas and household essentials. Please look for sign ups and more information coming soon. If you'd like to help organize all of the donations, or have any questions or concerns, please contact Fanny Vlahos at firstname.lastname@example.org.