HPES Parent Newsletter


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HPES Parents

I hope you had a wonderful three-day break with your little ones! Well, our students made it through the last couple of weeks and have August under their belt! It’s been exciting getting to know them and building those key relationships! My favorite part of the day is when I welcome our students to our campus at the front door in the mornings and seeing how excited they are to come to school! Thank you for entrusting your child to us as we strive to passionately serve their needs and yours. Please let me know how we can support you.


Please welcome Ms. Zeidler to our Kinder team, and Ms. Villacreces to our 5th Grade team. Both will begin with their students this week. If your child was affected by the change, you would have received a phone call and a letter in your child's backpack last week. Information on meeting the teachers was included in the communication home. If you would like to set up a conference, please reach out to the teacher.

HPES Recognized as Healthiest School!

HPES is being recognized as a "Mayor's Healthiest School". Our campus is being recognized as for creating a school environment that supports the health and well being of our students! Coach Harvey will receive a token of recognition on Friday, Septemeber 13th from the Mayor. Congratulations Coach Harvey!
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Back to School Dance this Friday!

Friday is our Back to School Dance put on by the PTO. There will be lights, music, dancing, concessions and lots of fun! Parents must be present with their children. Looking forward to an evening of FUN!

When: SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
Innovative Dj Entertainment Robert Rodriguez
From: 6 PM to 8 PM
Why: To start the school year with a safe, fun celebration!! Who: All Grades and their Families
Where: HPES Gym

Sign up to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d45acaa29a6ff2-back1

Communication Updates

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 questions regarding scheduling, procedures, teacher information, leave requests, substitutes, purchase orders (for your classroom/students), monthly and bi-weekly payroll, supplemental pay, staff travel, events, field trips, website updates, FB page, maintenance orders, after-hours events, fundraisers (any collection of money), Picture days, etc.

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

Student records, registration, residency questions, attendance, transfers, withdrawal, cumulative records, and folders, grade-book, etc.

Student Support Clerical Support: Mariela Moya- mariela.moya@pfisd.net

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

Nurse: Christine Henderson – christine.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 master scheduling, campus procedures, curriculum, resources, SWAT, professional development, mentoring, lesson modeling, and virtually anything teachers need regarding curriculum and instruction.

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.

We look forward to passionately serving the families of Highland Park Elementary!

Stay Informed

Here 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 Tuesday’s an HPES folder will be sent home with flyers and information. Please be sure to look out for the folder on Tuesday’s. 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 in our campus webpage under “Principal’s blog”

Grandparents Luncheon

Monday, September 9th is our designated Grandparents Day Lunch. Please invite your children's grandparents to join uis at HPES during your child's lunch. Don't forget to bring a valid ID in order to sign in when visiting.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision and hearing screenings will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4th for 1st, 3rd and 5th-grade students.


  • Students may wear a college shirt on Wednesdays and a school spirit shirt on Fridays
  • This Tuesday will be our first school-wide TUTU/TIE day. What do you do? Simply wear a tutu over your clothes or a fancy tie and join the school-wide spirit! Every first Tuesday of the month is tutu/tie day at HPES!
  • Tardy bell rings at 7:35, with announcements starting promptly at 7:40. Traffic is hectic during morning drop-off, please plan accordingly.
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Please join us during our PTO meeting on Thursday, September 12th at 6:30. We love our PTO, can't wait to see you there.

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Upcoming Events

09/03- Ms. Zeidler begins with her new Kinder class (Meet the teacher 7:20-7:40)

09/03- Ms. Villacreces begins with the 5th-grade bilingual class (Meet the teacher 7:20-7:40)

09/04- Moves with Mom 7:10-7:30

09/04- Vision & Hearing screenings for 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders

09/06- Cheerleader tryouts for 4th and 5th at 4:00

09/09- Grandparents Luncheon during your child's lunch

09/09- Book Fair Preview Day

09/09- 09/13- Book Fair

09/06- Back to School Dance 6:00- 8:00 p.m.

09/12- PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

09/13- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35 in the foyer

09/16- DAAC meeting @ 4:45-6:45

09/19- American Sign Language Class 2 @ 4:00

09/23- Jump Rope Team tryouts at 4:00

09/25- Dunks with Dad 7:10-7:30 (Basketball not donuts)

09/26- American Sign Language Class 2 @ 4:00

09/27- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35 in the foyer