NEU Highgrove Newsletter October

October 2021

Another Great Month at NEU Highgrove

Happy Fall, Highgrove Families.

The month of October is upon us and our students continue to engage in learning. During the month of September, several of our students had challenges related to attendance, but they are back and thriving.

During the month of September, we also launched Hispanic Heritage Month and everyday since September 15, our students have received a message about how Hispanic Americans have contributed to the development of our country. Please take a few minutes of each day to ask your child about what Hispanic Americans they have learned about.

Our 4th - 6th grade students also began weekly music classes and they are enjoying them a great deal. If your 5th or 6th grade student is interested in joining band this year, please reach out to our band teacher, Mr. Andrew Jones at

Dreambox, our district adopted supplemental math tool, is a huge success at Highgrove. On average our 700+ students are logging in every day and completing more than 5 lessons a week. Our NEU HERO HUSKIES are meeting our expectations for completing 5 lessons a week. Highgrove was recently recognized as one of the top elementary schools in our district for usage for September; thank you parents for this great support


Students time in class is a significant factor for their success. It is important our students arrive on time to school and stay the entire school day. Our doors open at 7:15 am for students to arrive and have breakfast. The first bell rings at 7:40 am for students to line up and at 7:45 the instructional bell rings for our students to begin the day. When our students arrive after 7:45, they are missing critical minutes of social and emotional and academic learning. Just imagine arriving to class at 7:48 everyday, that is three missed minutes of learning for 180 days; this ends up being 9 hours of engaged learning lost. Please ensure your student arrives to school between 7:15 am and 7:40 am.


At NEU Highgrove, we pride ourselves in how well our students learn and demonstrate Terrific Character. This month of October, our students are learning to demonstrate self-discipline. This character trait directly ties to respect and responsibility. Our students are understanding that a self disciplined individual will accomplish his/her goals by doing he/she has to do. Please remind your student to demonstrate self-discipline everyday by working on his/her Dreambox, Lexia and A.R. goals for the week. Our school wide goal for Dreambox is 5+ lessons a week, for Lexia it is 100 minutes a week, and for A.R. it is 10% of the total points goal for the trimester.
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Parent Teacher Conferences

We are in our 10th week of school and soon the first trimester of our 2021-2022 school year will come to an end. With this in mind, teachers will soon be reaching out to you to schedule the end of trimester Parent-Teacher Conferences which will be held the first week of November.

School Site Council, English Learners Advisory Committee and PTA

Parent, we continue to need your support. Please consider joining our School Site Council to help us develop our School Plan for Student Achievement. Please contact me, Carolina Michel, at 951 788-7296.

We are also planning for our English Learners Advisory Committee. This committee plays a critical goal in developing our school plan in order to address the needs of our English Learners. Please contact Ms. Melina Torres, bilingual community assistant, for more information, (951) 788-7296.

PTA is also an important parent involvement component of Highgrove. We will send out more information for a virtual information meeting this month.

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Vision to Learn

Monday, Oct. 11th, 7:30am

690 Center Street

Riverside, CA

Vision to Learn will be on campus to provide vision exams to several of our students. These exams will determine if a student needs glasses and the organization will be providing the exams and glasses free to our students.

Wear Pink

Friday, Oct. 15th, 7:45am

690 Center Street

Riverside, CA

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, we are encouraging all of our students to wear pink on this day.

UNITY DAY - Wear Orange

Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 7:45am

690 Center Street

Riverside, CA

Please encourage your student to wear orange on this day in support of kindness and acceptance for all.