HPES Parent Newsletter


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Book Fair and Dr. Seuss Week!

Did you know that Read Across America has changed? It used to be one week of celebrating reading with a focus on Dr. Seuss books and his birthday. NEA is now doing a year-round celebration of diverse books to help motivate kids to read.

At Highland Park, we have always enjoyed celebrating all types of reading! “Dr. Seuss week”, which coincidently falls on our Book Fair week of March 2nd -6th, is so much fun!

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Pajama Story Palooza!

HPES invites you to our Pajama Palooza event, where your child and you can return to school in the evening to hear amazing stories read aloud by HPES staff. More information coming soon, but for now, save the date! It will be taking place on Thursday, March 5 from 6-7 pm.

Campus Wide Tutoring Grades 3-5

The staff of Highland Park Elementary is striving to support our students in multiple ways including campus-wide tutoring. To help students who need extra instruction, practice on specific skills, or instruction on a commended level performance we will be providing tutoring/enrichment to students.

To ensure that students are getting instruction targeted for their specific needs, we have created targeted instructional groups. This means that a portion of the day students may be getting instruction from a staff member other than their classroom teacher. Tutoring will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesday's and Thursdays from 7:20-8:15 (Breakfast will still be available to those students who get breakfast). Letters were sent home last week to inform you if your child is attending. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Oratorical Event- 03/10 for grades K-2, 03/11 for grades 3-5

Our annual Oratorical Event is around the corner and it's time to see our kids shine! Throughout the month of February, we will be celebrating Black History Month and recognizing African American figures who have made an impact on our lives. Our students will explore various poems, excerpts, and/or speeches by these figures and choose a selection that "speaks" to them which they will then memorize and recite in early March.

*Please note that this is mandatory for 3rd-5th graders at HP. Participating in the Oratorical Competition, on the other hand, is highly encouraged, but not a requirement.

Talent Show

The Talent Show will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 6:30pm.

Types of Talent:

Performing Art: song, dance, poetry reading, instrumental, magic, hula hooping, etc.

Performances must be kept to two minutes in length for solos and three minutes in length for groups.

All students performing MUST ATTEND Tryout/Dress Rehearsal on Monday, March 2, 2020, right after school (3:05-4:30) in the cafeteria.

Forms are due no later than Friday, February 21, 2020. Each student in a group must turn in their OWN copy of this form.

Field Day

The Highland Park Elementary School Physical Education department is currently planning its Annual Field Day, to be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020, where every student on our campus gets to participate in activities throughout the day. We need your help! We are reaching out to see if you would consider sponsoring a bounce house or making a monetary donation to help us purchase shirts, items to make games, or purchase healthy snacks. Our estimated costs are $3,000 for t-shirts for all staff and students, $1,000 for the bounce houses rentals and approximately $500 for making games and purchasing healthy snacks

PreKindergarten & Kindergarten Registration

Tuesday, April 14th 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM—PreK Registration

Wednesday, April 15th 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM—Kinder Registration

Thursday, April 16th 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM—PreK and Kinder Registration

Student registration will continue through the end of the school year during school hours


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Join us for our next PTO meeting on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Stay connected with the HPES PTO!

Website: https://hpespto.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandparkelementarypto/

Instagram: @hpes.pto

Text at @HPESPTO to 81010 to get event info via text!

PTO Calendar

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  • Campus Wide tutorials Grades 3-5 on Tuesday's Wednesday, and Thursday's 7:20-8:15!

  • Fine Arts Night on Thursday- Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

  • Students may wear a college shirt on Wednesdays and a school spirit shirt on Fridays

Great Things Happening at HPES!

2nd Grade Famous Faces!

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Upcoming Events

02/24- TELPAS window opens

02/24- Jump Rope 3:00-4:00

02/24-Volleyball Game - Storm vs Lightning 3:00pm

02/25- Choir 3:00-4:00

02/25-Volleyball Game - Slammers vs Spikers 3:00pm

02/27- ASL 3:00-4:00

02/27- Fine Arts Night 5:00-7:30

02/28- Book Fair Preview

03/02-03/06- Spring Book Fair & Dr. Seuss Week!

03/03- Tu/Tu Tuesday

03/03- Choir 3:00-4:00

03/03-Volleyball Playoffs

03/05- Kinder Performance 8:30-9:30

03/05- PTO provides lunch for Staff!

03/06-Volleyball Championship 1:30pm

03/05- ASL 3:00-4:00

03/05- PJ Story Night 6:00-7:00

03/10- K-2 Oratorical

03/10- Choir 3:00-4:00

03/11- 3-5 Oratorical

03/12- AR Goal Deadline

03/12- Field Day

03/13- Staff Development - No school for students

03/16- 03/20- Spring Break

03/24- 03/27- 4th Grade Writing Boot Camp

03/24- Choir 3:00-4:00

03/24- McDonalds Spirit Night 5:00-9:00

03/25- 2nd Grade Fieldtrip

03/26- ASL and K-1 Robotics 3:00-4:00

03/27- Pegasus Fieldtrip

03/30- Pegasus- 2nd Spring and Class Pictures

03/30- 3rd Grade fieldtrip

03/31- 3rd- 5th Spring and Class Pictures

04/02- 3rd 9 weeks Awards Assemblies 3rd: 2:00-2:40

04/03- Slime the Teachers

04/03- 4th 9 Weeks Awards Assemblies 2nd: 8:15-8:55,4th: 9:35-10:15, 5th: 8:55-9:35

04/07- Tu/Tu Tuesday

04/07- Kinder Fieldtrip

04/07- STAAR 4th Grade Writing & 5th Grade Math

04/08- STAAR 5th Grade Reading

04/09- STAAR Make-up

04/09- Kinder Egg Drop

04/10- Holiday - No School

04/14- PreK Registration-8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

04/14- Moves with Mom 7:10-7:30

04/15 Kinder Registration-8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

04/16 PreK and Kinder Registration-10:30 AM – 6:30 PM

04/16- PK, KG, and 5th Grade Graduation Pictures

04/16- ASL & K-1 Robotics 3:00-4:00

04/17- 5th Grade Fieldtrip

04/21- Choir 3:00-4:00

04/23-ASL & K-1 Robotics 3:00-4:00

0424- Pre-K Fieldtrip

04/24- Dawsor Dan Water Performance 8:00-8:50

04/30- ASL & K-1 Robotics 3:00-4:00