Highland Highlights

Jan 2020

Today’s Learners – Tomorrow’s Leaders

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From the Principal

Dear Highland Families,

I hope this message finds you well. This week we celebrated National Kindness Week here at Highland. It was so fun seeing our students dress up and find ways to demonstrate Kindness this week. If you have time, I recommend you check out our Highland Facebook page where you can see the amazing ways our Highland students showed up for Kindness this week!!

Parents, I want to take a moment to thank each of you for your continued commitment to our amazing Highland community. The district is working hard on plans to get students back in the building for in-person learning. I know our students are excited and anxious to see their teachers and classmates again. Please check your email and/or our Facebook page for updates as they become available.

I can't wait to see all of you soon!


Beth Fraze, Principal

Office News

Our building is currently closed. If you are in need of picking up an item for your student please give us a call before you plan to come. We want to make sure someone is here to assist you.

We greatly appreciate you for leaving a voicemail when we are unavailable. As always, we will try our best to call you back as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

Maria and Elizabeth


Important Dates

  • January 29th OABE'S presentation in Spanish (additional information below)
  • February 15th Presidents' Day (No School)
  • February 9th PTO Meeting

From your PTC

Catch up with your fellow parents, teachers, and school staff at the PTC Zoom Meetings - The second Tuesday each month at 6 pm! You don't even have to leave your house to join! This is a great chance for you to hear about what's coming up, how you can help, and share your experiences during these difficult times.

Put these upcoming meeting dates on your calendar so you can be sure to support your kids in all the ways possible. We can't wait to see your face there!

The next meetings are:

Tuesday, February 9th, 6pm

Tuesday, March 9th, 6pm

Tuesday, April 13th, 6pm

Zoom info:


Meeting ID: 944 485 2973

(This will be the link & meeting ID for the foreseeable future.)

Our Spring Book Fair will be ONLINE ONLY from Friday, February, 26th - Thursday, March 11th. You can use this link https://www.scholastic.com/bf/highlandhuskies to preview the fair starting February 5th and make purchases starting Friday, February 26th. When you make purchases from the Online Book Fair the Library will receive 25% of that sale.

Notes from the Nurse

During this pandemic, we have used technology and screen time more than ever. With increased screen time, eye strain is becoming more prevalent. One of the main reasons we have eye strain is because we blink less when we are using our screens! According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are some steps you can take to prevent eye strain:

· Follow the “20-20-20” Rule. Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule. Every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. Refresh your eyes and give them a quick break!

· Use Eyeglasses. You may find that using computer eyeglasses reduces eye strain. Also, contact lenses can be very drying to your eyes so opt for glasses when you are able to.

· Adjust Brightness. If your screen glows brighter than your surroundings, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjust your screen brightness to match the level of light around you.

· Adjust Your Position at the Computer. When using a computer, you should be sitting about 25 inches (right about at arm's length) from the screen.

Taking care of our eyes is an important part of having a successful school experience. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime! I am happy to help in any way I can.


Chanel Mele

Highland Elementary School Nurse


Cell Phone: 971-601-4039

From SUN and ELD

The Oregon Association of Bilingual Education (OABE) is excited to partner with school districts around the state to offer workshops for Spanish-speaking families. These sessions will be held monthly to help support families and build the collective capacity of our Spanish-speaking community.

This week OABE is offering a parent session titled: “¿Cómo ayudar a sus hijos en tiempos de Covid-19? How do I help my children during covid-19?

The next scheduled parent meeting will be on January 29th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ochoa. *This presentation will be held virtually in Spanish. See the information below for how to access the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting


Password: familia

Phone Dial-In Information

⁨‭+1 971 247 1195‬⁩ US (Portland)


Meeting ID: 964 5182 1875

Quote of the month

Here is a short poem from one of our DLI teachers:

Attitude is the brush

with which the mind colors our life,

and we are the ones who choose the colors.

Adam Jackson

La actitud es el pincel

con el que la mente colorea nuestra vida,

y somos nosotros quienes elegimos los colores.

Adam Jackson

Every Student Prepared for Success

Gresham-Barlow School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of this district and the board of education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups in any educational programs, activities or employment. Gresham-Barlow provides equal access to individuals with disabilities.