HCR's Rosie Reader

Weekly Newsletter, January 23, 2022

Happy Birthday Highcroft Ridge Elementary

Highcroft Ridge Elementary was first opened in 1978 under the leadership of Dr. RIchard Overfelt. St Louis Today wrote, "Overfelt, an avid gardener, created Highcroft “roses” as a way to celebrate a pupil’s success. He would present a blush-colored certificate to the child as they sat together on a rose-patterned carpet in his office." This tradition continues today.

Today, Highcroft boasts 370 students, a strong parents community, and amazing teachers. Highcroft strives to continue the traditions established long ago including Rose Letters from teachers, our famous Rose rug, the ROSE values, the Pumpkin Run, Egg Drop, and Country Western Day.

Please help us celebrate Highcroft Ridge and Rosie's birthday by dressing your child in Highcroft Red and Highcroft gear on Monday and getting them ready to party with Rosie the Redhawk.

Nurse Hubert's Health Update

Dear Highcroft Family,

January has been a very busy month so far. I hope you all are doing well and staying warm. There are many virus and bacterial infections going on in and around school and at home.

Right now there is no such thing as a little cold. We have to be diligent in following the illness guidelines sent out by the district.

Parkway has had record numbers of sick students and staff members and we all want to stay healthy and not spread illnesses. I don’t want to send students home but I have to when they are having symptoms of upper respiratory infections and gastrointestinal illness. The guidelines have eliminated the need to quarantine for close contacts but you will still need to monitor siblings for symptoms. If your student has any of the following symptoms they will need to stay home and will need to be evaluated by a Primary Care Physician to determine the cause of the symptoms the student is displaying.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

So many of the students I am seeing have only a slight symptom and then test positive.

Please let me know and I can advise you of Parkway’s current guidelines for returning to school.

I also need to know if your child tests positive for Strep, Influenza or RSV. All of this is done to keep every child and staff member healthy and for your child to be able to attend in-person learning.

The best way to help prevent the spread of respiratory droplets is for all persons to wear at the minimum a surgical grade mask. I have a supply of masks at school for those who cannot find them in the stores. Currently our mask mandate will continue through February 18th. This is reevaluated on a regular basis and is determined by the number of positive cases we have in the buildings.

During Recess and PE students will be going outside when the weather permits. Please remember to send your student to school with gloves/mittens and a hat everyday. We want to protect heads and hands from exposure to the cold. I have some extra in my office if students forget. A benefit of wearing a mask in the cold helps keep faces warm when students are outside. This is optional for all.

I want to Thank all of you for all of your wonderful support, kind words and gestures during these very trying times. Highcroft Ridge is a fantastic place to work and I truly feel a part of this amazing community. Know that I am always here to answer questions and support students and families, to keep your children healthy.

Cathy Hubert BSN, RN, NCSN



Important Dates

January 2022

  • 24 Highcroft and Rosie's Birthday!! Wear Red

  • 24 All Read 3:20 PM

  • 24 Progress Reports are available


  • 2 Early Release @ 2pm

  • 7-11 School Counselor Appreciation

  • 10 PSO Meeting

  • 14 Valentine’s Day Parties

To see events for the year click here.

Voluntary Sharing of Student COVID - 19 Vaccinations

As a reminder, Parkway is asking parents to consider sharing vaccination records if their child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Sharing proof of vaccination is entirely voluntary. Your child’s vaccination record will be kept confidential. If your child is vaccinated, please complete this voluntary form to share your record with our school. The form will ask for your child’s name, school, grade and will have a place where you can upload a photo/image of your child’s vaccination card. You will need to log into your personal Google/Gmail account or use your child’s Parkway Gmail account to complete the form.

Providing your vaccine information will help us measure vaccination rates within our school communities. If you have any questions

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Hubert at (314) 415-6410

Highcroft’s January Wellness Newsletter

Community Events!

  • We unfortunately could not make our November walk work, however, there will be another chance in March!

Being Healthy as a Family

GO OUTSIDE Just because it’s cold outside does not mean you have to stay inside! The key is to bundle up. Dress in layers, wear boots instead of gym shoes, thicker, warmer socks, a hat at all times, and mittens or gloves. Moving around outside and getting your heart rate up will help keep you warm as well. Encourage your kids to walk the dog, go to the park, shoot a basketball or play outside with friends.

TRY ANOTHER INDOOR LOCATION Especially in the winter months, getting out of the house can help prevent cabin fever. Try choosing a location that also incorporates physical activity like a bowling alley, local gym, indoor basketball court, roller or ice skating rink, or an indoor pool.

TRY AN EXERCISE VIDEO If you have trouble getting to a class or they don’t like group activities, have your kids try a kid-friendly exercise video. Here are a few of my favorites: gonoodle.com; PopSugar fitness, fitnessblender.com; Alo yoga for kids.

Healthy Recipe

Hearty Oat Cookies

I LOVE a good cookie. After the holidays, however, I am looking for ways to cut out all the sugary treats. Here is a cookie the whole family is sure to love!

Content by Mrs. Rudd, Highcroft’s Student Wellness Leader.