May 2023

Dear Highgrove Families,

We exist to serve the whole child, with a focus on building 21st century skills in order for ALL scholars to be productive and world ready citizens.

Hello Highgrove Families.

The month of April provided our scholars an opportunity for all to enjoy many engaging and fun activities.

  • Every student whose family came to Open House had a great time showing off their classrooms and their learning.
  • Kindergarten, second, third and sixth grade students enjoyed going on field trips related to science and history content.
  • More scholars will enjoy field trips this month of May.

We are wrapping up our 2022-2023 school year in less than 15 days. But our scholars are actively still learning and also engaging in end of year assessments. Therefore it is important that all of our scholars be at school every day and be prepared for learning.

Upcoming Events:

May 12 Minimum Day - Dismissal is at 11:40 am

May 18 - May 22 Awards Assemblies

May 22 Kindergarten Celebration 8:45 am

May 23 6th grade Promotion 8:45 am

May 24 Last Day of School - Dismissal is at 11:40 am.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Our 3rd through 6th grade scholars are in the middle of taking the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Please continue to ensure your child is having a good night's rest every day and having breakfast. We offer breakfast for all of our scholars as soon as our doors open at 7:40 am.


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At NEU Highgrove, we pride ourselves on how well our students learn and demonstrate TERRIFIC Character. For the month of April we focused on Good Citizenship.

For the month of May, we will model, teach and practice WONDER with our scholars.


  • Wonder is to stop and say: “Wow!”
  • Wonder is to marvel at mystery, to stand in awe before the unexplained.
  • Wonder is to delight in beauty and mystery.
  • Wonder is the first step on the path to knowledge.

At home, please join us in teaching and modeling to our scholars this character trait.

We will recognize scholars for this trait and HERO traits On May 19 for 1st - 5th grade and May 22 for Kindergarten in-person and May 23 for 6th grade at promotion. Teachers will send out invitations to the parents of the students who will be recognized at our virtual assemblies.

Perfect attendance for April

Congratulations to the 128 scholars who had perfect attendance for the month of April. These scholars came to school everyday and arrived on time, 8:10 am. They will receive their April brag tag and a lunch treat soon.

At School Everyday and on Time!

Our scholars' time in class is a significant factor for their success. It is important for our students to arrive on time to school and stay the entire school day. For the month of April, our overall daily average attendance rate reached 92%. Thank you parents for helping your child arrive to school every day and on time. We understand that many students were out ill due to colds and other factors. We will continue to hold Student Attendance Review Team meetings to assist parents with student school attendance challenges.

Our doors open at 7:40 am for students to arrive and have breakfast. The first bell rings at 8:05 am for students to line up and at 8:10, the instructional bell rings to begin learning. When our students arrive after 8:10, they miss critical minutes of social and emotional and academic learning. Just imagine arriving to class at 8:13 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(s) arrives to school between 7:40 am and 8:05 am so they engage in learning 100% of the day.

If your scholar is absent, please call our office at (951) 788-7296 to report his/her absence. For your convenience, we have also added an online form for you to report absences, please go to

Link: https://bit.ly/NEUHighgrove. This form is also available on our website.

In addition, reach out to his/her teacher to learn about what was missed in class and how the student can make up the learning. Many times the student can find all of the assignments in their Google Classroom.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In May we will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage at Highgrove. Our scholars will learn about the many important contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to our country's history. We encourage all of our families to learn with their students. Please visit the websites below to learn more about APA.
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RUSD Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering, please click on the RUSD volunteer link above. Thank you to all of our parents who have completed the RUSD volunteer process.

School Site Council

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 8, 2023 at 2:45 pm. Everyone is welcomed to attend. We will be sharing a draft of ideas for next year's school plan for student achievement.

English Learners' Advisory Committee

Our next ELAC meeting is scheduled for May 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm. We will be sharing ideas for next year's school plan to support our English Learners.

PTA meeting

More information to come.