NEU Highgrove HUSKY Newsletter

December 2022

Success at NEU Highgrove

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.

Dear Highgrove Families,

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends and that you are well. The month of November launched our 2nd trimester and our scholars continue to engage in learning.

This month of November, we shared with our scholars Native American History through our daily messages in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Please ask your son/daughter to share with you some of the history they learned.

All of our scholars have also engaged a lot with number fluency and we want them to continue to practice daily at home. We will be sending home next week a letter with ideas for games students can engage with you. In addition, please continue to support your son/daughter with reaching their weekly DreamBox goal of completing 5 math lessons a week.

Attendance Matters for Scholars' Success

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 November our overall daily attendance rate reached 90%; our goal is 97%. We understand that many students were out ill due to colds and other factors. However, it is very important that all parents make a huge effort to ensure students are at school every day and on time. We will continue to hold Student Attendance Review Team meetings to assist parents with student school attendance challenges.

We also want to celebrate students who had perfect attendance for the first trimester. 24 students came to school every day and on time and did not leave early from August 8 to November 2. These scholars earned a pizza lunch with a treat. We will soon celebrate the students who obtained perfect attendance for November, they will receive a bag tag and a treat. Please help your child with attending school every day and on time. Not only will they receive a monthly treat, but also build good habits for the future.

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: 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.

RUSD Hour of Code Challenge

Join RUSD in the Hour of Code Challenge! Students can participate in an Hour of Code activity anytime by visiting the Family STEM Site at


Greetings from the LCAP office! This year’s Fall LCAP Parent Survey window is Nov. 28th through Dec. 9th. We are asking that all RUSD parents participate in this important survey. As you know, LCAP relies on parent feedback to help guide the budget and expenditure planning for each school year. We are grateful for your help with this effort. Click here to enter the survey:


Linda Christopher

Director for LCAP and Community Engagement

¡Saludos desde la oficina del LCAP! El plazo de la encuesta de otoño del LCAP para los padres es del 28 de noviembre hasta el 9 de diciembre. Pedimos que todas los padres de RUSD participen en esta encuesta de suma importancia. Como ustedes saben, el LCAP se basa en las aportaciones de los padres para ayudar a guiar el presupuesto y la planificación de los gastos para cada ciclo escolar. Les agradecemos su apoyo en este esfuerzo. Haga click en el enlace para entrar a la encuesta.


Linda Christopher

Directora de LCAP y Compromiso Comunitario

Parent Engagement in SSC and ELAC

Highgrove's next ELAC meeting is set for December 12 at 1:00 pm in our Parent Room (RM 20). Please join us for hot chocolate and pan dulce. We will discuss the importance of school attendance.

Our SSC will meet on December 12 at 2:45 to review our Comprehensive School Safety Plan.

Parent Volunteers

We have fantastic news regarding volunteering at school. For information on how to volunteer, please visit our district website at this link:

TERRIFIC Character Counts Every Day

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

For the month of December, we will model and teach Caring.

Caring is

  • Be kind.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Express gratitude.
  • Forgive others.

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

We will recognize scholars for these two traits on December 15 and 16. Teachers will send out invitations to the parents of the students who will be recognized at our virtual assemblies.

Family and Student Wellness

Parents, please take a few minutes of your time to review the information regarding the dangers of Fentanyl. The link below shares with you important information and safety measures.

RUSD has resources for family wellness through Care Solace. If you are interested in support, please visit the link below for information and support. Care Solace is Available 24-7 to students and their families to help with mental health and addiction resources. Click here to get support.

Safety Safety Safety

The safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority. We continue to strive to provide a safe learning environment for them. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice our Comprehensive Safety Plan throughout the year. The students and staff at Highgrove Elementary will be practicing three primary emergency drills throughout the year. They are Fire, Earthquake, and Lockdown/Lockout. A fire drill and an earthquake drill will be practiced the month of December.


RUSD remains committed to keeping our schools safe through our WeTip anonymous form and hotline (844) 951-2990. WeTip allows our RUSD community to easily and confidentially report threats and other concerns that affect our well-being and security.

Parking Lot safety: We expect all of our parents and visitors to abide by traffic rules and common courtesy when dropping off and picking up students. Please park and walk to the gates to pick up your child. There is no parking between the small fence and parking spots. The curb is painted red and there are "No Parking" signs on the fence. The Handicapped parking spots are for those with a visible Handicapped placard. There is also no parking in the white lined areas. We will be asking law enforcement to help us keep everyone safe. Thank you for your cooperation.

For your child's safety and yours, when crossing the drive through lanes, only use the crosswalks. Crossing in the middle of the lane puts you and your child in danger.

Upcoming December Events 2022

December 6: Band Concert at UNI

December 9: Honor Roll In-Person; Invitations will be going home this week.

December 12 - 16: Winter Wonderland Week; more information to come

December 14: HEARTS Music concert

December 15: Pictures with Santa 6pm to 8pm; more information to come

December 16: Reindeer Run with the 100 mile club

December 19 - December 30: Winter Break

January 2: Return to School

NEU Highgrove Counseling Corner

At Highgrove Elementary, we are fortunate to have two counselors who work together to help students in all areas of their life such as, academic, social and emotional, as well as to prepare them for college because they are all COLLEGE BOUND!

Our Student Assistance Program Counselor is Dr. Aracely Ramirez and our MTSS Counselor is Mr. Emilio Huerta. Parents and Guardians please reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns or would like your student to receive counseling. Their contact information is below. Thank you!

Highgrove Elementary (951) 788-7296

Dr. Arcely Ramirez ext. 42249

Mr. Emilio Huerta ext. 42207