HPES Parent Newsletter


Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Last week finally felt like things are falling into place and into a routine! It was definitely a busy week and one that kept us on our toes! As I walk the hallways on our campus- I am reminded of how blessed I am to work alongside our staff and with your children! Please let me know how I can be of service and how I can support you.

Stay Informed

Here a few ways to stay informed. Follow us on Facebook @HighlandParkES and on Twitter @HighlandPark_ES. School communications will also be sent out through Peach Jar via email. Please, open emails from Peach Jar to stay informed of campus and district information. On Tuesday’s an HPES folder will be sent home with flyers and information. Please be sure to look out for the folder on Tuesday’s. Additionally, please sign-up for our mailing list at You will receive a monthly campus newsletter through the mailing list. You can also find a copy of a newsletter like this one in our campus webpage under “Principal’s blog”

Remind Text Messages - Ms. Ruiz will send out reminders for things like early release, special events, and dress up days. To sign up, text @b46hd to the number 81010

BackPack Pfriends

BackPack Pfriends is a partnership between several churches, volunteer groups, and civic organizations to help meet the needs of students in Highland Park Elementary. DELL currently sponsors HPES and delivers food on Friday for students to take home.

Teachers nominate students that could benefit from having additional food sent home on Friday's. Our counselor will contact families and organize distributions. Students who participated last year will automatically receive a parent permission letter this school year.

Teacher & Staff Member of the Month

We have amazing staff at HPES, and we want to recognize them! Beginning this month, we will recognize a Teacher & Staff Member of the Month! Both will receive the following:

  • Lunch provided plus and extra 30 minutes covered
  • 1 week of jeans
  • Recognition on our morning announcements, campus facebook, marquee and hallway bulletin board. So happy to brag about our fabulous staff!


  • Students may wear a college shirt on Wednesdays and a school spirit shirt on Fridays
  • The first Tuesday of every month, is our first school-wide TUTU/TIE day. What do you do? Simply wear a tutu over your clothes or a fancy tie and join the school-wide spirit! Every first Tuesday of the month is tutu/tie day at HPES!
  • Tardy bell rings at 7:35, with announcements starting promptly at 7:40. Traffic is hectic during morning drop-off, please plan accordingly.

Great things are happening at HPES!


This year PTO would like to support a school-wide initiative. They will work hard to promote this initiative during our Boosterthon Fun Run and other fundraising events. During our last PTO meeting- PTO determined the funds earned from Boosterthon this year will go towards technology for students and staff! THANK-YOU PTO!

Please join our Next PTO meeting on October 9, 2019, at 6:30 p.m!

Stay connected with the HPES PTO!

Website: https://hpespto.org/

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

Instagram: @hpes.pto

Communication Updates

Please allow 24 hours during the work week for a response to a non-emergency question or request. If you call or send an email on a Friday, you should expect a response during business hours the following week.

When you need assistance, please make note of the roles and responsibilities of these staff members. By contacting them directly, you will receive a faster reply.

Senior Admin. Associate: Mima Oiesen – miroslava.oiesen@pfisd.net

General questions regarding scheduling, procedures, teacher information, leave requests, substitutes, purchase orders (for your classroom/students), monthly and bi-weekly payroll, supplemental pay, staff travel, events, field trips, website updates, FB page, maintenance orders, after-hours events, fundraisers (any collection of money), Picture days, etc.

Registrar: Miriam Ruvalcaba – miriam.ruvalcaba@pfisd.net

Student records, registration, residency questions, attendance, transfers, withdrawal, cumulative records, and folders, grade-book, etc.

Student Support Clerical Support: Mariela Moya- mariela.moya@pfisd.net

Schedule LPAC and 504 meetings, and gather student grades, relevant classroom, and health data.

Nurse: Christine Henderson – christine.henderson@pfisd.net

Shot records, allergy information, distribution of medication, general student health, Section 504, and SpEd as related to health, etc.

Instructional Coach: Gina Lochner – regina.lochner@pfisd.net

General questions regarding master scheduling, campus procedures, curriculum, resources, SWAT, professional development, mentoring, lesson modeling, and virtually anything teachers need regarding curriculum and instruction.

Counselor: Anna Vazquez – anna.vazquez@pfisd.net

Student care and concerns, parent and student support, Credit by Exam, Gifted and Talented information, assessment, and Section 504

Assistant Principal: Jesus Olivas –jesus.olivas@pfisd.net

Primary contact regarding discipline, LPAC, and SpEd. Additionally, virtually everything you would contact Ms. Ruiz for. It is a good idea to copy Mr. Olivas on emails sent to Ms. Ruiz because both of them are able to respond to questions or concerns.

Principal: Lizbeth Ruiz – lizbeth.ruiz@pfisd.net

Any and all topics not covered by the staff members listed above.

We look forward to passionately serving the families of Highland Park Elementary!

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Upcoming Events

09/19- American Sign Language 2 class 3:00-4:00

09/23- Jump Rope Team tryouts 3:00-4:00

09/25- Dunks with Dad 7:10-7:30

09/26- American Sign Language 2 class 3:00-4:00

09/27- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35

10/02- Walk to School Day

10/03- Picture Day- Information will be sent out soon!

10/03- Chuck E Cheese visits HPES @ 2:30 - 3:00

10/04- Chuck E Cheese Spirit Night 3:00-9:00

10/11- Staff Development Day- No School (Parent Conference Day)

10/14- Holiday- No School

10/17- Fall Concert, 5th, Choir, ASL- Information coming soon

10/18- Pink Out Day

10/18- Muffins with Mom 7:10-7:30

10/18- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35

10/18- PTO Movie Night 6:30-8:00

10/21- Student Book Club afterschool

10/24- Storybook Pumpkins Due

10/24- 1st Grade Fieldtrip to Georgetown Palace Theater & Creative Playscape.

10/25- HPES Spirit Store 7:15- 7:35

10/25- Bat Night

10/25- 2nd Grade Thinkery Fieldtrip

10/28- Student Book Club afterschool

10/31- Kinder Fairytale Parade at 8:15 a.m.