The Husky Update Jan. 3-14, 2022

News for our Highline Community Elementary School

From Principal Sanchez-Hart

Hello Highline Families,

Happy New Year! As we embark on a new year together, we are still striving to help our students be their very best academically, socially, and emotionally. We are also shifting our newsletter from a weekly newsletter to a biweekly format. We want to keep you informed without filling up your emails and texts. Over the next few newsletters, I will share more with you all about Highline's mission, vision, beliefs, and commitments our staff makes each and every day! As always, please know that my door is open to any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Together we can do great things for all of our students.

We are always so proud of our students and families. Please check out pictures from our students who earned CARES awards in December. We also had a great turnout at our PASS meetings where our families had a chance to hear our student presenters and review our school policies. Thank you to Mrs. Quintana, one of our equity facilitators and instructional coach, for making these meetings such a great success!


  • Winter Break Dec. 20-Jan. 3 - No School for Students
  • Tuesday, January 4 - Students return to School in 2022
  • Wednesday, January 5 - PTCO Meeting 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 6 - Heart Association Heart Challenge Assembly
  • Thursday, January 6 - Overland HS Orchestra performs for our 5th Grade students.
  • Monday, January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
  • Tuesday, January 18 - Prairie MS visits 5th Grade Students
  • Wednesday, January 19 - District PASS meeting at Overland HS 6:00-7:30 pm

On behalf of our dedicated teachers and staff, we thank you for your continued support!



Proud Highline Principal

CARES Assembly and PASS Meeting Pictures

From Assistant Principal Gaby Ruiz

Dear Highline Family,

We understand the importance of having our students go outside to play and get fresh air, which is why we go outside for recess every school day regardless of the weather unless it is extremely cold or there is precipitation. If the weather is under 20 degrees or the windchill is under 20 degrees, we will stay indoors. Otherwise please expect students to go outside for 15 minutes of recess. Please have children wear appropriate clothing and shoes for recess. In order to play in the snow, students must be wearing snow boots, gloves, snow jacket and snow pants. Thank you for your support and partnership.

Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

Last month, our school wide theme was empathy. Our students have been learning to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect same and different feelings, and show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

As we head into December our next school wide theme is emotion management. During our classroom community talks we prompt students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we will remind them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:

  • Stop—Use your signal
  • Name your feeling
  • Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you have questions about how you can help your child learn to identify feelings, show empathy and compassion, or ways to calm down at home.

To access the School Meal Page, click the title above and it will take you to the Title School Solutions site where you can adjust for allergies and dietary needs. You can also look into the future to see what is on the menu as well as change the language from English to Armenian, Burmese, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, Russian, or Vietnamese. Be sure to start with "Highline Community Elementary" in the school section.

This Week: January 3-7, 2022

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Next Week: January 10-14, 2022

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Highline Childcare Enrichment Program (HiCEP) through CCSD ECS

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From the CCSD District Department of Equity, Culture & Community Engagement

Greetings District P.A.S.S. Community,

Please note: District P.A.S.S. meetings are not recorded or live streamed. Cherry Creek School District will require masks inside ALL school buildings for ALL students, staff, and visitors.

Please join our administrators, teachers, and other Overland Area families at our area feeder event in January!

2021-2022 District P.A.S.S. Schedule

  • January 19, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Overland Feeder Schools – Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, CO 80012.
  • February 9, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Smoky Hill Feeder Schools – Smoky Hill High School, 16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora, CO 80015.
  • March 23, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Cherry Creek Feeder Schools – Cherry Creek High School, 9300 E. Union Ave., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
  • April 20, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, 8000 S. Chambers Rd., Centennial, CO 80112.

For more information on District P.A.S.S. visit the Cherry Creek School District website:

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The Highline Office Team

Principal - Diana Sanchez-Hart

Assistant Principal - Gaby Ruiz

Office Manager - Elizabeth Wethington

Registrar - Martha Galvan

School Nurse - Maddie Hamman

Family Liaison - Liz Calvillo-Martinez

Before & After Care (HiCEP) Director - Kathleen Larason

HiCEP: 720-747-2369

Attendance Line: 720-747-2395