NEU Highgrove HUSKY Newsletter

November 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,

The month of October has come and gone, and our scholars had the opportunity to enjoy several events. On October 7, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage with a short presentation of Charreria. Through our Daily Messages, students also learned about the many contributions Hispanic Americans have provided to the development of our country in science, art, music, sports, government, and much more. On October 14, we wore pink to celebrate Breast Cancer Survivors, and on October 19, we wore orange to celebrate UNITY Day to spread Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion. We wrapped up the month of October with RED RIBBON WEEK to promote living drug free, and on October 31, we enjoyed a Spooktacular Halloween Parade.

On November 7, we will launch our 2nd trimester. Our scholars will continue to engage in active learning experiences, expand their knowledge and skills and empower themselves.


We will have a PTA meeting on Monday, November 7 at 5:00 pm in our Parent Room. We will be providing an update on officers.

English Learners Advisory Committee

Highgrove's next ELAC meeting is set for November 14 at 1:00 pm in our Parent Room (RM 20). We will further share information about our Single Plan for Student Achievement and elect officers for our committee.

School Site Council

Our SSC members met on October 24 to learn about the roles and responsibilities of SSC. The council elected board members and approved the meeting dates for the year. SSC council will meet again on November 28 to discuss the action agenda item, Single Plan for Student Achievement. We will meet at 2:45 in our Parent Room (RM 20).

Parent Volunteers

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

Up Coming November Events

Parent Teacher Conferences began this week, Oct. 31 through Nov. 4. Did you confirm your conference? Please reach out to your student(s) teacher at 951 788-7296 if you have any questions.

Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11. It is a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, on the anniversary of the end of World War I. RUSD schools will be closed on this day.

Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. This year the week of November 21 - 25, RUSD will close schools in observance of Thanksgiving.

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 lockout drill will be practiced the month of November.

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.

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 October our overall daily attendance rate reached 92%; 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 October. 140 students came to school every day and on time and did not leave early in October. Our scholars will receive an October perfect attendance BRAG Tag and a treat later in the month during lunch. 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.

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 October we focused on Self-Discipline.

For the months of November and December, we will model and teach Fairness and Caring.

Fairness is

  • Play by the rules.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Be open-minded. Listen to others.
  • Don’t take advantage of others.

Caring is

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

At home, please join us in teaching and modeling to our scholars these character traits.

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.

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

Health and Safety


For all Health and Safety updates, please visit Riverside Unified School District's website at

PTA Meeting

Monday, Nov. 7th, 5pm

690 Center Street

Riverside, CA

We will meet in the parent room (RM 20).


Monday, Nov. 14th, 1pm

690 Center Street

Riverside, CA

ELAC will meet in the parent room.

School Site Council

Monday, Nov. 28th, 2:30pm

690 Center Street

Riverside, CA

SSC will meet in the parent room.