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Important Dates:
2023-24 PRESCHOOL Registration January 17th
No School January 16th
PTO Meeting January 17th @ 7:00 pm Highlands Library
School Carnival January 27th

Principal News


January 17th will be the date to register for preschool for the 23-24 school year.  All parents, current and future, will need to register on the Colorado Department of Education website.  We have included the Universal Preschool Colorado (UPK) link for your convenience.  We also highly encourage you to read the Family FAQ for more details on the UPK program.
  • Registration for the 2023-2024 school year begins Tuesday, January 17 at 8 am.
  • Children who are four years old on or before October 1 (KINDGERGARTEN will receive free part-day preschool.
  • Qualifying 3-year-olds are eligible for part-time (10 hours) of preschool programming.
  • Tuition-based and scholarship opportunities are also available for 3-year-olds.

To register for the 2023-24 school year: 

  1. Apply online through Universal Preschool Colorado at
  2. Accept your preschool placement match through UPK.
  3. Complete the district registration (will be sent via email after placement match).

Registration Open House and Assistance

Attend one of our informational open houses to learn more about SVVSD’s preschool programming and the 2023-2024 registration process.  

Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools, 33 Quail Rd., Longmont
January 17, from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Spark! Discovery Preschool, 555 Eighth St., Frederick,
January 17, from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Staff will be available to answer questions about SVVSD preschool programs and registration.
  • Technical assistance and laptops will be available to help with the application process for those who need it
  • Interpretation services available
  • Free child-sitting
  • Snacks and drinks provided

If you’re unable to attend an open house but would like to learn more about preschool registration, staff will be available to answer questions at the Early Childhood Office, 820 Main St., Longmont, on January 19 and 24.

Ryan Ball, Principal
Highlands Elementary



We are excited to share that our new Campus Supervisor position has been filled at Highlands Elementary.  It is our hope that she will play an important role in fostering a positive building environment by creating relationships with students and serving as another trusted adult in the building.  We are happy to introduce you to Sarah Abbott!

Greetings Highlands Families!
My name is Sarah Abbott and I am so excited to be the Campus Supervisor at our beautiful school!  I was born and raised in Fort Collins, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado, and spent 21 years working at McGuckin Hardware in Boulder before landing in the St. Vrain School District.  I was at Sanborn Elementary for 7 1/2 years, most of which I spent as the librarian, and now here I am at Highlands.  My husband, Brett, works at McGuckins.  My son, Patrick, is a student at Mead Middle School.  My dog, Clover, is quite adorable, but she is very naughty.  Outside of school I help coach Patrick's baseball team, I like to bake cookies for special people in my life, and I love to read.  I look forward to getting to know all of you, please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns. 


Week of January 9, 2023

We’re back with a drawing this January for Diversity Reads: Cultural Holidays part 2! 

Email us at (subject Diversity Reads) with your student’s first name, last initial and teacher or find Highlands Elementary PTO on Facebook and comment on our posts. This month we will be giving away ‘Lil Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington and Playing With Lanterns by Wang Yage. If you entered your name in December we will automatically roll over your entry for our January drawing. Last day to enter is January 27th. (If you have already won a book with our Diversity Reads program, we hope you continue to enjoy our monthly booklists, but kindly ask that you don’t enter the drawings to make space for other student winners.)


Joyous Kwanzaa" Greeting Card for Sale by shornaiter | Redbubble

Heri za Kwanzaa! is Swahili for “Happy Kwanzaa!” Kwanzaa is a celebration of African family, community and culture from December 26th through January 1st. For more information about this rich cultural holiday click on this National Geographic Kids link.

Community Schools

Before & After School Care

St. Vrain’s Community Schools program provides a safe, structured and positive environment that extends school day learning and supports families in need of before- and after-school care. The program provides a balanced menu of educational, enrichment and recreational activities to promote student achievement and engagement. Our childcare program is licensed through the Colorado Department of Human Services for children ages 5-11.  For more information please contact Denise Gerhard, Program Manager at

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