A publication for the Highlands Elementary community.

Hawk News


Students working with their 'fundation boards' in kindergarten.
Important Dates:

January 31st Dine to Donate @ Chick Fil A:Larkspur 6:30 am-7:00 PM
February 1st - Late Start
February 2nd - Vision & Hearing Rechecks
February 9-15th Book Fair
February 9, 15 and 16 - Conferences
February 17th & 20th - No School

Principal News

Conferences are ready to schedule.  We send conference information to the priority 1 family member in Infinite Campus. This allows families to discuss a date that works best for them and then the priority one family member can schedule it.  Since our teachers have limited scheduled slots, this allows all families to book a conference time.  Families with extenuating circumstances can email their student's teacher to discuss times.  Our hope is that all parents participate in this valuable communication opportunity with your child's teacher. The more parents and teachers share relevant information with each other about a student, the better equipped both will be to help the student achieve academically.  We thank you for your participation.

Directions with conference link (located at top of direction page)

Nutrition Service News  
Starting on February 6th, Nutrition Services will begin offering snacks to students during their lunch time.  We wanted to let you know in advance so you can decide on if your family will participate.  Students would be able to bring cash or use money in their account for the items.  Prices could range from .50 cents to $3.00.  Please have this discussion with your children so they know your parameters regarding snacks. 

Ryan Ball, Principal
Highlands Elementary

Office Updates

If you are needing a refund or transfer of lunch funds, please go to the Nutrition Services Link and follow the directions below:

On the left side there is a list of things to click on; click on "Parent Resources"  You will see Department Forms, then just click on the one you want and fill out.  It will go directly to Joy English and then it will be processed.


Ms. Supino is beginning the 5210+ Challenge in PE for the month of February.  Students will bring home information from Ms. Supino starting tomorrow.  Please check out Ms. Supino's QR code below for more information.

Registration is open for the Valentine February Enrichment. Students will make a fleece heart pillow and a custom card. Snacks will be provided, please let me know if your student has any allergies. Questions:


Week of January 23, 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.)

Gong Hei Fat Choy! “Wishing you great happiness and prosperity” is a popular Mandarin greeting for the Chinese New Year which falls on January 22nd in 2023. It is also known as the Lunar New Year because it is celebrated in other countries including Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand to name a few. Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring. People focus on family and good luck. Legend tells of a monster, Nian, that attacked villages. Each year people scare it away with loud noises, fire and the color red. The Lunar New Year begins on a new moon and ends on the full moon with the Lantern Festival. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit! Explore other animals of the Chinese Zodiac in this National Geographic Kids link


Community Schools

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


Check out this FREE EVENT celebrating the Chinese New Year on Feb., 4th from 2-5 pm at Silver Creek High School in Longmont! Lion Dance and performances begin at 2 pm, cultural games, activity booths and food sampling. What a great opportunity to experience Asian culture right here in our community!

Tribute to Teachers
Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted!
Click Here to Nominate a Teacher!
The Tribute to Teachers awards program, sponsored by St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation, provides the opportunity for students, parents, volunteers, fellow educators, school staff and community members to recognize and honor individual teachers at the Pre-K – 12th grade levels in St. Vrain Valley Schools who exemplify excellence in teaching. By paying tribute to teachers who have an extraordinary impact on the achievements of students, the Education Foundation and the community hope to honor the accomplishments of all teachers.

Nomination Criteria
Exemplary St. Vrain Valley Schools Teachers of the Year embody the following 5 characteristics:
  • Innovator – Frequently and appropriately challenges “accepted but outdated” methodologies with new approaches
  • Goal-Setter – Sets and maintains high standards for learning regardless of class/student knowledge
  • Motivator – Demonstrates a real love of teaching in most every lesson
  • Subject Matter Expert – Understands and conveys the material taught
  • Life Connector – Utilizes real-world examples/current topics in the classroom to emphasize the lesson’s importance

In order to qualify as a nominee, the teacher must be a licensed educator in the State of Colorado and employed at a St. Vrain Valley Schools campus for the current school year. If a teacher won the Teacher of the Year honor for their school the previous year they are not eligible. Click Here to see the 2022 winners. All St. Vrain Valley Schools are eligible for these awards! All nominations must be received electronically no later than Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 11:45pm. 

One teacher from each St. Vrain Valley School will receive the Teacher of the Year recognition for their school. Two other teachers from each school will be honored as Teacher of the Year finalists. The Teacher of the Year for each school will receive a financial gift. The recipients and finalists all receive a certificate of recognition during the Tribute to Teachers event on April 29, 2023. From the school Teacher of the Year honorees, a district wide Teacher of the Year and four finalists will be chosen.
Click Here to Nominate a Teacher!
Click Here for More Information
Nomination Deadline is Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Presenting Sponsor
2022 Tribute to Teachers Video
2022 School Teacher of the Year Announcement Video
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