A publication for the Highlands Elementary community.

Students in Hawks Nest made sugar skulls for Día de los Muertos!
First grade built a snowman during lunch recess today!!!

Hawk News


Principal News

Highlands Families,

This year the registration period for Preschool and Kindergarten will look differently. 

Next school year, 2023-24, will be the start of the Universal Preschool Program. Every child, age 4, will have access to 10 hours of free preschool, per week, in the year before they are eligible to start kindergarten.  Because this will be a state funded program, the application process will change. Preschool applications will not be starting in December.   We do not have a confirmation date yet from the district preschool department, but will share it the moment we have it.  There are still many questions we can't answer currently, but there are some things we do know: that parents will have to go through a state website to start the application process, that parents can select up to 3 schools (this can be any school participating in the Universal Preschool program, not just our school district), and that the registration process will start sometime in January.  As soon as we are able, we will send out information to our families.

2023-24 incoming kindergarteners will also need to register for school EVEN if they are currently in a St. Vrain Valley School preschool program.  We are still waiting on confirmation of when this registration will take place and we will let families know as soon as possible of the date.  

We will be having incoming kindergarten parent tours on the following dates: November 29th at 4:00, November 30th at 2:00, and December 2 at 9:30.  These tours are intended for incoming kindergarten parents who are interested in attending Highlands.  They will be very informal and meant to answer just basic questions about our school and offers an opportunity to see the inside of the building.  Please call or email Korri Winka or Michele Keener to schedule your tour.  303-702-8040 or or .  Future parents who register for kindergarten at Highlands will be able to attend a Parent Orientation Night sometime in the late spring.

Please share this information with any new families you might know or new families who move into the neighborhood.  We appreciate you spreading the news.

New Campus Supervisor Position


The safety of our school environments has always been a top priority in St. Vrain Valley Schools. As the district continues to invest in security upgrades, mental health resources, counselors, and other supports to ensure the well-being and success of our students, we are excited to share that a new Campus Supervisor position will be provided to all elementary schools in the district. 


Currently at all middle and high schools in St. Vrain, Campus Supervisors promote safe and secure learning environments for students by providing an additional layer of facility monitoring, oversight, and communication regarding any potential risks or safety concerns. These roles also play an important part in fostering a positive building environment by building relationships with students and serving as another trusted adult in the building. 

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for one of these 26 new positions, a job description and application can be accessed starting Monday, October 31 at

Join the Highland Elementary Community as a Guest Teacher

You can become a guest teacher for Highlands Elementary and work the days that fit into your schedule. As a Guest, or Substitute Teacher, you will teach and supervises students in the event that their regular teacher is unable to lead class.  If you are interested in joining our team, please apply using the link below and look for the "Substitute Teaching" vacancy to start your application or contact me via email or phone if you have more questions.  We look forward to having you!

Join Our Team Today >>



As a reminder, the south lot is for staff parking only and bus drop off and pick up.  We are asking parents not to use this lot to pickup or drop off students to keep all children safe.  Parents are free to park on the street and walk up to pick up their children.  Please let anyone who picks up your child know about this parking area restrictions.  Thank you for your help

Ryan Ball
Highlands Elementary


Office News & Reminders:

PRESCHOOL TUITION is due for November 

Students should wear clothing and shoes appropriate for outside play.  Students can be excused from recess with a doctor’s note.  Children will go outside for recess unless there is excessive precipitation, lightning or if the temperature falls below 15 degrees (temperature + wind chill).

Birthday Celebrations (per Parent Handbook)

A celebration of the child’s birthday will be scheduled in the classroom to honor their special day.  Student birthdays are also recognized on the daily announcements and through a special visit to the front office.  Students with summer birthdays are encouraged to celebrate on their “half birthday” or on any other day selected by the family.  Parents should notify the teacher regarding the date selected for the summer birthday celebration.  

NOTE:  no food will be served for birthday celebrations.

Questions about lunch or My School Bucks? Contact Highlands kitchen manager Lynette Petrick at, Nutrition Services 303-682-7251 , or visit the Nutrition Services website.


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

Feliz Día de los Muertos! Day of the Dead is a cultural holiday celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America. This lively festival is celebrated over 2 days, November 1st and 2nd, and gives families the opportunity to honor their ancestors. For more information about how this colorful cultural holiday is celebrated click on this National Geographic Kids link.

Native American Heritage Month gives an opportunity in November to take the time to explore the histories, arts, and cultures of Indigenous communities across the Americas. Click on this link for book recommendations to explore this month!

 Upcoming Events

  • Nov 8 PTO meeting 7:00 pm
  • Nov 16 Annie Musical 6:30 pm
  • Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Break

More Events >>


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