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Kinder Field Trip!

PBIS Reward - Lunch Music Party

Principal's Update

Today, students got to throw water balloons at Principal Ball as a reward for being the top 10 money earners for the Glo Run!  Congratulations!!

Don't forget to sign up for conferences if you haven't.  Thank you for your participation!

Ryan Ball, Principal

Office News & Reminders:

Before School:  It is important for families to know that we do not have anyone on duty or outside prior to 8:50 am.  Students coming early or dropped off before this time are unsupervised.  Please help us keep the students safe by not arriving prior to this time.  If you are in need of before or after care, please see the below information on community schools or contact Denise Gerhard if you have any questions.  Thank you.

October 3rd until the 10th are important dates for students to be at school for the October count.  We appreciate your consideration in scheduling appointments outside this time if at all possible. The purpose of this data collection is to obtain required student level data as provided for by state statute, including information regarding students’ funding eligibility as outlined in the Public School Finance Act of 1994, as amended (22-54-101, C.R.S.).  


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

Week of Sept 26th:

We celebrate culture, creatives, characters and the contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx communities. Check this link for our interactive Hispanic Heritage Month Bingo Card to explore with your students! Special thanks to our DEI Collab group team members from Erie Elementary for this exceptional resource. Share how you participated on the Highlands Elementary PTO Facebook page (or email and you can be entered in drawings for prizes Tuesdays and Thursdays (from Sept 15-Oct 15) including books, CD’s, and DVD’s related to Hispanic Heritage. Show us your 5 across bingo or go for a blackout and be entered into the grand prize drawing for restaurant gift certificate at the end of Hispanic Heritage Month! Participants are invited to a Pinata Party with crafts and other activities on Oct 19 at 4 pm.

Shanah tovah! Happy New Year to the Jewish community as they celebrated Rosh Hashanah this past week. We also honor the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, next week on Oct 5th.

PTO meeting: OCt. 11th at 3:40pm in the library. Childcare will be provided! We would love to see you in person, but if you need to join virtually here is the link:

Dine to donate: Oct. 18th Panda Express

Spirit Wear! We have new spirit wear this year! Please use this QR code or follow this link to check it out!    

Trunk or Treat! It’s time for our 2nd annual trunk or treat on Oct. 28th at 5pm. We can’t do this without our wonderful volunteers that will make trunks! Please sign up today! 

 Upcoming Events

  • 10-6, 10-10, 10-12 - Conferences
  • October Count Window 9/26 - 10/10
  • Oct 11 PTO Meeting 3:40 in the Library
  • Oct 14 & Oct 17 No School
  • Oct 18th Panda Express Day
  • Oct 27 Picture Retake Day
  • Oct 28 Trunk or Treat

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