WOW! It's difficult to believe that there only nine school days left on the 2018 calendar... but there is a LOT happening on our school site!

DRUM CIRCLES: Our fourth grade students are in the midst of enjoying the opportunity to be a part of "Drum Circles", an educational experience funded by a district-wide grant. We have had the honor and privilege of working with Andrew Grueschow, a music professor at CalArts. Not only is Andrew an amazing percussionist, but is a talented educator who has worked with the LA Philharmonics Orchestra. The students are TRULY enjoying this experience!

Our PFO just wrapped up our winter book fair. Thank you to all of you who assisted your child with purchasing a book... what always makes a book fair special is that our kids want to come to the book fair to buy a special book for themselves or for someone else. We are so glad that our kids are READING!

Today I met with our district's facilities planning director to discuss the construction our site will be going through during winter break and the summer of 2019. Over winter break, two gates will be installed in the lobby area. In order to enter the school grounds, individuals will need to be buzzed on to campus once they have checked in to the Raptor system located in our school lobby.
The purpose of the electronic gates is to continually improve the safety and security measures on our campus. 

Over the summer months, we are hopeful that construction of our new science lab will begin. The science lab will be located adjacent to our MPR building. We will begin preparing for construction by emptying the four bungalows adjacent to the back parking lot; those bungalows will be removed at the onset of summer. Should you have questions regarding construction, please feel free to email me at sbender@saugususd.org


You can spread a little warmth and care this holiday season by dropping off a hat or two & gloves to our school office. A drop off box will be located in the front office. Our drive will end December 13th! Thank you for supporting Student Council!

December 12 (Wed.): Highlands Band concert @ Bridgeport School 6:30 pm
December 13 (Thurs):  Chorus Rehearsal 2:50-3:30pm
December 13th (Thurs.): Spreading Warmth drive ends
December 19 (Wed): Winter Chorus Concert 6:00pm
December 21(Fri): MINIMUM  DAY;  All grades dismissed at 12:10pm
December 21(Fri): Pajama Day 
December 24th - January 11th: Winter Break-NO SCHOOL
January 14 (Mon): School Resumes 

Highlands School General Info...

If you have any new or gently-used elastic-waist pants or shorts, we would be happy to take them off your hands to use in the Health Office! We are also in need of packages of NEW underwear in smaller sizes for both girls and boys.
Holiday Choral Performance

Please join us for an evening of musical celebration that will stay with your child for a lifetime at our annual Holiday Choral performance on Wednesday, December 19th at 6pm in our MPR. 
Popcorn For Sale at Dismissal

Popcorn will be on sale at dismissal time on Wednesday, December 12th for $1.00 per bag. All proceeds will help our sixth grade class fund their field trip after winter break. Thank you for your support!
Student Drop Off

Supervision for students begins at 7:20AM; please do not drop your child off before this time. The first bell rings at 7:48AM as a "warning" bell and the second bell rings at 7:50AM, which is the start of school. If your child arrives to school after the gates are closed, students will need to report to the office and be signed in by office staff.


Food provided by parents must be commercially prepared and delivered in the original sealed package. Classroom party catering is available through the Santa Clarita Valley School Food Service Agency at  www.scvschoolnutrition.org.  Please be sure to check with your Room Parent and/or classroom teacher before bringing any items.  Homemade foods cannot be distributed to the students. 


There are still some tags left on our tree for the Adopt-A-Family at Highlands! If you would like to help a family in need, please come by and select a tag off of our "giving tree" located in the front office. 

Unwrapped  gifts with tree tags are due back to the front office by Friday, December 14th. We appreciate all that you do for our community!

School Site Council Highlights
At the recent School Site Council meeting, Mrs. Bender shared information about Highlands receiving federal money for its designation as a Title I School. This funding is given to schools in need based on school enrollment, the free and reduced lunch program, and other student data. All students at Highlands will benefit from this funding with the implementation of iREADY, a Language Arts and Math computer-based program where each student will have their individual interventions or extensions met through a personal "learning path." In addition to iREADY, funding for Primary and Upper Homework Clubs, aide support for Kindergarten Intervention, a Math Facts Club for grades 3-6, supporting site based counseling hours, hosting Family Education Nights, sponsoring Intramural sports during lunch times, supporting teacher training for a Next Generation Science Standards program called "Dancing into NGSS," and increasing the ratio of Chromebooks in grades 1-4 is all being made possible through Title One funding. Further information about these exciting opportunities and programs will be shared in the coming months. SSC Meetings are held once a month in the school library from 3:30-5:00. The next meeting will be on January 28th.


It is that time of year where the mornings are chilly and the afternoons warm up; wherein we find jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, etc. laying all over campus. 

Please label all of your child(ren)'s items; ie., jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, hats, etc., otherwise they will be donated over the holiday break.

If you are interested in picking up all the items to donate to a Charity, church, etc. Please feel free to see us in office. Clothes must be picked up on Friday, December 21st, no later than 3:00pm.
Thank you!

Parent Faculty Organization

We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support our 6th grade sponsored Bingo Night! It was a great success and a fun time was had by all!!

The 6th Grade will also be selling Holiday Grams this week. Each gram is 50 cents and comes with a mini candy cane! They will be for sale Tuesday and Wednesday after school and Thursday and Friday during lunch. The grams will then be delivered the following week!

Please continue clipping those box tops through the holidays! 
Click on the link below for a complete list of products with Box Tops!

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with any questions or concerns. 

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Governing Board
 Paul De La Cerda - Julie Olsen - David Powell - Christopher M. Trunkey - Judy Egan Umeck

Colleen Hawkins, Ed.D.

Saugus Union School District Office Number 661.294.5300