We would like to congratulate Mr. Dan Kurtz for being selected as Highlands' Teacher Tribute Honoree for the 2018-2019 school year! Mr. Kurtz not only teaches a 4th/5th combination class, but also spends additional time serving on our school's Site Council as a teacher representative, facilitating our Math Field Day teams, assisting students in our after school Homework Club, and has served on other school & district committees over the years. We are proud of Mr. Kurtz and honored to have him as a teacher at Highlands!

Many questions have surfaced about the dual immersion program being offered at Highlands next school year. I will do my best to answer the most frequently asked questions:
  • Is the program only for Kindergarten students?
    • YES! The program is only being offered for entering Kindergarteners.
  • Will there be an English only Kindergarten class still offered at Highlands?
    • YES! We will continue to offer traditional Kindergarten classes.
  • When can I enroll my child for the dual immersion program?
    • Please come in to the Highlands office and complete an "interest form"; by completing this form, you are simply stating that you are interested in the program. 
    • Enrollment for all Kindergarten programs begins the week of February 25th. Please see information below. 

If you have other questions, please feel free to call and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also acquire information on our district's website at www.saugususd.org.



February 8 (Fri): Awards Assembly 8:15am 
February 15 (Fri): NO SCHOOL
February 18 (Mon): NO SCHOOL  
Februrary 21(Thurs): PFO Mtg. 7pm in MPR
Februrary 25 - March 1st 2019  Kindergarten Round Up 
February 27 (Wed): Spring Picture Day

Highlands School General Info...

Dual Language Immersion  is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages.  Dual Language Immersion programs foster bilingualism, biliteracy, enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages.

Dual Language Immersion Interest Form 

If you are interested in the program and were unable to attend the informational meetings, you can download the Interest Form  here for English or  here en Espanol.  Simply fill it out and return it to the District Office by  March 1, 2019.

Applications for transfer within the Saugus Union School District will be available from February 1 through February 28. This is the only time in which transfers will be considered for the 2019-2020 school year. Intra-Transfer forms are available in the Highlands office. If you need to complete an Inter-Transfer form, please contact the district office at 661.294.5300.


Flu season is upon us. Flu symptoms start suddenly. Symptoms of the flu include fever, feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue. Some children may have vomiting and diarrhea as well. It is important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever. 
The following healthy habits are effective ways to prevent disease.

1. Hand washing: Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent disease.


2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially before eating and after using the toilet.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.

4. Rest and Sleep: Sleep deprivation has an adverse effect on immune function. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, children between 6 and 12 years old are recommended to sleep 9 to 11 hours daily to promote optimal health.


5. Good respiratory Etiquette: Practice good respiratory etiquette, like covering nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available) and dispose of tissues properly. Wash your hands after using a tissue. 

6. Flu Vaccination: Talk with your child's pediatrician and consider getting a flu vaccine. According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccination can reduce risks of flu illness and even if you still get sick, flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness.
We hope our students and families stay healthy throughout the flu season.


To Families of Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten-age children:
If you are interested in registering your preschool, transitional kindergarten, or kindergarten-age child in the Child Development Programs for the 2019-2020 school year, Preschool & TK/K Interest Forms will be available at the CDP building at your school of residence during the week of February 25 - March 1, 2019.    Lotteries, for available spots, will be conducted on March 7th .    If you need additional information, please contact your school of residence.

Para las familias de niños de edad preescolar, kínder o kínder transitorio:
Si está interesado en inscribir a su hijo de edad preescolar, kínder o kínder transitorio en los programas de Desarrollo Infantil para el ciclo escolar 2019-2020, los formularios de interés estarán disponibles en las instalaciones del Departamento de Desarrollo Infantil (CDP) de su escuela zonal las semana del 25 de febrero al 1ro de marzo de 2019. Las loterías para puestos disponibles se llevarán a cabo el 7 de marzo. Si necesita información adicional, favor de comunicarse con su escuela zonal.      


You are invited and encouraged to preview the film "Just Around the Corner," that will be presented to fifth grade boys and girls. These films were developed to assist pre-teen boys and girls in understanding the developmental changes they are beginning to experience.  The preview dates are as follows, and you may attend any presentation:  (Please note this is for the parents only, not students).  These presentations will be held in the multi-purpose room. 
Wednesday, February 6 / Cedarcreek Elementary MPR (661.294.5310)
7:00 - 7:30 pm (Girl's Preview)
7:45 - 8:15 pm (Boy's Preview)
*Spanish Interpreter will be available
An administrator will be there to answer any questions you may have.  In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Diane D'Elia at  661-294-5309

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.

Parent Faculty Organization

Our Mother/Son and Father/Daughter events will be here before we know it! We are already busy planning these special nights for our students! The Father/Daughter Dance will be on Friday, March 22nd in the MPR from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. The Mother/Son Date Night will be on Friday, April 26th at Valencia Laser Blast from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Please save these important dates so you won't miss out on these fun and memorable nights!!

Did you save your Box Tops over the holidays? Our spring submission deadline is fast approaching! Every little bit helps, it is free money for our school! 
Please turn your Box Tops in to the box in the front office labeled with your child's teacher.

Please feel free to email us  at  highlandspfoexecutiveboard@gmail.com 
with any questions or concerns.  Stay up to date and in the know with what's going on with PFO!  
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Governing Board
 Laura Arrowsmith - David Barlavi - Julie Olsen - David Powell - Christopher M. Trunkey

Colleen Hawkins, Ed.D.

Saugus Union School District Office Number 661.294.5300