In this Issue...

  • Notes from the Principal...
  • Materials Pick UpDate
  • Coffee with the Principal
  • Yearbook Pictures
  • Great Gathering
  • New Website

Notes from the Principal...

Learn about the Great Gathering

The biggest fundraiser of the year is happening on Friday November 5th and we would love to have you participate. Click Here to find out more.

Materials Pick Update

Materials Pick Up

Wednesday, November 3rd

A reminder that the next round of physical materials will be available next Wednesday, November 3rd at Highlands. You are welcomed to pick up materials between the hours of 8:30 - 1:30 and 3:00 - 5:00. Homeroom teachers will send additional information in their weekly newsletter.

Coffee with the Principal

Come have

Coffee with the Principal

Monday, November 1st


Bring your questions for the Principal and we will have coffee and a walk.

Yearbook Photos

School Pictures

If you did not have your picture taken at school, you can still be in the yearbook! It's simple...

You can submit other photos this way as well - class activities or screen grabs. Please always include a name and teacher.

Our New Website

Find it Fast!

Important information is right at your fingertips on our new website. Check out Find it Fast in the upper right corner of the Highlands Website.

You will find great information like 

  • Portal Access
  • Lunch & Recess
  • School Age Care (Kids Club)

  • Drop Off & Pick Up
  • Media Center
  • Calendar

In addition you can access COVID information, the PTO, Attendance or you can search for anything you want!


MAP Testing

A reminder that we will wrap up the MAP tests this week with our final make-up session on Friday. Information from these tests will help current and future teachers program reading and/or math instruction for your student. You will have access to the online report of your student’s achievement via the Parent Portal on Learner’s Edge within approximately two weeks of your child completing the testing.

COVID Vaccination Clinics

Expect to get information from the district tomorrow about the Immunization Clinics being held soon at the Middle Schools.

Free Immunizations

Public Health offers immunizations to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. Click Here for more information.

Great Gathering

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The Great Gathering is 10 days away but who’s counting?  

Friday, November 5th from 7:00pm - 11:00pm 

Braemar Golf Club, Edina

Here is your top 10 list to get you ready!

10. Last Call for Small Gathering DonationsFriday is the deadline. Small gatherings are one way we raise a lot of money for Highlands AND build community. Still need an idea or help in planning a Small Gathering? Connect with Sam Pote.

9. Last Call for Classroom Basket DonationsFriday is the deadline. Classrooms have been assigned themes and corresponding Amazon Wishlists for easy purchasing! Contact your room parents or Shawna Wagoner with questions.  

8.  Last Call for Whiskey & Wine Donations! Friday is the deadline. Minimum $25 value. Two convenient drop off locations: 

Lissa Diebold’s Home - Highlands / Mirror Lakes

Ada Dong’s Home - Morningside 

7. Don’t wait in line! Buy your ticket(s) ahead of time!  

6. Volunteer! Remember it’s for the kids! Sign up to help with the set up, take a shift during the event or clean up. It takes a lot to make this happen.  

5. Did someone say Auctria? Auctria is the online platform where all the magic happens. Make sure you sign up ahead of time so you can preview Small Gatherings, peruse Classroom Baskets and check out Classroom Art! This will save you time when small gatherings open and bidding begins to purchase the items you want! It is also the way to still participate if you can’t join us in person on November 5th!**

4. Who wants a Husky Hug? The Husky Hug is the official cocktail of this year’s Great Gathering and will be served up in a reusable mug that is yours to keep! In addition to this fun libation, there will be a full bar, heavy appetizers and plenty of space to mix and mingle. Make sure you introduce yourself to new people. We are ALL Highlands and here to support our amazing school!  

3.  Dressy Casual, Chic Casual, or just Casual all work but don’t forget your mask! There is no formal dress code for the GG. Jeans and a fun top is always a great option. The Braemar Golf Club patio will be open and available to us so don’t forget to dress for the weather if you want to spend time outdoors mingling!

2. Don’t forget your mask! Masks will be required at check in and in the restaurant area where the classroom baskets and artwork will be on display for viewing. Masks are encouraged in all other areas if you are not actively eating or drinking.  

1. Have FUN! Connect with new and old friends, say hi to teachers and staff and make sure to play the fun games happening throughout the night! There will be a whiskey ring toss, a wine ring toss, a 50/50 key raffle, a chance to Snag a Snowshoe and other fun raffles all evening.

**Can’t make it to the Great Gathering in person this year? No fear, you can still participate! Create an Auctria account and you will be able to purchase spots in Small Gatherings, bid on Classroom Baskets and Classroom Artwork and buy raffle tickets!  

Still have questions about the Great Gathering? Check our FAQs!  

If you would like to attend the Great Gathering and need financial assistance, please email Addie Hakes and she can provide you with comp tickets. We want everyone in our community to celebrate with us!

Thank you to our sponsors of this year's Great Gathering!

Edina Ed Fund

Are you a baker?

Check out the virtual Cake-Off Home Edition, get creative and have some fun! Bake a cake, cupcakes, pie, cookies, any baked good you love! Email us a picture of your creation and enjoy your baked good with your family. Entries accepted NOW through Friday, November 12th. All entries will be featured on the Ed Fund website and prizes awarded for most votes. Click here for more information: https://www.edinaedfund.org/s/cake-off


Follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram to find out more about this fun event!

We look forward to seeing you soon!