Principal Michele Janke
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!
Dear Highland Family,
The 2022-2023 school year is nearly here and we are so excited to begin! I hope you enjoyed your summer break and that it was filled with many blessings. I have the utmost confidence in the staff at Highland to provide all of our children with a learning experience that is second to none. I look forward to welcoming you at Open House.
Information about your child’s classroom teacher is included in a letter which will be mailed to your address this week. If you moved over the summer and you need to update your address, please contact Linda Linder, Highland Secretary at 763-528-4400.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Highland students attend school from 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. signaling students to go into their classrooms. The morning tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m.; please make every effort to arrive on time to school. All students arriving at school after 7:55 am will be marked as tardy to school and they miss valuable morning information and instruction.
Parent Drop Off or Walkers- If your child is dropped off at school or walks to school, please have him/her arrive between 7:25 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. This is very important because we do not have adult supervision before 7:25 a.m. Students will not be allowed to wait inside the entryway before 7:25 a.m. as unsupervised behavior can become dangerous. Thank you for respecting the 7:25 student arrival time. When dropping-off or picking-up students at our school, please slowly and safely enter through the designated west entrance and depart through the east exit. Students must quickly exit the vehicle and come into the building. If you need to come into the building, please use the visitor parking slots directly in front of our building. Visitors should only use these designated slots; if none are available please use the north parking lot across 49th Avenue NW. Parking along the curb is not allowed.
Early parent/guardian pick up- If a student needs to leave during the school day, the parent/guardian is requested to send a note to school stating the reason and time to be released. The parent/guardian must sign the student out at the school office. The office will call the classroom and the child will meet you in the entryway. Students are only released to the people who are listed in our student information system. Please be prepared to show your driver’s license/picture ID at the time of check out. Calling school after 12:00 p.m. for an early release or dismissal change is very difficult to accommodate. Please make every effort to call the main office (763-528-4400) by 12:00 p.m. with any change to after school pick-up, busing, walking, Encore or Adventure Club. For safety reasons, students will not be taken off a school bus if you “show-up” unannounced to pick up a student(s) at dismissal. Classes and Teachers will not be interrupted after 1:30 p.m. for any reason.
Transportation- Monarch Bus Service continues to be our contracted bus company. Monarch can be reached at 612-843-0118. Information regarding bus stop locations, morning pick-up times and afternoon drop-off times will be mailed directly to families or can be found online on ParentVue. To request a bus stop change or to address concerns about bus safety, contact Columbia Heights Transportation at 763-528-4424. Track your student’s bus with the Zonar MyView app! For more information, visit colheights.k12.mn.us/Transportation
Open House- open House will be on September 1st from 4:00-6:00pm. Events planned for open house include finding your classroom, meeting your teacher, dropping off school supplies, sign-up for fall and spring conferences, completing free/reduced lunch applications, sign-up for ParentVue, completing the yearly technology agreement, and much more. All families will begin in the gym for sign-ups and then progress into the building to find you child’s teachers.
School Supplies- Students are encouraged to drop off school supplies at open house or to bring them on the first day of school.
Community Education/Adventure Club- Registration is now open for Adventure Club; you may register a student for one to five days a week. This is a fee-based program. Please call Jodi Gadient at 763-528-4512, if you have questions about the Adventure Club program. Morning Adventure Club is not available during the school year. Registration is also open for Early Childhood Family Education and PreK 3-year-old classes. Call 763-528-4517.
Food Service – With lunch no longer being free starting in the fall of the 2022-2023 school year, it is especially important that families complete the meal application as soon as possible to see whether they may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. All families are asked to complete the educational benefits application (Free/Reduced Price Lunch Application) prior to the first day of school. Even if you applied last year, you will need to reapply this year. The form is available on the district website, available in the Highland Office, or will be available at the Open House. (Breakfast continues to be available at no charge to all students)
Benefits Application: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/DistrictRedirect/COLUMBIAHTS_MN?langid=1
Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria this school year rather than in the classrooms. Students will go directly to breakfast as they arrive at school. Breakfast will be served until the tardy bell at 7:55 am. Lunch begins at 10:40 a.m. daily, with each classroom having a scheduled time in the cafeteria and at recess. Students may bring a lunch from home, but please do not send pop/soda to school. Students will enter a personal PIN number for breakfast and lunch. This number will be provided by your child’s teacher.
Our first Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting is on September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Highland Media Center. All parents/guardians are encouraged to participate to hear about plans for the school year and to share your ideas for new events or projects.
All of us at Highland Elementary School are committed to providing your child with the best possible educational experience. We look forward to your involvement and participation in our school this year. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a phone call at 763-528-4405 if you have any questions or concerns.
Michele Janke, Highland Principal