HI G H L A N D S SCH O O L BULL E T I N January 21, 2010 Edition Office & Attendance 297-8875 District Emergency Information 294-5354 School website: http://hi2.saugus.k12.ca.us/ IMPORTANT DATES: JANUARY 21 (Thurs): Spellathon/Readathon begins…details below JANUARY 22 (Fri): Wildlife Assembly 8:30am & 9:30am JANUARY 26 (Tues): Valentine’s Dance Meeting, 7pm MPR JANUARY 29 (Fri): Awards Assembly, 8am FEBRUARY 2 (Tues): Valentine’s Dance Meeting, 7pm MPR MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL, MR. MARTINSEN Have you heard about the potential changes for Highlands next year? There have been articles in the local paper, discussion with the Parent Advisory Committee and school board discussions about moving a group of students currently attending Emblem Elementary School to Highlands for the 2010-11 school year. This action would free up the district to remove the portable classrooms from the Emblem campus and build a two-story building. The decision regarding this will be made at the school board meeting next Tuesday, January 26th. Many question arise when you hear about this possible action. The first one is: Is there room here to house an additional 250 students? The answer to that is a resounding yes. We will have the space to house the additional students on campus. Will our campus become overcrowded? No, we will be full, but not overcrowded. The modernization that Highlands went through a few years ago increased the infrastructure capacity. This includes the MPR and additional restrooms. I know there are many other questions out there and as of today I don’t have all the answers. When I get the definitive answer whether the move will happen or not (Jan. 26), I will let you know and get you as much information as I have. FAIR HIGHLANDS HEROES - Week # 3 For the month of January, we will honor our students who show the Pillar of Good Character known as “Fairness.” Fair people always play by the rules. They have an open mind and do not take advantage of others. Fair people work to change things that are unfair. Here is our list of Fair students: Ackley—Brandon Blatz Bonja—Ariana Garn Suwarno—Justin Smith Ackley—Noelle Ferrante Bonja—Chris Beale Swanson—Billie Whitman Ahad—Desiree Perez Brauer—Leah Hauptman Swanson—Mitchell Byrne Ahad—Christina Brown Cohn—Alex Robles Swanson—Yani Forney Askew—Robert Simon Cohn—McKinna Silva Swisher—Andie Balsz Askew—Kaiden Blake-Simber Kavanagh—Haylee Harless Swisher—Trevor Lau Askew—Casey Lepore Kavanagh—Jon Cranz Swisher—Cameron Downs Askew—Alexis Melgar Knipp—Avery Rodriguez Swisher—Olivia Gibeau Bean—Autumn Evans Mansfield—Justin Morsch Worona—Kyle Seals Bean—Parker Styers Mansfield—Rose Stein-Wentz Zevin—Jill Young Bonja—A. J. Shaw Schoenberger—Stephanie Nolasco Zevin—Michael Ferialdi MESSAGES ATTENTION HIGHLANDS PARENTS!! …DISTRICT POLICY REGARDING DOGS ON CAMPUS For the safety and health of our students, pets, other than those specifically brought for class purposes are prohibited on school grounds during school hours or whenever students are present. Any animal brought to school must be approved by the Administration and be properly housed. ATTENTION HIGHLANDS PARENTS!! …LOCKED GATES To help ensure the safety of our students and staff the following changes will be implemented effective Monday, January 11th. The gates by Rooms 16, 19, 22 and the Kindergarten rooms will be locked after the opening of school. Entry to the school will be through the gate in front of the main office and the gate by the entrance to the parking lot, which is our ADA access ramp. All late arriving students and visitors should report to the office before proceeding to the classrooms. ATTENTION HIGHLANDS PARENTS!! …PLEASE TAKE A SHORT SURVEY In effort to make walking and bicycling to school safer for our kids, we’d like your input! Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey about walking and bicycling to school. Your input is extremely valuable! To take the survey, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParentWalkBikeSurvey. If you need a paper copy of the survey, just ask the front office. A BIG THANK YOU FROM PROJECT SHARE! Once again, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Project Share’s Holiday Drive. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to collect 629 books, coloring books and crayons from Highlands. These items were given to needy children at the Santa Clarita Food Pantry and the Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter. Over 500 children were able to receive books and crayons because of Highland’s very generous support, and they were extremely grateful. So thank you all very much! Marian Krabach –Project Share Coordinator HEALTHY FAMILIES / MEDI-CAL INSURANCE PROGRAMS Coverage for qualified families includes the following coverage for children up to age 19: Medical, dental and vision, lab, x-rays, hospital, ER, prescriptions and immunization, well-child care. To apply, call 800-880-5305. 2-1-1 LOS ANGELES COUNTY—Help Starts Here! 2-1-1 Los Angeles County, a nonprofit organization, provides a comprehensive information and referral system that links LA County residents to community health and human services and support. They provide info on services such as food, shelter/housing resources, prenatal care, government assistance programs, access to health insurance programs & more. Phone #2-1-1 www.211LA.org INFLUENZA VACCINE 2009-10…What you need to know 1. Why get vaccinated? Influenza is a contagious disease which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. 2. What types of Influenza Vaccines are there? Two types…Inactivated (killed) and Live, attenuated (weakened) 3. Who should get inactivated influenza vaccine? Anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or spreading influenza to others. 4. When should I get the influenza vaccine? You can get the vaccine as soon as it is available, usually in the fall, and for as long as illness is occurring in your community. 5. Some people should talk with a doctor before getting the influenza vaccine. 6. What are the risks from inactivated influenza vaccine? A vaccine, like any medicine could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. 7. What if there is a severe reaction? Contact your doctor with any unusual condition, such as high fever or behavior changes. 8. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Call 800-338-2382 for more information. 9. How can I learn more? Ask your provider or visit CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu. JOIN HIGHLANDS 4TH GRADE ABOARD THE BRIG PILGRIM – SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!! Highlands Elementary will be experiencing the awesome "Before the Mast" program in the Dana Point Harbor on Saturday, April 24th 2010. Travel back in time to the seafaring world as greenhands for a two year "voyage" from Boston to Alta California in the 1830s. If you wish your child to attend, please, contact John Doucette: firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 486-6980. Trip info: http://www.ocean-institute.org/teacher/fieldtrips/program5.html KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP IS COMING – March 1st - 2nd Kindergarten Round-up is a time of pre-registration for the 2010-2011 school year. Registration will take place from March 1-2, 2010. To be eligible for attendance, your child must be five years old on or before December 2, 2010. Information to follow. PFO NEWS SPELLATHON (Grades 1-6) & READATHON (Kindergarten & Fun 4 Fours) Kicks Off on Thurs, 1/21/10: On 1/21/10, your child(ren) will bring home a packet with details on our annual SPELLATHON & READATHON Fundraiser. Money raised will go directly towards allowing our library to be open more days during the school year and to purchase new books. Please read these forms carefully as there are several dates to be aware of. More updates to follow. If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact Lori Crawford @ 661-296-2241 or by email, email@example.com . Thanks for your support with these wonderful events! www.HighlandsPFO.org IS NOW UP & RUNNING! Your Highlands PFO has developed a great way to keep connected with all the wonderful events and activities at Highlands! Check out our website at www.HighlandsPFO.org for everything from the latest news about PFO events & volunteer requests... to the PFO Calendar... to fliers & forms... and much, much more! Subscribe to posts on the PFO News webpage and you'll automatically be emailed updates as new "News" is posted! Information on upcoming events like the Spring Product Sale will be up soon. Questions or comments? Please send them to website@HighlandsPFO.org!" CUPIDS BALL DANCE, FEB 11…NEXT MEETING JANUARY 26, 7PM MPR Family Nights: Cupids Ball Dance, February 11, 2009. A night for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by parent(s). If you would like to get involved in the planning of this upcoming event contact Lorraine Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org Come and join us in this fun filled event. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, FEBRUARY 26 AT 2:50PM!! Friday, February 26th at 2:50 p.m. in front of the MPR. The Highlands PFO needs some helpers to clean out and organize the PFO storage bin on campus. Volunteers of varying strengths needed! The clean out will include lifting many carnival games and tables as well as pieces of the talent show stage. Please contact Amy Ganyo at email@example.com or 661-268-4041 to let us know if you're willing to help! THANK YOU! YEARBOOK NEWS…DEADLINE APPROACHING -- THURS., FEB 11TH YEARBOOK NEWS-- Event pictures needed for montage pages: 1st day of school, awards, crazy hair day, carnival, pajama day, field trips, etc. NO SCANNED PICTURES! Choice #1: Via email to Angela Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify the event in Subject area. Choice #2: CD Disc - Drop it in "Yearbook Envelope" in office. Write event(s) name on disc. The discs will NOT be returned unless requested.
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