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Paw Print- April 12th

Paw Print

April 12th, 2023


Message From Our Principal


Greetings, Highcroft parents and families!  I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing, and rejuvenating Spring Break!  It has been so great to see our students back in the building and excited to finish the year strong.  With only 9 weeks of school left in this school year, we will continue to focus on rigorous teaching and learning right to the very end! 


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  Have a great rest of your week! 


Catherine Shearin, Principal


Highcroft Husky SPCA Pet Drive

The PTA, in conjunction with our Husky Teachers, will be collecting gift cards, pet food, and new or gently used towels and blankets for the SPCA of Wake County from April 11-25. Gift cards to Target, PetSmart, or Petco should be given to Ms. Price (3rd grade hall) or Ms. Mahoney (5th grade hall). Dry cat and dog food in 3-6 pound bags and new or gently used towels and blankets can be placed in collection bins at the front of the school. Thank you for supporting our efforts!!!


Panorama Family Survey

Wake County Public Schools is administering a District Wide Family Survey from Monday, April 10 through Friday, May 12. This survey provides families the opportunity to provide valuable information and a high-quality data source for planning and School Improvement.


The survey has been translated into various languages; Spanish, Arabic, French, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese in an effort to provide accessibility to families in Wake County Public Schools. The survey administration language can be chosen by families before taking the survey.


The link to access the survey is:



Chess Club is back!

We are so excited to reintroduce Chess Club as an optional after school activity for your students.  Classes will be offered by Triangle Chess and is open to 2nd - 5th graders.  This club will meet on Tuesdays at Highcroft from 3:45 - 5:00.  Classes began this week and will end on June 6th.  All levels of players are welcome.  Sign up online at


Upcoming Family Event - Mark Your Calendars! 

Dear Highcroft Families:

To celebrate Earth Day this year, we are planning on having an event to bring our families together and help clean up the school!

At this event on Earth Day, Saturday 4/22/23 from 10-11am, we will pick up trash around campus, pull weeds where needed, and plant in the garden. If you would like to participate, please sign up via this SignUpGenius link (  by Friday 4/15/23. We hope to see you there! 

Thank you,

Kelly Onyenwoke
PTA Grounds and Beautification Chair

Carpool and Crosswalk

Just a friendly reminder to all parents dropping off or picking up students in the carpool line.  Please do not stop your car in the crosswalk area if you are in line.  You must stop for the crossing guard at all times to ensure the safe crossing of our students and families.  If you are pulling into the parking lot to park, you still must stop for the crossing guard at all times.  Thanks to everyone for keeping the safety of our students, staff, and families as the main priority during arrival and dismissal.  


‘Mismatch’ Day

Our next School Spirit day is this Friday, April 14th.  Bring out your craziest ‘Mismatch’ clothing to celebrate the day!


Report Cards

Report cards for all students will go home on Monday, April 17th.  Please look for these on Monday.  Do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. 


Planning for 2023-24

It’s hard to believe, but we are already beginning our planning for the 2023-24 school year.  With that being said, families are already thinking about teacher placement for students for next year.  I welcome input about your child, his/her learning styles, and teaching styles.  The way your child learns and the type of teaching style that best meets your child’s needs can be sent to me at  We have an amazing staff of teachers in our school and at every grade level.  Therefore, specific teacher requests should not be included in any information you provide as they will not be taken into consideration when placing your child next year. 


Not Returning to Wake County Schools next year?

If you do not plan to attend a Wake County School next school year, please let us know for planning purposes as soon as you are able.  Please submit the withdrawal form with the last day of school-June 9th.  5th Grade parents this is especially important if you do not plan to attend Mills Park Middle.  They are a capped school for rising 6th graders.  Once we receive the withdrawal form back, this will open a seat for a student on the waitlist.



Parent Portal
The Elementary Parent Portal provides parents access to real-time information. Parents will be able to view their address, telephone number, email address, and bus routes. Rising 6th grade students will use this to see middle school course selections. Please complete the Application for Access.


Please email if you have additional questions about access to Parent Portal



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