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Paw Print- April 27th

Paw Print

April 27th, 2023


Message From Our Principal
Greetings, Highcroft parents and families!  My apologies for the delay in sending out our weekly Paw Print.  It has been quite a week! 

Thanks to everyone who came out to the ‘Grounds Day’ last weekend.  The garden looks amazing and you all did an amazing job!  

Please take a few minutes to complete the Panorama Family Survey.  This survey gathers important data for our school and our district.  It is important to determine how things are going (good or bad) with our Highcroft families and across the district.  Panorama Family Survey

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

Catherine Shearin, Principal


Continued Concerns About Parking on Streets
There are continuing concerns about the safety of our students during dismissal and arrival.  Parents continue to park on the streets even after repeated requests not to.  When parents park on the streets, it creates hazardous conditions for students walking and biking home.  It also creates unsafe passage of cars, buses, etc. on the main roads. 

I have been working with the Town of Cary Police Department on next steps to prevent parents from continuing to park on the streets.  Police will be monitoring our neighborhood streets during arrival and dismissal.  They have also encouraged neighbors to take pictures or videos of cars parked on the streets so that individuals who continue to park on the streets can be addressed individually by Cary PD.

Please, please, please do not park on the streets to drop off or pick up your students!  I ask this for the safety of all of our students and fear that one of our students will get hit while trying to go home.   If your child is a walker, they should be walking home, NOT to your car.  Carpool is safe, efficient, and the best option if you need to pick up your student in your car.  


New Family Tour
Our next school tour for new families to Highcroft is scheduled for Monday, May 1st at 10:30.  Spread the word to neighbors, rising K families, or others who are interested in learning more about our amazing school. 


Spring Carnival is Back!!
We're excited for our first in-person carnival since 2019. Mark your calendars now for May 12, from 5-8:00 p.m. Family, neighbors, friends, and siblings are encouraged to come and have some pirate fun. For the first time ever, we'll have a pirate dance party. All proceeds go towards PTA programs that enhance our school. More information will be shared in the PTA newsletter and a flyer will be sent home.


Kindergarten Parent Orientation
Our Kindergarten Team will be offering a Kindergarten Parent Orientation on Thursday, May 11th at 6:00 in the gym.  This is for the parents of rising Kindergarten students to learn more about schedules, curriculum, supplies, transportation, etc.  This is a ‘sit and get’ presentation and not fun for kids.  Therefore, try to leave your little ones at home during this time. 


Parent Portal
Parent portal accounts have been set up for all parents at Highcroft Elementary.  Please log into your account and make sure you can sign in. Wake County Schools will be using this platform to send out all communication in the future. You will be able to check your child’s bus route over the summer to be assured your child is assigned to a bus and which route they should be riding.


Spring Pictures
Spring Pictures from Strawbridge Studios were sent home this week.  If you wish to purchase the pictures, please turn money in by May 10th.  If you do not wish to buy them, simply return the pictures.


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:


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.

Withdrawal Form.doc 


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