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Paw Print- Sept. 6th

Paw Print

September 6, 2023


Message From Our Principal

Hello, Highcroft families!  We have had an amazing start to the 2023-24 school year, despite the unexpected day off due to weather.  Thanks to all of our Kindergarten families who adjusted staggered entry days and had a ‘Mini Meet the Teacher’ on Tuesday morning.  All of our ‘littles’ did a great job yesterday on their first full day of school. 


Have a wonderful rest of your week! 


Catherine Shearin, Principal


Picture Day is Coming!

Dress for success and bring your pearly whites!  Fall Picture Day is Thursday, September 14th.  All students will have pictures taken and the pictures will be sent home to all students.  If you choose to purchase the pictures, you simply pay for them.  If you do not want the pictures or need retakes, return the pictures back to school. 


Family Needs Survey

The Student Services Team at HDES is requesting families to complete the Family Needs Survey so they can match families with community resources.  Please take a few minutes to complete the form. 


Family Needs Survey


Stem Donors Choose Project Needs Funding

Donors Choose is currently offering a matching offer from Panda Cares for all projects that include furniture or storage needs.  This means that all donations for these projects will be doubled while funding lasts.  Our STEM teacher, Ms. Lewis has a project entitled "Construction Zone" which qualifies for this offer.  She is requesting various building blocks and a rug for a construction area in her classroom.  If you are interested in making a donation to this project, please use this link:


Ms. Lewis' Donors Choose project, "Construction Zone"

Construction Zone, a project from Ms. Lewis

Help me give my students a variety of building blocks and a space that is both comfortable and organized for their construction activities. I am the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) te...


Old (but important) News!



Volunteer Registration

WCPSS has a new system for volunteer approval which should be more efficient.  All parents must complete the volunteer registration this year, even if it was completed last year.  However, the registration can be completed from home this year and does not need to be started at a school site.  Information can be found on the WCPSS website or at this link.


New Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Our new arrival/dismissal procedures are going great!  Thanks to all families for entering the school at the front entrance each morning.  We have been working diligently on dismissal tags this week to ensure that all students have the correct tags.  Please communicate with your child (and teacher) to discuss any changes from typical dismissal procedures.  If you do not receive confirmation from your teacher, please call the front office so we can ensure that your child and teacher are aware of the change. 


Since the installation of the new crosswalk on Green Hope School Rd, walker tags have been approved for students who need to cross that street to get home.  Please talk with your child about safely crossing this busy road. 


New Visitor Management System

All visitors to our campus must sign in at the office with the new Visitor Management System.  All parents and visitors must present a photo ID when entering the building or checking out a student.  Please come prepared with your drivers license or other photo ID. 



Eating Lunch With Students

As you can imagine, the first few weeks of school are all about learning routines and expectations.  For that reason we are asking that parents not come to school during lunch time until we have all had a chance to acclimate to school.  Please do not plan to join your child for lunch until the week of, 9/11/23.  After that time we welcome you to join your child for lunch.  Please refrain from bringing outside food for your child.  You are welcome to purchase lunch from the cafeteria or you can bring your own lunch from home.  Fast food, pizza, etc. is not allowed in the cafeteria at any time. 


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