Welcome, Highlands Families!

A warm welcome to the 2017-2018 school year from your Highlands PTA. For many of you, your Highlands “career” is just beginning with much excitement, a few butterflies, a brand new backpack and lots of questions! And for others, this may be your last year after many years of Back to School Nights, reading logs, field trips, assemblies, Bear Badge awards, mission projects and more! As a long-time parent at Highlands, I want to pass on something I have realized over the years. Highlands School is an amazing place with unending energy. Whatever the age of your child or children Highlands will provide your child with an exceptional opportunity for learning, fabulous memories, a solid sense of community and an all around great year.


I personally am approaching a big milestone this month. My oldest is going off to college to study film & television at Chapman University in Orange, California. It literally seems just like yesterday that I was bringing him to his first day of school at Highlands. I cannot impress upon you enough to enjoy this time with your child. Volunteer in their room or help behind the scenes in one of many ways you can get involved! The parents you will befriend will remain with you throughout your child’s academic years and they will not only be someone you talk to on the playground but also a great confident and support group as your child grows. Highlands Elementary is a community based on vibrant parent involvement. Your contribution, whether it is your time, knowledge, or resources make a difference and sends a positive message to your child as well.


In closing, I must make one strong fundraising plea. Each year, our Highlands PTA strives to enrich our children’s learning environment in every way possible. Because federal, state and district funding simply do not currently provide a “full” educational experience, the Highlands PTA, with generous support from families like yours, funds many additional programs. Please read the enclosed information about our Highlands Annual Giving Campaign, and please consider making a prompt donation to support our many programs at Highlands School. Without your help, we simply cannot be the amazing school that we are!


On behalf of the PTA Executive Board and all the volunteers, we wish everyone a very productive year ahead and look forward to your continued support.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at lwratten28@gmail.com or 650-766- 0378. Please know that questions and suggestions are always welcome!



Laura Wratten
PTA President