May Newsletter

First Daffodils of spring.


Another Busy Month at Highland Park Elementary School

 April has flown by with many exciting activities for our students.  Our Cross Country team has races on May 2 and 10 and they have been practicing with coaches Mr. Benge and Ms. Sandberg over the last few weeks.  The whole team has worked very hard over this year’s short season. Our 3rd annual Talent Show was a great success, highlighting some of the many talented students at our school.  Congratulations to all of the participants. As well, all students participated in gymnastics lessons during PE.  What a great experience and how nice to see their skills developing as they receive these lessons over the years.  All of the classes participated in our annual Earth Day clean up and our Music Monday and Thank-you Tea is set for next week.  Please check your email and the website for the Music Monday schedule .  It runs over a few days this year due to the fact that we have four differnet music teachers.  The Appreciation Tea for all parents  and volunteers is on Monday, May 7 from 12:00 to 1:00.  Thank-you to everyone for all of the hard work you put in to making our school such a wonderful place to be.  This month some of our students will have their art work on display at our local gallery.  Please drop by to view the artwork of Armstrong school students between May 3 and 26.  In addition we have a bike rodeo and our annual Triathlon  coming up. Please check the website calendar for individual class field trips and activities.

May 18        Pro. D. – no school

May 21        Victoria Day – no school

 Bike Rodeo at HPE

We’ll be holding a bicycle rodeo at the school this year for students in grades 3-5.  It will be on May 24.  Please stay tuned for more details.


Our annual Triathlon for grades 4 and 5 students will be held on May 25 beginning at 8:30 am.  Volunteers are always needed as are supporters to cheer the students on as they make their way around the course.

Art Show

Many of our students will have their visual art talents on display at the local Art Gallery during the month of May.  Please take time to drop by and view your child’s art and the art of other students in Armstrong schools during the School Crossing show beginning May 3.

Thank-you to the BC Hydro crew who came with their lift and repaired our flagpole so that we can once again fly our flag at school. 

 Jump Rope for Heart

We will have a Jump Rope for Heart event at the school on May 17. Students will be collecting pledges to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  For safety reasons, we encourage students to only collect pledges from friends and family. Stay tuned for details about this event.

Kindergarten registration is ongoing.  If you have not registered your child for kindergarten this fall or if you know of someone who still needs to register their child for kindergarten, please make sure you register any children ready to begin kindergarten in the fall as soon as possible.  Thank-you.


Swimming lessons for all grade three students will be in May and June.  All other classes will participate in recreational swimming with their classes beginning in May.  Now is a good time to try on last year’s bathing suit to see if it still fits or if a new one is needed.  Please remember to send your child on swimming days dressed appropriately for the weather and with their swimsuit and towel in a plastic or other waterproof bag.  A schedule will be sent home soon.  Please check the swimming schedule and highlight the times your child’s class goes swimming so that they are prepared with a bathing suit and towel each time they are supposed to swim.  Thank-you.

 Year End Activities

Teachers are busy planning field trips and extra activities to enhance curriculum as we enter the final leg of this school year.  Please check your child’s planner daily for reminders about field trips and activities to ensure that your child comes to school prepared appropriately for each day.  If you would like to volunteer to assist with these activities, please let your child’s teacher know when you are available.  Thank-you.


The next P.A.C. meeting is Wednesday, May 9 at 6:00 in the staffroom. Tomatoes and marigolds can now be ordered online through Munch a Lunch.

Munch a Lunch

If you have not already done so, please register for Munch a Lunch at the following address:  This is the ordering system the PAC will be using from now on for all lunch orders and fundraisers.  It’s quick and easy to register and order using this new system.

Has your information changed?  Please let us know at the office if you have moved or you or one of your emergency contacts has a new phone number.  Also, if you are planning to move before summer or over the summer holidays, please let us know at the office as soon as possible.  Thank-you.

Track and Field

Intermediate students will be practicing track and field events during their PE classes this month.  Students who excel in certain events will participate in the District Track Meet in Salmon Arm on Tuesday, June 5.  Parent drivers will be needed for this event.    Thank-you.

Please remember to call the school before 8:00 am if your child is going to be late or absent (250)546-8723. The answering machine is on 24/7. Thank-you.

Our panoramic and grade 5 class photos will be taken on May 11 after lunch.

Walk Your Wheels

Just a reminder that we have a “Walk Your Wheels” rule at our school.  Bicycles, skateboards, and scooters are all to be walked while on the school grounds (from the surrounding roads to the bicycle racks).  Scooters and skateboards should be taken directly to lockers or designated inside storage as soon as they arrive in the morning and bicycles should be locked for the day at the bicycle racks. The only place wheels can be used (except for bicycle rodeo) is in the outdoor arena on designated days (schedules are on the doors).  As with all of the rules at our school, this is to ensure the safety of everyone.  If a student is riding or wheeling on the playground, their wheels will be stored for them until a parent can come to the school to pick them up.  Thank-you for encouraging your children to follow the school rules.

School Dress Code

The staff of Highland Park Elementary School appreciate your support with regards to the “School Dress Code”. The “Dress Code” applies to all students and staff of the school. At Highland Park Elementary, clothing and appearance need to be appropriate for school, which is our working and learning environment. Please discuss the following guidelines with your children and perhaps review the dress code a few times during the year as the weather changes. Students, staff and parents are expected to support a safe and inclusive learning environment where clothing is appropriate and not distracting or offensive to others. Clothing worn at school or at school activities should be appropriate for the weather, allow freedom of movement and not contain inappropriate printing or pictures. Inappropriate messages are those that promote alcohol, cigarettes, violence, drugs or contain sexual innuendoes, unsuitable language or racial slurs. Clothing needs to be suitable for the learning environment – skimpy tops, low riding pants or short t-shirts that bare the abdomen, chest, back or underwear are not appropriate. Students who wear clothing that is considered to be inappropriate will be asked to change or cover up. Hats and other headwear will be removed at the door. This does not apply to religious or cultural headwear.  Outdoor shoes should be removed at the door and indoor shoes should be worn inside the school. Dress code will be expected from all regardless of gender, age or size. While we recognize the rights of parents and children to express themselves through their clothing, we must reserve the right to have the final say regarding the appropriateness of any clothing worn to school. Thank you for your co-operation in working with the staff to support a positive and safe learning environment for all Highland Park Elementary School students. If you have any questions regarding the school’s dress code, please contact Mrs. van der Meer.

Missing Shoes

Many students, particularly at the intermediate grades, have reported missing shoes.  We are concerned that some of these have gone missing due to mischief while others are due to mistaken identity.  With this in mind, please check that the shoes your child wears home are the ones they left the house in and if unfamiliar shoes show up at your house, please have your child return them to the shoe rack nearest their classroom or to the lost and found.  If parents are concerned about the potential of missing shoes, intermediate students may wish to put a lock on their school locker.  Please make sure that their teacher knows the combination in case your children forgets it and, if you send a lock that requires a key, provide an extra key to your child’s teacher.  In addition, we appreciate your support with speaking to your children about ensuring that they are not playing pranks on others by moving shoes around in the school.  Thank-you.

Kindergarten Orientation

Parents of students entering kindergarten in September 2018 have received invitations to a Kindergarten Orientation at our school.  The program will be from 12:30 until 2:00 on Wednesday, June 6.  During the session, parents will be introduced to some basic skills their children can practice in readiness for kindergarten.  Each child will receive a package of materials and books to use at home.  This should prove to be a positive way to welcome the  newest  members of our school community as they begin their school career. If you have a child or know of a child who has not yet registered for kindergarten, please register as soon as possible as this impacts our staffing decisions.  Thank-you.

For parents interested in a pre-school program for their children, the Armstrong Pre-School will be having a registration event on May 2  for current families and May 3 for any new families.  Each registration night is from 5-6 pm.

Class Placement

It is that time of year again when we are looking at how many students we will have with us next year and which class they will be in.  With that in mind, please consider the following:  At Highland Park Elementary, the task of organizing classes for the upcoming school year is done very carefully.  Many factors are taken into consideration when decisions are made by the staff about the best placement for each student.  Some of these factors include:

  • Academic ability
  • Level of social responsibility
  • Key areas of strength or need (math, art, P.E. etc.)
  • Peer relationships
  • Student relationships with adults
  • Gender
  • Independence

Each year the staff works collaboratively with the School Based Team to compose the best possible school organizational arrangement given our wide range of students and the factors listed above.

Sometimes parents have a specific request for the placement of their child.  These requests must be based on sound educational reasons in order to be considered. For example, a request based on a desire to keep a child with his/her close friends does not rank highly against the key educational components noted above.

While we will certainly give careful consideration to all valid requests for placement, families must bear in mind that:

  1. It is generally not possible to fulfill all requests; there are many constraints that make this extremely difficult to accomplish
  2. All placements are tentative; we know for certain that we cannot predict exactly what our enrollment will be in September and which students at various grade levels might arrive or leave over the summer.  Changes to tentative class lists are always required. We cannot guarantee that a tentative decision made in June will not have to be changed in September.
  3. As usual, on the first day of school in September, students will return to their classroom from the previous year.  Adjustments to our organizational plans will be made once we know our true enrollment.  Final lists will be available as soon as possible during the first week.

Requests will NOT be considered if they are received after May 31, 2018.  Your cooperation and understanding in this process is greatly appreciated!