Welcome to Highland Park Elementary! This blog is written by our PTA, but it is intended to be for parents, teachers, students, neighbors, local businesses – anyone interested in our community!

Highland Park Elementary is a special place. Our student body is around 350 students, with an amazing and dedicated staff. Our school is one of the most diverse in the entire state of Washington. What a gift to have so many cultures and languages represented!

We hope that you will find this a good resource for information about our school, events, and other exciting updates. Please scroll the posts below, or search through our archives for past information.

If you have any questions about HPE, please use our contact page. You can also find updates about events on our Facebook page HPE PTA .

Thank you and we look forward to sharing future updates with you!

Free books, food boxes & kids Winter clothing 11/06/2020!

Free children’s books, kids Winter clothing & food boxes will be available at Highland Park Elementary on 11/06/2020, from 12pm-5pm. Pick up these items at the back of the school, under the covered area. Books are being provided by Operation School Bell. Food boxes are being prepared by Highland Park PTA.

During this time, you can also pick up student classroom supply bags.

If you have new or gently used kids Winter clothing or food to give, please email hpemustang@gmail.com. Items will be accepted day of during event. Monetary donations can be made to PayPal: hpemustang@gmail.com.

Please wear a mask. Social distancing will be required.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Please join us on October 7, for our first PTA general meeting. We will open the Zoom meeting at 6:00pm and start the agenda at 6:30pm. You do not need to be a member to join! Families, staff and community members are all welcome. Please email hpemustang@gmail.com to request Zoom meeting link or see our Facebook page. Let us know if you have questions or want to request future meeting agenda items.

Want to join the PTA? Even in a remote setting there are lots of ways to get involved. The HPE PTA is seeking someone to take on important role of board Vice President. Other opportunities- donate, be part of PTA subcommittee, join the school Race & Equity team, etc.

To join HPE PTA, please click here: https://www.memberplanet.com/packetview/highlandparkpta/ptapacket

We look forward to working together to be Mustang Strong this year! While all of us are impacted by the ongoing pandemic and racial justice movement, this is an opportunity for us to build our local school community to be even stronger!

Octavia of Earth

Via Uncaged Librarian Productions

If you love local authors, science fiction, musicals, documentaries, or all of the above, then here is something to check out!

Register here after you’ve read about the show!

Uncaged Librarian Productions of Oakland is having a special Zoom performance of their show Octavia of Earth. From their website:

The philosophy behind Uncaged Librarian is all about lifting up the hearts and minds of social change workers. Morale is low all over the country right now, and with good reason. We hope our good news gives you a little boost as you round out your week.

Octavia of Earth, our documusical inspired by the life of science fiction luminary Octavia E. Butler, is back and better than ever! The whole team at Uncaged Librarian Arts & Information is thrilled to share our work-in-progress film with you in a 6-part series from October through April. Each month, we’ll screen the work in progress, do a live Q&A with members of the creative team, and give you sneak peeks of new material and behind-the-scenes goodies from the production so far.

There are 100 seats available for the October launch of our series. All events are FREE to attend! We hope you’ll consider making a donation to support our work, as we build towards a new goal: releasing a standalone feature-length film by the end of 2022! All donations are now tax-deductible through our partnership with Independent Arts & Media.

So, grab a buddy (imaginary friends welcome), pop some popcorn, and tune in as we bring the legend to life on Saturday, October 17! Do register early, though — all of our in-person shows have sold out, and we hope to continue that trend with a full virtual house next month!

4:00pm – 4:30pm Pacific/7:00 pm Eastern: virtual doors open (pre-show socializing for those who enjoy that sort of thing)

4:30pm – 5:30pm Pacific/7:30pm – 8:30pm Eastern: Screening!

5:30pm – 6:00pm Pacific/8:30pm – 9:00pm Eastern: Q&A with special guests!

There will be a short intermission between the end of the screening and the beginning of the live Q&A.

Playground Project!

Are you interested in the future of the playground? This is a perfect opportunity to speak your voice and be heard!

Did you know that until very recently Highland Park Elementary had never had any equipment on the big playground? Several years ago Highland Park Plays was formed to help change that. Through the efforts of that group, and in partnership with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the playground has changed drastically!

A rock scramble, slides, a huge net climber were installed in 2019 and Phase 1 was complete! Through a partnership with the Seattle Sounders and the Rainwise program of King County the rain garden was installed on the north side of the building. The Salmon Fence Mural was also installed, after a year of working with the students and community outreach to get salmon cut outs painted and prepared for everyone to enjoy. Things were moving!

Now we are looking at the second phase of construction on the playground. Before construction began changes were made to the master plan to save resources, and now that plan needs to be revised before we can move forward. A Playground Steering Committee was formed to help apply for a grant through the Department of Neighborhoods matching grant program. We are using that money to hire a new design company and you can be a part of it! We will be soliciting bids and looking at a new design for Phase 2.

The grant is a matching grant – the city puts up the money and we put up the time. We need people to join the committee to help hire a new design firm, and we need people to help us reach out and get input from the larger community when it comes time to actual design. Your hours literally translate to dollars for our community!

Please email highlandparkplays@gmail.com, or contact the PTA on the contact link if you are interested in being part of our committee.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Discussion Panel for Philanthropy

Are you are interested in donating to help our larger community, but not sure where to start? The Seattle Times’ Project Homeless is hosting an online discussion panel:

We’ll provide an update on how organizations and philanthropies are fairing under the current circumstances and examine if this current moment in time — a global pandemic combined with a national racial-justice reckoning — could force us to rethink the very nature of giving.

Seattle Times, August 29, 2020

Wednesday, September 2nd at 2:00pm. You can register for the event by using this link:


The discussion will last for one hour and will include a question and answer session.

Joining the discussion are:

Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, working towards equity.

Jason Clark, CEO and president of Second Harvest, working to supply food banks, and meal programs across the state.

Palmira Figueroa, campaign manager at the Social Justice Fund NW, a grant making organization that addresses social, economic and environmental inequity.

From the Seattle Times: Residential real estate industry is wrestling with history of racism

Interesting article in the Times this Sunday about redlining practices in the Seattle area, and how today’s real estate industry deals with, and perpetuates racial inequity.

Read it here.

Did you know that Highland Park is a neighborhood that was formerly redlined, a practice that was made illegal in the Fair Housing Act of 1968? The legacy of that racist practice hugely affects Seattle’s schools today – if you look at schools with poor scores on sites such as Greatschools (which look purely at test scores to rate schools from 1 to 10), and look at the map of Seattle’s redlined areas, they line up almost identically.

If you are interested in how real estate values affect school funding, you can contact the entire school board here: schoolboard@seattleschools.org, or our zone’s board member, Leslie Harris directly here: leslie.harris@seattleschools.org

Or Superintendent Juneau with this link.

You can also contact our districts state legislators:

Joe Nguyen

Eileen Cody

Joe Fitzgibbon

8/22 Donation Only Rummage Sale!

Join us 8/22/2020 to do some “rummage sale-ing” while supporting The Highland Park PTA. Items will be no cost with donations accepted. We hope to have items available for the community that will help children navigate the start of the school year virtually. Come support us 11am-4pm at 9009 13th Ave SW. All proceeds will go to Highland Park students, staff and families. Please wear a mask and plan to social distance. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Have items you want to donate? Want to volunteer for set up, take down? Have a truck you can haul away items after? Please email hpemustang@gmail.com.

Itto’s Tapas food giveaway tonight

Hey Mustangs,

It’s been a while since I posted – I, like you, have been totally consumed with trying to figure out this learning from home thing.

While we are not doing the food pantry anymore, I am still trying to keep an ear out for food resources.

Itto’s Tapas is doing a food donation event tonight at the West Seattle Eagles Club (4426 California Ave SW). The restaurant is closed, but they will be cooking at the Eagles Club starting at 5:00pm. They only have food available for the first 150 so get there early!

They are hoping to do an event in White Center soon, we will keep you updated!