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!

Playground news!

Edited to add: if you are planning to attend the community meeting we are encouraging people to register now, to avoid issues the day of!

Highland Park Plays has partnered with the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for the Matching Funds Grant, and we have our first community meeting coming up!

We are so excited to hear what our community has to say about the playground, this is a great chance to get your ideas on on the ground floor!

Interpretors will be available in Spanish and Vietnamese.

Wednesday, April 7 from 3:00 – 4:30.

Use the QR code below to register or follow this link.

We also have a community survey, to get your ideas for the playground.

Please find the survey with the QR code below, or follow this link.

We are very excited about heading what our community has in mind for the playground!

Playground Update

We have good news for our playground!

We have some momentum building again, after completing Phase 1 (net climber, rock scramble, and slides), and installing the Rain Garden with Rainwise, and the Seattle Sounders.

Highland Park Plays has partnered with The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and applied for their matching grant program! We were awarded money to adapt our construction plans to necessary changes from Phase 1.

Briefly, the original plan included reworking the ADA ramp that lies along the north end of the playground. It was decided mid-construction that redoing the ramp would be too costly, especially when it was already perfectly functional. Now that we are looking forward to the next phases, the construction Master Plan needs to be adjusted to accommodate these changes.

Since we are changing the plans anyway, this is a wonderful opportunity for the community to offer their input as to what the playground should look like! The Matching Fund Grant is for the neighborhood, not just the school! The playground is open to anyone and everyone after school hours, and we are hoping that our neighbors will offer us their ideas at 3 community meetings this spring. We don’t have the dates set yet, but we will keep you all updated!

You can check out the Highland Park Plays Facebook page here. If you would like to contact the Playground Steering Committee with anything – ideas, feedback, questions about the meetings – anything at all you can do so at highlandparkplays@gmail.com.

Keep playing, Highland Park!

Newspaper Access

How many times have you clicked on a newspaper article, only to be frustrated by the notice that you have reached your limit if free articles?

Did you know that Seattle Public Libraries offers free access to many news sources? The Seattle Times, The New York Times, trade and industry newsletters, archived Seattle Post-Intelligencer, consumer health, The Daily Journal of Commerce, LGTBQ history and culture, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and much more. You can even view archives of The Seattle Times going back to 1895.

All you need is a library card (which you can now order online for free), and all this information is at your fingertips.

From spl.org click on the link to Online Resources, then Magazines and Newspapers, or click here. You can also search all online resources alphabetically.

After last week’s PTA meeting, and the presentation from our amazing librarian Christopher Robert where he outlined several other SPL online resources I have been exploring SPL more thoroughly. I have had an SPL library card since I was 7 or 8 years old, and I wish I had known about this earlier!


Black Lives Matter at School Week!

Black Lives Matter at School Week is here! It may look different this year with distance learning, but teachers at Highland Park are still engaging in this work for their students and our community.

Here is an article in the Seattle Times describing this Week of Action.

This is the Year of Purpose, read more about it on the Black Lives Matter at School website.

BLM at School also offers curriculum, if you are interested in that, or in joining the team you can find information here.

These resources are not just for school, they are valuable for discussions at home too.

Ask your children what they learned about BLM at School today!

New Education Lab series

The Seattle Times is running a new series as part of its Education Lab. The first article was published today, coming up in the series is part 2 (In Highline schools, a strategy often reserved for top performers might be working for everyone) and part 3 (Do standardized tests still serve their purpose?)

Here is today’s article, How much learning have students lost? The state doesn’t know the pandemic’s effects on achievement.

Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times

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!