Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope you all had a chance to rest and relax over the summer because the next 10 months will be very busy! If you are new to Highwood School, welcome to a wonderful school with wonderful parents, teachers, and students. Everyone in the Highwood family works hard to ensure that all students enjoy and succeed in learning the language and culture, and to have lots of fun while doing it! By choosing Highwood School, we understand that you are not just choosing a school, you are choosing the value of learning a second language and the joys and struggles that come with it. Whether you’re new or returning to Highwood School, expect this year to be packed full of language learning, rich activities, and fun experiences.
I’m happy to be back after taking the months of May and June off to work on my doctorate degree. Many people have been asking if I’m a “Dr.” yet, and the answer is no! I’m almost there… hopefully soon! A very special thank you to everyone’s flexibility and willingness to pitch in during my absence. I was grateful to be able to take the time off, knowing that the school was in very capable hands.
Our staff this year will mostly be familiar faces. Ms. Ma who taught at Highwood a few years ago is returning as a grade 3 Mandarin teacher. We did hire Ms. Swati Mahalwar who will be the AM kindergarten classroom assistant. Please welcome her to the Highwood School family if you see her.
Our school hours are the same this year as last year, and once again there are a number of early dismissal days. Please note these dates on your calendar and remember that students are dismissed at 12:05 after they eat lunch. Once again, you can pick up your children at 11:30 on these days if you do not wish for them to eat lunch at school. Please remember to sign them out in the office first. For kindergarten students, these half days alternate, with some days designated only for AM kindergarten students, and some days designated only for PM kindergarten students. Please see the school calendar for exact dates. For the most up to date calendar, please refer to the monthly one posted on Highwood’s website.
I look forward to a jam packed year full of learning and laughter!
Principal, Highwood School