April 16, 2018
It's that time of year again! If you are interested in enrolling your students for the 2018-2019 school year, you can access the enrollment form HERE.
Email us or call us at (916) 259-1688 if you are interested in scheduling a tour to see our fantastic school!
Thank You Placer Academy:
While I personally was unable to attend the art show and auction due to illness, I want to personally thank all that made it hugely successful. Firstly, I am so honored to be part of a community that truly cares about the students and supports this wonderful program. Next, I would be remiss not to give a loud shout out to Krista Hilmen. I am beyond thrilled that I get to work with this amazing lady every day. I love that she has these crazy ideas and I love that I get to see them come to fruition! Her team (you know who you are) has worked countless hours to pull off an event that is always perfect! Lastly, thank you all for supporting the event with your time, your donations, and your presence. Your students worked hard to create such wonderful pieces of art. We are still working on the final totals, but it's looking really positive which will mean lots of great Visual and Performing Arts programming for our kiddos.
Dine Out Night:
Our next Dine Out Night is at Skipolini's in Rocklin on Wednesday, April 18. Located at 6600 Lonetree Blvd. The time is from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. No flyer is needed, but please mention HRPA. All proceeds received will be used to help offset overnight field trips for students.
Exciting Changes for 2018-2019:
As you know, HRPA has applied for a charter petition with Rocklin Unified School District. We have submitted the petition and RUSD will be voting on our petition on April 18 at their upcoming Board Meeting.
I am happy to announce the addition of some new teachers for our 2018-2019 school year.
Kelly Fisher will be joining our Upper Academy team as our science teacher. Kelly comes to us from Rocklin Academy where she has been teaching science to middle school students. Kelly brings a tremendous amount of science experience and Core Knowledge experience to the team. We are happy she is joining us!
Jen Baker and Tracey Stokes will be making up our new second grade team. Tracey has been a long term substitute in second grade this year, and has subbed for us the past two years. She has a ton of experience, and we are excited to have her on board. Jen Baker is also a veteran teacher spending most of her time in the primary grades. She most recently worked for Rocklin Unified School District, but previously worked for Rocklin Academy. We are thrilled to have her join our team!
I am also excited to announce that Melissa Cable will be taking on our Spanish position. She has an incredible background with Spanish and French, and knows a host of other languages. She currently is our go-to Spanish substitute and should bring a wealth of knowledge to our program.
Upcoming INCREDIBLE Events
Apr 16 - School Day
Apr 17 - School Day
Apr 17 - School Day
Apr 19 - School Day
Apr 20 - Early Release
Star Nova, 12:30 pm
Apr 23 - School Day
Apr 24 - School Day
Apr 25 - School Day
Apr 26 - School Day
Apr 27 - Early Release
Star Nova, 12:30 pm
"POW"-erful PTO Updates
Car Decals Are Back:
They are available in the office at the main campus for ONLY $5.
Free Babysitting During PTO Meetings:
Did you know that PTO offers free babysitting while you attend the PTO meeting? We love involvement and want to make it easy for you to participate. Please join us for our monthly meetings.
The next PTO meeting is on Wednesday, April 25th at 3:10 pm.
At this meeting, you can meet the candidates for the VP position.
Any questions? Contact us at
School Start Time:
K-5: 8:10 am
6-8: 8:25 am
End of School Time:
K-5: Monday - Thursday, 3:00 pm
K-5: Friday, 12:00 pm
6-8: Monday - Thursday, 3:15 pm
6-8: Friday, 12:15 pm
Homework Help for Math:
We have found a wonderful resource that allows you to choose your student's grade level, the module they are working on, and the lesson number. Then, you can look at sample homework, video taped lessons, and other resources. This resource comes from Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
Click HERE to utilize this awesome site!
High School Enrollment:
It is that time of year for our 8th grade families to begin thinking about high school. We know that Harvest Ridge has students that go to a variety of high schools around Placer County, all with their own policies and time lines.
In order to help you navigate this process, we have put together some resources to assist you in the transfer on to the 9th grade. Please click HERE to visit our webpage of resources.
Most of the high school districts start looking at applications starting in January. In order to be prepared, we highly recommend taking some time over the next few weeks to research the school that you are intending to enroll in and know their policies. Please keep in mind that if the high school you would like to attend is NOT your home district, there is no guarantee that your child will be accepted.
What's Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child:
Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings.
But there is one happy nexus where research is meeting practice: bilingual education. "In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism," says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California, Riverside.
Click HERE to read the entire article.