HPPDS Highlights 5/5/17

a note from the director The end of the year is upon us! Here's what to expect as we appraoch the final week of school. Look for more information in the coming weeks.  Field Day : Field Day takes place the morning of May 25th for children in PreK3-Kindergarten. This year includes indoor games in the gym, followed by outdoor fun. Look for details soon! There is no carpool on Field Day, as children are released directly after the event to parents.  Bubble... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, May 5, 2017

HPPDS Highlights 4/21/17

a note from the director I'm going to say the cliche thing this week - I can't believe it is almost summer! We feel it throughout the building...children's growing excitement for a summer of swimming and sunshine, tears of parents watching their child lead chapel for the final time at HPPDS, and the field day team busy planning our final event of the school year. We don't end quietly at HPPDS, and have lots of fun events coming up. Next week, don't miss the Book Fair,... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, April 21, 2017

HPPDS Highlights 3/24/17

a note from the Director Spring has sprung at HPPDS! All things colorful have taken over classrooms and hallways, the warmer weather has us spending more time outside (thank goodness for allergy medicine), and the season of Lent has us preparing for Easter celebrations. Here's what you need to know about Easter at HPPDS:  Class Parties : All ages have Easter parties on either April 11th or 12th. Teachers will provide details about your specific date and time. For classes... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, March 24, 2017

HPPDS Highlights 3/5/17

a note from the director In case you missed it - we are honored to be named "Best Preschool" by the Park Cities People People's Choice Awards for 2017. What an exciting way to return to the office after maternity leave! It is our pleasure to serve this community by providing excellence in early childhood education. To ensure continued success in our mission, your feedback is encouraged and welcome. If you haven't already, please take a moment to fill out a... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Sunday, March 5, 2017

HPPDS Highlights 2/3/2017

a note from the auction chair The “Show Your Love for HPPDS” Online Auction is ONE day only on February 9th , so mark your calendars! All bidding closes at 10 PM. Preview the auction items on February 6 th through 8 th – we have so many great items and services donated by incredibly generous members of our community!  The website for the auction preview and bidding is www.biddingforgood.com/HPPDS/2017 . Happy bidding!  Let’s raise a lot... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, February 3, 2017 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 1/20/17

A note from the music teacher Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings Children need to have their feelings accepted and respected. All feelings can be accepted. Certain actions must be limited.        You can listen quietly and attentively, instead of half listening. (Silence, really, offer a “listening face”, and let them do the talking.)        You can acknowledge their feelings with just a word, instead of... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, January 20, 2017 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 1/6/17

A note from the interim director Greetings!  It has been such a pleasure to step in for Sarah while she is on maternity leave.  I have enjoyed meeting many of you and making connections.  HPPDS is a dynamic and energetic place and your children are the heart of it.  The best part of my day is greeting your kiddos as they arrive.  Eager and happy to be at school, they scurry down the hallway to their classrooms.  They find their friends, hug their teachers and... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, January 6, 2017 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 12/9/16

A note from the admission director With the Fall semester coming to a close, it is hard to believe that it's already time to think about next school year. Admission applications for any new siblings or friends interested in applying to HPPDS are due by December 31st. You can apply online here . Re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year for current HPPDS students will begin January 9th, 2017. Classes are filled first-come, first-served, and we ask that current Toddler 1 and Toddler 2... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, December 9, 2016 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 11/18/2016

a Note from the Director It is truly bittersweet to be saying goodbye to all of our students, staff and families for the next couple of months as I welcome our new bundle of joy into the world! It has been a busy, joyful fall semester and I will miss being here for the Christmas season. However, what a blessing it is to be leaving everything in such capable hands - from administration, to teachers to parent council. As you may recall, Janel Perez will be stepping in as Interim Director... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 11/4/16

a note from the music teacher Over the last couple of weeks in music, we have been having a LOT of fall fun! I LOVE to hear that your children have come home singing songs and even teaching you some of our music "games" and "stories". When the learning and play continue at home, the brain and developmental connections are strengthened because YOU are definitely their favorite playmate. Have your children mentioned "Swishy"? He's my friendly, furry... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, November 4, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 10/21/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR " ...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." -Matthew 5:16 Thank you so much to all of the families who have already brought by a box filled with items that will bless a child in need this Christmas! The gifts make their way around the world, and you can even track your box. This is a wonderful way to participate in outreach with your child, allowing for meaningful conversations... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, October 21, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 10/7/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Greetings from the 2016 Changing the Odds Conference hosted by Momentous Institute! This is my favorite annual event to inspire and guide my leadership at HPPDS, particularly in the area of social emotional health and learning. This year we heard from incredible thought-leaders and change-makers on the topic of Compassion. As many of you have heard me say, social emotional health is the strongest predictor of later succcess, and this year's conference... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, October 7, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 9/23/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Last night was a blast! A huge thank you to our Picnic Chairs - Kelley Ledford, Brooke Penley and Berkeley Litton for a great event. We also wrapped up our Partnership Campaign and fundraising with the conclusion of North Texas Giving Day. We beat our overall goal of $30,000 thanks to the generosity of our current families and community members! We are incredibly grateful for the donations, which will bless our school tremendously. An extra special thank you to... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, September 23, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 9/9/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR     We are gearing up for our annual back to school family picnic! This year's theme is "Wild West," so grab your jeans and boots! This is our first family event of the year, and is a great time to meet your child's friends and their parents. Parent Council chairs Kelley Ledford, Berkeley Litton, and Brooke Penley have been working hard to ensure a fun-filled event that includes a petting zoo, Easy Slider food truck, the... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, September 9, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 8/26/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Happy first week! Whether your child skipped happily in or was vehemently opposed to the idea of school on day one, whether your children were dressed in head to toe uniform or just wearing something blue, whether you were here 10 minutes early with your badge or 10 minutes late and you were just glad you made it at all - we are glad you're here! I hope that our teachers and staff have been gracious and helpful to our families this week, and that you reach... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, August 26, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 5/16/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR We are nearing the end of a wonderful school year! Next week is "Camp Week," a fun-filled final week including special free dress days. Monday is Pajama Day, Tuesday is Wacky Tacky and Wednesday is Sporty.  Bubble Bashes : Toddlers will have a Bubble Bash on their last day of school on the playground at 11:00. Parents are invited to join, and children will be dismissed directly from the bash. Attire is Bubble Bash t-shirts and clothes that are... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Monday, May 16, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 4/29/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR We are moving into our last month of school and I can hardly believe it. Parent council is busy planning our final event - Field Day, and is gearing up for next year. There are still open positions for 2016-2017, so if you have been thinking about volunteering for Parent Council, please consider doing so next year! Read more about openings.  Save the date for Field Day (PreK3-K) and Bubble Bash (Toddlers)! These are the children's final... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, April 29, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 4/1/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Next week, Janel Perez, LPC will be leading a Coffee and Conversation series focused on understanding our children's developmental stages. We will meet in the parlor after drop-off. We would love to see you there! Click here for more information . Coming up this month, we are looking forward to Open House on the 21st. This is an opportunity for your child to show you around his or her classroom and school. You won't want to miss the Art Gallery, where you can... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, April 1, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 3/18/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR  We are so excited for our Easter Worship and Grandfriends Celebration next Thursday. The worship service, led by children in PreK3-Kindergarten will be in the Sanctuary at 11:00. Toddler families may choose to pick up children from class to attend the service, or may choose to pick up at the regular time and join us at the Grandfriends Celebration in Elliott Hall at 11:30. Be sure not to miss the photo opportunity at the Grandfriends Celebration. Each family... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, March 18, 2016

Positive Parenting Strategies

I enjoyed seeing a few of you at the Speaker event with Kristin Bemis, LPC, at St. John’s last Tuesday, and I hope you were able to find answers to some of your parenting questions! I went home that night feeling pretty good about my success at limiting tears and frustration through dinner, teeth brushing and bedtime – an often arduous task. Do I expect every night to go as well? Absolutely not! However, experiencing success from time to time re-energizes me and reminds me that I CAN DO THIS! ... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Thursday, March 3, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 2/19/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR What an exciting and successful auction we had this year! Our families certainly "showed their love" for HPPDS through your bids and donations. Because of your support, HPPDS will be able to purchase new dolls, sand toys, building materials, books and so much more! I hope you all had fun and ended up with something special. I can't wait to have my mini-Director help out in the office! We owe much gratitude to Margaret Kelley for coordinating the whole thing, and... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, February 19, 2016 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 1/29/16

a note from the director "We love because he first loved us"  - John 4:19 Valentine's is approaching - and the Day School is ready to show some love! You can participate as a family in two ways:  1. Bid, bid, bid on the "Show Your Love for the Day School" annual auction! We have so many great items - sports tickets, gift cards, one-of-a-kind special events and more! The auction takes place online February 11th.  2. Participate in the family Valentine's project. A special... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, January 29, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 1/8/16

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR Welcome back HPPDS families! We are getting excited for our annual HPPDS auction taking place online on February 11th. Margaret Kelley has been working hard to ensure this year's auction is a success, and we have extended the deadline for donations to Friday, January 22. Remember, classes with 100% participation in soliciting donations will receive a popsicle party! Download the letter and donation form , or pick them up in the office. We already have... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, January 8, 2016

HPPDS Highlights 12/18/15

a note from the director Merry Christmas and Happy New Year HPPDS families! We hope you have a safe and blessed holiday season. When we return in the new year, re-enrollment will begin on January 5th. Be on the lookout for an email from Admissions about how to sign your child up for school next year, and remember, classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not delay registering your child! Christmas Blessings!  Sarah  review in pictures ... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, December 18, 2015 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 12/4/15

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With a wonderful Thanksgiving service and a rainy break behind us, HPPDS is joyfully celebrating the Advent season. In Godly Play, children are lighting candles each week on the Advent wreath, and are learning the Nativity story, Christmas carols and hymns as they prepare for the upcoming Christmas programs. It is a special time on campus as we wait to celebrate the birth of Christ. We look forward to seeing our families at... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, December 4, 2015 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 11/20/15

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR We look forward to worshiping as a school community at the Thanksgiving Sanctuary Service next week. It is a wonderful way to start off the Thanksgiving break, and we hope to see you there! The service is led by PreK4 and Kindergarten students, and younger children who attend will be invited up after the service to place a food item (provided by HPPDS) in the basket for the Salvation Army. Be sure to pick up your Toddler or PreK3 student from the... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, November 20, 2015

HPPDS Highlights 11/9/15

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR We had a great time at Dad's Night! Children stopped by their classrooms with Dads and other special relatives where they enjoyed western-themed activities, like making trail mix and decorating boots. They also visited the HPPDS Corral to grab some refreshments and had their photos taken "on the range." Be sure to find your photos from the night here . It was a fun night! If you missed it, we hope to see you next year.  Blessings,  ... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Monday, November 9, 2015

HPPDS Highlights 10/30/15

a note from the director  November is a busy month at HPPDS! Please be sure to read the Announcements and Reminders at the bottom of the page so you don't miss anything!  Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up on the 18th and 19th. This is an important opportunity for parents to build a partnership with their child's teacher(s). Be thinking about what is on your heart and come into the conference prepared to ask questions and share the goals you have for your child's early... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, October 30, 2015

HPPDS Highlights 10/23/15

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR I am so excited to have our first annual Costume Parades next Monday and Tuesday. In order to ensure the event is a a success, please take note of the following details:  Your child will come in costume on the morning of your class's parade. If you are not staying after the parade to help your child change, your child must wear his/her costume OVER his/her uniform.  Drop-off is in the classroom as usual. Parents then proceed to Slate... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, October 23, 2015

Love and Learning

A few weeks ago I attended the Changing the Odds conference hosted by the Momentous Institute, a non-profit devoted to building social emotional health in children. I am so in love with their work, because I truly believe (and research proves) that social emotional health is the most important piece of the "success" puzzle. We can recognize as adults that it is difficult to learn and focus when we are stressed, and this applies to children as well. The basic brain science behind this is that... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HPPDS Highlights 10/9/15

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR We have some exciting things coming up this month, beginning with Fair Day/Columbus Day on Monday. I hope you all enjoy an extra day of family time! You may have seen "PreK Observation" on our school calendar for this month. During the week of October 19, we will have Parent Observations for each PreK4 class. This is a really special way for parents to get a glimpse into their child's day, as they observe a sampling of classroom activities through a two-way mirror.... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, October 9, 2015

Does Bad Outweigh Good?

I am so eager and excited to attend the Changing the Odds conference tomorrow and Friday – hands down the best conference I attend each year. Last year, we heard from so many wonderful experts in brain science, and I was really struck by the topic of the impact of negative vs. positive experiences on the brain. Negative experiences greatly outweigh positive when it comes to mental processing, and therefore, the impact they have on the brain. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and feel that... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Wednesday, September 30, 2015

HPPDS Highlights 9/25/15

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR  We had such a wonderful time at the Barnyard Bash! Thank you all for attending and making the night so special, and a huge thank you to the Parent Council Picnic chairs - Chelsea Hunt, Michelle Hunt and Kylie Frierson. I am continually amazed at the way our Parent Council blesses the school, and these three ladies kicked off the year with a wonderful event. We've enjoyed seeing pictures of all the emerging butterflies! Additionally, many thanks to... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, September 25, 2015 | 0 comments

The EdVenture Lab

EdVenture lab at HPPDS began last week for PreK4 and Kindergarten. Mrs. Mobley, our teacher, will spend the year introducing children to science in an original, entertaining and hands-on fashion. We are calling this subject “STEAM” for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Our first lesson introduced the children to the way that scientists use observation to gain information about the world so that we can ask good “Why” questions. Next, PreK4 will begin learning about mass and density... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 0 comments

North Texas Giving Day!

What is North Texas Giving Day? North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain funding through donors, and for people in North Texas to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. In just six years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped $89 million into the North Texas community. In 2014, more than 98,000 gifts totaling $26.3 million were given to benefit more than 1,580 local nonprofits. Why does HPPDS... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Monday, September 14, 2015 | 0 comments

HPPDS Highlights 9/11

a note from the director We are off to a great start this school year. I am so impressed with how quickly our sweet students are adjusting to the school routine. The tears have been (mostly) replaced with beaming smiles and days filled with joy. Those students who were hesitant observers at first are now shaking maracas in music and speaking up in circle time. There are so many exciting things happening in the HPPDS community this fall. As you now know, our first all-school event, the... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, September 11, 2015

Furthering our Mission: HPPDS Shepherds

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 1 Peter 5:2-3 It’s not often we equate early childhood with leadership, but the truth is, the oldest students at HPPDS are very capable of serving as leaders and the benefits are many! As part of our mission of... Read More
Posted by Sarah Good at Friday, January 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Furthering Our Mission: Parent/Teacher Partnerships

Furthering Our Mission: Parent/Teacher Partnerships Highland Park Presbyterian Day School partners with families to educate the whole child within a nurturing Christian environment You may have seen the link to an article written by Dr. Brad Schwall about parent/teacher partnerships on our Facebook or School Highlights page. If you missed it, you can read it here . This is such an important topic in education.  The new mission statement of HPPDS includes three components we... Read More
Posted by Amy Dunbar at Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 0 comments

2104-2015 School Year Begins Soon

2014-2015 School Year Begins Soon! Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! We are so happy to have you as a part of our Day School family. I am honored and blessed to serve as the Director of HPPDS. I truly love this school, and am committed to furthering our mission of excellence in early childhood. I believe a successful educational experience is best achieved through a collaborative partnership with parents, community members, teachers and administrators. I want to encourage you to play... Read More
Posted by Amy Dunbar at Monday, July 28, 2014 | 0 comments

January 2014

I hope your 2014 is off to a great start! With the New Year comes decisions about school for next year. Be sure to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences this week so you can discuss the recommended placement for your child with his or her teacher. Your teacher(s) will ask that you fill out a simple form to let us know your plans, even if you have not yet decided. Some of you have already come by to discuss options with me. As always, my door is open to you and I would be happy to assist you in your... Read More
Posted by Amy Dunbar at Saturday, February 1, 2014

Our Mission & Philosophy

Highland Park Presbyterian Day School believes that the years of early childhood are the most crucial to the establishment of sound educational practices and biblical values. The school strives to meet the academic, spiritual, emotional, creative, social, and physical needs of the young child through a developmentally appropriate approach to learning. Learn about our mission.