The Stallion Scoop: 12Mar20

The Stallion Scoop: 12Mar20
Posted on 03/12/2020
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The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is coordinating with local public health agencies to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are keeping in close contact with the Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on this subject.

Click HERE for up-to-date information from DCSC. Student Support Services:

* Be mindful and adjust current Truancy Plans/Attendance Contracts

   - Absences related to COVID-19 are excused for the time-being

* Talking points, guidance and resources for families to support students with anxiety and concerns

  - Tri-County health department planning for schools (school guidance)

  - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Talking to Children about COVID-19

  - NASP resource in Spanish 

  - National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/caregiver guide to helping families cope with COVID-19

  - World Health Organization helping children cope with stress

  - NPR 3 minute podcast and cartoon for children

* Personalized Learning will continue to provide additional guidance/resources for students dealing with COVID-19 anxiety


Games Night: due to current DCSD after school restrictions, Games Night has been cancelled. Butter Braids: 6th grade is offering a spring sale of Butter Braids to benefit the 6th grade continuation & celebration and for next year's 6th grade outdoor education field trip scholarships. Please turn in forms and payment by April 1st. Butter Braids will be delivered April 9th.

LOST & FOUND We have Lost and Found items placed across from the office. There are many nice jackets, hoodies and other items. Please stop by and find your child's missing clothes. We will be donating the items this Friday after school.
A BIG THANK YOU TO STUCO! Staff enjoyed this amazing trail mix bar during conference week - what a wonderful treat, thank you StuCo!! trail mix bar

Please submit any/all photos of CTE events for the 2019-20 yearbook (class parties, assemblies, field trips, etc.)

The deadline for submissions is 13Mar20 that's tomorrow! Here are the classrooms for which we have NO pictures so far: K: 1: 2: dreith 3: scofield 4: major 5: 6: browne here are 3 easy ways to submit photos: 1. use the HerfJones portal (from your computer or from the app) go to the website: * use the school code: cteyearbook * complete the form and start submitting! * for iPhone and Droid users, the eShare App! (search: "Herff Jones eShare") 2. email photos to Anna Hylton 3. send a flash drive to school with your student (labeled drives will be returned)

I am looking forward to beginning a series of lessons on bullying in 3rd grade classes this month. The lessons will focus on providing information about bullying and role-playing responses to various scenarios. I also plan on including literature to reinforce situations through story characters. 
In 6th grade, we are in our final Second Step unit “Serious Peer Conflicts”. Our lessons are focused on understanding different perspectives, handling peer conflict, making amends, and gratitude. Media Tips for Parents: 
* Did you know that college admissions officers use kids’ social media feeds to judge student applications? Read this article * What age is it appropriate for children to be exposed to internet media? Read this article * Is public shaming an effective parenting technique? Read this article

What's Happening at CTE (calendar)
12 MAR All day P/T Conferences CTE-Staff Calendar
7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades) Mrs. Dunker's classroom - rm.161
4 - 7pm Conference Night CTE-Staff Calendar
13 MAR All day P/T Conferences CTE-Staff Calendar
16 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
17 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
18 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
19 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
20 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
23 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - extended break
24 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - extended break
25 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - extended break
26 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - extended break
27 MAR All day NO SCHOOL - extended break

 - JOSH MILLER The Principal Chronicles continue ... It has been one crazy week here in my little principal world; just when I think things are getting back to normal and there might be a small light at the end of the tunnel, I get reminded that life really doesn't care what you want. So about two weeks ago I was sent a survey about various educational practices within CTE. Little known fact: as a principal you are constantly being asked to provide insight, feedback, opinions, and complete surveys around education. I guess a lot of individuals feel as though time is something we principals have lots of (I guess none of them has ever walked a few hallways in a principal's shoes). This particular survey was offering a $20 gift card to complete the survey so I was all in. Who doesn't want a free $20? The $20 came in the form of an Amazon gift card, so after school I went online and found a mandolin (no, not the instrument, but the food slicer). As many of my fellow readers know, I prep my food every weekend for the week ahead. One of my tasks is to chop up sweet potatoes for my lunches (I love purple sweet potatoes, who wouldn't?). I typically use a big knife but it takes me a while so I have been wanting a mandolin for a some time to speed up the process as well as give me some options if I wanted to make my own sweet potato chips or something else cool and healthy. So if you have never seen a mandolin before it is a little like a guillotine that lays on its side (and if you don't know what a guillotine is, think French history and the iconic phrase "off with his head!!"). Last Friday my brand new mandolin came in the mail and I was psyched to pull it out and whip me up some sweet potatoes. I put it together and got it all prepped and ready to go. I did actually read the instructions on how it works and proceeded to get out my first sweet potato. Problem number 1 came to light almost immediately: my sweet potato was roughly the shape of a long cucumber and it was too long to fit under the hand protector. So being the dummy that I am, I figured I would use the mandolin to slice it down a bit and then use the hand protector. First slice and I realized that I needed to push a lot harder since it didn't go all the way through the first time (I'm sure you can all see where this is going). Slice number two, I increased my force and sure enough the blade went right through the potato no problem. I had a perfectly sliced piece. Slice number three, I decided to increase my pace; I bought the mandolin to save time right? Well once I got to slice three I had my right pointer finger pointed straight down the potato and with the increased force and pace, I not only sliced a perfect sweet potato slice but I also had a perfect slice right off the end of my finger. It all happened so fast, one second I was there enjoying my mandolin and the next second the top portion of my finger was sitting on the mandolin and my hand was shooting out blood just like the Monty Python movie where the knight loses his arms (sadly, one of my first thoughts, after I sliced my finger off, was it's just a flesh wound). Once I came to my senses (and rid my mind of bad Monty Python quotes), I grabbed the top of my finger, shoved it back on, grabbed a towel and drove myself to the emergency room. I thought I was pretty slick remembering to grab my finger just like they do in those "How I Survived" shows. Luckily the hospital is literally about two blocks from my house, so I walked into the emergency room about five minutes after I had filleted my finger. First question I was asked? "How can I help you?" I found this pretty funny. I thought to myself, who doesn't need help when walking into an emergency room? After filling out a lot of paperwork (I too thought this was weird especially considering I was bleeding heavily from my finger all over the paperwork). From that fun experience, I was escorted back to a room where they would work on my finger. I let them know right away that I wanted this experience to be as cheap as humanly possible. One thing I have learned in all of my recent medical odysseys is that the patient controls what is happening not the doctor and I wasn't about to pay 4,322 dollars for a band-aid. When the doctor looked at my finger, I was relieved to hear that I wouldn't need stitches, wouldn't need to keep the top of my finger that I thought I was so cool to bring, and my finger (over time) would grow back normally. In order to keep things cheap, I told them I wanted no numbing which the doctor agreed to do so they started with putting a super-tight ring on my finger to stop the bleeding. The second they put that thing on there I regretted my decision not to numb but there was no turning back now (I actually thought about asking for a stick to put between my teeth). After the death ring, came the rise out which was not as painful but still not enjoyable by any means. The last step was the glue. Once I was all glued up I was free to go. Total time spent in the ER including paperwork? 14 minutes. Total bill minus the glue, bandages, rinse, doctor fee, and finger disposal $751 (for those financial people out there that is $53 a minute, I should have been a doctor). After the most expensive 14 minutes of my life, I still had to drive over to CVS to pick up my antibiotic. As I walked over to pick up my prescription, the tech actually remembered who I was which made me think back and recount everything medical I have had to endure this past month and a half.  Prior to Feb 5, 2020, I had been to the doctor maybe three times in a decade. Maybe not even that many. I didn't have a primary care doctor, I don't ever get sick, and I feel great 99.9% of the time. Then I turn 46 and think to myself, "I'm getting old and should get a physical just to make sure I am doing all right". Little did I know that walking in to get a physical on that fateful day would lead to 9 doctors phone calls, 5 blood draws, 5 doctors office visits, 6 trips to the pharmacy, 42 blood sugar tests, 24 hours worth of urine tests, 1 pituitary gland tumor, 1 hurt shoulder from a running fall, and last but not least 1 partially missing finger. All that and I still have one more blood draw and one more doctors appointment which I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to tell me that there is absolutely nothing wrong with me....yet. That is it for this week's fairly gross edition. Stay tuned in two weeks (assuming the apocalypse doesn't come) when the Principal Chronicles continues... Enjoy your Spring break and stay healthy.

SUMMER CAMPS: * Chap Volleyball 2020 (flyer) *
The Chaparral Baseball team has a new event that we'd like to get your students involved in. Attached is an article about the Junior Wolverines along with our game schedule. (flyer)


* Future Wolverines & baseball fans – we’d love for you to stop by and cheer us on! Here is our VARSITY HOME game schedule * Strategic Kids LEGO (flyer) * Young Rembrandts - Cartoon Drawing class (flyer) Learn how to play tennis and golf or improve your skills at your school with TGA Premier Youth Sports and its fun and innovative programs. Golf Class is on Mondays starting on 2/3 right after school at 3:45 PM; Tennis Class is on Thursdays starting 2/6. Classes conducted on the blacktop if the weather is nice otherwise in the gym. Click HERE to register. Scholarships are available for kids on free/reduced lunch. Contact Anastassiya (flyer). * Stragetic Kids: Skywalker LEGO (flyer)
* Milk Caps for Moola - flyer
Join Mrs. Dunker on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to learn how to be more mindful in your life.  It's a wonderful, peaceful way to start your school day. Mindful Mornings is open to students in grades 3rd - 6th.  See below for information about how to sign up and be part of this joyful journey into mindfulness. You can sign up at Mindful Mornings Sign-up

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