The Stallion Scoop: 15Apr21

The Stallion Scoop: 15Apr21
Posted on 04/15/2021
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  • SUPPLY LISTS FOR 2021-22


Purchases anytime of the year help our school, BUT STARTING FRIDAY, purchases during AFW’s 10-Day Store Rally will help maximize and finalize our next donation! PLUS, you might win a $500 gift card. Thank you for your support!



See this link for information about a partnership between the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and Kahn Academy to provide free, online tutoring for Colorado Students.


Please see the supply lists for next school year here.

EPIC'R INFORMATION (even more info)

This month's EPIC'R trait: ALL OF THEM! show ENTHUSIASM * commit to PERSEVERE * demonstrate INTEGRITY * be COURAGEOUS * exemplify RESPECT
For the last three months of school, students will be reviewing all five EPIC'R traits and discussing how to implement them as a whole at home, at school, and in the community. Ask your student about the EPIC'R lesson they learned this month!



We are very busy learning new social-emotional skills and strategies! As you probably know, all classroom teachers teach social-emotional learning through our Second Step curriculum.

In addition, Kindergarten students will be starting the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. First grade students are just about to complete this program. Students cover topics such as trusted adults, using an assertive voice, body boundaries, tattling, and strangers.    

Fourth grade classes have completed the MindUp curriculum. Students learned and practiced mindfulness throughout the lessons.  Students learned about the limbic system in their brain and its role in regulating emotions.

Fifth grade students learned about the origin of human rights through a series of lessons. Several human rights were explored with discussion that related to action that kids can take to make a difference.

Sixth grade students are continuing lessons from the Second Step curriculum. We have begun a new unit that focuses on thoughts, emotions, and decisions. The objective of this unit is to apply a strategy for emotion management that is best for them, based on context.

Coming soon! Lessons for second and third grade students!


Are you looking for some resources to support your family’s mental health? 

Social Media and Mental Health: Tips for families of older kids and teens


Talking to Children About Violence

How to talk to children about difficult news

Age related reactions to a traumatic event

How to talk to kids about difficult subjects

Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate (Eng & Sp)

Table Talk (for families): Gun Violence and Mass Shootings 

Free mental health support groups

Check out the upcoming events and supports offered by the STEM Center for Strength.  There is a new featured podcast series on physical and mental recovery & resiliency- check it out! 


Parent Resources:

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention

Douglas County Resources Employment, shelter, food resources 



The Principal Chronicles continue
... As I write this is it Wednesday morning and I was really hoping Spring would bring warm weather but alas, it is freezing outside, so I guess I'll have to wait a little longer for the warm weather to come. Must be true that April showers bring May flowers. 

Things at school are going well, we are working on planning for next year as well as finalizing this year. Next week we have our eLearners back in the building for CMAS for the first time in over a year. I'm excited to see them as it has been so long. Once they are done, I will very happily close the book on the 2020-2021 state testing cycle. I can't wait to get all of this paperwork out of my office that is for sure. Outside of that, we are winding down the year which means we are finishing up with some end-of-year iReady testing and writing samples. This year our end-of-year assessments mean so much more because for the first time all year we feel as though this is going to give us actual data to where students are. We will then take that data and use it to formulate our plan to take over the world next year. We have some pretty exciting new offerings for our students next year but I'll wait a bit longer before I share the good news. 

On the home front, my daughter had a sleepover last weekend at a friend's house. This was her first sleepover in a very, very long time. After packing more stuff than any normal human being would ever need, I dropped her off before school on Friday at her friend's house thinking I would see her the next morning. Our final communication before she exited the car was to text me in the morning when "you are ready to come home". So the next morning, I got up super early, got everything done, and was all set by roughly nine as that is when she typically gets up on the weekend. Any text messages? Nope. By 10 I finally texted her to see what the plan was. She responded that they were just sitting down for breakfast and would let me know. By noon, I still hadn't heard anything so I texted again only to find out that her friend's older sister was having her birthday party that day and wanted to know if she could stay until 3. Since she hasn't had hardly any friend interaction in over a year I agreed. Then at 2:35, I got another text message asking if she could stay for cake. I agreed but made the mistake of saying that she should text me when "you are done". At 5, with still no word, I texted her only to find out that they were just sitting down to dinner and she would text me after that. By this time, I had been basically sitting in my apartment for the entire day waiting for her to be done so I could pick her up. I got my final text asking if she could stay until eight when the party was over. I finally got my parental brain engaged and told her that I would be there at 8 and to be ready. The good news is that she had a ton of fun, the bad news is that I wasted an entire day waiting around for her. You'd think I'd be better at this whole Dad thing, but clearly I have a ways to go. 

That is it for this week's edition. Stay tuned next week when the Principal Chronicles continues.



ARCHIVED FLYERS (ALL) * Lace up your hiking boots and grab your trail mix because Stone Canyon’s Summer Backpacking Adventure registration is now open! This year we are excited to offer three programs specifically tailored to beginner, intermediate, and advanced backpackers. (flyer) * Free meals for kids through the end of the 2020-21 school year. (flyer) * Pop Warner Wolfpack Summer Football Camps AGES 5-14 (flyer) * Camp Backcountry 2021 (flyer) * Registration for Stone Canyon Summer Camps is now open! (flyer)

Stone Canyon will offer both our overnight camps and day camps. Stone Canyon offers a wide variety of activities and our dedicated staff is committed to ensuring your camper will learn new skills, make new friends, and is safe while at camp. Our goal is to help our campers become more confident and daring individuals, all while having the best time of their lives!

While our programs may look a bit different to follow State COVID-19 guidelines, we aim to provide the same connection and adventure that make our summer camp special. In this email, we have highlighted important information and for more detailed information, please visit our website.

Overnight Campers: 9-15 years old

Day Campers: 6-8 years old

For more information and to register check out our website:

* Girl Scout Troop forming in our area! (flyer)

* FREE online Spanish classes (flyer)

* Strategic Kids: Chess, Lego, Magic, Origami (flyer1) / (flyer2

* Young Rembrandts On-Demand (flyer)

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