NEWS

17 SEP 2020 

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:
  • PSP NEWS
  • EPIC'R INFORMATION
  • FROM NUTRITION SERVICES
  • FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
  • UPCOMING CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
  • FROM THE PRINCIPAL
  • NEW FLYERS

PSP NEWS

Read4Fund$ FUNDRAISER We are excited to welcome you to our 1st Annual Read4Fund$ fundraiser. The Read4Fund$ is more than just a fundraiser – it will be an all student participation Read-A-Thon that will be fun, promote reading, and drive school spirit. Your student will watch a video assembly at school to learn more about the Read4Fund$ and prizes they can earn. They can start their reading minutes and collecting donations now!

* Go to r4funds.com/schools/cteread20/ to easily send out emails to potential sponsors, make online donations and check online totals. Password: stallions

* Track your reading minutes on the Enter Minutes tab on your website. 

* Spirit Shirts will be sent home with every student 9/21 & 9/22 

* 9/23 & 9/24 Reading/Spirit Shirt Day: Students and staff will wear their Spirit Shirts and read in class today!


EPIC'R INFORMATION  (even more info)

Next week's EPIC'R trait: PERSEVERENCE
  * I use determination to try to finish a task   * I have a growth mindset   * I continue through tough times and problem solve


FREE MEALS FOR KIDS - NUTRITION SERVICES
 

FROM OUR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST - SARA HEIM-SMIT

All health Network is providing mental health support to our community members of all ages at NO cost. Please see the attached flyer or link below for more information. The flyer also lists coping strategies that may be helpful.
Here are some of the things our team can help with.

* Support around feelings of worry, sadness, hopelessness, or even anger that life during the pandemic brings up

* Understanding and managing stress

* Help with coping strategies

* Connection with resources

* Not sure what would help? Contact us and let’s talk.


https://www.allhealthnetwork.org/colorado-spirit/


FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR JANE STEINER


COUNSELOR'S CORNER - SEPTEMBER


Did you know that ALL CTE students can have lunch from the cafeteria free daily through December effective immediately?  You can also pre-order weekly lunches for e-learning days at home. Click here for more information.


The school year is officially underway!  I am currently in the process of visiting each cohort in each class to teach a guidance lesson on building a classroom community and relationships.  I have also had the pleasure to meet with our newest students to Cherokee Trail.  It has been fantastic to see the students again!


Now that students are spending more time on electronic devices, it is wise to know some of the sites & apps that your child may come across.  Check out the articles below to become more familiar with them….


Parent Articles:

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Tik Tok

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to YouTube

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Snapchat

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite


WEEKLY MEAL BAGS

Pre-Order Your Weekly Meal Bags - Free for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch

Did you know that you can pre-order meals from the district that can be picked up weekly?  Meals are free of charge for hybrid AND e-learning students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.  Please read here for more information and to order.  To apply for free/reduced meal benefits, click here for the application.


Mental Well-Being During COVID-19: Managing Stress & Building Resilience

You are invited to a Live Town Hall on Monday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. presented by the Board of Douglas County Commissioners and the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative. Join in this community conversation with Amber Berenz, licensed professional counselor and program manager for AllHealth Network’s Colorado Spirit Program, as she answers your questions and shares skills, tips and resources to help you tap into your inner resilience and navigate the stress that life during the pandemic brings.

Call in to 833-380-0668 or visit douglas.co.us/townhall to participate.

UPCOMING CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

17 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm 6th Grade Outdoor Ed - Cohort B
8:30am - 3:30pm cohort B only (in person)
18 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm all students @ home learning
21 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm cohort A only (in person)
22 SEP All day Fun Run
8:30am - 3:30pm cohort B only (in person)
23 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm cohort A only (in person)
24 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm cohort B only (in person)
25 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm all students @ home learning
28 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm cohort A only (in person)
29 SEP All day Fun Run Pledges Due
8:30am - 3:30pm cohort B only (in person)
30 SEP 8:30am - 3:30pm cohort A only (in person)
1 OCT 8:30am - 3:30pm cohort B only (in person)
2 OCT 8:30am - 3:30pm all students @ home learning
 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL - JOSH MILLER

The Principal Chronicles continue ...

So it has been a roller coaster of emotions this past week. We had some highs and some lows. It seems to be the going rate during these crazy times. On the school front, we just got the news at 10:45 PM last night that we are going to be switching from a hybrid model to a five day a week model. Although we are excited to have all of the students in the building again (maybe the eLearners too??), we are a bit nervous about all of the changes again and essentially starting from scratch. Having said that, being in person five days a week is what is best for our students so we will figure it out and be prepped for when we have everyone back in the building. I look forward to hearing the plan the District is coming up with. 


On the home front, things have been pretty sad for us. Many of you know that we have two dogs George and Larry. George has been struggling with epilepsy for the last 8 months or so and he lost his battle with it last Wednesday. Our entire family came home about the same time last Wednesday to discover that George was having a seizure in the backyard. He typically has a seizure that lasts no longer than a few minutes but this time he wasn't stopping. We had no idea how long he had been having a seizure so when we called our vet she told us we needed to rush him to the emergency room. By the time we got there, it was too late. He was too far gone so we had to put him down. It was one of the toughest decisions we have had to make in a long time. It has been pretty sad and lonely in our house the last few days and Larry isn't really sure what to make of the whole situation. 


On top of that, we had Renee's 50th birthday party this past weekend. We had fun with friends and family and being able to celebrate really helped us move on with accepting George's death. Overall, like I said, it was a week full of ups and downs. I'm glad it is over and am ready to buckle down and get to work on our next challenge. Remaking our school for the second time in two months. Never a dull moment but we are going to do it and make it all happen!!


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



NEW FLYERS * Stone Canyon Outdoor Adventure - Fall Break Camp (flyer)

Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures is offering a Fall Break Camp!  The theme of the week is the great outdoors!  Campers will learn invaluable skills that can be taken on any outdoor trip, from setting up tents, hiking, outdoor cooking, fire building and more!  In addition to outdoor skills, campers will be able to climb on our NEW ROPES COURSE, ride the zip line and participate in over 15 additional activities throughout the week. 

Transportation will not be provided for this program.  *Parents are responsible for getting their campers to and from Stone Canyon

https://www.stonecanyonedge.org/specialty-programs




ARCHIVED FLYERS (ALL)

* Strategic Kids: Chess, Lego, Magic, Origami (flyer1) / (flyer2)  * Young Rembrandts On-Demand (flyer)

* Golf & Tennis (flyer)

* SEPTEMBER newlsetter from: Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures is excited to kick off our Fall 2020 season. We have many updates and some exciting announcements! We’re sending out monthly newsletters to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest.  Also, be sure to ‘like’ the Stone Canyon Facebook page @ facebook.com/stonecanyon to keep in the loop. This season we’ll be bringing outdoor education to schools and e-learners alike, while also offering monthly Family Camps, themed camps, and breaking ground on a new high ropes course!


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