The Stallion Scoop: 9May19

The Stallion Scoop: 9May19
Posted on 05/09/2019
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Restaurant Night: Mark your calendars for the next Restaurant Day/Night at Papa John's, Monday, May 20th from 11:00am - 10:00pm. This is good for delivery or takeout. Let them know you are supporting CTE when you order. Enjoy a night off from cooking as we wrap up the school year! School Supply Kits: It's time to start thinking about next school year! If you'd like to save some time this summer you can order a school supply kit that will arrive in the classroom prior to the first day of school. Click on the link and enter in our school code, 83115. Please take note of any items that will not be included in the kit in the notes section. The last day to order will be May 31st. Online orders only!
Calling all books home to the Library! All books are due into the Library by Thursday, May 16th. PLEASE see Mrs. Nottingham if you have a lost book! Lost book fees: $15 per hardcover

$10 per paperback

MAY COUNSELOR'S CORNER - JANE STEINER Parents are you ready for the summer? Here are 5 tips for transitioning kids from school to summer vacation: 1. Make a summer vacation wish list. Get your family together and have everyone come up with a list of activities they want to do during vacation. If you are able to schedule everything everyone wants to do, great. If not, you can have family members vote or do a random drawing to select what activities make the itinerary. Make your planning session fun. Maybe have family members act out what they want to do while others try and guess the activity. Adding an element of fun to the planning process will spur your child’s excitement. 2. Maintain a routine. Summer vacation doesn’t need to be as structured as the school year. After all, vacation is a time for fun. With that being said, maintaining a lite version of your child’s school routine can help make the transition from school to summer vacation easier. It’s a routine they are already familiar with and they won’t have to adapt to a whole new way of doing things. Keeping a version of your school routine will also make it easier for your child to snap back into school mode once vacation is over. 3. Create a daily schedule. Make a daily schedule and hang it in an area where it can be easily seen. Having a schedule in place will help your child know what to expect, which will ease their anxiety. Try and make your schedule as simple as possible. My family’s summer vacation schedule typically includes meal times, the activity for the day, and bed time. 4. Balance activities with down time. Even though going places and doing different activities are fun, some kids dread summer vacation because they are overwhelmed with all they have to do. Work to find a balance between having your child participate in activities and them having time to unwind. You don’t want your child to be bored, but you also don’t want them to feel fatigued from being over-scheduled. 5. Keep children connected with classmates. Kids don’t always live in the same neighborhoods as their classmates and the end of the school year can mean a loss of contact with their close friends. You can remedy this by getting your child’s friends’ contact information so you can plan a play date over the summer. You could even coordinate with some parents from your child’s class to go on an outing together. This will help your child maintain their relationships with friends into the upcoming school year. Transitions definitely aren’t easy, However, if you take the time to plan ahead, it can go a whole lot smoother than when you don’t.

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Parents and students,

We are excited to inform you Infinite Campus has two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements and more. Student: Parent: Download: Apple | Google

If you are using the old Infinite Campus app, please download the new app. The old app will be removed from the app store June 2019.

5th Grade - Thurs. May 9th 6:30pm CTE Gym RESCHEDULED!! "The 1950s & 60's Rock n Roll Review" 6th Grade - Tues. May 14th 6:30pm CTE Gym "My 6th Grade CTE Year" Music Video Project Presentations
SAVE YOUR POP TABS! Please send in any and all aluminum pop tabs to support Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital (info about the campaign). Students can drop off tabs at the office, in their classroom, or directly in the black mailbox outside Ms. Ranieri's class door.

GARDENING PARTY - LIZ CROW We need your help removing rock from our future garden space. If you have a shovel, wheelbarrow or just need a reason to enjoy some time outside, WE NEED YOU! TUESDAY MAY 21 @ 1:00 - 3:15 (flyer).

Field day is quickly approaching. May 17th will be here before we know it. I am in need of almost 80 volunteers to make it run smoothly. Please see below to help out. Community service hours are available for teens. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 1) Click this link to see our SignUp on 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like 3) Sign up! It's easy - you will NOT need to register for an account or keep a password on Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Open to Grades 3 - 6 - SIGN UP HERE! now open to 3rd grade as well! Start your morning with some mindfulness and see your life change (flyer). Tuesday and Thursday Mornings - 8:10 - 8:30 AM 
In Mrs. Dunker’s 4th Grade Classroom
Celebrating National Police Week We are having our first CTE Clap Out for Law Enforcement on Wednesday, May 15th, at 3:00 pm. Blue ribbons will be sent home with students to be worn on Wednesday. We are encouraging students to wear blue and families to join us. Families may line the north side of Clarke Farms Drive, across the street from the school. We will clap and our little ones will wave flags. The parking lot will be closed from 2:30-3:15. Please be sure to park elsewhere if you are picking up students. We are very excited to honor our local law enforcement in this way and we hope to you can join us. National Bike/Walk to School Day Thanks to Anna Amoroso and her league of community members for supporting our second annual National Bike/Walk to School Day. Although it was raining, some braved the weather to walk, bike or scooter to school! Safety at CTE In light of the recent tragedy at the STEM school in Douglas County, I want to share what we do at Cherokee Trail to make sure your students are safe in every way possible. The district requires us to have very well thought out plans for emergencies. We have a developed reunification plan, can mobilize medications in seconds, and routinely review our practices and protocols to better meet the needs of all involved. Drills - By law we are required to practice safety protocols throughout the school year. In an effort to create a calm environment, before our first drills of the year, I went to each classroom and explained the why and how for each drill. This gave students an opportunity to ask questions and understand that there is reason for each drill. We do our best to make these drills learning experiences, rather than fearful encounters. That being said, protocols are in place for safety reasons. Keeping quiet is a necessity for all students so everyone can hear directions in case of an emergency. These are the drills required by law: Evacuation - once a month Lockout - once per semester Shelter in Place - once per semester Lockdown - once per semester Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - Our school has adopted Second Step for social emotional learning. Each classroom learns weekly lessons about how to support emotional well being. As part of second step, there are bully proofing lessons in the curriculum. Teachers teach these lessons as well. Second Step is a wonderful program which offers strategies for one’s on well-being and strategies to help others. Follow this link if you would like more information regarding this program. We also use various other strategies to support social emotional health. Teachers use these resources based on the needs of their students: Restorative Practices, Zones of Regulation, Mindfulness, Steps to Respect, and many other strategies. Support Staff - We are very thankful to our voters for passing 5A and 5B in November. These monies have provided funds to support a full time counselor in our building. Jane Steiner is our school counselor and our school psychologists are Sara HeimSmit and Susan Quatrocelli. These staff members have take such good care of our student’s and family’s emotional needs. Our mental health team works diligently to stay current with strategies and practices. Even as I’m typing this Mrs. Steiner is at a conference for social emotional learning and Mrs. HeimSmit will be attending tomorrow. We consider ourselves fortunate to have such qualified staff. Douglas County School District also partners with our local police force. Parker police routinely walk through our building for visibility and to promote a safe climate and culture. As you can see, we take physical and emotional safety very seriously. Your child’s safety and the safety of our staff are our first priority. Please don’t hesitate to visit with either Mr. Miller or me should you have any questions. What's Happening at CTE (calendar)  
9 MAY All day Teacher Appreciation Week
8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
3:30 - 4:15pm Film Club - Library
3:45 - 4:45pm TGA Tennis - Blacktop
6:30 - 7:30pm 5th Grade Nifty 50's and 60's Program
10 MAY All day Teacher Appreciation Week
2:30 - 3:15pm STEAM Day CTE-Staff Calendar
14 MAY 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
6:30 - 7:30pm 6th Grade Presentation of CTE Music Videos
15 MAY 1:30 - 2:45pm 6th Grade /Staff Kickball Game
3 - 3:30pm Police Clap Out
5 - 6pm Kindergarten Open House
16 MAY 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
2:45 - 3:15pm EPIC Assembly CTE-Staff Calendar
3:30 - 4:15pm Film Club - Library
3:45 - 4:45pm TGA Tennis - Blacktop
17 MAY All day Field Day
20 MAY 11am - 9pm PSP Restaurant Night - Papa Johns
3 - 3:30pm Chap Senior Clap out
21 MAY 8:10 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings w/Mrs. Dunker
1 - 3:15pm CTE Garden Construction Party
22 MAY 11am - 2:30pm 4th Grade to Challenger Park
23 MAY 9 - 10am Kindergarten Graduation
11am - 1pm Third Grade EOY Party at Jolla Park
12:30 - 2pm Kindergarten PM Graduation
3 - 3:30pm Team Blow Out Party
3:30 - 4:15pm Film Club - Library
5 - 6pm Academic Excellence Program and Reception
All day Sixth Grade Graduation
10 - 10:30am 6th Grade Clap Out

The Principal Chronicles continue ... It sure has been an interesting week here in DCSD that is for sure. May, as always, is crazy and this week has been no exception. As I write this, I am sitting on a not overly clean couch in the middle of Boondocks. My daughter has her confirmation end of year party here tonight and since I don't really have any other place to go, here I sit. This is a very high stimulus place, kind of like being in Las Vegas but for kids. I have tons of video games in front of me with lots of bright shiny lights to attract players, bowling behind me, laser tag to my left, and a restaurant to my right where the healthiest thing to eat just might be the actual menu. This will be my home until 8:00 PM. Current time 6:27 PM, oh boy. This week we have our annual STEAM Day and I am very excited to see all of the projects our students are working on. The building has been very quiet this week because our students have been working away to get ready for Friday. I'm hoping the building will be packed with parents so our students have lots and lots of people to present to. On the home front, this weekend is Mother's Day, and for the first time ever we will have our entire family together to celebrate. Typically my youngest is with her Mom (obviously) but this year she is out of town so my youngest is with us. It is like a little miracle that we have this time together. We are going to attempt to have breakfast in bed for Renee. Each one of us is assigned a different task for breakfast. My youngest gets to provide smoothies. Last time we let the girls pick something to make we ended up with a lot of the same kind of food and a lot of things no one wanted to eat so we tried to be a little smarter this time around. My oldest is going to try and tackle making waffles. Why waffles you ask? Well, a couple of weeks ago my mother in law purchased both of our girl's miniature waffle irons. Why did she do that? I have absolutely no earthly idea. So waffles it is. By the way, there isn't a single person in our house (except me) who likes waffles. I know what you are thinking but my oldest REALLY wants to make waffles. As for me, I am going to attempt to make a quiche. Not only is the spelling hard,
but finding a quiche that the girls will eat may be next to impossible (unless they make a quiche that tastes like sugar and gummy bears). After our attempt at breakfast, the boss wants to take our dog to the dog park. For those of you who have never been to the Chatfield Reservoir Dog park, just imagine a really large open expanse with nice trees, two different lakes, stunning mountain views, and a large variety of dogs - most of whom are never walked so when they get off leash they go buck wild. Now George (he is a basset/SharPei mix and, yes, he is as cute as you are currently thinking) is a decent-sized dog who pretty much just wants to cruise around and sniff things like he is an actual hound dog. He gets into trouble because he is a very very cute dog and everyone wants to come up and grab on to his big cute saggy face. It has happened so much he is pretty over it now and nips at people. Nipping never goes over well at the old dog park. So I guess we will wait and see what happens (side note: I added a picture of George and his sad face).

Well, that is it for this week's episode. Hope to see you all this Friday at STEAM Day. Happy Mother's Day to all of our wonderful mothers out there. See you next time when the Principal Chronicles continues.....

  • CHAP Summer Camp Brochure 
  • Momentum Athletic Center in Parker - flyer
  • SMS STEM Camp - Are you interested in creating robots or video games? Two different STEM Camps are being offered at Sierra Middle School this summer for kids ages 9 and up. Check out for more information.
  • Rosie's Ranch - Summer Horseback Riding -flyer 
  • 2019 Chaparral Volleyball Summer Camps - flyer
  • Chap Youth Basketball Camps - flyer
  • Hi there, it's that time of year again to let you know about the 6th annual 2019 Rock Canyon Film Camp this summer for the aspiring filmmakers incoming grades 6th-9th in the upcoming 2019-20 school year.  To register click the School Bucks link on the site above (flyer). This year's summer camp will run all day from June 10-13th (Monday-Thursday) and for boys and girls entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade next year.  Camp runs from 9am-3:30pm each day and campers will break for lunch from 11:30-12:15pm (campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day). Registration will be from 8:15-9am Monday morning June 10th in the 4000 Rock Canyon Technology Center.  Thursday afternoon we invite your family and friends to join us in viewing the film screenings, highlights, and awards ceremony in the RCHS auditorium from 2:30-3:30pm. The camp will entail many techniques involved in filmmaking as students will produce various short films throughout the week. Film teachers Scott Melanson (Cimarron Middle School), Jim McClurg (HRHS) and others will be working alongside experienced high school and college film students as mentors throughout the week. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt and shared access to download and or stream all video projects produced at camp.

  • Chaparral Wrestling Club - flyer 
  • Drawing Classes from Young Rembrandts - flyer
  • Engineering for Kids Class - flyer 
  • Douglas County Parenting Coalition - free programs flyer 
  • Strategic Kids Chess at CTE 
  • Strategic Kids LEGO at CTE 
  • after school Spanish at CTE

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