The Stallion Scoop: 14Nov19

The Stallion Scoop: 14Nov19
Posted on 11/14/2019
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PSP NEWS Butter Braids: Orders will arrive next Thursday, Nov. 21st. If your student has a large order please make arrangements for pickup after school. Donuts with Dudes: Please join us this Friday, Nov. 15th from 7:30am - 9:00am! Donuts, milk, and juice will all be available for FREE! There will be an opportunity ticket drawing and you are welcome to purchase tickets to give you a chance at winning one of the many amazing prizes! Donuts with Dudes will be in the gym, then you are welcome to visit the book fair in the library, and finally go to the classroom to see what your student is working on while you wait for the announcement of the opportunity ticket winners. Hope to see you there! 
- written by StuCo students
Our annual Thanksgiving food drive is coming up! It will be a grade-level competition. Each grade has a specific item to collect.  There are also 7 other bonus items. All of which are worth points.


Pre-School: mac-n-cheese 

Kindergarten: canned cream of mushroom soup

1st grade: green beans 

2nd: instant potatoes 

3rd: canned fruit

4th: gravy jars or packets

5th: stuffing 

6th: cranberry sauce 

Bonus Items: Turkeys, turkey pans, butter, dinner rolls, sweet potatoes, pie, cool whip

We are in full swing of our CTE Gratitude Heart Project! Our StuCo Kindness Committee is working hard to fill our school with hearts! The student council Kindness Committee's focus is to spread kindness throughout our school by using positivity.  Our dream is to have kids naturally doing kind things for others without even thinking about it. Be on the lookout for extra hearts to fill out as a family. Even with our youngest learners, one word or a picture makes an impact! We all have so much to be thankful for! This project is a reflection of our community inside AND outside of our school walls. "Gratitude is our new Attitude."

NOVEMBER COUNSELOR'S CORNER - JANE STEINER I began the month of November visiting the 1st and 2nd grade classes to read a book in honor of Veteran’s Day.  It was heartwarming to see the compassion and pride our students have for our soldiers and their families.  In 6th grade, we are starting a new unit from our Second Step curriculum that teaches about values and friendships.  In 4th grade, we are also beginning a new unit from the MindUp curriculum that teaches students how to sharpen their attention and use sensory experiences to enhance memory, problem solving, relationships, creativity, and physical performance. Are you looking for information to help navigate your child’s internet usage safely?  Check these articles out!

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As November kicks off, we swing into the season of gratitude and thankfulness. I've been talking with several staff members and parents about a Heart Project!! Starting Monday, there will be paper hearts available around the building.  I would love if every staff member and student fills out a heart about what they are thankful and grateful for.  It can be a picture or writing.  Staff and students can fill out more than one heart or as many hearts as they would like!!  The idea is to fill all our halls with paper hearts and lift spirits!! I encourage that teachers reach out to their families and have our CTE community to come in and fill out a heart or send home a heart for families to fill out!!  It's a small gesture...BUT think about how cool it would be to see what we are all grateful for!!! If you have any questions, reach out to me.  I will be working with Caitlin Weyhrich and StuCo to get hearts made. Once hearts are filled out, there will be a basket in the front office to put the hearts in.  We have a few parents that want to come in to help put the hearts up in our hallways.  I'm thankful for this community!!



Our Arctic Adventures Book Fair arrives 

November 15th - 22nd!

We open with Donuts & Dudes!  The excitement begins during Donuts with Dad on Friday 11/15: shop early at the fair beginning at 7:30 am. Our Chill-Out Green Screen will be open for photos; $1 donation goes to the All For Books charity. We have all the books to make holiday wishes come true! We're open LATE until 8:30 pm on Tuesday, November 19th! We're holding a Family Literacy Event From 5:30 -7:00 pm where we'll be getting literacy tips from our Reading Specialists, creating bookmarks, buttons and breathing beads, meditating with Mrs. Dunker, and enjoying our Principals storytime along with cocoa and cookies. There will also be RAFFLE Prize chances for those attending! Don't get left out in the cold - be sure to donate $1 for All For Books charity and put on your coziest PJs, polar bear onesie or fuzzy slippers! We will be holding a Coin Challenge for the All For Books charity the week before the Fair, 11/12-11/15. Each day we will award points to the grade level  that collects the highest total for that day. The grade level that collects the highest overall total will receive a movie party. The class to beat from last year is 4th grade! Toboggan Tuesday:Bring your PENNIES and wear your favorite winter hat and scarf 

Wacky Socks Wednesday: Bring your NICKELS & wear wacky or mismatched socks

Silly Sweater Thursday: Bring your DIMES and wear your silly holiday sweaters

Frosty Friday: Bring your QUARTERS and wear your cozy flannel shirt with your Dad at Dads & Donuts! With Snow Much To Do, we need you!  Be sure to let Mrs. Nottingham know at [email protected], at 303.387.8136 (library)  OR Sign Up online at our Book Fair and Check out our Book Fair Home Page for all our event details. So grab your cuddle duds and slipper socks, and don't miss out on this Blizzard of an Event. Thanks for helping our students know that there's always Snow Much to Read at the library!

What's Happening at CTE (calendar)

7 NOV 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
8 NOV 1:05 - 1:50pm 3/4 Veteran's Day Presentation -.Music Rm
1:50 - 2:35pm 1/2 Veteran's Day Presentation - Music Rm.
11 NOV All day NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
12 NOV 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
14 NOV 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
5 - 7pm Chap Fam Multicultural Night Sierra Middle School
15 NOV All day Library Book Fair
8 - 9am Donuts With Dads
2:30 - 3:15pm 3rd Grade STEAM Day
16 NOV All day Library Book Fair
17 NOV All day Library Book Fair
18 NOV All day Library Book Fair
19 NOV All day Library Book Fair
7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
2:15 - 2:45pm PSP Meeting
5:30 - 7:30pm Family Literacy Night & Principal Storytime
5:30 - 7pm SAC Meeting
20 NOV All day Library Book Fair
21 NOV All day Library Book Fair
7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
22 NOV All day Library Book Fair
2:30 - 3:15pm 2nd Grade STEAM Day
25 NOV All day NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
26 NOV All day NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
27 NOV All day NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
28 NOV All day NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
29 NOV All day NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

 - JOSH MILLER The Principal Chronicles Continue ... Back again after another week has flown by. I am constantly amazed by how fast the school year passes. And this is even the slow part of the year; once the holidays are over the school year shifts into warp speed. Next thing you know, it will be summer again and another year will be in the books.

Personally, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. Actually I am celebrating Thanksgiving twice this year since we don't have our girls this year. We will be heading up to Estes in a couple of weeks to celebrate (read, stuff our faces) to be with my parents, and then on Thanksgiving we will be heading to Evergreen to celebrate (read, stuff our faces x2) with Renee's sister. For our trip to Estes, our biggest conundrum has been what to bring. My family is very traditional in what they like to serve on Thanksgiving and I personally take a great deal of pleasure in bringing food items that are anything from traditional (it's sad, I know, but it's so much fun). One year we were asked to bring the turkey so we brought an ice cream turkey from Baskin Robbins. It was awesome but fairly poorly received by my family, though we sure thought it was funny (we did bring an actual turkey breast as well). Our plan for this year is to bring several "controversial" items (this is me smiling devilishly to myself). We are going to bring Tunis Cake. What is Tunis Cake? I have no idea but we watched an episode of the British Baking Championship and Renee is convinced she can make the cake. It should be interesting but I am pretty confident she will be able to pull it off. As for me, I am struggling with a little bit of inner conflict about what I want to bring. I cannot decide. I have narrowed things down to two (I may do both): I would really like to bring Challah bread (which I have made before) but add a little twist to it. Since Challah bread has three strands, I would like to have three different flavors of bread woven together into the braid. I've been debating going with a whole wheat bread strand, a white bread strand, and a raspberry bread strand and call it my Neapolitan challah. Of course, that may taste disgusting but look cool. Plus I talked to Ms. Levine and she mentioned adding a strand of cinnamon whole wheat which wouldn't be as cool visually but probably taste a lot better. My other option is to attempt to make Hot Cross Buns. Again we saw them on the British Baking Championship. They are a bit complex but definitely non-traditional which is the whole goal.
You may be wondering about our fascination with British Baking Championship. Well, it simply boils down to all of the female members of my family (which is all but me) like to speak to one another in a British accent. The show gives them all the fun words they like to say to one another such as calling each other "love". Always good times going on in our house. Happy Wednesday and that is it for the week's edition. Stay tuned for next week when I just may reveal what exactly I am bringing for Thanksgiving even though I think most of my loyal readers could care less - but it's my attempt to create a slight cliffhanger to get you to read this strange blog again next week. See you next time when the Principal Chronicles continue.

* Chap 2019 Multicultural Night (flyer)
* CTE Literacy Night (flyer)


* We conduct after-school tennis and golf classes at elementary schools in Douglas County and will be having winter classes that will be open to students of other schools. We want kids to stay active and play sports throughout the winter and we would love to see your students in our classes. (flyer) * Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes, new session - (flyer) * Chaparral Performing Arts - November events (flyer) * Art Show - you're invited to come see Mr. Barton's work (flyer with corrected address) * IFCS family Holiday Baskets (flyer)
* StrategicKids LEGO - flyer * StrategicKids Chess - flyer * order school picture packages online via * A Taste of DCSD - 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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