The Stallion Scoop: 21Nov19

The Stallion Scoop: 21Nov19
Posted on 11/21/2019
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gtCTE celebrates 2019 CMAS growth scores for our Gifted and Talented students! 
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scott neffCTE welcomes Army Specialist Scott Neff for the annual Veteran's Day celebration.

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PSP NEWS Gratitude: In this season of gratitude know that we are grateful for the CTE community. We appreciate that you support our fundraisers, events, and ultimately, our school!

Come see and hear your CTE Concert Choir!

Monday December 9th, 6:30pm CTE Gym 

Thursday December 12th 6:30pm O'Brien Park Gazebo

Thursday January 30th 6:30pm Sierra Middle School (Chaparral Area Choir Concert)

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!

Tik Tok Safety Tips


5 Myths & Truths About Kids Internet Safety


5 Facts About Online Predators Every Parent Should Know


How to Help Kids Dodge the Media and Stay Smoke Free

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!!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION - ANITA CONCIALDI Come to the kick-off for kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year at CTE on 2dec19 4-6pm. (more info)

Thanks for your donations! StuCo wants to thank you for all your donations. The task force was very thankful for our support. We couldn’t have done it without you! I hope you all have a wonderful week with friends and family. Please know that the staff at Cherokee Trail are so very grateful for the community we have and the support we have from you. Our greatest desire is to use our strengths to support our families. For most of our community, this is a time of thanksgiving for the many blessings we have. For some of our community this marks a time of struggle due to family loss, sickness, financial struggle, etc. Don’t hesitate to let us know what we can do for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

What's Happening at CTE
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
12 - 1pm 1st Grade STEAM Day
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
 2  DEC  4:00-6:00pm  Kindie Registration begins
3 DEC 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
5 DEC 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
6 DEC 9:30am - 2pm 4th Grade Field Trip to Wildlife Experience

 - JOSH MILLER The Principal Chronicles continue ... As many of my loyal readers know, I am very careful with what I eat and have been weighing and tracking everything I have eaten since July. As I have learned to better track my food, my nutrition coach decided that I should spend two days a week not tracking my food to see how I would do because weighing all of my food and tracking isn't sustainable long term. So last Saturday, was the day I picked to start a weekend of no tracking. I was actually pretty excited not to track and immediately my mind was moving into a space of imagining all the things I haven't had for a while, I actually had trouble sleeping (kind of sad I know). Saturday started like any other, but without having to weigh my food I thought I would have some breakfast that I don't typically have. Pancakes. Now had I just had a normal batch of pancakes I would have been fine but I ended up having 13 pancakes plus a ton of syrup (I am sure many can see where this weekend is heading). From there, I went out to lunch with my family at a Mexican food place which was pretty good. How good you ask? I had two full baskets of chips along with my meal. The last part of the day was a friends 50th birthday party which was a pie party (again, you all can see where this was headed). Part of the reason I chose not to track on Saturday was this very pie party. For some strange reason, I felt like I could eat anything and not be held accountable. So we roll into this party (which is in Fort Collins), and after greeting some friends, I went straight for the pie. It was like the game Hungry Hungry Hippo. I was literally snatching up pieces of pie and shoving them in my face as fast as I could. I truly have no idea why I did that but I just couldn't help myself. By the end of the night I had eaten seven pieces of pie and honestly felt as though I was pregnant with a food baby. The next morning, I had gained 6 pounds and felt awful. You would think I would have learned my lesson but of course Sunday was now my second day of not tracking. I wasn't even hungry but I still cleared three protein bars plus a bowl of cereal and some belgian waffles. The saddest part of my breakfast was I also ate three ice cream bon bons which were just in the freezer and I ate them "just to finish them up", or that this the story I told myself in my head to justify it.  As lunch rolled around, I still had my food baby I was carrying around and I felt so gross I could barely get off the couch but hey I needed to stuff my face again. I decided to make myself some homemade calzones and was pretty excited to eat them since I didn't have to take the time to weigh everything out. I added WAY more stuff in there than I should have especially meat. I ended up getting the meat sweats and could only finish one and half of the two I made. It made me pretty sad to throw part of it away. Do you know why I got the meat sweats? That would be because while the calzones were cooking in the oven (and Renee was gone washing the car) I got into our daughters' Halloween candy and just crushed all kinds of candy. I don't even like candy but the Hungry Hungry Hippo feeding frenzy was back on. It was like I was Pac-man chomping down on those dots as fast as I could before those pesky ghosts caught me. That was it for me. I felt so terrible after lunch I didn't eat anything else the rest of the weekend. It was so bad and I felt so bloated that I basically laid on the floor (yes, I downgraded from the couch) for about two hours while my food baby expanded exponentially in my stomach. The next morning, I did my walk of shame to the scale to assess the damage. Total weekend weight gain 10lbs. I think that maybe some sort of a record. I cannot tell you how good it felt to get back to tracking and even more importantly how much better I felt after cleaning up my diet and going back to eating real food. Moral of the story? All of us struggle with what we eat around the holidays but all it takes is one day to get back on track with what you eat. Plus no one, and I mean no one, can gain 10lbs in two days except for me. That is it for this week's edition. Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving and don't forget to make good food choices but more importantly enjoy the time with family and friends. See you next time when the Principal Chronicles continue ...



* 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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