The Stallion Scoop: 29Aug19

The Stallion Scoop: 29Aug19
Posted on 08/29/2019
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Monthly Meeting Minutes: Did you miss the August PSP meeting, but want to know what was discussed? The minutes are always posted on the PSP website in the minutes section. PSP Membership & Yearbook Order Form: There is still time to purchase a PSP Membership which includes a yearbook and a CTE logo decal! It also supports our school and helps us to fulfill PSP grants submitted by our staff & students. Fill out the form and turn it in with payment by the end of September.


Mindful Mornings with Mrs. Dunker will be starting next week.  Please see the information below to learn more about how your 3rd - 6th grade child can get involved.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:  on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn How can mindfulness help your child?  Mindfulness helps us to better understand our feelings and emotions.  With better understanding, we are able to respond to our feelings and emotions in ways that are healthy.  Mindfulness helps students to be more focused on and attentive to their learning. Mindfulness also improves executive functioning, which carries over into all aspects of life.

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

Dear Families and Students, Grandparents’ Day is next month and in honor of that special day, I want to invite you to attend a unique event called “An Intergenerational Conversation”. At the event, children and their grandparents will share ideas on how to make spending time together extra special. The event starts with a Keynote Speaker on the importance of intergenerational relationships, followed by a panel of local students talking about what they like to do or would like to do with their Grandparents. I know you’ll hear some great ideas and, perhaps, you can share some of your ideas too!

The event is free, and there will be light refreshments and cool door prizes. Here are the details: Date: Saturday, September 7 (day before Grandparents Day) Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Where: Philip S. Miller Library, 100 Wilcox St., Castle Rock Register:   Space is limited, you must be registered to attend.  Registration closes August 30, 2019. Presented in partnership with the Seniors’ Council of Douglas County, Douglas County School District and The Foundation for Douglas County Schools.

Sincerely, Josh Miller - Principal

Cherokee Trail Elementary

- JANE STEINER  It's August - we're back! My name is Jane Steiner and I am the School Counselor at Cherokee Trail Elementary. I am so excited and honored to start another year with my amazing CTE family! I am committed to encouraging, supporting, and empowering our students to become their best selves. My primary task is to help ALL students become better learners by providing a comprehensive and developmental counseling program that meets their academic, personal/social, and career development needs. 
I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons while incorporating the Second Step and MindUp curriculum, and collaborating with parents and staff. Support provided can be therapeutic, but the role of a school counselor is not to diagnose or provide therapy. I am able to provide temporary/short-term support to help students overcome acute issues having an impact on their school performance. I am a resource similar to the school nurse in that she can provide help, but refers out for more serious problems. Licensed mental health counselors are the appropriate resource to provide ongoing therapy sometimes needed by families and children. As the counselor, I have the privilege of providing support to every student at CTE. Confidentiality is respected, unless they plan on hurting themselves, hurting someone else, or someone is hurting them. Although I do not require parent consent, if you would like to request I meet with your child for a specific concern, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to a great school year and supporting all our wonderful students at CTE! Back to school parent articles:


Academic Excellence

Our teachers are in the midst of multiple literacy assessments. Our entire student body has written to school-wide prompts. Teachers are using grade level rubrics from Write From The Beginning and Beyond (CTE’s writing program) to determine next steps for the class and goals for each student. Teachers are also administering the Next Step Guided Reading Assessment. This assessment measures reading interest, word knowledge, and listening comprehension. Teachers will gain valuable knowledge about each student and make plan and goals based upon where students are in their reading and writing. What's Happening at CTE (calendar)

29 AUG 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
2 SEP All day NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
3 SEP 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
4 SEP 7:40 - 8:25am Run Club
5 SEP 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
9 SEP All day CogAT Testing at CTE
7:40 - 8:25am Run Club
10 SEP All day CogAT Testing at CTE
7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
11 SEP All day CogAT Testing at CTE
7:40 - 8:25am Run Club
4 - 8pm PSP Swirls Frozen Yogurt
12 SEP All day CogAT Testing at CTE
7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
13 SEP All day CogAT Testing at CTE


The Principal Chronicles continue ... As many of my loyal readers know, I spend a lot of time and energy taking care of myself. I watch what I eat and exercise probably more than I should. At the start of August, I decided to hire a nutrition coach just to learn a little more about myself and figure out what works best for me. My significant other thinks I'm nuts but then again that isn't anything new. So I have been working with this nutrition coach for a little over a month and holy cow what a difference it has made. The nutrition program calls for me to do a lot of work that I hadn't done before and some things that are frankly a bit embarrassing. For example, I need to weigh and log every single thing that I eat. I have logged my food in the past but I have never weighed it before. I have to do that so I know exactly how many grams of carbs, protein, fat, and fiber I am putting into my diet. It is actually pretty shocking to see what I am truly eating. I always thought I ate a ton of protein but as it turns out I wasn't even close. The other thing I have to do is check in with my coach every week. For my check in, I have to take pictures of myself and send them in (super embarrassing) and then write out about how my week has been. I also need to measure my waist, hips, and chest. Even though it's been over a month, it still seems really weird to send in pictures of myself. Talk about awkward. To say the least it has been a very interesting experience. So far, I've lost 12 pounds and really leaned out. I wasn't really doing this to lose weight, I was more concerned about fueling myself properly since I exercise so much. I still have two more months to go so who knows, I may waste away to nothingness. Well, that is it for this week. Stay tuned next week when who knows what I'll ramble on about. See you next time when the Principal Chronicles continue ...



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