The Stallion Scoop: 31Oct19

The Stallion Scoop: 31Oct19
Posted on 10/31/2019
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PSP NEWS Butter Braids: Butter Braid order forms are coming home this week! Share them with friends & family and return the orders by Thursday, Nov. 14th.   Donuts with Dudes: Save the date for this annual event celebrating dads, grandpas, uncles, big brothers, friends, and other special guests! Donuts with Dudes will be Friday, November 15th, 7:30am - 9:00am. You are welcome to donuts & juice in the gym and then you can spend the first 30 minutes in the classroom. Opportunity tickets are also available for purchase with the chance to win one of several prizes! 

SMS 7TH GRADE PARENT NIGHT On Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., Sierra Middle School will be hosting its annual Incoming 7th Grade Parent's Night. Sierra will be showcasing class offerings, programs, activities and athletics. You will have an opportunity to hear from Darrell Meredith, Principal, at the beginning of this open house style event. See the flyer with additional information!
Linda VanConett - Administrative Assistant to Darrell Meredith, Principal 
Sierra Middle School 


Dear CTE Families:

This year, to celebrate Veteran's Day, we are hosting a veteran from the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation to read to students and tell their story, along with a Q&A time. 

In conjunction with this, we would like to decorate the walls with stories of our community's veterans. A template, My Veteran's Day Hero, is attached which your child can complete at home. Students can honor a family member or friend that has served in the military. There is a place to include their name, the veteran's name and service information, and either a photograph or a drawing that represents their veteran. You could also have your child write a short piece on why their Veteran is a Hero, and how they exhibited EPIC qualities as a veteran. This could either be on the template or attached to it. Your child's student also has the template if you are unable to print it at home. Please return the completed form to your child's teacher by Monday, 11/4, so that we have time to create the display prior to the veterans' visit on Friday, 11/8, and for our Donuts with Dudes event on Friday, 11/15.

Thank you for taking the time to honor the veterans in our CTE community!

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!

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Our 4th grade students have been busy learning about Mindfulness from the MindUp curriculum.  Mrs. Dunker and myself are presenting weekly lessons that teach self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.  We have been learning about the different parts of the limbic system in the brain and how they work together to manage our emotions. Throughout the school year, I will be introducing Mindfulness concepts in the other grade levels as well. If you are interested in reading a fantastic book about how a child’s brain develops and responds to emotions, I highly recommend reading The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” by Daniel Siegel. If you are interested in additional Mindfulness resources, check these out! * cosmickids * * * leftbrainbuddha * greatergood   * gonoodle


Looking for a fun family activity that strengthens focus and impulse control? Check this out!

What's Happening at CTE (calendar)

31 OCT 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
5 NOV 7:30 - 8:30am Orchestra Practice
8 - 8:30am Mindful Mornings (3-6th grades)
6 NOV 7:45 - 8:30am StuCo Meeting
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 Dudes
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
20 NOV All day Library Book Fair
21 NOV All day Library Book Fair
22 NOV All day Library Book Fair

 - JOSH MILLER The Principal Chronicles continue ... As I write this, Halloween parties are starting, kids and parents are in costume, and I am trying to knock this out before I go out a visit all of the classrooms. It is always one of my favorite things to see all of the students and staff dressed up. It is strange though, that usually I totally forget it's Halloween until the last minute which is why I typically wear the same outfit every year. On the home front, my two goofballs are dressing up as a Hydroflask and Grover. Both are pretty excited to hit the streets for trick or treating tonight. I'm not sure what the age is where kids stop going out for candy but since both of my girls LOVE sugar I don't think they will ever stop. Should make for an interesting night. Well that is it for this week, it's time to get out and hit some parties. Happy Halloween everyone, we will see you soon when the Principal Chronicles continue ...

* 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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