The Stallion Scoop: 10Dec20

The Stallion Scoop: 10Dec20
Posted on 12/10/2020
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2020 has been challenging for all. Our CTE staff has adapted amazingingly and are working tirelessly for our kids! This holiday season, we encourage you to send a note or have your student send a card or video. If you feel inclined to send a gift, PSP has gathered wishlists! Click this link CTE Staff Wishlists to find all your teacher's lists!


Please see the TECH page (located under the FAMILY RESOURCES tab) on the CTE website to answer some of the most frequently asked tech questions, and feel free to contact me with any tech questions which are not covered there!


Full day Kindergarten is free in Douglas County School District, and registration for the 2021-22 school year begins now! If your child will be 5 years old by October 1st, 2021, now is the time to register him/her/them for the 2021-22 school year at Cherokee Trail.
Please visit our Registration page for complete information and documents or contact registrar [email protected] / 303.387.8132.
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EPIC'R INFORMATION  (even more info)

Next month's EPIC'R trait: INTEGRITY

  • I am honest.

  • I show empathy to those around me

  • I encourage and support others to do their best

  • I do what is right even when no one is watching and it is not the popular thing to do




The Gift of Gratitude
Do you ever wonder if your children are truly grateful for what they have and for what is done for them?  Practicing gratitude is something that people become better at with practice. By practicing gratitude, you can actually train your brain to notice positive life aspects. This mindset increases mental resilience, even in the worst of times.
Check out this article to learn more about the health benefits from practicing gratitude and family activities that support it.

Tips to connect with gratitude during difficult parenting moments


Upcoming Event:

DCSD is hosting a highly anticipated virtual event with Nick Thompson “Helping Your Student Cope with Change”.  Thursday, December 10 6:30-8:15 Registration Link


Parent Resources:

Free mental health support groups

Emergency Child Care - All essential workers can apply for FREE child Care

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention

Douglas County Resources Employment, shelter, food resources

Free mindfulness items to support children’s emotional wellness    



As I write this, it is Friday morning, it's snowing and we have only a few more days of remote learning before we head out for Winter break. I am sure I speak for all of our staff (and probably community) when I say that we are fully ready to be back in person. Being online all day is exhausting. And I know if it is exhausting for me, I can't imagine what it is like for our students and teachers. I still haven't gotten used to walking the halls and only hearing our teachers voices speaking into a computer. It is so weird. Truly the only good part about it is the ability to really see the students in their home environment. It has been pretty funny to see some of the things the students have been doing while online. In the end, I cannot wait for it to be over and to get our students back in the building. 

On the home front, we have been plugging along getting ready for Christmas. We took our girls to the Bandimere drive-through light show last night. It was pretty cool. We hadn't ever been before so we weren't sure what to expect. Basically, it is hyped up Christmas music set to a light show that you drive through. It was a lot of stimulus but pretty fun and if my two teenage daughters approve then you know it was pretty good.

Speaking of teenage daughters, my youngest had her phone go on the fritz yesterday which is pretty much like the Earth coming to an end. Basically, her phone wouldn't stay on and kept restarting. I actually thought her head was going to fall off she was so upset. I spent a good majority of my morning, and in between my meetings yesterday, trying to bring it back to life. Alas, my efforts were unsuccessful and her phone was pronounced dead at 1:25 PM MST. Luckily, I didn't have to bury it in the backyard but instead I get to go to the Apple Store to get a replacement. I was fortunate that it was still under warranty. I can't say I am overly excited to go to the Apple store two weeks before Christmas since I am guessing it is going to be a giant super-spreader event, but what can you do? Truly, it really isn't a big deal that she doesn't have a phone but I did get her some air pods (the cheaper ones - black Friday deals rule!!) and you can't really enjoy your air pods with nothing to connect them to. Never a dull moment. Other than that, the only other thing I have going on is that I have decided to bake things for my parents for Christmas. Since they moved to Fort Collins they have been getting rid of things at a dizzying pace so it doesn't make sense to buy them more stuff. 

For my dad, I am going to attempt to bake him a fruit cake because apparently he is stuck in 1943 and still loves fruit cake. I was a bit tempted to buy him a brick from Home Depot, wrap it up and tell him it was a fruit cake but I am not sure he would find that funny. Of course, with my baking prowess it might as well be a brick. We shall see. For my mom, I am going to attempt to make her some homemade protein bars. My mom is super healthy (shocker I know) so it was a bit difficult tracking down a good recipe that wasn't loaded with sugar but I did find one. It will probably taste like eating a tree branch but hey it's Christmas!! The saddest part (going back to the fruit cake) is the recipe says for me to wrap up the fruit cake up and store it for a week before serving. Yes you read that right, a whole week!! That is crazy!! I can't imagine ever baking something and then storing it for a week just to make sure it is "ready". I wonder if a fruit cake and a twinkie are distant cousins??

Well that is it for this week, stay tuned next week when the Principal Chronicles continues...

NEW FLYERS * Stone Canyon December newsletter (flyer)


* Strategic Kids: Chess, Lego, Magic, Origami (flyer1) / (flyer2)  * Young Rembrandts On-Demand (flyer) 

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