The Stallion Scoop: 8Apr21

The Stallion Scoop: 8Apr21
Posted on 04/08/2021
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Purchases anytime of the year help our school, BUT STARTING FRIDAY, purchases during AFW’s 10-Day Store Rally will help maximize and finalize our next donation! PLUS, you might win a $500 gift card. Thank you for your support!


EPIC'R INFORMATION (even more info)


This month's EPIC'R trait: ALL OF THEM! show ENTHUSIASM * commit to PERSEVERE * demonstrate INTEGRITY * be COURAGEOUS * exemplify RESPECT
For the last three months of school, students will be reviewing all five EPIC'R traits and discussing how to implement them as a whole at home, at school, and in the community. Ask your student about the EPIC'R lesson they learned this month!



We are very busy learning new social-emotional skills and strategies! As you probably know, all classroom teachers teach social-emotional learning through our Second Step curriculum.

In addition, Kindergarten students will be starting the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. First grade students are just about to complete this program. Students cover topics such as trusted adults, using an assertive voice, body boundaries, tattling, and strangers.    

Fourth grade classes have completed the MindUp curriculum. Students learned and practiced mindfulness throughout the lessons.  Students learned about the limbic system in their brain and its role in regulating emotions.

Fifth grade students learned about the origin of human rights through a series of lessons. Several human rights were explored with discussion that related to action that kids can take to make a difference.

Sixth grade students are continuing lessons from the Second Step curriculum. We have begun a new unit that focuses on thoughts, emotions, and decisions. The objective of this unit is to apply a strategy for emotion management that is best for them, based on context.

Coming soon! Lessons for second and third grade students!


Are you looking for some resources to support your family’s mental health? 

Social Media and Mental Health: Tips for families of older kids and teens


Talking to Children About Violence

How to talk to children about difficult news

Age related reactions to a traumatic event

How to talk to kids about difficult subjects

Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate (Eng & Sp)

Table Talk (for families): Gun Violence and Mass Shootings 

Free mental health support groups

Check out the upcoming events and supports offered by the STEM Center for Strength.  There is a new featured podcast series on physical and mental recovery & resiliency- check it out! 


Parent Resources:

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention

Douglas County Resources Employment, shelter, food resources 



The Principal Chronicles continue ... So you know it's April when you drop $14 at the car wash because it is supposed to be sunny all week. Then the weather report changes and says there is a chance for rain only to walk out of school on Tuesday at 6:00 PM to a blizzard. Welcome to Colorado, everyone. Funny thing was, we as principals got a text from our boss saying we need to prep for a lightning dismissal for yesterday. I figured if I went through all of the work to review our procedure and get the video and everything out to the community I was essentially guaranteeing there wouldn't be a lightning dismissal. However, had I not done that, I would be virtually guaranteeing there WOULD be a lightning dismissal. Never a dull moment that is for sure. 

So we have reached the point of the year when there are literally 8 billion things to try and finish up prior to the end of the year. It's the old living in two worlds. Prepping for next year and trying to finish up this year. In addition, I have finally been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel with CMAS. We are officially down to just two sections of make-ups, and then our e-learners, and we are done. I honestly think when I drive down to Castle Rock to process and turn in CMAS this year I just may get back in my car, drive to Mexico, sit on the beach for a few hours, make some poor food and beverage choices, and then drive back. I'll be so happy when CMAS is finally over this year.

On the home front, my daughter was planning to have her first sleepover at our new place this weekend. She has spent so much time getting her room "ready" it is unbelievable. She has all of her decorations up, she has used her allowance to purchase a bunch of LED lights for her room because apparently, that's what all kids do these days. Plus she has invested in her own personal Alexa so new when anyone says anything at all in our house Alexa responds. I also think that Steve (our robot vacuum) may have a secret crush on Alexa because he keeps going in and sweeping my daughter's room WAY more than he is supposed to. Needless to say, my suspicions are high. 

Well, that is it for this week, stay tuned for next week when I may be able to recount the fun and excitement of having two teenagers wreaking havoc in SE Aurora. See you next time when the Principal Chronicles continues.... 


* Lace up your hiking boots and grab your trail mix because Stone Canyon’s Summer Backpacking Adventure registration is now open! This year we are excited to offer three programs specifically tailored to beginner, intermediate, and advanced backpackers. (flyer)

ARCHIVED FLYERS (ALL) * Free meals for kids through the end of the 2020-21 school year. (flyer) * Pop Warner Wolfpack Summer Football Camps AGES 5-14 (flyer) * Camp Backcountry 2021 (flyer) * Registration for Stone Canyon Summer Camps is now open! (flyer)

Stone Canyon will offer both our overnight camps and day camps. Stone Canyon offers a wide variety of activities and our dedicated staff is committed to ensuring your camper will learn new skills, make new friends, and is safe while at camp. Our goal is to help our campers become more confident and daring individuals, all while having the best time of their lives!

While our programs may look a bit different to follow State COVID-19 guidelines, we aim to provide the same connection and adventure that make our summer camp special. In this email, we have highlighted important information and for more detailed information, please visit our website.

Overnight Campers: 9-15 years old

Day Campers: 6-8 years old

For more information and to register check out our website:

* Girl Scout Troop forming in our area! (flyer)

* FREE online Spanish classes (flyer)

* Strategic Kids: Chess, Lego, Magic, Origami (flyer1) / (flyer2

* Young Rembrandts On-Demand (flyer)

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