The Stallion Scoop: 8Oct20

The Stallion Scoop: 8Oct20
Posted on 10/08/2020
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Thank you to everyone that participated in Read4Funds! Our students logged a total 37,697 minutes read, that is amazing! If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to [email protected] or directly to [email protected]. Thank you!

EPIC'R INFORMATION  (even more info)

This month's EPIC'R trait: PERSEVERANCE

* I use determination to try to finish a task

* I have a growth mindset

* I continue through tough times and problem solve



In 6th grade, we began our unit on Grit. Students were introduced to the key characteristics of Grit and will be working on activities that help them reflect on their own level of “grittiness”.  Our unit also ties growth mindset concepts.


In 4th and 5th grade, our guidance lesson was about building relationships within the classroom community.  Students learned about the researched behaviors of geese and applied their migrating behaviors to building relationships within the classroom. 


In 3rd grade, I read “The Bad Seed” by Jory John.  Students then identified different thoughts and emotions in the story and were able to discuss whether the character demonstrated positive or negative thinking.


In 2nd grade, I read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst.  Students shared their experiences and their favorite ways to help themselves feel better when managing a “bad day”. 


I look forward to continuing classroom lessons in 1st grade and Kindergarten classes in the next few weeks!  


As schools and parents remain flexible during uncertain times, your child may not be as agreeable to change.  News reports and changes in daily routines may be adding to your child’s anxiety.  Check out this article from Children’s Hospital Colorado for tips to help your family.  In addition, here is another article on how to create a routine/schedule to ease the impact from changes.


Have you noticed changes in your child’s behavior?  Do you find yourself correcting behaviors more than ever before?  Here are several articles with information on effective, positive parenting.


Positive Discipline Part 1: Types of Misbehaviors and Keys to Success

Positive Discipline Part 2: General Approaches to Managing Behavior

Positive Discipline Part 3: Behavioral Management Skills to Foster the Parent-Child Relationship

Positive Discipline for Youth


Colorado Spirit - Free Disaster Behavioral Health Support

AllHealth Network is providing FREE disaster behavioral health support in response to COVID-19.  Currently, all services will be by telephone or video.

Because so many of our fellow community members have been impacted by the pandemic in some way or another, AllHealth Network is able to provide free, short-term psychological support to individuals of all ages in Douglas and Arapahoe County.  Counselors are trained to provide support around the stress and disruption the pandemic is causing. Colorado Spirit counselors are not licensed mental health providers and do not diagnose people or treat mental illness, but can be a listening ear, a coach around coping skills, or a connection to resources for needs related to the pandemic.

These are some of the things the Colorado Spirit team can help with:

Support around feelings of worry, sadness hopelessness, anger, isolation, or disconnection that life with COVID brings up

   - Understanding and managing stress

   - Help with coping strategies

   - Connection to resources

Anyone can access these support services by calling 720-707-6789, emailing [email protected], or filling out the contact form on our website

Free 2 hour training via Zoom - Psychological First Aid: How to Support People After an Intense Event

National Alliance on Mental Illness

   Adult and Youth Resources

  Online Support Programs

   Family Education Classes


General Assistance from Department of Human Services

   Resources Flyer

7 OCT All day Read4Funds prize day!
8 OCT All day Read4Funds prize day!
8:30am - 3:30pm No Students - Teacher Workdays
9 OCT 8:30am - 3:30pm No Students - Teacher Workdays
12-16 OCT All day NO SCHOOL - Fall Break
23 OCT All day Pink Out Day - Wear Pink
8:45 - 9:15am EPIC Assembly


The Principal Chronicles continue ... Fall break is here and as I write this, it is Wednesday morning the day before we have two full workdays and then a week off of school. Personally, I am glad the District gave us a few days to prepare for all of our students to come back together. We have a ton of work to do around planning, community building, logistics, and spacing. For the second time this fall we will have to essentially reopen a whole new school again. Hopefully, this is the last time we will have to shift and change everything we are doing, but you just never know. We have lots of plans in place for just about every scenario imaginable - but each plan requires a lot of work to actually implement. Our teachers have been working super hard managing both cohorts plus all of the other responsibilities that go into teaching like conferences. I have to say, walking around last night it was really strange seeing no parents in the building and all of our teachers talking directly into their computers.

On the home front, we don't really have any plans for fall break. My oldest doesn't get a fall break and I will most likely need to work a good portion of the week to get things in order. Not the most fun plan but what can you do? I'm sure I'll have some interesting stories by the end of the week though.

Well, that is it for this week, sorry it's so short but there really isn't a ton going on besides work and that isn't very funny or interesting to talk about. Have a safe and relaxing break and I'll see you next time when the Principal Chronicles continue.

NEW FLYERS * OCTOBER newsletter from Stone Canyon EdVentures ... We have exciting things happening at Stone Canyon!  Fall Break Camp starts on Monday.  We have Halloween Family Camp on October 31st.  Come dressed in your costume and ride the zipline, climb the high ropes course and take aim on our archery range.  Then in November, we will be hosting our Thanksgiving Culinary Camp where your camper will learn how to make a mouthwatering Thanksgiving feast, make a pie to bring home to share with their families and of course participate in outdoor adventure activities!d


* Fall Break Tennis Camp (flyer)

* Stone Canyon Outdoor Adventure - Fall Break Camp (flyer) * Strategic Kids: Chess, Lego, Magic, Origami (flyer1) / (flyer2)  * Young Rembrandts On-Demand (flyer)

* Golf & Tennis (flyer) 

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