Elementary News and Updates (04/01/22)

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Upcoming Events

STEM Monthly BOD Meeting

Tuesday, April 5, from 5:30-7 p.m – High School Commons

The monthly STEM Board of Director’s Meeting will be Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the High School Commons. The STEM BOD is comprised of parents and community members who volunteer their time. The Board’s role and purpose is to provide oversight of the Executive Director, who implements the policies set forth by the Board. The Board also provides support and direction of STEM’s long-term vision and mission. Additionally, the Board is active in making sure that STEM remains in compliance with all DCSD, state and federal compliance requirements, as well as STEM’s Charter Contract.

Meetings are open to anyone to attend. Anyone who would like to address the Board Members must sign-up in advance by completing the Public Comment Form no later than 12 p.m. the day of each Board meeting. If written testimony or a handout is submitted, presenters are asked to supply one (1) copy via email to communications@stemk12.org.

STEM Monthly PTO Meeting

Wednesday, April 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. – Zoom

STEM PTO is comprised of parents from the STEM community who work together to help foster a strong sense of community, provide enhancement activities for students, faculty, staff and families, while also helping to increase educational, social and emotional experiences for the members of their families.

STEM PTO is organized for the purpose of enhancing the quality of each students’ education, the school as a whole, and the entire community through the development of resources and participation of parents, school staff, and the community. Meetings are open for anyone to attend.

DPS Virtual Community Meeting for STEM School Denver

Tuesday, April 12, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. – High School Commons

The next step in our replication efforts includes holding a Virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is an opportunity for the DPS community to learn more about our new school and to get to know what we’re all about. We hope you can join us via Zoom.

2022 NQS Community Meeting Flier

SAC Monthly Meeting

April 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. – STEM Center for Strength

The SAC meeting will be held at the STEM Center for Strength, to draw attention to the center and have an opportunity to learn about mental health and what the center does for the community. There will be a tour if time permits.

There will be no Zoom for this meeting, as we want to encourage everyone to come in person for the benefit of learning about the Center. Please request ahead of time to participate in Public Comment by emailing sac@https://stemk12.org.

Our upcoming meetings:

April 20th – at the STEM Center for Strength

May 18th – Standard meeting w/ Zoom

The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the School’s performance, improvement, priority improvement, or turnaround plan, and meets to discuss the implementation of the School’s plan and other progress pertinent to STEM’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. The SAC makes recommendations to the director for prioritizing the spending of school money.

News and Updates

STEM PTO After Prom Donation Request

STEM PTO After Prom Committee is in need of donations for Decorations, Food, Door Prizes and Monetary Donations for After Prom on Saturday, April 23. Click the sign-up buttons below put your name down. Please email https://stemafterprom@https://stemk12.org to arrange the drop-off of item donations.

Parent Teacher Request Form

Creating class lists for the next school year is a collaborative and thoughtful process that involves input from multiple perspectives. Teachers know your students best and will be an integral part of this process in order to place your student in the best learning environment. We appreciate your thoughts and insights into your student and their specific needs.

Throughout this process, we consider a wide range of student variables. Parent input is one of many factors that are taken into consideration. In order to achieve a balance among classes other factors include the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of all students, gender
balance, and other diverse learning needs.

STEM School Highlands Ranch cannot guarantee parent requests for specific classroom teachers and we request that you please refrain from discussing potential class placement with staff. We strive to optimize student learning with a class placement process, and ask that you trust and respect the professional advice and perspectives of our committed and caring staff.

We will inform everyone of class assignments in early August as part of our school registration process. Thank you for your engagement and partnership in your child’s education!

Elementary Yearbook Deadling is Fast Approaching

Click the button below to access the prepayment site for the Elementary Yearbook. Soft Cover books are $20 and Hard Cover books are $30. The deadline to order your yearbook is Friday, April 1.

School Picture Retakes and Orders

Families can access their photos by visiting the link to the right or going to dr-photo.com, selecting the School Portrait Proofs link, and when prompted enter their private password in the following format: Student ID#

DCSD News and Resources

Mental Health Resource of the Week

4-7-8 Breathing: A Simple Deep Breathing Technique

If you or your child need to calm down quickly, try the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. It’s a simple technique that you can do anywhere and anytime to reduce stress and anxiety.

Literacy Resource of the Week

Students Reach Greater Heights With School Librarians – National School Library Month

April is National School Library Month and is the perfect time to thank our DCSD school librarians for the daily support they offer our students and teachers. For example, librarians transform school libraries into exciting collaborative centers that help foster a love for reading and learning.

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

Time-Saving Physical Activities for Busy Families

If you want to be physically active with your family but feel like you are short on time, try pairing activity with daily tasks. Try some time-saving strategies for getting the whole family active while accomplishing your regular routine!

Community Events

Macaroni Kid Summer Camp & Activities Fair
Sunday, April 3 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SkyView Academy, Highlands Ranch

More than 30 summer camps and activities will have representatives in attendance to answer your questions. Camps include performing arts, adventure, sports, gymnastics, horsemanship, traditional day camps, overnight camps, and more! The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Sources of Strength Community Night
Monday, April 11 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PACE Center, Parker

This event will provide an overview and highlights of the Sources of Strength program, and share about the amazing work that is happening across our school district. There is no cost to attend. The night will feature student peer leaders, school staff and our Guest Speaker, Jarrod Hindman, Chief Operating Officer at Sources of Strength.

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