Elementary News and Upcoming Events
Volunteer and Donation News
*Due to COVID 19, no visitors or volunteers are allowed inside the building at this time. Volunteer requirements will be adjusted as needed. There was a consideration to switch volunteer hour tracking systems, but we will stay with our system we have been using at this time. Volunteer opportunities below are all outside of the school building.
Please consider helping with ES Outdoor lunch / Recess
We would like to invite parents to help during outdoor lunch & recess time each day. Recess starts at 10:50 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. If you are interested, please enter through the Elementary School lobby, register as a visitor and complete the health screening form.
After completing the registration form, we ask that you meet grade levels at the Elementary School playground on the East side of the school. Masks are required.
We Need Driveline Volunteers
If you have some extra time in the mornings or afternoons, please consider signing up to volunteer for our Elementary School Driveline. We need volunteers to help from 7:20-7:50 a.m. with unloading students from their cars and getting them to their class stones. In the afternoon, we need volunteers to help from 2:10-3:10 p.m. with loading students into their cars.
If you are interested, please enter through the Elementary School lobby, register as a visitor and complete the health screening form. Masks are required.
Staff Feedback Team Donations
The Staff Feedback Team is seeking “treat” donations for staff. If you are interested in donating any of these items, please bring to the MS Office labeled “SFC Treats” – thank you so much!!
Individual bags of:
- Mixed nuts
- Vegan Variety pack
- fruit leather
- oreo snack packs
- BBQ Lays
- Justin’s Nut Butter squeeze packs
- Olives to go
- pickles to go
- Sparkling water
- regular water
- small soda pop cans
- bottles of tea
- rice crispy treats
- jerky sticks/pouches
- non-food options: lip balm and lotion.
ES Healthroom Donations
We are in immediate need of underwear and pants (girls size 5-8) for students who have an accident. Please sign up using the link to the right. Donations can be dropped off at the Elementary School Office.
ES Counseling Donations:
Please bring to the ES Office labeled ES Counseling. Thank you!
Additionally, we have an ongoing need for classroom and health room donations. Click the link to the right to see all of the donation items that we are collecting for, and to sign up.
SteMed and SteMed Jr Donation Drive
April 19-30 – Donation Drive Window
SteMed and SteMed Jr. are hosting a donation drive to the Hope and Help Center of Castle Rock to help them during COVID. Donations can be dropped off at the middle school office from April 19th to April 30th. If you have any questions, please contact SteMed at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Taco seasoning and taco shells
- peanut butter
- Kids drinks in pouches or boxes
- Instant mashed potatoes
- Sloppy Joe mix in cans or packets
- Canned Spaghetti O’s or Ravioli
- Canned Olives
- Canned tuna fish
- Non-refrigerated juice (orange, apple, cranberry, Sunny Delight, etc.)
- Toiletry items: Shampoo and Conditioner (standard size), Toothpaste and toothbrushes (standard size), deodorant (standard size), bars of soap
- Cleaning supplies: Spay bottles of Lysol or Clorox (any brand)
STEM Fest, Sponsored by STEM PTO
Thursday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m.
PTO is excited to bring back one of STEM’s flagship events, STEM Fest, as a virtual event showcasing our school’s learning and accomplishments in a collaborative celebration with students, faculty, and community partners. Our theme of “Get Connected” centers around the idea of giving our community an opportunity to feel re-connected in celebration of our learning adventures and accomplishments. If teachers or clubs are interested, please feel free to Sign Up, below. Any and all questions can be directed to PTO@stemk12.org. Stay tuned for more details to follow. Click here to access the sign-up form.
The format of the event is outlined below:
- 4 p.m. MST – Kickoff – Introductions – Led by Students from STEM Student Government (ES, MS, and HS)
- 4:10- 4:25 p.m. – ES Breakouts / 5 activities (25 minutes)
- 4:30- 4:55 p.m. – ES Breakouts / 5 activities (25 minutes)
- 5 – 5:10 p.m. – Student Success Stories and Perspectives (Presented by ES Student Government)
- 5:10-5:25 p.m. – MS Breakouts / 5 activities – Teacher Content/Clubs/Sports/Industry Partners (25 minutes)
- 5:30-5:55 p.m. – MS Breakouts / 5 activities – Teacher Content/Clubs/Sports/Industry Partners (25 minutes)
- 6 p.m. – Student Success Stories and Perspectives (Presented by MS Student Government)
- 6:10- 6:25 p.m. – HS Breakouts / 5 activities – Content/Clubs/Sports/Industry Partners (25 minutes)
- 6:30 – 6:55 p.m. – HS Breakouts / 5 activities – Content/Clubs/Sports/Industry Partners (25 minutes)
- 7 p.m. – HS Student Success Stories and Perspectives (HS Student Government)
- 7:10 p.m. – Closing Words from PTO, STEM Teachers, Students, Parents, etc. (brief time of thanks and final announcements)
- 8 p.m. – Silent Auction closes
First annual STEM Poetry Slam!
Thursday, April 29
For the first time ever, STEM Slam will take place during STEMfest on Thursday, April 29. Please join Mrs. Ridder’s virtual cafe to participate in the poetry slam or to enjoy our STEM Poets.
Specials Day (Field Day)
May 17, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Specials Day is the new version of field day and will be on May 17. It will function a little differently than past field days because we can only do one grade level at a time (to keep with covid policies and cleaning procedures). During specials time for each elementary grade level, that grade will come out to the playfield and rotate between activities designed and run by the specials teachers.
News and Updates
Nominations Open for 2022 CDE Colorado Teacher of the Year
Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 teacher? Nominate one of your colleagues to apply for the 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year award. The nomination form is now open. When you nominate someone, they will be notified of their nomination by CDE and encouraged to take the next step to apply.
Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will automatically become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.
This special teacher also gets to attend the following events:
- The National Teacher of the Year Induction, an opportunity for the country’s teachers of the year to come together and understand their individual identities in their new roles.
- Washington Week, an opportunity to go to the nation’s capital for recognition. Teachers will get to visit the White House and meet the president as well as attend the National Teacher of the Year gala.
- NASA Space Camp, where teachers participate in a version of astronaut training designed specifically for educators to take strategies and concepts back to their classrooms.
- College Football Playoff National Championship Game to participate in the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers event, which elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers.
All this can be possible for one exceptional Colorado teacher so tell the one you’re thinking of right now to apply. Nominate them using this form via the button to the right by June 15, 2021.
Calling Interested Parents! Charter Basics Parent Training
STEM School Highlands Ranch is excited to partner with the Colorado League of Charter Schools and their ACT Advocacy Network to bring a series of trainings to our families. The training will build your charter school knowledge and your advocacy skills so we can leverage our collective power as a school and Douglas County charter school community to protect what we have and make sure our school and others have what we need and what our students deserve. In this one-hour training, you will learn about charter myths and facts and what makes us unique. Please join us!
What: Charter School Basics
Where: Online via Zoom
When: Tuesday, April 20 at 12 p.m. Lunch session open to multiple Douglas County charter schools’ families
REGISTER FOR 4/20 HERE Noon session
A Message from the Colorado League of Charter Schools President
It’s literally go time! Any day now, a harmful piece of legislation will be introduced in the Colorado State Legislature that makes unnecessary changes to the public charter school appeals process leaving our schools vulnerable to the changing political winds.
We don’t often ask for help, but when we do it’s because we really need you and we need you now!
Take two minutes to learn more about the bill and add your voice to the hundreds of other charter school families, staff and supporters in telling House Education Committee members to vote ‘no’ on the charter schools appeals bill when it is introduced. ACT Now.
Shiloh House Offering Parent Education Classes and Support Groups
Shiloh House is once again offering parents the opportunity to enroll in parenting classes and/or support groups. To register for these classes please call 303-695-7996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the button below to see the current schedule of Parent Classes and Support Groups.
Elementary Lost and Found
It’s that time of year. If you think your student is missing items, please stop by our Lost & Found to look through what has been left behind. The Lost & Found is located in the Elementary School Lobby. All items not picked up will be donated at the end of the school year.
Recovery Resources Available
Elizabeth Brown joined STEM in January 2021 as the Recovery Coordinator for STEM. While her desk is located in the new admin side of the P-TECH building, she will be spending the majority of her time in the school. The broadest description of her position is to provide overall coordination for the recovery of students, parents, and staff. Dr. Euker has stated that it is a huge priority for her that Elizabeth reaches out and provides the necessary support and information to our community. Elizabeth is working under a grant that can make all kinds of resources available to those who would like them.
Her role is specifically to support all who have been impacted, so if there are needs that aren’t being met, questions that aren’t being answered, or services that aren’t being provided, it would be really helpful to let her know so she can be sure to address those issues. Please email her at email@example.com.
Building Parent Trust Committee Survey
The Parent Trust Committee of the Strategic Plan Goal “Building Parent Trust” would like to collect some data from our community (students and parents) on some of the favorite implementations of Problem Based Learning that teachers have created in their classrooms. The committee gathered feedback during the Town Hall in January that included helping to build a repository of PBLs for teachers to use.
Problem based learning is STEM’s instructional model. Teachers utilized different techniques to have students solve a real-world problem, while teaching the state standards and core competencies.
Special Offer from DR Photo
STEM families, we have partnered with DR Photo to offer our families yard signs and banners to celebrate your student’s graduation (Kindergarten or High School). If you would like to order a sign or banner please click the button to the right.
We also are offering graduation portrait sessions. You can schedule a private session at their Littleton studio by clicking the link to the right.
School Photos Update
STEM had picture Day on February 16 & 17 for students needing a current school photo.
- There will be a Class Composite created for each class
- Parents will have the opportunity to purchase individual and class composite photos.
If your student was unable to take advantage of the picture days at STEM, please set an appointment to have their picture taken at the photographer’s studio. Check out the buttons to the left to schedule an appointment, or order photos.
Updates to 2020-21 Academic Calendar and Graduation
In late August/early September of 2020, STEM had to make an adjustment to its Academic Calendar to extend the school year by a few days in order to account for our delayed start. The last day (half day) for Elementary is Friday, May 21 and the last day (half day) for Secondary is Tuesday, May 25. You can view the updated Calendar here. Additionally, graduation has been moved to Thursday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at EchoPark Stadium.
Updates to Snow Day Procedure
Due to the delayed start at the beginning of the school year that has impacted our required academic minutes, if DCSD calls for a SCHOOL CLOSURE due to weather, STEM will operate on a Virtual Day Schedule instead. This decision was made to prevent having to add additional days at the end of the school year to make up for a snow day. If DCSD calls for a DELAYED START due to weather, STEM will operate on a Virtual Day Schedule.
Make sure to designate your Pick-Up Mode and your Delegates (if necessary) prior to 1:45 p.m. each day.
- West Driveline Pick-Up Mode – ALL students being picked up by car
- Walker – Meeting your student at the ES Doors
- Sibling Pick-Up – ES students with Secondary Siblings that are walking
Remember to only enter the Driveline at your designated time and display your placard. To help our driveline volunteers, please keep your placard up until you leave the parking lot. Also, to help us be good neighbors to our business park neighbors, please do not stack along Barrons Blvd.
- Green – K-1 Grades Only – 2:20 p.m.
- Orange – 2-5 Grades (with K-1 sibling) – 2:30 p.m.
- Yellow – K-5 with Secondary Sibling – 2:55 p.m.
New Gear available for sale in the SpartMart
Don’t Delay! Show your STEM Spartan Pride by ordering from the NEW gear that is available in the SpartMart Store. Check out the flier to the right for more information. The SpartMart is operated by STEM students and the gear is designed by STEM students as well.