Elementary News and Updates (04/29/22)

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Upcoming Events

Teacher Appreciation Week
STEMShares Facebook Post
BOD Meeting (Facebook Post)

Monthly STEM BOD Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, from 5:30-7 p.m – High School Commons

The monthly STEM Board of Director’s Meeting will be Tuesday, May 3 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 Day at the Colorado Rockies

Thursday, May 5, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Coors Field

Dear STEM School Highlands Ranch Families,

We are so excited to share that the Colorado Rockies will be hosting a STEM Day at Coors Field on Thursday, May 5, collaborating with Steve Spangler of 9News.

Formerly called Weather and Science Day, this event will focus on educational events incorporating physics, math and meteorology into unique science experiments.

The interactive presentation will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m., with parking lots opening at 9 a.m.

Part of the event will hopefully include a special presentation by our engineering students, who are building a robot that will be competing to throw out the first pitch. Audience participation will factor into the best robot being picked to make history. This is a feat not yet accomplished by anyone in history at the Rockies stadium. This is so special that there will be a news presence, and maybe even Guinness Book of World records will be there.

While this is an instructional day for students, we want to recognize that many families may want to attend. We want to remind and encourage parents to please call the attendance line at (303) 683-7836 to excuse their student. Families can call this line in advance of May 5 to tell us that their student will not be in attendance that day. Please understand that the Administration Team discussed possibly making this Day a no-contact day; however, we were unable to make this accommodation due to testing and other logistical reasons.

Those who would like to attend the interactive presentation must purchase a ticket to the game. The Colorado Rockies game vs. the Washington Nationals will begin at 1:10 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased directly through the Rockies website and TicketMaster. STEM is not coordinating tickets, but there is an option for group sales if you have a large group. Here is the link to the Rockies STEM Day page, and it has a link to buy tickets and other details. To purchase more than 12 tickets, please call 303-ROCKIES or grouptix@rockies.com.

Thank you,

STEM School Highlands Ranch Communications

News and Updates

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

If You Want to Be Happy, Try to Make Someone Else Happy

A recent study shows that doing kind things for others is an important path to happiness.

Literacy Resource of the Week

Sora Sweet Reads and Douglas County Libraries (DCL) Summer Reading

Reading over the summer is not only fun but also crucial for strengthening students’ literacy skills & preventing the “Summer Slide.” While students cannot regularly visit their school library over summer break, they will still have access to Sora and can also take advantage of all the resources available from our wonderful Douglas County Public libraries. Students can help their school win books by checking out books in Sora during May and registering for summer reading programs at DCL!

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

How to Help Teens Put Less Pressure on Themselves

Self-compassion can help teens who are struggling with toxic perfectionism.

Community Events

Fentanyl Crisis Town Hall – Learn How to Protect Your Family
Tuesday, May 3 | 6:00 p.m.

The community is encouraged to participate in an upcoming town hall event hosted by the Douglas County Government, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the 18th Judicial District regarding the Fentanyl crisis. Community members may also attend the town hall in person at 100 Third Street in Castle Rock or call in at 1-833-380-0668

Developmental Pathways Transition Fair
Saturday, May 7 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free virtual event

Learn more about the Medicaid, Waiver & Transition Services, and the Intake and Enrollment steps. Participate in a live Q&A with a panel of parents, experts, and educators. This event is suitable for parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals who work with individuals ages 16-22 years old.

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