Elementary News and Updates (09/18/20)

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Return-to-In-Person Learning Plan

We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming back our K-2 students (sign-up required) to four-day in-person learning starting on Monday, Sept. 21. We are doing a Progressive Rollout to ensure health and safety standards are maintained for students and staff.

Volunteer News!

*Due to COVID 19, no visitors or volunteers are allowed in the building at this time. Volunteer requirements will be adjusted as needed. If you are making a donation, please keep track of your donated items for the time being until we provide additional instructions on how to log your hours.
Upcoming Opportunities
  • Driveline still needs volunteers, click here to sign up.
  • we need volunteers for outdoor Lunch. Click here to sign up.
  • We would like to invite parents to help during outdoor 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 ES 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 ES playground on the backside of the school. Please sign up here.
  • For more opportunities, click here.
Donation Opportunities
  • Donation items are still needed, click here to view.

FREE Meals for Hybrid and Virtual Learners from DCSD

Nutrition Services is excited to announce that, effective immediately, ALL meals served in school are now free for all students. This includes one breakfast (where available) and one lunch per day. Signage will be posted in all schools showing what is included in a free meal. Free meals include all entrees (except Subway at High Schools) with fruit/veggies and/or milk.

For Virtual/Online Learners, DCSD will begin weekly remote meal bag pick-ups at all neighborhood Elementary and Middle Schools in Douglas County (pick-up not available at STEM) every Friday from 1-2 p.m. Start date for remote bag pickups is Friday. Sept. 18. These bags will contain five breakfast/lunches for Virtual/Online Learners and three breakfast/lunches for Hybrid learners. Meal pick-ups do NOT require pre-order. Simply pull up to our curbside pickup locations and request a meal for kids, just like our Summer Feeding sites. Kids do not need to attend DCSD Schools and do not need to be present for pickup.

Members Needed for Curriculum Committee

We are seeking members for the Curriculum Committee which represents K-12 teachers, parents, students, administrators, and board members. This committee meets once per month in order to engage in conversations and understand curricular related issues and processes pertaining to the school. This year the committee will be focusing on a review of academic data, course offerings, instructional materials, while highlighting the various opportunities in each department and grade levels across the school. We will also be focusing on providing recommendations related to equity across all aspects of curriculum while aligning to the STEM Instruction Model (Problem Based Learning). If you are interested in serving on the Curriculum Committee or have further questions, please contact Dr. Karen Johnson (karen.johnson@stemk12.org), Director of Curriculum and Accountability.

Enrichment Offerings

We’ve been adding new Enrichment offerings each week. Take a look at what is available for Elementary, Middle and High School students.

Office News

Please Help With Student Count Day

Douglas County Pupil Count Day is Thursday, Oct, 1. Please be sure to have your student in attendance for the full day whether it be in person or  virtual. If possible, we ask that you avoid scheduling any appointments for your student on that day. We want to have all of our students present and counted. This will affect the overall funding for our school. We appreciate your help!

Attendance Reminders

Attendance Line – 303-683-7836
  • Please call the line before class begins to let us know if your student will be tardy or absent for hybrid OR virtual students – otherwise they will be marked unexcused.
  • Please visit the student/parent Handbook to review the attendance policy.
  • Virtual students that opt to attend in person classes must do so on their assigned cohort days only. The student must check in at the front office before attending class.
Early Dismissal
  • Students will be excused to leave class with an Early Leave pass from the office. The student may exchange a note from the parent for the pass at the office. Younger Elementary students may need to rely on their parents calling the office ahead of time to set up an early release.
    • Students will still need to be signed out by a parent at the respective office (Elementary or Secondary).
    • The course of action that will cause the least amount of disruption to the classroom is to:
      • Pick your student up during passing period
      • Send a note in with your student to receive an Early Dismissal Pass (students will be able to show this to their teacher before class begins, and leave at the appropriate time).
      • NO unscheduled early pickups will be allowed after 1:15 pm.

*Parents MUST call the attendance line when student is not following the Academic plan that was chosen.

Elementary Yearbook Info

Elementary Students will get the ordered yearbook from their homeroom teacher. Only e-learners will be able to pick them up from the office. If you’d like to purchase an Elementary yearbook, please call the Elementary Front Office to sign-up for one to be printed.

PikMyKid Info

We have launched the PikMyKid Dismissal App for our Elementary School Driveline for the 2020-21 School Year. PikMyKid is a dismissal program that provides an additional layer of safety and security to ensure that our students are be dismissed to the appropriate parent/guardian on the correct day. The use of this program also helps for us to enforce and maintain social distancing practices during the dismissal process.

Canvas Parent Resources

The following resources should be helpful for parents who are using Canvas to observe their child:
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