Elementary News and Updates (09/25/20)

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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.

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.

Donations Needed!

We are in immediate need of underwear (boys six 6-8) for students who have an accident). Please sign up using the link to the right. Donations can be dropped off to the Elementary School Office.

Additionally, we have an ongoing need for classroom and healthroom donations. Click the link to the right to see all of the donation items that we are collecting for, and to sign up.

Return-to-In-Person Learning Plan

We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming back our third students (sign-up required) to four-day in-person learning starting on Monday, Sept. 28. We are doing a Progressive Rollout to ensure health and safety standards are maintained for students and staff.

Lunchroom Update

We are so grateful that DCSD Nutrition Services is offering free lunches for our students through December. With the increase in number of students getting food from the lunchroom, we are asking families to still consider providing your students with a snack to eat during the day if needed. Students will not be able to take food outside of the designated eating areas. This will help us ensure health safety throughout our building.

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. Free meals include all entrees (except Subway at High Schools) with fruit or veggies, and/or milk. As a reminder, STEM does not serve breakfast.

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. 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.

Opportunities for Female Computer Science Students

Registration for the Fall 2020 Colorado School of Mines Virtual DECtech Outreach Program for Girls is open.

Building upon our success with virtual camps this summer, we are hard at work creating all new activities to engage girls in STEM. As always, DECtech sessions are developed and led by female Mines students who are both passionate about their subjects of study and sharing this passion with the next generation of leaders and innovators. Zoom group sizes are kept small in order to encourage engagement and participation; and activities are interactive and hands-on.

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.

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.

If you did not purchase at 2019-20 Elementary Yearbook, and would still like to, please email Julie Fletcher at julie.fletcher@stemk12.org to request. Cost is $25, with an additional $5 is mailing is needed. Payment can be made through your MySchoolBucks account.

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.

Click the button to the right to find out how to register, set-up and use the app.

SpartMart News

If you pre-ordered face masks or gators they have arrived and are at the MS Office for pick up.  If you are a fully remote student, please come to school to pick up your purchases. Spart Mart does not have shipping capabilities at this time.  Click the button to the right if you would like to purchase one. We have youth and adults sizes available.

Canvas Parent Resources

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

IT News

Has your student received a message similar to the image to the right? If so, that is a message from our IT Department. We are working to bring all of the student Zoom accounts into the school account. If your student sees a message like this, please approve the request. Any questions can be submitted via a ticket to support@stemk12.org.

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We are aware that there have been some issues with logging-in to the Canvas Parent app. We have been able to resolve this issue. This should no longer be a problem. You will see a new referral page when going to stem.instructure.com that looks like the image below.
If you run into any problems with this or any other technology-related issues, please submit a ticket to support@stemk12.org and we will work to get it resolved as quickly as possible.
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