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Elementary News and Updates (12/11/20)

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Now is the Time to Think About Next Year for Your Student!

Please complete the Intent to Return to STEM form by December 18, 2020

Do you Intend to Return for the 2021-22 School Year?

For enrollment planning purposes, please let us know, either way, if your child plans to return to STEM School Highlands Ranch next year.

Please complete this form for each of your currently attending STEM students. If you are currently enrolled at STEM please let us know that your child is returning. You do not need to “open enroll” to remain at STEM. If your child is currently attending STEM, they will be automatically enrolled for next year. Please also complete the form if your student is planning to seek enrollment at another school so that we can have an accurate count of returning students.

Do you Have a Sibling Who Wants to Attend STEM Next Year?

Does your current STEM student have a sibling who is interested in attending STEM for the 2021-22 school year? Did you know that they have priority on our waitlist? Please add them to our waitlist now! STEM’s open enrollment is now open and we will begin notifying families of accepted spots for the 2021-22 school year beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Now Accepting Names for the 2021-22 School Year!

STEM is now accepting names for the waitlist for 2021-22 and beyond. Please spread the word to your family and friends. They can add their child to the waitlist here! We will begin notifying families of accepted spots beginning on December 1, 2020. Please note that STEM does not follow the Douglas County Open Enrollment process.

Intent to Attend Your Neighborhood School

If you wish to attend your neighborhood school, you must return this form to that school no later than January 5th. This will allow your child to attend that school in the fall of next year (2021-22).

Questions? Please call the MS office at 303-683-7836 or check the website for more enrollment information.

Elementary News and Upcoming Events

STEM Santa Program Deadline Extended

Our Santa Program order deadline has been extended! The program allows STEM families to donate toward the purchase of gift cards to be given to STEM staff. Participating in the STEM Santa Program is the PERFECT way to thank all of our hard-working staff!

Here’s how the program works:

Place your order using the “STEM Santa Gift Card order button at the bottom.

  • Using the “ STEM Santa Gift Card” order link, you can donate $$ to a general fund (used to purchase gift cards for ALL STEM teachers and staff). The STEM SANTA will do the gift card shopping!
  • Gift cards will be delivered to staff along with a card “signed” by all families who donate to purchase staff gift cards.
  • Be sure to place your order (NO CASH) via the button below by December 17.
  • Gift Cards will be ordered on December 18.
  • Staff will receive their gifts on our return to school in January.

Remember to order yours before the December 17 deadline!

ORDER TODAY!

STEM Holiday Toy Drive

Through December 18 – Drop-off at MS Cafeteria

STEM Student Council and Castle Rock PD are teaming up for the Holiday Toy Drive. Drop-off New toys and/or clothing to the Middle School Cafeteria from now until Friday, Dec. 18 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Click the button below to access the Wish List. (No sign-up required). If you’d like to submit a gift card, you can do so via Target and email it to studentcouncil@s.stemk12.org.

STEM Toy Drive

Elementary Parent Evening Gathering

Monday, Dec. 14 from 5-6 p.m. – Zoom

Ms Kovalesky would like invite Elementary Parents to an informal chat session on Monday, Dec. 14 starting at 5 p.m. This is your opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences with Virtual Learning and more. If you’d like to take part, complete the quick sign-up form via the button below. We’ll send out a Zoom link the day of.

Spart Mart - Fall Sale

SpartMart has some new items for the holidays so please take advantage of purchasing some of our student-designed gear. Any orders placed after December 1 will be charged shipping to prevent any need to pick it up from the school. If you’ve already placed your order prior to December 1, check your email for details on how you can pick-up your order.

Thanks for your support!

Start Mart – Student Staff Team

Spart Mart Fall Sale

STEM Spelling Bee Rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 14

Classroom spelling bees were held on Thursday, November 12, in fourth through eighth grades. Students competed to determine classroom winners and alternates. Classroom winners will compete in a participant and judge only STEM school-wide spelling bee on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria.
The zoom link will be shared at a future date to view and support our students remotely.

CONGRATULATIONS to our exceptional STEM spellers!

4th Grade
1. Daniel Yun
2. Gia Basra
3. Elizabeth Lee
4. Shravani Jagtap

5th Grade
1. Mirren Winfrey
2. Neil Shandilya
3. Vedant Margale
4. Genevieve O’Kane

6th grade
1. Sophia Bertsch
2. Jonah Bartlett
3. Kaitlyn Settle
4. Prab Singh

7th Grade
1. Emmelyn Roettger
2. Nakul Choudhary
3. Reva Mehratra
4. Siddhi Singh

8th Grade
1. Alex Tijerina
2. Zack Feldkamp
3. Aadithya Senthilkumar
4. Caroline Vargash

Alternates:
4th Grade
Gabe Angel (Murillo)

5th Grade
Quinn Smith

6th Grade
Miyu Erikson

7th Grade
Siddhi Singh

8th Grade
Syna Joseph

November Spartans of the Month

Kindergarten- Hudson Weyman and Japnaam Parmar
First- Tristan Wilcox and Martina Zurifa
Second- Sophia Barba and Isaac Moss
Third- Simon Winfrey and Megan Johnson
Fourth- Alexis Parker and Michael Gurolnick
Fifth- Meera Shamin and Graham Smith

School Photos Update

To view your student’s school photo proofs, visit DR Photos and select the link School Portrait Proof. Use your student’s ID number to access their proofs and place any orders that you’d like.

Students may make an appointment to have a photo taken at our photographer’s studio. DR Photo – 8110 W Brandon Dr, Littleton, CO 80125. Click here to set up an appointment.

FREE Meals for Hybrid and Virtual Learners from DCSD

DCSD will be providing weekly remote meal bag pick-ups at all neighborhood Middle Schools in Douglas County (pick-up not available at STEM). 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. Please see the flier to right right for more information.

Elementary Yearbook Info

2020-21 Yearbook Info

Yearbooks for this school year are not ready for purchase yet. As soon as we have an order link set up, we will share that with families.

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