Thursday, April 19, 2018

Week of April 16, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Budget Information:
As we move forward into the next school year, Douglas County School District is considering a Mill Levy Override and Bond to support our school funding and capital projects. An important point to note about school funding is that economic growth in Douglas County does not increase total funding to schools. In other words, the more taxes the state collects from Douglas County, the less the state will provide in order to meet the fixed total of $7,389. The first image below provides information about how school funding is provided to districts. 



With the introduction of a mill levy override, schools receive additional funding on top of what the state provides. The image below shows the difference in funding with the addition of mill levy overrides. 


The image below show the difference in funding for districts in another way. 


Bond funding pays for capital improvements such as roofs, HVAC, technology, other building improvements, and new construction. Currently, Iron Horse is in desperate need of a new roof. The image below shows the bond funding for school districts since 2008. 


If you are interested in more information or in supporting the effort to garner a mill levy override and bond, please contact Kirsten.Bloomfield@dcsdk12.org.

Spirit Week:
A group of our 5th grade students are partnering with the Student Leadership Council to raise funds for a redesign of the teacher's lounge. Each spirit day will cost $1 to support this project. 5th grade students have spoken with a variety of staff members to determine their needs and wants to create a teacher's lounge that is fun and functional. 5th grade students will be using the funds from our upcoming spirit week to purchase supplies (furniture, paint, etc) to accomplish this. 5th graders will partner with students from Legend High School's EDGE program to complete this makeover. Please help our students in this great real-world task! Spirit Week will run from April 23rd to April 27th. Days include:
  • April 23 - Neon Day
  • April 24 - What You Want to be When You Grow Up Day
  • April 25 - Crazy Hair Day
  • April 26 - Dress Up Like Your Teacher Day
  • April 27 - Pajama Day
5th Grade Project:
Students in 5th grade are studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As they have been studying this topic, students have created infomercials and are collecting used Crayola markers to recycle. The image below represents the trash collected from our playground. 


School Supplies for Next School Year:
School code is IRO006
Orders can be turned into the front office until Friday, May 18th
Online orders can me made until June 10th.  

Spring Carnival:
We will be holding a spring carnival on April 27th from 6:00-7:30pm. Tickets are currently on sale. Forms will be coming home today with oldest and only students. You can also pre-order using the form above. 

Teachers will be hosting various games and activities for students, including temporary tattoos, human hungry hippos, ring toss, cake walk, hair painting, etc. Tickets cost $.25 each with activities requiring 1-4 tickets (cash or check only).

Dinner (hot dog, chips, drink and cookie) and snow cones will be available for purchase. Dinner costs $3 and snow cones cost $2 (cash or check only).  We hope you can join us for this fun event. All proceeds from this event go directly to IHE staff to purchase instructional items for student use. 

School Accountability Committee:
THE MAY SAC MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is an advisory committee, not a governing body, that advises the principal on school performance, budget priorities and parental engagement. The purpose of the committee is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes.  Each SAC is comprised of parents, community members, principals and teachers. Elections for Chair and District Accountability Committee Liaison will take place during our September 2018 meeting. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please submit a paragraph about yourself and why you are interested to Kirsten.Bloomfield@dcsdk12.org by May 25th

Upcoming Events:
April 20: No School - Teacher Compensation Day for Conferences
April 23-27: Spirit Week
April 26: Online Scheduler Opens for Assessment Day
April 27: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am (Celebration Breakfast)
April 27: Spring Carnival - 6:00-7:30pm

May 2-4: 5th Grade Outdoor Education 
May 7: No School for 5th Grade ONLY
May 8: Artisan Pizza Night for IHE - proceeds benefit IHE
May 10: Muffins for Moms 7:45-8:20am in the Cafeteria
May 11: Assessment Day - No School - Students come at parent-chosen time for assessments
May 12: Mother-Son Event - 12:00-2:00pm at the Parker Fieldhouse ($10 per son)
May 16: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm in the Junction
May 17: Field Day
May 18: Rain Date for Field Day
May 18: Swirls Night for IHE - proceeds benefit IHE
May 24: Legend Graduation
May 24: 5th Grade Clap-out - 3:20pm in the main hallway
May 25: Last Day of School - Half Day for Kindergarten and 5th Grade ONLY

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Week of April 9, 2018

All Pro Dads:
Please join us for our final All Pro Dads breakfast for the year on Thursday, April 19 from 7:45-8:20am in the cafeteria. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE. This is a great time for dads to spend with their children discussing a variety of topics. 

Ms. Becki's New Adventures:
Iron Horse Community, my family and I will be embarking on an exciting adventure at the end of this summer and I will not be returning to work in the office after the completion of this school year.  For the last decade or so, my husband and I have been working toward traveling on a full-time basis, and we feel that we are finally at a point to be able to do so.  I am going to be homeschooling our kids while we travel around the United States, with the possibility of a few international trips sprinkled in.  


It is very difficult for me to leave what I consider to be the perfect job.  We have an amazing group of parents, educators, and community members who support our students and I consider myself lucky to be a part of it.  The students at Iron Horse will always have a special place in my heart; I will truly miss greeting them at the door each morning, fixing up scraped knees, and unexpected hugs, among many other wonderful memories.  Thank you all so much for the opportunity to have a place in your child's life, they have all certainly enriched mine. 

DCSD Art Show:
We'd like to recognize our art show entrants: Penelope Little, Peyton Watrous, Rylee Hanson, Allison Gasowski, Will Capre, and Lily Schmidt. Congratulations to Rylee, who won Third Place, and Lily, who received an Honorable Mention. Way to go kiddos! 


 





Father-Daughter Dance:
Please join us on Friday, April 13th for our annual Father Daughter Dance from 7:00-8:00pm in the gym. The theme this year is Lights, Camera, Dance! The cost to attend this event is $10 per daughter. This is a wonderful evening for our dads and girls. We hope you can make it! 

Box Top Winner:
Mrs. Ackerman's class won the box tops contest! Students will be enjoying popsicles on a warm afternoon outside. 

Colorado Rockies Choir Performance:
On Saturday, May 12 at 6:00pm, Iron Horse's choir will be performing the national anthem (along with 5 other DCSD schools) at the Colorado Rockies game. We are one of 12 schools chosen for this event! Please join us in rooting on our outstanding choir students. Details regarding the evening and ticket purchases are listed in the flyer above. 

Spirit Week:
A group of our 5th grade students are partnering with the Student Leadership Council to raise funds for a redesign of the teacher's lounge. Each spirit day will cost $1 to support this project. 5th grade students have spoken with a variety of staff members to determine their needs and wants to create a teacher's lounge that is fun and functional. 5th grade students will be using the funds from our upcoming spirit week to purchase supplies (furniture, paint, etc) to accomplish this. 5th graders will partner with students from Legend High School's EDGE program to complete this makeover. Please help our students in this great real-world task! Spirit Week will run from April 23rd to April 27th. Days include:

  • April 23 - Neon Day
  • April 24 - What You Want to be When You Grow Up Day
  • April 25 - Crazy Hair Day
  • April 26 - Dress Up Like Your Teacher Day
  • April 27 - Pajama Day

Denver Rescue Mission Drive:
One of our fourth grade students is hosting a drive for kids clothing to support the Denver Rescue Mission. This drive will run from Monday, April 16 through Thursday, April 19. Please send in your items to the office. Please see the message from Izzy below:

  • I am Izabel Simonton. I am a fourth grader in Mrs. Ward's class. I am doing this drive for the Denver Rescue Mission because I am very passionate about homeless kids. I think every kid deserves to be cared for and treated just the same as every other kid. I love to help people, and especially kids in need of every day needs. I love to make people happy so I hope I get lots of donations to give to the boys and girls at the Denver Rescue Mission. I hope you all have a wonderful day and thank you! 

School Supplies for Next School Year:
School code is IRO006
Orders can be turned into the front office until Friday, May 18th
Online orders can me made until June 10th.  

Spring Carnival:
We will be holding a spring carnival on April 27th from 6:00-7:30pm. Teachers will be hosting various games and activities for students, including temporary tattoos, human hungry hippos, ring toss, cake walk, etc. Dinner (hot dog, chips, drink and cookie) and snow cones will be available for purchase. Dinner costs $3 (cash or check). Tickets cost $.25 each with activities requiring 1-4 tickets (cash or check only). Ticket pre-sales will begin soon! We hope you can join us for this fun event. All proceeds from this event go directly to IHE staff to purchase instructional items for student use. 

School Accountability Committee:
The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is an advisory committee, not a governing body, that advises the principal on school performance, budget priorities and parental engagement. The purpose of the committee is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes.  Each SAC is comprised of parents, community members, principals and teachers. Elections for Chair, Vice Chair, and District Accountability Committee Liaison will take place during our May 16th meeting from 5:00-6:00pm. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please submit a paragraph indicating your interest and why you are interested to Kirsten.Bloomfield@dcsdk12.org by May 11th

Upcoming Events:
April 2-20: CMAS Testing Grades 3-5
April 13: Father-Daughter Dance - 7:00-8:00pm
April 16-19: Denver Rescue Mission clothing drive
April 18: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm in the Conference Room 
April 18: Legend Feeder SAC Meeting 4:30-6:00pm in the Junction
April 19: All Pro Dads 7:45-8:20am in the Cafeteria
April 20: No School - Teacher Compensation Day for Conferences
April 23-27: Spirit Week (see above)
April 27: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am (Celebration Breakfast)
April 27: Spring Carnival - 6:00-7:30pm - ticket pre-sales coming soon!

May 2-4: 5th Grade Outdoor Education 
May 7: No School for 5th Grade ONLY
May 8: Artisan Pizza Night for IHE - proceeds benefit IHE
May 10: Muffins for Moms 7:45-8:20am in the Cafeteria
May 11: Assessment Day - No School - Students come at parent-chosen time for assessments (Sign Up will be coming soon via Online Scheduler - it will open April 26)
May 12: Mother-Son Event - 12:00-2:00pm at the Parker Fieldhouse ($10 per son)
May 17: Field Day
May 18: Rain Date for Field Day
May 18: Swirls Night for IHE - proceeds benefit IHE
May 24: Legend Graduation
May 24: 5th Grade Clap-out - 3:20pm in the hallways
May 25: Last Day of School - Half Day for Kindergarten and 5th Grade ONLY
May 25: Kindergarten Graduation - AM
May 25: 5th Grade Celebration at the Park - AM

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Week of April 2, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:



Student Learning Profile:
As we begin to look to next year, we are starting the process of developing class lists. Please complete this form if you are interested in providing feedback regarding your student's needs. We are not taking specific teacher requests. Feedback will only be accepted until April 13th. 

All Pro Dads:
Please join us for our final All Pro Dads breakfast for the year on Friday, April 13 from 7:45-8:20am in the cafeteria. This is a great time for dads to spend with their children discussing a variety of topics. 

Father-Daughter Dance:
Please join us on Friday, April 13th for our annual Father Daughter Dance from 7:00-8:00pm in the gym. The theme this year is Lights, Camera, Dance! This is a wonderful evening for our dads and girls. We hope you can make it! 

Colorado Rockies Choir Performance:
On Saturday, May 12 at 6:00pm, Iron Horse's choir will be performing the national anthem (along with 5 other DCSD schools) at the Colorado Rockies game. We are one of 12 schools chosen for this event! Please join us in rooting on our outstanding choir students. Details regarding the evening and ticket purchases are listed in the flyer above. 

Douglas County School District Art Show:
Please join us in celebrating our talented artists across the district at the District Art Show. The show is open from 10AM-8PM April 6-9 at the Hilton Garden Inn (1050 Plaza Dr. Highlands Ranch). For more information, please visit:  www.dcsdk12.org/artshow

School Supplies for Next School Year:
School code is IRO006
Orders can be turned into the front office until Friday, May 18th
Online orders can me made until June 10th. Order forms are listed above. 

American Furniture Warehouse Fundraiser:
Great News! Purchases at American Furniture ANYTIME will support Iron Horse Elementary. Just mention our School ID: IRNHRS (or our school name) at check-out. All details are included in the flyer: https://afw.com/Content/Images/uploaded/Community%20Page/IRNHRS_Invite18.pdf  

April Prevention Press Letter:
Please find the letter here


Upcoming Events:
April 2-20: CMAS Testing Grades 3-5
April 13: All Pro Dads 7:45-8:20am in the Cafeteria
April 13: Father-Daughter Dance - 7:00-8:00pm
April 18: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm in the Conference Room 
April 18: Legend Feeder SAC Meeting 4:30-6:00pm in the Junction
April 20: No School - Teacher Compensation Day for Conferences
April 27: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am (Celebration Breakfast)
April 27: Spring Carnival - 6:00-7:30pm
May 2-4: 5th Grade Outdoor Education 
May 7: No School for 5th Grade ONLY
May 10: Muffins for Moms 7:45-8:20am in the Cafeteria
May 11: Assessment Day - No School - Students come at chosen time for assessments (sign up will be coming soon!)
May 12: Mother-Son Event - 12:00-2:00pm at the Parker Fieldhouse
May 17: Field Day
May 18: Rain Date for Field Day
May 24: Legend Graduation
May 25: Last Day of School - Half Day for Kindergarten and 5th Grade ONLY
May 25: Kindergarten Graduation - AM

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Week of March 26, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Student Learning Profile:
As we begin to look to next year, we are starting the process of developing class lists. Please complete this form if you are interested in providing feedback regarding your student's needs. We will not be taking specific teacher requests. 

CMAS Testing:
We will begin CMAS testing for grades 3-5 on Tuesday. Please see the schedule below. This is an important tool that we use to determine our achievement and growth in all academic areas. This is also used to determine our rating with the state and for different websites that focus on schools. Please try to schedule any appointments around these times.


Father Daughter Dance:
Please join us on April 13th for our annual Father Daughter Dance from 7:00-8:00pm. The theme this year is Lights, Camera, Dance! This is a wonderful evening for our dads and girls. We hope you can make it! 

Douglas County School District Art Show:
Please join us in celebrating our talented artists across the district at the district art show. The show is open from 10AM-8PM April 6-9 at the Hilton Garden Inn (1050 Plaza Dr. Highlands Ranch). For more information, please visit:  www.dcsdk12.org/artshow

School Supplies for Next School Year:
School code is IRO006
Orders can be turned into the front office until Friday, May 18th
Online orders can me made until June 10th. Order forms are listed above. 

American Furniture Warehouse Fundraiser:
Great News! Purchases at American Furniture ANYTIME will support Iron Horse Elementary. Just mention our School ID: IRNHRS (or our school name) at check-out. All details are included in the flyer: https://afw.com/Content/Images/uploaded/Community%20Page/IRNHRS_Invite18.pdf  

Upcoming Events:
April 2-20: CMAS Testing Grades 3-5
April 13: Father-Daughter Dance - 7:00-8:00pm
April 18: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm in the Conference Room 
April 18: Legend Feeder SAC Meeting 4:30-6:00pm in the Junction
April 20: No School - Teacher Compensation Day for Conferences
April 27: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am
April 27: Spring Carnival - 6:00-7:30pm
May 2-4: 5th Grade Outdoor Education 
Week of May 7: Muffins for Moms (date TBD)
May 7: No School for 5th Grade ONLY
May 11: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am
May 12: Mother-Son Event - 12:00-2:00pm at the Parker Fieldhouse
May 17: Field Day
May 18: Rain Date for Field Day
May 24: Legend Graduation
May 25: Last Day of School - Half Day for 5th Grade ONLY

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Week of March 12, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:

IHE wishes you a wonderful Spring Break! 
Student Fees:
As we are wrapping up the school year, we have many outstanding student fees from families. Please visit Parent Portal and finalize your fee payments for the 2017-18 school year. Thank you for your help with this! 

Spirit Wear:
All spirit wear orders are due tomorrow. Spirit wear will arrive after spring break. 

Parking Lot:
Please do not drop students off in the parking lot or allow them to walk across the crosswalk without an adult. Students are also not allowed to enter/exit the gravel parking lot without an adult. Thank you for supporting the safety of our students.

Yearbook Sales:
TOMORROW is the last day to order yearbooks! Please visit http://community.pictavo.com/c/316347 to order your copy. Yearbooks are $29. Please make sure that you see this when ordering:


Legend Families...please plan to attend!!!
 - The Fifth Annual Legend Gala -
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. Held at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech
We are excited for the 5th Annual Legend Gala to benefit Legend Athletics and Activities!  This will be a great adult evening for all who attend while supporting our many sports programs and our academic and activities department.   The evening will include a silent auction with items provided by each team/activity, a live auction for some exclusive, more sought-after items, live entertainment and dancing, and a full dinner and adult beverages.

Click on this LINK to register.  Sign up before March 15th and receive $5 off per ticket with the discount code EARLYBIRD. 

PLEASE VISIT THE GALA PAGE ON THE LHS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.  SEE YOU THERE!



Upcoming Events:
March 17-25: Spring Break - No School
March 28: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm
April 2-20: CMAS Testing Grades 3-5
April 13: Father-Daughter Dance - 7:00-8:00pm
April 18: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, Legend Feeder SAC Meeting 4:30-6:00pm (venue TBD)
April 20: No School - Teacher Compensation Day for Conferences
April 27: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am
April 27: Spring Carnival - 6:00-7:30pm
May 2-4: 5th Grade Outdoor Education 
May 7: No School for 5th Grade ONLY
May 11: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am
May 17: Field Day
May 18: Rain Date for Field Day
May 24: Legend Graduation
May 25: Last Day of School - Half Day for 5th Grade ONLY

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Week of March 5, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:
Coat Drive
Young Rembrandts
IHE Family Art Night


Retirement News: 
IHE wishes to acknowledge the service of one of its teachers.G. Vincent Selke, 3rd grade teacher, recently announced his retirement from Douglas County School District. His teaching career started in 1997 at Cherokee Trail Elementary as a literacy and math specialist, followed by two years at Acres Green Elementary as a Read-to-Succeed teacher. His classroom tenure began in 2000 at Iron Horse Elementary where he found
a home as a 3rd grade teacher. For the past 18 years Vincent has dedicated himself to IHE and his students. His priority then, as it is now, was to pass on his love of reading, so that his students would become lifelong readers. He says he will miss most his students’ daily ‘Book Talks’, the friendships developed with his peers, and the visits from past students and parents, so please feel free to contact him at gvselke@gmail.com. We wish Mr. Selke the very best in his retirement and future adventures! 

Battle of the Books:
Congratulations to our 5th grade team for winning the Parker area Battle of the Books. The team will go to the district finals next Wednesday. Congratulations to our awesome students!  

Family Art Night:
Spend some time with your loved ones creating your own family game!  
  • Session 1:  Wednesday, March 28th & April 4th from 5 to 7pm
  • Session 2:  Wednesday, April 11th & April 18th from 5 to 7pm
  • Cost will be $10 per game to cover costs for the art supplies.  Cash or check only please made out to Iron Horse Elementary.  Registration ends Monday,  March 12th or until classes are full.  Each session is limited to 25 people, so sign up early.  This is a family event, so please make sure you attend with your child during your session.
Specials Conferences:
Our art teacher, Mrs. O'Hara, will be available for conferences on Tuesday until 7:30 and on Thursday until 5:30 if you'd like to stop by.

Parking Lot:
Please do not drop students off in the parking lot or allow them to walk across the crosswalk without an adult. Students are also not allowed to enter/exit the gravel parking lot without an adult. Thank you for supporting the safety of our students.


Legend Families...please plan to attend!!!
 - The Fifth Annual Legend Gala -
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. Held at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech
We are excited for the 5th Annual Legend Gala to benefit Legend Athletics and Activities!  This will be a great adult evening for all who attend while supporting our many sports programs and our academic and activities department.   The evening will include a silent auction with items provided by each team/activity, a live auction for some exclusive, more sought-after items, live entertainment and dancing, and a full dinner and adult beverages.

Click on this LINK to register.  Sign up before March 15th and receive $5 off per ticket with the discount code EARLYBIRD. 

PLEASE VISIT THE GALA PAGE ON THE LHS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.  SEE YOU THERE!



Preschool News:
Preschool Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday March 15th and 16th. There will be no school on these days. Please contact your child’s teacher for times.


Yearbook Sales:
Yearbooks are now on sale via our online order system. Please visit http://community.pictavo.com/c/316347 to order your copy. Yearbooks are $29. Orders will be accepted until March 16th. Please make sure that you see this when ordering:

Upcoming Events:
March 9: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am
March 13: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30pm
March 15: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30pm
March 19-23: No School - Spring Break
March 28: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm
April 2-20: CMAS Testing Grades 3-5
April 13: Father-Daughter Dance - 7:00-8:00pm
April 18: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, Legend Feeder SAC Meeting 4:30-6:00pm (venue TBD)
April 20: No School - Teacher Compensation Day for Conferences
April 27: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am
April 27: Spring Carnival - 6:00-7:30pm
May 2-4: 5th Grade Outdoor Education 
May 7: No School for 5th Grade ONLY
May 11: Student Leadership Council 7:45-8:20am
May 17: Field Day
May 18: Rain Date for Field Day
May 24: Legend Graduation
May 25: Last Day of School - Half Day for 5th Grade ONLY