Thursday, September 21, 2017

Week of September 18, 2017

Thursday Folders
Students can practice reading anywhere! This is James M. reading to his steer. 
 Trunk or Treat:
We invite you to our fall Iron Horse Community Event! Iron Horse families are invited to join us on October 20th from 5-6:00pm to "trick or treat" safely from decorated vehicles. We will be selling hot dogs and chips for families that are interested in dinner. We hope you can join us! 

The Junction:
Students are having a fantastic time in our Junction! Students are able to check out books as needed throughout the week, but also have a scheduled time for class visits. Ask your child about the awesome things they are doing with Ms. Cunningham! 

Want to Earn Some Extra Money Supporting Iron Horse?
We are looking for classified substitutes to support our students during the lunch hours of 10:45am-1:35pm in the event that our regular employees need to be out. If you are interested in applying, please follow this link.  

Book Fair Volunteers:
Our Fall Book Fair is coming! We are in need of volunteers to help make this a successful event. All proceeds from our book fair will go back into our Junction. If you are available to help, please sign up here: Sign Up for Volunteering. Parents who donate their time will receive 10% off of their purchases. All funds from the book fair will be used to purchase sets of book series for the Junction. 

Allies in Promoting Prevention:
Douglas County's Prevention and School Culture department have partnered with schools to provide resources and information for parents and students to prevent bullying, school violence, substance abuse and suicide. The purpose of the department is to ensure that all students know where to get help and from whom. Here is a link to the department's page for parents: Prevention and School Culture. Here is this month's letter that explains what we are working on in September.

Upcoming Events:
September 22: No School - Teacher Professional Learning Day
October 2-6: IHE Book Fair
October 4 and 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 7-15: No School - Fall Break
October 18: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
October 19: Freddy's Night for IHE - 4:00-8:00pm
October 20: Trunk or Treat 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Week of September 11, 2017

Thursday Folders:

Fall Conferences:
Teachers will be holding conferences the week of October 2-6. Please schedule a time to meet with your child's teacher in order to learn more about their progress so far this year. The Online Scheduler will be open today until September 28 to schedule a conference with your teacher. In order to schedule a time, please use the directions below. 

To sign up, please go to the Iron Horse Website
Once you are at the website, click on the Parent Resources.

Once there, you will click on "On Line Scheduler"
This will direct you the the Online Scheduler page. From there, please select "IRON HORSE ELEMENTARY" and click "Go". Then you will need to enter your student's ID number (same as their lunch number) and the password "engineer". From there, you will be able to select a date and time for your student's assessment. 




Parking Lot:
We are continuing to have issues with parents/guardians not obeying traffic laws at the intersections of Tallman and Hilltop and Tallman and Club Dr. In order to keep everyone safe, please DO NOT stop in the middle of crosswalks or go the wrong direction into the school. Parker Police Department is aware of the issues and will continue to monitor and hand out traffic tickets. Thank you for your support in keeping our families and staff safe! 

Want to Earn Some Extra Money Supporting Iron Horse?
We are looking for classified substitutes to support our students during the lunch hours of 10:45am-1:35pm in the event that our regular employees need to be out. If you are interested in applying, please follow this link.  

PTO Meeting:
Please join us for our next PTO meeting on September 20th from 3:45-4:45pm. This is a great place to meet other parents and plan for upcoming events. 

SAC Meeting:
Please join us for our next SAC meeting on September 20th from 5:00-6:00pm. This meeting is a great place to learn more about our school and provide valuable feedback. You do not have to be a board member of the SAC to attend. 

Book Fair Volunteers:
Our Fall Book Fair is coming! We are in need of volunteers to help make this a successful event. All proceeds from our book fair will go back into our Junction. If you are available to help, please sign up here: Sign Up for Volunteering.

Principal's Coffee/Tea:
Please join me for the first principal's coffee/tea of the year on September 21st from 10:30-11:00am. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, have conversations, and for us to get to know one another. If you have specific concerns, we can set up an individual time to discuss. Please RSVP here so that we can purchase the appropriate supplies. 


Upcoming Events:
September 21: Assessment Day - No School: Students come with parent/guardian at assigned time to participate in classroom assessments 
September 21: Swirls Day for IHE 11:00am-10:00pm
September 21: Principal's Coffee/Tea: 10:30-11:00am in the Junction
September 22: No School - Teacher Professional Learning Day
October 2-6: IHE Book Fair
October 4 and 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 7-15: No School - Fall Break
October 18: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
October 19: Freddy's Night for IHE - 4:00-8:00pm
October 20: Trunk or Treat 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Week of September 4, 2017

Thursday Folder Flyers:

Assessment Day: 
On September 21st, we will be assessing our students in the area of reading. This is also our district student count day, for which we receive funding. Teachers will be taking attendance for our records so please make sure to have your child attend. A parent or guardian must accompany each student. Students who attend BASE will be taken to their appointment by the BASE staff. OnLine Scheduler is now open until September 17th for our Assessment Day. In order to schedule a time, please use the directions below. 

To sign up, please go to the Iron Horse Website
Once you are at the website, click on the Parent Resources.

Once there, you will click on "On Line Scheduler"
This will direct you the the Online Scheduler page. From there, please select "IRON HORSE ELEMENTARY ASSESSMENT DAY" and click "Go". Then you will need to enter your student's ID number (same as their lunch number) and the password "engineer". From there, you will be able to select a date and time for your student's assessment. 




Want to Earn Some Extra Money Supporting Iron Horse?
We are looking for classified substitutes to support our students during the lunch hours of 10:45am-1:35pm in the event that our regular employees need to be out. If you are interested in applying, please follow this link.  

Spirit Wear:
Tomorrow is the last day to turn in order forms for our Spirit Wear fall order. Please turn in all orders to the front office. 

PTO Meeting:
Please join us for our next PTO meeting on September 20th from 3:45-4:45pm. This is a great place to meet other parents and plan for upcoming events. 

Book Fair Volunteers:
Our Fall Book Fair is coming! We are in need of volunteers to help make this a successful event. All proceeds from our book fair will go back into our Junction. If you are available to help, please sign up here: Sign Up for Volunteering.

Rolling Entry:
Thank you for all of your help with our rolling entry. Students are in the building by 8:35 every day! Please continue to wait until 8:20am to let students out of vehicles and pull forward as far as possible. 

Principal's Coffee/Tea:
Please join me for the first principal's coffee/tea of the year on September 21st from 10:30-11:00am. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, have conversations, and for us to get to know one another. If you have specific concerns, we can set up an individual time to discuss. Please RSVP here so that we can purchase the appropriate supplies. 


Upcoming Events:
September 15: All Pro Dads/Donuts for Dads: 7:50-8:20am
September 21: Assessment Day - No School: Students come with parent/guardian at assigned time to participate in classroom assessments 
September 21: Swirls Day for IHE 11:00am-10:00pm
September 21: Principal's Coffee/Tea: 10:30-11:00am in the Junction
September 22: No School - Teacher Professional Learning Day
October 2-6: IHE Book Fair
October 4 and 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 7-15: No School - Fall Break
October 18: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
October 19: Freddy's Night for IHE - 4:00-8:00pm
October 20: Trunk or Treat 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Week of August 28, 2017

Thursday Folders:
Swirls Night for Iron Horse
A Taste of DCSD
Iron Horse Chess
Iron Horse Elementary Honor Choir

Legend Homecoming Week and Football:
Legend will be giving out Rally Towels with the Legend feeder logo on them at their first home football game THIS Friday vs. Ponderosa, encouraging Legend pride and focusing on the 4 awesome elementary schools in our feeder area, FUTURE TITANS!! The game is at EchoPark Stadium off of Hess Road and starts at 7:00pm.
We will also be joining Legend to celebrate our feeder's homecoming! Iron Horse will be participating in the Legend Parade on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 4:30-5:00pm. If your child would like to join us, please meet Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. Bloomfield in the lower Legend parking lot at 4:15. Students should make a conductor hat at home to wear during the parade. Instructions can be found here: http://www.myactivitymaker.com/?q=PolarExpress. Please also have your student wear IHE spirit wear or black/yellow. Parents must remain at the parade and meet us at the entrance (front doors) of Cimarron Middle School immediately following the conclusion of our walk down the parade. We ask all parents to provide us with cell phone numbers for safety reasons.
Students will be either sitting on a trailer or walking behind and passing candy.

Spirit Days Next Week:
  • Tuesday - Statue of Liberty Day (dress in green, crowns, etc)
  • Wednesday - People of New York Day (dress like a broadway star, baseball player, etc)
  • Thursday - New York Fashion Gone Wrong (crazy hair, clothes, etc)
  • Friday - Legend Titan Day (dress in blue, white, and orange)
The Junction:
We are so excited to open our doors for student book check-out next week! Some of the major renovations for our space have been completed and books are on the shelves ready to go! Over the next few weeks, students will learn how to self-checkout books. This means that they do not have to wait for a weekly time to check out. Ms. Cunningham will be available Tuesday through Friday to allow students to check out books as needed. Over the next several weeks, we will have new furniture for students to use, as well as educational materials available. This will be an amazing space where students and staff can engage in integrated learning experiences with Ms. Cunningham. Be on the lookout for a grand opening celebration after fall break! 

Our Fall Book Fair is coming! All proceeds from the book fair will benefit The Junction, allowing Ms. Cunningham to buy books for students to check out. Dates for the book fair are October 2-6. Please use this link to sign up to help: Sign Up for Volunteering

Principal's Coffee/Tea:
Please join me for the first principal's coffee/tea of the year on September 21st from 10:30-11:00. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, have conversations, and for us to get to know one another. If you have specific concerns, we can set up an individual time to discuss. Please RSVP here so that we can purchase the appropriate supplies. 


Joining Together To Support Texas:
As a school, we will be supporting relief efforts for Coastal Village Elementary School in Galveston. This school is located on Galveston Island and has been hit very hard by the current storm. Coastal Village serves students in grades PreK-4. I have contacted the principal, Mrs. Cherie Spencer (pictured to the left in the glasses), to determine their needs. At this time, she is unable to go into the school to determine what needs they have, but will be contacting me shortly after she is cleared to return. We will be sending more information home after we determine how our learning community can best support their learning community. Thank you in advance for your help!

Assessment Day: 
On September 21st, we will be assessing our students in the area of reading. This is also our district student count day, for which we receive funding. Teachers will be taking attendance for our records so please make sure to have your child attend. A parent or guardian must accompany each student. Students who attend BASE will be taken to their appointment by the BASE staff. OnLine Scheduler will be open from September 7-17th. In order to schedule a time, please use the directions below. 

To sign up, please go to the Iron Horse Website
Once you are at the website, click on the Parent Resources.

Once there, you will click on "On Line Scheduler"
This will direct you the the Online Scheduler page. From there, please select "IRON HORSE ELEMENTARY ASSESSMENT DAY" and click "Go". Then you will need to enter your student's ID number (same as their lunch number) and the password "engineer". From there, you will be able to select a date and time for your student's assessment. 



Sleep Information From Sky Ridge:
Join us at Sky Ridge Medical Center for Sleep Hygiene!
One in four children are misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD when they are experiencing sleep deprivation. Depression, Dementia and other ailments have been misdiagnosed for the same reason. Learn more about how you can help improve the quality of your students' in order to function at their best!

Wednesday, September 13, 6pm
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Sign up here!

Upcoming Events:
September 4: No School - Labor Day
September 5: Hearing and Vision Screenings
September 6: Hearing and Vision Screenings
September 15: All Pro Dads/Donuts for Dads - 7:50-8:20am
September 21: Assessment Day - No School: Students come with parent/guardian at assigned time to participate in classroom assessments 
September 21: Principal's Coffee/Tea: 10:30-11:00am in the Junction
September 22: No School - Teacher Professional Learning Day
October 4 and 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Week of August 21, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers

Parking Lot:
As you are dropping off or picking up students, please pull all the way forward. Students who are waiting for you will walk to your car. This helps to facilitate our line and get everyone on their way in a timely manner. Please DO NOT ask your student to cross within the parking lot and come to your car! They will be stopped, as we do not allow students in the parking lots without a parent/guardian/sibling over 18. Please also note that students can arrive anytime between 8:20 and 8:37. Students are not late until the 8:37 bell rings. 

Traffic Lights Around Iron Horse:
There has been an increase in traffic violations and cars blocking intersections at Hilltop and Tallman, as well as Tallman and Club. Please respect the traffic laws and DO NOT block the intersections or crosswalks. This causes safety issues with students and staff who are crossing the road, as well as causing traffic back ups. Please wait to turn until cars have cleared these areas. Parker Police have been informed of the situation and will be monitoring the area. 

Lending Library:
Please feel free to utilize our lending library located outside of our front doors. This is based on an honor system: take a book, leave a book. We want to encourage everyone to join us in celebrating reading and literacy! 

Iron Horse Spirit Day:
Every Friday is Iron Horse Spirit Day! Please have your child wear their Iron Horse gear. If your child does not have a shirt to wear, PTO will have order forms available at the Open House tonight and during our Assessment Day. 

The historic solar eclipse occurred on Monday. Students had a great time viewing the eclipse with their special glasses.
Vision and Hearing Screenings:
Please read this letter from our district nurse: Letter to ParentsVision and Hearing Screenings will take place on September 5th and 6th.

Swirls Day:
We will have an Iron Horse Swirls Day on September 21 from 11am until 10pm. Please enjoy a frozen treat and mention Iron Horse. Iron Horse will receive a portion of the funds from this day.  

National Box Tops Week 9/24-9/30
Please send in your boxtops to the office. We will be creating a drop off box outside of the office very shortly. Please include your student's name and their teacher with the box tops. 

Upcoming Events:
August 25: Fun Run - Grades PreK-2 8:50-9:50am, Grades 3-5 10:00-11:00am
September 4: No School - Labor Day
September 5: Hearing and Vision Screenings
September 6: Hearing and Vision Screenings
September 15: All Pro Dads/Donuts for Dads - 7:50-8:20am
September 21: Assessment Day - No School: Students come with parent/guardian at assigned time to participate in classroom assessments (see above)
September 22: No School - Teacher Professional Learning Day
October 4 and 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Week of August 14, 2017

Thursday Folder Links:

Open House Next Week:
We will be having an open house next Thursday evening from 6:00-7:30pm. This is a chance for you to visit with your child's teachers and learn more about curriculum and content. We encourage you to visit each of the grade level teachers for your child's grade as they frequently work together to support all students for learning as well as at recess. Administration will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Students are welcome to join you during this evening. We are excited to have you join us! 

Boosterthon:
Our Boosterthon kickoff was on Wednesday. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and will support the additional funding needed for a shade structure, as well as flexible seating in every classroom. Students will be going on a "castle quest" as the week progresses during their huddle time learning about different character traits.  Please sign up to support during the fun run: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4ba4ac22a57-funrun2

Rolling Entry:Our rolling entry has started and has been great! Please remember to have students arrive or leave your vehicle after the 8:20am bell rings for safety reasons. Students may then make their way to the front door or the turf side door and onward to their classrooms. Please make sure that you pull all the way forward in order to allow as many cars to drop off as possible. Please do not drop students off in the inner parking lots as it is not safe. Thank you! 
SAC Elections:
We will be holding elections for the 2017-18 School Accountability Committee Board next week. If you are interested in serving on the SAC board, please submit a short paragraph telling about yourself and why you'd like to serve on the SAC by Tuesday to kirsten.bloomfield@dcsdk12.org. Elections will be held on Wednesday after school during our meeting from 5:00-6:00pm. We hope to see you there! 

Parking Lot Pick Up:
As a reminder, please do not pick up your student(s) along the sidewalk next to the gravel lot. This causes traffic back ups and slows down everyone. Please pull all the way forward and pick up your student(s) near the flag pole area - please remind students that this is where they should wait to meet you. Also, students may not cross and enter the parking lot without adult supervision as it is not safe. Thank you for your help! 
Upcoming Events:
August 23: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm in the Junction
August 23: SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm in the Junction
August 24: Back to School Open House 6:00-7:30pm
August 25: Fun Run - Grades PreK-2 8:50-9:50am, Grades 3-5 10:00-11:00am
September 4: No School - Labor Day
September 5: Hearing and Vision Screenings
September 6: Hearing and Vision Screenings
September 15: All Pro Dads - 7:50-8:20am
September 21: Assessment Day - No School: Students come with parent/guardian at assigned time to participate in classroom assessments
September 22: No School - Teacher Professional Learning Day

Monday, June 5, 2017

Special Edition: End of Year Wrap Up

Dear Iron Horse Families:

Thank you for an amazing year! There is so much to celebrate and I wanted to take this time to share with you our celebrations for this year, our plans for next year, and our goodbyes to staff.

This year, staff has worked hard in the area of literacy. Iron Horse was selected as part of a pilot program to be a model lab school in literacy. Iron Horse was the only elementary school in Parker to earn this honor. Teachers focused intensely on research-based literacy approaches. Teachers met weekly with Janet Merrill, a professional development specialist from DCSD, to receive individualized support. Teachers also worked at each PLC day refining their practice. Finally, teachers were trained in the Thinking Maps and utilized these during the last quarter of school. It has been amazing to see the growth in all of our teachers and the wonderful work that students are doing.

Looking at next year, staff will focus on writing and the implementation of Write from the Beginning, as well as character education for our students. This training will align and extend the literacy training that teachers have already received. Janet Merrill will continue to work with teachers, focusing on individual coaching based upon each teacher's needs. We will also be the model school for others in the Parker area that are focusing on literacy, with staff observing our teachers and working collaboratively with them to improve their practice. Staff will also focus on different character traits each month with all staff encouraging and reinforcing these traits throughout the day through our character education plan.

Our Learning Commons will see a significant change with a complete overhaul over the summer and into the early school year. This area will now be called The Junction and will feature a combination of library and technology that extends the literacy learning that takes place in the classroom. Pods will also see a change with renaming based upon different train lines (i.e. Union Pacific), and our office will be named the Iron Horse Depot. We are truly embracing our mascot, the train!

Staff worked collaboratively this year to create new behavior expectations and homework guidelines that will be implemented next year. You will be receiving a parent/student handbook that defines these expectations and guidelines, as well as providing other valuable information,  for your reference.

As the year comes to an end, we are sadly saying goodbye to some of our colleagues. I'd like to thank the following staff members for their service to Iron Horse. They will be greatly missed!

Sarah O'Rourke (1st) will be staying home with her daughter, Penelope, next year. Amy Svitak (2nd) has accepted a position at a school closer to her home but within the district. Cindy Fazio-Cramer (3rd) has accepted a position at another school within the district. Luke Willis (Art) is pursuing other opportunities in the area of art. Jordan Craig (Music) has accepted a full time position at another school in the district, moving from a 4 day/week position to a 5 day/week position. Lisa de la Pena (Tech) has accepted an Assistant Principal position at another school in the district. Charlie Ghidotti (PE), Ann Dickman (SSN Educational Assistant), and Claire Shadow (Instructional Assistant - Library) are retiring this year. I will be sharing information about our new staff members in our July PTO newsletter.

It has been a tremendous year of learning and growing, both for staff and students! We are so excited to continue this learning next year with our students, both new and returning. Take time to enjoy your summer - we will see you on August 10th for our Meet and Greet Day. Enjoy!

Sincerely,
Kirsten Bloomfield
Principal