Thursday, January 17, 2019

Week of January 14, 2019

Thursday Folder Flyers: 

McTeacher Night:
Please join the IHE Staff at McDonalds for great conversation and food! Staff will be at the Mainstreet and Parker Road McDonalds from 4:00-7:00pm on Wednesday. Come have some dinner, talk with the IHE staff and raise funds for our school. We hope to see you there! 

Winter Family Art Nights:  
Join Ms. O'Hara in the art room to create wonderful family memories while creating something you can use for years to come. We’ll be making a Japanese Stab Binding Book that can be used as a gratitude journal, a “family moments” journal, or a gift for a loved one. There will be two different two day sessions, from 5pm to 7pm.  You may not need the whole time each day but I wanted to give people time each day to work around work schedules if needed. The first day will include glueing any photographs and decorative papers you’d like to glue on the front and the second day will be putting it all together after the glue has dried.  If you’d like to bring any images you’d like to permanently attach to the book, feel free to do so. The Cost will be $15 per item to cover costs for the art supplies.   The deadline to sign up is Monday, January 14th. Please go to My School Bucks below to sign up.

Session A: My School Bucks - Winter Family Art Night
Session B: Family Art Night Session B - February 5 & 6, 5-7pm

Student Winner for the Read-a-Thon:
Congratulations to Ryan Lizardi, our winner of the $50 shopping spree to Target. Ryan and I had a great time driving to Target and picking out his favorite toys. We had a wonderful time! 

Upcoming Events:
JANUARY:
January 18: NO School - Teacher Training Day
January 21: NO School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 23: McTeacher Night at McDonalds - 4:00-7:00pm (Mainstreet Location)
January 29/30: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm

FEBRUARY:
February 4: Teacher Experience Raffle Begins
February 5/6: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm
February 14: Teacher Experience Raffle Ends
February 15: NO School - Teacher Training Day
February 18: NO School - President's Day
February 20: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
February 21: Tokyo Joe's Restaurant Night for IHE

MARCH:
March 12: Spring Conferences 4:00-6:00pm
March 14: Spring Conferences 4:00-8:00pm
March 16-24: SPRING BREAK

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Week of January 7, 2019

Thursday Folder Flyers:
No Flyers this Week


WELCOME BACK! We are excited to begin the second semester with your students! 

Attendance Line:
If your child will be absent from school, arriving late, or leaving early please call the attendance line and leave a message at 303-387-8527.  Thank you!

Yearbook Photos:
Calling all parents! Please send in any photos you may have to classroom teachers for yearbook.  Several teachers still do not have a parent yearbook volunteer. If you are willing to volunteer as a yearbook parent volunteer, please reach out to your teacher.

Raptor for Safety:
Douglas County School District (DCSD) recently rolled out the Raptor Visitor Management system at our school. This system is used by many schools throughout the district and state, and will give us an additional layer of safety for our students. We are committed to protecting everyone at Iron Horse and this system helps support this commitment.
Here is how the system and our process will work:
Everyone who is visiting classrooms, joining kids for lunch, or attending a meeting or an event will have their ID/driver’s license scanned. The ONLY database that the Raptor system checks IDs against is the sexual predator database. This system does NOT check any other databases.

All DCSD schools will be using this same system very soon. Once you have scanned your ID at any school location, you will be saved in the system. Therefore, if you forget your ID in your car, DCSD schools that are utilizing Raptor will be able to look you up by your name.

All guests will be given a sticker to wear while they are in our school that is printed by this system. This sticker will have your name, the photo from your ID, and the date and time. For our frequent guests, we will try to save printing costs by placing your Raptor ID in a protective badge sleeve so you can reuse the sticker throughout the year.

Each new school year (in August) we will rescan all IDs for the current school year

This system will be in place beginning Monday, January 14, 2019. Please remember to bring your ID with you so we can scan it and get you logged into our system. If you have any questions, please reach out to the office and we’ll work to find an answer for you. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and staff safe!


January Art Room Happenings:
Congratulations to our January Artist of the Month Oliver Lemon!  IHE Artist of the month artwork can be found on my web page : https://photos.app.goo.gl/wFK8XvaRNAFJCU5R9

Late Orders for Original Works are expected mid January.  Don’t worry, there’s Valentine’s Day, Easter, Birthdays, and the just because you’re awesome days ahead to give your purchases as gifts.

Google Doodle Contest:  Students have a chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Technology Grant for Iron Horse.  A link to contest web page for contest rules and details can be found on my web page under January 7th, 2019 on my calendar or by clicking here:  https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

Winter Family Art Night:  I would love to have you join me in the art room to create wonderful family memories while creating something you can use for years to come. We’ll be making a Japanese Stab Binding Book that can be used as a gratitude journal, a “family moments” journal, or a gift for a loved one. There will be two different two day sessions, from 5pm to 7pm.  You may not need the whole time each day but I wanted to give people time each day to work around work schedules if needed. The first day will include glueing any photographs and decorative papers you’d like to glue on the front and the second day will be putting it all together after the glue has dried.  If you’d like to bring any images you’d like to permanently attach to the book, feel free to do so. The Cost will be $15 per item to cover costs for the art supplies.   The deadline to sign up is Monday, January 14th. Please go to My School Bucks below to sign up.

JANUARY:
January 16: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
January 18: NO School - Teacher Training Day
January 21: NO School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 23: McTeacher Night at McDonalds - 4:00-7:00pm (Mainstreet Location)
January 29/30: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm

FEBRUARY:
February 4: Teacher Experience Raffle Begins
February 5/6: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm
February 14: Teacher Experience Raffle Ends
February 15: NO School - Teacher Training Day
February 18: NO School - President's Day
February 20: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
February 21: Tokyo Joe's Restaurant Night for IHE

MARCH:
March 12: Spring Conferences 4:00-6:00pm
March 14: Spring Conferences 4:00-8:00pm
March 16-24: SPRING BREAK


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Week of December 17, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:
The Iron Horse Staff wishes you a wonderful holiday break filled with special times enjoying family and friends. We will see you on January 7th to begin our second semester! 

Spelling Bee:
We are proud to announce that Sawyer Joyce, 5th grader, is our spelling bee winner! He will be representing our school at the district spelling bee. Our runner up is Abigail Novak, 4th grader. She will represent our school in the event that Sawyer cannot attend. Congratulations to all of our wonderful spellers! 

Elementary Progress Reports for 1st Semester:
Elementary Progress Reports (EPRs) for 1st semester will be available on December 22nd at 8:00am. Students will receive in overall grade in each content area based upon their achievement and growth towards Marzano's Critical Concepts (in Reading, Writing, and Math) and the Colorado Academic Standards (in Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, and PE). Students will also receive grades on our behavior expectations. To access your student's EPR, please use the following steps:


· Click on the Parent Resources Tab

· Select Parent Portal and use your credentials to log in.

· Click "View Elementary Progress Report" under your child's picture
From there, you can access your student's progress report for this semester. 

New Safety Measure at Iron Horse:
Douglas County School District (DCSD) recently rolled out the Raptor Visitor Management system at our school. This system is used by many schools throughout the district and state, and will give us an additional layer of safety for our students. We are committed to protecting everyone at Iron Horse and this system helps support this commitment.


Here is how the system and our process will work:
  • Everyone who is visiting classrooms, joining kids for lunch, or attending a meeting or an event will have their ID/driver’s license scanned. The ONLY database that the Raptor system checks IDs against is the sexual predator database. This system does NOT check any other databases.
  • All DCSD schools will be using this same system very soon. Once you have scanned your ID at any school location, you will be saved in the system. Therefore, if you forget your ID in your car, DCSD schools that are utilizing Raptor will be able to look you up by your name.
  • All guests will be given a sticker to wear while they are in our school that is printed by this system. This sticker will have your name, the photo from your ID, and the date and time. For our frequent guests, we will try to save printing costs by placing your Raptor ID in a protective badge sleeve so you can reuse the sticker throughout the year.
  • Each new school year (in August) we will rescan all IDs for the current school year

This system will be in place beginning Monday, January 7, 2019. Please remember to bring your ID with you so we can scan it and get you logged into our system. If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I’ll work to find an answer for you. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and staff safe!


News from the Art Room:  
Hello everyone!  I wanted to let you know that late orders for Original Works are expected to arrive sometime in mid-January.  While this doesn't work for the upcoming holidays, items make great gifts throughout the year.  We've got Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and possibly some birthday's on the way.  Thank you for all of your support, and have a happy & safe holiday season!

Upcoming Events:
DECEMBER
December 21 - January 6: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

JANUARY
January 7: Welcome Back!
January 16: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
January 18: NO School - Teacher Training Day
January 21: NO School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 23: McTeacher Night at McDonalds - 4:00-7:00pm (Mainstreet Location)
January 29/30: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm

Friday, December 14, 2018

Week of December 10, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:



New Safety Measure at Iron Horse:
Douglas County School District (DCSD) recently rolled out the Raptor Visitor Management system at our school. This system is used by many schools throughout the district and state, and will give us an additional layer of safety for our students. We are committed to protecting everyone at Iron Horse and this system helps support this commitment.


Here is how the system and our process will work:
  • Everyone who is visiting classrooms, joining kids for lunch, or attending a meeting or an event will have their ID/driver’s license scanned. The ONLY database that the Raptor system checks IDs against is the sexual predator database. This system does NOT check any other databases.
  • All DCSD schools will be using this same system very soon. Once you have scanned your ID at any school location, you will be saved in the system. Therefore, if you forget your ID in your car, DCSD schools that are utilizing Raptor will be able to look you up by your name.
  • All guests will be given a sticker to wear while they are in our school that is printed by this system. This sticker will have your name, the photo from your ID, and the date and time. For our frequent guests, we will try to save printing costs by placing your Raptor ID in a protective badge sleeve so you can reuse the sticker throughout the year.
  • Each new school year (in August) we will rescan all IDs for the current school year.


This system will be in place beginning Monday, January 7, 2019. Please remember to bring your ID with you so we can scan it and get you logged into our system. If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I’ll work to find an answer for you. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and staff safe!

Bullying Versus Social Conflict:
As parents, it is difficult to see our children struggle with peer relationships. When students engage in negative peer relationships it is often termed as "bullying". I wanted to share excerpts from a post by Officer David Gomez that I recently ran across. This post does an excellent job of defining the difference between bullying and social conflict. 

"Bullying Vs. Social Conflict:
"My kid is being bullied" is by far one of the most misused terms parents use to describe what is happening to their child. Let's go over some definitions so that we all have an understanding of what we are talking about. 

Definition: Bullying = Repeated one way harassment of any kind

Repeated = More than one time

One Way = If your child participated in any way, in any part of the events or disagreement, this becomes social conflict

Definition: Social Conflict = A disagreement stated or implied between two or more individuals. 

Social conflict, if not handled properly, can result in name calling, pushing, shoving, fighting, spreading rumors, and many other inappropriate behaviors. Bullying is a term very often misused by kids and parents. The term bullying is often used when the actual interaction between the two parties is social conflict. "

Here is another great definition from the National Bullying Prevention Central in the means of a visual:



Upcoming Events:
DECEMBER
December 17: Holiday Program 6:30-7:00pm in the Gym
December 18: Spelling Bee 2:30-3:15pm in the Gym
December 20: Holiday Parties 8:30-9:30am in Classrooms
December 21 - January 6: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

JANUARY
January 7: Welcome Back!
January 16: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
January 18: NO School - Teacher Training Day
January 21: NO School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 23: McTeacher Night at McDonalds - 4:00-7:00pm (Mainstreet Location)
January 29/30: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Week of December 3, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:

Parking Lot:
A safety reminder - Please make sure that students are exiting and entering cars from the sidewalk side. Students should not ride scooters to their car or go between cars on a scooter as drivers may not see them. Also, please DO NOT exit your car to help your child in or out. Staff members are happy to help. Exiting your vehicle slows down the line, which inconveniences other parents. Please speak to you students about following these guidelines. Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe!

News from the Art Room:
Our December Artist of the Month goes to Penny in Mrs. Suson's 1st grade and her "Night at the Museum" project.  Congratulations! 

We're still waiting on items from late orders but all other Original Works orders should be out of backpacks and in your hands by now.  Let me (Ms. O'Hara) know if there's anything wrong with your order.  

You should have received an email from Artsonia in regards to our online art portfolio.  As mentioned in the previous Principal's Blog; it's a great way to share what's going on in the art room with you as parents and family other family members.  You as parents are in charge of who sees your child's work.  I can make comments for you to see as well so you get a better idea of how your child is doing.  If you want to make that artwork a gift, you can do that as well by having it printed on various items and a portion of the purchase goes to the IHE art department for supplies.  

Thank you so much and Happy Holidays to you all!
Ms. O'Hara
Art Specialist

PTO Holiday Store Next Week:
Students will have the opportunity to purchase items for their family (including pets) at our PTO Holiday Store. The store will be in the Junction on Wednesday, December 12th through Friday, December 14th from 8:00am-4:00pm. Prices for items range from $.25 to $20. If you are interested in having your student purchase items, please make sure to send in money in a sealed envelope or ziploc with their name on the front. If you are able to help run this store, we would appreciate your help! The sign up for volunteers is linked here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084faca728a4fc1-iron

Fortnite Information:
We are seeing an increased use of play and conflict based upon the game Fortnite. Unfortunately, this play manifests itself in acting out the shooting of others with pretend guns and play stabbing of peers. Students are also having conflicts due to their online competitions and are bringing this into the classroom and playground. This is causing other students to feel unsafe. As safety is our number one priority, we do take these situations seriously. 

According to Common Sense Media, Fortnite "pits up to 100 players against each other in solo, duo, or up to four-player squads to see who can survive the longest against each other in an ever-shrinking map. The game has a cartoonish style, and the violence, while persistent, isn't bloody or particularly gory, even though you're using melee weapons and firearms to eliminate opponents. While there isn't any profanity in the game dialogue, its online nature could expose younger players to iffy language from random strangers in voice or on-screen text chat." Common Sense Media suggests that the game is most appropriate for children over the age of 13. 

If your child is playing Fortnite at home, please have a discussion with them regarding the play of this game at school. It is imperative that they understand that this type of violent play at school is not appropriate. Thank you for your support! 

Upcoming Events:
DECEMBER
December 7: Choir Concert 6:30-7:00pm in the Gym
December 12-14: PTO Holiday Store 8am-4pm in the Junction
December 17: Holiday Program 6:30-7:00pm in the Gym
December 18: Spelling Bee 6:30-8:00pm in the Gym
December 21 - January 6: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

JANUARY
January 7: Welcome Back!
January 16: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
January 18: NO School - Teacher Training Day
January 21: NO School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 23: McTeacher Night at McDonalds - 4:00-7:00pm (Mainstreet Location)
January 29/30: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Week of November 26, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:


Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020:
Kindergarten registration starts on December 11th! Registration packets will be available after school, either on the website or at the front door, on December 10th.

We will have both tuition-based full day classes and a non-tuition-based AM kindergarten class next year. Registration is a first come, first served process. In order to register, you will need to bring your child's birth certificate, proof of residence, and complete a registration packet. Full day class registration also requires a $100 deposit. Tuition for the 2019-20 school year has not yet been determined, but is expected to be around $3500.00 for the year. More information can be received by contacting Janet Nolan, our registrar, at 303-387-8525. 

PTO Holiday Store:
We have some exciting holiday shopping news. This year, the IHE PTO will be holding a holiday store in the Junction on Wednesday, December 12th through Friday, December 14th from 8:00-4:00pm. The Holiday store will give students the opportunity to look at a range of items and buy holiday gifts for others (parents/guardians, siblings, grandparents, and even their pets) in "secret" during the school day. The items will range in price from $0.25 to $20.00. If your student is interested in purchasing items, please send their money in a secure envelope or zip lock. 

Parents, we would love your support to help volunteer at the store - slots are 1 hour in length. Sign up here.

News from the Art Room:
Hello Everyone! The art room has been a busy place this year and it's time to do a little catching up. I did not have any students complete projects at the end of September except for the Original Works, which had to get sent off for either your viewing pleasure or orders. In an effort to not skip the Artist of the Month for November, I'll be displaying both November and December at the same time. Congratulations to Ben in Mrs. Merkowitz's class for being our November Artist of the Month! Stay tuned next week for our December artist's debut. https://photos.app.goo.gl/wFK8XvaRNAFJCU5R9

Original Works Art Department Fundraiser items should be arriving next week, unless you're part of my late order group. The late orders still should arrive by the holidays if all goes well! 

Expect to find an email waiting for your from Artsonia sometime in the next week or two. Some of you may be familiar with it, but for those of you who are not, it's an online portfolio of student artwork. This way, you can view what your child/children are doing in the art room, read my comments, and share with family members. You'll also be able to put your student's artwork onto items as gifts similar to Original Works, but you can choose the art and purchase at any time. Twenty percent of the purchase goes back to the art department. You get to choose whether your child participates and at what level. Please feel free to let me know what you think! Thanks so much! Mrs. O'Hara

Open Enrollment:
The first round of open enrollment is available now and closes December 3rd. Notifications of acceptance will be forwarded to families by December 7th. Families must accept or deny offers. Decisions to accept or deny offers must be received by December 17th at 4:00pm. Second round open enrollment begins January 22nd and ends August 1st, 2019. 

Iron Horse App:
Due to our switch to School Messenger for our website, we have also switched to a new app! Please download this app from the app store: 
launch.customschoolapp.net/douglas-county-sd
Please add this app to your phone to access all of DCSD's information, including access to our school website.  

Upcoming Events:
DECEMBER
December 6: Hangry Ohana Restaurant Night for IHE
December 7: Choir Concert 6:30-7:00pm in the Gym
December 12-14: PTO Holiday Store 8am-4pm in the Junction
December 17: Holiday Program 6:30-7:00pm in the Gym
December 18: Spelling Bee 6:30-8:00pm in the Gym
December 21 - January 6: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

JANUARY
January 7: Welcome Back!
January 16: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm, SAC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
January 18: NO School - Teacher Training Day
January 21: NO School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 23: McTeacher Night at McDonalds - 4:00-7:00pm (Mainstreet Location)
January 29/30: Family Art Nights 5:00-7:00pm

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Week of November 12, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:


Happy Thanksgiving! 
The staff at Iron Horse wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends! The blog will return the week of November 26th. 


Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020:
Kindergarten registration starts on December 11th! Registration packets will be available after school, either on the website or at the front door, on December 10th.

We will have both tuition-based full day classes and a non-tuition-based AM kindergarten class next year. Registration is a first come, first served process. In order to register, you will need to bring your child's birth certificate, proof of residence, and complete a registration packet. Full day class registration also requires a $100 deposit. Tuition for the 2019-20 school year has not yet been determined, but is expected to be around $3500.00 for the year. More information can be received by contacting Janet Nolan, our registrar. 

Open Enrollment:
The first round of open enrollment is available now and closes December 3rd. Notifications of acceptance will be forwarded to families by December 7th. Families must accept or deny offers. Decisions to accept or deny offers for first round open enrollment must be received by December 17th at 4:00pm. Second round open enrollment opens January 22nd through August 1st, 2019. 

Iron Horse App:
Due to our switch to School Messenger for our website, we have also switched to a new app! Please download this app from the app store: 
launch.customschoolapp.net/douglas-county-sd
Please add this app to your phone to access all of DCSD's information, including access to our school website. 

DCSD Start Time Survey:
The school district would like your feedback surrounding start times for students in the upcoming years. Please check your email for this important survey. More information can be found on the flyer above. 

Upcoming Events:
November 17-25: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
November 29: All Pro Dads - 7:45-8:30am in the Cafeteria
December 6: Hangry Ohana Restaurant Night for IHE
December 7: Choir Concert 6:30-7:00pm in the Gym
December 12-14: PTO Holiday Store
December 17: Holiday Program 6:30-7:00pm in the Gym
December 18: Spelling Bee 6:30-8:00pm in the Gym
December 21-January 6: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break