Thursday, May 24, 2018

Week of May 21, 2018 - End of the Year Report

Thursday Folder Fliers:
The Iron Horse Staff wishes you a very happy summer! 

As the school year comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. It’s been a great year! Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The strength of our community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning for our children makes Iron Horse a truly special place.

Special thanks to all of you who have contributed in ways small, large and unimaginable! Thank you for working in the Junction, chaperoning on field trips, helping with school pictures, providing food and/or organizing treats for teachers, organizing events, working at these events, showing up to support your children, serving on SAC or PTO, sharing your talents, helping with traffic, and providing the resources to do what we dream and know is good for children. Thank you for getting your kids to school on time each day, for kind notes of encouragement that mean more than you know, for sending your kids with healthy lunches or snacks obviously packed with love, for making sure homework gets done… and turned in. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for your children and knowing that education is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity, along with the development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful.

As we reflect on the year, staff has continued to work hard in the area of literacy. Teachers are implementing the Jan Richardson framework for guided reading with fidelity. Staff was trained in the areas of Narrative and Response to Literature writing through our Write from the Beginning curriculum. Several schools, including Eagle Ridge Elementary, Castle Rock Elementary, and Cherokee Trail Elementary, as well as DCSD Alternative Licensure teachers, have visited us throughout the year to observe the amazing reading and writing instruction that is happening within our building. 


Staff also worked collaboratively this year to create a revised vision for our school. Our newly revised vision is: We are committed to creating an inclusive, emotionally and physically safe environment where all students are engaged in purposeful learning through the development of perseverance, problem solving, and responsibility, while developing the skills necessary to excel in an ever-changing world. Staff has defined the skills necessary at each level to show problem solving and responsibility. As we finalize and define all of the skills contained within our vision, we will be sharing this information with you.  


Looking at next year, the Legend feeder staff from all 6 feeder schools will be focusing on the implementation of Thinking Strategies in all content areas, and Marzano's Critical Concepts in the areas of Math, Reading and Writing. The Critical Concepts are the 8-12 standards in each content area that students should master within that grade level. The concepts were created by Dr. Marzano and his staff through over 10 years of research into state and national standards. Staff will begin to understand and utilize Marzano's Critical Concepts. Staff will also be trained in the Thinking Strategies and the workshop model for instruction. 
This work aligns seamlessly with the work we have already done at Iron Horse with Jan Richardson, Thinking Maps, and Write from the Beginning. Additionally, staff will continue their training with Write from the Beginning. We are also excited to share that we will be using a newly revised version of EnVisions that is more rigorous and will support our students as they transition to Cimarron (who also uses this curriculum). 

To those who are leaving us for new places and adventures, we wish you all the best in your future! Kathy Hoover, Twyla Morton, Brooke Bullock, Michelle Chei, and Janet Williams will be pursuing new opportunities next year. We know that amazing things are on the horizon for them! Finally, congratulations to our very capable 5th graders who are moving on to the next stage in their academic careers! 

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. The Principal Blog will resume the week of August 6, 2018. Enjoy your summer!
Kirsten

Spring Elementary Progress Reports (EPR) Released May 30th
Teachers are celebrating students’ growth as they complete spring Elementary School Progress Reports (EPRs).  EPRs will be released to parents on Wednesday, May 30th, through Parent Portal. You will be able to access your child's EPR on this date by following the directions below.


· 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

Class Letters:
Class letters for the 2018-19 school year will be sent home the week of July 30th. Please expect them to arrive by August 4th. 

Back to School Open House:
We will hold an open house for all families on Wednesday, August 8th from 4:00-6:00pm. Kindergarten parents are invited to join us from 4:00-4:30pm to receive information about the upcoming school year (including curriculum, expectations, etc). During the open house, families can drop off their supplies and meet their teacher. 


Adjustment to Start and End Times Next Year:
Next year, IHE's start and end time will be slightly different. As you may recall, time was added to our day to allow for 2 assessment days. The school district has mandated that all schools follow the same calendars beginning next year. We will continue to have a Fall assessment day (provided by the district), but will no longer have a Spring Assessment Day. Due to these changes our bell schedule will be as follows:

  • 8:18am - First Bell - Rolling Entry Begins
  • 8:30am - Second Bell - School Day Begins
  • 8:35am - Third Bell - Tardy Bell - Students Who Arrive After This Time Are Tardy
  • 3:20pm - K-2 Students are Dismissed
  • 3:25pm - 3-5 Students are Dismissed

Start of the 2018-19 School Year:
On Thursday, August 9th, we will begin our school year with our rolling start. Students will enter the school on their own between 8:18 AM and 8:35 AM.  Staff members will escort students who need additional assistance to their classrooms.  To ensure all students’ safety, we ask that parents

1) Not drop off their child before 8:18 AM
2) Say good-bye to their children outside of the building

Supervision, including cross walk supervision, will not be provided prior to 8:18 AM so it is essential that students not arrive prior to that time.


Assessment Day/School Pictures: 
In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, Iron Horse will continue to hold an assessment day on Tuesday, August 28.   Each child will come to school to complete classroom assessments.  Having students complete assessments with their teacher after they have been in school for a few days allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual strengths and needs.

Parents will be able to sign up for an assessment and meet the teacher time using the online conference scheduler. Because we value the information we are obtaining on these days it is imperative that all children complete the assessments on August 28. At the end of your child’s assessment time, you will meet your child in the gym where school photos will be taken. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Week of May 14, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Yearbooks:
All yearbooks will be passed out on Wednesday, May 23rd. A limited supply of 15 yearbooks will be available for purchase on Thursday, May 24th. This will be first come, first served with no holds. The office will accept cash or checks. 

Thank You from PTO:
Thank you to all of the volunteers who supported and provided treats and items for Teacher Appreciation Week. We appreciate your help and support! 

Medications at School:
If your child has medications stored at school, please make sure to retrieve them from the office on the last day of school. Thank you! 

Message from the School Accountability Committee Chair:
Parents, are you looking for a way to become more involved with Iron Horse, providing input on decisions about budget priorities, safety, staffing and curriculum?  Then I encourage you to become a member of the Iron Horse School Accountability Committee (SAC).  I have participated as a participant, voting member and officer, and have been the Chair for the past 3 yrs.  This is the perfect way for me to better understand, contribute to, and partner with my neighborhood school.  

We are recruiting new members for next year and would love to have you join us!  We meet monthly and with the feeder SACs several times each year. Don’t miss this great opportunity to partner with Iron Horse!  Please let me know if you have any questions at mexstrom@msn.com

Iron Horse Summer Office Hours:
The office will be open from May 29-June 1st from 7:30am-4:00pm. 
The office will be closed from June 2nd-July 15th for Summer Break. 
The office will re-open July 16th-August 8th from 7:30am-4:00pm. 
For registrations or questions between June 2nd and July 15th, please call 720-433-0095.

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.  

Upcoming Events:
May 22: IHE Choir Concert - 6:30-7:15pm in the Gym
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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Week of May 7, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Parker Region Budget Presentation:
Please join the Parker area principals to learn more about the fiscal crisis facing Douglas County School District. Principals will be presenting information regarding the budget crisis and attendees with have an opportunity to ask questions. This event will be held from 6-7:30pm at Ponderosa High School's Theater on May 16th. We hope you can join us - and bring a friend! 



Mother-Son Event Cancelled:
Our Mother-Son event has been cancelled due to lack of participation. 

Field Day - Thursday, May 17:
Field day is coming on May 17th. In the event of rain, we will hold Field Day on May 18th. Please make sure the send your student in layers, with sunscreen, a hat and a water bottle for this event as many of the activities are outside. We are ready to have some fun Dr. Seuss-style! 

Iron Horse Summer Office Hours:
The office will be open from May 29-June 1st from 7:30am-4:00pm. 
The office will be closed from June 2nd-July 15th for Summer Break. 
The office will re-open July 16th-August 8th from 7:30am-4:00pm. 

For registrations or questions between June 2nd and July 15th, please call 720-433-0095.

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.  

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, the principal 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:
May 11: Assessment Day - No School - Students come at parent-chosen time for assessments
May 12: IHE Choir at the Rockies Game
May 16: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm in the Junction
May 16: Parker Region Budget Meeting 6:00-7:30pm @ Ponderosa High School
May 17: Field Day
May 18: Rain Date for Field Day
May 18: Swirls Night for IHE - proceeds benefit IHE (see flyer above)
May 22: IHE Choir Concert - 6:30-7:15pm in the Gym
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, May 3, 2018

Week of April 30, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Mother - Son Event:
We are excited to offer a Mother - Son event at the Parker Fieldhouse on Saturday, May 12th from 12:00-2:00pm. Sons will be able to play broom ball, capture the flag, dodgeball, and climb the wall with their moms. We are in need of dads to volunteer for this event, so that the moms can have some fun! 
Please sign up here: 
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094AAAA72AA0F49-volunteers

SSN School Store:
The SSN (Significant Support Needs) Classroom will be hosting their
school store “The IHE Depot” May 7-10th. They will be selling school related items including erasers, bookmarks, stress balls, etc. Mother’s Day gifts will be sold again this year. More information is available above.

Field Day:
Our annual field day will be held on Thursday, May 17th (in the event of rain, the date will be May 18th). The theme for our day is Dr. Seuss! 

Mrs. Maag's Kindies and grades 3-5 will have their field day from 9:00-11:00am. Mrs. Suson's and Ms. Gardner's Kindies and grades 1-2 will have their field day from 1:00-3:00pm. 

Most of the events will be held outside, so students need to be prepared by bringing water bottles and wearing sunscreen and hats. Student's clothing should be appropriate for athletic activities and the ever-changing weather. Please have your student wear layers, pants or shorts, and tennis shoes (no sandals or boots please). 

Students are encouraged to wear a shirt that corresponds to their grade level colors:
*Kindergarten=Red                    *1st Grade=Yellow
*2nd Grade=White                     *3rd Grade=Blue
*4th Grade=Green                     *5th Grade=Black

All parents are welcome to come to support their student during the day. Our Field Day Goals=To have fun, create positive challenges, display good sportsmanship, demonstrate skills, and create good attitudes about physical activity. 

Read-a-Thon Next Year:
PTO surveyed parents last fall and made the decision based upon this survey to change our largest fundraiser from Boosterthon to a Read-a-Thon. This event will be run by the PTO, with all proceeds going directly to Iron Horse. We need your help to make this a successful fundraiser. Please see the flyer above for more information about how you can help with this fundraiser next year. 

Iron Horse Summer Office Hours:
The office will be open from May 29-June 1st from 7:30am-4:00pm. 
The office will be closed from June 2nd-July 15th for Summer Break. 
The office will re-open July 16th-August 8th from 7:30am-4:00pm. 

For registrations or questions between June 2nd and July 15th, please call 720-433-0095. 

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.  

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 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: 
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 16: Parker Region Schools Budget Presentation 6:00-7:30pm at Ponderosa High School
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 26, 2018

Week of April 23, 2018


Online Scheduler for Assessment Day:
The online scheduler for our assessment day on May 11th opens today. The scheduler will close on May 3rd. To set an appointment with your child's teacher, please visit our website ihe.dcsdk12.org. From the home page, navigate to Parent Resources > Online Scheduler



This will take you to the online scheduler page. Choose Iron Horse from the drop down menu. 

Once you have chosen Iron Horse, you will need to enter your student's ID number (same as their lunch number) and the password: engineer. At this point, you will be able to select a date and time for your child's conference. Please call Janet Nolan in the office if you experience any issues. 

**If one of your students is being assessed by Kari Dunn and they have siblings, you will need to sign up in the Online Scheduler and via the sign up genius that was sent home yesterday. 

SSN School Store:
The SSN (Significant Support Needs) Classroom will be hosting their
school store “The IHE Depot” May 7-10th. They will be selling school related items including erasers, bookmarks, stress balls, etc. Mother’s Day gifts will be sold again this year. More information is available in this week's Thursday folders above.

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:
Our Spring Carnival is tomorrow night from 6:00-7:30pm! Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check onlyTeachers 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. 

Student Leadership Council:
Tomorrow, April 27th is our last meeting of the year. We will meet from 7:45-8:20 and will celebrate the year with donuts and juice. All of the students did a fantastic job this school year! 

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 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 7-10: SSN Store - (flyer above)
May 8: Artisan Pizza Night for IHE - proceeds benefit IHE (flyer above)
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 using the Online Scheduler (directions above)
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 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