Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Week of February 12, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:
Coat Drive
Avalanche Night

Parking Lot Drop Off/Pick Up:
Thank you to those of you following our signage in the parking lot. As a reminder, please pull all the way up to the red sign nearest to the mobiles to allow for as many cars as possible to pick up and drop off. Students are not allowed to be dropped off or picked up in the parking lot area - students must be walked across the crosswalk with an adult or sibling over 18. Finally, there is no parking or drop off/pick up in the bus loop area. Thank you for your help! 

Updated Calendar:
Please review the updated calendar for the year here

Local Author/Illustrator Visit:
Next week, Feb. 21st, local author TIa Cherie Dammen and Pioneer Elementary's Art Teacher/Book Illustrator, Kim Betschart, will be visiting our school to discuss their new book, Princesses Don't Wear Glasses. Flyers to purchase the book were sent home last week. We are excited to welcome them to Iron Horse!

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 can be purchased through March 2nd for $24. The price will go up to $29 after March 2nd. Orders will be accepted until March 16th. Please make sure that you see this when ordering:
Spring Conferences:
We will be holding our spring conferences on March 13 and March 15. These conferences are student led, meaning that our students will be sharing what they have worked hard on this school year. Teachers will also meet with you individually during this time to discuss progress, update READ plans, and set final learning targets for the year. The Online Scheduler will open on March 1st and close on March 8th. More information about how to schedule your conference will be coming soon. 

Upcoming Events:
February 16: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
February 19: No School - Presidents Day
February 21: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
February 27: IHE Chick Fil A Night 4:00-9:00pm
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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Week of February 5, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:



Legend Wish Week:
Please join Iron Horse as we raise funds for Rebecca Tuska, senior at Legend High School. Rebecca's wish is to travel to China through the Make a Wish Foundation. We will be collecting funds to support her wish next week, February 12-15. In addition, there are several fundraising events scheduled throughout the week at some great restaurants and businesses (see below). We are excited to support Rebecca's wish and hope that you will join us in making her wish come true! 
  • Saturday - Feeder School Festival 5-8pm at Legend
  • Monday - Papa Murphy's (all day), Kneaders (all day), and Chipotle (5-9pm)
  • Tuesday - Raising Cane's (4-10pm), Colonna's Pizza (5-9pm), and Texas Roadhouse (4-10pm)
  • Wednesday - Ice Skating @ Discovery Park (all day), Swirls (all day), and Panera (4-8pm)
  • Thursday - Artisan Pizza (11:30-2pm), Chicken Shack (all day), Coldstone (all day), Clay and Cocoa (4:30-7:30pm)
  • Friday - Firehouse Subs (11-8pm), Skyzone (12-5pm)

Legend Wish Week Spirit Days:
  • Monday - Sports Day
  • Tuesday - Rainbow Day
  • Wednesday - Super Hero Day
  • Thursday - Legend School Colors (blue, white and silver)
Upcoming Events:
February 16: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
February 19: No School - Presidents Day
February 21: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
February 27: IHE Chick Fil A Night 4:00-9:00pm
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



Friday, February 2, 2018

Week of January 29, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:
Coat Drive
Mammoth Game


Items Needed for the Junction:
Our students have been doing amazing things in our makerspace! Recently, students have been taking apart old electronics to use to repurpose and recycle. We would love donations of the following items to continue to support and extend learning in the makerspace:
  • Hammers
  • Screw Drivers (all kinds especially Phillips Head Screwdrivers)
  • Allens Wrenches
  • Levels
  • Dremel Machine
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle/Thread
  • Wrenches
  • Pliers (all types)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Coping Saws
  • Batteries 
Picture Information:
If you ordered a classroom composite from the photographer this year, they should be sent home this week (from the teacher).  If there are any errors, or if there is an order missing, please call the Dorian customer service line at 1-800-826-3535

Jump Rope For Heart:
We are wrapping up Jump Rope For Heart with the American Heart Association. Thank you so much for helping our campus stay heart healthy and save lives at the same time! If you haven't had a chance to join the squad there's still a little time left to earn the #ScareSquad monsters. Sign up now at www.heart.org/Jump or download the Jump/Hoops App (App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android).
Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart

Legend Wish Week:
We are so excited to work as a feeder to support the dreams and wishes of a young person in need! Wish week is February 9-12th. As an elementary feeder group, we are competing to raise the most funds for this wonderful event. 

Upcoming Events:
February 16: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
February 19: No School - Presidents Day
February 21: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
February 27: IHE Chick Fil A Night 4:00-9:00pm
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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Week of January 22, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:


Kindergarten Enrollment:

We are now enrolling for the 2018-19 school year! Please visit the office to complete your enrollment packet and secure your space. 

DCSD Superintendent Search:
DCSD Board President David Ray explains why community input is critical for the selection of DCSD’s permanent superintendent (video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctqg4lGpNqU&feature=youtu.be).
Make your voice heard! Take our short online survey, RSVP to attend a community input meeting, then share this post! https://www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent-search

Legend Feeder Wish Week:
Wish Week is a fantastic and exciting way to get our feeder community involved in helping support a phenomenal cause that does amazing things for a family associated with the Make a Wish Foundation. In the past, the Legend feeder has raised insurmountable amounts to donate towards this foundation in sponsoring a "Wish Kid." Wish Week 2018 will be taking place during the week of February 12-16. Please look for more information coming soon, including information about spirit days and a feeder dance. 



Painted Rocks:
Have you seen painted rocks around Iron Horse? Read below to find out why. 
https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/29/pay--forward-group-leaves-painted-rocks-across-county/99684684/

Father-Daughter Dance: 
It's time to start planning the Father Daughter Dance!  This year, we would like to set up a committee to help plan and organize the event.  We would also like to explore the idea of a mother/son event.  If you are interested in volunteering on the committee, please contact Becki Gonzales at becki.gonzales@dcsdk12.org by 4:00pm Thursday, January 25th.  

Readathon:
We will be holding a Readathon next year and would love to develop a committee to help us plan this event. Please contact Melanie Morgan at MMorgan@archconceptsllc.com. 

Inspire Creative Theater Training:
If your student may be interested in theater classes this spring, please see this flyer:
http://parkerarts.org/2047/Inspire-Creative-Theater-Training

Upcoming Events:
February 16: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
February 19: No School - Presidents Day
February 21: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
February 27: IHE Chick Fil A Night 4:00-9:00pm
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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Week of January 15, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:
Spanish Class - Use discount code NEWYEAR for an additional $25 off
IHE Spelling Bee - TONIGHT!

Calendar Updated:
Please review this link for our updated calendar for the remainder of the year. 

Parking Lot Drop Off:
Please do not drop students off before 8:20am. There is no supervision outside of the school until this time. Thank you! 

Father-Daughter Dance: 
It's time to start planning the Father Daughter Dance!  This year, we would like to set up a committee to help plan and organize the event.  We would also like to explore the idea of a mother/son event.  If you are interested in volunteering on the committee, please contact Becki Gonzales at becki.gonzales@dcsdk12.org by 4:00pm Thursday, January 25th.  

Readathon:
We will be holding a Readathon next year and would love to develop a committee to help us plan this event. Please contact Melanie Morgan at MMorgan@archconceptsllc.com. 


Incoming Cimarron Students:
Cimarron Middle School is hosting a Parent Coffee Talk opportunity for future 6th grade parents to gain more information about the exceptional student learning experiences at Cimarron Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. This informal orientation event will allow you to learn about Cimarron's middle school academics, transitions, athletics, and activities. Please click on the link to sign up for this opportunity.
January 25th 5:00-6:15pm
May 8th 9:00-10:15am

Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented:
Please view the current DCAGT Newsletter here.

Upcoming Events:
January 18: Spelling Bee 6:30pm in the Gym
January 19: Student Leadership Council 7:40am in the Junction
January 23: Orchestra Concert 6:00-7:30pm- Iron Horse Gym
February 16: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
February 19: No School - Presidents Day
February 21: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
February 27: IHE Chick Fil A Night 4:00-9:00pm
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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Week of January 8, 2018

Thursday Folder Fliers:


Recess During Winter:
As the weather begins to get colder, please review our policies per our parent handbook regarding appropriate attire and the playground. 
"During periods of inclement weather, please be sure your child comes to school dressed in appropriate clothing, including boots, hats, gloves, socks, and coats as necessary. Inside recess days will be decided by Administration and will be based on the temperature, precipitation, and cloud cover. Below 20 degrees is typically a cut off for children being able to go outside. In order to keep our students safe, all students must wear snow boots when playing in the snow.  If students are not wearing appropriate snow gear, they will be asked to stay on the blacktop." 

Honor Choir:
As a reminder, honor choir will now be meeting every Friday morning from 7:30-8:30am.

Strive to Thrive:
Douglas County Community of Care Network is hosting Strive to Thrive on January 30. Please see this flyer.

Incoming Cimarron Students:

Cimarron Middle School is hosting a Parent Coffee Talk opportunity for future 6th grade parents to gain more information about the exceptional student learning experiences at Cimarron Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. This informal orientation event will allow you to learn about Cimarron's middle school academics, transitions, athletics, and activities. Please click on the link to sign up for this opportunity.
January 25th 5:00-6:15pm
May 8th 9:00-10:15am

Upcoming Events:
January 12: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
January 15: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 17: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:15pm in the Conference Room
January 18: Spelling Bee 6:30pm in the Gym
January 19: Student Leadership Council 7:40am in the Junction
January 23: Orchestra Concert 6:00-7:30pm- Iron Horse Gym
February 16: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
February 19: No School - Presidents Day

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Week of December 18, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers


Happy Holidays from the Staff at Iron Horse!
We wish you a wonderful holiday break filled with family, friends, and love! 

The IHE blog will return on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Recess During Winter:
As the weather begins to get colder, please review our policies per our parent handbook regarding appropriate attire and the playground. 
"During periods of inclement weather, please be sure your child comes to school dressed in appropriate clothing, including boots, hats, gloves, socks, and coats as necessary. Inside recess days will be decided by Administration and will be based on the temperature, precipitation, and cloud cover. Below 20 degrees is typically a cut off for children being able to go outside. In order to keep our students safe, all students must wear snow boots when playing in the snow.  If students are not wearing appropriate snow gear, they will be asked to stay on the blacktop." 

Preschool Parents:
We have had several reports of parents using the playground after preschool pickup during K-5 lunch recesses. Unfortunately, playground use during the remainder of the school day is limited to students who are in attendance for school. Please do not use the playground during this time. Thank you for your help with this!

Preschool Enrollment for 2018-2019:
For currently enrolled families, the ​preschool enrollment window ​for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year will be January 8th through the 12th.  All families with children currently enrolled in a DCSD Preschool program will be emailed the link ​to enroll ​prior to Jan 8th.  This link will be for all current preschool students and their eligible siblings. To be eligible for the 2018/2019 school year, a child must be 3 by September​ 1st,​ 2018. Those children who turn 3 after Sept. 1​,​ will be able to apply 3 weeks before their 3rd birthday.  All children who turn 5 before Oct 1 2018 are not eligible for preschool and can apply for Kindergarten at their neighborhood school.
Visit https://www.dcsdk12.org/preschool

Early Access for Kindergarten/First Grade:

The Early Access Process is open for the 2018-2019 school year. Early Access is designed for “highly advanced gifted” 4 or 5 year old children. It allows early access to kindergarten or first-grade for students who are academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature, in the top 2% or less of the gifted peer group, motivated to learn, ready for advanced placement, and who have exhausted the resources of preschool or home schooling. Interested families can visit the district Gifted page: https://www.dcsdk12.org/gifted-education and click on the Early Access tab at the bottom of the site for more information and portfolio guidelines. The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Apple Awards:
Nominations are open for the 2017-18 Apple Awards. Awards will be given for Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, Classified Employee of the Year, and Administrator of the Year. Please use this link for nominations: Apple Awards. The nomination window closes on December 22nd! 

Upcoming Events:
December 22-January 7: No School - Winter Break
January 12: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
January 13: Momentum Gymnastics Day for IHE - More information to come!
January 15: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
January 18: Spelling Bee 6:30pm
January 23: Orchestra Concert 6:00-7:30pm- Iron Horse Gym
February 16: No School - Professional Learning Day for Teachers
February 19: No School - Presidents Day