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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Week of November 5, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:

Read-a-Thon:
We are nearing the end of our fall fundraiser! Your help is greatly needed - we are currently $17,000 away from our goal of $30,000 for supplies and materials that will directly support classrooms and student learning. We will be collecting donations until November 16th. Thank you for supporting IHE! 

Parking Lot:
Please review the parking lot guidelines linked here. Please DO NOT get out of your car to help your child out during drop off or to retrieve your child during pick up. This slows our lines down and causes traffic concerns. Staff members are on hand to support your child during these times - please just let us know that you need help. Students must have an adult help them cross the parking lot crosswalk to and from the school. Students may not be dropped off or picked up in the parking lot. Thank you for your support! 

Veteran's Day:
Please join us in celebrating our veterans on Monday, November 12th. We will have 2 identical performances - 10:30-11:00am or 1:30-2:00pm. We will have cookies available for all of the veteran's. We hope that you are able to join us! 

Upcoming Events:
November 12: Veteran's Day Celebration 10:30-11:00am or 1:30-2:00pm in the Gym
November 14: PTO 3:45-4:45pm
November 14: SAC 5:00-6:00pm
November 15: Texas Roadhouse Rolls Delivered
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

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Week of October 29, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:

Texas Roadhouse Roll Orders:
All Texas Roadhouse roll orders are due tomorrow in the office. They are a yummy treat to serve at Thanksgiving or anytime! 

Read-a-Thon:
Our read-a-thon starts today! We are very excited to raise funds to support our staff needs and we hope you will join us! Pledging have already begun. To access the online pledging process, please click on this link. If you would prefer to pay with check, please contact your child's teacher. Please speak with your child's teacher or the office if you have any questions. 
Upcoming Events:
November 2: Texas Roadhouse Roll Sales Ends
November 6: NO SCHOOL - Election Day and Teacher Work Day
November 6: Chili's Restaurant Day for IHE
November 12: Veteran's Day Celebration 10:30-11:00am or 1:30-2:00pm in the Gym
November 14: PTO 3:45-4:45pm
November 14: SAC 5:00-6:00pm
November 15: Texas Roadhouse Rolls Delivered
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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Week of October 22, 2018

Thursday Folder Flyers:


Trunk of Treat TONIGHT: 
We hope you can join us for our Legend Feeder Trunk or Treat tonight from 5-7pm. Families can safely trick or treat at trunks from 5-6pm, as well as go into decorated rooms, carbe pumpkins, and have fun! All students who bring in 5 canned items will also receive a "glowing" treat! We hope to see you there! 

Original Art Works:
Don't forget to turn in your students artwork with a purchase receipt on the back for our Original Works fundraiser by Friday, October 26th.  Purchased items make great holiday gifts for family and friends and a percentage of the funds go towards the Iron Horse Art Department to purchase art supplies for the year.  I would love to save up for some specialty technology items but paper, paint, and clay come first.  
Thank you so much for all your support,
Erin O'Hara
Art Specialist

Read-a-Thon:
We are very excited to begin our fall fundraiser on November 1st! We will kick off our read-a-thon with hot chocolate parties for all classes. This fundraiser will provide valuable resources requested by our teachers and staff. All funds received will go directly to fund these resources. All information regarding the Read-a-thon is listed below. 




Chili's Night for IHE:
Our next restaurant night for IHE is on November 6th at Chili's in Parker. 15% of all purchases will go directly to IHE to fund programming for students. We hope you can join us! 

Upcoming Events:
November 2: Texas Roadhouse Roll Sales Ends
November 6: NO SCHOOL - Election Day and Teacher Work Day
November 6: Chili's Restaurant Day for IHE
November 14: PTO 3:45-4:45pm
November 14: SAC 5:00-6:00pm
November 15: Texas Roadhouse Rolls Delivered
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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Week of October 15, 2018



Thursday Folder Flyers:

Trunk or Treat:
Please join us for the first ever Legend Feeder Trunk or Treat on Thursday, October 25th from 5:00-7:00pm. Trunks will be available from 5:00-6:00pm, with indoor events available the entire duration of the night. Set up time for this event is from 4:00-5:00pm in the lower Legend parking lot. We are still looking for candy donations. Please bring your donations to the office. 

Roadhouse Roll Sales

Everyone loves Texas Roadhouse Rolls! Everyone loves rolls for Thanksgiving!! How about Texas Roadhouse rolls for Thanksgiving!!!  Starting October 15th, we are selling these wonderful rolls. They come frozen in packages of a dozen and include the yummy honey cinnamon butter. They are only $6 per dozen rolls and $3 goes directly back to Iron Horse.  Sell to neighbors, family and friends. Fill out the order form and return it by Friday, November 2nd. The rolls will be available for pick up on Thursday, November 15th.

Read-a-Thon: 
We are so excited for our fall fundraiser - the IHE Read-a-thon! It is our opportunity to raise critical funds to support the school as well as promote literacy for our children. PTO choose to replace our prior fundraiser through Boosterthon to ensure that the full proceeds of the fundraising directly impact our school (previously Boosterthon took 40% of the profits).

Like all schools in the county, we have a large wish list. Last year, the funds were used towards the playground shade structure and flexible seating for every classroom. This year, we have classroom focused requests. Here is a sample of the funding priorities: Raz Kids ; History Alive ; Literacy Footprints ; Art Room Supplies ; Headphones ; Ipad Charging Stations ; Skillastics ; Playground Equipment ; Social Studies Weekly ; Special Education Supplies ; Whole School Math. All monies raised from this event will be used to fund these staff requests. 

Our Read-A-Thon will run from Nov 1 to 9th during which time will be set aside in the classroom during different themed days to promote reading. Children will be encouraged to read a minimum of 1 unit* per evening.
A Unit equals the following for each grade level:
K/1 – 10 mins
2/3 – 20 mins
4/5 – 30 Mins.

The more units read the more changes to win individual and classroom prizes.
The more the students get sponsored for reading the more changes they will have to win individual and classroom prizes.

Prize Structure & Events
 Students who read a minimum of 1 unit per day will receive Daily Prizes from the school treasure box.

Prize
Top Reader Per Grade Group
Barnes & Noble or Amazon Gift Card $50
Runner up Reader Per Grade Group
Barnes & Noble or Amazon Gift Card $25
Top Reading Class
Pizza Party with Ice Cream cake
Book bundle for the class
Top Fundraiser Per Grade Group
Ipad Mini or Kindle Fire
Runner up Fundraiser Per Grade Group
Activity gift card Skyzone/ Boondocks

Our event will kick-off with Hot Chocolate reading sessions in class on Thursday, November 1st. Our event will end on Friday 9th November with a glow in the dark dance party. 

Halloween Parties:
Halloween parties will be held from 8:45-9:45am on Oct. 31. Please no masks, face make up, gore, or violent costumes (this includes weapons). Students who come in these items will be asked to change. Students will celebrate then change into regular clothing to complete the day. Please make sure that your child can readily get into their clothes on their own. 

Veteran's Day Celebration:

Please join us as we celebrate our veterans on Monday, November 12. We have two options for our choir celebration - both are the same program. Our first is from 10:30-11:00am and the second is from 1:30-2:00pm. Please choose the celebration that aligns most with your student's normal lunch time. 

Thanksgiving Feast:
Please join us to celebrate Thanksgiving with a wonderful lunch prepared by our awesome cafeteria staff. If you would like to purchase a meal, please use the flyer above and return to the office by November 9th. Lunches will begin at the regular time. 

Book Fair:
Thank you for your support of the Fall book fair. We made a net profit of $9000. From this, we received $2200 in cash profit to buy books for our Junction! How awesome for our kids! We also received $100 in new books from the last book fair. Thank you so much for your support!

Upcoming Events:
October 18: Picture Re-Takes
October 18: Texas Roadhouse Roll Sales Starts
October 24: Outdoor Education Meeting for 5th Grade Parents 6:00-7:00pm in the Gym
October 25: Trunk or Treat 5:00-7:00pm at Legend High School 
November 2: Texas Roadhouse Roll Sales Ends
November 6: NO SCHOOL - Election Day and Teacher Work Day
November 6: Chili's Restaurant Day for IHE
November 14: PTO 3:45-4:45pm
November 14: SAC 5:00-6:00pm
November 15: Texas Roadhouse Rolls Delivered
December 6: Hangry Ohana Restaurant Night for IHE