Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week of October 16, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers:
Strategic Chess
DCSD Nuggets Night
DCSD Denver Center for the Performing Arts
IHE Freddy's Night
IHE Texas Roadhouse Night
IHE Texas Roadhouse Roll Sales

Freddy's Night:
Please join us for IHE Freddy's Night tonight! Bring the flyer above and IHE will receive 15% of all sales. 


Trunk or Treat:
We invite you to our fall Iron Horse Community Event! Iron Horse families are invited to join us on October 20th from 5-6:00pm to "trick or treat" safely from decorated vehicles. We will be selling hot dogs and chips for families that are interested in dinner. We are currently accepting donations of candy to help make this a successful event. We hope you can join us! 

DCSD Budget Information:
Douglas County School District Administration has developed 5 videos to inform the community about the current district budget, as well as general information about how school budgets are funded. Please visit this link to view the 5 videos available: 
DCSD Budget Videos

PTO Feedback Needed:
PTO would like your feedback on our main fundraiser every year, Boosterthon. Please go to this link to take the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8KL9QY6

Halloween Parties:
All classrooms will hold Halloween parties on October 31st from 8:45-9:30am. Breakfast items will be served. Students may come to school in costume (over their school clothes) and will change after the parties have taken place. Students should follow the student dress code and refrain from wearing/bringing the following items:

  • masks
  • facepaint
  • weapons
  • gore
  • items with inappropriate language
Hats may be worn during the party but should be removed after the party ends. Please contact your student's teacher with any questions. 

PTO Texas Roadhouse Roll Sales:
PTO is again selling Texas Roadhouse rolls for your Thanksgiving dinner. Roll sales start November 2nd. Orders will be ready for pick up on November 15th - just in time to enjoy on Thanksgiving! Order forms are available in the office or through the link at the top of the blog. 

IHE Literacy Night:
Please join us for food and reading fun! We will be hosting our first annual Literacy Night on Thursday, November 9th from 6:00-7:30pm. IHE will be providing pizza, drinks, and cookies. Following dinner, parents and students can attend different stations to learn about fun ways to engage in reading at home. Please look for the flyer invite in your child's Thursday folder today. Please RSVP so that we can purchase the correct amount of food. We hope to have you join us for this fun evening! 

Veteran's Day Celebration:
We will be celebrating our veteran's on Friday, November 10 at two different times; 10:30-11:00am and 1:30-2:00pm. Celebrations will take place in the gym. Lunches will remain at the same times. All veteran's are welcome to join us for our celebration and/or lunch. 

October Allies Promoting Prevention:
Please read this month's letter regarding our October topic: Letter

Upcoming Events:
October 18: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
October 19: Freddy's Night for IHE - 4:00-8:00pm
October 20: Trunk or Treat 5:00-6:00pm 
October 20: Texas Roadhouse Roll Sales Begin
October 26: Picture Retake Day
October 31: Halloween Parties 8:45-9:30am
November 6: Texas Roadhouse Night for IHE 4:00-10:00pm
November 7: No School - Teacher Professional Development
November 9: Family Literacy Night 6:00-7:30pm
November 10: Veteran's Day Celebration 10:30-11:00am and 1:30-2:00pm
November 15: PTO Meeting 3:45-4:45pm
November 15: Legend Feeder SAC Meeting @Legend High School 4:30-6:00pm
November 20-24: No School - Thanksgiving Break


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Week of October 2, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers



The Iron Horse Staff wishes you a wonderful, safe, and restful Fall Break! 



Trunk or Treat:
We invite you to our fall Iron Horse Community Event! Iron Horse families are invited to join us on October 20th from 5-6:00pm to "trick or treat" safely from decorated vehicles. We will be selling hot dogs and chips for families that are interested in dinner. We are currently accepting donations of candy to help make this a successful event. We hope you can join us! 

PTO Feedback Needed:
PTO would like your feedback on our main fundraiser every year, Boosterthon. Please go to this link to take the survey:



Upcoming Events:
October 7-15: No School - Fall Break
October 18: PTO 3:45-4:45pm, SAC 5:00-6:00pm
October 19: Freddy's Night for IHE - 4:00-8:00pm
October 20: Trunk or Treat 5:00-6:00pm 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Week of September 25, 2017



Thursday Folder Fliers:


Trunk or Treat:
We invite you to our fall Iron Horse Community Event! Iron Horse families are invited to join us on October 20th from 5-6:00pm to "trick or treat" safely from decorated vehicles. We will be selling hot dogs and chips for families that are interested in dinner. We are currently accepting donations of candy to help make this a successful event. We hope you can join us! 

Fall Conferences:
The Conference Scheduler is closing tonight at 11:59pm. Please ensure that you have signed up for a time to discuss your child's progress this year. 

Fall Conferences - Dinner for Teachers:
PTO is providing a taco bar for our teachers during conferences. If you can donate items for this dinner, please sign up on this link. Thank you! 

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

The Junction:
Students are enjoying all of the varied activities available to them, and the ability to check out books as frequently as they'd like. I love seeing all of the kids going in and out of The Junction! Here is a great article that focuses on the transformation of a library to a learning common. 

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


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Week of September 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Week of September 11, 2017

Thursday Folders:

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Week of September 4, 2017

Thursday Folder Flyers:

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Week of August 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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