Thursday, January 26, 2017

Week of January 23, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Parking Lot Update:
Please DO NOT drop students off in our parking lot areas in the morning as this is an unsafe procedure. All students must be dropped off in our supervised drop off lane next to the sidewalk. Also, cell phone use is not permitted in our parking lot. Please do not use your cell phone until you are outside of our parking lot area. Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of our students and staff. 

Students in the Morning:
Student supervision begins at 8:15am. Students should not arrive before this time as there is no supervision available. 

Band and Orchestra Students:
Please remind your band and orchestra students that they need to enter the building through our front doors so that we can ensure that they are safe and account for their attendance. Many of our students are choosing to stay on the playground where there is no supervision. Thank you for your help with this!

Office Procedures:
As you may have noticed, our office has changed! When you arrive at Iron Horse, please check in at the office window. You will check in electronically via computer and will need to check out upon leaving. This system will ensure that we have an accurate count of all adults in the building in case of emergency. 

Clean the World Soap Drive:
We are collecting bars of unused soap for our Clean the World soap drive. About every 15 seconds, a child dies from a disease that could have been prevented with proper hygiene. The bar soap your we collect will save lives. Depending on demand, your soap will be used in the hygiene kits Clean the World distribute to homeless shelters here in the United States, or sent to at-risk people in developing regions abroad. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed in 100 countries. Please have your student bring in donations of unused soap to their classroom teacher. Donations will be accepted until February 10th

Upcoming Events:
January 25-February 10: Clean the World Soap Drive
February 8: PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00pm
February 15: SAC Meeting 4:00-5:00pm
February 17: No School - Teacher Professional Learning
February 20: No School - President's Day

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Week of January 16, 2017

Gym Rats offered by Ms. Ghidotti at IHE
Choir. offered by Mr. Craig at IHE

PLC Day:
Our teachers had a great day of learning during our PLC on Friday. Teachers worked in groups to learn more about running records and how they drive instruction in reading to make it more personalized for each student. 

Cold Weather:
We are now in the midst of winter weather. Students go outside as long as the temps are 22 degrees or higher (we do factor wind chill into this number). Please ensure that your student is dressed for the weather - snow boots, coat, gloves, no bare legs. In the event of an emergency, we may be outside for extended periods of time and they need to be dressed appropriately in order to be safe. Thank you for your support.  

Parking Lot:
As the weather turns, our parking lot tends to get very crowded. Thank you for continuing to utilize the appropriate procedures for exiting the lots, as well as your patience while we are getting everyone home safely. 

Staff Appreciation Lunch and Snacks for Teachers:
Thank you to all of the parents who supported the staff appreciation lunch in December and the healthy snacks for staff in January. We appreciate your support and loved the goodies! 

Upcoming Events:
February 8 - SAC Meeting 4-5pm in the Learning Commons
February 15 - PTO Meeting 6-7pm (Child Care is Provided)
February 16 - Chick Fil-A Night for Iron Horse

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Week of January 9, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Welcome Back~
I hope you had a wonderful two weeks with your family and friends! Last week was a bit interesting with our snow day, but this week we are moving forward. We are so excited to start the second semester with your children. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Writing Curriculum Update:
As you may know, Iron Horse teachers have researched multiple writing resources to support our students' learning. Of particular importance to our staff was a resource that provided differentiated learning opportunities, sound assessment practices, development of the 4Cs and 21st Century skills, transference to other content areas, alignment within our feeder area, and the ability to internalize the skills and strategies used by effective writers. We truly believe that we have found that resource in Thinking Maps and Write from the Beginning. We are excited to begin training this spring and summer. Please be on the lookout for more information about Thinking Maps after our training in February.

5th Grade Parents:
On Wednesday, January 11th at 9am, Cimarron Middle School is hosting the next Parent Orientation/Coffee Talk opportunity for future 6th grade parents to gain more information about the exceptional student learning experiences at Cimarron Middle School for the 2017-18 school year. This informal 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.
Additional Dates:
February 1 - 6pm
May 3 - 9am

Apple Awards:
The deadline for nominations for the Apple Awards is this Friday, January 13th. This is an amazing opportunity to honor the hard work that our DCSD staff does on a daily basis. Please go to to nominate your favorite employee! 

Upcoming Events:
January 11: SAC Meeting - 4-5pm in the Learning Commons
January 13: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Learning Day
January 16: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 18: PTO Meeting - 3:45-4:45pm in the Learning Commons
February 8: SAC Meeting - 4-5pm in the Learning Commons