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April Community Newsletter

April Newsletter

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, March 30th,  Students return to school/learning

  • Friday, April 2,  Coffee and Conversation

  • Friday, April 2, Spring Pictures

UPDATES

CMAS Letter 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Colorado has received a waiver from the federal government to reduce the amount of required state testing for Spring 2021. 

In grades 3-7 students will now have one required assessment and one optional assessment. Students in those grades will only need to take the optional assessment if their parents/guardians request to opt them in. Students in grade 8 will have two required assessments and one optional assessment, again students in that grade will only need to take the optional assessment if their parents/guardians opt them in. Parents/guardians still have the right to opt their children out of all state assessments. 

Based on the late notification of this federal waiver, school staff will do the following based on information already received about parent opt outs.

  • If you have already opted your child out of testing and still want to opt your child out of testing, you do not need to take further action. Your child will not take the assessments you opted out of this spring.

  • If you opted your child out of testing this spring and you now would like your child to take the required and/or optional assessment(s) for his or her grade level, please contact your child’s school by Friday, April 2nd.

  • If you did not opt your child out of testing, he or she will only take the required assessment(s) at his or her grade level. If you would like your child to also take the optional assessment at his or her grade level, please contact your child’s school by Friday, April 2nd.

Our schools will follow all public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the school building during testing. Physical distancing will be followed, hand washing/sanitizing stations will be provided, and everyone in the building will be required to wear a face covering.

More information about the CMAS assessment can be found at cde.state.co.us/assessment/resources.  Otherwise, please contact your student’s school if you have any questions.

COVID quarantine process - click here to read about the process the district follows to determine who needs to be quarantined and for how long

SUMMER BASE CAMP

When:  Day Camp dates: June 2 - August 6, 2021

Registration:   Summer registration will take place on March 16-24, 2021, for all families

Where:  Open locations will be listed on the website

BASE participants must be five years of age on or before June 2, 2021, and enrolled in a district elementary school for the upcoming school year in grades K-5, or have completed grade 5 and enrolled for grade 6 within the district. Similar to previous years, families requesting full-time care will receive priority at each Summer BASE site and will be enrolled first. If space is available, part-time families will be enrolled. Full-time is defined as utilizing the BASE program M-F for the full 9.5 weeks of summer (June 2 - August 6, 2021). Part-time is defined as utilizing the BASE program either MWF or TTH for the entire 9.5 weeks of summer. Summer registration will begin with families showing interest in Summer BASE by completing a Summer BASE Interest Form. The interest form link will be active once registration begins. Submission of an interest form is not a confirmation of registration but an indication of your interest in utilizing the Summer BASE Program. Once the BASE program has established enrollment numbers, families will be contacted.   

Attendance Matters

DID YOU KNOW? 

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. 

  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. 

  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. 

  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance. 

Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

Misc

Meal Benefits

Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, provides funds for households to support youth nutrition. P-EBT may be available this spring to students that have filled out an application and qualified for free or reduced-price lunch while learning remotely through a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program. Learn more at https://cdhs.colorado.gov/p-ebt

Fill Out A School Meals Application

Your household’s Free and Reduced-Price Lunch program (school meals) application can also qualify for support with other services, such as internet, gym memberships, passes to museums and cultural events and secure additional funds for your school. School fees can be waived or reduced, such as athletic fees, and activity and field trip fees tied to curriculum. Apply online for school meal benefits at myschoolapps.com.

 

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