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Eagle April 2013

Eagle April 2013

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Berthoud Elementary Eagle Newsletter for April 2013
Berthoud Elementary Eagle Newsletter for April 2013

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 Berthoud Eagle
 
April 2013
Principal to Parent
Dear Families,Throughout the year staff members have been making use of the Early Release Wednesday time to evaluate,plan for and integrate the new Common Core State Standards. We have met several times to continue the verycomplicated process of developing integrated units of study, using Rigorous Curriculum Design andUnderstanding by Design protocols, for these new standards. It has been exciting to implement the first threeof six integrated units this year. Each unit is a labor of love to make the learning exciting, relevant and rigorous.The time to do this work on Wednesday afternoons is priceless!We had a great SAC (School Advisory Committee) meeting on March 19
th
where I was able to shareinformation about funding, staffing, and plans for our meetings next year. We are always happy to welcomenew families who are interested in learning more about our school, district and education in general. Our lastmeeting of the year will be at 4:00, Monday, April 29
th
. Please see below for specific information regardingfunding for next year.We recently received our student projections for next year. We are projected at 360 students and will befunded at 98% of that number. (We actually have over 400 students but kindergarteners count as .5 and pre-school not at all). Our projected student count is critical to how we are funded each year. This year, with againdiminished funding from our state, we will have larger class sizes. We hope we will not be facing personnelcuts as well. Our staff will continue to use our limited resources creatively to be as effective as possible.
Mrs. LoJeske
In This IssueLetter from the Principal p.1Parent & School Information p.2
Reminders p.3
 
Class Placements for Next Year
Many 
factors are included in the complex process of designing class lists. We use academic and social needs,parental input, gender balance, learning styles and dynamics created when certain children are groupedtogether. A Parent Input form, which is used to
provide us with information about your child’s specific needs, is
now available in the front office if you wish to have additional information considered in theprocess. Please return it to the office by April 12
th
and
please do not request a specificteacher 
.
Spring Registration
 A Spring Pre-Registration form will be sent home. There will also be a Colorado StateImmunization letter and a Census Verification form to review and update. Please be on thelook-out for these important forms. They will ne
ed to be returned to your child’s teacher by
April 30
th
.
Box Tops Update
 
We will be receiving our check from Box Tops soon for $521.50! We have a couple more months to collect BoxTops before the end of the school year. You will find the April Collection Sheet attached to this newsletter.Please keep turning in Box Tops in your child's folder or directly to the VITAL Room.We are so close to our goal of $2,000.00! Thank you for your help! Jessica Mazzei and Melissa Tychsen
Thompson School District Annual Art Show
The Thompson School District Student Art Show will take place from March 2
nd
 
 –
April 14
th
at the Loveland ArtMuseum
. This year’s show title is
Look. Think. Make. Connect! March 2
nd
from 1pm-3pm will be an openingreception; March 8
th
from 6pm-8pm is the Night on the Town workshop (students can make an art project atthe museum this night); April 14
th
is closing day. Our Berthoud Elementary Art Department is happy toannounce the following students that will have their self portrait art work created with colored pencils framedand displayed at the Annual Thompson School District Art Show: Tyler Holden, Sarah Kouns, Gavin Wolf, andLogan Kilgroe.
Book Swap
Our annual Book Swap will take place April 8
th
 
 –
19
th
. Please bring in your well loved
books
,
games, DVDs
 
and VHS
 
tapes
 
that are in GOOD condition for classroom use. Your child will be able to pick a “loved” book
out to take home. The rest of the books go into the teachers libraries and then to Habitat.
A Big Thank You Goes To:
Our great 3
rd
, 4
th
and 5
th
grade students, teachers and specialists who did a super job completing theTCAP & CoAlt testing!
Amie Burrows and her assistants for sharpening pencils during TCAP tests!
Everyone involved with the After School Clubs!
Our amazing Berthoud Bash organizers!
Volunteer Appreciation
We will be honoring our many amazing volunteers on Wednesday, May 1
st
at 7:45a.m. in the cafeteria with aVolunteer Breakfast provided by grateful staff members. Berthoud Elementary has benefited from hundreds of hours donated by our volunteers!! If you have volunteered this year, please look for further information comingyour way. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to thank you for all you do! (Members of the staff will providechild care in the gym while you are honored during breakfast).
 
C
hildren’s Day
Children’s Day started several years ago in Loveland, when local senior citizen Annie Hall had it proclaime
d atthe local and state levels; the City of Loveland and Thompson School District have partnered in celebrating thisday since 2002. This year April 24
th
 
has been designated as Children’s Day
. This Wednesday event will again
take place in Loveland’s downtown facilities from 1:30
-4:30. Families can partake in a variety of hands-onexperiences at the recreation center, library, Foote Lagoon, fire station and museum. Although all activitieshave not been finalized, you can expect similar opportunities as previous years including fire trucks, streetequipment, arts & crafts, cartoons, storytelling, puppet shows and more!
 
Berthoud Eagle Choir
Choir Families: please join us for the Berthoud Eagle Choir Concert on Tuesday, May 7
th
. Choir membersshould wear their Eagle Choir shirts and meet in the music room at 6:15 p.m. The choir concert will be at 6:30p.m. followed by the 5
th
grade showcase at 7:30 p.m. 
Spirit Days
Friday, April 12
th
will be school spirit and active wear. So wear your Jog-A-Thon or Schools on the Move shirt. Also, on Monday, April 22
nd
wear the color green in celebration of Earth Day.
Spring Assessments
We have been provided the opportunity to do student Spring assessments on May 2
nd
and 3
rd
. Our state anddistrict require that all students in grades K-3, and 4
th
and 5
th
grade students not reading ongrade level, (or having an ILP), be assessed with the DIBELS reading and/or DRA-2 readingtests and a math assessment to monitor their progress. When these extensive assessments aredone during the school day, they take time and teachers away from instruction. Multipleteachers will assess students during these two days.
Note: You will receive an appointmentcard stating when your student(s) testing time and date is. There is no regular school onthese days.
Students that are not being tested will not receive a card and should not come to school on thosedays
.
Whole Class instructional days will resume for everyone on
Monday, May 6th
.
Jog-a-thon Updates
The Jog-a-thon will begin on Thursday, April 11th when we get back from Spring Break! Attached are the
pledge and prize sheets if you misplaced those that came home in the folders. If you don’t/didn’t have time
over the break to collect pledges, you can still collect them. Pledges can be collected based on the number of laps students walk or run or you can give a set amount. Remember that
you can only pick up to 2 prizes
 worth the amount you raised in pledges! The students that run the most laps in each grade will receive anadditional prize (TBA). The student that brings in the most pledges will get an IPOD music player as a prize inaddition to any prizes he/she earned! This prize was generously donated by David Brietstein. In addition, if the students are able to reach our goal of $5000.00, Mrs. Lojeske will RIDE A TRICYCLE in HER PAJAMAS infront of the entire school!Below is the schedule for the jog-a-thon; family members are welcome to attend and help out if you would like;there is a sign-up sheet in the vital room or you can just show up. Hope you have/had a great Spring Break! Any questions? Contact Cecilia Jamieson at  jdoylee@aol.com 
Jog-a-thon Schedule:
Thursday April 11th
 
4th Grade: 8:55-9:55 5
t
Grade: 12:50-1:502nd Grade: 9:55-10:55 KC and KA:1:50-2:50KB and 3
rd
Grade: 10:55-11:55 1
st
Grade: 2:50-3:50

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