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Volume 2, Issue 9
Ponderosa Elementary School of Global Learning
Go Global: Care : Create= Communicate ': Innovate
Greetings! May is traditionally a busy time as spring is in full effect, the weather is warmer and generally kids spend less time inside and less time focused on school work. The students have been working hard during this 2011-2012 school year and we encourage our families to finish strong. However, the time spent outdoors can encourage learning because there is so much to learn! Take advantage of these learning opportunities, such as:
Read about bugs, stars, and plants Take walks, bike rides, and read the signs and numbers around the neighborhood Plant a garden together Take opportunities to practice math facts while preparing food for a picnic
As we head into the last month of school, our students have implemented a new unit
of study around our global focus. Hopefully, your child has shared what's been happening in the classroom, particularly with our global focus. You may have heard your child talk about "what does culture mean?" Our 3rd grade students have been busy creating ancient tools, and our 5th graders have been learning about ancient cultures. We're looking forward to sharing with you what the students have learned at our Museum Night on May 4th! Technology is an important aist century skill and teachers have also been learning alongside the students. If you have a Smartphone, we hope that you will bring it with you to Museum Night with the free QR reader application installed. You'll have the ability to scan the QR codes located outside each classroom and learn about what each grade level has been learning. We're excited to show the progress our students have made! Sincerely,
CBLA Testing will be done on Monday, April
30th and Tuesday, May 1st. There will be NO school on these days, please see the card
sent home with your student's assigned testing time.
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at the Ponderosa
Museum, starring all the students map to fun! of
You won't want to miss this fun family night! A Night Ponderosa! Follow the treasure
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5:30-6:30 6:00-7:25 7:30-7:55
Pizza sold by PTA in the cafeteria Art Exhibits open Choir Performance
Early Childhood to 5th will have special presentations and don't miss the Omni Globe in the Library!
should wear their Ponderosa
shirts if they
have them! PTA will be selling shirts too! If you have a Smart Phone or Tablet, bring it for special QR presentations/links
QR Reader applications Smart phone users! are free for all
at all special exhibits!
You are invited to the Ponderosa Elementary Olympics! The students will be representing different countries that each class has chosen in activities where they will be engaged in physically active and educational activities/events. The activities represent the diverse cultures and games of a multitude of countries! The students will "compete" in different Olympic-like activities or events that are similar to those that will be seen in this year's summer Olympics in London. © The Ponderosa Elementary Olympics will be held on Wednesday May 23rd - rain day/make up day will be May 24th if needed. Times for the field day are as follows: 3rd, 4th, 51h grades 9:00-10:15 I st, 2nd grades, ALL Kindergarten classes 10:45-12:00 Lunch (outside) 12:00-1:00 **schoollunch will be PBJ or turkey sandwich Staff vs. 5th grade game 1: 10-2:00 Field day will be organized a little differently this year! This year, like last year, students will NOT travel to the stations as a class! Instead, they will have the "freedom" to select which activities they travel to as long as they are following directions. The students will try to "compete" in as many of the events as they can before the time ends in order to try to eam a medal for their class. The 3 classes with the highest numbers of participation in all of the different events will earn the gold, silver, and bronze medals for their classroom. I will go over all of the activities and expectations with the students before the actual day! Olympic "training" will begin late April and into the beginning of May . . There will be 10 events/stations to play at. Also, there will be ice pops offered to all of the countries; suger-free options will be available. We will call students by country to go to the ice pop station. Again, the students must travel and try to "compete" in as many of the events as possible. The students will wear arm or head bands to display which country they are representing. The countries that are represented at each game will be tallied by the parent volunteers and counted up at the end of the day. The number of participants from each of the countries that are represented at the most activities will earn a medal for their classroom. Parent volunteers will govern the stations and tally the participants while middle school volunteers will be running the activities/events. The parent volunteer will have a clipboard which will have a list of the participating countries and a pencil to record/tally how many participants come to each event. Students may repeat an activity if they choose to. However, they will need to be reminded that the goal is to try as many of the events as possible if they want to help their country earn one of the medals. *1 need parent and middle/high school volunteers to help run the stations! Also, I could use some stick horses, a couple of kiddie pools, and some tricycles/big wheels for several of the events. If you have any of these that you may be willing to lend us for the big day or if you are interested or know someone else who may be interested in helping out, please contact me at 970-679-9509 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. **Students will need to wear appropriate clothing: which includes PE SHOES (no cleats, flip-flops, boots, crocs, or sandals.) There are several games that will use water in them, but the students will not get totally soaked. They may bring an extra shirt if they want to, but it won't be necessary (NO swimsuitsl) Remember to bring a WATER BOTTLE and to use sunscreen! As spectators, you may want to bring a lawn chair, as there will not be any place to sit, except on the ground. Looking forward to seeing you!
Sincerely, Geoff Ovesen
Come Support our Cafeteria for Field Day Wednesday, May 23rd
Our cafeteria is offering sack lunches for Field Day. Sack Lunches consist of: P.B.J Sandwich or Turkey Sandwich Fresh Vegetables Fresh Fruit Milk Cost: $2.50 for paid students $ .40 for reduced students This will be deducted from the students account as a normal lunch. Adults $3.60 wi milk We also have Bottled Water, Juice or extra milk for an extra $.50
Student's name ----------------------------Number of adults and sibling(s) x $3.60= $ _ (Please do not include your student in your count)·
(Please mark which entree you would like and how many if more than one meal) PBJ Turkey Sandwich _
Make checks out to: Ponderosa Elementary. Please include this slip with check or cash in an envelope marked with "Field Day" and turn into Homeroom teacher on or before
Please let me know if you have any questions. Lisa Judkins 679-9508
Student Council has been working very hard on our school wide shoe donation and participation project. Eachweek, we gather, count, box and total the number of shoes PEShas collected. To date, we have collected 175 pairs of sneakers. Our goal is 500 pairs! Your help would be greatly appreciated! The donation can be any size shoes and needs to be tennis shoes, athletic shoes or sneakers. For more information, please visit www.nikereuseashoe.com.This site will also explain where, what and how the recycled shoes will be used. We will continue our shoe drive for the 2012-13 school year. Pleasekeep those shoes over the summer and throughout the year for us! Don't forget to visit our display at the Museum Night on May 4th! Thanks for your support!
ST~EMS (formerly Enrichment in the Valley)
Registration for Summer in Thompson Experiences in Math and Science (ST-EMS) is now open! All students currently in kindergarten through sth grade are eligible to participate. Classes will be June ath-sth and June i ith-rsth and run from 9: 00 am-noon. ST-EMS will be held at Conrad Ball Middle School. All registration is online this year. Parents without credit cards or families on Free/Reduced Lunch can come to the district office to register. Families on Free/Reduced Lunch will still be offered half-price tuition. Regular tuition will be $55 per class. Please go to: http-v/thompson.revtrak.net/teks.asp for more information and to register. You can also go to the TSD homepage and click on the summer school registration link.
----------------------------Thompson School District R2-J Notice of Intent to Destroy Exceptional Student Services
Special Education records for students, who have not received services in the Thompson School District R2- J for five or more years, will be destroyed in June 2012. In order to maintain confidentiality, If you or your child(ren) these records will be shredded.
have Special Education records and wish to claim them, please contact:
Thompson School District R2-J Sue Machan Exceptional Student Services Technician 970-613-5062
RECORDS IS JUNE 8, 2012
It was terrific hosting our breakfast for volunteers. It was great to honor all our
volunteers for the many hours put in over the course of the school year. Thank you volunteersl
considered in this process.
A "Class Placement Parent Input" The last day to return
Over the next few months, many parents will begin thinking about class placements for their student next year. Your child's current teacher, working with the grade level team, will again assist in designing the classes for the 2012-2013 School Year. Factors considered in this process include student academic and social needs, parental input, gender balance, student learning styles, and the dynamics created when certain children are grouped together. if you wish to have additional information form, which is used as a way to provide input into your child's placement for next year, is attached "Parent Input" forms for consideration this year is Friday, May 11tho
The 2012-2013 line.
School Year calendar is available on School District dates at
Please visit the Thompson for important
www.thompson.k12.co.us/Resources/201213DistrictCalendar.pdf your registration A copy was sent home In
packets on the reverse side of
your student's scheduled testing time in the fall.
11:25-11:45- K 11:30-11:50-1st 11:50-12:1O-2nd 12:00-12:20-3rd 12:25-12:45-4th 12:30-12:50-5th
5 Minute Transition
12:15-12:35 12:25-12:45 12:50-1:10 12:55-1:15
Parents are always welcome to come and have lunch. If you plan on having school lunch here, please contact the cafeteria at 679-9508 or the office at 679-9500 to let us know that you are coming so we have enough food made for you too!
SAt Meeting Schedule
PTA Meeting Schedule
Tues. May i", 2012
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
As the weather environment. across. warms up, please remember that students need to wear appropriate clothing for the learning We ask that boys wear shirts with sleeves as we strive to
and girls wear shirts with a strap that is at least 4 fingers Thanks for your cooperation maintain a safe learning environment for our students.
Ponderosa School Hours
Full Day Kindergarten through
Man, Tue, Thur, Fri Wed (early release)
8.38 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. 8:38 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 8:38 a.m. -11:40 a.m.
8:38 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Ponderosa Elementary School of Global Learning
4550 Florence Drive Loveland, co 80538
Wed (early release)
Be Responsible Be fair-Minded
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri Wed (early release) 12:38 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. 11:58 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
If you need to drop your child off prior to 8:23 a.rn., BASE Camp (Before and After School Enrichment) opens at 6:30 a.rn. and is also available after school until 6:00 p.m.
Please contact BASE Camp at 226-1734 or go online to www.mybasecampkids.org for additional information.
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A reminder that the handicapped parking spaces are reserved for people with disabilities. The spaces are not to be used for picking up and dropping off. If you need to park, please use the parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.
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ELEMENTARY PARENT INPUT FORM
2012-2013 CLASS PLACEMENT
Your child's current teacher, working with the grade-level team, will assist in designing classes for the coming year. Factors considered when assigning students to classes include academic and social needs, gender balance, student learning styles, and the dynamics created when certain children are placed together in a class. We work hard to consider parent input, but this input alone does not determine which teacher a child will have. Please remain flexible and know that we are trying to do our best for your child as well as the other children in the same grade. We appreciate your understanding regarding the class placement process. Please return this form to the school office no later than Friday, May 11,2012. .
Student's Name: --------------~ Current Grade: Name of person completing this form: Phone number(s) where you can be reached:
Grade N ext Year: _ _
Information you would like us to consider: (Please be brief yet specific, and do not list a teacher by name.) 1. What are your child's strengths?
2. What are your child's greatest needs?
3. What teacher strengths or type of classroom environment would best compliment your child's personality, emotional development, and academic needs?
4. Are there any special circumstances you would like us to consider as we make class placement decisions?
I understand that final student placement will be completed in August preceding the opening of school. I also realize that my child's current teacher, along with the grade-level team and principal, will make final class placement decisions for all children.
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Board Briefs, Regular Meeting, April
Loveland, CO 80537. Office (970) 613-6077 • Fax (970) 613-6087
Communication & Community Resources
800 South Taft Avenue.
NOTICE: The regular business meeting of the Board of Education is on the third Wednesday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. Public Participation: • Superintendent Ron Cabrera introduced the Early Childhood administrator and staff for a Month of the Young Child presentation. He also reported; that all elementary school libraries received free books from the National PTA and Jarod Polis; that he visited a dozen schools, specifically B. F. Kitchen for winning a spring break reading challenge with Monroe Elementary; and that the third budget forum grew to about 30 people. • Board member Lola Johnson attended DAC and the year-end Professional Concerns Committee meeting and went to the TVHS art show at the Feed and Grain and the district art show at Aims Community College. • . Board member Denise Montagu announced the Thompson Education Foundation's Create-a-Tlni event on May 5 to fund arts programs in the district and that Mary Blair is holding an Earth Day celebration for their art and music program. Kohl's donated $7/500 to Mary Blair's PTA. • Public comments: Two Transportation employees, a parent and a teacher spoke about decisions made by the board regarding transportation and student fees impacting parents and students for years to come. They were particularly concerned about the most at-risk children. The board took the following action: • Approved a consent agenda of items including: o Personnel/extra duty/coaching recommendations o Gifts to BHS for their after-prom event from Poudre Valley Health Care and to their robotics team from the Berthoud Community Fund o Early graduation requests o Revisions to board policy/regulation JLCB/JLCB-R regarding immunizations o Instructional materials adoption for a 4th grade Colorado history textbook o Declaration of a surplus modular classroom at Stansberry Elementary School o Nutrition Services software purchase • Approved proclamations for April as the Month of the Young Child, Colorado Children's Day on April 25, National Volunteer Week April 16-20, and Teacher/Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11. There will be a teacher recognition program at the May 9 Board of Education study session beginning at 6 p.m. in the board room. • Voted to charge school fees and reinstate instructional fees after a lengthy discussion (revisions to board policy JQ-E regarding fees) During the Discussion portion of the meeting, the board: • Heard a presentation on and discussed the Options program/ which will be called LEAP • Received and discussed an update of the 2012-2013 budget development process • Discussed cost savings ideas for Transportation and opted out of charging transportation fees • Received and discussed the financial report for March Executive Session: The board went into executive session to discuss negotiations and personnel pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6402 (4)(e) and (f) respectively. Coming up ... This meeting will not be aired as it took place at Berthoud High School ... Upcoming board work sessions are May 2 and 9 at 6 p.m. and the next board business meeting is May 16 at 6 p.m. in the board room at 800 S. Taft Ave.
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Resumen de la Reunion Regular del ix de abril,
Departamento de Comunicaci6n
y Recursos Comunitarios
800 South Taft Avenue. Loveland, CO 80537. Oficina (970) 613-6077. Fax (970) 613-6087
ANUNCIO: La reunion regular del Consejo de Educacion sera cada tercer mlercoles del mes a las 6 p.m. Partlclpaclen del Publico: • EI superintendente Ron Cabrera presento a la administradora y el personal de la Educacion Temprana y hubo una presentaclon por el Mes de los Nifios Pequenos. Tarnblen lnforrno: que todas las bibliotecas escolares recibieron libros del PTA nacional y Jarod Polis; que visito varias escuelas, especificamente B. F. Kitchen que Ie qano en un reto de lectura contra Escuela Prima ria Monroe; y que el tercer foro del presupuesto aurnento a 30 personas. • Lola Johnson, miembro del consejo, aslstto a DAC y a la reunion delComlte de Preocupaciones de Fin de Ario de los Profesionales, y fue a la exposlclon de arte de TVHS en "Feed and Grain'ly la exposiclon de arte dek distrito en Aims Community College. • Denise Montagu, miembro del consejo anunclo que el evento "Create-a- Tin;" de la Fundacion Thompson Education para fianciar programasdel distrito en las artes y que la escuela Mary Blair va a tener una celebraclon por el Dra de la Tierra para sus programas de arte y rnuslca, Kohl's dono $7,500 al PTA de Mary Blair. • Comentarios del Publico: Dos empleados del departamento de transporte del distrito, una mama y una maestra hablaron sobre las decisiones tomadas por el consejo sobre las cuotas para los estudiantes y las cuotas de transporte que lrnpactaran a los padres y estudiantes en los proxlmos alios. Estaban especialmente preocupados por los nlfios en riesgo. EI Consejo adopto las siguientes medidas: • Aprobo una agenda de cornun acuerdo incluyendo: o Las recomendaCiones del personal y de los entrenadores/capacitadores o Regalos para BHS por su even to para despues del prom de Poudre Valley Health Care y a su equipo de robotlca del Fondo Comunitario de Berthoud o Solicitudes para graduarse mas temprano o Revision de la polltica/requlacion JLCB/JLCB-R referente a las vacunas o Adoptar los materiales de Instrucclon de un libro de historia para 40 grado o Declaraclon de un salon modular en la Escuela Primaria Stansberry o Compra de un programa de computadora para los Servicios de Nutrtcion • Proclamaciones aprobadas: abril como el Mes de los Nifios Pequef\os, EI Dia de los Ninos el 25 de abril, Semana Nacional de los Voluntarios del 16 al 20 de abril, y la semana de los maestros/sustltutos del 7 al 11 de mayo. Habra un programa de reconocimiento a los maestros en la seslon del consejo del 9 de mayo a partir de las 6 p.m. en la sala de juntas. • Vote por cobrar cuotas escolares y reincorporar cuotas de lnstruccion despues de una larga discusi6n (revisiones a la politica JQ-E referente a las cuotas). Durante la parte del Debate de la reunion, el Consejo: • ovo una presentaclon y hablo sobre el programa Options, que sera lIamado LEAP • Recibio y hablo sobre el proceso actual para desarrollo del presupuesto en el 2012-2013 • Habl6 sobre ideas de ahorros para el departamento de transporte y opto por cobrar cuotas • Reclblo y hablo sobre el informe financiero de marzo Sesi6n Ejecutiva: EI consejo tuvo una sesion ejecutiva para hablar de las estrategias de negociaciones y del personal en conformidad a C.R.S. 24-6-402 (4)( e) y (f) respectivamente. Proximamente •.. Esta reunion no sera transmitida porque se llevo a cabo en Berthoud High School ••• Las siguientes sesiones de trabajo se llevaran a cabo el 2 y 9 de mayo a las 6 p.m. y la reunion del consejo sera el 16 de mayo a las 6 p.m. en la Sala de Juntas (Board Room) del Edificio Administrativo, 800 S. Taft. Ave.
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