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Principal to Parent
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 very complicated process of developing integrated units of study, using Rigorous Curriculum Design and Understanding by Design protocols, for these new standards. It has been exciting to implement the first three of 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 19th where I was able to share information about funding, staffing, and plans for our meetings next year. We are always happy to welcome new families who are interested in learning more about our school, district and education in general. Our last meeting of the year will be at 4:00, Monday, April 29th. Please see below for specific information regarding funding for next year. We recently received our student projections for next year. We are projected at 360 students and will be funded at 98% of that number. (We actually have over 400 students but kindergarteners count as .5 and preschool not at all). Our projected student count is critical to how we are funded each year. This year, with again diminished funding from our state, we will have larger class sizes. We hope we will not be facing personnel cuts as well. Our staff will continue to use our limited resources creatively to be as effective as possible. Mrs. LoJeske
In This Issue Letter from the Principal p.1 Parent & School Information p.2
Next Year Placement, Spring Registration, Box Tops, Art Show, Book Swap, Thank You, Volunteer Appreciation, Children’s Day
News From… p.4
Cafeteria, Health Office, Library,
Thompson School District News Monthly Calendar p.5 All Day Kindergarten Flier Box Tops sheet p.6 Jog-A-Thon Prize Sheet p.7 Jog-A-Thon Sponsor Sheet p.9
Berthoud Eagle Choir, Spirit Days, Spring Assessments, Jog-A-Thon Update/Schedule
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 grouped together. 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 the process. Please return it to the office by April 12th and please do not request a specific teacher.
A Spring Pre-Registration form will be sent home. There will also be a Colorado State Immunization letter and a Census Verification form to review and update. Please be on the look-out for these important forms. They will need to be returned to your child’s teacher by April 30th.
Box Tops Update
We will be receiving our check from Box Tops soon for $521.50! We have a couple more months to collect Box Tops 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 2nd – April 14th at the Loveland Art Museum. This year’s show title is Look. Think. Make. Connect! March 2nd from 1pm-3pm will be an opening reception; March 8th from 6pm-8pm is the Night on the Town workshop (students can make an art project at the museum this night); April 14th is closing day. Our Berthoud Elementary Art Department is happy to announce the following students that will have their self portrait art work created with colored pencils framed and displayed at the Annual Thompson School District Art Show: Tyler Holden, Sarah Kouns, Gavin Wolf, and Logan Kilgroe.
Our annual Book Swap will take place April 8th – 19th. 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 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, teachers and specialists who did a super job completing the TCAP & 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!
We will be honoring our many amazing volunteers on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:45a.m. in the cafeteria with a Volunteer 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 coming your way. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to thank you for all you do! (Members of the staff will provide child care in the gym while you are honored during breakfast).
Children’s Day started several years ago in Loveland, when local senior citizen Annie Hall had it proclaimed at the local and state levels; the City of Loveland and Thompson School District have partnered in celebrating this day since 2002. This year April 24th 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-on experiences at the recreation center, library, Foote Lagoon, fire station and museum. Although all activities have not been finalized, you can expect similar opportunities as previous years including fire trucks, street equipment, 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 7th. Choir members should wear their Eagle Choir shirts and meet in the music room at 6:15 p.m. The choir concert will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 5th grade showcase at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 12th will be school spirit and active wear. So wear your Jog-A-Thon or Schools on the Move shirt. Also, on Monday, April 22nd wear the color green in celebration of Earth Day.
We have been provided the opportunity to do student Spring assessments on May 2nd and 3rd. Our state and district require that all students in grades K-3, and 4th and 5th grade students not reading on grade level, (or having an ILP), be assessed with the DIBELS reading and/or DRA-2 reading tests and a math assessment to monitor their progress. When these extensive assessments are done during the school day, they take time and teachers away from instruction. Multiple teachers will assess students during these two days. Note: You will receive an appointment card stating when your student(s) testing time and date is. There is no regular school on these days. Students that are not being tested will not receive a card and should not come to school on those days. Whole Class instructional days will resume for everyone on Monday, May 6th.
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 an additional prize (TBA). The student that brings in the most pledges will get an IPOD music player as a prize in addition 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 in front 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Jog-a-thon Schedule:
4th Grade: 8:55-9:55 2nd Grade: 9:55-10:55 KB and 3rd Grade: 10:55-11:55
Thursday April 11th 5th Grade: 12:50-1:50 KC and KA:1:50-2:50 1st Grade: 2:50-3:50
Only 2 more months left of school. Also, please contact me if it is a struggle to pay for breakfast and lunch for your child. You may be eligible for Free/Reduced meals. Having a good meal will help your child learn. -- Monica Koldewyn, 970-613-7508
Health Office News
With the change in the weather, the hats came back out, and now is a good time for parents to be on the alert for head lice. Head lice are a common childhood affliction. All places where children get together are places where head lice can be transferred. Clean hair and homes are no guarantee that head lice will not find your child. Periodically check your child’s hair for nits (eggs), which can usually be seen long before lice can be located especially if you notice them scratching their scalps. Nits are small white to tan particles found in the hair that look a lot like dandruff, except that dandruff is loose and can be brushed from the hair, whereas nits are attached to the hair shaft and cannot be removed easily. Lice are very small (flea sized) and do not like light, so they can be hard to find as they stay near the scalp and ears. If your child is experiencing itching of the scalp or you see something in the hair and are not sure what it is, stop by the health office and allow us to check with you. Many thanks for your continued efforts in keeping our children healthy! Miss Rebekah 970-613-7502 Healthy Tip A walk a day: A daily family walk is a great way to get your child and you moving. Some families take a walk after dinner. Others plan a morning walk on the weekends. For parents who are home after school, that’s often a great time to walk. Figure out the best time for your family’s schedule, and use the time to walk and talk – you’ll be helping everyone get healthier, and you’ll be spending special time together. Make the walk more fun by mixing it up: walk one block and skip the next, or alternate fast and slow walking. You can even sneak in some learning time on your walk. For example, have your child count how many trees you pass or read the signs along the way.
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Reading Connection Be Playful: You can use different voices for different characters (a high, squeaky voice for a chicken or a deep, booming voice for a horse). Substitute your youngster’s name for the main character’s name, and use family members’ names for other characters. Note: You don’t have to be an expert reader – your child will love it when you read aloud because it is you!
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THOMPSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS
ST-EMS Registration opens April 8th, 2013!
Parents: Registration for Summer in Thompson – Experiences in Math and Science (ST-EMS) will open April 8, 2013. All students currently in kindergarten through 5 th grade are eligible to participate. Classes will be June 10-15 and June 17-21 and run from 9am to noon. The location of ST-EMS this year will be determined soon. All registration is online this year. Be sure to check the TSD homepage beginning in April for more information and for a link to the registration page (http://www.thompson.k12.co.us/). You will also be able to register at the TSD Administration building, 800 S Taft Ave, Loveland, CO 80537. Families who are eligible for free or reduced meals will be offered half-price tuition.
April 1 8 11 12 15 16 18 22 23 24 30 5/1 5/2-3 5/7 Spring Break – 4/1-4/5 (No School) School Resumes; Book Swap begins – 4/8-4/19 Jog-A-Thon Spirit Day: Wear your Jog-A-Thon or Schools on the Move shirt Student Council Can Food Drive – 4/15-5/3 7:30 PTA: executive meeting 4th Grade and 1st Grade Field Trips; Battle of the Books final battle Spirit Day: Wear Green for Earth Day Kdg and 2nd Grade Field Trips; 4:00 PTA: general meeting Children’s Day 4:00 SAAC meeting Volunteer Breakfast Spring Assessments (No School) Eagle Choir at 6:30p and 5th Grade Showcase at 7:30p
BOX TOP SHEET
Jog-A-Thon PRIZE SHEET
Jog-A-Thon SPONSOR SHEET
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