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Berthoud Eagle

Principal to Parent Dear Families,

October 2011

You may have noticed that this year our Parent/Teacher conferences are a bit earlier than usual, October 5th, 6th and 7th. Our fall conferences will focus on your child’s current data & progress, and sharing successes and challenges he or she may face. It is important to meet as early as possible in order to establish our school to home partnership, share information, and plan to meet student needs. This will be an opportunity to listen and ask questions in a one-on-one situation! Grades will not be complete at conference time. Instead we will be sending report cards home on Thursday, October 27th. On a separate note, we have on-going concerns about students being dropped off before school and picked up after school in a hazardous manner. Please, please take the time to use the crosswalks, walk with your child/children, park safely away from the crosswalks and walk safely. Our children are our treasures. It was great to see so many of you at Field Day! I recognize that it is the nature of this community to support education for your own children, but also for all children. With that in mind, I encourage you to be informed about two highly impactful issues for our school community. First, there has been a charter school application submitted to open a kindergarten through ninth grade school in the fall of 2012. The impact on school funding and staffing is considerable. Charter schools were initiated to provide communities with failing schools a choice, but that does not apply to the Berthoud community. You can learn more about supporting our current schools through www.supportberthoudschools.org. Second, I would encourage you to be informed on the budget crisis in school funding in Colorado. Colorado is one of the lowest funded states; for the last couple of years- and for the foreseeable future, districts are compelled to return a percentage of those scant funds to the state so the state can balance the budget. For more information on why the district and Board of Education will be sponsoring a Mill Levy and Bond issue please contact: pamhhoward@gmail.com. Pam is the campaign manager. Mrs. Lojeske

OCTOBER COUNT DATES

It is very important that all students attend school during the October Count scheduled from Friday, September 23rd through Friday, October 7th. School funding depends on our students being in attendance on these days. If for some reason your child will be absent due to illness, please call our attendance line at 970-613-7590. If at all possible, please try to schedule appointments either before or after school and schedule family vacations outside of this time. If for some reason this is not possible, please contact the office. A letter will be required to excuse your child’s absence during this time if the absence is due to a vacation.
Tardy Policy If a student is tardy, a parent/guardian must come in to the front office to sign the student in. If a student comes in late unaccompanied by an adult then that student will receive an unexcused tardy on their attendance record. If your child is going to be late due to an appointment, please notify the office by 9:00 a.m. if they need a school lunch ordered. Kindergarten Parents Please avoid parking in the bus lane when dropping off or picking up your child. Thank you!

Fall Fundraiser Orders Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fall Fundraiser! You will be able to pick-up your well earned prizes and purchased items on: Tues. Nov. 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Don't forget to mark your calendar! If you have any questions please call Linda Pennock at 970-532-2348. All orders must be picked up on this day. Teacher Fall Luncheon PTA will be sponsoring a luncheon for teachers and staff during conferences on Wednesday, October 5th. If you would like to donate food or drinks, please contact Toni Cox at 970-744-1947.

PTA Membership It’s never too late! PTA is still accepting Memberships for the 2011-12 school year. Parents need not attend meetings to join. Our children benefit just by you becoming a member, so JOIN PTA TODAY!!! Membership is only $10.00 for the year. For more information contact Ann Yuska at 970-535-4875.

Fall Carnival – Put the date on your calendar – Fall Carnival is Friday, October 21st. Instead of tickets we have moved to a wristband program. For $10, the wristband will allow children to play the games as much as they want all night long – no tickets to worry about. Raffle tickets will still be available for $1 as usual. Dinner will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and the carnival booths will be open from 5:308:30pm. Students will be able to redeem tokens in the Library Redemption center until 8:40 pm. Kindergarten will be hosting the ever popular cakewalk. There will be a silent auction with class projects (personalized by the students) and a few other items as well as the Raffle. If you have items and/or services you wish to donate for the raffle, please contact Toni Cox @ 970-744-1947. We encourage all of our students and their families to attend and participate in this year’s event, coming dressed in costume (please do not come dressed in anything too scary or bloody). Students should not wear costumes to school that day. If you have any questions, please contact the Carnival Chairperson, Toni Cox at 970-744-1947.

Attendance If we do not receive a call on the attendance line (970-613-7590) by 9:30 am, an automated system will contact you by phone and/or email. You will then be asked to contact the attendance line regarding your child’s absence. If you do not want to receive calls at home, work, on your cell or by email, you can change those settings on Parent Portal. If you did not receive information regarding how to set up a Parent Portal account, please contact the office.

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week is Monday – Friday, October 24th – 28th. We will again join schools across the nation in promoting an anti-drug message. At BES we will emphasize the responsibility of making good, healthy choices throughout life. We will kick-off the week with an assembly for the students that focuses on safety. On Tuesday students will receive red wrist ribbons to wear. Tuesday will be a “Sock it to Drugs Day” and everyone can wear the craziest socks they can find! Wednesday will be “Hats off to a Safe and Healthy Life” where we can all wear our favorite hat. Thursday is dress nicely to “Show Respect for Yourself.” On Friday we will wear red (as much as we can!) to support Red Ribbon Week. Have fun supporting this special week of awareness!

Classified Staff Recognition Week The week of October 17th – 21st will be a time to recognize the invaluable contributions of our secretary, health aide, librarian, paraprofessionals, faculty assistants, classroom aides, technologists, kitchen staff and custodians. Please take a moment to let them know how much we appreciate all they do to support our staff and students!

Spirit Days!!. On October 3rd, National "Stomp out Bullying" Day will be celebrated by wearing blue to school. On October 14th, wear yellow to represent the character trait of Respect. Please see above for the additional Spirit Days during Red Ribbon Week. Parent/Teacher Conferences Conferences will be scheduled on Wednesday, October 5th, Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th. There will be no school for students on Friday only. You will be contacted by your student’s teacher regarding your conference time. Please remember these days are set aside for you to have these very important meetings with your child’s/children’s teacher(s). We cannot schedule everyone into an evening slot, nor should we ask teachers to conference at times other than the scheduled conference times because it is convenient for us as parents. Thank you for treating these conference appointments as you would an appointment with any other professional.

Vision & Hearing Screenings Our annual Vision & Hearing screenings will be performed on Monday, October 31st and Tuesday, November 1st . If you would like to volunteer to assist with the screenings, please contact our Health Aide, Rebekah Beckett at 613-7502.

CSAP Testing Dates The CSAP testing dates are scheduled for February 27th – March 9th and March 12th – March 30th. Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations during the testing windows. You may consider scheduling any appointments or vacations during Spring Break which will take place from April 2nd – April 6th. Thank you in advance for your support!

A Big Thank You Goes To…  The Fall Fundraiser committee and all of you for your orders!  PTA membership drive support  Parent Volunteers who helped with Picture Day  All of our families who supported our Chick-Fil-a Spirit Night, and our event chair Kelsey Roberts!!  All parents and friends who came out to support Field Day! Early Childhood
Early Childhood would like to thank everyone who is closing the gates behind them. Keeping the gates closed on the East side of the school ensures the safety of the young children attending Berthoud Elementary Early Childhood. Thank you all for your help and support.

State of Colorado Department of Transportation CDOT is sponsoring “Walk to School” month during the month of October. More information regarding Safe Routes to School resources can be found at http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/saferoutes

Monthly Glance October 3 National "Stomp out Bullying" Day – Wear Blue 3 Fun Service Order Pick-up 10-14 3rd Grade Tipi Week 5 Parent - Conferences in the evening 6 Parent - Conferences in the evening - Picture retakes 7 Parent - Conferences/ No School 14 Spirit Day- wear Yellow to show Respect 17-21 Classified Staff Appreciation week 18 4:00 - SAAC meeting 21 End of 1st Quarter, 5:30 - 8:30 Dinner/Carnival/Silent Auction 24 No School for students - Work day for teachers 25 “Sock it to Drugs” - Wear your craziest socks 26 “Hats off to a Safe Day” – Wear your favorite hat 27 “Show Respect for Yourself” – Dress nicely 28 Wear red to support Red Ribbon Week 31 Vision and Hearing screening for Kdg. and 1st

OM is coming!

For Berthoud Elementary School Students and Parents

Informational / Organizational Meeting

Odyssey of the Mind

 6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 4, 2011  BES Room 203  Do you like to…build contraptions or structures? Share your creative side? Perform dramatic or humorous skits? Share ideas? Solve problems? Think in different ways? Have fun? Then Odyssey of the Mind is for you! What is OM? The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime. What do you do in Odyssey of the Mind? Students learn to work together and develop team-building skills. Students learn to examine problems and to identify the real challenge without limiting the possible solutions and their potential success. The creative-thinking process is nurtured and developed as a problem-solving tool. Students of all types will find something that will appeal to them. The fun of participation leads to an elevated interest in regular classroom curricula. Teachers have a program to further provide students with a well-rounded education. Who Participates? OM at Berthoud Elementary School is open to all students in grades K-5. Teams of up to 7 students will meet with their coach(es) to select one of the five long-term problems and set up a practice schedule. The number of teams we will have will depend on the number of adults willing to serve as coaches. Please return application forms to your child’s teacher by Monday, October 3, 2011. Forms can be found on the website or can be obtained in the front office. Student Application to Participate – Students and parents together need to fill out a student application if they would like to participate. Parent Volunteer Form – We need many parents willing to serve as coaches and assistants. We can’t do it without you! (The Thompson School District requires a TSD Volunteer Background Check Consent form to be completed by all adults participating.) For more information, please contact Diane McInturff, G/T Specialist @ BES diane.mcinturff@thompsonschools.org 970-613-7563 Check out these websites for more information on Odyssey of the Mind: www.odysseyofthemind.com www.coloradoodyssey.org

From the Thompson Education Foundation
Cultivating educational opportunities in the Thompson School District

Painting sponsorships to raise funds for the arts
Parents and community members will have an opportunity to sponsor a painting by the late Lu Haskew to be placed at their favorite school at a special fundraiser for the Thompson Education Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Café Vino, 426 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland. Proceeds will be placed into an endowment to support the arts in the schools. Lu Haskew was an artist and former teacher in the Thompson School District. She passed away in 2009. Her son, Denny, a sculptor, has donated a framed painting for each school within the Thompson School District. Patrons may sponsor a painting, much like bricks are sponsored for new facilities. One painting will be hung at each of Thompson’s schools (including current charters). The sponsor’s named will be included on a plaque that will also honor Lu and her son. The paintings and the schools they will go to will be displayed at the event. Sponsorship of paintings, valued from $400-$4,000, is $500 for elementary schools; $750 for middle schools and $1000 for high schools. Cost of the event is $15, which includes a beverage and appetizers. For more information visit www.thetef.org. To RSVP, call 970-613-5074.