September 11th Newsletter

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars and if you have eyes, you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. ~ Osho

Classroom Celebrations

Hop, skip, and jump…this week the students from both ELC classes got together during our choice time to learn how to play a variety of playground games: groups were rotating through sessions of foursquare, kickball, tag games, hopscotch, and jumprope. Students did not only learn the rules for these games, but also reflected on ways to solving problems that might occur and the best of all, new friendships formed between students from both classes.

In our writers’ workshop we wrapped up our dragon stories and are now embarking on learning the skills of writing informational text. Inspired by the names the two writing groups chose for themselves (“Prairie Dogs” and “Owls”) we are studying those two animals in our respective groups. Through using literature as well as videos and additional internet resources we are starting off by learning as much as we can about these two Colorado animals.

As readers we have continued to practice “read-to-self” behaviors: finding a good spot to read, being very quiet, keeping our eyes in the book, staying in the spot we have chosen, and reading the whole time. Even our youngest students can now sustain 20 minutes of quietly enjoying the books they have chosen for their school bookbags. Next week we will begin sending “home bookbags” with our Stars and Moons (1st and 2nd graders). These cloth bookbags will contain 1 “just-right” book and 1 reading log. The “just-right” book is a book that your child will read to you. She should be able to figure out most of the words but can certainly receive help from you for some harder words. You (the adult) will be responsible for recording the title of the book, date and initials in the log. The bookbag should come back to school the very next day, so that a new book can find its way home on the following day and every day after…Many of the early “just-right” books will take only a few minutes to read. So make sure to continue to read aloud to your child after he has finished reading his book to you. All to enjoy the wonderful world of books.

Looking Ahead

  • Wed., Sept. 16 – All School Swim Day ($8) (More info on back of newsletter)
  • Thurs., Sept. 24 – Field Trip to St. Mary’s Glacier
  • Fri., Sept. 25 – Early Dismissal
  • Fri., Oct. 9 – Field Trip to the Denver Zoo



All School Swim Day

          The school year is off and rolling and to help celebrate the beginning of another great year, we will be going to the Apex Center for our All School Swim Day on Wednesday, Sept. 16th. The cost is $8.00, which includes the use of the swimming pools, water slides and the gymnasiums. The buses will pick us up from school at 9:00 and will bring us back to school around 1:30.

          Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit and towel, a sack lunch and $8.00. The $8.00 must be turned in to your advisor by Wednesday, Sept. 16th. Sharon, our wonderful financial secretary, asks that if you are going to pay with a check, please make sure it is made out for the amount of swim day only. Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to join us, but must also pay $8.00. If you have any questions, please call Rosie at #303-982-7056. We are looking forward to a great day together at the Apex Center.

Directions to Apex Center: Go North on Wadsworth to I-70. Get on I-70 going West and take it to the Ward Road exit (#266). Get off on Ward Road and go North (right). Take Ward Road to 72nd Ave. and turn left. The Apex Center is about 1/2 of a mile down on the left side of the street. It’s a great big building off of 72nd Ave. and Apex.


Mary and Ana’s newsletter  will be available through a variety of sources: through the school’s website, through email, in a paper version outside the classroom, and coming home in a Friday folder. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email, please email Ana ( and we will include you in the email list.

Support  the school: Please check out the school’s website ( There is a lot of information about our program including a variety of opportunities to support the school in many ways: from helping with the garden to fundraising.

Every Friday morning Open School parents, old and new, are gathering in the commons (lunchroom) for Coffee and Conversation to get to know and support each other. Come meet other moms and dads and enjoy a cup of coffee together! 

Attendance Line (it is important that you call in your child’s absence!): 303-982-7053

School hours are 8:30-3:25.

Mary’s email: Ana’s email:


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