October 2nd Newsletter

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” (John Muir)

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter — October 2nd, 2015

Classroom Celebrations

This week all four ELC advisors banded together to teach all of our about 90 ELC students about Colorado nature and geography. In four “rotations” students are learning about mountain lions, prairie animals, trees, and the Colorado landscape. Each of the four student groups consists of students from both Molly and Jim’s class as well as Ana and Mary’s class. Whether out on the playground or in a learning situation – we want to make sure that all of our ELC students see each other as classmates and friends. We will continue with our rotations next week so that every student has a chance to have two sessions with each of the advisors.

Our “prairie dog” writing group is continuing to deepen their learning about the prairie dog ecosystem. Former Open School advisor Judith joined us this week to share her life-long passion and expertise about prairie dogs. The “owl” writers experimented with using comparisons in their writing to help their readers better visualize the content. Fascinated with the magnificent colors of autumn our young students then used similes to write their first poems this year.

Many thanks to the moms who enriched our class with storytelling and garden visits.

We ended our week with advising: learning about the power of words and how we can encourage and support each other by noticing and expressing positive things about each other.

Looking Ahead

  • Fri., Oct. 9 — Field Trip to the Denver Zoo (free of cost – see Pumpkin Dash…!)
  • Wed., Oct. 14 — Pumpkin/Zombie Dash
  • Wed., Oct. 21 — Early Release – 1:00pm
  • Thurs., Oct.22-Frid., Oct. 23 — Conference Days – Students come to school at their scheduled conference time only.
  • Fri., Oct. 30 — All School Skate Day – Halloween Party


Conference Folders

Conference folders will be out in front of the office starting Monday, Oct. 5th please sign up in the appropriate conference folder, the Owls with Ana and the Prairie Dogs with Mary (your child’s name is printed on the front of the folder you will sign up in.)


Field Trips and the Pumpkin Dash

Thanks to the amazing Pumpkin/Zombie Dash fundraiser we have been able to significantly reduce the costs for our field trips. Each one of our trips this year has been subsidized from this fund. And we are even able to offer our next field trip to the Zoo free of cost! Please continuing supporting the very fun Pumpkin Dash and thereby our trips that are such an important part of our students’ hands-on learning experiences.

Check Out Our New Website!

Thanks to help from yet another wonderful parent volunteer we have a whole new website.  Please go to starsmoonsandsuns.wordpress.com where our weekly newsletter will continue to be posted along with pictures of classroom field trips and other activities!  Any parents with pictures of field trips can e-mail them to Michele (our website coordinator) and she will get them posted.  Her e-mail address is acrylicmonkey@yahoo.com.

Note from Melody:

Students’ artwork has been sent off to the Original Artworks!


Breakfast is available for our students from 8:00-8:30. If your child has breakfast at school, please make sure that s/he gets started by 8:15 so s/he is ready to come to class at 8:30 when our classroom doors open and our learning together begins.

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

Mary’s email: mkorte@jeffco.k12.co.us Ana’s email: bmettler@jeffco.k12.co.us


Autumn Leaves

Red like robins, blood moon, and cherries

Yellow like bananas, bees, and sunflowers

Orange like flowers, foxes, and sunset

Green like moss

Green like sage

And green like jungle

Autumn leaves

By the Owl Writers


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