October 9th Newsletter

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” Chinese proverb

Ana and Mary’s Newsletter — October 9th, 2015

Classroom Celebrations

“Eyes to the front — ready to hunt. Eyes on the side — run and hide!” Students continue their learning about Colorado nature this week — connecting new schema from one rotation to another. When we, for example, compared owl skulls to pigeon skulls at writing time students noticed that owls have their eye sockets in front whereas pigeons and many other birds have their eyes more to the side — and drawing the correct conclusion (from their learning during the prairie habitat rotation) that owls are predators. It is so exciting to see our community of learners gain more and more knowledge about nature with an emphasis on what is native to Colorado. The trip to the zoo was yet another opportunity for all of us to distinguish between animals that live here in Colorado from animals from other parts of the world and enjoy and appreciate this diversity of wildlife.

Many thanks to all of the parents that accompanied us on this trip!

Looking Ahead

  • Wed., Oct. 14 – Pumpkin/Zombie Dash
  • Wed., Oct. 21 – Early Release – 1:00 pm
  • Thurs., Oct. 22 – Fri., Oct. 23 — Conference Days – Students come to school at their scheduled conference time only.
  • Fri., Oct. 30 – All School Skate Day ($8) – Halloween Party


Conference: If you have not signed up for a conference, please do so. The conference folders are out in the foyer (in front of the office). If your child is an “owl” you will sign up for a conference with Ana and if your child is a “prairie dog” you will sign up for a conference with Mary. Your child’s name will appear on the outside of the conference folder in which you need to sign up. Conferences are a wonderful time at the Open School for us to review progress and set goals. Please plan on having your child attend conferences with you. We will spend 30 minutes together during your scheduled time slot. Plan on spending another twenty to thirty minutes before or after your time slot so your child can share his/her work with you.

Bookfair: During conferences the library will feature a bookfair. Our librarians would love help with setting it up and help running it. Please contact Angie or Stacey in the library.

Help! Many of our dollhouse furniture need some loving wood glue repair…we also would love a little bit of help cutting out laminated math manipulatives.

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 field trip to the zoo free of cost! Please continue 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.

Breakfast: 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


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