November 8, 2018 Steele Notes
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It's been a good week of learning at Steele. I've been impressed by the sophistication and complexity of the learning and work of all our students! They are learning features of text, citing evidence, digging for archeological clues, wondering about how our neighborhood has developed, taking walking field trips, writing sentences in Kindergarten, and more. Keep asking your student what they are feeling successful with, and what they are working through. Thanks for all your support.
Tomorrow at 1:30 we are hosting our Veteran's Day Celebration. Veterans and current service members are invited to our all-school assembly.
Thank you and see you all on Monday - there is school on Veteran's Day.
Happy Fall! Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, November 13 at 8:10am. Topics will include our goals for Apex Funds, Apex debrief, Focus Day, Daddy/Daughter Dance, how sugar impacts our kids’ brains, and updates and debriefing on Monster Mash, Reflections, Used Book Sale, Enrichment and other things! If any of these are topics that interest you, join us!
SIPS FOR STEELE:
Are you someone who loves organizing events? Do you enjoy a great party? Do you love working with awesome people to put together an amazing fundraising opportunity for your school? You might be the perfect person to Co-Chair our Sips for Steele Committee! If you are interested, please contact Khristine Vadala or any of the PTA Board!
REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM:
Now is a great time for students interested in art, music, dance, writing, producing films and taking photos to be encouraged to start (or finish up) their Reflections Art Program submissions. Submissions are due to the office WEDNESDAY, 11/14. This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me” offers students the opportunity to unleash their inner artist and have some fun at the same time! An information flyer and student packet is available in the wall rack at the entrance to the school. Reach out to Cindy DeLoach or Allyson Kelly with any questions. Once again, Submissions are due WEDNESDAY, 11/14.
Our next Green Team meeting is Monday, November 12 from 2:45-3:15! Join us to learn how we are working towards making Steele a more environmentally friendly place!
USED BOOK SALE:
Many thanks to Lora Woodworth and all the volunteers who helped the Used Book Sale to be a success!
Box Top Update
Thank you Steele families for all your clipping and trimming of box tops over the last few months. Steele will soon be receiving a check for $368.90 as a result! Mrs. Matthews class won the trophy and extra recess as their class alone turned in over 800 box tops! Yea!!
If you forgot to send your box tops in this time, no worries, we are now collecting for the winter drive ending in February. This will be the final collection for the 2018/2019 school year.
Thanks for all your help!
Your Box Top Team
November 1, 2018 Steele Notes
Dear Parents and Guardians!
Thank you for all your support at Monster Mash and Parent-Teacher Conferences. What a great time to get together socially and for a student check-in.
Next week on the 9th Steele will celebrate Veteran’s Day in our afternoon assembly. Veterans and current service members are invited to a celebration of service and leadership. Our local VFW will present the colors and we hope that Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will wear their uniforms on this day.
Mr. Herr and Mrs. Wriedt are rolling out the Sphero robots this week. We’ve already discovered that students are faster to program than we are. This is part of our work to encourage STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) at Steele.
As the weather changes, please be sure you are signed up to receive messages about delays or possible closures. And, don’t forget to change the time this Sunday – we move the clock back 1 hour. Get your afternoon exercise in now before it’s dark at 4:30!
Our next PTA Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:10am- hope to see you there!
Reflections Art Program
Does your student enjoy art, music and dance? Or do they have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? If so, encourage them to participate in the Reflections Art Program which will allow them to unleash their inner artist! This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me”, calls for the students to create their own interpretation of the theme through the arts. An information flyer and a student packet is available in the wall rack at the entrance of the school. Submissions are due from students by WEDNESDAY, 11/14. Reach out to Cindy DeLoach or Allyson Kelly with any questions!
Sips for Steele
Do you enjoy planning events with the help of other amazing people? We are looking for co-chairs for the committee that puts together our amazing fundraising event, Sips for Steele. This is an adult only evening featuring wine, beer, great food, and an auction. If you are interested in co-chairing this committee, please contact Khristine Vadala (email@example.com).
Used Book Sale
This Friday is our Used Book Sale! It will be from 2:30-7pm in the gym. Used books will be sold for $1. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lora Woodworth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteer Please go to the following website to register as a volunteer!
October 23 Steele Notes
Hey Parents and Guardians – Notes are a couple days early this week.
Thanks to Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Wriedt for hosting CoffeeTalk last Friday while I had to be out. Our students did a fantastic job with presenting their thinking and talking with parents.
What’s happening this week?
- MonsterMash Dance tomorrow, Wednesday the 24th from 5-6:30pm.
- Conferences have already begun, and there is still time to sign up. Please contact your teacher for a time if you haven’t already.
- Conferences occur after school on Wednesday until 7:30 pm, and all day Thursday from 8am-7pm.
- NOSCHOOL on Thursday or Friday this week. Regular classes resume on Monday the 29
Next week’s costume celebration on Halloween will occur on Wednesday the 31st. Watch the weather closely. The entire school will parade around the block at about 8:20, and the last walkers will return about 9:15. Please join us around the route for pictures and Star Spirit. Check in with your teacher about celebrations and times on this day. We will hold a pancake breakfast for students on the day just before Winter Break this year.
- North on Weber
- West on Española
- South on Nevada
- East on Caramillo
- North again on Weber back to school.
Our Benches are In!
Thanks again to Jake Butterfield and Erika Watts for ordering, siting and installing our new benches – the final installment of our massive playground project. And look forward to a clean water drinking and water bottle station inside, courtesy of families and PTA. This may be completed over the Thanksgiving Break or Winter Break.
10-19-2018: A Note From Mr. Capp
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Next week is an important week at Steele – it’s conference week! Face-to-face time with your teacher at the elementary level is one of the most important things you can do for your child’s education. When parents, teachers and students all have a common understanding of progress and expectations, students make great growth.
Conferences begin on Wednesday after school, and then go all day Thursday. If you haven’t already signed up for a time, please connect with your teacher today! Remember, there is school on Wednesday October 24 before conferences start, and then no school on the 25th and 26th.
Be sure to come out for CoffeeTalk tomorrow. Coffeetalk begins at 8:35 and goes until 9:30. Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Wriedt will be working with several students to show their learning in STEM work. Come and be prepared to be amazed at their learning
Happy Fall! Your PTA has been extremely busy for the past couple of months, and we aren’t slowing down any time soon! It’s not too late to join! You can drop a check in the PTA box in the front office or talk to one of our officers about how to join!
APEX update: Apex Fun Run Summary: Thank you to parents for supporting the fall FUNdraiser! Our school made over $15,500 in profit to spend on our Teachers, Art, PE, Music and Library. Kids had fun with the APEX crew learning to be S.T.R.O.N.G!
- 80% of students participated with the average pledge of $3 per lap
- 5 kids reached over $10 per lap so Apex will make a donation to The Thirst Project to provide up to 4 years of clean water to those in need
- There were 673 pledges – 72% came from non-parents
- Pledges came from 40 states
- Kids ran 10,451 laps = 653 miles
- Teachers will be getting their 10% of class earnings for their classrooms
- The Apex crew spent 300 hours putting on this fundraiser (and the PTA only spent about 30!)
Be sure to come to the PTA meetings to help prioritize how the money will be used to enhance our school and learning environment!
Box tops are due this Friday, October 19 by 2:30! As a reminder, turn your Box Tops in in a sealed Ziploc bag with your teacher’s name on it to make sure they count towards your class total! The box is in the front hallway of the school across from the main office. One Classroom will win… will it be yours???
Monster Mash is less than a week away! It is SO much fun for kids and adults! Join the fun in the gym on Wednesday, October 24 from 5-6:30pm. Tickets are $5 each and will be available on sale before and after school from 10/22-10/24!
USED BOOK SALE
Keep those used books coming! Our Used Book Sale will be on November 2 in the gym
Register as a Volunteer!
Please go online to https://cssd.ezcommunicator.net/edu/cssd/login_form.aspx?app=0 and register to be a volunteer at Steele!
10-11-2018: A Note From Mr. Capp
Hi All – today I’m spending the entire day following a 4th grade class through the building. So far I’ve re-learned that it’s difficult to remember the difference between the plural and singular possessive, and how to mark it. (Is it student’s or students’? How can I tell?) I’ve also learned that we teachers expect our students to keep up with a lot of directions. And, I’m hungry (it’s noon). I’ve also learned that when I get to choose my learning, I show more perseverance and curiosity. It’s important to use empathy and try someone’s shoes on for the day, and having friends to talk to and work with makes the day fun.
Remember there is no school for students on Monday Oct. 15. This is a teacher work day. They will be preparing lessons and grades this day.
Next week at CoffeeTalks, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Wriedt will be on hand with students showing their work and learning at Steele. We look forward to seeing you there at 8:30 on the 19th. Also, please plan ahead for conferences. Sign up through your child’s teacher and come to Steele on Oct. 24th and 25th to learn more about your student’s progress.
Wow! It certainly feels like winter, doesn’t it? The snow is so beautiful! Thanks to all who attended our PTA meeting on Tuesday! As a reminder, the notes for all meetings get posted to the Steele Website when they are ready, so even if you can’t attend a meeting you can stay in the loop! Here’s what we’ve been working on!
Thank you all for a successful APEX Fun Run! The kids had a blast running their course, and our Specials programs will benefit from our amazing fundraising!
If you ordered a t shirt but didn’t receive one before Field Day, your child will bring that home this week.
Come join us for our first meeting! Get involved and help Steele with our first GREEN initiatives!
Monday, October 22nd at 2:45PM in the Library.
If you can't make the meeting and would like to join us in the future, please contact:
Megan - email@example.com or Sarahpont2001@yahoo.com
Our annual Monster Mash is coming up on October 24! We need volunteers to bake goodies to be sold at the dance! Please go to this link to sign up!
USED BOOK SALE
The sale will be November 2 from 2:30-7pm to accommodate more parent schedules. Please bring in used books and put them either in the box in the front hallway or on the stage!
Sign up to Volunteer
If you plan on volunteering please go online and do so before you come in! It is very simple and only takes about 5 minutes! To start the process please go to https://cssd.ezcommunicator.net/edu/cssd/ezcomm/V
10-2-2018: A Note From Mr. Capp
Steele Notes – The Tuesday Edition
Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, & Community:
I think you can tell that it’s a busy week at Steele. Mrs. Pachon’s Kinders came in wearing PJs to kick off a busy week.
When we have days or weeks that are off-schedule, it can be important to talk through the days with your student to help them understand how the week might go. Many students can think about 2 days ahead, so it can help to ‘think out loud’ about how the morning routine might change, for example. I still do this with my 15-year old!
Field Day is this Thursday! The weather forecast is a little up-in-the-air at the moment, so please help your student dress in layers to be ready. The Opening Ceremony (yes, it’s capitalized) will begin at the Colorado College sports field at about 9:15 am. Please join us and a special thank you to Colorado College, Mrs. Alden, and Mrs. Leiker for their steady perseverance and organization skills. We love all this day has come to represent – community, play, competition, song, and ritual.
Friday is our APEX fun run. 4-5 runs at 8:30, 2-3 runs at 10:15, and K-1 runs at 1:15. Come join us again to help with our fun-raiser! Thanks to PTA for their unwavering support of our specials teachers and student learning at Steele.
And there’s more – this Saturday is ONEN-Fest, a great chile-verde and chile-roja community event just north of Steele on Española. Festivities begin around 2:30, and there’s a pretty fierce chile competition at stake.
Thanks, and see you all at Field Day,
A Note from Mr. Capp
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are finishing up our work on Empathy this week, and are looking forward to spending some time with our APEX volunteers learning STRONG values for the next two weeks. Students will receive mini-lessons on being Selfless, Trustworthy, Refueling, Overcoming, going to the Next Level, and being Grateful. Thanks for supporting the school as we renew our PE, Art, Music and Library/Tech departments.
Need something pithy to read? Here’s a short list of recommended parenting and teaching books that address issues I’ve heard many parents discussing:
Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience Meg Jay
Nurtureshock Po Bronson &Ashley Merryman
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life Annette Lereau
The Whole-Brain Child Daniel Sigel & Tina Payne Bryson
Mind in the Making Ellen Galinsky
Remember, no school this coming Monday September 23. Teachers will be working on instructional planning and data.
Thank you for sending your students to us every day. It’s very fulfilling to get a hug from one of your Kinder students and have a 2ndgrader explain, in great detail, how multiplication is really just adding number groups together. And to be a part of and entire group of 5th graders who work together to produce a 25 minute broadcast celebrating and informing the Steele Community.
Apex Fun Run Starts Tuesday, Sept 25!
Kids will go to the APEX Pep Rally on Tuesday at 1:30 in the gym! The fall event will be raising money for improvements in our Library, Gym, Music Room and Art Program! Think cargo climbing net, new instruments, improved library atmosphere, new art supplies, and more! The Apex Fun Run program combines fitness and leadership lessons for being S.T.R.O.N.G. followed by the Fun Run on Friday, Oct 5! Kids are challenged to get pledges from their friends and family for laps run on Fun Run Day to raise money for our school. Kids will be bringing home pledge kits on Tuesday. Watch your email for more information from your teachers.
Special Announcement! Your PTA has just started the official (D11) ball rolling for replacing the water fountain next to Mr Perez's office with a Hydration Station! Much thanks to the Harris Family (Bohdi-KP) for their generous donation which allowed us to begin this process right now. We are so excited to provide this for our students and our planet!
BECOME A MEMBERIt’s not too late to join the Steele PTA. By joining, you are supporting the many PTA programs (examples: Enrichment, Focus Day, Teacher Grants, Add One to Your Basket) as well as giving your voice for new initiatives as we continue to find more ways to better our community. $10 for individuals/$20 for families. Sign up online at: http://mp.gg/aq16j
SURVEY: Continued from last week, here is another comment and response from the beginning of the year PTA surveys. We will respond to a few comments each week in the PTA news, but you can find the entire survey and results posted on the PTA bulletin board.
Comment: Can the PTA focus on more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) field trips and/or learning experiences? Response: Yes, the PTA plans to focus heavily on STEAM for the 2018-2019 school year. The PTA supported the recent Science Day learning experience (held on Sept 14th) with a grant and will continue to support STEAM at Steele with this school year's FOCUS Day theme (STEAM). In addition, the PTA hopes to support Steele's Robotics grant with funds raised through SIPS for Steele.
Monday, September 24 NO SCHOOL
Tuesday September 25
Start of APEX Fun Run Fundraising!
Friday, September 28
Coffee Talk with Mr Capp
Wednesday October 3
Student Count Day (PLEASE ATTEND SCHOOL)
Thursday October 4
Friday October 5
Apex Fun Run
Please call the attendance line if your child is going to be late or absent. That number is 719-328-4703