• Principal's Message


    April 11, 2018

    Hi Families, it's about time to check your May events calendar. Look on the Steele website and check out the PTA facebook page too. Some upcoming important events:

    This Friday night at 7pm our we host Shakespeare's The Tempest. Thanks to our 5th grade teachers and to Mrs. Montoya. 

    Next Friday, May 4th is our final Coffee Talk of the year at 8:35 am in the art room. 

    And Sunday the 6th is the Poor Richard's Fundraiser. More information to come!

    Ryan Capp

    Principal, Steele Elementary


    Thank you from Mrs. Niemeier

    Thank you SO much to teachers, parents, students and the whole Steele community for making Art Night such a success! You have no idea how much I appreciated all of the help mounting art,  and hanging it as well as everyone who helped  run and set up stations.  I know it gets hectic, but I think kids had a great time!  We were also very fortunate to have Renee Bushman with TWINE LAB prep and run the awesome Backpack Bling station and Megan Murillo for organizing the Burlap Weaving station.  Zeezo's face painting was also so amazing to come! 

    I feel very grateful to be part of such a wonderful community here at Steele. Thanks again to all!!

    Susan Niemeier

    Steele Art Teacher


    No School April 27th


    April 11, 2018

    Notes from Mr. Capp

    It’s Thursday on a Wednesday!

    We are pleased to report that testing is going very smoothly. Our technology is working well, our students are working very diligently, and we are hopeful about a great outcome.

    We are pleased to announce that Paul Yenne will be our new 5th grade teacher next fall. Mr. Yenne (pronounced Yennnee) comes to us from Freedom Elementary, where he has been teaching 3rd grade. He also has a background in Special Education as an assistant. We look forward to welcoming him to the Steele family.

    We are still looking for parents willing to serve on PTA next fall. Stop me, or any parent on the playground and ask questions, we are handing leadership over at a time when the organization is flying forward.

    And please come to our School Accountability Committee meeting next Wednesday, April 18 at 5pm in the library.

    We will have a retirement celebration after school at the Gazebo on May 11th for Ms. Couper, Mrs. Paris, and Mrs. Veteto. Please see the attached flyer for more information. 


    Jump Rope for Heart 

    Parents- Jump rope for Heart will be happening Thursday, April 12th, during PE/Music classes. Please ensure students are dressed appropriately for Jump Rope for Heart activities. 

    Any parents who would like to turn ropes for their child's class are welcome to help. Please email jenny.alden@D11.org to RSVP.


    Special Request from Mr. Perez

    Mr. Perez is in need of used tennis balls to put on the legs of chairs. If you have some please bring them to the front office. Thank you!



    April 4, 2018

    A Note from Mr. Capp

    There are trees leafing out on the Steele playground! We’re glad to have everyone back after a well-deserved break. Read ahead for recent and upcoming Steele News:

    •   As you probably know, PTA raised enough funds for a quality playground change that will occur this summer. We are looking forward to making the sand-area ADA compliant and adding some new equipment after school is out. Thank you Parents!
    • Come to PTA tonight at 6:30. PTA will be approving a playground spending plan. And, we are looking for PTA board members. All of our current board members are moving on this year, so we are looking for new members to take on this rewarding and significant work. Check the PTA website for more information at https://www.facebook.com/SteelePTA/


    A few changes are coming to Steele for next fall. While hiring isn’t complete, we do know a few things:

    •  We are currently hiring for a 5th grade position, since Mrs. Olson is moving to 3rd grade next year.
    • In 2nd grade, we will be hiring a ½ time teacher, as Mrs. Wilshusen will be sharing the other ½ of the position next year.
    • We are hiring a new education assistant, who will be working closely with next year’s 3rd grade, helping with literacy, STEAM projects, and extending student learning.
    • We are saying goodbye to Maggie Couper (3rd), Kat Paris (Special Education), and Jan Veteto (Library/Technology). We will host an after-school celebration of their work here in early May. Please thank them for all their service to our students.

     Did you know?

    •  Steele has applied for a Rotary Flight Grant. We are asking for nearly $10,000 to support robotics in classrooms, programming opportunities, and upgrades for Steele TV. Several teachers are attending the Air Force’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Academy this summer.
    • Reader’s and Writer’s workshop is a core component of Steele’s literacy curriculum. We have two teachers that have been accepted to the Teachers’ College at Columbia Univ. in NY for their highly competitive professional development program. Congratulations to Mrs. Olson and Mrs. Fuller.
    • Mrs. Fuller has recently been awarded the district’s Technology Communicator distinction.
    • We welcome Mr. Fifer to PE for the next few weeks while Mrs. Alden is out on leave. He’ll be working on Jump Rope for Heart and learning our students.


    Parent Information Form for Student Placement are currently available in the front office. Please come in and fill one out if you wish and return to the Steele office by Friday May 11. These forms ask for information about your child, and this may help with class placement for next year. The form is not intended for parents to choose a particular teacher.

    Enjoy the wonderful spring weather!

    Mr. Capp


    PTA News

    • Thursday, April 5, 6:30pm in Library:  PTA meeting.  Learn about the playground improvement plan and more!
    • Tuesday, April 10, 9:30am:  Cycology Karma Ride for Playground Improvement Fund!  Come spin to benefit our playground!  Cycology is donating all ride fees (and donations) to Steele! www.cycologystudios.com  Please try to RSVP as it will sell out!
    • Tuesday, April 10 – ALL DAY:  Chick fil A Fundraiser for the 5th grade Estes Park Trip at the Garden of the Gods location.  Be sure to mention Steele at the drive up or register!  Special contest for the class with the most participation – Nuggets platter to the winning class!
    • Wednesday,April 18, 5pm – 6pm Library: School Accountability Meeting (SAC)

    Box top classroom winners for the spring drive go to 3rd grade Ms. Couper and 1st grade Mrs. Howard.  Congratulations on earning an extra recess!!  If you forgot to turn in your box tops, the next drive is fall 2019.  You are always welcome to drop them in the “box top” collection box as you enter Steele where they are collected periodically.  This year over $400 was earned with your box tops!  Thanks to everyone for their participation!!!


    Chick-fil-A Night

    Steele 5th Grade is holding a Chik-fil-A Spirit Day on Tuesday, April 10th. Please see the attached flyer and come support the 5th Grade classes!

    March 15, 2018

    A Message from Mr. Capp

    Steele Family:

     It’s nearly Spring Break. You survived the time change this week. Perhaps you’ve just realized there have been zero snow days this year. You’ve started your taxes, but became disinterested or just distressed (Mr. Capp). And you’ve noticed that students are ready for some time off.

    They do need time! I hope you can help your student have quiet alone time if they need it, or get some great experiences outside and get their head into a roomy learning space during Spring Break. We have some great learning experiences coming up after the break, as well as testing in third-fifth grades and we are excited about how well our students will perform and about how they use the testing as a learning opportunity.


    Please see the attached testing schedule for April. You can help your student prepare and help Steele show our stuff by:

    •  Encouraging your student to stay focused and show their strengths
    • Scheduling appointments and trips before April 9 and after April 27

     Did You Know?

    • About 1/3 of Steele students come from outside our boundary area.
    • As long as Steele has about 300 students, we continue to have full-time music and P.E. and art 3 days/week, as well as a full-time GT teacher.
    • The #1 Draw for new students to Steele is the high test scores on the Colorado Measures of Academic Standards (CMAS).
    •  After new parents visit, they stay because of YOU, the parents and source of the great community at Steele.
    •  Every student that takes the CMAS test can add 1-2 points to our overall score, and we hope to move up from 74 to 84 this year.


    If you like, check out this link to the CMAS practice tests so you can see what they are like: https://co.testnav.com/client/index.html


     FYI: Steele will be conducting our quarterly fire, shelter-in-place, and tornado drills tomorrow (Friday March 16) at about 9:45 am. We often conduct these drills without prior notice, but considering recent events in Florida and other states, we wanted to give advance notice to parents should you want to speak with your child in advance.

     As always, it’s a pleasure to work with such a supportive, caring, and honest group of parents.

    Ryan Capp

    Principal, Steele Elementary

    The 4th Annual Sips for Steele is this Saturday, March 17 at 6pm – 9pm!

    Check out the website!  www.biddingforgood.com/sips


    Buy your tickets today!   Buy Tickets Here  It’s a fun date night and supports the PTA Playground Improvement Fund for a renovations this summer!   Bring your adult friends and family – its not just for Steele parents!   It’s a fun night for all!

    • Tickets only $25 (or $30 the day of!) for an evening of food, drink and fun!
    • Great food from Picnic Basket, Oskar Blues, Mother Muffs, Cupcake Girls, Gold Star Pies
    • Beveages by Coaltrain, Goat Patch, Bristol and more
    • Live Music by Steve Weeks
    • An amazing online silent auction of over 230 items!   View Silent Auction Here   Great bargains on:
      • Kids classes, camps, family fun, dining, and more
      • Classroom art projects and baskets, teacher experiences and more
      • Fitness classes, spa, golf foursomes, date nights and more


    If you cant come to Sips, please support the playground fundraising effort by bidding on our online silent auction remotely!    View Silent Auction Items Here You can place bids from your phone or PC up to auction closing at 8:30pm on March 17!  And you can forward our auction site to friends and family too!  You don’t have to be present to bid or win!  You can have your items delivered or sent to you!  How easy is that!


    Hope to see the Steele Community on Saturday March 17 at Sips for Steele!


    Lost & Found

    Please take a look at lost and found items outside the front door. We will donate any unclaimed items on Friday, March 23rd. Thank you!



    March 9, 2018: A Message from Mr. Capp

    Dear Parents & Guardians – what a great pleasure to work and serve you and your students! This week in Steele student learning, I’ve seen:


    • A first grader surprise Mrs. Howard with some historical presidential trivia
    • Numerous students holding court and representing a figure from history in their wax museum
    • A 5th grader mapping out area, perimeter and volume to design a Food Truck
    • A reader so deeply involved they didn’t notice their class leaving for recess

     And there’s always more. Thanks to all the parents that are visiting Steele, asking about their accomplishments, and encouraging them.

     Remember, no school tomorrow, Friday the 9th.

     We have a new system for our volunteers to check in and out of the building! Please see the front office for details. 

    A MealTrain account has been set up for the Buchholz-Guerrero family, if you would like to contribute please visit https://mealtrain.com/k7zlkr 


    Ryan Capp



    Sips for Steele is Saturday, March 17, 6pm – 9pm!

    Let’s raise $30,000 for a new playground!  We have the playground plans, D11 approvals, 2018 summer  construction plans …. All we need is a successful Sips! 
    • Get your tickets today!  $25 before event, $30 at the door ($20 for teachers and Admin!).  Buy them online or drop off a check in the PTA Box!
      • Adult beverage tastings, food, dessert, live music, fun!
      • Not just for Steele parents – invite friends, family, neighbors, alumni for a fun evening!
    • Silent Auction:  We have over 200 items donated by the community!  Awesome items that you will love!
      • Dining, camps, classes, art, weekend getaways, event tickets, fitness, facials, classroom baskets, teacher donations and more
      • New this year – Art classroom projects that your little ones made with their very own hands! 
      • Online bidding is open now through 8:30pm on 3/17/2018!  You can bid remotely or at the event using your PC or phone!
    Go to www.biddingforgood.com/sips  to check out our awesome fundraising event!



    February 16, 2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    It’s been a great week of learning and thinking at Steele. I’m especially impressed with our 2nd graders, who have been concentrating on the main idea and identifying supporting details in their readings.

    As always, please check the calendar and remember, no school on Monday.

    Basketball Games: Tueday, Feb. 20th at 3pm Rudy Elementary 5370 Cracker Barrel Cir. 80917. Thursday, Feb. 22nd at 3pm vs. Carver at Steele.

    I look forward to meeting with parents and a few students next week on Friday for CoffeeTalk.

    Ryan Capp,


    PTA news you can use!

    -Sips for Steele Playground Fundraiser is coming soon!  March 17 at 6:00 – 9:00 at CC Cornerstone Art Center.  Get your babysitters lined up! Tickets are available NOW online as well as a  preview of auction items! Click here for tickets and auction preview! 

    Here is the ticket sale and auction view link for the Sips for Steele website


    Thank you. 

    -Food Drive for “ Fill Your Basket” for the Steele community:    The food drive will benefit the Steele Community. Have your Steele Star bring in non-perishable food items February 20-23. Cash donations are also welcome. (Each $1 donation will count as one pound of food.) The class that donates the most will be recognized with an extra recess, Chic Fil-A treat and special recognition on Steele TV!  Donation Ideas: Canned veggies, fruit and meat, pasta and sauces, peanut butter, jam, snacks, powdered milk, cereals, boxed meals, etc. ( If donating cash, please label with "Food Drive" and the classroom teacher's name. If donating by check, please make payable to "Steele PTA."

    -Father Daughter Dance!  Friday, Feb 23:  Father/Daughter Dance! Tickets are available before and after school for $5 starting Tuesday, Feb 20.  Contact Sharon Cominsky to help! sharonanncominsky@hotmail.com Please see the attached flyer.

    -Shakespeare Fundraiser at Chipotle, University Village:   Tuesday, Feb 27, 4pm – 8pm.  Steele will get 50% of profits by mentioning Steele!  Tell your friends!  

    -Children's Literature Focus Day is Friday, March 2nd. We still have a need for volunteers and materials, especially snacks for our "Very Hungry Caterpillar" Café. Here is the Sign Up Genius link to sign up to help!   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4faaae22a64-focus    Questions? Contact Beverly Frisbie at 231-5527 or frisbie98@msn.com.   


    January 25, 2018

    Dear Parents,

    Students are growing and learning. One highlight of every week is STV on Friday mornings. If you haven’t had a chance to peek through the windows while the STV crew runs the entire show from start to finish, please come by and see our leaders in action.

    Stay for a bit afterwards and join us for CoffeeTalk at 8:30am. Tomorrow’s CoffeeTalk will showcase some 1st graders and their work from Mrs. Sauder’s class. If there’s time, we’ll give an update on the MLO passage and playground fundraising. 

    Don’t forget to check the Steele Calendar out! There are lots of enrichment and sports events to keep track of. You can find the calendar here at https://www.d11.org/Page/32.

    Please see the attached flyer for the Father/Daughter Dance on February 23rd.

    Reminder: 4th and 5th graders- Spanish Enrichment starts Monday, January 29th! There are still spots available!

    Stay safe, warm, and see you here at school,

    Mr. Capp

    Donation request:  Families- We are in need of 80 empty, clean 16 oz disposable water bottles for a science activity during the PTA Focus Day coming up on March 2nd.  Each teacher has a collection bag in their classroom.  Please drop off your water bottles by Feb. 19th. 

    It is time for Steele's classrooms to put together our classroom basket for the Sips for Steele fundraiser and auction that will be held on March 17th at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College.

    The money raised for our PTA goes to directly to materials and programs that benefit our kids. Last year we raised over $20,000 and the classroom gift baskets are an important part of that.

    We are looking for 1 volunteer per class to help organize the class baskets for that class. The volunteer will be responsible for working with me and the class to choose a class basket theme (I have a lot of ideas to give you from past baskets, if you’d like some help) coordinating with the class families to fill the baskets (this is easy through Sign-Up genius, I can help you with that too as needed)
    providing your basket to the SIPS for Steele committee in early March.

    Please reach out to me directly if you would like to volunteer as the class coordinator and/or if you have questions.


    Melisa Liberman (Ryder 1st grade)



    From the District: Did you know District 11 schools work hard to build strong relationships between home and school? Most all D11 schools have a Family Involvement Toolkit Coach, or F.I.T. Coach who designs plans throughout the school year to increase family involvement. Be part of your school’s community to increase family involvement by joining the PTA, PTO, F.I.T. planning, or a variety of other opportunities. Together we all help our students succeed! For more information on the Family Involvement Toolkit, please visit d11.org/communications and click on the family involvement links, or call the main office to get in.



    January 12 SteeleNotes

    Steele Parents and Guardians – have a wonderful MLKJr weekend. At Steele we try to represent and value diversity, equity, and acceptance while building a safe and challenging place for your students to learn. This isn’t always easy and sometimes things don’t go as expected, but it’s reassuring to know that parents, teachers, and students work together to solve problems.

    How about a pep talk from the Kid President? Try this out with your kids sometime this weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o

    If your child is going to be late or absent please call the attendance line before 9:00am at (719)328-4703

    We also ask that you always sign in at the front office. Please help us keep our students safe!

    Reminder: NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JANUARY 15th.

    See you all on Tuesday,

    Mr. Capp



    January 4, 2018

    Welcome Back.

    We are excited to announce the return of Spanish Club for 4th and 5th graders after school on Mondays, starting January 29th. Thanks to Mrs. Gaeta for sponsoring this activity. Look for sign-ups to come home soon.

    Now that we are back to school for the 2nd semester, it’s normal for many students to shift their friend groups. Students might start playing with a new friend, or stop playing with an old one. For example, one change we sometimes see in 2nd grade: students might stop playing made-up fantasy games and join a sports event at recess. This can cause uncertainty and sometimes hurt feelings. What do we parents do when this happens? Here are some suggestions:

    Listen, listen, listen. Children know you care when you listen, and when you ask them to tell more.

    Don’t take sides. When we take sides, we often release our children from responsibility and they might rely on us to fix all their social problems.

    Help them express their feelings without attacking. Students that identify how they really feel can learn to tell their friends, change the play, and keep their friends.

    Last year CoffeeTalks at Steele were a big success. The discussion at CoffeeTalks led to our new mission statement, gave Mr. Capp a better understanding of parents’ education hopes, and built a community of parent learners. We will begin CoffeeTalks again this spring, with a focus on student learning. We hope to have a student presentation of learning at each CoffeeTalk, and little question and answer time, and then some discussion with the teacher and administration about how the student’s work is reflecting our mission and purpose. Look for our first gathering on January 26 at 8:30am, in the Art Room.

    Choir will resume in two weeks on January 18, 2018. There is NO CHOIR TODAY

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 there will be a Focus Day Meeting in the library right after school. If you can not make the meeting please email Beverly Frisbie at frisbie98@msn.com

    The next PTA meeting is also next Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30pm. 

    There will be NO SCHOOL on January 15th.

    Mr. Capp

    From the District:
    Do you know someone who’s interested in sending their student to our school? Let them know the annual choice window is now open through February 15, so don't wait! Visit d11.org/choice for information about choosing a D11 school for the 2018-2019 school year.


    December, 2017

    Parents, Staff, and Community – it’s a big week of school events next week. Please check the whole list and get your calendar out!

    It’s a joy to be part of such a close and caring community – thank you for sending your students to us here at Steele.

    Mr. Capp

    Please call the attendance line at 719-328-4703 if you need to report an absence.

    "POLAR EXPRESS After School Movie in the gym, Dec. 14, 2:45-4:45 pm. Look for a flyer this week! Our 5th Grade Elves are hosting this festive movie event to raise money for their Estes Park trip. They'll be serving up popcorn and sugar cookies to all movie-goers. We might even get a visit from the actual Polar Express! Just believe... $5 a ticket, $20 for a family!"

    Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm is the Band Concert- please mark your calendars.

    5th Grade Shakespeare Auditions - Monday, December 4th at 2:30 pm in the Computer Lab.  Bring your registration form and contract!

    Sunday, Dec 3, 1pm – 3pm:  Santa is coming to the Steele Gazebo!  Come kick off the holiday season with the Old North End.  Be here at 1pm to see Santa arrive on a Fire Truck from Station #2!    He will be here until 3pm listening to kids wishes and taking photos!  Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and crafts.   All Steele families are invited to this annual tradition!

    Thursday, Dec 7, 8:05 – Morning December PTA meeting !  Come learn about what is happening at the school!  

    Cotillion Class sign up for 3rd, 4th, 5th grade boys and girls:   Registration is open for Cotillion classes at Colorado Springs Country Club or The Broadmoor starting January.  Go to www.cotillion.com for more information or check the flyer that was sent home last week.

    Please see the attached flyer about our Science Night next Tuesday, December 5th.

    Book Fair is next week December 4th-8th

    Basketball tryouts- Tuesday, December 5th 2:45-4:30 for girls and Wednesday, December 6th 2:45-4:30 for boys.


    Wednesday Notes from Steele – October 25th, 2017

    Steele Stars – just a few things to keep up with this week! We hope you all find a little rest time this long weekend before jumping in to November.

    - If you haven’t signed up for a conference, there is still time. Please reach out to your teacher via email to set up this important face-to-face opportunity.

    No school Thursday or Friday

    - School resumes on Monday, October 30

    Tuesday the 31st will bring on the Pancake Breakfast and Walk around the Block in costumes.

    Thursday November 2 at 6:30pm is the next PTA meeting

    -Please remember doodle pad orders are due Monday, October 30th.

    -Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11 and we would like to take this time to thank the veterans in our school community who served and fought for our freedom. Over the past several years, our schools honor community veterans through the Saluting America program. D11 will celebrate Saluting America this year November 1-10. For more information on this program, click here.

    Be safe this weekend,

    Mr. Capp