Final May 2019 Notes from Mr. Capp
Parents and Guardians:
Thank you All, for a fabulous year at Steele. We are sad to see all of your students go, and we are excited about planning for next fall. Look for information about next year in late July on our website, and enjoy a wonderful summer!
An important note about tomorrow: we will not go on a picnic to Monument Valley Park due to the weather. Tomorrow will be a regular school day schedule. Lunches will occur in the cafeteria.
Important: send a sack lunch with your child if you planned on sending one for the picnic. Students that ordered a sack lunch through the cafeteria will receive one tomorrow, but there will be no hot lunch.
Thanks for all your support – you’ve volunteered, checked on homework, read to your child, brought goodies, joined the PTA, and most of all, you’ve loved your kids as they grow and learn.
A Note From Mr. Capp: 4/23/19
We are looking forward to some important events at Steele this week, so we wanted to get information out to you early.
FIRST, the annual 5th Grade Shakespeare performance occurs this Friday evening at 7 in the Gym. Come celebrate our students’ hard work, creativity and talent!
There will be no CoffeeTalk this Friday as the student body gets a chance to see the Shakespeare performance in the morning.
SECOND, please note that there is no school Monday April 29. Teachers are working with student data and kindergarten registration.
THIRD, Tuesday, April 30th is our Student-Led Conference Day. You should be receiving invites from classroom teachers to sign up for a time during the day. We are so excited for students to show their learning throughout the year and talk about their progress with you. 4-6 conferences will occur in the same time frame, so if you have concerns or questions regarding your son or daughter please reserve a separate meeting time with your teacher. Please be prompt and honor the schedule so we can give every student the time they need to show their stuff!
I want to take a moment to thank all the volunteers that make the Steele world go ‘round. Even at a small school like ours, there are so many people that have contributed in meaningful and sometimes hidden ways. We all serve our kids. One parent I know seeks out three or four students beyond their own each morning and gives them a positive word to start their day. Wow and thank you. Whether you do a quiet service to the school or organize a big event, please come to our May 7 Volunteer Appreciation breakfast at 7:30am!
A Note From Mr. Capp: 2/21/19
Parents and Guardians – this is such a busy time!
Please keep checking the website and calendars: there’s a lot changing and a lot of events to check on!
There’s Focus Day coming up, and Galileo testing, SIPS for Steele and various class events and field trips too. Because of the dense schedule, we are moving our student-led conferences later in the spring to Tuesday, April 30.
Also, tomorrow’s CoffeeTalk is cancelled. We will continue again in March.
As the Principal, I get to remind us all about parking, driving, and playground procedures from time to time!
-Please be careful driving north on Weber. The blinking school zone light doesn’t always work so mind the 20mph limit during drop-off and pick-up.
-There was some triple-parking occurring on Española last week. This makes an already difficult situation more dangerous for drivers and walkers. Stay safe.
-Please keep dogs on the playground leashed and make good choices about the dogs you bring. As you might know, this is an extremely unusual school arrangement that makes Steele special, and we would hate for any incidents between dogs and people to jeopardize our tradition. Also, please keep dogs on leash with adults.
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others." MLKJr.
PTA Notes: 2/21/19
Remember that February 26 is our Chipotle fundraiser for the 5th grade Shakespeare Program! At the Chipotle on North Nevada from 4-8pm! Make sure to tell them you are with the Steele Elementary fundraiser!
March is a very busy month for Steele PTA! Read on to find out more and how you can be involved!
Someone Special Dance: This dance is coming up on March 1 from 6-7:30 in the Steele Gym. Tickets will be $5 per person and will go on sale the week of February 25. This dance is open to Steele Students who will be accompanied by one special grown up. If you would like to volunteer to set up for this event, please contact Courtney at email@example.com
Focus Day: Focus Day is March 4! Our next volunteer meeting is March 1!
This year, the theme for Focus Day is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Even though the stations are parent-led, our coordinator takes care of all the details such as planning the lesson and how to present it.
If you would like to be involved in such amazingly fun things as an Escape Room, Lego Derby Car creation, Cryptography, Mosaics, Gastronomy, Snap Circuits, Sphero Bot navigation, Bread making, or Renewable Energy Exploration (to possibly include a bike that runs a blender!) or if you just want to help provide lunch to our volunteers please contact Tim Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Kid Power is coming to Steele! We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Kid Power Colorado to provide this extremely valuable class for kids 1st through 5th grade and their parent or guardian. These classes are from 6pm-8pm March 13th and 20th. At least one adult MUST attend with the children they sign up. Look for registration forms to come home in your child’s backpack. Checks can be made out to Steele Elementary.
Save the Date for Sips for Steele – Saturday, March 16, 6pm @ Ivywild School!
Our BIG fundraiser to raise money to renovate and re-imagine our Library and Community Room to a 21st Century Learning Space! All kids will benefit! Watch for ideas that will be posted soon!
How can you help with Sips?
- Check out our Sips for Steele auction website to buys tickets and view auction items! First glimpse so please return for more items and info!
- Mobile: https://bforg.com/sips
- Buy Tickets Today! – Sips, food, music, fun! Silent and Live Auction! Casual attire for a fun night with your friends! $30 RSVP/$35 day-of/$25 staff
- View Silent Auction Items: Lots of kids classes, camps, family fun….. More items are added daily so check back often. The silent auction will be online so you can bid before and during the event! You don’t even have to be there to win! You can start bidding March 1!
- Classroom Baskets, Classroom Art Projects and Steele Staff Donations – Lots of great things from our kiddos and teachers…. Those items will be online in early March!
- Need a babysitter? Stars Gymnastics will have a Parent’s Night Out for babysitting – 3/16, 6pm – 9pm! Info is on the website as well as a flyer coming home soon!
We still need more auction items and sponsors! Please contact Khristine Prickett Vadala email@example.com or 719-338-9477 with questions, donations, etc.
January 31, 2-19
Parents and Guardians, It’s been a good week, and we are looking forward to a lot of learning next week too. In addition to the academic day, many other events are in process – basketball games, enrichment classes, and many special projects.
We are opening up Spanish class to 3rd grade students as well as 4th and 5th grade! Please come to the front office to get a form if you are interested. Spanish will be Mondays from 2:30-3:20 here at Steele.
This week we had a Steele Information Night for prospective parents. Participants were thrilled with the quality of our student learning presentations and the community of learners that are part of Steele. We wanted to make sure that those community members thinking of Steele for their children have the chance to meet us, see our kids learning in action, and understand the value of their community school.
Don’t forget – if you wish to offer information and ideas about how Steele manages food as rewards, or how we might or might not limit sugar in the classroom, please email Mr. Capp your thoughts.
Join us next week on Tuesday for our first home basketball game! It’s always a crush to get everyone in the gym but we have a great time rooting for all the young athletes on the floor.
Finally, there are a few opportunities left to help guide the district’s Strategic Plan. I am going to the World Café meeting at the East library tomorrow, and I invite any of you to join us there or at any of the three remaining sessions. This important work will help guide d11 resources for several years to come. Sign up here at https://www.surveymonkey.com/survey-taken/?sm=q1N7X3cAStxhV8cNCxjCobasSZwvMX6X9y6VxuaQtfpB8FCT4YEH_2BJB8bu4EySRy34PqMzGyVqYGP8kmUsLN0foR_2BZ7fs5xtUKUDWADctdk_3D
Thank you, Mr. Capp
Focus Day There will be a meeting for all Focus Day volunteers on Friday, February 8, at 8:05am in the Art room at Steele. We’ll discuss the plans and activities for the day, outline needs and roles, and assign responsibilities. Help will be needed both on Focus Day and in the weeks leading up to it, so if you’re able to contribute in any way, we’d love to have you. See you there!
Shakespeare Rehearsal Volunteers Needed Help is needed in February for morning rehearsals for this year's Shakespeare Program - all that's required is to be there, so this is an easy project to get involved with! More information in on the Sign-Up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4FACAB2AA6F85-2019. Thank you for supporting this longtime, treasured Steele tradition for our 5th graders. Chipotle Fundraiser for Shakespeare Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 26, 4-8 p.m. to have an easy dinner night, see lots of friends, and help support Shakespeare Program fundraising at the University Village Chipotle. We'll receive 33% of all proceeds if you mention Steele or show a copy of the flyer at checkout. All money raised will go to the Steele Shakespeare Program for current and future productions.
5th Annual Sips for Steele – Save the Date: Sat, March 16, 6pm – 9pm Get your babysitters lined up for this annual parents-only event with adult beverages, appetizers, music, and a silent and live auction! We have an exciting cool new venue this year – Ivywild School! Proceeds will be focused on the school’s 21st century learning initiatives! We need parents help:
- Auction items – think of restaurant’s you frequent, services like facials, massages; camps your kids have gone to…… let us know and we will reach out to them!
- Sponsors – We need sponsorships to help us fund this event. Think parent-owned businesses, etc. Its great exposure and PR to our community!
- Committee – Come join our fun committee and help with our ideas or manpower.
If you have any ideas, please contact us! Reach out to Khristine Prickett at 719-338-9477 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and ideas!
Box Tops Keep collecting those Box Tops! They are due February 15 in the Box in the front hallway! Please put your Box Tops in a clear Ziploc bag with your child’s name, grade and teacher name on it! Thank you in advance!
Attendance Line If you need to report an absence for your student, please call the attendance line at 719-328-4703. Please do not use the main office line to report absences.