Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Digger Dash Splash!
On Thursday we awarded our top boy and girl runner at each grade level with the coveted prize of dousing the Principal and Assistant Principal with water!  The students were selective in the tool they chose to get us wet.  The crowd favorite was the large water pail!  We thank you for supporting our school in raising money for a shade structure for our front playground.  We look forward to sharing how much we raised when all of our pledges are in later this month.

Halloween Costume Guidelines
While we will send out more detailed information regarding our Halloween breakfast parties and parade that will be held on Friday, October 29, after break, I do want to provide you with our guidelines for Halloween costumes in the event that you plan to begin preparations over fall break.  While we encourage children to have fun and be creative with their costume, we do not allow weapons, masks or face paint.  These items are prohibited to ensure all students’ safety throughout the morning.

More Information About 4cs & 21st Century Skills
In addition to reporting out on how well your child is progressing in each content area (reading, writing, math, social studies and science), you will receive information on how well he/she is progressing on the 4cs (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) and select 21st century skills (resiliency, problem solving, civic responsibility, health and wellness, global awareness and systems thinking) on his/her report card.  The 4cs and 21st Century Skills were identified by national organizations, including the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, as skills students need to be successful as leaders, workers and citizens in the future.  According to P21, the purpose of teaching and assessing the 4cs and 21st Century Skills is to “build students’ knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world.”  These life skills also help students prepare for rigorous coursework and future workforce challenges. Providing you with information regarding how well your child is mastering the 4cs and 21st century skills is simply additional information regarding his/her growth.

Coat Drive
Student Council will continue to collect gently used coats for various organizations through November 30th.  Please send all donations with your child.

Keep Running for Gold Rush!
Douglas County is hosting a walk / run to benefit the schools on October 24 at 9:00 AM at Highlands Ranch High School.  All race proceeds go directly to Gold Rush.  See the flyer below for additional details or register online at .

Calling All Digger Dash Photos
Thank you again for attending the Digger Dash!  We appreciated your support!  The Yearbook Committee is looking for pictures to include.  Please email your photos to for consideration.

Parent Classes
* Sky Ridge and Douglas County School District is offering several classes for parents.  Click here for more information.

Volleyball Opportunity for 4th Graders
If you have a daughter in 4th grade that is interested in playing volleyball, Iron Horse Elementary School is starting up a Legend Feeder 4th grade team for girls.  Practices are scheduled to begin after Fall Break.  If your daughter is interested please contact Steve Getchell at  

Upcoming Events
·      October 9 – No School: Teacher Work Day
·      October 12 – 16 – No School: Fall Break

·      October 30 – Halloween Breakfast Parties @ 9:15-10:15 / Parade @ 10:15-10:30