Friday, March 10, 2017

Primary Performers!
First and second graders preformed songs and dances from around the world Thursday evening.  Also on display was students' incredible artwork.  Students studied global awareness and the impact of different cultures on the arts.  We were proud of students' confidence and creativity!  We thank Mrs. Petty,  Ms. Warner and Ms. Dazzio for preparing students for this event. We look forward to the second performance Thursday, March 9th.

Congratulations Mrs. Holtzer 

It is bittersweet to announce that fourth grade teacher Mrs. Holtzer will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Mrs. Holtzer is a well loved member of our school community with over 20 years of experience in education.  We thank Mrs. Holtzer for her wonderful contributions and wish her the best of luck! 

Oldest Students Move on to Advanced Robotics
Fifth graders built and coded more advanced robots this week called Lego WeDos.  Unlike robots Dash and Dot,  Lego WeDos require students to create the actual robots using loose legos.  Students had to think critically and problem solve prior to programming.  Students enjoyed seeing science come to life!  It also helped them question, define problems and pursue unique solutions.

Six Ways to help your Child with Math at Home

Researcher and Stanford professor, Jo Boaler, identifies the following six ways parents can help their children with math at home.

1. Encourage math puzzles and games

2. Be encouraging 
3. Don't associate math with speed
4. Don't communicate you are not good in math
5. Encourage number sense
6. Promote a growth mindset

Click here for the full article.

PARCC & CMAS Testing Schedule for Grades 3- 5
Students in grades 3-5 will begin their state testing when we return from spring break.  Students in these grade levels will be assessed in literacy and math using the PARCC assessments, or the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness.  Fifth graders will take an additional science assessment called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and fourth graders will take the CMAS social studies assessment.  The testing testing schedule is shown below.  Please refrain from scheduling outside appointments during all testing times.  We also recommend that students have a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast each day.

April 4-6 PARCC English Language Arts Assessment 
8:50-10:20 3rd Grade
10:40-12:10 5th Grade
1:30-3:00 4th Grade (April 5 Young AmeriTowne* No Testing)

April 7 Math / ELA
10:40-12:10 5th Grade 
1:30-3:00 4th Grade 

April 10- 12 PARCC Math
10:15-11:15 5th Grade
11:25-12:25 4th Grade
1:15-2:15 3rd Grade

April 13 CMAS Math / Social Studies or Science
8:45-9:45 4th Grade Math
10:15-11:15 5th Grade Science
11:25-12:25 4th Grade Social Studies

1:15-2:15 3rd Grade Math
2:00-3:00 5th Grade Science

April 14 CMAS 
8:45-9:45 4th Grade Social Studies
10:15-11:15 5th Grade Science
11:25-12:25 4th Grade Social Studies

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Upcoming Events
* March 7: PTO Mtg. @ 8:45 AM
* March 8 - Spring Conferences
* March 9: 1st & 2nd Grade Performances & No SAC Meeting
* March 15 - Spring Conferences
* March 31-April 3: District Art Fair @ Hilton Garden Inn - Highlands Ranch

Electronic Thursday Folder

PTO Dine In Fundraiser at Panda Express
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Legend High School’s National Art Honor Society
Art Through the Ages Camp
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Yearbooks Will Be On Sale Through the Month of March- Please check your parent portal to see if you previously ordered. If not, click here until April 3.

New Art Enrichment Class- Clay Club- Registration is open and classes run 5 Thursdays beginning April 6. Space is limited so sign up soon! Click here for link.

2017 Douglas County Cotillion- In a world where kindness, courtesy and respect are often overlooked, JDW Cotillions is recognized as an authority in educating young people in the art of social dance and social skills training.
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Under The Lights Flag Football
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First and Second Grade Families- A Letter from Your Special’s Teachers
            -Click here to open letter with information about your student’s special’s showcase!

Upcoming Community Events
            -Saturday, March 3 @ 7 p.m.: Denver Nuggets Community Night vs. Calgary Roughnecks. 
Tickets are $15/$23. Event flyer and ticket ordering info will be available soon on our website. 
 -Denver Center for the Performing Arts presents, The Secret Garden. For discounts on all performances between April 21 – May 7, Click here and enter promo code DCSDFUND.  Promo code is good for price levels A, B, & C.
   -Friday, June 2Saturday, June 3 OR Sunday, June 4 the DCSD community can enjoy a fun-filled day of rides and attractions at Elitch Gardens for only $27.99 (reg. $49.99).  *Purchase your ticket before 5/31 and receive a free return ticket to the park valid mid-August through mid-October!* Ticket ordering info will be available soon on our website.

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Field Trip Information
            -If your class has an upcoming field trip, please click on our Field Trip Link to sign up!