To provide a challenging, balanced curriculum in a safe, caring environment. Andie Ruskin, Principal January 16, 2015 Happy New Year! Welcome back to the second semester of school year. As we begin the new semester, teachers will be reviewing what it means to be a DVE Citizen. Having discussions around the dinner table about what it means to demonstrate RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and PERSEVERANCE will go a long way to increase your student’s personal growth and understanding. Your encouragement and reinforcement is the most important component in your child’s education. Thank you for your support! Terry Dickinson, Assistant Principal Happy New Year Thursday, January 15 3rd Grade LEGO Club 7:45—8:40 Wednesday, January 21 Only 85 days of school left! Regular school attendance plays a crucial role in your child's overall academic achievement. The first step toward learning in school is being present and on time for class. Children should be at school every day unless an illness or emergency prevents them from doing so. Parents are asked to provide the front office with a doctor’s note for absences which extend beyond three days. Colorado’s Compulsory School Attendance Law, C.R.S. 22-33-104, states that a student must attend public school for a certain number of hours: “Every child who has attained the age of six years on or before August 1 of each year and is under the age of seventeen years…shall attend public school for at least . . . nine hundred sixty-eight hours if an elementary pupil in a grade other than kindergarten.” A student is considered habitually truant if they have 4 unexcused absences from school in any one-month period, or 10 unexcused absences during any school year. If you have any questions about your child’s attendance please call the school. You can also review your child’s attendance history by logging into your parent portal account. Kindergarten Registration begins at the Education and Administration Center 1110 Chapel Hills Drive. If you have any questions please call 234-4200 Please make sure that your child comes to school prepared for the weather. Winter coats, boots and layering works best for the changing weather. Students should be prepared to go outdoors for recess. We will only have indoor recess on wet weather days and if temperatures are lower than 20 degrees. Friday, January 23 As always, please don’t hesitate to call, email, or drop in if there is anything we can do for you. We are here for you and your children and are always happy to listen and help. Hope you have had a great start to 2015! Andie Ruskin Terry Dickinson DVE Principal DVE Assistant Principal Wednesday, January 21 Academic Arts Academy Choice Night at Eagleview Middle School—6:00 PM 719-234-3400 Thursday, January 22 3rd Grade LEGO Club 7:45—8:40 All 5th Grade parents who are interested in finding out more information regarding the Eagleview Academic Arts Academy program for the 2015/2016 school year please attend our meeting at DVE—3:00 Thursday, January 29 3rd Grade LEGO Club—7:45 Page 2 Douglass Valley Elementary 2015-2016 Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by October 1, 2015 DVE Registration date Wednesday, January 21st Kindergarten registration consists of two steps: Step One complete online (https://rpl.asd20.org/registration/ WelcomeToD20.html) after January 2, 2015. This must be complete before Step Two. Step Two begins at the Education and Administration Center (1110 Chapel Hills Drive) You will need the following documents when you come to register at the district. Verification of child’s address (required for District 20 residence only): If you live on base you will need to show proof of quarters assignment lease from USAFA housing office. The child’s immunization record The child’s registered state birth certificate Any existing court documents related to custody if the child does not reside with legal/biological parents Picture ID of legal parent/guardian who is registering students Douglass Valley Elementary Page 3 Online Library Resources Douglass Valley elementary school has several online resources available for parents and students to use at home or school. Go to the Douglass Valley website at http:// www.asd20.org/schools/dve/Pages/default.aspx and click on the library link which has a picture of books on it. Here are some of the links and passwords you will need to access the information. These are great websites for student research, educational games, and eBooks your student can use on a home computer or IPAD type device. Worldbook Online http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/home Encyclopedia covering people, places, and many subject areas. The Worldbook online has many pictures and additional quality websites your student can access for additional information. User ID: district20 Password: d20library MackinVIA ebooks http://academy20.mackinvia.com/Default.aspx Books to check out for all elementary age groups. Great for reading on the go and you don’t have to worry about losing a library book on your travels! User ID: dvek2 Password:1234 Culture Grams States Edition http://online.culturegrams.com/states/index.php Website that has information on each state including listening to each state bird sing, recipes, data tables, and climate information, etc. No user ID or password needed. Academy District 20 Knowledge Center and online catalog http://www2.youseemore.com/academyschool/default.asp District webpage with news, video resources, and book ideas. Page 4 Douglass Valley Elementary We once again welcome a new year that brings with it a message of hope. A dawning of a brand new chapter in our lives that shows us that it’s okay to let go of the past and start again. It’s a reset button. It’s an opportunity to reinvent ourselves but only if we have the strength to keep moving forward. It’s one thing to sit down and create a long list of New Year’s resolutions, and it’s another to have the self-discipline to follow through with them. What are you willing to do differently this year? What are you willing to sacrifice so that you can finally live the creative life that you have always imagined? This year instead of sitting down and coming up with a massive list of resolutions or covering your wall with a visualization map — come up with one thing that you are willing to do and then just do it. You don’t need to prepare. You don’t need to buy anything else to make it happen. Just do one thing. Instead of worrying about tomorrow or wondering how you are going to stick with it all year. Just take one small step today in the right direction. As the ancient sage Lao-Tzu reminds us, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Don’t waste any more time preparing — Just start walking and create the life you were meant to live! “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” ~Rainer Maria Rilke Happy New Year Douglass Valley Elementary Page 5 Holiday Shop success! We hope you all had a pleasant holiday and you enjoyed 2015 is starting off with a box top collection chal- the gifts received or given that were purchased from the lenge for each classroom. Whichever class has Holiday Shop. We raised over $1000 for the school in just the most Box Tops collected by the end of Feba day and a half. ruary will earn a classroom party! The kids seemed to enjoy themselves very much and the The money collected from Box Tops goes to the volunteers were amazing! Thank you so much for all your PTO which in turn gives it back to the staff and hard work. school. Our last bundle of Box Tops we sent in We will be having another shopping experience in the provided us with over $1400! 2015 school year. That helped pay for the fantastic math & science Yearbook news program Brain Pop the school uses. Don’t forget to order your yearbook! I cannot talk about these programs without giv$15 check payable to DVE, cash, or online at ing a big hug of thanks to Vivian & Brit. These www.inter-state.com/yearbook ladies make the money happen by counting, Enter code 699565 sorting and sending in all the Box Tops and juice pouches. Our newest program Recycle boxes for aluminum and plastic drink pouches (no need to remove the straws) and drink pouches with spouts are located in the cafeteria for collections. It’s good for our planet, good for our school and teaches our children that helping is super easy. We need all pictures for the yearbook turned in by February 15th. You can email them to [email protected] or give them Lenore in the office on a thumb drive. Please label the pictures somehow with class/event/date. We’re specifically looking for The school sign with the welcome back student’s message on it Ice Cream social pictures All Academies - Science, Technology, Music, PE, Art, Library, etc. All Clubs Holiday Shop Barnes and Noble book fair Christmas Parties Cute kids Field Trips Red Ribbon Week - no helicopters, please, have lots of those The collected waste is then converted into new products, ranging from recycled park benches to upcycled backpacks. Without programs like Box Tops & Terra Cycle we would not be able to help provide the staff at DVE extra resources to make our children’s education better. A HUGE thank you to all of you who take the time to send these labels in, they can and DO make a difference. Jenn Cobongs Yearbook Coordinator Douglass Valley Elementary Page 6 the Principal regarding the spending of school monies; to meet and determine whether decisions affecting the educational process are adJanuary 23rd @ 3:00 in the cafeteria vancing or impeding student achievement by The Academic Arts Academy fosters a safe culture that emreviewing annual objectives, tactics & action powers each student to synthesize academic content with plans and their results; to ensure educational authentic integration of the arts. performance data is provided through the AnStudents engage in Innovative learning through guided nual Report to Patrons; and to discuss safety choice, personal expression, collaboration and interaction issues related to the school environment. SAC with the arts community. A shared commitment to high meets once a month. The SAC reps report achievement and ownership of knowledge challenges learners back to the PTO to create connections and discover their voice in a diverse society. Eagleview AAA presentation Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu We need more volunteers to make a difference! Do you want to go on field trips with your kids or maybe help in their classroom with parties and special events? All volunteers MUST complete a volunteer orientation program along with a background check before you can enjoy all the fun. Meetings are held the first Friday every month at 3:00 in the cafeteria at DVE—next meeting is February 6th. The PTO has open positions, we NEED you! Hospitality Coordinator Responsible for coordinating the food for the Ice Cream Social (August), Walk Your Child to School Day (September), Parent/Teacher Conferences (October & March—coordinate with staff), Silent Auction (February), CSAP snacks (March) and Teacher Appreciation (May). Parent Sounding Board Representative A person to represent Douglass Valley at the district-wide parent Sounding Board meetings. The PSB is a forum for parents to communicate directly with the Superintendent and Board of Education Liaison. Meetings are held once a month from 9:00—11:30 am. This is an essential position for DVE, as it is our forum for having our voices heard. The PSB rep reports back to the DVE PTO and DVE School Accountability Committee. School Accountability Committee Reps (several are needed) The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is made up of parents, school representatives, community representatives, students (as appropriate), and business leaders/patrons. The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations to It’s all about teamwork The PTO only works as well as the team that works together works hard. It takes parents, teachers, staff and the community to make an organization strong and events successful. Jessica Crawford – PTO President [email protected] Page 7 Douglass Valley Elementary Important Dates to Remember D20 Choice Window Opens: January 2, 2015 Choice Window Closes: February 20, 2015 Eagleview Choice Night: January 15, 2015 @ 6:00pm (EMS Wing Space) Academic Arts Academy Choice Night: January 21, 2015 @ 6:00 PM (EMS Wing Space) EMS Tours will be offered January 13, 2015 – February 19, 2015 on Tuesday/Thursday mornings (8:45-9:30am and 9:45-10:30am). Please call the school to reserve your date. AAA Interview Dates: February 12 OR February 19, 2015 @ 3:45 – 5:30 PM - No appointment necessary. All new students must interview and complete online AAA application. Choice Acceptance Notification from Academy District 20: New students (out of district), current transfer students (in district), and current choice students (out of district) will be notified by district by e-mail by April 1, 2015. Academic Arts Academy Acceptance Letters mailed home after Spring Break Preschool applications for the 2015-16 school year will be available in the office at DVE, Wednesday, January 21. On that date, applications will also be available on the Briargate Preschool website and at the preschool office at the District. After you complete your application it will need to be mailed. Please see Shari at DVE if you need an application. Douglass Valley Elementary does not have a preschool at this location. The Preschool applications will list all preschool locations.
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