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Welcome to French Elementary!

Jumprope for Heart is Coming in February!
JUMPROPE FOR HEART is coming to French in  February. Jumprope for Heart is the national fundraiser for the American Heart Association, which teaches the students about healthy living and promotes heart health.  Our students will participate in cardiovascular activities such as jumping rope, hula hooping, and playing basketball. We will also learn heart healthy eating habits, practice taking our pulse, and get to experience a professional JUMP ROPE TEAM!    You can support the American Heart Association by donating to French during Jumprope for Heart. More information will be coming your way in the month of February!!
Fri., 1/16 - Panda Pride Assemblies

Panda Pride Assemblies are coming on Fri., 1/16. Times for assemblies will be as follows:
  • K-1st at 9:00 AM
  • 2nd-3rd at 9:45 AM
  • 4th-5th at 10:30 AM
Awards are given in honor of Perfect Attendance, Panda Pride (outstanding achievement identified with teacher discretion), and Renaissance.  Renaissance Awards may be White, Black, or Gold (also Platinum in grades 4 and 5) based on one point earned in each of the following areas:
K-3rd 4th-5th
  • Perfect Attendance
  • Panda Pride
  • No "1"s, "2"s, or "U"s on Effort/Citizenship
  • No Discipline Referrals
  • At or Above Benchmark on DIBELS
  • Proficient or Higher Grades
  • No "1"s, "2"s, or "U"s on Effort/Citizenship
  • No "D"s or "F"s
  • No Discipline Referrals
  • Achieved End-of-Year Benchmark on DIBELS or Above Growth Trajectory
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • 3.5+ GPA
  • 4.0+ GPA

If you have questions regarding awards requirements or your student’s availability for receiving an award, please see your student's homeroom teacher.
Thurs., 12/11 - Title I Achievement Night
Thursday, December 11th was our first Title I Achievement Night for Parents.  Achievement Night for Parents is a by-invitation-only event in which parents receive valuable information and useful tools that they can take home to effectively support their children in key areas.  Our focus last night was literacy.  Parents who were invited were preselected by their child’s teachers on an as-needed basis to better equip our parents to help their children make needed academic gains.  We hope to do it all again with an even greater turn-out in January as we shift our focus to mathematics with loads of fun math games and tools that parents can take home.  Invitations will be going out soon.

Much thanks to all of our parents and French staff for helping our night become a success.  However, a special thanks goes out to the following teachers for giving their time and expertise toward helping our parents feel more prepared on specific reading concepts. Those teachers are Mrs. Melynda Kelley, for phoneme segmentation (K-2); Miss Renee Foote, for phonics (K-2); Mrs. Carrie McDuffee, for reading and sight words (K-2); Mrs. Kathryn Long, for comprehension (K-2); Mrs. Lisa Snell, for multisyllabic words (3-5); Mrs. Leigh Graber, for DIBELS/Daze (3-5); Mrs. Melinda Rossman, for reading and sight words (3-5); and for Mrs. Kathleen Self, for comprehension (3-5).  We also want to thank Mrs. Maria Phelps for running childcare for that evening as well as for Mr. Carlos Lopez, Mrs. Dawn Hunke, Mrs. Danielle Higney, Mr. Ryan Moberly, Mr. Lazurus Ayala and the ladies at the front office, Mrs. Barbara Smith, and Mrs. Jamie Barilli for supporting our parents and staff from beginning to its very end.
Thurs., 12/11 - PTO & BAAC

PTO was canceled for Thurs., 12/11 @ 4:00 PM in the French library.
Officers are:
  • Kendra Lopez & Kari Hummer - Co-Presidents
  • Danielle Pifer – Secretary
  • Britney Rogers - Treasurer

New Business included the following:
  • None at this time.
The next meeting will be held on Thurs., 1/8 @ 4:00 PM in the French Library. Come join us and stay for BAAC @ 4:30 PM and Achievement Night @ 5:00 PM.
Order Your French Elementary Yearbook!

Order your yearbook online now through 1/31/2015.  Click this link and order directly through the Inter-state Studios website.  Enter parent code 770101.  The cost is $18.

Thanks for supporting French!!!
Calling all volunteers...
French is actively seeking volunteers for the 2014-15 school year. If you are interested in being added to our list of volunteers, please visit the French website at french.wsd3.org and click on the "Volunteer Sign-Up" link under the Information tab on the far left of the page to register with our school. All volunteers must be registered with the main office so that we can track hours of service. Men are encouraged to register for the Watch D.O.G.S. program (Dads of Great Students). This is a new program geared at providing positive male role-models for our building and boosting male involvement in our school.  Names of volunteers may be submitted for background checks dependent on number of hours served as well as areas of responsibility. Thank you, in advance, for supporting our school!

District Announcements
PLTW - STEM Classes in Widefield
Do you watch CSI? Ever wonder what its like to examine an autopsy report to figure out what caused a person's death? Students can get hands-on experience doing just that with the PLTW - Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science courses. Classes start 2015-2016, see your counselor for more info. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnYj6-PEolA&list=PLcCTPHuIP75L4OB5bdEiFmryWewqxbXRT

PLTW - STEM Program for Secondary Students

Exciting news!! Thanks to a 
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant, the district will now offer PLTW - Project Lead The Way, the nation's leading science, technology, engineering, and math program. These new courses are available to 6th grade students, and will be offered to secondary students next school year, 2015-2016. 

Parents please look for PLTW course information as you help your student select classes for next school year. 

Learn more about PLTW

PLTW Program Information
PLTW Website
Junior High School - Gateway
High School - Engineering
High School - Biomedical Science

WideField of Dreams - Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore is a 4 grade student at Webster Elementary who dreams of one day becoming a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist in wrestling. Matthew is on a winning streak this year after taking the Monster Match Champion title in November at the national wrestling competition. He also won second place at the Bighorn Nationals wrestling competition. Matthew is now preparing for his next match in December at the Dan Gable tournament. Matthew says he loves everything about wrestling, but mostly enjoys the friends he has made. Good luck and congrats on your journey to the Olympics Matthew!
Creating PBIS Expectations

One of the first steps each building takes in creating their unique PBIS system is to create expectations for all students. Staff will decide what the most important rules or expectations are in their building in order to create a culture of positive behavior in the school. 
WideField of Dreams - AJ Vacik

Drum roll please…introducing the one, the only, AJ Vacik! AJ is an 8th grader at Watson Junior High and an award winning drummer/percussionist. AJ not only plays on the junior high jazz band, but he is also the first 8th grader to play on the Mesa Ridge High School drum line. During the summer, AJ received a scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Camp to learn and play with mostly high school students from across the United States. He was the only featured soloist in the large group performance at the conclusion of the weeklong event. AJ is also a rockingí student, taking all AP classes this year and doing very well. His dream is study music in college, perhaps teach music, and of course one day be in a successful band.

Link to AJ's solo performance: http://youtu.be/jZ5pho6ZAew
We made the honor roll!

Widefield School District 3 has been named to the College Board's 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll. District 3 is one of ten school districts in Colorado recognized for expanding access to Advanced Placement course work and improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 of higher on AP exams.

Read more here: 
Winter Weather is Coming. Plan Now!

Winter weather is coming! Now, before bad weather or an emergency arises, is the time to make necessary arrangements for your children.

Read more information about school delays and closings. Go to www.wsd3.org, Information>Weather & Closings or click here: http://wsd3.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=187189​
CMAS Student Performance Report Explanation

If you are looking for an explanation of the data on your student's CMAS Student Performance Report, please click here.
2014-15 Registration & Important Information
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  • fall sports and physicals
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  • open house/meet the teacher days
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  • K-5 before and after school childcare
  • breakfast and lunch prices

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