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Welcome to French Elementary!

1st Grade Music Program
(Displays 10/17/2014)
Last week, the 1st grade music students began working on a music program for the night of November 19th. We will be using music class time to work on a short musical called "Get Up and Grow," that helps to teach about the many things we all need to learn as we grow up, such as good manners, caring for your friends, and how to stay healthy and fit. All 1st graders are expected to participate in this program that is on the night of Wednesday, November 19th at 6:00 pm. On the night of the program, students will need to meet in their classrooms at 5:30 pm. If there is a conflict because your child is sick that day, please contact me by phone or email so that an alternate grade can be arranged for your child. To match our theme of growing sunflowers, I am asking that each child wear blue jeans and a SOLID colored shirt according to what class they are in. Students will need to wear their shirts to school on the day of the program for the dress rehearsal, and then again that night for the performance. Hobby Lobby is a great place to find solid colored t-shirts. Here are the class colors:

Bales' music class---Yellow
Britt's music class---Green
Foote's music class---Brown
Oberg's music class---Green
Witte's music class---Yellow

Willing students may be assigned simple speaking parts that consist of one or two sentences that need to be memorized. If your child is selected for a speaking part, it is absolutely imperative that they are present for the concert on the 19th. Please help your child to memorize their part and perform it with expression.

If you have any questions you can email me at fairesc@wsd3.k12.co.us
Fri., 10/31 - Panda Pride Assemblies

Panda Pride Assemblies are coming on Fri., 10/31. 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.
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!!!
Thurs., 10/9 - PTO Notes

PTO was held on Thurs., 10/9 @ 4:00 PM in the French library.
Officers are:
  • Kendra Lopez & Kari Hummer - Co-Presidents
  • Danielle Pifer – Secretary
  • Britney Rogers - Treasurer

Business included the following:
  • Members discussed what big ticket items this year’s funds could potentially go toward.  Prospective items included “Buddy Benches” (benches to be placed around the outside of the school) and an electronic marquee.  Mr. Lopez is contacting Facilities to determine what next steps should be in these projects.
  • The annual Book Fair runs Mon., 10/20 – Fri., 10/24.  Hours are 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mon. 10/20 – Wed. 10/22. 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM on Thurs., 10/23,  and 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Fri., 10/24.  An email will be sent out to everyone who has sig
  •  Jack in the Box Night will be Wed., 10/15.  Flyers will go home.  To support French simply bring in the flyer and make a purchase.
  • Fri., 10/17 is a School Spirit Day – Crazy Socks!
  • Science Fair is coming Thurs., 10/30 @ 5:00 PM -7:00 PM.  Volunteers needed to support with set-up and tear-down. 
  • BOGO Blue Fundraiser is coming end of October. (Fall Fundraiser)
  • The annual Johnny Dasher cookie dough fundraiser is scheduled for February/March. (Spring Fundraiser)
The next meeting will be held on Thurs., 11/13 @ 4:00 PM in the French Library. Come join us and stay for BAAC @ 4:30 PM and Achievement Night @ 5:00 PM.
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
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: 
$1000 Scholarship for Cabbage Plant!
Isaiah Martinez, fourth grader at Pinello Elementary, is the 2014 Colorado State Winner for the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.

In the spring of 2014, Bonnie Plants delivered free cabbage plants to 272 participating schools in Colorado. Bonnie Plants received 99 class winning entries from Colorado 3rd graders. Isaiah’s cabbage was picked by the state’s Agriculture Department as the winner. As part of the program, Isaiah will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Isaiah grew a 16lb. 12 oz. cabbage named Calvin, who eventually became corned beef cabbage and cabbage rolls.

According to Bonnie Plants’ website, the Cabbage Program was created to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people, which seemed to work for Isaiah. He wants to plant a garden next spring and grow more vegetables and fruit. 
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.
WideField of Dreams - Travis Dumas & Carl Burgess
Travis Dumas - Janitell Junior High

Travis is a seventh grader at Janitell Junior High. This young man was picked out of thousands of students in the region to receive an award for his volunteering efforts. Travis has been volunteering for the Special Olympics for the past four years. He has been a unified partner because he wanted to help his brother Jordan, a student at Widefield High, with different events, including basketball, soccer, softball, and bowling. Travis is also a volunteer at his church. Travis' dream is to keep volunteering as an adult, and to always try new things. 

Carl Burgess - Talbott Elementary, P.E. Teacher

Talbott Elementary P.E. teacher and Mesa Ridge High track coach Carl Burgess is a Hall of Famer! Mr. Burgess was inducted into the Eastern Nazarene College “Athletics Hall of Fame” on October 17, 2014. During his three years at college, Mr. Burgess ran cross-country and holds a record for fastest time. He was also a national's qualifier all three years. After graduation, Mr. Burgess coached the men's cross-country team for six seasons, and also started the first women's cross-country team at Easter Nazarene. Mr. Burgess is a Widefield High School alum and still holds the fastest time for the 5k run at 14:53!​
PBIS & Rachel's Challenge
Combining Rachel’s Challenge and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support

Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Our school district supports creating positive learning environments for our students. In order to support students and staff we are working to promote kindness and positive behavior. Our district has adopted both Rachel’s Challenge and PBIS. Each building is blending the two programs to represent a common belief or philosophy. The philosophy of both programs is at its core the same. We believe that the doorway to improving education is in building positive relationships with students. If a teacher builds a positive relationship with a student (emotion, passion and imagination), the chances are greater that a student will open their minds to greater academic challenges. This in turn will lead the student to a more successful academic career and will assist students in growing into successful and productive adults. 

Read more about PBIS
2014-15 Registration & Important Information
Click HERE for information about:
  • registration
  • class schedules
  • fall sports and physicals
  • transporation
  • open house/meet the teacher days
  • orientation
  • K-5 before and after school childcare
  • breakfast and lunch prices

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