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Welcome to French Elementary!

2nd Grade Music Program
Students need to arrive at the school at 5:30 and the show will begin at 6:00. We will also perform for the school during the day, so students need to wear their assigned "costume" that day:

Adams' class---Jeans with a solid RED SHIRT (the red-eyed tree frogs)
Konkel's class---Jeans with a solid GREEN SHIRT (the toucans)
McDuffee's class---Jeans with a solid YELLOW SHIRT (the spider monkeys)
Temple's class---Jeans with a solid BRIGHT BLUE SHIRT (the blue morpho butterflies)

Hope to see you all there!
Thurs., 4/9 - PTO & BAAC

PTO met on Thurs., 4/9 @ 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:
  • The meeting was called to order at 4:05 PM.
  • The profit for the spring cookie dough fundraiser was $2,381.70.  The current balance for PTO is $7,326.23.
  • PTO is funding scholarships for graduating seniors (former French alumni) from each of the district’s high schools.  Applications are available through midnight on Mon., 4/13 and can be accessed by clicking on the link provided on the French.wsd3.org website.
  • It's not too early to volunteer for the Spring Carnival coming Sat., 4/25.  Fun Services have been contracted to support the carnival.  Volunteers will be needed to run the events including set-up and tear-down for the event. Wrist bands for the carnival will run $14 a piece and will serve as tickets for the carnival.  Each wrist band allows students to have unlimited play.  Food will also be available for additional cost.
  • McDonald's Night is coming Thurs., 4/30.
  • End of year BBQ is coming Tues., 5/19.  PTO will provide hot dogs, water bottles, and chips free of charge to all students. 
The next meeting will be held on Wed., 5/13 @ 4:00 PM in the French Library.  This is a change from the May meeting originally scheduled for Thurs., 5/14.  The date has been changed to increase PTO attendance as students will not have school on Thurs., 5/14.
Wed., 4/29 - 6th Grade Parent Playground @ Sproul
Attention Incoming 6th Grade Parents:

Please join the staff of Sproul Jr. High School for their 1st annual Parent Playground on April 29th from 5:30 - 7:30. Come meet the Sproul Staff, step into the lives of a middle school student by attending mini sessions, and then end the night with a question and answer session with the Sproul administration team. This will be a fun way to learn something new and experience the special place that is Sproul Junior High. (No students or children, please.)
Wed., 2/25 - Spring Testing Article 2 - "CMAS - Frequently Asked Questions"

Why are we taking new tests?
  • Colorado is a member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium with nine other states.
  • The (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers.
  • These high-quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.
 What exactly do these new tests measure?
  • The assessments are designed to identify the level of command a student has over the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.  These standards were adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education in 2010.
Where can I read/locate the state standards? How can I help my student practice for these assessments?  
What amount of time will my student be testing?
  • There are three units for English Language Arts/Literacy ranging from 60 to 90 minutes and two units of Math ranging from 70 to 90 minutes for grades 3-5
  • There are three units for English Language Arts/Literacy ranging from 60 to 90 minutes and two units of Math ranging from 70 to 90 minutes for grades 6-11
  • Since all units will be done on-line not all students will be testing at the same time.  This is a big shift in how state-wide testing will be completed.  While some students may be testing for 90 minutes the rest of the student body will be having school as normal. 
  • Please check with your individual school for specific testing dates and times for your student.
What if my student does not meet the new standards, will he or she be held back? 
  • No, there is no automatic retention of students due to their performance level.
  • All student data will be analyzed to identify strengths and weaknesses of students.
  • Teachers and Administrators will use the data to adjust instruction, promote enrichment and provide remediation to ensure each student’s needs are being met.
Does the school offer alternative test options?
  • Each district is required to identify students who cognitively are unable to complete the primary assessment (has met state guidelines) and those students are provided an alternate assessment
  • The State of Colorado has chosen the Dynamic Learning Map assessment system as the alternate assessment for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.
Fri., 1/30 - The Little Library
We are pleased to announce that French Elementary School has become the recipient of a Free Little Library. The Free Little Library Movement began in 2009 when a gentleman named Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. He invited all of his neighbors to take a book and put a book in. He found it to be a great way for neighbors to meet each other and to share their love of reading.

At the beginning of the school year we were approached by Colorado Springs author, Donna Guthrie. Donna and her husband select 2 schools each year to donate a Free Little Library to. With the help of volunteers from TwoCor and the use of recycled materials our Free Little Library was built and delivered to us right before Christmas Break. It is installed right in front of the school for all to enjoy. The idea is that all children and adults are invited to take a book or leave a book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a school we will be collecting used books to keep our Free Little Library stocked at all times. Also Girl Scout Troop #  40837  based out of French Elementary will be helping with collecting books and keeping it well stocked throughout the school year. If you or your family have any books to donate you may drop them off at the main office at any time. Suggested types of books include, children’s, adult, cookbooks, gardening, poetry, travel or anything you feel others might enjoy reading. There is never any charge to take a book, so check out our new Free Little Library and help us spread the love of reading.

KOAA News 5 featured a story on the Little Library during their Thurs., 1/29 broadcast.  Click here to view the story online.
Tues., 1/13 - Spring Testing Article 1 "Out with the old and in with the new."
As many of you know the former state assessment program – TCAP – has been replaced by the new CMAS – Colorado Measures of Academic Success.  This spring students in grades 3-11 will take the new on-line assessments in the areas of English/language arts and mathematics.  For the first round of testing the dates are March 3rd -March 27th.  Students will complete three units for English/language arts and two units for mathematics.  These new assessments are intended to measure the level of command a student has on the Common Core State Standards.  Please be sure to look for a testing schedule to come home in February.  As in the past we ask that you try and not schedule appointments or vacations during the testing window, it is so important that students complete each test in each content area.
If you are interested in seeing what the new assessments look like and what types of questions your student will be given to show their knowledge and application of skills simply go to http://parcc.pearson.com/sample-items - there you will have a choice of selecting the level for grades 3-5, 6-8 or high school.  For each level there are sample items for English/language arts and mathematics. 
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
Kindergarten Round-up
Kindergarten Round-up is April 29, 2015. Check with your child's school for specific times and details. 
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