Principal Phone Call~ April 13

The Annual Chili Cookoff will be on Thursday, April 17 at 5:30pm.  A flyer went home today in your child’s Friday folder.

Next week on April 15, 16 and 17, 4th graders will be taking the Social Studies Colorado Measure of Academic Success assessment. The is a new assessment for 4th graders.  A flyer went home in the Friday folders about this.

The following week, on April 22, 23 & 24, 5th graders will be taking the Science Colorado Measure of Academic Success assessment.  The replaces the Science TCAP the 5th graders have taken in the past.  A flyer went home in the Friday folders about this.

Jump Rope for heart will take place next week during your child’s gym class.  All donations are due by Wednesday, April 16.

The CSC approved expanding our school day to 8:30-4:00.  We are in the process of finalizing the details of this and will update you next week.

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Update on Expanded Time & CSC Meeting (April 8, 2014)

The CSC met tonight and answered 3 questions:
1) Have we clearly communicated with and heard the voices of all stakeholders to a level that allows us to make a decision tonight?   CSC unanimously reached consensus that YES we had.

2) Based on the information we have do we want to expand our schedule for the 2014/15 school year?  CSC reached consensus with all but 1 member voting YES. The one member said she could come to consensus with the remainder of the CSC.

3) Based on the information we have, do we want to go forward with Plan A or Plan B for 2014/15 school year?  CSC unanimously reached consensus on Plan B.

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Principal Phone Call~ March 28

The talent show was so much fun for the whole community,  a very special thanks to Ali Castro and all of the 6th graders for organizing it. And a shout out to all of the performers who shared their amazing talents! 

Have a wonderful, safe and relaxing spring break next week!   Remember, there is no school  for students on Monday, April 7. 

There will be a CSC meeting on Tuesday April 8 at 5:30pm. 

A very important survey went home in the Friday Folder.  If you were not at school on Friday, this survey will be mailed to your house.  This survey is for you to express your preference in Denison changing our school start and end times next year.  This survey is due back at Denison on Tuesday, April 8 by 4pm.  There will be an information meeting about this on Monday April 7 at 5:30pm.   There will be Spanish translation and childcare.  There will also be a CSC meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30pm in the library. 

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Message from Time Collaborative Committee

Dear Denison Community,

We want to acknowledge everyone for the passion, commitment and love that was shown for Denison at the parent information nights and the CSC meeting.  We are grateful for those who came and expressed their feelings regarding Denison’s future, thank you for attending these meetings. 

We heard the following common concerns: 

·      Early Start Time

o   7:45 is too early for elementary students to start their school day

o   Children who ride the bus will have a very long school day that starts too early

o   The early start time would result in a loss of family time as parents need to put their children to bed earlier.

·      Enrichment

o   The enrichment portion of the day should be optional, not mandatory.

o   Non-staff members in the building, supporting students

·      Teachers not being present at dismissal

·      Different start times for Primary and Elementary

We sincerely apologize for the lack of communication around the extended learning time plan.  We will present a new plan that incorporates the above concerns of the parents while also honoring the work of the Time Collaborative Committee on creating an authentic Montessori experience for all students that includes an uninterrupted work time, time for parent teacher conferences and additional time for teacher planning and collaboration.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27, 4:15-5:00 in the library.   There will be time to take the new plan home and we will have another parent meeting following spring break.  Additionally, there will be the opportunity for parents to respond to a survey on Denison’s future as an extended learning time school. 

Please address ideas and comments to timecollaborativedenison@gmail.com. 

As we move forward together, we ask you to please remember that those of us serving on Denison’s Time Collaborative Committee share your passion for Denison’s future and care deeply for your children. 

Sincerely,

The Time Collaborative Committee

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Extended Learning Time Update

Dear Denison Community,

At the CSC meeting on Tuesday, March 18, the decision was made to postpone reaching a consensus on Extended Learning Time at Denison.

The Time Collaborative Committee will be meeting to discuss next steps and alternative plans to present to the community.  Based on feedback from the families, 7:45 is too early for a start time and 90 minutes is too much additional time.   We are exploring other options based on this feedback as well as other information obtained from the parent meetings.

There will be a meeting on Thursday, March 27 from 4:15-5:00 to update parents on our updated planning process.

I have created a section of the website for Extended Learning Time.  I am working hard to get this up and running but in all reality this will be my work for over Spring Break.

My door is always open and I am happy to sit down and talk with you at any time.  Please contact me.  For those of you who do not know me, I am solution oriented and am hopeful we can find a solution that works for our students, our teachers, our parents and our Montessori delivery.

Sincerely,

Katy Mattis

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