OCTOBER COUNT DAY IS TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 1)

Tomorrow is October Count Day.  This is the day when the budget is set for the school district.  Please make every effort to have your children at school tomorrow at 9am.  Any student who arrives after 9am or is absent will miss being counted.  This results in a lot of extra work for you child’s teacher and for Denison’s staff.  We look forward to seeing every single student tomorrow… and every day.

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Principal Phone Call~ September 28

A letter went home in your Friday folders saying farewell to 2 respected members of our community.  Mr. Paul’s last day was Friday and Denise’s last day will be on Tuesday.  Please join me in saying farewell and wishing them the greatest success in the future.  The Personnel Committee and I are in the process of interviewing for a Secretary II and an Assistant Principal.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Due to the beautiful weather this week, Families of Denison Montessori is postponing the Winter Clothing Exchange for a couple of weeks.  Please continue to bring in your infant through adult-sized outgrown coats, boots or gloves.  We will update you when a date for the exchange has been decided.

Denison will be having a fundraiser during the whole month of October with Red Apple Recycling.  Please put any fabric item that you are getting rid of during fall cleaning in the little red house outside of the school and Denison will get a donation based on the total weight of our collection.

Please do not park or drive through the staff parking lot.  This creates a very dangerous situation at dismissal as children are walking across the lot entrances to get to their cars.  If you are in carline, please stay in your car and continue moving forward.  Please do not park on the school-side of either Colorado or Yates.  Thank you.

On Monday, September 29, we will be hosting our first Skate City event.  It will have a broncos theme so wear orange and blue and you will receive a free orange crush!

On Thursday, October 2, Shannon Helfrich, a trainer of Montessori Teachers will be giving a presentation to parents about the Importance of Spoken Language.  Dinner will be provided prior to the presentation, at 5:30 in the lunchroom.  The presentation will begin at 6pm in the library.  Childcare will be provided for children 2 and older and translation will also be provided.

Please make sure your child is getting to school on time.  We continue to see a number of students in the office signing in late every morning.  Our attendance goal is 96% this year, we remained at 95% this past week.

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Principal Phone Call~ September 21

Please remember that there is no school for Primary students on Monday, September 22.

The Upper Elementary classrooms will be visiting Balarat this week for an overnight camping trip.  If you have any questions about this, please see your child’s teacher.

There will be an additional Collaborative School Committee meeting on Tuesday evening.  The exact time and the agenda will be posted on the website by Monday afternoon.

All activities within the school day, including Suzuki violin are free.  We have had students telling us that they did not sign up for Suzuki because of financial concerns.  If you or your child are interested in participating in our free Suzuki program, please see Bettina or contact Alice and she will get you a sign-up form.

This week, Denison will have a winter gear exchange in the front lobby during drop off.  Please bring in your infant through adult-sized outgrown coats, boots or gloves.  Even if you don’t have anything to donate, please feel free to come and take what your family needs.

On Thursday, September 25, we will be planting bulbs in the front beds.  Bring your children and your favorite shovel and help us make the front of the school beautiful for the spring.

On Monday, September 29, we will be hosting our first Skate City event.  It will have a broncos theme so wear orange and blue and you will receive a free orange crush!

Please make sure your child is getting to school on time.  We continue to see a number of students in the office signing in late every morning.  Our attendance goal is 96% this year, we have not met this goal any week this year but we are getting better at 95% this past week.

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Prinicipal Phone Call~September 14

The fall seems to have arrived quickly in Denver.  We try to get our students outside everyday so please send the appropriate outdoor gear for them.

School pictures will be on Tuesday, September 16.

I will be attending the PAC meeting on Thursday, September 18 from 4-5.  This is the Principal Advisory Committee for Spanish speaking families.  I hope to see many families there.

Please be aware that with students eating in the lunchroom, there is no longer access to a microwave for heating food.  Please pack lunches that do not require a microwave.

Our attendance this past week was below our goal of 96% at 95%.  We continue to have students arriving late on a regular basis.

Have a wonderful week.

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Principal Phone Call~ Sunday, September 7

On Monday we welcome back our 4 year olds and our school community is complete for the 2014-15 school year.

This week we have our Primary Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 7 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  There will be childcare provided.

Families of Denison Montessori, our parent organization, will be meeting on Thursday, September 11 at 5:30pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for becoming involved in the Denison Community.

On Friday, September 12 from 9:15-to 10:15, I will be hosting my monthly Principal Coffee in the library.  This will be an opportunity to learn more about Montessori education and what is happening at Denison.

We have created a Little Free Library in the front lobby.  This is a library where students can take a book to read.  They can keep the book and return a different book or they can return the book they borrowed and get a new one.  As you clean out your bookshelves at home, please bring your books to Denison and we will add them to the Little Free Library.

We have been able to work with the scheduling department and have figured out how to have early releases count as the minutes that your child is out of school and not as a full half day.  This is a huge celebration, which will significantly impact our school wide attendance.

While this is a huge celebration, our attendance for the first 2 weeks of school is still below 96%.  Please schedule vacations during school vacation time and not during the school year.  We simply cannot teach students who are not in attendance.   I’d like to congratulate our 6th graders for being the only group that has an attendance average over our school goal of 96%.

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