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The end of the school year is rapidly approaching; the days and weeks are practically falling away. As we wind down the school year, be prepared for yet another busy month. End of Year Field Trip Permission Forms and other announcements will be distributed through out the month; please keep an eye out for them during pick up.  

I hope you will all join us on May 24th for the Kindergarten Bridge Ceremony and All School Gallery immediately following.  Your children have worked hard and are pleased to share with you some work samples from the course of the year.  The evening begins at 5:00 pm here at Children's House.  

As we approach warmer weather, our staff kindly ask you provide your child with a water bottle to keep at school.  Children need to hydrate often and thankfully many children feel empowered to do so as the need arises.  We appreciate your attention to your child's thirst needs, be sure to label their water bottle.  

End of the year housekeeping:
  • Please have tuition/snack fee/lunch fees or outstanding invoices paid in full by May 20th. Please note:  schedule confirmation and placement for Fall will be held until all balances are paid in full.  If you foresee any obstacles or have trouble meeting the May 20th deadline, please see Alexia in the office as soon as possible; resources are available to assist you.  
  • Returning student and New Student Registration Packets are now available.  These are the lengthy packets you fill out at the beginning of the year annually.  We got the okay from the State to offer these in advance.  That means less for you to do at the beginning of the school year! In the fall you will need simply review your child's file for any updates to contact information.  Pick up your returning student packet in the office.  
  • Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) Applications are now available in the office.  This State funded program offers four half days of enrollment free of charge.  
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Many thanks to Children's House staff for their professionalism, hard work and their love of children.  You make all the difference in so many lives.  Emails went out last week describing this week's event schedule.  In case you missed, the itinerary is detailed below.




Lastly but certainly not least; I would like to formally thank Shamai Buckel, Board Member out going this month, for her faithful commitment to Children's Kiva.  Shamai is a founding member of Children's Kiva Charter School and has served on Children's House Board for the last five years.  Shamai has shared her interest of healthy living and eating with our programs, volunteered with RE-1 Health & Wellness Committee, and has been instrumental in developing our schools' Health & Wellness Programs.  Thank you Shamai for all of your hard work over the years; we hope to stay in touch.  Many well wishes in your future endeavors.  


May a restful, fulfilling and rejuvenating summer be enjoyed by all. 
 Peace.
-Lexi 

May Calendar
  • Monday May 1st-Mission Vision Committee meets at Beech Campus, 3:00pm
  • Monday May 1st-PTO meets @ Beech Campus, 5:30 pm Free childcare provided
  • Tuesday May 2nd-SAC meets @  4pm at Beech Campus
  • Friday May 5th-New Family Orientation @ 5:30 pm at Children's House
  • Saturday May 6th-KIVA YARD SALE!! 
  • Monday May 16th-Board of Directors meet, Beech Campus, 5:00 pm (CH), 6:30-El/MS

  • Wednesday May 17th- St. Jude's Trike-a-thon @ 1pm (morning families are welcome to join us that day; please be on the look out for additional information coming soon)
  • Monday May 16th-Children's House Board of Directors meet at Children's House (note: new location), 5:00 pm 
  • Monday May 22nd-Elementary/Middle School Program Board of Directors meet, Beech Campus, 5:15 pm  (Note: New meeting time-4th Monday of each month)
  • Wednesday May 24th-Kindergarten Bridge Ceremony, 5:00 pm & All School Gallery immediately following.
  • Monday May 29th-Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday May 31st-Last Day of School & All School Field Trip to Denny Lake Park (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN EARLY RELEASE DAY).  Release time is 11:15 am at Denny Lake Park.  No need to pack a lunch this day; children will be released prior to lunch. 
Philosophy Corner:
  
Whole Child Approach
"When a school or educational system claims to 'educate the whole child', what exactly does this mean? It sounds like a good thing right? It's quite a well used term that is being used increasingly but many would say it's something Montessori schools have been doing for over a century. "
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Special Feature: THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good. by Angela Hanscum.  " It was as if Mother Nature herself was trying to prove the fearful chaperone wrong, to show that children are capable of more then we often allow." READ MORE    

Bonus:
 
PTO Press.....
The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 1st-05:30pm at Beech Campus. Please join the PTO this evening to help keep our school AMAZING! It is through you the involved parents and teachers that this school continues to succeed.

At tonight's meeting: bring a side dish food to share. FREE Pizza! FREE Childcare!

Please Make the Children's Kiva Spring Yard Sale a Success on Saturday, May 6th!

DONATE: Bring any donations to Children's House between 3pm and 4pm Thursday May 4th or 9am and 3pm on Friday, May 5th.

SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER:  This is an easy online sign-up sheet:  Yard Sale Volunteer Sign Up or call Becca: 970-739-7899 or email kivapto@gmail.com 
From our Board of Directors.....
Greetings from your Children's House Board of Directors! 

 

As we near the close of year another successful school year, we wish to thank our Children's House families for being an integral partner in your child's educational journey.  Many thanks to Children's House staff for their ongoing efforts in the classroom and beyond.  

 

We would like to thank Shamai Buckel for her years of service to Children's House Board, families and school family.  Shamai's last Board Meeting will be this month, please take a moment to send her your gratitude and well wishes if you run into her.  On that note Children's House Board is in need of additional board members.  If you would like more information about serving on this valuable Board, please let Lexi know and she will direct you to the Board Recruitment Chair.  


 

Speaking of gratitude.  As a Board, we are grateful for the overall fiscal health of the school and the growth that we have seen in both the staff and board. Kudos!


 

Our next Children's House Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May15th at Children's House-5pm; please note all future meetings will be held at Children's House unless otherwise posted.  In April, Elementary Middle School Program Board members elected to move their monthly meetings to the fourth Monday of each month and also scheduled a new meeting time.  Please join them on Monday May 22nd at 5:15 pm at the Beech Location.  

Your questions, concerns and ideas are important; please come see me. I am available in the office Monday through Friday, 8am-3:30pm except during school closure, via email at alexia@childrenskiva.org, or at 970-565-8586 during office hours. I attend frequent meetings during the week so if I miss you, please leave me a message, I will get back to you. When I am out of the office, Yvonne will be onsite to assist you.  


 

Sincerely,
Alexia Hudson-McGrath
Director
Children's House