ARPS Updates 3.20.2020
What. A. Week. Is anyone else glad it's Friday?

This week has been a whirlwind. Mrs. Miller and I met with almost every staff member throughout today. Please know that our staff has two priorities....
  1. Providing opportunities for our students to keep them engaged in learning, and
  2. Working to streamline opportunities to make it as easy for YOU (at home).

We've gotten a lot of great feedback from families. Many are thankful that we already started this process of learning how to function online; some are wondering how to balance working full time AND getting their children to "mind" and do their work; others are stressed to the max worried about income, working, schooling, not getting a million other things. I would imagine that most everyone falls in one (if not all) of those categories.

Please know that we are going to push hard and try to keep a semblance of normalcy from the school vantage point, but that we are also human and want to do anything (and everything) possible to help those that are struggling. There is no right or wrong answer here and we know everyone is just doing the best they can to survive at this time. If you happen to be someone who is struggling, please reach out.

Charla Salmeron, Principal (
Rachel Miller, Assistant Principal (
Rebecca Mayo-Cody, Counselor (
Your Classroom teacher (
If we don't know the answer, we can help guide you to the person that can help. And if nothing else at all, we can be a listening and validating ear for you. As Jon Gordon said in his webinar....
Address your feelings of anger, stress, anxiety, helplessness....just don't 'live' there for an extended period of time.
  • In times of Doubt...Trust.
  • Don't let the truth get distorted with the media sensationalism.
  • Don't get distracted with all of the "what ifs".
  • Don't get discouraged and give up.
  • Don't let this uncertainty divide us.

We should be pulling together, reaching out for help, leaning on those that are stronger than us, staying positive (even when it's hard) and having faith and hope. Focus on what matters most right now. Family, relationships, love. "We are going to see the best in humanity come from this."

This coming week, we are going to give some breathing time for our teachers and staff. You would think that just transferring our teaching and educational beliefs to a digital platform would be "easy." It is honestly one of the hardest things I have ever done. Not because we can't learn something new or because we don't want to do what's right; it's a totally different perspective of educating. We are the ones that signed up to be teachers (not the majority of you); we are the ones that LOVE the ins and outs of each and every day with our students (and the challenges that come with each one); we are the ones that are perfectionists and want everything to be "just so" ; letting go and not having control over these is not easy. Our staff has stepped it up in every way possible. I've said it before and I'll continue to say it again and again...this is a STELLAR school to be a part of on every front. Our students SOAR, our teachers are passionate, our families are kind and really is the best school around. Thank you ALL!

I will continue to send updates a few times next week and hope to see you on Monday, March 30th at 9am for morning announcements. The invite code will be embedded in the ARPS Google calendar. Until then...

  • 160, 653 questions have been answered to date by our PK-8th grade students through IXL. Just to give you an idea of how awesome that is....IXL suggests setting a school goal of 60,000 questions per MONTH. That is AWESOME and doesn't even include Friday's numbers.

Be well and "talk" soon...
Charla Salmeron, Principal
The Weidenaar family is appreciating the snow!! Do YOU want to build a snowman??
Lila celebrated her 9th birthday this week!

Happy Birthday to YOU!!

The perfect reminder for ME today. The things you control are minimal (what's inside of your closed hands) vs. what you can't control (which is everything else).
If you ever come upon an AR staff member holding their hands together, it's just a nice reminder that we are all human, too.

Nope...this is not the Brady Bunch! It's your 4th and 5th grade teachers planning and collaborating for upcoming weeks. (They all say "hi" and miss you!)
Questions & Answers
-Here are some other answers to questions that we have been fielding.

Q: Am I able to get into the school to pick up medications, digital devices or things my child needs from their classroom?
A: We are currently working together (facilities and academics) to determine a plan of action and a date or two to allow some to trickle into the school to gather things. More information to come. For now, our campus is closed to all staff (minus the cleaning crew and contracted services) through March 29th.

Q: Will we still have CMAS testing for 3rd-8th graders?
A: CDE has "paused" all state testing through the 19-20 school year.

Q: How will we know what is happening over the next few days/weeks?
A: Our goal is to be as transparent and communicative as possible. Teachers are checking emails daily and updating their websites; administrators and non-academic staff are checking emails daily. We will keep you as apprised as soon as we can as to not keep you in the dark.

Q: Are there resources being provided for families who need support with food, personal or emotional support?
A: Mrs. Rebecca (our counselor) has set up an amazing site with resources and links for YOU. Click HERE to visit.

Also, both Erie Uplink and Meals on Wheels (Coal Creek) are opening up to needs of the community. They are also looking for volunteers and donations if you are looking for ways to help. SVVSD is also provided services (as per their website ):

Meals: Starting on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, St. Vrain Valley Schools will be opening 11 food pickup sites where students, families, and staff can receive lunch and breakfast food items. The daily pick-up window is 11:00-12:30 p.m. at one of the following district locations: Timberline PK-8, Northridge Elementary School, Altona Middle School, Sunset Middle School, Soaring Heights PK-8, Frederick High School, Mead Middle School, Lyons High School (12-12:30), Hygiene Elementary School (11-11:30), Niwot High School, and the Learning Services Center.
Updated Dates for your Calendar
March 13-March 29: School Closure
  • March 19th: First Day of Spring
  • March 20-27: The "Real" Spring Break
  • March 30: Online learning begins again.

April 4th: Cancelled: Spring Gala! Look for an online auction as a potential fundraiser.
April 20th: Tentative return date for students.