IMPORTANT DATES
** Tuesday, May 4: School Photos

** Wednesday, May 5, 6pm: PTA Meeting

** Thursday, May 6, 10am: Black Excellence Plan Parent Engagement meeting (Spanish Immersion Families)

** Tuesday, May 11, 9:30-11:30am: Field Day (1st Grade)
** Tuesday, May 11, 1-3pm: Field Day (Kinder)

** Wednesday, May 12, 10am: Black Excellence Plan Parent Engagement meeting (Traditional English Families)

** Thursday, May 13, 9:30-11:30am: Field Day (2nd Grade)
** Thursday, May 13, 1-3pm: Field Day (3rd-5th Grades)

** Tuesday, May 18: Restaurant Night (Crock Spot)

** Thursday, May 20, 10am: Black Excellence Plan Parent Engagement meeting (Spanish Immersion Families)

** Monday, May 24: 5th Grade to Balarat!

** Tuesday, May 25: Restaurant Night (Oblios)

** Wednesday, May 26, 10am: 5th Grade Continuation

** Thursday, May 27: ECE & Kinder Continuations

** Friday, May 28: Last Day of School! (Dismissal at 1pm)

(The Stedman Calendar can always be viewed HERE)
Note From Mr. Atkins
Families,

Only four weeks left and I can hardly believe it.

Even though we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, May will once again be our busiest month of the year. We've got many exciting activities coming up as we finish out the year. While things will look and feel different, we are grateful for the chance to celebrate together at all!

Modified school pictures will be taken on Tuesday, May 4th. Be sure to send your child with his/her order form that day. If you need one, our office has extras. Remote learners, get your class's assigned time from your teacher and we hope you can join us during that small window.

Field Day(s) will be taking place on May 11 & 13. Parents are welcome to join, but must remain masked on our property. Thank you to PTA for helping us identify volunteers to run each station.

Continuations will take place the last week of school with our beloved 5th Graders going first on Wednesday, May 26th at 10am. We are always sad to see students go, but we are extremely excited for what awaits them in Middle School. Their future is BRIGHT! Another thanks to our PTA who will be providing them with a special lunch on May 21st. Kindergarten and ECE families will celebrate their continuations here on Thursday, May 27th (ECE in the morning, Kinder in the afternoon). More details will be forthcoming as we finalize plans. All continuations will take place on our field and seating will be limited. DPS health and safety protocols will be in place (all guests must remain masked).

In alignment with our Black Excellence Plan and goals, I'd like to check in with our black families in the coming weeks. Please see details below on how to join me for a chat in May to discuss how your child is doing and answer any questions you may have.

We're excited to have our library up and running this Fall after construction this year and re-organization. We also received many new, diverse books that we are excited for students to get their hands on. Ali Larson will be recruiting volunteers over the summer to help us spruce everything up and prepare for a wonderful year of reading. Be sure to stay tuned! Until then, please make sure your child brings any of our Stedman Library books back to school. We have over 300 library books that are still checked out from before COVID times. We'd love to get these checked in and re-shelved.

Please remember to stay vigilant and safe practicing the important COVID precautions, and remember that our individual decisions have impacts on our broader community. We want to make sure we can finish the year together!

Don't forget to continue scrolling down for other updates. Thank you to our PTA for rallying the donors to support our school, we will be able to support many needs next year because of you!

Sincerely,

Michael Atkins
Nota del Sr. Atkins

Familias

Solo quedan cuatro semanas y casi no puedo creerlo.

Aunque todavía estamos en medio de la pandemia de COVID-19, mayo volverá a ser nuestro mes más activo del año. Tenemos muchas actividades emocionantes en camino a medida que terminamos el año. Si bien las cosas se verán y se sentirán diferentes, ¡estamos agradecidos por la oportunidad de celebrar juntos!

Las fotografías escolares modificadas se tomarán el martes 4 de mayo. Asegúrese de enviar a su hijo con su formulario de pedido ese día. Si lo necesita, nuestra oficina tiene extras. Aprendices remotos, obtengan el tiempo asignado para su clase de su maestro y esperamos que puedan unirse a nosotros durante ese pequeño período.

Los días de campo se llevarán a cabo el 11 y 13 de mayo. Los padres son bienvenidos, pero deben permanecer enmascarados en nuestra propiedad. Gracias a la PTA por ayudarnos a identificar voluntarios para ejecutar cada estación.

Las continuaciones se llevarán a cabo la última semana de clases con nuestros amados estudiantes de quinto grado que se llevarán a cabo primero el miércoles 26 de mayo a las 10 am. Siempre nos entristece ver que los estudiantes se van, pero estamos muy emocionados por lo que les espera en la escuela secundaria. ¡Su futuro es BRILLANTE! Otro agradecimiento a nuestro PTA que les proporcionará un almuerzo especial el 21 de mayo. Las familias de kindergarten y ECE celebrarán sus continuaciones aquí el jueves 27 de mayo. Próximamente se recibirán más detalles a medida que finalicemos los planes. Todas las continuaciones se llevarán a cabo en nuestro campo y los asientos serán limitados. Se implementarán protocolos de salud y seguridad de DPS (todos los invitados deben permanecer enmascarados).

Estamos emocionados de tener nuestra biblioteca en funcionamiento este otoño después de la construcción de este año y la reorganización. También recibimos muchos libros nuevos y diversos que estamos emocionados de que los estudiantes tengan en sus manos. Ali Larson reclutará voluntarios durante el verano para ayudarnos a arreglar todo y prepararnos para un año maravilloso de lectura. ¡Asegurate de seguir en contacto! Hasta entonces, asegúrese de que su hijo traiga a la escuela cualquiera de nuestros libros de la Biblioteca Stedman. Tenemos más de 300 libros de la biblioteca que aún están prestados antes del horario de COVID. Nos encantaría registrarlos y volver a colocarlos en los estantes.

Recuerde mantenerse alerta y seguro practicando las importantes precauciones de COVID, y recuerde que nuestras decisiones individuales tienen un impacto en nuestra comunidad en general. ¡Queremos asegurarnos de que podamos terminar el año juntos!

No olvide continuar desplazándose hacia abajo para ver otras actualizaciones. Gracias a nuestra PTA por reunir a los donantes para que apoyen a nuestra escuela, ¡podremos satisfacer muchas necesidades el próximo año gracias a usted!

Atentamente,

Michael Atkins
Stedman Buddies grabbing ice cream at MyKings!
Community In Action

If you weren't aware, our very own School Board representative, Jennifer Bacon, also serves Colorado's House District 7 in the State House of Representatives. We are grateful for her leadership and pursuit of equity and justice both in education and government. A snippet below from a recent article aligns with the work we're doing here at Stedman as well.

But Bacon said discussing issues of race is often difficult because of a common misunderstanding about the basics of systemic racism and who it affects.

“People have said to me they’ve never experienced white privilege, multiple people. And the reason is, they’ve also never been sat down, or, because of their privilege, been made to understand what it means when we say it,” she said. “If you are an ally, you will believe people and their experiences, and not question it.”
Photo from Feb 2020
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

We are so grateful for all of you!! We have surpassed our SECOND goal and are amazed at your generosity! We know the sky is the limit and the more we raise the more amazing things we can do for our students and our community Don't hesitate to keep spreading the word..... Please enjoy and share this video from some of our students saying thank you, thank you, thank you!

THANK YOU, COMMUNITY!

**Read more about our story on the GoFundMe page!
Black Excellence Plan Parent Engagement
In alignment with our goals to support Black Excellence, I would like to open up time on my calendar to talk specifically with the families of our Black students. Please join me at one of the times below to ask questions about your child's growth and development here at Stedman and to help support us in our effort to make sure all of our students achieve excellence.

** Thursday, May 6, 10am: Black Excellence Plan Parent Engagement meeting (Spanish Immersion Families) via ZOOM

** Wednesday, May 13, 10am: Black Excellence Plan Parent Engagement meeting (Traditional English Families) via ZOOM

** Thursday, May 20, 10am: Black Excellence Plan Parent Engagement meeting (Spanish Immersion Families) via ZOOM
Please Return Library Books
We are excited to have our Library open once again this Fall, but we need your help! If you were here last year and your child checked out books prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, please look around your house for these books and send them back to your child's teacher so we can check these in and add them back to our collections. Any books that we can't find will have to be replaced, which means fewer new books added later. We have received many exciting new books that we can't wait for our students to enjoy, and we look forward to adding even more!

Reminder: Please return any Stedman Library books to the school!

Estamos emocionados de tener nuestra biblioteca abierta una vez más este otoño, ¡pero necesitamos su ayuda! Si estuvo aquí el año pasado y su hijo sacó libros antes de la pandemia de COVID-19, busque estos libros en su casa y envíelos al maestro de su hijo para que podamos registrarlos y agregarlos a nuestras colecciones. Cualquier libro que no podamos encontrar tendrá que ser reemplazado, lo que significa que se agregarán menos libros nuevos más adelante. Hemos recibido muchos libros nuevos y emocionantes que no podemos esperar a que nuestros estudiantes disfruten, ¡y esperamos agregar aún más!

Recordatorio: ¡Por favor devuelva cualquier libro de la Biblioteca Stedman a la escuela!
Picture Day
Picture Day is taking place on Tuesday, May 4th. It will look different this year due to COVID-19 regulations, but we're excited to have something for families to remember this school year by.

Remote learners, please look at communication from your teacher to see what time you will need to join us at school for your photo. Remote learners will need to have a parent/guardian stay with them as they cannot attend class in person that day.

**Order forms went home with students last week! Send your order form with your child on Picture Day. We have extra order forms in the office if you need one!

You can also order online: ios.mydorian.com before 9am on 5/4 (online access code: KG3LAHZP). See photos of the order form below.

El Día de la Fotografía se llevará a cabo el martes 4 de mayo. Se verá diferente este año debido a las regulaciones de COVID-19, pero estamos emocionados de tener algo para que las familias recuerden este año escolar.

Estudiantes remotos, miren la comunicación de su maestro para ver a qué hora necesitarán unirse a nosotros en la escuela para tomar su foto. Los estudiantes remotos necesitarán que un padre / tutor se quede con ellos, ya que no pueden asistir a clase en persona ese día.

** ¡Los formularios de pedido se enviaron a casa con los estudiantes la semana pasada! Envíe su formulario de pedido con su hijo el día de la foto. ¡Tenemos formularios de pedido adicionales en la oficina si los necesita!

También puede realizar pedidos en línea: ios.mydorian.com antes de las 9 a. M. Del 4 de mayo (código de acceso en línea: KG3LAHZP). Vea las fotos del formulario de pedido a continuación.
Field Day!
** Tuesday, May 11, 9:30-11:30am: Field Day (1st Grade)
** Tuesday, May 11, 1-3pm: Field Day (Kinder)

** Thursday, May 13, 9:30-11:30am: Field Day (2nd Grade)
** Thursday, May 13, 1-3pm: Field Day (3rd-5th Grades)

We're excited for a modified Field Day to take place this Spring! Thank you to Mr. Rossi and our parent volunteers for making it happen.

Remote students are invited to attend and participate with their class at their assigned time (above). Remote students will not be able to attend class in the building that day, so parents/guardians must be able to drop-off/pick up at the start and end of the Field Day event for their grade.

Students are allowed to have parents/guardians attend (no more than 4 people per student), but all participants/attendees must wear a mask. Students will also celebrate with paletas (popsicles) thanks to our generous PTA!

**Please make sure your child brings a water bottle! A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen can also be very helpful in the heat.

¡Estamos emocionados por un día de campo modificado que se llevará a cabo esta primavera! Gracias al Sr. Rossi y a nuestros padres voluntarios por hacerlo realidad.

Se invita a los estudiantes remotos a asistir y participar con su clase a la hora asignada (arriba). Los estudiantes remotos no podrán asistir a clases en el edificio ese día, por lo que los padres / tutores deben poder dejar / recoger al comienzo y al final del evento del Día de Campo para su grado.

Los estudiantes pueden tener la asistencia de sus padres / tutores (no más de 4 personas por estudiante), pero todos los participantes / asistentes deben usar una máscara. ¡Los estudiantes también celebrarán con paletas (paletas) gracias a nuestro generoso PTA!

** ¡Por favor asegúrese de que su hijo traiga una botella de agua! Un sombrero, gafas de sol y protector solar también pueden ser de gran ayuda en el calor.
Virtual Library

Did you know that your student has access to tens of thousands of books and audiobooks online? This is an incredible tool that your student and family can use to read as many books as you could possibly want. Don't miss out on this resource! (You can also add the Denver Public Library to your profile to access even more titles)

To learn how to use this app, please watch the video below. (English & Spanish options below)

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¿Sabía que su estudiante tiene acceso a decenas de miles de libros y audiolibros en línea? Esta es una herramienta increíble que su estudiante y su familia pueden usar para leer todos los libros que desee. ¡No se pierda este recurso! (También puede agregar la Biblioteca Pública de Denver a su perfil para acceder a más títulos)

Para aprender a usar esta aplicación, vea el video a continuación. (Opciones en inglés y español a continuación)
Extended Pandemic-EBT Benefits Returning
Colorado P-EBT benefits will begin in late May

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), is pleased to announce that Coloradans with eligible school-enrolled children will begin to receive food benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program starting in late May. This effort will help support Colorado's families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The P-EBT program is designed to reimburse households for meals missed during school closures or reduced hours for students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals and attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program. This is a continuation of the P-EBT program that was initiated in July 2020 to reimburse families on free and reduced-price lunch for meals missed at school due to COVID-19. Families who qualify will receive a cash-like benefit for August through May of the 2020-21 school year for food-eligible purchases. 

More information will be released in late May on P-EBT benefits. Further updates will be shared on the CDHS website, on CDHS social media channels, and through community partners.
**PTA Corner**



While this year is unlike any other, there are still ways for us to continue supporting our students.

Please continue reading your emails from PTA and reach out to pta.stedman@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to jump in! We'll provide updates here in the newsletter as well.
LONGMONT DAIRY CAPS

  • If you order from Longmont Dairy, save all your milk caps! Send them to our front office and we are able to turn them in for a donation.
AMAZON SMILE

Do you shop on Amazon? An EASY way to help support our kids and teachers at Stedman is to link your AmazonSmile account to our charity, The Stedman Knights PTA. Click on the above image to be directed to our organizations link. Every purchase you make through smile.amazon.com sends a small portion of the purchase to our school! The money raised goes to supporting our students and the important work being done at Stedman!

Remind your family and friends to link to our school as well!

¿Tienda en Amazon? Una manera fácil de ayudar a mantener a nuestros niños y maestros en Stedman es vincular su cuenta AmazonSmile de nuestra caridad, “Stedman Knights PTA.” Haga clic en la imagen de arriba para dirigirse a nuestras organizaciones enlace. Cada compra que hagas a través smile.amazon.com envía una pequeña porción de la compra a nuestra escuela! El dinero recaudado se destina a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y la importante labor que se realiza en Stedman!

Recordar su familia y amigos para enlazar a nuestra escuela, también!
King Soopers

Did you know that you can link your King Soopers account to Stedman and help us raise money without spending any extra dollars? It's so easy!

How To Use the King Soopers/ City Market Community Rewards Program:


Step 2: Sign in to your account (or create a new account with your email and King Soopers card #)

Step 3: Search for Stedman Knights PTA (NPO # -- XK374)

Step 4: Select Enroll

Congrats, you have successfully enrolled in the Community Rewards program and 5% of your purchases will support Stedman Elementary!!

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¿Sabía que puede vincular su cuenta de King Soopers a Stedman y ayudarnos a recaudar dinero sin gastar dólares adicionales? ¡Es tan fácil!

Cómo utilizar el programa de recompensas de la comunidad de King Soopers / City Market:

Paso 1: vaya al sitio web: https://www.kingsoopers.com/account/communityrewards/

Paso 2: inicie sesión en su cuenta (o cree una nueva cuenta con su correo electrónico y número de tarjeta King Soopers)

Paso 3: Busque la PTA de Stedman Knights (NPO # - XK374)

Paso 4: seleccione Inscribirse

¡Felicidades, se inscribió con éxito en el programa Community Rewards y el 5% de sus compras apoyarán a la escuela primaria Stedman!

PTA MEETING

Join us for our next virtual PTA meeting on Wednesday, May 5th at 6pm. We keep these limited to one hour and would love to see your face!

Wednesday, May 5 @ 6pm
FREE MEAL DELIVERY IN DENVER

Sign Up for Colorado Food Cluster Meal Deliveries:

Colorado Food Cluster (CFC) provides free meals to youth ages 6-18 in the Denver Metro Area (within 20 miles of downtown). Each student will receive a weekly delivery of 7 dinners and 14 snacks, including fruit and milk, until June 30, 2021.


Regístrese para las entregas de comidas del grupo de alimentos de Colorado:

Colorado Food Cluster (CFC) ofrece comidas gratuitas a jóvenes de 6 a 18 años en el área metropolitana de Denver (dentro de las 20 millas del centro de la ciudad). Cada alumno recibirá una entrega semanal de 7 cenas y 14 snacks, entre fruta y leche, hasta el 30 de junio de 2021.

¡Complete este formulario para inscribirse! https://www.coloradofoodcluster.com/sign-up-english





Stedman Spirit Gear

Our new store for Stedman Spirit Gear is finally up! If you are interested in purchasing a new item, please visit this site. Orders will be handled individually and a portion of all sales will be donated back to the school by the vendor.

COVID-19 Testing Now Free for All Community Members
Through the end of the year, COVIDCheck Colorado is now offering free testing to anyone in Colorado. This means that leaders, educators and staff can go with household members and invite other community members to test and help slow the spread of COVID.

Sign up here for FREE testing (anyone in the community!): www.covidcheckcolorado.org.
Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD) provides FREE clothing to children and youth who are in need or in crisis. To shop, students must live in Metro Denver, be age 3 - 21 and be enrolled in school (remote or in-person) or working toward a GED.


Our wardrobe includes 5 outfits, 1 coat, 1 pair of shoes, 1 bra (optional) and 5 pairs each of new underwear and new socks. Students are invited to select clothing in a welcoming, store-like setting or can order a wardrobe for contactless curbside pick-up.
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We are very excited to have in person shoppers in our store and are taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff.
 
Take a look at our COVID-19 Safety Procedures to learn more.

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For families who would prefer a contactless option, we are continuing to offer wardrobes via Curbside Service. This option enables parents and caregivers to request a wardrobe for any student in need, and our staff will shop on their behalf.

Families wishing to shop in person or request a wardrobe for pick-up should call us at 720-379-4630 or email us at appointment@clothestokidsdenver.org for an appointment. Up-to-date phone hours are on the Shop With Us page of our website.
 
No Referral Required! No matter how families choose to shop, we have temporarily loosened our referral requirements and are providing wardrobes to anyone who says the young people in their households are in need of our services, no questions asked.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays - Fridays 9:00 - 4:00
Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00
Sundays & Mondays Closed
 
Donations Accepted:
Fridays & Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00

We are now accepting clothing and shoe donations on Fridays and Saturdays only between 9:00 and 3:00. We are in need of the basic wardrobe staples (shorts, pants, tops, shoes, etc.). We still cannot accept "extras" at this time.

Donating is Easy!
 
Gather your clean and ready-to-wear items. Check our updated Donation Guidelines for ideas. Please sort items by category (girls, boys, young women, young men and shoes) to save time at drop-off.
 
·    When you arrive, pull into our loading zone and wait in your car until any staff members or other donors are at a safe distance.
·    Empty your donations into one of our rolling bins located outside of our door.
·    Please do not leave donations inside of plastic bags. Place your donations in our bins and take your bags with you to reuse.
Family Supports

If your family is in need of additional support, please be sure to reach out to our Family Liaison, Ali Larson, via text or email: alison_larson@dpsk12.org. We have access to some food and transportation resources that may be helpful during these stressful times.