IMPORTANT DATES
** Saturday, December 5: Book Fair Ends! (Online this year)

** Wednesday, December 9, 6pm: PTA Meeting

** Thursday, December 10, 5pm: PAC Meeting

** Saturday, December 12, 10:30am: Live Chat Virtual Open House for Prospective Parents (SchoolChoice)

** Dec. 21 - Jan. 4: No School (Winter Break)

** Wednesday, January 13, 12pm: Live Chat Virtual Open House for Prospective Parents (SchoolChoice)

(The Stedman Calendar can always be viewed HERE)
Note From Mr. Atkins
We are thankful for the smooth transition to remote learning this week as we know we would all prefer to be together in person. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our staff and families to adapt and make this work. I've seen more comfort and ease this week, and I'm grateful for our the resiliency of our community.

Continue to press on, staying safe and healthy. We look forward to being together again one day! (Please also remember that the online Book Fair ends tomorrow!)
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Estamos agradecidos por la transición sin problemas al aprendizaje remoto esta semana, ya que sabemos que todos preferiríamos estar juntos en persona. Aprecio el arduo trabajo y la dedicación de nuestro personal y familias para adaptarse y hacer que esto funcione. He visto más comodidad y tranquilidad esta semana, y estoy agradecido por la resistencia de nuestra comunidad.

Continúe presionando, manteniéndose seguro y saludable. ¡Esperamos volver a estar juntos algún día! (¡Recuerde también que la Feria del Libro en línea termina mañana!)
ECE Back to Remote Learning
Monday, December 7th begins our transition to Remote Learning for our ECE students! See below for a note from our ECE team:

Families!!!! We can't wait to see you and our kiddos!!!! :-) There will be an official note from Stedman this morning but I wanted to check in one more time. We will begin remote learning on Monday. We will send out links, schedules, etc either Friday or over the weekend.

DISTRIBUTION OF SUPPLIES:
We will be distributing supplies & technology TODAY (Friday) from 1-3PM at Stedman. You will meet your teacher out at the table where you typically sign your kiddo in & out. If you can't meet your teacher at that time, please reach out through this platform. We are very excited and can't wait to see how we can support our students during this crazy and unpredictable time.
PAC Meeting - Dec 10 at 5pm
Queridas familias;

Las reuniones del comite de PAC son expresamente para las familias de los estudiantes multilingües que reciben los servicios de ELA (Adquisición del idioma inglés).

Por eso es muy importante que pueda participar en nuestra proxima reunion de PAC el dia 10 de diciembre a las 5 pm.

Enlace de Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86998761630?pwd=SEhwVVhGYjlKSVArcTRXaCtRbjAvZz09 (passcode/contraseña: “eldredge”)

En nuestra proxima reunion hablaremos de:

  *Conexiones y conversación.
  *Reflexionamos sobre el año escolar.
  *Compartirmos esperanzas, sugerencias, e ideas para este año escolar.
  *Compartiremos información sobre nuestros programas en Stedman:
- ELD
- Otras maneras que apoyamos el desarrollo del Ingles.
Remote Learning Support through Leading Edge Starts Monday
Leading Edge is our before/after care provider and can only operate if there are enough participants to keep it financially viable. We have reached our minimum number of students to begin remote learning support, but they can still take more students safely. If you are interested in registering, please check out the flyers below or email dhill@leadsschools.com. CCAP IS ACCEPTED.

Leading Edge Remote Learning Support will begin Monday, December 7th.

Leading Edge es nuestro proveedor de atención antes / después y solo puede operar si hay suficientes participantes para mantenerlo económicamente viable. Hemos alcanzado nuestro número mínimo de estudiantes para comenzar el soporte de aprendizaje remoto, pero aún pueden recibir a más estudiantes de manera segura. Si está interesado en registrarse, consulte los folletos a continuación. SE ACEPTA CCAP.

Leading Edge remoto de apoyo al aprendizaje comenzará el lunes, 7 de diciembre.
SCHOOLCHOICE STARTS JANUARY 15TH
Despite this being an atypical year, SchoolChoice is going on like normal! This means that Round 1 of SchoolChoice will open on Friday, January 15th at 8am and close on Tuesday, February 16th at 4pm. We will be sending home more information to our ECE4 families in the coming month.

Basic information for your knowledge:
  • All families entering ECE, Kinder, Middle School, or High School MUST participate in SchoolChoice
  • All applications for SchoolChoice must be made online (schoolchoice.dpsk12.org)
  • If you do not participate by February 16th at 4pm, your chances of attending a school of your choice dramatically decreases
  • Updated Enrollment Guides from DPS are not yet available, but they will be updated on this site for you to preview information about schools.
  • Students in our ECE4 Immersion classrooms are guaranteed a seat in our Kinder Immersion classrooms unless they Choice elsewhere in Round 1.
  • Our Choice website with information specific to Stedman will be live next week.

Stedman will be offering two Virtual Open Houses ahead of this Choice window:
  • Saturday, December 12 at 10:30am
  • Wednesday, January 13 at 12pm

Please remind neighbors and friends/family in the area about SchoolChoice and direct them to one of our Virtual Open Houses if they are interested in Stedman. If anyone has questions about this process, please reach out to our Choice Coordinator, Ali Larson, at alison_larson@dpsk12.org.
THANK YOU & RESOURCES
We want to thank our PTA and Montview Pres for generously supporting many of our families this Thanksgiving break. We were able to distribute over 45 incredible Thanksgiving baskets and additional gift cards to families and we couldn't have done it without the continued support of Montview and our amazing PTA Families.

If you are in need of additional Thanksgiving meals, here is a helpful resource.

See below for information on DPS Meal Distribution sites.

If you are in need of support, please reach out to Ali Larson (alison_larson@dpsk12.org).
REMINDERS: Helpful Information for Parents Navigating Online
We had a terrific Family Education Night the other week where our staff went through tips and tools for navigating our remote learning spaces. We highly recommend you watch one of our sessions from last night (above) to get a better idea of how to support your child in a remote learning setting. Feedback from parents was that it provided extremely helpful information. Topics covered include:

  • Finding your classroom's weekly objectives/lessons
  • teachers post here weekly so you can see what they are working on - click on your teacher's name/picture
  • Navigating SeeSaw
  • Find your classroom's personal invite link here if you still need to create a parent account!
  • Access child's schedule in SeeSaw in the "Schedules" folder for remote learners (click the Folder icon to find the list of folders)
  • Learning more about usefulness and navigation of IStation/Dreambox/Lexia/RazKids/Rockalingua
  • Creating a parent Dreambox account
  • Parent portal for IStation (view progress reports here)
  • Scope & Sequence for Lexia

You can view the powerpoint HERE for more information and links.
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.
 
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, CDC has many recommendations for staying healthy. In preparation for potential gatherings, COVIDCheck Colorado recommends scheduling a test before Thanksgiving as well as several days after to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please schedule your test and encourage your team to sign up online as well. 
 
Lastly, reducing the burden of influenza this year will be critical to support the already overburdened hospital systems and healthcare providers. COVID-19 and the flu are both contagious respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms. There is a vaccine to help prevent the flu, please see a vaccine finder tool to find a location near you. Please encourage staff to get a flu vaccine to keep themselves and the community safe.
Book Fair!
The Scholastic Book Fair is extended! Please complete purchases by tomorrow, Saturday, December 5th. Our sales are WAY down this year unfortunately, which means fewer new books added to our school's classrooms. If you're still in the market for holiday gifts, please visit our online store! 

Log in and be sure to shop the Stedman store!
**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.
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!!
PTA MEETING

Join us for our next virtual PTA meeting on Wednesday, December 9th at 6pm. We keep these limited to one hour and would love to see your face!

Wednesday, Dec. 9 @ 6pm





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.

Emergency Financial Assistance
Knowing the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact the lives of Denver families, DHS is now offering emergency/disaster assistance payments up to $4,000 to qualifying residents.
 
These payments can be used for a variety of reasons – to cover rent or pay the mortgage, to pay for mental or medical care, to pay for home or auto repairs, to pay for food or school supplies, and more. To qualify, one must be:
  • TANF Broad-Based Eligibility Criteria for Disaster Aid: Denver resident
  • Household is determined to be ineligible for public assistance programs;
  • Annual household income is under $75,000;
  • Eligible child in the household (according to state rules and regulations);
  • Lawfully present in the country; and
  • Has a need for services directly relating COVID-19-related emergency
 
The program is open until funds are exhausted. To apply, go to Colorado.gov/PEAK and apply for Colorado Works/TANF. Please note that because this is a unique and temporary program, the “Am I eligible?” feature will not distinguish between this program and the regular Colorado Works/TANF programs. We encourage anyone with questions to call 720-944-4DHS (4347) to speak with a customer services representative.
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.