IMPORTANT DATES
** Tuesday, March 2, 5:30pm: VAC Meeting

** Wednesday, March 3, 6pm: PTA Meeting

**Friday, March 5: Asynchronous Day (Parent-Teacher Conferences)

** March 26: ECE Only: No School for ECE

** March 27-April 5: No School (Spring Break)


(The Stedman Calendar can always be viewed HERE)
Note From Mr. Atkins
Thank you for joining us at our Virtual Black History celebration last week! It was a joy to see so many faces celebrating Black Excellence with us. I want to give a special shout out to Ms. Deb, Ms. Dom, our BHM Committee and students/friends that helped make the program possible. It was lot of hard work! (We hope to share the video with you soon!)

Please remember that Parent-Teacher conferences are taking place this month, and Friday, March 5th will be an asynchronous day for ALL students because of this (no live/in-person instruction). Stay tuned for information from your child's teacher to schedule a virtual conference.

We are so grateful to see COVID numbers trending downward, and we know that with our continued safety and health precautions, along with vaccinations, we will continue to move forward safely. We look forward to the day when our entire community can be together again.

Enjoy your weekend,

Michael Atkins
Nota del Sr. Atkins

¡Gracias por acompañarnos en nuestra celebración Virtual Black History la semana pasada! Fue un placer ver tantas caras celebrando la Excelencia Negra con nosotros. Quiero dar un agradecimiento especial a la Sra. Deb, la Sra. Dom, nuestro Comité BHM y los estudiantes / amigos que ayudaron a hacer posible el programa. ¡Fue mucho trabajo duro!

Por favor recuerde que las conferencias de padres y maestros se llevarán a cabo este mes, y el viernes 5 de marzo será asincrónico para TODOS los estudiantes debido a esto (no habrá instrucción en vivo / en persona). Esté atento a la información del maestro de su hijo para programar una conferencia virtual.

Estamos muy agradecidos de ver que los números de COVID tienen una tendencia a la baja, y sabemos que con nuestras continuas precauciones de seguridad y salud, junto con las vacunas, continuaremos avanzando de manera segura. Esperamos con ansias el día en que toda nuestra comunidad pueda volver a estar unida.

Disfruta tu fin de semana,

Michael Atkins
BLACK HISTORY AT STEDMAN

We enjoyed hearing from Ralph Dickerson during the Black History Month program. Mr. Dickerson was the first black student to attend Stedman and has many stories about some legends that walked our halls (including Pam Grier!). Mr. Dickerson serves as the Road Manager for the beloved band Earth, Wind & Fire. We look forward to hearing more from him in the future!
BLACK HISTORY RESOURCES
Though Black History Month is coming to a close, it's never too late to celebrate Black History!


HEALTHY FOOD FOR DENVER KIDS
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
COVID RESOURCES
COVID-19 VACCINE INFO

Are you curious about the COVID-19 Vaccine? We want our community to be educated and knowledgable about the vaccine and how it can help us get back to "normal" as quickly as possible. Please reach out if you have any questions!
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.
PLAYGROUND UPDATE

Dear Stedman Community,

There have been some questions surrounding after-school use of the playground and outdoor spaces at Stedman. As weather has gotten nicer and we approach the Spring Fever time where students need their exercise, we understand everyone has gotten a little more relaxed outside. It is important, however, even as more of our community gets vaccinated, that we continue to follow safety guidelines put in place by DPS and the CDC to keep our children, families, and staff safe. 

One of the best parts about Stedman is our community; the hours spent building relationships on the playground is extremely valuable and something I know many of us miss. Please note that due to continued COVID restrictions, we will be more strictly enforcing rules directly after school, but beginning at 3:45pm, we will not be monitoring use of these spaces. Our school is a community space, and once school is over, we want it to be a safe and fun place for the community to enjoy. We just ask that everyone abide by CDC and DPS guidelines which include everyone wearing a mask and keeping social distance at all times.

We apologize that there has been confusion, but we are anxious for this pandemic to come to an end and want to remain vigilant. As a recap, please remind your children that we should not be using the playground or outdoor grounds during official school hours (8:45am-3:45pm, with the exception of their assigned/supervised lunch/recess times). We ask that everyone on school grounds continues to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distance.

Thank you for helping us with this.
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.
LEADING EDGE UPDATES
Leading Edge is our before/after care provider and will be operating as normal as school resumes in-person learning on January 11th. If you are interested in registering, please check out the flyers below or email dhill@leadsschools.com. CCAP IS ACCEPTED.

Leading Edge es nuestro proveedor de cuidado antes y después y estará abierto nuevamente cuando la escuela reanude el aprendizaje en persona el 11 de enero. Si está interesado en inscribirse, por favor echa un vistazo a los volantes por debajo o por correo electrónico dhill@leadsschools.com. SE ACEPTA CCAP.
**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, March 3rd at 6pm. We keep these limited to one hour and would love to see your face!

Wednesday, March 3 @ 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.