IMPORTANT DATES
** Jan 5-8: Remote Learning Continues for All Students

** Monday, January 11: In-Person Learning Resumes

** Tuesday, January 12, 5:30pm: CSC Meeting

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

** Monday, January 18: No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

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

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

We welcomed students back for the start of 2021, but we also know it has been a difficult, emotional, and taxing week in our country. For some, what happened on Wednesday was shocking and jarring, and for others it was not a surprise but merely an extension of implicit and explicit biases that exist in our society. We will be creating space in our classrooms to safely and age-appropriately discuss the events of the week. We must be intentional about building awareness and empathy through our lenses of community, diversity, equity, and inclusion. If not us, who? If not now, when?

Please view a video message from me below regarding this week's events.

I am grateful for our community and the work we continue to do to become the change in this world. Our children will be leading the way because our adults are giving them the resources and tools to better navigate the world. Thank you for being a part of this. Some additional resources for speaking with your child can be found here or here.

We look forward to resuming in-person learning for all Elementary students on Monday, January 11th. We will continue to implement our rigorous safety protocols to keep our children and staff safe. Please keep in mind that part of these protocols include the assigned entrance/exit doors for each classroom which means we will continue the staggered start/end times.
  • ECE-2nd Grade: 9am-3pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am-1pm (Fridays)
  • 3rd Grade: 9:10am-3:10pm (Mon-Thurs), 9:10am-1:10pm (Fridays)

I hope you were able to stay safe and healthy this holiday season. We look forward to seeing many of your children back in the building on Monday.

Michael Atkins


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Estimadas familias,

Cuando dimos la bienvenida a los estudiantes en 2021, sabemos que ha sido una semana difícil, emotiva y agotadora en nuestro país. Para algunos, lo que sucedió el miércoles fue impactante y discordante, y para otros no fue una sorpresa sino simplemente una extensión de los prejuicios implícitos y explícitos que existen en nuestra sociedad. Crearemos espacio en nuestras aulas para discutir de manera segura y apropiada para la edad los eventos de la semana. Debemos tener la intención de generar conciencia y empatía a través de nuestros lentes de comunidad, diversidad, equidad e inclusión.

Estoy agradecido por nuestra comunidad y el trabajo que continuamos haciendo para convertirnos en el cambio en este mundo. Nuestros niños liderarán el camino porque nuestros adultos les están brindando los recursos y herramientas para navegar mejor por el mundo. Gracias por ser parte de esto.

Esperamos reanudar el aprendizaje en persona para todos los estudiantes de primaria el lunes 11 de enero. Continuaremos implementando nuestros rigurosos protocolos de seguridad para mantener seguros a nuestros niños y al personal. Tenga en cuenta que parte de estos protocolos incluyen las puertas de entrada / salida asignadas para cada salón, lo que significa que continuaremos con las horas de inicio / finalización escalonadas.
  • ECE-2do grado: 9 am-3pm (lunes a jueves), 9 am-1pm (viernes)
  • 3er grado: 9:10 am-3:10pm (lunes a jueves), 9:10 am-1:10pm (viernes)

Espero que haya podido mantenerse sano y salvo en esta temporada navideña. Esperamos ver a muchos de sus hijos nuevamente en el edificio el lunes.

Michael Atkins
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.
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 recently sent THIS email to prospective families in the area with more information.

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 now available use this site 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. These will be conducted over Zoom. RSVP at this Facebook Event to add to your calendar!

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.

Here is a recording of our recent Open House that you may enjoy or want to share:
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.
**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, February 3rd at 6pm. We keep these limited to one hour and would love to see your face!

Wednesday, Feb. 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.