IMPORTANT DATES
** November 9-23: Book Fair! (Online this year)
** Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5pm: VAC Meeting
** Sunday, Nov. 15, 4-8pm: Restaurant Night Fundraiser
** Wednesday, Nov. 18: Thanksgiving Lunch
** November 23-27: No School (Thanksgiving Break)
** Dec. 21 - Jan. 4: No School (Winter Break)



(The Stedman Calendar can always be viewed HERE)
Note From Mr. Atkins
While this week has been emotional and mentally taxing as we see COVID-19 numbers rise and await national election results, we continue to work hard to support the children of Stedman. I'm grateful for the team we have here putting in 110% effort to keep us safe and growing.

I hope you pay attention to two particular items in this week's newsletter. Please be sure to view the video from last night's Family Education Night to learn more about how you can support your child's remote learning. And please be sure to check out information on our upcoming virtual Book Fair!

I know there is anxiety around schools potentially closing, and we will keep you updated as soon as we get directives from DPS on how Stedman will be impacted. Always reach out if you have any questions.
Helpful Information for Parents Navigating Online
We had a terrific Family Education Night last night 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.
Halloween Fun!

Thanks to PTA for providing treats for our kids! We loved seeing the creative expression of our students in this unique year.
Anchored in Literacy Kickoff!
Black Dads Story Time and Book Club
 
Anchored in positive representation, Black Dads Story Time and Book Club is a virtual space dedicated to celebrating Black fatherhood and offering a way for students and families to share joyful, affirming stories read aloud by Black fathers and grandfathers in Denver Public Schools. 

Fathers and grandfathers will share a read-aloud and ask questions to help students connect with the stories and the joy of reading! Storytellers will share their own love of reading and model lifelong learning for young readers. 
 
Next Reading Session:
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 - 6 p.m.

We invite students and their family members to join in this virtual session, facilitated by Black fathers and grandfathers. The session will include a book read-aloud, followed by an engaging activity with participants.

Free COVID Testing for DPS Students

Denver Health’s School-based Health Centers (SBHC) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) announced yesterday that students throughout the entire district will now have access to free COVID-19 tests at any of the four Denver Health testing sites, starting immediately.

Read HERE for more information.
Thanksgiving Lunch
This year's Thanksgiving Lunch will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18th. Unfortunately, parents will not be able to join this year due to COVID regulations.

All lunches will be free for students (and continue to be at this time).
**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.
Book Fair!
The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids.

Features include:
  • Stedman’s own online store, with a large selection of titles, at the right price points
  • A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience. Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and discover the comfort and joy of our Fair
  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!)

Save these dates! Fair Dates: November 9-23

We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair!

Restaurant Night


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15th
4PM-8PM
 
Chipotle
7400 E 29th Ave
 
If you place an online order you must use the promo code WC9HN7D

Sorry delivery is NOT included.

Be sure to mention Stedman so that a portion of your order will be donated back to Stedman!
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 PTA meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6pm. We keep these limited to one hour and would love to see your face!

Wednesday, Dec. 2 @ 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.
Health Screening Website:
Please Use *Daily*

For in-person learners: According to DPS, every student or parent/guardian must give evidence that they did an at-home screening using either the Student Safe Access COVID-19 screening tool or the CDPHE paper instructions listed below before entering a school building or school activity site.

The quickest/easiest way to do this is to access THIS Safe Access website to log in EVERY morning before arriving at school. Bookmark it!


Nurse Website

Our new nurse Samantha Spoto has created a google site which includes helpful links for things like COVID, Health Forms, Immunizations, Health Education and Resources.

Visit the nurse's website here for more.
Before/After Care
Leading Edge is providing childcare before and after school from 7am to 6pm. CCAP is accepted!

Please visit their page for more info and updated pricing: https://www.leadingedgekids.com/stedman/ and see below more information about HOW to enroll.
  • What will I need to enroll? A credit/debit card or checking account is required to pay the annual registration fee and schedule future tuition payments. The non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of enrollment. Future payments will be scheduled to automatically debit from the financial information you provide. Any credit amount on your account may be applied to the registration fee and/or future payments. Enroll your child by logging in to the Leading Edge Parent Portal at https://families.leadingedgekids.com/. In order for your child(ren) to be on the roster and accepted into Leading Edge he/she must be enrolled in our available programs.
  • Log into our Parent Portal at https://families.leadingedgekids.com/ and follow the prompts to complete the online enrollment.
  • What if I previously had an account with Springboard? The email address associated with the primary account holder is your username for your Leading Edge account. To access your account, you will need to use the reset password function. Here is a link to reset your password on login. https://families.leadingedgekids.com/index/password/forgot
  • How do I complete and submit the required parent forms? As required by state licensing, family/child information forms (Parent Agreement, Medical Release, etc.) must be completed before your child can attend Leading Edge. These forms can be downloaded from your Parent Portal under Account - Downloads and returned to your Site Coordinator on the first day of program. Updated forms are required each school year. Also included in Downloads is our Family Handbook and other important information.
  • Questions about billing or enrollment? Please contact Customer Care at support@leadsschools.com or 800-341-5791.
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.
Free National Parks Pass

Did you know that 4th Graders are able to receive a FREE pass to our National Parks? (Annual Pass!) If you have a 4th Grader, please visit this site to learn more and sign up for your free pass: https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm