IMPORTANT DATES
** Monday/Tuesday, Oct. 12/13: Grades 2-3 Return!
** Wednesday/Thursday, Oct. 14/15: Grades 4-5 Return!
** Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11am-6pm: Pick-up Virtual Materials
** Thursday, Oct. 15, 11am: Live Chat with Mr. Atkins
** Oct. 12-23: Parent Teacher Conferences
** October 16-20: No School (Fall Break)
** Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6pm: PTA Meeting
** Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5pm: VAC Meeting
** November 23-27: No School (Thanksgiving Break)
** Dec. 21 - Jan. 4: No School (Winter Break)

(The Stedman Calendar can always be viewed HERE)
New Murals

We are thrilled to have had a talented local artist bring some colorful art to our building. See below for more on Mr. Turner.

My name is Shemsu Turner. I'm an artist born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I have three younger siblings. I grew up in northeast Park Hill and went to elementary school at Montclair. For high school I went to Denver School of the Arts. When I was an elementary school student I saw the murals in my school and the art around me and wanted to be an artist when I grew up. Now that I'm older and fulfilling that goal, I want to give that same spark of inspiration that I had as a kid to others to reach their goals. I'm currently in my senior year of college at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland where I'll get my Bachelors in Illustration. 
Health Screening Website:
Please Use *Daily*

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!
Dreambox Parent Access

If you are interested in setting up parent access on DreamBox, please follow the steps below. This will allow you to see your child’s progress in DreamBox and get updates about what they’re working on.

2. Have your child login to his or her profile just as it would be done at school. The username is your child’s DPS ID number and the password is their 8-digit birth date (ddmmyyyy).
3. Click on the DreamBox icon at the bottom of the page.
4. Click Setup Parent Access at the bottom of the page.
5. Follow the instructions to create a login (email) and password.
6. Read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
7. Click Submit.
Parent Teacher Conferences

This year's parent teacher conferences will look different than normal, but you will be hearing from your child's teacher to set up a conference over Zoom. We hope you can schedule your virtual conference between October 12-23.
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 site here for more.
EASY WAY TO SUPPORT STEDMAN!
 
Link your King Soopers Reward # and earn money for Stedman! Shop as normal, and 5% of your purchases will come back to our wonderful school.

ASK ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME! Any City Market brand stores work!

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!!
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
Dear Families,

As we invite our 2nd-5th Graders back into the building, once again another transition is amongst us. Some of our learners will be in person, some will be virtual. I ask you to tap into a value of grace once again, knowing that none of us has experienced an education environment like this before, including our teachers and students.

Live Chat
We are navigating and learning from the the experiences of our K/1 teachers and families while providing professional development and opportunities for adaptive and technical growth for all of our staff. Please continue to provide feedback so we can make the correct adjustments to support all of our learners. Join me on Thursday at 11am for a Live Chat for updates and if you have any questions.

Materials for 2nd-5th Grade Students Learning Virtually
Each teacher has assembled materials for students who will remain in virtual learning through December. If your child is in 2nd through 5th grade and is remaining in virtual learning, please pick up their materials on Wednesday, October 14 between 11am and 6pm on the Stedman front lawn. Kindergarten and first grade materials have already been distributed. If you did not receive those materials, please contact Emily Madison at Emily_Madison@dpsk12.org.

2nd-5th Grade Updates
The information below has been shared previously, but for those joining us next week, please be sure to read about our protocols and safety measures in place in addition to the phase-in start dates for each class.


  • Monday, October 12: 2nd/3rd Grade In-Person Phase-In
  • 1/2 of each class attends
  • Sims-Fard: Students with last names Adams-McKenzie attend
  • Martinez: Students with last names Arthur-Hoisington attend
  • Zammuto/Eldredge: Students with the last names Barney-Maugel attend
  • Romero: Students with last names Buchanen-Mauldin attend
  • Cabrera: Students with last names Aiquipa-Hieb attend
  • All other 2/3 learners are asynchronous
  • All 4/5 learners continue remotely

  • Tuesday, October 13: 2nd/3rd Grade In-Person Phase-In
  • 1/2 of each class attends
  • Sims-Fard: Students with last names Milliken-Willis attend
  • Martinez: Students with last names Kirkpatrick-Varela attend
  • Zammuto/Eldredge: Students with the last names McGuiness-Rodriguez attend
  • Romero: Students with last names Morris-White attend
  • Cabrera: Students with last names Kobler-Shellen attend
  • All other 2/3 learners are asynchronous
  • All 4/5 learners continue remotely

  • Wednesday, October 14: 4th/5th Grade In-Person Phase-In
  • Godbolt: All Students attend
  • Bush: Students in 4th Grade attend
  • Kuhn: All Students attend
  • All other 4/5 learners are asynchronous
  • All 2/3 in-person learners are back

  • Thursday, October 15: 4th/5th Grade In-Person Phase-In
  • Godbolt: All students attend
  • Bush: Students in 5th Grade attend
  • Kuhn: All students attend
  • All other 4/5 learners are asynchronous
  • All 2/3 in-person learners are back

  • All 2-5 Remote Learners will receive a new schedule prior to the start of in-person learning
  • See below for the video from Mr. Atkins about safety measures and changes to our school for in-person learning!

Important Reminders for 2nd-5th Grade Return
  • New Hours for In-Person learners:
  • Grades ECE-2: 9am-3pm (Monday-Thursday) and 9am-1pm (Friday)
  • Grades 3-5: 9:10am-3:10pm (Monday-Thursday) and 9:10am-1:10pm (Friday) (this is due to the need for separate entrance/exit use)

  • Please do NOT arrive any earlier than 5 minutes before your bell. We cannot have students lingering or playing on the playground before school unfortunately.

  • No playground use before/after school.

  • See map below for your child's entrance/exit door. Every class must only enter/exit through their assigned door.

  • Temperature checks will take place every morning before entering school. We also ask that you "pre-screen" your child at home to make sure your child is not exhibiting any symptoms of illness. (You can find a sample of the self-screening form HERE (or HERE in Spanish).

  • In-person learners, please be sure to bring to school:
  • any materials you've been given by your teacher
  • your Chromebook and charger
  • any remaining school supplies
  • personal water bottle

  • Specials classes will take place after the in-person school day (after 3pm) and will be participated in asynchronously. We know this is not ideal, but it is a necessary adjustment to make sure we have adults supporting our classrooms in a safe and healthy manner.

  • At this time, remote learners cannot switch to in-person learning until January due to the physical space being prepared for our current numbers. If you need to change your selection in grades 2-5, contact Alison_larson@dpsk12.org as soon as possible (before Monday).
Snacks
Thanks to the HFDK, Healthy Food for Denver Kids grant from the City of Denver, Stedman will be able to provide a fruit or vegetable snack every afternoon for every K- 5 student at school. Funding will also provide a water bottle for every student and allow us to connect nutritional programming with activities in the school garden. Stay tuned for more details as we get the program up and running with the return of students, and contact Ellen LeJeune, program coordinator, with any questions!

Before/After Care
Leading Edge will be providing childcare before and after school along with continuing its remote learning support for those in grades 2-5 until they begin in-person. 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.

Additional Reminders:

  • All Families: Please complete your lunch application, whether or not you believe you qualify for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch. This is important data for our school and district to get accurate funding for nutrition. Apply HERE if you have not already.

  • Device Fees: We received communication from our Department of Technology Services (DoTS) that families will be charged for lost or damaged DPS devices. Please be sure to take care of your child's device. A minimum of $25 will be charged for damage with up to $250 possible in damages. A lost device will cost you $250.

  • Health & Safety: it is our duty to keep our children and staff safe. Please be mindful of your interactions outside of school and continue to practice social distancing and mask-wearing so that our classrooms can be safe spaces for everyone.

  • As our students are now using the field, please remember that dogs are not allowed. We understand many community members utilize the space for their dogs, and it is difficult to enforce the prohibition, but we've had an issue with people not cleaning up after their pets. Please encourage your neighbors to be responsible.

  • Meals are still being provided free of charge to all kids - stop by our front lawn 11am-1pm Monday-Friday. Students in K/1 will begin receiving their meals in the classroom.
  • If you want to receive a "blue bag" for your family each Friday, please click HERE to let us know how many you will need. This is confidential of course. These bags will be similar to previous years and provide some food items for weekend consumption. This program will begin next week!

  • If you are in need of additional assistance, please be sure to contact our Family Liaison, Ali Larson at alison_larson@dpsk12.org or by text at 303-242-6414.

We are excited to have all of our classes back in some capacity. Thank you for being with us on this journey.

Sincerely,

Michael Atkins
Principal