Volume 5 | April 2019
Penrose Elementary School
Every Student Every Day Learning for Life

Michelle Lesser ~Principal (mlesser@re-2.org)
Joe DeSalvo ~ Counselor (jdesalvo@re-2.org)
April Dates to Remember

1st-11th CMAS testing continues 3rd-5th
10th & 24th: STEAM Club 3:50-5:00
15th, 22nd, 29th : ART Club 3:50-5:00
4th: PTO @ 4:00
11th: Student Council 3:50-4:30
11th: Student Council Spirit Day: BLACK OUT
11th: PES Art Show 5:30-7:00
15th: Battle of the Books 3:50-4:30
17th: Kindergarten to Safety Town 8:45-10:55
25th: STEAM Club Field Trip 8:00-3:30
25th: Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

  • Our student dress code states students are not to come to school with hair that has been colored with an "unnatural" color such as green, blue, purple, pink, yellow, etc.

  • Because we are a courteous community we tend to hold the school door open for the people behind us. For the safety of our students, please refrain from doing so. We do have some adults not permitted in the building and we do not want them gaining access accidentally.

  • Please help us remind students about age appropriate relationships. Students should not be "dating" or "going out" in elementary school. They have an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex, this is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgement and an awareness of long-term consequences. We encourage relationships, but appropriate ones.

From the Office
Student Hours: 8:20-3:50

First Bell Rings at 8:15

Office is Open 7:55 to 4:10

PLEASE label all student belongings including:
coats, hats, gloves, mittens, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc
From Mrs. Lesser
Dear Penrose Families,

Spring is upon us. We have completed 3 quarters of the school year, we are in the middle of state testing, we have field trips planned, and we are hosting our first Art Show on Thursday April 11th, and we have a Volunteer Luncheon planned. It is a very exciting time of year.

In addition, I want to thank all of you who took the time from your busy schedules to meet with our teachers at Parent Teacher Conferences. I haven't calculated our attendance percentage yet, but we generally have 95+% of families attend. So, thank you for making your child's education a priority. I am really proud of our 3rd through 5th grade students who conducted student led conferences. What a way to own future success and set goals.

After visiting with teachers, we asked you to complete a survey for us. I thought you might be interested in a snapshot of the results.

-85 people completed the survey
-97.6% of you "Feel welcome at Penrose" (I hope the other 2.4% come talk to me)
-98.9% of you "Feel students are Safe at school"
-69.4% follow us on our Facebook page
-92.9% are very pleased or pleased with communication from teachers
-89.4% are very pleased or pleased with communication from the principal
-95.3% of you appreciate our 10 min per grade level homework policy
-89.4% believe discipline policies are adequate at PES
-63.5% believe iPads are used just the right amount
-34.1% believe iPads are used too much
-2.4% believe iPads should be used more
-97.6% believe their child has a positive relationship with his/her teacher
-98.8% like the addition of art at Penrose

Thank you so much for your feedback. We really do read every comment and take all of your suggestions into consideration. I pass all of the kudos along to teachers as well.

We are, and will remain, Penrose Proud. If you ever have concerns, questions, celebrations, thoughts, or ideas, please contact me at (719) 372-6777 or mlesser@re-2.org           
                                                                                               Mrs. Lesser
KIDS CLUB Opportunity

Have you thought about SUMMER DAY CARE ? We have the opportunity to have BEFORE SCHOOL, AFTER SCHOOL, FRIDAY, and SUMMER CARE for our kids! Ages 4 to 12. DHS CCCAP accepted!


Call or email Tai Wright, the Kids Club coordinator today!
Let her know we need care from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Share with her what you need, it might be possible!
Prices are very reasonable!

CMAS Testing...Why Does it Matter?

3rd through 5th grade students completed the Math portion of the C olorado M easures of A cademic S uccess assessments. They will begin the ELA portion on Tuesday, April 2nd and finish on Thursday, April 4th. Our 5th graders will complete the Science test the week of April 8th.
Our students and teachers have been working diligently and purposefully to ensure students are able to "show what they know". It is critical we all take the assessments seriously. Remember how proud students are to have earned the 2015 National Blue Ribbon ? We earned that ribbon because of student performance on the state tests. Let's try to do it again! Let's move from Priority Performance to Performance in one year.
RUN Blossom & Youth Exercise Training Initiative

Mrs. Eckstrom and Mrs. Drake will be our YETI coaches for this event. Please watch for flyers, training dates & times. Sign up your child and join us for the Run Blossom on May 4th!
1st Annual Penrose Elementary Art Show
When: Thursday, April 11th
Where: Penrose Elementary
Time: 5:30-7:00 Open House
Who: Mrs. Sutton and our K-5 Students

Now Registering for Next School Year!


Please go to the Fremont RE-2 Website under the Preschool Tab.

Give your child the preschool experience they deserve!
SRO did you know?

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.

The most dangerous environment you face each day is the roadway. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is more than just an observance – it’s an empowering invitation to

“Take Back Your Drive.”

For more go to:

Deputy Fetterhoff
From the Health Office

The following are Fremont RE-2's Guidelines for returning to school:

FEVER fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.

PINKEYE 24 hours after your child was started on eyedrops or ointment.  

VOMITING 24 hours after your child has stopped vomiting.

DIARRHEA it is okay to send your child back to school if they are good about washing their hands after using the bathroom and they are not going to the bathroom so frequently that they would be uncomfortable in class all day.

STREP THROAT 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic medication.

PNEUMONIA 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic and your child feels well enough to return to school (not overly tired, no chest or belly pain, no difficulty breathing). 

HEAD LICE or SCABIES from the end of the school day until after the first treatment.

IMPETIGO 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

RINGWORM from the end of school day until after starting treatment with antifungal medication.

VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES with a doctor’s note stating the child is no longer contagious.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, look at your child If it has been more than 24 hours since a fever has passed but your child is still really low-energy and not quite acting like themselves, it may be best to keep your child home. Giving your child extra time to recover can help to make the illness go away faster, rather than dragging it out over weeks. 

If your child has been prescribed medication to be taken at school, please refer to the RE-2 guidelines regarding medication administration at school.    

Miss Tami
Student Placement 2019/2020

Due to anticipated changes in teaching placements and the importance of creating balanced classrooms I will not be accepting teacher requests for the 2019/2020 school year.

Our teachers take the time to make class lists based upon the best interest of students. We balance the classrooms by gender, academic ability, special programming, social/emotional needs, and personality types, and more. Please trust us to make the best decisions for your child.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Bellino, our school secretary, ans she will schedule a time for you to meet with me.

Mrs. Lesser
Camp Jackson
Ages groups from 7 to 17

Spend a week in the Mountains of San Isabel National Forest doing:

-rock climbing -marksmanship -horseback riding
-canoeing -survival skills -campfires

If you are interested, pick up a brochure in the office or visit: CampJackson.com

Scholarships and Peanut Fundraising is available.

*This is not a Fremont RE-2 or Penrose Elementary sponsored camp.

Student Council Box Tops Contest
Please continue to send in your Box Tops!

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