Volume 2 | January 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)
January Dates to Remember
8th: Preschool Kits Open House 5:30-6:30
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: Thinker Tinkers 3:50
9th & 23rd: STEAM Club 3:50
10th: PTO 4:00
10th: Student Council
10th: STUCO Spirit Day "Holey Jeans"
14th-24th NWEA mid year testing
14th: One Book One School Book comes home
14th: Battle of the Books 3:50
14th & 28th: 5th Grade Girls Group 3:50
17th: Father/Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00
21st: No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
31st: One Book Literacy Celebration Night 5-7
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,
Happy New Year 2019! Even though I was able to "escape" the holidays with a comedy of errors family trip to Kauai, I am so happy December is OVER! Perhaps life at school and home can get back to "normal". 
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? You know, the resolutions where you vow to exercise, steer away from junk food, and start a new budget. While you reflect on past bad habits and set new directions for your personal life consider your parenting habits and direction too.
Words of warning, if you are like me, you probably feel a little inadequate as you look back on your past practices. I nag too much, over-react too often, praise too little and regret not spending enough quality time with my boys. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Not only is parenting the world’s hardest job, but children aren’t born with owner’s manuals so we tend to rely on trial and error a great deal.
As you ponder the next twelve months of parenthood here are a few resolutions to consider. We can’t adopt every idea. Be realistic and choose one or two to add to your list of resolutions.

-I resolve to talk less and listen more.

-I resolve to remember that experience can be messy. I will allow my child to learn from the messes he makes, and the cleanup that follows.

-I resolve to hold my child accountable for his decisions and choices with gentleness and love.

-I resolve to make myself more dispensable and assist my child in becoming increasingly in charge of himself (man this one is going to be tough). 

-I resolve to fix problems rather than fix blame, by maintaining a solution-seeking mindset and teaching my child a problem-solving process.  

-I resolve to give my child more "experiences" vs. more "things".

-I resolve to put down my phone and read more, to myself, and my little.

-I resolve to be open to the lessons my child offers me and honor him for
    helping me learn and grow.

May 2019 bring you health, wealth, and happiness!
                                                                                               Mrs. Lesser
PENROSE KITS Preschool Is Here
Our preschool students will start on Monday, January 7th! What an amazing opportunity for our littlest learners!

A HUGE thank you to Danna Buck, Dr. Brenda Krage, Jan Draper, Debbie Wolf, Mandee Campbell, Leslie Henry, Lynette Gallegos, Bob Peterson, and so many others for making this happen!
SRO did you know?

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. For more information on winter driving, the association offers the  How to Go on Ice and Snow  brochure, available through most AAA offices. Contact your local  AAA club  for more information.
AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:
  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Deputy Fetterhoff
From the Health Office

This news in Colorado is all about flu.

According to Kids Health.org:

What Causes the Flu?
The flu gets its name from the  virus  that causes it — the influenza virus. It spreads when people cough or sneeze out droplets that are infected with the virus and other people breathe them in. The droplets also can land on things like doorknobs or shopping carts, infecting people who touch these things.

Is the Flu Contagious?
Yes, the flu is very contagious. People can spread it from a day before they feel sick until their symptoms are gone. This is about 1 week for adults, but it can be longer for young kids.
The flu usually happens in small outbreaks. When the illness spreads quickly and infects lots of people in an area at the same time it's called an epidemic. This tends to happen every few years.

Miss Tami
3rd Annual
One Book One School
Every Student will be bringing home a copy of Oliver Butterworth's book:
The Enormous Egg.

What will happen when twelve-year-old Nate Twitchell tells of  the  preposterous events that occurred after his pet chicken hatched a dinosaur  egg?

Join us for our Literacy Celebration on
Thursday, January 31st
5:00pm to 7:00pm
for all things
Student Council Box Tops Contest
Please continue to send in your Box Tops!

Our contest will be starting soon!
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