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)
February Dates to Remember
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th: Thinker Tinkers 3:50-4:30
6th & 20th: STEAM Club 3:50-5:00
6th: Fundraiser Starts
4th, 11th, 25th: ART Club 3:50-4:30
7th: Student Council 3:50-4:30
14th: Valentine Parties
18th: No School President's Day
20th: Fundraiser Ends
27th: 1st Grade's 100th Day
28th: Accountability Meeting @ 6:00 pm

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,
Remember back to September when I shared with you our Colorado Department of Education's School Performance Framework rating of Priority Improvement? Well our teacher's have been working diligently in conjunction with our students to ensure our rating goes back up to Performance this year. We have been increasing the rigor in our classroom by teaching to the Colorado Academic Standards. Teachers assess students on those standards and then re-teach and assess to ensure mastery at grade level.
In addition to our focus on a data driven instruction and best first instruction, we applied for a grant to support our efforts, through a Diagnostic Review. We were awarded the grant and will have our Diagnostic Review on Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th. The review team will observe instruction in classrooms, interview all staff members, interview a few children, and visit with several parents and community members. The purpose of the review is to:
1 . Identify current areas of strength
2 . Identify challenges or potential blind spots in key areas
3 . Make Objective recommendations to address challenges.
The review team will look at the following domains for quality indicators of high performing schools.
-Culture of Continuous Improvement
-Academic Systems
-Talent Management
-School Leadership
The staff and I are excited for this opportunity and look forward to the findings of the Diagnostic Review Team. We are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure your child's success. 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
PENROSE KITS Preschool Update
We still have a few openings for Preschool!


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

Miss Nancy and Miss Lacey teach in the full day room

Mr Jason and Miss Hanna teach in the half day room
How much screen time is too much?
                  The San Francisco nonprofit  Common Sense Media studies screen time from birth . In 2013, found that children under 8 were spending roughly two hours a day in front of a screen. "If used appropriately, it's wonderful," Hogan says of digital media. "We don't want to demonize media, because it's going to be a part of everybody's lives increasingly, and we have to teach children how to make good choices around it, how to limit it and how to make sure it's not going to take the place of all the other good stuff out there."
Some research suggests that screen time can have lots of negative effects on kids, ranging from  childhood obesity  and  irregular sleep patterns  to  social and/or behavioral issues .
"We really need to be sure that children, and probably older people, are getting enough face-to-face interaction to be competent social beings," Greenfield says. "Our species evolved in an environment where there was only face-to face-interaction. Since we were adapted to that environment, it's likely that our skills depend on that environment. If we reduce face-to-face interaction drastically, it's not surprising that the social skills would also get reduced."
Of course, as media multiplies, it's increasingly difficult to manage kids' screen time. Where several decades ago, television was the only tech distraction, kids now have smartphones, tablets and laptops — not to mention electronic games.
"We need to make media a part of our lives, but in a planned, sensible way," Hogan says.
Her suggestion: Families should encourage a "healthy media diet" for their children. Parents and kids should work together to decide how much time to spend with media every day, and to make sure good choices are being made about what media to take in.   

Our students will be experiencing less screen time at school too. Screen time at school will be purposeful. Teachers are able to manage all iPad screens at one time to monitor student use. Ask your child's teacher for more in depth information.

       Read more at http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/28/343735856/kids-and-screen-time-what-does-the-research-say
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
Is Complete
Many Families and Classrooms read
The Enormous Egg.

We had our Literacy Celebration on
Thursday, January 31st

What a wonderful turnout!
Student Council Box Tops Contest
Please continue to send in your Box Tops!

Mr. Eskridge's Class won the PRIZE for December!
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