Volume 5 / January 2020
Penrose Elementary School
Every Student Every Day Learning for Life

Michelle Lesser ~ Principal (mlesser@re-2.org)
Sheryl Gifford ~ Assistant Principal (sgifford@re-2.org)
Joe DeSalvo ~ Counselor (jdesalvo@re-2.org)

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful break filled with family, fun, goodies, and rest.  There are so many exciting activities ahead for PES in 2020.  Our Annual One School, One Book adventure is right around the corner, as well as NWEA testing, student band and music programs, and of course field trips!  This second half of the year promises to be the best one yet! 

            On a personal note, as I was contemplating an inspiring message to write, I thought I should write about New Year’s Resolutions; however, I’m not big on setting New Year’s Resolutions because I have poor follow through.  So, instead of calling it a resolution, I’m going to call it a New Year’s Commitment.  I commit to being my best self!  I believe this starts with self-care.  If I’m not healthy, then how can I take care of my family and come to school prepared to support teachers, staff, and most importantly students?  I will be my best self by being mindful on how I’m spending my time. It’s true; I could put my cell phone down and be more present with my family.  Finally, I will be my best self by having a greater sense of gratitude.  I will wake up every day thankful for my family, my friends, my health, and for having the best job in the world! Mrs. Lesser always says, “Know better. Do better.”  That’s what I’m going to do.  As you step into this New Year, how can you be your best self?  


Mrs. Gifford
January Dates to Remember
6th: Welcom Back!
7th: Thinker Tinkers 4:00
7th: Battle of the Books 4:00
8th: STEAM Club 4:00
9th: PTO 4:00
13th: School Board Meeting
13th-30th: NWEA Mid Year Testing
16th: 4th-6th Grades Awards Assembly 2:15
16th: 1st-3rd Grades Awards Assembly 3:00
20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ No School
21st: Thinker Tinkers 4:00
22nd: STEAM Club 4:00
23rd: Student Council 3:50
30th: Popcorn/Pickle Sales
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
Bus Safety
As we head into the second half of the school year, it's important for ALL students to know and adhere to the bus rules. Even if your child does not ride the bus to and from school, they will most likely ride the bus when attending any school related field trips. Please review the "Bus Rules" with your child.

Fremont RE-2 School District
Bus Rules
Bullying, harassment, physical abuse or any other such behavior will not be tolerated at the stop or on the bus. These types of behavior will result in suspension of riding privileges.
To keep the buses running on time for all customers, students shall be at their stops FIVE minutes before the bus is scheduled to depart.
Students will leave the property of other students alone; driver has authority to secure all objects.
Students will sit in their seats, facing the front with their personal belongings clear of aisle. Be completely silent at all railroad tracks.
Eating and or drinking on the bus is at the discretion of the driver.

Students are not to be yelling on the bus or out the windows. Students will keep head, hands and feet inside the bus at all times. The students will not throw any objects on the bus or out the bus windows.
Profane or any other inappropriate language is not acceptable on the bus or at the stop.

Students will respect other’s property; do not play in the yards near the stop, or in the road.

Follow the instructions of your driver for safe procedures when crossing the street or leaving the bus stop location.

Cross ten feet in front of the bus. Be alert to driver and do not cross behind the bus.

While waiting for the bus, stand 10 feet from the roadway. Students should not push, shove, or crowd others while entering the bus. Students need to go directly to a seat.

Students shall not use or display any tobacco products (smoking, chewing, matches, lighters, etc.), zappers, laser pointers, or alcohol at any time.

Students will be respectful of the driver and other students.

Students will remain in their seats during transportation and until the bus has come to a complete stop and the park brake has been pulled.

Students will not tamper with or damage the bus, including the seats, floor, sidewalls, or any other equipment, including the emergency equipment. (Fines will be assessed for any damage and the student will be suspended until the fine is paid.)

Students will keep head, hands and feet inside the bus at all times.

Students will not throw any objects on the bus or out of the bus windows.

Inappropriate use of cell phones and picture taking is not allowed.

Students will refrain from spraying perfume or any other aerosol product while on the bus.
Students will refrain from roughhousing or any physical play at the bus stop or on the bus.

Students will remain on the bus once they have boarded, unless driver discretion. 

Any behavior that the transportation staff consider to be unacceptable while riding the bus will constitute riding privileges to be suspended.  
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
January 9th is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. There are several ways to show your support. Send a note of thanks to your local, county or state police agency. Wear blue, turn your social media channels blue or shine a blue porch light to show your support. 
QPR Community Event
Thank you to Mr. DeSalvo and Mrs. Chavez for presenting at our first QPR Suicide Prevention training for the community. We had a great turn out!
SRO did you know?

Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to share with your children to ensure their safety when traveling to school.

  • Walk to school with a group of kids and always have a responsible adult with you.
  • Before you step off the curb to cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
  • When you ride your bicycle, you should wear bright colors during the day and right before the sun rises or sets.
  • Ride on the right side of the road or trail in a single file line in the same direction as other vehicles and come to a complete stop before crossing streets.
  • When on the bus, find a seat and sit down. Loud talking or other noise can distract the bus driver and is not allowed.
  • Never walk behind the bus.

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
4th Annual
One School One Book
Every Student will be bringing home a copy of Wendy Orr's book:
Nim's Island.

Nim’s Island  takes us to the idyllic spot in the Pacific where a young girl, Nim, lives with her scientific father. They are self-sufficient in their paradise (they even have solar powered computer batteries) but we spend all our time with the winsome Nim and the denizens of her island.

Her friends are an iguana, a sea lion, a sea turtle, and a frigate bird, and Nim’s relationship with them is charming and winning. Who doesn’t want to live vicariously on Nim’s Island?

Join us for our Literacy Celebration on
Thursday, February 6th
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Play-Based Preschool

There is a lot of research supporting Play-Based Preschool. Find out why Play-Based Preschool may help foster happier and healthier children.

  1. Play-Based learning promotes the deepest kind of learning by encouraging kids to become self-directed learners who explore, develop curiosity, and solve their own problems.
  2. Play-Based learning helps students learn, develop social skills, and regulate their emotions.
  3. Play promotes language skills such as using proper tone of voice, eye contact, and facial cues.
  4. Play is a way that young children make sense of the world. When they become frightened, confused, or stressed, they use play as a way to sooth themselves and come to terms with the situation.
  5. Play-Based learning also strengthens the foundation for math skills. As children learn through puzzles, LEGOS, blocks, and beads, they develop and improve spatial skills. The skills help children when they read a map, interpret diagrams or charts, and build structures.

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