Volume 4 | March 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)
March Dates to Remember

5th: Thinker Tinker Last Day 3:50-4:30
6th & 20th: STEAM Club 3:50-5:00
4th, 11th, 18th: ART Club 3:50-5:00
7th: PTO, Accountability 4:00-5:00
7th: PTO Movie Night 6:00-8:00
10th: Daylight Saving Time (Spring Forward)
13th: CAMO Spirit Day
14th: Spring Class Pictures
14th: Student Council 3:50-4:30
18th-21st: CMAS Testing 3rd-5th
20th: Kona Ice
21st: 3rd Quarter Awards Assembly
21st: 4:00-8:00 Parent Teacher Conferences
22nd: 8:00-12:00 Parent Teacher Conferences
25th-29th: Spring Break


  • 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,
Last month I wrote about our school going through a Diagnostic Review Process. The purpose was 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 spent two days with us. They interviewed staff members, students, community members, parents, and me. They observed in classrooms extensively.
The review team looked at the following domains for quality indicators of high performing schools.
-Culture of Continuous Improvement
-Academic Systems
-Talent Management
-School Leadership

A few highlights that emerged in regards to strengths were:
1.We have purposeful relationships with families: Community members perceive the school as welcoming and supportive.
2.Instructional Leadership:The school leader has a vision for instruction and designs structures to support the vision
3.Teacher leadership and collaboration: There are opportunities for teachers to be leaders and those opportunities are aligned to school priorities.

Recommendations for improvement were recommendations centered around the use of instructional time, aligned curriculum, continuous improvement, and professional development. We are, and will continue to address these recommendations through the Unified Improvement Process.

If you are interested and want to learn more about our Diagnostic Review, please join us at the school Accountability meeting this week on Thursday, March 7th at 4:30 in the library.

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
CMAS Testing...Why Does it Matter?

3rd through 5th grade students will begin taking CMAS assessments beginning Monday, March 18th. 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.

Congratulations to our Secretary,
Deanna Bellino!

Mrs. Bellino was named the Penrose Elementary Employee of the Year by the Penrose Chamber of Commerce on February 21st during the yearly banquet held at the Gooseberry Restaurant.

Mrs. Bellino is more than a secretary; she is a thoughtful, energetic, hard-working, fun, person. We are so thankful she is a Beaver!
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
From Your ART Teacher:

Hello Everyone,

Please sign up and grant permission on Artsonia so your child can start taking photos of their artwork. This skill is part of their art class experience.
I will be sending a slip of paper home with the code and directions.

You can use a computer or cell phone for this free, secure, and invaluable resource. 

If you would like me to do it for you please let me know.


Rachel Sutton
Art Teacher

Artsonia Kids Art Museum - The Largest Student Art...

Artsonia is a kids art museum where young artists and students display their art for other kids worldwide to view. This gallery displays schools (K-12) and student art projects in our museum and offer exciting lesson plan art project ideas.

Read more
SRO did you know?

10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe
Recent world events may have you feeling especially concerned about your family's safety. The biggest threats to safety, though, are very close to home. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), motor vehicle accidents, falls, accidental poisoning, drowning, and choking are the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States. Don't overlook some of the easiest ways to keep your family safe. These 10 tips can help.

1. Buckle up . In the event of a car accident, this simple act can mean the difference between life and death. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 33.

2. Use child safety seats.  Using a child safety seat can reduce the risk for fatal injury by about 70 percent in children under age 1. Be sure to install the seat properly—close to 80 percent are not installed correctly.

3. Don't drink and drive.  Consider this: Approximately 40 percent of auto accident deaths involve drinking. In drunk-driving deaths involving children, over 60 percent of the children are riding in the drunk driver's car.

4. Wear a helmet . Always use a helmet when biking or when playing sports, such as football, hockey, or baseball. Enforce strict rules with your kids—no helmet, no playing the sport or biking.

5. Prevent falls.  More than 50 percent of all falls occur in the home. T
6. Watch those windows.  Screens are designed to keep insects out, not children in.

7. Prevent poisoning.  Poisoning is a leading cause of death in the home, the NSC says.Keep your medications locked away from inquisitive young fingers and always tighten child-resistant caps properly. Move your cleaning products to cabinets with safety latches. Keep your local poison control center phone number close to the phone.

8. Be watchful near water.  More than 3,000 people drown every year, and children up to age 4 are the most susceptible. Never leave your child alone at a pool or beach or in a bathtub.

9. Keep children from choking.  Suffocation is a leading cause of death in the home for children ages 4 and younger.

10. Be prepared for fire.  Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers can help prevent injury and death if a fire breaks out in your home. Test smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries twice a year.

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
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