Volume 1| August 2019
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)
August Dates to Remember


8th: Back to School Night 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
12th: First Day of School for 1st through 6th grade
Week of Aug 12: Kindergarten visitation week
15th: Preschool Open House 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
19th: Preschool First Day of School


Registration:  All students, even returning students, must be registered for THIS school year through Parent Portal.

If you need assistance with Parent Portal, please call Kristal Wood at 719-784-2552 or visit her at the Technology and Instruction Building in Florence at 403 West 5th Street.

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, 
           Welcome! We are incredibly excited to begin another year at Penrose Elementary School! We are looking forward to adding a third preschool room and 6 th grade! We are growing a destination district with intent, purpose, and pride! This promises to be a year filled with golden opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have been before! We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events. 
           During the 2019/2020 school year, we will continue to build upon and refine our proven foundation of good work, honored traditions, and continued  excellence in education . Our vision remains… 
Every Student, Every Day, Learning for Life!  
    Teachers will be focused on improving instructional practices. We will be analyzing our student data from DIBELS testing, NWEA Maps, and CMAS. We will be encouraging our students to be active participants in monitoring their own learning. We will be implementing highly effective practices and techniques. This will assist us in defining and refining the complexities of teaching and learning. Our two school goals will be:

1.      Implement a Common Instructional Framework
An  instructional framework  is a shared belief system, and understanding of a set of  instructional  principles that are visible across classrooms. All members of the school community are committed and accountable to the framework.

    2.  Refine our Data Driven Instruction
Data-driven instruction is an educational approach that relies on information to inform teaching and learning. The idea refers to a method teachers use to improve instruction by looking at the information they have about their students. It takes place within the classroom.

 We look forward to a very positive and productive year together! We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education! Your active participation is the key to the success of your young Beaver. 
     Again, we welcome you to Penrose, and to our wonderful learning community. Our school is a place alive with much  energy, enthusiasm , and a  high standard of excellence ! It is, indeed, a place where opportunities abound! Here’s to an AWESOME new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day!                   
                                                                                               Mrs. Lesser
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Do You Appreciate Up-to-Date Communication?

I would like to invite you to join my free, safe, and simple messaging tool (you won’t be able to communicate back to me) that will allow me to share important updates, reminders, and safety information for our school. All personal information is kept private. I won’t ever see your phone number, nor will you see mine.

You can join by entering 81010 on your phone in the “To:” section
In the “ Message:” section of your phone, text: @pes2020

You can “unsubscribe” at any time.

You will need to "rejoin" for this year. Previous years have been deleted.

Thursday, August 8th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
*Drop off supplies
* Meet teachers
* Pay fees
*Inexpensive dinner options and Kona Ice
*Community Resources

Thursday, August 15th
4:00-5:00 pm
IF you have questions call Misty Hinkle 719-784-2516

SRO did you know?

  School days bring congestion: School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

Please be sure to watch your speed in our School Zone. Tickets will be issued for speeding. 

Deputy Fetterhoff
From the Health Office

If your child will need to take prescription medication at school, don’t forget to fill out the required form (you can get this from our Health Tech), and obtain a doctor’s signature.

Call if you have questions. 372-6777

Children should eat breakfast every day!
We serve a hot breakfast every morning at school.

Kindergarten parents, don't forget your child's i mmunizations.

6th Grade Parents, don't forget your child's 6th grade i mmunizations.

Miss Tami
Student Placement 2019/2020

Children and families are very anxious to find the names of teachers for this school year!

Please log into Parent Portal. Your child's teacher will be listed VERY soon!

Remember, 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, and she will schedule a time for you to meet with me.

Mrs. Lesser
Our Staff

Kindergarten: Aimee McKibbin & Cheyl Gasser
First Grade: Mindy Sabo & Juli Drake
Second Grade: Jake Eskridge & Shelly Leenerts
Third Grade: Brittany Olguin & Olivia Dickey
Fourth Grade: Samantha Vigil & Brandy Guasta
Fifth Grade: Molly Sabo & Charla Wellborn
Sixth Grade: Denise Albertson & Kim Henninger
Title & Gifted: Tina Dzikowski
Art: Rachel Sutton
Music, Choir, and Theater: Ashley Hagemann
Physical Education: Tony Royer
Special Education: Jody Morgan & Tina Dzikowski
Paraprofessionals: Kelly McGahan, Amy Roberts, Denise Provenza, Angelina Paxton
Preschool: Morgan Swanson, Hanna Goff, Nancy Martinez, Lacey Tank, Nikesha Sartor, Kelly Robinson, Diane Seng
Custodial: Lynette Gallegos, Miss Christina, Miss Elsa
Kitchen Manager: Leslie Henry
SRO: Deputy Mike Fetterhoff
Secretary: Deanna Bellino
Health Tech: Tami Freeman

A HUGE Shout Out
Our Custodial Staff
Our Building looks fantastic! They have created a new and exciting environment for our staff, students, families, and community!
Kids Eat Free?

We want to encourage you to fill out our Free and Reduced lunch forms, even if you aren't sure whether or not you will qualify. We have new menus and lots of new options. Kids are raving about the cafeteria lunches. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, also qualify for FREE breakfast. We are so fortunate to be able to serve hot breakfasts at Penrose.
Please save your Box Tops Contests starting soon!
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