Volume 4/ November 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)
November Dates to Remember

November 2019

5th: Battle of the Books @ 4:00
5th: Thinker Tinkers @ 4:00
14th: District Accountability Meeting 12:00 T&I Building
14th: PTO Meeting @ 4:00
14th: Accountability Meeting @ 4:15
19th: Thinker Tinkers @ 4:00
20th: Early Childhood Meeting 4:00 pm T&I
21st: Grandparent's Day
25th-28th Thanksgiving Break
Where Can I go to learn about School Delays and School Closures?
-You can join Mrs. Lesser's PES Remind text

-You can join Fremont RE-2's School Messenger (you will receive a text and a call)

-Follow us on Facebook: Penrose Beavers Elementary School

-Watch TV Channels 5, 11, or 13 for local weather

-Listen to a local radio station, such as STAR Country 104.5 or AM Station KRLN 1400

-When in doubt contact a friend or teacher

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 encourage your children to eat breakfast at school.

-Last year's Free and Reduced Lunch forms expired on October 7, 2019. Be sure to fill out a new one. The forms can be found on our district website.

-Breakfast is open from 7:55 to 8:15
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, 

November is the month we try to take more time to be thankful. Think of it as a month to reflect on our lives and appreciate all that we have. I know I get caught up in everyday life and forget to be thankful. Sometimes, when you share what you are thinking, it makes it that much more sweet. One of my favorite lessons when I was teaching was reading a book called The Most Thankful Thing by Lisa McCourt, and then we would construct our own list. Mine looks something like this:

I am thankful for…
My students, my staff, Penrose, good friends, assistant principal, counselors, horses, painting, hockey, fishing, engaging books, crayons, markers, love, kind people, mountains, the beach, memories, Coyotes almond milk chai tea, chocolate, surprises, flowers, smiling children, good deeds, photos, flip flops, Summer nights, first responders, memories, public education, tea, electricity, stickers, planners, labels, and babies. But, I am most thankful for my family.
Sit down with your children this month and make a thankful list. You might be surprised!
 If you ever have concerns, questions, celebrations, thoughts, or ideas, please contact me at (719) 372-6777 or mlesser@re-2.org

I would much rather visit with you in person or on the phone instead of reading it on social media.
Michelle Lesser     
   Your PES Principal
BEAVER PACKS...FEED the Children
We are continuing our Beaver Pack Program again this year! Beaver Packs supply our students with nutritional meals and snacks weekends throughout the school year, including extended breaks. FREE of CHARGE. The bags go home with students on Thursday afternoons. Any child enrolled at Penrose Elementary is eligible to receive a Beaver Pack.

If you would like to enroll your student in the Beaver Pack Program, contact our office at 372-6777 or Mr. Royer at mroyer@re-2.org.

If you would like to donate money to our program to purchase food items, contact Tony Royer at 719-372-6777 ext 2714

PES Annual Grandparent’s Day

Thursday, November 21, 2019
 Our Thanksgiving Dinner with adults will be held Thursday, November 21 st . Our students look forward to this day every year, and so do we! We hope the day is as memorable for you, as it is for our students.

Please check-in at the front entry way upon arrival. Below is the lunch schedule for each grade. Please make note of the time that your student’s will eat. Report to your child’s classroom 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled time below.
Approximate Time Grade will be called
                                                  Preschool                                           10:40 am
Kindergarten                                    10:55 am
                                               First Grade                                        11:20 am
                                              Second Grade                                     11:50 am
                                              Third Grade                                      12:15 pm
                                               Fourth Grade                                    12:25 pm
                                               Fifth Grade                                       12:40 pm
                                               Sixth Grade                                      1:2:55 pm

The price for this delicious meal is $3.75 per person

Turkey Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans & Yams
Dinner Roll
Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Topping
Coffee or Punch

Once again, we will have photos available for $2.00 available for students and their special guests.

Please visit our Book Fair Too!

Student Council will be hosting a bake sale again this year!

We look forward to seeing you!

6th Grade Sports Program

Fremont RE-2 School District is the process of finalizing a partnership with Canon City Recreation District to provide our 6th grades athletic program options.   

More details will be coming soon. 

Athletic programs offered: 
Wrestling (Nov - Jan)
Boys and Girls Basketball (Jan-Feb)
Boys and Girls Soccer (March-May)

Canon City Rec District will waive the Out of District Fee for Fremont Re-2 participating athletes in 6th grade only

Fremont Re-2 will pay the athlete fee to participate for 6th grade students only

Parents are responsible for any incurred LATE registration fees of $10. 

Transportation   is the responsibility of the parent. 

Registration   process: As per CCRec District

Coaching, practice schedules and game schedules  : As per CCRec District
SRO Did You Know?
  10 Tips for Keeping Children Safe in Winter
After a large snowstorm, most children beg to go outside and build a snowman or go sledding. But low temps can lead to dangerous conditions for kids – and injuries too. These tips from our emergency response experts can ensure that kids stay safe and warm when temperatures drop.

Here are 10 Tips to Protect Children in Cold Weather:

-Layer up! Bitter cold and snow can cause frostbite. Dress your child in several layers, and make sure their head, neck and hands are covered. Dress babies and young children in one more layer than an adult would wear.

-Play it safe. Even when roads are closed to traffic, it’s not safe to play or sled in the street. Visibility may be limited due to snow banks and ice on the roads makes braking difficult.

-Beware of clothing hazards. Scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children so use other clothing to keep them warm.

-Check in on warmth. Before kids head outside, tell them to come inside if they get wet or if they’re cold. Then keep watching them and checking in. They may want to continue playing outside even if they are wet or cold.

-Use sunscreen. Children and adults can still get sunburned in the winter. Sun can reflect off the snow, so apply sunscreen to exposed areas.

-Use caution around fires. Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and outdoor fire-pits are cozy but can present danger – especially to small children. Use caution and put up protective gates when possible. If you’ve lost power or heat and are alternative heating methods like kerosene or electric heaters, be sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

-Get trained and equipped. Children should wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey. And to avoid injuries, teach children how to do the activity safely.

-Prevent nosebleeds. If your child suffers from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold-air humidifier in their room. Saline nose drops can help keep their nose moist.

-Keep them hydrated. In drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Offer plenty of water, and try giving them warm drinks and soup for extra appeal.

-Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately.

Sources: Save the Children, American Academy of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Health System

Deputy Fetterhoff
From the Health Office

It is time to start dressing for the weather! Please encourage your child to wear a jacket in the morning.

We go outside unless the weather is below 15 degrees. .

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Breakfast helps us learn. It's true! During the night, our brain gets hungry, so by the morning, it needs some fuel. When we eat breakfast, it gives our brains the fuel we need so we can understand new information, and remember things more easily.

Please remind your child to eat breakfast at home or at school each morning so they can be their best selves in class!

Miss Tami
We Are a Title School
What does that mean?

The purpose of Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and close the achievement gap between high- and low-performing children, especially the achievement gaps between minority and non-minority students, and between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers.

How is Title 1 determined?
Our Free and Reduced lunch rate determines our Title 1 status. Currently our Free and Reduced Lunch rate is about 53%. The more families who qualify for Free and Reduced lunch, the more monies our school receives to support our students. Apply today. 

Cell Phones

It seems that everybody has a cell phone these days. Technology has changed the way we work, play, communicate, learn, and even socialize. Our phones keep us and our kids safe. They enable us to call for help in an emergency, find our way when we are lost (who needs a map), and they help us keep track of one another. 
They are truly an indispensable part of our lives. 
While the majority of our young people are using them responsibly, as parents, we still need to worry about our kids using these powerful devices. 

What we do at school...
1. Children are not to have their devices on them during the day
2. Cell phones can be given to the teacher or kept in a back pack on silent
3. Cell phones are to be used before and/or after school
4. We have phones in every classroom, and a phone in the office that students are allowed to use during non-instructional times and for emergencies.

If you have made the decision to have your child carry a phone, please consider...
    -is my child able to understand the cost of providing a phone?
    -is my child ready to care for the phone
    -is my child able to manage his/her time 
    -is my child able to use the phone politely, in a way that respects feelings
    -does my child understand the implications of sending inappropriate photos or text messages
    -am I (the parent) willing to monitor apps? social media? text messages? photos?
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