November 2021
Penrose Elementary School
Creating a Destination District with Intent, Purpose, and Pride!

Michelle Lesser ~Principal (
Joe DeSalvo ~ Counselor (
November Dates to Remember

November 2021

4th: Beaver of the Month Announcements
7th: Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall Back)
8th: Beaver of the Month Lunches
11th: Veteran's Day (thank a veteran)
13th: World Kindness Day
22nd-26th: Thanksgiving Break
25th: Happy Thanksgiving
From the Office
Student Hours: 8:20-4:10
First Bell Rings at 8:15

Office is Open 7:55 to 4:20

PLEASE label all student belongings including:
coats, hats, gloves, mittens, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc
From Mrs. Lesser

Dear Penrose Families, 

Can you believe it is November? We just completed the 11th week of school. We conducted Parent Teacher Conferences and were able to meet with 95% of our families! Several grade levels met with 100% of their families. Penrose is a special place.

Even though we are a special place we are not exempt from reality. There are still those words frequenting our daily lives: pandemic, vaccines, variant, quarantine, isolation, and exposure. I was hoping COVID would be a thing of the past by now. It isn't. If you are at all like me, you have found yourself overwhelmed by uncertainty, disenchanted with what seems to be daily changes, and yet cautious due to the unknown.

I want to assure you, we continue to take precautions at school: washing hands, cleaning surfaces, disinfecting spaces, and keeping kids in cohorts. Our goal is to stay in school. Our first priority is keeping our kids and our staff healthy. Our District Nurse, Joan Borre, has done an outstanding job supporting students, families, and staff as we navigate illnesses. Joan receives her guidance from the Fremont County Department of Health. I receive my guidance from both entities. Joan or I will always contact you regarding information we may have about your child's health or safety. We ask that you share pertinent information with us as well.

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, stay healthy and be thankful.

I am thankful for school, so thankful for school. I am thankful for our students, my staff, our community, your family, friends, counselors, fishing, great 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 family 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

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
All 3rd-6th grade students will be taking the School Counselor Corps Grant Survey. The purpose of this survey is to help our school identify immediate issues that may exist or need to be addressed to provide a more effective and positive school environment for all students.

The School Counselor Corp Grant program has helped 365 schools in 98 of the 178 districts and is now helping to create a more comprehensive school counseling program that will benefit your student.

Some example question/statements that students will see are:

  1. On a scale of 1-10, my school is preparing me for the future.
  2. There is at least one adult I feel is there for me, that I can trust and listens to what I have to say.
  3. There is a school counselor at my school.
  4. Can you ask for help and support when you need it or if you don't understand something?
  5. I try to understand how someone else feels and where they are coming from (most of the time, sometimes, never).

Students will be taking the survey the week of November 8th during their in-class guidance time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mindy Holman or Sheryl Gifford. Thank you!


Remote learning will be initiated when:

-A moderate to high risk level has been determined collaboratively between District leadership and the Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment. 

-District leadership determines inclement weather will be prohibitive to safe travel to and from school. 

Remote learning expectations are aligned with District Policy EBCE - School Closings, Cancellations and E-Learning Days. E-Learning and Remote learning are synonymous.

Student Expectations

-Students are recommended to spend a minimum of 240 minutes on school work, which is equivalent to a full day of in-person instruction. 

-Elementary students will be required to have a minimum of 50 minutes per day of synchronous or asynchronous instruction. 

-State and district attendance policies will apply.

-Attendance will be taken by the classroom teacher during daily instruction times. 

-Work will be graded
Teacher Expectations

-Lesson Expectations for the day will be posted by 8:00 am.

-Attendance will be taken via Infinite Campus by 4:30 pm.

-Teachers will monitor student participation

-Teachers will provide a minimum of 50 minutes per day of synchronous or asynchronous learning. 

-Teachers will not create lesson that exceed 60 min

-Teachers will grade work assigned
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

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

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.

The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.


Officer Humphrey
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 20 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!

Breakfast is FREE and available every morning in the classroom.

Miss Tami
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?
Have Something to Report?
Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family, or your community!

Be Your Best Self