Volume 3/ October 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)
October Dates to Remember

October 2019

2nd: Kona Ice! Count Day (Kindergarten to 6th)
3rd: First Grade to Pumpkin Patch @ 8:30
5th: Apple Day Parade 10:30
7th: Final Day for PTO Fundraiser
10th: PTO Meeting @ 4:00
10th: Accountability Meeting @ 4:15
10th: PTO Movie Night @ 6:00
14th: Final Day for Art Fundraiser
17-18: Parent/Teacher Conferences
23rd: Flu Clinic 2:45-5:30 @ T&I Building
23rd: Steam Club Projects Due 3rd-6th grades
24th: Awards Assembly 2:30 and 3:15
30th: Picture Make Up Day
31st: Classroom Halloween Parties
31st: Halloween Carnival 6:00-8:00

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 will expire 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, 

October is such a great month! We start off with Count Day, then Apple Day, add Halloween at the end of the month. Our biggest event is gearing up to meet with all of you at Parent Teacher Conferences. This is our opportunity to share with you all of the wonderful tidbits we have learned about your child socially, emotionally, and educationally.
Last month I shared with you the assessments our students take to assist teachers in creating learning plans that meet each students' needs. I also talked about the significant change in our School Performance Framework, which is a measure the Colorado Department of Education utilizes to hold student accountable for student learning. We are a PERFORMANCE school! Woo hoo
     Our staff is in the process of creating our Unified Improvement Plan. The UIP is a document used to streamline the improvement planning process. The improvement planning process begins with Data Analysis (we examine performance, growth, trends, and challenges), moves to Root Cause Analysis (we identify the underlying causes of any performance challenges), then we select Improvement Strategies and determine Action Steps for improvement. Finally we monitor these strategies to ensure improvement occurs. 

     This year we want to focus on:
1. Implementing an Instructional Framework (a format for presenting engaging lessons)
2. Grow Data Driven Instructional Cycles (teaching and reteaching standards to meet mastery levels)
If you are interested in learning more about the School Performance Framework, student achievement, student growth, and/or the Unified Improvement Planning process I would like to personally extend an invite to our School Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday, October 10th at 4:15 pm in the school library. 
 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
School Dress Code

School is your child’s workplace and consequently we ask that they dress appropriately. Children should dress according to the weather. If it is cold, please send your child to school with warm clothing. Any dress deemed inappropriate, is not allowed to be worn at school. Please help your child make choices that will be conducive to a positive learning environment. Below are standards for permissible clothing for boys and girls at school:

  • Shorts/skirts should be long, approximately 3 inches above the knee, or longer, and should not be tight fitting (such as Spandex). Once again, please be sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather.
  • Shorts with Leggings underneath are appropriate
  • Shirts should have sleeves to the point of both shoulders. (halter tops, spaghetti straps, and razor backs are not appropriate for school.)
  • Shirts should completely cover the torso and pants should be well fitting and not “sag” below the waistline revealing underwear.
  • Leggings with a shirt that goes to the mid thigh is acceptable.
  •  Chains or spike clothing are not allowed
  • Clothing with references to alcohol, tobacco, gangs, weapons, adult or mature themes, or violence are not allowed
  • Open-toed, slip on, flip-flop, or high heeled/wedge type shoes pose a safety risk when children are involved in physical activities, such as PE and recess. These types of shoes are best left at home. If your child does wear this type of shoe, he/she may be asked to change into other shoes or call home. “Heeley’s”, shoes with wheels, are not allowed.
  • Baseball caps, stocking caps, visors, and other head coverings may be worn to school and during recess, but must be removed when in the school building. Hats may be worn with the bill to the front or to the back…not to the side.
  • Hair coloring that does not reflect “naturally” occurring hair color (pink, green, blue, etc) amongst our students is not allowed
  • Jewelry that creates a safety hazard for self and/or others (i.e. large hoops, dangling earrings, or chains)
  • Please don’t place tattoos on the face or neck.
  • Pajamas and slippers are not acceptable unless deemed appropriate for a spirit day.

Student dress and grooming are the responsibility of the student’s parent/guardian. The image of the school and the individual pride of students are evident in the manner in which students present themselves to the public. Individual schools have guidelines dealing with standard of decency, cleanliness, and good grooming. Students have the right to dress for individual expression and student satisfaction. However, when one’s dress or grooming disrupts the learning process, the designated official has a responsibility to take action. Clothing and accessories will not be allowed that are degrading to any race, creed, or sex, hazardous type of apparel, disruptive to educational process, promoting drugs, sexual behavior or alcohol, vulgar or morally suggestive, i.e. too provocative or extreme.

Let’s keep the focus on learning!
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
District Wellness and HOMEWORK Policy Update from August 12, 2019
Policy ADF
  After school, students should have time to be kids: to play, to explore, create, and discover. Because Florence schools values the significant skills learned from free time and play as well as family time, little-to-no homework is encouraged for elementary-aged students.

It is understandable that with an increase in age come greater course loads. As well, honors classes, college-level, and AP-level classes incur their own level of rigor. Teachers will take their individual courses and grade level(s) into consideration alongside the following guidelines when assigning homework:

a. Elementary Homework Guidelines:
i. Homework should advance a spirit of learning, curiosity, and inquiry among students.
ii. Homework will be related to the curriculum being taught and state standards.
iii. Homework will not be used as a punishment and/or as a behavior management tool.
iv. Homework will not be busy-work; homework is not intended to enhance rote skill rehearsal or mastery. Rehearsal and repetition assignments should be completed within the confines of the school day, if they are required at all.
v. Routine work on skills that have already been mastered will be avoided.
vi. Homework may be given three nights per week in the elementary grades and will not be assigned on weekends or during holiday periods, except in extenuating circumstances.

vii. Nightly Homework Guidelines:
viii. *Free reading for a reasonable amount of time is always encouraged!
ix. Extenuating circumstances may temporarily increase a student's
homework load with parent and administration consent.
1. Kinder: 0-10 minutes
2. Grades 1-2: 0-15 minutes
3. Grades 3-6 0-10 minutes/grade level

If you have any questions about homework, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Lesser.
SRO Did You Know?

  Free and Fun
Avoid the crowds and come to PES for a safe way to Trick-or-Treat at our Halloween Carnival. Bring a bag of candy to donate, and walk away with more than a bag of candy! The carnival will start at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm.

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

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. Hopefully we don't see those temperatures for another couple of months.

Because it is the month of sugar...
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations   call for less than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar per day for children ages 2 to 18 years. That includes no more than 8 ounces of sugar-sweetened drinks per week.

Why has the AHA adjusted sugar limits downward? Because eating lots of added sugar early in life is linked to obesity, high blood pressure and  type 2 diabetes . And those problems put children and young adults  at risk for heart disease .

Plus, filling up on sugary treats leaves less room in young tummies for heart-healthy fare like fruits, veggies, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

Miss Tami
PLEASE consider donating to our Fall Fundraiser. You can go to ShopFund.com, select our school and the child you are supporting. We will use our funds to support student activities at our school!
We are so fortunate to have a fantastic art program at our school! You can place your order by October 14th. Items should arrive the week prior to Thanksgiving Break. All Money raised will be used for art supplies!
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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