Volume 2| September 2020
Penrose Elementary School


Michelle Lesser ~Principal (mlesser@re-2.org)
Sheryl Gifford~ Assistant Principal (sgifford@re-2.org)
Joe DeSalvo ~ Counselor (jdesalvo@re-2.org)
September Dates to Remember

September 20200

1st: Fall Picture Day
7th : Labor Day, No School

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. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, also qualify for FREE breakfast.

-Please encourage your children to eat breakfast at school.

Monthly Lunch Menu:

*We are hoping to have a monthly menu this school year. However, our food distributors can't always deliver the items we order. Therefore we are limited to publishing a week to 2 weeks at a time. We will attempt to inform you of our menu via Facebook and our school website.

From the Office
Student Hours: 8:20-4:10

First Bell Rings at 8:15

Office is Open 7:55 to 4:30

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

Dear Penrose Families, 
     Our school year has started off very well. Students are settling into classrooms, teachers have taught expectations, and we have started beginning of the year testing. Our Kindergarten through third grade students will be assessed on Acadience Reading (formerly known as DIBELS) Kindergarten through 6th grade students are in the process of completing NWEA Maps assessments.

DIBELS looks at a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills. 

NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) interim assessments provide essential information about a student's continuum of learning and growth trajectory. MAP is a tool to help identify strengths and opportunities of greatest need. We use the information from these assessments to customize learning for our students.

Due to our "Stay at Home" order last March we anticipate academic loss. We are eager to determine the needs of each of our students through the lens of these norm referenced assessments to ensure we have a solid framework of progress moving forward into this new school year.

We are committed to ensuring the success of every child at Penrose Elementary School. We realize this will be a year like no other. However, we are prepared to teach our students in the classroom, through Remote Learning if needed, and online through our partnership with Colorado Digital Learning Solutions .
 We will continue to define and refine the complexities of teaching and learning. Our motto is Whatever It Takes!

We are VERY proud of our Students, Staff, Families, District, and Community. We are Penrose Proud!

If you ever have concerns, questions, celebrations, thoughts, or ideas, please contact me at (719) 372-6777 or mlesser@re-2.org
Michelle Lesser     
   Your PES Principal
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: @20pesfam

You can “unsubscribe” at any time.

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

We HIGHLY recommend our Facebook Page, Penrose Beavers Elementary School, as the best place to receive the most "up to date" and "frequent" information about our school.

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?
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!

Kindergarten parents, don't forget your child's immunizations.

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

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. 

3rd-6th Grades
Our 3-6th grade iPads have been distributed! Thank you for paying your technology fees! If you have not paid your child's technology fee, you still have time. If this fee is a hardship for your family we have several options. 1. You can request a scholarship form from the office. Complete the form and return it to us. 2. We will work our a payment plan with you, call our office 372-6777.

Kindergarten-2nd Grades
We are asking our primary students to pay an iPad fee this year. This fee will help us provide "take home" iPads in the event of Remote Learning, and reinforcement of academic skills via several learning apps we have purchased. We anticipate the delivery of primary iPads in October. If you prefer to wait until that time to pay the fee for your K-2nd grade child, we will honor your preference.

Our priority is the health and safety of staff, students, and community. We are all responsible for
promoting practices and policies to reduce risk of virus transmission and to maintain our ability
to be responsive when facing changing health circumstances.

We prefer in-person learning over remote learning whenever it is safe to do so, however we commit to maintaining relationships and providing social-emotional support for all, regardless of the delivery model for learning.

We strive for equitable access for all learners while being flexible in meeting unique needs and prioritizing
strategically-targeted populations.

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

Fremont RE-2 will utilize a hybrid model for educational delivery to include in person and remote learning.

Remote Learning will be implemented as a result of public health and safety measures or district snow days.

Remote Learning Expectations for Students:
● Students are recommended to spend a minimum of 240 minutes per day on school work, which is equivalent to a full day of in-person instruction.
● Students must check-in during work assignment hours or teacher office hours.
● State and district attendance policies will apply
● Work will be graded
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