October Newsletter
Dear Sopris Families,

Welcome to Fall! We are already closing in on the end of our 1st quarter. It always amazes us how the school year seems to go by so quickly! One thing that is keeping Carrie and I very busy this year is a new letter writing program we are trying out to increase student writing and for us as principals to get to know our Sopris Eagles on a deeper level. We are hopeful that your child has mentioned that they have written a letter to us and that they received a letter back. Students seem to be enjoying the authentic nature of writing a letter about whatever they choose and getting a handwritten letter back from us. We would appreciate your help at home reminding your child of this opportunity and supporting our goal to increase the amount of writing our students do!

We have many important events coming up in October, so be sure to see the events list in this newsletter. A couple of important things we want to highlight this month include the following: our big PTA fundraising effort for the year called "Fundrun", STEAM night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) on Oct. 17th 5:00-7:00pm which is a fun family night with a performance from "Mad Science of Denver" as well as a hands-on activity guided by your child's grade level teachers. and lastly we will have Fall parent teacher conferences at the end of the month Oct. 30th and Nov. 1st.  

As always, we thank you for your support of your child and us as a school!

Dave Lindenberg, Principal
Carrie Hassel, Assistant Principal
Important Dates:
Upcoming School Events:

  • 9/30-10/03 Nutrition Week
  • 10/4 No School
  • 10/8 Watch DOGS Dad pizza night 6
  • 10/11 FundRun
  • 10/11 4th grade Field trip
  • 10/17 STEAM Night
  • 10/18 1st grade field trip
  • 10/21 Accountability meeting 12:00
  • 10/23 End of 1st quarter
  • 10/23 Kindergarten field trip
  • 10/24-10/25 Fall Break NO SCHOOL
  • 10/28 Fall book fair
  • 10/29All school assembly- Laser Science
  • 11/1 Parent teacher conferences- NO SCHOOL
  • 11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving break, NO SCHOOL
No School Students/staff
Oct 24-25
  • Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria. Please check it regularly for your belongings.
  • Label your student’s jacket, sweatshirt and their lunchbox with their name. If we can read the name, we will return it to the classroom. 
  • Lost and Found is emptied every month. Items are donated to Defiance Thrift Shop.
Fund run is October 11th!!
To view our lunch menu for this month visit:

DADS, Grand fathers and uncles come to pizza night
10/8 @ 6pm
Our New website is up and running!!

And "Like" us on Facebook!
Dear parents and guardians:
If your child needs immunizations, please make an appointment with Garfield County Public Health (945-6614) or with your child's physician. If your child does not have their vaccinations up to date by October 30th, they will not be allowed to come to school on October 31st . This is a law mandated by the state, not by the schools. If you have any questions, please call Terri Hailey, at 384-5406. Thank you.
Book Fair dates/times:

10/28/19 – 10/31/19

7:30am – 4:00pm

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences
We would love your participation in conferences coming up Oct 30th & Nov 1st. We are providing you the opportunity to sign up, similar to last time at “SignUp Genius”. Just go to:

scroll to your child's Teacher and click on one available time slot for your preferred conference. This is a first come first serve process. If you have problems contact the office.
Halloween is a fun time for kids to enjoy each other and to celebrate the season. Teachers are always looking for parents to bring or send goodies. We are looking for two healthy snacks to one sweet snack.

Parties will be on Thursday, October 31st. We will have a costume parade at 2:30 and parties start at 2:45. Contact your teacher if you would like to help provide a snack or game.

About costumes… Kids may not wear any makeup or ‘blood’ for their costumes at school, and no pretend swords or other weapons. No scary masks, scary and/or violent costumes or costumes that expose too much are not allowed.
Counselor's Corner
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and I wanted to take some time to share one of the ways we are working on preventing bullying at Sopris. Last school year, we started bringing Second Step into every classroom.  Second Step is a evidenced-based Social Emotional Learning curriculum that focuses on building skills such as listening, learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving.  Second Step lessons happen during CREW time once a week and is provided to the grade level through a support staff member. Jean Kanitz has kindergarten, Rachael Carcaterra has first grade, Kat Warder has second grade, Katie Houchin has third grade, Cindy Hester has fourth grade, and I have fifth grade.

One of my favorite parts about Second Step is the Home Link portion. Every week, students have the opportunity to bring home a page to do with their parents. This year, I wanted to share them with you so you have them. It’s an incredible opportunity to be a part of what your student is learning about developing their character. My dream for each Sopris student is to be the best learner and human possible, and I am so proud of them! Thank you for all the work you do at home, we would not be the school we are without you amazing parents!

Megan Rentz
SES Counselor