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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 | Newsletter Archive | View as Webpage
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Update on COVID-19

We are working closely with the Douglas County School District (DCSD) in regards to providing information about the COVID-19 virus. We also closely follow all recommendations from the Colorado Department of Health with regard to student and staff safety.

We recommend all families familiarize themselves with the information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to avoid confusion.
  • Click here to learn more about the virus.
  • Click here to learn more about what to do if you are sick.
  • Click here to learn more about the symptoms of the virus.
  • Click here to see what you can do to help stop the spread of of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

We will continue to share out any new information that we receive. If you'd like to help us reduce the risk of illnesses spreading, please consider donating hand sanitizer, clorox wipes and kleenex to the Middle and Elementary School front offices.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining our custodian team, we have several positions open. Interested applicants should complete this application and email it to careers@stemk12.org . To see all of our open positions, please visit our Employment page .
Volunteer/Donation Opportunities
Check out all the opportunities to volunteer at/donate to STEM.
Volunteer of the Month
Susan Montgomery is our Volunteer of the Month for February with over 36 hours devoted to PTO activities. We are so grateful to you and the wonderful PTO, thank you Susan!
Reminders from the Health Room
With cold and flu season upon us, just a friendly reminder as to when you should have your child return to school when home ill.
  • After 24 hours of medication for the following conditions: Strep throat, Conjunctivitis, or any other conditions requiring antibiotics.  
  • Free from the following conditions for at least 24 hours: Fever without the benefit of fever reducing medications (Tylenol/Motrin). 
  • Free from the following conditions for at least 48 hours: Diarrhea and Vomiting (related to stomach virus such as norovirus) with a fever. 24 hours after last bout of diarrhea and/or vomiting if without a fever.

Don't forget to wash your hands!
Following these District Policies will help keep some of the illness out of the classrooms! Please contact Karen Lewis (STEM School Nurse) at Karen.lewis@stemk12.org , or call 303-683-7836 with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for helping us keep STEM a healthy place
Chaperones Needed!
CHAPERONES needed for the Middle School Student Government's Fire and Ice Dance on Saturday, March 7th. Volunteers needed from 5:30-8:30pm, please email Jenny.Johnson@stemk12.org if you can help!
TEDx Donation Request
National English Honor Society has prepared a Sign-Up Genius that requests donations of food for STEM's TEDxTalk on February 29th.  Click here to view the sign up sheet.
STEM's Got Talent Concessions
Our 8th annual Stem's got Talent takes place on Thursday, March 5th, and we are seeking concessions donations. Any help is much appreciated!  Click here to view sign up sheet.
Middle School Dance Donations
On March 7th, Middle School Student Government presents the next Middle School Dance - FIRE & ICE, and are seeking donations.  Click here to view sign up sheet.
Reminder About Visitors to STEM
All secondary visitors must enter through the Middle School entrance and all elementary visitors must enter through the Elementary entrance. The High School entrance is not an entrance for visitors at any time. 

The High School entrance will be open for students to enter the school from 7:30 - 7:50 a.m. each day, and for students to exit at the end of the day. No one, including students, will be allowed to enter or exit from the High School entrance at any other time during the school day. 

All visitors MUST present identification to have a visitor badge made. Thank you!
AP Testing Proctors Needed
We are testing May 4-15, and seeking parent volunteers as proctors. Here are the requirements to be a proctor:
  • be a responsible adult
  • may not have a child taking the exam they are proctoring
  • be reliable, have attention to detail, and understand the importance of ensuring a secure testing environment
If you are interested, please contact Liz Dougan at liz.dougan@stemk12.org .
Donate to STEM via Smile.Amazon.Com
Did you know that you can donate to STEM through smile.amazon.com? Just set STEM Academy as your organization and a percentage of each of your order will be donated each quarter to STEM. To date, we have received $1,796.87 in donations.
Elementary Health Room Needs
We are in need of a few clothing items. View sign up sheet here .
Reminder to Pay Your Fees
Enrollment and AP testing fees for the 2019-20 school year were assigned to all students in July of 2019. All enrollment fees were due by August 8 as indicated in the Parent Student Handbook on page 11 and here. AP testing and special class fees were added once students schedules were complete. 

Please take a moment to log into your My School Bucks Account and check to see that all fees have been paid. If you have any questions about fees, please contact Ashley Westfall at ashley.westfall@stemk12.org .

*All outstanding fees for seniors must be paid by April 1 if your student plans to walk in the graduation ceremony. 
Gitanjali Rao Earns 2020 President's Volunteer Service Award
Congratulations to ninth grader Gitanjali Rao on receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award for her exemplary volunteer service to her community. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
Ava Mitchell Honored by Thespys
Congratulations to sophomore Ava Mitchell on receiving an overall superior assessment on her Thespys category at the last chapter event. As a result of this, she is now qualified to participate in the Thespys awards program, which will take place at the International Thespian Festival (ITF) from June 22-27.
Mental Health Supports Page
If you haven't checked it out, our Mental Health Supports page, has a number of helpful resources for students and parents.
DCSD Mental Health Support Page
Douglas County School District has a Mental Health Resources page with a variety of resources for students and families. Please take a moment to review all that they have listed.
Additional Supports from All Health Network
The All Health Network has two opportunities for families and students to receive mental health supports. Click here to view the Parent Flier and click here to view the Student Flier , detailing the dates, times and locations of the support groups.
Dr. Cypers Anxiety Presentation for Parents on March 12
Dr. Cypers from Children's Hospital will present on helping students manage anxiety on Thursday, March 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. All parents are welcome to attend
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools
The Foundation for Douglas County Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which works with corporations and organizations to develop private resources to enrich education within Douglas County schools for the fulfillment of lifelong learning experiences of our students, citizens and community. Visit the website.