BUE Family Newsletter

March 29, 2022

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Welcome Back from Spring Break! I hope that you were able to spend some time with your family and friends over the holiday and that you and your students are ready for the final few weeks of the 2021/2022 school year.

As we begin the wind down of the school year, we are excited to watch Spring unfold. We will be entering into Spring Testing soon and end of year events. As we enjoy all the fun that lies ahead, please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything at all.

Some Upcoming Events to be on the look out for:

  • After School Programming with Aspen Theatre for 3rd-5th graders
  • CMAS and NWEA Testing
  • 5th Grade Camping Trip
  • Better World Day
  • Field Day and BBQ

After School Program Opportunity

Aspen Theatre is partnering with BUE to provide an after school program in Theatre, Music, adn Art. Please see your student's backpack for flyer and registration form.

CMAS Testing

Student's in the 3rd through 5th grade are required to take the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS). We would like to direct you to the District website and the assessment letter(s) page found here for more information on your student(s) test(s) and your options as parents/guardians. If you have any questions please reach out to your student's teacher or the school office at (970) 285-5703.
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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is so grateful for your support!

We would like to recognize and thank Sarah Kinsey and BUE for being so FIERCE in their support of this service-learning program. Your support was instrumental in the success of this program, and you all deserve a round of applause for your work! THANK YOU!

As a school community this is the impact our Kids Heart Challenge made:

  • 35 students took a heart healthy challenge and learned about the importance of physical activity, nutrition and living tobacco free.
  • All students AND families received heart healthy information on the warning signs of heart attacks and strokes.
  • $3,500.2 was raised for the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association. Many lives will be changed due to your efforts. Thank you!
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The topic for April's PAC meeting is to provide parents with information on our Literacy and Math Curriculums.

April 14, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location BUE Gym

Future PAC Meetings Dates and Times: monthly on the second Thursday

  • May 12, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location TBD

Opportunity to provide input at the School Level for Senate Bill 21-274

The Senate Bill 21-274 Facility Schools Model Workgroup is looking for input from families, parents, guardians, current/former students, as well as educational advocates.

The Workgroup would like to hear about first-hand experiences- both positive and opportunities for growth- when educational needs exceeded what was available in a traditional classroom setting. These experiences could have taken place in a variety of placements including in-district or out-of-district and/or facility, program, service, or individual-based. The Workgroup is also looking for input based on experiences when appropriate services were not available either in or out of the district. If you are willing to provide input, please click on the link below to complete a short survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish – if you need this survey in another language, please utilize the Google Translate option found at the bottom of the webpage. If you need further assistance please contact the Office of Facility Schools at facility_schools@cde.state.co.us.

Parent, Student, and Advocate Survey


Padre, Estudiante, y Defensor Encuesta


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GARFIELD 16 Supply Chain Shortage

There is a nationwide food supply shortage and labor shortage that many of you may have heard about that is impacting the foodservice industry. Schools are not immune to this shortage. The ongoing I-70 closures have been an added challenge to this school year. We kindly request your patience and flexibility throughout the year as we continuously find solutions. Garfield 16 students will never lack options, or nutritious meals. Menu items may change on very short notice based on product and delivery availability. All menu changes will be communicated to the school secretaries, and posted in the main entryway of all schools. We also will post updates on our webpage. If you have any questions please call and speak to Jody Williams 285-5701 ext. 4180 or email jwilliams@garfield16.org.

Elementary Breakfast Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu

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Want to make a little extra money?

Dear Parents,

Colorado has been experiencing a teacher shortage since 2010. Substitute teachers are also very limited.

Substituting is a great fit for retirees, college students, part-time workers, stay-at home parents, and those with flexible schedules.

Here are some quick facts:

  • Substitute teaching is very rewarding. You get to work with great kids, see how our school works, and get a better understanding of what our students are learning and why.
  • It provides you the opportunity to set your own schedule and have a great amount of flexibility. It can fit in your schedule as it works best for you and you get to determine the days you work. You can even use it to supplement another job.
  • You can easily sub as many or as few days a week as you would like. You can earn a steady paycheck or several hundred dollars here or there.
  • You will make a difference in students’ lives and in our school.
  • You’ll have fun! Substitute teaching is really an adventure. The variety found in the day, fast pace, and meeting new colleagues and students, are all a recipe for an exciting day.

  • Certified substitute teachers make $130 / day in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a teacher)
  • Classified substitute teachers make $12.32 / hours in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a paraprofessional, custodian, food service, etc).

If you do a little math, subbing for a teacher can really add up:

  • Working only 2 days a week could earn you over $1000/month ($130x2 = $260 x 4 weeks a month = $1060).

Here is a link to CDE's website on how to apply to become a substitute teacher. LINK

Most people will want to apply for a 1 year authorization.
There are 3 steps:
  1. Submit Fingerprints
  2. Complete a substitute teaching application LINK
  3. Contact Garfield 16 to apply to sub in our district Link to Garfield 16 Application
Substitute Boot Camp Flyer

Virtual meeting for information to help participants learn about substitute teaching.

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Garfield 16 Overarching Mission Statement:

As a result of our efforts, all students will be successfully prepared for life in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our School Mission:

BUE is a caring community providing students with a meaningful and authentic education.

Our School Vision:

We strive to empower our students to pursue their passions and to be kind, ethical people.

School Calendar 2021/2022

Click here to accessed the school calendar.

School Calendar 2022/2023

Click here to access the calendar for next school year (SY 2022/2023)

Download the Garfield16 App from the Google Play Store

Free, Voluntary Covid Testing at BUE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provides all K-12 Colorado schools (public, private, charter and tribal) with a FREE and voluntary COVID-19 screening testing program for the 2021-22 school year. The weekly rapid antigen test is available to all students and staff who choose to participate.

A student may not need to quarantined, or may return to school early if participating in this

program (depending symptoms and other factors).

Please see the information sheets in both English and Spanish below for more details.

Clink on the link below to sign your child up and to give consent for testing

Consent form in English

Clicking on the link will take you to DocuSign and ask for the parent or guardian's full name and email address. This is the email address that results will be delivered to. Only one parent/guardian is required. If parents wish to have two parents on the consent form, please write both names under the first name, e.g. Jane and John Smith.

If you have any questions, please call the BUE Office at (970) 285-5703.

The state provides funding for students to receive a small stipend to participate in this program. Garfield 16 does not fund the stipend.

Garfield 16 Covid Information

Use this link to directly access resources regarding COVID 19.

Where to get a Covid Test in Garfield County

Free community test sites have no charge. Other provider’s fees and types of test offered will vary.