BUE Family Newsletter

April 25, 2022

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Click on the links below to access this year's and next year's Master Calendars for Garfield 16.
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After School Program Updates

Here is a reminder of all the After School Programs happening at BUE this Spring!

Title: BUE Service Club

Sponsor: Ms. Bordelon

Dates: Wednesdays beginning April 20, 2022

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Description: In this club students will engage in service activities around Bea Underwood Elementary. Students will help the janitors, secretaries, teachers, and the school itself in a variety of ways!


Title: Book Club

Sponsor: Mrs. Janicek

Dates: Wednesdays beginning April 20, 2022

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Description: In this club we will read a book or two from the Hank the Cowdog series, discuss our favorite parts and do some activities in connection with the book.


Title: Arts & Crafts

Sponsor: Mrs. Tanner

Dates: Wednesdays beginning April 20, 2022

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Description: In this class kids will build their creativity, confidence, and craftsmanship through a variety of art making techniques in various medium and exciting fun projects!


Title: Science Explorers!

Sponsor: Ms. Theis

Dates: Thursdays beginning April 20, 2022

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Description: Through a guided engineering and design process, we will integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into real world problems and immerse ourselves into hands-on exploration and inquiry!


Title: Outdoor Club: Gardening & Board Games

Sponsor: Mr. Reed

Dates: Tuesdays beginning April 19, 2022

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Description: Come join Mr. Reed outside for some vegetable gardening then board games once the veggie beds are revamped in the Outdoor Classroom!

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Classroom Request Guidelines SY 22-23

Bea Underwood Elementary School

Classroom Request Guidelines – 2022 -2023

  • Parents wishing to make a request for their child for the upcoming school year are to make the request in writing to the principal by utilizing the Classroom Information Sheet on the back of this page.

  • Parents may request a particular classroom environment, but not a specific teacher. Applications that request a specific teacher will be returned for revision.

  • A written request, or lack of a request, will have no influence on the care and quality of education given to each child.

  • Parents are cautioned not to request placement or non-placement based upon what they may have heard about a teacher or teachers from other parents or community members. Just as each child is unique, so is each teacher. An experience that other parents may have had with their children may be totally different from what your child could have with the same teacher.


  • Parents must complete the Classroom Information Sheet (see link below) for their requests to be considered.

  • All parent requests received by the deadline date of May 6th, 2022 will be considered. However, the final placement decision is based upon a variety of factors. The final decision is made by the principal and teaching teams.

  • Please understand that many factors are considered, including but not limited to academic and social considerations, total class size, male/female ratio, and heterogeneous grouping are used in the placement decisions. The final decision on all student placements rests with the principal after the consideration of staff recommendations and parent requests. We will do our best to place students per parent requests, however as stated we may not always be able to.

Classroom Request Guidelines – 2022 -2023

You can print a Classroom Information Sheet by clicking here. Forms must be returned it to the BUE Office before May 6, 2022.

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End of year activities

BUE has many some upcoming fun and exciting end-of-year activities being planned:

  • In-person After School Programming starting next week: April 19, 2022
  • Book Fair: April 26-29 at BUE
  • 5th Grade Camping Trip: May 4-5, 2022 in the Grand Junction Area
  • Better World Day: May 6, 2022 providing service in our community
  • CFL 1st Graders Transition to BUE 2nd Grade - May 12th
  • BUE 5th Graders Transition to GVMS 6th Grade - May 19th
  • Summer Time Book Bags for Grade 2-5
  • Field Day and Whole School BBQ: May 24, 2022 - Parent BBQ Lunch is $4.25
  • Summer Advantage starts June 1, 2022
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Transition Days with GVMS and CFL

In-person Transition Days are being planned with both CFL and GVMS.

  • CFL 1st Grade Students will have a transition day to come visit BUE on May 12th!

  • BUE 5th Grade Student will have a transition day to visit GVMS on May 19th.

More information will be shared as we get closer!

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Book Bags

CFL and BUE are planning to provide Summertime Book Bags for students. Bags will include a selection of the following:

  • Summer Time Reading log

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Books

  • Workbooks to increase literacy and math skills

  • Personalized Lexia Packets

  • Information on Virtual Field Trips

  • Instructional Games

  • and more!

Summer Time Book Bags will be offered at a very reasonable cost $10 per child, and we are pursuing additional funding opportunities.

Please use the link below to sign-up for a Summer Time Book Bag, so we know how many to purchase!

Book Bags will be sent home on the last day of school.

Sign up for Summer Time Book Bags!

Click here to sign up for Book Bags

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Book Fair is this Week!

The BOOK FAIR will be set up in the BUE Conference Room (upstairs). Families are invited to shop in the afternoons from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Tuesday and Wednesday during the school day:

  • Classrooms will visit the Book Fair as their schedules allow and students will have the opportunity to create a Wish List!

Wednesday After School Shopping:

  • 3:45 - 5:30: Book Fair is open for Sales in the BUE Conference Room (upstairs)

Thursday After School Shopping:

  • 3:45 - 5:30: Book Fair is open for Sales in the BUE Conference Room (upstairs)

Friday Shopping during the school day:

  • 10:00 - 3:15: The Book Fair is open for Sales during the school day, as teacher schedule allows. Students can bring money to school to shop during the day.

Friday After School Shopping:

  • 3:45 - 5:30: Book Fair is open for Sales in the BUE Conference Room (upstairs)

We Still Need Volunteers... We Need YOU!

We are looking for parents to help with the Book Fair on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. You can signup using the link below of call the office to sign up!

Please take a moment to view our sign-up sheet to see what roles interest you. Spread the word to your friends and invite them to help us have the best Book Fair ever!

*For safety reasons, schools require background checks for all volunteers. The form is easy to fill out and comes back to us usually within 24 hours. It is possible to fill out the form via email/phone with one of our secretaries. Please call the BUE office for more details at (970) 285-5703.

Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up Form

Please click here to sign up to Volunteer at our Book Fair

Shop Our Book Fair Online

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

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COUNT DOWN TO 5th Grade Camping Trip!!

The 5th Graders will be camping May 4th and May 5th in the Grand Junction Area!

Their trip will include:

Quick FAQS:

  • All meals are provided for students, including a BBQ dinner on the evening of May 4th.
  • Tents and camping gear are provided.
  • Sleeping bags are provided with Cocoon Mummy Liners for extra warmth (if you student would like to bring their own sleeping bag, they are welcome to do so).
  • A detailed packing list will be sent home again this week to remind students of what to bring.

If you were unable to join us for the Parent Information Night, the link to the presentation is below. Please reach out to your child's teacher for more information!

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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

May menus coming soon!

Summer Time is the perfect time to start a substitute application with CDE to be eligible to substitute next school year!

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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.

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