From Your Principal

January 24, 2020

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Beat the January Doldrums

Many of you know that I am not a fan of the cold, Colorado winters (I know they're mild compared to some, but still...). In my mind, the only good thing about cold, winter days is curling up with my kids to read books. Here's a list of some great winter picture books.

Engineering Fair

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first Engineering Fair a huge success! We had some amazing projects completed by students.


A big thank you to the following parents who helped organize, set-up, and judge the Engineering Fair:


Matt Kumpunen, Sara Gallegos, Anthony Gallegos, Kristina Stark, Megan Lovato, Megan Ostendorf, Amy Rodriguez, Anthony Ostendorf, Barbi Toal, Brooke Smith, Jay Morrow, Jeremy Haight, Joanne Compton, Rob Angcay, Tiffany Boscia, Troy Osman, Tyler McCracken


Congratulations to the following students who placed in their age group.


K-1: Wesley Zimmerman, Lyle McCracken, Brodie Humrich

2-3: Channing Toal, Maya Cech & Maya Koci, Allesandra Gallegos & Naomi Watkins

4: Sophie McKenzie, Bianca Gallegos, Nathan Watkins

5: Khadyakhon Asrorova, Nolan Auckland, Elijah Bendewicz

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MYVH (Make Your Voice Heard)

Beginning next week, all students in Grades 2-5 will have an opportunity to "Make Your Voice Heard". This is an anonymous opportunity for students to speak up about how they feel about Stott. Please see the link below for an informational letter about the survey.

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Conference Night Date Correction - Febrauary 12

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for February 12. I had the date confused in my own head and may have inadvertently told some of you the incorrect date.


Teachers will send a letter home next week in Friday Folders to let you know if they feel that a conference is necessary at this time. Please look for this note and schedule your time for a conference if requested.


We will have a Celebration of Learning on April 30, where all students will be able to demonstrate all that they have learned this year.

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January Digital Citizenship

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Upcoming PTSA/Accountability Meeting

February 10, is the date of our next Accountability and PTSA meetings.


This month Accountability will be making recommendations about our 2021 budget. The accountability committee makes recommendations to the school principal about funding priorities. We would love your opinion. Please join us if possible.


PTSA will be following up on events that have already occurred and will be checking in with committee chairs for upcoming events. Additionally, we will be voting on whether or not to purchase an electronic marquee for Stott. The marquee would be on Yank, very close to where our current sign is. The electronic marquee would allow us to have multiple messages displayed and to change the message more frequently. Currently, changing the message is quite cumbersome and only happens one time per month. With an electronic marquee we can highlight everything that is great at Stott with the larger community. The sign will be full color with up to 32 lines of text at a time. We have worked with Jeffco and secured a grant that would pay for 40% of the cost and Stott PTSA would need to pay for the other 60%. The cost to the PTSA would be approximately $21,000.00. PTSA has been saving for several years and has set aside money for school beautification. We have to vote on to approve a purchase this large. If you are a PTSA member, we would love to have you attend to vote.


I have included a picture below as an example of what the marquee would look like.

Big picture

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State Assessments (CMAS) for grades 3,4,5

The CMAS testing window is from March 18th- April 26th. Below is our testing schedule as we know it. Most testing will be done in the morning. We do not have specific grade level testing times as of yet, but as soon as we do we will pass that info along. Please try to schedule any appointments on days without testing.


  • 3rd grade testing days: 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/14, 4/15, 4/16

  • 4th grade testing days: 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/7, 4/8, 4/9

  • 5th grade testing days: 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4/7, 4/8, 4/9, 4/20, 4/21, 4/22


If you have questions or concerns about testing, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher or to myself. Thank you.

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Upcoming Important Dates

January 28 - Watch DOGS Nacho Night

January 28 - Stott Spelling Bee 9:00 am (Broadcast on our You Tube channel)

February 7 - Family Valentine's Day Dance

February 7 - 5th Grade visit to Oberon

February 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 13 - Valentine's Day Parties at 2:00

February 14 - No School - Teacher Work Day

February 17 - No School - President's Day