Howbert Happenings

January 16, 2022

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Messages from Principal Lefere


We care about your children and want them to be happy and comfortable playing and learning outside every day. As we all know, Colorado weather can change very quickly.

Students will be outside nearly every day. It is important that they have an opportunity for fresh outside air and space for larger movement.

Factors that determine whether or not students go outside include; temperature, wind, windchill, and precipitation.

Please make sure your child comes to school with a coat, hat, and mittens/gloves each day as we transition into one of Colorado's 12 seasons!

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Storm sewer work on Fontanero Street will require a week-long full closure of northbound 31st Street on the north side of the intersection. A new sewer line and manhole must be placed using open trench construction. This work was originally scheduled to begin on Jan 12. However, material procurement issues have delayed the work. The temporary road closure will be rescheduled once materials are delivered to the site.


COVID Guidelines

The most updated information about changes in COVID guidelines can be found on the district's Return to Learn webpage.

Here are two of the changes:

  • Quarantines for Household Contacts

    For household members who cannot quarantine separately from the ill household member, quarantine would begin after the ill individual has completed their 10-day isolation period (day 11) or 5-day isolation (day 6) if asymptomatic on day 5. This quarantine could be upwards of 15 days. Please review the COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance. To determine the return date, please contact your school nurse.

  • Isolation

    Updated guidance from El Paso County shortens the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if the individual has no symptoms on day five. If using the 5-day isolation individuals can return to school the following day with a mask through day 10. Individuals still symptomatic on day five must complete the 10-day isolation from the onset of symptoms. See COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for additional details.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact the front office.


It is very important that we have the most up to date contact information for each of the students at Howbert.

You can check or update your contact information by:

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National Parks Club

Would you like to go on a National Parks Adventure? 3rd-5th graders can join Mrs. Tatum after school Thursday, January 20th & 27th from 2:30-4:00pm and "visit" two National Parks.

Students will become Howbert Park Rangers by earning activity badges, completing a National Parks Passport, learning survival skills, learning about animals in the park, making s'mores and more!

Please fill out the permission slip that went home on Friday and RETURN NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, JANUARY 18TH along with $3 for snacks and supplies. Hurry! Space is limited!

Band & Orchestra Concert!

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Volunteers Wanted

Howbert is seeking volunteers to help with a variety of activities in our school! Each week, we will list volunteer opportunities here. There will either be a link to sign up or you can always give the school a call and we'll be happy to help.

  • Volunteers needed to help with VISION & HEARING SCREENINGS of students all day on Jan. 31 and Feb 1. You can sign up HERE .

  • We need WATCH DOG Dads! Learn all about this awesome program HERE.

Please make sure to fill out THIS FORM prior to signing up. You only need to fill this out once. Once completed email us at and we will get you all set up!

❤The gift of your time is priceless to our students❤

📞Howbert Contact Info📱

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm

School Hours:

Monday - Friday 8am - 2:30pm

Email addresses:



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