Lions Ledger

Patriot Elementary School April 2019

A Message From Our Principal

Dear Patriot Families,

I hope each of you had a wonderful Spring Break and enjoyed family time and relaxation. We only have 8 more weeks left in this school year and next week we start state testing. We will continue to prepare students, but please see additional advice for parents:

On Test Day

Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast

Many teachers report that students who don't do well on tests haven't gotten enough sleep, and haven't eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity (Narang, 2008).

Remain positive

Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If she gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help her practice some relaxation techniques that she can try once she's taking the test (Narang, 2008).

April 8-10 ELA 7:45-9:45 4th grade; 10:00-12:00 5th grade; 12:10-2:10 3rd grade

April 11-15 Math 7:45-9:45 4th grade; 10:00-12:00 5th grade; 12:10-2:10 3rd grade

April 16-17 & 19 Science 8:30-10:30 5th grade

Volunteer Opportunities: We are always needing volunteers. Please check the link to see where you can help. Check back periodically as volunteer spots are continuously being added. Thank you in advance for making Patriot the best! Click Here for list of where we need your help.

On April 25th 5:00-7:00, Patriot will host our Patriot Pride Night celebrating Culture and Diversity. Dinner will be served featuring different foods from around the world. If you would like to "host" a table showcasing your culture or country, please contact Emily Pierce at 719-382-1460 or or Kayla Ainsworth, Families may also sign up by clicking on this link:

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education. If you have any thoughts, ideas, and/or concerns, please email or stop by.


Mrs. Canon, Principal

Patriot Elementary Mission:

“For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, and supportive academic community.”

Wise Words from Patriot Counseling

~Sleep is very important for growing young bodies. Sleep enhances memory, learning, mood regulation, and overall physical well-being. Both Deep Sleep, needed for physical rejuvenation, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep (needed for brain health) are important. Stress, depression, and anxiety can coincide with sleep disorders.

~To help your child, as well as yourself, get a better night’s sleep, try these:

1) Keep dinner time about the same, and about 2 or 3 hours before bedtime. Try to avoid heavy meals too close to bedtime.

2) ~ Set a sleep schedule. Having the same bedtime and wake up time, 7 days a week, can help us to fall asleep and stay asleep. Children 5 – 12 years old need 10 – 11 hours of sleep per night. Give children a 10 – 15 minute warning before bedtime.

3) ~Keep the bedroom at a cooler temperature to help promote sleep.

4) ~Take time to relax before bedtime, and avoid using electronics just before bed. A better choice would be sharing a book or a bedtime story.

5) ~Practice a ritual. Doing the same things in order every night can help our bodies get ready for sleep.

6) ~Try progressive relaxation, guided imagery, or simple stretching movements. There are many websites and apps that have suggestions for these calm down strategies. I love the “RelaxMeditation” app on my iPhone. One site you can try is

Holly Niewinski, MA, LPC, NCC

School Counselor, Patriot Elementary



4/2 Spring Picture Make Up day

4/2 Light It Up Blue Ft Carson Autism Awareness 5:00-7:00 pm Main Gate

4/3 Choir Performance @ 6:00 pm

4/4 Patriot Musical 5:30 pm

4/10 SEAC Meeting @ 4:30 pm Conrad Early Learning Center

4/15 PTO Election Meeting @ 2:45 pm

4/18 Battle of the Books competition

4/19 3rd Grade Field Trip to the zoo

4/25 1st Grade Field Trip to Cave of the Winds

4/25 Family Culture Diversity Night @ 5:00 pm


5/2 STEM competition

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PTO Meeting and Election

Monday, April 15th, 2:45pm

Patriot Elementary School Cafeteria

Patriot needs you to be involved in our school!

Meetings will last approximately 45 minutes.

Childcare will be available for school-age students.

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BOYS TOWN Education Model at Patriot

We are excited to bring the Boys Town Education Model as a means to address and reinforce student behavior and discipline issues. This Model uses a teaching approach for dealing with behavior, therefore teachers and other staff members will proactively teach social skills on a weekly basis and clearly communicate behavioral expectations throughout the day. Patriot staff reinforce students when they make appropriate academic and behavioral choices and correct their inappropriate actions by teaching replacement behaviors and use natural and logical consequences. Each week students are introduced to a new Boys Town Skill and encouraged daily to work on this skill.


4/1-4/5 Getting Teacher's Attention

4/8-4/12 Accepting No For an Answer

4/15- 4/19 Having a Conversation

4/22-4/26 Appropriate Voice Tone

We are excited to showcase video's are students are creating!

Please watch the following links students at Patriot made for classrooms:

  1. Getting the Teacher's Attention Poster and Instructions

  2. Getting the Teacher's Attention Video #1

  3. Getting the Teacher's Attention Video #2

Ever-Changing Colorado Weather

If you have not lived in Colorado very long, you may not be fully aware of the ever-changing weather we have here. We can start off a morning at 30 degrees with frost on the ground, have the sun rise and warm us up to 50 degrees with intense sun so the students can run and play at lunch, and then have a snow storm move in at 2:00 pm.

We encourage all students during the winter to dress in layers and always have jacket, hat and gloves in their backpacks.

In EXTREME weather we will send a message out about Red Flag dismissal process.

Peer Conflict, Mean Behavior, and Bullying. What is the Difference?

Fountain Fort Carson District 8 is committed to providing students with a safe school climate.

Talking with our children about these differences is very important in teaching how to handle these situations.

Click on the provided link to read more about the difference between peer conflicts, mean behavior, and bullying behavior.

FFC8 Flier


The motto our students practice at school is P.A.W.S

The PAWS Pledge is promised each day during morning announcements: "I am a Patriot Lion. I show my pride by using my PAWS--Personal Best, Act Responsibly, Work and Play Safely, Show Respect to All; I am a Patriot Lion let me show you my PAWS! ROAR!!!

--Patriot Elementary School colors: Red, White, Blue

--Patriot Mascot: Lion

Box Tops for Education

PTO is collecting Box Tops ~~~

Box Tops are an easy way for our school to earn FREE money!

PLEASE keep those Box Tops and students can paste or tape to Box Top Sheets. When complete sheets are turned in, students receive a small treat. Please contact the office for more sheets.

Patriot Elementary School

Patriot Elementary School Mission: "For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, supportive, academic community."