Principal Weekly Update

September 27-October 1

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Note from Ms. Robinson

Dear Welchester Community,

ALL students arriving and leaving school should be safely secured in a seatbelt or car seat/booster. Accidents can happen anywhere- even the parking lot. It is also against the law to not have your child secured while in a vehicle.

Please use caution entering & exiting the parking lot. There is a stop sign exiting the lot onto 10th. A stop sign signals you to make a complete stop, unless a staff member is waving you through to get traffic going. Give yourself more time if necessary.

It’s official – October Count Day this year is Friday, October 1. The most important action you can take to support school funding is to make sure your student attends school on that day. Much of public education funding from the State of Colorado is based on student count so we encourage you to be sure your child engages in school that day.

The “count window” the state observes is from Friday, September 24 through Friday, October 8 but the most important student count day is Friday, October 1. Please help us ensure an accurate count by having your student participate in learning that day. We understand that Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8 are non-student contact days, so we encourage you to have your student in attendance on the other days during the count window.

If your child will be absent on Friday, October 1 due to illness, call our attendance line, 303-982-7449 to report the absence. Attendance during the “count window” will help counteract an absence on Friday, October 1.

Thank you for your support of Welchester Elementary school. Every child counts!

Upcoming Dates:

*9/29- Schoolwide Student Assembly- Energy Bus Kick off, 8:15 in gym (*Date change)

10/1 Field Day

10/5 & 6 Parent Teacher Conferences

10/7 & 8- No school, Fall break

In partnership,

Bethany Robinson

Es oficial: este año el Día de conteo de octubre es el viernes, 1 de octubre

La acción más importante que pueden tomar para apoyar al presupuesto de la escuela es asegurarse de que su hijo/a asista a clase ese día. Una gran parte del financiamiento para la educación pública de parte del estado de Colorado se basa en el conteo de estudiantes, por esta razón les pedimos asegurarse que su hijo/a participe en la escuela ese día.

El “período de conteo” de estudiantes que contempla el estado es del viernes, 24 de septiembre al viernes, 8 de octubre. Pero el día más importante de este conteo es el viernes, 1 de octubre. Rogamos que nos ayuden a lograr un conteo preciso asegurándose que sus hijos participen en la instrucción ese día. Entendemos que el jueves, 7 de octubre y el viernes, 8 de octubre son días sin contacto entre docentes y estudiantes, por lo que le animamos a que su hijo/a asista en los otros días durante el período de conteo.

Si el 1 de octubre su hijo/a se ausenta debido a una enfermedad, por favor, llame a nuestra línea telefónica de asistencia, 303-982-7449 para comunicar su ausencia. La asistencia durante el “período de conteo” ayudará a contrarrestar una ausencia el viernes, 1 de octubre.

Gracias por el apoyo demostrado a Welchester Elementary. ¡Cada niño/a cuenta!

Reflection Sheets

Starting next week you may-or may not see what we call a Think Sheet come home occasionally with your student in K-5th grade. We learn from reflecting on experiences, good and bad. A Think Sheet is a very effective tool to use when a student is displaying unacceptable behaviors and can be used in conjunction with the Class Rules. The sheets can be used to help correct undesired behaviors and offers time for both student and teacher to have space. This is a practice aligned with Restorative Practices, Zones of Regulation and Positive Behavior Support.

Students are always first given a verbal prompt to adjust to appropriate behavior. If behavior continues, they are asked to get a Think Sheet. Once the student has take n some time and completed the Think Sheet, the teacher processes incident and supports student in meeting expectations. We also believe that when students correct their behavior, they always get a fresh start. When this happens, the teacher will tear up the Think Sheet and it won't go home.

If a Think Sheet comes home with your child; as a parent, please ask your child to talk through the 4 questions and ask if they were able to repair or change their behavior and if not, ask, "How can I help you?"

Here is an example of the primary version with pictures. Our older students do not have all the pictures.

Can you help with staff meals during conferences?

Staff works a long day during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 5th and Wednesday, October 6th. Can you support our teachers with some food? Every little bit helps!

You can drop off food/drink anytime at end of school day.

Please check out the Signup here.

Contact Welchester PTA @

Looking for Eagles Nest Parents!

We are looking for phenomenal Class Parents!! Not only will they be great party planning parents, they will be able to support teachers as needs may arise. These parties will include the Halloween party(10/29), December(12/21), and the Valentine's Day party(2/11).
We are looking for great party planning parents who: are resourceful, work well with others and who are open to ideas from others.

We are still looking for a few more class parents! We can't have parties without your help!

Needing parents in:

Kinder- Ritz

3rd- Diekman

4th- Barilla (Tereshko)

5th- both classrooms

Class parties are 1:45-2:30 with clean up 2:30-2:45.

Please find your child's teacher here and list your name and phone number below it.

Looking for volunteers for Friday Folders

Are you able to help stuff Friday folders after drop off on Fridays? Looking for more help in the library at 8:00-9:00. This will allow our paras to work with students in small groups. Show up or email Deirdra Ochoa at:


Welchester is currently hiring for 3 classroom support positions.

  • Special Education Paraprofessional- 6 hours, benefits Job #13422
  • Autism Center Classroom Paraeducator, 7 hours, benefits Job #14286
  • Early Childhood Instructional Partner, 8 hours, benefits Job #14199 (Preschool)

  • School Leadership guest teacher position is a full time, benefitted position. It pays $180/day and the pay will be calculated by the # of days worked in the year and prorated. This position will receive paychecks in July and August. This is considered a “school based” position, so their days worked follows the teacher calendar and last day of work is the last day of school. This position requires flexibility as the position locations are determined by the School Leadership department and will be assigned on a daily basis from our office. There needs to be a willingness to teach at any grade level and any school in the district. Anyone interested can apply at Job #14593.

Spirit Wear Available!

We are partnering with Spirit Gear Direct for school Spirit Wear. Ordering deadline is September 29th.


Field Day!

Information includes a schedule so you can come to the field on Friday, Oct 1 and cheer your child on!

COVID Testing and Operations

We appreciate your patience and compliance as we continue to navigate our world with COVID-19 and public health orders. We understand how frustrating it can be when COVID symptoms also look like seasonal allergies or typical child illness. I am including some information which I hope will help you in your decision making (at home screening tool) about sending your child(ren) to school and how to be proactive so our students can be in school and ready to learn.

Voluntary testing is available starting Monday, September 13th and is available for students through Mobile Health at several convenient locations. The testing is available for staff and students who are NOT symptomatic.

The closest locations to Welchester are:

  • Central Transportation Building on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9 am -1 pm
    987 Quail St #931, Lakewood, CO 80215
  • Ed Center Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9 am -1 pm
    1829 Denver West Blvd #27
  • Golden HS Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
    701 24th St. Golden, CO

Please visit here for up to date information.

Any student or staff member can take advantage of the testing program at our district locations. To test students and staff, the individual seeking a test will need to complete a site-specific consent form (parent/guardian consent required for students under 18). We ask families and staff to complete the consent form prior to arriving at testing sites in an attempt to prevent delays in the on-site testing process. Consent forms only need to be completed once per person. Please visit our district webpage to see the three easy steps to get set up for testing. Find the specific link for your school’s online consent form under Step 2. There are English and Spanish versions of the online consent form.

Only students participating in Jeffco athletics and activities who are not vaccinated and any staff person in any role that is not vaccinated will need to be tested weekly and provide a negative test result in order to continue participating in their sport or activity, or for staff to continue to serve in their role. Testing is being made available and optional for elementary and middle school students and vaccinated staff.

For students that are symptomatic, please visit any of these locations for FREE COVID testing. Our closest location is the Jeffco Fairgrounds 15200 W. 6th Ave. Frontage Rd., & Golden, CO 80401 Enter from McIntyre St.
​​​​​​​Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

CDPHE's Return to Learn Guidance

Looking for Welchester Representation

Welchester is seeking a parent to act in a school year long position, acting as SAC chair which involves meeting with the principal and sharing school related information for input and collaborative communication during monthly PTA meetings.

We are also seeking a representative on the Golden Schools Foundation (GSF). GSF is a huge supporter of Welchester and Golden Area schools. The commitment is monthly.

Please email Bethany @ if you would like more information.

Get Connected with Welchester PTA

Please consider joining Welchester PTA. Everyone has a special talent just waiting to share. We would like to hear from you, and we are always looking for volunteers. Our meetings are the first Wednesday each month at 5:30 pm.

Dues are $7 for a one year membership. You can sign up online through our website at or turn in the PTA form with money at the office. Your membership includes voting rights, as well as membership to Colorado PTA, our parent organization.

All board positions are open -President, Vice President, Treasure, & Secretary. Have you thought about helping on the PTA Board? Or do you know of someone that would be good? Elections will be held in October or November. Please email us at or turn in a nominations form coming home in Friday folders.

We look forward to a wonderful year and giving back to the Welchester community. Thank you for your support!

COMING SOON! Butter Braids

We will start selling on 10/22

Fundraiser ends 11/5

Turn in order by 11/8

Delivery 11/15 at 2pm

About Us

Welchester is a high-achieving, professional learning community with about 300 students, located in Golden, Colorado. We have a strong commitment to students, staff development, collaboration and learning. Teachers at Welchester use progress monitoring methods to regularly assess student achievement, set goals and change instruction to best meet the needs of individual students.

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