Garfield Re-2 News

September 4, 2020

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HELP US KEEP OUR SCHOOLS OPEN

The best way to help keep our schools open is to keep COVID-19 cases in Garfield County as low as possible.


Help us by making the following commitments:

I commit to:


WEAR a mask.

WASH my hands.

WALK, ride or play 6 feet away.

WORK together safely.

IF ILL – stay home

No School Monday September 7, 2020.

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Exciting news for Garfield Re-2 families!

The US Department of Agriculture recently announced that they are extending their Free Meals for Kids program through the end of December 2020 or until available funding runs out. This means all students in Garfield Re-2 can access healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch at school for no additional cost.


Effective Thursday, September 3, all students in Garfield Re-2 schools will receive free breakfast and lunch, no matter the student's prior free, reduced, or full pay eligibility.

To see what is on the menu, please go here: https://bit.ly/2QLZTJl


Please note: Households who have not yet applied for free or reduced meals for 2020-21 are encouraged to complete an application so eligible students will receive Free/Reduced meals AFTER December 2020, or when available funding runs out under the current guidance. Forms are available here: https://bit.ly/2QLZTJl

Family Technology Boot Camp Thursday, September 10

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Join us Thursday, September 10 for Family Technology Boot Camp


When: Sep 10, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Parent Technology Boot Camp


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86454745770?pwd=LzJNRG9LSUtmR0Q0TlloTW5jOW91dz09

Passcode: 347202

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +12532158782,,86454745770#,,,,,,0#,,347202# or +13462487799,,86454745770#,,,,,,0#,,347202#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 436 2866

Webinar ID: 864 5474 5770

Passcode: 347202

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdLr2BxgPL

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ZONAR BUS PASSES ARE HERE!

Your child has been, or will be next week, issued their school ID/Zonar bus pass. We’ve been using these passes for several years, however, THIS year they are more important than ever!

This pass is printed on an RFID card and is able to help us account for students on a daily basis and in case of emergency.


Parents can download an app that tells them every time their child scans on and off a bus. Having this information helps the Transportation Department and families have better accountability for our bus-riding children. In the event of a bus accident, we are able to account for every student on the bus that has scanned - even those that may not normally ride the route - so we can contact families quickly, and support first responder crews.

This pass also has a barcode on it with your child’s student ID number. This will be used for lunch, library and in some cases to help student health checks go faster.


  • Please help your child keep track of their badge.

  • Do NOT poke additional holes in your badge.

  • If you need a new badge, let the secretary at your school know. We will make free, reasonable replacements for regular wear and tear as well as those that don’t function because of manufacturing defects.

  • If the card is lost, purposely broken or defaced there is a $5.00 charge for the first replacement and a $20.00 charge for each replacement after that.

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Important information for bus riders

Due to the current limitations on bus capacity, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate students riding home with friends this year. There are no exceptions to this practice at the moment. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will re-evaluate as physical distancing requirements relax. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.


dot dot dot - are you getting our text messages?

Have you signed up for text alerts from Garfield Re-2? Text the word YES to 67587 to opt-in. More info at schoolmessenger.com/txt
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Garfield Re-2 seeking Letters of Interest for School Board vacancy

The Garfield School District No. Re-2 is seeking community-minded residents to help serve and lead the greatest administrators, teachers and students in Colorado!


If you live in Director District B (which generally includes):

the north-eastern portion of the City of Rifle north of Morrow and Firethorn Drives, east of Whiteriver Avenue ane extending easterly, north of Highway 6 & 24 and west of North 1st Street (aka Silt Mesa Road);


and generally includes the neighborhoods of:

Arabian Heights, Deerfield Park, North Pastures, Promontory, Rifle Creek Estates (in Rifle) and most of Silt Mesa including Peterson Lane, Miller Lane, and Ukele Lane.


. . .apply to be part of the greatest legacy you can leave - providing, supporting and fostering the education of our children. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, you must live within the boundaries of Director District B, be a registered voter as shown on the books of the county clerk and recorder for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the appointment, be 18 years or older, and be a citizen of the United States.


For a more detailed description of our director boundaries, go to

www.garfieldre2.net under “Our District.” There you will find the geeky, legal description of the director district boundaries (have your map handy) and you can download the Prospective Board Member Packet.



If you are interested, submit a letter to the Garfield Re-2 School District so that it arrives in our offices no later than 5 p.m. September 14, 2020. Attn:Anne Guettler, Director District B vacancy, 839 Whiteriver Ave., Rifle, CO 81650. For more information you may call the Garfield Re-2 District Office at 665-7600. The District B seat must face election in the November 2021 election.


Download the Prospective School Board Member Packet here

Are you looking for tech support?

Thank you to the Garfield Re-2 Technology team for developing and all of the participants for joining Garfield Re-2 for the first round of Parent Technology Boot Camps. You can watch the Boot Camps here and find additional supports here.


Go to the Online Learning page here.

School Lunch Menus are online

You can find the school lunch menus online here.


You can download the entire month of September here.


This week Garfield Re-2 students received local peaches with lunch. These delicious peaches are from nearby orchards in Palisade, Colorado. Although the peach crops were smaller this year, we wanted to be sure to bring some peaches back since the kids told us just how much they loved them!


Look for Olathe Sweet Corn on the menu at all of our schools next week. We know that local is both delicious for our kids and great support for our local farmers.

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO APPLY

Pandemic EBT is here!

What is the P-EBT Program?

If your child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals last school year at a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, or if they attended a school where all students eat breakfast and lunch for free, they are eligible to get P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT and P-EBT is not part of the public charge rule. All information submitted is confidential. P-EBT provides your family with funds to help buy food. These funds are available because schools were closed this spring due to the pandemic. You can receive up to $279 per eligible child to stretch your food budget AND continue getting summer meals at the same time!


Learn more about Colorado's P-EBT program here.


Contact Shari Edwards at 665-7604 for more information.

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Garfield Re-2 School District

Our vision is to Encourage, Nurture and Challenge every student, every day.