CFL April Family Newsletter

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Mission and Vision Statements

Garfield 16 Overarching Mission Statement:

As a result of our efforts, all students will be successfully prepared for life in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our School Mission Statement:

Engage ~Empower~Improve

Our School Vision Statement:

Our vision is that all graduating first graders leave CFL as critically thinking young citizens with strong academic and social/emotional foundations

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A Note from Mrs. Frees

Hello CFL Families,

I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break.

As we head into the last chunk of the school year, we will look at our most recent data to make sure we are intentional with our instruction and students are continuing to make gains with ELA and math skills and concepts. With just over eight weeks of school left, students and staff will start to reflect on what we have accomplished this year. I'm beyond proud of the students for all they have achieved this year. I want to thank our teachers for all the support, encouragement and growth of our students academically, socially and emotionally this year. We cannot do this alone. Partnering with families is a critical piece to helping develop students with strong character, making informed decisions, and empathizing with others.

Please stay in contact with your child's teacher if there is anything at home that may be impacting your child's life at school. Also, if a teacher reaches out to you for a meeting, take advantage of this opportunity to show your child that together, we all care and value them as individuals. I look forward to what the last bit of school has in store for us.

Pre School/Kindergarten registration is here! If you have not contacted the office to schedule an appointment for registration for next year, now is the time! Veronica and Miriam would be happy to help you and get your student set up for next year. You can come to the office or call the school with any questions.

Happy Spring everyone!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • April 7th Spring Picture Day
  • April 7th Last day to sign up for a lunch for Garden Day
  • April 14th Garden Day
  • April 18th Board of Education Meeting
  • April 21st All School Crew
  • May 2nd-5th Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 12th Kinder and 1st Grade Transition Day
  • May 15th Kindergarten Registration Day
  • May18th Kindergarden Parent Question and Answer Night
  • May 25th Field Day


Kim Frees


Garden Day April 14th, 2023

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Office News

We would like to encourage our parents to make a plan with your child in morning regarding the end of the school day. If there is a change it is ok to tell the teacher but very important you also notify the office preferably before 3:00 pm.

This will allow us to communicate with the staff in a timely manner and help insure your student knows that there is a change. In order to keep everyone safe and stay on schedule we strongly discourage taking students off the bus once they have boarded.

Please remember that 4:20 pm is the end of our school day and unless previously scheduled, pickups between 4:00 pm and release time can be distracting as teachers finishing lessons and preparing for release time. If you are checking yoour student our early pleae let us know by 3:00 pm.

Picture Day

Picture day will be on April 7th. Make sure to look for the ordering form in your child's Tuesday envelope.
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April Intervention News

Spring has not yet sprung, but it soon will. Even though the weather has been cold and a little depressing, we can always bring some sunshine into our lives through books. Reading a good book with a child always puts me in a good mood, even when I don’t want to be.

Here are some great books to check out at the library to help you remember that spring really will come.

  • Worm Weather by Jean Taft

  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

  • Spring Stinks by Ryan Higgins

Hope you take a few minutes to enjoy one of these fun titles with your child this cool spring season.

Melissa Bradley

CFL Interventionist

ELL News

Welcome to Spring..! 🌷💐🌷💐(I think!)

We are in the home stretch to summer break. We have learned so much this year, but have so much more to learn!

We will keep our focus strong on speaking, reading, writing and listening. We are such strong and willing learners, I feel positive we will continue to grow in reading, writing and building our vocabulary. Let’s continue our great attendance and keep the positive flow going!

I love each and every one of your children and their unique personalities and look forward to continued learning.

Melanie Kerrigan


What's Happening in PE at CFL

Happy April CFL Families! This month in Physical Education we are focusing on our ball handling skill progression of striking. We will work on our basic volleying skills that will move onto badminton and baseball skills and activities. Weather permitting, our class will try to move outside for PE class. Please send your students with tennis shoes and appropriate clothing to move in the gym or outside. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

-Mr Cora

Afterschool Club News

March 14th was the last Afterschool Program session for this school year. It was a huge success! Parents and families were able to come and see all of the fun and hard work their children have been working on in our Afterschool Program. We had a huge turnout and it was great to see all the smiling faces!! Please look for our Afterschool Programs to start up again next school year. If you have any suggestions for programs that your child might enjoy, please let me know. You can reach me at

Thank you,

Mrs. Jablonsky

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Preschool News

Hello Preschool Families!

As I’m sure you know, we are well into our pet study. As we study pets, we are learning concepts and skills in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. We are also developing thinking skills as we observe, investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas. Thank you to all of our families who have shared, or are willing to share, your gentle, interesting pets!

Be looking for more information to come regarding upcoming end-of-year events. As these events get closer, we will be sending home much more detailed information.

April 14th - Garden Day

May 5th - Library Day

May 12th - Transition Day

May 25th - Field Day

As always, thank you for being partners in your child’s education.