April 21, 2023
We have completed most of our CMAS testing for the 22-23 school year! All of our students did an amazing job whether it was our 3rd-5th graders working hard on each test and showing what they know to our Kindergarten-2nd graders supporting by walking quietly through the hallway and encouraging the older students. Thank you for supporting your students during this time and encouraging each of our students to try their best! We have just a few makeups left to conclude next week.
We are still collecting shoes for our PTA Shoe Drive fundraiser! Shoes can be dropped off anytime in the main lobby of WHES through Friday, 4/28. We will do one more show drop off event at morning arrival on April 26th! Bring your shoes and a volunteer will take them from you at your car or on the sidewalk! Ask your family members, friends, neighbors if they might have shoes to donate, too! We will pick up, if needed, reach out to the office to arrange this!
We have many upcoming end of year events - Talent Show, Book Fair, Assessment Day, Field Day, promotion celebrations, and more! Please stay tuned to family emails and the Highlights for all of the details! Please continue reading below for more information. Also, like/follow our school Facebook page - Woodmen Hills Elementary School (https://fb.me/WHESTornadoes) for more updates and the sharing of good things happening at WHES!
We are starting plans for the 23-24 school year, too! Please read more information below about the option or order school supply kits online with delivery directly to WHES this summer and/or to submit a classroom placement input form for next year.
Please be sure to continue to check the Family Handbook for complete details of all day-to-day systems and procedures. Read the information below carefully and don't hesitate to call our school office with any questions or needs at 719.495.5500.
Have a great weekend,
Bethany Stegman & Amanda Bower
April 4th - 28th: PTA Shoe Drive Event
April 25th: 6:00pm 1st Grade Student Showcase Night
April 26th: Shoe Drop Off Event at Morning Arrival
April 28th: 6:00pm Talent Show in the Gym
May 1st - 4th: Spring Book Fair in the Library
May 1st: 5:00-7:00pm PTA Skate City Night
May 2nd: 4:00-5:00pm Retirement Open House in the Gym
May 4th: 5th grade visit to FMS
May 5th: Assessment Day; students attend by appointment only
May 8th - 12th: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 9th: 4:45pm WHES SAC Meeting in the Library
May 9th: 6:00pm PTA Meeting in the Library and via Zoom
May 11th: 6:00pm Choir and Band Performance
May 12th: No School; Professional Learning Day
May 12th: Learning Inventory Style forms due by today for 23-24 placement considerations
May 15th: 4:00-7:00pm PTA Family Restaurant Night at Texas Roadhouse
May 18th: 4th and 5th grade District Track Meet at SCHS
May 19th: Field Day
May 19th: 6:00-8:00pm 5th Grade Dance
May 22nd: Preschool Graduation Celebrations
May 23rd: Last Day of Preschool
May 24th: 9:00am 5th Promotion Ceremony
May 24th: 2:00pm Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony
May 26th: Last Day of Quarter 4 (Report Cards coming home in Tornado folders)
May 26th: Last Day of School; Early Release Schedule
Notes from Library
PTA Shoe Drive!
WHES PTA is excited to launch our Shoe Drive Fundraiser to raise money for online learning programs. By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to our shoe drive, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school. Please check out the 2 min video to learn more about how the shoes our Tornados collect will have a positive impact on others. What is a Micro-Enterprise
What you need to know:
We will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used, and new shoes collected.
Funds2Orgs will issue us a check for the collected shoes.
Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at any of our drop off locations (WHES lobby, Woodmen Hills Rec Center East, Meridian Ranch Rec Center) or at one of our Drop of Events.
WHES Drop off box will be available April 4th - 28th and all Rec Center drop boxes will be available throughout Spring Break (3/18-4/3). Over Spring Break please take a moment to go through any shoes your child has outgrown or you no longer wear and set them aside to send into school with your child. Please ask your friends and family to do the same.
WHES has a goal to fill 160 bags of shoes!
Attached you will find a guide to help you decide what shoes to send in. If possible, please send in pairs of shoes tied or rubber banded together to make the bagging process easier . Thank you for helping make this a successful event. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help please reach out to Ashleigh Anderson (email@example.com) or Lauren King (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for helping us reach our goal,
WHES Talent Show
The WHES Talent Show is coming soon!
Have a cool talent you want to share?
Come audition for the WHES Talent Show!
Save the Dates:
Practice/Rehearsal: April 24th and April 26th, from 3:45pm-5:15pm
*Your child will attend ONE rehearsal day if chosen to perform.
Show: Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Contact email@example.com with any questions.
PTA Skate City Night - May 1st
Spring Book Fair - May 1st - 4th
Each class will have one, scheduled time to visit the Book Fair during these 4 days.
In addition to their class shopping time, students may also come to the Book Fair individually or in small groups with a provided pass from teachers throughout the day.
The Book Fair will also be open from 3:50-4:30pm each day so families can shop after school! **Please note - the Book Fair is closed during school dismissal and reopens after students have connected with parents to do so.
Follow the URL below to view information on our Book Fair, including how to sign up for E-Wallet. E-Wallet is a convenient way to add to your child’s Book Fair account so they can shop.
Here is a short video about our Book Fair!
If you have completed the volunteer application process and have some time available, we'd love your help at the Book Fair! Click the link below to sign up to volunteer!
If you have completed the volunteer application process and have some time available, we'd love your help at the Book Fair!
Assessment Day - May 5th
Teacher Appreciation Week - May 8th - 12th
WHES has the best teachers on earth - lets show them our love!
Field Day - May 19th
Students should dress in layers, apply sunscreen and/or wear a hat, and bring a water bottle! Parents are welcome to join us - no need to check in, just come straight to the field area at the corner of Del Rio and Eastonville.
8:45am-10:15am - 2nd and 3rd grade
10:30am-12:00pm - 4th and 5th grade
1:00pm-2:30pm - Kindergarten and 1st grade
A Look Ahead to the 23-24 School Year
Supply kits can be purchased online!
Kits must be ordered by June 1st to ensure preparation and delivery by the start of 2023-2024.
Learning Style Inventory forms for placement considerations!
Rationale and Guidelines Used for Student Placement Decisions:
1. Match an individual student’s needs to teacher strengths and/or teaching style.
2. Match an individual student’s needs to group and other children in the class.
1. Provide a heterogeneous classroom group – i.e. a wide range of learning abilities
2. Equal or near equal boy/girl ratio.
3. Consideration of student affective needs.
4. Consideration of student work habits.
The form below needs to be completed no later than May 12th to be taken into consideration for placement for the 23-24 school year.
The form below needs to be completed no later than May 12th to be taken into consideration for placement for the 23-24 school year.
WatchD.O.G. Dads - come volunteer!
If Dads or guardians want to volunteer, please email WHES Principal Bethany Stegman at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Community Resources / Events
Family Handbook & Information
You can view it by following the link here.
Hi, I’m Shelly Duran and I am the nurse at Woodmen Hills. Below are some reminders regarding health and illness...
Medications - All medications, including over-the-counter medications, require a medication form completed by your child’s physician. Student’s may NOT bring medication to school or self-administer any medication. All medication forms and action plans can be found here: https://www.d49.org/domain/1284
Immunization Requirements - Colorado law requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases. For more information regarding required immunizations and how to complete a non-medical immunization exemption form can be found here: https://www.d49.org/domain/261. (If you are filing a non-medical exemption, please complete the online module, print and sign the exemption form, and return to the health room.)
Illness Guidelines - Falcon School District 49 is following the Illness Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Children’s Hospital Colorado. Please refer to these guidelines and keep sick students home. These guidelines are linked below.
Phones in the Classroom - Students are not permitted to use classroom phones or personal phones to contact parents in the event of illness. Students must come through the health room to call parents in order for the absence to be excused.
Health Room Contact information:
Health Room Phone: 719-495-5500
Shirley Milazzo, Health Para - email@example.com
Shelly Duran, School Nurse, BSN - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursing Services Website: https://www.d49.org/domain/1284
Nutrition Services Information
Woodmen Hills Elementary School offers breakfast and hot, school lunch each day. You can view more information from D49 Nutrition Services linked here. You can send lunch money in with your child or add money to their account by visiting D49 Nutrition Services. For assistance with meal fees, you can complete the Meal Assistance Application by visiting this link.
- Breakfast $2.50
- Lunch $4.00
- Breakfast $2.75
- Lunch $4.35
- Adult (without milk):
- Breakfast $3.00
- Lunch $ 4.75
Federal regulations play a direct role in setting the price of school meals and D49 is required to match government meal reimbursement rates by charging for meals. Updating our rates this year is a difficult, but necessary adjustment to continue providing meals in our challenging economy.
Specials Information / Schedules
Kindergarten and First Grade:
Kindergarten and first-grade students engage in 5 specials, including Art, Music, PE, PBL/Technology, and Library. Specials occur on a daily schedule. Students will have the same special on the same day of the week.
Second through Fifth Grade:
Second through fifth-grade students engage in 4 specials, including Art, Music, PE, and PBL/Technology. Specials occur daily, on a 5-day, ABCD, rotating basis. Students will have the same special for 5 school days in a row (i.e. art for 5 school days, then PE for 5 school days).
The Specials schedule is always available in the WHES Highlights sent weekly via email - the specials rotations link is for all grades, K-5th, and the ABCD monthly rotation calendars are for 2nd-5th grades.
Art Class Information: Students often use materials such as watercolors, watercolor pencils, tempera and acrylic paint, and oil pastels during art classes. While using these materials brings new discoveries and masterpieces, it can also bring a concern for not washing out of clothing, etc. Please consider having your child(ren) wear 'older' clothing items on art days.
PE Information: Students are active during PE class! Proper footwear supports safety and ability to move and engage in a variety of activities. Please ensure your child(ren) wear tennis shoes/sneakers on PE days.
WHES PTA Information
PTA provides a partnership between families and schools. We are fortunate to have a strong PTA who supports all students and classrooms, while also providing various activities and platforms for families to connect and engage at Woodmen Hills Elementary School.
Stay connected - follow our Facebook page!
You can follow WHES PTA on Facebook for up-to-date reminders and information. Follow the link here: https://www.facebook.com/woodmenhillspta.
PTA spirit wear - Tornado gear!
WHES PTA has launched new Tornado spirit wear this year! You can view the complete collection by following the link to the shop here.
PTA Calendar - events all year long!
See the 22-23 PTA calendar of events below. More information will be sent in our Highlights as dates and events get closer.
WHES Links & Support
All information included is linked and serves as a reference guide for families in regards to WHES operations, procedures, policies, etc. Please continue to check this information frequently and as questions arise.
Woodmen Hills Elementary School
Assistant Principal: Amanda Bower
Dean: Cheryl Curry