What Does The Fox Say?
August 24, 2023
Dear Inspire Parent/Guardian,
It is currently 9:20pm as I draft this principal letter. My daughter has been in the bathtub for over an hour with no end in sight. We have regularly told her she smells and needs to take a shower. Can I tell y'all, this child giggles when we tell her that. Kinda adorable and ridiculous at the same time. Legit - she's 10 years old, has soccer practice three times a week and thinks two nights of bath/shower is too much. Someone seriously give me some tips. She also doesn't want to brush her teeth first thing in the morning but that's a different kind of advice-column-response that I need. When she does get into the tub or the shower then she doesn't want to come out. My fault y'all. If you hear there is a shortage of water in Colorado, that is without a doubt the fault of my household. Please don't contact 9News on me, we are actively working on this. What was my point? I had one when I started typing... It's 9:26pm and she just snuck up on me and scared the crap out of me. She's loosely wearing a hair towel because I am apparently the only person who can wrap it on her head for her and she's still got her pink owl body towel from when she was 5yo. Shocking that she hasn't traded it in for a unicorn, Thomas the Train, a dragon or the five other fads she's gone through. It's 9:35pm and my husband is trying to get her changed, hair combed and done (just a simple braid because that's all we can do), and eventually to the bedtime routine. The bedtime routine is an hour. I am not playing. There's a hug mom on my side of the bed, hug daddy on his side of the bed, get a drink of water, go to the bathroom, brush her teeth, lay on the floor to use floss (yes, she flosses, success for the little things!), throw the floss across the room into the trash can and cheer if she gets it in, go back to the bathroom for the chapstick, go to her room with one of us, the other one goes in to say goodnight, she stays with one of us to chat in her bed, then that person leaves the room and she comes back out to get more water from daddy's side of the bed, hug mommy, hug daddy, do a little dance at the bedroom door, she yells "zoom!" and runs "super fast" to her bedroom, she calls out three times that she loves us and starts over if we don't yell we love her or something-or-other back each time and then she texts us from the comfort of her of her bed for ten minutes (I know I know, she has her phone with her at night, ughhh) because it makes her feel better. Then she babbles herself to sleep like she's been doing since she was a baby. It's well past 10:30pm at this point. Every morning, my dear husband has to get her up for school. The daily report, "Uhm, she had a hard time getting up this morning." She slept all hours over the summer and we let her sleep in until whenever. Someone should be sleeping in! It's hard getting kids back into a routine and we know mornings are tough. I hope your kids are coming home with good stories about their first days of school, or maybe short sentences, even a couple of words... most kids don't share lots of details! You are not alone. Our staff are doing an incredible job with the week of transitioning kids back to "doing school". Keep an eye out for the teacher newsletter this Friday/Saturday to hear about what's coming up in school for your child and you can have talking points for the car ride home or over dinner when they still might say, "It's good" or "I don't remember" when you ask how school was. A friendly reminder you can always reach out to your child's homeroom teacher if you want to connect! The first week of school brings different emotions for students and parents. Your children are in good hands when you leave them at our doors. Have a wonderful end of your week and we'll see you for Week 2!
Together, we are Inspire.
8/25/23: Friday Celebration, 7:40am-7:55am
8/30/23 - 9/1/23: Picture Day
9/1/23: Spirit Day: First Friday - wear Inspire or fox gear, school colors
9/4/23: NO SCHOOL, Holiday - Labor Day
9/5/23: Spirit Day: Labor/Career Day (dress like what you want to be when you grow up)
9/13/23: CSC Meeting, 4:00pm-5:30pm
9/20/23: PTO Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm
9/22/23: District PD Day - No School
9/25/23: Inspire PD Day - No School
10/2/23: Fox Trot, PTO Fundraiser
10/6/23: Celebration of Learning, 1:40pm-2:40pm
An all school assembly... a time to get together, organized chaos and community building! Our first Friday Celebration is Friday, 8/25 at 7:40am. Families are welcome to attend. You do NOT need to sign in at the front office. Walk into the building with your child and head straight to the gym. Please sit in the bleachers. Note: Parents/Guardians will sit separately from students.
Weekly Teacher Newsletters Begin this Weekend
Teachers will begin sending weekly newsletters this weekend. You can expect a notification in Bloomz when the newsletter is available.
- If you need to refer to a newsletter and do not want to scroll through Bloomz, you can find newsletter links on our website under "Family Information" and "Weekly Newsletter".
Picture Days, 8/30/23 - 9/1/23
Picture Day is next week! By Monday, 8/28 the school calendar description will be updated to reflect when your child's class will be taking their individual photos. Please note:
- Parents do not come to picture day. Teachers and photography staff are present to provide student support with photos.
- We do have a picture make up date in October if your child is absent on their date and/or you do not like the photos.
- Individual photos are only taken during the fall.
- Class photos will be taken in the Spring.
- Questions? Reach out to Gabbi Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit Day, First Friday 9/1/23
We encourage students to wear Inspire gear, fox theme or school colors on the First Friday of the month!
- Our school mascot is the fox
- Our school colors are red, yellow and teal
- To purchase Inspire gear check our spirit wear page
NO SCHOOL, 9/4/23
No School due to Labor Day holiday.
Spirit Day, 9/5/23
- Labor Day - students dress like what they want to be when they grow up AND
- If you are interested in speaking to your child's homeroom during Morning Meeting about your career, let your child's homeroom teacher know. They will be sending out communication soon about the opportunity!
Fall Enrichment Offerings/Registration Information
- Inspire Elementary, in partnership with the Inspire PTO, is excited to offer a robust schedule of after-school enrichment programs this fall! These programs are open to ALL Inspire students in grades K-5.
- Click here for a preview of enrichments and pricing.
- The Cheddar Up registration link will be in an email sent directly from Ms. August at 5:30 am Monday, August 28th and a Bloomz message from Coach Hall.
- Contact email@example.com for questions about the registration process.
- Contact Kerrie Hall, Enrichment Coordinator for operational support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Message from Michelle Hauck, Counselor
- At Inspire we aim to support all of our families and as we continue to build on and improve our outreach we wanted to let you know that we are reaching out to check in with our Inspire family.
- If your family would benefit from additional food during the school year, we invite you to sign up for the Inspire Elementary Food Pantry. While the pantry will be operated by the Inspire Elementary PTO, all student and family information will be kept confidential. Each week a bag of food items will be sent home with your child (alternate arrangements may be made if this does not work for your family). The only requirements are that you have a child attending school at Inspire Elementary and indicate your interest by filling out this form. There is no cost to join.
- Additionally, we will do our best to connect you with DPS departments and community agencies that can offer assistance in other areas. Please use this form to let us know how we can help. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Michelle Hauck, Inspire School Counselor at (720)424-4884 or Michelle_Hauck@dpsk12.net.
Save the Date: Fox Trot
This year's Fox Trot jog-a-thon will be held on Monday, October 2. Stay tuned for more details about how to get your child's fundraising page going and how you can be involved.
Join the Inspire PTO for the 23/24 School Year
Don't forget to signup for the PTO for 23/24 school year! We ask that families register each year so we have your correct contact info and you have a chance to let us know how you want to be involved. It's free to join and only takes a few minutes. Sign up here.
August PTO Meeting
Join us for our first PTO Meeting of the year in-person only at the Cheluna Brewing Mezzanine in Stanley Marketplace next Wednesday, August 30th. This will be a great chance to hear about what's going on with the PTO this year and find out how you can get involved. Children are always welcome at our meetings.
August 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Cheluna Brewing - Upstairs Mezzanine
2501 Dallas St #148, Aurora, CO 80010