WHES Highlights

January 20, 2023

Dear WHES Families,

What a wild, short week! It was hard to settle into routines and even harder to believe it is already Friday! Short weeks will continue for awhile. Reminder - there is no school next Friday, January 27th, to allow for Professional Learning for our teachers. Thanks for your flexibility with days off, snow days, and late starts. We now these impacts are hard on families, while also balancing safety of our families and staff as well as professional learning time for our staff.

Please continue reading below for upcoming dates and events. Also, like/follow our school Facebook page - Woodmen Hills Elementary School (https://fb.me/WHESTornadoes)! We want to spread the word of all the good things happening and needed to spread our social media wings to do so!

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

WHES Administration

No School - Friday, January 27th

There is no school on Friday, January 27th, to allow for Professional Learning for our teachers.

Upcoming Dates

January 27th: No School; Professional Learning Day

January 31st: 5th grade Student Showcase Night

February 3rd: Spirit Day - Twin Day! Dress alike with a friend or family member!

February 6th: NCDC Conference - School visitors at WHES

February 7th: No School - this is a calendar change (see more information below)

February 8th: 4th grade Student Showcase Night

February 9th: PTA event at Skate City

February 10th: Calendar Change - normal schedule on this day (see more information below)

February 14th: Valentine's Day celebrations in classrooms

February 15th: 3rd grade Student Showcase Night

February 16th: 4:00-6:00pm Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 17th: No School; Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 21st: 6:00pm PTA Meeting

Cool Science Club at WHES - 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade opportunity

We are excited to offer an after school program at WHES through Cool Science! 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have the opportunity to attend an after school science program on Thursdays beginning February 2nd and ending on March 9th. This club is being offered and taught by Marc Straub, the Executive Director of Cool Science, and will feature a variety of science-based engagements. You can read more here: https://www.coolscience.org/.

Students will attend from 3:45-4:45pm, in the WHES cafeteria on 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, and 3/9. The cost for this program is $60 and only available to the first 20 students who register using the form below from 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade by January 23rd.

Students will go straight to the cafeteria after school for club and should be promptly picked up in the main entrance, front Kiss and Go at 4:45pm (students will be walked out by the club director).

Once students are selected, you will be contacted by a staff member from WHES. The $60 payment will be due by January 31st. Please call the school office at 719-495-5500 with any questions!

February Calendar Change - A Message from D49

Message sent via email to families on Dec. 8, 2022:

Greetings Falcon Zone Families,

As we close the second quarter of the 2022-23 school year, we are sharing a change to next semester’s calendar in the Falcon Zone and some exciting news for our schools.

The FZ professional learning day scheduled for Feb. 10 will switch to Feb. 7. This adjustment will allow us to spotlight the incredible accomplishments of our staff and students at a national conference here in Colorado Springs.

On February 6-7, 2023 the Falcon Zone will host the national showcase for the annual National Conference on Digital Convergence (NCDC). Educators from across the U.S. will travel to Colorado to see instructional processes related to personalized learning in action. The Falcon Zone has worked incredibly hard to integrate these strategies to meet and/or exceed the individual learning needs of our students. As a result of this work, the Falcon Zone is recognized as a national role-model organization for this style of education, and we are honored to serve as the site for the national conference.

On Monday, Feb. 6, our schools will operate on a normal schedule as we welcome educators from across the nation to see our classrooms in action. Conference attendees will visit each of our Falcon Zone schools to witness firsthand the learning processes taking place and to ask questions of our staff. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, numerous staff members from each of our zone’s schools will attend the conference. Some students will also attend, and show what they do in their classrooms!

To accommodate this opportunity, all Falcon Zone schools will shift the professional learning day scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10, to Tuesday, Feb. 7. Students will not attend school on Feb. 7. Falcon Zone Schools will operate on a normal schedule on Friday, Feb. 10. This shift will only affect the Falcon Zone. The rest of the district will still follow the scheduled professional learning day on Feb. 10.

We are sharing this information early to allow time to make necessary adjustments to your schedule. We look forward to sharing stories, pictures and videos with you after the NCDC conference. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building principal. We appreciate your understanding and support.

Valentine's Day - February 14th

Valentine's Day celebrations will occur at WHES on Tuesday, February 14th! Students are able to exchange Valentine's and further communication will come from your child(ren)'s teacher with further details!

We do require that no homemade food be brought for Valentine's or celebrations as sealed and store bought packages have ingredient labels that help us to protect students with a variety of allergies.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - February 16th-17th

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place during the evening of Thursday, February 16th, and throughout the day on Friday, February 17th. February conferences are not required for all students, but all parents have an option to request/schedule a conference. Please watch for an email from your child(ren)'s teacher on Friday, February 3rd, for more information and to sign up for your desired time. Thank you!

WHES Yearbooks

Order your 22-23 WHES Yearbook today!

Early Bird pricing of $20 each is available until February 28th.

The cost is then $25 each beginning on March 1st, with sales ending on April 2nd.

Please use the order form below or purchase online by visiting: https://inter-state.com/order and entering code 74669T.

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Intent to Return Forms - a message from D49

Dear District 49 Families,

During this exciting time, our schools need to gather the intent to return information for their current students and give you a way to update your information quickly. Getting this information from our D49 families helps our schools better prepare for the upcoming school year and plan class sizes and staffing needs. The D49 - Intent to Return Survey for current K-11th grade students is now available electronically through the PowerSchool Parent Portal account by either accessing your Parent Portal account on a desktop computer or the Parent Portal Mobile App (not the D49 App).

Linked here is a step by step resource on how to complete this Intent to Return survey via Ecollect (Desktop).

For a general overview on how to access Ecollect forms through the Parent Portal Mobile App, click here.

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please refer to the email sent out from District 49 on December 21st, 2022, titled “District 49 Parent Portal Setup Information” for your access information or reach out to your school Registrar.

Thank you.

District 49

National School Bus Safety Poster Contest

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Please review the information regarding attendance for the 22-23 school year! You will find our district policy, resources, and absence procedures.

WHES Attendance Information

Family Handbook & Information

As we get set to begin a new year, the WHES Family Handbook and Information Guide is a great place to find all information in regards to WHES operations, procedures, policies, etc. All information included is linked and serves as a reference guide for families. Please continue to check this information frequently and as questions arise.

You can view it by following the link here.

Health Information

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 - smilazzo@d49.org

Shelly Duran, School Nurse, BSN - sduran@d49.org

Nursing Services Website: https://www.d49.org/domain/1284

Immunization Letter

Dear Woodmen Hills Families,

The state requires annual communication to all parents/guardians by including the K-12 2023-2024 Parent Immunization Letter for the next school year to be sent through school communication by February 15, 2023. The required notice is linked below.

Sending this letter annually is a state requirement and it is NOT a non-compliance notification.

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.

Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary:
    • Breakfast $2.50
    • Lunch $4.00
  • Secondary:
    • 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.

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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.

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PTA Shoe Drive Coming Soon!

PTA is sponsoring a shoe drive in April through Shoes for Heart! Start saving your shoes now and we will send more information soon!
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Community Events

WHES Links & Support

Family Handbook & Information

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

Principal: Bethany Stegman

Assistant Principal: Amanda Bower

Dean: Cheryl Curry