November 2023 Newsletter
STEAM @ Tope
Dear STEAM @ Tope Families,
I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for your support and commitment to our school community. We recognize the trust you place in us every day as we work together to provide the best possible learning environment for your children. Whether you are helping with homework, attending parent teacher conferences, volunteering your time or simply encouraging your child's education journey, your dedication does not go unnoticed.
The success of our school is a reflection of the collaborative efforts of our dedicated staff, supportive parents and eager learners. Together we create a thriving community that fosters growth, personal development and a love for learning. We were recently honored to have Dr. Brian Hill here to present to us a banner for being a Performance School for the 2022-2023 school year.
THANK YOU for being an important part of our school family, we are deeply thankful for your support.
📆 Upcoming Events
3 - NO SCHOOL
3 - Butter Braids Pick Up 1:30pm
6 -PTA Read-A-Thon begins
9 - 5th Grade Music Program
10 - 5th Grade PBL Panel Day
10 - Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony
14 - PTA Meeting 4:15
17 - Student of the Month Assembly
17 - Tope Family Thanksgiving Lunch
20 - Get Air Day
20-24 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
FIRST Lego League - Mrs. Harris
Team Tope has been working hard for weeks exploring, researching, building and coding in preparation for the Nov. 11th District Qualifying Tournament at Fruita High School. Many thanks to the experts that gave of their time and knowledge to help prepare us to represent STEAM @ Tope Elementary, Mr. Bohling, Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Weatherly, Mr. Cantrell and Mr. John Ford.
We would love to see you at the tournament.
Art Update - Mrs. Foster
Eagles put the A in STEAM this Autumn at Tope!
4th, 2nd and 1st grades have been very productive in the art studio this semester. Having art classes every week has allowed students to experience more art lessons and advanced levels
of study than years prior. Collaged eagles are coming home after I photograph every child's artwork and download JPEGs into the “Art to Remember" website; more details coming soon. During October the entire school voted for one eagle from three selected 4th grade portraits. This year, artwork by Sophia Koontz of Mrs. Zimmerman’s class was chosen for the cover of Tope’s yearbook.
Hispanic Heritage Month provided multiple cultural studies to explore rainbows of vibrant colors.
Currently several student’s artwork are on display in the lobby of d51 administration building. Students used various materials and tools to design guitars, Amate bark paintings, mariposas,
and molas. We just finished learning about silhouette’s created by harvest moons. Fall semester artist’s will wrap up with festive artworks inspired by winter wonderlands. Starting in January, 5th, 3rd, and Kinder students will begin various different art lessons weekly until the end of the year. Please contact me if you have any questions or need suggestions for your artist to explore their
creativity more at home. I’m anticipating more fabulous artwork by your little Picasso’s.
Artist in Residence
Funded by PTA fundraising
Get Ready for the Food Drive!
Tope will be helping feed local families when we participate in a food drive for the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Tope’s Food Drive will be STARTING NOVEMBER 7th and ENDING NOVEMBER 17th Food will be going to the local Salvation Army. We are going to have themed food days this year! If our school wins the local competition, we will win $1000 and will have a schoolwide prize. Our goal is to collect 1000 items!
Wednesday Wacky Beans and Meat day
Thursday The Best Soup day
Friday Low Sugar Fruits and Low Salt Vegetables
🌎World Kindness Day
STEAM@Tope Student Council is bringing World Kindness Day to Tope
World Kindness Day is a global day to promote the importance of being kind to each other, yourself and to the world. It is celebrated worldwide on November 13. The purpose of World Kindness day is to celebrate being kind to EVERYONE no matter who they are. World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13 as part of the Global Kindness Movement. This Day gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves how important being kind is. Our school will be celebrating World Kindness Day, which was first introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement.
We would like to tell you some ideas for celebrating World Kindness Day!
Celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness on World Kindness Day Nov. 13th, here are some ideas how:
- Compliment at least 5 people. (Be original)
- Let the person in line behind you go ahead of you.
- Leave happy notes around your classroom.
- Sit next to someone who is sitting alone at lunch.
- Help an elderly neighbor take out the trash or pick up leaves in their lawn!
- Write your siblings a note about how much you appreciate them.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Do a chore without being asked.
- Bake your favorite cookies for a neighbor.
- Donate food in our annual food drive!
- Call your grandparents or do something kind for them.
- Clean up the classroom for your teacher.
- Smile at everyone you see.
💬 Counselor's Corner
Hello from Mrs. Ousley,
Happy November! During the month of November I will be teaching classroom lessons on the topic of bully prevention and kindness. I will discuss with the students how this is an important topic not just in November, but throughout the year.
4th and 5th Grade will learn the difference between being rude, mean and bullying. We will discuss a Power Point presentation and then do an activity.
2nd and 3rd Grade will watch a video about being an upstander and we will read the book, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon.”
Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms will discuss being kind. We will read the book “Recess Queen” followed by an activity.
If you have a concern and would like me to meet with your child, please reach out to me at email@example.com or 970-254-7070 X65137.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Tope Elementary School Counselor
1. School to Home Communication ☎️
School to Parent Communication
Here at Tope we use many forms of communication to make sure that our families are always up on what is happening at school. ParentVue, email, newsletter, Monday folders, Thursday Thoughts and our website are all forms of communication that we will use to keep you up to date with what is happening at Tope! You can access our website at http://tope.mesa.k12.co.us/
If you are interested in receiving D51 Safety and Security updates you can opt in to text alerts
from District 51, text YES to 67587. Standard message and data rates may apply.
If you are not receiving our emails but you have given us your email address, there is a possibility that you have opted out. Please call the office and we can fix that for you.
2. Cold Weather ⛄
Although the weather has been nice, we know how quickly it can change here in Colorado - as the SNOW DAY reminded us! Please be sure that your student is dressed appropriately for the ever-changing weather conditions. Coat, hat, and gloves are important for the cold snowy days to come, and students can only play in the field on snowy days if they have proper footwear (ie: boots). If you are in need of a winter coat for your student please contact our Health Assistant or School Counselor.
It is also important to remember that we do not have a lost and found this year, so please be sure to label all of your students clothing with their name so that we can be sure it is returned to the rightful owner.
3. Attendance Matters 🤗
It is very important that you are communicating with the attendance office when your child will be absent. If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please be sure to email Amelia.Hawkins@d51schools.org or Kerry.firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 970-254-7070 - this line has a voicemail box so you can leave a message if you call before the office opens.
Even if you have communicated with the teacher, it is important to also call or email the front office.
If your student is late to school, you must sign them in at the office.
📚 PTA Updates
You can also share this link for friends and families to donate online my.cheddarup.com/c/read-a-thon-26706
PTA Family ORNAMENT NIGHT - Mark your calendars for December 7th! More info to come soon.
GET AIR - Our next Get Air Day is Monday, November 20th