BUE Family Newsletter

February 27, 2022

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Student Led Conference are Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1.

All BUE students took their Chromebooks home on Friday in prep for student led conferences.


Teachers have issued out Google Meet Links for virtual conferences.


If you have any questions, the BUE office will be open Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1 to help problem. Please reach out if you have any questions or have difficulty logging in (970) 285-5703.


Many thanks to our generous Parent Advisory Committee who approved funding for dinner (February 28) and lunch (March 1) for teachers during our February PAC meeting.



THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY - MARCH 1

AS WE WILL ALL BE IN STUDENT LED CONFERENCES.

School Calendar 2021/2022

Click here to accessed the school calendar.

School Calendar 2022/2023

Click here to access the calendar for next school year (SY 2022/2023)

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Winter Weather Reminder

Dressing for Cold Weather

Cold weather has arrived in western Colorado! Students will be outside for recess. It's good for students to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, but they need to come prepared for the colder temperatures. Please make sure your student is wearing proper winter attire to school (warm jacket, gloves, hat, appropropriate shoes). Sandals weather is over, please make sure your student(s) have warm shoes/boots for recess.


If your student is in need of winter clothing/shoes, please call the office at 970-285-5703 and we will get you in contact with the School Based Family Resource Center.

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Kiss and Go Zones

Drop Off and Pick Up during Winter Weather:

  • Please drop students off using our Kiss and Go Lanes in front of BUE. For more information on Parking Lots, Drop Off and Parking Lot Safety please click here: Student Safety in the BUE Parking Lots
  • Please plan on it taking longer than normal to drop students off due to slick roads and parking lots.
  • There have been complaints about the Kiss and Go Zone backing up.
  • PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE LANE. THIS IS FOR ACTIVE UNLOADING ONLY. LIMIT 1 MINUTE!

We also want to remind parents that the parking lot is available to use instead of the Kiss and Go. You do not need to walk your student into the school if you use the parking lot. Many parents turn into the parking lot to avoid the congested traffic in the Kiss and Go lanes and drop their students off in the parking lot area. Students are assisted by Crossing Guards as they cross the Kiss and Go Lanes.

Download the Garfield16 App from the Google Play Store

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5th Grade Snow Shoeing

Reminder for 5th Grade Families:


On March 2 and March 3 the 5th grade students will go snowshoeing at Mesa Lakes on the Grand Mesa with volunteers from our local Kiwanis Club and Fire Protection District. This has been a longstanding tradition at BUE. We were so disappointed this group could not go last year and are excited to have the approval to make the trip up to them this year!


Students will be provided snowshoes for the trip and lunch will also be provided for all students. This will be an all day trip.


What you child will need for this trip:

  • Waterproof snow boots

  • Snow pants

  • Warm gloves (Waterproof gloves strongly suggested)

  • A hat and scarf

  • A warm winter jacket

  • A water bottle and snacks

  • Backpack


Lunch at Mesa Lakes Lodge is generously provided for all students by Garfield 16.


If your child is missing any winter clothing essentials, please reach out to your child's teacher or our office and we can try to help with coats, pants, boots, gloves, etc. The school office is open Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1 - (970) 285-5703. Also, you can speak with your child's teacher during Student Led Conferences.


We will be leaving school first thing in the morning, a little before 9:00 am. It is very important that your student gets to school on time.


March 2: Dickens and Mendoza

March 3: Hartman and Henderson


Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!


Mrs. Dickens, Mrs. Hartman, Mrs, Henderson, and Mrs, Mendoza

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PAC UPDATE

Many thanks to the families who joined us for our February Parent Advisory Committee where we hosted a discussion on the Colorado Read Act and answered questions regarding changes in Covid19 protocols.


The topic for March's PAC meeting is to provide parents with information on the Competency Based Personalized Learning and our Curriculums. We anticipate holding this meeting in-person in the BUE Gym.


March 10, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location BUE GYM



Future PAC Meetings Dates and Times: monthly on the second Thursday

  • April 14, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location TBD
  • May 12, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location TBD
Garfield 16 Covid Information

Use this link to directly access resources regarding COVID 19.

Where to get a Covid Test in Garfield County

Free community test sites have no charge. Other provider’s fees and types of test offered will vary.

Free, Voluntary Covid Testing at BUE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provides all K-12 Colorado schools (public, private, charter and tribal) with a FREE and voluntary COVID-19 screening testing program for the 2021-22 school year. The weekly rapid antigen test is available to all students and staff who choose to participate.


A student may not need to quarantined, or may return to school early if participating in this

program (depending symptoms and other factors).


Please see the information sheets in both English and Spanish below for more details.


Clink on the link below to sign your child up and to give consent for testing

Consent form in English


Clicking on the link will take you to DocuSign and ask for the parent or guardian's full name and email address. This is the email address that results will be delivered to. Only one parent/guardian is required. If parents wish to have two parents on the consent form, please write both names under the first name, e.g. Jane and John Smith.


If you have any questions, please call the BUE Office at (970) 285-5703.


The state provides funding for students to receive a small stipend to participate in this program. Garfield 16 does not fund the stipend.

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FOOD SUPPLY CHALLENGES FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR

GARFIELD 16 Supply Chain Shortage

There is a nationwide food supply shortage and labor shortage that many of you may have heard about that is impacting the foodservice industry. Schools are not immune to this shortage. The ongoing I-70 closures have been an added challenge to this school year. We kindly request your patience and flexibility throughout the year as we continuously find solutions. Garfield 16 students will never lack options, or nutritious meals. Menu items may change on very short notice based on product and delivery availability. All menu changes will be communicated to the school secretaries, and posted in the main entryway of all schools. We also will post updates on our webpage. If you have any questions please call and speak to Jody Williams 285-5701 ext. 4180 or email jwilliams@garfield16.org.


Elementary Breakfast Menu

  • The March Menu will be released soon


Elementary Lunch Menu

  • The March Menu will be released soon
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Want to make a little extra money?

Dear Parents,

Colorado has been experiencing a teacher shortage since 2010. Substitute teachers are also very limited.


Substituting is a great fit for retirees, college students, part-time workers, stay-at home parents, and those with flexible schedules.


Here are some quick facts:

  • Substitute teaching is very rewarding. You get to work with great kids, see how our school works, and get a better understanding of what our students are learning and why.
  • It provides you the opportunity to set your own schedule and have a great amount of flexibility. It can fit in your schedule as it works best for you and you get to determine the days you work. You can even use it to supplement another job.
  • You can easily sub as many or as few days a week as you would like. You can earn a steady paycheck or several hundred dollars here or there.
  • You will make a difference in students’ lives and in our school.
  • You’ll have fun! Substitute teaching is really an adventure. The variety found in the day, fast pace, and meeting new colleagues and students, are all a recipe for an exciting day.

Pay
  • Certified substitute teachers make $130 / day in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a teacher)
  • Classified substitute teachers make $12.32 / hours in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a paraprofessional, custodian, food service, etc).


If you do a little math, subbing for a teacher can really add up:

  • Working only 2 days a week could earn you over $1000/month ($130x2 = $260 x 4 weeks a month = $1060).


Here is a link to CDE's website on how to apply to become a substitute teacher. LINK

Most people will want to apply for a 1 year authorization.
There are 3 steps:
  1. Submit Fingerprints
  2. Complete a substitute teaching application LINK
  3. Contact Garfield 16 to apply to sub in our district Link to Garfield 16 Application
Substitute Boot Camp Flyer

Virtual meeting for information to help participants learn about substitute teaching.

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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:

BUE is a caring community providing students with a meaningful and authentic education.


Our School Vision:

We strive to empower our students to pursue their passions and to be kind, ethical people.