Eagle Crest Family Newsletter

September 22, 2022

Principal's Message

Hello Eagle Crest Families!

I hope that you are having a great week and enjoying this slightly cooler weather. We are grateful to be able to provide Eagle Crest t-shirts for all students each year because we know that belonging and being a part of a strong school community sets students up for success. As you know, this year we are uniting around the themes of RISE - responsibility, inclusivity, safety, and empathy in all of our classrooms and across our school. You will notice these RISE values right on our t-shirts because they are central to student success.

We know that these RISE words live not only in the classroom, but also in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the halls, and even in the bathrooms! We have continued teaching behavior expectations that align with these words throughout the school. This week we started our WIN block, with many students switching classrooms and teachers for small group instruction. This school wide expectation for learning behaviors has translated to smooth transitions and more focused time on teaching and learning.

In addition, all Eagle Crest students have had an opportunity to learn about how to RISE with technology. Katy Schwirtz visited classrooms to present digital citizenship activities based on being Responsible and Safe when using technology. There were a lot of great questions and discussions. We encourage you to continue these conversations at home. HERE is a resource to help support this.

I hope you have a great weekend!



PS- If you would like to show your school spirit, and commitment to RISE, you can own even more Eagle Crest Spiritwear (beyond the gold shirt). We have an online Spiritwear Store linked below.

Amanda Holden


Eagle Crest Elementary School


Dean of Students' Message

Hello Eagle Crest Families!

​Can you believe it is almost the end of September? The beginning of the year seems to have flown by! We are now ready for our Fall Family/Teacher Conferences. We are excited to have the opportunity to spend time with each one of you to review data from our beginning of the year assessments, share work and progress your child has already made, and partner together to best support your students to be the best that they can be.

Today each family received an email from the Meet the Teacher system with a link to sign-up with your child's teacher. This was sent to the “primary contact” (1) in Infinite Campus. Accessing the system through this email is the easiest way to schedule an appointment. If you need any assistance, please contact the main office.

Our goal is to meet with 100% of our parents!

All the best,

Lindsey Cheney

P.S. - If you did not receive and email- check your SPAM folder to see if it is stuck in there.

Dean of Students

Eagle Crest Elementary School


Upcoming Dates

September 22nd - Sign-Up for Family/Teacher Conferences via Email

September 23rd - Silver Creek Homecoming Parade, 2:45pm

September 23rd - PTO Kona Ice Fundraiser, 3:10pm

September 30th - PTO Preschool/Kindergarten Playdate at Castle Park, 3:15pm

October 4th - PTO Coffee with the Principal, 8:45am

October 6th, 10th, 12th - Family/Teacher Conferences

October 6th - 12th - Usborne Book Fair in the Library

October 14th and 17th - Conference Exchange Days - NO SCHOOL

School Pictures - Order Here through Saturday!

Yesterday was Picture Day! If you haven't ordered your pictures yet, you have until Saturday to place an order online. Click on the image below to access the order site.

Skazma Spiritwear Store

We are excited to partner with Skazma to offer a school spiritwear store this year! The store is entirely online and you can place orders now through October 2nd.

https://skazmacustomapparel.itemorder.com/ Sale Code: ECE22
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PTO Update

Dear Eagle Crest Families,

What a great turnout for the picnic on Friday! The weather cleared out quickly making it the perfect evening for families to gather! A huge thank you to all of the volunteers, especially second grade teacher Mrs. Rickel's husband, Iz, who kept the party going as our DJ.

Funding Vote: PTO sends funding requests exceeding $200 for a vote, so that our entire school community has a say in how funds are used. The 2nd grade team is requesting funds for a field trip in March to the Arvada Center. Click here to vote by 5 PM on Sunday, September 25th

Staff Appreciation Fundraiser: We are collecting cash/check donation envelopes this month, so that we can spoil ECES staff throughout the year! Donate online here. We are halfway to our goal!

The Kona Ice truck will be parked on Clover Basin after school on Friday for our fundraiser. ECES receives 25% of all proceeds which supports field trips and enrichment programs.

Our first preschool and kindergarten family playdate is Friday, Sept. 30th at Castle Park after school (4208 Portofino Dr. in the Renaissance neighborhood). Pack an after school snack and get to know other ECES families.

Take care,

Jenn Pensy, PTO president

Visit us online at www.EagleCrestPTO.com

Meet Our Staff

Mwebaza Update

In Uganda, there are 56 tribes in a country that is the size of the state of Colorado. There are over 41 spoken languages in Uganda, which represent all the diversity of cultures and people. Similar to the diversity within the United States.

When Uganda was colonized by the British they were told that they had to learn to speak, read and write in English. British rule lasted for almost 70 years. When Uganda won their independence in 1962 they continued to follow some of the practices that were started during colonization.

Today, in most schools students learn English and their native language. Many students are fluent in at least 2 languages and often more. The students in 3 of the partner schools we work with learn English and Luganda. And in our northern school near the town of Gulu, they learn English and Acholi.

The indigenous tribes in Uganda have traditional music, dance, and art. These important and diverse practices continue to be a big part of their lives.

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Gifted & Talented Referrals

Each year, schools in St. Vrain Valley School District complete a process to identify students who demonstrate exceptional ability or performance in one or more academic areas and may, therefore, qualify for Gifted/Talented educational services. These students usually perform at least two years above grade level in their strength area(s), and they require additional academic challenges in order to support their continued educational growth and progress. In addition, they usually demonstrate characteristics of unique creativity and high motivation in their strength areas.

Referrals are open through the month of September and will close on September 30th. Completing a referral guarantees a review of the student profile to determine if testing is recommended for the student. The process for identification requires a body of evidence and often takes place throughout the entire school year.

The process takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. You can access the online referral process here.

Please contact Lindsey Cheney, cheney_lindsey@svvsd.org for more information.

Silver Creek Kids Night Out

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Lunch Menu & Color Day Schedule

Our Music, PE, and Art classes are on a 3 day rotation. Every school day is either a Red, Gold, or Purple day. These colors are shared on our school lunch menu to help families plan ahead for necessary supplies like sneakers for PE.

Lunch/Specials Schedule Linked Here

Add Money to your Child’s School Breakfast & Lunch Account

MySchoolBucks is the website you want to access in order to add funds to your child’s account for purchasing breakfast, lunch, or milk at school. This system will send you reminders and can manage the account of multiple students. Money can also be sent to school by check or cash. Please label any checks or cash with the students first name, last name, and teacher.

If you haven’t yet, you can apply for Free & Reduced meals to see if your family qualifies for free meals. Applying for Free & Reduced lunch will help manage fees (like iPad Insurance or sports) and also helps our school receive additional funds and services. We encourage all families to complete the application.


Have questions about anything covered in this newsletter? Reach out via email to holden_amanda@svvsd.org or cheney_lindsey@svvsd.org.

Need support in Spanish?

Contact Natalie Boggess at: boggess_natalie@svvsd.org , 303-702-7872


Fiorella Martinez at: martinez_maria@svvsd.org , 303-702-7896