CFL October Family Newsletter

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Mission and Vision Statements

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 Statement:

Engage ~Empower~Improve

Our School Vision Statement:

Our vision is that all graduating first graders leave CFL as critically thinking young citizens with strong academic and social/emotional foundations

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GVHS is looking forward to a great Homecoming week. We will participate with GVHS in the dress-up days on October 5th-8th. Please encourage your students to dress up and just have fun!

The theme is Lights, Camera, Action! and dress-up days are based off of different movies.

  • Tuesday, October 5th- "The Breakfast Club" - Pajama Day
  • Wednesday, October 6th- "Dodgeball"- Sporty Gear
  • Thursday, October 7th- "Austin Powers"- Hippie Day
  • Friday, October 8th- "Friday Night Lights" - Red and Black

  • The Homecoming Parade is back this year and will take place on Friday Oct. 8th at 4:15pm. CFL students may attend if you wish, however we also want to stress the importance of students being in school as much as possible. If you would like to check your student out for the parade, Please call before 3:00 pm on that Friday so that students can be ready for pickup NO EARLIER than 3:30 pm. Any student leaving early must be signed out at the office.

The Parade Route is from the Parachute Branch Library down Cardinal Way to GVHS. We hope to see you there!!!

The Weather is Getting Colder!

Each year, as the weather begins to change, we want to remind parents to make sure that children are dressed appropriately before heading to school each day.

Our Colorado weather can change on a moment’s notice, and students need to be prepared for the changes. At CFL , our policy states that students will be sent outside for recess each day unless:

1. The outside temperature and/or wind chill is below 0

2. It is pouring rain.

3. An emergency is called by the Weather Service.

Recesses throughout the day last between 20-25. If students bring hats and gloves in their backpacks, they can be ready for any drastic weather changes.

Through our Family Resource Center, we have hats, mittens and coats available for students and families in need. Please come in and visit with us if your child is in need of warm winter clothing.

Please help your child remember to bring the necessary items so they can be comfortable and enjoy their time outside at recess during the cold weather.

If you would like to donate any new or lightly used winter clothing, please contact the Family Resource Center.

Our hope is that every student at CFL will be prepared for the cold winter ahead, and we thank you for doing your part at home to make sure that happens.

Mrs. Frees

Information about Scoring Student Work

Dear K-1 Parents and Guardians,

You may have noticed that students work coming home with 1.0. 2.0 or 3.0 scores. These scores represent students mastery on a specific skill or concept. Here is some information to help you understand these score better.

3.0 - If your child receives a 3.0, it means that they were able to show or do the work completely on their own. This means no teacher support was needed and they were able to comprehend and complete the task independently.

2.0 - If your child receives a 2.0, it means they were able to do most of the work on their own with little teacher support. Sometimes children need clarification or need to be shown an example to help make the connection for them.

1.0 - If your child receives a 1.0, it means they are still learning the material and they need teacher support in order to complete the task. This tells me as the teacher I need to sit one-on-one with your child and re-teach so they are able to grasp the concept.

What's Happening in PE in October at CFL

Hello CFL Families,

This month in physical education we will be doing a fall harvest showcase of skills in an interactive fall theme game week (October 26th-29th). The showcase will use skills previously learned in PE class. Some of those skills include; rolling, underhand throwing, overhand throwing, catching, strategy games and teamwork. Please note that some games during this week will have a cross connection to Halloween, but the main focus is still on skills. Some of the connections include; Carved pumpkins, music, cosmic bowling and candy corn bean bags. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding our fall harvest skills showcase.

Mr. Cora

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BUE Preschool Picture Day Friday October 8th

Pre-School News

Happy October everyone! We are getting into our routine of preschool with your children and hope that they are enjoying school as much as we are enjoying having them here!

I would also like to remind parents that you need to please keep your children home if they are sick. The only way to keep your children healthy here is if you help us by keeping your children home when they are sick. If they have a persistent cough and runny nose and are not feeling well, they need to stay home or see a doctor. If they have a fever, vomit, or have had diarrhea, they must be symptom free for 48 hours without medication before they are allowed back at preschool. Please help us keep the children and staff at CFL Preschool healthy.

Friendly Reminders - Please remember to check your child’s folder/backpack at the end of each school day for any important information. -

Weather permitting, we always take the children outside - Please make sure your child is properly dressed and his/her coat is labeled with his/her name.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please stop by the office.

Meri Nofzinger~Director of Preschool

Preschool - You will be dropping your child off at CFL you will go to the Preschool back doors, which can be found on the west side of the building. Please park on the west end of the building along Parachute Avenue - DO NOT park in the bus loading zone as it will cause busses to be late. You will then enter the Preschool playground and follow the color line for the teacher your child will have this year. There will be only one gate available for entry/exit of the playground . Please see the image for the route you will take as you drop off/pick up your child each day.

If you are dropping your child off at BUE for Preschool you will drop off at the side doors on the left front of the building. DO NOT park in the bus loading zone as it will cause busses to be late. Please park in the parking lot and use the crosswalk to walk your child to their teacher's door. Teachers will be out to greet you.

Preschool Home Extensions

Practicing skills at home as well as in school will be a big help for your child’s learning process! Here are some things you can practice at home with your child:

*Practice name writing, in lowercase letters! You can practice with paper and pencil, tracing in sand or making the letters with play dough…be creative!

*Practice numbers 1-10. You can collect items in the household and have your child count them, or even practice writing them, these may be very hard (esp. 2’s and 3’s)!

*Fine Motor- It is always a good idea to practice cutting, and correct pencil/crayon grip with your child. You can hide things in sand or water and have your child pick them up with tweezers.

* READ!! We know most of you already read to your child often, but try to make it a priority to read to them every night!

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The Colorado River BOCES is proud to be hosting PEAK Parent Training.

Please mark your calendars for

Oct. 26 from 6-8pm IEP training

  • The student’s IEP is the cornerstone of their education. This workshop offers an in-depth look at the many components that must be addressed in the IEP document.

December 7 from 6-8pm Accommodations and Modification training

  • Parents and educators will explore real examples of accommodations (changes in how a student learns and shows what he/she knows) and modifications (changes in what a student will learn). Learn how to include individualized accommodations and modifications on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Both pieces of training will be via ZOOM and be in both Spanish and English.

Once I receive the flyers (Spanish/English) I will send them to you to share with families. The flyers will also have the registration link on them too.

Families can also find other PEAK training at

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Thanks to the generosity of community members, our clothing racks and bins are full! We will be hosting a clothing giveaway once a week outside the center to help students and families access much-needed clothing for their families.

  • See flyer below

The SBFRC is happy to partner with Colorado Mountain College and Public Health to offer adult education and workshop opportunities in person. To register, families need to call the number on the flyer.

  • See flyer below

Starting October 1st, the registration for the GV Giving Tree will be open! We will continue to be paperless, and families will need to sign up through a google form.

  • The Grand Valley Giving Tree is a need base program for Garfield16 students and their siblings, ages 0 to 18 years old.
  • With the help of numerous partners and generous members of our community, the Grand Valley Giving Tree provides gifts to hundreds of children each year.
  • See flyer below
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is providing 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 testing will be available to all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status or presence of symptoms if you choose to participate. The program will provide all necessary resources, including staff, for schools to implement the weekly screening testing.

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 CFL Office at (970) 285-5702.

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Student Safety during COVID:

As with last year, we will continue to follow guidance and recommendations from state and local officials. This year brings some changes for our students, parents and community as we continue working towards creating a safe environment for students and staff members.

For the remainder of the COVID 19 Pandemic, there are numerous safety precautions we will follow as proposed by CDC,CDPHE, and GCPHE. This is to ensure student, staff and community safety.

As stated in the "Opening Schools Plan" masks are encouraged but not required. Please keep in mind this is subject to change based on COVID-19 numbers and guidance from local and state health departments.

We are dedicated to returning to school as normal as possible. We believe in-person learning and socialization are key in developing a great education. We will follow all local and state-level mandates. The Garfield 16 Plan for Opening Schools can be accessed directly using the link below.

Health Screenings

As always, if any member of your household is being tested for Covid or has tested positive for Covid, please keep all family members at home and contact the school immediately for next steps.

As students enter the building we will continue to screen for symptoms and send home ill students. (Please keep your student home if they are ill.) If a person answers yes to any of the screener questions they will need to return home for further monitoring by their personal physician.

❏ Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4°F or higher.

❏ New or unexplained persistent cough.

❏ Shortness of breath.

❏ Difficulty breathing.

❏ Loss of taste or smell.

❏ Fatigue.

❏ Muscle aches.

❏ Headache.

❏ Sore throat.

❏ Nausea or vomiting.

❏ Diarrhea.

❏ Runny nose or congestion.

Tuesday Folders

Communication between home and school is vital for student success. Each Tuesday your child will bring home a Tuesday Folder filled will student work, information and Communication.

Take a moment to sit with your child and go over items in their folder. Please sign the folder to show you reviewed the information. If you have any questions or comments please add them as we are here to support you however we can. Please returned the folder to school the next day.

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Transportation and Bus Routes

In an effort to even out busloads and to achieve quicker drop-off times, some bus routes have changed. Please click the button below. If you have questions please call the Transportation office at 970-285-5700 ext. 5130. ALL students riding the bus during the 2021-2022 school must have a completed "Transportation Waiver" signed handed to the bus driver on the first day. (See button below)

If you need more information please contact our Transportation Director - Steve Gardner at

970-285-5700 ext 5130

Transportation Website

Transportation Waiver

Any student riding the bus is required to wear a mask.

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus are available on our district and school website!

School Breakfast and Lunch menus are currently being created and updated for the start of the school year. If you are ever looking for the breakfast and lunch menus, please visit our district Nutrition Department Website where you can link directly to each month's menus. These menus can also be accessed on the CFL Website. Menus will be posted as soon as they are ready for the year!

Please keep in mind that menus have the potential to change A LOT depending on staffing issues, and product availability. Our Nutrition Department does their best to honor the posted menus, however they can be heavily impacted for a variety of reasons. If you ever have any questions, please call 285-5701 ext. 4180 with any questions or email

Free and Reduced Lunch Packet

Please fill out even if you do not think you qualify. We thank you as your effort supports grant writing and funding initiatives district-wide. The packet is in both English and Spanish.