Patriot Notes 11/7-11/13

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Patriot Elementary Mission:

“For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, and supportive academic community.”

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A Note from the Principal...

Dear Patriot Families,

THANK YOU to everyone for supporting our Apex Leadership Fun Run! The students were respectful as they engaged in leadership lessons and the Fun Run was so exciting!! We wanted to send a personal invitation to some exciting events happening at Patriot in the month of November. We do hope you will join us!

Patriot Parent Premier – English Language Arts

Wednesday, November 9th, 8:00-9:15- Grades 2nd –5th

Join us in the classroom to observe a lesson in English Language Arts and then we will have coffee and refreshments in the cafeteria while a student panel answers your questions. We love your feedback and hope to see you in the classroom. Please enter the front doors, sign in and get your visitor sticker.

Veteran’s Day Open House – All those who have served or are currently served are invited!

Thursday, November 10th, 1:30-2:15 (come and go)

Please join us to celebrate YOU! All who have served or are currently serving, we want to honor you in our classrooms. Cookies will be served in the foyer and classrooms will be having special words of thanks. We will also have a token of appreciation!

Patriot Battle Buddies – Patriot and Community Engagement

Monday, November 14th, 1:15-2:15

Do you have a spouse or significant other who is deployed? Are you looking to meet other Patriot parents to fellowship and join as “battle buddies”? Patriot is excited to host a new group to support all of the parents who support their children. Join us to meet the MFLC and hear about the work in her deployment groups. Santa’s Workshop will be in attendance so you can sign up for the event and the Warrior Warehouse will be here to share the supports they offer. Younger siblings are welcome to attend with you.(4 years and younger)

Thanksgiving Feast for Patriot Families

Wednesday, November 16th (times listed in flyer)

Flyers have been sent home regarding our Thanksgiving lunch. To purchase tickets, please return the RSVP with your child.

Please know it is always our desire to keep you informed of all events happening at Patriot and even, when appropriate, share the many celebrations that we see in our classrooms daily. One great way to stay connected and find school and district resources is on our Patriot website ( ) We also like to share events of the day through social media, we can be found on Facebook at

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you ever need to connect with a teacher or administrator, we are here to partner with you to ensure a successful year for your child.

Mrs. Canon

Patriot Principal

Upcoming Patriot Dates:

11/9 - ELA Parent Premier

11/10 - Veteran's Day Open House 1:30

11/14 - Patriot Battle Buddies group

11/16 - Thanksgiving Feast at Patriot

11/18 - Patriot Academy Ends

11/18 - Pancakes with the Principals

11/21-11/25 - Thanksgiving Break

Parents - Please join us on Monday, 11/14!

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Patriot is participating in the District Food Drive and is responsible for 80 gravy packets. Please feel free to donate and drop-off the packet or send in with your child.

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Thanksgiving Feast Forms will be in Thursday folders this week

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Patriot Essential Skills:

K - 2 - I can complete assignments; I can be prepared and on time; I can stay on task

3-5th - I can complete assignments and assessments on time with quality effort; I can stay on task and manage my time; I can be prepared and on time; I can respect academic integrity

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Listen to a story from some of our Trojan Football Players!

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We are excited to announce that as of Mon., Sept. 19, through a partnership with Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) your child now has access to all the materials available at the Library by using their Student I.D. with a new program called PowerPass! All students in FFC8 are automatically enrolled in PowerPass.

What is PowerPass?

PowerPass is a student e-library card from PPLD that gives your child access to the Pikes Peak Library District’s online resources like homework help and live tutoring. They can also access eBooks, music, movie downloads, and much more!

Your child will be able to check out five (5) physical items at a time from any of the 15 PPLD locations and mobile library services. Just visit to find the location near you.

Below are instructions about how to access and check out PPLD’s resources using the PowerPass:

1) The student’s login will be FFC8 [student ID #].

a) For a student with the ID # of 12345, their login would be FFC812345.

2) The student’s pin number will be their student ID#.

a) For a student whose student ID # is 12345, the pin number would be 12345.

All students are encouraged to use their PowerPass for projects, school assignments, homework, and fun! Just go to or visit our eLibrary (, PPLD Teens (, or PPLDKids ( Once you have found the items you want, click on My Account, and use the instructions above to login and check out your items.

For more information about what is available to your child, please visit

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Make Up PICTURE DAY -Oct 6

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In need of additional support?

Change Happens… such as loss of housing, homelessness, job and need for resources. If this is you please reach out to your District Liaison. There are a number of resources including school pantry, clothes closet, HOT meals program, parent resource nights and much more. We are here to support you! Contact Promis Bruno, MSW 719-492-8810 or

El cambio sucede… como la pérdida de la vivienda, la falta de vivienda, el trabajo y la necesidad de recursos. Si es usted, comuníquese con el enlace de su distrito. Hay una serie de recursos que incluyen despensa escolar, armario de ropa, programa de comidas calientes, noches de recursos para padres y mucho más. ¡Estamos aquí para apoyarte! Póngase en contacto con Promis Bruno, MSW 719-492-8810 o


Patriot Office Hours: 7:00-3:30

Patriot Breakfast Served: 7:00-7:25 (In cafeteria)

Students having breakfast may enter at 7:00 and go directly to the cafeteria.

Patriot School Hours: 7:10-2:25

Students will be allowed in the building at 7:10am (unless eating breakfast)

Tardy bell rings at 7:30


Just a reminder meals will be charged this year based on your Free, Reduced, and Paid status. We encourage ALL families to apply for the Free and Reduced meal program.

Please ensure you have completed that form

Breakfast fees this year are $1.35

Lunch fees this year are $2.60

We support our Army!

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FFC8 Food Pantry Information

As a service to our community, we are pleased to be able to provide food items from the district food pantry. If you are interested in receiving a weekly food pick up from a school on post, please complete this form: FFC8 District Food Pantry Survey
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4th and 5th Grade Student Chromebooks:

Just a reminder that all 4th and 5th students will be assessed an annual laptop fee of $40 for the first child and $20 for each sibling.

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Patriot is a Title I School.

Under the provisions for Title I all teachers serving students must meet the qualifications for “Highly Qualified” as an elementary educator. We are proud to inform you that all teachers at Patriot Elementary meet these rigorous standards. As a parent you have a right to inquire about the qualifications of your child’s teacher or paraprofessional. In order to do so you should contact Mr. Joel Hamilton at (719) 382-1300. He will be able to provide you with this information. If you have any additional questions about our Title I status or programming, please feel free to contact Mrs. Canon, Principal at 719-382-1460.

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Patriot's Drop Off and Pick Up Information:


  • For safety reasons, please do not drop off any students prior to 7:10am. We begin active supervision starting at 7:10am.
  • Parents are asked to not exit their vehicle in order to keep the line moving as quickly as possible.
  • Please observe speed limit and be cautious of students in the cross walks.
  • Kindergarten, 1st Graders, and students riding a bus will be dropped off in the front of the building by the kindergarten wing, small drive thru; Students will be assisted out of their cars, directed to the kindergarten side door, and will be supervised as they proceed to their classrooms and down the hallway. *Siblings of kindergarten/first grade students will be allowed to enter with them at this location.
  • Daycare students will be escorted to school by the daycare.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade – Drop off in back parking lot; enter in door by the gym and proceed to classroom
  • 4th and 5th grades – Drop off in back; enter 4/5 back door and proceed to classroom
  • Students arriving after the tardy bell (7:30), must enter through the front door to get a tardy slip prior to going to class.
  • All walkers will enter the door assigned to their grade level. Siblings of kindergarten students may enter the kindergarten entrance with their sibling and proceed through the building to his/her classroom.
  • Students do have the option of having breakfast when they arrive. If a student plans to have breakfast each morning, he/she must arrive between 7:00-7:15am and head directly to the cafeteria.


  • Dismissal is a quick process in order to ensure safety for all. If you have questions you need to ask your teacher, please do so via email.
  • Parents are asked to not leave their vehicle and to wait patiently in the car pick-up line. Cars will line up in the front of the school. Please do not block any crosswalks.
  • Kindergarten students will be released in the front kindergarten drive thru.
  • If a kindergartner has an older sibling, they will meet supervised on the back asphalt until the sibling picks him/her up and they will proceed to the OLDEST sibling’s color flag.
  • Parents will not be allowed on the back asphalt, we ask all adults/family members picking up students to wait outside our gate/fence.
  • If students are walkers, they need to immediately start walking home. They will meet all siblings on the back asphalt prior to walking home.
  • If parents would like to walk up to the school and pick-up their children, please park in the front parking lot and walk down the sidewalk to the back fence.
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Need Homework Help? Military Tutor - All Students Invited

All students grades 3 -5 were trained on a tutor/homework help site to visit. Students can log in to the site ( and receive tutoring on homework. The interactive online clasroom features a whiteboard, easy to use tools, and instant messaging. Active duty service members, their grades K-12 children may use this program for FREE. A student can connect with a tutor within minutes. is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide on-demand online tutoring at no cost. Visit the website to watch the "How it Works" video.