Re-2 News - Celebrating Teachers!

May 6, 2020

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Garfield Re-2 Families. . .

This spring has handed you a variety of unprecedented challenges - in your personal life, in your work life, and in your child's education. As we celebrate National Education Week, we have watched parents and families rise to accept these new and unique challenges with grace, care, and excellence. We see you, and we thank you for partnering with us in your child's education.

- Your friends & admirers in Garfield Re-2 School District

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Garfield Re-2 families

Send a picture, a quote, or a video to with a big THANK YOU to our teachers!

Parents of Garfield Re-2 Seniors. . .

Parents of the class of 2020 have established "Adopt-a-Senior" Facebook pages to honor the classes of 2020 at Rifle High School and Coal Ridge High School.

To ensure that every senior is honored, please ask to join the appropriate group and provide the information for your senior. The administrators will approve you and you will be able to post your information.

Again, these groups have been established by parents and not the schools. They are hoping to honor every senior.

Rifle High School Adopt-a-Senior

Coal Ridge High School Adopt-a-Senior


At the April 28, 2020 Garfield Re-2 School Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved the naming of Heather Grumley as the next Garfield Re-2 Superintendent.

Congratulations Superintendent Grumley!

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Kindergarten Enrollment is OPEN

The Garfield Re-2 School District has officially opened the online kindergarten enrollment portal at The registration portal can also be found on the Garfield Re-2 website at Registration information is available in both English and Spanish.

Traditionally, parents and guardians are asked to complete the online portion and then finalize the registration process with an in-person follow-up meeting to provide supporting documentation. This year, families are encouraged to upload all of their supporting documentation via the online portal. School secretaries will contact registered families to follow up regarding their prospective kindergarten student.

Schools may also hold in-person kindergarten meet-and-greets once the physical distancing requirements are lifted. Individual schools will be reaching out with information if and when these dates are secured.

Important information to know prior to beginning the registration process:

· All kindergarten slots are full-time unless part-time is requested;
· Children must be five by October 1, 2020 to be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year;
· When registering for Kindergarten, parents should have the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence documents - this may include a utility bill, driver’s license, rental/lease agreement or property tax statement. Photos of these documents can be taken and uploaded into the online portal;
· Children currently enrolled in a Garfield Re-2 Pre-school program do not need to register for Kindergarten.
· CMC Pre-School or any other pre-school should register online for their home attendance area school;
· All 2020-21 kindergarten students should be enrolled at their home attendance area school;
· Phones at the schools are still being monitored. If you need assistance enrolling in any Garfield Re-2 Kindergarten program, please contact your school directly and leave a message. Someone will get back with you shortly.

Wednesday, May 6 is national School Nurse Day

The number of students with complex physical and mental health conditions, along with the number of students at risk for health concerns, and students who are affected by societal issues, such as living in poverty, necessitates school nurses to use critical thinking and provide highly skilled, evidence-based practice that meet the needs of students, families and school communities.
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Congratulations to Penny Kuper - Garfield Re-2 School District's NEWEST Director of Transportation. Penny will take over for Zach Dickens who will leave the District to pursue a career in teaching at the end of the school year.

Activity fee refunds headed your way

Families that have already paid for a variety of activity fees - athletic fees, field trip fees, program fees - for programs that are not happening due to COVID-19, either have received those or will be receiving those in the mail very soon. Our accounts payable teams at the building and district level have been working to make sure all families receive their fees back.

If you believe you should have fees returned to you, and have not seen them within the week, please reach out to your school office and let them know so that we can investigate.

School lunch balances roll over to the next year, so these will NOT be refunded.

Generation Wild Programs


Open for middle and high school students in the Re-2 and Garfield 16 School Districts:

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YOUTH CREW | Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (PAID)


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Rocky Mountain Youth Corps provides paid leadership and hands-on workforce experience for youth ages 11-18. Participants serve their communities through beautifying, weeding, trail work, restoration, gardening, and other conservation-based projects.

  • 2 Week PAID Sessions | June 8-August 14
  • Ages 14-15 | Week 1: M-F 8am-4pm; Week 2 Monday 8am-Friday 4pm, 24/7 camping
  • Ages 16-18 | Two weeks starting on Sunday, ending on second Friday, 24/7 camping
  • Apply Here:
  • FREE to apply and participate for youth living in the communities from New Castle-Parachute!
  • Now offering a $50 Referral Bonus! Email for more details!
  • Gear and transportation support available

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  • We hope to postpone CMC/GCO climbing programs to the 20-21 school year and summer 2021

Vaping Info and tips to Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes

Stress and anxiety may be heightened during this time, which can trigger nicotine cravings for young people and adults. Also, many adults may be unprepared to have conversations about vaping. But being a trustable adult about topics like vaping can foster strong relationships that prevent unhealthy habits. To build or strengthen a strong foundation of support, adults can approach conversations about vaping with openness and curiosity. In conversations with your child about vaping, remember to:

  • suspend judgment
  • ask open-ended questions
  • validate their perspectives
  • listen with curiosity about why your child or their friends might be vaping
  • affirm your child’s strengths

This tip sheet offers ideas for conversation starters if you need a little help

This resource was created by RMC Health, UpRISE, and STEPP staff. If you need further assistance or resources, please reach out to Diana Andrews at

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 help hotlines:

Aspen to Parachute COVID-19 community hotline 970-429-6186 (English en Espanol)

Garfield County Public Health call line: 970-945-1377, ext. 8120 (English en Espanol)
CO-HELP 1-877-462-2911 or (multiple languages)

Garfield Re-2 has a compilation of resources from parent support resources, to community resources that may be able to provide assistance, from mental health resources to an archive of communications here.

"‘Safer at Home’ in Garfield County" from Garfield County Public Health

Key Information for the Public

 Practice social distancing

 Stay at home as much as possible.

 Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face.

 Wear a face covering or mask when you leave your home.

 Connect with neighbors and loved ones virtually.

 Coloradans should stay home as much as possible, leaving only for a limited

number of specific activities.

Garfield County Public Health Updates the Standing Public Health Order to Transition from Stay at Home to Safer at Home.

What does Safer at Home mean for me?

May is National Pet Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the enjoyment they provide, pets offer a variety of health benefits, including:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Lowered cholesterol levels
  • Decreased levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in your body
  • Reduced feelings of loneliness
  • Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
  • Improved opportunities for social connection

Read more about how pets help people cope during a pandemic

Garfield Re-2 School District

Garfield Re-2 School District serves the communities of Rifle, Silt and New Castle, CO. Our vision is to Encourage, Nurture and Challenge every student, every day!