CFL May 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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A Note from Mrs. Frees

Dear CFL Families,

It is hard to believe that another school year has passed so quickly. Remember that attendance is so important. Please get your child to school on time each morning. Attendance has been a struggle this year and we are working on strategies to improve that for the 23/24 school year. We want our students to be successful and it starts with being at school, learning both academics and social and emotional skills. Please work with us on increasing our attendance.

It has been a rewarding year, one filled with unprecedented accomplishments. A few of the things that come to mind are the visit from Santa, Spirit Days, celebrating homecoming week, Student Led Conferences, Christmas Programs, After School Clubs, All School Crews just to name a few. All of these things and many others are made possible by our community of learners, of which we are all members.

At CFL, we are very fortunate to have a dedicated, caring and hardworking team of professionals (Teachers, Educational Assistants, Office Staff, Custodians, and other school based and District based Support Staff) who work together to ensure that every child has the best educational experience possible. Staff at CFL always go above and beyond to ensure that students are exposed to a variety of activities to enhance and enrich their school experience.

Our students deserve recognition: Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year. I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a CFL Cardinal. You keep me laughing and fill me with joy. I am grateful for each and every one of you!

Staff Changes

We will be seeing some staff changes next year and send our best wishes to the following individuals who will be leaving. Their work at CFL has been appreciated and we wish them well in their future endeavors. We will miss you!

Pre-School Director~ Meri Nofzinger

PK Teacher~Ashlee Bolton

PK Assistant Teacher~ Sandra Gherardini

Please Welcome

We are excited to welcome several new staff members to our CFL family. They each bring experience and a love and passion for students. We can;t wait for you to join us in the the Fall.

Nicole Hills~ Assistant Principal

Sarah Volk~ Music Teacher

Echo Lankford~ Kindergarten Teacher

Lindsey Bennett~ PK Teacher

Everyone have a safe and happy summer break! Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.


Kim Frees


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New Bell Schedule for the 2023/2024 School Year

Dear Families,

Next Fall, CFL will start at 7:35 and end at 3:15.

Before school and after school care will be available. Information will be coming home soon.

Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!

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Information went home last week on how to recognize and show love to thier teacher.

Office News

Stop by the office to complete your Raptor background check so you can volunteer and participating in all the upcoming events. We love to see parents in our building again!

  • May 5th -Garden Day

  • Week of May 5th Spring Benchmark Assessment

  • Week of May 5th-Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 12th-Kindergarten Transition Day

  • May 12th-1st Grade Transition Day to BUE

  • May 16th-19th-Challenge Course Week

  • May 16th- Board Of Education Meeting

  • May 18th-Kindergarten Parent Night

  • May 25th-Field Day

  • May 25th-Celebrations and Awards

We have collected several items in or lost and found. The rack will be placed at the front entrance if you would like to stop by and take a look.

Summer Advantage

Summer Advantage invites were mailed at the end of April.

Summer Advantage is an extended opportunity for students to learn and achieve success through intellectual development, student agency and goal setting opportunities. Student success will be dependent upon a collaborative effort between students, teachers, parents and administration. Summer Advantage will be held June 6th- June 22th Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am.-3:00 pm.

Please return forms by May 12th.

CFL Challenge Course Days

During the week of May 16th, all Kindergarteners and first graders have the opportunity to go to the Garco16 Challenge Course. Our challenge course consists of low and high elements that encourage students to persevere to step outside their comfort zones. Our goal is that this experience will help us focus on building agency and wellness through various activities that exemplify team building, social skill development and working through challenges. The students will be led by trained facilitators. We will lead students through a sequence of activities that include icebreakers, games, ground initiatives and then to low elements We will be doing low elements only. That means they will be doing activities that are only 1 foot off the ground.

Here is the schedule for the Challenge Course:

CFL Challenge Course Schedule 2023

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Intervention News

The end of the year is upon us. It has gone so fast. It has been great to see the growth these kids have made over the course of just a few months.

Our last testing will be the first week of May. Teachers may be contacting you about a Read Plan meeting. If your child is needing some reading help for next year, or they are currently on our Read Plan list he or she will be reaching out to make sure they have a completed Read Plan. If you do receive this phone call, please make every effort to attend. It is important that they meet with you to help keep your child on the track to success.

I wish you all a wonderful break. Hopefully you will all have time to rest and rejuvenate before we start again next year. Don’t forget to take some time to read with your child as much as you can this summer. It will help them stay connected for what is to come next year.

Melissa Bradley

Reading Interventionist

ELL Update

Believe it or not May is here and we are on the final stretch of our school year! I have had an absolutely amazing year with your beautiful children. I will miss all my first graders as they transition on to BUE into second grade. I also look forward to another year with all our kindergarten kiddos moving on to first grade!

We have a lot more learning to do and we will stay focused and engaged in our journey.

Again, it’s been a joy and honor teaching your children, and watching them discover the joy of reading, writing, listening and speaking Thanks again and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Melanie Kerrigan


What's Happening in PE at CFL~Info about Field Day

Hello CFL Families,

Happy last month of school! Check your students backpack for important information about Field Day, Challenge Course and many other papers that are going home. With the nicer weather, please continue to send a pair of tennis shoes with you kiddo everyday for PE class, NO SANDALS. We will be finishing up our locomotor movement assessment as well as end of year skill lessons. As always, thank you for sending your child to school everyday and reach out to me with any questions.

Mr. Cora

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Pre-School News

Hello from Preschool!

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is almost here. It seems like only yesterday that we were setting off on our preschool adventure together! It has been a pleasure to be part of your children’s tremendous growth this year. For all of our dear students moving on to new learning experiences, we will enjoy our last weeks of fun and learning together. For those who will be returning to us in the fall, we look forward to another great year together. We appreciate the opportunity to continue being part of your children’s learning journey. Just a reminder that all preschool classes will be held at CFL next year. We thank you for your understanding and support with this change.

Upcoming Events

  • Library Day - Friday, May 5th.

  • Kindergarten Transition Day is May 12th from 9:30-11:00 at CFL.

  • Kinder Parent Night May 18th from 6:00-7:00

Thank you to everyone for your Preschool support! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Meri Nofzinger