CFL October Family Newsletter

October 3rd

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Mission and Vision Statements

CFL Vision

At CFL, we are an uplifting crew who embrace our students, staff, and families in a kind and fun learning environment where all can grow.

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CFL Communication

Dear CFL Families,

As we are nearing the end of the first quarter, we have accomplished quite a bit with our students already! Each classroom that I walk into, I hear student conversations and language that impresses me. The teachers work with the students to use sentence frames when speaking about the topic as that helps to reinforce the subject content, skills, and concepts. Your teachers are making great strides in working with our students. Remember to check Tuesday Folders for important communication that will be happening at CFL. Remember to return your chiild's folder the next day in the backpack.

  • 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.

New Visitor Process

All Garfield 16 schools have a new visitor process. Please read the section below and watch the short video clip explaining Raptor Technologies.

With Gratitude,

Kim Frees (Principal)

Raptor Visitor Management System

Student Led Conferences

The scheduling of Student Led Conferences for October 31 and November 1st is happening. Student Led Conferences are important to your child’s progress. Your child and their teachers are excited to share all that they have learned. This year, all SLC’s will be conducted in person. Your child will share with you what they have learned this past semester, as we believe students need to be leaders of their own learning.

Please be looking for SLC sign ups in your child's Tuesday Folder.

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. As an early childhood school, many of our skills are at a 2.0 level and is the highest score a student can receive as many of the skills we teach are at a 2.0 foundational level.

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.

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Homecoming October 11-14th

We will be participating in the spirit days for homecoming.

Tuesday - Talking Shirt - Wear a shirt with your favorite Writing

Wednesday - Professional Day - Dress like a professional (suits, ties, dresses, sweaters)

Thursday - Mismatch Shoe Day

Friday - Spirit Day - red, white, black or Grand Valley Gear

If you are planning on going to the parade PLEASE call the office by noon on Friday. We will have students ready and waiting at the office at 3:30 for early pick up.

CFL Gear Order form

Please check your student’s Tuesday Folder and backpack to order CFL gear. Orders will be due on October 15th. All orders will be made online @

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If you haven't already please stop by the office and give them your child's most recent immunixation records.

ELL News

Hello my name is Ms. Melanie, It is my pleasure to be your child’s ELL teacher. I’m very excited for this year! We are just a few weeks into school and I have developed a bond with each and every child that I am teaching. We are going to be doing so many FUN things along with our learning. It is important to me to develop a personalized pathway for each and every student that I work with so they can succeed in learning the English language. I look forward to the milestones that we will reach in our learning together.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.

Melanie Kerrigan

ELL Teacher CFL

Halloween Parties will be held on Friday October 28th

Halloween Parties will be on Friday, October 28th, from 3:15-4:00 p.m. Classes will have classroom parties to celebrate. Kids can dress up and each teacher will send out communication about dress up expectations and how you can support them.

If you are planning on attending, you will need to complete a quick background check with our new Raptor System. This process may take time, so we encourage you to please stop bythe CFL office before this event with your ID so we can get you in the system. This will expedite the wait time.

As always - no blood, gore, or weapons. We are planning an outdoor costume parade. Parents are welcome to join us outside for the parade, which will be in front of the school from 3:15-3:30 p.m.

Intervention News

Fall is in the air. The crisp cool weather makes me want to sit in front of a fire, and read all day.

Fall is a perfect time to practice the love of reading with your child. It doesn’t take any extra planning, or work from you, just a bit of quality time with your child. Here are some fun things for you to try this October to promote reading with your family.

  • Set aside a few minutes each evening as a family reading time. Everyone gets out a book or other reading material, and enjoys the quiet time without TV.

(If you want to make it extra special, add a cup of hot chocolate once a week or so.)

  • The library has so many great books about fall for kids. If you have a chance, take your child to the library, and pick up some fun fall books to read together.

  • Cooking and reading go hand in hand. Pick a favorite fall recipe, and have your child look at the recipe with you as you prepare it together.

These are just a couple of fun ideas to try. I hope all of you have a wonderful time reading and enjoying your family this October.

Melissa Bradley

Reading Interventionist CFL

PE News

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 25th-28th). 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, friendly ghosts/ witches, cosmic bowling and candy corn bean bags. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding our fall harvest skills showcase.

Mr. Cora

Upcoming Event

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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!

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.

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!

Meri Nofzinger~Director of Preschool

Family Resource Center

Our School Based Family Resource Center does a great job connecting Garfield16 Students and Families with resources. Please check out their Facebook Page and Website for for information about programs and resources, which may benefit you and your family.



Please do not hesitate to reach out to our School Based Family Resource Center for more information.


Claudia Flores Cruz

Center Coordinator


Grand Valeey Givers

Grand Valley Giving Tree Registration Open! The Grand Valley Givers hope that these gifts will help make the holiday season brighter for families in need of assistance. Families can register throughout the month of October. Registrations will close on November 1, 2022. Follow this link to register:

Grand Valley Giving Tree registration is open!. Grand Valley Donors hope these gifts will help make their holiday season brighter for families in need. Families can sign up for the entire month of October. Entries will close on November 1, 2022. Follow this link to register:

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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.

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

970-285-5700 ext 5130

Transportation Website

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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.