The Eagle Update

The Excel Academy Weekly Newsletter: April 11, 2022

Greetings Excel Community,

Spring is the time of plans and projects. -Leo Tolstoy

This seems like the perfect way to describe this time of year in schools. This is a time when fun projects are happening to wrap up the year or exciting things are being planned for the next. We are often celebrating growth or demonstrating learning and finding ways to surround ourselves with the joy of this work and relish the milestones.

There is still a lot of learning to do in the weeks ahead, and we also have:

Laps for Learning

Talent Show

Kindness Week and A Day Without Hate

Field Studies (in and out-of-state)

HS Graduating Class Breakfast

Kindergarten and Eighth-Grade Continuations

A Middle School Dance

New Family Orientation

Final Trimester Awards

Day of the Notables...and of course, staff appreciation fun!

There are certainly lots of "plans and projects" and the buzz in the air is such a joyful feeling.

We have completed the first week of CMAS testing. Several families have asked about the pros and cons of testing and why schools do it. The state of Colorado does use the data for a variety of different purposes connected to funding and to ensure that students in Colorado are meeting standards. At the school level, we are able to use the data to determine supports in the coming year, find areas of strength in our curricula and finds areas of opportunity in our programming. We also get to celebrate the growth of our students from year-to-year and that is always an exciting part of our work.

The staff of Excel have worked so hard in support of every child here and this time of year becomes a way for us to acknowledge every educator's contributions to learning as well. As we continue working on plans and projects, please know that in a year that has been extremely challenging, there are so many dedicated folks working hard each day on behalf of kids....and it is a joyful feeling.

Dr. Farmen

Executive Director

Important Updates

Kindergarten Continuation

We are excited to bring kindergarten continuation to Excel this year! These little ones have worked so hard this year and next year they get to move into the numbered grades! Mark your calendars for this fun event: 9:00-10:00 am on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Prepare for some kindergarten cuteness.

Eighth-Grade Continuation

These students are preparing to move onto the next chapter in their education: HIGH SCHOOL! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 5:30 pm. More details to come!

End of Year Library Update

The last day for students to check out books is May 6th. All books will be due by May 13th.

School Lunch Menu for April

Federal School Meal Waivers 2022-23

It was recently announced that the federal waivers currently in place for school meals will not be extended into the 2022-23 school year. Without a waiver extension, we will return to a more traditional service where meals are not universally free. Therefore, it will be essential that families complete a free and reduced meal application when it is available on Friday, July 1 for the 2022-23 school year. We will continue to communicate these changes extensively as we move towards the next school year.

General Information

Earth Day Community Project: Community Garden

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, each class will be planting seeds for “starter pods” that will be transplanted into the Excel Academy Community Garden at the end of May. The plants harvested from the Community Garden will be donated to a local food bank.

Donations Needed: In addition to the donation items listed in the Sign-up Genius: linked here, please save and send in toilet paper & paper towel rolls for your student’s classrooms starter pods. Please provide donations by April 19th.

Summer Workbook

We would like to offer an educational program for the summer that can help to keep your child’s skill levels current while having fun. The Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks have been developed by classroom teachers to bridge the educational gap during the summer.

The deadline to order the workbook is April 29th, 2022. THERE WILL BE NO LATE FORMS ACCEPTED!!! The cost of each item is $15 (tax-exempt). Please make your checks payable to Excel Academy. The workbooks will be distributed to the students during the last week of school.

Order Form

Laps for Learning

The students at Excel Academy will be participating in their annual fun run on Tuesday, April 26th. at Michael Northey Park green space. Rain Date: May 3, 2022

Information about the Laps for Learning Fundraiser is linked here. Click here for the pledge sheet.

Volunteers Needed:

Join us on April 26th for Excel's annual fun run...Laps for Learning! We have lots of Volunteer needs for this event. Please click on the Sign-Up Genius here to participate and help out!

Race to Read

Race To Read (For all students)

This year Excel Academy with be partnering with Bandimere National Speedway to encourage reading in RACE TO READ. Click here to learn more about this exciting incentive program starting March 28th, to encourage students to read. Link


Get out your leg warmers, hair spray, parachute pants, and other rad 80s gear because the Middle School's spring dance is back! We are so looking forward to bringing back dances now that COVID restrictions have lessened. Save the date: 5/20 from 6-8pm.

Talent Show Extravaganza

Get ready to be entertained. I am so excited to announce the return of our school wide talent show. Auditions will be held from now through April 29th. Acts chosen to participate will be posted on the music door on Monday, May 2nd. There is a mandatory meeting for chosen acts on Thursday, May 5th from 3:20 till 4:00. At this meeting, students will be instructed on and practice how to start their act. The talent show is On Thursday, May 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per seat. This yearly event helps to purchase and fix instruments for students use so your donations are greatly appreciated. There are three ways to audition.

1. Use share day in music class as your audition. During share day week, let Mrs. Boyd know you are auditioning for the school talent show.
2. Set up an alternate time with Mrs. Boyd to audition in person. Reach out to Mrs. Boyd through email and set up a time before or after school to audition.
3. Use the online option linked here to audition by filling out the registration form and up loading a video of your act.

Talent Show Flyer

Youth Rugby

Youth Rugby by Superior Rugby Football Club. This club is not affiliated with Excel.

Youth Rugby Flyer

Classroom-Specific Information

Jeffco Middle School Art Show

Congratulations to the following Middle School students. Their artwork has been juried to hang in the Jeffco Middle School Art show: Mei Memon, Michelle Pavounko, Leif Johnston, Camryn Girvan, Michael Garbarino, Xoee Quintana, Gia Newell, Truett Neiman

The artwork will be on display form April 7-May 14 at Lakewood Cultural Center (the corner of Alameda and Wadsworth) 470 South Allison Parkway Lakewood, CO 80226

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm; Saturday: 9am-1pm Artwork will be on display in the upper and lower foyer, as well as in the gallery

Debate Tournaments

The Debate tournaments are on the following Tuesdays in the library at 3:30:

April 5 and April 19 (This is the final and awards will be given to the winning team of the spring tournament.) Questions? Please contact Mrs. Humrich.

Culture Corner

Mrs. Anderson is working with parents, paras, teachers, and the leadership team to plan many of the exciting end-of year-events. With less restrictive COVID guidelines, we are so excited to be able to bring back activities from years past and to add new programming! Meanwhile, students are still showing our school SOAR values daily. See below!


All the upcoming events! #community

Students taking their time on CMAS testing! #care

Staff supporting each other in coverage, instruction, and in mental health. Making Excel feel like family. #belonging

SOAR for Students

Self Discipline, Outstanding Effort, Acceptance of Others, Resilience

SOAR at Excel is a way for all staff to recognize the ways students exemplify important student values and behaviors that contribute to a safe, positive, and impactful learning environment for everyone!

Week of 4/4

K- Maverick Terhune

1- Taylor Vap

2- Jospeh Skeen

3- Violet McFarlane

4- Zoey Sachs

5- Addison Young

6- Camden Santos

7- Lucas Mentry

8- Spencer Fotheringham

Classroom SOAR winners are entire classrooms that have collectively exemplified these values at different times of the week.

This week's classroom winner was Mrs. Williams AND Mrs. Mackey's class for their fabulous bus behavior. The bus driver commented on the fact that they were the BEST group she had taken this year! Well done, 2nd grade.


Mom's Night Out

Mom's Night Out is coming again this Spring! Details to be announced soon!

PTO Elections

Are you looking for more ways you can become involved with

the Excel School community? Do you want to support and give

back to our school, teachers, and parent-community? Are you a

stay at home parent or a working parent with some free time

and flexibility to be involved in planning and coordinating some

outside school hours events? Click on the Flyer below for more information.

PTO Election Flyer 2022


Board of Directors

Meeting in April

The next regular BOD meeting is at 6 pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Here is the link to the Board Tab on the website.

Board Elections

If you or someone you know would be interested in running for a position on the Board of Directors, election season is coming soon! We wanted to post our timeline now so that any interested parties can take a look and get important dates on their calendars. Applications will be available starting April 13th and will be due by 4 pm on April 29. All applicants must have attended a Board meeting in order to apply. (There are two meetings before the Application deadline - April 12, and April 26. Please plan to attend if you have not already done so.) Any interested parties, please see the BOD Elections Timeline for pertinent dates and events that are a part of our election process.

If you’ve been looking for a meaningful way to contribute to Excel, this is an outstanding opportunity that will allow you to have a direct impact on our school’s short-term and long-term strategy and viability. We are looking for smart, dedicated, professional candidates. Some of our primary roles include financial oversight and decision-making relative to Excel's annual budget, as well as Management and Human Resources. If you have experience or expertise in these areas, please consider running!

We will continue to keep you updated on the details of the election process here in the Eagle Update. Please stay tuned for more information!