Problem solving and collaborating to change our world

August 2019

Welcome! We look forward to a wonderful school year filled with joy and learning. This summer, our teachers and staff have been learning new and different strategies to ensure high levels of learning for all children, to create ways for students to take greater ownership in their learning, and to further develop community, relationships, and social/emotional skills. We know this will be a fantastic year!

Responsive Classroom

You will hear us talking a lot this year about Responsive Classroom. All of our teachers have been trained and will be implementing well-designed practices intended to create safe, joyful, and engaging classroom and school communities. The emphasis is on helping students develop their academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs. While these are things that Chipeta teachers have historically done well, we are taking the next steps to be intentional and to ensure that our practices, expectations, and language is consistent across our entire school.

The Responsive Classroom approach is informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers. In order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies—cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control—and a set of academic competencies—academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors.

Six principles guide this approach:

1. Teaching social and emotional skills is as important as teaching academic content.

2. How we teach is as important as what we teach.

3. Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.

4. How we work together as adults to cre­ate a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment is as important as our individual contribution or competence.

5. What we know and believe about our students—individually, culturally, developmentally—informs our expec­tations, reactions, and attitudes about those students.

6. Partnering with families—knowing them and valuing their contributions—is as important as knowing the children we teach.

We invite you to learn and engage in this journey with us. Please talk to your children about their classroom, how they start each day (with a Morning Meeting including a greeting), about their hopes and dreams, and about what is working about school for them this year.

Parent Drop-off and Pick-up Reminders

  1. Safety is our priority and it takes all of us to ensure that eveyone is safe.
  2. The lower parking lot is for drop-off starting at 7:45 am and for pick-up at 2:30 pm.
  3. Right turn in and right turn out only!
  4. Only park if you are walking your child to their line-up spot or you are signing in at the office as a visitor or volunteer. Use curbside drop-off if you are not coming to the school.
  5. For pick-up, remain on the parking lot sidewalk. You may only go onto the playground during school hours if you have signed in at the office first.

Attendance Policy Updates

Attendance at school is critical for students' learning and success. We know that things happen that require kids to be home - illness, family emergencies, etc. If your child will be absent, please call the office as soon as possible. Automated calls are sent to families at 10 am if the absence has not been called in. If your child will be absent for multiple days, please complete a pre-arranged absence form, contact your child's teacher, and let the office know prior to the absence.

Students who arrive after 8:30 am will be marked absent for the morning. These half day absences will only be excused with a valid excuse. Additionally, once your child is absent for 10 days or more, D11 sends notification that you may be required to attend truancy court. Please don't panic. Let us know your questions and concerns.

August and September Happenings

  • Wednesday, August 20 - PTA Meeting from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the ColLABoratory
  • Thursday, August 29 - Open House from 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Kids and parents are invited to this interactive, learning evening.
  • Monday, September 2 - Labor Day - No School
  • Tuesday, Septemer 3 - APEX Fun Run Fundraiser Kick-off
  • Thursday, September 12 - APEX Fun Run and Constitution Day Celebration
  • Monday, September 23 - No School for Students - Teacher Training Day
  • Thursday, September 26 - Picture Day
  • Monday, September 30 - Thursday, October 3 - Book Fair

Chipeta . . .

  • is an inclusive community in which children are nurtured and challenged to become learners now and for the future.
  • a community where students are self-directed learners collaborating, taking risks, and problem solving to change our world.
  • strives to balance all of the competencies as we set high standards and levels of achievement and growth for all students.