Audubon News

September 3, 2021

Off to a Great Start

Hello Audubon Families,


I hope that you and your kiddos have had a good start to the school year. We have certainly had a few ups and downs as we have started, however it has largely been a great start. Some exciting things that have happed already are:


  • We have 50+ Audubon students out for Cross Country this year.
  • There are many more clubs and activities coming your way.
  • Students have been rocking their beginning of year assessments and with the extra Reading Intervention position we have this year we are able to get our interventions started much earlier than normal to support students.
  • Our enrollment is over the district projection at this point which is always a great thing.


As you read on in this newsletter there is some important information around upcoming school closures, School Accountability Committee, Parent-Teacher Association and so much more. We look forward to continuing our work this year to partner with our families to give students the absolute best - which is what they deserve.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to answer them for you. You can always reach me at aaron.ford@d11.org or 719-328-2602.


Wishing you health and wellness,


Aaron Ford

Principal, Audubon Elementary

No School for Students

We have two days in September that there will be no school.


The first is Monday, September 6th for Labor Day.


Our second day of no school will be Monday, September 20th for a teacher work day.

Updated COVID Protocols (as of 9/3/2021)

The district continues to monitor the COVID-19 number in El Paso County and will inform families of any changes to protocols as they come. Listed below are some of the most recent changes:


Beginning Tuesday, September 7

  • All school and district employees will be required to wear masks while inside.


Possible Updates as previously communicated

  • If county numbers rise above 200 per 100,000 for five (5) consecutive days then all students, staff, and visitors in the elementary setting will be required to wear a mask indoors unless they meet criteria (click here) to not wear a mask.
  • If county numbers rise above 250 per 100,000 for five (5) consecutive days then all students, staff and visitors in all D11 settings will be required to wear a mask indoors.


District 11 and Audubon will continue to provide updates as they become available.


You can see a full list of district COVID precautions and information by clicking here and visiting our District 11 Return to Learn website.

Picture Day is Coming Soon

We have our individual picture day coming on Tuesday, September 21. All students will have their picture taken that day and families will have to option to purchase packages from our photo partner - Lifetouch. You can start the ordering process now if you would like by visiting the Lifetouch website at:


www.mylifetouch.com


The School ID on the site is: EVTNZZV7N


We will be sending home fliers for the week of 9/6/21. If you have any questions please give us a call in the office at 719-328-2600.

School Accountability Committee Meeting and Information

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is a team of parents, community members, and staff that helps support and gives feedback to our school. We have monthly meetings that anyone is invited to attend. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. in the library. You can also join the meeting remotely by clicking the link below for the WebEx version.


At our first meeting of the year we will be discussing where the school is in terms of budget, enrollment, and new curricular materials. Also at the first meeting we will be sharing our schools improvement plan that is updated yearly. Parent and community feedback is extremely important in this process and we would love to here from you about it. We hope to see you on Thursday the 9th.


Click here for the WebEx link to attend the meeting virtually.


Click here to watch some videos about what a SAC is and how important it is to our school.

PTA Information

The Audubon PTA is already off and running for the 21-22 school year. Some of the upcoming events/activities that are being planned are:


  • Audubon Apparel Drive
  • PK/K/1 - Safety Town (street and bike safety)
  • Trunk or Treat
  • APEX Fun Run/Turkey Trot


We would love to have you join us and participate in what you can. If you would like to join the PTA you can do so by clicking the link below and submitting your PTA dues for the 21-22 year. Click here for the link.


The team is looking for volunteers to help with the safety town program on September 23. You can sign up by clicking here.


As we are planning for the Trunk or Treat we would like to know if you might attend the event on October 22nd - click here to let us know.

2021-2022 School Communication

The goal of the school is to keep families up to date as often as is necessary. Classroom teachers will handle their class specific communication with families in a variety of ways. At the whole school level you will see the following communication model:


  • Bi-weekly newsletter (first and third week) - this allows for smaller chunks of info and more timely info to be shared.
  • School information to be sent home (picture day packets, fundraiser info, etc.) will be sent home on Thursday's if we have it.
  • We will push out the information in three ways - email, Class Dojo, and social media.


We hope that by having consistent communication with families you are able to stay informed about upcoming school events and school business. If there is a need to have special communication around anything we will also send those updates.

Quarantines and Remote Learning

With COVID-19 still part of our lives we know that there is a potential for disruptions to the traditional learning environment. We want to share with you what to expect if we have a disruption due to COVID-19 (or this could also be due to inclement weather).


Quarantines

  • If a student is quarantined due to COVID-19 they will be able to complete work daily via Schoology or Seesaw.
  • Those students in quarantine will be able to meet with their teacher via live WebEx each day of their quarantine (teachers will share the time with families as it may be different for each teacher due to their daily schedule).
  • If work is completed and turned in, the student will be counted as present for the school day in the attendance system.


Remote Learning

  • Remote learning is if an entire class has to be quarantined due to COVID-19 or potentially for inclement weather situations.
  • Teachers will have a daily schedule that students should follow from home that will include live sessions and off-line work time.
  • This type of learning would be temporary.

Upcoming Dates and Events

September 6 - Labor Day; School Closed

September 9 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

September 20 - PD/Work Day; No Students

September 21 - Individual Picture Day

October 2 - Community Clean-up Day

October 14 - Chuckie Cheese Night

October 15 - Teacher Work Day; No Students

October 18 - Data Collaboration Day; No Students

October 19 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

October 21 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

October 22 - Trunk or Treat @ 4:00

October 25 - Book Fair

October 28/29 - Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences; No Students

November 9 - Individual Picture Day Makeup

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 11 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Week; School Closed

November 29/30 - Health Screening

December 6-10 - Holiday Shop

December 14 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

December 17 - School Movie @ 8:30

December 20-Jan 2 - Winter Break; School Closed

January 3 - PD/Work Day; No Students

January 4 - Work Day; No Students

January 13 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

January 17 - MLK Day; School Closed

February 10 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

February 11 - Movie Night @ 5:30

February 15 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

February 21 - Presidents Day; School Closed

February 28-March 4 - Dr. Seuss Week and Book Fair

March 7 - Teacher Work Day; No students

March 8 - Data Collaboration Day; No students

March 10 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

March 21-25 - Spring Break; School Closed

April 1 - Chuckie Cheese Night

April 14 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

April 18-22 - Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 19 - PTA Meeting @ 5:30

April 22 - John J. Audubon Birthday Celebration

May 2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12 - SAC Meeting @ 4:00

May 20 - Students Last Day