Patriot Elementary Week at a Glance

May 4 - 8

Patriot Elementary Mission:


“For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, and supportive academic community.”

A Note from the Principal...

Dear Patriot Families,


This week we celebrate our teachers who dedicate countless hours to our students and families. "A great teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." We truly have the best teachers!


We also celebrate our nurse, Ms. Porter! Thank you for all you do!


This month, teachers will be working to pack student belongings so we may begin the process of families having access to their materials (including class pictures, awards, yearbooks, etc.). Families will be assigned a date/time based on the students' last names. Students will not be allowed in the building and we will have a drive through lane with your designated color flag. If your family will be moving prior to May 20th, please email mcanon@ffc8.org for an appointment to pick up belongings.


May 20th

8:00-9:00 Red Flag Students last name A-C

9:30-10:30 Blue Flag Students last name D-G

11:00-12:00 Purple Flag Students last name H-M

May 21st

8:00-9:00 Red Flag Students last name N-R

9:30-10:30 Blue Flag Students last name S-T

11:00-12:00 Purple Flag Students last name U-Z


If you borrowed a district computer, you may return it on May 20 or 21st, 9:00-1:00 in the front vestibule.


Additional information will be sent closer to the end of May dates.


Thank you for your amazing support during this time! We miss our students and can't wait to see everyone as soon as we are able. We are PATRIOT PRIDE, POSITIVITY IS KEY! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Kindly,


Mrs. Canon, Principal

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We LOVE you Ms. Porter!

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FIFTH GRADERS - TRANSITION TO 6TH GRADE

Welcome upcoming 6th graders! The eagle family is excited for you to join us next year! Please visit our website: https://www.ffc8.org/CMS


Then select Departments | Counseling Center to find the following information:

General Information for CMS

Welcome video for 6th graders


Elective Request forms for the 2020-2021 school year *Please be aware of the deadline of May 12 to submit these requests.

5th Graders - Register for your Electives for CMS!

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MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

Mental Health Supports:


District:

Additionally, the district has worked to support mental health needs during this time. Over the last couple of weeks the district has been working to develop systems and processes to be able to support the social/emotional well-being and mental health needs of our students and families. Throughout this development, the district created a district hotline/email as well as a list of resources available on the district website.


The Reach Out Hotline can be reached at 719-358-4276. When an individual (students, parents, staff) calls, they will be directed to leave a voicemail, including their name and call back number. The voicemail will be automatically forwarded to reachout@ffc8.org (individuals can directly email as well). A district mental health professional will be monitoring the hotline/email between 7:30-3:30 and will return phone calls in a timely manner. The mental health professional on duty wilIl provide information and/or guidance as needed. Also, on the district remote learning page, there is a link for Social/Emotional and Mental Health. The link directs users to a site that contains resources and information from activities to do at home to information on how to support students and family members during this time.


School Counseling:

Please connect to https://sites.google.com/ffc8.org/patriotcounselingresources/home.

Questions about remote learning and technology: www.ffc8.org/remotelearning

PATRIOT OFFICE HOURS and Packet Pick-Up

Patriot will host office hours on Wednesdays, 9:00-1:00. These office hours are for registrations, withdrawals, and turning in Out of District and Out of Zone forms. Please enter the front waiting room and use social distancing practices. A staff member will assist you through the glass window so we ensure we are all safe. Office hours will continue each Wednesday during this time. Please only have one person from your family attend the office hours.


If you need to pick-up a remote learning packet and you have let your teacher know, please come to the front office area and find the table with envelopes for each student. You may pick up packets on for each Wednesdays from 10:30-1:00.

A note from our School Psychologist, Ms. Meinhart:

As we become more accustomed to using our online learning platform, please keep in mind the needs of your child(ren) and family. Some suggestions to help with this process include:


-Designating a quiet and distraction free work area.

- Have a daily routine or schedule that is predictable and accommodates your family.

-Schedule time to go and play outdoors and play games as a family.

-Understand that online learning is not intended to completely supplement all 7 hours of your child's school day. Give yourself and your child(ren) flexibility and know that you are not intended to spend the entire day on the computer.

Spring 2020 Student Leadership Teams

The following students were applied and were accepted for the "Principal Student Advisory Council" and the "Principal's Student Leadership Team". Both committees were to provide student leadership opportunities, a voice from students for school improvement and a cohort to promote school values to help others feel welcome and accepted at Patriot. Although we were not able to carry out these teams this semester, we wanted to acknowledge the students who applied and were accepted.


Principal Student Advisory Council: Kymanie Drayton, Zevahn Schneider, Sergio Salas Sanchez, and Caoimhe Watson.


Principal's Student Leadership Team: Kylie Hays, Yuvia Gardea, Lexi Arnell, Nathan Deemer, Emiah Grayson and Nalah Pene.


Congrats students and thank you for your willingness to serve our school!

Need Homework Help? Military Tutor - All Students Invited

All students grades 3 -5 were trained on a tutor/homework help site to visit. Students can log in to the site (tutor.com/military) and receive tutoring on homework. The interactive online clasroom features a whiteboard, easy to use tools, and instant messaging. Active duty service members, their grades K-12 children may use this program for FREE. A student can connect with a tutor within minutes.


Tutor.com/military is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide on-demand online tutoring at no cost. Visit the website to watch the "How it Works" video.

Additional Resources for Student Learning

Looking for Activites:

If you are looking for online student activities, please see this document provided by the district. There are a lot of amazing sites! Students in grades 3rd-5th may also practice ALEKS (online math) and Typing Agent.


Digital Resources during School Closure due to COVID-19
Resources may not necessarily align with FFC8 curriculum. They are provided on a voluntary basis and are not required of students

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=sau21.org_590a8plh1oh4mvnblgqsrsbeqg%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FNew_York&fbclid=IwAR17uueQjN1xiyyqC1cdse-ia-WEAFes24v97GZ7R4lW3frzGv5kJKSgarI

ONLINE BOOKS and READING ACTIVITIES

https://ppld.overdrive.com/ (Digital books from Pikes Peak Library District)

www.storylineonline.net (books read by celebrities)

https://kidlit.tv/ (books read aloud with related arts and crafts)

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html (stories and activities)

https://ffc8.follettdestiny.com/common/welcome.jsp?context=saas60_0530015 (Card catalog for district school libraries. Many include ebooks and resources)

www.kidtopia.info

www.dkfindout.com/us/

www.capstonelibrary.com (Click log in. Username: continue Password: reading) Free read aloud books!

https://loving2read.com/?fbclid=IwAR0ef3NyESVHv9Qu0Qwb7KgG-R74K8HTQja1tMuxGJuPAX-7Gw2gAjUYnuw (Online books)

https://fluencyandfitness.com/?fbclid=IwAR3VAMS8SpHI2eThH6pTKRRRCjFbWH2ekd_TpvGdtgOddSWwuK04DLU-iWE (Reading and Math fluency activities)

https://storytimefromspace.com/ ( Stories read by astronauts)

https://tinyurl.com/teg58ly (Ranger Rick Free through June)

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen (free audio books with Audible)

https://mclass.amplify.com/homeconnect/ (phonics, reading comprehension activities)

MATH

www.ABCYA.com (Reading, writing, math, keyboarding)

www.Starfall.com (Reading, math)

www.PBSKIDS.org

www.kidtopia.info

www.dkfindout.com/us/

https://www.mathplayground.com/

https://www.brainpop.com/

https://fluencyandfitness.com/?fbclid=IwAR3VAMS8SpHI2eThH6pTKRRRCjFbWH2ekd_TpvGdtgOddSWwuK04DLU-iWE (Reading and math fluency activities)

https://www.brainpop.com/ (Short videos to teach skills. Username: D8, password: trojans1)

https://www.prodigygame.com/ (Create free account or use the account set up by your teachers)

https://www.mathantics.com/

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/ (Science and Math videos and resources)

KEYBOARDING

www.typingagent.com

www.abcya.com

https://www.typingclub.com/

CODING

www.typingagent.com

www.code.org

www.dkfindout.com/us/

VIRTUAL TOURS

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ The British Museum

https://tinyurl.com/sylhzpg The Guggenheim

https://tinyurl.com/rgxosvx National Gallery of Art Washington DC

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris?hl=en Musee d’ Orsay, Paris Museum

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos San Diego Zoo

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams Smithsonian National Zoo Webcams

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams Montery Bay Aquarium Webcams

https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/ Georgia Aquarium Webcams

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm Yellowstone National Park

https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/webcams/ Colonial Williamsburg

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/ Access Mars

https://www.facebook.com/CMZoo/ (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is doing Facebook live interactions with exhibits)

National Parks- add the Expeditions App to your device for 360 views and tours of National Parks, art, and more

INQUIRY

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

www.howstuffworks.com

www.factmonster.com

www.kidtopia.info

www.dkfindout.com/us/

https://education.scholastic.ca/category/CUR_SCI_SCIENCEFLIX (username: Learning20 Password: Clifford. Free until April 20)

www.pebblego.com Find information about animals, health, science and more. This site is free until April 20. Username: engaged Password: learning

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/474377890/but-why-a-podcast-for-curious-kids (But Why by NPR for Curious Kids)

INTERNET SAFETY

www.netsmartzkids.org

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/category/topics/computers-and-technology

MUSIC

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/ Music Maker

https://www.classicsforkids.com/games.html?fbclid=IwAR3KwuXJRIH8Ii2cRjxl810p9TTCQHMuybUKWvtQJbZ47uDF3uBqnuANDn8 (Assorted Games for Learning Instruments, Practicing Note Names, Composing

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments (For experimenting with music making through various mini-games)

https://bamboolearning.com/bamboo-music-alexa-skill-2 (For students wanting to learn more music theory terms (works with Alexa device!)

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown (Live stream concerts!)

MAKER SPACE

https://tinyurl.com/w6le62d STEM Challenges

bit.ly/freemakerstations (3 weeks free)

BREAKOUTS

https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome (Challenges created around topics of interest! Can you Break Out?)

EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT

https://www.shapeamerica.org/covid19-resources.aspx (ideas and resources to keep active)

www.darebee.com (video exercises for all levels)

https://ppymca.org/about/virtual-workouts (virtual workouts)

LANGUAGES

https://www.duolingo.com/ (Learn a language for free!)

http://www.signlanguage101.com/ (Practice sign language)

SPACE

https://www.spacestationexplorers.org/educational-programs/storytimefromspace/

SCIENCE

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning (Science videos and lessons)

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/ (Science and Math videos)

ELECTIONS

http://freekidsguide.com/?fbclid=IwAR1UC5GFMYksi9HfMWgMyfaradrMTGGcXw9uFoAwG02iicRvDD998-8AVVo (Kids guides and videos to understanding the election process)

RESOURCES FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS

https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/program-resources

https://www.duolingo.com/ (Learn a language for free!)

http://www.signlanguage101.com/ (Practice sign language)

www.zearn.org (Math resources for Pre-K to 12!)

https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/mixer-instrument-family (This site creates music examples to practice on instruments or voice based on level)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA10KMCZ8ZdavIHl3QYv6A (Apex Colorado Team)

https://www.khanacademy.org/ (Khan Academy multiple content areas)

SECONDARY RESOURCES

https://www.curriki.org/resources-curricula (Blended Learning Supports!)

https://ed.ted.com/lessons?content_type=animations&direction=desc&sort=publish-date&user_by_click=student Ted Ed (Ted Talks)

https://www.clicweb.org/free-resources-2/ (ebooks, databases)

P.E./ATHLETICS/WEIGHTS

FFCHS Coach Holland has ideas to keep folks active at home on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu6nAKhhBmOKHv618BrAN4g

Planet Fitness just opened or is having free online exercise classes. Just add their app. !

KHAN ACADEMY RESOURCES AND SAMPLE SCHEDULE FOR ALL LEVELS

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_-P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub#kix.gbnfxqejvq7f

District Annual Report

Patriot Elementary Parents – The District 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available! Each year, the Annual Report features highlights and statistics regarding district progress toward goals in the District Strategic Plan. We encourage all parents to take a few minutes to review the ongoing commitment of the district “to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s responsibilities.”

Find the Annual Report online at www.ffc8.org/strategicplan.


We appreciate the continued collaboration with community partners, parents, and district staff to meet the priorities identified in the District Strategic Plan over the next few years!


Christy McGee, APR

Director of Communications

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Patriot Guiding Principles

These four cornerstones promote mutual understanding and shared responsibility for the vision of excellence at Patriot Elementary School


Academic Excellence focused on the individual needs of each student, accomplished through clear, high expectations supported with excellent instruction and learning opportunities. Students will become responsible learners and held accountable for their academic accomplishments. Pride in achievement and the joy of learning are evident.


Professional Excellence demonstrated by our educators through ongoing and advanced study. Expertise, integrity, respect, and passion acknowledged and shared. As a result, our children receive the benefits of best classroom practices and a safe, caring school environment.


Social/Emotional Climate is positive and caring with the expectation of behavior that demonstrates respect, responsibility, fair treatment, and safety for all. This results in strong self-esteem for our children and a welcoming environment for our community. Patriot will develop a culture of trust and collaboration by enhancing social emotional skills in order to develop an academic mindset for success and a highly effective school.


Community Partnership driven by open communication between staff members, students, parents, and the community. There are varieties of opportunities for parent and community involvement, which serve to further enrich our children. The spirit of volunteerism and community support are constants in the life of our school.


Patriot Elementary Mission:

“For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, and supportive academic community.”