BUE Family Newsletter

April 11, 2022

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After School Program Updates

  • We are excited to offer several new IN-PERSON after school programs starting this spring.

  • Please double check dates and times below because they vary depending on the teacher and after school program.

  • Parents will be responsible for providing transportation home from each program. Parents should be at the school promptly to pick-up their child.

  • Check out what we are offering at BUE! If your child is interested in taking part please fill out the registration form.


  • Enrollment is first come, first served. Please return permission slips as soon as you can. Some programming has limited spots open to participants!
After School Program Sign-Up Sheet

This form is in your student's Tuesday Folder, which should come home today (April 12). However, if you do not receive the form you can print one using this link.

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Classroom Request Guidelines SY 22-23

Bea Underwood Elementary School

Classroom Request Guidelines – 2022 -2023

  • Parents wishing to make a request for their child for the upcoming school year are to make the request in writing to the principal by utilizing the Classroom Information Sheet on the back of this page.

  • Parents may request a particular classroom environment, but not a specific teacher. Applications that request a specific teacher will be returned for revision.

  • A written request, or lack of a request, will have no influence on the care and quality of education given to each child.

  • Parents are cautioned not to request placement or non-placement based upon what they may have heard about a teacher or teachers from other parents or community members. Just as each child is unique, so is each teacher. An experience that other parents may have had with their children may be totally different from what your child could have with the same teacher.


  • Parents must complete the Classroom Information Sheet (see link below) for their requests to be considered.

  • All parent requests received by the deadline date of May 6th, 2022 will be considered. However, the final placement decision is based upon a variety of factors. The final decision is made by the principal and teaching teams.

  • Please understand that many factors are considered, including but not limited to academic and social considerations, total class size, male/female ratio, and heterogeneous grouping are used in the placement decisions. The final decision on all student placements rests with the principal after the consideration of staff recommendations and parent requests. We will do our best to place students per parent requests, however as stated we may not always be able to.

Classroom Request Guidelines – 2022 -2023

You can print a Classroom Information Sheet by clicking here. Forms must be returned it to the BUE Office before May 6, 2022.

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End of year activities

BUE has many some upcoming fun and exciting end-of-year activities being planned:

  • In-person After School Programming starting next week: April 19, 2022
  • Book Fair: April 26-29 at BUE
  • 5th Grade Camping Trip: May 4-5, 2022 in the Grand Junction Area
  • Better World Day: May 6, 2022 providing service in our community
  • CFL 1st Graders Transition to BUE 2nd Grade - May 12th
  • BUE 5th Graders Transition to GVMS 6th Grade - May 19th
  • Summer Time Book Bags for Grade 2-5
  • Field Day and Whole School BBQ: May 24, 2022
  • Summer Advantage starts June 1, 2022
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Transition Days with GVMS and CFL

In-person Transition Days are being planned with both CFL and GVMS.

  • CFL 1st Grade Students will have a transition day to come visit BUE on May 12th!

  • BUE 5th Grade Student will have a transition day to visit GVMS on May 19th.

More information will be shared as we get closer!

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Book Bags

CFL and BUE are planning to provide Summertime Book Bags for students. Bags will include a selection of the following:

  • Summer Time Reading log

  • Fiction and Non-fiction Books

  • Workbooks to increase literacy and math skills

  • Personalized Lexia Packets

  • Information on Virtual Field Trips

  • Instructional Games

  • and more!

Summer Time Book Bags will be offered at a very reasonable cost $10 per child, and we are pursuing additional funding opportunities.

Please use the link below to sign-up for a Summer Time Book Bag, so we know how many to purchase!

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We Need Volunteers... We Need YOU!

We are gathering a team of parent volunteers* to help out at our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair, and would like to invite you to help out.

Please take a moment to view our sign-up sheet to see what roles interest you. Spread the word to your friends and invite them to help us have the best Book Fair ever!

*For safety reasons, schools require background checks for all volunteers. The form is easy to fill out and comes back to us usually within 24 hours. It is possible to fill out the form via email/phone with one of our secretaries. Please call the BUE office for more details at (970) 285-5703.
Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up Form

Please click here to sign up to Volunteer at our Book Fair

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5th Grade Parent Information Meeting

If you have a 5th grade student, please join us for an Informational Meeting on our May 4-5 camping trip. The meeting is tonight - Tuesday, April 12 - and will be in-person at BUE. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there. If you cannot attend the meeting, please reach out to your student's teacher with any questions.
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The topic for April's PAC meeting is to provide parents with information on our Literacy and Math Curriculums.

April 14, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location BUE Gym

Future PAC Meetings Dates and Times: monthly on the second Thursday

  • May 12, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location TBD
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GARFIELD 16 Supply Chain Shortage

There is a nationwide food supply shortage and labor shortage that many of you may have heard about that is impacting the foodservice industry. Schools are not immune to this shortage. The ongoing I-70 closures have been an added challenge to this school year. We kindly request your patience and flexibility throughout the year as we continuously find solutions. Garfield 16 students will never lack options, or nutritious meals. Menu items may change on very short notice based on product and delivery availability. All menu changes will be communicated to the school secretaries, and posted in the main entryway of all schools. We also will post updates on our webpage. If you have any questions please call and speak to Jody Williams 285-5701 ext. 4180 or email jwilliams@garfield16.org.

Elementary Breakfast Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu

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Want to make a little extra money?

Dear Parents,

Colorado has been experiencing a teacher shortage since 2010. Substitute teachers are also very limited.

Substituting is a great fit for retirees, college students, part-time workers, stay-at home parents, and those with flexible schedules.

Here are some quick facts:

  • Substitute teaching is very rewarding. You get to work with great kids, see how our school works, and get a better understanding of what our students are learning and why.
  • It provides you the opportunity to set your own schedule and have a great amount of flexibility. It can fit in your schedule as it works best for you and you get to determine the days you work. You can even use it to supplement another job.
  • You can easily sub as many or as few days a week as you would like. You can earn a steady paycheck or several hundred dollars here or there.
  • You will make a difference in students’ lives and in our school.
  • You’ll have fun! Substitute teaching is really an adventure. The variety found in the day, fast pace, and meeting new colleagues and students, are all a recipe for an exciting day.

  • Certified substitute teachers make $130 / day in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a teacher)
  • Classified substitute teachers make $12.32 / hours in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a paraprofessional, custodian, food service, etc).

If you do a little math, subbing for a teacher can really add up:

  • Working only 2 days a week could earn you over $1000/month ($130x2 = $260 x 4 weeks a month = $1060).

Here is a link to CDE's website on how to apply to become a substitute teacher. LINK

Most people will want to apply for a 1 year authorization.
There are 3 steps:
  1. Submit Fingerprints
  2. Complete a substitute teaching application LINK
  3. Contact Garfield 16 to apply to sub in our district Link to Garfield 16 Application
Substitute Boot Camp Flyer

Virtual meeting for information to help participants learn about substitute teaching.

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Garfield 16 Overarching Mission Statement:

As a result of our efforts, all students will be successfully prepared for life in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our School Mission:

BUE is a caring community providing students with a meaningful and authentic education.

Our School Vision:

We strive to empower our students to pursue their passions and to be kind, ethical people.

School Calendar 2021/2022

Click here to accessed the school calendar.

School Calendar 2022/2023

Click here to access the calendar for next school year (SY 2022/2023)

Download the Garfield16 App from the Google Play Store

Free, Voluntary Covid Testing at BUE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provides all K-12 Colorado schools (public, private, charter and tribal) with a FREE and voluntary COVID-19 screening testing program for the 2021-22 school year. The weekly rapid antigen test is available to all students and staff who choose to participate.

A student may not need to quarantined, or may return to school early if participating in this

program (depending symptoms and other factors).

Please see the information sheets in both English and Spanish below for more details.

Clink on the link below to sign your child up and to give consent for testing

Consent form in English

Clicking on the link will take you to DocuSign and ask for the parent or guardian's full name and email address. This is the email address that results will be delivered to. Only one parent/guardian is required. If parents wish to have two parents on the consent form, please write both names under the first name, e.g. Jane and John Smith.

If you have any questions, please call the BUE Office at (970) 285-5703.

The state provides funding for students to receive a small stipend to participate in this program. Garfield 16 does not fund the stipend.

Garfield 16 Covid Information

Use this link to directly access resources regarding COVID 19.

Where to get a Covid Test in Garfield County

Free community test sites have no charge. Other provider’s fees and types of test offered will vary.