Eagle Crest Family Newsletter

September 1, 2022

Principal's Message

Hello Eagle Crest Families!

This has been a wonderful week here at Eagle Crest! The halls are alive with the sound of children (sang in my best Sound of Music impression voice)! Our staff have been busy moving through teaching routines and practices in our building, stepping into the curriculum and content in each of our grade levels. In every classroom I have visited I have come across innovative teaching, insightful questions and discussions, and creative ways that students are showing their learning.

As you know, we have a new way of framing behavior and learning expectations this year- RISE! The R from RISE is for responsibility and as we head into the new month we will be focusing on responsibility in the classroom, in our cafeteria, on the playground, and throughout the school. Below we are sharing our matrix for expected behaviors so that you can see how we show responsibility here at Eagle Crest.

As always, thank you for your incredible support! I look forward to seeing (hopefully) many of you at our PTO Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:45am.



Amanda Holden


Eagle Crest Elementary School


Dean of Students' Message

Hello Eagle Crest Families!

​Now that we are a couple of weeks into the school year, we have seen an increase in typical seasonal illnesses. ​As we continue to navigate COVID symptoms as well, the question has come up, "How sick is too sick to come to school?" The district COVID-19 information site explains more about what symptoms you should be looking for each morning and is an excellent resource.

If you are going to keep your child home, please just give the front office a call (303-485-6073) or send an email to Dinah Sherwood our Attendance Clerk (sherwood_dinah@svvsd.org). Emails sent to teachers do not always get sent to the office, so please include Dinah in any communication to teachers. Absences for illness are always excused and there are no negative consequences. If we do not hear from you about your child's absence, we do make daily phone calls home to ensure your child is safe.

We appreciate your support in keeping our community safe and healthy!

All the best,

Lindsey Cheney

Dean of Students

Eagle Crest Elementary School


Upcoming Dates

September 5th - Labor Day, No School

September 6th - PTO Meeting/Coffee with the Principal, 8:45am

September 7th - Late Start Wednesday, 11:05 Arrival

September 14th - Proto’s Pizza Fundraising Night

September 16th - Welcome Back to School Picnic, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

September 21st - School Picture Day

October 6th, 10th, 12th - Family / Teacher Conferences

Code of Conduct

23% of families have completed their acknowledgement of their Code of Conduct in Infinite Campus. Help us get to 100% by completing the steps below.

Every year St. Vrain Valley Schools prints an up-to-date version of the Code of Conduct for students and families to review. This important document informs students and their families about the expectations for school conduct and the consequences for behaviors outside of those expectations. It is important that families review this information every year and acknowledge their receipt and understanding of this document.

Please click here to access an electronic version of the Code of Conduct. After you have reviewed this information, all families must sign an electronic acknowledgement that they have received, read, and understand the information contained. To sign your electronic acknowledgement, please follow the steps described here.

iPad Insurance

There are two weeks left to sign-up for iPad Insurance! Avoid a costly bill for any damage that happens at home or school by opting-in for as little as $1.


MÁS DETALLES DE SEGURO (Versión en Español)

Please reach out if you have any questions. The best way to reach Katy Schwirtz, our school technology leader is by email schwirtz_katherine@svvsd.org.

PTO Update

Dear Eagle Crest Families,

Be on the lookout for our Welcome Back to School picnic flyer coming home in Thursday folders. We are only accepting online pre-orders for Papa John's pizzas until Monday, Sept. 12th.

Funding Vote: 4th Grade Field Trip Transportation & HawkQuest Presentation

PTO sends funding requests exceeding $200 for a vote, so that our entire school community has a say in how funds are used. The 4th grade team is requesting $1,400 for bus transportation and $200 for the HawkQuest presentation. Click here to vote by 5 PM on Sunday, September 4th

Last week's vote to fund the Cal-Wood 5th grade field trip ($2,900) passed by 97.4%.

Upcoming PTO Event

Coffee with the Principal & PTO Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 6th at 8:45 a.m. with Principal Holden speaking about school safety & protocols. Traductor español estará en la reunión. View the agenda

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help the Gratitude Committee with fall conference meals and the staff lounge (sign up here).

Take care,

Jenn Pensy, PTO president


Visit us online at www.EagleCrestPTO.com

Mwebaza Update

What’s Happening at our sister school in Uganda!

Did you know that Eagle Crest has a sister school in Uganda? The name of our sister school is Mwebaza Annex! The word “mwebaza” means “gratitude” in the Luganda language. Eagle Crest and other schools in Colorado have partnerships in Uganda through the Mwebaza Foundation. More information about the foundation here: https://www.mwebaza.org/

Our big news from this summer is that the borehole well that we supported through some of our fundraising efforts was completely funded! The drilling and construction started at the end of May. When Mrs. Hansen arrived in Uganda in mid June she was so excited to travel to Mwebaza Annex to work with all the teachers and students on some projects AND see the completed well.

When she arrived, there was clean water being pumped to the water tank and available for all the students and staff! One of the really awesome parts of this project is that the electricity to run the pump is generated from the solar panels on the school! Not only is solar energy being used to run all the computers in the lab and the lights in the school, it is also being used for pumping the water from deep in the ground to the water storage tank above the ground. It's so great that this is a sustainable project!

The awesome staff at the school decided to create a social enterprise business by selling the water to community members. It’s an easy way for them to make money to support projects, school fees, and needed repairs at the school. Each day community members come to fill their jerry cans with fresh clean water and pay the school a price per can. It’s a win-win as the community now has a water source close by.

Here are a few pictures from the trip to Mwebaza Annex this summer! More information will be coming soon about the 3rd - 5th grade club and other whole school activities that are being planned for this year.

Thanks to all at Eagle Crest for supporting the borehole well project.

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100 Mile Club

100 Mile Club is starting next week! Students who participate will run/walk on the track before school from 7:45-8:15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Parents are welcome to run/walk with their children. We will track the miles they run and there are prizes for reaching each 25 mile mark. The first running/walking opportunity will be Tuesday, September 6. Running with friends is a great way to start the day!

Sign-Up on RevTrak Here!

All students and grade levels are welcome to join!

Meet Our Staff

Click on the photos below to learn more about a few of our staff members!

Handchime Choir for 4th & 5th Grade

It is time to kick off our Handchime Choir! To join the Handchime Choir students must be in 4th or 5th grade. There is a maximum of 40 members, and they will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis by having families fill out and sign this form: https://forms.gle/ZiSZjj819RCQJCMZ6

Rehearsals will be Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:30am. Student's may not miss more than 2 rehearsals to be able to perform in the fall concert. There will be two concerts throughout the year, one in the fall and one in the spring. We will reopen registration in January so you can decide whether you'd like to stay for the spring or not.


September: 9/22, 9/29

October: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27

November: 11/10, 11/17

December: 12/8

Proto’s Restaurant Night Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 14th from 11:30 AM - 8 PM

ECES PTO receives a percentage of dine-in, to-go, and gift card purchases ALL DAY! Stop by early and order a half baked pizza to finish baking at home too. Tell your friends and family because all purchases made that day will benefit Eagle Crest!

Lunch Menu & Color Day Schedule

Our Music, PE, and Art classes are on a 3 day rotation. Every school day is either a Red, Gold, or Purple day. These colors are shared on our school lunch menu to help families plan ahead for necessary supplies like sneakers for PE.

Lunch/Specials Schedule Linked Here

Silver Creek Cheer Camp

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Add Money to your Child’s School Breakfast & Lunch Account

MySchoolBucks is the website you want to access in order to add funds to your child’s account for purchasing breakfast, lunch, or milk at school. This system will send you reminders and can manage the account of multiple students. Money can also be sent to school by check or cash. Please label any checks or cash with the students first name, last name, and teacher.

If you haven’t yet, you can apply for Free & Reduced meals to see if your family qualifies for free meals. Applying for Free & Reduced lunch will help manage fees (like iPad Insurance or sports) and also helps our school receive additional funds and services. We encourage all families to complete the application.


Have questions about anything covered in this newsletter? Reach out via email to holden_amanda@svvsd.org or cheney_lindsey@svvsd.org.

Need support in Spanish?

Contact Natalie Boggess at: boggess_natalie@svvsd.org , 303-702-7872


Fiorella Martinez at: martinez_maria@svvsd.org , 303-702-7896