CFL's September Family Newsletter

Sept. 1st, 2023

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A Note from Mrs. Frees

Dear CFL Families,

  • We have had a great few weeks of school. Teaches are building relationships with your child(ren) and together they are creating procedures, routines and systems in their classrooms. If you ever have questions or concerns please reach out to your child's teacher. We are here to partner and support however we can!

  • Kiss and go protocol is getting so much smoother. Thank you to all for being flexible. Remember we will open doors at 7:25. Parents say their goodbyes and staff members will greet students and support getting them to their class.

  • Remember to sign and return all paperwork that your child has brought home over the last 2 weeks.

  • If you haven't please read our Attendance policy. Having your child at school every day is so important to their success. It is located below.

  • Please try and schedule your vacations around our school breaks. Missing a week of school causes your child to get out of routine and fall behind on new learning.

Late Students - If your student arrives late, you will need to escort your child to the front office. Please try to be at school on time. Traffic has increased so leave a bit earlier to allow plenty of time.

Early Check-Out - If you are checking your student out early, please call ahead and we will try to have your student ready by the time you get to the school. Please allow 15 minutes before you arrive. Students will still need to be signed out by a parent or guardian at the front office.

Changes in End of Day routines - If you need to change your child’s normal end of day routine please call the school before 2:00 pm to allow us time to ensure the message gets to the teachers before students are released.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school! Veronica Duran and Miriam Baltazar, our friendly and super helpful secretaries, are in the office Tuesday through Friday and can be reached from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the school at (970) 285-5702.

With Gratitude,

Kim Frees

Just a quick reminder that we are a four day school week!

Tuesday thru Friday

  • We begin our day at 7:40 a.m.
  • We end our day at 3:10 p.m.
Attendance Policy

Attendance letters will be sent home on the 8th day your child is absent. Then a attendance meeting will be scheduled on the 10th.

Thanks to All That Joined our Pancake Breakfast


You can download the new app from both the Google Play and Apple app stores. Just look for Garfield 16. Each of the Garfield 16 schools is connected to the app and are posting information on the site. The app can be customized to receive specific notices from chosen schools and the District.

The app provides timely notifications and offers ready access to lunch menus, bus route information, calendar information, and school form access among the many other options. This is a "one-stop-shop."

Download the app now and start customizing your access to your school(s).

Check Out our CFL website

There is lots of info on our LIVE FEED.

🌟 Dear Wonderful Preschool Families, 🌟

We're thrilled to share some fantastic news with you: our first week back with your precious children was an incredible success! 🎉

👫 We watched new friendships bloom as your children played and explored together. Learning through play is such a beautiful thing, and we are excited to witness their growth in this supportive and nurturing environment.

🎨 Our little artists have already created masterpieces that would make any professional artist proud. We can't wait for you to see their imaginative creations.

📚 In just one week, we've embarked on exciting learning adventures. Recognizing their names and counting our friends in class!

💖 Thank you for entrusting us with your children's education and well-being. We're committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment where they can flourish.

👏 As we look ahead to the coming weeks and months, we are excited about the incredible discoveries, growth, and achievements that await your children. Together, as a supportive community, we will continue to create wonderful memories and shape a bright future for your little ones.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to share in the joy of your child's daily adventures. We're here for you, and we can't wait to see what the rest of this school year holds!

With gratitude and warm wishes,

Nicole Hills, Assistant Principal and Director and our Preschool Team 💕

Picture Day is September 29th

Reading Strategies and Tips

I hope everyone is enjoying getting back into the groove of school. It came early this year. At school we are really getting in the full swing of things. This past week we began looking at the data we took during the pre-assessment days. One thing that we noticed pretty much among all classes was that we need to really work on memorizing sight words.

For those of you who don’t know sight words are those words that are very common, but that can’t be sounded out. Some examples are words like the, my, and for. Your child’s teacher will have a copy of the words your child should work on. Helping your child memorize these at home will help them be a more successful reader in the future. Below are a couple of ways to make this fun for you and your child.

  • Put the words on flash cards, and read them each night before bed.

  • Have your child write them with fun pens, or colored pencils.

  • Help your child find them in books or magazines.

  • Have your child use alphabet cereal or pasta to make a few of the words.

  • You can work on 2-3 each evening, and you will be amazed at how fast they pick them up.

Counseling Corner

Hi everyone, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Morgan Hart, I am the School Counselor at CFL. I am excited for the opportunity to support kids in the community I live in.

I will be in each teacher's classroom once a week to teach Social Emotional Lessons to the students. So far we have been working on feelings, being patient and self esteem. I can also support students in 1 on 1 sessions and friendship groups.

If you need support or have questions for me, my email is

Thank you

Morgan Hart

Curriculm News

This year, your child will be using Lexia® Core5® Reading—a fun, computer-based program that has helped millions of students improve their literacy skills.

The activities in Core5 support and build on your child’s classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Here’s how Lexia Core5 Reading works:

• Your child begins Core5 at a starting point that fits his or her needs and then engages in online activities throughout the week.

• Online activities include direct instruction and immediate feedback as your child learns new skills.

• Progress and performance in the program are reported directly to teachers so that they can provide assistance when needed.

• Paper-and-pencil activities are also used for practice and may be completed in school or brought home.

• Achievement certificates may be sent home to celebrate success and to show progress in the program.

We hope you share in our excitement about this program! We are excited to see your students grow this year!

PE News

Hello Families,

Welcome back to another great year at CFL! Your student will be learning the ins and outs of Physical Education. We will be learning different movement patterns and skills to better reach our fitness goals. Please have your child wear tennis shoes when they have PE (everyday). I am happy to tie shoes for your kiddo if they bring tennis shoes in their backpack to school. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Music News

Hello CFL families!

I am Mrs. Volk and I am ecstatic to be your child’s music teacher!

We have some very fun things planned for this year and are getting started with singing, playing fun music games, and learning about some instruments!

I am so excited to get to know you and your students as we move forward in this new musical journey!

Here are some links to some of the songs that we have been practicing; have your student sing them for you!

ELL News

We will get started with our learning adventure with the WIDA Screener where I will get to work one on one with your kindergarten child, and new to our school first graders. This will probably take up much of August and half of September. This will enable me to see where your child's learning needs are and help me to better target my teaching. It is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know them individually and bond with them. I look forward to this year and our adventures in learning!

Melanie Kerrigan CFL-ELL

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If you have any questions regarding transportation, please call the our Transportation Director, Steve Gardener, at the Transportation office (970) 285-5700 ext. 5130.

For the safety of your children, we requirw that all CFL students be accompanied by a parent or designated person at the bus stop in the morning until the child boards the bus. If a student is unattended when the bus arrives the Transportation Director will call the parent and after 3 times, your child will be suspended from transportation services.

All CFL students must also be met at the bus stop at the end of the day by an adult or designated person. Students who are not picked up by an adult will continue on the bus back to the BUS LOT (located next to GVHS). Kindergarten and First Grade students are not responsible or aware enough to be left at the bus stop in the morning or afternoon on their own.

If you have questions or need any additional information, please call the our Transportation Director, Steve Gardener, at the Transportation office (970) 285-5700 ext. 5130.

Transportation Website