The Palmer Post

September 25, 2015

Principal's Message

From the Desk of Paula D. Bieneman...

On Monday, September 14th, the students and staff gathered together for our very first Community Meeting of the 2015-16 school year. It was a remarkable way to start the year, a family reunion of sorts.

After a relatively quiet summer spent planning for our new school year, I realized that I missed the voices and the laughter of our children. Many of you are likely enjoying these first months since the children have returned to school, but if you are at all like me, you’ll soon start to miss them. (Well, at least until 3:45 p.m. or so each day when the kids find their way home again.)

Last year, we began gathering for our weekly Community Meeting to support a positive school climate. Once a week, we meet as a whole school to build relationships, celebrate our successes, set goals and learn together.

I would like to personally invite you to join us at our weekly Community Meetings. They are held on the first day of the week at 3:00 p.m. in our gym. I also want to personally welcome each of you to the 2015-16 school year and thank you for allowing all of us at Palmer Elementary School to contribute to your children’s lives.

I hope that you enjoy another school year filled with good memories and positive experiences. If there is anything I can do to make your child’s school year a better experience, please do not hesitate to call on me. Have a great year!


Welcome to Palmer!

This year, I am proud to welcome several new staff members to our school. Please welcome them to our community when you visit.

Ms. Laura Barraza-Zazueta, Secretary

Ms. Rhianna Burroughs, Assistant Principal Intern

Ms. Gina Grier, Art

Mr. Eric Hammond, Early Childhood

Ms. Alice Martin, Third Grade

Ms. Rachel Moore, Third Grade

Ms. Carly Romani, Kindergarten

Ms. Chelsea Socha, Kindergarten

Collaborative School Committee

Congratulations to our newest Collaborative School Committee (CSC) members:

  • Allison Gubser, parent representative
  • Rory Richardson, teacher representative

The Palmer CSC brings together staff, parents, and community members to create and implement a plan to promote high achievement within the school. This year, our Palmer CSC is fortunate to work with the following members:

  • Mark Dzialo, parent representative
  • Allison Gubser, parent representative
  • Steve Holloway, PTA liaison
  • Rory Richardson, teacher representative
  • Paige Brown, teacher representative
  • Paula Bieneman, principal

Being a part of the CSC is an exciting opportunity to be involved in our school community, not to mention to participate in the education of all our students. Our school is working towards some great goals and we believe that by working together, we can achieve them!

At our October meeting we will train our newest members, review our by-laws and select a CSC chairperson and secretary. We will also be moving forward with our school improvement planning. If you are interested in joining CSC, we do have openings for a community representative and another parent representative. If you are interested in joining our CSC, please email me at

Target Takes Charge

Did you know that Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015? Talk about extra credit! Use the Credit or Debit REDcard after you select our school and Target will donate 1% of your Credit or Debit REDcard purchases made at Target and to help our school. Target gives more than $2 million every week to inspire education, develop the arts and strengthen families and communities. Every year we receive donations from Target. Those donations are used to support programming in our school.

You can sign up for Target’s Take Charge of Education program by going to, visiting an in-store kiosk or by calling 1-800-316-6142. Once enrolled, 1% of your RED card purchases at Target or are designated to your school of choice. Target’s Take Charge of Education program has been around for more than 10 years.

· The Target September 2010 Take Charge of Education payout awarded more than $24 million to schools across the country.

· By September 2009, it paid out more than $13 million to 80,000 schools nationwide.

· Since the program’s inception in 1997, Target has donated more than $432 million to more than 125,000 schools nationwide.

The next time you shop at Target, remember to say, “Thanks.” Partners like Target make our school community a better place.

Attendance Matters

Not only is school attendance important to ensure that every student maximizes his/her learning opportunities, it is a measure of student engagement on our School Performance Framework (SPF). This year, our goal for daily attendance is 96%. In the coming weeks, we will be introducing our attendance incentive program to recognize and reward classes that meet our attendance goal.

As a reminder, we expect all students to arrive on time to school every day. Our school day begins at 8:55 a.m. with breakfast in the classroom. If your child is going to arrive late, please call the school and leave a message or speak to a secretary at 720-424-5003.

Please call every day to report your child’s absence. After an absence, you are required to send a written note signed by parent or guardian to your child’s teacher. Office staff will make calls daily to the parents of unaccounted-for absentees. Habitual truancies (over twenty) will be reported to the school social worker. Perfect attendance is fewer than three tardies and attending every day for at least three fourths of the day.