Freedom Falcon Parent Newsletter
What's for lunch?
SAVE THE DATE!
What's Happening at Freedom (Looking ahead)
July 21st-Freedom Block Party @ 5-7! See flyer!
Kinder Readiness Assessment Day @ 9-12
Meet the Teacher/Open House @ 3:30-5:30
Kinder-5th Grade-First Day School!
Pre-K First Day of School!
Important end of year information.
End of Year Information for Parents/Guardians
Please remember the following as we end the 22-23 school year.
- Report Cards will be available in PowerSchool starting on Monday, May 22. We do not print report cards.
- Student Medications - If your child takes medication during the school day, you must pick it up by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 23.
- Student Bus Cards will remain at school for the summer (except for 5th grade).
- Lost and Found - Come check with lost and found! We have oodles of coats waiting to be returned to their rightful owner. All lost and found left at the end of the year will be donated to a charitable organization on Monday, June 5.
- Library Books - Remember to return all library books!
Accessing Reports Cards and STAR Reports
Report Card Access
Quarter 3 report cards are now available for viewing on PowerSchool through your parent portal account. Here are the steps to access your student's progress report:
Step 1: Please go to www.d11.org/Freedom and click on PowerSchool.
Step 2: On the PowerSchool page, click on Parent and Student Portal.
Step 3: Login using your parent PowerSchool login
Step 4: Now you are on the start page. If you have multiple students, click the tab of the student you want to view in the upper left corner. Then click on Student Reports.
Step 5: Look at the Archived Reports. Click on the "Quarter 3 Report Cards 22-23".
If you do not have a parent Schoology or PowerSchool account, please contact the school at 719-228-0800. Thank you for engaging in your student's education with us!
Star Assessment Test Results
- Go to www.D11.org.
- Click on Students on the top ribbon.
- Scroll down and click on the black button that says, "STAR ASSESSMENTS."
- Login in using your child's student login(child’s email@example.com) and password (This can be found on the label inside your child’s homework folder. If it is not there, please contact your child’s teacher).
- Scroll down until you see a button like the one below.
- Enter and then verify your email. (You will receive a verification email).
- You can choose to have the email sent in Spanish or English.
That is it! THE NEXT TIME your child completes a test in Star, you should receive an update of the results.
A NOTE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are making plans to close out this school year. This includes seeing that your student's medication at school will get home safely. Please arrange to pick up medication at school before the end of the school year. No medications will be sent home with your student.
Please pick up your student’s medication(s) on May 23rd.
➢ Any medications/treatment not picked up by end of the day on May 23rd will be destroyed.
If your student needs to take medication during school hours next school year 23-24, please have your student’s health care provider complete order forms before school starts in August.
It has been our honor to assist in the health and wellness of your student, and we’ve appreciated all your support this school year.
The Freedom health office wishes you and your family a safe, fun, and wonderful summer!!
Freedom Health Office
Important Beginning of the year information.
August Information for Start of School
We can't believe we are already thinking about next school year, but we are! We hope your family has a wonderful summer! We want to put some dates on your radar so that you are ready for the start of next year.
- Freedom Community Summer Block Party-July 21st from 5-7.
- See your child's teacher in PowerSchool - TBD (but likely early the week of August 14)
- Meet the Teacher/Open House - August 14th @ 3:30-5:50 - Come meet your child's teacher, bring your school supplies (D11 provides most and we ask for a small supplement), and socialize with other families.
- First Day of School - Wednesday, August 16 (School hours remain 7:50 am - 2:50 pm. Students may not arrive until 7:40 am)
Freedom Supply List 2023-2024
OLDER INFORMATION, BUT GOOD TO KNOW!
Thank you for your continued focus on attendance!
School Recess-When is it too cold to go outside for recess?
Please be sure that your children are dressed to play outside, with hats, coats, mittens or gloves, and appropriate footwear.
We love our students and know that they do best with their learning when they attend school consistently. That being said, we do recognize that illness, appointments, etc. will occur.
As we approach the end of the first month of school, here are some clarifying reminders about our attendance policies.
The following are excused absences:
• Personal illness (if illness exceeds three consecutive days, a doctor’s note is required)
• Death of a relative
• Observance of a religious holiday
• Doctor, dental, and therapy appointments with proper documentation (If possible, please schedule such appointments after school hours) These are marked unexcused until the note is provided to our front office staff.
• Emergency situations- such cases may be approved by the administration on an individualized basis
Please note that all absences beyond those listed above are considered unexcused.
If you have any questions/concerns about your child's health and whether they should attend school, please don't hesitate to reach out to the office.
Being Present to Be Prepared – Why Attendance Matters
Truancy vs. Chronic Absenteeism
Truancy counts only unexcused absences and relies on administration and the legal system to force compliance.
Chronic Absenteeism counts all absences (excused and unexcused) and focuses on the impact of lost instruction utilizing a collaborative effort for attendance from school, home, and the community.
The impact of chronically absenteeism (missing 10%, or more, of school days)
- Difficulty learning to read
- Low achievement in intermediate grades (4/5) and through middle and high school
- Lowered graduation rates
We are committed to helping all our students succeed emotionally, socially, and academically and our attendance team is here to support and provide resources. Our focus on all absence types is because we know kids learn best with their teachers and peers and we love having them at Freedom.
Deliveries to students
Please help your student plan ahead. Make sure they have everything they need PRIOR to leaving home. This includes items such as lunch, homework, jackets, water bottles, etc.
If they forget their lunch, they need to eat the school lunch that day. ALL food deliveries, except in emergencies, will be turned away. This includes fast food or restaurant food that you bring to them.
Our main office is protected for school operational tasks, not deliveries of items or food.
Picking up Student Early
Freedom Clinic Protocol
- Reminder your child has to stay home without medicine for fever free, free from throwing up, and no diarrhea for at least 24 hours.
Register to become a volunteer at Freedom
Click the registration link below and set up a username and password. Once you are registered you can log in and view your volunteer hours as well as search for available volunteer opportunities at all D11 schools.
Already a registered volunteer? No need to re-register every year. If updates are needed the system will notify you via email. If you need your username or password you can request it through the website.
Request a volunteer badge
Save time when you arrive. Your badge will be in the plastic bin under the sign-in desk. Scan your badge and wear it while you’re in the building. Scan again when you leave. Your hours will be logged on the Engage website.
Click on the blue registration link to register online, fill out the forms, print, sign, and bring them by the school office with your identification.
For questions or to request a badge contact Freedom’s F.I.T. Volunteer Coach Jonna Ward at 719-641-3964 or Jonna.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dogs are not allowed on school grounds.
With the exception of service animals, dogs are not allowed on school grounds, playgrounds, or sports fields at any time throughout the calendar year during the school day.
This is for the health and safety of our students and staff members.
When there are no students (after hours, on weekends, and on holidays), dog owners may walk their pets on a leash along the school property borders, such as on sidewalks/school roads. Please clean up and properly dispose of pet waste.
NEW ENTRY TIME FOR STUDENTS:
Freedom Office Hours: 7:15-3:30
Freedom School Hours: 7:50-2:50
Students will be allowed in the building at 7:40 am
Duty teachers do not start duty until 7:40 am
Tardy bell rings at 7:55
Food & Nutrition Services Information SY 2022-2023
District 11 Food & Nutrition Services is pleased to offer reasonably priced, great-tasting, freshly prepared, safe, and nutritionally sound food that will help students perform their best in the classroom. Meals served in D11 schools are free of dyes, MSG, and trans fats. Every student who purchases lunch is welcome to go back for seconds at the salad bar at no additional cost.
Meal payment Online-Mobile-Fast! Convenient! Friendly!
All parents are invited to register at myschoolbucks.com From here meal histories may be reviewed and email notifications can be set up, regardless of prepayment participation. Parents are also welcome to send checks or cash payments to the school site. Http://www.myschoolbucks.com
Lunch Prices for Regular Priced Lunch
$2.95 in elementary
$3.10 in middle school
A Special Note about Lunch service
Reduced Price lunch is now free for all students in D11 schools. The Colorado State Legislature passed laws that eliminated the “reduced price” for lunch making this meal free for all students who qualify for “reduced price”.
CSSD11 does not allow meal charges beyond September 1, 2022 Any charges accrued during that time must be repaid. Elementary students may charge up to the value of 2 breakfasts and two lunches. Secondary students may charge up to the value of one breakfast and one lunch. After September 1, 2022 students having insufficient funds for meal service will be offered an alternate meal. Slips will be sent home with the student informing parents of the alternate meal served along with payment information for future meals.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications are now available online
The simple application may be easily and quickly completed at: https://www.MySchoolApps.com
Parking Lot Switch/Traffic Flow/Kiss & Go/Bus/Drop Off Information
*****If your child's dismissal changes, please call the office by 2:30. *****
A message from our Freedom Elementary's School Accountability Committee (S.A.C.)
At Freedom Elementary, we care about your children's developmental needs! That is why our mission is to ensure that each and every student has access to the learning tools and programs they need to succeed in school, and in life. We strive for a higher standard of excellence and take the time to focus on those who need extra support. Joining our S.A.C. is a fantastic way to keep up to date with the initiatives our school has put in place to better our learners, and to also voice your opinions and concerns!
We look forward to the bright and brilliant future under the leadership of Rochelle Williams, and welcome her to the Freedom Family!
If you are interested in joining Freedom's SAC committee, please reach out to Justin Edmisson @ 719-332-3615 or email@example.com.
Looking for a way to connect and get involved at Freedom?
Contact Justin Edmission at 719-332-3615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested. Come be a member and have a voice in Freedom's PTA.