WHES Highlights

March 17, 2023

Dear WHES Families,

It's hard to believe we have arrived at Spring Break of the 22-23 school year! It won't be long and summer will be here. Enjoy break with your family! We will not send another edition of WHES Highlights before we return on 4/4.

Reminder: there is no school March 20th - April 3rd for Spring Break; students return on Tuesday, April 4th.

We hope you enjoyed this year's One Zone, One Book and the reading of Charlotte's Web! We will wrap it up at tonight's Movie Night sponsored by PTA, Friday, March 17th, in the WHES Gym! Beginning at 4:30pm, Mondal's food truck and Mateo's food truck will be available for dinner with family-friendly menu options. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the viewing of the Charlotte's Web movie will begin at 6:00pm! Bring some lawn chairs or blankets, snacks and/or drinks, and enjoy this fun evening with us!

We have filled 2 positions on the WHES PTA Board for 2023-2024! Welcome to our new President, Ashleigh Anderson! And to our new Vice President, Mallory Spitzer! We are still on the hunt for a Secretary and Treasurer - if you are interested or have questions, please reach out to woodmenelempta@gmail.com.

Please continue reading below for upcoming dates and events. Also, like/follow our school Facebook page - Woodmen Hills Elementary School (https://fb.me/WHESTornadoes) for more updates and the sharing of good things happening at WHES!

Please be sure to continue to check the Family Handbook for complete details of all day-to-day systems and procedures. Read the information below carefully and don't hesitate to call our school office with any questions or needs at 719.495.5500.

Have a great Spring Break,

Bethany Stegman & Amanda Bower

WHES Administration

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Spring Break Reading Challenge

We are excited to partner with Panda Express for a spring break reading challenge. If your child reads five books over spring break, they will earn a free kid's meal! All you need to do is log the book titles your child reads on their book mark, turn in the bookmark after Spring Break, and earn a free kid's meal!

Upcoming Dates

March 20th - April 3rd: No School; Spring Break

April 4th - 28th: PTA Shoe Drive Event

April 5th: Kindergarten & 5th Grade Cap and Gown photos

April 7th: Spirit Day - Beautiful Hair Day! Wear your hair in your favorite style!

April 10th - 21st: CMAS Testing

  • 3rd grade- Testing 4/11-13 9:45-11:15 and 12:00-2:00
  • 4th grade- Testing 4/11-13 and 18-20 8:45-10:15
  • 5th grade- Testing 4/11-14 and 17-21 8:45-10:15

April 11th: 6:00pm 2nd Grade Student Showcase Night

April 17th: 11:00am-9:00pm Panda Express Restaurant Day

April 21st: 7:30am Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

April 25th: 6:00pm 1st Grade Student Showcase Night

April 28th: 6:00pm Talent Show

Save the Dates!

We are sharing some save the dates with you here so you can start to make end of year plans! We will send more communication as these dates get closer...

May 19th: Field Day

May 24th: 10:00am 5th Promotion Ceremony

May 24th: 2:00pm Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony

Notes from Library

  • Over spring break, please encourage your child to look for any overdue books! Mrs. Wood sent notices to students with overdue book fees before break.
  • April is National Poetry Month! Mrs. Wood is excited to bring poetry into the library to encourage reading, writing, and art. Students will write their own poems, publish them, and illustrate their poems for an opportunity to hang them in the library. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Wood at lwood@d49.org.

PTA Shoe Drive!

WHES Community,

WHES PTA is excited to launch our Shoe Drive Fundraiser to raise money for online learning programs. By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to our shoe drive, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school. Please check out the 2 min video to learn more about how the shoes our Tornados collect will have a positive impact on others. What is a Micro-Enterprise

What you need to know:

  • We will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used, and new shoes collected.

  • Funds2Orgs will issue us a check for the collected shoes.

  • Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at any of our drop off locations (WHES lobby, Woodmen Hills Rec Center East, Meridian Ranch Rec Center) or at one of our Drop of Events.

  • WHES Drop off box will be available April 4th - 28th and all Rec Center drop boxes will be available throughout Spring Break (3/18-4/3). Over Spring Break please take a moment to go through any shoes your child has outgrown or you no longer wear and set them aside to send into school with your child. Please ask your friends and family to do the same.

  • WHES has a goal to fill 160 bags of shoes!

Attached you will find a guide to help you decide what shoes to send in. If possible, please send in pairs of shoes tied or rubber banded together to make the bagging process easier . Thank you for helping make this a successful event. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help please reach out to Ashleigh Anderson (ashleighanderson1019@gmail.com) or Lauren King (laurenrking89@gmail.com).

Thank you for helping us reach our goal,


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WHES Talent Show

The WHES Talent Show is coming soon!

Have a cool talent you want to share?

Come audition for the WHES Talent Show!

Save the Dates:

Auditions: April 18th–19th Time: TBD

*If permission slip is returned on time, an audition date and time will be sent home.

Practice/Rehearsal: April 24th and April 26th, from 3:45pm-5:15pm

*Your child will attend ONE rehearsal day if chosen to perform.

Show: Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

Permission slips for auditions will go home Friday, April 7th and will be due Wednesday, April 12.

Contact whestalentshow@gmail.com with any questions.

CMAS Letter to 3rd through 5th Grade Families

Dear Woodmen Hills Elementary School Family,

With the combination of very warm days, followed by cold days, you know that spring is around the corner. With the change in seasons comes the time to measure the progress your child has made in the classroom this year. Beginning April 11th, 2023, third, fourth and fifth-graders will participate in Colorado assessments of English language arts and math. Our fifth-graders will also take tests in science. These tests provide important feedback on the firm foundation we have built with each learner.

  • These assessments do not define a student’s abilities and skills, but they do impact how we deliver instruction to meet the unique needs of each student. As examples: Teachers use these assessment results to plan with students and set goals to support their individual paths, planning for next steps in the learning journey.

  • Parents gain insight about academic strengths and areas for growth, as well as information about how students compare to others across the state and nationally.

  • Our community is provided with information about how our school is performing overall.

Testing Dates are as follows:

  • 3rd grade- Testing 4/11-13 9:45-11:15 and 12:00-2:00

  • 4th grade- Testing 4/11-13 and 18-20 8:45-10:15

  • 5th grade- Testing 4/11-14 and 17-21 8:45-10:15

Here are some things you can do at home to maximize your child’s success: feed your child a good breakfast the mornings of the assessment, ensure your child gets a good night’s rest, continue daily reading time at home, and continue to practice basic math.

On behalf of the entire staff, thank you for your continued support of your child, our teachers, and our school. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can also access further information about our district and state assessment program at: http://d49.org/assessments.

In partnership,

Bethany Stegman

Principal, Woodmen Hills Elementary School

WHES Yearbooks

Order your 22-23 WHES Yearbook today!

Early Bird pricing of $20 each is available until February 28th.

The cost is then $25 each beginning on March 1st, with sales ending on April 2nd.

Please use the order form below or purchase online by visiting: https://inter-state.com/order and entering code 74669T.

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Intent to Return Forms - a message from D49

Dear District 49 Families,

During this exciting time, our schools need to gather the intent to return information for their current students and give you a way to update your information quickly. Getting this information from our D49 families helps our schools better prepare for the upcoming school year and plan class sizes and staffing needs. The D49 - Intent to Return Survey for current K-11th grade students is now available electronically through the PowerSchool Parent Portal account by either accessing your Parent Portal account on a desktop computer or the Parent Portal Mobile App (not the D49 App).

Linked here is a step by step resource on how to complete this Intent to Return survey via Ecollect (Desktop).

For a general overview on how to access Ecollect forms through the Parent Portal Mobile App, click here.

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please refer to the email sent out from District 49 on December 21st, 2022, titled “District 49 Parent Portal Setup Information” for your access information or reach out to your school Registrar.

Thank you.

District 49

Please review the information regarding attendance for the 22-23 school year! You will find our district policy, resources, and absence procedures.

WHES Attendance Information

Family Handbook & Information

As we get set to begin a new year, the WHES Family Handbook and Information Guide is a great place to find all information in regards to WHES operations, procedures, policies, etc. All information included is linked and serves as a reference guide for families. Please continue to check this information frequently and as questions arise.

You can view it by following the link here.

Health Information

Hi, I’m Shelly Duran and I am the nurse at Woodmen Hills. Below are some reminders regarding health and illness...

  • Medications - All medications, including over-the-counter medications, require a medication form completed by your child’s physician. Student’s may NOT bring medication to school or self-administer any medication. All medication forms and action plans can be found here: https://www.d49.org/domain/1284

  • Immunization Requirements - Colorado law requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases. For more information regarding required immunizations and how to complete a non-medical immunization exemption form can be found here: https://www.d49.org/domain/261. (If you are filing a non-medical exemption, please complete the online module, print and sign the exemption form, and return to the health room.)

  • Illness Guidelines - Falcon School District 49 is following the Illness Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Children’s Hospital Colorado. Please refer to these guidelines and keep sick students home. These guidelines are linked below.

  • Phones in the Classroom - Students are not permitted to use classroom phones or personal phones to contact parents in the event of illness. Students must come through the health room to call parents in order for the absence to be excused.

Health Room Contact information:

Health Room Phone: 719-495-5500

Shirley Milazzo, Health Para - smilazzo@d49.org

Shelly Duran, School Nurse, BSN - sduran@d49.org

Nursing Services Website: https://www.d49.org/domain/1284

Nutrition Services Information

Woodmen Hills Elementary School offers breakfast and hot, school lunch each day. You can view more information from D49 Nutrition Services linked here. You can send lunch money in with your child or add money to their account by visiting D49 Nutrition Services. For assistance with meal fees, you can complete the Meal Assistance Application by visiting this link.

Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary:
    • Breakfast $2.50
    • Lunch $4.00
  • Secondary:
    • Breakfast $2.75
    • Lunch $4.35
  • Adult (without milk):
    • Breakfast $3.00
    • Lunch $ 4.75

Federal regulations play a direct role in setting the price of school meals and D49 is required to match government meal reimbursement rates by charging for meals. Updating our rates this year is a difficult, but necessary adjustment to continue providing meals in our challenging economy.

Specials Information / Schedules

Kindergarten and First Grade:

Kindergarten and first-grade students engage in 5 specials, including Art, Music, PE, PBL/Technology, and Library. Specials occur on a daily schedule. Students will have the same special on the same day of the week.

Second through Fifth Grade:

Second through fifth-grade students engage in 4 specials, including Art, Music, PE, and PBL/Technology. Specials occur daily, on a 5-day, ABCD, rotating basis. Students will have the same special for 5 school days in a row (i.e. art for 5 school days, then PE for 5 school days).

The Specials schedule is always available in the WHES Highlights sent weekly via email - the specials rotations link is for all grades, K-5th, and the ABCD monthly rotation calendars are for 2nd-5th grades.

Art Class Information: Students often use materials such as watercolors, watercolor pencils, tempera and acrylic paint, and oil pastels during art classes. While using these materials brings new discoveries and masterpieces, it can also bring a concern for not washing out of clothing, etc. Please consider having your child(ren) wear 'older' clothing items on art days.

PE Information: Students are active during PE class! Proper footwear supports safety and ability to move and engage in a variety of activities. Please ensure your child(ren) wear tennis shoes/sneakers on PE days.

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WHES PTA Information

PTA provides a partnership between families and schools. We are fortunate to have a strong PTA who supports all students and classrooms, while also providing various activities and platforms for families to connect and engage at Woodmen Hills Elementary School.

Stay connected - follow our Facebook page!

You can follow WHES PTA on Facebook for up-to-date reminders and information. Follow the link here: https://www.facebook.com/woodmenhillspta.

PTA spirit wear - Tornado gear!

WHES PTA has launched new Tornado spirit wear this year! You can view the complete collection by following the link to the shop here.

PTA Calendar - events all year long!

See the 22-23 PTA calendar of events below. More information will be sent in our Highlights as dates and events get closer.

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WHES Links & Support

Family Handbook & Information

All information included is linked and serves as a reference guide for families in regards to WHES operations, procedures, policies, etc. Please continue to check this information frequently and as questions arise.

Woodmen Hills Elementary School

Principal: Bethany Stegman

Assistant Principal: Amanda Bower

Dean: Cheryl Curry