Lions Ledger

Patriot Elementary School November 2019

A Message From Our Principal

November, 2019

Dear Parents,

I want to let you know about an approach to teaching that we use in our classrooms at Patriot Elementary. The Responsive Classroom has been successfully used by K-8 teachers in schools around the country for over 20 years to create learning environments where children thrive academically, socially and emotionally. It emphasizes teaching children to take care of themselves, each other and the school environment so that everyone can succeed at his/her best.

The Guiding Principles of Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom approach is based on many of the great theories of how children learn and on the experiences of classroom teachers. There are seven basic principles behind the approach:

· Learning social skills is as important as learning academic skills.

· How children learn is as important as what they learn. Process and content go

hand in hand.

· Children gain knowledge most effectively through social interaction.

· To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn cooperation,

assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.

· Knowing the children we teach-individually, culturally, and developmentally-is as

important as knowing the content we teach.

· Knowing the families of the children we teach and inviting their participation is

essential to children’s education.

· How the adults at school work together is as important as how skillful each

individual teacher is. Lasting change begins with the adult community.

Teaching Practices

The Responsive Classroom approach includes the following main parts. We will be

using some or all of these in our classroom this year.

· Morning Meeting: Children gather for twenty minutes or so every morning to greet

each other, read the morning message, share, engage in a group activity, and build expectations for the day, including the incorporation of academics. This daily routine builds community, creates a positive

climate for learning, and gives children practice in a wide range of academic and

social skills.

· Rules and Logical Consequences: The teacher and children create rules for the

classroom that will allow everyone to do his/her best learning. When children

break the rules, there are clear and non-punitive consequences that help them

learn from the mistake. This approach teaches responsibility and self-control.

· Academic Choice: An approach to giving children choices in their learning to

help them become invested, self-motivated learners. Academic choice can be used

to teach any subject.

· Classroom Organization: Arranging materials, furniture, and displays in ways

that encourage learning, care, positive social interaction, and independence in


· Working Together With Parents: Ideas for involving parents as true partners

in their children’s education.

· Student Hopes and Dreams: Students created their hopes and dreams for the year and reflect on these throughout their learning.

· Energizers: Movement breaks incorporating academics and social skill development.

· Interactive Modeling: Students participate in evaluating interactive modeling to set classroom expectations for routines and procedures.

· Closing Circles: A closing circle at the end of the day so students engage in conversations, reflection, and goal setting.

· Quiet Time: An opportunity after lunch/recess to wind down, refocus, and become centered prior to instruction beginning again.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can learn more about the Responsive Classroom approach by going to I look forward to a continued productive and joyful year with your child!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for all of our staff members, families, and students. So blessed to serve the Patriot community.


Mrs. Canon, Principal

Patriot Elementary Mission:

“For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, and supportive academic community.”



11/06 Coffee and Conversation with the Principals 7:30 am in Staff Lounge

11/06 Pancakes with the Principal (K-2nd)

11/07 English Language Development Night 5-6pm

11/08 Pancakes with the Principal (3rd-5th)

11/08 Veterans Assembly 1:00 pm

11/11 Veterans Day NO SCHOOL

11/15 Thanksgiving Meal served in cafeteria

11/18 PTO Meeting @ 2:45 pm in school cafeteria

11/19 Patriot Parents Academy in school cafeteria

Internet Safety @ 5:00 pm; Helping Students Be Successful @ 6pm

11/24-11/30 Thanksgiving Break

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Patriot Elementary Thanksgiving Feast...Enjoy a meal with your student

We hope you will join us for our annual Thanksgiving Lunch on Friday, November 15th.


Stuffing with Turkey Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn or Green Beans, Dinner Roll, and Pumpkin Pudding


$3.50 per person (adults and non-Patriot students)

$2.40 all Patriot students (students' lunch accounts will be charged)

**No checks, debit cards or large bills

Click here to sign up

PTO at Patriot

The PTO is the parent organization here at Patriot Elementary.

Parents are encouraged to come to meetings and volunteer in our school.

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Box Tops for Education

PTO organizes and collects Box Tops for Educaiton. It is an easy way for our school to earn FREE money!

PLEASE keep those Box Tops and students can paste or tape to Box Top Sheets.

PTO will specify the time frames to collect for classes.

BOYS TOWN Education Model at Patriot

We are excited to bring the Boys Town Education Model as a means to address and reinforce student behavior and discipline issues. This Model uses a teaching approach for dealing with behavior, therefore teachers and other staff members will proactively teach social skills on a weekly basis and clearly communicate behavioral expectations throughout the day. Patriot staff reinforce students when they make appropriate academic and behavioral choices and correct their inappropriate actions by teaching replacement behaviors and use natural and logical consequences. Each week students are introduced to a new Boys Town Skill and encouraged daily to work on this skill.

November: Self-Control

5-9 Appropriate Voice Tone

13-16 Staying on Task

19-23 Ask Permission


The motto our students practice at school is P.A.W.S

The PAWS Pledge is promised each day during morning announcements: "I am a Patriot Lion. I show my pride by using my PAWS--Personal Best, Act Responsibly, Work and Play Safely, Show Respect to All; I am a Patriot Lion let me show you my PAWS! ROAR!!!

--Patriot Elementary School colors: Red, White, Blue

--Patriot Mascot: Lion

Peer Conflict, Mean Behavior, and Bullying. What is the Difference?

Fountain Fort Carson District 8 is committed to providing students with a safe school climate.

Talking with our children about these differences is very important in teaching how to handle these situations.

Click on the provided link to read more about the difference between peer conflicts, mean behavior, and bullying behavior.

FFC8 Flier

Patriot Elementary School

Patriot Elementary School Mission: "For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, supportive, academic community."