Quist Weekly News

February 12, 2021

A Message from Principal Norris-Buck

Dear Royal Families,

I hope you had a great week. We had a great week at Quist. Normally during the colder months, indoor recess is a challenge. One good thing about this year's schedule is that each cohort group gets at least half of the gym to play. There has been more playing games (football, tag, kickball, soccer, basketball, etc.) this year at recess than any of my years as a middle level administrator! That is saying a lot because this is my thirteenth year. Our Royals are doing a great job of being active during the school day.

Our learning format this year continues to be worktime during live sessions and asynchronous work at home. With the live explore session, the work at home should take about 3 hours (2 hours of asynchronous and 1 hour of live explore class.) The times I give are estimates, of course, because each individual learner is a different. If your child is taking much longer than that, let one of our Counselors know or feel free to reach out to me or one of our Assistant Principals. There may be some things we can do to help.

Attendance: Please continue to call in your student's absences. All absences, even absences for remote classes, need to be called in using our attendance line, 303-655-6950. Thank you so much for your help with this.

State Test Information: The State of Colorado plans on asking school district to give the CMAS state tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science this spring. They want all virtual students to come into the building to take this assessment. Mr. Marlatt and Mr. Komora, our School Assessment Coordinators, have created a short survey to gather some information to help us continue to plan. If you haven't completed this, please take a moment to do so.

Free Grab and Go Meals: This is just a reminder that 27J Nutrition Services is still able to offer FREE Grab and Go meals for anyone 1 to 18 years old. If your child attends in-person, they can order their meals on either Tuesday or Wednesday before 11:00 am and the meals will be delivered to them after 4pm at school. If your child is a Virtual Learner, please complete this form to request meals for the week. A separate request is needed for each student. For virtual learners, the meals (for the entire week) must be picked up on Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:30pm and will include breakfast and lunch. All orders must be placed online by 3pm on Monday the day before pickup. Pick up locations are Brighton High School or Prairie View High School.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Trina Norris-Buck, Ed.S.

Lead Learner/Principal


In-Person & Remote Absences

Part of our ability to ensure the safety and wellness of our students and staff requires that we monitor when students are absent for any reason. If your student is going to miss a day of instruction, whether it be on an in-person day or a virtual learning day, we need to have documentation as to their attendance. If we do not have information regarding their attendance, you will receive a phone call from the school.

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms related to Covid-19, please fill out THIS TRACKING FORM. For all other absences, please call our attendance line at 303-655-6950 Option 1.


Ms. Norris-Buck's Virtual Announcements

Click the picture to access the virtual announcements. Then, click the computer on the desk to listen.

Getting Fit as a Family… During a Pandemic

Eat healthier. Exercise more. We all know in theory how to get in shape, but in practice it’s easier said than done. The constant change of the pandemic doesn’t necessarily make it any easier ⎯ but it could offer an opportunity to reprioritize healthy choices as a family. Of course, it doesn’t happen overnight. Our experts offer six tips for setting new and healthy family routines ⎯ and sticking to them. Stay on track

Live Parent Education Event (Webinar-style)

Topic: Getting Fit as a Family… During a Pandemic

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Children’s Hospital Colorado family wellness expert and exercise physiologist Eve Kutchman, M.Ed., will join pediatrician Hilary Stempel, MD, MPH, to discuss practical ways to encourage your family to reprioritize daily activities to include making healthy choices, with considerations for being in a pandemic. Following their presentation, they will be available to answer participant questions live.

Parents must register to attend this free event.

Online Learning Survey/Interest Form

The online learning model has been both a challenge and an opportunity for many students. While we don't know exactly what the next school year will look like, we trust you know your students the very best. We need your help as we plan for next school year. Please fill out this form for each student you have at Quist. This is not a commitment to any particular mode of learning for next year, but rather an information gathering for our school.