CFL April Family Newsletter

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Mission and Vision Statements

Garfield 16 Overarching Mission Statement:

As a result of our efforts, all students will be successfully prepared for life in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our School Mission Statement:

Engage ~Empower~Improve

Our School Vision Statement:

Our vision is that all graduating first graders leave CFL as critically thinking young citizens with strong academic and social/emotional foundations

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A Note from Mrs. Frees

Hello CFL Families,

I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break! With the sun shining, I took advantage of taking some beautiful walks with my youngest son and my furry kids. I even got to go skiing with my whole crew. It was wonderful. I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather as well.

Now we head into the last chunk of the school year with optimism that we can finish healthy and strong! With just over eight weeks of school left, I hope that students and staff can start to reflect on what we have accomplished this year. I'm beyond proud of the students for all they have achieved this year. I want to thank our teachers for all the support, encouragement and growth of our students academically, socially and emotionally this year. We cannot do this alone. Partnering with families is a critical piece to helping develop students with strong character, making informed decisions, and empathizing with others.

Please stay in contact with your child's teacher if there is anything at home that may be impacting your child's life at school. Also, if a teacher reaches out to you for a meeting, take advantage of this opportunity to show your child that together, we all care and value them as individuals. I look forward to what the last bit of school has in store for us.

Pre School/Kindergarten registration is here! If you have not contacted the office to schedule an appointment for registration for next year, now is the time! Veronica and Miriam would be happy to help you and get your student set up for next year. You can come to the office or call the school with any questions.

Lastly, I want to express my gratitude for our teachers and staff at Center For Family Learning. What a wonderful job they are doing keeping students engaged, learning and excited about school each day during this crazy year. We are so lucky to have such a hardworking group of individuals. I hope each of you can show your gratitude in some way or another. Happy Spring everyone!


Kim Frees


Office News

We would like to encourage our parents to make a plan with your child in morning regarding the end of the school day. If there is a change it is ok to tell the teacher but very important you also notify the office preferably before 3:00 pm.

This will allow us to communicate with the staff in a timely manner and help insure your student knows that there is a change. In order to keep everyone safe and stay on schedule we strongly discourage taking students off the bus once they have boarded.

Please remember that 4:20 pm is the end of our school day and unless previously scheduled.pickups between 4:00 pm and release time can be distracting as teachers finishing lessons and preparing for release time.

April Conversations with the Principal

Next Meeting

April 6th @ 5:30 This will be held at CFL in the Common Area

Agenda Topics:


  • Introductions

  • Kinder update

    • Typical Day

    • What’s happening

  • 1st grade update

    • Typical Day

    • What’s Happening

  • Data

  • Before and after school Programs

  • What are Read Plans?

  • Meet Mr. Cora -Field Day

    • Family BBQ

    • Volunteering

After School Clubs will be starting up again in April

After School club registration forms were sent out on Tuesday March 29th. If interested please return registration forms asap.

Clubs will start on April12th and end on May 17th. All sessions will be on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30. Sessions will be held in person at CFL. A snack will be provided for students.

Student Goal Setting Update

CFL Goal Setting Update

March was a busy month for our students. We had many students meet their literacy goals this month. When they met a goal they wrote their name on a cutout of a shamrock.

Here is what our Goal Setting Balloons look like for the month of March. Ask your student if they met their goals this month.

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Intervention News

Signs of spring are everywhere. What a great time for new beginnings. As we begin the last quarter of the school year, take advantage of the warm spring weather to spend time with your child outdoors. There are few things in life more enjoyable than reading in a tent, or on a favorite blanket with your child. Time spent together reading, and talking is a precious gift to both of you. The public library is a great resource for finding books to read with your child. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions for this time of year.

A Perfect Day for Digging- Cari Best

Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar- James Dean

Spring Stinks- Ryan T. Higgins

Exploring Spring- Maxine Anderson

Planting a Rainbow- Louis Ehlert

If you can’t find these popular books, just ask your child to find one they would enjoy. There are hundreds to choose from. Happy spring, and happy reading everyone.

Melissa Bradley

Reading Interventionist

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Pre-School News

Hello from Preschool!

I want to thank all of you who were able to attend the March Early Childhood Advisory Council meeting! Just to keep all of our families informed, I am highlighting some of the news we discussed.

Upcoming Events

  • Round up goes live April 15 - Parents will sign an interest form located on the CFL Website. We will be advertising this in many ways starting April 1st. Starting in May, we will send parents registration packets and set an appointment for them to return the packets to CFL. Veronica will check through paperwork and Meri will do an onboarding interview with new families.

  • Staff Retreat May 1st - This is for team building, creating Kindergarten class lists, and revisiting our PK vision, mission, and team norms.

  • Raising a Reader Library Day - Friday, May 6th. Look for information on this coming soon from your classroom teachers. Family Gardening day - TBD

Grant Updates
  • Free Tuition for All - We are not asking tuition for any children. Tuition fees have been paid through the Stabilization and Sustainability Grants

  • Bea Underwood Playground Progress - The old asphalt has been removed, log borders to retain wood chips are almost completed, and wood chips have been ordered. The swings have been delivered (We are still waiting for the slide/climbing structure) and will be installed after the surface is prepared. Our BUE PK students are very excited!

Transitioning events for students who will be starting Kindergarten or 2nd Grade this fall

May 12 will be Transition Day for students. This will be a live event.

  • All 4 year olds entering Kindergarten this fall (Including Head Start, Community Programs, and children who have not attended a preschool) will come to CFL on May 12 from 9:00 - 11:00.

  • Students will go to the classroom that they have been assigned to this fall for breakfast, Crew, fun activities, and school exploration.

  • We are encouraging all parents to attend and stay with their child for this.

  • All 3 year old preschoolers will attend their regular Preschool Classroom from 1:00-4:00.

  • 1st Grade students at CFL will be bussed to BUE for the morning to get to know their new teachers and school.

  • May 18, 6:00-7:00, will be Parent Information Night for families who will be new to Kindergarten in the Fall of 2022

    • Presentation by the Kindergarten Team on what a typical day in Kindergarten is like

    • Guided tour for parents with CFL staff

    • Q&A Session

Thank you to everyone for your Preschool support! Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas for Preschool.

Meri Nofzinger

What's Happening in PE at CFL

Hello CFL Families,

Welcome to another month of Physical Education. This month we will be focusing on striking and manipulatives. This will give our students a chance to showcase their fine motor skills that they have been working on all year. We will also be doing a review and assessment on our locomotor movements that we have previously learned. FIELD DAY will be the last day of school this year and we CAN have parents back to help out. If you are interested in volunteering or helping in any way, please let me know! You will need to fill out a form and have a background check, both can be found at our front office. As always, please reach out with any questions that you may have.

Thank you,

-Mr. Cora

Good Information to know about Epilepsy

All of our students are special at CFL. Some of our students have Epilepsy and by educating ourselves we are prepared and know how to best support them. This video will help you understand more about Epilepsy. We appreciate your flexibility when medical incidents happen at our school.
Seizures & You: Take Charge of the Storm Jr. (Grades K-5)