Conrad Owl News

November 2020

What's happening at Conrad ELC...

Hello Conrad Families,

Fall is in full swing with a sting of winter in the air. It's time for hot chocolate, pumpkin lattes, or whatever tingles your tastebuds during this time of year. Also, this time of year makes me reflect on everything I am thankful for. One thing I'm especially thankful for this year is being able to have our students at school with in-person learning. How about you? What are you thankful for? Take some time to enjoy the little moments with your family, because time is precious.

We are fully enveloped in our Tree study with our students, and they have enjoyed watching the trees outside change with the season and explore the different parts. In the upcoming weeks, they will discover more about trees: who/what lives in them, who takes care of them, what is made from trees, etc. If you are or know of an arborist, forester, or anyone else who works with trees, please let your child's teacher know because we would love to have a guest speaker for our students. Although we cannot have visitors/speakers in the building, we would love to have a video created by the professional or even live stream a session through Zoom with each of our classrooms. Please let us know of any "tree professionals."

At Conrad, we loved all the various family events we hosted throughout the year. Due to the restrictions of large events, unfortunately, our annual Costume Parade and pumpkin patch will not take place this year. Our students will explore a pumpkin in class and enjoy a classroom celebration.

In addition, in November, we use to host a turkey apple day and we welcomed our parents into the classrooms to do the activity with their child. This year, we are planning a family activity that you can complete with your child at home! Look for information from your child's teacher for a Turkey Disguise activity. The activity is meant to be one that you and your child complete together. What a great way to make memories! We will share more at-home family activities throughout the year.

I want to thank you all for the dedication to keeping our students healthy so that we can continue in-person learning. The combination of keeping your child home when he/she is not feeling well and the frequent hand washing in our classrooms has helped to minimize the spread of most illnesses. Our school nurse, Ms. Sheena, explains below the guidelines we are following with illnesses and safety with COVID.

Also, thank you for the grace and flexibility as we adjusted our sign-in/out procedure. As communicated previously, per licensing mandate, all PreK students have to be signed in/out by a parent, guardian, or emergency contact. In the past, this was a paper copy of the class roster, but as we try to minimize the amount of contact with objects, we eliminated the paper copy and moved to an online format. The classroom link with the QR Code is an in-district link that goes directly to the teacher's drive. If you need assistance with this process, please talk with your child's teacher and she can assist you, or let me know and I will help. You will need to complete the sign-in/out form each day at drop off and pick up. Thank you for understanding the importance of this procedure.

I hope you enjoy this time of year and remember to take a moment to reflect on all you are thankful for. I thank you for your child(ren) who we get to teach, play with, and watch grow and blossom. Your children are our future and they are pretty amazing! Thank you!


Stephanie Lee

Conrad Administrator

A Message from our School Nurse

Hello from Ms. Sheena

Parents, please don’t be alarmed if the secretaries or school nurse ask for more details if your child is sick. We are working hard to keep our school safe by following the guidelines sent out from El Paso Public Health Department and because of those guidelines, we may need more information about your child’s illness. As a reminder, if you or anyone in your family is getting tested for COVID, please keep all family members at home until those test results come back. Any illness related absence is excused. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school nurse and she will be happy to answer your questions.

Also, Hearing and Vision screenings will be taking place in the upcoming weeks at Conrad Early Learning Center. The Hearing screening utilizes an OAE Device. The OAE test is used to find out how well your inner ear or cochlea works. Feel free to practice for this screening at home by listening to music with an ear bud to make your child more comfortable with testing. We will be utilizing the Plus Optics vision screener to do vision screenings. This is the same device that has been used in the past by the Lions Club. If you do not want your child to participate in this screening process, please notify the school as soon as possible. These screenings are not meant to diagnose problems, they are a tool to identify students that potentially have vision or hearing problems that will need further testing.

Conrad Early Learning Center

The Early Intervention Preschools in Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight provide a foundation of learning in a fun, warm, nurturing, safe, secure and inclusive environment where every child is valued as an individual. Through purposeful play, children will develop a love for learning in order to enhance self-expression, creativity, awareness of peers, and a desire to interact with and care for others. Our preschool team is committed to partnering with families and the community to build healthy relationships. Students will develop a positive perspective about themselves and others as they grow emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically as part of their first school experience.