Abrams Parent News

April 8, 2022

Principal's Note

Hello Abrams Families!


Thank you to those who came to school today for drumming and to view the artwork! We are excited that we can have visitors in our school again! We are also welcoming volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to your child's teacher or our front office at 719-382-1490.


Our CMAS testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders begins next week. Please see the schedule below for the time of day that we are testing each day. It is very helpful to have all of our students in attendance on testing days to minimize make-up testing.


Report cards also went home today! Please check your child's Friday Folder or backpack if you have not seen it yet!


Our district Summer Learning Institute (SLI) will be held at Abrams this summer! Summer School will run from June 13 - July 7, and will run 4 days per week. SLI sign up forms will be available soon.


We hope that you have a great weekend!


Sincerely,

Lois Skaggs, Principal

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Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade parents!

April brings state testing, CMAS, for all third-fifth grade students. Although the testing will allow the students to demonstrate their progress toward grade-level standards, the assessment will not keep students from moving up a grade level. Abrams will be administering CMAS testing on April 11-20 from 8 am -10 pm. Please do not schedule any appointments for students during this time, if possible. Classroom teachers will be sending out additional information on preparing for CMAS testing.

CMAS

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Month of the Military Child

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Deployment Supports

If you are impacted by a recent deployment or a deployment that is quickly coming up, and want to access some supports for your children and family, please take a few minutes to fill out the form at the below link:


https://forms.gle/6K5sSVtLyki5MFrg7

VOLUNTEERS- WE NEED YOU!

We love our volunteers! We recognize parents' critical role in education and in supporting our Abrams community. Don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you are interested in volunteering. Also, call the office if you are interested in supporting our library at 719-382-1490. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Summer Learning Institute

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Abrams Student Artwork

Below are some photos of the artwork submitted for the Air Academy Art Show! We hope that some of you were able to join us today for music and art in the building! The artwork will remain on display for a few weeks, so feel free to swing by to see it!

CHUCK E CHEESE - SENSORY SENSITIVE SUNDAYS FOR KIDS

Dedicated Time For Kids With Autism & Special Needs. We're proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. Recognizing that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, we made it our mission to create Sensory Sensitive Sundays®, where we have a trained, caring staff who works to ensure everyone has a fun-filled visit.

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Lost and Found

We have lots of jacket and other things out in the front lost and found. Please check for your child's lost and found items in the front office. We will be donating items soon

From the Nurse's Desk

Seasonal Allergies (also called Hay Fever)



It’s that time of year for many people have symptoms of allergies. Flowers, trees, weeds and environmental things can cause us to suffer with allergy symptoms. See other triggers in diagram below.


With Covid, flu and colds; sometimes it is hard for us to determine if you having allergy symptoms. See diagram to help you to determine if you are suffering from allergies.

An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and other similar symptoms.

Allergic rhinitis occurs seasonally or year-round. Diagnosis involves history-taking, examination of the nasal passages, and sometimes skin testing.

Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and red, watery, and itchy eyes.

Antihistamine medications can reduce symptoms.


If you are not sure if your child has symptoms of allergies, cold, covid or the flu; reach out to their doctor for an evaluation and answers to your questions or concerns.



Please reach out to your nurse for questions if your child should return to school or not.


Sheryll Evans, RN MSN
sevans@ffc8.org

719-231-4217

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From our SRO

Parents, Please make sure you are following our drop off and pick up procedures. Please also watch your speed in the school zones and in front of the building when dropping off, there are so many kids around and we want to be extra cautious.

Student Drop-Off and End-of-Day Pickup

Arrival:


To access the carpool lane, families must come up Burris street from the east and turn right into the Abrams parking lot. There are no left turns allowed into the parking lot between 7 am and 730 am.


Please do not park in the front parking lot at Abrams and wait to drop students off.



  • Students may be dropped off from vehicles ONLY at the front of the school building, at the lane directly in front of the school.
  • Parents who wish to stop their vehicles and walk students to their classrooms must park in the lot at the rear of the school
  • Students may cross Chiles Ave ONLY at the crosswalk, staffed by Fort Carson soldiers.
  • Students may cross Wetzel ONLY at the crosswalk, staffed by Fort Carson soldiers.
  • Students may access the back playground through the gates off of the bus parking.



We are asking that if at all possible, families consider accessing Abrams from the back of the school, either using O’Connell from the south side of Abrams or Hare Ave from the north side of Abrams.


When coming through the carpool line, please do NOT drop students off in front of the kindergarten playground. Please pull all the way forward and drop students off in front of the school. This helps us to keep the carpool line moving and get cars off of the surrounding streets.


If you need to get out of the car to assist your child, please park in the lot behind the school off of Wetzel Avenue and walk with your child to their building access door. Please do not get out of your vehicle in front of the school as it holds up the line.


Please do not allow students to exit your vehicle at the bus loading zones at the rear of the school. All students being dropped off by car must be dropped off at the front of the school for safety.


Dismissal:


Parents picking up students at dismissal time should park in the lot at the rear of the school and proceed to either the kindergarten blacktop (Kindergarten students only) or the basketball court. Students must present their dismissal card to the teachers on duty before leaving for the day.

Sheryll Evans, School Nurse

Our Nurse, Sheryll Evans can be reached in the following manner:


email: sevans@ffc8.org

Phone: 719-382-1490

Cell: 719-231-4217


Parents/Guardian: If your child received a Covid vaccine/vaccines please provide a copy of the record for the nurse to update your student's health records.


You can reach the nurse by phone at 719-231-4217

Leave a message, or you can text her with the information or email her at sevans@ffc8.org

Flu information

The purpose of this notice is to encourage your child with asthma to obtain a flu/influenza vaccine.


Asthma-related illnesses are one of the most common causes of school absences. Influenza (Flu) is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease that often occurs on an epidemic scale. It can cause fever, cough, chills, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and more unpleasant symptoms in people of any age. Studies show that the most common medical condition among children hospitalized with the flu is asthma.


Though people with asthma are not more likely to get the flu, it can be more serious for people with asthma. This is true even if their asthma is mild or their symptoms are well-controlled by medication. People with asthma have sensitive airways and influenza can cause further inflammation and swelling. Infection in the lungs can trigger asthma attacks and worsen asthma symptoms. It makes the child with asthma more likely to get pneumonia and other acute respiratory diseases.


Flu vaccines are available at any local pharmacy or your health care provider’s office.


Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sheryll Evans, RN, MSN

School Nurse

Email:sevans@ffc8.org

Phone: 719-231-4217

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Seasonal Allergies (also Called Hay Fever)

It’s that time of year for many people have symptoms of allergies. Flowers, trees, weeds and environmental things can cause us to suffer with allergy symptoms. See other triggers in diagram below.


With Covid, flu and colds; sometimes it is hard for us to determine if you having allergy symptoms. See diagram to help you to determine if you are suffering from allergies.


An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and other similar symptoms.

Allergic rhinitis occurs seasonally or year-round. Diagnosis involves history-taking, examination of the nasal passages, and sometimes skin testing.


Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and red, watery, and itchy eyes.

Antihistamine medications can reduce symptoms.


If you are not sure if your child has symptoms of allergies, cold, covid or the flu; reach out to their doctor for an evaluation and answers to your questions or concerns.


Please reach out to your nurse for questions if your child should return to school or not.

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Family and Community Guides to Colorado Academic Standards

If you are interested in viewing the Colorado Academic Standards and getting suggestions to support your child's learning, please check this link:


https://www.ffc8.org/cms/lib/CO01900636/Centricity/Domain/67/Guidlines%20by%20Grade%20level.pdf

Covid Protocols

Masks: Per the Department of Defense order, Fort Carson- masks are not required to be worn.



Meals: Students will eat breakfast in their classrooms. Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria. All students will receive free lunch again this school year. Students may bring lunches from home or may eat school lunch. We will provide a "no peanut" table in the cafeteria for students with peanut allergies.


Social Distancing: Whenever possible, we will work to maintain a 3-foot space between students. Students will not share materials but should have their own supplies.


Quarantines: The guidelines around quarantining students have changed slightly. If your child is considered a close contact to anyone who tests positive for Covid at school or is required to be excluded from school, you will be notified.


Student Illness: We ask that you do not send students to school when they are ill.

Change of clothes

Please provide a spare pair of clothes in your Childs backpack for all grade levels, we have accidents and spills and having a spare pair with them will prevent a call home. This makes it easy for the child to quickly change and return back to class.


Also please put a label on your kids coats and jackets if possible.

Colorado Weather and Outside Recess

- Colorado weather is always unpredictable, especially in the spring! Layering clothing and bringing a jacket or sweater are good ways to ensure students remain comfortable all day. Students go to recess when the outside feels weather is 25 degrees or higher.

Installation Policy for Supervision of Children

Please see below the information regarding supervision of children on Fort Carson. These guidelines apply to students traveling to and from school, and provide guidance for parents as to what supervision is expected for specific ages of children on Fort Carson. We are providing this information as a courtesy to our families.

Parent/Student Handbook

Our Parent/Student handbook can be found here: https://www.ffc8.org/cms/lib/CO01900636/Centricity/Domain/1612/Parent%20student%20handbook%20revised%20docx.pdf


Please be sure to read through the handbook for any questions you may have and review it with your child so that they are familiar with the contents.

Abrams Elementary School

School Hours:

7:25 am First Bell

7:30 am School Starts
2:25 pm Students Dismissed

Inclement Weather Dismissal Procedures

Abrams Elementary School Inclement Weather Dismissal Procedures


In the event of inclement weather, including any of the following:

· lightening danger

· extreme winds

· extreme cold

· large amounts of precipitation


Abrams students will be dismissed at the end of the day by the following procedures:

· Bus Students: These students will be escorted to the buses by staff members as long as it is safe to do so.


· Kindergarten Students: These students will be picked up from the doors they enter the school from:

o Cantu: South door on the front of the school

o Cassavaugh and Swenson: Outside door off of blacktop

o Hacker: Outside door off of blacktop

o Shaffer and Turner: Gym doors


· 1st – 5th grade Walkers: These students will leave from the cafeteria


· 1st – 5th Car Riders: These students will need to be picked up from the gym doors closest to the basketball court by parents or guardians.


· 1st – 5th Daycare: These students will be in the care of Mesa Daycare staff.


STUDENTS WILL NOT BE DISMISSED UNLESS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

Information will be communicated to families via remind and Facebook status.