Coyote Creek News
News for the Week of January 26th
Update on playground vandalism
Parents - just a quick update on our playground vandalism.
Thank you for some tips that you shared on things you'd seen that weekend on our playground. As well, information was sent in through text a tip that gave the police the information they needed to figure out who was involved in this destruction of our slide. The middle school was able to interview kids and all kids involved were identified, admitted to their part in this and are being held accountable. Evidence was found in snap chat and other social media accounts as well. We have put a work order in to get the slide replaced, but don't know the timeline of when that will be completed. We are hoping it will happen before the end of the school year. Thank you for talking with you kids about respect of property, the possible consequences of this, as well as posting things on social media that can be revisited at a later time to tie you to situations. A good lesson for all.
Reporting an Absence
4th & 5th Grade Know Brainer Competition
Dear Fourth and Fifth Graders and Family Members,
This year Coyote Creek Elementary is assembling its first Know Brainer Competition team in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Littleton. This contest is an academic quiz bowl competition, including both oral and written components, and will require a strict commitment to attend weekly morning practices. In addition, a Google page will be set up so students can study trivia at home as well. Five team members will be chosen, along with two alternates. The actual competition itself will be held on Saturday, April 11th, from 7:30am-12:00pm.
If your child is interested in joining this special group, try-outs will be held on Thursday morning, February 6th, at 7:45 in Mrs. Morphey’s fourth grade classroom, room 206. Your student must attend the try-out to be chosen to represent CCE.
I look forward to seeing all of our trivia-loving fourth and fifth graders next week. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Coyote Creek Elementary
6th Grade Passion Project
Hello Coyote Creek families, we are three 6th grade students, Jenna, Mia, and Noriana. We are doing passion projects in our enrichment class. The passion project we chose was to send care packages to the U.S troops in Iran. We would like to start a donation drive and are asking you to help us by donating supplies from the list provided. Boxes will be set up in front of the office at school. Kids can also come in with their donations. We’d like to start the drive on Monday, February 17th, and all donations will be due on Monday, February 24th. Feel free to donate at any time during the day. Thank you for your consideration and help! `
The list is below!
Snacks: chips, nuts, cookies, beef jerky, non-melting candy, trail mix in packaging that isn’t easily crushed, mints, gum
*Please make all hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) travel size*
Message from Laura Hamilton - PE Teacher
In preparing for our “Great Games Field Day,” I am collecting empty soda cans. They need to be Coke, Pepsi, Diet Coke and Sprite. If you have any now or in the weeks to come I would appreciate it if you could donate them for one of our stations.
Counseling Corner - Anxiety
I hear a lot about anxiety and worry in my line of work. And truth be told, I have struggled with it myself throughout my life. It's not a fun feeling but, like any other emotion, it's a signal to be noticed and dealt with rather than pushed down and ignored. It's important to find ways to control your anxiety before it controls you. While anxiety can stem from many different situations and thoughts, and can range in severity, there are a few key ideas to help children (and adults) manage their anxiety. Start with the 4 Cs.
- CALM down. Easier said than done sometimes but it is very important that our brains are calm enough to think about and talk back to our anxiety. Check out Coping Tools for Big Feelings.
- CHECK your thoughts. Where is this anxiety or worry coming from? Is there a pattern? Is there a true physical danger or is this a psychological fear?
- COLLECT evidence. Fact-check your anxiety. Has your anxiety ever been right before? What's the worst that could happen and has that ever happened before?
- CHALLENGE. Talk back to your anxiety! Using the evidence you've collected journal or talk to yourself and put anxiety in its place. "Fear, you don't control me", "Anxiety, you are not helping me feel better or be my best self".
Don't hesitate to seek additional help for your child if he or she is struggling with anxiety at home or school. Anxiety is not uncommon in our schools but it is very treatable. Start with me if you aren't sure where to look for help. In the meantime, here are a few more parent resources.
How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety (NPR Life Kit article and Podcast)
This 90 minute video by Dr. Scott Cypers, Ph.D. will give parents greater insight and tools for helping children struggling with anxiety. DCSD has made it a priority this year to provide Dr. Cypers 2-day training to all of our mental health staff. Therefore, you'll hear a lot of the same language from Dr. Cypers that I am now using in my work with CCE students.
Breathe deeply and have a great day!
Donuts with Dad - Thursday, March 12th, 7:30am-8:30am - Cafeteria
Each year CCE PTO hosts "Donuts with Dad", where students can enjoy donuts and juice with their dad, grandpa, uncle or special person (including moms, aunts, grandmas, etc.) in their lives before school.
Since the event is before school hours, we may enter through the cafeteria doors. Please sign in at the front desk if you plan to walk your student to class.
If you would like to volunteer at the event, kindly sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48a5a62da64-donut
Painting with the Grizzlies 2020 February 10, 2020 6:00-8:00
Future Grizzlies, grades K-6, from schools in the ThunderRidge High School feeder area, are invited to join the TRHS National Art Honor Society students to paint a heart-themed masterpiece in the high school art rooms.
TRHS "Grizzly Gives"
Douglas County Community Nights with the Colorado Avalanche
Friday, March 13th at 7:00pm vs. Vancouver Canucks
Back Up Game: Saturday, March 21st at 5:00pm vs. Montreal Canadiens
Please see the attached flyer for more information, or for tickets go to: https://avalanche.teamkse.com/DCSD/
CCE Spirt Rock
"Rent the Rock" to recognize a student's birthday, show school spirit, thank or recognize teachers or staff members, congratulatory events, etc. It is a great way to spread positive messages and increase excitement in our community! Spots are open to "Rent the Rock" Sign up now to reserve it!
A Look Ahead:
A Look Ahead this school year:
February 5th - Spring/Class Pictures
February 6th - Parry's Pizza Restaurant Night -All day
February 14 - NO SCHOOL - District Professional Development
February 17th - NO SCHOOL - President's Day observed
February 25th - PTO Meeting/SAC Meeting
March 12th - Donuts with Dad
March 16-20 - No School - Spring Break
April 17 - No School - District compensation day for evening conferences
April 20 - No School - District Professional Development Day
May 1st - HEX- 6th Grade
May 8th - Field Day - Kdg.-5th Grade
May 11th - Night of the Arts - Choir & Art Show -5:30-7:30pm
May 1`4th - Rain Day -Field Day
May 18th - Yearbook Signing Party
May 19th - 6th Gr. Field day
May 22 - Last Day of School!