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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL:
Welcome to October!
This month we will be honoring the life and legacy of Ian Weikel. We will kick off our School Spirit Week the week of October 2nd. This is always a very special week for our staff and students as we reflect upon an amazing human being. Your child’s teacher will send home information regarding fun dress-up days to celebrate school spirit week.
On Monday, Oct. 2nd from 9:00-9:30, I will host “Coffee and Conversation” with parents. Our topic of conversation will be evidence-based grading. I hope to see many of you in attendance! Look for more information to come home!
Student Showcase of Learning (A.K.A.- Parent/Teacher Conferences) will take place on October 11th and 12th. This will allow for very important conversations regarding your child’s progress. We are looking forward to meeting with each of you! Look for communication from your child’s teacher so you can sign up for a conference.
Also, Weikel staff and students will recognize Fire Prevention Week on Oct. 18th by hosting post-firefighters in an outside assembly where students will get to explore a fire truck and a smoke trailer.
Red Ribbon Week activities will take place the week of October 23rd. We will plan related activities allowing students to remember the importance of making good choices every day.
As you can tell, many great things await us this month! Have a “spook”tacular month!
Misty Jaramillo - Principal
Happy Fall, families! Kindergarten is excited to continue moving forward with an amazing school year. As the weather begins to cool off, please make sure you are labeling all of your kiddos extra layers so that we can keep track of them at school! Academics are continuing strong within our daily routines. Reading Language Arts will include high frequency words, phonics/ phonemic awareness practice, letters m, a, s, p, t, and comprehension skills (key details). Social studies will continue to focus on making friends and being a respectful citizen. Math focus will be on writing and recognizing numbers 0-10. In science, students will learn about bugs. We are so excited to meet with you the week of October 9th during conferences!
First Grade Message:
Howdy First Grade Parents!
We have a lot of events this month! In reading we are working on writing personal narratives and learning about blends. In science we are beginning our new unit on the topic of light. In math we are starting Module 2 which focuses on addition and subtraction relationships. Please join us for the below list of upcoming events!
Second Grade Message:
Second Grade is moving and grooving and we are loving all the learning that is going on. Second graders are continuing to learn about place value and adding and subtracting bigger numbers. In Math kids are using different strategies to help them figure out the sums and the difference. Math teacher Ms. Harris and Mrs. DeMatto have been very impressed with the students’ background knowledge the students have been providing! Keep it up!!! Mrs. Hatton and Ms. Kane are working hard in Reading each day. The kids have been learning about magic e, and really focusing on great writing skills. Second graders has done a wonderful job with big ideas and details! Way to go! Second grade parents please remember to check your child’s folder each night and please continue to read for 20 minutes as well!!! We appreciate all you do for us as well as your child, without you this couldn’t be possible!!! Second grade teachers are looking forward to great conversations at conferences, which will take place soon!!!
Third Grade Message:
What did the ghost say when we found out it was October? It sure is boo-tiful outside. In the month of October, our genre focus will be Expository text and Historical fiction Our reading skills will be the author's perspective and theme. For math, we will continue to finish up with multiplication and division. In addition, we will be understanding place value concepts through metric measurement. Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home. We look forward to seeing you all for parent/teacher conferences the week of October 9th.
Fourth Grade Message:
Fourth grade has been busy finishing the first quarter of school! Math is beginning to get more difficult as we move into multiplication and division for the second quarter. Please encourage students to continue to work on memorizing their multiplication facts. This will not only help them as we move into double digit multiplication, but also long division! Reading will continue to focus on comprehension skills. Please continue to read with your child each night and ask questions about what they read. We appreciate all your support.
Fifth Grade Message:
Our fifth-grade wolf pack have been very busy these last two weeks! We are proud of our fifth graders stepping in to try out for student council, book club, and poms. WAY TO GO!! This first week of math tutoring was a great success! We have already seen those who were invited apply all the great tools we have targeted to make those small improvements. The students are applying T-charts to practice their multiplication facts. Please continue to have them practice their multiplication facts. Also, please remember to have your child read 20minutes every day. Reading a book with them out loud will continue to build their fluency and accuracy. It was a joy seeing the students become so excited to investigate in science! Students brought in organisms to science class to take a closer look under a microscope. We can’t help but smile seeing them light up over what they are learning in the 5th grade pod. Next week we will send out our link to sign up for parent conferences on Sign-up Genius through Remind. Please remember to check and read any Reminds sent out by your homeroom teacher.
Hello Wolfpack Families!
It is hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner! The MPSW provides new toys, books and games for children of active duty service members in need in Colorado. Online applications opened September 1 and will remain open until November 15th. To apply you will need a copy of an LES/SRB and DD Form 1172-2 (DERRS FORM). The DEERS form can be found online by using a CAC card on the MIL Connect website or by going to the DEERS office. (If the service member is not present you will need to have POA.) If your spouse is away and you do not have POA you can also obtain it through S1, Rear D commander or commander. If you have any questions please reachout to MPSW.firstname.lastname@example.org
If your family is in need of other resources this holiday season, please do not hesitate to reach out.
School CounselorWeikel Elementary
1. Children who have a temperature of 100.0 (Fahrenheit) or above should not attend school. Children should remain home until their temperature has been normal without any fever reducing medication for 24 hours.
2. Children who have cold symptoms such as: a constant runny nose, abnormal color (green, yellow, or white) or thick nasal discharge, constant coughing, or lung congestion should not be in school.
3. Children who have been diagnosed with an infection and have been placed on medication should not return to school until they have taken the medication for 24 hours after the first dose.
4. Children who have had vomiting or diarrhea should not attend school for at least 24 hours after the last episode.
5. Children who have an undiagnosed skin rash or open skin lesions should not be in school.
6. Please call your school nurse if you have any questions regarding your child’s health and whether they should attend.
If any of the above signs and symptoms are present at school, the parent will be contacted to pick up the child. We do not want children to miss school, but keeping sick children home will improve everyone's attendance and health in the long run.
If your child is hospitalized or treated for an infectious disease, please provide your child's school a written statement from the health care provider that your child is no longer contagious and is cleared to return to school.
For those families who are new to Weikel, welcome! Our district utilizes an automated system to inform parents/guardians of health office visits. If your child is seen in the nurse’s office during the day, you will receive an automated text message at the end of the day letting you know of the visit. If the visit is of an urgent matter, you will be contacted by health office staff at the time of the visit.
October 2nd- Student Count Day! Kids will receive a special treat!
October 2nd-6th-Spirit Week (Ian Weikel's Birthday) See flyer below!
October 5th-APEX Fun Run
October 9th-13th-Fall Break-No School for students
October 6th-1st Quarter Ends
October 11th-Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 12th-Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 16th-2nd Quarter Begins
October 26th-Picture Retakes
October 31st- Halloween Classroom Parties
Please remember that drop off is no earlier than 7:05 am. There is no adult supervision until that time.
If your child will be going home a different way, please call the front office before 2:00 pm to ensure the message gets delivered to your student and their teacher.
Please call the front office or go to our website to report an absence for your child when they will not be at school. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceDqaa6EAkK0REXBjdSdnaIAqLZoNMhS8-lij0goFrh_90iA/viewform
About Our Namesake: Ian Weikel
September 2009, Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight’s Board of Education unanimously voted to name the newest elementary school on Fort Carson in memory of Ian P. Weikel.
Weikel Elementary will be a place of excellence, mission, and character. When you enter this school, may you not just think of a local son, a fallen soldier, but also a student who served his community and led by example.
Ian graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School in 1993 as Valedictorian of the senior class. Ian was recognized throughout his high school career including, “Gazette’s Best & Brightest Teenager”, Trojan of the Year 1992-1993, quarterback of the football team and student body president.
Following graduation, Ian attended the United States Military Academy, receiving his commission from West Point in 1997 and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. As a cadet, he was assigned to companies H4 & B4, earned his Air Assault Badge and joined the USMA-Rugby Team. Captain Weikel served as an Armor officer in the United States Army and was stationed with 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Hood.
Captain Weikel held many leadership positions while serving in the Army including: Tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, executive officer, and squadron maintenance officer in 2nd squadron, 3rd armored Cavalry regiment from 1998 – 2000. While stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, Cpt. Weikel served his country overseas while deployed to Bosnia in 2000 with 3ACR in support of SFOR7. While stationed at Fort Hood, TX from 2002 – 2006, he worked in G3 operations for 4th Infantry Division and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. He assumed command of G troop, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade in 2004 which was later reflagged to A troop 7-10 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Cpt. Weikel deployed to Iraq a second time on Dec 9, 2005, and was killed in action by an improvised explosive device on April 18, 2006 in Balad, Iraq. He was survived by his loving wife Wendy and son, Jonathan, whom he adored. He left behind loving parents, Dave and Beth Weikel, and a brother, Chad Weikel. For his heroic dedication he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Ian is remembered as a man of great integrity and grace. He was a man of God, and one who lived by his faith. Ian was the first born to Dave and Beth Weikel. Ian means “God is gracious,” and Patrick is a family name, which means “noble” and “one who does the right thing, and often not the easy thing.” He was a man who lived up to his name. He served others, made difficult choices, and displayed a heart and mind that was always learning and growing. Ian was born to be a learner, servant, and a leader, qualities that were apparent at an early age and bloomed as he grew.