October Newsletter

Conrad Early Learning Center

Here's what's happening at Conrad ELC...

Hello Conrad Families,

The season is changing and there is a crispness in the air. I hope you and your family take some time to explore and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Colorado. This time of year is absolutely breathtaking.

October is such a busy time of school year! Our students have settled into their classroom routines, teachers are busy gathering baseline data and helping students establish relationships with their peers, in addition to preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is also a wonderful time in the school year where teachers and parents get to share all the wonderful attributes of their child and set goals for the year. During this time of COVID, although conferences will look and feel different, you will still have the opportunity to connect with your child's teacher. There will be a lot of information being sent to you from your child's teacher through REMIND as we adapt to this new way of virtual conferences. All teachers have sent information through REMIND with their Sign Up Genius link and, if not already, will send the Zoom conference link also. Please take the time to sign up for your child's conference as soon as possible.

Please know that all communication from your child's teacher, our school, and the district will be sent through REMIND. This is to limit the amount of back and forth with papers from school to home. It is imperative that you are set up to receive notifications through this app as this is our way in D8 to communicate back and forth. Think of it as your child's daily communication log and folder. There will be important information from your child's teacher and the district in the next few days regarding Parent-Teacher Conferences, Federal Impact Aid Survey, and the MyTeachingStrategies Family app. Your child's teacher will also share pictures of their class activities, home projects to try, snack calendars, and weekly newsletters through REMIND. Since we are unable to meet in person, we want to make sure we stay connected and this is our best way to do so during this time.

In addition, we are so fortunate this year to have an early learning curriculum (Creative Curriculum) that offers the ability for teachers to connect with parents to share lessons, activities, and reports. There is an app that you will need to download to your smart phone, tablet, or home computer called MyTeachingStrategies Family app. Your child's teacher will be sending information through REMIND with directions on how to set up your secure account through MyTeachingStrategies Family. You will also receive an email inviting you to set up this app.

I want to thank you all for adhering to our safety protocols at Conrad. Your attention to wearing your face covering and staying socially distanced is commendable, in addition to your awareness and patience in the parking lot. You may have noticed that there is another parking lot being added to the north of ours. This should be finished around mid-October. You are welcome to park in that lot when it is finished if needed. There are a few additional reminders to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families.

  • Traffic should not go behind the school. That is our bus loop and students are getting on/off the bus during drop off/pick up.
  • Also, please do not park behind the school. Again, this is our bus loop and loading zone.
  • Handicap placards need to be displayed when parking in a handicap parking spot.
  • For the safety of all children, please do not leave children unattended in your car.

I look forward to possibly "seeing" some of you at virtual conferences. If you have any questions or need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me. We're off to a wonderful start this school year, and I'm looking forward to all we will continue to do! Have a Happy October!


Stephanie Lee

Conrad Administrator


Conrad Early Learning Center

The Early Intervention Preschool in Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight provides 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.