BUE Family Newsletter

February 7, 2022

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School Calendar 2021/2022

Click here to accessed the school calendar.

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Garfield 16 Overarching Mission Statement:

As a result of our efforts, all students will be successfully prepared for life in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our School Mission:

BUE is a caring community providing students with a meaningful and authentic education.

Our School Vision:

We strive to empower our students to pursue their passions and to be kind, ethical people.

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Winter Weather Reminder

We go outside for recesses!

It has been quite cold.

Please ensure your student has Winter Weather Gear.

A jacket/Hoodie is NOT enough to keep children warm.

Dressing for Cold Weather

Cold weather has arrived in western Colorado! Students will be outside for recess. It's good for students to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, but they need to come prepared for the colder temperatures. Please make sure your student is wearing proper winter attire to school (warm jacket, gloves, hat, appropropriate shoes). Sandals weather is over, please make sure your student(s) have warm shoes/boots for recess.

If your student is in need of winter clothing/shoes, please call the office at 970-285-5703 and we will get you in contact with the School Based Family Resource Center.

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Valentine’s Parties at BUE 2022

Dear BUE Families,

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! There is continued guidance from Public Health regarding outside visitors and homemade food. This means our Valentine’s Day Parties will look very similar to our Halloween and Holiday Parties. On Friday, February 11th, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. classes will have the opportunity to celebrate. Most classrooms will have simple treats (individually wrapped and prepackaged), a craft time, and may or may not watch a movie while they craft. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s teacher.
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Morning and Afternoon Drop Off

We are becoming very congested in the morning during Drop Off at BUE.

Here is the beginning of the year handout to explain the Kiss and GO Drop Off Zone at BUE.

  • Please do not park in the Kiss and Go Zone.
  • The Kiss and Go Zone has 2 lanes. The inside lane next to the sidewalk is for quick drop off. The outside lane is to go around traffic and/or park. Please utilize both lanes.
  • The duties outside help direct traffic. Please follow their directions at all times.

  • If you would like to volunteer to help with crosswalk duty please call the office (970) 285-5703.

National Parks in Colorado

Colorado's four National Parks are home to some of the world's most wondrous and diverse scenery.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Additionally, Colorado is home to eight National Monuments that highlight the state's ancient and more recent history. Colorado's eight National Monuments include:

  • Browns Canyon National Monument
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Chimney Rock National Monument
  • Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Yucca House National Monument

From hiking to fossil finding and wildlife watching, all the state's Parks and Monuments offer unique experiences for visitors. We hope you can take your family and visit one of these wonderful places.

There is information above on FREE Entrance into National Parks and Monuments, which can also be found by clicking this LINK.

Also, all 4th students can receive a FREE Park Pass to all National Parks and Monuments for them and their whole family. Check it out by clicking on this LINK or on the box below.

New App for BUE Parents

Get information from BUE with the new Garfield 16 app. Parents and students can download the new app from both the Google Play and Apple App stores. Just look for Garfield 16.

Each of the Garfield 16 schools is connected to the app and are posting information on the site. The new app can be customized to receive specific notices from chosen schools and the District.

The app can provide timely notifications and offers ready access to lunch menus, bus route information, calendar information, and school form access among the many other options.

This is a "one-stop-shop." Now there is no need to go to the District website for some information, your school website for other information, then to our social media sites for still other school information. Download the app now and start customizing your access to your school(s)

4th Grade Winter Ecology Trip with our Local Kiwanis Club

Many thanks to our local Kiwanians who sponsor the yearly 4th Grade Winter Ecology Trip.

The 4th Grade Winter Ecology Project was first initiated at BUE in collaboration with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Local Kiwanis Club in 1999. Over the years, the Colorado Division of Wildlife leaned more and more on help from our local Kiwanians. By 2005 our local Kiwanis Club had taken the reins and was leading the program. There has only been one missed year (2020/2021) in the history of this program.

We hope you enjoy the pictures from Mrs. Bair's Class. We will add pics from additional classes as they become available!

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Terrific Kids for the month of January: Collaboration


You are invited to attend the Virtual All School Crew for

January's Terrific Kids

Friday, February 11, 2022.

8:30 – 9:00 am

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pih-hxqe-xpc

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 419-751-4104‬ PIN: ‪323 631 789‬#


Terrific Kids is sponsored by our local Kiwanis Club and is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Each month, our teachers choose a Terrific Kid from their class who consistently demonstrates our CRISP Habits.

C.R.I.S.P. is an acronym that stands for:






Link to February 11, 2022 All School Crew

January Terrific Kids - Friday, February 11, 2022 - 8:30 – 9:00 am

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Many thanks to the families who join us for our monthly Parent Advisory Committee meeting!

The topic for February's PAC meeting is to provide parents with information on the Colorado READ ACT. This meeting will be held virtually using the following link:

BUE PAC Meeting

Thursday, February 10th

6:00 – 7:00pm

Read Act Informational Meeting

Join with Google Meet


Join by phone

‪(US) +1 347-508-5342‬ PIN: ‪610 924 517‬#

Future PAC Meetings Dates and Times: monthly on the second Thursday

  • March 10, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location TBD
  • April 14, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location TBD
  • May 12, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. location TBD
Link to February PAC Meeting

BUE PAC Meeting - Thursday, February 10th - 6:00 – 7:00pm - Read Act Informational Meeting

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COVID Guidance Update

Dear BUE Families,

We know COVID guidance can be very complicated and at times confusing. Also, guidance could change at any time. Please contact our school’s health tech, Jen Shaffer, for help answering any questions related to Covid (970) 285-5703.

As many of you have seen in the news, guidelines have recently changed in terms of isolation and quarantine periods for individuals who have tested positive for COVID or who have been exposed to COVID.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID 19 in the school setting, we will notify you electronically and you need to refer to the quarantine recommendations.

Please ensure your email and phone numbers are up to date and check your email daily. We also encourage you to go to the app store and get our Garfield 16 app. This will allow you to receive push notifications on your phone.


Garfield 16 will follow the guidance from CDPHE by “promoting hand washing, ensuring good ventilation, encouraging activities outside, social distancing, and asking sick students to stay home following CDPHE’s Return to Learn tool. In addition, CDC and CDPHE recommend universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

If you have any of the following symptoms, stay home.

If your child develops any of these symptoms at school, we will ask you to come get your student and you are to follow the isolation protocols from CDPHE. This will help mitigate the transition of the spread of sickness in schools.

❏ Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4°F or higher.

❏ New or unexplained persistent cough.

❏ Shortness of breath.

❏ Difficulty breathing.

❏ Loss of taste or smell.

❏ Fatigue.

❏ Muscle aches.

❏ Headache.

❏ Sore throat.

❏ Nausea or vomiting.

❏ Diarrhea.

❏ Runny nose or congestion.

If you test positive for COVID 19 you are to follow isolation protocols.

Garfield 16 Covid Information

Use this link to directly access resources regarding COVID 19.

Where to get a Covid Test in Garfield County

Free community test sites have no charge. Other provider’s fees and types of test offered will vary.

Free, Voluntary Covid Testing at BUE

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provides all K-12 Colorado schools (public, private, charter and tribal) with a FREE and voluntary COVID-19 screening testing program for the 2021-22 school year. The weekly rapid antigen test is available to all students and staff who choose to participate.

A student may not need to quarantined, or may return to school early if participating in this

program (depending symptoms and other factors).

Please see the information sheets in both English and Spanish below for more details.

Clink on the link below to sign your child up and to give consent for testing

Consent form in English

Clicking on the link will take you to DocuSign and ask for the parent or guardian's full name and email address. This is the email address that results will be delivered to. Only one parent/guardian is required. If parents wish to have two parents on the consent form, please write both names under the first name, e.g. Jane and John Smith.

If you have any questions, please call the BUE Office at (970) 285-5703.

The state provides funding for students to receive a small stipend to participate in this program. Garfield 16 does not fund the stipend.

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GARFIELD 16 Supply Chain Shortage

There is a nationwide food supply shortage and labor shortage that many of you may have heard about that is impacting the foodservice industry. Schools are not immune to this shortage. The ongoing I-70 closures have been an added challenge to this school year. We kindly request your patience and flexibility throughout the year as we continuously find solutions. Garfield 16 students will never lack options, or nutritious meals. Menu items may change on very short notice based on product and delivery availability. All menu changes will be communicated to the school secretaries, and posted in the main entryway of all schools. We also will post updates on our webpage. If you have any questions please call and speak to Jody Williams 285-5701 ext. 4180 or email jwilliams@garfield16.org.

Elementary Breakfast Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu

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Want to make a little extra money?

Dear Parents,

Colorado has been experiencing a teacher shortage since 2010. Substitute teachers are also very limited.

Substituting is a great fit for retirees, college students, part-time workers, stay-at home parents, and those with flexible schedules.

Here are some quick facts:

  • Substitute teaching is very rewarding. You get to work with great kids, see how our school works, and get a better understanding of what our students are learning and why.
  • It provides you the opportunity to set your own schedule and have a great amount of flexibility. It can fit in your schedule as it works best for you and you get to determine the days you work. You can even use it to supplement another job.
  • You can easily sub as many or as few days a week as you would like. You can earn a steady paycheck or several hundred dollars here or there.
  • You will make a difference in students’ lives and in our school.
  • You’ll have fun! Substitute teaching is really an adventure. The variety found in the day, fast pace, and meeting new colleagues and students, are all a recipe for an exciting day.

  • Certified substitute teachers make $130 / day in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a teacher)
  • Classified substitute teachers make $12.32 / hours in Garfield 16. (this is subbing for a paraprofessional, custodian, food service, etc).

If you do a little math, subbing for a teacher can really add up:

  • Working only 2 days a week could earn you over $1000/month ($130x2 = $260 x 4 weeks a month = $1060).

Here is a link to CDE's website on how to apply to become a substitute teacher. LINK

Most people will want to apply for a 1 year authorization.
There are 3 steps:
  1. Submit Fingerprints
  2. Complete a substitute teaching application LINK
  3. Contact Garfield 16 to apply to sub in our district Link to Garfield 16 Application
Substitute Boot Camp Flyer

Virtual meeting for information to help participants learn about substitute teaching. Dates in 2021 - October 7 - October 21 - November 4 - November18 - December 2 - December 16