CFL September Family Newsletter

Week of August 6

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Mission and Vision Statements

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 Statement:

Engage ~Empower~Improve

Our School Vision Statement:

Our vision is that all graduating first graders leave CFL as critically thinking young citizens with strong academic and social/emotional foundations

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CFL Communication

Dear CFL Families,

  • We have had a great few weeks of school. Teaches are building relationships with your child(ren) and together they are creating procedures, routines and systems in their classrooms. If you ever have questions or concerns please reach out to your child's teacher. We are here to partner and support however we can!

  • If you drop off your child, please reminder to walk your child to their teachers line. Do not let them just run from the car. This is for the safety for all our children. Thank you for your support! Teachers will bring in students promptly at 8:45

  • Remember to sign and return all paperwork that your child has brought home over the last 2 weeks.

Late Students - If your student arrives late, you will need to escort your child to the front office. We will need to screen each child individually and escort them to class. We have 2 office staff and your wait time may be increased if you arrive late.

Early Check-Out - If you are checking your student out early, please call ahead and we will try to have your student ready by the time you get to the school. Please allow 15 minutes before you arrive. Students will still need to be signed out by a parent or guardian at the front office.

Changes in End of Day routines - If you need to change your child’s normal end of day routine please call the school before 3:00 pm to allow us time to ensure the message gets to the teachers before students are released.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school! Veronica Duran and Miriam Baltazar, our friendly and super helpful secretaries, are in the office Tuesday through Friday and can be reached 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the school at (970) 285-5702.

With Gratitude,

Kim Frees (Principal) and the CFL Faculty and Staff

Just a quick reminder that we are a four day school week!

Tuesday thru Friday

We begin our day at 8:40 a.m.

We end our day at 4:20 p.m.

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Tuesday Folders

Communication between home and school is vital for student success. Each Tuesday your child will bring home a Tuesday Folder filled will student work, information and Communication.

Take a moment to sit with your child and go over items in their folder. Please sign the folder to show you reviewed the information. If you have any questions or comments please add them as we are here to support you however we can. Please returned the folder to school the next day.

Picture Day

Picture Day will be October 1st. Look for information in your Child's Tuesday folder soon.

School Supplies

  • Garfield 16 is providing all school supplies again this year. Please make sure students have a backpack, water bottle and a sturdy pair of tennis shoes for PE and recess.

  • Masks are highly recommended, but not mandated.

  • Drinking fountains are still off in all school buildings. We have bottle filling stations. Students will need a water bottle, as we do not provide cups.

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Pre-School News

Preschool - You will be dropping your child off at CFL you will go to the Preschool back doors, which can be found on the west side of the building. Please park on the west end of the building along Parachute Avenue - DO NOT park in the bus loading zone as it will cause busses to be late. You will then enter the Preschool playground and follow the color line for the teacher your child will have this year. There will be only one gate available for entry/exit of the playground . Please see the image for the route you will take as you drop off/pick up your child each day.

If you are dropping your child off at BUE for Preschool you will drop off at the side doors on the left front of the building. DO NOT park in the bus loading zone as it will cause busses to be late. Please park in the parking lot and use the crosswalk to walk your child to their teacher's door. Teachers will be out to greet you.

Family Resource Center

Our School Based Family Resource Center does a great job connecting Garfield16 Students and Families with resources. Please check out their Facebook Page and Website for for information about programs and resources, which may benefit you and your family.



Please do not hesitate to reach out to our School Based Family Resource Center for more information.


Claudia Flores Cruz

Center Coordinator


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Student Safety during COVID:

As with last year, we will continue to follow guidance and recommendations from state and local officials. This year brings some changes for our students, parents and community as we continue working towards creating a safe environment for students and staff members.

For the remainder of the COVID 19 Pandemic, there are numerous safety precautions we will follow as proposed by CDC,CDPHE, and GCPHE. This is to ensure student, staff and community safety.

As stated in the "Opening Schools Plan" masks are encouraged but not required. Please keep in mind this is subject to change based on COVID-19 numbers and guidance from local and state health departments.

We are dedicated to returning to school as normal as possible. We believe in-person learning and socialization are key in developing a great education. We will follow all local and state-level mandates. The Garfield 16 Plan for Opening Schools can be accessed directly using the link below.

Health Screenings

As always, if any member of your household is being tested for Covid or has tested positive for Covid, please keep all family members at home and contact the school immediately for next steps.

As students enter the building we will continue to screen for symptoms and send home ill students. (Please keep your student home if they are ill.) If a person answers yes to any of the screener questions they will need to return home for further monitoring by their personal physician.

❏ 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.

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Transportation and Bus Routes

In an effort to even out busloads and to achieve quicker drop-off times, some bus routes have changed. Please click the button below. If you have questions please call the Transportation office at 970-285-5700 ext. 5130. ALL students riding the bus during the 2021-2022 school must have a completed "Transportation Waiver" signed handed to the bus driver on the first day. (See button below)

If you need more information please contact our Transportation Director - Steve Gardner at

970-285-5700 ext 5130

Transportation Website

Transportation Waiver

Any student riding the bus is required to wear a mask.

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus are available on our district and school website!

School Breakfast and Lunch menus are currently being created and updated for the start of the school year. If you are ever looking for the breakfast and lunch menus, please visit our district Nutrition Department Website where you can link directly to each month's menus. These menus can also be accessed on the CFL Website. Menus will be posted as soon as they are ready for the year!

Please keep in mind that menus have the potential to change A LOT depending on staffing issues, and product availability. Our Nutrition Department does their best to honor the posted menus, however they can be heavily impacted for a variety of reasons. If you ever have any questions, please call 285-5701 ext. 4180 with any questions or email

Free and Reduced Lunch Packet

Please fill out even if you do not think you qualify. We thank you as your effort supports grant writing and funding initiatives district-wide. The packet is in both English and Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the 1st day of School?

A: Tuesday, August 24th and 25th are our Assessment days. Your child is scheduled for either a morning or afternoon time. Scheduled times were sent last week. If you did not get one please all the CFL office at 285-5702. Students first full day is August 26th.

Q: What are school start and end times

A: The first bell rings at 8:40 We end our day at 4:20

Q: Who is my student's teacher?

A: If your child was a kinder student in our district last year, they will have their same teacher. If they are in Kindergarten student met them last spring at our transition day. If you need to know who your student's teacher is, please call our office at (970) 285-5702.

Q: What school supplies will my child need?

A: Garfield 16 is able to provide most school supplies for CFL students this year. Families will need to provide a backpack and appropriate gym shoes for their student(s)..

Q. How much do school breakfasts and lunches cost?

A. At CFL all students benefit from a free breakfast and lunch grant obtained through the efforts of our Garfield 16 Nutrition Department. In order to continue to qualify for this grant, we need all families to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch Packet, regardless of family income.

Q: Can my child ride a bus to school.

A: Yes! We have bus routes for CFL students which can be found online using this link: Bus Routes. All families must submit a GCSD16 Covid-19 Activity Waiver form to ride the bus. These forms can be found online using this link: GCSD16 Covid-19 Activity Waiver. Also, all students must wear masks on buses, regardless of age, as we cannot physically distance on buses. Please contact our director of transportation, Steve Gardner, for any questions or for more information at (970) 285-5700 ext 5130.

Q: What kind of technology will my child have access to?

A: All students at CFL will have their own Chromebook. They will be able to take their Chromebooks home with them. We highly encourage you to purchase Chromebook insurance to protect you in case of accidental damage. Technology insurance forms will be sent home with students on the 1st day of school and are also available using this link: Chromebook Insurance. Please return the insurance form and payment to the CFL office as soon as possible.

Q: What safety measures are you taking during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

A: Our school district has published our "Opening Schools Plan," which contains our safety procedures for the year. If you have questions after reading through the "Opening Schools Plan," please reach out to our Principal, Mrs. Frees, who is always willing to visit and share information - (970) 285-5702.

Q: Will students be required to wear masks at school?

A: As stated in the "Opening Schools Plan" masks are encouraged but not required. Please keep in mind this is subject to change based on COVID-19 numbers and guidance from local and state health departments.

Q: Will there be a back-to-school event this year?

A: Yes! Open House for CFL Kindergarten and 1st Grade students will be Tuesday, August 17th from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm. This will be an outdoor event. There will also be time for questions and a short tour (under 15 minutes) so students can get used to the building.

Q: I didn't see my question here, who do I ask?

A: You are always welcome to call our office at (970) 285-5702. You are also always welcome to reach out to our school principal, Mrs. Frees, via email ( and she will get back to you as soon as possible.