Aurora Frontier P-8 Staff Bulletin

April 6, 2016

What is happening at Frontier:

  • 4/4-READ Act Conferences
  • 4/4-Staff Meeting at 2:45 in the Media Center
  • 4/6-Content Teams meet for late start
  • 4/6 k/1st grade program @7:00pm - Rescheduled
  • 4/7-EELT Meeting at 2:45
  • 4/8-Middle School Formal in the gym at 6:00pm
  • 4/9-Gwynn Moore's birthday
  • 4/10-Paris Sherman's birthday


Weekly Student Announcements are available http://frontier.aurorak12.org/school-info/weekly-school-announcements/

Next Week:

  • 4/11 Building Council at 2:45
Girl's basketball vs Murphy Creek at 4:30


  • 4/12 African American Club for middle school- 2:45

Coding for Kids- 2:45

k-1st Literacy tutoring- 2:45

  • 4/13 Content meetings -7:30-9:00
Delta Dental of Smiles Program- 1:30



SOARing Singers- 2:30

Reading buddies - 2:30

Girl's Basketball game vs Vista Peak - 4:30


  • 4/15 2nd grade Field trip to Denver Botanic Gardens- 9:00-2:00
1st grade Poems and pastries- 10:45

Week of April 3-9-After Spring Break:

PARCC testing:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

Cari's Corner

Welcome back,

I hope you have had a great spring break. It is hard to believe that we are coming to a close on the 2015-16 school year, with this in mind I ask that we continue to be an adult presence in the hallways daily, plan for instruction from the beginning of class to the end of class and remember to enjoy our students as this helps them engage in the learning. If you need any support please ask as we are here to support all staff and students.

Happy Spring!

Cari

Welcome to Aurora Frontier P-8

Please come by the office to welcome Lauren's sub, Bellya Hernandez. She will be supporting us during Lauren's maternity leave.

Welcome aboard Bellya.

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Shout Out ...

  • Rebecca and Stacy for giving our students the opportunity to showcase their talents
  • All staff for working so hard and many times not getting the recognition you deserve
  • Katie for picking up all the "extra" while Lauren is out on leav

District Announcements

Board of Education Newsletter: Check out the most recent Board of Education Newsletter online.

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Community Partners' Announcements

School Supply Kits for Kids - Edukit


Introducing EduKit. Aurora Frontier P-8 has partnered with EduKit for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year to provide our parents with a simple and convenient option for purchasing school supplies.


Sometimes gathering the correct teaching supplies and making sure each student has what you'd like for them the first day of class can be stressful, time-consuming, and just a complete headache. Let your Community Partners and Edukit help you next year! Edukit creates customized school supplies kits with help from you that EXACTLY match the school supply list for your class!


It’s that simple. Your needs are met when every student has their school supplies kits containing just what they need on the first day of class. Customized Edukits eliminate the hassle of shopping at busy school supplies stores by delivering exactly what each student needs to be ready for the first day of class.


This is where we need help from all K-8 Teachers! In order for us to develop an exact list for the school supplies kits for every grade and allow us to get information out to our parents before the end of the year, could we please get a copy of each grade's school supply lists for the 2016-2017 school year no later than Friday, April 8th.


We are so excited to work with all of our amazing teachers this year to offer this easy to use option to all our Frontier parents and students!


Please note: Although ordering through Edukit makes shopping simple and easy for parents, participation in the program is completely voluntary for our families!


Please do not hesitate to let Brandi or Shelly know if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you for your continued support and all you do for Aurora Frontier! - Brandi & Shelly

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Athletics

We are in need of people to work the boys soccer games. If interested please let Ron or Thomas know.

Professional Learning

This week we will be meeting with our content teams from 7:30-9:00.


Teachers Nurture Growth Mindsets in Math

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/09/09/teachers-nurture-growth-mindsets-in-math.html


Nurturing Growth Mindsets: 6 Tips from Carol Dweck

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2016/03/nurturing_growth_mindsets_six_tips_from_carol_dweck.html?cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB

Staff Announcements

Lauren Hennessy is out on leave until the end of the year, she will have a sub supporting the front office, if you need anything during her absence please feel free to ask Bellya Hernandez ( the sub) or Cari as we want to make the end of the year run as smoothly as possible.



Friendly reminder our duty day is from 7:15- 3:15 please be sure to be here on time.


End of the year evaluation meetings- All meetings need to be completed by

May 5 ,2016. Celi and Cari will be scheduling these meetings in Lauren's absence. Please be sure to prepare for the meeting as it makes the meeting run smoothly and efficiently.


From CDE:

We will be having a planned outage for the Colorado State Model Performance Management System (RANDA) from 5 p.m. – midnight on Tuesday, April 5. Users will not be able to log into the system during this time and we will put up a notice on the login page and dashboard within the system.



Due to the snow days last week, we have extended the due date to purchase tickets for the middle school semi-formal dance. If your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader would still like to purchase pre-sale tickets for $10, he or she may bring the money to school on Tuesday, April 5th. Tickets will still be available at the door for those who do not wish to have a Chick-Fil-A dinner and dessert for $5.




PARCC Testing:

Tuesday, April 5th:

3rd grade ELA 1, 12:30-2:15


Wednesday, April 6th:

3rd grade Math 4, 10:00-11:15


Thursday, April 7th:

6th, 7th, 8th grade, ELA 2, 9:25-11:30

3rd grade ELA 2, 12:30-2:15

5th grade, Math 4, 1:10-2:30


Friday, April 8th:

6th, 7th, 8th grade, ELA 3, 9:25-11:30

3rd grade ELA 3, 12:30-2:15

5th grade, Math 4, 1:10-2:30

PTO Announcements

Our last PTO/Accountability meeting for this year will be Thursday, April 28th, starting at 2:45p.m. We hope you'll join us!! *Please note the time change for this meeting.


King Soopers Re-loadable Gift Cards ~

Aurora Frontier is now partnering with King Soopers to help raise money for Aurora Frontier! This fundraiser couldn’t be easier and is EZ Money! Purchase a re-loadable gift card for $5.00 from Brandi Mabry or Shelly White and receive a card with $5.00 on it. Go to King Soopers and do your grocery and household shopping. Then just remember to reload your gift card on a separate transaction before your cashier begins scanning your groceries. Pay for your groceries every time you shop at King Soopers! Purchase your groceries and/or gas with your gift card you just loaded with the appropriate amount and save your gift card to reload and use the next time you buy groceries! It’s that easy! Pick one up for your friends and family to use and Aurora Frontier P-8 benefits! Each time Aurora Frontier P-8 gift card purchases reach $5,000 or more worth of groceries (as a group), King Soopers will donate 5% back to Aurora Frontier PTO!


This fundraiser runs all year; there is no stop date!


Staff Member Grant~

The Aurora Frontier P-8 PTO invites you to participate in the Staff Member Grant Program. PTO allocates funds for staff members to purchase items which will promote innovative teaching, improve curriculum, and enhance student life at Aurora Frontier P-8. Grant requests may be for projects, activities, books, field trips, equipment, etc. that enhance the academic lives of our students.


Grant request should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the monthly PTO meeting you wish to ask for funds and a staff representative must be present during such meeting.


Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this grant form.


Have a great week! - Aurora Frontier P-8 PTO

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PBIS

As a reminder... if you have a struggling student, or, would like for someone to walk you through the MTSS Behavior process, please contact a committee member: Megan Weaver, Kari Santos, Kurt Graff , Julie Wilson, Sarah Mabrey, Charmaine Clark, Thad McCauley, Amy Bradac, Natalie Guenther, Christina Whitted, Erin Boyle, Caleb Tucker, Cheryl Rebik and Celi Leggett. Thank you!

Dean's Box

Duty this week- Megan, Candy, Ron, Sarah, Charmaine, Caleb, Alice, Christine R., DeDe, Natalie, Shelly, Peggy, Jennifer, and Julie.

Thanks for being visible in the hallways especially at lunch and after school.
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Media/Technology

Media

Please note the media center lab will be used for MS 7/8 Classes on Monday 3/21 and Tuesday 3/22 from 8:35-9:20. ELD and Kinder Pals may use the Library Lab areas until 8:30 a.m. Thank you.


Technology

Care and Responsible use of Chromebooks----Teacher PLEASE follow up with students putting away chromebooks from testing OR classroom use. I am finding many chromebooks not plugged in ready for charging and the cords dangling and getting pinched by the doors when they close. Adapters are expensive to replace from pinched cords and if someone needs to use the chromebooks after your use, if they are not plugged in, the next user suffers if the chromebooks aren't charged ready to go. I know it is hectic during testing, and I come around to double check as a courtesy. So if everyone helps students understand the responsibility of using technology we will have the chromebooks in great condition for a long time to come. Remember if you are using chromebooks for classroom use (not testing) you should have a system for knowing which students are using which chromebook. Thank you!


Sunday, in placed the chromebooks for testing for 3rd & 5th grades, made sure they were plugged in and chromebooks were charging. Please note that there are enough computers for the students testing in the communities, so sharing chromebooks in the carts is a must. The easiest way to do this is teachers before testing, grab the needed extras and place them on top of the cart you are using and then replacing the chromebooks after testing in the carts to charge for the afternoon session.


I will be around to classrooms this week to double check inventory. The district was out last week to track down several items that were not found in October. I will visit testing classrooms(grades 3 & 5) after school.

Equity in Learning Leadership Team

Please check in with your team regarding status for next years ELLT.

BUILDING COUNCIL

Our next meeting is April 11th, 2016. If you have anything you would like to share, please speak to a committee member: Caleb Tucker, Erin Boyle, Cheryl Rebik, or Kari Santos. Thank you.