Garfield Re-2 News for our families

March 19, 2021

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With striking visual representations displayed on her whiteboard at Riverside Middle School this year, 8th grade teacher Mrs. Espinoza shows us that there’s more than one way to teach Social Studies across the Garfield Re-2 district. From the systems of government to the Civil War, her detailed designs help students visualize the past in an effort to absorb more information in the present.


“I'm self-taught,” says Espinoza. “I actually share a story with my kids in that I didn't start doing art until I was 40-years-old, because I truly believed that I could not do art at all.” She says that belief must have been ingrained in her during elementary school when comparing herself to others. “It's a good story and now I tell my kids that you have to learn to believe in yourself and give yourself a chance,” says Espinoza. Her students are taking her advice, too.

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Welcome class of 2034!!!

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Kindergarten Registration is now open

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO REGISTERING FOR KINDERGARTEN

  • Full-day kindergarten and part-day slots available. Spaces will be full-time unless otherwise requested;
  • Children must be five by October 1, 2021 to be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year;
  • When registering for school, parents should have the child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence documents - this may include a utility bill, driver' s license, rental/lease agreement or property tax statement;
  • You will be asked to make an appointment at your school to finish registration;
  • Children currently enrolled in a Garfield Re-2 Pre-school program do not need to register for Kindergarten.
  • Children with CMC Pre- School or any other pre-school should register online for their home attendance area school;
  • All 2021-22 kindergarten students should be enrolled at their home attendance area school;
  • If you would like to attend a Garfield Re-2 school OTHER than your home attendance area school, please submit an open enrollment application to the school you would like to attend by May 1.
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Garfield Re-2 is now taking applications for Pre-School

Are you interested in preschool for your 3 or 4 year-old for the 2021-2022 school year?

APPLY HERE

Families in New Castle, Silt, and Rifle are invited to complete this online preschool application. Tuition and State-Funded slots are available. Completion of this application does not guarantee enrollment in preschool. The preschool director will contact you about the next steps, or you are welcome to contact the preschool directly.

Cactus Valley Elementary 665-7871

Elk Creek Elementary 665-6936

Graham Mesa Elementary 665-7540

Kathryn Senor Elementary 665-7674

Highland Elementary 665-6817

Wamsley Elementary 665-7966


IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO APPLY FOR PRESCHOOL

  • Please apply if you are interested in your child attending as a NEW preschooler, and your child did NOT attend a Garfield RE2 preschool last year
  • Children must be three or four on or before October 1, 2021. Children who are five on or before October 1st may enroll in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year;

  • After applying for preschool, you will be contacted by the preschool director, or you may contact the preschool directly. Families will be asked to complete additional preschool information and to provide the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of address documents- this may include a utility bill, driver’s license, rent/lease agreement, or property tax statement;

  • All families should apply to their home attendance area school;

  • If you would like to attend a Garfield RE2 preschool OTHER than your home attendance area preschool please submit an open enrollment application to the school you would like to attend.

A very special surprise!

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☆☆WE HAVE A SECRET!☆☆

The Rifle Veterans Community Living Center has a VERY SPECIAL celebration planned for a very special Rifle Bear and they need your help!!


Mr. Gordon Cooper ~"COACH"~ will be celebrating his 91st birthday very soon.
We would love to have you join in on the celebration!

••WHAT•• Drive by birthday celebration
••WHEN •• April 3, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00am
••WHERE ••Colorado State Veteran's Community Living Center, 851 E. 5th Street

☆Please decorate your vehicles in your VERY BEST Rifle Bears colors! EVERYONE to meet at Rifle Metro Park at 9:30am - prior to heading to the VA for the drive by celebration. CARDS, PICTURES, AND MEMORIES WELCOME!☆

••Please contact Lesa Rust at 625-0842 with any questions••

☆☆SHHHH••• ITS A SURPRISE!☆☆

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Some images from the Rifle High School Spring Choir Concert

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Some images from this week's Cactus Valley Kindergarten performance

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Graham Mesa Elementary families enjoyed Culvers night and raised money for GME

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Congratulations to CRHS Soccer Coach Michael Mikalakis on your 100th victory!

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Congratulations to all of the Rifle and Coal Ridge High School athletes that earned all-conference honors

Boys 3A Western Slope League All-Conference from Coal Ridge

Andrew Herrera

Eddie Salazar

Hank DiMarco

Moises Contreras


Honorable Mention

Karsen DuBois


Girls 3A Western Slope League All-Conference from Coal Ridge


Taylor Wiescamp

Jackie Camunez


Honorable Mention

Mikayla Cheney

Peyton Garrison


Boys 4A Western Slope League All-Conference from Rifle

Tito Ruiz

Kade Bishop


Honorable Mention

Josh Avila


Girls 4A Western Slope League All-Conference from Rifle

Jamie Caron

Mackenzie Elizardo


Honorable Mention

Jasmine Quinones

Kimberly Lang

Congratulations to RHS wrestler Bryce Rowley for his 5th place finish at 138 pounds at the 3A State Wrestling Tournament!

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THANKS for the feedback!

In the feedback from last week's newsletter, someone asked if we could share the cases that have occurred in Garfield Re-2 School District.


Well, we are glad you asked. Since October, we have had a COVID-19 dashboard on our website where the daily stats are kept.


You can see our dashboard here.

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FREE TESTS STILL AVAILABLE - FREE WEEKLY COVID 19 TESTING

Western Garfield free COVID testing is still available in New Castle, Rifle and Parachute one day per week through NOW EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE, though pre-registration links and times have changed.


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is no longer using Curative testing and has switched to Mako testing due to concerns about the accuracy of Curative tests. Curative tests may have shown false negative results.


TESTING INFORMATION:

Elk Creek Elementary School
804 W Main St., New Castle, 81647
Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pre-register here for #15803 Elk Creek
https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2415

Bea Underwood Elementary School
0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, 81635
Mondays, 9 – 11 a.m.
Pre-register here for #15804 Bea Underwood
https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2416

Garfield County Fairgrounds
1001 Railroad Ave., Rifle, 81650
Mondays, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Pre-register here for #15805 Rifle
https://mako.exchange/scheduler/registration/?location=2417

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Unite to Stop the Spread

We are United to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Show personal responsibility by taking these critical public health recommendations seriously and encourage your friends, neighbors, and family to do the same.

  • Shrink your bubble
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep your distance
  • Stay home if you are sick

www.unitedtostopthespread.com

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Events

Fri. 3/19 Coal Ridge Titans FB vs. Rifle (V) 5:00

Sat. 3/20 Coal Ridge Titans Soccer vs. Fruita (V/JV) 4:00, 5:30

Sat. 3/20 Rifle Bears VB vs. Roaring Fork (C/JV/V) 11:00, 12:00, 1:00

Mon. 3/22 Coal Ridge Titans FB @ Roaring Fork (JV) 4:00

Tues. 3/23 Coal Ridge Titans VB @ Palisade (C/JV/V) 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

Thurs. 3/25 Coal Ridge Titans Soccer @ Roaring Fork (V/JV) 4:00, 5:30

Thurs. 3/25 Coal Ridge Titans VB vs. Steamboat (C/JV/V) 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

Thurs. 3/25 Rifle Bears VB vs. Moffat County (C/JV/V) 4:30, 5:30, 6:30

Fri. 3/26 Rifle Bears FB vs. Aspen (V) 7:00

Sat. 3/27 Coal Ridge Titans Soccer vs. Central (V/JV) 11:00, 1:00

Sat. 3/27 Rifle Bears VB vs. Central (V) 11:00

Sat. 3/27 Coal Ridge Titans FB vs. Salida (V) 1:00

Sat. 3/27 Coal Ridge Titans FB vs. Salida (C) 3:30


Sat. 3/27 Coal Ridge Titans VB vs. Roaring Fork (C/JV/V) 4:30, 5:30, 6:30

HELP US KEEP OUR SCHOOLS OPEN

The best way to help keep our schools open is to keep COVID-19 cases in Garfield County as low as possible.


Help us by making the following commitments:

I commit to:


WEAR a mask.

WASH my hands.

WALK, ride or play 6 feet away.

WORK together safely.

IF ILL – stay home

Garfield Re-2 School District

Our vision is to Encourage, Nurture and Challenge every student, every day.