Quist Weekly News

February 19, 2021

A Message from Principal Norris-Buck

Dear Royal Families,

We hope you were able to stay warm this week! I can imagine it must be unsettling to receive the 3 email blasts regarding the need to close cohorts for in-person learning. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that as well as provide some perspective. Throughout the week, we have 631 students attending school in person at Quist over the course of the week. In the last two weeks, we quarantined 40 people in those 3 cohorts. As we stand today, all who were quarantined are healthy. We believe our layers of protection are working.

In preparation for our Spring conference times, we plan to connect with the families of our students who are experiencing obstacles in this current learning format. Our goal is to partner with you and your student to come up with a plan to address the remainder of the year for everyone's success. If you would like to connect with a teacher and you don't hear from that teacher in the next week or so, please reach out to them by email or Google Voice to arrange a time to talk. We certainly don't want to leave anyone out, and yet we recognize that our 5 minute conference times last fall may not have been enough time.

Finally, please remember to pay your fees. You can send the payment with your student, come to the front office, or pay online. Thank you for your help with this!

Attendance: Please continue to call in your student's absences. All absences, even absences for remote classes, need to be called in using our attendance line, 303-655-6950. Thank you so much for your help with this.

State Test Information: The State of Colorado plans on asking school district to give the CMAS state tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science this spring. They want all virtual students to come into the building to take this assessment. Mr. Marlatt and Mr. Komora, our School Assessment Coordinators, have created a short survey to gather some information to help us continue to plan. If you haven't completed this, please take a moment to do so. If you want to opt out of spring state testing, this form is the way to do so.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Trina Norris-Buck, Ed.S.

Lead Learner/Principal


Ms. Norris-Buck's Virtual Announcements

Click the picture to access the virtual announcements. Then, click the computer on the desk to listen.

Quist is Hiring

Have you ever thought about becoming part of the Quist Staff Team? We have a couple openings for paraprofessionals in our building. If you have any questions about these jobs, please do not hesitate to reach out.

You can find the full descriptions of these jobs HERE. Use the link to the School-Based Support Staff.

Free Grab and Go Meals

This is just a reminder that 27J Nutrition Services is still able to offer FREE Grab and Go meals for anyone 1 to 18 years old. If your child attends in-person, they can order their meals on either Tuesday or Wednesday before 11:00 am and the meals will be delivered to them after 4pm at school. If your child is a Virtual Learner, please complete this form to request meals for the week. A separate request is needed for each student. For virtual learners, the meals (for the entire week) must be picked up on Tuesday between 11:30am and 1:30pm and will include breakfast and lunch. All orders must be placed online by 3pm on Monday the day before pickup. Pick up locations are Brighton High School or Prairie View High School.

In-Person & Remote Absences

Part of our ability to ensure the safety and wellness of our students and staff requires that we monitor when students are absent for any reason. If your student is going to miss a day of instruction, whether it be on an in-person day or a virtual learning day, we need to have documentation as to their attendance. If we do not have information regarding their attendance, you will receive a phone call from the school.

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms related to Covid-19, please fill out THIS TRACKING FORM. For all other absences, please call our attendance line at 303-655-6950 Option 1.

Getting Fit as a Family… During a Pandemic

Eat healthier. Exercise more. We all know in theory how to get in shape, but in practice it’s easier said than done. The constant change of the pandemic doesn’t necessarily make it any easier ⎯ but it could offer an opportunity to reprioritize healthy choices as a family. Of course, it doesn’t happen overnight. Our experts offer six tips for setting new and healthy family routines ⎯ and sticking to them. Stay on track

Live Parent Education Event (Webinar-style)

Topic: Getting Fit as a Family… During a Pandemic

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Children’s Hospital Colorado family wellness expert and exercise physiologist Eve Kutchman, M.Ed., will join pediatrician Hilary Stempel, MD, MPH, to discuss practical ways to encourage your family to reprioritize daily activities to include making healthy choices, with considerations for being in a pandemic. Following their presentation, they will be available to answer participant questions live.

Parents must register to attend this free event.