Big T Weekly

May 28th

A Message from Mrs. Walgast

End of Year Information 5-27-21:


The 2021-2022 school year brings some exciting changes to Big T. Our building is getting an interior and (some) exterior facelifts. When we return in August we will have fresh paint, new carpet in many areas, new cabinets and sinks in all classrooms, new lighting in the halls and a complete makeover to the front office and front lobby area (which will now be secure). This is made possible by bond money. Thank you! With all this construction happening, please know that the building and the school grounds will be closed until August. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we know you will love our new look!

More exciting news for Big T is that I will be making a presentation to the Board of Education regarding our partnership with EL (Expeditionary Learning). This is a partnership that will bolster our STEM and Nature focus. We would love for all of you to attend this meeting on June 2nd beginning at 6:00p.m. in the boardroom at the district offices on Taft.

In case you missed the staff “line-up” for 2021-22, here it is again:

  • Mrs. Powell- Learning Center Teacher

  • Mrs. Shier- Learning Center Aide

  • Ms. Cockrell- Occupational Therapist

  • Ms. Skowronski- Speech Pathologist

  • Ms. Skoff- Psychologist

  • Mr. Miller- Counselor

  • Mrs. Ritschard- GT/STEM coordinator

  • Mrs. Wild- Media

  • Mrs. Patrick- Art

  • Mr. Ovesen/Mr. Ruettiger- PE

  • Mrs. Witt- Music/ Instructional Coach

  • Mrs. Edwards- Kindergarten

  • Ms. Leonard- Kindergarten

  • Mrs. Stroik- 1st grade

  • Mrs. Farrer- 1st grade

  • Mrs. Deal- 2nd grade

  • Mrs. Messerli- 2nd grade

  • Mrs. Helling- 3rd grade

  • Mrs. Wynkoop-4th grade

  • Mr. Kurtz- 5th grade

  • Ms. Franklin- Interventionist

  • Mrs. Zweigle/Ms. Adsit- Health Office/Nurse

  • Mrs. Burtis- Secretary

  • Mrs. Hill- Kitchen Manager

  • Ms. Laso/Mr. Kringle- Custodial

Class Lists:

One of the most challenging things we do each year is to create class lists. Although it may seem like an easy task, it is a very complicated and thoughtful process.

Our main priority is to create balanced classrooms where all students can be successful. The grade level team works together to create balanced classrooms by ensuring strong male/female leaders, negative behaviors, academic needs, gifted/high achieving, etc. equally represent each classroom.

As you can imagine, there are many factors that we must consider that can create a domino effect. We know there are certain students who need to be separated and ones who will work better together. For example, student “A” may need to be separated from student “B” and student “C,” but student “C” may have two different students he/she needs to be separated from. This can get pretty complicated.

I have had parents speak to me and give me input and I will evaluate this information after we have ensured classes are truly set. Although we are not always able to honor this input (due to the challenges already listed), we try our best. Once class lists are posted, we will not make changes. Thanks for understanding. Class lists will be posted during the week of August 9th

Avoid the “summer slide”: If your student was using Lexia and iReady at school, he/she may continue to use this program at home through July 31st. We hope you are able to make good use of your “Summer Family Fun” bags that all Big T families have received.

School Start and End Times will remain the same for next year:

I am sure you all are already aware of this, but just to be sure….

  • Start time: 8:00a.m. (M, T, Th, F)

  • Start time: 9:00a.m. (W)

  • End time: 3:10p.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)

Back to School Night, Ice Social and other beginning of the year events:

  • We will send out more information about such events as soon as we know the expectations and the guidelines that must be followed.

Enjoy your summer with family and friends! Get outdoors, be creative, do some math and read! See you in August!

Most sincerely,

Mrs. Walgast


New Secretary Email

Please add Stacey Faykosh-Burtis to your contact list for Secretary at Big T.

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Annual Student Registration

It is mandatory for the PRIMARY guardian to do the Annual Student Registration (formerly Annual Family Update) and update all information including emergency contacts, phone numbers AND district permissions for the upcoming school year. It takes 10 minutes to complete. Please do so today. I have attached instructions. Your application is not complete until you have hit the RED SUBMIT button AND CONFIRM button.

IF you have moved and need to update your address: During ASR, you MUST upload a copy of your utility bill or top page of your lease if you are changing schools (OR email it to your students current school today) to complete the address update.

I have also attached Parent Portal instructions if you need help accessing Portal. Please remember the ASR can ONLY be done by the primary guardian.

Note...upcoming 6th graders MUST have their Tdap booster. Please do this before August 1st, 2021. Once your student has received this booster, please send a copy of the updated immunizations to their 6th grade school.

Thank you for your immediate action!

Important Vaccination Information

Hello Big T families!

Just a reminder, Colorado state regulations require all students entering 6th grade in the fall to have the Tdap vaccine (a combination vaccine booster for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) Please have your child immunized before the start of the school year. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions you may have.

If you choose to be exempt from Immunizations, read on!

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the process of filing a nonmedical exemption will change. There will be two ways to file a nonmedical exemption.

  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR
  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption received upon the completion of our online education module. Here is the link to the module:

  • Parents of students in grades K-12 claiming a nonmedical exemption must file one annually." Nonmedical exemptions expire June 30 each year. If you submit a nonmedical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.
  • Parents of students in preschool or child care must file nonmedical exemptions at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age. These exemptions expire when the next vaccines are due or when the child enrolls in kindergarten."

* This process will have to be completed every school year.

I have attached the certificate of non-medical exemption if you choose to have an approved practitioner co-sign the form with you. You will need to provide the signed copy of the certificate to the school.

If there is a medical reason for the exemption, please complete the certificate medical exemption (also attached) and have an approved practitioner co-sign. This only has to be done one time.

Please bring all immunization records or exemption forms into the LEAP office.

Thank you and let me know if you have any questions!

Heather Adsit RN, BSN

School Nurse
New Vision Charter School

Big Thompson Elementary


(970) 829-8915

Early Childhood for 2021-2022

Thompson School District is currently accepting applications for their Early Childhood Programs for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a child that will be 3 or 4 years old by October 1, 2021, they may be eligible for FREE preschool. If you know someone who has a child(ren) ready for preschool, let them know! For further information visit our Thompson Integrated Early Childhood web page or call 613-5052 or 613-5761.

Free Online Tutoring

CEI Partnership with Khan Academy Founder Brings Free Online Tutoring Platform to Colorado

CEI is excited to announce a new partnership with, an online platform that pairs students with tutors around the globe. was launched in early 2020 by Sal Khan, the founder of the popular Khan Academy online learning website, to accelerate learning in these challenging times. There is no deadline to register, and there are no limits to the number of Colorado students who can take advantage of this opportunity. Educators across Colorado can visit the group on The Hub to meet other educators who are leveraging to support students from all backgrounds.

CEI will be hosting online information sessions for students, families and educators to learn more about this exciting service and initiative. Each session will include an overview, details, and information about how to leverage the platform for your community.

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