Eagle Crest Family Newsletter
October 14, 2021
Hello Eagle Crest Families!
Just this week it feels like the weather went from Summer to Fall. There are a few things to remember as we prepare for colder weather.
Students will go outside for recess and outdoor learning opportunities in all but the coldest of weather. If the temperature is less than 20℉ we will stay inside. We have recess scheduled throughout the day, and it often warms up, so when in doubt, send the layers!
We will play outside in the snow! Students will need boots to play in the snow itself, and you are welcome to send a change of shoes to avoid wet, stinky feet.
When the temperatures dip, we tend to have a busier “Hug and Go” loop out front. Please be sure to pull all the way up, and quickly load and unload so that we can make room for more families to come through. Staff are available to help students as needed!
I hope you have a great long weekend with plenty of time outside enjoying beautiful, sunny Colorado!
Dean of Students Message
Hello Leadership Families!
Now that we are a bit into the school year, we want to remind everyone about the before and after school expectations for student behavior. Please take a moment to review these with your child.
*Breakfast is at 8:15am. Students line up at the front entrance.
*Supervision outside starts at 8:20am.
Kindergarten: Students are allowed to play on the small playground by their classrooms with parent supervision. Please help students play safely and follow school rules.
1st - 5th Grade: Students are expected to line up at their door/designated areas. They are not allowed to be in the field or on the playground.
*Supervision outside is from 3:10pm-3:25pm
Preschool/Kindergarten: Students are picked up at classroom doors. If families want to stay and play, we ask that they move to the big playground as we have our AAA program on the little playground.
1st - 5th Grade: Students are expected to meet their families at a designated pick-up spot or walk home immediately after school. Students are not allowed to play on the playground without adult supervision. Students that are waiting for Altona to release need to follow school expectations for their behavior and use of the playground.
*Any students not picked up by 3:25pm will be walked to the office to make phone calls home.
Thank you so much for your help!
All the best,
Dean of Students
October 15-18, 2021 - Fall Break, NO SCHOOL
October 21, 2021 - Coffee with the Principal
October 29, 2021 - Halloween Parade
November 3, 2021 - Late Start Wednesday
Secure Safety Incident
Our district uses a set of safety procedures called the Standard Response Protocol. On Wednesday we had a “Secure” drill in the morning. This is the command and protocol that we would follow in case of a safety event that was located outside of the building. I was able to explain the drill to students during the morning announcements and it went off beautifully with all students and staff responding appropriately.
Then, in the afternoon we were notified by the Longmont Police Department that we needed to put into place our “secure” protocols. I felt fortunate that our school had just practiced this scenario and we were ready to respond and keep our students safe. All students were immediately brought into the building and learning continued without a hitch. We were able to make up some recess time once the secure call was lifted and we were told it was safe to resume normal activities.
We practice these safety drills to help students and staff know what to do in case of an emergency. I am linking the entire protocol here. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Dear Eagle Crest Families,
Thank you so much for purchasing and delivering more than 80 conference meals to our teachers/staff. Overall, it went smoothly and teachers felt very appreciated! We have taken staff and parent feedback to improve the process for spring conferences. In addition, your donations are keeping the staff lounge stocked with coffee and snacks!
Coffee with the Principal & PTO Meeting - Thursday, Oct. 21st at 8:45 a.m. outside the front of school. Join us for a brief 30 minute meeting with free Fairisle Coffee and updates from Mwebaza club, PTO and Principal Holden. Our November 18th meeting will be virtual at 6:30 p.m. with our new art and music teachers.
Thanks to your generous contributions, PTO funded a new literacy intervention paraeducator to work with nearly 30 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. We also helped off-set costs for the 5th grade extended day Cal-Wood Field Trip next week. If you want to vote on funding requests, please subscribe to our newsletter. Voting happens online and at our monthly PTO meetings. Visit us at www.EagleCrestPTO.com for more info!
Jenn Pensy, PTO president
Halloween Parade and Festivities
This year we are excited to safely bring back our annual Halloween Parade. We are planning to host our parade on Friday, October 29th at 2:15pm. The students will make a full lap around the school in their costumes while we all celebrate the return of this fun tradition. All families are welcome to join us as we march outside around the school.
All students are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes to school and should plan to arrive with the full costume on and ready to go. Costumes must be school appropriate and not interfere with the learning environment. Please do not send students with anything violent (weapons, blood, etc.), or costumes that could be a safety hazard since we will be marching. Individual teachers will send information home regarding classroom celebrations. At this time we are not able to invite families inside the school for our classroom festivities, but we hope this this outdoor experience will be fun for everyone!
Boo! - ktober Reading Challenge
We are off to a great start with the Reading Challenge!
In our first week:
230 students participated....that is 58% participation!!!
31,000 minutes read by students
Students recording minutes read an average of 135 minutes during the first week!
Each week in October, one reader from every classroom will win a FREE BOOK.
This week's FREE BOOK WINNERS are:
- Kindergarteners - Yoyo, Andrew O. and Lael
- 1st graders - Ella, Damion M. and Lannie
- 2nd graders - Andrew G., Amelia and Lindsey B.
- 3rd graders - Judith, Daniel F. and Zushanny
- 4th graders - Keira S, Lylah V. and Noah J.
- 5th graders - Carter P., Caleb W. and Leila M.
Many students are logging their reading minutes at school each week. But if your student needs help, you can click on this Weekly Reading Log to record weekly reading minutes.
Encourage your student to grab a book and get reading this weekend! They might be next week's FREE BOOK WINNER!
If you were to ask an Eagle Crest student where the heart of the school is, you’ll likely hear things like “my classroom” or “the cafeteria” and quite possibly “the office” but the truth is, at least for 2 weeks, the gym!
K-5 Eagle Crest students are currently scootering, skipping and hopping through the Heart Adventure Course in P.E.! Combining medical terms and motion, students deepen their understanding of the 4 main chambers of the heart, discover why blood has various shades of color and how they can continue to keep their heart healthy.
Allowing the students to move through the course like they are a blood cell deepens understanding by kinesthetic learning (learning by doing) and sparks conversation about heart healthy habits! Don’t be surprised to hear terms like valve, ventricle and aorta as your student fills you in on their day!
From our heart to yours!
100 Mile Club - We're up and running!
If you are still interested in joining 100 Mile Club, please reach out. So far, we have over 25 students and families participating on a regular basis. We are meeting Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, 7:45am-8:15am down at the track behind the school.
The registration cost for 100 Mile Club is $20 per runner this year. We have switched over to the ONLINE ONLY registrations. As part of the online registration you will pay through Revtrak using the link below. All students must register online before arriving to 100 Mile Club in the morning.
In the event of inclement weather (heavy rain, snow on the track, temperature less than 20℉), we will do our best to notify families by text message and post a cancellation on our website by 7:00AM.
Join Us! #StVrainStorm
St. Vrain Valley Schools is hiring essential positions in the following departments: transportation services, before- and after-school childcare, nutrition services, custodial services, and special education paraprofessionals. St. Vrain team members are an integral part of their school and building community and serve as role models for students. Employees in essential roles enjoy strong benefit packages, flexible schedules, and paid training.
October Specials/Lunch Schedule - Red, Gold, Purple
Our Music, PE, and Art classes are on a 3 day rotation. Each day we have school is either a Red, Gold, or Purple day. These colors are shared on our school lunch menu to help families plan ahead for necessary supplies like sneakers for PE.