Eagle Crest Family Newsletter
September 9, 2021
Hello Eagle Crest Families!
I hope everyone had a great long weekend and an extra opportunity to relax and refresh over the holiday break. My staff and I hit the ground running on Tuesday, so happy to see our favorite students and get back to the business of teaching and learning!
One thing we know for sure is the power of strong family and community partnerships. The newsletter this week showcases some new opportunities for families to get involved in our school. I will be co-hosting a “Coffee with the Principal” event with our amazing PTO on Thursday morning, 9/16 just after school drop off. Also, please be sure to join us for the family picnic scheduled for Friday, September 17th. It will be such a great chance to get to know other families in our community and to connect with each other in a social setting. I look forward to seeing you there!
I hope you have a great weekend!
Dean of Students Update
Hello Eagle Crest Families!
As we keep getting further into the school year, we will continue to settle into routines and start to add back some of the extracurriculars and opportunities we've missed since COVID. Two of those opportunities- visits to the Library and the Garage space will start next week!
This year we are going to be utilizing student time in the Library and the Garage to help facilitate more weekly collaboration time for classroom teachers. Teachers will gain time to focus on student data and instruction that is built into the school day once a week. We are excited for these meetings, but it will also change how Library visits and book check-out happens at Eagle Crest.
Students will be visiting Mrs. Beckett in the Library or Mrs. Schwirtz in the Garage for two consecutive weeks. While visiting the Library, students will learn how to use the library, check out books, explore different genres, and develop researching skills. When they visit the Garage, students will develop their leadership skills through hands-on projects focused on design thinking and technology.
Teachers will keep you updated to whether or not your child has Library or Garage lessons for the week, but here is the schedule to start the year:
September 13th - September 24th:
Library: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Garage: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
September 27th - October 8th:
Library: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Garage: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
**Even if your child is visiting Mrs. Schwirtz in the Garage for two weeks, they will still be able to trade out their library books during "Open Library" time in the mornings or with special check-out sessions with Mrs. Beckett.
We look forward to all of the books students will read and the amazing things they will get to create in the Garage with this new schedule!
All the best,
Dean of Students
Thursday/Friday, September 9-10, 2021, Individual School Pictures
Monday, September 13, 2021, Superintendent Town Hall at Silver Creek HS 5:00pm
Thursday, September 16, 2021, Coffee with the Principal/PTO Meeting 8:45am
Friday, September 17, 2021, Fall Family Picnic, 5-7:30pm
Friday, September 24, 2021, PTO Kona Ice Fundraiser, 3:10pm
Hello Eagle Crest families,
1) Welcome Back to School Picnic: Pizza pre-order forms are due this Friday, Sept. 10th! We will not be selling pizza at the event. If you would like to help at the picnic, please sign up here. We look forward to seeing EC families at the picnic on Friday, Sept. 17th from 5-7:30 p.m.
2) Fall Fund the Need is happening all month long! Donate today online or complete this form and send cash/check back to school with your student to help raise money for our school community. Any amount is welcome and makes a tremendous impact!
3) Coffee with the Principal & PTO Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16th after drop-off at 8:45 a.m. at the front of the building. Enjoy free Fairisle Coffee, vote on funding teacher-requested programs and learn more about all the great things happening at Eagle Crest this year.
Jenn Pensy, PTO president
Superintendent Town Hall Meeting
Monday, September 13th, 5:00pm-6:30pm - Silver Creek High School
St. Vrain Valley Schools invites parents, teachers, staff, and community members to join Superintendent, Dr. Don Haddad, for one of our upcoming Superintendent Town Hall meetings. These meetings will provide an opportunity to engage in dialogue regarding important topics such as student achievement and success for every student, school safety, district finances, and other significant topics of importance for our community. Click here to learn more about these meetings.
TOMORROW (September 10th) is the last day to sign-up for iPad insurance! Please send in payment (or partial payment) tomorrow to make sure your child’s device is protected! You can send in cash/check or pay online. If you need help accessing these accounts or need to set up a payment plan, contact the front office.
Our Fabulous Art, PE, and Music Teachers
We have three wonderful Specials Teachers at Eagle Crest! (Two of them are new to our school.). You can learn more about Ms. Wojniak, Mrs. Gardner, and Mr. Goldsberry in this Eagle Crest Specials Newsletter!
Tasks in Infinite Campus (IC) Parent Portal
Your Infinite Campus Parent Portal has several important functions at elementary school. Please complete these tasks in your IC Parent Portal Account. If you have trouble accessing this account, the front office can provide you with your username and reset your password.
Virtually accept the Student Code of Conduct
Virtually accept the DTS Expectations & Commitment for iPad use.
Check or update your current contact information and notification preferences.
Check or update your child’s photo permissions - Virtual Showcase is new and used for classroom blogs or school events.
Pay your annual $10 materials fee - available September 12th!
Picture Day Online Ordering
Picture Days will happen next week on September 9th and 10th! Your classroom teacher will let you know which day and time your class will be scheduled for. Pictures can be ordered online NOW! Have questions about online ordering- contact Lorene at Lifetouch at: 303-565-5203
Website: mylifetouch.com Picture Day ID: EVTTMZBZ9
International Dot Day (A Message from Ms. Gardner)
Your creative artists have been making some amazing dot art inspired by the book, The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds. International Dot Day is coming up on September 15th and we want to celebrate by wearing dots to school! So, if they have anything to wear with dots, have them wear it on Wednesday, September 15th.
Gifted and Talented Nominations
Each year St. Vrain Valley School District completes a process to identify students in grades K-12 who demonstrate exceptional ability or performance in one or more academic or talent areas and may therefore qualify for Gifted and Talented educational services. These students usually perform at least two years above grade level in their strength area(s) and require additional academic challenges in order to support their continued educational growth and progress. In addition, they usually demonstrate characteristics of unique creativity and high motivation in their strength areas. Learn more about this process and complete the nomination form here.
Specials 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.