--Peek at Our Week--October 4

Paonia K-8 School

Paonia K-8 School Info

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Kindergarten Monarch Performance

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When Teachers Dress (and Act) Like Students

COVID Plan Moving Forward

Message from Delta County School District:

The School District’s commitment to education has not wavered as we believe our schools are a very good place for students to learn and achieve. Our schools provide academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and

mental health support, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits. Thank you for all that you do to keep our students in a safe learning environment.

Here is a recap of the COVID Plan:

Protocols for classmates vary based on parent choice:

After 1 positive case in a classroom or activity:

  • Students who were in close contact will receive an exposure letter (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer)
  • The school will monitor this class for symptoms
  • Students and staff will not be required to be quarantined unless they/their parents choose to because of close contact or a student is symptomatic

After 3 positive cases within 14 days in a classroom or activity:

  • Students and staff in this class will receive an exposure letter
  • Students and staff will be required to wear a mask for 10 days in that class/activity or may quarantine at home for 10 days

After 5 positive cases within 14 days in a classroom or activity:

  • The class will be declared an outbreak
  • All members of the class will be quarantined for 10 days unless they are vaccinated and non-symptomatic

* If a school's weekly positive COVID-19 cases exceed 5% (students), temperature checks will be required for the entire school for at least 10 calendar days.

Families will be notified of an exposure via phone call and letter sent home with the child.

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At PK8, we value partnerships.

If you have time available that you could come in to read with students or volunteer in a content area, PLEASE email your child's teacher and let him/her know! Or, if you prefer a different grade, you can email that teacher! All staff emails are first.last@deltaschools.com (ie. amelia.baldwin@deltaschools.com

Our grade level homeroom teachers are assigned as follows:

Kinder: Jodi Simpson

1st: Emily Horn

2nd: Tracy Bushta

2nd: Tara Cox

3rd: Tammie Benson

4th: Megan Randall

5th: Anjula Jalan

5th: Micaiah McIntire

6th: Bob Bushta

7th: Meghan Casey

7th: Andrew Eyler

8th: Jim Frazier

8th: Ellie Roberts

Art: David Kuta

PE: Sean Hannon

Music: Wesley Bryant

Special Education: Josh Burns

Special Education: Mary Gore

Intervention (and math): Kelly Rienks


Part of our character education and culture at PK8 focuses on communication and interaction skills. In 6th-8th grade, as well as some 4th and 5th grade classes, we support student communication, learning and overall classroom culture through the 6Ps and 5As.





Positive Mental Attitude




Appropriate Body Language

Appropriate Eye Contact

Appropriate Feedback

Ask Clarifying Questions

Actively Engaged

We "Redirect" students back to learning and being present in the classroom by using these communication and behavior skills as teachable moments. Students are empowered to let us know if they are not in a headspace in which they can learn. They may ask to go out to speak to someone in order to resent their ability to be in the classroom.

If one of the 6Ps or 5As is not being shown, we will first ask the student:

1. Are you okay? Are you able to attend?

(If the student responds with a 'yes', then we continue on. If the student responds with a 'no', then the teacher will visit with them quickly out in the hall to help guide them to the necessary person to speak with.)

If one of the 6Ps or 5As is not being shown again, we will then ask the student:

2. (Name), which of the 6Ps and 5As are you not showing right now?

(The student names the communication skill that is not occurring. If the student doesn't know, the teacher will help support them to determine the P or A. This is a teachable moment to help support student learning.

If one of the 6Ps or 5As is not being shown again, we will then ask the student to visit out in the hall.

3. This is a time for teacher and student connection. The teacher supports the student with coming up with a plan to be able to attend in class. The student may also say that he/she cannot attend class, at which point we will provide support with the counselor or front office. After making a plan with the student, the teacher will ask the student if he/she can attend in class. If the student responds 'yes', then they return to class.

If one of the 6Ps or 5As is not being shown again, we will then ask the student to go to the front office.

4. Support will then be given by Mr. Cox or Mrs. Baldwin. The student is asked to fill out a problem-solving contract.

AR Goals

Meet your AR Goals!!!

Did you know that ALL students who meet their AR goals each quarter get to go to Bill Heddles Rec Center at the end of the year for a fun day of swimming or volleyball/basketball/racketball and just fun! YES! AND each quarter we have special activities and parties for all students who met their goal that quarter.



Wednesday, October 6

A.L.I.C.E. Training on Alert and Inform. Students will learn about the steps of Alert and Inform.


Monday, October 11 - Friday, October 15

October Break Week - NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 18

6:00pm PPO Meeting (Childcare Provided)

Friday, October 22

6th Grade Spelling Bee at DPAC (Delta Performing Arts Center)

Monday, November 1

Teacher Inservice Day - NO SCHOOL

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Link to Order Pictures Online

If you missed ordering pictures, you can order from this link.

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Questions to Ask Your Kids At Home

Parents have a massive role in their children's education and can help them retrieve what they learn. Are you tired of asking your kids, "How was your day?" only to be met with a one-word answer, "fine"?

Here are some sentence starters to help your student retrieve:

-Write down two things you learned in _________.

-What are the steps to solve _________?

-Tell me three facts you learned about _________.

-What are some keywords you learned in _________?

-What do these keywords mean _________?

-Tell me what you learned last week in _________.

-Summarize what you learned so far about _________.

More Resources About Retrieval
Book: A Parent’s Guide to Powerful Teaching by Patrice Bain Websites: https://retrievalpractice.org


Pink Out Information and Form is Also Attached

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Watch for Walkers

Please be mindful of walkers and those crossing to the parking lot when in the pick-up or drop-off line.

Safety Training

Paonia K-8 School will continue to utilize A.L.I.C.E. training for our school safety training.

During this year, we will be completing 4 separate A.L.I.C.E. trainings. These trainings are informational sessions focused on educating students of the different processes of Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The teachers will be educating students of each of the elements of A.L.I.C.E. During second semester, we will be completing one full A.L.I.C.E. drill. More details and explanations will be provided in January.

October 6: A.L.I.C.E. overview with a focus on Alert and Inform. Teachers will be providing age-appropriate instruction on an overview of A.L.I.C.E. along with an explanation of how to alert and inform when danger may exist.

TBD: A.L.I.C.E. overview with a focus on Counter. Teachers will be providing age-appropriate instruction on an overview of A.L.I.C.E. along with an explanation of how to counter when danger exists.

TBD: A.L.I.C.E. overview with a focus on Evacuate. Teachers will be providing age-appropriate instruction on an overview of A.L.I.C.E. along with an explanation of how to evacuate when danger exists. We will then practice evacuating the building in a similar manner to our fire drills. For a full evacuation, our designated meeting location is the Teen Center. We will NOT fully evacuate to this location during this training.

TBD: A.L.I.C.E. overview with a focus on Lockdown. Teachers will be providing age-appropriate instruction on an overview of A.L.I.C.E. along with an explanation of how to Lockdown when danger exists. During this Lockdown practice, students will practice barricading the classroom door in order to prevent classroom entrance. Classroom doors will then only be opened with a key from the principal or the school resource officer.

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Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Delta County School District is happy to continue to offer free meals to all students for the 2021-2022 school year. This opportunity is provided by a waiver granted to all schools by the USDA. We still encourage our families to submit the free/reduced lunch application for this year. While it will not impact your student receiving lunch this year, it does have an impact in other ways.


The applications can be used for discounted school fees and discounted AP fees. In addition, schools receive important funding and resources based on the number of free and reduced applications. This is why we ask families to complete the application. The application can be accessed under the parents tab on the deltaschools.com website. The Food Service link is located on the right side of the Parents page. Paper copies may also be picked up and completed at your student’s school. If you have any questions on this process, you may contact the secretaries at your school or the Food Service Director, Jeri Main, at 874-4438.

Breakfast & Lunch at School

Breakfast Menu

Lunch Menu

Free/Reduced Lunch Application (This information is confidential and not accessible by any PK8 school staff.)


Amelia Baldwin, Principal