South Elementary Mustangs

Monthly Newsletter South Elementary October 2021-22

Message from the Principal

Dear Families of South Elementary Mustangs,

Welcome to the month of October! We are eight weeks into the school year and we are so grateful for these first two months of school and our ability to sustain in-person learning in a safe environment for our students and staff members. Thank you so much for your patience, flexibility, and support thus far in the school year. We are doing our best each and every day to live our vision of MUSTANG P.R.I.D.E. and FUTURE READY at South in all we do and say.

This month we will be holding our Fall Semester Teacher-Family Connection week Monday, October 11th - Friday, October 15th. Please make every effort to connect with your student’s teacher(s) in order to build our partnerships between school and home to support our students in every way possible.

We are in our second year of AVID Elementary Implementation at South Elementary and experiencing great success with the implementation. AVID Elementary is a schoolwide program that focuses on the strategies necessary for students to develop in order to fully prepare for a successful future and helps our students to become FUTURE READY! We are using AVID’s guiding structure of WICOR (Writing - Inquiry - Collaboration - Organization - Reading) to help us develop our next step each year as we work to continue to improve our learning environment and our learning experiences at South. Last year our focus was Organization and this year our focus is Collaboration. Please ask your student what new collaboration and/or teamwork learning activities they are participating in at school! We’re planning to hold an AVID Parent Informational Meeting in November that everyone is invited to attend.

Thank you for your continued support in working with us to support the learning and growth of your student(s). We look forward to connecting with you this month during our Teacher-Family Connection week.


Mrs. Kristen Puzio

Principal, South Elementary



Perseverance - Respect & Relationships - Integrity - Discipline - Effort

Estimadas familias de la Primaria South,

¡Bienvenidos al mes de octubre! Llevamos ocho semanas en el año escolar y estamos muy agradecidos por estos primeros dos meses de clases y nuestra capacidad de mantener el aprendizaje en persona en un ambiente seguro para nuestros estudiantes y miembros del personal. Muchas gracias por su paciencia, flexibilidad y apoyo hasta ahora en el año escolar. Hacemos nuestro mejor esfuerzo todos los días para vivir nuestra visión de ORGULLO MUSTANG y LISTOS PARA EL FUTURO en South en todo lo que hacemos y decimos.

Este mes tendremos nuestra semana de Conexión entre maestros y familias del semestre de otoño el lunes 11 de octubre hasta el viernes 13 de octubre. Favor haga todo lo posible conectarse con el (los) maestro (s) de su estudiante con el fin de construir nuestras asociaciones entre la escuela y el hogar para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes en todas las formas posibles.

Estamos en nuestro segundo año de implementación de la Primaria AVID y estamos experimentando un gran éxito con la implementación. ¡La Primaria AVID es un programa de toda la escuela que se enfoca en las estrategias necesarias para que los estudiantes se desarrollen a fin de prepararse completamente para un futuro exitoso y ayuda a nuestros estudiantes a estar LISTOS PARA EL FUTURO! Estamos utilizando la estructura de guía AVID de WICOR que significa en ingles (Escritura - Investigación - Colaboración - Organización - Lectura) para ayudarnos a desarrollar nuestro próximo paso cada año mientras trabajamos para continuar mejorando nuestro entorno de aprendizaje y nuestras experiencias de aprendizaje. El año pasado nuestro enfoque fue la Organización y este año nuestro enfoque es la colaboración. ¡Pregúntele a su estudiante en qué nuevas actividades de aprendizaje de colaboración y / o trabajo en clases de equipo que están participando en la escuela! Estamos planeando realizar una reunión informativa para padres sobre AVID en noviembre a la cual todos están invitados a asistir.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo al trabajar con nosotros para apoyar el aprendizaje y el crecimiento de su(s) estudiante(s). Esperamos conectarnos con usted este mes durante nuestra semana de Conexión entre maestros y familias.


Sra. Kristen Puzio

Directora, Primaria South ¡



Perseverancia - Respeto y relaciones - Integridad - Disciplina - Esfuerzo


Kristen Puzio


South Elementary

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Health Office


You will find the information regarding immunizations at the bottom of this newsletter. You will be able to download the documents. If you have any questions feel free to call the office and speak to our Health Aide Ana at the number listes below. Thank you.


Usted puede encontrar la información sobre vacunas al final de este boletín informativo. Allí puede bajar los documentos. Si usted tiene cualquier duda o pregunta favor de llamar a la oficina y puede hablar con la Señora Saldaña al numbero de abajo. Gracias.

Ana Saldaña

Health Aide

South Elementary


Counselor's Corner

We will be giving the Social Emotional Assessment to all students starting October 18th through November 12th. This is a series of age-appropriate social emotional questions that will give us direct information to assist in determining the skills students have already acquired and the skills which they still need, based on the skills that should be developed or mastered at each grade level. Please call me with questions or concerns.

South Elementary Students continue to practice mindfulness every day to help with self-regulation. Mindfulness has been researched and proven in numerous studies to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and increase focus and attention. Please help your South student practice mindfulness while at home by following my youtube channel.

Halloween is coming! South Elementary School has been collecting slightly used Halloween Costumes, so that we can make sure every single South student gets to dress up and experience this magical holiday if they wish to do so! Please reach out to me if your South student would like one of our donated costumes. They are all slightly used, but very loved!

As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you feel as though your child could benefit from one on one counseling, or some type of social emotional group: Changing families divorce, anger management, peer relationships and social skills, self-esteem, assertiveness, managing stress and anxiety, etc.

Laurie McPherson

School Counselor



Student Absence Reporting

Parents will receive an email and text every morning by 7:30 with a link to fill out a health form for their student if they are sick and experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. If they need to excuse their student for some other reason, they still need to call the attendance line at 303-655-2600.


School Fees

School fees will be assessed to all students for registration and technology fees. Please check your students' Infinite Campus for details. We have options to pay your fees.

Paying Fees Online:

  1. Go to

  2. Click on the link, “Fee Payment” and this will take you to the credit card system.

  3. If you don’t have an account, you will have to create one.

South Payment: Cash or Check:

You may bring your payment to the office either cash or check. If you are able, cash payments must be exact change only as we cannot always make change. If you turn in more money than you owe on your account, what is leftover will be added to your account to apply to future fees.

You can also mail your check to:

South Elementary

305 S 5th Ave

Brighton, CO 80601

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cosby at 303-655-2600 or

Due to Covid-19 we are unable to have parents/guardians in the building.

Thank you and have a great day!

Chromebook Assistance

Chromebook Resources for 2021-2022 live in this folder: Chromebook Supports 2021-2022 As a reminder to families, if your student needs to take a chromebook home, best practice is to charge the Chromebook nightly. Your student needs to return the charger and the chromebook to school.

Other Chromebook Resources:

One2Web Parent Letter

One2Web Student Guide

COVID-19 Reminders

  • Just a reminder that if your student exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms, to please keep them home.
  • If your student has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID19, please contact our COVID Site Coordinators immediately.
  • If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact our COVID site coordinators immediately.

South Elementary COVID Site Coordinator:

Ana Saldaña 303-655-2628 email to


Important Dates

October 5 - Hearing and Vision Screening

October 11-15 Conferences Week (Conferences will be virtual again this school year)

October 11- 15 National School Lunch Week

October 12 - Lifetouch student picture retakes

October 29 - Halloween Parties (students come to school in costumes)

Fechas de importancia:

5 de octubre - Examen de audición y visión

11 hasta el 15 de octubre - Semana de conferencias

11 hasta el 15 de octubre - Semana Nacional de almuerzos escolares

12 de octubre - Retoma de fotos

29 de octubre - Fiestas de Halloween (estudiantes pueden venir a la escuela vestidos en disfraz)

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held the week of October 11th - 15th, please look for correspondence from your child's teacher regarding your scheduled time soon. Conferences will be virtual again.

Conferencias de Maestra/o y Padres serán la semana del 11 hasta el 15 de octubre. Esté antento a la información de la Maestra/o de su estudiante. Otra vez este año, las conferencias se llevaran de acabo virtualmente.

School Lunch Week

27J Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week

To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving nearly 30 million children each day, 27J Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 12-15, 2021. The fun and creative campaign theme, “WILD About School Lunch” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom. Recent research shows children are getting their healthiest meals at school. National School Lunch Week will highlight the nutritious foods available daily at our district schools. “School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium,” said Tony Jorstad, 27J Schools Nutrition Services Director. “Thanks to pandemic waivers, school meals are free for all students this school year, so it’s a great time to give school lunch a try. National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the wonderful benefits of our lunch program.” Join us for lunch October 12th-15th!


Main Office - 303-655-2600

Attendance Line - 303-655-2600

Counseling Office - 303-655-2612

South Health Clinic - 303-655-2628

South Elementary

Hey South Elementary Families and Friends! See the attached flyer for career opportunites in 27J.
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Colorado School Safety Hotline - or 1-877-542-7233

Community Reach (24hr Mental Health) - 303-853-3600 or 303-853-3500

Suicide Hotline (Local 24hr) - 303-853-3600

Yellow Ribbon (Suicide) - 1-800-784-2433

Adams County Social Services - 303-412-5212

Pennock Center for Counseling - 303-655-9065

Salud Family Health Center - 303-659-4000

Platte Valley Medical Center (ER) - 303-659-1531

Rape Assistance/Awareness Center (RAAP) 24hr - 303-322-7273

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