Big T Weekly

April 15th, 2021

A Message from Mrs. Walgast

Dear Big T Families,

We have had another great week of learning at Big T!

This week our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were completing the required CMAS testing for this year. They have done a phenomenal job of persevering, being flexible and thinking critically. Families, thank you for supporting them in these endeavors. We appreciate the teamwork to make sure they were at school on time and had a good mindset that sets them up for success.

By now many of you may have been told of a puppy sighting at Big T. This is true! Eddy, our future therapy dog, is acclimating to school by spending time in the office. At this time he is not able to interact with students. However, many students have seen him on his way outside for some fresh air. Eddy will continue to learn and go to school (for his own training) with the end goal of becoming Big T’s next therapy dog.

Now for some exciting news...we are in the process of planning some end of year events such as our Jog-a-thon fundraiser and field day. While these events may look a bit different, we are excited to be able to begin to plan for them. So, stay tuned for more information.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Stay safe and be well!

Most sincerely,

Sarah Walgast


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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

Heads Up!

With the change in the weather, the hats came back out, and now is a good time for parents to be on the alert for head lice. Head lice are a common childhood affliction. All places where children get together are places where head lice can be transferred. Clean hair and home are no guarantee that head lice will not find your child. Periodically check your child’s hair for nits (eggs), which can usually be seen long before lice can be located. Nits are small white to tan particles found in the hair that look a lot like dandruff, except that dandruff is loose and can be brushed from the hair, whereas nits are attached to the hair shaft and cannot be removed easily. Lice are very small (flea sized) and do not like light, so they can be hard to find. If your child is experiencing itching of the scalp or you see something in the hair and are not sure what it is, feel free to stop by the health office and allow us to check with you! Thank you!

Heather Adsit

School Nurse

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.

Upcoming Dates


May 14th - NO SCHOOL for students


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Office Depot/Max

If you do any purchasing through Office Depot/Max, please use our ID#70018268. We get 5% back through their Gives Back to School Program. Thank you!
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