Big T Weekly

May 24, 2019


A Word From Mrs. Walgast

End of Year Information 5-24-19:


The 2019-2020 school year brings some exciting changes to Big T. As you all probably know we will have 2 rounds at each grade level. We are excited that Ms. Franklin will be joining us full time next year teaching first grade. We will be hiring a new kindergarten teacher as Mrs. Deal will be teaching 4th grade next year. We also will be hiring a full-time counselor for the 2019-2020 school year. Next year, Mr. Carrico will be the counselor at Berthoud Elementary. We will miss him and appreciate the support he has given Big T. And, Mrs. Lahman has been assigned to other schools for next year. We appreciate the joy of music that she has brought to Big T.

And in case you missed the teacher “line-up”, here it is again:

  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Edwards and TBD

  • First grade: Mrs. Stroik and Ms. Franklin

  • Second grade: Ms. Leonard and Mrs. Messerli

  • Third grade: Mrs. Helling and Mrs. Witt

  • Fourth grade: Mrs. Deal and Mrs. Farrer

  • Fifth grade: Mrs. Wynkoop and Mr. Kurtz

  • Art: Mrs. Hunt and Ms. Patrick

  • Gym: Mrs. Nypaver and Mr. Ovesen

  • Music: Mr. Mingils

New Roof: Work on the school roof will began May 28th. This is the bond money at work! Thank you for supporting this!

  • Please be aware of areas that will be off limits during this work if you plan to visit our playground over the summer. These areas will be marked and will be rotating in nature.

Class Lists:

One of the most challenging things we do each year is to create class lists. Although it may seem like an easy task, it is a very complicated and thoughtful process.

Our main priority is to create balanced classrooms where all students can be successful. The grade level team works together to create balanced classrooms by ensuring strong male/female leaders, negative behaviors, academic needs, gifted/high achieving, etc. equally represent each classroom. This is only the beginning.

As you can imagine, there are many factors that we must consider that can create a domino effect. We know there are certain students who need to be separated and ones who will work better together. For example, student “A” may need to be separated from student “B” and student “C,” but student “C” may have two different students he/she needs to be separated from. This can get pretty complicated.

I have had parents speak to me and give me input and I will evaluate this information after we have ensured classes are truly set. Although we are not always able to honor this input (due to the challenges already listed), we try our best. Once class lists are posted, we will not make changes. Thanks for understanding. Class lists will be posted by August 12th.

Avoid the “summer slide”: If your student was using Lexia and iReady at school, he/she may continue to use this program at home through July 26th.

School Start and End Times will remain the same for next year:

I am sure you all are already aware of this, but just to be sure….

  • Start time: 8:00a.m. (M, T, Th, F)

  • Start time: 9:00a.m. (W)

  • End time: 3:10p.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)

Back to School Night Format and Dates:

  • Meet the Teacher and Back to School Night will look at bit different in August when considering feedback from PTA. First of all, these events will be combined and take place before school starts. The format will allow for a smaller group gathering. The first portion of the evening will be spent in your child’s classroom with the classroom teacher. During the second half of the meeting, everyone will meet in the gym to learn more about Well Managed Schools (WMS), social emotional learning (SEL) and inquiry in order to bring common understand and language so all may better support our students. While parents are learning in the gym, students will spend time together on the playground with their teacher. PTA will provide a cool snack.

    • August 13th @ 5:30p.m. for K-1st grades

    • August 14th @ 5:30p.m. for 2nd-3rd grades

    • August 15th @ 5:30p.m. for 4th-5th grades

Save the Dates:

  • First day of school for all elementary students- August 19th

  • Boo-Hoo/Woo-Hoo Tea – August 19th at 8:15a.m on the black top at the back of the school

    • This is for both new and returning families to connect and reconnect

  • FASC’s (Friday After School Club) sponsored by PTA -Fridays on the playground after school. Stay, play, connect! Watch for specific details once school in back in session.

  • First PTA meeting will be August 29th @ 6:00p.m.

  • Chili Supper and Silent Auction- November 2nd

Enjoy your summer with family and friends! Get outdoors, be creative, do some math and read! See you in August!

Most sincerely,

Mrs. Walgast


Field Day Thank You from Mrs. Nypaver

A huge 'Thank You', again to Susan Shier for helping recruit Middle School volunteers for Field Day. We had an amazing turn out. Thank you to all the wonderful parents that signed up to help and were at all the stations providing leadership and enthusiasm. Thank you to April and Rikki for feeding everyone including parents and grandparents. It was done in an orderly manner. Thank you to Mike for all the extra help outside and clean up in the cafe'. Also, thank you PTA, Lexy and the Health and Wellness committee for providing the burritos for volunteers and staff. PTA also provided the ice cycles. What a nice treat! Thank you teachers for stepping up and helping encourage and cheer your students on to have a fun and memorable day. Great fun had by all. -Lou


The children raised $9043.30 for Big T for technology and wellness! A big THANK YOU to the kids for all their hard work!

One Last Thank You

I personally would like to thank all of you for welcoming me to the Big T Family! Everyone has been so friendly and helpful and I truly appreciate it! Thank you for making my first year an amazing one!

PTA News

-PTA and the 5th grade students would like to thank Silver Mine Subs for donating subs for the 5th grade end of the year field trip lunch.

-Please continue to save your Morning Fresh Milk Caps (rinsed) throughout the summer to turn in when school starts again in August.

Hopefully this is all for the weekly email. I know that Amber has dates that will go into the end of the year letter along with Sarah's info.

Thanks for a great school year!

Accessing the Annual Family Update Link:

1) Log in to your Parent Portal account at the website address listed below. The Annual Family Update Link is not available on the Mobile Portal App.

2) Click on the Annual Family Update Link located on the bottom left side of the Portal website Home page.

3) Click on Begin Registration. (Once you have completed current students, it will allow you to add incoming students.)

If you are not able to access your Portal account, email to request username and/or password. Please include your name and your student's name in the email. Thank you!

School Instructional Fee Reminder

If you haven't paid your student's yearly instructional fee, please do so online with a credit card. Kindergarten fees are $16 for the year and 1st-5th grade fees are $32 for the year. If you aren't sure if you've paid you can look on parent portal.

Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

*8/13 Back to School Night 5:30-7:30 (K-1)

*8/14 Back to School Night 5:30-7:30 (2-3)

*8/15 Back to School Night 5:30-7:30 (4-5)

*8/19 First Day of School

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Fit Families on the Move pass

  • UC Health offers a wonderful opportunity for discounted rates on area activities (like SNAP golf, swimming, bowling, natural areas, climbing, amusement areas, etc.) with the use of a Fit Families on the Move pass (pass costs $7/person). Passes come with a calendar of events and entrance at discounted rates to these activities. Visit the Healthy Kids Club website for the registration form and list of activities. .
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