BUE Family Newsletter

May 15, 2022

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It is hard to believe the end of the year is right around the corner!

Dear Families,

As another school year comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families a very happy, fun-filled summer! The days are warmer and longer, and there are the plentiful opportunities to be outside and enjoy all the benefits of living in Western Colorado.

We would like to point you to a few LOCAL resources to help you make the most of your summer:

On a housekeeping note, please ensure that we have up-to-date contact information for your family as most school communication happens through e-mail, text, and the school app. Communication with classroom teachers will continue through Tuesday Folders next year.

We are all very proud of your children and would like to congratulate them on completing another successful school year. You can be very proud of them and how they represent you, their families and their school on a daily basis.

We will look forward to welcoming everyone back in the fall on Tuesday August 23rd to begin another school year full of educational activities and learning opportunities.

Next Year's School Calendar

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Take a Virtual Field Trip In Colorado

Summer trips can provide unforgettable memories and experiences. However, trips can be stressful, time consuming, and expensive. Weather is an added factor to consider with outdoor events such as hiking in a National Park. One alternative to packing lunches, loading the family vehicle, and buying gas/tickets is a virtual field trip. These online explorations can awaken your child’s love of history, science, nature, etc. Virtual field trips also provide a way for your child to explore places that may be inaccessible.

If you want to add adventure and learning your summers, take a look at these virtual field trips in Colorado. If time and resources allow, follow-up with an in-person trip to explore in greater depth and detail!

To add engagement to a virtual fieldtrip, consider having your student journal about the Virtual Trip! You can download a free Field Trip Journal from this site.

Colorado Virtual Educational Field Trips


Denver Art Museum (Denver)

Fred Harman Art Museum (Pagosa Springs)

Fremont Center for the Arts (Canon City)

Magic Town (Michael Garman Gallery - Colorado Springs)

Kirkland Museum (Denver)


Amache National Historic Site (Granada)

Bent's Old Fort (La Junta)

Museums of Western Colorado (Grand Junction)

History Colorado (Denver)

Ute Indian Museum (Montrose)

University of Northern Colorado Virtual Fieldtrip Library (Greeley)

Hovenweep National Monument (near Cortez)

Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail (multiple sites in Colorado)

Pony Express National Historic Trail (Northeastern Colorado)

Mesa Verde National Park (near Cortez)

Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site (near Eads)

Sante Fe Trail National Historic Trail (Southeastern Colorado)

Yucca House National Monument (near Cortez)

California Gold Rush National Historic Trail (Various locations in NorthEastern Colorado)


Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)

Denver Zoo (Denver)

Rocky Mountain National Park (Estes Park)

Castlewood Canyon (Franktown)

Roxborough Park (Roxborough)

Rifle Falls (Rifle)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Montrose)

Great Sand Dunes National Park (Mosca)

Colorado National Monument (Grand Junction and Fruita)

Curecanti National Recreation Area (Gunnison)

Dinosaur National Monument (Dinosaur)

Florissant Fossils Beds National Monument (Florissant)

Colorado State Fish Hatcheries (Rifle and across Colorado)

Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver)


Colorado State Capitol (Denver)

The Money Museum (Colorado Springs)

US Mint Denver (Denver)

Some information taken from Year Round Homeschooling with Misty Leask: Colorado Virtual Field Trips, which uses affiliate links to Virtual fieldtrips across the State of Colorado.

In addition to Virtual Field Trips, here are some other great ideas for your summer!

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Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways

26 scenic byways in Colorado connect the dots between historic sites and acres of majestic scenery that span red-rock canyons, the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and sun-kissed prairies. Colorado's Scenic Byways provide great adventures for family road trips during summer months with unparalleled vistas and views! Load up your family for a family road trip and explore Colorado!!


Virtual By-way Brochure

Colorado's National Parks, Monuments, Heritage Sites, and Outdoor Adventures Galore

From plains to peaks and mesas, national parks and other federal lands span Colorado's vast and varied landscape. Make a checklist to experience as many of them as you can during your summer!

Take a Train Ride with your Family

Colorado has several special train rides to choose from. Maybe consider doing one a summer with your family as a unique experience!

Enjoy an Outdoor Adventure in one of Colorado Many State Parks!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs.

In addition, Colorado Parks and Wildlife partnered with Agents of Discovery, an educational mobile gaming platform, to create virtual reality trail missions at 13 state parks.

  • Turn an ordinary hike into a learning adventure! Activity Backpacks are available for check out at select state parks


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5th Grade Transition Day

On Thursday, May 19th, BUE 5th graders will be taking a trip to GVMS for a transition day. Permission Slips went home in backpacks last week. Please reach out to your student's teacher with any questions!
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3rd Grade Living Museum Night

Please come and support our 3rd grade culminating event on Thursday evening at BUE!
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Field Day

BUE Field Day May 24th

Parents are invited to join us for field day!

We are excited to spend the day outside. We will have 19 game stations for students outside on the field and playground. Please plan on being outdoors for the entire day...and with any luck, we will get a little wet (the Fire Department may be joining us with their water hoses!). Some things that you might need include:

  • Hat

  • Tennis Shoes

  • Sunscreen

  • Plenty of Water

  • Clothes that can get dirty and wet


  • 8:30 -11:00 am Outdoor games - all grades.

  • 11:00 - 1:00 Classroom lunch will be at normal times on this day.

    • You can choose to eat inside or outside for field day

    • Lunches will be packed in bins like they normally are - we are eating hamburgers

    • Classes will eat at normal times

    • 2nd grade will eat at 11:05

    • 3rd and 5th grades will eat at 11:35

    • 4th grade will eat at 12:05

  • Parents may order and prepay ($4.25) for a school lunch (Hamburger) for themselves by May 20th.

  • 1:00 - 3:00 Staff vs 5th grade kickball game. 2nd - 4th grades will be cheering them on and competing for prizes.

****Quick reminder: All parents who participate in school events during the school day are required to have a current background check on file. All parents must check in at the Office and have a Visitor Sticker.

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School Awards on May 25

Our Annual Awards Ceremony will be May 25 and Parents are invited to attend.

Who: Teachers, Students, and Parents

What: End of Year awards including Terrific Kids

When: May 25

Where: BUE GYM


  • 8:15 to 9:15 a..m. for 2nd and 3rd Grade
  • 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. for 4th and 5th Grade


*April and May Terrific Kids will be awarded for all classes

* Citizenship Award - One student (all grades)

* Leader of the Year (5th grade)

* Sylvia Cloud Award for student with the most reading growth (5th grade only)

* Presidential Excellence and Achievement Awards - 5th grade teachers only :)

* NWEA Growth Awards for Math and Reading for all classes

If you have any questions about the BUE Annual Awards Ceremony, please call the office at (970) 285-5703 or ask your student's teacher.

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Read Plan Goals and Retention Meetings

Mandatory Retention Meetings are required for all students on Read Plans

Letter to All BUE Families with students on READ Plans

Research demonstrates that students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to not finish high school. Third grade marks an important turning point, when the focus shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. During this transition, students spend less time learning new reading skills and are instead learning new content and concepts that the reading conveys.

There are serious implications to a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school when reading competency is not achieved by third grade. Therefore, under the READ Act when a child has an SRD, the parent, the student’s teacher, and other personnel are required to meet and consider retention as an intervention strategy. The intention of the meeting is to determine whether the student, despite having an SRD, is able to maintain adequate academic progress at the next grade level.

If your child is on a READ Act, please call the BUE office to schedule a retention meeting!


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Garfield 16 Overarching Mission Statement:

As a result of our efforts, all students will be successfully prepared for life in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our School Mission:

BUE is a caring community providing students with a meaningful and authentic education.

Our School Vision:

We strive to empower our students to pursue their passions and to be kind, ethical people.