John Adams Update

4th Quarter 2021

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Dear Adams Elementary Families,

The 4th quarter of the school year is underway at John Adams Elementary School! This newsletter has school-wide information that we hope will be helpful for you as we engage in the last two months of the school year with our Wolfpack. A lot of learning and fun is ahead for our students, so please continue to ensure that your child maintains good attendance.

Thank you for your continued grace, patience, and partnership as we have navigated through this unprecedented school year! Our students are the BEST and BRIGHTEST and we are are so lucky to have each and every one of them as a special part of the John Adams Wolfpack!


Michelle Slyter, Principal

Starting each day on time

School starts promptly at 7:45am. Please ensure your student is in class before 7:45am. Students may start going into classrooms beginning at 7:25am.


Please send a mask for your child to school each day. Students are responsible for bringing their own mask.

Visiting the Building

o Due to current guidance, no visitors are allowed into the building at this time. This will apply through the end of the school year.

o Office Hours: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

o You may contact by phone calls only at this time: (719) 328-2900

o Appointments can be made for virtual meetings and registrations via WebEx, as needed

Picking up students prior to the end of the school day (no pickups after 1:50pm)

A friendly reminder that the front office cannot accommodate early pickups after 1:50pm.

Lost or broken device chargers

The school will not be replacing lost or broken iPad or Chromebook chargers.

Upcoming Events

April 15 - Adams Community Meeting (information about D11 Facilities Master Plan) 5:30-6:30pm Join the meeting at this link

April 13-22 - CMAS Testing for grades 3, 4, and 5

April 19 - One Book, One School kickoff

May 2021 - Device turn in (more information to come)

May 11 - Literacy Night 5:30pm-6:30pm (virtual event)

May 13-14 - Field Day (sorry, no parents or visitors may attend due to Covid-19 restrictions)

May 18 - Kindergarten EOY Celebration (virtual event)

May 20 - 5th grade Continuation (virtual event)

May 21 - End of 4th Quarter / Last day of school for elementary students

Grade Level Updates

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We are so excited in kindergarten to begin working on our next units! In ELA we will be talking about our country, space, and movement. We are continuing to learn our sight words, so we are ready for first grade! In math, we will begin learning about measurements, 3-dimensional shapes, and the base ten system. In science we are going to take a deeper look into force and motion. We are also looking forward to our end of the year celebrations, to include kindergarten continuation, class parties, and field day! We are excited to celebrate these sweet kids and all the incredible growth they have made this year despite all the challenges. What a year it's been!

1st grade

In math, first grade is working on place value, adding, and subtracting with missing numbers, and word problems. In reading and writing we are making observations in the sky and writing with detail. We have loved seeing the kids use learned sight words in their writing.

2nd grade

The second graders at Adam’s Elementary are excited to be working on animal research projects. We will be learning how to use a variety of resources to dig deep on an animal and write a book describing habitat, diet and more. We are also learning how to tell time on an analog clock and measure in inches and centimeters. We are enjoying learning with our “Nature Experts” from Catamount. We also continue to practice our reading fluency, sight words and more!

3rd grade

3rd graders are discovering the relationship between humans and their environment. They are investigating “Where in the world are we?” Students will be exploring geographic characteristics of landforms, continents, and regions. They will analyze how geography influences how we live. We are so excited to see how students will apply their learning to real world situations as they engage in the performance task.

Students who are in person will be taking the Colorado State Assessment on April 13 (Tuesday), April 14 (Wednesday) and April 15 (Thursday). Please have students arrive at school no later than 7:40am. The test will start promptly at 8:00am. Students will need to have their computers fully charged and ready to go.

4th grade

Fourth graders will have CMAS Math testing starting Tuesday-Thursday (4/13-4/15). Catamount will also be visiting on Wednesday for our outdoor learning experience. In writing, students are working hard on creating a compare/contrast five-paragraph essay focusing on two myths from different cultures alongside our Mythology unit. We also are getting ready to start our new science unit on Energy.

5th grade

Officer Watts, School Resource Officer, will be sharing a presentation with our 5th graders on Monday, April 12th. The focus will be on bullying, cyberbullying, personal responsibility, and making safe choices.