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CHIEF CHARLO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS - February (2nd Edition)

~ Chief Charlo WINS the 1st Annual Super Bowl Food Drive ~

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Our 1st Annual Super Bowl Food Drive was a HUGE success!!

This three school competition between Chief Charlo, Rattlesnake and Lewis & Clark schools brought in 5,078 pounds of food for the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center.

Charlo students were determined to help our local community fight food insecurity, as well as keep Ms. Zins from getting a pie in the face.

Chief Charlo won 1st PLACE with 1978 pounds of donated food.

Lewis & Clark was 2nd place with 1867 pounds, Rattlesnake 3rd place with 1198 pounds

THANK YOU to EVERYONE THAT WAS ABLE TO HELP OUT OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY!!

What an AMAZING thing to see, especially during KINDNESS Week!

Front Office Notes

* NO SCHOOL February 21 due to Presidents' Holiday.

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Looking for a perfect part time position that allows you to be home when your children are? Chief Charlo is currently hiring for a Noon Duty Aide (2.25 hours/day) - to learn more about this position contact 542-4005 or https://mss.mcps.k12.mt.us/ess/employmentopportunities/default.aspx.

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Kindergarten parents, please provide your child with an extra pair of clothes to keep in their locker or backpack in case of a bathroom accident or needed a change after recess. The FIT office is running out of smaller sizes for these incidents.

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Parents, please put your student's name or initials in their coat and other outer gear. This helps the lost and found items find their way home. It's sad to see so many top name brand items never make it back to where they belong.

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* Looking ahead - Parent/Teacher Conferences happening the week of March 14-18.

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February At-A-Glance

Mark your calendars

February 17 - Early out - ALL students dismissed at 2:30pm

February 21 - Presidents' Holiday - NO SCHOOL

February 21-28 - PTO Butter Braids Fundraiser

February 24 - Early out - ALL students dismissed at 2:30pm.

February 28 - PTO Family Dine Out at Panda Express (Details below)

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Chief Charlo Homepage

Find bus info, school meal menus, enrollment forms, school resources, staff links and more.

~ Volunteer Opportunities ~

~ Check out the new MCPS VOLUNTEER PORTAL ~

Are you ready to get back in our school and volunteer? Several opportunities available. Check out the NEW MCPS Volunteer Portal - listen to a student learning to read, help a child practice their math skills., or maybe a teacher could use extra help?

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~ PTO Family Dine Out Night -

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PTO Butter Braid fundraiser is back - February 21-March 21

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~ Counselors' Corner ~

In the Classroom:

We are using the MindUp curriculum again this year to teach students about how the brain works, specifically in regards to self-regulation and learning. Students in K-5 are learning about three specific parts: the prefrontal cortex (aka wise leader), the amygdala (aka security guard), and the hippocampus (aka memory saver). This curriculum is designed to help students learn about the brain and how it functions, which helps students gain insight into their own minds and behaviors as well as the behaviors of those around them.

This curriculum is designed to help students understand what happens in their brains and bodies when they lose control of their emotions and what to do when that happens. One area we have been focusing on is using deep breaths when in the red zone. Here are some strategies that students can use when their lid is flipped:

• Belly Breathing – put your hands over your belly and breath in slowly. Watch your belly rice and fall as you breathe in and out. This can help kids to focus on their breathing which can be calming.

• Alphabet Animals - name an animal for every letter of the alphabet while taking deep breaths between each letter. This can help individuals to redirect and become more relaxed - especially if they are becoming anxious.

• Going to Your Favorite Place – close your eyes and think about a favorite place while taking deep breaths. Think about what you can smell, hear, taste, feel, or touch in this place. This strategy can be relaxing.


As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns please contact us at 406-728-2400, X4976 or by email kdonisthorpe@mcpsmt.org or freynolds@mcpsmt.org

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FAMILIES IN TRANSITION (FIT) PROGRAM

Families in Transition Coordinator - Rm 233

The Families in Transition (FIT) Program is here to assist Chief Charlo students and families experiencing housing instability (McKinney-Vento Act) and/or economic hardship. FIT works as a bridge between those families, our school and the district staff to empower students to stay in school and remain successful both in school and as lifelong learners. FIT also provides families access to community resources and services.


FIT is here to support your family, because we care about all of our Wolves - BIG and small!!

I look forward to assisting you!

Coryll Rupert (FIT Coordinator)

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McKinny-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Information

Click on the above link to learn more about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Chief Charlo Families in Transition (FIT) Program

Click on link above to learn what services are provided through the Chief Charlo FIT Program

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Missoula County Public School Information

MCPS Main Web Page

Forward Thinking, High Achieving - find Schools, Web Connect, Staff Directory, Student Registration, Volunteer Application, and MUCH more.

MCPS Native American Student Services Department

Mission: Help Native American students achieve academically, culturally, and socially to graduate and become successful lifelong learners. Locate your individual school's Native American Specialist and learn about resources available to your child.

MCPS District COVID Information

Click button to learn more about MCPS COVID-19 Task Force, Individual School Data and additional info

Chief Charlo Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Current Board Members:

Heather Bomb, President: chiefcharlopto@gmail.com

April Miller, Vice President: chiefcharloptovp@gmail.com

Amy Mill, Treasurer: chiefcharlotreasurer@gmail.com

Elyse Johnson, Secretary: chiefcharloptosec@gmail.com


Meeting Schedule: We meet virtually the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month.

Meetings start at 6:00pm.


Interested in becoming a member? Everyone is welcome! Membership is free due to our amazing sponsors. The Chief Charlo PTO encourages families to join, stay informed, and help out in any way you can. It's never too late to join and be part of the FUN!!


Check us out at http://facebook.com/chiefcharlopto