Back to School Family Newsletter

August 16, 2022

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Note from Mrs. Clark

Dear BUE Students and Families,

We are so excited to Welcome You Back to School for the 2022/2023 School Year. We are so excited for all learning and fun we will have this year.

We heard from some parents that they did not receive the Back to School Newsletter emailed on August 5th, 2022. I am including the information from that Newsletter below.

Please join us for our Open House on Friday afternoon/evening. We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

If you need any assistance, please reach out the the BUE Office at (970) 285-5703.

With excitement for the year ahead,

Amber Clark


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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.

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Dear BUE Families,

We are absolutely delighted to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. The teachers, staff, and I are so excited to see our students and families this fall. This parent newsletter contains information to help you gear up for the 1st Day of School!

We hope you continue to enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, and please be on the lookout for upcoming communications from our school and district. We send nearly all communications through email, Thrillshare, and our district facebook page. We will be setting up a BUE Facebook page this year too!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school! Jeanne Miles and Jenn Shaffer, our friendly and super helpful secretaries, are in the office Tuesday through Friday and can be reached from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the school at (970) 285-5703.

We are looking forward to an amazing 2022-2023 school year!

Amber Clark (Principal) and the BUE Faculty and Staff

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We are a four (4) day school week

Tuesdays to Friday

1st Morning Bell rings at 7:30 a.m.

End of Day bell rings at 3:40 p.m.

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School supplies are provided for all pK - 8th grade students

We wish to extend a big THANK YOU to our Garfield16 Board of Education Directors for their decision to once again help the students and families in our community by purchasing school supplies!

Families will need to provide a backpack and appropriate gym shoes for their student(s).

If you need assistance in providing a backpack or gym, please reach out to our office and we can help you with these items.

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Here are some ways that you can support your child(ren)’s education this year at BUE:

  • Make sure your child attends school daily and arrives on time, ready to learn.
  • We will send home a Tuesday Folder each Tuesday. Please check this folder every Tuesday and sign the sheet so your child's teacher knows you received the folder for the week!
  • Keep a watchful eye on your child’s classwork and contact your child's teacher frequently to partner with them in ensuring your child's success.
  • Encourage and support your child to read daily to develop a love for reading and to improve their literacy skills. (We recommend 20 mins of reading at home every day.)
  • Ask your child about their school day so you are connected with how they feel about school, friendships, and their learning.
  • Limit tech time in the evenings, and remove technology (especially cell phones and chromebooks) from your child's bedroom at night. This is vital for student safety, to ensure healthy communication with friends, and to establish healthy sleeping patterns and habits.
  • Trust that we care about your child and your family. Never hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns - we are here to help!


We hope that you will join us in celebrating the start of the 2022-2023 School Year. You will have the opportunity to meet your teacher, take a tour of the school/classroom, and see new classmates and friends!

Friday, August 19th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


If this date and time does not work for your family, please call the BUE office.

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New students can register at Bea Underwood Elementary School starting Tuesday, Aug 9th. Registration hours will be Tuesday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch Break for our office staff is noon to 1:00 p.m.

Our school is located at 0741 Tamarisk Trail, Parachute, CO 81635

Parents and guardians only need to register their child if they are new to the district. If your child attended the Center for Family Learning (CFL) as a 1st grade student, they are automatically enrolled at BUE as a 2nd grade student and we have all their information.

If you do not know who your child's teacher is, please call Jeanne or Jenn at BUE. The office number is (970) 285-5703.

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If your child will be riding the bus, please fill out the Bus Registration Form that will go home in Tuesday Folders on the 1st Day of School. Children will be able to ride the bus on the 1st day without the form. Bus Routes are posted on the transportation website. Please check the website closer to the 1st day of school, as bus routes may be updated a bit between now and then.

If you have questions or need any additional information, please call the our Transportation Director, Steve Gardener, at the Transportation office (970) 285-5700 ext. 5130.

Transportation Website

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Our district has qualified for a free breakfast and lunch program for SY 2022-2023.

To continue to qualify for this grant, we need all families to please fill out an application for free or reduced meals, regardless of family income. The application packet will be sent home the first day of school and it can also be found using this link: Nutrition Links. This will help us to continue to qualify for this program for next school year. Thank you!

  • Breakfast Program: All students can receive breakfast free of charge. It is important that your child arrives at school on time as breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m.

  • Lunch Program: All students can receive lunch free of charge. If your child brings lunch from home, please make sure it does NOT need to be heated in a microwave as there are no microwaves available.

Please do not send soda pop in your child’s school lunch. We ask that you send a healthier choice such as juice, water, or milk.

Parents wishing to eat lunch with their child may do so, however to be in the school during the school day requires a background check (see the section above on school safety).

Please call the school office by 9:00am if you would like to order a hot lunch. The charge for an adult lunch is $4.25 and for a visiting child it is $2.75. Please remember that the school only accepts cash or a check for payment.

Menus can be found on our school district Nutrition Website.

Meal Prices for Visitors:

Student Lunch $2.75

Milk $0.70

Adult Lunch $4.25

School Breakfast and Lunch menus are currently being created and will be updated for the start of the school year. If you are ever looking for the breakfast and lunch menus, please visit our district Nutrition Department Website where you can link directly to each month's menus.

Please keep in mind that menus have the potential to change A LOT depending on staffing issues, and product availability. Our Nutrition Department does their best to honor the posted menus, however they can be heavily impacted for a variety of reasons. If you ever have any questions, please call 285-5701 ext. 4180 with any questions or email

Free and Reduced Lunch Packet

Please fill out even if you do not think you qualify. We thank you as your effort supports grant writing and funding initiatives district-wide. The packet is in both English and Spanish.

Free and Reduced Lunch Packet Spanish

Please fill out even if you do not think you qualify. We thank you as your effort supports grant writing and funding initiatives district-wide. The packet is in both English and Spanish.

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  • Every Wednesday in August from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Clothing will be available outside the center.
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Our School Based Family Resource Center does a great job connecting Garfield16 Students and Families with resources. Please check out their Facebook Page and Website for for information about programs and resources, which may benefit you and your family.



Please do not hesitate to reach out to our School Based Family Resource Center for more information.


Claudia Flores Cruz

Center Coordinator


Opt-Out Form for Student Image Publishing

I do NOT want my child's image to be published for news media or school publicity purposes. (Print and return to the BUE office)


Student Use of the Internet:

Student Use of the Internet and Electronic Communications (District Policy: JS*) - Given that the benefits outweigh the risks, the District will provide appropriate Internet access to each student, unless that student's parents/guardians have indicated in writing that they prefer to deny their child such access. If you would like to opt your student OUT on internet access please notify the GVHS office at 970-285-5705.

Student Image Publishing:

Student Image Publishing (District Policy: JRA/JRC-E-3-) Classroom activities and school events are sometimes photographed or videotaped by the school or media groups (newspaper, television, university, district public relations, etc.) In addition, the district or school may want to post articles, video, or photography on district or school websites.

If you DO NOT want your child’s photograph, video, and/or electronic image to be published for news media or school publicity purposes, please complete this form, and return it to your child’s school by September 15.

(Public events such as sporting events, theatre productions, etc. are open to the public and are not covered by this form.)

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Q: When is the 1st day of School?

A: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022.

Q: What are school start and end times?

A: The first bell rings at 7:30 and the tardy bell rings at 7:35. The end of day bell rings at 3:40. (Note: We have staggered ending times. Bus riders are walked out to the busses at 3:40 and students who walk or are picked up by parents are walked out at 3:42).

Q: Who is my student's teacher?

A: If your child was a student in our district last year, teachers for Fall 2022 were listed on your student's report in June. If you need to know who your student's teacher is, please call our office at (970) 285-5703. The Open House is a great time to meet your new teacher!

Q: What school supplies will my child need?

A: Garfield 16 is able to provide most school supplies for BUE students this year. Families will need to provide a backpack and appropriate gym shoes for their student(s).

Q: Does BUE offer any specials classes?

A: Yes! BUE offers a nice selection of Personal Wellness, Music and Art to all students.

Q. How much do school breakfasts and lunches cost?

A. At BUE all students benefit from a free breakfast and lunch grant obtained through the efforts of our Garfield 16 Nutrition Department. In order to continue to qualify for this grant, we need all families to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch Packet (F/R Lunch Packet Spanish), regardless of family income.

Q: Can my child ride a bus to school.

A: Yes! We have bus routes for BUE which can be found online using this link: Garfield16 Transportation. Please contact our director of transportation, Steve Gardner, for any questions or for more information at (970) 285-5700 ext 5130.

Q: What kind of technology will my child have access to?

A: All students at BUE will have their own Chromebook. We highly encourage you to purchase Chromebook insurance in case of accidental damage. Technology insurance forms will be sent home with students on the 1st day of school and are also available using this link: Chromebook Insurance. Please return the insurance form and payment to the BUE office as soon as possible. Mr. Nathan Humphrey is our Technology Director. Technology Website

Q: Will there be a back-to-school event this year?

A: Yes! Open House for BUE will be Friday, August 19th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Q: I didn't see my question here, whom should I ask?

A: Please call our office at (970) 285-5703. If we do not have an immediate answer, we will find out get back to you as soon as possible.

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Dressing for school in an appropriate and respectful manner is important to limit distractions, encourage kindness among classmates, and enhance school safety and sense of belonging for everyone. For this reason the following dress code will be enforced:


  • Belly shirts, spaghetti straps, strapless tops, muscle shirts, off-shoulder shirts, and tank tops are not appropriate for school (appropriate sleeveless shirts have shoulder straps that are at least 2 inches in width and do not show undergarments or the skin surrounding the chest area).

  • All shirts and blouses must have a back without large cutouts. Lacy/athletic mesh tops should have a shirt underneath them.


  • Shorts, skorts, skirts, and dresses should have a length midway between knees and hips. We know it is becoming harder and harder to find long enough shorts, dresses and such. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out to the office if you have any questions. We are here to help.

  • Clothing and apparel that advertise inappropriate messages/pictures should not be worn (ex: tobacco, alcohol, drugs, inappropriate/rude language, etc).

  • We realize many clothes now are created to show wear and tear as a style. If cuts and openings are inappropriate, children will be asked to change or call home for new clothes.


  • Hats may only be worn outside the building (except for special dress-up days)


  • Wheelie tennis shoes MUST have the wheels removed.

  • Sandals are ok but you must have tennis shoes for PE.

  • Flip flops are discouraged as they tend to get broken at school. Children trip and fall in them often getting hurt on the playground or going up and down stairs.

Students who wear inappropriate clothing will be required to change clothes (BUE keeps freshly washed options in the office) or they can call home for parents to bring a change of clothes. Please don’t allow children to wear excessive make-up, as it is a distraction in school and has resulted in students being unkind to each other.

BUE Website

Please click here to access the BUE Website for information on our school including: links to our teachers and staff for communication, upcoming events, family resources, and information for online learners.