Garfield Re-2 News

September 11, 2020

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HELP US KEEP OUR SCHOOLS OPEN

The best way to help keep our schools open is to keep COVID-19 cases in Garfield County as low as possible.


Help us by making the following commitments:

I commit to:


WEAR a mask.

WASH my hands.

WALK, ride or play 6 feet away.

WORK together safely.

IF ILL – stay home

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September 11, 2020 - Patriot Day

Patriot Day 2020, also referred to as 9/11 or September 11, is a holiday observed annually on September 11. It is a day dedicated to remembering and paying tribute to the 2,977 people killed and numerous people who were injured during the terrorist attacks on September 11,2001, in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the United States.


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Garfield Re-2 seeking Letters of Interest for School Board vacancy

The Garfield School District No. Re-2 is seeking community-minded residents to help serve and lead the greatest administrators, teachers and students in Colorado!


If you live in Director District B (which generally includes):

the north-eastern portion of the City of Rifle north of Morrow and Firethorn Drives, east of Whiteriver Avenue ane extending easterly, north of Highway 6 & 24 and west of North 1st Street (aka Silt Mesa Road);


and generally includes the neighborhoods of:

Arabian Heights, Deerfield Park, North Pastures, Promontory, Rifle Creek Estates (in Rifle) and most of Silt Mesa including Peterson Lane, Miller Lane, and Ukele Lane.


. . .apply to be part of the greatest legacy you can leave - providing, supporting and fostering the education of our children. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, you must live within the boundaries of Director District B, be a registered voter as shown on the books of the county clerk and recorder for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the appointment, be 18 years or older, and be a citizen of the United States.


For a more detailed description of our director boundaries, go to

www.garfieldre2.net under “Our District.” There you will find the geeky, legal description of the director district boundaries (have your map handy) and you can download the Prospective Board Member Packet.



If you are interested, submit a letter to the Garfield Re-2 School District so that it arrives in our offices no later than 5 p.m. September 14, 2020. Attn:Anne Guettler, Director District B vacancy, 839 Whiteriver Ave., Rifle, CO 81650. For more information you may call the Garfield Re-2 District Office at 665-7600. The District B seat must face election in the November 2021 election.


Download the Prospective School Board Member Packet here

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Exciting news for Garfield Re-2 families!

The US Department of Agriculture recently announced that they are extending their Free Meals for Kids program through the end of December 2020 or until available funding runs out. This means all students in Garfield Re-2 can access healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch at school for no additional cost.


Effective Thursday, September 3, all students in Garfield Re-2 schools will receive free breakfast and lunch, no matter the student's prior free, reduced, or full pay eligibility.

To see what is on the menu, please go here: https://bit.ly/2QLZTJl


Please note: Households who have not yet applied for free or reduced meals for 2020-21 are encouraged to complete an application so eligible students will receive Free/Reduced meals AFTER December 2020, or when available funding runs out under the current guidance. Forms are available here: https://bit.ly/2QLZTJl

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Free and Reduced Lunch applications

Below are the free and reduced lunch forms for the 2020-21 school year. Although the USDA is providing free lunches now for all students, we have no idea how long this program will last.


If you want to be sure that you are included in the free and reduced lunch program when the current situation changes, please complete the attached forms and return to your child’s school or Sheri Edwards 215 E. 30th St., Rifle, CO 81650 or call 665-7604.


This applies to both virtual and in-person learners.


The free and reduced lunch count is one factor that indicates which schools need additional support for students. It helps provide additional resources for technology and instructional staff and much more.


More importantly, if you are in need of additional support, we encourage you to take a moment, and complete the forms below.


Thank you


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Garfield Re-2-Saves Money While Reducing Waste and Increasing Sustainability

Garfield Re-2 has school lunch back in full swing! The Nutrition Services Department has been able to save money while reducing waste. After careful consideration, we have selected a green plastic food eco-container, which can be washed and reused after use. This is a clamshell-shaped container that can be run through a dishwasher. After checking with the health department, we learned these containers are appropriate for our use. In addition to preventing tons of Styrofoam from entering the landfill, we are also creating a $100,000 in savings to our department. This is a win-win for the environment, students’ safety and our food services budget. Other efforts being discussed include some schools wanting to do composting feeding gardens with the compost product.


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Important information for bus riders

Cooler temperatures are here.


The weather is getting colder & the bus windows are still going to be open. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately!


Due to the current limitations on bus capacity, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate students riding home with friends this year. There are no exceptions to this practice at the moment. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will re-evaluate as physical distancing requirements relax. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

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Zoom Meeting Information

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Sep 14, 2020 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: September 14, 2020 School Board Workshop and Meeting



Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89984749774?pwd=R21iY2hVYUNLMnltTytVZzdFdE1UQT09

Passcode: 223158

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +16699006833,,89984749774#,,,,,,0#,,223158# or +12532158782,,89984749774#,,,,,,0#,,223158#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 929 436 2866 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 899 8474 9774

Passcode: 223158

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcGnS6sL5I


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Information from Generation Wild

100 Things to do Outside

Download Generation Wild's List of 100 Things to Do Before You’re 12 (or 99). It includes plenty of fun activities for you and your kiddos to do right in your own yard.


Get even more ideas and inspiration when you follow Generation Wild on Facebook and Instagram.


As always, stay wild. Be safe.

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New Castle Recreation's (NCR) Generation Wild Programs: “Kids Grow Better Outside” will be joining Jeff at The River Stop Colorado River Discovery Center for weekly outdoor adventures.


All Generation Wild Programs are FREE to kids (6-16yrs).


All participants must be prepared with sunscreen, and water bottle. This program meets at The River Stop Colorado River Discovery Center (200 Lions’ Park Circle Rifle, CO) (I-70 Rest area) at 9AM


**NCR cannot provide transportation at this time due to COVID restrictions**


September 11: Build a Beaver Dam

September 18: Owl Pellet Dissection

More info HERE

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ACES at Highland Elementary

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will begin providing environmental education for Highland Elementary School students the second week of September. Classes will be held online for Kindergarten through 2nd graders three times a week with hopes to continue in person at some point, if appropriate.


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RHS Grad Taylor Walters named to Colorado Mesa University’s Men's and Women's Golf All-Decade Team

Taylor Walters played for the Mavericks from 2014-2017 and was the lone Maverick golfer to claim individual medalist honors at the RMAC Championship during the decade. She carded a two-round total of 143, the second best two round total in program history. She finished her career with an 80.89 scoring average which ranks her seventh in program history.


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TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO APPLY

Pandemic EBT is here!

What is the P-EBT Program?

If your child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals last school year at a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, or if they attended a school where all students eat breakfast and lunch for free, they are eligible to get P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT and P-EBT is not part of the public charge rule. All information submitted is confidential. P-EBT provides your family with funds to help buy food. These funds are available because schools were closed this spring due to the pandemic. You can receive up to $279 per eligible child to stretch your food budget AND continue getting summer meals at the same time!


Learn more about Colorado's P-EBT program here.


Contact Shari Edwards at 665-7604 for more information.

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Garfield Re-2 School District

Our vision is to Encourage, Nurture and Challenge every student, every day.