Lions Ledger

Patriot Elementary School November 2018

Message from the Principal


Dear Families,

We are thankful!

As we prepare to take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:

· Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job.

· Our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss out on learning.

· Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need.

We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving holiday. We also hope you will keep in mind that school is closed the week of November 19 through the 23.

We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the Thanksgiving holiday. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

We are grateful for you!

Michelle Canon, Principal

Kathrin Polyefko, Assistant Principal

Lisa Bizzell, Assistant Principal

Peer Conflict, Mean Behavior, and Bullying. What is the Difference?

Fountain Fort Carson District 8 is committed to providing students with a safe school climate.

Talking with our children about these differences is very important in teaching how to handle these situations.

Click on the provided link to read more about the difference between peer conflicts, mean behavior, and bullying behavior.

FFC8 Flier

Thanksgiving Feast with Your Student

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 10:45am-12:45pm

7010 Harr Avenue

Fort Carson, CO

Come have a Thanksgiving lunch with your students. Cost is $3.40 for non-students. Students will be charged their normal price.

Sign up at the attached link.....



10/29-11/2 Red Ribbon Week

11/2 Patriot Pride Assembly K-2 @ 7:30 am; 3-5 @ 8:30 am

11/5 PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm @ Patriot Cafeteria; childcare provided

11/6-11/8 2nd Grade CoGat Testing

11/7 PSEAC Meeting @ 8:00 am

11/8 Pancakes with the Principal @ 7:00 am K-2 *Invite Only

11/9 Pancakes with the Principal @ 7:00 am 3-4 *Invite Only

11/9 Veterans Day Assembly @ 1:00 pm

11/12 No school Veterans Day Observed

11/15 Thanksgiving Feast at school @ 10:40-12:40 (please RSVP)

11/19-11/23 No School Thanksgiving Vacation

11/26 PTO Meeting @ 2:45 pm

11/26 PTO Penguin Patch Store preview week begins

11/30 Parents Night Out @ 5:00-8:00 pm (watch for details)

PTO Meeting

Monday, Nov. 5th, 6pm

Patriot Elementary School Cafeteria

Meetings will last approximately 45 minutes.

Childcare will be available for school-age students.

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A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders, and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by our students, teaches, staff, and administration.

Safety Response Protocol is based on the following actions:

LOCKOUT - Secure the perimeter - Called when a threat or hazard outside of the school building

LOCKDOWN - Locks, lights, out of sight - Called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building

EVACUATE - Move students and staff to another location

SHELTER - Called when the need for personal protection is necessary (weather)

HOLD - Teachers wll hold students in the classroom due to temporary need (medical)

Please take a moment to review these actions with your children. Students will be trained and the school will drill these actions over the course of the school year. More information can be found at

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Box Tops for Education

PTO is collecting Box Tops

Box Tops are an easy way for our school to earn FREE money!

We are in our 2nd Box Top Classroom contest. PLEASE keep those Box Tops and students can paste or tape to Box Top Sheets. Please contact the office for more sheets.


**Student Council is made up of classroom representatives. Student Council meets twice per month and are guided by 1st grade teachers Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Borst. Student Council members create a vision through service projects, fundraisers, and spirit days.

Spirit Days


9 Wear RED for Veterans Day

What is Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon week is the largest, most visible alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services.

October 29-November 2 is Red Ribbon Week

National Theme: “Life is your journey, Travel Drug Free”

Red Ribbon Week daily themes:

Monday, October 29, 2018: Wear RED for Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 30, 2018: Dress like a Nerd day, “Kids are too SMART to start”

Wednesday, October 31, 2018: Wear your Halloween costume for the parade “Don’t be a ghoul, stay in school, it will take you places”

Thursday, November 1, 2018: Career Day = dress like your future career choice“Don’t let drugs be part of your future”

Friday, November 2, 2018: Favorite Team Jersey day “Team up against drugs”

BOYS TOWN Education Model at Patriot

We are excited to bring the Boys Town Education Model as a means to address and reinforce student behavior and discipline issues. This Model uses a teaching approach for dealing with behavior, therefore teachers and other staff members will proactively teach social skills on a weekly basis and clearly communicate behavioral expectations throughout the day. Patriot staff reinforce students when they make appropriate academic and behavioral choices and correct their inappropriate actions by teaching replacement behaviors and use natural and logical consequences. Each week students are introduced to a new Boys Town Skill and encouraged daily to work on this skill.

November: Self Control

5-9 Appropriate Voice Tone

13-16 Staying on Task

19-23 Thanksgiving Break

26-30 Ask Permission

December: Honesty

3-7 Accepting Compliments

10-14 Having A Conversation

17-20 Review Skills

Student Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

REMINDER: Please do not drop students off before 7:00 am as Patriot Staff supervision does not monitor until 7:00 am. Students should be picked up at their flag with the oldest sibling. If walking, students exit through the east gate on the black top.

Please ensure that you are following the best practice procedures which can be found on our school website.

We expect all parents to promote safety for our students and community, and be positive role models in our parking lots. Changes to normal routine in child's departure should be communicated to the teacher.

Ever-Changing Colorado Weather

If you have not lived in Colorado very long, you may not be fully aware of the ever-changing weather we have here. We can start off a morning at 30 degrees with frost on the ground, have the sun rise and warm us up to 50 degrees with intense sun so the students can run and play at lunch, and then have a snow storm move in at 2:00 pm.

We encourage all students during the winter to dress in layers and always have jacket, hat and gloves in their backpacks.

In EXTREME weather we will send a message out about Red Flag dismissal process.

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PTO Penguin Patch Gift Store

Patriot PTO is excited to announce they will be hosting the Penguin Patch gift store again this year. The store allows students to shop for family & friends. Cost of items range between $0.50 and $10.00. Teachers will have scheduled shopping date and time.

Preview Dates: 11/26-11/30

Shopping Dates: 12/3-12/07

More information will be sent out during the last week in November.

**If you are interested in volunteering a SIGNUP Genius link will be sent out later this month.


The motto our students practice at school is P.A.W.S

The PAWS Pledge is promised each day during morning announcements: "I am a Patriot Lion. I show my pride by using my PAWS--Personal Best, Act Responsibly, Work and Play Safely, Show Respect to All; I am a Patriot Lion let me show you my PAWS! ROAR!!!

--Patriot Elementary School colors: Red, White, Blue

--Patriot Mascot: Lion

Patriot Elementary School

Patriot Elementary School Mission: "For every student to become a lifelong learner and a confident, productive member of society by providing an engaging, safe, supportive, academic community."