Crow Island Parent Newsletter

August 29, 2022

Dear Crow Island Families,

We had a wonderful first few days of school. Students did a great job returning to the routines of school and we are looking forward to our first full week of school!

Last week, students learned about our school-wide expectations of being responsible, being respectful, and being safe. Staff taught students the expectations in locations throughout the school and those will continue to be reinforced throughout the year.

I wanted to quickly remind families about our PTO sponsored back to school bash on Thursday evening and hope to see you on Thursday evening.

Stay well,


  • Thursday, September 1 ~ PTO Back to School Bash 5pm
  • Monday, September 5 ~ No School; Labor Day
  • Thursday, September 15 ~ PTO Meeting 9:15am
  • Thursday, September 15 ~ K-4 Go to School Night 6pm

Message from K-4 Principals:

It is with great joy that we celebrate the start of the new school year! It was a pleasure to welcome children and families to our school on a bright, Wednesday morning. Our teachers and greater school staff have immediately sought to engage students in learning and meaningful community-building. A special thank you goes out to our PTOs for partnering with us this past week.

Each week, our schools will send home a newsletter such as this via email. These newsletters are typically sent on Mondays, or the first day of the school week. They will contain important information from your child’s specific elementary school, district-wide updates, and news about joint efforts between our three elementary schools. For this reason, many weeks will include a joint letter from the elementary school principal team. Communication specific to your child’s classroom will be communicated by their individual teacher.

Lastly, we want to encourage parents and caregivers to mark their calendars for our Go-to-School Night on Thursday, September 15th (6:00 - 7:30pm). A more detailed communication sharing the structure and specific times of the evening will be coming soon.

Thank you for partnering with our schools with the common goal of providing an exceptional learning environment for our students.


Beth Carmody, Hubbard Woods

Luke Livingston, Crow Island

Joshua Swanner, Greeley

Classroom Charters:

During the first few weeks of school our homeroom teachers will be engaged in creating classroom Charters with their homeroom classes. The charter is an agreement that is made between the members of each classroom to make students feel safe, welcome, and heard. The teacher will lead the homeroom through a discussion to create their classroom charter. Once the charter is finalized, each student and teacher will sign it and put it up for display in the classroom as it will be a reminder to the commitment the members of the classroom and community make to each other. The charter is the first step in our staff commitment to learn and use RULER social emotional learning strategies. You can learn more about RULER here:RULER

Used School Supplies Collection:

As the new school begins we have a great opportunity to help students in less fortunate circumstances. As you go your children's bags from the last school year please consider setting aside any lightly or unused supplies so they can be put to good use. We will have a couple of moms volunteering at drop off on Monday and Tuesday August 29th & 30th to take any bags or boxes from your car. One of our Crow families will then drive them to a city school that might not have access to these supplies otherwise. Many thanks for helping make a difference and supporting other teachers, schools and children! Examples of supplies could be:Pens, pencils, markers, erasers, scissors, notebooks, folders, lunch bags and backpacks.

Downsized Capital Improvement Plan

At the August 16 Meeting, the School Board approved a resolution to move forward with placing the $59.4MM referendum on the November 8, 2022 ballot. If this referendum should pass, it would fund the following work at our schools:

  • Updated safety components, including secure entry vestibules

  • Upgraded HVAC systems to improve air quality, air flow, temperature control and energy efficiency

  • Accessibility for all students, staff and visitors that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Electrical wiring and panel upgrades to support technology and improve energy efficiency

  • Plumbing replacements to address fixtures that have reached the end of their useful life

  • The addition of a multipurpose room/cafeteria at Hubbard Woods

  • Removal of the temporary trailers at Crow Island and the subsequent addition of three permanent classrooms

  • ​​Repurposing of the current gym to serve as a multipurpose room/cafeteria and the subsequent addition of a gym at Crow Island

  • Extension of the useful life of existing facilities and proactive reduction of costly emergency repairs

This letter from the Board and Superintendent was shared on Wednesday, August 17 with the community.

To view the presentation video, please click here.

To view the presentation slides, please click here.

In an effort to ensure that our community is well-informed, we look forward to hosting Informational Sessions on the following dates (all are welcome):


Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. (Zoom details to follow)

In person:

Weds., Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. (Crow Island--followed by tour)

Sat., Oct. 8 from 9-10 a.m. (Hubbard Woods--followed by tour)

Monday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m. (Crow Island)

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Hubbard--followed by tour)

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. (Crow)


Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon (Zoom details to follow)

Health Form Reminder

Please view this link for details on the health forms that are due for your child prior to the start of the school year.

Insurance for Student Devices (Deadline is September 2, 2022)

Students in grades K-8 have the option of purchasing iPad coverage at a cost of $25, for accidental damage or a lost/stolen device. Click here for cost comparison. Coverage may be purchased up until the end of the day on Friday, September 2, 2022. After that date it will no longer be available for current students to purchase. Click here to sign up.

Bus Registration Re-Opens on September 6:

If you have not registered and paid for the bus yet for this school year there is still time to do so. Registration for bus service will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th. An email will be sent with the link to register your child along with the bus routes and stops.

Parent Education Sessions from District Partner Family Action Network (FAN):

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

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