Lions Ledger

Patriot Elementary School January 2019

A Message From Our Principal

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We are beginning a new year full of hope and promise. We are all excited about the growth and development in our school. Our students are growing academically, socially, and physically. With professional development and consistent collaboration, our teachers are growing and applying best practices in the classroom and inspiring our future scientists, artists, writers, and mathematicians of the future.

We have received positive feedback regarding the AM drop-off in the back lot. Thank you for your continued feedback so we can strive to make Patriot Elementary a safe environment for all. Since we have started the new AM drop-off, the number of tardies have decreased and all students are in the building sooner than before. Our crossing guard is able to make it in the building by the time we make morning announcements. Thank you for your commitment in making this change.

Patriot will be hosting several events in the next couple of months. Please place these dates on your calendar. We also encourage you to sign up to volunteer at Patriot Elementary during the month of January - It is important to collaborate and engage families in education, it is a partnership – one that is valued and appreciated.

Upcoming Events:

January 10 – Report Cards go home

January 11 – Patriot Pride Assembly-7:30 and 8:30

January 14 – Homework Club STARTS

January 15th – Patriot Town Hall Meeting-1:00-2:00, Patriot Conference Room (School Accountability)

January 16th – K-2 Pancakes with the Principal

January 17th – 3-5 Pancakes with the Principal

January 18th and 21st – No School

January 28 – Patriot Academy Classes Start – more news to come about online registration

January 29 – Chipotle fundraiser for Center Based Programming

January 30 – 4th Grade Field Trip – Pioneer Museum

January 31 – Q3 Progress Reports sent home

February 6 – New Family Coffee

February 12 – Patriot Town Hall Meeting 1:00-2:00, (School Accountability)

February 13 – Valentine’s Parties

Feb 11-14 – STUDENT LED Parent Conferences

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education. Parents feel free to call or stop by to ask us any questions throughout the school year. We are looking to continue a Great school year.


Mrs. Canon, Principal

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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

Wise Words from Patriot Counseling

Teaching Empathy, Compassion, and Kindness

Growing up I learned all about giving back to the community from my mother. She was an avid volunteer. I also taught my three daughters about the joy of volunteering. Teaching children about community service not only helps children develop a strong positive self-esteem and work ethic, but it is a great way to teach compassion, empathy, honesty, kindness, and gratitude. I currently volunteer for two organizations and feel an immense pride in what I do to help make the world a better place.

A great way to teach compassion, empathy, and kindness is by volunteering along with your child in the community. This time of year people think of volunteering to help others have a warm and wonderful holiday, but volunteering can be a year round project. Not only does it teach strong values, but it can also help foster a wonderful parent/child relationship. I hope you and your child will make some time to volunteer.

Some volunteer ideas are:

· Help clean up a public park or recreation area.

· Volunteer at the local animal shelter.

· Share your time at a homeless shelter. You can help in many ways from serving meals, to teaching a craft to the children who live at the shelter.

· Bring your well behaved dog to be part of a “Paws to Read” program at your local Library.

· Host a party, and ask each guest to bring a bag of animal food to donate to the Humane Society, or 3 cans of food to donate to a local food bank.

· Crochet little hats for premature or ill babies in hospitals.

These are just a few ideas, don't stop with these.

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” Gandhi

Holly “The Dog Lady” Niewinski, your school counselor, can be reached at 382-1460.



01/07 3rd Quarter Classes begin!

01/11 PTO Executive Board Meeting @ 2:45pm

01/14 PTO Meeting @ 2:45pm

1/18 Fri NO SCHOOL Teacher/Staff Development

1/21 Mon NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Jr Day

01/24 Thurs Family STEM Night 5:00-7:00 pm

01/29 Tues FFC8 Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8pm

1/15-1/31 PTO Penny Wars


02/01 PTO Popcorn and Pickle Day

2/14 NO SCHOOL Parent/Teacher Conferences


2/18 NO SCHOOL--Presidents Day

PTO Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th, 2:45pm

Patriot Elementary School Cafeteria

Meetings will last approximately 45 minutes.

Childcare will be available for school-age students.


**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.

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.

January: Diligence

7-11 Following Instructions

14-17 Staying on Tasks

22-25 Listening

28-2/1 Working with Others

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. Morning drop off is NOW IN THE BACK ONLY.

Breakfast students should be dropped off in back as well.

Pick up procedures have not changed.

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.

WELCOME Our New Patriot Staff Member

Ms. Stiefbold 2nd Grade (formerly Mrs. Ragland's class) is

from Montgomery, IL (Chicagoland area).

She graduated from Aurora University in Aurora, IL - class of 2017

Her favorite hobbies are teaching, crafts, reading, and spending time with her puppy.

She is most excited about the opportunities I will have as a teacher in 2019!

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Yearbook order forms will go home mid-February with a deadline of March 22, 2019.

Cost of yearbooks are $15 and will be distributed the last week of school.

If you will be moving, we are happy to mail to you with a forwarding address.

If you would like to place an online order, you can do anytime between now and 3/20/19.

Go to:

Yearbook ID Code: 12779119


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

Box Tops for Education

PTO is collecting Box Tops

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

PLEASE keep those Box Tops and students can paste or tape to Box Top Sheets. When complete sheets are turned in, students receive a small treat. Please contact the office for more sheets.

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."