WHES Highlights

November 4, 2022

Dear WHES Families,

Happy November! We loved kicking this week off with costumes and fun with our Tornadoes, and now we've ended it with colder temperatures and more of a fall/winter feel!

Stay warm and join us indoors at Bingo for Books tonight! WHES PTA is hosting Bingo for Books on Friday, November 4th from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the WHES Gym! Join us to play several games of BINGO - winners will receive books to add to your family library!

Check out and like/follow our new school Facebook page - Woodmen Hills Elementary School (https://fb.me/WHESTornadoes)! We want to spread the word of all the good things happening and needed to spread our social media wings to do so!

Please be sure to continue to check the Family Handbook for complete details of all day-to-day systems and procedures. Read the information below carefully and don't hesitate to call our school office with any questions or needs at 719.495.5500.

Have a great weekend,

Bethany Stegman & Amanda Bower

WHES Administration

Upcoming Dates

October 24th-November 8th: Texas Roadhouse e-gift Card PTA Fundraiser

November 4th: 6:00-8:00pm Bingo for Books sponsored by PTA in the Gym

November 8th: 6:00pm PTA meeting in the Library and via Zoom

November 11th: Veteran's Day Observance & Choir Concert

November 14th-18th: Anti-Bullying Week

November 14th: 4:00-7:00pm Texas Roadhouse PTA Restaurant Night

November 21st-25th: No School; Thanksgiving Break

December 2nd: Spirit Day - wear your favorite Holiday outfit!

December 2nd: 6:00pm Movie Night in the Gym

December 8th: 6:00pm Holiday 4th and 5th Grade Choir Concert in the Gym

December 9th: No School; Assessment Day by Appointment

PTA Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Fundraiser - 10/24-11/8

Support WHES PTA by buying a Texas Roadhouse gift card online between October 24th - November 8th! 10% of the total sales will be donated to WHES PTA.

You can purchase gift cards by scanning the QR code below or by following the link here: https://txrhgiftcards.com/collections/txrh-10-100-no-brd?ref=048WoodmenHillsElementaryPTA

Once purchased, you will receive the e-gift card via email within 3-4 days! This would make a great Christmas gift OR purchase a gift card to use at our next Texas Roadhouse restaurant night on November 14th!

Texas Roadhouse also offers additional incentives with this fundraiser:

  • Every student who sells $100 will get a Free Kids Meal to Texas Roadhouse.
  • First place student (minimum $500): Free kid’s meal every month for a year PLUS free* dine-in dinner for student plus 2 guests!
  • Second place (minimum $500): 1 Free Kid’s Meal to Texas Roadhouse - N. Powers every month for a year!
  • Third place (minimum $500): Texas Roadhouse swag gift basket.
  • Top selling staff member (minimum $200) wins a Texas Roadhouse gift basket with a $30 Dinner for 2 gift certificate!
  • And finally, if the school sells $10,000 or more TOTAL, the school will receive a 10% off dinner pass for every teacher valid through 2023!
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PTA Meeting - November 8th

Join us at the November 8th PTA meeting at 6:00pm in the WHES Library or via Zoom.

During the meeting we'll be voting on how best to spend some of the Apex money, vote whether or not to participate in the Parade of Trees at Meridian Ranch, and a quick reflection of Trunk or Treat and Bingo for Books.

Join Zoom Meeting here:

Veteran's Day - November 11th

We are honored to celebrate the Veterans in our community on November 11th. We have several activities planned throughout the day including a Veteran's Day Choir performance followed by a reception. In order to make this day special we need your help!
  • If you are a veteran or have a family member that is a veteran, please complete this Google Form so you can be added to our slideshow!
  • If you are a veteran and are able to join our choir performance and reception please, look for the invitation in your child's backpack, print the invitation from here, or email abower@d49.org. We need all RSVPs by November 4th!
  • If you are currently deployed and cannot join us, we would love to have a WHES shoutout from your location. If you are able to send us a video with your shoutout, we will add it to our slideshow! Please email or share the video with abower@d49.org.

Anti-Bullying Week - November 14-18

WHES recognizes ‘Anti-Bullying’ week, November 14th-18th. Staff and students will focus on raising awareness of bullying and highlight ways to prevent and respond to it. Let's come together and reach out to stop bullying!

Monday, the 14th: SOCK IT TO BULLYING!

  • Wear your favorite crazy socks to celebrate what makes us all YOU-nique.

Tuesday, the 15th: TEAM UP AGAINST BULLYING!

  • Wear a sports jersey to team up together to stop bullying.

Wednesday, the 16th: DON’T GET MIXED UP WITH BULLIES!

  • Wear mismatched clothes to support our differences.

Thursday, the 17th: PEACE OUT BULLIES!

  • Wear tye-dye or neon colors to represent unity.

Friday, the 18th: WE ARE TIED TOGETHER!

  • Show your school spirit by wearing Tornado gear and a tie.

PTA Restaurant Night - November 14th

PTA will host restaurant night at Texas Roadhouse on Monday, November 14th! Join us at the Powers location (3120 N. Powers Blvd.) between 4:00-8:00pm!
Please review the information regarding attendance for the 22-23 school year! You will find our district policy, resources, and absence procedures.

WHES Attendance Information

Family Handbook & Information

As we get set to begin a new year, the WHES Family Handbook and Information Guide is a great place to find all information in regards to WHES operations, procedures, policies, etc. All information included is linked and serves as a reference guide for families. Please continue to check this information frequently and as questions arise.

You can view it by following the link here.

Health Information

Hi, I’m Shelly Duran and I am the nurse at Woodmen Hills. I look forward to working with your students! Here are a few reminders to start the school year.

  • Medications - All medications, including over-the-counter medications, require a medication form completed by your child’s physician. Student’s may NOT bring medication to school or self-administer any medication. All medication forms and action plans can be found here: https://www.d49.org/domain/1284

  • Immunization Requirements - Colorado law requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases. For more information regarding required immunizations and how to complete a non-medical immunization exemption form can be found here: https://www.d49.org/domain/261. (If you are filing a non-medical exemption, please complete the online module, print and sign the exemption form, and return to the health room.)

  • Illness Guidelines - Falcon School District 49 is following the Illness Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Children’s Hospital Colorado. Please refer to these guidelines and keep sick students home. These guidelines are linked below.

  • Phones in the Classroom - Students are not permitted to use classroom phones or personal phones to contact parents in the event of illness. Students must come through the health room to call parents in order for the absence to be excused.

Health Room Contact information:

Health Room Phone: 719-495-5500

Shirley Milazzo, Health Para - smilazzo@d49.org

Shelly Duran, School Nurse, BSN - sduran@d49.org

Nursing Services Website: https://www.d49.org/domain/1284

22/23 Lunch Information

Woodmen Hills Elementary School offers breakfast and hot, school lunch each day. You can view more information from D49 Nutrition Services linked here. You can send lunch money in with your child or add money to their account by visiting D49 Nutrition Services. For assistance with meal fees, you can complete the Meal Assistance Application by visiting this link.

Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary:
    • Breakfast $2.50
    • Lunch $4.00
  • Secondary:
    • Breakfast $2.75
    • Lunch $4.35
  • Adult (without milk):
    • Breakfast $3.00
    • Lunch $ 4.75

Federal regulations play a direct role in setting the price of school meals and D49 is required to match government meal reimbursement rates by charging for meals. Updating our rates this year is a difficult, but necessary adjustment to continue providing meals in our challenging economy.

Specials Information / Schedules

Kindergarten and First Grade:

Kindergarten and first-grade students engage in 5 specials, including Art, Music, PE, PBL/Technology, and Library. Specials occur on a daily schedule. Students will have the same special on the same day of the week.

Second through Fifth Grade:

Second through fifth-grade students engage in 4 specials, including Art, Music, PE, and PBL/Technology. Specials occur daily, on a 5-day, ABCD, rotating basis. Students will have the same special for 5 school days in a row (i.e. art for 5 school days, then PE for 5 school days).

The Specials schedule is always available in the WHES Highlights sent weekly via email - the specials rotations link is for all grades, K-5th, and the ABCD monthly rotation calendars are for 2nd-5th grades.

Art Class Information: Students often use materials such as watercolors, watercolor pencils, tempera and acrylic paint, and oil pastels during art classes. While using these materials brings new discoveries and masterpieces, it can also bring a concern for not washing out of clothing, etc. Please consider having your child(ren) wear 'older' clothing items on art days.

PE Information: Students are active during PE class! Proper footwear supports safety and ability to move and engage in a variety of activities. Please ensure your child(ren) wear tennis shoes/sneakers on PE days.

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WHES PTA Information

PTA provides a partnership between families and schools. We are fortunate to have a strong PTA who supports all students and classrooms, while also providing various activities and platforms for families to connect and engage at Woodmen Hills Elementary School.

Stay connected - follow our Facebook page!

You can follow WHES PTA on Facebook for up-to-date reminders and information. Follow the link here: https://www.facebook.com/woodmenhillspta.

PTA spirit wear - Tornado gear!

WHES PTA has launched new Tornado spirit wear this year! You can view the complete collection by following the link to the shop here.

PTA Calendar - events all year long!

See the 22-23 PTA calendar of events below. More information will be sent in our Highlights as dates and events get closer.

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Community Events

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WHES Links & Support

Family Handbook & Information

All information included is linked and serves as a reference guide for families in regards to WHES operations, procedures, policies, etc. Please continue to check this information frequently and as questions arise.

Woodmen Hills Elementary School

Principal: Bethany Stegman

Assistant Principal: Amanda Bower

Dean: Cheryl Curry