The Lion's Share Newsletter

May 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Miller:

Grant Families,


As always, I hope you are all well! It is hard to think that this will be the last newsletter for a few months as we begin to end this unprecedented year.


I have been reflecting on this year and what it all entailed. We started the year later than usual, taught students both online and in-person at the same time, went fully remote for a short time, went to asynchronous Mondays and then back again to a 5 day school week, before wrapping up the last quarter with most of our online students returning to the building. I have never had a more difficult year in my 20 years serving students. I would like to recognize our teachers for their work, flexibility, and time. Our teachers have gone above and beyond even more so this year, and I really mean it when I say we have the best staff around. As for all of you, our Grant families, I know this year has also been difficult on you and your families for all the reasons mentioned above. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your understanding, your grace, your encouragement, and your support. You have all done a tremendous job and I appreciate you.


As for what next fall will bring, I'm still unsure. As we learn more from D11 and El Paso County Health, I will send out updates to all of you as we approach the start of the year. My personal hope is that we will at least be able to have our families and volunteers return to our building. That is one thing that we all miss...seeing you here in classrooms, at events, and helping out.


I sincerely hope that you will find some time this summer to rest, relax, and catch your breath, even if only for a short time. I hope you find time for family and friends and share some much needed laughter together. Although it will be summer break, please know that I will still be available to all of you at any time. You can always email me or message me through Dojo or Facebook if you have any questions or are in need of something.


I would like to wish our 5th graders and their families the absolute best as they transition into middle school next year. I hope that Grant has been great for your student during their time here. I know that we have enjoyed learning alongside with your student(s). I wish you all the very best as you begin your new adventures.


Make it a great one and thank you,



Ryan Miller

Principal, Grant Elementary

Kindergarten Registration / Enrollment Info

Kinder Registration: Families, there is still time to enroll your student here at Grant! We are enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year now! Our front office will be enrolling here at Grant until June 9th. After June 9th, you will need to contact the Enrollment Department for D11. The D11 Enrollment Office can be reached at 719.328.2297. If you plan to come to Grant to enroll your new Lion, please be sure to bring your I.D., proof of residence (utilities bill or a lease), your student's birth certificate, and the immunization record. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call Tammy Roth in our front office at 719.328.5700.


Enrollment: Just a friendly reminder that if you already have a Lion here at Grant, you do not need to enroll/re-enroll! We will see your Lion here in August. However, if you plan on moving to a new school, you will need to contact Tammy Roth in the front office to disenroll.

Summer Meet Your Teacher

Grant is excited to announce that we will be continuing our Summer Meet Your Teacher initiative! Community is something that is of the utmost importance to us. Our goal is to help strengthen the parent partnerships between home and school. Most of our teachers will be participating and would love the opportunity to meet with you and your family before school starts this August to help ensure a successful 2021-2022 school year for your Lion!


The meetings will take place either virtually or in-person at your home...it will be your choice! Please be on the lookout for the invitations coming home soon!

Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School

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Grant has been awarded the status of being a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School! Our students and staff have worked so incredibly hard for this great honor! There are only 324 National Showcase Schools across the country and Grant Elementary is one of them! Our students take on their Capturing Kids' Hearts work seriously with weekly challenges, creating their classroom social contracts, and by empowering and uplifting other students and staff! Way to go, Grant community! We are so proud!

Skate City Summer Membership Cards

We are currently selling Skate City Summer Membership Cards! Your Membership Card can be purchased at school for $5.00! With this card, you will be able to skate ALL summer long for only a $1.00 admission fee. Plus, Skate City will give $2.00 for each card purchased back to Grant Elementary! Get them while you can!

Report Cards

As outlined in last month's newsletter, the district will be mailing all 4th quarter report cards home this year! They will be using the address you currently have listed in our system. Please know, if you need to update your address, we would be happy to help in order for you to get your student's report card! We will need you to bring in a proof of address for any updates (utilities bill or a lease). Just stop by the office and we will be glad to help you out!

Get Your Pizza Palz!

What goes better with summer than a delicious pizza from Old Chicago? We are currently selling Pizza Palz in the office! For $15.00, you can purchase a Pizza Palz card which will give you the opportunity to buy any pizza from Old Chicago up to $30.00! We usually sell out of these, so be sure to get them while you can! Also, your Pizza Palz purchase will be helping to support our wonderful PTA!

Returning Your Device

Lion Families, as we begin to close out the school year, we will need all devices and chargers turned in for inventory. We will begin the process to update each device so they are ready and in working order for next year. A few friendly reminders:


  • Please check over your student's device prior to returning the device so there are no surprises when IT checks each device for damages
  • Please wipe down/clean devices as best as possible prior to returning the device
  • iPads with a black case (7th generation) will cost $294 to replace and missing/damaged chargers are $16.00
  • iPads with a blue case (6th generation) will cost $235 to replace and missing/damaged chargers are $16.00
  • Chromebooks will cost $240 to replace and missing/damaged chargers are $40.00
  • Please note that if there is minor damage to any device, costs may be reduced significantly to repair the minor damage


If you have any questions at all regarding your device, please contact Mrs. Baldwin, our LTE, at 719.328.5724 or via email at kristen.baldwin@d11.org

Fun Pictures from April!

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Important April Events:

Monday, May 3: Mann MS Open House for 5th Graders 5:00

Wednesday, May 5: NEHS party on the front lawn 2:30-4:15

Sunday, May 9: Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 11: PTA Meeting via WebEx 6:00

Thursday, May 13: NEHS Induction 5:30

Thursday, May 20: 5th Grade Student Drive-Thru Promotion 2:45-3:45

Friday, May 21: Last Day of School

Monday, May 31: Memorial Day