CFL May Family Newsletter

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Mission and Vision Statements

Garfield 16 Overarching Mission Statement:

As a result of our efforts, all students will be successfully prepared for life in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our School Mission Statement:

Engage ~Empower~Improve

Our School Vision Statement:

Our vision is that all graduating first graders leave CFL as critically thinking young citizens with strong academic and social/emotional foundations

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A Note from Mrs. Frees

Dear CFL Families,

It is hard to believe that another school year has passed so quickly, especially since it has been such an unusual one, full of twists and turns. Despite the COVID restrictions, it has been a rewarding year, one filled with unprecedented accomplishments. A few of the things that come to mind are the visit from Santa, spirit days, celebrating homecoming week, Student Led Conferences, virtual All School Crews and our first in person all school crew, just to name a few. All of these things and many others are made possible by our community of learners, of which we are all members.

At CFL, we are very fortunate to have a dedicated, caring and hardworking team of professionals (Teachers, Educational Assistants, Office Staff, Custodians, and other school based and District based Support Staff) who work together to ensure that every child has the best educational experience possible. Staff at CFL always go above and beyond to ensure that students are exposed to a variety of activities to enhance and enrich their school experience. This year in particular, staff put aside their own worries and anxieties to ensure that our students had a safe, predictable and fun school experience. With the support of our parent community, staff and students adjusted to rapidly changing Public Health Orders, while maintaining a sense of routine, structure and connectedness for students.

Our students deserve recognition: Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year. I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a CFL Cardinal. You keep me laughing and fill me with joy. I am grateful for each and every one of you!

A big thanks goes out to all parents for trusting us to do everything possible to keep your children safe, along with your support in adapting to the frequently changing Public Health Orders and for finding ways to keep your kids at home when they were sick, despite your own work schedule challenges.

Staff Changes

We will be seeing some staff changes next year and send our best wishes to the following individuals who will be leaving. Their work at CFL has been appreciated and we wish them well in their future endeavors.

Karley Borchers, Emily McPherson and Cheianne Pogline

Everyone have a safe and happy summer break! Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.


Kim Frees


Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!

Office News

Stop by the office to complete your background check so you can volunteer and participating in all the upcoming events. We love to see parents in our building again!

  • May 12th Transition Day
  • May 13th Garden Day
  • May 17th-24th Challemge Course
  • May 18th Parent Night for new Kinder Parents
  • May 20th Public Library Visit
  • May 26th Last day of school
  • May 26th Field day

We have collected several items in or lost and found. The rack will be placed at the front entrance if you would like to stop by and take a look.

Conversations with the Principal ~No meeting this month

We will not be having our meeting this month due to how crazy May gets for everyone. We will start back up again in September of next year! Thank you to all the parents that participated. I hope that we will have more next year!

Summer Advantage

Summer Advantage invites were mailed on May 2nd.

Summer Advantage is an extended opportunity for students to learn and achieve success through intellectual development, student agency and goal setting opportunities. Student success will be dependent upon a collaborative effort between students, teachers, parents and administration. Summer Advantage will be held in person June 1st - June 29th Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am.-3:00 pm.

Please return forms by May 13th.

Student Goal Setting Update

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!!!

CFL has made a goal to reach 375 goals this year. If we meet our goal we will earn an ice cream party. We are SO close! We are currently at 361 goals met this year. Ask your child what their goal is?

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Intervention News

What a great year we have had. It’s hard to believe that it’s coming to an end. I have enjoyed seeing the growth of the kids over the course of the year. It’s amazing how much their little minds can hold.

Even though the school year is ending, remember that doesn’t mean the learning has to. There are so many fun things that you can do in the summer to help your child grow. If you are unable to have your child participate in Summer Advantage, try some of these fun learning ideas this summer.

  • If you are traveling, try singing alphabet songs in the car, or counting. You can also play the license plate game where you have kids find the letters of the alphabet as you are driving.

  • If you will be home, maybe you could set up a routine. Some people do it by the day. For example, you could have Make it Monday, and try some new arts and crafts projects.

  • Of all the great things you can do, the most important is to make sure you read daily. It is so nice to have a short story time before bed in the summer months.

Enjoy this precious time with your children, and add some fun learning at the same time.

See some of you next year.

Melissa Bradley

Reading Interventionist

What's Happening in PE at CFL~Info about Field Day

Hello CFL Families,

Field Day is coming! It will be held in the afternoon on the last day of school, May 26th. Look for information in your child's Tuesday folder. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our front office and fill out a background check. I would love some help with stations and in your kiddos classroom. Please reach out if you would be interested in helping out. We will be continuing to focus on our skills in PE class and getting prepared for the end of the year. Thank you for sending your student with tennis shoes everyday for class, it helps with their safety.

Thank you,

-Mr. Cora

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Pre-School News

Hello from Preschool!

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is almost here. It seems like only yesterday that we were setting off on our preschool adventure together! It has been a pleasure to be part of your children’s tremendous growth this year. For all of our dear students moving on to new learning experiences, we will enjoy our last weeks of fun and learning together. For those who will be returning to us in the fall, we look forward to another great year together. We appreciate the opportunity to continue being part of your children’s learning journey.

Upcoming Events

  • Round up went live April 15 - Parents will sign an interest form located on the CFL Website. We will be advertising this in many ways starting April 1st. Starting in May, we will send parents registration packets and set an appointment for them to return the packets to CFL. Veronica will check through paperwork and Meri will do an onboarding interview with new families.

  • Raising a Reader Library Day - Friday, May 6th. Look for information on this coming soon from your classroom teachers.

  • Free Tuition for All - We are not asking tuition for any . Tuition fees have been paid through the Stabilization and Sustainability Grants

  • Bea Underwood Playground Progress - The old asphalt has been removed, log borders to retain wood chips are almost completed, and wood chips have been ordered. The swings have been delivered (We are still waiting for the slide/climbing structure) and will be installed after the surface is prepared. Our BUE PK students are very excited!

Transitioning events for students who will be starting Kindergarten or 2nd Grade this fall

May 12 will be Transition Day for students. This will be a live event.

  • All 4 year olds entering Kindergarten this fall (Including Head Start, Community Programs, and children who have not attended a preschool) will come to CFL on May 12 from 9:30 - 11:30.

  • Students will go to the classroom that they have been assigned to this fall for breakfast, Crew, fun activities, and school exploration.

  • We are encouraging all parents to attend and stay with their child for this.

  • All 3 year old preschoolers will attend their regular Preschool Classroom from 1:00-4:00.

  • May 18, 6:00-7:00, will be Parent Information Night for families who will be new to Kindergarten in the Fall of 2022

    • Presentation by the Kindergarten Team on what a typical day in Kindergarten is like

    • Guided tour for parents with CFL staff

    • Q&A Session

Thank you to everyone for your Preschool support! Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas for Preschool.

Meri Nofzinger

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