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Thursday Wire

April 20, 2017

Stay informed. Read the Wire. Click on www.skyviewacademy.org for additional info.

Hello SkyView,

Happy Thursday! Today, I share with you some wonderful news from our Board meeting last night. The leadership team and our teacher calendar committee have been working hard with me to have our calendars in advance for you. Last night, our Board approved our 2018-2019 calendar and approving requests for small changes to our 2017-2018 calendar. Please click 2017-2018 and/or 2018-2019 for full versions.

 

While we work diligently to align as much as we can with the DCSD calendar and our mission, we must also be cognizant of the compulsory school attendance law in Colorado. As such, we have altered our calendar for 2017-2018 school year in the following ways:

  • October Conferences were previously on the 19 with the 20th no school (teacher PD only). Now October conferences vary by school level:
  • MS/HS will be held the 18th and 19th from 3:30-7:30
  • ES will be held October 19 4:00-8:00 and October 20 8:00-noon
  • No Classes for conferences on October 20 (Yellow in Calendar Key)
  • December 22 is now the last day of school and it is early release date (previously last day of school for the 1st semester was Dec 21)
  • March Conferences are invite only
  • March 28th from 3:30 to 7:30 (MS/HS)
  • ES: Mar 29, PreK-5, invite only, 4-8pm
  • March 26 was added as a PD day for staff to make up for the time they are spending after school.
  • We added in one more day at the end of the year. Last day was May 23 and now it is May 24.
  • If necessary, Snow Day Make-Ups are scheduled for May 25th, 29th, and 30th. There are 2-3 snow days built into our calendars. The Snow Day Make-Ups days will be used in addition to these  if our weather is severe.
  • Staff check out is the 25th, (29 and 30 as needed) unless snow day make ups are needed.

For the calendar year 2018-2019, we decided to follow the same pattern as the 2017-2018 calendar for consistency. We want to thank the teacher committee and school leaders for their input in making this happen as well as thank our Board for approving the calendars.

Wishing you a wonderful 4-day weekend with friends and family.

All the best,

Mr. Barrett

Go Rockies!!

“No school can work well for children if parents and teachers do not act in partnership on behalf of the children’s best interests.”

-Dorothy H Cohen

 The latest from Chalkbeat Colorado   

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Betsy DeVos is an ideologue, not the face of education reform

Landmark school discipline reform legislation killed by Republicans on Colorado Senate panel

Showdown over state budget raises possibility of a special session

A Word From Our Principals

Please take a moment to enjoy a weekly word from our principals:

Jon Ail - High School

Janet Worley - Middle School

Jeri Bisbee - Elementary School

News and Noteworthy

We have a standout performer - Maddie Etton, who scored a game-winning goal!  Click here for more info.

Our elementary students raised $18,000 for Jump Rope for Heart.  Read more here.

Please take a minute to read a letter from the Colorado Department of Education on Immunizations.

Blood Drive on May 1st!

If you or your student (16 and above) would like to donate blood on May 1st, please click here to schedule a time.  Please click here for a list of prescreening questions and click here for medical guidelines.

Parents, if you are signing up your student to give blood, they must be at least 16 and the Parental Acknowledgement Form must be signed and returned to SVA prior to the donation.  Please take a minute to read the Zika Attachment as well.

  Our Elementary and High School Choirs have the honor of performing the National Anthem at Colorado Rockies games!  We invite all of our families to come see our talented students sing!

Saturday - April 22nd - 6:10 pm - High School Choir

To purchase tickets for this event, please click here and use the promo code SKYVIEWCHOIR

Saturday - May 6th - 6:10 pm - Elementary School Choir

To purchase tickets for this event, please click here and use the promo code SKYVIEW

The next SAAC Committee Meetings will be held on May 2nd starting at 4:15 pm in the elementary conference room.

Registrar News

Last School Tour of the Year!

Do you have friends, neighbors, co-workers and/or family interested in joining SkyView Academy K-12? Maybe they want to start researching high school for their 7th grader? Or Kindergarten for their four year old?

Then tell them to not miss our school tours the first Wednesday of each month! The final tour of this school year is May 3rd: 9 AM for elementary, 9:30 AM for middle school and high school. Tours will start up again in September. Please click here for more information and to sign up for a tour.

High School 2017-2018 Seats Available

SkyView has seats remaining in next year’s high school classes. Interested families should attend an upcoming tour and open enroll through the DCSD website.  

SkyView Enrollment

If your student’s enrollment plans change, please inform the Registrar as soon as possible.

Update Household Address

Before we break for summer, please check your address in Parent Portal and make sure it is accurate. Whether you’ve recently moved or need to add a second household, we require proof of residency to make these changes. Please check our IC Parent Portal page on the website for more information on required documents.

New Website Tips

New Website Tips

Our last month of school will be dedicated to mapping out our 2017-2018 school communications strategy. This summer we will be updating our SkyView website, calendars, google classrooms and parent app.

 

We want to thank everyone for their patience, support and feedback this school year. We continue to work towards a goal of creating a streamlined communication solution for our families – simplifying the amount of information we share, when and how we share it.

 

If you have any suggestions you’d like to submit to our planning team, please email Jennifer Larson at jlarson@hivedm.com. We’ll continue working with her team on our school communications plan for next year.

 

Assessment & Testing - Assessment Update

Students in grades 3-9 will need to bring headphones for PARCC testing.  The PARCC English/Language Arts test contains video and audio segments on the test.  Each student testing will need to bring a set headphones from home in order to hear these segments.  Headphones may be brought to  school any time before April 3.  SkyView does not have the number of headphones needed for those students testing at one time.  Please send in a pair with your child for this testing.  Thank you!

  • AP testing will be by subject and scheduled May 1-12.  schedule

  • PARCC and CMAS testing will take place the month of April. - schedule

  • MAP testing for K-8 will take place April 24 - May 12.

  • AP testing will be by subject and scheduled May 1-12.

We encourage parents to have their students take any state or district assessments.  Each student/parent who chooses to opt out of an assessment, not only negatively impacts our school ranking but also deprives us of an important piece of data that we can use to improve student achievement. Consequently, we are asking all families to take our testing very seriously and to commit to our school improvement process by participating in each assessment that we administer.The opt out process can be found on our school website, skyviewacademy.org under the State Mandated Testing tab at the bottom of the page.  If you have any questions concerning testing or opting out, please contact Paula Harrison pharrison@svak12.org.

Here is a link to the CDE parent resource page.  There is helpful information for parents concerning the PARCC and CMAS testing. http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/resourcesforparents

Board and Foundation Briefs

The SkyView Academy Board will hold its next Board meeting April 19, 2017 in the MS/HS Library beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Informational Meeting April 17th at 8:30am to Plan for the Big Event

The SkyView Foundation has decided to bring The Big Event back! For those new to SkyView, this is an adult-only, super fun event that helps to raise money for our school. We are having an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd in the Admin Conference Room to form a planning committee for the event.  If you are unable to come to the meeting but would still like to be involved, please contact Roslyn Paine at rpaine44@yahoo.com. 

Traffic, Hospitality, Events, Volunteering and More...

National Volunteer Week

It takes a special kind of heart and work ethic to be the volunteers that you all have been for us. Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do for our kiddos here at SkyView Academy! We wish you a wonderful week of happiness, appreciation, wellness, and love.

Announcing New Ways To Earn Volunteer Hours

I am pleased to announce TWO new ways to earn SVA volunteer hours:

Going forward as well as continuing into next school year, starting Monday, April 24th, a volunteer can earn DOUBLE hours for ANY lunch or recess shift!!!

1 hour for lunch or recess = 2 hours

These shifts are vital to the safety of our children and a great help to our staff. They occur daily with several spots needing to be filled. We realize the time volunteers are giving during the middle of the day is often difficult and we want to say how appreciative we are for your commitment to the lunch and recess shifts.

Additionally, another way to earn volunteer hours is to help watch the younger children of a parent who is volunteering. We understand we have many young families who have multiple smaller siblings at home. Finding childcare to come and volunteer is most often not easy during the day. If you have a friend who is at SVA volunteering for something and you babysit their smaller children, you now can ALSO earn the same amount of hours as your friend that volunteered.

Examples:

Parent A goes on a field trip for 4 hours & earns 4 volunteer hours = Parent B (babysitting Parent A's littles) earns 4 volunteer hours

Parent A volunteers for a lunch shift for 1 hour & earns 2 volunteer hours = Parent B (babysitting Parent A's littles) earns 2 volunteer hours

Parent A volunteers to help a classroom for 1 hour & earns 1 volunteer hour = Parent B (babysitting Parent A's littles) earns 1 volunteer hour

Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-5th

Next week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! We have a few things planned to honor our

wonderful teachers and staff, who do an amazing job every day to make SkyView such an awesome school! (please note that these activities are optional, and students may participate if they choose)

Monday – Students bring a single flower for each teacher

Tuesday - Students bring a note for their teacher. We are sending a template home in Thursday folders

this week, but your student may create his/her own card to honor their teacher(s). The template can

also be found here. Thank You Template

Wednesday – Students bring a gift card (any amount! A $5 gift card would be much appreciated!)

Thursday – Open day for students to be creative in honoring their teachers. The hospitality committee will deliver a

small surprise to teachers and staff

Friday – Teachers and staff will receive a treat to close this amazing week on a sweet note! Please watch for the volunteer opportunity to help!

Elementary Parent Connection

We've had a great response from Elementary (Pre-K through 5th) parents to the "Parent Connection." If you have not already 'opted-in' by e-mailing your grade's Parent Connection lead, please email Katie Bishop @ k2rikes@gmail.com with your child's name, grade and teacher. Katie will add you to your grade's Parent Connection group so that you can be included in events over the summer. Since we are a “commuter” school, often times it is difficult to get to know other parents so we want to make it easier.  This is also a great way to plan playdates, find sports teams, camps, etc. to connect kids outside of school. Thank you!

       There’s An App For That!!!!

Our volunteer website, Track It Forward has an App you can download to track your hours.  It is fairly basic and only allows you to log your hours, however, it might be an easier way for you to quickly log your time before you forget.  You will still need to log on to the Track It Forward website to view volunteer spots or see your personal profile as well as your cumulative hours. Make sure you are logging your hours as we get closer and closer to the end of the year.  

WE NEED YOUR HELP:

  • The 8th grade dance is coming up Friday, May 5th and we need some help setting up and tearing down.

Set Up Link 8th grade dance:

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/367845

Tear Down Link 8th grade dance:

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/367846

  • Please continue to sign up for elementary lunch and recess shifts, lets finish this year strong!  

{{DOUBLE HOURS!!}}

Link for the volunteer website, then search for the many "Lunchroom Supervisor"  OR “Elementary Recess” shifts daily:

http://www.trackitforward.com/site/skyview-academy

  • Spring Book Fair is coming up May 8-11th, this is a perfect opportunity for our middle and high school parents!!

May 5th Set Up

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/368849

May 8th

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/368859

May 9th

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/368860

May 10th

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/368861

May 11th

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/368862

May 11th Tear Down

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/86212/event/368863

Annual SVA Mother/Son Elementary Event!!!!

Friday, May 12th from 5-9pm @ BOONDOCKS in Parker

5pm-6pm Dinner

6pm-9pm Unlimited Fun

$20 per person

UNLIMITED Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bowling, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats

PLUS a $5 Arcade Card

Ticket also includes pizza & drinks

Tickets are on sale NOW at the main front desk - cash or check ONLY

Sales end Thursday, May 11 @ 4pm

You must have a ticket for entry to receive your Boondocks wristband

Limited scholarships available, please email info@svak12.org

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April

  • Preschool Grandparent Teas Friday, April 29th & Monday, May 1st

May

  • Teacher Appreciation Week May 1st - May 5th
  • 3rd Grade Music Program Tuesday, May 2nd
  • Incoming Freshman Athletic Orientation Night Wednesday, May 3rd
  • MS/HS Performing Arts Award Night Monday, May 8th
  • MS/HS Band End of Year Concert Tuesday, May 9th
  • 8th Grade Dance Friday, May 5th
  • All School Choir combined concert Thursday, May 11th
  • Mother/Son Event @ Boondocks Friday, May 12th
  • Field Day Monday, May 15th
  • Senior Dinner Wednesday, May 17th
  • All School Last Day Bash, Friday, May 19th Details coming soon!
  • Graduation Day, Saturday,  May 20th
  • Kindergarten Orientation for the 2017-2018 class will be Monday, May 22nd from 9:30-11:00am

Sponsorships Available for Fall Fun Run

If you would like information on how to promote your business and sponsor the 2017 SVA Fun Run please contact Jen @ jbridgham@svak12.org.  Deadline is July 31st.

HAWK SHOP

Our amazing volunteers who tirelessly help run, stock and organize the Hawk Shop deserve a HUGE and grateful THANK YOU!  New inventory of SHORTS have been put on the shelves so take advantage of some discounted uniforms!!  Thank you also to those who donate gently used uniforms all year long.

BEEP BEEP

We are so grateful to those who volunteer with Traffic Duty.  Weather conditions can always be tricky but we appreciate your smiles! Please continue to sign up for time slots.  The more parents we have helping the faster we can get through the carline.  Sign up HERE for traffic duty time slots!!  You can then search for the daily AM/PM shifts available.

KING SOOPERS

King Soopers reloadable gift cards are for sale in the Hawk Shop M-F from 3-4PM!  These reloadable gift cards can earn you volunteer hours while helping the school raise funds!  They are $5 and come with $5 already loaded on them!

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  • SVA Athletic Information Night - Wednesday, May 3 @ 6:00 in the cafetorium.  

           Current 8th graders and new incoming Freshman invited to attend.   Meet our high school coaches                            

           and learn about high school sports.  

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If you received a flyer home about summer sports camps.  Below is the correct information for the camps.  Register now.

Summer Sports Camps:   1st grade through 8th grade boys and girls

    Summer Camp Info and Registration   

SVA HAWKETTES POMS TRYOUT INFORMATION!!

SVA POMS TRYOUTS

When: Wednesday, April 26th 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Learn Routine)

              Thursday, April 27th 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Learn Rest of Routine)

              Friday, April 28th 3:30pm - 5:30pm  (Perform Routine for Judges)

*Dancers must be present for every day of tryouts.

*Tryout Packet can be found online on the SVA Poms page.

Click  HERE for the Tryout Packet

Volleyball, Sport, Black ...Volleyball - Camps

HS Volleyball Camp Registration Form

July 8th - High School Girls Hitter/Setter/Serving Camp Info   

July 8th - High School Girls DS/Libero/Serving Camp Info

May 6th, 13th - Elementary/ Middle School Basics of Volleyball Camp

Go to the volleyball website to see new information being posted by the volleyball coaches. Summer Camps, open gyms, try-outs.  Great stuff from Coach Smith and Coach Dove.

Athletic information about our teams, coaches, registering for a sport, game schedules, etc., can be found on the website.  

Please view the SkyView Academy Facebook page for team highlights.

Parents - please keep your children with you during games and do not let them run in the hallway, cafeteria, or playground.  Thank you for keeping our students safe!

 Lego Robotics

  • LEGO®  Robotics Programming 1 (2nd-5th grade Math grade or student has taken Simple Machine)

  1.  4/18/2017 to 5/9/2017  Tuesday 3:55 to 5:10 pm, 5 lessons Open for Registration

Learning Labs presents Engineering Wednesdays for K- 5th from 3:50 - 4:50 pm starting April 12th - May 10th.  Click here for more information and to register.

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Thank you,

The SVA Faculty & Staff ☺ Go Hawks!