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April 20, 2017
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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:
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,
“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
Please take a moment to enjoy a weekly word from our principals:
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Set Up Link 8th grade dance:
Tear Down Link 8th grade dance:
Link for the volunteer website, then search for the many "Lunchroom Supervisor" OR “Elementary Recess” shifts daily:
May 5th Set Up
May 11th Tear Down
Annual SVA Mother/Son Elementary Event!!!!
Friday, May 12th from 5-9pm @ BOONDOCKS in Parker
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 email@example.com
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is July 31st.
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.
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 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!
Current 8th graders and new incoming Freshman invited to attend. Meet our high school coaches
and learn about high school sports.
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
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 - Camps
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!
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.
The SVA Faculty & Staff ☺ Go Hawks!