326 E Kellogg

Holyoke, CO  80734

970-854-3411

 Holyoke Elementary School

April 2019 Newsletter

                                                                                                                                                           

April
Important Dates

4/1 - Group/  
     Individual Spring
     Pictures

4/3- Preschool Visit
     Day 12:45-3:15

4/8-16 CMAS
     Testing

4/10- 2nd grade
     field trip to
     Highline Electric
     8:30-10:30

4/11- 1st & 3rd
     grade Spring
     Concert @ 7 pm

4/16- School Board
     Meeting

4/17- 2nd Grade
     Field trip to
     Denver Zoo

4/18- NO SCHOOL

      Teacher
     Inservice

4/19 & 4/22- NO
     SCHOOL

4/25 & 26-

      Kindergarten
     Round up- No    
     Kindergarten
     Students

Greetings

from the Principal: Mrs. Andrea Kammer

Phone: (970) 854-3411

Email: kammeran@hcosd.org 

April

Working Together As A District: SCAP Highlights

*Over 30 teachers, principals, superintendents and CDE representatives participated in our two day SCAP site review.

*Reported by reviewers that participated in last years one day site review that there was a different and more upbeat, more positive feel throughout the entire district.

*It was noted that the the work done by the Holyoke School Board to align their board goals with SCAP goals is outstanding and they are excited to see the superintendent's, principal's goals aligned to them and teacher evaluations to have mention of them also in the near future.

*Parent, student survey feedback along with teacher, parent and student feedback groups indicated that students felt overwhelming welcomed and accepted by students, teachers, and community when they are new to our district.

*Teacher survey and teacher focus group feedback indicate that the attempts to provide staff with Social Emotional and Trauma Informed professional development or trainings has been appreciated and there is a desire to continue with further opportunities.

Kindergarten Round Up April 25 & 26th

There will be NO kindergarten students at school on April 25th and 26th due to our Kindergarten Round Up. During Kindergarten Round Up, we will be meeting our upcoming kindergarten students and doing activities that will involve the current kindergarten teachers for the full two days. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause for those who have a kindergarten student and we appreciate your help and understanding.

CMAS Testing - Important Dates
Holyoke Elementary students in third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade will be taking the state assessment in April. If you have a child in one of these grades, please help us by being mindful of our testing dates below. We know it is hard to schedule dentist, doctor, and other appointments, but it is

important for your child to be at school for these assessments. If you know ahead of time that your child will be gone on one of the dates below, please let their homeroom teacher know. Thank you!
3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade testing
Monday, April 8th 1:00-3:00
Tuesday, April 9th 8:30-10:30 and 1:00-3:00
Wednesday, April 10th 8:30-10:30 and 1:00-3:00
Thursday, April 11th 8:30-10:30
5th grade testing
Monday, April 15th 1:00-3:00
Tuesday, April 16th 8:30-10:30 and 1:00-3:00

Next Year - Letter to Mrs. Kammer

As a school district and school, we are committed to educating each and every student to realize his or her full potential, become a responsible and productive citizen, and a lifelong learner.  In carrying out this mission, we value and encourage your input into your child’s education. As we begin to work on class lists for next school year, please know our staff works hard to make sure we place students with the teacher that works best with your child as well as make sure students who do not work well together are separated. We value your input into your child’s classroom placement.  If you would like, please write a letter to me addressing one or more of the following points.

  • Educational environment that best suits your child,
  • Your child’s learning style,
  • Characteristics of a teacher that best meets your child’s needs,
  • Student(s) you would like your child separated from,
  • A teacher the parent(s) does not want for their child, and rationale.

If you choose to write a letter, please submit it to me by Friday, April 12th, 2019.  Please note that letters submitted after this time frame will not be considered within our class placement procedures. Also understand if your child is in 5th or 6th grade your child will rotate between classrooms throughout the day.

Thank you for your partnership in the education of your child.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Andrea Kammer

Holyoke Elementary Principal

Attendance

*Please make sure to call Mrs. Goytia before 9 AM if your child will not be at school.

Highlights from teachers at the Elementary School

*Teachers are working together and care about ALL students.

*Improvements on DIBEL assessments from beginning of the year to middle of the year.

Activities and Athletic Events Home and Away

If you and your family are attending an event at the school please make sure your child is with you at all times. Students should be sitting in the seats, bleachers, or stands with their parents and not running around, playing on the equipment, playing in the commons area, or other areas.  

Thank you for helping make sure all kids are safe during events and activities.

Cell Phones And Electronic Devices

Just a reminder that our cell phone/electronic device policy still remains.

Electronic devices - Cell phones, Ipods, MP3 Players, game boys, etc. must be turned off and left in backpacks between the hours of 8:00am-3:40pm.  Electronic devices may be utilized as part of an educational activity when instructed by the classroom teacher. Electronic device are not allowed at recess, they are to be turned off and left in a student’s backpack during the school day.

We know there are smart watches now and we expect that they not be used for texting, taking pictures, playing games, etc. during the day.