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July 9, 2021

Hello Bulldog Community,

 Lots of things are happening around University this summer and I have a few updates for you:

 It is hard to believe that summer is flying by so quickly.  I hope you are enjoying every moment! I'll continue to send more updates throughout the summer.  We will send a quick text letting you know when information has been emailed because I hope you are having such a great summer checking email isn't a top priority.

June 21, 2021

Hello Bulldog Community,

 I hope everyone's summer is off to a great start.  I feel like I always comment on the weather and this week is no different!  I thought moving here from the south I would experience some cooler Colorado summer weather but apparently not.  Everyone tells me these 100 degree days aren't normal for June so I'll keep hoping.  There has been a lot happening so far this summer so I wanted to share a few updates with you, many of which will have more information to come throughout the summer.  

I wish you lots of rest, relaxing and fun!

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

 May 28, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

We made it!  This week has been a busy one with teachers and students celebrating the end of the year together.  

 

Here are a few highlights:

     - 5th Grade Evening Extravaganza, Olympics and Clap Out

     - A super fun and upbeat serenade from the 5th grade Girl Squad

     - Lots of field trips to get out and enjoy nature and have fun together

     - Thanks to the PE department for planning an amazing elementary Field Day.  I asked several kids what their favorite part was and they said "EVERYTHING".  

     - Thanks to the Middle School flex day committee for ending the year with lots of fun and unique games and activities.

     -  I know graduation will be a special moment to celebrate the resiliency of this senior class.  Thanks to everyone who put in the many hours of hard work it took to pull everything together.

 

Since it's the last day of school I wanted to say thank you for making my family a part of the Bulldog Family.  I have certainly experienced the roller coaster of emotions this year has delivered alongside you, but because of them, I have been even more appreciative of the highs.  From my perspective there have been many.   James Lane Allen said that “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”  I have seen the character of our school community revealed this year and I am proud to be a Bulldog.  

 

I hope you have a summer of fun, adventure and rest,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

May 22, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

   I know here has been a whole week that happened since I last emailed; but honestly it's been a bit of a blur for me since last Friday.   I am deeply sustained in my life by uplifting and empowering others and supporting and celebrating success along the way.  The last week has put me in the position of dream crusher more often than not.  It's not a role I enjoy but it is part of the responsibility of the Director.  So I will only say that I am sorry to the high school faculty, students and families  who had an abrupt ending to their year.  It is now how I or any of you hoped to finish.  I am hopeful that the decision to learn remotely for a week at the high school level will positively impact everyone's chances of celebrating graduation and season D athletics together.  I also want to express gratitude for Jeff Casey's leadership this week.  He dealt with every person with empathy and concern regardless if they were feeling big emotions or not or if they treated him with the respect he deserves.  It is a special person who is able to operate so gracefully under difficult circumstances.    

I wanted to share an announcement from the Health Department:

Here is some terrific information about summer reading opportunities from our fantastic library programs.  

University Schools Libraries summer hours for students K-12

Elementary/High School Library & Middle School Library

Open 9:30 am - 11:30 am on Wednesdays

June 9 | June 16 | June 23 | June 30

And, all students in grades K-8 will be getting a brand new book for summer reading!

We had our High School Choir Concert last week and the students did a great job!  They were generous to share videos so you can all enjoy

We some some seriously smart and hardworking students who were recently recognized as by the College Board based on test results from last school year:

Sincerely,

 Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

May 14 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

Happy Friday everyone.  It is hard to believe that we only have a few more Fridays.

I hope you have a restful weekend,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

May 7, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

 It has been a busy week with lots of learning and extracurricular activities.

 Here are several celebrations:

1st Place: Bentley J., Harper D, Megan M., Presley W.

2nd Place: Daniel F., Zoey N., Lex N.

3rd Place: Aubrey B., Avary G., Kingley G.

1st Place: Carlos S., Ryder W., Stefan G.

2nd Place: Rory B., Brandon C., Elijah M., Gunner G.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  I know I speak for you when I thank and celebrate the amazing teachers at University Schools.  Thanks to everyone who supported the USPTO basket auction so they can continue to support our teachers.

 

Have a great weekend,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

April 30, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 I hope you enjoyed the short week and beautiful weather.  Since it's a short week, I have a few short updates:

I hope you have a terrific weekend!

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

April 23, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

I hope you had a great week, I am super encouraged to see sunshine out my window.  I hope the weekend gives you plenty of outside time to enjoy it!

 

Here's what I have for this week:

Don't forget that school will be closed Monday and Tuesday.  I hope you have a great long weekend and enjoy the weather,

Jennifer

April 16, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

Well, I had another new weather experience today.  Several inches of snow and almost no trace by the afternoon!  Today I want to focus on remote learning.  I cannot say how proud I am of the teachers and families that have worked tirelessly together to make sure that learning happens no matter the setting.  I know it has been the challenge of many of our lives to try to have a meaningful learning experience while not in the classroom.  I wanted to share one example of the awesome growth that has happened.  Ms. Bangs' class has published manuscripts of fiction stories they wrote and illustrated, had a poetry program that over 100 families virtually attended, and a Valentines' Day celebration just as if they were in school.  

 

We appreciate the thoughtful feedback that staff and families provided surrounding planning for remote learning next year.  I believe that University Schools is full of amazing teachers, students and supported by terrific parents.   However, I also know that our mission is best accomplished through in person learning.  After reviewing the feedback, we have decided that US will plan to operate fully in person next school year and will not offer a fully remote option. We will continue to provide remote learning opportunities for individuals and cohorts that are impacted by quarantines or isolation.  We are happy to work individually with any staff member or family that is concerned about how this decision could impact their high risk health conditions.  

 

I cannot thank you enough for your partnership as we continue to navigate unprecedented times.  We look forward to reuniting our Bulldog Family in person next year!

 

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

April 9, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

As I'm typing this email I'm watching the weather change from windy, to snowy to sunny and back again.  My first Colorado spring is certainly a roller coaster of weather options!  

Here are a few highlights of my week:

On that note, we have experienced a large number of quarantines this week and last.  We currently have about 150 students who have been impacted by these quarantines.  We are doing everything we can to support testing and a quick return to in-person learning.  However, they are still extremely disruptive to our students, staff and to our families.  I'll ask again that you are vigilant in keeping your child at home if they are sick or anyone in your household is sick, or if they have been exposed to the virus.

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

April 2, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

I have some important information to share today so please read carefully!

As always, I thank you for partnering with University Schools to provide a safe environment for our students to participate in in-person learning.  We are also very hopeful that vaccine opportunities will create the conditions for our students to participate in in-person learning next school year, we miss your smiling faces!

 

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

March 26, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

It was great to return from Spring Break and hear about the adventures that students and staff enjoyed.  I'm glad it seems that many families were able to have time together to travel or just relax.  It also seemed to benefit everyone to have the time change during a break.  

This week our high school students were able to experience open campus during lunch for the first time in over a year!  We celebrated with Who Let the Dogs Out over the intercom.  Middle School classes also began returning to the cafeteria with their cohorts.  Lots of our elementary students had a first, or a first in a long time, traveling to their specials classrooms.  It makes me happy to think of  all the art projects, music lessons, etc that will be enhanced by class taking place in the proper setting.  I become more and more hopeful each time I get to see our students venture out of their classrooms.

Congratulations to the Poms team for winning the State Championship!

This week I also was able to have some really thoughtful conversations with a few University families about the acts of violence, many motivated by racism and hate, that continue to occur in our state and country.   I know that our school is a reflection of the larger community and what happens there impacts us here.  

University Schools' Mission Statement, "envisions a caring and supportive environment" for students and staff.  Our goal is to be a place that does not tolerate discrimination, hate, or racism within our school.  If your family has an experience that does not fit within our vision for learning I would ask that you or your child speak with a trusted teacher, counselor, or administrator so that we can work together to address the situation.  We know you are counting on us to foster classrooms where all students are seen, known, nurtured, and valued.

I hope you have a terrific weekend,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

March 12, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

I hope you are looking forward to Spring Break or Spring Blizzard whichever makes you happier!

I hope you stay safe and warm!

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools  

March 5, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope that you had as terrific a week as I did.  I'm lucky that my birthday falls on Read Across America Week so I get to combine celebrating by birthday and one of passions.   Celebrating at University was even better than usual.  I got to read to several classes  this week.  Even though my son told me I was embarrassing him, there isn't much that's more fun than reading the Pout- Pout Fish with Kindergarten.  

 In the next few weeks, I'll be sharing updates related to some new procedures and opportunities for our students, the ever changing Spring testing requirements, summer opportunities, and planning for next school year.

Until then, I hope you have a great weekend,

Jennifer

February 26, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope you've had a great week, although it was a short one for K-8.  We had a few exciting things happen this week I wanted to share:

Have a great weekend,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

February 19, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope that you have had a terrific week.  I have one important piece of information to share with you.  Each year we share an immunization update.  This year we have included our results for the 20-21 school year, as well as, some upcoming changes for the 21-22 school year.

I also have one fun thing to share.  Please take a minute to look through some pictures I took as some of our Kindergarten students celebrated 100 days of school.  I love them all but two of my extra favorites were, " I've been pushing Mrs. Martinez's button for 100 Days" and "100 Days Bugging Mrs. Martinez".

A reminder that Monday and Tuesday are no school days for K-8.

February 12, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope you enjoy a long weekend. Sending you love from our Bulldog family to yours,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

February 5, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope you have been able to take advantage of some warmer weather and get outside this week.  I know it's made arrival and dismissal more fun for me!  This week I wanted to take a moment to celebrate our School Counselors as part of National School Counselors' week.  University is fortunate to have such an excellent and caring groups of counselors.  They go above and beyond each day supporting our students and staff.  Great job counselors!  I also wanted to celebrate our Speech and Debate Team for having several students place in the State Competition.

Go Bulldogs!

Have a terrific weekend,

Jennifer

January 29, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope you've had a great week.  Things have been a little bit of a roller coaster at school this week.  We are very excited to have so many extra curricular activities beginning to happen.  It feels like a hopeful sign to see students practicing sports and music.  

On the other hand we have navigated many situations with symptoms, exposures and confirmed cases of COVID-19.  I know you are tired of me saying this but I'd like to remind you again.  The best way to protect your child, our whole school community and prevent quarantines is to not send students to school if they or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms, have been exposed to the virus or are waiting on test results.  Please do call the attendance line anytime your student is ill, test as soon as appropriate, and reach out to Nurse Mandy for support.

We would also like to remind you that today is the last day to order a yearbook.  We will be ordering VERY FEW extra copies to sell at the end of the year.  

You may use the following links to order:

Elementary, Middle, High

We appreciate all our Bulldog families working together to keep each other safe and allow in-person learning as an option for our school.  Go Bulldogs!

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

January 22, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

It's been a great week having everyone back to in-person learning!  This was our first Friday back in the building since Friday the 13th in November.   As our "new normal" has been all year, it is a delicate balance between providing as normal an experience as possible for everyone while also working hard to keep our school community safe.  The administrators and I were able to provide a nice surprise to faculty and staff this week by delivering iced coffee and hot chocolate to them.  When students asked if the treats were for them, my reply was that if they became teachers and were as awesome as their current teachers I would give them all the coffee they wanted.  I also wished them good luck because their teachers are amazing and it is a high bar to reach.  It was such a pleasure for us to show our appreciation, even in a small way.  Please do not forget to continue to send those affirming emails and notes to your child's teacher, I know it means a lot to them.  

 

I also want to update you on what's happening with our COVID-19 response since our return.  We really appreciate everyone who is keeping their children home if anyone is sick, have been exposed or are waiting on test results.  We have already avoided several classroom quarantines due to following these procedures.  We also really appreciate everyone calling the illness hotline (attendance line then press 2) and using the google form to contact Nurse Mandy.  

 

There are a few changes to how we handle quarantines that I want to make you aware of:

I hope you have a great weekend,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

January 15, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

Welcome back K-8!  It felt a little like the first day of school all over again: trying to find all those supplies to bring back, your sheets for screening, and remembering to take temperatures.  I think everyone was worn out by the end of the week.  I hope your little ones slept as well as mine!  One of my favorite times this week was welcoming back the middle school.  Teachers were so excited to see their students and students demonstrated typical adolescent nonchalance.  I know underneath their cool they were happy to be back.  My least favorite moment of the week was dismissal yesterday in the wind.  I have not yet adjusted to the Colorado winds!   However, I was grateful for the first time that students' backpacks were so heavy so we didn't have to worry about anyone taking flight.

 

I would like to thank all the families that delayed their return to in-person learning to protect our school community and preserve in-person learning.  I know it was disappointing to you and your child to have to remain learning remotely when their peers were returning.  As expected we are already beginning to deal with possible cohort quarantines.  A few important reminders/updates:

I hope everyone has a terrific long weekend (don't forget Monday school will be closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) and we can't wait to see our high school friends on Tuesday!

 

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

January 8, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

I am so excited to welcome back K-8 students on Tuesday!  The only thing that makes me happier is the idea that my own child will be back in school!  I know that for many of our families COVID-19 has become a more personal experience in the last month with your friends or families facing exposure or sickness.

I wish that the pandemic was behind us as we return to school but unfortunately we still have many guidelines and restrictions to consider.  I also wish that the guidelines and restrictions were not ever changing.  Unfortunately that is not the case, we are expecting additional revisions in January from the CDPHE.  

 

There are a few things that we already know are a little different than first semester:

Many things have not changed:

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

January 5, 2021

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope that your break was wonderful and your transition back to "real life" has been as smooth as possible.  I am writing to let you know that we have made some minor adjustments to our January schedule.  

We have received additional guidance from the Governor and the CDPHE and our county's level has been lowered to orange.  I know that for most of you a safe return to in-person learning, as quickly as possible, is a top priority. We are pleased that the current conditions and guidance allow us to return everyone to in-person learning about a week earlier than planned.   This does not impact those of you that have chosen to learn remotely full-time this year.  If you have any questions about your child's schedule please reach out to their teacher, advisor or building administrators.

Happy New Year,

Jennifer Weaver

December 18, 2020

Dear Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

We made it to break!  I know the month of December has been a tough one for many of us as we did our best to navigate remote learning.  I just wanted to take a moment today to thank everyone for a terrific year.  It has certainly been a momentous one for my family.  We moved across the country to a home we had never seen, completed a whole interview process virtually and started a job in a place I had never been, and Gabe started Kindergarten all during a pandemic.  

 

Even with all that I could not be happier with our decision.  University has immediately felt like family and a place I am proud to serve.  I am grateful for the welcome you have shown me and look forward to more normal times in the future.  I hope that your family has a terrific winter break full of rest, excitement, joy, fun, and family.  I am going to try to follow my own advice so I won't be writing to you for the two Fridays during break.  I will be back in touch the week of January 4 with any updates related to reopening school and returning to in-personal learning.  

 

Best wishes for a happy holiday season,

Jennifer Weaver

December 15, 2020

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends:

Thank you for all you have done to support your children’s learning during this challenging time. Since we switched to remote learning in November, everyone has worked very hard to support students in attending and engaging in their learning. While we know remote learning is not ideal for most students, with your help, we have made the best of a difficult situation.

I’m excited to share our plans for how we anticipate learning will take place in January.  We know that a safe transition to in-person learning is a top priority for all of us.  Our plan is to make this transition as smooth, safe and sustainable as possible for our students and staff.

It is important to understand that this plan to return students to in-person learning could have to change based on new guidance, the spread of the virus and the advice we are receiving from our public health officials. To help preserve in-person learning we ask that our school community use best practices of not gathering, wearing masks and staying home when sick.

You will continue to receive information from your child’s teachers and administrators.   Please continue to reach out to them if you have specific questions or concerns.

We are very excited to return to in-person learning in January. Until then, thank you for continuing to support your students with remote learning, stay safe and have a very happy and joyous holiday season.

 

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

December 11, 2020

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope that this week went a little smoother for your families with remote learning.  I appreciate how hard staff, families and students are working to make this the best experience possible.  However, I also know that despite the hard work, remote learning cannot replace in-person learning for most of our students.  With that in mind I want to give you an update on the timeline for making a decision about the second semester.  Dr. Pilch has indicated that she intends to share a variety of scenarios with the District 6 School Board on 12/14/20.  She then expects to make a decision and announce those plans to everyone very quickly.  Once I receive the District 6 plan I will make any necessary adjustments to fit the needs of University Schools and communicate the plan to you ASAP.  I would anticipate that information will be shared with you Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.  

As I have been all year, I am committed to providing in-person learning to students as often as possible, in as safe a way as possible.  One positive piece of information I have to share is that District 6 applied for and received additional CARES funds through the CDE Safe Schools Reopening Grant.  University Schools will have access to those funds to install NPBI (NEEDLE POINT BI-POLAR IONIZATION) to our existing HVAC units.  This technology has the ability to trap and kill airborne pathogens by producing ions that help to agglomerate smaller particles and making them able to be filtered in standard HVAC filter systems.  This should contribute to a reduction of particles related to COVID-19 and also other particles and droplets related to other viruses such as influenza.  A reduction in these particles could help reduce the amount of students who become ill and result in fewer quarantines in our building.

As we all work together to increase our chances of returning to in-person learning  please continue to be vigilant about wearing masks, physically distancing, washing your hands, and limiting your exposure to those outside of your household.  I hope I'll have positive news to share next week!

Jennifer Weaver

December 4, 2020

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying supporting your child during remote learning.  However, I suspect that some of you might be having an experience more like this:

I know in my own family transitioning back to school this week and trying to develop positive routines and habits has been really difficult.  

Here are some resources that might help:

The most effective tip I've experienced this week has been to take a movement break with my son when he has PE.  Not to brag, but I'm pretty sure I nailed the Kindergarten dance unit.  If you need any zoom tutoring for the chicken dance just let me know.  

In all seriousness I know this week has been a tough one for many educators, parents and students.  Hang in there and dig deep to find patience, gratitude and fun.  If there is anything we can do to support you or your child please reach out.

Jennifer Weaver

December 2, 2020

University Schools Students and Parents:

 

Need Remote Learning Technical Support?

November 20,2020

Bulldog Family and Friends,

This has been another momentous week at University Schools.  Although it is not the moment we hoped for, this week all students K-12 began remote learning.  For the first week I think things went amazingly well.  Our top priorities for this week included:

As a Director and parent I know remote learning is hard for families, for faculty and staff and for students.  I know this was not the first choice for most of us but I also know the Bulldog family is resilient and will make the best of the situation in which we find ourselves.  I came across this article about, "making distance learning suck a little less" and thought it had some useful tips.

Thank you to all the branches of the Bulldog Family tree for doing your part to help our students learn and grow wherever they may be!  We are here to do anything we can to make this a successful partnership so please let us know how we can help.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

November 12, 2020

Bulldog Family and Friends,

  Today I write with sad news.  Despite all of our best efforts to remain open for in-person learning we have reached a tipping point.  As predicted a fall surge has occurred.  To protect the health and safety of our school and wider community District 6 and Charter Schools have decided to begin remote learning next week.  As we have said throughout this pandemic our school is a reflection of our community.  Unfortunately in this case it is also true.  Many in our school community have been impacted by illness, exposures, positive cases and quarantines.  Since our community schools are all impacted by this pandemic you will receive information from University Schools and also from District 6. We are working together to meet the needs of all our families.

I am so proud that we have had so many months of in-person learning.  It has allowed our teachers and students to develop strong, positive relationships that will carry us through this period of remote learning.  In the next few days, you will begin receiving more information from your child's teacher with details about what remote learning will look like for them.  

I cannot tell you how much we have appreciated the teamwork and positive attitude everyone has exhibited while navigating the first months of school.  I know if we continue to work together we will make remote learning as positive an experience as possible for our students.  I'll continue to send additional details and information as I have them.

Thanks for your support.  Please continue to partner with teachers, administrators and myself to solve any questions or concerns.

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

Email sent to parents from District 6 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Deidre Pilch, on 11/12/20:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RDPZLHms6Z0r1-21rwFViSzxMM_FSHW7TzvgZV2YgeA/edit

November 9, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

 I am writing with quarantine updates from Friday and today.  We have been informed that some of our cohorts (1 HS, 2 MS, 3 ES, 1 combined)  have been in close contact with individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have symptoms of COVID-19, and one individual who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

 The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. (17 adults and 147 students) have been identified in these exposures.  

 Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

 This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

 It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

 In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

 Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

 We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

 Sincerely,

 Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

November 6, 2020

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends,

I think this week might have been my favorite one yet!  We made it a whole week without having to quarantine any cohorts.  I also offered the faculty a small token of appreciation to "cover" (that was just code work for rile up and leave) 15 minutes of their classes.  I learned so many things about our students:

I started with the good news but now I want to update you with some not so positive information.  I know many of you have been hearing about the rapid  increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Weld County.  I'm sure you are wondering what impact that will have on our school.  Our school is a mirror of our community so eventually whatever is happening in the community will make its way into our school.  Here is more information about the many factors and sources of information we review in making decisions about whether to operate in-person, in hybrid or remotely.  

I wish I could tell you exactly what will happen and when but unfortunately that is not the case.  I can tell you that continuing to implement our health and safety protocols is the best offense we have for continuing in-person learning.  Continue to wear masks, wash hands, stay home when we are sick and get tested right away if we have symptoms.  

We will continue to implement in-person learning as long as we are able but it seems likely that we may need to implement plans for hybrid or remote learning.  As families please have plans in place for supervision and internet access if conditions warrant attending in a part-time or hybrid model or full remote learning. Please regularly update your contact information in Infinite Campus because much of our communication happens through emails, texts and phone calls.  

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Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

University Schools

(970) 506.7000

jweaver@universityschools.com

October 30, 2020

Good afternoon Bulldog family and friends,

I hope you're enjoying your Friday and looking forward to Halloween weekend.   According to the Farmer's Almanac, In 2001, ghosts and goblins in Central and Pacific time zones trick-or-treated by the light of a full Moon, but a Halloween full Moon hadn’t appeared for everyone in all time zones since 1944!  So I'm thinking Full Moon on Halloween in 2020, what could go wrong?!

I had the best time today seeing all the creative costumes and joy on faces.  It was a great reminder why we're jumping through the many hoops we are to keep in-person learning an option.  Children are experts at living in the moment and displaying resilience.   I got to participate in a classroom today and confirmed my suspicion that I would be an excellent kindergarten teacher for an hour.  Pretty sure that's the extent of talent I bring to the table!  I was in awe as I am everyday at the calm, empathy, enthusiasm, expertise, (I could go on and on) that our teachers bring to their classrooms.  They are doing an amazing job with your children.

Stay safe while you enjoy your weekend,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

October 29, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

I am writing to update you that we have received additional information about our 5th grade cohort and will be welcoming all 5th grade students back for in-person learning tomorrow 10/30/202.  I also wanted to alert you that we have been informed an individual in a Kindergarten cohort has symptoms associated with COVID-19.  

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 1 adult and 17 students have been identified in this exposure.  While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana, Elementary Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 28, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

Unfortunately this was a busy day for quarantines.  A 4th grade cohort, middle school cohort 8.5 and a 5th grade cohort were in close contact with an individual (one at each cohort) with COVID-19 symptoms.  We hope to receive additional information and be able to welcome students back soon.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 16 adults and 66 students have been identified in this exposure.  We have also decided that it will be in the best interest of the remaining 5th grade cohorts to learn remotely.  The students in those cohorts are not in quarantine and may continue their regular activities while learning remotely at home.  

While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana, Elementary Principal

Nick Kintz, Middle School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 25, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

We have determined that four elementary school cohorts have been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 8 adults and 104 students have been identified in this exposure. We are working directly with the Weld County Department of Public Health on the protocols and contact tracing for this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana, Elementary School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 23, 2020

Good Afternoon Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

I hope that everyone had a great Fall Break.  The extra day made a huge difference for my family, we were truly able to spend some time relaxing and recharging.  Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from the last week.  

I love to hear your favorite things about University, so if you have a moment, send me an email to share.  As you prepare for Halloween, please remember any treats coming to school need to be here by Wednesday and need to be individually wrapped.  Next week is also Red Ribbon Week, elementary students will contribute by wearing red on Monday.

 

I hope you have a great weekend,

--

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

University Schools

(970) 506.7000

jweaver@universityschools.com

October 21, 2020 Quarantine Information

Dear University Schools Families:

We have determined that three middle school cohorts have been exposed to someone experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 1 adult and 59 students have been identified in this exposure.  

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz, Middle School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 18, 2020 Quarantine Information

Dear University Schools Families:

We have been informed that an individual on the JV Football team has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 3 adults and 33 students have been identified in this exposure.  

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 15, 2020

Good afternoon Bulldog Family and Friends:

 

I know it's not Friday but as you might know Friday was initially planned as a professional development day for our faculty and staff (no school for students).  We made the decision to switch the purpose of the day to self-care.  Our building will be closed On Friday in recognition of the extraordinary efforts our faculty and staff have undertaken to make in-person learning a reality and the necessity of self-care in sustaining those efforts.  

 

It is vital that our faculty and staff practice self-care so that they can most effectively

continue to educate and support those who depend on them.  Here is an article with some quick tips that families can consider in taking good care of themselves.  

 

You might have heard from your child that one thing we are doing at school to support wellness is a Mindful Moment each day.   Mindfulness is an evidence based practice that can reduce stress and anxiety and improve resilience and emotional regulation in both children AND adults.  If you are interested in some research associated with mindfulness you might take a look here.

 

I hope that everyone has an opportunity during our 4 day break to do some things that help you feel happy and refreshed.  See you back in school on Tuesday.

Enjoy the break,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

Director’s Update October 9, 2020

Good Afternoon Bulldog Family and Friends,

I spent the afternoon with some Kindergarteners at Miller Farm and we had a terrific time.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and exhausting, I'm ready for a nap!  As you can imagine field trips are difficult to navigate given our current restrictions but we are trying hard to be creative and find opportunities to get our students out of the building.  There is nothing that can replace the wonder I saw on their faces during a first bus ride, first time on a tractor, first time picking vegetables, etc.  Please be assured that if we have opportunities we will take advantage of them and also know that there are many layers of planning and protection we think through to keep them safe while out of the building.  

On a much less exciting note, I wanted to share with you that we have received updated guidance from CDE/CDPHE related to our return to learn guidance and the impact that has on close contacts/cohorts.  I've attached both documents for you (see links below), and a quick summary of the changes.  The biggest change is that the recommendation now is that anyone with a critical, one major or two minor symptoms be tested as soon as possible.  This also has an impact on close contacts/cohorts in that if a negative test result is not provided within 4 days the cohort will need to quarantine and can only return after 14 days or if a negative test becomes available.  

I'm looking forward to attending our first football game tonight!  I know many of you are disappointed that you cannot attend.  It was very sad to tell my own little guy that he couldn't come.  I know this will not always be the case and I am so happy for the football, cheer, dance and band parents that will have an opportunity to support their child.  If you want to watch from home the game will be broadcast at  https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/  (there is a subscription fee).

Have a great weekend, Go Bulldogs!

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

Links:  https://storage.googleapis.com/pt04-2/messages/attachments/78786588578c14874a554be0d28e4323/updated_return_to_learn_guidance.pdf

https://storage.googleapis.com/pt04-2/messages/attachments/776c9eee2fc4d60789eb4bd464008304/updated_flowchart_for_close_contacts.pdf 

Director’s Update October 2, 2020

Good afternoon Bulldog Family and Friends,

I have a few updates for you this week:

Last but not least, thank you for trusting the care of your children to us.  We know it is a difficult time and we appreciate the responsibility.  Working with your children each day gives us the motivation and energy to keep being creative in facing the challenge before us.

Have a rejuvenating weekend,

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

September 29, 2020 Quarantine Information

Dear University Schools Families:

We have been informed that an individual in the High School mixed White Cohort (this means only part of the white cohort is impacted)  has been sent home for symptoms and is presumptive positive for COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 3 adults  and 20 students have been identified in this exposure. We are working directly with the Weld County Department of Public Health on the protocols and contact tracing for this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Jeff Casey, High School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

September 28, 2020 Quarantine Information

Dear University Schools Families:

We have been informed that an individual in middle school 7.3 cohort and individual in the high school mixed Blue (A-J) cohort  has been sent home for COVID-19 symptoms and that person also had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Due to not having enough substitutes to cover the quarantined teachers we have also moved all 7th grade students to remote learning.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. In 7th grade, 7 adults and 19 students and in High School, 4 adults and 33 students have been identified in this exposure. We are working directly with the Weld County Department of Public Health on the protocols and contact tracing for this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We would also like to encourage anyone who is interested in supporting our school through substituting to please consider applying, we have positions available for those with and without degrees.  

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz, MIddle School Principal

Jeff Casey, High School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

September 25, 2020 DIrector’s Update

Good afternoon Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope you have had a great week.  Here are some highlights from this week:

Enjoy the weekend,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

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September 22, 2020 Quarantine Information

Dear University Schools Families:

We have been informed that an individual in a seventh grade cohort and a first grade cohort has been sent home for symptoms of COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for up to 14 days. 16 students and 4 adults in the 7th grade cohort and 22 students and 5 adults in the first grade cohort have been identified in this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz, Middle School Principal

Michael Mazurana, Elementary School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

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September 18, 2020 Director’s Update

Good afternoon Bulldog Family and Friends,

I hope that you have had a great week!  It's hard to believe but we are 4 weeks into this tumultuous and terrific school year.  That might not normally be worth celebrating but given the fact that many expected us to close our doors for in-person learning within 2 weeks, it's worth noting!  Here are a few reminders and updates for this week:

I appreciate your positive attitudes and continuing support of University Schools.  Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

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September 14, 2020 Quarantine Information

Dear Bulldog Families,

We have received additional information related to the events that triggered the quarantine of students from school on Thursday, September 10, 2020.  Based on the most recent information, we are happy to announce that we welcomed both the first and second grade cohort back to school on Monday, September 14, 2020.

We were humbled by the outpouring of support and kindness many of you showed and the character you exhibited during this time of uncertainty on September 9. Your positive partnership with our school demonstrates what can be accomplished when people work for the benefit of kids and for each other.

As we move forward, let’s continue to work together to preserve opportunities for in-person instruction by keeping your child home, contacting your healthcare provider, and seeking a diagnosis or discussing if a PCR test is appropriate if your child is experiencing:

One of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

Two or more of these minor symptoms:

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

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September 11, 2020 DIrector’s Update

Good Afternoon Bulldog Family and Friends,

 

Although this was a four day week, it was very busy!  Students and teachers got right back to work teaching and learning, our fall athletic teams are working hard and experiencing a lot of success, and our marching band is taking their show live under the lights.  As you know, we also experienced our first quarantine situation.  I would like to emphasize a few things:

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work together to keep our buildings open for in-person learning.

 

Warm wishes for a great weekend,

 

Jennifer

 

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September 10, 2020 Quarantine Information

Dear University Schools Families:

We have been informed that one individual in a first grade cohort and one individual in a second grade cohort  have been sent home for symptoms related to COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for up to 14 days. 22 students and two teachers in the first grade cohort and 21 students and two teachers in the second grade cohort have been identified in this exposure. We are working directly with the Weld County Department of Public Health on the protocols and contact tracing for this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana, Elementary Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

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September 7, Flu Shot Information

Dear Bulldog Family and Friends,

I am pleased to inform you that University Schools will be hosting a voluntary CVS flu clinic for faculty, staff and students this fall with a $0 copay for most insurances. You will have the opportunity to receive the Influenza vaccine during the school day either September 22 or 23, 2020.

In order for CVS to provide this vaccination to you please:

If you have any questions or need help completing the online registration please contact Amy Lee at alee@universityschools.com or 506-7071.

I hope you are able to take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself and our community during the coming flu season!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

September 4, 2020 Director’s Update

Hello Bulldog Family and Friends:

We have successfully made it through another week!

We have so many things to celebrate and be grateful for as a Bulldog family.  We are off to a terrific start and if the time comes that we need to switch to remote learning for a class, a cohort or school feel confident that we have plans in place to keep our school community safe and learning.  Thank you for your support, patience and commitment to University Schools!

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

August 28, 2020 Director’s Update

Hello Bulldog family and friends:

 

We made it through our first week! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate and how proud I am of the hard work, cooperation and patience that it has taken to successfully navigate this week.  Although there were many bumps along the way, it was amazing to see how quickly our students jumped into learning whether remotely or in-person.

 

We have learned some lessons that I wanted to share with you:

Most importantly, I've learned that it takes all of us doing our part to offer in-person learning in a safe setting for many of our students.  Thank you again for helping with the key parts of our plan: wash hands, wear masks, physical distance when possible, and stay home if sick.

 

Please remember that early dismissal begins Monday for Elementary (2:00) and Middle (2:35).  I hope everyone enjoys a fun and restful weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week.