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Why Write Now, Right Now? 
September 12, 2019
Philosophy All children can write! As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure students have the necessary skills to communicate their ideas effectively. The path to creating confident and proficient writers is through direct instruction of concepts, allowing ample time to practice and refine skills, and providing consistent and worthwhile feedback. As students grow in their writing abilities, they will seamlessly apply those skills within other curriculum content areas. 
- Darlene McPherson & Terry Hoit, Founders of Write Now, Right Now
September Character Traits
September 5, 2019
This month our students will be focusing on learning about RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY. Today all K-5 students actively participated in our elementary monthly assembly and discussed these traits in more depth. A big thank you to our amazing staff and students for putting together an excellent character video reminding us of how we demonstrate respect and responsibility throughout our PRA community! 
RESPECT...Treating others with high regard.
RESPONSIBILITY...Doing your part for the groups that make us whole.
Assessment Reminders/Responsibility & Collaboration/College Spiritwear
August 29, 2019
ES Assessment Reminders
If you have not yet signed your student(s) up for beginning of the year assessments, please make sure and do so soon. Please note that we will be running a modified driveline schedule on these days. Please be prepared to drop-off or pick-up in driveline if you are using the colored lanes. If you intend to park and walk up, we highly encourage you to consider parking at the high school! Staff will be on hand to help safely escort students to and from their cars to the building and to their classrooms for testing.
**All students should report to assessments in dress code.
Kinder Assessments
Kindergarteners will attend assessments next week. Please sign up for a 2 hour time block on either day, September 3rd or 4th.   Kindergarten teachers will meet with students one-on-one to get some baseline data in literacy and math.  When students are not being assessed they will be supervised by the kindergarten paras. We will not have regular school so students do not need lunches or snacks.  More information about the kindergarten only assessment days in October will be available in late September.
Responsibility and Collaboration
PRA administration would like to request that parents limit the number of times they “rescue” their students who have forgotten items at home.PRA administration would like to request that parents limit the number of times they “rescue” their students who have forgotten items at home. Learning responsibility is a lifelong skill, and it is developed when a young person experiences the natural consequences of forgetting their items. In order to minimize disruption of the learning environment, items brought to the front office for a student will be placed in a bin for pick up during the student’s lunch time. Students are responsible for retrieving the item from the front office, as office staff cannot guarantee delivery of items to students. Individual teachers may have policies about forgotten homework or personal items, so please check with your student’s teacher at the beginning of the school year about his or her policy. Lunches brought to school before students designated lunch period can be left in the green bins in either front office and will be delivered directly to the lunchroom. We would also like to encourage parents/guardians to save treats/surprises for home. Items brought in for birthdays/treats cannot be taken to class, nor can students be called down from their classes to come and pick up treats/surprises.
Tomorrow is College Spiritwear Day
Show your college spirit by wearing college spirit wear! Jeans or athletic pants allowed!
Morning Drop-off & Driveline Reminders
August 22, 2019
As we begin to head into our 2nd full week of school we ask parents to please remember we want to make the 'hug and go' drop-off process as quick as possible. Keeping our goodbyes quick helps our students with a smooth transition into the school day and it allows the drop-off process to be efficient for all PRA families. If you feel your student needs some assistance please let their homeroom teacher know so they can provide your child with the needed support. Thank you in advance for collaborating with us to make morning drop-off a successful transition for everyone.
    • Please make sure when parking, to park in a designated parking spot. We have had several cars parking in areas that are not designated parking. 
    • Do not leave large gaps between cars as you are dropping off or picking up students in driveline.
    • Utilize crosswalks for pedestrian safety.
    • Dogs are not permitted on the property during driveline for safety reasons and for allergies. 
    • Driveline does not begin until 7:45 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.  Please do not arrive before the start time, as we need to keep our driveline area open for access to the K-8 building. 
    • The Broomfield Police Department has noticed a trend of people lining up along Allcott and Preble before 3:05 p.m. Please note that you can be ticketed.  
Welcome Miners/Creating Independence
August 15, 2019
We are so excited to be welcoming students and families to PRA as we kick-off what will be a wonderful school year! We were able to come together as a community and all participated in the first 19-20 elementary assembly. It was an excellent time for us to come together as a new community and students enjoyed discussing with staff our PRA expectations. Our AMAZING staff put together a fun interactive video. We thought you’d like to see it! Enjoy! 
Creating Independence 
In hopes of us helping our students become more independent and accountable for their belongings, we are asking for your help. Please make sure if you are dropping off an item that it comes through the front office. The front office staff will not call classrooms to help maximize student learning time, rather they will keep it in the office for your student to come and pick it up at a convenient time. Thank you in advance for your collaboration and support.
August 8, 2019
Our amazing elementary staff started back to school this week and are working hard at gearing up for the school year! They have spent quality time working together to welcome new staff, collaborate as grade level teams and focus on solid curriculum and instruction. There is a lot of EXCITEMENT in the PRA air and everyone is counting down the days until students arrive!
Hello 2019-2020 School Year
August 1, 2019
It is time! We are eager to have your students back at school and we imagine you may be ready to send them to school and get back into a routine, or for our new Kindergarten families, start a new routine! 
Elementary Homeroom Assignments will be available in Infinite Campus on August 2; they will also be posted in the parent portal of the website and in the K-8 building vestibule by August 7.
We have several elementary events coming up that we want to direct your attention to: 
Kindergarten Kick-Off       
Who: New Kindergarten Students & Parents          
What: Official welcome to Kindergarten & meet your teacher         
Where: Meet on the Kinder playground and then head to classrooms & cafeteria (parents)         
When: Tuesday, August 13th at 8:15 AM
Elementary Miner Welcome          
Who: New to PRA First through Fifth grade Students & Parents          
What: Official welcome to PRA and meet grade level teachers          
Where: Start on the back playground and then head to classrooms & cafeteria (parents)         
When: Tuesday, August 13th at 2:30 PM
Elementary Open House
Who: ALL PRA Elementary families Kindergarten through Fifth grade, new and returning
What: Drop off school supplies in classrooms, meet your teacher and attend check-in fair
Where: Elementary classrooms (supply drop-off) and K-8 Gym (check-in fair)             
When: Tuesday, August 13th - 8:45 AM-3:30 PM (teachers break for lunch from 12-1)