January 23, 2020
Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Elementary will be celebrating Valentine’s day on Wednesday, February 12th. We do allow students to bring in store bought, nut-free candy on this day but none of it is to be opened or consumed at school, it will come home for you to enjoy! All grades are bringing in Valentine’s to exchange in their homeroom class and a box or bag to collect their Valentines in. Kindergarten, first and second grade students can pre-decorate their box or bag. Thank you, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
It is never too early to prepare our 3rd-5th grade students and the community for state standardized assessments. Our main focus is to collaborate as a community to make this experience meaningful and purposeful for each and every student at PRA. The state defined CMAS administration window is scheduled March 17th-20th and March 30th-April 24th, which accounts for our Spring Break. PRA CMAS Schedule
PRA PRIDE! Our test scores are a direct reflection of Prospect Ridge Academy and our students– the higher the score, the higher our standing in the community. High-test scores bring with them recognition, funding, and affirmation of our commitment to academic success. We want our students to feel that success and take PRIDE in being a PRA Minder! In addition, performing well on CMAS helps us attract families who share our value of creating academic leaders. We look forward to partnering with you to make this year’s assessments a success for our students and community. Please feel free to review information regarding CMAS at the following link https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/cmas
This Month's Character Trait is Courage
January 16, 2020
I hope that you and your family were able to enjoy a fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating break!
This month, we are jumping back in and teaching students all about COURAGE! Courage is defined as doing what is right in the face of fear. We started off this month of learning with a fun and interactive assembly featuring a game in which student volunteers had to reach into a "mystery box," feel what was inside without looking, and guess what the object was in the box. Kindergarten and first grade will be reading There Might be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi - a story about a puppy with a lot of fears who must overcome them to save a friend. Students will then reflect on their own fears and think of one way they can show courage this month. The rest of elementary will be doing a series of activities that will encourage them to stretch their thinking on what courage is. Students will be encouraged to think about how things like making new friends or trying new things take courage, not just confronting monsters under the bed!
WAYS TO FOSTER A DISCUSSION ON COURAGE AT HOME:
- Ask your student at the end of the day, "What is one way that you showed courage today?"
- Encourage students to try new things, even if they are not certain that they will succeed.
- Share stories about times in your life that you showed courage to help students understand all of the different ways someone could show courage.
I look forward to working together to help our students practice COURAGE this month. Thank you for your help in supporting these wonderful students!
- Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor
Welcome Back and Happy New Year
January 9, 2020
We have enjoyed having students back in the building, hearing about their winter break adventures, and gathering mid-year assessment information. We hope you had time to connect as a family, review routines and prepare for a great second half of the school year. If you haven’t spoken with your child/children about their hopes for the new year, we encourage you to do so! It is never too early to set goals and think about how to reach them. Thank you for establishing schedules and routines at home that support students' ability to solve problems themselves and celebrate their successes. We are looking forward to a great semester together. Happy 2020!
Warm Winter Wishes
December 19, 2019
The PRA staff is sending all of our PRA families warm wishes for a very happy holiday season! We hope each one of you and your families enjoy some much needed time together with the ones you love. Enjoy the winter break and we will see you all in 2020!
Prospect Ridge Academy is one of the recipients of the prestigious John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award for 2019! PRA was recognized as a school last Wednesday night at the Adams 12 Board of Education meeting at the Educational Support Center. For more information on this award, please click below. https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/johnirwin
Elementary Assessment Reminder
Please don’t forget to sign up your student to complete their middle of the year assessments. Elementary assessments are scheduled on Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Please note elementary students will return to normal session on Thursday, January 9th.
December 12, 2019
THIS MONTH'S CHARACTER TRAIT: T.H.I.N.K BEFORE YOU SPEAK
Hello Parents, Teachers, Students, and Administration!
Happy December! With a longer break right around the corner, things can start to get a bit busy this time of year. This month, we are teaching students the acronym T.H.I.N.K. which helps remind them to think about their words before they speak. From my experience so far this year, it seems that a vast majority of conflicts between students occur because we are not thinking about our words before we say them. Students have already really caught on to the acronym and I am excited to hear them practicing this very important skill. Character lessons this month will be focused around giving students the opportunity to reflect on their words and to practice taking the time to THINK before they speak!
T.H.I.N.K before you speak!
T: Is it true?
H: Is it helpful?
I: Is it inspiring?
N: Is it necessary?
K: Is it kind?
WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT TO T.H.I.N.K BEFORE THEY SPEAK:
Teachers, staff, and students have been encouraged to challenge one another on the words they say. If you notice that your student's words do not line up with one of the elements of the THINK acronym, open a dialogue about their words using the questions above.
Learning to pause before reacting with our words is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced! It does not come naturally to us, so encourage your students to keep practicing and soon it will become second-nature.
I look forward to working together to help our students T.H.I.N.K before they speak. Have a happy winter
- Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor
December 5, 2019
Many of us grew up with the adage, “think before you speak”. Well we may have had that trained into our brains, it doesn’t come naturally to many people, and especially kids. This month we are working on helping students with this through using the acronym T.H.I.N.K. We encourage you to use this same language at home so that we can be consistent in both environments. These reflective questions can be used to help students reflect on how what they are saying may sound to others.
T - Is it True?
H - Is it Helpful?
I - Is it Inspiring?
N - Is it Necessary?
K - Is it Kind?
We hope we are all able to get better at thinking first each day, adults included!
November 21, 2019
- We are thankful that we get to work with your kids every day...
- We are thankful for the hard work you do as parents to raise amazing kids...
- We are thankful you work alongside us as we try to figure out how your child learns best and how to inspire them each day…
- We are thankful that we get to work with little people who are excited to see us every morning and are ready to change the world...
- We are thankful to go on this journey together with you...
- and...We wish for you special family time together over the Thanksgiving break!
November's Character Trait: STEWARDSHIP
November 14, 2019
Happy November! November is such a wonderful time to focus on the things we are thankful for, so it is also a great time to think about STEWARDSHIP. Elementary students will be encouraged to think about the gifts they have been given and also to make sure that they use those gifts well. These "gifts" could include material things as well as strengths and talents. Showing STEWARDSHIP is using the gifts we have been given for a greater good. Character lessons this month will be focused on students' strengths and talents and challenging students to use these things for the good of others. Here are some additional ways to encourage your student to practice STEWARDSHIP!
STEWARDSHIP: Caring well for the gifts given to us - our life, our world, and those entrusted to our
WAYS TO FOSTER PERSEVERANCE WITH YOUR STUDENT:
- Take time this season to reflect on the gifts you and your family have been given. Then, think of a project you could do together to use those gifts to help someone else.
- Teach your student the importance of being a good steward with money. There are some great activities to help students understand why we can't just buy everything we want! For some good ideas, just search "Activities to Teach Kids About Money."
- If your student starts complaining or whining, encourage them to think about the gifts that they have been given. Focusing on gratitude can often nip whining and complaining in the bud.
I look forward to working together to foster STEWARDSHIP in our students this month. As always,
please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your student!
Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor
Miner Mania is Here
November 7, 2019
We are so excited to collaborate together tomorrow as a K-12 student body and have a great afternoon of activities planned. Thank you for all the donations in helping support this learning opportunity for our students. Please don’t forget to have your student wear their grade level color t-shirt to show their grade level spirit!
Character Trait for November
This week all K-5 students participated in this months elementary assembly and focused on our November character trait STEWARDSHIP. This is a great time of the year to discuss and remind students the heart of giving back to the community that gives to them.
Quarterly Reports Are Here
October 31, 2019
Quarterly reports are in Infinite Campus. Make sure that you login in and see your child(s) progress this year.
A friendly weather reminder to parents to have their children dressed appropriately for the weather and to allow extra time to get here due to weather and construction.
This Month's Character Trait: PERSEVERANCE
October 17, 2019
PERSEVERANCE: Sticking to it - even when you'd rather give up.
Happy October! As the excitement of the new school year begins to wear off and we head into Quarter
2, we are focusing on the character trait of PERSEVERANCE Students have been learning about
PERSEVERANCE through our Elementary Assembly and character lessons.
- Grades 3-5 are practicing PERSEVERANCE through a challenging and fun "Perseverance Escape Room" during their character
- 2nd Grade is completing a "Secret Path" activity during which they have to work together as a
class and show PERSEVERANCE.
- Kindergarten and 1st Grade are reading the book, The Most Magnificent Thing which is all about a young girl showing perseverance in the face of failure and frustration. Here are some additional ways to encourage your student to practice PERSEVERANCE!
Ways to Foster PERSEVERANCE with your students:
- Encourage them to keep trying things, even if they have failed before.
- Embrace a "Growth Mindset" which is a way of thinking about failures and frustrations as opportunities to grow! Instead of saying, "I'm no good at this," a student with a growth mindset would say, "I just don't quite get this YET."
- Give students opportunities to think about problems differently and work to find new solutions when they get frustrated rather than giving them answers right away.
- Read books like Salt in His Shoes by Deloris and Roslin Jordan or Flight School by Lita Judge with your child.
I look forward to working together to develop PERSEVERANCE in our students this month. As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your student!
Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor
October 10, 2019
We look forward to discussing your child’s progress in 1 week at conference time. In order to make the best use of the time we have together we’d appreciate your help with the following tips for success:
- 2nd-5th grade students are welcome to join their parents at the conference but not required to attend. K & 1 students should not plan to join the conference unless you feel you’d like them present. Please notify your student’s teacher if they will be attending.
- All siblings need to plan to wait in the hallway during the conference so that a private, focused discussion can take place about the students progress.
- Plan to be here for conferences. We will not hold makeup conferences, but the teacher will send home any information that he/she had planned to review.
- Please review the data that is sent home ahead of time and if you have questions or need clarification, bring those questions to the conference.
Thank you for helping us to ensure that you get useful and specific information about your child’s progress. We enjoy getting to share in your child’s journey and talking about their successes and areas of growth!
Beginning of the Year Assessments/Data
October 3, 2019
iReady/PALS results are being sent home in your student’s Thursday folders on Thursday, October 3rd. Please review this information and bring any questions or concerns to your student’s classroom teacher at your scheduled Parent-Teacher Conference. In conjunction with those reports we wanted to provide you with some additional information on the different types of assessments, and their purposes.
While there are many types of assessments; here are the most common types.
- Wide-ranging set of tools and approaches used to inform current/ongoing instruction
- Immediate feedback to teachers and students
- May look like informal class assessments (quizzes, discussions, comprehensive checks, observations, exit tickets)
- Given typically in a fall-winter-spring cadence (example: iReady)
- Provide information on students’ learning status
- Quick assessments that are somewhat diagnostic (can identify students who need further diagnostic assessment and/or intervention)
- Administered after the material is taught
- Do not affect current ongoing instruction for students
- Measure what students have learned at the end of long periods of schooling prior to moving on to another quarter, semester, year
- Can help inform high-level decisions such as program efficacy, curriculum effectiveness, staff ratio, and class size needs
- Examples include: final exams, state high-stakes assessments, end of course/term assessments, and national exams (ACT, SAT, NAEP)
Kera Pratt - Elementary Assistant Principal
Liz Morgan - Assessment Coordinator
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.
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!
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:
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)