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December Monthly Elementary Assembly

Let’s give our Elementary Student Council a huge shout out for leading this month’s assembly. If you missed the assembly you can watch the recording here.

video

Welcome back Video from Mrs. Skattum 

coping

Listed below are some great resources to help support coping skills and also help you as a parent during this unique time. As always, please feel free to reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher or Ms. Skattum if your child needs extra support. 

 

Sadie Skattume skattum@prospectridgeacademy.org


Stress Management and Coping Skills 

Parenting in the Time of COVID

November 19, 2020

Mrs. Pratt Video 


Thanksgiving Break

It is hard to believe we made it to Thanksgiving break. You may think you can't take a break, but it's important that you do. Over the next week we encourage you to take a break and get connected with the ones you love. Now more than ever we need to stay connected. Families who share everyday activities together form strong, emotional ties. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family. So take the time you need to be TOGETHER! 


Success & The PRA Way

As we return from break here are a few reminders to help support your child in making distance learning successful.  This will also help them demonstrate the PRA Way. 

P - Prepared 

  • Organize materials the night before to be prepared for class
  • Designate a consistent work space conducive to learning

R - Respect

  • Wear dress code attire on instructional days and dress for success
  • Be present in Zoom lessons and show respect by participating

A - Accountable

  • Ask questions when something is unclear
  • Utilize a checklist to complete assignments

Upcoming PRA Open Enrollment Sessions

 

  • Saturday, December 5th - Open Enrollment Session for New Families interested in PRA's Elementary School interested for the 21-22 school year. 
  • Monday, December 7th - VIRTUAL Open Enrollment Session for Current PRA 5th Gr Families interested in the 21-22 school year. 
November 12, 2020
 

Veterans Day Video Tribute

Thank you to our amazing 2nd-5th grade students and Ms. Manning for putting together this amazing Veterans Day Tribute!

PRA Open Enrollment Season

It is hard to believe that we are approaching open enrollment for the 21-22 school year. Mrs. Wilkin & Mrs. Pratt will be hosting the following virtual open enrollment sessions to help get prospective families connected to the PRA community. If you know of any interested families, please direct them to our website for information. 

  • Tuesday, November 17th - Open Enrollment Session for New Families interested in PRA's Elementary School interested for the 21-22 school year. 

 

 

November Character Traits

This month our students will be discussing the character trait of gratitude. Gratitude is the state of being grateful and thankful for the things in our lives. 

I'm Grateful For...


Core Knowledge Celebration Day

What a fantastic day of celebrating our Core Knowledge curriculum. The students and staff did an amazing job last Friday. Many memories were made! 

Check out this fun CK Celebration video that captures all the excitement. 


Next Week’s Calendar

This is a friendly reminder next Wednesday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day. PRA will not be in session on this day. Enjoy the day off!  


*Online Students ONLY

Due to NO SCHOOl on Wednesday, November 11th material pick-up will take place on Tuesday, November 10th from 8:30am-2:45pm. Please feel free to reach out to your homeroom teacher with any questions. 

Picture Day Reminder 

We wanted to let you know that Dorian Studios will be on campus on 11/3 and 11/5 to take pictures of all in-person elementary students. Your child’s homeroom teacher will be communicating your specified grade level/classroom day and time via email. 

 

Please note we will be scheduling another picture day at a later date for retakes and to accommodate our online elementary students. 

 

The studio is taking individual student pictures and students are allowed to wear PRA dress code or better. 


Being on Time 

Whether your child is online or in-person, please help them set regular routines of arriving at school or to their online classroom on time.  When students arrive late, it causes a significant disruption to the learning environment for all students and teachers. We have noticed several students arriving late and could use your support in setting positive routines. 


Drop off Items in the Office 

In the K-8 front vestibule we have grade level designated bins to drop off forgotten items for students. Our fantastic K-8 front office staff will reach out to grade levels to notify them when items arrive. Please be mindful of the frequency of drop-off items so that we can minimize classroom disruptions. 

October 22, 2020

Mrs. Shoemaker Video

Core Knowledge Celebration 

On Friday, Oct. 30th the elementary school comes together to celebrate our current Core Knowledge units. Students will be given a theme that aligns with one of their Core Knowledge units. Please see your homeroom teacher with any questions. If your child chooses not to participate, that is okay, but they will be required to follow the PRA dress code for this day, which is PRA/College spirit wear.  

Weather Reminder

Please remember we are approaching the time of year when inclement weather can rapidly arise, please have your child bring a jacket, hat and gloves as needed. At this time we are also very aware of the air quality due to the excessive amount of smoke from the Colorado fires. Please note we will be outside and encourage students to continue to wear their mask as needed. Now more than ever, we need movement breaks and time outside of the classroom to connect with peers. 

October 8, 2020

Quarter 1 Grades are Posted

The grades for Quarter 1 are viewable in your Infinite Campus parent portal account starting on Monday, October 12th. Please email your child's Quarter 1 teacher for any questions regarding their first quarter progress! 


infinite Campus

Specials

There will NOT be online specials posted the week of October 12th, there will be in-person specials for grades K-3. 

 

Starting on October 12th, the Specials teachers will teach on a wheel schedule to minimize contact with the entire student body. Each Special (music, art, technology, & PE) will instruct a homeroom class for all 4 specials times in one week. The next week they will see a different Specials teacher for all 4 days. The same will be true for online specials instruction. 


Monthly Character Trait

This month’s character trait is perseverance. Perseverance is sticking to it, even when you’d rather give up! Students will be encouraged to show perseverance by creating a “Perseverance Pumpkin” (K-First Grade), or by completing a virtual Perseverance Escape Room challenge (2nd - 5th). Both of these fun activities can be found on Ms. Skattum’s Google Classroom!

assembly

Assembly - Here is a link in case you missed it! 

We had a great elementary live stream assembly this week. If you missed it, here is a link to the recording of the assembly. 


Coming Back to In-person Learning

Coming back to school video

For students who have selected in-person learning, school will look a little different when they come back over the next couple of weeks. To help with the transition, we created a video to help students see what they can expect when they come back into the building. 

 

October 1, 2020

Quarter 1 Grades

We will be posting Quarter Grades next week, ahead of the end of the quarter so that we can have a smooth transition to the new classroom placement. We will confirm in the Miner Mail when the grades are ready for viewing!


Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

For Grades 1-5, teachers will be sending home P/T Conference information tomorrow, Friday October 2nd. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions about your child’s performance. 


Driveline Reminders

As we begin to welcome back more students on campus, we wanted to provide you with a few driveline reminders.

Driveline Expectations


  • Please make sure and remain in your vehicle, student will come to you 
  • Please use appropriate speed limits while on campus
  • Please no family pets on campus

Spirit Day Every Friday

Every Friday students are encouraged to wear PRA spiritwear or college attire to show their Miner spirit. 


Elementary Live Assembly on Wednesday 

On Wednesday, October 7th from 8:30-9:00 AM, Mrs. Skattum, Elementary counselor will host our live elementary assembly for all of K-5. Students will start in their class meeting with teachers at 8:15 and then attend the assembly at 8:30.

Here is the link for the live assembly

Video Message from Mrs. Pratt  

 

Beginning of the Year Assessment Data  

Individual iReady & PALS data will be shared with you by email the week of September 28th - October 2nd. Please plan to review this information and bring any questions or concerns to your child’s homeroom teacher or Liz Morgan our Assessment Coordinator lmorgan@prospectridgeacademy.org. More detailed information on the iReady diagnostic and growth models are explained in short videos found when you visit the  iReady & PALS Parent Resource Page.


*Please note that Kindergarten assessment data will be shared on October 12th, once Kindergarten assessments have been completed. 


PT Conferences 

With the upcoming rollout of our transition to in-person or online learning, this year’s parent/teacher conferences will not be formally held. Rather our teachers will be sending out the information on October 2nd and scheduling individual follow up conferences for parents as needed. Our team will be utilizing Thursday, October 15th as a professional development day to prepare and support the rollout plan for the next phase of learning. Please note, teachers will still be sharing beginning of the year data, student successes and areas of focus for the second quarter of the semester.  

ES updates

Calendar Reminder
Monday, September 21st is a Professional Development Day for staff, so no instruction on 9/21. We will follow our typical schedule for 9/22 through 9/25 with Wednesday as an asynchronous day. Thank you! 
***Please note for 5th GRADE ONLY: Families and students need to review their grade level newsletter and student calendar for the modified schedule, due to the shortened week content rotations are different. 
 
Securly Protection 
Prospect Ridge Academy is using Securly protection on our student chromebook devices. Securly monitors your child’s online activity while at school, and off-campus if the child is using a school-issued device that is filtered by Securly.
Here is what that means for your child's school device:
-Automatic filtering of inappropriate content, even outside of school
-Flags for alarming activity (bullying, self-harm)
-Parent visibility of school device activity
-Access to a parent portal that helps you directly support your individual learner
We have created an account on the SecurlyHome app for parents of our K-8th grade students. Starting next week, you will receive your child's weekly online activity report via email.  If you have any questions, please visit Securly's parent support site at https://homesupport.securly.com/hc/en-us/categories/360000431333-Securly-Home-App
 
Assessments
Thank you for helping support your child in taking their beginning of the year assessments. We will be reviewing this data to better support your child as we continue to move forward in the school year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.

mrs. wilkins

 

VIDEO from Mrs. Wilkin 


Schedule for next week with Monday off for the holiday

Please make note that next week is a four day school week. 
Monday, Sept. 7th -NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)
Tuesday, Sept. 8th - Friday, Sept. 11th Regular schedule with assessments in the afternoon. 
 

Beginning of Year Assessments for Grades 1st-5th 

You should have received a Miner Message yesterday outlining this year’s beginning of the year assessment schedule. Assessments for 1st-5th grade will be held September 8th-18th (iReady Sept. 8th-11th, and PALS/DRA Sept. 14th-18th).  All assessments will be held virtually by your child’s homeroom teacher. Please note assessments will be administered in the afternoons and on Wednesdays during asynchronous learning time, depending on when you chose to sign up your child.  
 
Here is an excellent resource on why these assessments are important, and how you can best support your child. How Can You Help? 
 

Kindergarten assessments

Kindergarten assessments will be given in person October 8th-9th.  Assessments for online students will be set up individually. The Kindergarten schedule will remain the same September 8th-18th and will not be affected. Please reach out to your child’s kindergarten teacher with any questions. 

Social Emotional Needs Assessment

Dear PRA Families:
 
Your child’s social and emotional wellbeing is vitally important to us. I am writing today to inform you that this fall we are conducting a new Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Needs Assessment of your child to better understand the needs of our students and community during this pandemic and remote learning experience. 
 
Social and Emotional Wellbeing Assessment: What Parents/Guardians Need to Know

Overview
The questions in the assessment ask for families with their student(s) to share their experiences over the past five months, indicate if they need to be connected to resources, and allows for families and students to directly ask for support from our school counselors and mental health providers.
 
How to Take the Survey
On Wednesday 9/9/20, your student’s teacher will post a link to the Google form in their Google classroom. We ask that you complete the assessment with your child. The assessment is completely voluntary. If you would prefer your child not participate in this opportunity to provide feedback, please notify our elementary school counselor, Sadie Skattum sskattum@prospectridgeacademy.org no later than 5pm on 9/8/20.
If you have more than one student at this school, please complete a separate assessment for each student. This assessment is school-specific, so please look for an email from each school if you have students at multiple Adams 12 schools.  
 
What This Means for Your Child and Other Students
Your child should know their voice and school experiences matter. The assessment is a way for families  and students to communicate their experiences and needs. The assessment results will be confidential, but not anonymous. Individual student data will only be seen by your school’s administration and mental health providers. School summary (aggregate) data will be shared to teachers and to the district.
 
What This Means to You as a Parent
We encourage families to complete the assessment together. You might be contacted by a member of our mental health team depending on how you and your child respond to the assessment. Schools have many ways to connect with students and identify students that need care. This assessment provides one more way for us to guarantee that we are making connections with students and providing necessary support.
What This Means for School Counselors, Mental Health Providers, and Schools
The purpose of the assessment is not only to provide appropriate staff information to quickly identify students and families to connect with, but it also provides schools with an overall assessment of the social and emotional wellbeing of all the students it serves. The assessment is intentionally designed to be short so that it functions as an initial way to prioritize student needs. A child’s entire experience cannot be shared and/or determined through an assessment. When our providers meet with students and/or families they leverage their professional expertise to gather more information, listen closely and partner with the student to support them in achieving their goals. 
 
How Can I Learn More?
Feel free to contact me or our mental health team. 
Sadie Skattum, ES Counselor, sskattum@prospectridgeacademy.org 
Mindy Sickler, School Psychologist, msickler@prospectridgeacademy.org)
 
Sincerely,
April Wilkin
Elementary School Principal
 

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August 27, 2020

 

 

Video Message from Ms. Pratt 


1st Day Assembly

In true PRA style the elementary community plans to kick off the 1st day of school with an all elementary school assembly. This gives us the opportunity to celebrate the start of a new school year together. Please plan on joining us via Livestream today at 1:00pm. 

PRA 1st Day Assembly 


Miner Merge Feedback

Thank you for participating in our first ever outdoor Miner Merge.  We hope you enjoyed meeting your teacher, picking up supplies, and having conversations in a safe environment.  At PRA, we strive to always improve and feedback from the parent community is an important piece to that.  Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey so we can have some data about this event.

Miner Merge Parent Feedback 

5 Things Parents Can Do to Support Students Learning Online

  1. Build a Schedule. Traditional school days provide students with a lot of structure—this is hard to replicate in online e-learning days, so work with your teachers to set up a solid day to day schedule. 
  2. Model Hard Work and Persistence.
  3. Set Up a Designated Workspace. 
  4. Get to Know the Online Learning Platform.
  5. Stay in Communication with Your Student's Teachers.

Science Lab Update

 

Video Message from Ms. Shoemaker, Core Knowledge Specialist

 

We all recognize this school year is going to present some challenges.  One of those involves K-5 Science Lab.  At this time, there will not be Science Lab lessons during distance learning.  Mrs. Shoemaker is currently working with kindergarteners who opted for the online only version of learning.  Mrs. Shoemaker is also working hard to help teachers ensure their Science and Social Studies lessons are engaging and packed with content.  Thank you for your understanding! We will be working hard at integrating Science Lab back into the schedule soon. 


Self Care, It’s IMPORTANT


With this unique school year just getting started, it seems that our calendars are once again full from the time we wake up until we fall exhaustedly into bed again. As adults in an increasingly busy world a lot of reminders come our way to focus on self-care and not getting overloaded with the stresses of a 21st century life.  It is important to remember that self-care can be vital to keeping our kids happy and healthy as well.  One easy way to do that is taking time in your own life to model self-care for the children in your home; don’t just take care of yourself when the kids aren’t around. Instead let them see examples of adults taking a break from their lives to refresh and refocus. Also, self-care doesn’t have to be an independent task you undertake. Make this month a time to commit to one act of family maintenance and self-care - screens off, focus on family time, relax, have fun...take care of one another and remember we can all do this new journey together. 

August 20, 2020

 

 

Beginning of Year Assessments

Due to the unique start to our school year we have had to restructure beginning of year assessments. Thursday, September 3rd and Friday, September 4th will be regular distance learning days (not assessment days). The assessments will be administered in the afternoons and on Wednesdays during asynchronous learning time in mid-September. Information will be coming from homeroom teachers soon regarding the sign-up/schedule for when they will be proctoring assessments.

 

Back to School Night 

Back to school

We are so excited to be able to connect and really kick-off what is going to be a great school year. Each homeroom teacher will be hosting 2 back to school night presentations for parents. During the presentation you will be provided an overview of some PRA general guidelines, as well as grade level specifics. This information will help you and your student get connected with your child’s teacher and grade level . Please be on the lookout for a calendar invite from your child’s teacher. We ask that you choose to attend one of the sessions provided. 

When 
Tuesday, August 25th
 
Time 
Session 1 - 5:30pm-6:00pm
Session 2 - 6:15pm-6:45pm 
 
Where 
Virtual

 

Dress Code during Distance Learning

dress for success

While we understand being in PRA dress code can be difficult during distance learning, we are encouraging our students to get into a daily routine of being an academic leader. With that we are asking students to try their very best to be in dress code attire each morning while participating in synchronous learning. Any students who are on campus will be required to be in PRA dress code.

 

Bi-Weekly Feedback Form for Elementary Distance Learning Program 

August 12, 2020
 
 
 

PRA Welcome - Mrs. Pratt , Elementary Assistant Principal


20-21 Elementary Homeroom Placement

The elementary homeroom placement lists are now available on the Prospect Ridge Academy website under the parent tab. You must log-in to view this information, if you cannot remember or have not received your family log-in please submit a helpdesk ticket at helpdesk@prospectridgeacademy.org. Homeroom placement lists will be available in Infinite Campus on Friday, August 14th.


Distance Learning School Supply List

If you have already purchased your school supplies or school toolbox for this school year, please don’t fret, we will need those supplies upon return to in-person learning. If you have not yet purchased school supplies or if you have purchased them and are getting things organized for your child’s dedicated work space, here is a list by grade level of what they will need right away. Please find your grade level tab at the bottom of the document. In addition, if you have any questions we ask that you reach out directly to your child’s homeroom teacher.

 

**Please also be aware there is a tab for Art Supplies. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Nelson, our amazing elementary art teacher. 


K-5 Modified School Supplies


If you have already purchased community supplies such as clorox wipes and hand sanitizer, please plan to bring those items to the Modified Miner Merge - Meet & Greet during your scheduled time slot. You will be receiving invitations, to meet your child’s teacher, receive supplies and drop off supplies between the dates of August 19th and August 26th. For families who choose not to come in person there will also be a sign-up for a drive by pick-up/drop-off of supplies. 


Family Resources for Distance Learning 

Welcome back PRA Miners, we are excited to get this new school year underway. As we head into the start of this school year, partnership with you, as in the spring, takes on a new and more critical role. It is our expectation for ourselves that in order to help you create academic, social and ethical leaders, we need to arm you with the tools and confidence to do so. 


This year, we will be sending out weekly resources and videos targeted to specific areas of focus based on the time of year, the phase of learning, and the needs expressed from the community. In addition, we will post a bi-weekly link to gather your feedback on how we are doing and what we need to improve once school is in session. 


Listed below are a few resources to help us all get started in a positive direction. 


Learning at Home Best Practices for Families


CO State Standards Family Friendly Summary 


As a parent or guardian, you're trying to juggle working from home while simultaneously helping your children with remote learning. In some ways, you have become a Teacher's aid and this can be overwhelming, confusing and frustrating at times. We want to help set you up for success with this FREE, live 3-day webinar series. We will be walking you through step-by-step on how to use Google Meet, Calendar, Chrome, Gmail, and Classroom, as well as answering your questions. All of these sessions are for beginners, and we're helping you get set up and feel comfortable navigating these tools to help support your children.

Remote Learning Survival Guide for Parents: Free Webinar Series 

 
 

Elementary Distance Learning Plan

Mrs Wilkins

Video Message from Mrs. Wilkin, Elementary Principal



Instructional Model 

  • 4 days of live synchronous instruction from 8:15am-11:15am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with asynchronous learning in the afternoon
  • Wednesday full distance learning day - asynchronous, and students with academic support needs will be scheduled for in-person instruction 
  • Daily built in structures for social emotional connection to teacher and peers

Learning Pods

  • 4 days a week of supervised instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:15am-3:15pm
  • An Interest survey will be coming separately to begin forming our learning pods 

Online Learning Track

  • We will start in a full distance learning model and will transition students to the online learning track program through Edgenuity once we move to our hybrid or full-in person instructional model for grades 1-5. 
  • Kindergarten students who do not want to participate in in-person learning will start in the online Edgenuity learning track right away, a follow up email will be coming soon

Meet & Greets 

  • Will be scheduled for the week of August 19th through August 26th, in small groups outdoors with parents and students
  • This is an opportunity for Elementary students to meet their homeroom teacher and get needed distance learning supplies

Distance Learning Updates for 20-21 School Year


Distance Learning 

Spring 2020

Fall 2020

Platforms

Teachers using different platforms, and parents had to get used to multiple methods

K-5 all teachers using Google Classroom 

Engagement

Asynchronous - students did work at varying times 

Students will have daily live instruction 4 days a week with interactive lessons and small group instruction 

Teacher Interaction

Students had intermittent teacher interactions, varied by grade level

All students will have daily interactions with teachers. Academic support needs students will have in-person interactions with teachers on Wednesdays 

Lessons

Students were building off of previous knowledge with some new content 

Students will focus on new content and grade level standards 

Grading

Grades were given less frequently and with less evidence

Weekly grades will be given across content areas and levels 

Communication

Communication came from multiple directions, including duplication or lack of information

Communication will be delegated by purpose and will be consistent across the level

Attendance 

Weekly attendance was taken

Daily attendance will be taken

Technology

Provided devices to a small group of families

School issued devices for all Elementary students 




Summer Math Challenge - by the numbers


As of August 2nd we have an incredible number of students working on mathematics through our Prodigy summer math challenge. It is not too late to join! 


# of Math Questions answered by PRA students 

  • Students Going Into 1st Grade - 10,448
  • Students Going Into 2nd Grade - 21,944
  • Students Going Into 3rd Grade - 25,801
  • Students Going Into 4th Grade - 20,155
  • Students Going Into 5th Grade - 15,491
  • TOTAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY PRA STUDENTS - 93,839!!!

Way to go Miners, keep up the great work! 

6/4/20

19-20 Grade Reports Available

Please log-in to Infinite Campus to view your child’s semester 2 grade reporting. Additionally, the grade reports will be mailed home next week to you so that you can have a permanent record of this information. Please recognize that the semester grades are an aggregate of both quarter 3 and 4 data, with particular consideration for quarter 3 when 100% of instruction and support was in place for students.
 

May 28, 2020

Summer Learning

It is more important than ever to practice reading and math this summer! Thankfully our PRA team has put together several resources to help support summer learning. We have the PRA Summer Reading Challenge and the PRA Summer Math Challenge. Additionally, we have worked with RAZ kids to extend K-2 access to our students throughout the summer. Finally, our team has put together a list of the best resources to help reinforce key skills. Thank you for your continued efforts in ensuring we minimize the learning gap!
 
Please watch this wonderful video from Mrs. Goslin about how to use Prodigy during our PRA Summer Math Challenge!
 
Click here for the form (referenced in the video)
 
Go Miners!
 
 
May 21, 2020
 
 
 

Thank you Parent-Teachers! Thank You, Parents! Video 

Here is the Elementary Assembly in case you missed it. 

 

Distance Learning Reflection

Please tell us about the distance learning experience for you and your family, click HERE to provide your feedback.

summer learning

Summer is just around the corner and to help encourage fun and productive learning over the summer months, we would like to provide parents and families with a list of resources to keep students growing over the next few months. 

PRA Academic Summer Resources 

 

 
Happy Summer from Elementary Specials Teachers
May 14, 2020

iReady Wrap Up

As we wrap up iReady assessments we wanted to give a big'ole thank you to students and parents for their help and participation during iReady assessments. As an elementary community we had a 95% completion rate for iReady Reading (2nd-5th grade), and a 94% completion rate for iReady Math (K-5th grade). Thank you for your perseverance throughout this process! All assessment results will be shared in pdf form via email within the next week. Please feel free to reach out to your students' homeroom teacher with any questions. Also, please check out this video provided by Mrs. Wilkin. Assessment Parent Video


Dear PRA Families,

We wanted to thank you again for being flexible and willing to assist in your student’s remote iReady assessments.  We also wanted to remind you that as a school we will use this information to help us determine where we need to focus our attention in the fall as we welcome students back for another school year (in whatever format that is).  

On that note, some parents had additional questions and concerns on the level of difficulty of the iReady assessment questions assigned to their students.  We wanted to provide you with a bit more information on how those questions are assigned.  i-Ready Diagnostic is a type of computer adaptive test that matches the difficulty of test questions to the ability of each student. As students answer questions correctly, the test gets more difficult. As students answer questions incorrectly, the test gets easier. In both scenarios, the test adapts to find the precise ability of each student in the quickest, most efficient way possible.  Please click on: How Does the i-Ready Adaptive Diagnostic Work for a more detailed explanation of how i-Ready assigns your student’s assessment question.  

Thank you again for your continued dedication and overall collaboration! 



May 7, 2020
 
Elementary Happenings  
 
Elementary Assembly
We hosted a live elementary assembly on May 5th to celebrate students in grades K-5 who earned character awards for the months of March and April and introduced this month’s character trait of Wonder. If you missed it, check out the assembly here

Four Kindergarten classes - how will they fit? 
We wanted to provide an update on the building plan for the fall. The current front-facing 4th room on the 1st floor of the K-8 will become the 4th Kinder classroom. The current elementary art room will become the new 4th classroom for first grade. Mrs. Nelson and elementary art are moving to a new modular space next to the K-8 building, equipped with its own bathroom and windows! This solution is temporary until we are able to begin Phase 6 of construction for PRA to add additional classroom space to the K-8 (as a result of the full day Kindergarten legislation passing at the end of last year - yay!). We have the master planning for this phase complete and will be discussing the timing of this project at future board meetings. 

Elementary Stay Active
Former PRA student, now Legacy junior, Cale Claridge, wanted to give back to elementary students at PRA through his Big Ideas project called R.O.A.R. He created a private youtube channel with ideas for how to stay active during this stay-at-home time. Check it out here
 
 
April 30, 2020

Battle of the Books goes Virtual

Congratulations to the elementary student battle of the books team. They went head to head with our teacher team and just narrowly missed the win. The commitment, talent and PRA pride demonstrated is truly magnificent! Watch the competition to see why.
 

Assessment Days - May 7th & 8th

After some thoughtful discussion, we’ve determined that we’d like to attempt to gather an end of year data point for students K-5 for math and literacy. Next Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th are Assessment Days on the PRA Calendar. Teachers are going to shorten their instructional delivery next week to provide content for May 4th, 5th and 6th, Monday through Wednesday, to allow you to focus on administering the iReady assessment on Thursday and Friday. Also on the assessment days, students will complete an end of year writing sample. This data is primarily for you to have information about where your child finished the year with their writing skills. As a school we will use this information to help us determine where we need to focus our attention in the fall as we welcome students back for another school year (in whatever format that is). Our Assessment Coordinator, Liz Morgan, will be providing further information about administering the assessment. Let us know if you have any questions!
 
 
April 23, 2020
Inspiration

Thank you Volunteers

Volunteers - THANK YOU! We can’t come close to expressing how grateful we are for your service and countless hours supporting elementary students and staff throughout the year.

  • Some words of wisdom from 1st grader, Julia Goslin 
  • Some motivation from Elementary Art Teacher, Veronica Nelson
  • Some ideas from our lunch/recess team for recess at home

Distance Learning Week 3

Families, you’ve nearly completed week 3 of distance learning. We know you didn’t sign up to be a teacher, parent, and employee all at the same time. Thank you for trusting us to help you through this uncharted course. We have some points of clarification based on questions we’ve received and some updates based on your suggestions: 
 
  • Weekly Learning Log - This helps us to monitor the weekly engagement of your child in the learning process and is also helping us to take weekly attendance, we’ve adjusted them for the needs of each grade level. 
 
  • Work out Sunday at 5 PM - You’ve shared with us that having the work come out for the week on Monday morning is a challenge, so we’ve adjusted the rollout to Sunday evening. 
 
  • Typing - We know this is an important skill, and it has become urgently important in the past few weeks. On the parent survey in February you had given us this feedback. We want to ensure typing practice is embedded in the school day in the fall. 
 
  • Reach out - If you and your child are overwhelmed by the amount of work please let your homeroom teacher know so we can modify the expectations. The same is true if you are having the opposite experience and are needing more. We are here to help support you and your child. 
 
  • Pacing - All grades have work posted for the week, some with a checklist of assignments to complete, either in google classroom or separately. Help your child by spacing assignments out throughout the week and even checking things off when they are done. 
 
  • Specials optional - Specials are such an enriching part of our programming but they are not required for completing mastery of the current grade level, yet highly encouraged. 
 
  • Pick-up of items - We have not had confirmation from the state or district about when we can allow item pick-up at the school. We will let you know when we do! 
 
  • Flexible schedule - Our recommended schedules can flex with your child, for example if they are showing stamina in math one day and it runs long, then reading can be shortened and go longer the next day. Do what works best for him/her and you’ll both be happier! 
 
  • Special events - We continue to determine which events we can host virtually, which are postponed and which are canceled. Thank you for your patience!
 
April 9, 2020
 
Hello PRA Parents!
 
I know that you have received SO MANY emails and communications, but here is one more just to make sure you know that I am available to support students, and how you can access support if you are interested.
 
All information can be found on the Elementary Counseling page on the PRA website. I will continue providing character education via Google Classroom.
 
Here are my classroom codes: K-1st - djceff7; 2nd-5th - vanvj6h.
 
Please add your students to the classroom to access character education content. If your student would like to schedule an individual session with me, here is a Google Form that you can fill out to request counseling services.
 
As always, I am available via email for any questions or concerns you may have. Keep up the great work you all are doing at home! We can do this!
 
 
Dear PRA Families:
 
Your child’s social and emotional wellbeing is vitally important to us. I am writing today to inform you that this fall we are conducting a new Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Needs Assessment of your child to better understand the needs of our students and community during this pandemic and remote learning experience. 
 
Social and Emotional Wellbeing Assessment: What Parents/Guardians Need to Know

Overview
The questions in the assessment ask for families with their student(s) to share their experiences over the past five months, indicate if they need to be connected to resources, and allows for families and students to directly ask for support from our school counselors and mental health providers.
 
How to Take the Survey
On Wednesday 9/9/20, your student’s teacher will post a link to the Google form in their Google classroom. We ask that you complete the assessment with your child. The assessment is completely voluntary. If you would prefer your child not participate in this opportunity to provide feedback, please notify our elementary school counselor, Sadie Skattum sskattum@prospectridgeacademy.org no later than 5pm on 9/8/20.
 
If you have more than one student at this school, please complete a separate assessment for each student. This assessment is school-specific, so please look for an email from each school if you have students at multiple Adams 12 schools.  
 
What This Means for Your Child and Other Students
Your child should know their voice and school experiences matter. The assessment is a way for families  and students to communicate their experiences and needs. The assessment results will be confidential, but not anonymous. Individual student data will only be seen by your school’s administration and mental health providers. School summary (aggregate) data will be shared to teachers and to the district.
 
What This Means to You as a Parent
We encourage families to complete the assessment together. You might be contacted by a member of our mental health team depending on how you and your child respond to the assessment. Schools have many ways to connect with students and identify students that need care. This assessment provides one more way for us to guarantee that we are making connections with students and providing necessary support.
 
What This Means for School Counselors, Mental Health Providers, and Schools
The purpose of the assessment is not only to provide appropriate staff information to quickly identify students and families to connect with, but it also provides schools with an overall assessment of the social and emotional wellbeing of all the students it serves. The assessment is intentionally designed to be short so that it functions as an initial way to prioritize student needs. A child’s entire experience cannot be shared and/or determined through an assessment. When our providers meet with students and/or families they leverage their professional expertise to gather more information, listen closely and partner with the student to support them in achieving their goals. 
 
How Can I Learn More?
Feel free to contact me or our mental health team. 
Sadie Skattum, ES Counselor, sskattum@prospectridgeacademy.org 
Mindy Sickler, School Psychologist, msickler@prospectridgeacademy.org)
 
Sincerely,
April Wilkin
Elementary School Principal

April 7, 2020

Extended - Parent Request for Classroom Placement Form 20-21 School Year

If you have information you would like to share with our administrative team regarding your child’s classroom placement for the 20-21 school year, we  encourage you to fill out our parent request for classroom. Click for the placement form here.

This helps in the event that your child has certain learning needs or a specific teaching style that works best for him/her. We do our best to accommodate all requests and also create balanced homeroom classes.

Please be aware that we will not take specific teacher requests, but rather consider classroom learning environments.

In addition, please make sure and fill out one form for each one of your students, only as needed.

Forms will be accepted through Friday, April 17th, 2020. Thank you! 

Mrs. Wilkin's Principal video message.

How to Make Distance Learning Work for your Family
April 2, 2020
 
Distance learning is new for most of us. On top of that, you are also balancing working from home or going to work while your children are trying to do school work from home. These are unique circumstances and we will each need to find ways to make this transition as smooth as possible. Here are some helpful tips to consider:
  • Create a daily schedule based on schoolwork. Wake, eat and get dressed at the same time every day.
  • Prioritize the schedule based on when kids are most focused.
  • Get the bulk of your important work done as a parent/guardian during the kids’ time for nap, lunch, technology, etc.
  • Set boundaries and communicate them to your kids. Explain how you are juggling their school and your own work and you need their help to navigate everything.
  • Tell them when you need to be in “do-not-disturb” mode. Have kids make signs (stop sign, thumbs up/down) that you tape to your work area to show when it is okay or not okay to interrupt.
  • Take necessary breaks. Don’t overextend yourself due to the remote work dynamic.
  • Every hour of work warrants a 10-minute break. Take a walk, eat a snack or stretch to wake up your brain!
  • Acknowledge good behavior. No interruptions, focused work = fun activity, positive reinforcement, time with a parent etc. 
 
Please know we are here for you and give us feedback on how things are going. We hope you are healthy and well and look forward to seeing you again soon. Watch for more tips next week!

The Value in State Assessments (CMAS)

children are the priority

As we approach our official testing season we want to provide you with some helpful information on why PRA values assessments. Without data collection, we don’t know where to go. In education, measurement and data analysis are critical to leading our goals of improvement. The main purpose behind CMAS (Colorado Measurement of Academic Success) is to provide our community with a snapshot of student performance in various subject areas. Statewide assessments are a type of summative test aligned to the knowledge and skills students are expected to have mastered by the end of the school year. By effectively reviewing CMAS data, along with our internal data we are able to set school wide goals and make improvements with our instructional delivery. Here are some additional resources to reference as we begin this year’s testing window. Thank you for your continued collaboration and support! 


The Role of State Assessments 

What To Expect


The state defined CMAS administration window is scheduled March 17th-20th and March 30th-April 24th, which accounts for our Spring Break. Listed below is our current CMAS testing schedule. 

PRA CMAS Schedule



March 5, 2020

Happy Pi Day!

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What is Pi Day?

Pi Day, an unofficial but increasingly popular holiday, is celebrated on March 14th (3/14).  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. Pi Day was founded by Physicist Larry Shaw in 1988.”

Though Pi is a more advanced math skill for students to learn, all our teachers are planning some fun Pi Day activities in their classrooms.  Students are encouraged to dress up on Friday, March 13 (since March 14 is on a Saturday), like a mathematician….or like Albert Einstein who, being born on March 14, was one of the world’s greatest physicists and mathematicians.   

February 20, 2020

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THANK YOU

We want to send out a big thank you to the community for the love and support provided at last week’s Staff Appreciation and Parent Teacher Conferences. The Olympic theme was super fun and we definitely felt the love and support provided by our parent community. Thank you for your collaboration and dedication in helping our students grow! 

 

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Friendly Reminder

We have noticed several students are getting dropped off in the morning prior to our 7:45am. We ask that you not drop off prior, as we do not have student supervision until 7:45am. This will help make sure that all students are safe prior to starting the school day.

 

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

THIS MONTH'S CHARACTER TRAIT: KINDNESS
 
(Click on this video to see our Character Trait Award Winners!)
 
Hello Parents, Teachers, Students, and Administration!
 
Happy February! This month our character focus is KINDNESS. Kindness is treating others nicely and showing them you care. During character lessons this month, students will have opportunities to practice showing kindness to their classmates. Additionally, there will be a Kindness Challenge taking place this month. Students received a Kindness Bingo sheet earlier this week. Each box on the sheet has an act of kindness that students could complete at home or at school. The class with the most students who were able to complete twenty of the twenty-five acts of kindness will receive a prize! For the act of kindness to count, students must have a teacher or parent initial the box of the act of kindness they completed. I am so excited to see these students rise to the challenge and create a culture of kindness here at school.
 
WAYS TO FOSTER A DISCUSSION ON KINDNESS AT HOME:
  • Ask your student at the end of the day, "What is one way that you showed kindness today?"
  • Talk to your student about how to treat others with kindness, even if they have not been kind in the past.
  • Notice when your student shows kindness, and point out opportunities to show kindness in every day life.
 
A Note About Conferences: In light of the tragic events that have taken place recently in the district, I will have several mental health resources available at a booth in the K-8 building. Please feel free to stop by if you would like to discuss how you can talk to your students about these events, or if you have anything else you would like to speak with me about.
 
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns!
 
- Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor

Student Led - Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 6, 2020 Update

We look forward to discussing your child’s progress next week at conference time. In order to make the best use of the short time we have together we’d appreciate your help with the following tips for success:

  • Students are leading their conference this time around, so please bring them. There will be time for you to meet separately with the teacher if you’d like to discuss any questions or concerns without your child present. 
  • All siblings need to plan to wait in the hallway during the conference so that a private, focused discussion can take place about your child’s 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.
  • Review the data that is sent home ahead of time and if you have questions or need clarification ask at the conference. 
Thank you for helping us to ensure that you get useful and specific information during the conference about your child’s progress. We enjoy getting to share in your child’s journey and talking about their successes and areas for growth! MOY iReady & PALS parent information
Driveline Reminders & Safety
January 30, 2020
Safety
We want to send a huge THANK YOU to our amazing parent volunteers who help us each morning and afternoon for driveline. We are very lucky to have them help ensure student and pediatrician safety. In order to help make things easier for our volunteers and staff we are requesting that everyone follow expectations. Thank you in advance for your support! 

    • 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 allergy reasons. 
    • Driveline begins at 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. 
    • If you are parking to walk up and get your student only use designated parking spaces.  Do not park along curbs or designated emergency areas. 
PRA Pride
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!  

PRA Pride 

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
 

Happy January!

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!

 
 
 
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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! 
 
PRA Celebration 
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. 
 
THINK
December 12, 2019
 
THIS MONTH'S CHARACTER TRAIT: T.H.I.N.K BEFORE YOU SPEAK
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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

break!

 

- Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor

 

THINK
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!

 
Grateful
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
care.
 
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

 

Miner Mania 

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.

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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
    lessons.
  • 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!
 
Happy Fall!
Sadie Skattum, Elementary School Counselor

Parent/Teacher Conferences

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.
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Formative Assessments:
  • 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)
 
Benchmark Assessments:
  • 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) 
 
Summative Assessments:
  • 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.
 
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
 
WELCOME MINERS
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.
 
 
 
Excitement
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)

Character Traits

Video Message from Mrs. Skattum (Elementary  Counselor) 


Daily Learning Schedules

Here is a recommended schedule by grade level  for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This is not required, but in case you need a guide to help you stay organized! DEAR stands for “Drop everything and read” and the iReady and typing lessons and log-ins will be available after the assessment window is completed. 

 

Weekly Parent Tech Tip

 

How to change students’ email notification settings for Google Classroom: 

  1. Navigate to classroom.google.com
  2. In the top left corner click the three lines to go to the main menu 
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on settings. 
  4. Here you can adjust what email notifications you receive or turn them off entirely.

 

Thank you for persevering to troubleshoot tech challenges. If you are stuck, please give details and send screenshots so we can see what you’re seeing and email helpdesk@prospectridgeacademy.org or your homeroom teacher.

 Here is a video  from Mrs. Heald for students on showing tech grit. 

 

We want to Hear from You

Your feedback is very important and helpful for our team during this time. Please make sure and provide us with your successes and struggles as we continue in distance learning. 

 

Bi-Weekly Feedback Form for Elementary Distance Learning Program