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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)