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March/April 2019 Newsletter

Our Annual Fundraiser

đŸ“· 2019 Golden Gallop Registration is OPEN!

WELCHESTER ELEMENTARY WE ARE ALL CLOWNS: Circus Arts is still going strong even though there was no performance last month because of weather. Our clowns are practicing hard on their pogo sticks, unicycles, clown bikes, stilts, and of course, with juggling. If you know of a performance opportunity for them please contact Greg Aigner at CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: We want YOU! We need help with multiple volunteer needs and are happy to have community members be a part of our school family. The following are areas of need: *Crosswalk Duty *Golden Back Pack Co-Op *Library Support (Shelving books & labeling books) *Eagle Eye - Watch D.O.G.S *Classroom Help *Friday Folders If you can help please contact Deirdra Ochoa at (303) 982-7277 TALENT SHOW IN MAY. This year's Talent Show is planned for early in May. Never too late to start preparing your act! SHELTON ELEMENTARY 9TH ANNUAL COYOTE CLASSIC 5K & 1M FAMILY FUN RUN SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH Looking for a fun run for the entire family? Don't miss the 9th annual Coyote 5K Classic and 1 mile fun run on Sunday, April 7th in Golden, CO at 8:30 am. You can expect challenging hills and stunning views while you enjoy this one of a kind community event. You can sign up at packet pickup times or on race morning as early as 7am. We hope to see you there! đŸ“· đŸ“· SCHOOL & COMMUNITY GARDEN: IT'S TIME FOR SHELTON'S ANNUAL BRICK FUNDRAISER! An engraved brick is a wonderful and lasting way to celebrate a special student who is continuing on to middle school, acknowledge a great teacher, or show your family's support for our school. Bricks will be engraved with the personal message of your choice, and will be installed in the beautiful brick patio/walkway at the entrance of the Shelton School & Community Garden.Orders are due April 12. Orders can be made at 100% of the proceeds from the brick fundraiser will support the ongoing maintenance costs of the garden, such as making repairs, purchasing tools, purchasing garden curriculum for our teachers, purchasing seeds and soil, or purchasing plants to beautify the garden. đŸ“· đŸ“· RALSTON ELEMENTARY RALSTON TAKES THE STAGE PRESENTS: SHREK JR., THE MUSICAL. On March 7th, students in grades 3 - 5 combined their theatrical talents under the direction of Ralston's music teacher, Shealyn Crocombe, and an amazing parent volunteer, Leah Stockham, to take the stage in the hilarious musical performance of Shrek, Jr. Students auditioned in December and began twice weekly practices in January. A packed house was present for both the afternoon and evening performance and no one was disappointed. Kudos to the wonderfully talented performers and behind the scenes personnel! THIRD GRADE STUDENTS SHOWCASE THEIR ENTREPRENEURISM. Third grade students displayed their creative wares and practiced their economic and marketing skills during Market Day held on March 8th. Families as well as students from other classes came to shop and participate in the consumer experience. Through this authentic task experience, students practiced math, economics, marketing, and literacy in an engaging manner. SECOND GRADE, WHETHER THE WEATHER, MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. Ralston students and families were treated to a delightful musical program, Whether the Weather, presented by second grade students on March 19th. Designed to reinforce the concepts being learned in their weather unit in science, the program was presented at both 2:30 and 6:00 to audiences who were entertained and thrilled by the upbeat, weather songs and choreography. The talented students learned and delivered the joyful program under the direction of Ralston's dedicated music teacher, Shealyn Crocombe. RALSTON HOSTS THE BATTLE OF TRENTON. On March 18th, Ralston's fifth graders were joined by students from Denver Christian, Hackberry Hills, and Little Elementary in an authentic reenactment of the Battle of Trenton. This event provided an opportunity for students to spend an entire day walking in the shoes of the Hessians, British, and American colonists as they role-played and lived in their role - an outdoor colonial village, battle experience and negotiations were all part of the experience. Rather than just reading about history, students were provided with the opportunity to internalize and understand the history and time period. Battle of the Books. On February 26th, thirty 5th grade students competed in Ralston's Battle of the Books. The students formed teams of three and each student read and took notes for 5-10 books. Teams then competed against each other to see who would be the Ralston Champions. The two winning teams represented Ralston at the Jeffco Battle of the Books on March 11th. This event got students excited about reading, introduced them to new genres, and allowed for a bit of healthy competition. MITCHELL ELEMENTARY đŸ“· Mitchell Student a Reflections State Finalist. Maggie Lane was named a state finalist in the PTA Reflections Cultural Art Program for her Dance Choreography entry titled "The Fire Inside"! She received the Silver Award and was honored on March 17th at the State Awards Ceremony.  The theme this year was "Look Within". Congratulations to all who participated! 2nd ANNUAL WESTERN ON WASHINGTON SALOON STROLL: Tickets on Sale for Western on Washington, Mitchell PTA's Annual Fundraiser. Stroll among Golden's finest saloons, then check out live music at the new Buffalo Rose all to raise money for Mitchell's playground!  Purchase tickets here: đŸ“· KYFFIN ELEMENTARY CELEBRATIONS! Kyffin is excited to celebration this year's Values Awards Winners!  Congratulations to custodian Ginni Quayle for Teamwork, school social worker Sarah White for Integrity, Kindergarten teacher Jennie Clarke for Valuing People, and First grade teacher Megan Savage-Reser for Exemplary Performance!  Congratulations to our Kids Heart Challenge participants who went above and beyond in supporting the American Heart Association by raising a school record breaking total of $8,853.01!  Congratulations to Asher People who won a silver medal award at the CO PTA's State Reflections Competition for his sculpture titled "My Magical Tree"!  Congratulations to the Kyffin PTA and Gala Committee for a successful Hot Nights in Havana where enough money was raised to continue to support some of Kyffin's operating expenses and the amazing programs that PTA regularly provides as well as enough money to be able to revamp the Kyffin library! BUILDING COMMUNITY. Kyffin students participated in their second Exploration Hour on our March Early Release Day.  Not only does this allow students (and teachers) to focus on a specific area of interest, but also provides an opportunity to build Kyffin's school-wide community as students and teachers complete projects across grade levels.  Through our school-wide Brain Wise curriculum students recently learned about their Emotions Elevator which is an analogy for the intensity of our emotions.  Students learned a number of ways to calm down when they are high on their elevators so that they can do a better job solving a problem and controlling their emotional reactions. MORE LEARNING AND FUN. In April students are looking forward to Kyffin's Science and Engineering Fair, Young Writer's Conference, finishing CMAS testing, and a number of musical performances put on by second, fourth, and fifth grades that will include singing, dancing, celebrating our Centennial State, and ukuleles!  Join the Kyffin Drama Club for a performance of "Wizard of OZ: The Deleted Scene" at Bell Middle School on Thursday, April 18 at 6:00pm.  In addition to discussing our Make Yourself Heard survey data, Kyffin's SAC will be continuing our ongoing conversation about the current Homework Policy and reviewing data from the school's Homework Survey that was shared with parents right before Spring Break. BELL MIDDLE SCHOOL BELL STUDENTS WIN BEST-IN-SHOW AT THE YOUNG SCIENTIST EXPO AT DENVER ZOO. đŸ“· SEA CAMP ADVENTURES. About fifty Bell students attended Sea Camp San Diego in early March and had a hands-on educational experience learning about the marine biology of the area.  Bell has been offering this opportunity (paid for by each family) for 7th & 8th graders for many years and students absolutely love it. Students have the opportunity to snorkel, boogie board, explore tide pools, engage in hands on labs, go on an all day boat adventure, get a behind the scenes tour of the San Diego Zoo, walk on the beach, have fun with friends, and much more for 5 days around the first week of March each school year. MAKE-A-WISH CAMPAIGN. Bell's Student Council is currently organizing a week to raise money and awareness at Bell for a Make A Wish Foundation child who has cancer and would like to go on a dream vacation. Bell is organizing this week in conjunction with Golden High School who is also working to support this particular child's dream. Last month Bell Student Council organized a fun and heart healthy student event for Jump Rope for Heart and raised over $1,000. NEW PATHWAYS. Bell now has a new pathway for the 2019-2020 school year.  To learn more about the two distinct pathways, click here. GOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL đŸ“· FREE CLASS FOR PARENTS & GOLDEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS. Taming your Child's Anxious Mind, co-sponsored by Jefferson Center for Mental Health and the Golden Rotary is a free class offered to parents, teachers and Golden community members. This event is Tuesday, April 9, 2019  at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. It will be held at Miners Alley Playhouse, Golden, CO. Please RSVP via Eventbrite: For full details, please see the flyer here: Taming Your Child's Anxious Mind APRIL SHOE DRIVE. The GHS Global Girls Outreach Club is holding a shoe drive through the month of April to collect for the Soles4Souls organization that donates shoes to people in poverty. Donate any used shoes to the donation boxes set up in the school through April 30th! Thank you for your support. SPECIAL RECOGNITION GOES TO... Congratulations to the Golden High School Chamber Orchestra on their performance at the American String Teachers Association Large Ensemble Festival back in March, they earned a Superior rating and made it into the top nine performing groups, which won them a spot in the ASTA State Finals performance at Macky Auditorium in Boulder on April 23rd! GREAT JOB SPEECH & DEBATE TEAM! They won awards at the National Qualifying Tournament. Abigayle Post qualified for Nationals as the only undefeated Lincoln-Douglas debater.  Codey Carr is the 2nd alternate in LD Debate and has secured a position in World Schools Debate. Vivian Weigel and Ella Young are 3rd alternates in Public Forum Debate.  Tom Cotton made it to semi-finals of Informative Speaking.  And for the first time, every Golden student made it past preliminary rounds and into advanced rounds:  Cheyenne Knapp, Ian Messa, Delaney Lingad, Emma Newson, and Maia Songer. PTA REFLECTIONS STATE LEVEL WINNERS ANNOUNCED. Congratulations to Golden High School winners: In Photography, gold winner, Meredith Jones, and silver winner, Justtina Low; in Visual Arts, gold winner, Katrina Karo, and silver winner, Skylar Vallin; and in Music Composition, silver winner, Ben Trader. Gold-level winners will advance to the national-level judging. Get the Golden Scoop. Get the latest weekly announcements at GHS Demon News.

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