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At Little we nurture, empower, connect and explore!
December 2020
Little Elementary Newsletter
Thank you all for the flexibility you all have shown as we make this temporary transition to remote learning. This has been a difficult time for everyone as we are working to take care of our health, our families, and our overall well being. As we get rolling, some of our families who have been remote learning all year have some tips to share with you! Please check out this video from them, and don't hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to support you!
Link for PTSA Meeting
PTSA November Meeting!
Thursday, December 3rd @ 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Next Meeting: January 7th

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule
We meet the first Thursday each month @ 6:30 pm
September-November & January-May

All meetings will be via Zoom until further notice.

More information about PTSA
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These are the submissions for this year's Reflections.
Fresh Vision and Youth
Olivia O'Toole
I am born into my generation for a purpose. My belief is that I was born for a reason, at the perfect time. I am fresh vision and youth. The world with all of its current problems needs to believe in us kids. We need to be heard and believed in for our ability to solve problems. This is why I matter.
Dreamer of Good Things
Royce O'Toole
I matter because I give happiness to the world. I want to make the world a good place. I care about it.
My Infinity Love and Kindness
Áine Petersen
I matter because I can change the world with kindness and love. And it will never end. The sparkles represent how other people feel in their hearts. Others feel warm inside when I'm kind to them. And the colors represent how I feel in my heart. The colors are like my personality and the colors of kindness. The infinity shape is saying that I shall never stop being kind
Magical Hugs
Lorelei Petersen
I matter because I LOVE giving hugs. My hugs are magical and they make people happy when they are sad. My sculpture is me hugging my mom with a heart of love over our heads. My hug is making my mom sparkly and happy. Hugs are important because they help you be happy.  
I Am the Storm
Áine Petersen
My poem is about how I can change the world by kindness, protest marches, and hopefulness. My voice can also change the world by talking about how the world should be kinder and people should be more helpful. Kids can be even more powerful than grown-ups if they put their mind to it.
We thought that since COVID has prevented the Little family from getting together for school activities that it might be nice to create an album of what in-person and remote school and school projects look like.   The two pictures here are examples.  Pictures submitted to the folder could be shared via our social media.  Because of this we ask that you only share pictures of your children and family.
By uploading the pictures there is an understanding that you are aware that could be shared on social media including PTSA’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.  This is entirely managed by the Little PTSA and we’re excited to see how your school year is going!
November Dates
11/30-12/2 all day for the 3 days. 
4:00-8:00 pm All Day
Sheridan and Hwy 36
Watch for more information
Student Council
Congratulations to our 2020/2021 Student Council Officers!
President:  Avenlea Sisnroy
Vice President:  Madysen Medina
Secretary/Treasurer:  Paityn Johnson
We look forward to a great year supporting our wonderful Little Lynx! 
December Calendar

Little Eats Out
Old Spaghetti Factory

No School
Winter Break

January Calendar

Little Eats Out

No School
RISE Night
No School
Food/Meal Service During Remote Learning
Free Meals Available to All Aged 1-18 During Remote Learning Period
Locations Coming Soon

Starting Monday, November 30, Grab-and-Go Meals will be available to all students for pick-up at 15 district locations. Specific sites will be communicated later this week.
  • Meal pick-up will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • 3-day and 4-day meal packs available each day (breakfast and lunch)
  • Meal pick-up will be inside building, not curbside
  • Students do not need to be present to pick up meals
  • Meals will be served cold or can be heated at home (instructions will be included)
  • Parents/Guardians may pick up meal packs for younger siblings
  • One parent/guardian may pick up meal packs for additional, non-related students (for example, those who are remote learning together (names of students will be recorded for documentation)
  • Masks/face coverings and social distancing will be required at pick-up
More on the meals program webpage
Attendance Expectations for Remote Learners
Or: Why is my child being marked absent?
  1.       In order to be marked present for the entire school day, students must be present at ALL synchronous learning times (this includes whole group, small group, and individual meetings with the classroom teacher).  Students who miss sections of the day, or the entire day, will have an unexcused absence.
  2.       If students are going to miss part of the day, or need to leave a session early, it is imperative that the parent or guardian calls the attendance line (303) 982-0310 x1 to excuse the partial or full absence.  It’s also appreciated to let the teacher know of the absence or early dismissal, but the attendance line MUST be contacted.
  3.       As with in-person learners, remote students who are missing instruction could face consequences from our district truancy department if attendance becomes a concern. 
  4.       As always, if you have an individual situation that may prevent your student from engaging in learning synchronously, please connect with your student’s teacher to determine a plan that will work. 
Bus News: 1- If your child rides the bus, please check their backpacks for a form from transportation titled Student Transportation Assumption of Risk and Waiver with COVID Supplement (on back). Please fill this out and return it to the bus driver.  2- As you may have already read in yesterday’s district email: If our bus driver is affected by a positive COVID-19 case or a quarantine situation occurs, this may result in canceling bus routes for a period of time, and possibly on very short notice. If this occurs it will be necessary for you to arrange transportation for your student. Please have an alternative plan in place to get your student to school. Start talking with your friends and neighbors now to make plans!
Water Bottles - Just a reminder to please send your child with a water bottle (with a lid) to school each day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions our water fountains are turned off, and we do not have water bottles to hand out. Please supply your child with a water bottle. We have had quite a few thirsty children this week!
Reminder About Student Belongings - Please don’t forget to label your student’s items (coats, backpacks, gloves, etc) with their first and last name.  Since we don’t have a true lost and found bin this year, we are having trouble reuniting lost items with students.
Seasonal Allergies - If your student is known to suffer from seasonal allergies, which may present similar to COVID-19 symptoms, please request a letter from your child’s medical provider stating what typical symptoms your child may exhibit when they have allergies. See THIS LETTER from our district health team for more information.  
Calling in an Absence - This year, when you call in your student for an absence due to COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath, new or recent loss of smell or taste, sore throat or nausea/diarrhea), it is imperative that you indicate any of these symptoms with our school.  It is possible that our district RN will need to follow up with a phone call. Thank you for helping keep our community safe and healthy!
Arrival at School/Health Screening
As the students enter the school each day your child will be asked “Are you currently sick with a cough, sore throat, or runny nose?” and their temperature will be taken. Any person who does not pass the symptom question OR has a temperature of 100.4 or over will be moved to a medical safe room where they will be re-screened and supported until a parent/guardian picks them up.
Please talk with your child so that they understand the question they will be asked and what to expect as they come in each day. 

Due to concerns for health, nobody outside of staff and students will be allowed to enter the school building
Little ways you can make a
BIG difference!
Scan your receipts using the Box Top app within 14 days of the purchase of items with Box Tops.  Turn in an remaining traditional Box Tops to the office in a Ziploc bag.
Turn in milk caps to the red bin in the school lobby.
The donation bin is located in the school parking lot
Simply shop, scan your loyalty card or enter your phone number and Little earns money!
Little PTSA is a charity that you can choose to support when you make purchases by using Amazon Smile.
For every purchase made at AFW in the store or online, Little will receive up to 4%!!  See the link for the codes.
For every kid from Little Elementary that starts with us as a private pay (not Medicaid), if they mention Little Elementary at their consult we will donate $250 to the PTSA (we also give the family a $250 discount as well).
Click above to link to the site.
Don't know how to say thank to our teachers? Here's some of their favorite things!

Did you know that Little has a Resource Room for families, stocked with non-perishable food items, clothing, school supplies and books?
Open to families Mondays to Thursdays – please call to schedule an appointment or ring the doorbell at the front entrance of the school and ask for Cathy Paxton.  Everyone welcome!
Free/Reduced Meals
We encourage everyone
to apply.
You may qualify
and not realize it!!

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