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At Little we nurture, empower, connect and explore!
November 2020
Little Elementary Newsletter
Link for PIE & PTSA Meetings
PTSA November Meeting!
Thursday, November 5th @ 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Next Meeting: December 3rd

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

Click to join PTSA  
Thank you so much to everyone who donated for our Halloween Goodie Bags! 
Photo Scavenger Hunt Video!

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!
Please have submissions in by November 6th
The National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

This year’s Reflections theme “I Matter Because…” will allow your child to ponder who they are and the world around them.  They can embark on a journey of creativity and reflection as they express themselves through any of the six categories for this year.
These expressions of ideas and thoughts are to be fully created by the students.  All you should do is help them understand the requirements, turn the projects in and offer encouragement.  The rest is up to them and however far their imaginations take them!
Children can offer entries in as many artistic categories as they would like.  The six categories are:  
Using Visual Arts, Photography, Dance, Film, Music or Literature.  Information on the specific requirements is attached. Entries are due Friday, October 30th.  We look forward to seeing and sharing the wonder of our students!
Here is the link for the entry form.
Virtual submissions are preferred.  Please upload them to this Google Folder.
If you are unable to upload digitally entries will be accepted at the school.  For more information about this or any other questions contact Kendra Petersen @
November Dates
Wednesday, November 4th
4:00-8:00 pmAll Day
78th & Wadsworth

11/30-12/2 all day for the 3 days. 
4:00-8:00 pm All Day
Sheridan and Hwy 36
November Calendar

Virtual Bookfair
Little Eats Out-Panera
No School
Thanksgiving Break
Little Eats Out
Old Spaghetti Factory
December Calendar

Little Eats Out
Old Spaghetti Factory

Family Engagement Night
No School
Winter Break
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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