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Little Elementary is a Curious, Compassionate, Courageous Community.

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At Little we nurture, empower, connect and explore!
September 2022
Little Elementary Newsletter
                                                                                                  September 1, 2022
Little Family,
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!  We are glad to be off to a strong start with students and to be welcoming some new members to our Little Community. 

To our new families, I hope that you are connecting with other Little families and are feeling supported by our team.  We have an incredible community and there are many ways that you can get involved in our school community.  We can’t wait to get to know you more!

We would also like to welcome some new members to our staff this year! Please join me in welcoming these new team members:
  • Sherri Schooler (Speech Language)
  • Jesselyn Clore (PE)
  • Bryan Benefield (PE)
  • Craig Gassen (Art)
  • Brandi Veatch (Music)
  • Katie Reineking (SELS)
  • Bev Martinez (2nd)
As you have heard from the District, there are many changes that are headed our way.  The school district has recommended the closure of 16 elementary schools in an effort to provide all students with a learning environment that will help them to thrive!  The recommendation is for the Parr community to merge with our community here at Little.  While this is a challenging process and can be hard to grieve the loss of a neighborhood school, it will allow us to expand our community, to welcome in the greater neighborhood, and to better utilize our resources.  There will be times scheduled for conversations with the District regarding these consolidations.  I also invite you to come to our Partners In Education (PIE) meeting on September 8th at 5:00 where you will be able to learn more about how you can be involved in decision making and to help our school to plan ahead for this transition. 

Later this month, we will be hosting our first RISE night of the year.  RISE is an opportunity for you to spend time in your child’s classroom, to connect with other families, to learn how you can support students at home, and to celebrate this coming school year.  We can’t wait to have you here!

I look forward to your partnership and collaboration this year.  I know that we will be able to grow together through your continued support of our Little school.

Be well,

Julie M. Waage, EdS
Principal, Little Elementary School
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Hello Little Families and Community, It is that time of year already: Field Day! This year, we are hoping to get several volunteers to assist before and during our field day on Friday, September 30, 2022. We will need help with purchasing popsicles and managing field day events. If you are willing and able to help during any of these times, it would be much appreciated!
Save the date and join us for our first RISE night of the year, Thursday, September 22. The In-N-Out food truck will be here serving dinner from  4:15-5:30pm followed by two separate sessions. The first session is 5:00-6:00 and the second session is from 6:00-7:00pm.  We are providing each Little student with a meal ticket and tickets for additional family members are on sale in the front office for $5/each. There are vegetarian and gluten free options available. RISE night this year is followed by a Movie in the Garden, sponsored by our Little SproutsCommunity Garden. We can’t wait to gather and connect with you!
Reading takes you out of this world! Travel with a book! The Read-A-Thon is our annual fundraiser for Little Elementary. Our theme this year is outer space: we will blast off on Wednesday, September 21st, and there will be opportunities to sign up at RISE night the following evening. For more information and/or to help out, please visit our Read-a-Thon page.
PTA's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Our PTSA (parent teacher student association) is looking forward to welcoming new members who are interested in getting involved with Little and supporting our larger community! Our first meeting in September will be an important one - we'll be approving the budget, voting on our advocacy priorities, deciding our fundraising goals, and much more. All are welcome - we'd love to see you there! 

September 8th


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3) Save the dates! Meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month.
There are many ways to help out around Little.
We have a fun interactive flowchart
to help you discover how you can volunteer!

Link to the Flowchart 

Here is a sample from the flowchart of some simple, but important ways
you'll find you can be part of making the impossible possible!

We are always looking for photos and videos
of the happenings around Little Elementary.
If you have any you'd like to share
you can upload them right here:

Video & Photo Submissions

Let's celebrate our students and our school!
(Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)
Are you interested in helping make Little a more inclusive and welcoming school for all students and families? Little’s parent-run Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion group puts on events, hosts courageous conversations, and has a monthly bulletin board to celebrate different cultures, ethnicities, and our diverse student body. If you would like to join please fill out the form here.
Look for more in the August Video
Making our own Love Monsters and name art!
For more information
contact Monika Herrera. 
Our Family Center is open!

Daily Learning Planner: Ideas families can use to help children do well in school

Helping Children Learn: Tips Families Can Use to Help Children Do Better in School

Second graders in Mrs. Martinez’s class learn how to take care of their devices.
September Calendar
Labor Day
PTSA  3:45-5:00
PIE Meeting 5:00-6:00

Picture Day
Book Fair
Read-A-Thon Starts
No School
Field Day
Community Fair & Market
October Calendar
Parent Teacher Conferences
Community Fair & Market
5th Grade Band & Orchestra
PTSA 6:00-7:15
Community Garden and Market
Fall Break
Trunk or Treat
Harvest Celebrations

In August, the theme for Digital Citizenship was We are responsible digital learners.
How do I care for my device as a tool for learning?

  • their device is a learning tool, only go to school appropriate websites that staff direct them to.
  • always carry with both hands and use them on a flat surface
  • do not eat or drink while using the device
  • be gentle when plugging in the charger
  • any damages to the chromebook need to be reported to a staff member
The Fall digital citizenship theme is:
Empowered Learner We are kind, courageous, and empowered.
We define who we are.
How can I cultivate my digital identity in ways that are responsible and empowering?

How can I connect positively, treat others respectfully, and create a culture of kindness?

Family Communication & Resources


The library is in full swing as it has had every student has had the opportunity to  check out library books:
Students come once a week to the library to return and find new books. We have over 350 brand new books for students to engage in! 

Kindergartener checkout 1 book, 
Grades 1-3 checkout 2 books
Grades 4-5 checkout 3 books.

Please have a conversation with your students that:
  • Books need to return to the library every week to check out new books.
  • The best place to put library books is in their backpacks so they travel with them if they have more than one household, the books come to school everyday and are safe from little siblings and pets. 
  • Please do not eat and drink while reading your books
There will be an automatic reminder of what books each student has checked out on Sunday nights, if there are any questions surrounding this email please reach out. The best way to contact Ms. May is through email
We are in need of a Reading Corps Teacher in our school. 
You can find more information on Reading Corp here:
Free/Reduced Meals
We encourage everyone
to apply.
You may qualify
and not realize it!!


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 Monika Herrera.  Everyone welcome!
Click above to link to the site.
Don't know how to say thank to our teachers? Here's some of their favorite things!
You can find more information and news about LIttle Elementary
with the links below to the school website, FB page, and Twitter account.
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8448 Otis Drive, Arvada, CO 80003

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