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January 2020
Little Elementary Newsletter
Principal Waage's January Community Letter

                                                                                                      January 2020
Dear Little Family,

Happy New Year to you all! 2020 feels like such a milestone year. I remember being in elementary school and having my teacher assign us a writing project predicting where we would be in the year 2020. I had planned to run for President of the United States this year! While there might still be time to throw my hat in the race, my goals have changed a bit and I couldn’t imagine a better place to be.

This school year, we have been continually working to empower students to take charge of their learning and their futures. Research shows that students who set goals for themselves have higher self-esteem, make better choices, and have better grades. A look to the future helps us to envision where we would like to be and students who are able to envision this are more likely to think about how their choices will impact their goals for life and make choices now to help them to get there.

As we are heading into this new year, have your child set a goal for themselves. Whether it is a goal for the remainder of this school year, or envisioning where they would like to be in 2050, the goal should be appropriate for their age and will help them to push themselves in all that they do. Break their goal apart into manageable chunks to help them see their progress. Check-in on their goal periodically and celebrate the small steps toward achieving their goal.

In our front hallway, we have a board where students can share what they are going to do this year, their commitment, toward meeting their goal. This year, I resolve to be more present. If you and/or your child would like to, please write your commitment on a small note and post it on the board. Let us all share the great hopes we have for 2020!

Happy New Year!
All my best,

Julie Waage
Ed.S. Principal                              


Little Eats Out
January 14th
Los Arcos
4991 W. 80th Avenue

Little Eats Out
February 4th
Panda Express
 
WELCOME MS. JONES!!!

We, Devon J. and Haliey T. got the pleasure to interview our new staff member, Ms.Jones!!!! She is the new Instructional Coach.  She chose this position because she has taught for thirteen years, and started coaching around two years ago. She feels really welcomed to come to Little elementary and help us learn. She chose to come to Little because she saw that Little was a good community and it was close to her house, also she wanted that in the school she worked at. 

She will never call favorites, she respects everyone equally and no one is her favorite. She is so kind that if it was her last day at school she would make sure that you all get a hug and a goodbye that would make your heart feel warm that you couldn't stop smiling. If she saw some kid doing something that looks wrong, she would pull them aside and say,  ̈Hi my name is Ms. Jones and are you supposed to do that?” and if they say yes, she would make them wait and talk to their teacher to see if it is ok.

̈ ̈My job is great!” Ms.Jones said. “I get to meet everyone and see how they are doing in the day so far.¨ If she could be any other teacher she said she would be the P.E teacher because she would see everyone and every student.  ̈Also I get to engage in physical activities with kids.“ If Ms. Jones could rate the school she said, ̈I would rate this school an A+ because everyone is so kind and everyone works together.¨

“We are so happy Ms. Jones is in our school and we hope she will never leave because she is a great person,” said Mrs. Wagge. Thank you Ms. Jones for letting us interview you and thank you Little for being a little community, keep smiling!

Interviewed by Devon Johnson and Hailey Thevedt
Little Elementary's Winter Celebration
Holidays Around the World
January Meeting!
Thursday, January 9th @ 6:30 pm in the library.
Free Childcare will be provided.


2019-2020 Meeting Schedule
We meet the first Thursday each month
@ 6:30 pm
September-November & January-May

Free Childcare

More information about PTSA

Click to join PTSA  
And the teachers would like to thank the PTSA for our water dispenser in the lounge... We all feel very spoiled!
STUDENT COUNCIL

The student council's Toy Drive was a great success!
Student Council has recently purchased another picnic table for our outdoor cafeteria!
Students love to eat outside on warm days.
Thank you for always supporting Student Council.
Coming this Spring!
It's never too soon to think "Community Garden"!
We're looking for interested individuals/families who want to grow your own food and help us grow the community. Plot rentals are open to all Little Elementary families, staff and community members.
Plot rental is $40/year.

Please contact us at
littleschoolgarden@gmail.com
to start the membership process.
A big congratulations to two of our PTA Reflections Art Program participants! These students won recognition at the Jeffco level with their artwork. Kiera Bennetts submitted winning work in the primary literature division with her piece titled "Look Within People" and Landen Bruno in the intermediate visual art division with his piece titled "Joy from Sadness." They will both go on to compete at the state level. We wish them luck and we are so proud of their accomplishments!
Dear Families,
In a world filled with digital media and technology, we all have constant access to
real-time information. However, too much media consumption can create unhealthy
physical and emotional habits. With the TechforEd initiative, we want to be aware of
passive consumption versus active creation with our devices, and we strive to
support students in developing healthy habits and a good sense of Media Balance.
During the month of January, our fifth and ninth grade classrooms will engage in
digital citizenship learning related to Media Balance & Well-Being. These lessons
focus on agency, not addiction, and quality time (creation vs. consumption), not
simply total screen time. This means encouraging students to reflect on their own
media habits and to develop individual plans for healthy media balance.
At home, you can support your students in understanding Media Balance &
Well-Being in a variety of ways. With young children, you can have conversations
about creating time limits and screen-free zones in your home. With older children,
you can talk about different emotional reactions to online media and help them
draw conclusions about what "balanced" use means for them. Remember, you are
the authority and we encourage you to make rules around device use in your homes.

Monthly Motto: We find balance in our digital lives.

Discussion Question for School and Home: How can I keep my personal data safe
and secure?

Privacy & Security Family Activities:
● Kindergarten English
● Grade 1 English
● Grade 2 English
● Grades 3-5 English Spanish
● Grades 6-8 English Spanish
● Grade 9-12 English

Family Tips Sheet
Help Boost Kids’ Safety, Privacy, and Security
English Spanish

Additional Family Engagement Resources
Common Sense Media Resources
Jeffco’s Tech for Ed Website
Link Here
GT Information
 
SENG  (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) North
Meeting January 9th @ 6:00-7:30pm
North Arvada Middle School
 
JAGC  (Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children)
Meeting January 16th.@ 6:00-7:00pm 
Wheat Ridge H.S. 
 
GT Parent Learning - January 27th @ 6:15-8:00pm
Guest Speaker: Jenny Hecht
Topic: Building Resiliency - Who Am I and Why Does it Matter -
he Existential Dilemma
JANUARY EVENTS
1/6 BACK TO SCHOOL
1/9 PIE Meeting @ 5:30 pm
1/9 PTSA @ 6:30 pm
1/14 Little Eats Out @ Los Arcos
1/14 Enroll Jeffco Night
1/17 4th Grade the Stock show

1/30 Skate City Night  6-8 pm
 
FEBRUARY EVENTS
Me & My Guy Dance TBD
2/6 PTSA Meeting
2/11 RISE Night 6-7:30 pm
2/13 Parent-Teacher conferences
2/14 No School
2/17 No School
2/21 2nd Trimester Ends
2/24-2/28 Spring Book Fair
KING SOOPERS & CITY MARKET
COMMUNITY REWARD PROGRAM
We're excited to announce a new, easy way for you to earn money for our school! The King Soopers Community Rewards Program.  Simply shop, scan your loyalty card or enter your phone number and Little earns money! Please use the links below to sign up and view more information.

Link for King Soopers & City Market Link

Once logged into your account you can search for Little Elementary PTSA either by name or EY318 and then click Enroll. You can find this in your account settings (top right corner) and then under Community Rewards. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card.
Did you know that Little has its own Food Pantry and Clothing Bank including shoes, school supplies, backpacks, and personal care items!
It's available to all families, so please come by before or after school to have a look and maybe do some shopping. Everything in our Little Market Place is FREE!
YEAR ROUND FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Little ways you can make a
BIG difference!
Turn in box tops to the office in a Ziploc bag with your teacher’s name on it.
Turn in milk caps to the red bin in the school lobby.
The donation bin is located in the school parking lot
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).
 
Don't forget,
every Friday after school
Student Council sells pickles for $1.00.
Proceeds go toward the
Kindness Wall in the school
and shade for the playground.
Click above to link to the site.
Don't know how to say thank to our teachers? Here's some of their favorite things!
LITTLE MARKETPLACE
Our Little Marketplace has
a food pantry, clothes,
backpacks and jackets
for anyone who may need it.
Families are welcome at any time to shop
or speak to Cathy Paxton if additional help is needed.
FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION PLEASE fill this out even if you're unsure that you would qualify.  No private information is shared with anyone.  This could help you and the school.

School Cafe Registration--Accounts, Balances, Reduced Lunch

Jeffco HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters). Our families may really benefit from their free services and I think it is so important to know about them while they have openings in their program.    Anyone with a pre-schooler (age 2-5) may enroll.  Click here for more information.
From the Office
Here is how to access PeachJar!
Log onto the Little Elementary Website https://little.jeffcopublicschools.org/ 
Click on the little peach on the right-hand side of the banner.
Here is a picture showing exactly where to click!
2019-2020 Little PTSA Business Partners
Click for Information on Becoming One of Our Business Partners
You can find more information and news about LIttle Elementary
with the links below to the school website, FB page, and Twitter account.
Copyright © 2018 Little Elementary All rights reserved.
littleptsa@gmail.com

Our mailing address is:
Little Elementary School
8448 Otis Drive, Arvada, CO 80003

Contact Info:

Main: 303-982-0310
Attendance Line: 303-982-0273
Fax: 303-982-0309
 Voicemail: 303-982-0281
PTSA email: littleptsa@gmail.com


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