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At Little we nurture, empower, connect and explore!
May 2021
Little Elementary Newsletter
May 1, 2021

Little Community,

If you were to write a book about this past year, what would the title be? For me, the title would be “Better Together”.  In this past year, I have seen first hand the power of coming together as a community. 
We have been on an incredible journey together this past year. When we packed up students last March 13th, we thought it would be for two weeks.  Teachers quickly adapted learning for a quick switch, guardians quickly made arrangements to support students from home, support staff worked to make sure that food was available to take home, and families reached out to support one another during this, what we thought would be short, time.  I was amazed and wowed by how this community came together to support one another through this difficult transition.  
As it became clear that this was going to be a longer haul, the community continued to find ways to come together in new ways.  Ways to support individuals, families, the community and to make a difference in the world around us.  Doorway deliveries were made to make sure families are fed during periods without work, or during illness.  Families helped to construct dividers to keep kids safer in classrooms.  Our school sidewalk has been covered in chalk in the middle of the night to spread cheer and encouragement.  Virtual playdates have allowed our students to continue to connect with one another.  Classes have worked to spread random acts of kindness in the community.
In these upcoming weeks, as we are wrapping up the school year, the learning will not be coming to an end.  We will continue to provide students with skills and resources to continue their learning over the summer and to get our students started on the best foot possible.  We look forward to joining together for RISE on the 19th and 20th to engage in celebrations of the year and to provide toolkits to support ongoing summer learning. 
As we are wrapping up this school year, we thank you for your continued support of our community, your partnership, your encouragement, and for trusting us to serve your children during this year of uncertainty. 

In partnership,
Julie Waage
Principal, Little Elementary School
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Link for PTSA Meeting
PTSA May Meeting
Thursday, May 6th @ 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Next Meeting: September 2021
All meetings will be via Zoom until further notice.

More information about PTSA
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Did you know that our very own Principal Julie Waage
won the 'Jeffco Schools Foundation Hero Award?'
The virtual awards ceremony is May 28th.
Congratulations Ms. Waage!
Kindness Klub!

Come hang out with your friends and discuss ways
to practice kindness in our daily lives!!
Thursdays, 4-5 pm (Next meeting on May 6th)
Ask your homeroom teacher and
e will send you the code/link
Google Meet, anywhere you can login!

Questions? Ideas? Reach out to Coach Steven by email:
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!


This year Field Day and the Fun Run will take place together!  These events will take place May 13th and 14th.  Due to restrictions, we will not be able to have spectators or volunteers, but we will be sure to get a lot of pictures to share with families.  

On May 27, the last day of school at 9:00 a.m. Kindergarten students will arrive at school at the usual time. Parents bring your own chair or blanket to sit on and please remember when setting up your blankets or chairs, to maintain safe social distance from others. We will have a small celebration of our Kindergarteners and then students will go home with their parents after the “Kinderbration”.
5th Grade Continuation
May 26th @ 5 p.m. We will be outside so parents, bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.  Please remember when setting up your blankets or chairs, to maintain safe social distance from others.
Thank you Delicia for the beautiful gifts for the teachers.

May 3-7
Last week for checking out books
May 10-14
Book Collection
May 10-21
Scholastic Book Fair

There will be a wellness check for devices
Jeffco Summer Challenge is June 1st-August 1st
May Calendar

Coffee With Parents
Kindness Klub

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
JEDI Meeting
Kindness Klub
Field Day & Fun Run
Little Eats Out-Yogurtland
RISE End of Year Celebration
5th Grade Continuation
Last Day of School
May Calendar

JEDI Meeting
Kindness Klub
Field Day & Fun Run
Little Eats Out-Yogurtland
RISE End of Year Celebration
5th Grade Continuation
Last Day of School

Summer Calendar

Jefferson County Library
Summer Challenge
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, 1:30 - 2:00pm
  • 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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