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Our Mission
Little Elementary is a Curious, Compassionate, Courageous Community.


Our Vision
At Little we nurture, empower, connect and explore!
December 2021
Little Elementary Newsletter
December 1, 2021
 
Little Community,
 
As we get closer to the new year, we are looking back on 2021 and all that it has brought.  We are so grateful for the fact that our amazing community has found ways to come together, to connect, and to collaborate.  Our students are growing and learning so much! 
 
In the upcoming weeks, students will be taking their mid-year assessments so that we can measure their progress.  Please encourage your child to do their personal best on these assessments so that we are able to accurately measure their growth and can continue to set goals for their future learning and provide the right supports for them.  These assessments will be given both during class time and on our assessment day on December 13th. 
 
Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who helped to make our Turkey Trot a success!  We could not have done it without the help of our volunteers who posted on corners to keep our students safe and to cheer them along, those who contributed to our turkeys and pies, and those we gave to our food drive.  We are so proud of our students and the effort they put into both the food drive and the race.  The looks on their faces as they crossed the finish line or when they won a turkey or pie were priceless!  And their efforts to bring in canned goods allowed us to donate 38 boxes of food to the Community Table! It was an incredible day!
 
Safety continues to be our top priority and we are seeking to make the best decisions to help reduce the spread of COVID in our community.  It is for this reason that we are postponing our Family Engagement Night until the Spring when we are able to utilize outdoor spaces and keep everyone spread out.  We look forward to having this event in a manner where we can safely gather and celebrate our community. 
 
We are grateful for the support that you have given us throughout the year.  May this upcoming month give you opportunities to celebrate and share with your family and friends.  And may 2022 bring us all hope and togetherness. 

In partnership,
Julie Waage
Principal, Little Elementary School
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SCHOOL EVENTS
Look for more in the December Video
Áine Petersen  
Kindness Can Change (picture)
 
“Being kind is a good thing to do in the picture I’m helping someone after they fell down & scraped there knee.  Kindness changes the world by when you help someone they will help someone else and so one.”


 
Anastasia Martinez
The Earth of Love (picture)
 
“My project shows how to love & care for the earth.”
Lorelei Petersen
Kindness Changes the World (sculpture)
 
“My art shows Kindness and Love with a heart and kind words.  I love being kind and caring and making people happy.  Kindness and hugs can change the world!”
Paityn Johnson
Plant a Tree (sculpture)
 
“My piece of art tells people to plant trees because people are wasting trees for paper and people are wasting paper.  Also people are killing bees because they thay think thay will hurt you but their just trying to protect themselves.”
Áine Petersen
The Kind Krusader (stop motion film)
 
“When someone is being bullyied be an upstander like the Kindness Krusader.  Kindness will change the world by one person being kind then that person will be kind to another person and so on.”

Áine's piece was selected as a winner in the Jeffco Reflections art contest for 2021-22. She received an award of Excellence in the film production category and will move on to the Colorado State PTA judging round in early 2022.
Lydia Gates
(stop motion film)
 
     “My work relates to the theme because it’s about keeping the world in good shape and healthy.
     My personal connection to the theme is I love nature bugs and animals and I want to keep the world alive.
     My work is made of stop action and legos.
     My inspiration is earth and nature.  I used legos because I love building with legos and I used stop action because it’s my favorite way to film.
     Thank you for watching my film I hope you enjoyed it!!!!!!!”
PTSA
 
With the holidays coming up, we encourage you to shop local! This week we are featuring Delicious Designs, owned by Little Elementary parent Delicia Jackson. She offers handmade clothing and accessory items such as face masks, scrunchies, dresses and infinity scarves, as well as plush blankets, throws and pillowcases for your home. Some of her newest items also include beautiful seasonal napkins, placemats and holiday mugs. Looking for a great teacher gift? There are so many thoughtful ideas here at every price point. Shop items from Delicious Designs and support a local small business today!
Read-A-Thon Results are in!!!
Thank you to everyone who participated! You all helped earn just over $9,000 for our school!

The top earning grade was First grade! They earn a pizza party. We wanted to send a shout out to Kindergarten who was a very close second place. Once again, thank you so much to those who participated in the Read-A-Thon!

 
Top Student Readers
Kinder: Lia N, Daphne G, Esten C
1st : Patrick W and Lucille M
2nd: Zadie N and Lorelei P. 
3rd: Olivia W and Lydia G
4th: Paityn J and Kingston G
5th:  Maillee W.  and Áine P.
PTSA 
Next Meeting: January 6, 2022

More information about PTSA
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COMMUNITY EVENTS
Look for more in the December Video
Band & Orchestra Concert!

The 5th Grade Band and Orchestra will perform a concert on December 7th at 7:00 pm at Moore Middle School. Everyone is invited to come see the band and orchestra students' hard work! We will play some holiday favorites to get you in the holiday spirit!
November at Little
CLASS ACTIVITIES
Look for more in the December Video
First grade enjoyed our field trip to the zoo!
Thank you garden club for the sensory table!
Videos
Look for more in the December Video
Young Ameritowne
 
Our 4th & 5th grade classes attended Young Ameritowne and learned a little about the real world!
Turkey Trot
Kindergarten & 1st Graders Going on a Bear Hunt!
Mrs. Martin's Class Going on A Lion Hunt!
Ms. Graham's Class Going on a Lion Hunt!
In the Library
Look for more in the December Video
Kindergarteners are working on being safe when using their device by following home and school rules and navigating to different sites appropriate for kinders.
First graders worked together in groups to solve clues in order to unlock a box and break out the Gingerbread man! They were so engaged and being problem solvers!
Third graders have been working on code.org and being computational thinkers. They put this knowledge to test when they coded dash robots. They were problem solvers in figuring out the 4 clues to move around a grid.
Fourth graders have been learning about different types of energy in science. They are becoming engineers and following the design process to create an energy robot that solves a problem. This work will continue the month of December, however the kickoff was last week!
LITTLE EATS OUT
CLUBS
Kindness Klub!

Come join us every Tuesday for a community of spreading kindness.

For more information reach out to Coach Steven: 
steven.langford@jeffco.k12.co.us
Bug Club
 
Bug Club meets the first Thursday of each month in Room 111. 

For more information contact
Ms. Perez

megan.perez@jeffco.k12.co.us
or Ms. Atkins
nicole.atkins@jeffco.k12.co.us
 
FAMILY CONNECTIONS
December Calendar

12/1
PIE @ 5:30 pm
12/7
Band & Orchestra Concert
12/13
Assessments
A-L 8:30-11
M-Z 12:30-3:30

12/22-1/4/22
Winter Break
January Calendar

1/5
Back to School
1/6
PTSA @ 6:30 pm
1/17
No School



 
Library & Technology
Thank you to all that brought in shoeboxes!
We have plenty! Read below on how they are being used.

 
 A huge shout out to all of the hard work
that teachers are doing to make learning engaging! 
Reminder: Every week students come to the library for book checkout. If students are not returning their books each week they are not able to check out new ones. This is hard on students as they watch their classmates get new books. Please refer to the library website for the day your student's class goes to the library. Teach students to keep their books in their backpacks so they come to school every day especially if they are traveling between homes.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
 
Learning never stops and neither does digital citizenship.  Teaching our students digital skills and inviting them to reflect on how media and technology affect their daily lives is essential to helping them connect with the world around them.  Jeffco Public Schools continues to partner with Common Sense Education to provide our students, teachers, and families with engaging, timely, and essential digital citizenship resources.

During the month of December, learners of all ages will engage in digital citizenship learning related to Privacy and Security.  These lessons provide the framework for students to explore the concept of online privacy and the potential implications of sharing private information with friends, the public, app providers, and more.

At home, you can assist your student with understanding Privacy & Security in a variety of ways; especially when creating online profiles on gaming websites, social networking apps, and other sites. To learn more use the Parent Newsletter Links at the bottom.

MONTHLY MOTTO: We care about everyone's privacy.
Discussion Question for School and Home:  How can I keep my personal data safe and secure?
 
Parent Newsletter Links:
English  Spanish    Russian   Vietnamese   Chinese
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
Student Council
is selling pickles!
Every Friday
after school!
$1.00
COVID INFORMATION
Dear Jeffco Families,

This is a reminder that if your child has any signs of illness, please keep them home until all symptoms have resolved or are improving. Please call your student’s absence into the school's attendance line each day. If your child's symptoms do not resolve within 48 hours from the START OF SYMPTOMS:

DO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

HAVE YOUR CHILD TESTED FOR COVID-19
● A PCR test remains the most accurate form of testing and is recommended.
A follow-up PCR test will be required if the individual tests negative with a rapid test and has COVID symptoms.
● To find a current testing site: 211 colorado
● Contact your district RN immediately with positive test results.
● Once a child has tested for COVID-19, the child and all siblings must remain at home until the test results have been
received, EVEN IF THE STUDENT IS FEELING BETTER.
● If the COVID-19 test is POSITIVE, the child will follow Home Isolation for 10 days.
● The child may return to school when symptoms are resolved or resolving AND
● the child has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
 
OR
 
FOLLOW HOME ISOLATION
● 10 Days following symptom onset AND
● 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medications
● May return on the 11th day
 
Please reach out to your medical provider with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s illness.
*If your child has a history of known allergies, please submit a medical provider note to your district RN stating what your child’s baseline symptoms typically look like. This will help the district RN to distinguish your child’s allergy symptoms with possible COVID-19 symptoms.*
Seasonal Allergy Letter

Respectfully,
Emily LeBron, RN , BSN
emily.lebron@jeffco.k12.co.us
FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
How to designate Little Elementary as your Amazon Smile Charity
 
Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  1. From your desktop, go to Your Account and select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  2. Select a new charitable organization to support. Select Little Elem School PTA Note: You can also hover over the Supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity you’re currently supporting.
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to
http://smile.amazon.com/about.
How to help Little Elementary receive donations
when you shop at King Soopers
The Kroger Family of Companies is committed to community engagement, positive social impact and charitable giving at the national and local levels. Every community is unique, but our common goal is to partner with the neighborhoods we serve and help the people there live healthier lives.

One of the ways in which we do this is through our King Soopers Community Rewards program. This program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at King Soopers and swipe your Shopper’s Card. Here’s how it works:

1. Create a digital account.

A digital account is needed to participate in King Soopers Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward the organization you choose.


2. Link your Card to an organization.

Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the King Soopers Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

1. Sign in to your digital account.
2. Search for your organization here.
 
3. Enter the name or NPO number of the organization you wish to support.
Organization Name: Little Elementary PTSA
 NPO#: EY318
4. Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save”.
Your selected organization will also display in the King Soopers Community Rewards section of your account. If you need to review or revisit your organization, you can always do so under your Account details.

3. Your organization earns.

Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. King Soopers donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating King Soopers Community Rewards organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Center.

Whether you’re a customer or an organization, get started today!

Note: If you are a customer, make sure you have a preferred store selected to view participating organizations. If you are applying on behalf of an organization, please select a store in the same area as your organization.
INFORMATION
These are the current bus numbers and routes. Please note that Jeffco is in need of bus drivers, and are short-staffed, so sometimes one bus is 10 minutes behind.
Free/Reduced Meals
We encourage everyone
to apply.
You may qualify
and not realize it!!


LINK
LITTLE RESOURCE ROOM

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!
2021-2022 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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