It is wonderful that our students know where our food comes from! Thanks to all of the volunteers who kept the gardens watered and cared for through our drought this summer- Johnnye Mullen, Ellie Linke, Suzanne Watson, Loretta Vialpando!
We will begin PALS soon and I intend on holding an informational meeting (cookies and tea) at the Gardner School on September 27 at 3:00 PM. The first day of PALS will commence on October 2. It will then be each Tuesday through April. PALS will run from 2:45-3:45. If you would like to become a member of PALS, but don’t know much about the program, come by on the 27th.
This Friday, September 14, will be a school day. We will have an all-school day of nature, making crafts, hunting for animal tracks, a nature scavenger hunt, hiking and more. The event will take place at the Upper Huerfano Campgrounds. Volunteers are more than welcome to join us! We could use your help.
The buses will go to the campgrounds around 9:00 AM. We will spend the day with activities and have a picnic lunch. When we get back to Gardner by 3:00 the buses will take the Walsenburg students back to Peakview. PARENTS, you will need to be at the school by 3:45 on Friday since your children will be transported home.
This Thursday, August 30th at 5:00 PM our staff will host a BACK TO SCHOOL event. From 5:00-530 will be a Meet and Greet, a short message from Principal Pam and an invitation to learn more about Gardner School’s intentions to become a charter school beginning the school year of 2020-2021.
From 5:30-6:00 we will serve a free spaghetti dinner for all to enjoy, followed by a fun event and then time to meet with teachers. We truly hope that everyone will join us.
For your convenience, we will entertain Walsenburg children until 5:00 so that you do not need to arrive early. A permission to stay will be sent home Monday.
We still do not have a bus driver, but we hope to find someone soon. If anyone knows of someone who would be a possible driver, please call the main district office at 719738-1520. We will keep you posted about updates. When you drop off your children, please continue through the alley. The traffic will be one way only. Thank you for your patience. Pam Levie
We are anticipating a great new school year for all of our students and everyone will look forward to seeing them on August 14. School supply lists will be available today or on the Gardner website under the heading Parent Articles and Blogs. If you will need help with supplies, please let us know.
Most of our staff is returning this year, but there will be some new faces. Valerie Mathason (she taught here in 2014-1015) will fill in for Camilla Romero while she is on parental leave. Camilla’s baby is due any day now! We were sad to say goodbye to Laura Colgan (3rd and 4th-grade teacher) and her family who moved in order to be closer to home. In her place, Stephanie Moyers will be teaching the ¾ combination class. We are pleased to announce that all of our staff is highly qualified in their areas. We will again have “specials” of art and music weekly and PE daily.
Please be aware of the schedule changes. The bus will arrive at the same time at 7:30 but will leave at 3:45 rather than 4:00 each afternoon. The athletic bus will leave here at 4:55. The Wednesday early releases will not be weekly. There will be a total of 17. Please keep them posted so we do not get flooded with phone calls each Wednesday. To fill the required hours, we will also have school on Friday, September 14 and Friday, September 7.
Last year each school held assessment days, but in response to parent dissatisfaction and the ability for us to test within the day, since our student population is small, we will not have them on days you will have to transport them in (Don’t get confused as Peakview will hold them).
Please review the attendance and bus policies carefully. They are two areas we are targeting to create positive changes.
As always, please contact me with any concerns or questions. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for entrusting your child/children in our caring hands.
Gardner School will be registering students all day on the 1st and 2nd of August. If you are unable to register students on that day, please phone the school as soon as possible. We are accepting new students in all grades and a bus runs from Walsenburg to Gardner daily. If you plan on registering a new student, please bring a birth certificate, immunization records, and an address from the past school.
If you would like to purchase supplies prior to registration, the lists are available on this site under “Blogs and Articles For Parents.”
We welcome everyone back to school and look forward to seeing you.
If you are planning to have your child begin preschool we highly recommend you go to the free, and very complete screening offered in Walsenburg on August 4. Click the link below to open the flyer!
There has been an outpouring of generosity and volunteerism around Gardner as the local mountains burn. Gardner is a very special place and its community-mindedness has been truly apparent during this tragic time. The school is out of harm’s way as of now, and we will all hope that it stays that way.
Congratulations to the eleven Gardner School eighth graders. Casey Huff, the student’s teacher in past years delivered a commencement speech giving the students sincere advice for when they enter high school. Kelsie Aguirre was the salutatorian and Bruno McDonald was the valedictorian. We congratulate them all: Kelsie, Ryan, Jordan, Aaliyah, Domnick, Bruno, Nevaeh, Marissa, Evie, Wyatt, and Dominic. We wish our graduates the best!