May 5 2018
The CMAS sessions went smoothly. Attendance was favorable and few make-up sessions had to be made. Students worked extremely hard and I do hope their efforts will pay off. One student said, “The reading was easy. It was just like Amplify,” and another student told me that he was sad that it was over. This coming week the MAPS, formally NWEA testing, will be completed during school. One reason that we wanted to go back to testing during the day is that parents were inconvenienced by having to take off work to get their children from Walsenburg to Gardner. This way, we hope that we will not have many make-up tests to administer.
Yesterday was a decade’s old tradition, the annual artist afternoon at the Gardner School. The Gardner area is known to have many artists and yesterday was a testament that the artisan community thrives. Amazing projects occurred throughout the school and each child was excited about the projects.
May is such a busy month. There are scheduled field trips, a tea party for volunteers, teacher appreciation week to be celebrated, an eighth-grade orientation at John Mall, track meets, a preschool end of year barbeque, the 8th-grade graduation, and on the final day there will be an awards ceremony.
I have signed an MOU with Mentor CO to help with the organization of a small-scale mentoring program for a handful of our students next year. Drew DeMarie from Mentor Colorado will visit the school to discuss options on the 22nd. Brynn Olinger from The Big Green/The Kitchen Community came for a visit to see the updates on our garden project and was impressed with the work the volunteers and students have achieved. She is acquiring a new sunshade for the back playground as the wind destroyed the last one. I have had initial conversations with the No Bully Grant organization sponsored by ESPN which will build on prevention, interruption, solution, and empathy building of incidents. Two pieces of training have been set for the fall. One will be an all-day Friday session. Many parents have requested there be training on bully identification and so here it is!
I have continued to follow the opportunities for resources from the Colorado Health Foundation and the next round of applications will be released soon. The opportunity is for a district application covering limitless projects related to school health and wellness.
The new camera for the bus has arrived and I expect bus issues to settle down. Parents, please discuss the importance of keeping buckled and following the other rules on the bus. Many issues have had to be dealt with this Spring.
Graduation May 30- 1:00, reception to follow
An awards ceremony and Kindergarten graduation May 31st at 8:30 AM
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