THANK A TEACHER! Teacher appreciation week is here. May 7-11 are the days to thank your teachers! It is your chance to give thanks to Colorado’s teachers for all they do. Share your message using #ThankATeacherCO and tag a friend to invite them to also give thanks!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Artist Day, Many Thanks!

The students had a great afternoon of art sessions thanks to several volunteering artists. Included in the day was  Jann Vail, collage, Karen H-chain mail jewelry, Harrison Diesner-drawing, Cathy Harmes- watercolor painting, Imar Trujillo-bird sculptures, Cathy Cordova-mural, Lana and Steve Wachterman-mural, Susan Botehlo-needle felting, Carey Linn-Sumi, Harold Vargas- construction, Roz McCain-quilting, Douglas Blytheman-Pastel Portraits, and Johnnye Mullen god’s eyes. The kids and staff thank you for your time.

Assembled Kites

Kites were donated to the Gardner School and on the Family Night at the park, the kites were given to families. The kites are not easy to assemble, so here is a model to follow so you can put yours together. The photo was sent to us by our board member, Jaye Sudar. Please be aware that there are fish hooks involved in the tools used to assemble.

Gardner School Latest Funded Grant: NO BULLY Shred Hate

Next year the Gardner School will take part in a grant called NO BULLY Shred Hate. ESPN and other organizations.  No Bully has developed an evidence-based program that leverages student empathy to bring this crisis to an end.                                                                       The project claims that schools that implement their system reduce 90% of their bullying. Recent findings from neuroscience, positive psychology and evolutionary biology indicate that all youth, including those involved in bullying, demonstrate compassion and inclusiveness when their school invests in the culture that supports these behaviors.

Family Night

Families of Gardner Students: Coming soon, Family STEM Night

This spring our annual Family Night is going to be held at City Park in Walsenburg on Thursday, April 19th. We know that our Walsenburg families drive to Gardner for so many events at the Gardner School, so we would like to make it easier to attend this upcoming event. The theme will be wind, kites, and flight. Join us for a barbeque, games, and a nice visit. We have beautiful kites for everyone to build and paper airplanes to fly. We are collecting unusual supplies for each family to make a windchime and to hear a storyteller treat our imaginations. Each student will be given a book donated by the Castle Rock Rotary Club. We look forward to seeing you there. Send in an RSVP so we know how much food to supply, but if you want to drop in at the last minute, please do.

Annual Afternoon Creating with Artists

The Gardner School will host the annual afternoon with artists on May 3rd. If you have a special talent to share with our students, please contact the school. We hold two sessions for you to use the medium of your choice. Sessions run from 1:00-2:15 and from 2:30-3:45. We aim to host many artists to keep groups relatively small. Please contact Pam at the school if you would like a volunteer opportunity for an afternoon.


A total of 13 students competed in the Destination Imagination State Championships and made great showings. We would like to thank all of the donors who made the trip possible. Some of the DI kids are busy making a slideshow. Visit our site again soon to view it.

Destination Imagination teams Drop Zone and Treasure both brought home first place trophies. Great job, kids! Now we are fundraising to get to the state competition in Denver on April 7th. If you would like to make a pledge to support the students, contact the school, or stop by the Safeway on March 23 to feast at our bake sale. We’ll have snow cones too! If you would like to make a donation to help send the teams to the state, please make checks to the Gardner School. THANKS!



Gardner School will hold its annual carnival this year on March 16th. Teachers will be contacting you requesting cakes for the cake walk, to bring items for the White Elephant Sale and/or an item for the silent auction baskets.

Join us at 5:00 for an enchilada dinner and games will run from 5:30-7:00. Come and have some fun.

This fundraiser is the biggest of the year and the proceeds will help pay for the school-wide field trip.

Autism Workshop

Huerfano RE-1 cordially invites parents and community members to attend an Autism Seminar/Training –
Huerfano RE-1 teachers and staff will have a training on various topics about Autism on Friday, March 2nd at the District Office auditorium beginning at 9:00am. Parents of students and interested community members are invited to attend.
The 3 topics addressed by presenter Dr. Karen W Colvin M.S., M.D, Executive Director /Lead
Therapist of Soaring Eagles Center for Autism in Pueblo are as follows:

1. Autism-Understanding the Diagnosis
2. Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism
3. Sensory Processing Disorder & Autism

Seats to the front of the auditorium will be reserved for employees of Huerfano RE-1.
There is no cost to the public to attend.