Thursday, March 16, 2017

3-16-17 FSE Thursday Blast


3-16-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Calendar Updates
  • March 17th :No School
  • March 20-24th: Spring Break
  • March 27th: Fire Drill
  • April 3rd: PARCC Testing Begins
  • April 7th: FSE Spring Carnival
  • Conferences the week of April 10th
FSE Updates
  • Please see this link for PARCC information and schedules
  • Upcoming Spring Carnival see flier here
  • Yearbook orders here
  • Spring conference sign ups will be coming home this week if they have not already been sent to you.  Please make sure to sign up for a time, your children have a lot to celebrate with you!

Enrichment
Camp Invention --Camp Invention Sign up
Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Flagstone Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6th. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on July 10, 2017 with Marleigha Lossin serving as Director of the Launch program!
Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:
  • Engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations
  • Experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets
  • Exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air
  • Taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operatio
  • All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!
  • Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children.
  • Register on or before March 20, 2017 using promo code Discover25 to receive $25 OFF the base price of $225. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

FSE Happening



















Thursday, March 9, 2017

3-9-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, March 17th No Students Teacher Comp Day
  • Monday, March 20th through March 24th Spring Break
  • Monday, March 27th, School Resumes
  • Monday, March 27th, Fire Drill
  • Wednesday, April 5th @ Chaparral High School: Personalized Learning Community Resource Fair.  See link here for more info.
  • April 10th: Conference week
FSE Community Survey
We would love feedback on how we are doing and things you would like us to consider for next year.  Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey, we value your input!

FSE Updates
  • Jump Rope for Heart: Thanks for all who participated FSE raised $3326.00.  Way to go jumpers!
  • PARCC
    • 3rd-6th Grade Families-Testing Info
    • Please read the state mandated testing letter for information about PARCC and CMAS assessments this spring by clicking here.
    • PARCC Schedule
  • PTO 17-18 Board Openings.  Please contact Jenn Kerrigan our current PTO Chair if you are interested in serving on our PTO board for the upcoming school year.  Her email is: kerrigan1212@msn.com
Enrichment/Summer Activities
  • Camp Invention
    • Camp Invention is coming to Douglas County School District RE-1 (CO51)! Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Flagstone Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6th. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on July 10, 2017 with Marleigha Lossin serving as Director of the Launch program!
    • Here is how young innovators will be spending their time: 
      • Engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations
      •  Experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets 
      • Exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air 
      • Taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operations 
    • All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun! 
    • Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children. 
    • Register on or before March 20, 2017 using promo code Discover25 to receive $25 OFF the base price of $225. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!
  • Spring Break Golf Clinic for 6th graders
FSE Happenings







BOOK CHARACTER DAY!


















Thursday, March 2, 2017

3-2-17 FSE Thursday Blast

3-2-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, March 3rd: Book Character Dress Up Day
  • March 6-10 FSE Breakfast Challenge!  Come and join us!
  • Wednesday, March 8th: 7pm FSE PTO Meeting (this is a NEW date)
  • March 10th, 8:15 am Student Council in the LC
  • Wednesday, March 15th @ 6:30pm Screenagers at DCHS:  See ticket info below
  • Friday, March 17th No School
  • Monday, March 20th Spring Break Begins
  • Monday, March 27th School Resumes

Screenagers a MUST SEE Movie

  • Please join some of our staff in the viewing of this movie at Douglas County High School on March 15th at 6:30.  Please see link here for information.  A powerful movie about the effects of screen time on our kids.

Other Information

FSE Happenings!
















Thursday, February 23, 2017

2-23-17 FSE Thursday Blast

2-23-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, February 24th Dreaming about Kindness: Dress in PJ's
  • February 27th: March Madness Reading Week
  • March 3rd: Book Character Dress Up Day
  • March 8th 7pm PTO Meeting in the Learning Commons
  • March 17-26 Spring Break

Screenagers a MUST SEE Movie
  • Please join some of our staff in the viewing of this movie at Douglas County High School on March 15th at 6:30.  Please see link here for information.  A powerful movie about the effects of screen time on our kids.
Safety Reminders
As the weather is again getting slippery, please remind your bike riders to be very careful on the roads as they can be very slick.  It is also an important reminder to walk bikes on all the sidewalks surrounding the school.

Kindness Video
Check out this awesome news story on our 5th grade kids leading our kindness campaign.  Truly proud of the modeling they are doing for our entire community on what it means to be kind!
CLICK HERE for the Video.

FSE Congratulats our Apple Award Nominees
Congrats to Brooke Basner and Debbie Petrillo!  We love you!

Why Creativity is Important!
Interesting Article in Money Magazine! 
In an interview with Mark Cuban, the billionaire software developer and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, he warned that even people with in-demand skills like computer coding could soon be displaced.  He goes on to say, "That might have been a great job a few years ago, but you might be out of work in five years by the automation of automation, where computers learn how to write software better than humans can."  He states that "the work is changing and the new skill will become more in-demand than ever, that new skill being creative thinking."  He believes that in 10 years there will be a greater demand for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering.  He claims that, "when the data is all being spit out for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data."

One of our learning targets that we weave into our core content lessons is how to think through the creative process.  We are teaching kids how to generate ideas, refine them, be open to others ideas and create something with these new ideas. These are all elements of the creative process that we think are deeply important in our education of young students.  Our focus this year has been how to be open with others ideas through mathematical thinking.  Allowing students to share different ways of solving a problem, sharing it and then learning how others went about it the same way.  It is very exciting to see how this will be valued in the world that we are preparing our young students for.

ENRICHMENT
Girls on the Run will start the week of March 6th.  Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. We will meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school.  Open to all 3rd through 6th grade girls.  Registration opens February 6th.  For more information about the program go to www.girlsontherunrockies.org.  Questions?  Contact: Marleigha Lossin at mmlossin@dcsdk12.org


FSE Happenings



Battle of the Books!

Making Fractions Meaningful


Math Practice with Mrs. Sprigg on Kahoot

Digging Deep with Mrs. Duelm's Kids Research!


Design Thinking in Mrs. Zellmer's Room

Mrs. Steppuhn's Illustrator's
Mrs. Brown's Creators!

Math Problem Solvers with Mrs. Jaimes












Thursday, February 16, 2017

2-16-17 FSE Thursday Blast

2-16-17 FSE Thursday Blast


Upcoming Events
  • Friday, Feb 17th and Monday Feb. 20th No School
  • Thursday, Feb. 23rd Picture day
  • February 24th Dress in PJ's and Dream about Kindness
  • February 27th: March Madness Begins (more info to come)
  • March 17th: No School: Teacher compensation day
  • Week of March 20th Spring Break!
Kiss and Go Safety
  • Please remember that the kiss and go lanes are where you drop kids off.  Please do not wait in your cars with your kids, as this causes a big traffic back up.  You are more than welcome to park in the lot to wait if you arrive too early.

Kindness Week
This week we talked about how to be kind on technology including email and social media.  We talked with students about what digital citizenship was and why it is important to think about how we treat each other on the many platforms that the internet provides.  Students learned about what a digital footprint is and why it is important to be aware of what you are putting out on the internet because it never goes away.
Next weeks theme is being kind to yourself.  Our goal is to bring awareness to positive self talk.  We want students to understand that we shouldn't get down on ourselves when we make a mistake and that it is a normal part of life.
We will end our kindness campaign on Friday the 24th with an all school pajama day so we can start dreaming about kindness.


FSE Happenings this Week!



























Thursday, February 9, 2017

2-9-17 FSE Thursday Blast

2-9-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, Feb 10th Dress Up in Peace, Love and Kindness (Hippie Clothes)
  • Friday, Feb 10th Student Council Meeting 8:15 in the Learning Commons: Please wear shirt for yearbook picture
  • Feb. 10th-14th Student Council Selling Candy Grams at lunch in Cafe
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15th PTO Meeting 7pm in the Learning Commons
  • Thursday,  Feb. 16th Dress Up in Crazy hair or clothes for Crazy for Kindness
  • Thursday, Feb. 16th SAC meeting in the Learning Commons 8am
  • Friday, Feb. 17th Professional Development Day: No School for Students
  • Monday, Feb 20th: District Holiday No School

FSE Apple Award Nominees!
Please join FSE in congratulating our certified and classified Apple Award Nominees Brooke Basner and Debbie Petrillo!

Student Council Update
  • If you still want to buy a candy gram for your child it is not too late.  Please click here for form.  Don't forget the meeting tomorrow at 8:15 am in the LC.
Kindness Week
  • Next week is Kindness on Social Media.  We will be using some of the below photos as teaching points during our daily community circles.  Ask your children what they saw and did this week during kindness week.
  • Our staff is also joining in the campaign by joining forces with a nonprofit that makes shoes for ill children.  Check it out or help them out by joining our staff in guying a t-shirt.  100% of the profits goes to this awesome cause!  www.peachsneetfeet.com




Teaching Math Effectively


This year  our staff has been conducting book study on one of Jo Boaler's (Stanford Professor and math expert) books called Mathematical Mindsets. We have been learning about how to teach students to have a growth mindset and the benefit for kids as they struggle through problem solving.  She shares methods for teaching math facts that are supported by research.  Boaler affirms that students need to be fluent with their math facts, but she states that timing students creates anxiety that prevents students from demonstrating what they know.  She also claims that timed tests send the incorrect message that math is about speed, rather than problem solving and deep thinking.  Boaler suggests teachers and parents practice facts untimed.  She also suggests pairing visual representations with equations so students build a conceptual understanding.  Click here for 6 ways your can support your child in math.

Summer Camp Opportunities
Summer is a time when memories are made, let Stone Canyon be a part of your child’s story. Sign up for a week of overnight camp and fill their summer with laughter, friendship, and adventure. Check out our website for details about the programs we offer.


Enrichment

Learning Labs is offering a sculpting class for grades K-6 starting February 22nd. Click the link for more info.


FSE Happenings