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Letter from the Principal

Dear Stukey Families,

A huge thank you to each of you for helping us kick off a great school year!! At Stukey our staff is committed to prepare each scholar for college and career. The staff is ready to go and we will continue our work this year by following our motto of “Every Scholar, Every Day” as well as carrying out our Stukey Mission: At Stukey Elementary, we work with our community to create a caring environment that empowers scholars to persevere and succeed in life.

Our Stukey scholars have been busy learning routines and procedures through the months of August and September and have been highly engaged in learning with their new teachers!  We will be having an Assessment Day on September 7th. We are very eager to meet with families during conferences in October to help strengthen the home/school connection and build a partnership between teachers and parents. Be sure to check your child’s classroom website next month for links to sign up for Fall Conferences held on October 14th.

I’d like to take a moment to highlight areas regarding school safety, communication and important updates at Stukey.  Please read the following notes and let us know if you have any questions.

Arriving at Stukey: Parents are welcome to use our “Hug and Go” on Muriel Street on the south side of the school. Please remember, cars may not be parked in the “ Hug and Go” area in the mornings, as this is intended for drop off purposes only.  Please refrain from dropping off scholars in the middle of the street between cars.  Please pull over to the side streets and designated areas. On the west side and south side of the building there are areas marked with red paint.  Please do not park in these areas. Our front gate closes at 7:55. At that time, only vehicles with handicap parking may enter our parking lots.

Chronic Attendance Rate:  Our chronic attendance rate at Stukey was 32% for the month of August.  This means that 32% of our scholars have been absent for 10% of the school year or more.  This rate is alarming.  It is crucial for our scholars to be at school each and every day!  Please help us in getting your scholars to school so we can improve this statistic.

Morning Arrival and Supervision: Our first bell rings at 8:00, and the tardy bell rings at 8:05.  Breakfast will be served for all scholars. There is no supervision on campus prior to 8:00 am.  Instruction will begin promptly at 8:05, so it is important that our scholars arrive at school on time and ready to learn.  Staff will be positioned on our campus to provide supervision in the mornings between 8:00-8:10.

Afternoon Dismissal: Dismissal is at 3:00 on M, T, Th and F and 1:45 on Wednesday.  There is staff supervision at 3:00-3:10 and 1:45-1:55.  After 3:10 and 1:55, scholars will be escorted to the front of the school to wait for pickup.

Animals on Campus: We know that pets are part of our families and are well loved!  However, animals are not permitted on school grounds.  For the safety of all our scholars please leave your furry friends at home and do not bring them on campus.

Update on District Wellness Policy: In support of the District’s Policy on School Wellness, we strive to help our students make healthy lifestyle choices. Simple steps can help children continue making healthier choices as adults. In addition to healthier lunch choices and increased physical activity during our school day, we have implemented a “Non-food birthday treats” policy here in Adams 12. Classroom teachers will share their non-food birthday celebration information with parents. If the classroom is having a planned holiday party and you would like to bring a treat, it must be a healthy treat.  Please see some examples below:

*Veggie Sticks

*Goldfish

*Crackers

*Cheese Sticks

*Fruit Kabobs

*Granola

*Individually wrapped apple bags

We appreciate your support in this matter as this is District Policy.

Free and Reduced Lunch: Even though breakfast and lunch are free this year, our district is still asking parents who need some assistance to complete the free and reduced lunch benefits form. Please complete this form.

Newsletters and Events: Please check our Stukey website regularly as it is full of upcoming events, classroom and school news, PTO information, and important highlights at Stukey.  Our website and Class Dojo will be the hub for school information, as we are hoping to save trees and communicate with parents more directly.  You may also receive emails from the school office or your child’s teacher.  Please let us know if your email address has changed so that we can be sure to keep you posted! Check out our Stukey Facebook page as well for pictures and fun updates about our school.

READ PLAN DATA: Below is the READ PLAN data from last year.  These percentages express the amount of scholars who are not reading at grade level. It is crucial that your children are reading each night or are being read to. In the September PTO meeting, parents and staff discussed a schoolwide plan to initiate a school wide nightly reading initiative.  Until we roll this out, I highly encourage you to read with your children each night for 20 minutes.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Grade

Total Students

Total Below Grade Level

Percent Below Grade Level

K

51

15

29.4%

1

64

21

32.8%

2

67

33

49.3%

3

57

28

49.1%

Title 1 Required  Information: As a parent of a student at Stukey Elementary, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher who instructs your child. This is a requirement for all districts that receive Title I funds. Federal law allows you to request certain information about your student’s classroom teacher. The law also requires the district to give you this information in a timely manner upon request. Listed below is the information about which you have the right to ask for regarding each of your student’s classroom teachers.

• Whether the Colorado Department of Education has licensed or endorsed your student’s teacher for the grades and subjects taught.

• Whether CDE has decided that your student’s teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.

• The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and, if so, the subject of the degrees.

• Whether any teachers’ aides or similar para-educators provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

Please contact Robyn Werpy in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Human Resources Office at 720-972-4058 or robyn.m.werpy@adams12.org if you would like to receive any of this information.

Upcoming Dates @ Stukey:

September 7th- Assessment Day

October 1st – Picture Day

October 14th- Conference Day

October 15th- Teacher Work Day (no school for students)

October 28th- Fall Festival (if you would like to volunteer for this event, please call Yanet Gonzales at 720-972-3447)  

Thank you for sending us your amazing children!  We want you to feel confident about sending your child to Stukey, and encourage you to visit, volunteer, or give us a call or email any time.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, concerns, celebrations or compliments at deborah.m.voelker@adams12.org or call 720-972-5423.  We look forward to partnering with you to provide the best school experience for your child!

Warm Regards,

Deborah Voelker

Principal

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