We have some spaces left in both our schools and would like to see them filled. For the month of September (September only) we will offer a $100 referral credit to anyone who refers another family to our school or preschool. The credit will be added to your account upon the new students start date. Thank you!!!

(FYI.....Find a fun event calendar at the end of this email page!)
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October 12th both schools are closed for a teacher development day.
Afternoon camps and activities (at both schools)
Monday- We began creating our own town. Today we began by using boxes to create buildings.
Tuesday- We continued making buildings for our city and discussed the types of buildings, homes and busineses a city would need in order to thrive.
Wednesday- Today we discussed transportation in our city and the environment as well. We created roads and other outdoor areas including parks and lakes.
Thursday- We discussed how our town will function and the need we have for laws and police. We elected a mayor for our town, named it and even created our own laws.
Friday- Today the kids can create people and play with the town. 
Preschool Enrichment
Happy Friday!
This week in pre-k enrichment we learned about day 4 of creation when God created the stars, moon and sun. We made a card with handprints for Bryonna's surprise baby shower, congratulations Bryonna! Thursday we had a tissue dance where they balanced a tissue on their head while dancing.  For Spanish, we continued learning our colors and reviewed our numbers. We had an awesome week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Ms. Emylee's Little Mozarts (Mon, Wed, Fri PT pre-k)
These weeks are just zooming by!
   This week we worked on the letter Dd and we made duck soup! We worked on the number 3 and started patterns. Next week we will be busy as we work on the letter Ee and the number 4. 
   Our theme for the week is farms and we will continue patterns and will begin to introduce adverbs as we answer "how" questions when we read stories. Whew!
   Thank you to everyone for bringing snack and doing our homework!
Ms. Emylee

Ms. Shantel's Little Monets
Monets this week... 
  We wrapped up letter Bb this week with different crafts and activities. We made butterflies, painted with balloons, bubbles and bottles. For our shape of the week square we traced different sized squares and glued different squares together. Our color of the week was blue and we continue to learn how to spell blue with our blue song. Ask your kiddos to sing it to you. This week’s theme was all about family and we made our family house out of stick figures and watercolored a family tree and added family pictures to it. 
  We had a great time celebrating Ms Bryonna’s new baby with a surprise baby shower. 
  Next week we will start letter Cc, our shape will be rectangles and our color will be yellow. 
  Just a reminder your child has a folder in the work to go home bins on top of the cubbies. Don’t forget to check those for all the fun stuff we do here at school.
  Have a great weekend! Blessings! 
Ms Shantel, Ms Adriana and Ms Sarah 

Ms. Kristi's Little Earharts
This week has been an adventure! We enjoyed our walk to the Elementary school to celebrate Miss Bryonna's baby who is due in October!  Our class gave her a package of diapers with messages tucked inside the diapers from each of our students.  
We learned the Bible story of Noah's Ark this week.  We also talked and read stories about families and how different families do different things.  Our lesson on obedience was all about the fact that even our parents have to obey the law of the land, like traffic lights. We are learning to identify "same and different" and to connect "like" objects.  
Next week we will focus on identifying the number 1 and learn Spanish and Sign for the color Blue.  We will also learn a lot about apples and harvest and read several books related to apples.  We will open up an apple and see that there is a star in the middle of apples!
Let me know if you would like to have a conference or chat about anything!  Thank you for allowing me to partner with you in preparing your child for kindergarten! 
     may God bless you, Kristi

Ms. Gina's Little Shakespeareans
   What an awesome week we had!
   We talked about camels on the ceiling and Very Hungry Caterpillars for the letter Cc. We finished Family Week with Little Blue and Little Yellow which was a great CK skill because we made predictions about what just might happen when blue and yellow hug.
   Thank you for the yummy, healthy foods coming in the lunches keeping us talking about the letter of the week.
   Next week we are on the letter D. We will make some delicious doughnut and dragons milk with on it. Eat it! Draw it! Make it!
   For math we are on the number 3. This week we will look at the ways to represent the number three. We will also discover that we are the 3rd planed from the sun.
    One of the CK skills that we have started this month is to read chapter books. We finished Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. If you have any Junie B books at home, we would love to share them with you and have fun reading.
   This week we are memorizing and reciting independently a nursery rhyme, poem and a song.
   We made our first class book working on reading the first names of our classmates. Keep your eyes on the look out for this funny book coming home.
    Thank you for all your effort in making our learning day fun! I love all the food in the lunches and the splash of colors on color day!
     We are off to a great year!
     Ms. Gina and Ms. Shannon

Monday Enrichment Day for School-age
Science-We went on a 12 inch hike in the back yard and looked for any type of animals/insects, minerals and plant life within our 12 inches of allotted space.
Cultural-We are continuing to learn about Japan and played a paper game with a friend called Kami-sumo and also tried some favorite Japanese treats including a Japanese soda.
Bible-We continued our lesson on Jacob and learned what it means to follow God.
Spanish- We are practicing the Spanish alphabet and our days of the week.
Music- We are beginning to introduce various types of notes and how note variation creates rhythm in music.
Art-We introduced the word impressionism and listened to the song Moonlight Sonata and drew a pictures based on the feelings we felt when we heard the song.
Gym- We played Tennis Ball Ultimate which is the exact opposite of soccer as hands are allowed but kicking is not!
We had so much fun this week with all our phonics focus as well as with free art time. 
Phonics - continue to encourage them to use zoo phonics and begin to help them sound out c-v-c words (consonant - vowel - consonant). They were so proud that they could decode the words: dog, cat, mom, and dad. 
Spelling/writing - we are still working on sight words: and, at, an, in, be, by, are, can.  Have them find them in print through out the week. 
Math- our focus has been patterns and we are all loving the fun we can have with patterns. Help them find patterns in nature this weekend.
Science - we are looking at plants and how they grow and the parts of the plant. Ask them about the color-changing celery!
Literature - they love the nursery rhymes and have had fun with their own rhyming words. Continue to tell them your favorite nursery rhymes!
Thank you for all you do as parents to partner with us to make learning fun and exciting. We can't do this without you!
This weekend my church is hosting a free family event "Pickle Party." It will be at the Academy building Saturday from 2-4. Come and see what the big dill is about! 
Have a blessed weekend! We can't wait to have Ms. Angelica back - we have missed her!
Mrs. Clark and Ms. Angelica
Mrs. Yanish’s Class
 Math -  First Grade
We will continue with previous lessons and strategies and begin new practice using numbers lines to add and subtract.  There are several different ways to use a number line so we will work to decide on which ways are most efficient.  I’ve noticed a slight struggle using fact families to solve problems and figure out matching number sentences.  We will put emphasis on this next week, but please keep this in mind as you may find opportunities to talk about this at home as well.
 Math -  Second Grade
We have a wide range of skills within our second-grade group this year.  So exciting!  This can actually be very helpful in building partners and allowing students to approach problems as the teacher instead of the student at times.  In addition, you may see a few other skills being practiced that aren’t normally taught until later in the year, or even into 3rd grade.  This will allow me to decide on specific needs and provide the appropriate challenge for each student.  I’ll monitor these skills closely and still support foundational practice at this age.  Encourage your child to think about problems more like story problems using math terms to expand his/her vocabulary.
 Reading/Writing - First and Second Grade
We will continue working with character development, but have also spent a little time with nonfiction text which has been connected with our science.  Writing has also stemmed from this as students began writing facts about certain animals we’ve been learning about with our vertebrate unit.  We will use our fictional stories to continue practice with character and restating the question, and our nonfiction articles to further our writing.
We are just wrapping up our vertebrate unit.  We focused on three groups and quickly discussed the amphibian and reptile group as it is not a focus for this age group.  Through this project, we also spent time talking about doing our best work and being patient even when the work is not something we particularly enjoy.  The last page of our science folder that was created was a much better reflection of the work we’ve been doing.  Keep encouraging your child to do their best whatever the task may be!
 Here’s a quick prayer for cooler weather!  I know the kids and I here at school are ready.
Have a blessed weekend!
Mrs. Yanish
September 14, 2018
Dear Parents,
It is so good to be back! I would like to thank Mrs. Clark so much for taking over the class and doing such a terrific job with the students! She has so much to do and does it with genuine happiness and grace. I am eternally grateful for her love and energy to help our school be a wonderful place. I am thankful for the students and their hard work! They are all keeping up and I am so thankful for their efforts! I would like to say thank you to Yvonne Luna, Gizelle's mom, who came in and helped out as well. I am humbled and grateful for her suggestions like Ameritowne and giving of her time to keep the students on task with grading as well as reading. Thank-you to Nancy Staupe, Destini's grandma, for coming in to help as well! Thank-you to Mrs. Debbie for working with me during this time. I am very hopeful about the procedures and information I gleaned while I was down there! Caleb is doing well but we have to wait until the beginning of October to get any testing done. Thank-you all for your prayers.
We have been focusing on prepositions in English and place values in Math. We took a vote and the majority wanted to try taking our Spelling Test on Thursday and our pretest for the following week on Friday. Then the students would have the weekend to study. We are trying it for 2 weeks and will take a vote afterwards to see if we should make it permanent. We will address this again in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, we took our Lesson 4 test today as well as our pretest for lesson 5. In handwriting, we are moving along smoothly. Everyone is learning cursive or figuring out how to master it. I have seen a lot of improvement in some of the students from last year to this year. Thank-you! We have been journaling this week as well. One of the things we contemplates was 9/11 since that took place 17 years ago this past Tuesday.
We started our Geography preso's on Tuesday and I am so impressed with all the work the students have done. Thank-you to my parents for all of your help! It is so much fun to see the students' creativity. So far we have learned about England, China, Brazil, Egypt, Denmark/Sweden, Japan and Italy. We will wrap things up and get back on schedule after this next Wednesday when we finish learning about France, Israel and Mexico! We have tasted some wonderful food and drinks from some of the countries. Some of it we liked and other things we certainly aren't used to! In science we have been learning about the reason why we would preserve food. In our reading book, Little House in the Big Woods from the Little House on the Prairie series, we have been learning about how the whole family got involved in helping to put up food for the winder. We have learned that salt and lemon juice are preservatives and this week we made dehydrated bananas as well as our peach freezer jam. Allow it to sit for 24 hours and then you can put it in the freezer or refrigerate it and enjoy it right away!
We are remembering the families from some of our students who are on the east coast where the hurricane is hitting. Please keep them in your prayers. Thank-you again for you prayers for Caleb.
Dehydrating Apples 9/18/18
Final Geography Presentations 9/19/18
Spelling test Lesson 5 9/20/18
Making Homemade Granola 9/20/18
Bible Memory Verse Matthew 18:21-22 9/21/18
Math Facts Test Timed Test 9/28/18
Have a wonderful weekend! Again, if you have any suggestions and/or questions, please contact me!
In His Service for our Young People,
Ms. Carolyn Adams

Mark your calendars......
FREE day this week, Fri the 14th Clyfford Still Museum and Four Mile Park
Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Mathematics. The STEAM For All Festival is filled with engaging and hands-on STEAM activities dedicated to getting everyone involved in science, aerospace and beyond. On Saturday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is partnering with fellow institutions, industry-leaders and experts to immerse students ages 8 and older in exciting STEAM activities.    Remember that everyone who attends the festival also gets admission into Wings Over The Rockies, so you can check out all the cool aircraft and other exhibits.   Admission is $5 for adults (17+) and FREE for youth (16 and younger).  Parking is FREE. 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver  For more info and to register, go to http://wingsmuseum.org/event/steam/
Check out ClickSchooling that brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn.  I have been introduced to some really interesting websites from this daily email.  To sign up and receive more info, go to http://clickschooling.com/
Attached you will find the Jeffco open space calendar for September
Home School Day at Dart Warz.  First Friday of every month from 1-3pm $8 per hour.   For more info and locations, go to www.dartwarz.com
JOURNEY TO THE WORLD OF PUMPKIN NIGHTS  Oct 17th - Nov 4th  Adams County Fairgrounds.  At PUMPKIN NIGHTS, you will venture along a half-mile walking path, where you’ll discover the Forbidden Pumpkin City, a pirate’s cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 3,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. The celebration continues with entertainment & games in Pumpkin Central, our central festival area. There's more magic around every corner.  For more info and to buy tickets, go to https://pumpkinnights.com/denver/
September 10 – 16, 2018   PLAN Jeffco's In Plein Sight ® plein air painting event returns, and will feature up to 25 artists painting in Jefferson County Open Space during the week of September 10–15, 2018. In Plein Sight ® artists will be painting in the following parks:  September 10 – Lair O' the Bear Park   September 11 – Artists are on their own   September 12 – Alderfer/Three Sisters Park    September 13 – Elk Meadow Park   September 14 – Centennial Cone Park   September 15 – Clear Creek in Golden
Beautiful Birds - Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Wednesday, September 26 9-11 a.m.
Explore birds' unique features and adaptations through observation and art. Participants create a habitat drawing and make a model clay bird, then share with others where their bird lives, what it eats, and what adaptations help it survive in its habitat. Creativity is encouraged! We will also go for a bird walk to explore the birds of Barr Lake.
Ages: 4 and up   Location: Bird Conservancy's Environmental Learning Center (14500 Lark Bunting Lane)   Cost: Adult $1 Child $5    To register, go to https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BirdConservancyoftheRockies

CU Science Discovery (Boulder): Homeschool Classes (Fall 2018) http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/p…/homeschool-programs/  Astronomy 101 (Ages 9-11), Earth Science 101 (Ages 11-13), Hogwarts Academy (Ages 8-10), Jedi Training (Ages 8-10), Junior Scientists Series (Ages 5-7), Makerspace Workshop (Ages 12-14), Science Simulation and Video Game Design (Ages 14-16), Spooky Inventions with Makey Makey (Ages 12-14), Thermodynamics: It's the Law! (Ages 11-13)  
Homeschool Days at Elitch Gardens is approaching.  September 15, 29, and 30th.  See the attached flyer
Tech made with code -     You’ve almost made it through the week – it’s time to blow off some STEAM! Explore a variety of activities involving science, technology, engineering, art and math. Appropriate for elementary school-aged kids and their grown-ups. Space is limited; registration recommended. Please visit https://www.anythinklibraries.org/events/blow-some-steam-9 to register.  
The Denver Gem & Mineral Show is again offering free field trips to students and teachers. The show will be held on Friday - Sunday, September 14 - 16, 2018, at Expo Hall of the Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Avenue, Denver 80216 (Exit 215 on I-25). The theme of this year's show is "Minerals of Mexico". 
Laura Ingalls Wilder Day.  Come celebrate America’s favorite Pioneer Girl at Old Mill Park!   Tour the Affolter Cabin, Hauck Milk House, Billings Hunting Cabin, and wander the gardens and grounds of Old Mill Park!   
Special events also include:
Old Time Fiddle music by Riley Ann (at the top of the hour)
Laura's "Little House" pioneer stories (on the half-hour), 
"On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder" by Connie Ryle Nuemann, Historian and Teacher at 2:30pm.
Butter making at 3:00
Take and make crafts and MORE! 
Suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, children under 14 free. All proceeds support The St. Vrain Historical Society's mission of historic preservation and education in Longmont.  https://www.facebook.com/events/501379366934325/
Fun Family Foraging for Edible Plants of Colorado!
Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for our spring class series designed just for home school families! Come awaken your senses, palate, and identification skills to the diversity of useful plants around you. This interactive and informational program is designed to connect your family to nature through plant pattern recognition, responsible and safe gathering principles, and tips on making foraging fun!
Meeting Place: Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Rd, Littleton, CO 80125.
Leaders: Kimberly Beck, Audubon Naturalist & Suzy Hiskey, Nature Educator
Registration required: student (ages 3-18) member $7, student non-member $9, 1 complimentary adult chaperone per family, additional member adult $8, additional non-member adult $11.  https://denveraudubon.z2systems.com/np/clients/denveraudubon/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4063&
Are you looking for a way to earn a little extra money to fund your homeschool endeavor?  Check out this group on Facebook, FUNDING YOUTH INSPIRATIONS of Colorado. They are a Colorado 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to helping homeschooling families fund their children's education and activities. They do this by cooperatively manning the front end (customer service) of two food booths at Sports Authority Field at Mile High during the football season.  Everyone working the booth during that shift splits the proceeds, which are usually $50-$100 per shift.  This opportunity is open to volunteers ages 16+.  If you are interested in joining, reach out to them at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1442073232729406/about/
Do museums really come to life after dark? Now’s your chance to experience one of Denver’s most popular attractions after hours and find out for yourself. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science hosts one of its Free Days (more fitting, Free Nights) on Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free for all. The family-friendly evening includes face painting, a scavenger hunt and puppet show. Plus, kids of all ages can test their minds in the museum’s current exhibit, Mindbender Mansion — a quirky place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges. (There is a charge for the VR Arcade, IMAX and planetarium.) Food and beverages (including alcohol) will be available for purchase, too. If the night doesn’t fit your schedule, they have three regular Free Days coming up: Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and Dec. 9. dmns.org  
Are you a student interested in exploring wildlife, habitat conservation and visual arts? Do you want to investigate careers in biology or ornithology? Are you looking for ways to creatively express what you have learned in biology class? Do you have something to share with others about waterfowl and wetlands? Are you looking for educator and student resources?    Check out https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/conservation-education-curriculum.php.  Since its inception in 1989, the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program has used a science-based art curriculum. Students are involved in hands-on learning opportunities, discovering the wonders of North American waterfowl, habitat characteristics, and conservation principles - all through a visual arts program.
Here are the September Workshops for Children and Teens at Lighthouse Writers Workshop 
Saturday, September 15, 1:00 to 4:00 PM  Books with Pictures, Not Picture Books for grades 3-5,  Detectives & Mysteries: The Brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe for grades 6-8,  Write & Talk for Teens: Writing for the Stars,  Monday, September 17, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM  Story in a Day for grades 3-8  at Lighthouse North in Louisville, Saturday, September 29, 1:00 to 4:00 PM Write Your Own Picture Book for grades 3-5 at Lighthouse North in Louisville

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