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Hi Marshdale Families,

I'm going to go out on a limb and say, I hope you enjoyed our last snow storm of the season. Here's to Spring!  As a reminder, we will be on the 4 day schedule for the remainder of the year. Monday will be a work day for teachers, so no assigned tasks or attendance. 

This is going to be a little lengthy, but hopefully filled with some useful information. 

Attendance: Our apologies for the glitches with the google form this week. Some were in our control, and some were out. We are going to move on from the attendance form, so there will be no need to look for or fill it out next week. Your classroom teacher will send you specifics on how they'll be tracking attendance, but most of it will be through engagement and participation. We will be as flexible as we can on this. Our effort at the beginning of remote learning was largely to make sure we were connecting people with the necessary resources to make this all happen. 

Resource Document: Mrs. Kulp, with help from teachers and our leadership team, has pulled together some resources that we think could be useful. I know you've been reaching out to your teacher for tech help or other question, and please feel free to continue to do this, but thought a 1 stop document might help. LINK

Spirit Week: 5th grade had a spirit week this past week and a few Student Leadership students brought up the idea to bring it to the entire school. I hope your child can participate and feel a stronger sense of connection through doing so. We created a Padlet (LINK) where students can post pictures, notes, or drawings demonstrating their Spirit this week. Monday - Show your pet or favorite stuffed animal, Tuesday -Cooking with/for your family, Wednesday- Crazy Hair Day, Thursday - My Talent, Friday - Your Interest. I'd love to get enough submissions to create a photo mosaic to be hung in the school showing how we "Made the best of remote learning."  

Social Emotional Learning: For the past several months, students have been demonstrating behaviors connected to our RISE acronym: Respect, Include, Safety and Empathy. This week's optional SEL assignment will be for students to post how they've been showing these attributes during remote learning. Here is the LINK to a Padlet for them to post what they've been doing. They can identify themselves in the post, but it can also be unanimous. I'll be checking on these daily for both monitoring and celebration purposes. They can post 1, 2 or all 4.

LEGO Challenge: One of the things that is keeping my spirits up is through seeing students in meetings or the posts they put on the various platforms being used. I have created a "class" for all our LEGO builders out there. It is through Seesaw and will be monitored by me. I'll be posting different "challenges" and asking students to do the same. If this is something you think your child would be interested in, please send a reply to me and I'll get an invite their way. Should be fun!! Parents welcome too!

I'd love to put together a slide show to help lift spirits of our teachers, support staff, parents etc. If you don't mind having your child in a slide show (for Marshdale Community only), please feel free to send a picture of them engaging in Remote Learning. I know I miss seeing all their smiling faces every day and believe others are feeling the same, so hopefully this can help, if only for a short time. Just reply to this email with an attached image. Your submission will act as "permission." Thanks in advance.

Here is a quick note from our PTA regarding upcoming Spring events:

During these trying times, Marshdale PTA contemplated whether we should cancel our annual spring auction this year.  After much consideration, we decided to move forward with the auction but with a couple key changes.  First, the auction will be held as an online format only.  Secondly, we believe it is important to focus our fundraising efforts not only on raising money to support Marshdale and our teachers, but also to support our local community.  This year, we will host our online auction on May 1st, with 50% of our proceeds going to the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) and 50% going to Marshdale to support classroom needs.  For those of you who do not know, the MRC is located in Conifer and has been supporting our mountain community since 1990.  They are a non-profit organization that is well known for its Food Pantry, Basic Needs Services, Disaster Relief, and Resale Store. The services they provide to the community include Family Education, Workforce and Adult Education, Financial Coaching, Veteran Services, and Public Benefits Assistance. They are an incredible organization and support system for our community.  Marshdale PTA would like to support them, as well as our amazing teachers and staff at the school.  More information regarding the online auction and how it will work will be shared next week.  Stay tuned!

 

Here are a few opportunities from our local partners: 

Peak Academy of Dance

We are offering Free Online classes to try and support our greater mountain community. Every other week we will add a few new classes into the mix. Some of the classes will have live sections and some will just be canned online content that teachers from the area have offered to teach to support the mental, emotional and physical health of our community.  Right now we have..... 

  • Salsa & Merengue for Couples or Brave Singles (as a way for couples to feel like they can have a night out in the kitchen). 
  • Juggling for ages 8+ (this help with stress relief and is a known therapy for trauma).
  • Film Appreciation for Teens and Adults (if we are going to be watching movies, we should know the ins and outs of what makes them magical). 
  • Kitchen Science for ages 8+ (for children who are curious as to why things work as they do).
  • Recovery for Dancers for  Teens and Adults (a way to release tension and stay healthy). 
  • Yoga for Teens and Adults (a way to find peace in a time of great chaos). 

https://www.peakdance.com/free-classes

Free Classes —PeakAcademyof Dance

Juggling. Have you been a bit more stressed out than usual? Are you looking for a new and interesting way to quiet the mind and relax? Believe it or not, there is a wide body of evidence that indicates Juggling is a wonderful and fun way to lower stress, process difficult situations, and calm the mind!

www.peakdance.com

 HERO Kids Sports (I apologize as some classes have started, but I don't think it will be an issue to join late)

 

Kids Sports Online Program. HERO is our livelihood and our coaches are dedicated to bringing you the best at home kids fitness program we can. We hope to support our coaches through this time as well.

 

We have devised a FUN at home interactiveFitness program utilizing biometrics and our 11-sport layout where kids can join in with our HERO team to get our bodies moving, learning and playing sports together! Our expert coaches utilize key listening tactics while also keeping engaged with HERO energy. 

REGISTERTODAY for our HERO Kids Sports Online Program for kids ages 2-12 years old through ZOOM beginning, this upcoming Wednesday, April 15th. Morning and afternoon Classes offered daily! REGISTER HERE!

*Families that have paid for classes that were cancelled can apply the credit towards an online class, or save them for when in-person learning continues.*

 

Zak Martin

Principal 

Marshdale Elementary 

vm: 303-982-8880 school: 303-982-5188


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great start to the new year. We are expecting some tired children this first week back. As we welcome students back, time will be spent going over expectations and routines. Our Student Leadership group worked on creating posters that will be hung in different locations around the building to help set a positive tone for the new year. Students will put their thumb prints on the posters to help create a sense of ownership. Make sure to look for them next time you're in the building. A huge Thank You to the Weeks family for donating their time on printing the posters. 
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great start to the new year. We are expecting some tired children this first week back. As we welcome students back, time will be spent going over expectations and routines. Our Student Leadership group worked on creating posters that will be hung in different locations around the building to help set a positive tone for the new year. Students will put their thumb prints on the posters to help create a sense of ownership. Make sure to look for them next time you're in the building. A huge Thank You to the Weeks family for donating their time on printing the posters.