Dec 2014 ECHO - Summit Elementary

December 2014
We wish you happy holidays
and a wonderful winter break!
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Looking Ahead
Dec. 9 - 11
Elf Shelf student holiday shop
Dec. 12
Fundraiser delivery
Dec. 17
Due date for Giving Tree donations
Dec. 18
Choir concert 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 22 - Jan. 2
Winter Break, No school
Jan. 5
2015 return to school
Jan. 7
DAC meeting, 7:00 pm, Instructional Support Facility (ISF)
5416 S. Riviera Way (near Thunder Ridge Middle School)
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Summit Attendance Line  720-886-6495
Absolutely Important!
School begins at 8:55 a.m.
Please call the above number by 9:00 a.m.
for absences or late arrivals.
Thank you.
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Battle of the Books Schedule
No meeting on December 4
Next meetings will be:
 December 11, 18
 January 8, 15
 January 22 - School Battle and last meeting
Families are welcome to attend the School Battle!
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Rich Morrow Math Challenge
Congratulations and good luck to the students who will be representing Summit Elementary at
this year’s Rich Morrow Math Challenge, which will be held on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at
Smoky Hill High School!
Fifth Grade
Fourth Grade
Third Grade
Jacob Thornton
Reagan Haworth
Dylan Ashley
Isabella Stumpe
David Baer
Sophia Monson
Aaron Frimpong
Rylan Rauch
Chase Holck
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Needed
The clinic is in need of clean used clothing donations and
new packaged underwear (for kids who have accidents). Thank you.
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The Giving Tree
Summit Sunshine has planted a Giving Tree. This tree sprouts names of
children and their special wishes.
If you would like to make a gift donation to one of our children, please
drop by and pull a leaf off the tree. The decoration will provide you with
information regarding the child including age and gift wish.
Please wrap the gift and deliver by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17,
2014 to Summit’s front office. Attach the original decoration to the gift so
we are able to keep track of all the gifts.
Please contact Summit Sunshine with any questions at
[email protected] or [email protected] .
THANK YOU for planting seeds of love with Summit Sunshine!
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School of Choice
The Cherry Creek School District allows its resident students to apply for enrollment in
the Cherry Creek school of their choice. In other words, you may request that your child attend a
Cherry Creek school outside your assigned attendance area. The School of Choice applications
are an electronic form that you can access online from January 1st - February 1st from any
computer, at any time—for acceptance to a school starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
Please visit the District Admissions website at:
http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Admissions/Pages/SOCandIDT.aspx for more information
and to submit an electronic School of Choice application in January.
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Challenge School
Challenge is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year, from residents of Cherry
Creek School District only. Challenge School is a K - 8 magnet program in CCSD designed to meet
the needs of academically advanced and highly motivated students. Applications and
information are available on the school’s website at:
http://challenge.cherrycreekschools.org
The deadline to submit a complete application is 4:00 pm, January 27, 2015. (There are
several pieces of information that parents will need to gather and have completed before an
application can be submitted.)
Group tours of the school (for adults only) are available on select Tuesdays and
Wednesdays at 9:00 am. View the School Calendar on the school website for specific days,
determine the date that works for you and sign up by calling Challenge at 720-747-2100. The
school is located at 9659 E. Mississippi Ave., Denver 80247.
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From Our Parent Teacher Community Organization
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November PTCO Meeting Summary
Welcome!
Update from our Boy Scouts: Joyce
Pack # 313, availability to join. Meetings on Thursdays. Current funds of $11,838.40.
Goes towards awards, popcorn, adventures. Leadership is 100% trained. If interested in joining,
packets available.
Mindful Life Presentation: Kerry Philo
The Mindful Life school program is based in neuroscience and teaches children focusing
and calming strategies through listening, breathing and movement activities. The curriculum is
being fully utilized in the fourth grade, but all students have received the tone bar and finger ball
breathing lesson from Ms. Philo. The classroom teachers are reinforcing them. For more
information, go to mindfullifetoday.com or contact Kerry Philo at
[email protected]
Treasurer’s Report: Taxes filed. No fund requests
SPOTLIGHT: 2nd Grade - JoAn Gibb and Bev Gomez
Actively using Mindful Listening and Breathing. Students ask to use it. Currently they’re
working on research papers. At the end of day they’re researching. Kids look at it as extra
science time! Their big field trip is quickly approaching on January 16th. They’re going to the
National Western Stock Show!
Summit Stars for Teachers - Drawing for November and December.
Lisa Kirk: “Thanks for helping me” and Cassi Enix: “Being so awesome”
Suggestion Box - No new suggestions
Principal’s Corner 30 Baskets to families in need for Thanksgiving. A local church has reached out to help
our community. They’ve asked to help 5 families in need from our community over the
December holidays. Giving Tree is in the works. If you want to help a family, check office.
Upcoming Events:
Elf Shelf: December 8-12- Three volunteers needed each shift. Help students shop, process
transactions, and wrap.
Restaurant Night - $175 earned from On The Border. Next restaurant night will be in 2015!
Box Tops for Education: Debbie Dunlop
$587 from box top contest
Labels for Education: Debbie Dunlop
Over 30,000 points, ordering a new order book for teachers.
Next meeting: No December meeting! See you at our next meeting on January 21, 2015 at 6:00
p.m.
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Elf Shelf Shop Hours
Time
Tuesday Dec. 9
9:30-10:00
Dock
10:15-10:45
Rose
Feller
Kirk
11:00-11:30
Meder
Enix
Ginsberg
11:45-12:15
Philo
Koch
12:30-1:00
Gibb
Gomez
Make-up
1:45-2:15
Alfonso
Skalka
Dougherty
2:30-3:00
Lovell - p.m.
Dock - p.m.
4:00-6:30
Wednesday Dec. 10
Thursday Dec. 11
Restock
Open for parents and siblings
Needed – Parent volunteers to help students shop, please contact Angie as soon as possible at
[email protected] . Thank you.
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Check out Elf Shelf gift items at: http://www.gsigift1.com
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You are invited
Next PTCO Meeting
January 21
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., Library
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Visual Arts
Fundraiser: Square 1 Art orders will be here on December 8th! Thank you to everyone
that bought your child’s artwork to support our wonderful school art program!
Student’s self-portraits have been hanging and they should be coming home in the next
few weeks. I keep most of their artwork in school until it has been hung and the next project is
finished!
In December students will be exploring with different mediums and starting new projects.
In 1st grade students will create a watercolor still life. In 2nd grade students will learn what a
reflection is and paint a winter scene. 3rd grade students will learn about the artist Henri Matisse
and create a collage. In 4th grade students will sew their self-portraits. 5th grade Visual Art
students will start creating tessellations.
Art Club is all full for the rest of the year.
Making Art Gifts just started and we have 3 more classes. December 3, 10, 17.
Mud Club will begin in January.
I have been enjoying working with your children!
~ Mrs. Christopherson
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Free Microsoft Office Program
 Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Cherry Creek School District is now
providing students the opportunity to download and install Microsoft Office at no cost to them.
The Microsoft Program allows students to access the latest version of Office and to be
better prepared for the tools used in our modern world. Students can use their Cherry Creek
School District student account to download and install a full version of Microsoft Office
software, including: Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook and more!
It can be installed on up to 5 computers, including Macs and Windows-based devices, and
used on up to 5 mobile devices, including iOS and Android devices.
The software will stay active as long as the student remains enrolled with the Cherry Creek
School District. Students will need to be connected to the internet at least every 30 days to verify
they are still eligible for the program, though no action is needed other than being connected to
the internet.
- See more information at:
http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/InformationSystems/Pages/MS-OfficeProgram.aspx#sthash.Zh4ho0EI.dpuf
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Mark your calendar
The Positive Effect of the Arts on Kids
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
9:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Presented by Student Panel led by Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull
(As more information about this presentation becomes available mid-month, it will be posted on the Summit
front hall bulletin board and www.pinccsd.org ; or email [email protected] for details.)
Parents, school administrators and community members are welcome and encouraged to
attend PIN’s free presentations. No need to RSVP—just come!
Presentations are free and are held the first Tuesday of each month at:
Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC)
14188 E. Briarwood Ave., Centennial 80112
(south of Arapahoe Rd., between Potomac and Jordan Roads)
Come at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and networking.
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[email protected]
* Summit Elementary website
http://summit.cherrycreekschools.org
* Summit facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/SummitElemPTCO
* Newsletter link
http://summit.cherrycreekschools.org/Pages/Newsletter.aspx
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