August 8, 2012
MEET & GREET
Just a reminder you are all invited for our Meet & Greet open house this
Friday night from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the school. Updated class lists will be
posted on Friday in time for the event. This is a time for you to stop by,
meet your teachers, drop off your school supplies, and start to build your
relationships with our staff. We are very excited to see all of our new
students and to welcome you into our BFHE family.
This year all of the registration forms are on line. Did I just hear a unified
YIPPEEE from the community? You will no longer need to fill out the same
information on 12 different forms. You just need to log into the system and
fill out the on line forms one time. You will need your child's ID number
which can be found on their last report card or on any papers you were given
by admissions when you registered in the CCSD. If you cannot find your ID
call our front office and we will help you 720-886-8900. Please, Please,
Please, complete these forms before Monday. I would LOVE to be the first
school who completes all of our registration forms. After all, we are the
most technologically advanced school in the district, how will it look if we
don't have our forms completed? Here is the link.
Our wonderful nurse is healing quickly and we wish her good thoughts. We
will have a substitute nurse the first couple weeks of school. We will
continue to update you as things progress forward. Thank you for all your
love and support. You don't even know her and yet your love and support
have been overwhelming.
Class Size Information:
Our wonderful community is growing rapidly, and I am excited to tell
everyone that we have approximately 45 additional kids who will be students at BFH. Welcome to these families, we are glad you are here. With growth comes some normal growing pains but CCSD is committed to excellence and they have provided relief for our school. In the next two weeks we will be hiring additional math and literacy teachers. During our 2 hour literacy blocks and during our 90 minute math blocks there will be additional teachers (1st grade – 4th grade) who will be the core instructional teachers for Math and/or Literacy. This is a perfect plan because it so nicely
matches with our ability grouping philosophy. Homeroom class sizes might
appear to look larger then your traditional expectations. Please do not
worry about that number. The homeroom class size reflects the number of
kids who will be together during specials (Music & PE). It does not reflect
the class size during core subjects. Once school gets started, ask your
student how many kids are in their Math and Literacy classes. Ask them
how many adults are in their Science and Spanish class. I think you will find
that the student/teacher ratio will be below traditional expectations during
these core instruction times. If you have any questions or concerns just talk
with the teachers or give me a call.
Parking Lot/Drop Off Plan:
School parking lots are probably the most frustrating place on earth. Just think about the task at hand, to get 400 kids in or out of the school in a 15-minute window. I have yet to find a school parking lot that does not evoke some negative emotion from drivers. I am here to beg you to follow simple guidelines, to use common sense, and to be patient, again always remembering the task at hand. I have personally witnessed a child run over in a school parking lot. The child stepped out of her car before the car had fully stopped and the child slipped under the rear tires with her mother at the wheel. The child survived and recovered fully, but I am not sure her mother will ever recover. It may be your own child’s life you are saving by acting responsibly in our parking lot. Thank you for your due diligence. Please see the PDF in the News From the Forest Section
Drop off –Parking lot document.
Web Page, Web Page, Web Page! Please get into a regular practice of checking our web page for information. Our goal is to communicate with parents through the web page.
Check out the article in the Aurora Sentinel about our great school. Keep an eye on the Denver Post for an article to be out next week. People are talking and they sure like Black Forest Hills Elementary. Thanks to all of you for making this school an amazing pace. We are grateful!
What can I say; thank you is not good enough. I am speechless and honored.
Black Forest Hills Elementary School