Welcome to spring! It has been a joy to be back in the building with our kids. We look forward spending the last 35 days of the 2016-2017 school year with our Teller children. This newsletter is full of very important information, so please take a few minutes to read it in its entirety.
Spring brings many changes, and over the past few weeks, Teller has experienced our fair share of changes. Keeping that in mind, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce to you our new and improved discipline policy. This is in response to feedback we received this year from parents and staff members, as well as to make sure our policy is in alignment with the district’s discipline policy. I spent time during our Staff Professional Development last week sharing this policy with facility members, school leadership personnel, and the Collaborative School Committee (CSC), to make sure everybody understands and is on board.
Now I would like all families to take the time to review this updated policy, found below. Our staff is sharing this information with students as well. As we plan for next year, we will guarantee that this policy is included in the Teller Family Handbook.
Our goals is always to promote and celebrate positive behavior. We are rededicating ourselves to recognizing positive choices made by our students. However, we as a staff have also committed to a standardized, consistent plan to address negative behaviors. Below is a summary of our discipline policy that is currently in place, including a non-exhaustive list of examples of various behaviors. You can view the entire discipline policy on the Teller Website by searching “Discipline Policy”. Additionally, you will see the steps in which all staff members at Teller will follow if needed.
Tier 1, Type 1 or Levels A-C Behaviors
*If severe, these behaviors may need to be higher than a Tier 1, Type 1 or Levels A-C
Step 1: Warning
Step 2: “Think About It” desk
Step 3: Consequence Assigned
Step 4: Office Referral
Tier 2-6, Type 2-6, Levels D-F, or Habitual Tier 1 Behaviors
Plan A: No Serious Safety Risk or Follow Up from Tier 1 Behaviors
Plan B: Serious Safety Risk
One of the bittersweet changes we encounter in the Spring is having to say goodbye to staff that are moving on to something new. Here are the changes in staffing for the 2017-2018 school year that we would like to share with you.
Nasreen Moloo (Kindergarten) – I have had a wonderful year at Teller Elementary getting to know families and staff. Next year, however, I have accepted a position at a school in Stapleton. It was a tough decision to make but one that allows me the opportunity to be closer to family. I am thankful for all the friendships I have made here at Teller and hope to carry them with me.
Carly Evans (1st grade) – In mid-June, I will be moving back to Minnesota to be near my family. We will be moving back to the Twin Cities and am really excited for a new adventure! I am planning to continue teaching in Minnesota. It has been my greatest honor to work with so many Teller students and I will miss you all terribly. Thank you for the past 5 years!
Rebecca Sparks (3rd grade) – At the end of this school year, I will be moving to Pennsylvania to join my husband. He has received a promotion within his company that began in mid-March. I have enjoyed my time at Teller and plan to seek a teaching position at the elementary or middle school level for next year.
Sara Singh (4th/5th grade) – Next year I am excited to be transitioning to a slightly new role at Teller. I will continue teaching literacy in the classroom, and look forward to “looping” up to 5th grade with my current 4th graders. However, for the other half of the day I will be taking on a Senior Team Lead position. I will be joining Haiti Johnson and Stephanie Star, two experienced STLs, as part of the Instructional Leadership Team. My work will mainly involve supporting, coaching, and co-planning with current Teller teachers around literacy instruction and differentiation.
Rivian Bass (GT/HGT Specialist) – I have accepted a position as a half-time GT Specialist at Isabella Bird Community School in Stapleton. I am excited to bring the experience and ideas that I’ve gained here at Teller to a new GT Program. Working half-time will allow me to continue teaching, while also taking the opportunity to travel with my family.
Gabby Herndon (Secretary) – I am heading back to school! This summer I’ll be helping with the Summer Academy at McMeen Elementary, while attending classes in the evening, and starting this Fall, I’ll be going to Arapahoe Community College for Nursing. During my “free time” over the summer, I hope to spend as much time as possible up in the mountains. I’m going to miss my Teller kiddos, but I plan to stop by next year to check in on everyone.
We are working diligently to find the best candidates to fill the big shoes of our departing staff. Please help us show huge amounts of support and appreciation for all of our staff who are leaving. Every person in this building plays a vital role, and we truly have some amazing individuals that help make Teller the beautiful community that it is. Take a moment to say goodbye to those staff who have been important to your children during their time here.
Laurel is building our enrichment catalog for next year and wants your input. If you are at all interested in participating in after school enrichment offerings, have in the past or might want to in the future if we only had something for your kiddo INCLUDING ECE OPTIONS, please fill out this short survey! Thank you in advance!
Make sure to pay attention to the signs posted on the streets around Teller! They’ll let you know which side of the street is subject to street sweeping each day. Tickets for parking in a Street Sweeping zone are HEFTY!
Join us for “A Night In Paris”, where we can all dance the night away! There will be a DJ, a photo booth, and you can purchase pizza and a drink for $6! We can’t wait to see you all there!
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Serving on the CSC as a Parent Representative is an excellent way to understand and provide input on the processes and budget workings of the school as well as an opportunity to work closely with our principal and teachers. CSC Parent Representatives may serve for a one- or two-year term. A two-year term is highly recommended (and encouraged).
Please complete the attached form and return it to the Office by April 18th.
As part of the library projects, we are still in need of travel size items to prepare Chemo Care Kits for Kids. As you may know, we have partnered with the Children’s Hospital to help kids with cancer alleviate chemo side effects and make their stay at the hospital more pleasant.
This is a great opportunity to teach our students the magic of giving and caring by involving them in the collection process.
The library is still accepting donations this month thru April 28th from 8 am to 3 pm.
You may leave your donations in the library or in the office if students are testing in the library.
Grade level donation assignments:
K.- Lip balm
ECE.- Travel size hand sanitizer
1st.- Travel size body lotion
2nd.- I-tunes gift cards
3rd.- Note pads / pens
4th.- Cozy socks
For more information, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance,
…is coming soon!!!
May 8 to May 12, 2017
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There are so many retailers to choose from for every type of personal interest. Visa, Amex and Discover cards are available, too!
Simply go to: www.ShopWithScrip.com. At the very bottom of the page you’ll see a link for retailers by category. You can also request a list be emailed to you by contacting Lisa Aiken @ email@example.com
Email your order to Lisa by Monday, May 1st.
Cards will be available by Friday, May 5th.
Payment via cash or check will be accepted upon delivery.
We’d love to see many of our families attend the Family Leadership Institute and English Language Acquisition Districtwide Advisory Committee (ELA DAC), hosted by Family and Community Engagement (FACE) and ELA. The topic for this session is “Organizing Others.”
Families can join FACE and ELA from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St.
Free food, childcare and interpretation services are provided. Families can register here or email Lilian Pacheco to register. Families can also call 720-423-2277 to register.
Tellerpalooza will be Saturday, May 27th! Tellerpalooza is Teller’s largest fundraiser each year at the Bluebird Theater with Teller Bands, awesome local bands, games, food, a bake sale, and a “wall of wine”. More event details coming soon!
Do you like live music, throwing big parties and being a part of the community? Then we want you for the Tellerpalooza planning committee. The event depends solely on the parents and the community to make it a success. We have lots of open spots on the committee so you’re sure to find something that suits your interests. Contact Kristina Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or about volunteering with Tellerpalooza! – Emily Port and Kristina Reilly
Teller has launched an app that features an event calendar, push notifications, news, absence notifications, and more! Be sure to download the app at the App Store or Google Play to stay-up-to date and WOW those Teller Tigers in your house with your use of technology. Search for “Teller Elementary”