September 2018 Newsletter
Dear North Star families,
We are excited to start the school year off with many improvements to North Star both inside and outside of the building.
Probably the most noticeable changes are related to the 2016 Bond Program thanks to our community.
This has included a reconfigured front office area with a secured entry vestibule; improvements to the front access to our building; the addition of another hallway connection to our Library Media Center; restroom and plumbing improvements, a relocated and larger art room; new classroom cabinetry, new interior paint; new corridor and cafeteria flooring; improvements to our playground; upgrades in restroom ADA accessibility; replacement of exterior doors; and new classroom technology.
In addition to changes in the building itself, we also have changes in our staff. This year we added four new staff members. Elizabeth Paplow has joined our kindergarten team after completing a long-term substitute position at STEM Launch last year. Kamrin Goode, a veteran teacher from Jefferson County Public Schools, is our new first grade teacher. In 4th grade, we are thrilled to have recruited a veteran teacher from Texas by the name of Stephanie Gilmore. Finally, Cindy Oliveras from Cherry Creek Public Schools is a wonderful addition to our fifth grade team. We are very fortunate to have such skilled staff members join our team!
If you attended our back to school night, you may have noticed some new faces in new places. Julie Miller has moved from the kindergarten team to the first grade team. Jill Dupuis (formerly from 1st grade) and Dana Laurent (from 2nd grade) are now part of our kindergarten team. Lauren Hafer has moved from 5th grade to 3rd grade. Anna Fure-Slocum who has spent the last few years in kindergarten is now on our 4th grade team and Sarah Ramirez who spent many years in 3rd grade is now teaching with our 5th grade team. We believe these new faces in new places will increase the rigor of instruction throughout the building.
This year we are working hard to involve our fathers in our school by implementing WATCH D.O.G.S.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. We are looking for dedicated fathers, grand-fathers, or uncles to volunteer as WATCH D.O.G.S. at North Star Elementary. If you are interested and/or would like more details, please contact Angela Chambliss at 720-972-5564.
We hope your child had a great start of the school year. Below please find two important reminders:
Monday, September 3rd- Labor Day/No School for Staff/Students
Tuesday, September 4th-Assessment Day
Details coming soon. This is not a normal school day and students will only attend school during their assigned assessment time.
Thank you for your continued support of North Star!