Larkspur News!

March 3, 2017

Did you know…

 

*Champions will be here this summer? If you sign up between now and March 17th you will receive free registration. Code: FREEREGSMR17 sign up today! www.discoverchampions.com

 

*If DCSD’s mill levy override tax was equal to Cherry Creek School District’s, it would provide close to $100 million dollars in additional revenue for DCSD PER YEAR! This disparity in funding is creating a serious problem for all of us in the business of educating kids in DCSD.

 

This was just one of many concerning financial facts presented at Tuesday night’s District Accountability Committee’s (DAC) quarterly meeting at Rocky Heights Middle School. Interim Superintendent, Erin Kane, walked us through a very informative presentation about the serious funding challenge facing Douglas County School District. 

 

It is time for the citizens of Douglas County to come together and solve the funding challenge plaguing our district. I know I can count on the support of all LES parents to work with me towards the greater good. Please join us for further budget conversations at our next SAC meeting 3/13 4:30-5:30

 


*Being academically successful may come easy to some students, but for most it takes persistence, practice, and perseverance. Frankly, it takes GRIT. What is GRIT? Our teachers were presented this video and I would like for you to take a moment to share Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance. Thank you for joining us in the journey of developing the whole child and ensuring they learn how to have a growth mindset, fail to learn and preserver through their educational career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*PARCC/CMAS is fast approaching. Have you every visited School view or the other sites that compare schools? Do you know how these grades are obtained? You guessed it through state mandated testing. After listening to many parents share their worries about testing, I would like to take the time to share a few important points.

We love our school and know that we are the best in DCSD, however we are a public school in the state of Colorado that is mandated to take PARCC/CMAS. This tool is used to hold schools accountable to ensure that every student is getting the education they deserve. When we have a large population of students excused from these assessments it does impact our rating/scores and the gap between our school and other schools widens. Parents and students are powerful stakeholders. Students are way more than just a score, but we, their educators, need to know if we are guiding them to master standards and academic content, and the test helps us to know if we are on the right track. I encourage you to take the time to research PARCC/CMAS. Ask yourself, is excusing my student from an assessment that helps teachers ensure their curriculum is allowing students to master grade level content and to show if a school is meeting expectations and providing a quality education the right choice? I will of course support your decision, but wanted to ensure everyone had the facts on how this impacts our school. 

 

PTO wants you to know!

 

*Go Bobcats!  Show your Spirit!  Remember every Friday is Spirit Wear Day.  Don't forget to show off your Bobcat spirit by wearing your favorite Larkspur Elementary t-shirt, sweatshirt, or pants!  Hold tight- we are working on our spirit wear collection for this spring and hope to have order forms ready to go in a couple of weeks.  Keep a close eye on your inbox as you won't want to miss this opportunity to place your order for Larkspur Elementary spirit wear!

 

*LES Open House! – March 7, 2017 4:30pm – 7:00pm The PTO in conjunction with The SAC will be hosting a Science & Technology Open House for prospective new students and families.  Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends about this opportunity to see why we call LES home for our kids!

 

*Next Boot Line Dancing is planned for Friday, March 10th starting at 5 pm in the LES gym  Dust off your boots and come learn or practice some line dancing with your friends and family.  Cost is $5 per family and all payments go back to our fabulous line dancing teacher volunteers, Ms. Parsons and Mrs. Dann.  It's loads of fun!

 

*The next General PTO Meeting is planned for Thursday, March 9th at 6 pm in the LES library.  Come to hear updates on what we're working on, where you may be able to help and much more!

 

*PTO has put a bin to collect silent auction donations in the LES lobby next week.  Please put your donations with the completed Silent Auction form (Thursday Folders) in the bin or give gift cards or anything small of value to the front office staff for safekeeping.  We are also collecting baskets, basket filler, basket bags, etc.  Thank you for your donations!

 

*Get your tickets now for the 20th Annual Boot Scootin' Boogie!  Go to http://www.larkspurboot.org/ to register for the event.  Payment can be made through PayPal using the credit card registration form or fill out the check registration form, print it out and send it with a check payable to the LES PTO to the school, Attn: LES PTO Boot.  Ticket sales end 5/1/17 and there will be no tickets sold at the door.  Tickets are a great deal at $50 each and include a catered dinner, fabulous dessert buffet, open bar, photo booth, dancing to our DJ and live band, Premium Diesel Band and much more.  Of course, there will also be Live and Silent Auctions, the Wine Wall, Casino Games and more for you to enjoy at the event.  We hope to see y'all there. 

 

*Next Boot Planning meeting is Tuesday, March 7th at the Larkspur Fire Department's large conference room at 9:15 am.  Come see how the Boot planning is going, see where you can offer help, ideas or experience to help make this fundraiser a fabulous and successful event.

 

*The School Directory is now available on the LES PTO Website at LES Directory.  If you need the updated password, please contact the main office, or a member of PTO.  Please know that should you lose track of the password, an email address matching one found in the directory is required and the password will then be emailed to that address.  This measure is in place to keep the directory data secure.

 

*If you have questions or need PTO related information, please email larkspurpto@gmail.com You can also find updates and information at www.larkspurpto.org 

 

Week up ahead:

Tuesday 3/7 PTO Open House 4:30-7:00

Thursday 3/9 PTO mtg 6:00-7:00

Line Dancing 3/10 5:00-7:00

 

I wish everyone a safe and wonderful weekend!

 

Jen Odham, Principal

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