May is almost here, and we only have about five weeks left until summer. I hope your child has had an excellent school year and you have noticed academic and social/emotional growth from the beginning of the school year until now.
I would like to thank all of you who came to visit me when I slept on the roof two weeks ago. Although it got a little chilly, it was so fun. Thanks to all of you, our students exceeded the FunRun goal from earlier this year, and I was fulfilling my promise to sleep on our roof. We have signed another contract for next year with the same company, so I will have to start thinking of the next crazy experience.
Thank you for scheduling student appointments outside of our most recent testing windows. The students have been working very hard on their state tests (Grades 3-5), and it is easier on everyone when the students are present and do not have to make any tests up.
As the nice weather begins to bless us with warm days, it also can lead to other potential situations. I continue to speak to our kids about walking to and from school safely. I make it very clear that they are never to speak to a stranger during this route. If you can please discuss or reinforce this with your child, I would greatly appreciate it. This is also the time of year when lightening storms and tornados can occur. Please be sure to update all of your emergency contacts through my.cherrycreekschools.org in case there is ever a time when we have to hold students at the school. If severe weather presents itself, we will ask all parents/guardians to please come into the building and check their children out from their classrooms. Everyone must have a state issued identification and be listed on PowerSchool in order for us to release the child. Our students and staff routinely practice safety drills, and they know what to do and where to go in case of a tornado. Please note that if we were ever in a full tornado safety drill/situation, we will not be answering the doors for parents. It is important that adults within the building are safe as well, and they too will be in a safe location.
I continue to request that dogs are not brought on to school property during school hours, especially during the start or dismissal of school. Although I am a "dog lover", we have had two significant incidents involving students and dogs during the past four years. Therefore, I do not want to take any chances and keep your child's safety as my top priority.
I hope everyone has been updated on our school start/end times for next year. Next year, school will start at 8:00 am and will end at 2:45 pm. Please adjust drop off and pick up accordingly, as it may or may not change your normal routine. Please do not forget our awesome before and after daycare program that is offered on a daily basis. If you need any more information about daycare, please call the main office and we will connect you with Ms. Leslie. Our before and after care program has grown tremendously over the past few years. Due to the growth and state licensing regulations, I ask that all students and families refrain from using the playground closest to the staff parking lot until after 6:00 pm. The reason for this request is to ensure that all of the daycare students are accounted for and that they have a place to play all to themselves. Thanks!
I am excited to introduce a new app for iPhones and Androids that should make many things more convenient for you. The app is free of charge and it can be found in the app store under "Timberline Elementary". We are working out a few bugs, but it will be in full implementation by the end of the year. This app will allow you to conveniently send attendance excusals in without having to call the office. It makes it easy to check the breakfast and/or lunch menus, school supply lists, teacher contact information, calendar events, news, etc. Once I am confident that the majority of parents have downloaded this app, I will more than likely send out notifications to you regarding any information you might need. I realize many of you will miss my monthly pre-recorded phone messages, but this will be a lot more efficient. Please call the main office if you need any help downloading the app. Parents have already begun using the attendance freature and we have heard positive feedback.
Timberline continues to progress through the school year with minimal distractions. Our focus on the "whole child" has not changed. As a principal, I could not be any prouder of our school community. If there is anything that you see or hear about our school that is different than what I am thinking is going on, please call me and let me know.
I have made a note of some important upcoming dates that may or may not impact your child. Please note that this year's fifth grade continuation has been adjusted from when we normally hold the event. Every few years, Timberline's continuation and Eaglecrest High School's graduation fall on the same day. We have tried our best to accommodate families who may have kids in both schools.
Thank you once again for being so supportive. We have the best school community in all of the state. Your continued support for our children, the school staff, and the neighborhood is what makes us so unique.
• April 8 School Spring Carnival
• May 4 Field Day
• May 9-11 Book Fair
• May 10 Muffins with Mom
• May 11 PAWS Assembly
• May 12 Kona Ice Truck/Spirit Day
• May 16 4th/5th Grade Choir Concert
• May 16 Chick-Fil-A
• May 17 PTO Meeting
• May 24 Kindergarten Continuation
• May 25 5th Grade Continuation
• May 26 Last day of school 12:00 Dismissal!!!!!