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Principal's Message

Dear Timberline Community,

The 2016-2017 school year is off and running. I am so excited to see our returning students, as well as all of the new faces in our school. The kids have been extremely well behaved and have been working very hard in the classrooms. There has been a very positive vibe in the building since our first day.

This year will be another exciting year at Timberline Elementary. We have some new activities and opportunities for kids that I cannot wait for our kids to participate in. The goal is to not only provide excellent academic opportunities, but to provide many other activities for our students to excel in as well. This year, our students will have an opportunity to participate in choir, orchestra, chess club, art club, athletic intramurals, robotics, mileage club, student council, Battle of the Books, Girls on the Run, Field Day, homework club, a spelling bee, awesome field trips, amazing assemblies, and much more. Some of the activities are limited to the older grade levels, and some may include a fee. If the fee is ever a barrier to your child participating, please let me know and we can work something out.

I also want to remind you all of the fun activities the PTO sponsors outside of the school day. If you were not at the Back to School Night, I want you to know that these activities will only continue if we have parent volunteers to organize and facilitate them. I will provide a few dates of upcoming events at the end of this letter, however, please know that our goal is to make Timberline Elementary the center of this community. This year’s events, providing we have parent volunteers, will include, but are not limited to—Bingo, Monster Ball, Grandparent’s Day Breakfast, Muffins with Moms, Donuts with Dads, Veteran’s Day parade, Book Fairs, Spring Carnival, Family Fun Nights, Daddy-Daughter Dance, and more.

Fundraising has been intentionally cut since I have arrived at Timberline four years ago. I have made the commitment to all of you that we will limit the number of fundraisers that we do. With this said, I ask that you continue to cut out Box Tops, as well as keep your milk lids from Longmont Dairy and send them in with your kids. Please also look for information coming home about King Soopers’ and Safeway shopping cards. These types of fundraisers do not cost you anything other than a little bit of time. Thank you in advance. We will once again do the Boosterthon Fun Run for our fundraiser in February. We are still getting feedback from parents, staff, and students as to what we will put money towards this year, but as always, our number one priority will be money for our teachers’ assistants (TA’s). The role of a TA in our building is very important. The TA is responsible for the safety of your student during recess and lunch. We would have to make significant changes in programming if we could not fund the money needed for the TA’s.

Please expect a bit of change in regards to homework this year. As a school we are analyzing the amount of homework we have sent in the past, as well as how much we are currently sending. We believe it is important for a child to read every single night. I ask that you please be part of this process, whether that be reading to your child or having them read to you. Our goal is to limit the amount of nightly homework to about ten minutes per grade level. There are many positives that can come out of a child being responsible to read and to take work home to complete, however if they are not understanding the work at an independent level, please try your best to help them. You can also let them struggle through it a bit and do the best they can, or write a note to the teacher that the work was difficult for your child. If you have any questions, please talk to your child’s teacher.

Keeping your kids safe is and always will be our number one priority. Please continue to follow the appropriate drop-off and pick-up expectations. We will be having our first safety drills very soon. Expect a fire drill, lock-down drill, and tornado drill to occur within the next couple of weeks. The first time we practice the drills, we give the kids ample notice and we talk them through the process. These drills are very important to the safety of our building. As a reminder, there will never be a perfect process when delaying dismissal due to inclement weather. I ask that you be as patient as possible and know that we are doing the best we can to keep all kids safe. Be sure to update your emergency contacts in case you are not available to pick up your child. This can be done by logging onto my.cherrycreekschools.org and updating emergency contacts. We also ask that you provide a driver’s license or state issued identification upon entering our building. This is an expectation and you will need the ID every time you enter the building. Please note that supervision outside of our building in the morning does not start until 8:45 am. I ask that you please do not send your child to the school until this time, unless they are eating breakfast.

I realize this was a lengthy email, but I want to do the best I can to include the majority of school information that you may need to know. On a personal note, my family and I would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all of your supportive and positive words, thoughts, emails, texts, calls, visits, food, flowers in our yard, and hugs during our difficult time. This is just another reminder that the Timberline community is the best in the world. Thank you!

I am still looking for recess volunteers, so if you would like to come and twirl the jump rope, pitch the kickball, be a 4-square judge, etc. please come by and sign up in the main office. Thank you in advance.

I hate to add things like “rules” on to my emails, so I will call them “best practices”. I also have included upcoming events. Thanks for your support and cooperation in making our school safe and community friendly.

8/29/16 Family Fun Night at Cold Stone Creamery on Quincy/Buckley

9/10/16 Cherry Creek 16th Annual Fitness Festival

9/10/16 Bingo Night- Space is limited. 5-7pm

9/13/16 Anthony’s Pizza Family Fun Night

9/13/16 Book fair begins

9/14/16 Grandparents’ Day Breakfast- Please RSVP

9/16/16 Kona Ice Truck (after school)

Some “best practices” for a safe and community friendly school:

-Please be courteous and follow the rules of drop-off and pick-up

-Please do not bring pets on to the campus

-Please do not park in the PTO Auction winner spot--- unless you are the winner!

-Please do not drop your kids off at the school until after 8:40 am (unless they are going to breakfast).

-If you choose to park in the employee parking lot, please do not leave until 3:50 pm.

Thank you once again. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always call me at school or on my cell phone at 303-550-5197. Have a great day!






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