Monday, May 22, 2017

Almost there!

Hi folks.  We are in our last week of school, and we have some events to share about.

End of the Year Picnic
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
11:00 to 11:30 – Tree dedication for Dana in the garden
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be grilled and served.  There will also be watermelon, chips and a drink.  Come on out and fill up your bellies.  Once people have eaten they can play the picnic games we have set up (volleyball, soccer, paddleball, Frisbee, hula hoops, etc.).
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – People will have the opportunity to play with the parachutes, participate in earth ball games and/or partake in the wet and wacky activities in the Lollipop.
1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Water fight and slip and slides in the designated water area out on the field. Volleyball, soccer, badminton, Frisbee, 4 square, paddleball, etc. will remain set up for those who do not want to get wet.
2:30 p.m. – Big clean up of everything out on the field.  Popsicles to wrap everything up.
Last Day of School
Our 6th grade balloon ceremony is on Thursday at 10:30 AM in the field.  All are welcome to join us as we send off our 6th graders with this unique Open School tradition.
Dismissal is at 1 PM on our last day of school.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Final Countdown!

Hi folks!  We are now in our final countdown mode, which means that a lot of fun activities are in store for us.  Next week, on Tuesday, 5th graders will be visiting their future advising groups for an hour, while the fourth graders(future 5ths) will host a visitation for our future 4th graders.

Wednesday is Downtown Day.  Each student will need $10 and a sack lunch.  They will also need to be dressed for the weather, and have good walking shoes.  We will provide tickets for any group that is taking the Light Rail, so students won't need any money for that!

Thursday is the end of year Band and Orchestra performance, at 6:30 PM in the theater.

Wednesday, May 24th is our end of year picnic, and Thursday, May 25th is our last day of school.  The 6th grade balloon ceremony is at 10:30 AM in the field, kinder graduation is at 11:00 AM, and dismissal is at 1PM.

End of the Year Picnic
            On Wednesday, May 24th we are going to have our all school end of the year picnic to celebrate the year and all that we have accomplished together.  The picnic will begin at 11:00 with a tree planting ceremony in the Green House in remembrance of Dana and the many incredible ways she touched all of our lives.  At 11:30 we will start serving lunch, which includes hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, watermelon, chips and a drink for everyone to enjoy.  Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to join us in this end of the year celebration, but please leave your dogs at home!  The following activities will be set up for people to enjoy once their bellies are full: volleyball, soccer, badminton, 4 square, Frisbee, paddleball, bubbles, jump roping and more.
            At around 12:30 p.m., people will have a chance to play with the parachutes, participate in earth ball games and/or partake in the wet and wacky activities in the Lollipop. Then People will have a chance to cool off on the slip and slides and in the water fight from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.  Be sure to bring your swimsuit, a towel and/or a change of clothes.  Sunscreen is another important item to bring and/or wear to the picnic.  If people don’t want to get wet, they can play soccer, volleyball, badminton, 4 square, Frisbee, paddleball or hangout in the grass.  There will be a big clean up of the field at around 2:30 p.m. and the day will wrap up with popsicles for everyone.
            If you have any questions, please call and leave a message at #303-982-7056.  We look forward to a fun day of eating and playing together.  Cross your fingers for good weather!

                                                                        Rosie, Melody, Jacob and Benjamin

Have a great weekend,


Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5th

Happy weekend, folks!

      This week we are beginning to wrap up our year!  We wrote reflections of our camping trip, and thank you letters to parents or staff members that helped us on the trip.  We have also selected books to commit to for the rest of the year.  Ask your student what book they have selected.

     Next week we have quite a bit going on!  On Monday a guest author, Chris Paolini, will be coming to our school for an author visit.  We will also have a visit from a Jefferson County librarian, We will also be an audience for different 6th grade voyages throughout the week.  Finally, we will be starting a free writing assignment to end the year.

Have a great weekend,


Monday, May 1, 2017

Hi folks!  We had a great trip last week.  I hope your student told you all about it.  We are in the final homestretch for the rest of the year now.  As usual, though, the end of the year is filled with events.  Here are some:

Friday, May 5th:  Field Day
Monday, May 8th: Author visit-Chris Paolini
May 8th-12th: 6th grade voyage sharings
Friday, May 12th: JCOS Film Fest 6pm
Wednesday, May 17th: Downtown Day
Wednesday, May 24th: End of year Picnic
Thursday, May 25th: Last Day of school for students;  release at 1PM

Field Day Note

          The school year is coming to an end and it’s time once again for field day.  Field day will be held on Friday, May 5th and will follow this schedule:

Field Day Schedule
8:45 to 10:00 – IA
10:00 to 11:15 – Preschool, Kindergarten and ELC
11:30 to 1:00 – Clean up from the morning and set up for the afternoon
1:00 to 2:30 – Pre-Walkabout and Walkabout
                         (Capture the flag, volleyball, soccer, Frisbee,
                           tug-a-war & more)

            Please make sure your child wears clothes they can easily move around in, tennis shoes, sunscreen and a jacket in case it’s cold.  If you have any questions, please call and leave a message on my voice mail #303-982-7056.  You are also more than welcome to come join us and participate in field day.  We are looking forward to a super fun day.  Cross your finger for good weather.

                                                                                                Rosie and David

Growing and Changing

Today we will be sending notes home for our 5th grade growing and Changing curriculum, starting next Monday.  This is an optional curriculum for 5th graders.  Take a look at the note, and have your student return it as soon as possible.

JCOS Bee Club: This summer I will be starting a JCOS Bee Club, where I will teach students about honey bees and honey bee management.  Just yesterday, I installed bee hives in three students' back yards, and will periodically go through the hives, manage them, and teach kids about the art and science of beekeeping.  Students will be in full bee suits while working the hives.  The three hive for Bee Club are near school, in the O'Kane Park area in Lakewood, and the Ralston-Central Park area in Arvada.  If you are interested in your student participating, just let me know, and I will keep you informed of Bee Club days.



Friday, April 14, 2017


Family Fun Day

Thanks all for a fantastic Family Fun Day, especially Rowan and Emerson, who wrote the proposal.  I hope parents had an opportunity to get a glimpse of a typical day for kids at the Open School.

Next week we are preparing for two big events.  The Night of Exhibitions is Wednesday, and kids are working to finish up their posters for presentation.  Ask your students what they can do this weekend to help themselves over the weekend.  Can they draw a picture, find a map, chart or graph, find and print a photo? We will also be finalizing our trip preparations.  Check in with your student about the packing list. Ask about how tent set up was.

Have a great weekend,


Friday, April 7, 2017

     Hi folks!  I hope you all enjoyed the spring break with your kids.  We are wrapping up our school year and its hard to believe, but we're only seven weeks away from summer!  Thanks for all of the great conversations at conferences, too.  

     We still have a lot to do in these seven weeks, though.  We have completed our essays for our What Matters To Me projects, and are now researching for our second writing component, as well as planning our poster presentations.  I hope you can all join us for our Learning Expo on Wednesday, April 19th, from 5:00 to 6:30, where we will share our final projects.  

     You can visit science museums and interactive student led exhibits in classrooms in the elementary wing.  In the commons area, work from Pre-walkabout students will be on display.  Come and learn folk dances with Melody and end your evening by learning from our LEAP (9th Grade students) who will present projects.

5:00 - 5:30  Elementary Students will go to their classrooms to present their work
5:30 - 6:30 Families can tour exhibits in classrooms and the commons together
6:30 - 7:00 DOR Presentations (appropriate for 4th, 5th, 6th grade students and families to attend)

Folk Dancing with Melody - Please go with your child to Melody's music room at your scheduled time.
5:00 Per's Advising
5:15 Bryan's Advising
5:30 Molly and Jim's Advising
5:45 Jana's Kinder Advising
6:00 Mary and Ana's Advising
6:15 Kristi's Advising

This is an evening for families to spend together looking at and appreciating student work.  Please keep your children with you throughout the evening.  We hope to honor student work by speaking to students, asking questions, and learning together.

Trip Meetings

We have our mandatory trip meeting for our spring trip on Monday, April 10th at 3:45 in Kristie's room.  Our parent volunteer meeting is the following week, Monday, April 17th, also in Kristie's room.  Or trip is only two weeks away!

Downtown Day

The IA will be doing our annual Downtown Day on Wednesday, May 17th.  We are looking for parent volunteers to take a small group of students downtown for the day.  If you are interested in volunteering for Downtown Day, let me know.  

Have a great weekend,


Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day everybody!  It was so fun to see everyone dressed up for our holiday today.

We have been working hard to prepare for PARCC testing and conferences simultaneously, while still trying to finish our What Matter To Me essay.  It's been a challenge to address all three thoroughly. Kids have been working hard, though, and we are all looking forward to the upcoming break.

PARCC Testing

On Monday we will start our math sessions of PARCC.  We will have two session on Monday, and two on Tuesday.  Please help your student prepare by ensuring that they are well rested, fed, and on time during these testing days.  We have a tight testing schedule and will need to start on time.  The rest of our testing sessions are after spring break.


Thanks to all for signing up for conferences next week.  We have begun our portfolio organization and reflections of work this year, but will continue to prepare next week as well.  Students will be driving their conversation at their conference, using a checklist/guide that we will create next week.  I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Day Of Dialogue!  Wednesday, March 22nd

Parents are invited, March 22! Every year the Walkabout puts on a conference about an important issue. We call this event a Day of Dialogue. This year the students planning the day are inviting parents to participate. This invitation is for all Open School parents. The theme is population, sustainability and human rights. The community is exploring how these three topics are interrelated. You will find a program in the weekly wire and posted on the front doors at school. Can't wait to see you there March 22!