Wednesday, December 21, 2016

       Hi folks!  We finally made it to our Winter break, and kids have worked hard to earn it.  We recently published our Pioneer short stories, and then focused on Pioneer essays.  Rowan wrote a great proposal for a holiday party and we had a blast.  Secret Santa was a big success, and fun was had by all.  Thanks for supporting the activity by helping your student shop for Secret Santa gifts and for providing the snacks.  We had so much food that quite a bit ended up going home with kids.

      We are at our halfway point through the school year and I want to say that I've enjoyed this year tremendously.  Thank you for entrusting the Open School with the education of your wonderful kids, and thank you for allowing me to guide them through this moment in their lives.

      Don't forget about our Pioneer artifact assignment.  Students are to bring in their artifacts, with accompanying paragraphs, when they return on January 9th.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,


Sunday, December 4, 2016

       HI folks!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break!  the cold weather definitely makes it feel like the holiday season.

      We have been busy working on our Pioneers unit.  Most students have finished their pioneer short stories. For the next two weeks we will dive into our research project.  Each student is learning about a topic under the Pioneers/western Expansion topic.  We have gathered resources, and have begun gathering information.
Soon we will plan and craft our essays.

      On Friday students received a home assignment to do a hands-on artifact connected to their research topic.  Please discuss this assignment with them, and help them brainstorm possible ideas.  They received a form on Friday to have an adult sign and have returned.  Please have your student return this as soon as possible.

      A big thanks to Rowan for writing a great Secret Santa proposal.  Talk to your student to see if they would like to participate, and a note with more details will be coming soon.



Monday, October 24, 2016

Conferences and Halloween

Hi folks,

It was great to see you all at conferences.  Thanks for all of the fruitful conversations.  This week we will continue our Pioneers unit(we are about halfway on the trail to Oregon), finish our read aloud, and continue our work with figurative language and parts of speech.  Also, ask your student what they volunteered for our class Halloween Party, hosted by Aliya and Ian.

 Halloween Skate Day 2016

          Halloween is quickly creeping up on us and it’s time for all of the JCOS creatures of the night to gather at Skate City for our wicked all school skate day.  On Monday, October 31st, dressed in our most outrageous costumes, we will climb aboard the buses and be transported to the Skate City off of 121st for a monstrous time.

          The cost is $8.00, which can be paid online through JeffcoConnect up until Friday, October 14th.  If, for some reason, you pay online and your child is absent the day of skate day, the money will be used to help pay for the all school end of the year picnic.  The $8.00 can also be turned in to your child’s advisor on Monday, Oct. 31st.  We’ll be picked up from school at 9:00 and dropped back off at 1:30.  Don’t forget to pack all the gooey and slimy things that you want to eat for lunch and bring your roller blades if you want to use them.

          Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear your costumes, as long as it won’t get in the way of skating (no masks or costumes that hang down by your feet).  Don’t forget to bring your head, $8.00, your slimy lunch and your costume.  Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to join us if they dare, but must also pay $8.00.  Please call Rosie at #303-982-7056 if you have any questions.  Come dressed in your best and be ready to have a bone chilling good time.

                                                                                      Rosie and David

Directions:  Take Wadsworth South to 6thAve.  Get on 6th Ave. going East.  Get off 6th Ave. on to I-25 going North.  Take I-25 all the way to 120th.  Take a left on 120th, cross the bridge and turn right on Delaware.  Turn right on to 121st and follow to Skate City, which will be on the right side of the road.

Haunted House – Do you like to be scared?  If so, come on down to the gym and get ready to scream.  We will open the doors to the haunted house around 1:45 and will keep them open until 3:30 or until everyone is too scared to go through any more.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Conference Schedules Are Out

Hi Folks,

October is here and we are in the rhythm of the school year.  We have finished our small moment publishing, and have started our Pioneers unit in earnest.   Each student has taken on a pioneer persona, and has been writing diary entries from the perspective of this persona.  Wagon trains have also begun their journey to Oregon in search of a better life.  Ask you student about their pioneer experience.  We have also started a read aloud linked to our unit.  Mr. Tucket, by Gary Paulsen, is the story of a pioneer boy who gets separated from his wagon train and befriends a mountain man, Mr. Grimes.

Conference sign up folders are out!  Sign up for your student's conference on October 20th or 21st. Conference folders are on the tables outside the main office.


Monday, September 19, 2016

This Friday is our first early release day.  Students will be dismissed from school at 1pm!

Have a plan for your student that day.

All School Colorado Opera Tour

Kara, Melody, Tom and Steve are excited to invite students Kindergarten through
Walkabout to join them in a Backstage Workshop at the Colorado Opera. This workshop is one of Colorado Opera’s most popular events, so don’t miss it!

November 8th from 9:00 am until 1:30 or so.

The cost is $11.00. Spaces are limited, so students will be signed up on a
first come, first serve basis.  Money is due October 18th. We will be taking a bus to the DCPA and then eating our lunch there, so students will need a sack lunch the day of the tour.

Bring your money to Melody or Kara to reserve a spot.

Thank you,
The JCOS Music Department

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bee hive for Bee Club!

Hi folks.  I have just gotten word that the bee supply store To Bee or Not To Bee is donating a hive to our JCOS Bee Club.  Please let me know if you would like to put you name in a hat to be a host home.  You would provide a space for the bee hive, and learn all about what it takes to "keep" bees.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hi all!  I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend.  We will spend time this week reflecting on our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.  We will write thank you notes, reflect on our goals, and write a small moment piece about our trip.  Stay tuned for pictures from the trip.

This week we have a few important events to note.  Tomorrow is our individual Picture Day.  Order forms will go home today.

Friday is our IA Morse Park picnic.  We will walk to Morse Park for a day of fun with friends and classmates.  Students will need a water bottle, a sack lunch, sunscreen and good walking shoes. Parents are welcome to join us.

This Friday is also our Garden Concert from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in our school garden.    There is music by Ryan Chrys and Bradley Weaver.  Adults are $10 and kids are $5, which includes pizza and water.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday, August 27th

     Our fall trip is fast approaching!  This week was dedicated to preparing ourselves for this great experience.  We had several conversations with all of the 4/5 groups together to prepare for our trip.  We have selected our tent group, planned meals, set up tents, started our trip journals all this week, and began setting our trip goals.  On Monday and Tuesday we will finalize our preparations for the trip.  Students received a packing list for the trip, so take a look at it with them over the weekend. Thanks for all the help getting your paperwork in, too!
     Friday was a great day for me.  Getting to spend some one on one time with your student really helps me get to know them better as learners.  Everyone had the opportunity to have a conversation with me about their reading, as well as do a short yet informative reading and writing assessment.  

Have a great weekend,


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, August 19th

       Welcome back again, everybody.  It was great to see you all at the New Year's Eve party and our Trip Meeting/Back to School Night.  Even though our first week was only two days, we are already getting into the swing of things.
       What a luxury it is to have 18 students in our advising group!  We spent a lot of time on Thursday discussing rhythms and routines, and on Friday dove right in.  We finished our letters to selves, where we wrote about out excitements, hopes, and worries about our school year.  We will open these letters on the last day of school. We also created our own personal coat of arms, that will be on display in our classroom. Come and see if you can identify your student's coat of arms.  And finally, we did the egg drop, which several eggs survived a drop off of the roof!
     Next week we will start preparing our students for our trip.  We will introduce our trip, plan meals, create tent groups. and discuss expectations, worries, and set trip goals.  Please hand in your trip paperwork and copy of health insurance if you have not done so yet.
     Math will also begin next week.  If your student is in 5th grade, they will have math with Per.  If your student is in 4th, They will be in my math class.
     Finally, Friday is our testing day.  Your student will be doing a reading and writing activity during this time.  Your student will be at school only for the hour you have scheduled on that day.

 Have a great weekend,


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope your summer was as enjoyable as mine.  We did some travelling inside of Colorado, going to Silt for the Colorado State Beekeeper's Association's Summer meeting, where I took my field test to enter the Master Beekeeper's Program.

We also went to Palisade for the annual Lavender Festival.  Palisade is well known for it's wineries and vineyards, but there is also a budding(get it?) lavender industry out there.  This is the second year we've done to this festival and have fallen in love with Palisade.

 Another highlight from my summer was climbing Mt. Bierstadt with my daughter.  This is the third time we've tried, and made it up successfully. What a beautiful day we had, too.  

I'm excited to get the year started and can't wait to start building community in our new classroom.  Please notice the upcoming dates on the right bar, as well as other helpful information.