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StarNews 1/14/19

posted Jan 14, 2019, 2:07 PM by Jane Baker


Important Dates-

January 21-Last day to complete the Stargate Parent Survey

January 21-MLK Day Holiday,-no school for students, no Eagle’s Landing

January 23-6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting, Stargate Performing Arts Auditorium

February 13- Evening Conferences all grades (normal Wednesday schedule)

February 14-Secondary-regular school day for middle and high school students, evening conferences only

February 14-Elementary- Conferences all day-no school for elementary students, Eagles Landing Full Day Out-separate sign up.

February 15- Conferences, no school for students all grades, Eagles Landing Full Day Out-separate sign up.

February 18-Presidents Day Holiday-no school for students, no Eagle’s Landing


Planning Ahead:

March 9- 6pm Stargate Gala-Omni Interlocken Hotel

March 25-29- Spring Break

May 21- 6:00pm High School Graduation, Macky Auditorium/ University of Colorado Boulder

May 22- 6:30pm 8th Grade Continuation-Stargate Fieldhouse

May 23- 8:30am Kindergarten Graduation-Stargate Elementary Commons


Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, School Information, Staff Directory

Updated Sports Schedules

 

Congratulations!

On Monday, January 7, members of the Adams 12 staff presented Stargate with the John Irwin School of Excellence Award for 2018. Stargate has received this award every year since 2000. The John Irwin award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an Exceeds Expectations rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. More information about the award and recipient lists can be found HERE. Congratulations to our entire Stargate community!

 

 

Parent Survey Open Until January 21

Attention all Stargate parents/guardians! We need to hear your voice! The School Accountability Committee is conducting the annual confidential Parent Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey. The survey will be available January 7th-21st, 2019.

The goal of this survey is to gauge how Stargate is meeting the needs of your children and family. Specifically, these results are used to:

  • Create recommendations for the Governance Board

  • Prepare reports for the State of the School presentation

  • Guide the Governance Board in their reviews of the Administration

  • Monitor progress toward Stargate’s goals

The survey is anonymous!  No names or IP address are collected. Please CLICK HERE for the survey link.

You can win a $50 Amazon gift card!

To enter the drawing, please complete the following steps upon completion of the survey:

1. Print the final page (the confirmation page).

2. Write your child’s and teacher’s name on the page.

3. Return it to the front desk or send it to class with your student.

Only one entry per household permitted.

THANK YOU for your participation!


Stargate's 12th Annual Dodgeball tournament is on February 1st @ 4:00pm!

Registration closes this Friday, January 18th @ 8:00pm.

To register a team- https://goo.gl/JQX18s

To register as a free agent- https://goo.gl/bg9z7b

Please note that kids may play in their bracket or above. For example, a 4th grader may play in the 3/4 bracket or the 5th grade bracket, but not the 1/2 bracket.

Cost to play is $2/student and is payable at team check-in.  


If you would like to order a Stargate Dodgeball T-shirt, order forms can be found here: https://goo.gl/koAqD6

Please turn in completed order forms with payment to the elementary front office. Checks should be made payable to Stargate. T-shirt Orders are due by Friday January 18th by 4:00pm


If you need the edit link to your team registration, need to remove your child from the Free Agent list, or have any other questions, please contact crc@stargateschool.org.

 

Stargate Fundraising Committee  

Stargate Gala 2018 - "Totally Awesome 80's"

Tickets & RSVPs

Registration for the 2019 Gala is now open!! Invitations will be in your mailbox this week (paper invites and digital).

 

Dig out your neon, tie dye, best mixed tape, spatter paint, flight jackets, Ray-Bans, slap bracelets, and AquaNet and come ready to rock the night away at the 2019 "Totally Awesome Stargate Spring Gala". The "80's casual" event will take place at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield on Saturday March 9th. While enjoying a blast from the past you can take an advanced look at the live auction items and browse the best silent auction items that will suit everyone's needs and desires including the very popular Teacher Adventures. The ballroom will boast fun 80's decor with your favorite throw-backs and a super delicious plated dinner (beef, fish or vegetarian). So plan your totally tubular outfit and mark your calendars. You won't want to miss this most excellent night!

 

Register at: https://handbid.app.link/totally80s (case sensitive link)

You may also turn in the RSVP card to the Stargate front desk including payment (cash or check made out to "Stargate School).

 

Tickets are $70 each if purchased by February 2nd (after Feb. 2nd pricing increase$75 each) or purchase a table for 10 people for $675 if purchased by February 2nd (after Feb 2nd prices go up to $725 for a table of 10). SPACE IS LIMITED THIS YEAR!!

 

The LAST day to register/RSVP is February 22nd. The dinner menu is located HERE .

 

Full details can be found on the Stargate Fundraising Gala Webpage HERE.

 

Contact fundraising@stargateschool.org for more info or if you have trouble with online registration.

 

Option - Eagle's Landing Childcare during the Gala

It's a Pajama Party! Eagle's Landing will be providing childcare (for kids 5 years and older) from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. for Gala attendees for a minimal fee of $10 per child for the entire evening.Sign up when you register for the Gala.

Kids can wear their PJ's and are allowed to bring their electronic device but it should be labeled. Also, kids are allowed to bring a pillow and sleeping bag for comfort.

 

Eagle's Landing support/care will take place AT Stargate during the gala event.

 

Business Sponsorships

We are looking for businesses to partner with Stargate by sponsoring the event with a cash donation or a donation of goods and services. In return we will promote these Business Partners leading up to and at the event. Click HERE for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

 

Silent Auction Donations

Click here for information about how to donate silent auction items.

 

Art Contest - Stargate Gala 2019 Program Front Cover Contest

Calling  all artists -- would you like your original artwork to be on the front cover of the Stargate Gala 2019 program? If so, the Stargate Fundraising Committee is looking for your art!!

  • Contest rules and detailed information can be found here

  • One Grand Winner will be featured on the 2019 Stargate Gala program cover.

  • Other submitted entries will be displayed at the Gala.

  • Return completed student art to the Stargate front desk (primary or secondary building).

  • Digital entries may be emailed to: fundraising@stargateschool.org

  • Art Contest is open to all current Stargate students, K-12

  • Contest starts on January 22nd; all artwork is due Wednesday, February 20th – winner to be announced in the February 25th Star News

Adroit Expo Day- Friday April 19, 2019

Save the date for our 3rd Annual Adroit Expo Day, Friday, April 19th. The Adroit Expo Day is the day where all students will present their Adroit Expo project for the entire community to enjoy. On this day we will have a modified daily schedule and students will present their projects in shifts for their classmates and community members to enjoy. More information about this day will be provided when we get closer to April 19th. All students in grades K-12 will develop a project that highlights their interests and passions. Some grade levels have already begun working on their project and some will begin in the next few weeks. Grade level work on the

Adroit Expo projects will take place in the following classes:

  • K-5th grade: Homeroom Class

  • 6th Grade: Adroit Class

  • 7th Grade Connect Class

  • 8th Grade: Adroit Class

  • 9th - 11th Grade: Adroit Class

  • 12th grade : Eagle Hour Class (they will present their capstone project)


The Adroit Expo project is different than Adroit class that all students in grades K-12 will experience throughout the school year. You can access the K-12 Adroit class Program Plan here for more information about Adroit class at each grade level.

Adroit Update- 3D Printer Class

Attention Makers!!! Adroit is partnering with the Gizmo Dojo!!

On February 23 and 24, Stargate is hosting a 3D printer build class taught by The Gizmo Dojo. The printer that we will be building is the Ender 3 from Creality!! The class will include the guided build, teaching how to slice, print, change filament, debugging, and all the rest of the info that it takes to get you up and running!!! We need to order 6-10 kits to make this class happen!! This would be great for friends, siblings, parent/child teams to spend a weekend together and leave with a brand new 3D printer ready to go!!!  Registration is required. More details at www.theGizmoDojo.com/build-ender-3 . Flyer with more information is also attached.



Lost and Found

Please check the tables for items belonging to your student. It is helpful to write their name on their jackets, lunchboxes, etc...as we can try to get them returned. All items left in Lost and Found will be donated over Spring Break.


Charter Renewal Information

As a charter school, Stargate must periodically renew its contract with the Adams 12 Five Star School District.  During the 2018-19 school year, we are due to renew our charter. We submitted our Charter Renewal Application on September 10, 2018.  The next step involved tours of the school and recommendations on our application to the Adams 12 Board of Education by the District Accountability Committee and the Adams 12 staff.  Those recommendations were made at the regular business meetings of the Adams 12 Board of Education on December 19, 2018 and January 9, 2019. The next meeting is Wednesday, January 16, 2019 for a question and answer session with the Board of Education and Stargate Board and Administration. The Board of Education vote is scheduled for February 6, 2019. It is wonderful to have a large presence of our Stargate Community at these meetings so the Board can see how many people love having Stargate as a school of choice for their children.  You can choose to speak during the open mic at the beginning of the meeting or just be present so they can see what a strong community we have. Thank you for showing your support for our school!


Cable Connection January 8, 2019

posted Jan 8, 2019, 2:59 PM by Jane Baker



Important Dates:

January 15-Seniors Star Track Meeting 6:00pm

January 16-6:00pm Spelling Bee

January 17-6:00pm Secondary Prospective Parents Meeting

January 21-Martin Luther King Holiday-no school for students/Eagle’s Landing closed

January 23-6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

January 24- 5:00 PM - Sherlock Hounds Parent Information Meeting

January 24-6:30pm Geography Bee

January 30-2:15pm-3:30pm Dodgeball team practices

February 1-4:00pm Dodgeball Tournament


Updated Sports Schedules

Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, School Information, Staff Directory


I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. My time away from school was spent relaxing and spending quality time with my wife and daughters. I look forward to beginning this semester revisiting topics that I believe students need to be reminded of periodically including the power of words, bullying and harassment, online safety, sexual harassment, discrimination, consequences of drug involvement, and the character trait of kindness. Today was a great start to our round robins sessions covering these topics and students will finish the remaining session on Friday.


I am excited for a great spring semester!


Rise above,

Rob



Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Beginning this month, we will be starting a new proactive and preventative safety program. A company called Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines will begin visiting our school, in a non-threatening but very visible manner using scent trained friendly dogs. Their presence is a visible reminder to students that drugs, alcohol and dangerous substances do not belong in school. It is our intention to deter individuals from bringing these items to our school. Sherlock Hounds will begin randomly scheduled visits throughout the year beginning this month. We have chosen this company because of their ability to design the right program for our school climate, their safe and non-threatening canines, their background in education and their goal of reducing occurrences of drugs, alcohol and other substances in school. Sherlock Hounds will assist in maintaining the safety of our school. This program will be in addition to discussing the negative effects of drugs, alcohol, and dangerous substances with students. If you would like to hear more about this program, please plan to attend a parent information night with a representative from Sherlock Hounds on January 24 at 5:00 pm in the Secondary Commons.

 

Parking Lot Safety Talk For New Drivers

We will offer our next Parking Lot Safety Talk for students on Friday, January 11th at lunch in the front office conference room. If students hope to obtain a parking permit between now and the end of February, they need to plan ahead and attend the Parking Lot Safety Talk in January.

 

Interest in being a Girls on the Run Coach for 6-8 Grade Girls?

Stargate middle school Girls on the Run program (Heart & Sole) is in need of 2-3 volunteer coaches. As a coach, you will inspire girls to have a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. The team consists of 2-3 coaches and up to 16 girls.

The season runs March 5 through May 18th culminating in a Denver 5k. There are two 90 minute practices per week after school (days to be determined based on coach availability).

Visit www.girlsontherunrockies.org for more information. If we do not have any volunteer coaches, we will not be able to offer the middle school program this spring. If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please email Tami Pippert at tlpippert@gmail.com.


Come Cheer on our HS Basketball Teams!

This week, Chick-fil-A will be at our varsity games on Friday. It is the first time that both of our varsity basketball teams will be playing at home on the same night. They will be bringing the cow out, playing games during the half, and throwing out prizes. Chick-fil-A will also be available for purchase in the concessions stand. Bring the family out and cheer on the Eagles to victory! The Girls Varsity game starts and 5:30pm and Boys Varsity will start at 7:00pm. Admissions is $5 Hope to see you there!


Hischke’s Happenings! January 8, 2019

posted Jan 8, 2019, 12:29 PM by Jane Baker



Important Dates:

January 9-Elementary Students return to regularly scheduled school day

Week of January 14- Next round of school clubs begins

January 15-6:30pm Elementary Prospective Parents Meeting

January 16-6:00pm Spelling Bee

January 21-Martin Luther King Holiday-no school for students/Eagle’s Landing closed

January 23-6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting

January 24-6:30pm Geography Bee

January 26-K-5 Basketball begins (registration required)

January 30-2:15pm-3:30pm Dodgeball team practices

February 1-4:00pm Dodgeball Tournament



Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, Teacher Blogs, School Information


Welcome back!


As most of you know, I enjoy reading. I know people will say, how do you find the time, but it has become a habit before bedtime. Aside from historical fiction, I enjoy reading inspirational literature and I came across a passage that I would like to share with the community.


He said, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day  regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”


~Charles Swindoll


Attitude plays such an important role in our daily lives. I often use the beginning of a new year to reflect on ways in which I can improve in my daily interactions with others and the number one area that I have control over is my attitude. I have a choice on how I will act and respond to those around me. I have a choice to act positively or negatively. I have the choice to treat others with kindness or contempt. I have the choice to smile in the loop and encourage others to act with kindness or to head out with a negative attitude and start everyone’s day off poorly.


As we move forward in 2019, let’s choose to focus on our attitude and the positive affect it can have on those around us.


Rise above,

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal



Calling all Parent Volunteers!

The elementary and middle school teachers are in need of some parent volunteers to help grade the Geography Bee assessments. In years past we have had an amazing turnout for this volunteer opportunity and we are hoping to get at least 10 parents to help this year too!


Here are the details:

Day: January 17, 2019

Time: 8:00 am

Location: Elementary building

Extra Info: Coffee will be provided


Please use this SignUp link to volunteer:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-parent



ACCESS (ELL) Testing

The ACCESS testing window is from January 14-February 15. Parents/guardians of students taking the test will be sent an email. Feel free to email our ELL Coordinator, Sandy Francis (sandy.francis@stargateschool.org) with questions.

 

It is that time again...Yearbooks!

Hello! The elementary yearbook is now in the production process!  Thank you to our our 5th grade student committee and parent volunteers for taking on this project.  After much research and discussion, it was determined that it is best to go with Pictavo again this year.  The elementary book can be ordered online only and the cost is $50 ($52.63 with tax) until January 19. After that date, the price increases to $55 until March 16.  All orders must be placed no later than March 16. Please know there is not an option for personalization this year.  I would recommend you keep a copy of your purchase receipt in case there is an issue at distribution.  The distribution date is scheduled for early May.  The school code is 82025.   

To order the 2018-2019 book online, please use the following link:  https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool


Yearbook Committee Meeting

We will meet on Thursdays, from 3:15-4:00 in an elementary room to be determined.  Please plan to pick your child up by 4:05.  The meeting dates are as follows: January: 10, 17, 24, 31; February:  7, 21, 28 (last meeting).


Second Annual Stargate Snowhounds Ski-trip to Loveland Ski Area
We have a few spots left on this trip! Stargate’s Specials Team is offering a daytrip for third - fifth graders during our spring parent/teacher conference. The first fifty students who sign up will be enrolled in ski or snowboard school by their ability level and enjoy a day on the slopes and lunch with friends. The bus will leave Stargate Elementary School on Thursday, February 14th at 7:00 AM and return to the school at 6:00 PM. The $110 fee includes the cost for transportation, equipment rental, all day ski lesson, lift ticket and lunch. (Students can bring their own equipment, but we cannot negotiate any price reduction) The fee must be paid by January 31, 2019. Please sign up here.



Health Policy-When to Keep your Student Home

District policy states your child must stay home for at least 24 hours if he/she is sent home from school with any of the following:

  • Fever of 100 or above

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea


Staff information to help with processes

  • Sandy Francis - Elementary 504 Coordinator K-5 and ELL Coordinator for K-12

  • Nancy Provataris - Elementary School Psychologist

  • Chris Fee - K-3 Learning Services Provider

  • Patrick Holmbo - 4-5 Learning Services Provider

  • Sara Moeller - Elementary Assistant Principal

  • Veronica Vieyra - Administrative Assistant to Missy Hischke and Sara Moeller

  • Lori Bustamante - Elementary Registrar

  • Traci Snouffer-Elementary Health Aide

Special Stargate Board of Directors Meeting

posted Jan 7, 2019, 1:54 PM by Jane Baker

Hello Stargate Community,

The Stargate Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at Stargate at 5:00 PM for a proposed executive session to discuss matters that may be subject to negotiation, to develop negotiating strategy and to instruct negotiators [per Colorado Revised Statute 24-6-402(4)(e), specifically regarding matters pending between the school and Adams County Five Star School District No. 12

The agenda can be viewed here  

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for January 23 at 6:00 PM at Stargate.

Thank you,

Calley Herzog, President

Stargate School Governance Board

Board Update - December 2018 / January 2019

posted Jan 3, 2019, 9:20 AM by Jane Baker   [ updated Jan 3, 2019, 9:23 AM ]

Dear Stargate,

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone is enjoying the time off for Winter Break.

In addition to the usual recap of recent and upcoming board meetings, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on two important community topics - our charter renewal and the corner lot development. 

I hope the information below is helpful and please feel free to reach out with any questions! (Governance@stargateschool.org)

Best Wishes,

Calley Herzog

Stargate Board President

 

AD12 Charter Renewal Process

There are three main events related to our charter renewal process:

1)      The District Accountability Committee (DAC) appoints a subcommittee to review our application, attend a school tour and then provide their findings and recommendation to the Adams 12 Board of Education (BOE).

2)      The AD12 Staff reviews our application, attends a school tour and then provides their recommendation to the AD12 Board of Education.

3)      The AD12 BOE votes on our charter renewal.

 

We are currently between steps 1 & 2!  The DAC provided a summary of their review and their recommendations regarding renewal of our charter to the AD12 BOE on December 19, 2018. The DAC highlighted several concerns they had during their review and the DAC recommendation was for a 2 year renewal with conditions. Fortunately, we were able to respond to several of the items in their review during our school’s presentation to the AD12 BOE at that same meeting.  There were also many community members in the audience and several opted to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting.  We appreciate the passion and perspective of every speaker who took the time to voice their opinion at this important meeting! 

 

Based on the feedback we got from the AD12 BOE at the Dec 19 meeting, we do not expect that they will take the DAC’s recommendation for a 2 year renewal with conditions.  The next step is that the Adams 12 Staff will make their recommendation to the AD12 BOE at the January 9 meeting.  We have been working collaboratively with the AD12 Staff all year and we expect the Staff recommendation to be different than that of the DAC. We look forward to their feedback and insight. We will be given an opportunity to provide additional information, if requested, to the Adams 12 Board on January 16, 2019.  The Adams 12 Board is scheduled to vote on our renewal application on February 6, 2019, but could vote sooner.  If you have questions about the charter renewal process please contact Calley Herzog (Calley.Herzog@stargateschool.org) or Teresa Thomson Walsh (Teresa.Walsh@stargateschool.org).  Thank you for your support.  We will continue to keep you informed as this important process proceeds.

 

Corner Development / Parking & Loop Access from 144th  

The Board’s role in this process is limited to negotiations with the developer, specifically regarding the new entrance only. Similar to sharing the cost of a fence that borders between two houses, this street will border the school facility and the retail development.  We have worked with Evergreen Development and the City of Thornton for more than two years to come up with a plan that works for our community.  Community meetings were held in May, November, and December to gather feedback to inform these negotiations. Our goal in these negotiations has been, and continues to be, being included in the project planning in an effort to influence the construction plans so that we improve our parking lot and traffic flow at the same time as the new construction. Collaborating with the developer in the planning stage allows us to coordinate our construction plans with theirs and share the costs.  To that end, the Board sent a letter  to the Thornton City Council expressing our support of the development project being proposed by Evergreen.

We do not have control over which developer the land owner sells the property to.  We also do not have control over the specific establishments that will occupy the buildings.  

The Thornton City Council controls zoning of the property. Current zoning is Business Park which would allow “urban village” uses (e.g. large business buildings, apartments, hotels, etc.). The developer is requesting to change the zoning to Community Retail which would allow smaller buildings and uses that are typically more compatible with a school. 

On December 18 the Thornton City Council had planned to hold a public hearing regarding the corner property. The agenda was amended to postpone the public hearing to the next council meeting on January 9. The postponement was based on a technicality regarding the posted signage regarding the public hearing.  The public hearing is your opportunity to voice your insights or concerns regarding the development.  You can find more information about Thornton City Council meetings here.

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to review the excellent summary provided by Lynne Allen, Doug Ryan and Apryl Sweat that was presented at their December 3 community meeting.

December Highlights

The Board voted to allocate the remaining bond funds to the development at 144th Avenue contingent upon Evergreen closing on the land.

The Board approved the questions for a staff survey to be conducted by a third party. The survey will collect important information regarding our school climate and effectiveness of remedial measures taken regarding retaliation. The Board also approved the annual parent survey questions to be conducted by our School Accountability Committee after winter break.  

The Board approved forming an ad hoc committee for hiring an Executive Director pursuant to Board Policy 1.11 with Samantha Howorko and Teresa Thomson Walsh serving as the required Board members.  The Board further approved inviting Kevin West, an Adams 12 staff member, to sit on the ad hoc committee.  OEHM Consulting is preparing the draft Executive Director position description which will be subject to Board approval before the position is posted.

Coming in January

The next regular Board meeting will be held January 23rd at 6:00pm in the Stargate Performing Arts building.

Proposed agenda items include:

·   Committee updates and any applicable charter revisions from: Grants, Community Relations Committee (CRC), Elections and School Accountability Committee (SAC).

·   The Board will: discuss progress towards goals as defined in the Strategic Plan, review/approve the Executive Director Job Description and review/approve the new Committee Handbook and Code of Conduct. 

StarNews 12/17/2018

posted Dec 17, 2018, 11:58 AM by Jane Baker



Important Dates-

December 21-Staff Development Day-No school for students, no Eagle’s Landing

December 24-January 6-Winter Break-campus is closed, no Eagle’s Landing

January 7-Staff Development-no school for students, no Eagle’s Landing

January 8-Secondary Students return to school, Assessments for K-5 Students, Eagle’s Landing full day out-sign up required.


Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, School Information, Staff Directory

Updated Sports Schedules


Holiday Giving Tree

Support the Stargate Giving Tree for families in need. We need gift cards to grocery/household stores like King Soopers, Safeway, Walmart. Drop off $25 gift cards no later than December 18th to either Front Office.

 

Community Relations Committee

The 12th Annual Dodgeball Tournament will be held on February 1st.  Sign-ups must be completed by January 18th, 2019 with confirmation sent on or around January 25th. Few things to note:

  • Teams will be comprised of 10 players with the following groupings
    (K; 1-2; 3-4; 5th; middle school and high school)

  • Teams will play their own grade group.

  • Kids may join a team above their grade level but not below.

  • A parent team manager is mandatory for every team.

  • Teams can practice in the Elementary Gym or Field House on January 30th from 2:15pm-3:30pm ONLY.

  • Teams should plan to check in 30 minutes before their designated start on Game Day.

  • Team Sign up is here:           https://goo.gl/JQX18s

  • Free Agent Sign up is here:  https://goo.gl/bg9z7b

New Items

  • Referees will be Adults only.

  • To guarantee a slot for your team, please also include a parent volunteer to referee 1- 30 minute session.

  • All referees must be adults so if your team does not have a parent Referee volunteer, your team will be queued until we are able to locate a volunteer.

  • We will not have a T-Shirt Decorating day for this event

  • If you would like to order t-shirts, please note the following:

  1. T-shirts with the attached design (see Shirt Order Form below) can be purchased for $10 each with a single color option for your whole team. Once that color is reserved, it cannot be purchased by another team in that grade bracket

  2. Custom shirts can be made and prices are TBD.

  3. Please contact amemery1@gmail.com  for more information

  4. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to Stargate Fundraising. Thank you for your support!

Please direct any questions or concerns to crc@stargateschool.org.

 

Parent Survey Coming in January

Attention all parents! We need to hear your voice! The School Accountability Committee is conducting the annual confidential Parent Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey. The survey will be available January 7th-21st, 2019

The goal of this survey is to gauge how Stargate is meeting the needs of your children and family. Specifically, these results are used to:

  • Create recommendations for the Governance Board

  • Prepare reports for the State of the School presentation

  • Guide the Governance Board in their reviews of the Administration

  • Monitor progress toward Stargate’s goals

The survey is anonymous!  No names or IP address are collected.

You can win a $50 Amazon gift card!

To enter the drawing, please complete the following steps upon completion of the survey:

1. Print the final page (the confirmation page).

2. Write your child’s and teacher’s name on the page.

3. Return it to the front desk or send it to class with your student.

Only one entry per household permitted.

THANK YOU for your participation!

 

Stargate Fundraising Committee  

Thank you to all of our Stargate families and friends that  have participated in our many fundraising efforts so far this year - including our Fall Fundraiser, Spirit Wear sale, Dining Out Nights, King Soopers re-loadable gift cards, AmazonSmile, our Annual Campaign via Facebook for Giving Tuesday or our online donation portal -your support is truly appreciated!!

 

All of your donations  go directly back to Stargate - our Fundraising Committee is made up of 100% Parent Volunteers!!! And THANK YOU to all of our Fundraising Committee parent volunteers - without you many of the extra items that we are able to purchase for Stargate would not be possible. These volunteers truly make a difference every day.

 

Stargate Annual Campaign

The Stargate Annual Campaign is underway - it is an opportunity to show your support by making a one-time gift OR signing up for a monthly recurring deduction using our secure, online donation form located here. Please consider a tax deductible donation of $200 per family as an investment that will benefit our children for years to come. In addition, many companies match charitable donations; we encourage you to determine if your company provides this

benefit. If you have questions about matching gifts or Annual Campaign donations, please contact the Stargate Director of Operations and Finance, Lynne Allen, at 303-450-3936 or via email at lynne.allen@stargateschool.org.

 

Gala 2019 - Opt In for a Digital Invitation!

We are preparing invitations for our  annual Fundraising gala to be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at The Omni Interlocken Resort. This year's theme is "Totally Awesome 80's"!!

We are once again offering the option to receive an electronic invitation rather than a printed invitation in the mail. This reduces our cost for printing and delivery and is environmentally friendly!

Click the link here (and listed below) and complete the form to opt in to receive an electronic invitation to the Gala. Please respond by  EOD, Monday, December 17th!!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1anY3VsrJPzAnewBx2Ien7B4C62zvS9RBYEYtcA3I8Iw/edit

Do you still want the invitation mailed to your home? No problem and no need to do anything. We'll send mailed invitations to those families that choose to not opt in to receive an electronic invitation.

 

Drive thru  Light Event - "Christmas in Color" at Water World

Load up your friends and family in the car and experience a light show like never before. Drive for over a mile through 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. You’ll see giant candy canes, animated snowmen, amazing light tunnels and more!

Attend "Christmas in Color" on either of the following school spirit nights: Tues Dec 18, Wed Dec 19, or Thurs Dec 20 and Stargate can earn up to 25% back! Hours are 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Book your ticket online today at https://christmasincolor.net/

Be sure to use the code “stargateincolor” at checkout in the coupon field so that Stargate gets credit! Keep in mind, it is expected to be a very busy week at "Christmas in Color" so be sure to book online early and arrive on time to your scheduled period.

Christmas in Color is located at Water World on 8801 North Pecos Street, Federal Heights, CO.

 

Rusty Bucket and Panda Express Dining Night Out

Thank you all who came out Thursday night to support Stargate! Our drawing winners for lunch to be delivered to school are:

Gavin Kunz - 5th Grade

Kate Heidenga - 7th Grade

 

GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!!! 3/16/19 - Stargate Spirit Night with Denver Nuggets

Looking for that unique gift item for friends and family?? Look no further - join in the fun with the game night experience with the Denver Nuggets basketball team on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. The Denver Nuggets take on the Indiana Pacers at the Pepsi Center Saturday, March 16th at 7pm. The Stargate Spirit night with the Denver Nuggets basketball team includes the special Pre-Game warm-up opportunity. Only people who purchase through this link will have access to enter before the doors open, sit in our VIP seats and watch both NBA teams warm up for the pregame shoot around!  

 

Flyers can be found here. Order tickets online at: https://Nuggets.KSETickets.com/stargate

King Soopers Fundraising cards

In an effort to make a bigger impact, Stargate Fundraising Committee will be sending each Stargate family and staff member a King Soopers re-loadable gift card pre-loaded with $3.00.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: The card costs you nothing!

Step 2: Each time you shop, simply give the card to your cashier to reload, or increase your balance, as necessary, before your purchases are scanned. Gift card reloading is paid as a separate transaction. You can use cash, checks, or a charge card to reload up to $500.00 at a time, right at the cash register! You can also reload your card at the customer service desk.

Step 3: Every time you reload the card, King Soopers adds that amount to the Stargate Account. Once the total in any given month reaches $5,000, STARGATE receives a check for 5% of the total! It’s that simple! If we don’t hit $5,000 in any given month, the balance rolls forward to the next month and continues accumulating.

 

This is a way for King Soopers to encourage shoppers to patronize their store, and also for them to support non-profit organizations. For more information, click here.

If 300 Stargate families reloaded their cards with $200 each month to use on groceries and/or gas, our school will earn $3,000/month which means $36,000/year! This is one of the easiest ways to help Stargate earn $$!!!

 

'Tis the Season for shopping - AmazonSmile

Sign up to support Stargate by using AmazonSmile (go to: smile.amazon.com and Sign up ). AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Stargate every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Stargate (0.5% of all qualifying purchases will go back to our school). It's fast, easy and links directly to your current Amazon account.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

 

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. For more details, click here.

 

Fundraising Committee Meeting Notice

Looking for a way to give back or get involved? The Fundraising Committee needs you!! We are looking for more volunteers to help with our annual Fundraising Gala. Please contact fundraising@stargateschool.org for more info.


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found tables in all buildings are overflowing. Please check the tables for items belonging to your student. It is helpful to write their name on their jackets, lunchboxes, etc...as we can try to get them returned. All items left in Lost and Found will be donated over Winter Break.


Charter Renewal Information

As a charter school, Stargate must periodically renew its contract with the Adams 12 Five Star School District.  During the 2018-19 school year, we are due to renew our charter. We submitted our Charter Renewal Application on September 10, 2018.  The next step involved tours of the school and recommendations on our application to the Adams 12 Board of Education by the District Accountability Committee and the Adams 12 staff.  Those recommendations will be made at the regular business meetings of the Adams 12 Board of Education on December 19, 2018  and January 9, 2019.  It would be wonderful to have a large presence of our Stargate Community so the Board can see how many people love having Stargate as a school of choice for their children.  You can choose to speak during the open mic at the beginning of the meeting or just be present so they can see what a strong community we have. Thank you for showing your support for our wonderful school!

Board Update: November / December 2018

posted Dec 14, 2018, 9:52 AM by Jane Baker   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 9:55 AM ]

Important AD12 Charter Renewal Meetings

These meetings are open to the public.  Come show your support! (AD12 Educational Support Center, 7:00pm)

        Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – DAC recommendation to AD12 Board & Stargate Admin Presentations
        Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – AD12 Staff Recommendation to AD12 Board
        Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Stargate Response to Questions from AD12 Board, if needed
        Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – AD12 Board Vote

New 144th Avenue Entrance for Stargate

Thank you to everyone who attended the community meeting on Dec 3rd to learn about Stargate’s new entrance to Stargate from 144th Avenue. The information presented at that meeting can be viewed HERE.  Evergreen Development worked with Stargate to address several of the concerns and suggestions that were raised at the previous community meetings held in May and November. At the suggestion of the community, Doug Ryan is obtaining cost estimates for paving the future overflow parking. Currently it is within the school’s budget to add a gravel overflow lot as presented. If you have any questions about the new entrance, please feel free to contact Lynne Allen, Doug Ryan or Apryl Sweat.

November

The Board met on November 28th for their regular business meeting. Below are the highlights of the meeting:

  • ·         The Board held an executive session to discuss negotiations regarding the corner lot development project.
  • ·         The SAC and Administrators presented the Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) and the Board approved it for dissemination to the community and the district.
  • ·         The Board interviewed candidates for the vacant Director position and voted to appoint Lisa Hosfelt. Congratulations Lisa!
  • ·         The Board discussed research on charter school leadership structures and approved the proposal to work with a third party consultant and initiate the search for a new Executive Director for the 2019/2020 school year.
  • ·         The Board held an Executive Session for personnel discussions related to open/unresolved complaints with Sybil Kisken, the school’s Interim Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer.

November minutes were approved at the December meeting and will be posted to the Governance Website HERE.

 

December

The Board met on December 12 to attend retaliation training from Sybil Kisken, the school’s interim Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer, followed by a regular business meeting, with the following highlights:

  • ·         The Board appointed Kristin Seger to the School Accountability Committee to fill the vacancy from Lisa Hosfelt’s appointment the Board in November.
  • ·         The Board approved allocating the remaining bond funds to the Evergreen Development project, contingent on Evergreen closing on the land.
  • ·         The Board approved the questions for a third party staff survey to be conducted in Jan/Feb.
  • ·         The Board approved the parent survey questions for the annual SAC survey to be conducted in Jan/Feb.
  • ·         The Board approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to begin the process for hiring a new Executive Director.  Stay tuned for more details about this process when we return from winter break!

 

Additional detail on the above items will be available in the formal minutes which will be reviewed and approved at the next Board meeting.  Once approved, minutes are posted to the Governance Website HERE.

 

The next Regular Board meeting will be held on January 23rd at 6:00pm in the Stargate Performing Arts Auditorium.  Hope to see you there!

Hischke’s Happenings! December 10, 2018

posted Dec 10, 2018, 3:38 PM by Jane Baker



Important Dates:


December 10-6:30pm Elementary Parent CAP Information Night

December 11 8:30-1:15 4th Grade Field trip -History of Colorado

December 12 8:30-9:30 Prospective Parent Tour Elementary

December 12-6:30pm Board of Directors Meeting

December 13 2nd Grade Field Trip - Hammond’s Candy

December 13 3rd Grade Field Trip - Boulder Dinner Theatre

December 13 The Rusty Bucket and Panda Express Dining Night Out

December 18 8:15-9:20am 3rd Grade Economics Fair

December 18-20-No After School Sibling Supervision

December 21 Professional Development Day - No school or Eagles Landing

December 24-January 6-Winter Break-campus is closed

January 7-Staff Development-no school for students

January 8-Assessment Day for Elementary Students-Eagles Landing by sign up only

January 9-Elementary Students return to regularly scheduled school day


Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, Teacher Blogs, School Information


Hello to all Stargate Families,


This week I would like to lead with a quote from one of my favorite authors.


He said, “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

~Roald Dahl from the Minpins


This time of year always brings me back to my childhood. I was a curious child to say the least; my mind was constantly wandering and wondering. I was a dreamer and liked to find the beauty in all things.


I was one of the lucky ones. My parents didn’t squash my spirits or make me take off my rose colored glasses. They gave me the freedom to explore, the time to use my imagination, and room for growth. Sitting here I am tearing up as I remember a small section of our backyard that was a dirt patch. I would play in the dirt for multiple hours each and every day creating massive cities for my Fisher Price Little People. I’m sure my parents longed for green grass, but they waited a long time before finally finishing that section of our yard because they knew how much creativity and freedom it offered me.


As we head into the holiday season, I plan to look for all things magical and spend quality time with my family. Please know that I wish you and your families the same.


Rise above,

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal



January 8 Assessment Day


Tuesday, January 8 is an assessment day for all students in grades K-5. The day will look different for students in K-2 and students in 3rd-5th grade. Students only need to be at school during their scheduled assessment time.


All students in grades K-2 will need to come to school for a 15 minute reading assessment. All times for students will vary depending on when you sign them up to come in and take their assessment. After they are done with their assessment they will be able to go home for the rest of the day. You will need to use the SignUp Genius links below to sign your child up for an assessment time.


The schedule looks different for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. All students in 3rd-5th grade will come to school from 8:00am  to 12:00pm and will take two different assessments. The students will take an iReady reading assessment and a writing assessment during this 4 hour block of time. The students are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a snack with them to school for their break time. Please make sure 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are dropped off at school like it is a a regular school day. They need to head to the back of the building and they will be let in when the morning bell rings. All students in grades 3-5 will be dismissed in front of the elementary building at 12:00pm to be picked up by 12:15pm.


Kindergarten - Please make sure you sign your child up with their Literacy teacher.

Mrs. Bowman https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs

Ms. Peters https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs1

Mrs. Wells https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs2

Mrs. Wilson https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs3


1st Grade - Please make sure you sign your child up with their Literacy teacher.

Ms. Kim https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mskims

Mrs. Ramsey https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs4

Mrs. Spletzer https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs5

Mrs. Wall shttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs6


2nd Grade - Please make sure you sign your child up with their Literacy teacher.

Ms. Bolger https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-msbolgers

Mrs. Falace https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs7

Mrs. Lee https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs8

Mrs. Ross https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ACA829A0FE3-mrs9


If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s homeroom teacher or Missy Hischke.



No Sibling After School Care - December 18-20

There is no sibling after school care starting on Tuesday, December 18 through Thursday, December 20 since all secondary students will be taking their finals in the morning.


Child Assault Prevention Program

For Students in Kindergarten and New-to-Stargate Students - Last year the workshops were presented to all students in K-5

During the next few weeks, (December 12, 13, and 17) Stargate School will be participating in the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program.  As parents concerned about the safety of your children, we hope you will participate in this program with us by attending this adult training.

CAP seeks to prevent child assault by teaching children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations (bullying, stranger abduction, & sexual assault).  CAP also prepares adults who are a part of the child’s community (teachers and parents) to help children in this journey.

The success of the CAP program depends on the support of the school community.  Because we encourage children to share their experiences and concerns with adults, it is important that parents and school personnel be willing and able to respond to these concerns.   We invite you to attend the CAP Parent Training on December 10, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Stargate School in the elementary commons. Parent participation is crucial for program success. Please make every effort to attend. This meeting is for adults only.

This presentation will be a comprehensive discussion of the following topics:

An overview of sexual assault issues & dynamics including:

  • Definitions and prevalence of sexual assault

  • Blame, denial, & lying

  • Myths & Facts of Victims & Perpetrators

  • The cycle of abuse & how to stop it

  • Safety Tips and Tools for parents regarding issues of Bullying, Stranger Awareness, Sexual Assault

  • Warning signs of possible perpetrators

  • Why children are vulnerable to assault & how to empower them

  • CAP’s successful prevention model to decrease children’s vulnerability to assault

  • A complete description of the children’s classroom presentations

  • Question & Answer & Review of take home materials for parents

In the days following this presentation, we will be conducting CAP classroom workshops at Stargate School for all kindergarten students and all new-to-Stargate students. Last year the workshops were presented to all grade levels in grades K-5. Please attend this parent in-service so we can all help our children be Safe, Strong and Free!  For additional information regarding the CAP program please visit their website at www.FrontRangeCAP.org .



NEW Teacher Led Recorder Club- 3rd-5th Grade Students only

Tuesday and Thursdays  3:15-4:15 1/15-2/21

Did you know that playing an instrument is scientifically prove to: Boost your math skills, teach patience and discipline, relieve stress, use the creative/right side of your brain, foster a sense of achievement and work better with a group. Help your child succeed and join the Club!

Hosted by Mrs. Ware Club Price $15.00  Recorder Cost $7.00

Sign Up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4faea62da3fe3-recorder


Holiday Giving Tree

Support the Stargate Giving Tree for families in need of holiday cheer. We need gift cards to grocery/household stores like King Soopers, Safeway, Walmart! Drop off $25 gift cards no later than December 18th to either Front Office. Tags will be available starting tomorrow but are not required.


December 13 - The Rusty Bucket and Panda Express Dining Night Out

Join Stargate friends, family and staff at our next Dining Out Night, Thursday, December 13th. Enjoy great times and great meals at The Rusty Bucket (located in The Orchard's) and the new Panda Express (on 144th and I-25).

 

Contest Alert -- Kids and Stargate teachers and staff: Enter your name into our drawing the night of the event at both locations for a chance to win lunch from Panda Express. A lunch (entree and a drink of your choice will be delivered to you at Stargate one day in the month of December.

 

The Rusty Bucket event is valid all day (lunch, dinner or snacks) and they will donate 15% of all qualified purchase to Stargate when you show they flyer (hard copy or digital version). Please note for the Rusty Bucket, the offer is valid towards Dine-In only, food and soft beverages only. Not valid towards gift card purchases.  

 

Panda Express will donate 50% of all purchases from 4pm - 8pm when the flyer is displayed (hard copy or digital version on your phone or Ipad) when you place your order.

 

Flyers are located here.


It is that time again...Yearbooks!

Hello! The elementary yearbook is now in the production process!  Thank you to our our 5th grade student committee and parent volunteers for taking on this project.  After much research and discussion, it was determined that it is best to go with Pictavo again this year.  The elementary book can be ordered online only and the cost is $50 ($52.63 with tax) until January 19. After that date, the price increases to $55 until March 16.  All orders must be placed no later than March 16. Please know there is not an option for personalization this year. I would recommend you keep a copy of your purchase receipt in case there is an issue at distribution.  The distribution date is scheduled for early May.  The school code is 82025.   

To order the 2018-2019 book online, please use the following link:  https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool


Yearbook Committee Meeting

We will meet on Thursdays, from 3:15-4:00 in an elementary room to be determined.  Please plan to pick your child up by 4:05.  The meeting dates are as follows: January: 10, 17, 24, 31; February:  7, 21, 28 (last meeting).


Stargate Music Teacher Earns $1,000 Grant

Elementary School music teacher Mr. Osburn recently earned a $1,000 grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. The grant will help Mr. Osburn realize his vision for a totally original musical score and script about a girl overcoming math anxiety in geometry and algebra - written, produced and directed by Mr. O himself! Stargate 5th graders designed and build part of the set. Watch for this musical to be performed next year during a celebration of Mr. Osburn's 20 years at Stargate. Congratulations!


BYOD Guidelines for 5th Grade Families

In Stargate Middle and High School, students are expected to have their own device and bring it daily to school.  With upcoming Holiday deals, we thought it would be helpful for you to have this in case you want to find a great deal for your student!

Click HERE for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Guidelines document.


Second Annual Stargate Snowhounds Ski-trip to Loveland Ski Area
Stargate’s Specials Team is offering a daytrip for third - fifth graders during our spring parent/teacher conference. The first fifty students who sign up will be enrolled in ski or snowboard school by their ability level and enjoy a day on the slopes and lunch with friends. The bus will leave Stargate Elementary School on Thursday, February 14th at 7:00 AM and return to the school at 6:00 PM. The $110 fee includes the cost for transportation, equipment rental, all day ski lesson, lift ticket and lunch. (Students can bring their own equipment, but we cannot negotiate any price reduction) The fee must be paid by January 31, 2019. Please sign up here.

Lost and Found

Please be sure to check the Lost and Found tables. All items will be donated over Winter Break.


Outside Clubs-January/February Session

Sticky Fingers Tuesdays 1/15-2/21

Contact-Kimberly Douglas www.stickyfingerscooking.com

THYME to TURNIP the BEET on WHAT KIDS EAT™

5 one hour cooking classes open to students in K-5th

Let your child release their inner chef! Students will prepare and eat healthy, globally-inspired recipes all while loving and learning to cook in a fun, engaging and irresistibly tasty way that will turn even the pickiest eaters into avid food explorers!

Our fun, inspiring and creative chef instructors mix together a sense of engagement and excitement as they combine the love of cooking and fun nutritional facts (even a few bad jokes!), safe cooking skills and hygiene, jokes, geography, math skills, food culture and history to help instill a lifetime love of delicious, healthy family cooking.

Your kids will have a blast every week discovering how easy and fun it is to cook (and gobble-up!) tasty, healthy, American classics as well as globally-inspired Sticky Fingers Cooking recipes! Sticky Fingers Cooking offers young chefs the chance to explore exciting tastes, all seasonal and as local as possible, master culinary skills that they can put to use in family kitchens, all while nourishing their bodies and minds.

We practice safe chopping, measuring and mixing skills, use a wide array of cooking utensils all while creating awesomely delicious recipes from the freshest ingredients. Full recipes will be created each class with our AWESOME Master Chef Sticky Fingers Cooking instructors.

Each delicious new recipe prepared by your young chef will be accessible here on our website after each class (www.stickyfingerscooking.com/recipes)  FOR COOKING-UP SOME DELICIOUS FAMILY FUN AT HOME!


Bricks 4 Kidz- Tuesdays 1/15-2/21

Register at www.bricks4Kidz.com/510

Energy is Everywhere—We get energy from many sources.  This session will look at these different sources and reinforce it by building motorized Lego versions using our project kits.  From an oil pump to solar panels and windmills—this one has it all! At the end of the session, each child will create a custom Lego mini figure to keep!


Science Matters-Thursdays 1/15-2/21

Register at www.sciencematters.tv

Our clubs combine fun and science by incorporating teacher demonstrations and hands on activities in a fun, science filled classroom. Each week, students also complete a take home project that reinforces the science concept being taught.   


Art Club (Young Rembrandts) Tuesdays Dates-1/15-2/21

Contact-Michelle Brewer  michelle.brewer@youngrembrandts.com

Register at https://denvernw.asapconnected.com/?org=4027#evented=1268537

Our Winter session of Young Rembrandts brings all new drawings. We’ll learn about famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci and even recreate the Mona Lisa. There will be a lot of variety in our class with drawings like Land of Sweets, Ice Fishing, the Great Wall of China & more! Don’t miss out, enroll now!


ArtVentures Club-Thursdays

Register at www.artventuresdenver.com Contact Kristen Roberts kristenroberts62g@gmail.com

Our elementary-age curriculum is designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary. We believe that drawing is the bedrock skill required for future artistic success. We give them skills to express their creativity, and believe that all children can – and should – learn to draw. You’ll see increased art abilities, learning skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Session 3-Clay Exploration-KG-2nd Grade Only-1/17,1/24,1/31,2/7,2/21


Minecraft Club-Thursdays

Register at infoatexplorationuniverse.org

Contact Robin Comeaux

Exploration Universe will be holding a Minecraft Club for 2nd-5th graders!!! • Your Minecraft player can come for an hour each week and play in a world with other players! • This is a fun club and a chance to play in the same world with the rest of the club.


Little Medical School-Calling All Future Doctors!  Thursdays 1/15-2/21 | 6 weeks

Kids love to dress up and play doctor! At Little Medical School® we encourage children to do this as they explore the exciting and inspiring world of medicine. Using role-playing, interactive demonstrations, crafts, and games, kids learn how the body and organs work, how to use instruments that real doctors use, administer first aid, and more! Each child will receive a medical stethoscope to take home in addition to a disposable white lab coat, multiple models made by the students, and a diploma as a graduate of Little Medical School.Little Medical School Club

Registration Link: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LittleMedicalSchoolNorthDenver?season=2487204&location=1185805


Rhythm and Percussion with Sound Math Thursdays K-5th | 1/15-2/21 | 6 weeks

Experience the revolutionary method by music education visionary and educator of gifted students, Curtis Madigan. Develop rhythmic skills that can transfer onto other instruments. Learn secrets of movement mechanics, ways of listening, and how to attack the instrument to develop tremendous tone and timing. We use a beautiful blend of professional quality hand-percussion instruments like djembe, cajon, darbuka, claves and more.

Register at soundformationmusic.com/registration or call 303-903-8360.



Health Policy-When to Keep your Student Home

District policy states your child must stay home for at least 24 hours if he/she is sent home from school with any of the following:

  • Fever of 100 or above

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea


Staff information to help with processes

  • Sandy Francis - Elementary 504 Coordinator K-5 and ELL Coordinator for K-12

  • Nancy Provataris - Elementary School Psychologist

  • Chris Fee - K-3 Learning Services Provider

  • Patrick Holmbo - 4-5 Learning Services Provider

  • Sara Moeller - Elementary Assistant Principal

  • Veronica Vieyra - Administrative Assistant to Missy Hischke and Sara Moeller

  • Lori Bustamante - Elementary Registrar

  • Traci Snouffer-Elementary Health Aide

Cable Connection December 10, 2018

posted Dec 10, 2018, 3:32 PM by Jane Baker



Important Dates:

December 10-21- Middle School Girls Basketball Registration

December 11- 6:00pm Financial Aid Night for Juniors and Seniors- please sign up HERE

December 11- 6:30pm Middle School Choir Concert

December 12-6:30 Board of Directors Meeting

December 13 - The Rusty Bucket and Panda Express Dining Night Out

December 13- 6:30pm Middle School Rock Band Concert

December 17-20 Secondary Finals

December 18-20 Secondary early dismissal after finals-student pick up by noon

December 21-Staff Development Day-No school for students

December 24-January 6-Winter Break-campus is closed, no Eagle’s Landing

January 7-Staff Development-no school for students, no Eagle’s Landing

January 8-Secondary Students return to school


Updated Sports Schedules

Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, School Information, Staff Directory


Hello Stargate Families,

It is hard to believe we are only a week away from finals. I am proud of our students and staff for working so hard this semester. Please join me in encouraging our students to finish strong.


As this is the last Cable Connection newsletter before Winter Break, I want to wish you Happy Holidays and hope you are able to enjoy time with family and friends during the break.


Rise above,

Rob


Secondary Finals December 17-20

In an effort to maximize student success and minimize student stress and anxiety, our finals schedule is spread-out over four days and, as indicated in our school calendar published last spring, December 18, December 19, and December 20 will be half days (8:15 am - 11:30 am). This schedule allows students to have no more than two finals each day, and extra time to prepare for finals/decompress in the afternoon on December 18 and December 19. Please make arrangements for your student to be picked up by noon on December 18, December 19 and December 20. Also remember that students do not have class on Friday, December 21. Please access the detailed finals schedule here.   


Secondary School Finals Expectations
Core subjects - It is the expectation that every core class (math, science, social studies, and English) give an assessment during their designed time during finals week. Assessments may include a project, presentation, paper or exam.
Elective subjects -  A final assessment may be given at teacher discretion, but is not required of all electives teachers to administer a final. Assessments may include a project, presentation, paper or exam.

Parent/Guardian tips for Finals Week
1. Be sure your student has a balance of studying and down time leading up to and during Finals Week
2. Help ensure your student is getting plenty of sleep
3. Help ensure your student eats a healthy, balanced breakfast each morning
4. Send a healthy snack that your student can eat between finals each morning


Junior/Senior Financial Aid Night: December 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Secondary Commons. If you plan on attending please sign up HERE


Holiday Giving Tree

Support the Stargate Giving Tree for families in need of holiday cheer. We need gift cards to grocery/household stores like King Soopers, Safeway, Walmart. Drop off $25 gift cards no later than December 18th to either Front Office. Tags will be available starting tomorrow but are not required.

 

High School Study Night December 13

On Thursday, December 13th, National Honor Society is hosting a Study Night in the Secondary Commons from 4:00pm-6:00pm for high school students! Many teachers will also be there to help students study and answer questions. Peer tutors will also be working to give additional help. Hot cocoa and snacks will be available for sale.


Finals Week Stress Relief!

The counseling department is excited to provide a stress relieving area for students during finals week!


Every day (except Tuesday): we will have dim lights, games, coloring, bubbles and other stress relieving items in the college center for student respite.


Monday, Dec 17th, we will have hot chocolate during lunch.


On Tuesday, Dec 18th, Denver Pet Partners will be coming to Stargate with their therapy animals. We say animals because it includes dogs, cats, and bunnies! The therapy animals will be housed in the College Center that day, there will be two shifts of animals and handlers so the animals don't get overwhelmed. Denver Pet Partners has requested that there are no more than 3 individuals with a therapy animal at a time, this will help minimize the likelihood of of the animals becoming overwhelmed. If any of the animals begin to get overwhelmed, we may need to ask students to leave the college center for a period of time.


We want to ensure the safety of our students, therefore  if your student has an animal allergy please have your student avoid the college center for the day. We will then clean the college center thoroughly after the animals have left.


On Wednesday,  Dec 19th & Thursday, Dec 20th will have snacks available!


Middle School Girls Basketball Registration December 10-21
NO LATE REGISTRATION
First day of practice-January 8, 2019 6:30am-7:45am
Parent Meeting: January 8, 2019 6:00pm Secondary Commons


Interest in being a Girls on the Run Coach for 6-8 Grade Girls?

Stargate middle school Girls on the Run program (Heart & Sole) is in need of 2-3 volunteer coaches. As a coach, you will inspire girls to have a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. The team consists of 2-3 coaches and up to 16 girls.

The season runs March 5 through May 18th culminating in a Denver 5k. There are two 90 minute practices per week after school (days to be determined based on coach availability).

Visit www.girlsontherunrockies.org for more information. If we do not have any volunteer coaches, we will not be able to offer the middle school program this spring. If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please email Tami Pippert at tlpippert@gmail.com.


College Essay Writing Workshop

It's that time of year again! Stargate is offering their College Essay Writing workshop with the schedule listed below. The classes would be three sessions long, four hours total, and $150 per student. This $150 pays for students to write three drafts of a Common App essay; they will walk out of the class with at least one fully completed essay. They will have instruction, feedback, and time for revisions. The dates/times for the lessons are:


Tuesday, January 29 4-5pm

Tuesday, February 5 18 4-5pm

Tuesday, February 12 4-5:30pm


If you are interested in signing up your student for this workshop, please email Ms. vonHilsheimer at tessa.vonhilsheimer@stargatechool.org. Ms. v will email you a confirmation that your student has been signed up and a charge will be added to your IC account within 3-4 business days. Students must be signed up by Friday, December 21. Any student who has not paid by January 8 will not be able to attend the class.


Global Studies Trip to South America Information Meeting

At Stargate School, we strive to provide our students with a variety of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and travel the world. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is critical for our students to become more culturally aware, explore new ideas, and grow their potential. That is why I am pleased to announce next summer I will be offering students the chance to bring their lessons to life


We will be going on an adventure trip to Peru summer of 2020. Students will explore Peru’s rich culture and its amazing scenery. On this trip they will explore vibrant cultures and shape their perspectives of the world.


Imagine your child experiencing a life-changing journey as they watch their studies come to life. The impact of travel extends beyond Stargate; this experience will help set your student apart when they apply to college or start their future career.


SENORA WILSON will be hosting an informational meeting on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 pm at Stargate to provide more details and answer any questions you may have.  Students will be able to enroll at the end of the meeting. There is limited space on this trip, and spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP for informational meeting here https://tinyurl.com/Wilson20

 

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Items Pick Up in the Secondary Office

All Charleston Wrap fundraiser items that were not picked up last week can be picked up in the Secondary Front Office


December 13 - The Rusty Bucket and Panda Express Dining Night Out

Join Stargate friends, family and staff at our next Dining Out Night, Thursday, December 13th. Enjoy great times and great meals at The Rusty Bucket (located in The Orchard's) and the new Panda Express (on 144th and I-25).

 

Contest Alert -- Students and Stargate staff: Enter your name into our drawing the night of the event at both locations for a chance to win lunch from Panda Express. A lunch (entree and a drink of your choice) will be delivered to you at Stargate one day in the month of December.

 

The Rusty Bucket event is valid all day (lunch, dinner or snacks) and they will donate 15% of all qualified purchase to Stargate when you show they flyer (hard copy or digital version). Please note for the Rusty Bucket, the offer is valid towards Dine-In only, food and soft beverages only. Not valid towards gift card purchases.  

 

Panda Express will donate 50% of all purchases from 4pm - 8pm when the flyer is displayed (hard copy or digital version on your phone or Ipad) when you place your order.

 

Flyers are located here.


Lost and Found

Please be sure to check the Lost and Found tables. All items will be donated over Winter Break


Eagles on The Move

Reese Bush is the winner of the Denver Young Artists Concerto Competition. Reese will be the feature soloist, performing Mendelssohn with the Denver Young Artist Conservatory Orchestra in Denver on May 5.This fall, Reese was accepted to the YAO Tour Group, and will be traveling to perform with the orchestra in  Salzburg, Vienna and Prague this June. Congratulations Reese!


StarNews 12/3/2018

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Important Dates-

Community Website-Master Events Calendar, Important Announcements, School Information, Staff Directory

Updated Sports Schedules


Congratulations to Mr O!

Please join the Stargate Grant Committee in congratulating Mr. Osburn for his receipt of the Toshiba America Foundation grant award! Mr. Osburn has received $1000 toward a very exciting project he is working on: a totally original musical score and script written almost completely in verse on the subject of a girl overcoming math anxiety in geometry and algebra - written, produced and directed by Mr. O himself! (Our 5th graders designed and build part of the set!) Please keep watch for this musical to be performed next year, Mr. Osburn's 20th year at Stargate. We are proud of all of Mr. O's accomplishments and his dedication to Stargate, and we are so excited to see this amazing stage production!


Barnes and Noble Book Fair December 8

Come support both the Elementary AND the New Secondary Library by attending our Book Fair at Barnes & Noble (Washington St. & 120th). Our In-Store Day is Saturday, December 8th. Return your student raffle ticket between 10:30am-7:00pm that day only, (see your Monday folder or the secondary front office for your free raffle ticket.)  If you can't make it on Saturday, your purchases made on December 7th, 8th & 9th count toward our sales total anyway and we will earn a generous percentage. The more we sell the greater our percentage and the more books we can buy! **Please remember to tell the cashier that you support Stargate School and have our ID# ready: 12440525.  This # works at any Barnes & Noble across the Nation! So please, encourage your family and friends to use it for their Christmas shopping on those days as well. We are also in need of volunteers to be greeters, and gift-wrappers in-store on December 8th. Please contact Rachelle.Czarnecki@stargateschool.org


Community Relations Committee

Support the Stargate Giving Tree for families in need of holiday cheer. We need gift cards to grocery/household stores like King Soopers, Safeway, Walmart! Drop off $25 gift cards no later than December 18th to either Front Office. Tags will be available starting Wednesday but are not required.

 

Dodgeball fliers are going out today! Build your team or register as a free agent -  sign up online at https://goo.gl/forms/DPzT2V0PzcAzz0qf1

 

Winterfest is coming! Tomorrow, CRC will provide drinks, snacks will be available for sale and Secondary Artists are selling a variety of BEAUTIFUL pottery to support the Secondary Library!

 

 

Stargate Fundraising Committee  

The Stargate Annual Campaign is underway - it is an opportunity to show your support by making a one-time gift OR signing up for a monthly recurring deduction using our secure, online donation form located here. Please consider a tax deductible donation of $200 per family as an investment that will benefit our children for years to come. In addition, many companies match charitable donations; we encourage you to determine if your company provides this

benefit. If you have questions about matching gifts or Annual Campaign donations, please contact the Stargate Director of Operations and Finance, Lynne Allen, at 303-450-3936 or via email at lynne.allen@stargateschool.org.

 

Thank you to all of our Stargate families and friends that donated to our Annual Campaign via Facebook for Giving Tuesday!!

 

Stargate Fall Fundraiser Update

Planned delivery of items and prizes will be this Thursday 12/6; you can stop by the Stargate Barn (the building located just north of the elementary building) starting at 2pm, until 4:30pm.

- Eagle’s Landing orders will be delivered to Eagle’s Landing.

- Kids enrolled in 1/2 day kindergarten will have items be delivered to their classroom.

- All items not retrieved by 4:30pm on Thursday will be relocated to the secondary front office.

 

Upcoming Events

12/6 - Jim 'n Nick's BBQ (orders delivered to Stargate on 12/6)

For $40, you can pre-order a Jim 'N Nick's Family Meal to be picked up at STARGATE on Thursday, December 6th. Each meal consists of one pound of smoked pork or chicken, two pints of scratch-made trimmings, a dozen fresh baked cheese biscuits or 6 buns, barbecue sauce and pickles (feeds 2-4). Mark your selections on the order form, enclose cash or a check (made out to "Stargate") and return it to the Front Office by Tuesday, December 4th.

Your meal will be available for you to pick-up at Stargate on Thursday, December 6th. Pick Up Times: 3 PM  OR 3:30 PM OR Eagle's Landing! Order forms are located here.

 

12/13 - The Rusty Bucket and Panda Express Dining Night Out

Join Stargate friends, family and staff at our next Dining Out Night, Thursday, December 13th. Enjoy great times and great meals at The Rusty Bucket (located in The Orchard's) and the new Panda Express (on 144th and I-25).

 

Contest Alert -- Kids and Stargate teachers and staff: Enter your name into our drawing the night of the event at both locations for a chance to win lunch from Panda Express. A lunch (entree and a drink of your choice will be delivered to you at Stargate one day in the month of December.

 

The Rusty Bucket event is valid all day (lunch, dinner or snacks) and they will donate 15% of all qualified purchase to Stargate when you show they flyer (hard copy or digital version). Please note for the Rusty Bucket, the offer is valid towards Dine-In only, food and soft beverages only. Not valid towards gift card purchases.  

 

Panda Express will donate 50% of all purchases from 4pm - 8pm when the flyer is displayed (hard copy or digital version on your phone or Ipad) when you place your order.

 

Flyers are located here.

 

GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!!! 3/16/19 - Stargate Spirit Night with Denver Nuggets

Looking for that unique gift item for friends and family?? Look no further - join in the fun with the game night experience with the Denver Nuggets basketball team on Saturday, March 16th, 2019. The Denver Nuggets take on the Indiana Pacers at the Pepsi Center Saturday, March 16th at 7pm. The Stargate Spirit night with the Denver Nuggets basketball team includes the special Pre-Game warm-up opportunity. Only people who purchase through this link will have access to enter before the doors open, sit in our VIP seats and watch both NBA teams warm up for the pregame shoot around!  

 

Flyers can be found here. Order tickets online at: https://Nuggets.KSETickets.com/stargate

 

Stargate Group Pricing:

Lower Level Ends: $45

Upper Level Centers: $29

A portion of each ticket sold will go back to support Stargate!

 

King Soopers Fundraising cards

In an effort to make a bigger impact, Stargate Fundraising Committee will be sending each Stargate family and staff member a King Soopers reloadable gift card pre-loaded with $3.00.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: The card costs you nothing!

Step 2: Each time you shop, simply give the card to your cashier to reload, or increase your balance, as necessary, before your purchases are scanned. Gift card reloading is paid as a separate transaction. You can use cash, checks, or a charge card to reload up to $500.00 at a time, right at the cash register! You can also reload your card at the customer service desk.

Step 3: Every time you reload the card, King Soopers adds that amount to the Stargate Account. Once the total in any given month reaches $5,000, STARGATE receives a check for 5% of the total! It’s that simple! If we don’t hit $5,000 in any given month, the balance rolls forward to the next month and continues accumulating.

 

This is a way for King Soopers to encourage shoppers to patronize their store, and also for them to support non-profit organizations. For more information, click here.

If 300 Stargate families reloaded their cards with $200 each month to use on groceries and/or gas, our school will earn $3,000/month which means $36,000/year! This is one of the easiest ways to help Stargate earn $$!!!

 

'Tis the Season for shopping - AmazonSmile

Sign up to support Stargate by using AmazonSmile (go to: smile.amazon.com and Sign up ). AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Stargate every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Stargate (0.5% of all qualifying purchases will go back to our school). It's fast, easy and links directly to your current Amazon account.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

 

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. For more details, click here.

 

Fundraising Committee Meeting Notice

Looking for a way to give back or get involved? The Fundraising Committee needs you!! We are looking for more volunteers to help with our annual Fundraising Gala. Please contact fundraising@stargateschool.org for more info.

 

Congratulations to Stargate 8th grader, Savannah McFarland-she made the cover of the Thornton Activity Guide showcasing her hula-hooping talents!


Lost and Found

The Lost and Found tables in all buildings are overflowing. Please check the tables for items belonging to your student. It is helpful to write their name on their jackets, lunchboxes, etc...as we can try to get them returned. All items left in Lost and Found will be donated over Winter Break.


Charter Renewal Information

As a charter school, Stargate must periodically renew its contract with the Adams 12 Five Star School District.  During the 2018-19 school year, we are due to renew our charter. We submitted our Charter Renewal Application on September 10, 2018.  The next step involved tours of the school and recommendations on our application to the Adams 12 Board of Education by the District Accountability Committee and the Adams 12 staff.  Those recommendations will be made at the regular business meetings of the Adams 12 Board of Education on December 19, 2018  and January 9, 2019.  It would be wonderful to have a large presence of our Stargate Community so the Board can see how many people love having Stargate as a school of choice for their children.  You can choose to speak during the open mic at the beginning of the meeting or just be present so they can see what a strong community we have. Thank you for showing your support for our wonderful school!


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