C Notes 12/18/17

posted Dec 18, 2017, 1:04 PM by Jane Baker

Happy Holidays! ....Hard to believe that it is the last week of school in 2017 and we halfway through the school year. On behalf of the entire staff, we want to thank our Stargate Family for the generous gifts and treats that have been pouring in the past few days. You are so incredibly kind and our entire staff would like to express our sincere appreciation. I would also like to thank all of the families that have purchased items to support our annual giving tree. These items go directly to families at our sister school,  Leroy Drive Elementary as well as families in the Stargate community. There is still a need for gift cards to places like Target, King Soopers, etc. and they can be dropped off at the front office of each building.


This week we will wrap up our 9 days of Elementary Spirit with fun theme items each day and my personal favorite Ugly Sweater Day on Thursday! The entire school is encouraged to show off your fun and tacky sweaters this Thursday.


Just a reminder that the secondary students are on a final exam schedule with an 11:30am dismissal Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday this week. Please plan on picking up your 6th -11th grader by noon at the latest. The elementary students have a regular school schedule this week. There is NO school this Friday, December 22, as teachers wrap up the first semester in both buildings with grade reporting and ALP progress monitoring.


I hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday season and gets to truly enjoy their time off. I am very excited to spend time with my wife and kids over the next few weeks. I hope you take time to play hard, and love hard!


See you in 2018,





PSAT Results

Last week we received our PSAT/NMSQT results and are very excited to share this data with your community. This test was taken by all our 11th grade students earlier this fall. This test is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test, as well as the last official practice test the 11th grade students will take before the SAT this spring.  Stargate's Mean Total Score was 1207 compared to a state Mean Total Score of 1111. We also had 85% of our students meeting College and Career Readiness Benchmarks for both Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math, compared to the state score of 63%.

We are very proud of our 11th grade students are are excited about the SAT this spring.


Child Care During Board Meeting

Free childcare is being offered during Stargate School Board of Directors Meeting on December 20, 2017 (6:30pm-9:00 pm) for children Kindergarten age and up.  RSVP is required by today. CLICK HERE to sign up for childcare.  Please email alex.king@stargateschool.org with any questions.  This childcare offering is a trial, and continuation is contingent on minimum participation.  Hours subject to change.

Lost and Found Will Be Donated Over Break

Please be sure to check the lost and found tables in both buildings as they are overflowing. ALL lost and found items will be donated to charities over Winter Break.

Stargate K-5 Basketball Sign-Up 2018

Beginning January 20 2018, there will be a club basketball league for K - 5th grade boys and girls at Stargate.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the following by January 5, 2018.   All practices and games will be held in the Stargate School Field House. CLICK HERE for the signup form.


Fee is $30 if you have a jersey and $55 if you need a jersey. All jersey orders must be complete by January 5th in order to receive your Jersey by the first practice. All players need a jersey.


Practices and games will be on Saturdays for all players. K-2nd grade will play from 10:15am - 11:15am and 3rd-5th will play from 11:30am-12:30pm. We will play every Saturday through March 10th (No games Feb 10th or 17th).


Our ability to manage this activity and the number of students we can take will depend upon the amount of parent involvement. Parent volunteer coaches are crucial to this great experience for our kids and we need all the help we can get!


Middle School Girls Basketball Registration is Now Open  

Middle School Girls Basketball practice begins Tuesday January 9th 6:30-7:30AM with tryouts. Tryouts will be held Tuesday through Friday of this week. Teams will be made by Friday afternoon, January 12 and posted then. All forms, fees and physicals must be turned in and complete before the first practice. Practices will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings (6:30am-7:30am)for A and B teams. The Developmental Team will practice Wednesday mornings 6:30-7:30AM.

A schedule of games will be emailed to all parents once registration is complete. Registration Form can be found HERE

Keith Varel and Devon Lotkowski will be coaching again this season. Please feel free to email them with any questions you may have, keith.varel@stargateschool.org, devon.lotkowski@stargateschool.org


Stargate Annual Campaign

At Stargate Charter School, we’ve spent more than 20 years building a nurturing and thoughtful educational community for intellectually gifted learners and their families. It is a place where academic excellence is valued, and learning is celebrated as a lifelong process. We support the unique academic and social needs of each student, and encourage students to share their passions and values with openness and civility. Choosing Stargate as your family’s school of choice shows your investment in your student’s education. We ask you to consider investing in that education with a financial donation to Stargate during our year long Annual Campaign.


As a charter school, Stargate receives funding provided through Federal, State and local District funds based on enrollment levels on a per pupil basis. In Colorado, charter schools receive ~20% less funds per pupil than their traditional counterparts for school operations. To cover the difference, Stargate has three major fundraising efforts: (1) the Annual Campaign, (2) the Fall Fundraiser, and (3) the Spring Gala. All three fundraising efforts must be successful to meet the difference. Money from this important campaign supplements our funding gap by supporting the purchase of classroom supplies, instructional materials, technology updates, lunch tables, auditorium seating, and everything in between.


Please consider a tax deductible donation of $300 per family as an investment that will benefit our children for years to come. Our campaign runs through the entire 2017-2018 school year. You can make a one-time donation or set up monthly recurring donations using our online, secure donation site located here or drop off a check made out to "Stargate" at either front office.


Many companies match charitable donations; we encourage you to explore if your company provides this benefit. If you have questions about matching gifts, please contact the Stargate Chief Financial Officer, Lynne Allen, at 303-450-3936 or via email: lynne.allen@stargateschool.org.


Every student counts. Every gift counts. Every dollar donated to Stargate stays at Stargate!


Stargate Fundraising

Holiday Fundraising Online – Wine For the Holiday’s Fundraiser

Please join us for our online Wine for the Holiday’s Fundraiser - we are raising our glasses and cheering the holidays! All orders made through www.eventstlc.com/Stargate will benefit our school – 10% of the purchase price will be donated to Stargate School. Don’t forget to order wine for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or what-ever holidays your family loves to celebrate! Need presents? What a great idea to send wine. #WINENOT! Cheers!” This FUNdraiser runs from 11/13/2017 to 1/31/2018. ORDER TODAY AT: ww.eventstlc.com/Stargate

Find the flyer here.


Upcoming Fundraising Events

"Double"Dining Out Night - Tuesday, December 19th

Our next dining out night on Tuesday, December 19th features TWO choices near each other - Chipotle located at 951 E. 120th Ave. Suite A in Thornton, CO (4:00pm -8:00pm) OR Panda Express located at 901 E. 120th Ave, Unit A in Thornton, CO (4:00pm - 7:00pm). Bring in the flyer, located here, or show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting Stargate to make sure that the proceeds go to Stargate School. Chipotle will donate 50% of the proceeds and Panda Express will donate 20%.


Cyclebar - Sunday, January 21, 12:30pm

Stargate will be hosting a new type fundraiser at CycleBar (indoor cycling studio). We invite you to check out CycleBar while supporting a great cause - Stargate School! Come have fun, burn calories and get an amazing workout. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the school. Mimosas and snacks will be served after ride (and are included). $20 per person for the first 25 riders and $25 thereafter. Please reserve your bike ahead of time and pay through the CycleBar website: http://bit.ly/2Bah152 (link is case sensitive). Maximum 49 riders. The ride starts at 12:30pm and CycleBar is located at:  14215 Orchard Pkwy, Westminster, CO 80023 (near the new PetSmart and TJ Maxx Homegoods).


Great Stocking Stuffer - Denver Nuggets Spirit Night, Friday, February 23rd

Calling all hoops fans! Join Stargate Fundraising at the Pepsi Center when the Denver Nuggets host the San Antonio Spurs, Friday February 23, 2018. Game starts at 7pm. Prices have been discounted with a portion of each ticket sold going back to support Stargate. Lower Level seats are $54 and Upper Level seats are $28. Tickets can be purchased online at:  https://nuggets.teamkse.com/stargate/

Please direct any questions to: fundraising@stargateschool.org


Next Meeting - Stargate Fundraising Committee

There will be a Stargate Gala Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 19th at 6pm in the Stargate Secondary Building. This meeting is open to the community - we would love to have your help!!


There will be a Fundraising meeting, Monday, January 8th at 6:00 pm (location to be determined).  This meeting is open to the community and anyone interested in giving back or becoming more involved in  Stargate is encouraged to attend - hope you can join us!  If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more about the Fundraising Committee, please email fundraising@stargateschool.org.

Community Relations Committee

Stargate Chili Cook-Off and Bingo are in the works! Save the date for January 26, 6:00pm for our Chili Cook-off ($5/person) in the Elementary Commons. To enter the contest in Red, Green, Other and Student Chef categories, please sign up at : http://bit.ly/ChiliContestants2018  Bingo and Chili requires everyone's help!  Signup to bring supplies or volunteer at: http://bit.ly/BingoChili2018

The next CRC meeting will be held at Daylight Donuts on January 10th at 8:15 a.m. Contact crc@stargateschool.org with any questions.

Accountability Committee Parent Stakeholder Survey

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 5-19, 2018.

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!

If you have any questions please email accountability@stargateschool.org


Fundraising Allocation Committee

The FAC met on December 13th to review 15 application for funding.

We approved 9 applications for items such as:

  • Support of the HS After Prom

  • Cooking and cultural equipment

  • Hurdles for the HS track and field team

  • An anti-bullying presentation for K-5 students

  • Raised garden beds

  • Pottery wheels

The remaining applications were sent back to the building principals as their requests fell under the operational needs/budget. Without your continued help through fundraising, these requests would otherwise not be made possible! Our final round of applications is due on March 23, 2018. The FAC will meet again on April 10, 2018 to review and discuss all applications