Hischke’s Happenings! January 22, 2018

posted Jan 22, 2018, 3:09 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates

January 24-8:30 am Elementary Prospective Parent Tour

January 25- State Capitol Field Trip grade 3 and 4-Millar, O’Neill, Sergeeff, Gipson

January 25- Young Ameritowne Field Trip grade 5

January 25-6:30pm Geography Bee-grades 4-8 (In the Elementary Commons)

January 26- 6:00pm Bingo and Chili Cookoff

January 27 10:15am-12:30pm K-5 Basketball (Fieldhouse)

January 29- State Capitol Field Trip grade 3 and 4-Hanna, Anderson, VanPatten, Ware

January 30- 6:30pm Community Input Meeting-Quiet Spaces  (Elementary Commons)

February 1-13th Valentine’s Candy Sale

February 6- Elementary Music Concert

February 7- Parent/Teacher Conferences-Wednesday schedule for students

February 8- Parent/Teacher Conferences -No school for students

February 8 7am Stargate Snowhounds 2018 Ski Trip

February 8 and 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences-No school for students

CMAS Testing Dates

As the standardized testing dates near, I thought it would be helpful for families to have the tentative schedule especially since it starts before Spring Break. Please remember that the CMAS Testing in the Elementary building is for 3rd through 5th grade students. All the students will have three sessions for both ELA (English Language) and Math. The 5th grade students will also have three sessions of Science.

A more detailed schedule will be sent out in the next few weeks. The information will also include how you can best support your child as they prepare for the assessments.



3, 4, and 5 Grade Students Testing


3-5 Grade Students Testing


5th Grade Assessment


3-4 Grade Students Testing

(In the morning)


Make-up Assessments





3-5 Grade Students Testing


5th Grade Assessment


3-5 Grade Students Testing


3-4 Grade Students Testing


5th Grade Assessment


5th Grade Assessment


5th Grade Assessment


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments


Professional Development Day


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments

Spelling Bee

Last Thursday, many 4th and 5th grade students participated in the Stargate Spelling Bee. The competition was fierce (I would say the competition was better than some of the NFL football games we have been subjected to the last few weeks!) and the students battled through approximately 25 rounds.

We are tremendously proud of all the students that participated and we are excited to announce the winners for the elementary building. Diogo Costa spelled his way into first place, Brody Krause took second place, and Vivi Nguyen came in third place.

Diogo and Brody will represent Stargate Elementary School at the Adams12 District Spelling Bee on February 7 at Northglenn High School. Please join me in wishing these two gentlemen good luck!

A BIG thank you goes out to the spelling bee sponsors, Colleen Vaughan and Lisa Zelinger Cohen and the judges Danielle Kim and Jodi Ware. Without their commitment, it wouldn’t be such a successful evening of academic competition.

Spelling Bee Participants

Tadeo Archuleta

Diogo Costa Eve Murphy

Kaiba Dachenhausen Chase Myers

John Darrah Vivi Nguyen

Laura Ence Jordan Perez

Akimi Gau Surabhi Sharma

Owen Hackett Vincent Stone

Audrey Hendershot Ella Tempas

Anna Herzog Srihith Tirnati

Tyler Hosfelt Eesha Vattipalli

Brody Krause Rhyana Winkelhake

Ryman Mahnke Samson Wright

Brooke Metcalfe


Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. They are scheduled for February 7th through the 9th. Please refer to your student’s homeroom teacher for additional information. We are looking forward to seeing you then.

Chili Cook-Off and Bingo

The All-Stargate Chili Cook-Off and Bingo is this Friday, January 26, starting at 6pm. We need all sorts of help! The Chili Cook-off ($5/person) begins at 6pm in the Elementary Commons. While the judges are busy in the commons (and working on some heartburn), kids can stay busy in the Elementary gym with games and activities!  Bingo starts in the Secondary Building Commons at 7pm and is sure to be fun for everyone! To enter the chili contest in Red, Green, Other and Student Chef categories, please sign up at:  http://bit.ly/ChiliContestants2018.  Signup to bring supplies or volunteer at: http://bit.ly/BingoChili2018.  

Chocolate and Candy and Heart....OH MY!!!!!!  Sales will begin on Thursday, February 1st and will run through February 13th.

Back by popular demand, the elementary school STUCO will be selling special Valentines again this year! Confectionery love can be purchased for and given to anybody.  Students may choose to take their candy with them or leave it, with a special note, for student council representatives to deliver to classrooms on Valentine's Day.

Since this day is all about love and kindness, STUCO will be donating 50% of all proceeds to St. Jude's Hospital to help children with cancer and their families.  They are also donating $100.00 to Nothing but Nets, which sends malaria preventing mosquito nets to Africa.  With the rest of the earnings, STUCO will spend 25% on something for the school and keep 25% in their fund for future use.

Our STUCO representatives will be selling sugary goodness from 7:30 am to 7:50 am and from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays.  On Wednesday afternoons, sales will be from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm.

come and show everyone you care about a little love and help support some wonderful causes in the process.  Thank you all so much for supporting our student council and our school!

Valentine’s Day Parties

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday schedule. The Parties will take place at various times throughout the day. Please view the schedule below and refer to Homeroom blogs for additional details.

  • Kindy

Valentine’s Day Party 8:10 - 9:10

  • 1/2 Team

Valentine’s Day Party 8:10-9:00

  • 3rd/4th Team

Valentine’s Day Party 11:00 - 11:50

  • 5th Grade Team

Valentine’s Day Party 11:00 - 12:20

General Music Concert Feb. 6th

WHEN TO ARRIVE and What Should They Wear

Grades 1&2 6:15PM (check in to gym) 6:30PM perform

  • 1st and 2nd grade boys can wear over-the-calf white socks (no stripes), dark shoes, football pants or solid colored pants rolled up (and pinned) at the knee (no shorts), long sleeved dress shirts (preferably white) belts on the outside of untucked shirts, and a vest (optional). If you don't have any of the above items, just dress nicely.

  • 1st and 2nd grade girls can wear long dresses (preferably old-fashioned looking), bonnets (optional). If you don't have any of the above items, just dress nicely.

Grades 3&4 6:45PM (check in to gym) 7:00PM perform

  • 3rd and 4th graders can wear either solid colors (i.e. all black, all navy blue, all gray, etc.) if you would like use one of the 60 navy costumes I can loan, or very fancy dress clothes as if you were a rich passenger on the Titanic (i.e. boys could wear suits, girls could wear long "old-fashioned" dresses).   Also, if you want to dress like a pirate, that's okay too.  

  • If you don't have any of the above items, just dress nicely.

Grade 5 7:15PM (check in to the gym) 7:30PM perform

5th graders should dress up as the Sgt. Pepper character they picked a few weeks ago.  I will go over character dress up with them again this week.  

  • If your child signed up to be an early Beatle in a black jacket, they should wear black pants, a white dress shirt and a solid black or dark tie. Four black jackets will be provided.  

  • If they signed up to be a multi-colored jacket Beatle, please make sure they wear dark pants and dark shoes.  Four multi-colored jackets will be provided.  

  • An Albert Einstein lab coat and Sony Liston boxing robe will be provided.  

  • Also, if your child signed up to be Ed Sullivan, please slick their hair back and dress them up in a suit and tie. I have a black jacket for the Ed Sullivan character.

Additional Information

  • Students in grades 1-5 should check in to the Elementary gym no earlier than 15 minutes before they perform.

  • There is no need to arrive earlier than check in time, unless you want to help with set up or see more than one part of the show.

  • When in the multipurpose room, students who are not performing should stay with their parents.

  • Students should leave all personal belongings with their parents.

  • It's okay to leave when your portion of the concert is over. However, you are also welcome to stay.

  • Please do not enter or exit the multipurpose room during musical numbers.

Stargate Snowhounds 2018 Ski Trip

Please bring students to the Stargate Gym @ 6:40 a.m. on Thursday, February 8th. The bus will leave no later than 7:10 am. We will return to Stargate at approximately 6 p.m. Please make arrangements to have your child picked up at that time.  Any questions, please feel free to email rita.stephenson@stargateschool.org

Elementary Yearbooks

It's not too late to order your K-5/Elementary yearbook! Don't miss out on a great way to commemorate all your wonderful Stargate memories.You must pay online through Pictavo in order to get your book. Ordering Information commpe.pictavo.com - enter Stargate Charter and the K-5 will pop up, click Go>Shop My School>Yearbooks  Price will be $55 (plus tax/fees). Final deadline to order is March 16.


Don't Forget To Order Lunch!

Reminder to all Stargate parents. Please don't forget to order lunch for your hungry students. Hot meals must be ordered a minimum of  2 days in advance. There are No Same Day Meal Orders. Meals are easily ordered through the online ordering system. Login at:  https://michaels.h1.hotlunchonline.net/

Fridays are Pizza Friday and need to be ordered through MyKidsLunch under "Stargate Pizza Friday."

Login at:  https://michaels.h1.hotlunchonline.net/

Please consider signing up to volunteer on Pizza Fridays. It’s a great way to spend lunch with your children and enjoy a delicious slice of pizza. To get started please click the following:

Elementary: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094FA5A628A0F58-elementary1


Community Input Meeting-Quiet Spaces-January 30

Please join us Tuesday January 30th at 6:30pm in the Elementary Commons for a session to talk about the quiet / study spaces in both the Elementary and Secondary Buildings. We will have a brief 10 minute Q & A session and then you can look at the space in Elementary AND Secondary buildings to give suggestions/ideas/wants, etc…  Please bring your student, too! We hope to have as many parents/community members as possible join us.