Hischke’s Happenings! May 6, 2019

posted May 6, 2019, 3:42 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates:

May 6-7 5th Grade Science Fair

May 7  2 pm Kindergarten Muffins with Mom

May 7-General Music Concert (grades 1 & 2- 6:30pm, grades 3 & 4- 7:00pm)

May 8 8-1pm K-5 Field Day

May 9 Elementary Assessment Day

May 10-Professional Development Day - No School for K-5 Students (secondary students school in session)

May 13 6:30pm Reception for Michael Henderson/Executive Director of Academics-Secondary Commons

May 15 8:30-2:30 3rd Grade State Fair

May 15 and 16-4th Grade Colorado Wax Museum Exhibit

May 17 9:15-11:45pm 1st Grade Field Trip Boulder Dinner Theater

May 20th 8:15-8:45am Donuts with Dad - Mrs. Wells Kindergarten Class

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

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

May 22 9-1:15 5th grade Field trip Trail Winds Park

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

May 23 11:30 Dismissal - Last Day of School

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Hello Stargate Families,

I want to take a moment to thank everyone for reading through my Hischke’s Happenings and the messages I have written over the course of this school year. I like sharing my wisdom as an educator, as well as my experiences as a mother. Both are both extremely difficult jobs, but they are equally rewarding and I wouldn’t want to be any other place in my personal life or career.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it gives me an opportunity to reflect. I wish I could say that I’m the perfect mother, but we all know that would be a lie. I work late hours, sometimes the grocery shopping doesn’t get done, and we won’t even talk about cleaning the house and the laundry.

What I am most proud of is the relationships I have built with my children. They are very different relationship, but that’s how it should be. My relationship with my son is one of mutual respect. He is an exceptionally smart individual that is equally mellow. I use to wish that he was more aggressive, but that simply would not suit him. Our conversations are always intellectual, and it is something I appreciate about him. Lately he has been talking about his career aspirations and his desire to pursue a career in mental health. I could not think of a more fitting profession for him and who he is as a person.

Then there's my daughter. She truly lives out loud. She is passionate, fearless, willing to advocate for herself even when it isn’t as eloquent as it should be; I know it’s all a part of a learning curve. Who knows what the future has in store for her, but I can’t wait to be a part of the journey.

This Mother’s Day enjoy your day knowing that you are in the right place at the right time with your children. Know that you can revel in your imperfections and still celebrate motherhood. Life is a messy and childhood and motherhood were both meant to be imperfect. I love life’s imperfections!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal


Severe Food Allergies

As you know there will be many classroom celebrations to end the year and that can be a scary time for students with severe allergies. This communication is to remind everyone that we need to make sure all food that comes into the school comes with a label or a list of ingredients.

Another area of concern is around students sitting at the Nut Free Table during lunch that have nut products in their lunches. While we want to be inclusive and allow students to invite a friend to eat with them at the nut Free table, it is a risk that we cannot take and we will not allow students to sit at that table that have nuts or items that may contain nuts.


Elementary Spirit Week

The elementary student council is excited to announce that there will be another Spirit Week! Our student leaders have done an outstanding job this year with assemblies, fundraisers, donating money to charity, and doing the morning announcements. Our teacher leaders are developing outstanding student leaders! Thank you to Mrs. Vaughan, Lisa Zelinger Cohen, and Mrs. Millar!


Here’s the schedule for Spirit Week:


Friday, May 17th - A Very Purply Day - Wear Stargate colors

Monday, May 20th - Sports Day

Tuesday, May 21st - Disney Day

Wednesday, May 22nd - Sunglasses/Moustache/Hat Day

Thursday, May 23rd - Dress like you're going on vacation Day



After Prom Fundraiser Plants

Plants from the After Prom fundraiser will arrive, Thursday, May 9th. Your plants can be picked up outside Stargate between the Elementary and the Secondary buildings, Thursday, May 9th, from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. We will have extra pots and hanging plants for sale ($45 each).  Thank you for your support.

General Music Concert May 7th-Grades 1-4


  • Students in grades 1-4 should wear black and white.  If you do not have black and white attire, just dress nicely.

  • 3rd and 4th grade skit performers should wear attire to match their characters:  swagman (dress like a hobo), stockman (dress like a cowboy) and troopers (wear black).


  • 1st & 2nd graders should check in to the elementary gymnasium at 6:15PM.  Mr. O will take attendance at 6:25 Their performance will begin promptly at 6:30PM.

  • 3rd & 4th graders should check in to the elementary gymnasium at 6:45PM.  Mr. O will take attendance at 6:55. Their performance will begin promptly at 7:00PM.

Additional Information

  • 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 commons, 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 commons during musical numbers.

  • THANK YOU for your help!!!

May 9, 2019 Assessment Day

Our last Assessment Day for the 2018-2019  school year is scheduled for May 9, 2019 and we want to make sure you have it marked on your calendar.

Here is a rundown of what to expect at each grade level.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade will take a Reading A to Z Assessment. You will need to use the SignUp Genius link to sign your student up for a time slot. Please make sure you find your student’s Literacy teacher for available times.

All students in grades 3rd through 5th will attend school from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. During this time all 3rd and 4th grade students will take the iReady reading assessment as well as the end-of-the-year GoMath! Assessment. All 5th grade students will take the middle school math placement assessment as well as the iReady reading assessment. Please send a snack and water bottle to school with your student.

Drop off for all students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be business as usual. Please drop them off and have them head to the back playground; there will be supervision in the morning and they will come in when the first bell rings at 7:55 am. Also, all 3rd through 5th grade students will need to be picked up at 12:00 pm in the front of the elementary building. Please have your student arrive on time so there are no interruptions to the testing environment.

Kindergarten SignUp Genius (Make sure you sign up for a time with your student’s literacy teacher)

Bowman’s Literacy Class


Peters’s Literacy Class


Wells’s Literacy Class


Wilson’s Literacy Class


1st Grade SignUp Genius (Make sure you sign up for a time with your student’s literacy teacher)

Kim’s Literacy Class


Ramsey’s Literacy Class


Spletzer’s Literacy Class


Walls’s Literacy Class


2nd Grade SignUp Genius (Make sure you sign up for a time with your student’s literacy teacher)

Bolger’s Literacy Class


Falace’s Literacy Class


Lee’s Literacy Class


Ross’s Literacy Class



5th Grade Field Trip Trail Winds Park May 22nd

The end of the year Picnic is fast approaching.  5th grade parents, keep an eye out for a sign-up genius coming your way.  We will say goodbye to elementary school with a day at the park and a cookout, but we need some help! Are you a grill master? An amateur kickball referee? The next Iron Chef?!?  We will need your skills to make this the best picnic yet! Keep May 22nd free. Sign-up Genius coming soon...

Kindergarten Graduation Day! Thursday, May 23rd

The children should arrive at school at the normal time. Dressy clothes and shoes (please no heels or flip flops) are the suggested attire for the ceremony.  The children will be wearing graduation caps but no robes. Parents may drop off their child and go to the elementary commons to take their seats. The ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. with reception immediately following. After the reception, please come to the classroom to pick up your child’s diploma and portfolio which will be in his/her cubby. On your way out of the school, please take your child’s timeline off the wall in the hallway.

Voting Now Open May 1 to May 13-Stargate Governance Board Election

The candidates are running for 3 open parent seats on the Stargate Board of Directors – two seats for a 3-year term and one seat for a 1-year term.​​​​​​​

Please look for the email from vote@simplyvoting.com with the subject of "2019 Stargate School Spring Election".  Please check your junk email folder if you did not receive it.  


Accountability Committee Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy on the School Accountability Committee. To learn more about this important committee please visit the  School Accountability Committee web page.  If you are interested in applying for this position please contact recruiting@stargateschool.org.


Lost and Found

Please check the Elementary front office for misplaced glasses, jewelry and other small items that have been turned in. All items left at the end of the school year will be donated. All other items are placed in the commons along the North wall. There are a number of items in the Lost and Found waiting to be reunited with their owner.