Hischke’s Happenings! October 22, 2018

posted Oct 22, 2018, 3:59 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates:

October 23- Picture Retakes K-12

October 23-6:30 pm K-5 Spanish Music Concert

October 25 5-9 pm Dining out Night

October 26-Last day to order-Fall Fundraiser

October 26- Pinot's Palette painting event

October 29-November 2-Elementary Spirit Week

October 30- 6:30pm Elementary Music Concert

October 31 Halloween Parade 8:05 am

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Hello to all Stargate Families,

This week Rob Cable, the secondary principal, and I felt strongly about sending a joint message to all of our families in grades K-12. We had many conversations over the course of last week and we kept coming back to the word perseverance and what that means to us as a community.



  1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

In a society that seeks instant gratification, the importance of perseverance is often lost. We have fast food, immediate answers at our fingertips, and are constantly trying to make sure our lives and our children's’ lives run smoothly.

Are we allowing our students to persevere or do we create conditions that smooths the process for them?

Here are a few thoughts:

  • Students should be allowed to struggle and work through challenges for optimal growth.

  • There is always beauty in mistakes and students will benefit from learning from them. Grant your children the grace to make their own mistakes.

  • The easy and quick answer is not always the best answer.

  • Recognize and praise growth, effort, and perseverance. This allows the process to be more impactful and the final outcome to be more meaningful.

  • Perseverance is a skill that can and should be taught.

As we continue through the rest of the school year, please look for ways in which you can help your student persevere. There are numerous opportunities daily, weekly, and yearly. Growth comes from the struggle, the falling, the failing; and persevering through these challenges results in allowing us to discover what we are truly capable of accomplishing.

Rise above,

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal

She’s Back!

Please welcome Lauren Gibson, our school counselor, back from maternity leave. She will be with us three days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Picture retakes on October 23 K-12

If your student needs their picture retaken, the original picture package must be returned and the student's picture will be redone. Retakes will be first thing October 23 in the morning.

Halloween Parade

We will continue the Stargate tradition! Every year we like to invite parents into the elementary commons to watch the K-5 students parade through in their Halloween Costumes. Please arrive early and enter in through the common doors (to the left of the main entrance). The parade will start at approximately 8:05 am.

This year we plan to take a detour through the middle of the quad and we would like to invite parents to join outside as well. This should help provide more room and space and be more inclusive for all.

On a side note, please make sure there are no “weapons” that accompany your student’s costume. Thank you.

Fall Fundraiser Last week to order from Charleston Wrap.

There is still time to participate in the Fall Fundraiser!  Some great products available through Charleston Wrap! Visit: www.charlestonwrapstore.com to register your student with Stargate School ID z-16094, and shop online from the complete Fall Fundraiser catalog!!

Orders, including prizes earned for sales, will be delivered in approximately 4 weeks!

Additional order forms and packets are available in the Stargate front office.

Sale runs through THIS FRIDAY, October 26th!! THANK YOU for supporting our school!

Adroit Donations can be dropped off North of the Performing Arts building on the side.

Spanish Class Update from Senorita Hanna and Spanish Music Concert October 23

As you may be aware, the kids have been learning songs in class, and we came up with the idea to put on a concert so all parents could have the opportunity to see! This concert will be for grades KG-5th, and it will be held on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm in the elementary commons.

Another exciting thing we have this month is our ¡FIESTA! We will be celebrating Halloween on Monday, October 29 for (B) day students, and Tuesday, October 30 for (A) day students.

I encourage students to wear their costumes. In addition, it would be very helpful for them to bring in treats to share for the class. If any parent volunteers would like to help decorate or bring in fun things for the kids, I would most definitely appreciate it! Please send me an email if you are interested in helping. (christie.hanna@stargateschool.org)

Music Concert October 30

It’s almost time for our elementary students to shine during their music concert! Here is some helpful information for families if your student is currently in Music and will be participating in the music concert.

WHEN TO ARRIVE: All students need to arrive at the Elementary gym 15 minutes before they perform. Please enter through the front doors.

  • Grades 1/2 students will check into the gym at 6:15PM and perform at  6:30PM

  • Grades 3/4 students will check into the gym at 6:45PM and perform at 7:00PM

  • 5th Grade students will check into the gym at 7:15PM and perform at 7:30PM

Additional Information

  • There is no need to arrive earlier than check in time, unless you want to help with setup, help with supervision in the gym, 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 to the concert is over. However, you are also welcome to stay.

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







Dining Out Night October 25th 5-9 pm

The list of restaurants that will be hosting our next dining out night include:

5280 Burgers & Ice Cream located at: 4301 Main St, Westminster, CO 80031

Blaze Pizza located at: 4700 W 121st Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020 Bring in flyer or show on phone before paying. 20% back to Stargate.

You can find flyers here.


Pinot's Palette painting event

Join us for a fun night of painting on Friday, October 26th from 7pm - 9pm at Pinot's Palette in Westminster. We'll be painting a "Thankful" wooden palette - perfect for the Thanksgiving season; Registration is $45 of which $10 from each registration will go to Stargate. For more information (or to see what we'll be painting), register online here.

Or paste this address into your browser: https://www.pinotspalette.com/westminsternorth/event/269123?version=1&utm_expid=.1It9A9P4TEGOWpdS1cB3vQ.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinotspalette.com%2Fwestminsternorth%2Fevents%2Foctober%3Fversion%3D1

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


Windsock Day

If the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or heavy precipitation is present, students will need to enter the school through the commons entrance (left of the main entrance) and they will sit with their grade level in the Elementary Commons. We politely ask that you do one of two options at drop off:

  • Parents can drop their student off in the loop and your child can walk themselves to the commons and then sit with their grade level peers

  • Parents can park in the parking lot and then walk their child to the commons

We have approximately 500 students that we place in the commons and 92 kindergarten students in the gym, so it is a busy morning during a Windsock Day. We would invite parents in, but space is at a minimum. The commons is supervised by three to four Eagle’s Landing staff members, our assistant principal, Sara Moeller, and me (Mrs. Hischke).

Indoor recess will be supervised by adults/teachers in the classroom. Student dismissals will also be conducted through the main entrance. Kindergarten will be dismissed from the elementary commons, so please use the side door that is left of the main office entrance.

Colorful windsocks will be displayed at different locations around the school (two at the south entrance and one at the north entrance) to indicate that conditions exist for an "inside day".

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 - 4-6 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