Hischke’s Happenings! September 24, 2018

posted Sep 24, 2018, 3:49 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates:

September 24- Kickoff - Box Tops/Longmont Dairy Milk Caps/Tyson Labels Contest

September 25- 8:15am Social Emotional Committee Meeting-Elementary Commons

September 25- 6:30-8:00pm Elementary Talent Show

*A small group of students will perform from 6:00 - 6:30 pm and parents of  these students were notified via email

September 26- 6:00pm Governance Board Stakeholders Presentation

September 27-6:30pm Fundraising Allocation Committee Meeting

October 3-5- 5th Grade Overnight to Camp Timberline

October 5- 9 am- 1:30pm Kindergarten Field Trip-Miller Farms

October 10-12  K-5 Conferences

October 15- No School-Professional Development Day for the staff

October 17 6pm Board of Directors Meeting

Hello to all Stargate Families,

It’s hard to believe that the month of September is almost over and Fall is already here. As I reflect on the past month and a half I would like to share a few thoughts with you that have been on my mind.

At Stargate we strive to focus on a few core values and I would like to take the opportunity to highlight those values.

We Put Kids First

With everything we do, we focus on students. We focus on both their academic and social/emotional growth. We want them to have a positive experience when they are with us at Stargate and with every decision that is made, we ask how will this affect students.  


It is important that we model respect for one another at all times. This is something we teach and model for our students daily. We want students to respect themselves and others and this is a continuous work in progress. We also expect the same from our parent community.


This is a word I keep coming back to daily. We need to grant each other grace in our daily interactions. This means to assume positive intentions, act with kindness, and compassion toward others. To me, grace is a way of life and a way of  interacting with those around us.

The staff here at Stargate works tirelessly for their students. If you have an opportunity to write a card of gratitude to a staff member to thank them for their efforts, that would be much appreciated. I know that whenever I have a difficult day, the one thing I can do to change my mindset is write a card of appreciation; it truly fills my soul and heart.

Rise above,

Missy Hischke

Stargate Elementary Principal

Social Emotional Meeting

Tomorrow morning is our first Social/Emotional Committee meeting! It will start at 8:15 tomorrow morning. Please check in at the front office and then head into the Elementary Commons.

I know several of you sent a personal email that you would like to be a part of this group, but we would like to extend the invitation to everyone. We are excited about the group and all are welcome! See you tomorrow.

Talent Show

The Elementary K-5 Talent Show, hosted by Mr. Osburn, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. There has been a slight change in the schedule due to the number of students that tried out for the show. To accommodate more students, Mr. O will start the show at 6:00 pm for students that have short acts. All the parents of the students starting at 6:00 pm have been notified via email.

If you have any questions as to when your student will perform in the talent show, please contact the front office and they will be able to answer your questions.We hope you will be able to attend and support all of our talented students.

School Safety Drill Messaging

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is a priority at Stargate School. Although we talked to students about safety protocols at the beginning of the school year, we practice safety drills throughout the year to further reinforce to our staff and students what to do in an emergency. At some time during this week, we will practice campus wide Lockout and Lockdown drills. Members of the Thornton Police Department and Adams 12 Security Services Team will be on campus and assist with the drills.  


Our school works closely with local authorities and uses emergency management best-practices to correctly develop and implement safety procedures. The goal of our drills throughout the school year is to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans, improve our response skills, and make students aware of what to do in an emergency.


Our school will go into a lockout if there is a threat outside the building. When in a lockout, we will bring everyone inside, lock and secure all exterior doors, and continue business as usual inside the building. Once the building is secure, we will not let anyone in the building.


Our school will go into a lockdown if there is a threat inside the building. Our protocol for a lockdown is locks, lights, out of sight. We turn classroom lights off, lock classroom doors, and move to an area of the room that can not be seen from interior doors or windows. If students are not in a classroom when we move into a lockdown, evacuation may be the best option depending on the students’ location and the nature of the threat. Staff will help evacuate students to a safe location away from the building and wait for further instruction.


In the event of a real emergency, we will send email communication to our community, providing updates and next steps, as timely as possible.


Please talk with your student, if you deem it appropriate, about the drills. Our goal, while practicing important safety procedures, is to be sure all students are safe.

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

Other reasons to keep your child home:

  • Rashes - Child should stay home unless a note is provided by a doctor stated that the rash is not contagious or the rash goes away on its own

  • Strep throat - Child may return after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and when symptom free

  • Common Cold - Keep your child home if your child is “not feeling well”, has a fever, a lot of nasal discharge (yellow, green, white), persistent cough

  • “Pink Eye” (Conjunctivitis) - Child should stay home until doctor determines infection is not contagious

  • Impetigo - Stay home until doctor advises their return

  • Chickenpox - Child should stay home for one week after symptoms appear or until all papules (water-filled lesions) are scabbed or crusted over

  • Persistent Cough - Stay home if the cough disrupts child’s learning/classroom

  • Eye/ear infection or Infected wounds - Stay home if drainage or until physician advises return to school

Watch DOG Information

Thank you to all the dads that attended the Watch DOG meeting on Thursday, September 20. There were many new faces and some familiar ones too. This was a great evening in which individuals shared their experiences with the Watch DOG program and what it has meant to them, their children, and the students and teachers at Stargate. We do have some T-shirts available for purchase at Elementary front office.

If you were unable to attend, but would still like to sign up to be a Watch DOG, please click here for the Sign Up Genius link. It can also be found on the Stargate webpage on the left hand side under “Get Involved.” If you have any questions about the program, please contact Missy Hischke at missy.hischke@stargateschool.org.

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".


Fall conferences will be held on October 10 - October 12. There is school that week for students on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The students will not have classes on Thursday and Friday; and please note that there is no school for students on Oct. 15 due to a Professional Development Day.

This is a great time to connect with your child’s teachers and we hope to see you there. Most teaching teams sent conference forms home today, so please keep an eye out for it if you have not received one yet.

Kickoff - Box Tops/Longmont Dairy Milk Caps/Tyson Labels Contest

Gather all of the Box Tops for Education, Longmont Dairy Milk Caps and Tyson labels that you've been collecting all summer, put them in a plastic bag (include the name of your child's homeroom teacher) and drop them off in the main collection box near the K-5 front desk OR deliver to your child's homeroom teacher. Each of these items earns our school $$. The winning class for each category (Box Tops and Longmont Dairy Milk Caps for the Fall; Tyson labels contest will carry over to the Spring) will earn an Ice Cream Sundae or Root Beer Float party. Careful cutting and examination of expiration dates is appreciated as are clean milk caps! the last day to turn in these items is Friday, October 5th.

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