StarNews K-12 Community News 8/20/18

posted Aug 20, 2018, 3:35 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates:

August 22-6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting-Secondary Commons (note time change)

August 23 and 24-Elementary Assessment Days

August 28- Secondary Curriculum Night

September 3- Labor Day Holiday-no school

September 4- Staff Development Day- No school for students

September 10-12 and 12-14- 6th graders to Keystone Science School

September 10-12- 7th graders to Camp Cheley

September 12-14- 8th graders to Camp Cheley

September 13- Elementary Curriculum Night

September 14- Elementary School Pictures

September 25- 6:30pm- Elementary Talent Show

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

Weekly Newsletters

Weekly newsletters this year will alternate between Hischke’s Happenings (Elementary School Updates and Information)/Cable Connection (Secondary School updates and information) and StarNews, which will provide K-12 updates and information. This week you receive the first StarNews. Next week will be the Hischke’s Happenings and Cable Connection Newsletters. Please be sure to check our community website for the Master Events Calendar and specific teacher information.

Board Meeting this Wednesday August 22, at 6:00PM (please note time change) in the Secondary Building. Check out the new and improved Charter 101 section where you will find great information about our school.

Drop Off and Pick Up reminders

Please remember that the best option is to use the loop and drop your child off at the curb.

  • Please remember to pull completely forward in the loop.

  • Use the right lane to drop at the K-5.

  • Use the left lane to merge after the VIP spots and drop off at the secondary.

  • The VIP parking spots are an auction item from our annual Gala and are not to be parked in at anytime.

  • The North Lot is for student and staff Permit Parking only. Please remember that we have new student drivers in the north lot.

  • It is not safe to drop off or pick up students from the outside left lanes. Please pull to the curb.

  • Please pay attention and stay off your cell phones during pick-up and drop-off and be patient as we all adjust to the start of a new school year.

Lost and Found - No matter how old (or responsible) your child is, please write their name on the items they bring to school daily! This will help with our overflowing collection pile and allow the water bottles, coats and lunch boxes to find their owners.

Fundraising Committee

King Soopers Fundraising cards
Support Stargate fundraising efforts by purchasing a Stargate reloadable King Soopers gift card.  These cards, pre-loaded with $5.00, will be available for purchase at the Stargate Secondary front office. Every time you reload the card King Soopers will donate 5% of the re-loaded amount to Stargate (at no cost to you). You can even reload directly at the register before you purchase your items. Use the cards to do your grocery shopping or purchase gas to support your school while you shop.  This is a way for King Soopers to encourage shoppers to patronize their store, and also for them to support non-profit organizations. For more information, click here.

If 300 Stargate families reloaded their cards with $200 each month to use on groceries and/or gas our school will earn $3,000/month and $36,000/year! This is one of the easiest ways to help Stargate earn $$!!!

Sign up to support Stargate by using AmazonSmile (go to: and Sign up ). AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Stargate every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Stargate (0.5% of all qualifying purchases will go back to our school). It's fast, easy and links directly to your current Amazon account.

You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. For more details, click here.

Thank yous!
The Fundraising Committee would like to say "Thank you"  to Beth Cushman for planning the 2018 School Supply kits sale. Special thanks to Julie Sadler and Paul Marx for helping with the distribution.

Thank You Julie Sadler and Laura Karstens for selling King Soopers gift cards during our Meet and Greet event. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Fundraising Committee Meeting Notice
The Fundraising Committee needs you!! We are looking for more volunteers to join our committee. If you like to plan events or if you would like to help with an event such as our dining out nights, annual gala, spirit nights and more, please contact

The next Fundraising meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at 6:00pm at Panera at The Orchard's. This meeting is open to the community and anyone interested in giving back or becoming more involved in the Stargate community 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

Community Relations Committee
CRC invites all students to participate in 3 Harry Potter Contests - Fan Fiction, Fan Art or Maker's Faire. Entries must be in by noon on September 7th. Here's a link to the rules and starters!

Are you excited for Harry Potter Night, too? Save the Date: 4:30-7:30 SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND. Parents, if you are interested in helping with pre-event work, contact

Our next meeting is September 12th at 8:15am at Daylight Donuts . CRC meetings are open to the Stargate Community. If you are unable to attend meetings, there are still lots of volunteer opportunities. Please contact us at to get added to our email distribution list.

Grant Committee
The Stargate Grant Committee is excited to announce that in July Stargate School was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation! This grant will be used to add to our outdoor school experiences by adding a Vertical Hydroponic Garden. This garden will allow our students a new way to learn about technological advances in food production, along with all of the other amazing learning opportunities that come from growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs!

The Grant Committee is always looking for new members and new grant opportunities. If you would like to help us apply for grants, please email or join us for our next meeting on August 31st at 8:00AM in the Secondary Building. No experience necessary, just a desire to help! There are lots of opportunities to help, and meeting attendance is not required. If you work for a company that offers grant opportunities, we would love to hear about them! Please email us at