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February Newsletter


Dear Dutch Creek Community,


I have so much to celebrate, and many updates for your calendar, so I’m going to jump right in!


Wish Week

For the first time, all of the Columbine Area schools are participating in “Wish Week”. This is a wonderful charity event through Make a Wish Foundation, where we are able to help sponsor a student in our very own community and help him receive his wish. Please help us in supporting Leyton Rogers, a 12-year-old student at Ken Caryl Middle School. His wish is to go to Puerto Rico with his family. Wish week will be held on February 5th-9th at all the elementary schools, Ken Caryl, and Columbine. There are many events held at the high school throughout the week, and Elementary school families are invited to attend the Columbine Community Movie Night on 2/6 @ 5PM in the CHS Commons Area, and the CHS Students vs. Teachers Basketball Game on 2/9 @ 6:30 in CHS Gym.  See this flyer for more information. To join in on the fun at Dutch Creek, see the different spirit days below.
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Monday, 2/5 Colorado Sports Day - wear your favorite Colorado Sports attire ~Tuesday, 2/6 Guess the movie day - dress up like someone from your favorite movie ~Wednesday, 2/7 Neon Day - wear neon! ~Thursday, 2/8 Throwback Thursday - not sure what this looks like for our age of students…if you have another idea, let me know. ~Friday, 2/9 - Wear your Dutch Creek Shirt (The high school is selling Wish Week shirts - if you are interested, but they do not have kid sizing, If you are interested, you can order them here).

Celebration of Learning

I am so excited to invite you all to our 4th annual Celebration of Learning. This amazing event is an opportunity to see and celebrate high-quality work from every student in the building. Our students are highlighting wonderful writing, beautiful art, a play, and more. Please plan to join us on Thursday, February 8th from 5:30-7:00 pm. See this flyer for more details.


Band, Orchestra, and Spelling Bee

I apologize for missing this in the last Principal’s Pen, but I’d like to recognize the amazing work of our 5th graders who performed at the Columbine Area Band and Orchestra Concert in December. It was an amazing night and I was so proud of our many students who performed. There was even an opportunity for principals to join in on the fun with all band and orchestra students in the area elementary schools, middle school, and high school. A special thank you to Aaron Graverson and Carrie Welch for preparing this fun night! 


Congratulations to Sam Bourgoyne and Tatum Hitchcock for getting 1st and 2nd place in the Spelling Bee! They will be representing Dutch Creek at the Columbine Area Spelling Bee on February 1st. I also want to congratulate all 21 students who participated in this year’s Spelling Bee. Standing up in front of students and community members and spelling words is not an easy task! I was so proud of these students who bravely entered and competed in this tradition. 


Valentine’s Day

Each classroom will communicate what they are doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Please remember that we are a healthy school when purchasing snacks for parties or treats to give out to students. Many healthy options are still fun! Also, when making valentines for peers, please remember to make enough for all students in the classroom, as opposed to a select few. 


Parent/Teacher Conferences

One of the best ways to be involved in your child's education is to communicate with their teachers. In February, our Parent/Teacher conferences are not required of each family but can be scheduled by either the teacher or the family. Conferences are on February 15th from 3:00-8:00 pm. Please be on the lookout for communication from your child’s teacher about scheduling a few moments to talk about your child’s progress this year. 


Dutch Creek Dance

Please see information from PTSA about the upcoming Dutch Creek Dance on Friday, February 23rd. Our PTSA volunteers are putting together an amazing night for our students and community to come together and have some fun! We hope to see you there!


Thank you for your continued support and partnership with us.


Sara Oliver

Principal

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