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October 2022 Newsletter

Dear Dutch Creek Community,

I hope this newsletter finds you happy and healthy, enjoying everything that Colorado’s fall offers. I know I enjoy the beautiful weather, with lots of sunshine and a break from the extreme heat! We have a lot that we are excited about here at school as we begin to wrap up our first EL Education Modules for the year. 

As many of you know, we are in the second year of becoming an accredited EL Education Network School. There are only a select few schools in the nation that become fully accredited. This lofty goal is a huge celebration that comes with a ton of hard work from teachers, support staff, and students. In EL, we believe that all students, no matter their age, deserve challenging, engaging, and empowering learning. In every grade, Modules are focused on science, social studies, humanity, and the arts. Students investigate real-life and authentic problems we face today, study multiple perspectives about those problems, and research ways to contribute in a positive way. In each of the 4 Modules, students focus on:

  • Being Effective Learners
  • Being Ethical People
  • Contributing to a Better World

What makes this curriculum unique is the balanced focus on high academic expectations with an extreme focus on being a good person who can change the world in a positive way. As we wrap up our first Module studies for the year, I’d like to highlight a couple of amazing things that are going on.

In 2nd and 3rd grade, students are studying school communities, access to education around the world, and challenges people face as learners. Our 3rd graders went on a walking field trip around the neighborhood to see “little libraries” and study how they are built and how to use them as a vehicle for getting books into more hands. They are collaborating to build a little library that will be on the corner of Roxbury and Webster. 

In 1st grade, students are studying how to collaborate to solve real-life problems. They work together to build solutions to these problems, researching how to do this and what tools to use. They are planning to make stepping stones for the east side of the building, where there is a ditch that is often used as a walkway. This area often becomes very muddy and not usable. They hope that this will be a positive solution for our community. (I know some of you will be happy to hear that!) 

There is much more to celebrate in all grade levels, and I will be sure to highlight those in the next couple of newsletters. As I close out this Principal’s Pen, I’d like to remind you all of a couple of ways to be involved. First, we have Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 18th and 19th. Please be on the lookout for information from your child’s teacher. This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with our teachers in your child’s education. October also brings Halloween…which is exciting for many of our students. Again, please be on the lookout for more specific details about Halloween festivities.

Thank you for your support and enjoy this beautiful season!

Sara Oliver


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