Welcome to 2019-20 School Year!

UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                                                                                           

Check out the most recent HOOTIE'S HIGHLIGHTS NEWSLETTER & most recent HOOTIE'S BLAST! 

Barnes & Noble (5-8 pm) AND Noodles & Company (4-8pm) Community Night is TOMORROW Tuesday, December 10th.  Grab dinner and head over to Barnes & Noble for holiday shopping and to hear some of our teachers read to the kids.  Click here for a flyer with more info and the read aloud schedule.  Don't forget to mention that you are with BFHE at both locations when you make a purchase.  We hope to see you there!

SAVE THE DATE: Boys' Bingo Night will be Friday, January 31st 2020 at 6:30 pm!  Tickets are $10 each (ON SALE NOW!) and include a pack of 5 Bingo cards (one for each Bingo game that evening), a Bingo dauber, Dessert, & Refreshments.  **Each person attending the event must purchase a ticket; click here to purchase your tickets

WINTER BREAK FOOD DRIVE! BFHE is helping to fill a local food pantry this holiday season. Students who bring a non-perishable food item between now and December 18th will be able to participate in PAJAMA DAY on the last day of school before Winter Break (Friday, December 20th)!!!  Click here for a flyer!


BOX TOPS!  The PTCO collects box tops throughout the year.  Our fall contest deadline was Friday, October 11th (the day before Fall Break) and Ms Ashley Cook's 1st Grade Class won!  They will have $100 to spend for items for their classroom - we can't wait to see what they pick out!  You can continue to drop your CLIPPED box tops off in the grade level bins in the hallway by the front office. Email Kerri if you have any questions. 

  **For more information on the new Box Tops Program which requires you to scan your receipts into the Box Tops App, please click here.  Our contest is still based on the OLD method of Box Tops as they have not been completely phased out.  


Do you have BFHE Spirit Wear for spirit days (every Friday)?!  Don't miss out. Click here to order today!! 

    The MONTHLY PROMO FOR DECEMBER is 20% off Gildan T-shirts with Code DEC19E. 

We have IN-STOCK BFHE T-shirts for $20 (available for purchase with cash or check at PTCO events).  


NEW!  We now have BFHE Decals available in the front office for $6 each.  If you'd like to purchase one, please stop by the office with cash or check. They look great on water bottles, laptops, car windows, etc. 

IMPORTANT SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                               

Got The Black Forest Hills App? 
For parents, this app will keep you up to date with all the happenings of the school! ​ You'll have easy access to school calendars, news, staff directories, a student absence form, and more!  When you install the app, be sure to say yes when it asks to allow push notifications.  This will enable you to get notifications that will pop up on your home screen.

Click here to download.

*** A note from Ms. Sacino: Tennis Shoes are required for safety in PE.  Please ensure your child wears or brings tennis shoes on PE days.  A great way to ensure that your student does not miss out is to keep a pair of tennis shoes in his/her backpack during their assigned PE rotation. Click here for Kindergarten Specials Schedule and Click here for 1st-5th Grade Specials Schedule. Thank you!     

A Note from Ms Knowlton: Original Artwork is on its way!  Our BFHE students K-5 should have brought home their personalized flyer for Original Art; orders were due Wednesday, 11/13/19.  The products create great gifts for your student and family members.  Orders will be delivered before winter break.  If you would like it to be a surprise, please email Ms Knowlton. This is the only art fundraiser of the year so thank you to everyone who can participate.

Marker Recycling
BFHE is now recycling markers, any brand.  If you have any you wish to recycle, please put them in the bin (marked "recycle markers") in the front hallway located next to the PTCO board.

School Accountability Committee (SAC)
The work our School Accountability Committee does during its monthly meetings supports the school and assists our principal in making important decisions that directly impact our school and our students!  Click here to learn more.  The meetings for the 2019-20 School Year will be Sept 10th, Dec 3rd, March 3rd, April 14th from 6-7 pm in the BHFE Library.  All parents are welcome to attend!

We have been adopted by Aurora Fire Rescue through the Adopt a School program. Some basics about the Aurora Fire Rescue Adopt-A-School program:
- A crew of 4-5 fire fighters will visit our school each month for about 60 minutes
- Crew members will provide any number of classroom support functions like reading with children or helping with class work, going to lunch and recess with our students and answering any questions students may have. 
The purpose of the program is to provide instruction to children about fire and burn prevention and emergency preparedness, engage our community, provide a greater understanding of the role of the fire service.

BFHE Awarded 2019 Unified Champion Special Olympics National Banner School!!!  BFHE was 1 of the 174 schools (14 here in Colorado) selected out of the over 7000 Unified Champion Schools in the United States. BFHE's school community has exemplified impressive courage and inclusion that stood out among all schools nationwide. BFHE has been a beacon of social change and embraced the qualities of the Unified Generation. Click here to see the award letter!

Please click here if you would like to visit the Black Forest Hills Elementary School home page.  The Black Forest Hills Elementary home page is regularly updated with important school announcements and houses information such as the parent-student handbook and the transitional school calendar.  

CURRENT VOLUNTEER AND FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES                                                                    

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety.  Click here to sign up!

Legacy Bricks
Become a permanent part of Black Forest Hills Elementary School by purchasing an engraved brick for the main entry walkway.  Bricks can be engraved with your family name, a student's name and graduation year, or a favorite quote - just to name a few ideas.  Bricks come in two sizes.  The cost for the 4"x8" brick is $60 and the cost for the 8"x8" brick is $100.  Donations for engraved bricks are tax deductible.  Click here to learn more or to order your brick today!

King Soopers Fundraising Program  

The King Soopers fundraising program will allow you to simply use your registered King Soopers loyalty card to earn funds for BFHE.

Here’s How It Works:

• No more reloadable gift cards (this will now be tied to the King Soopers loyalty card).

• You can continue to use your remaining balance on your gift card but no need to reload.

• You can enroll your King Soopers Loyalty Card online at the secure website, https://www.kingsoopers.com/topic/king-soopers-community-rewards 

• Click “Enroll Now” & Log-in or create a KS account linked to your loyalty card.

• Select Black Forest Hills Elementary School PTCO (Organization Code: XU932).

Once registered, every time an enrolled member shops at King Soopers using his or her Loyalty Card, BFHE will earn rewards. 

Amazon Smile

Here's a quick and easy way to help support BFHE!  When shopping on Amazon go to smile.amazon.com and select Black Forest Hills Elementary as your charitable organization!  You DO NOT have to create a new account with Amazon - you can use your existing account.  The first time you visit smile.amazon.com you will be asked to pick your charitable organization.  The school earns money with every purchase made on Smile!

Box Tops
Please keep bringing in your Box Tops as the school collects them all year long. Place them in a ziplock bag with your child's name and their teacher's name written on it. Then turn in your Box Tops to the appropriate bins, which are located near the front entrance. The next batch will be counted in OCTOBER 2019 *ALL CLIPPED BOX TOPS are due by Friday, October 11th to be counted for the FALL BOX TOPS CONTEST!  The winning class will receive $100 to spend (as they choose) towards classroom items.

Longmont Dairy Caps
You can turn in your Longmont Dairy caps at school!  The next batch will be submitted in the 2019-20 School year.  There is a box near the front office.  Thank you!

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BFH CLUBS/EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES                                                                            

Talent Showcase: All applications needed to be turned in by Tuesday, December 3rdUPDATE: Rehearsal will now be on January 15th right after school until 5 pm, and the Talent Show will be on January 23rd from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Please email Ms Knowlton with any questions.

KidStage: The Spring production of Tangled will begin in February 2020 and sign-up is now available.  Click here for a flyer with more information. Please email Kimberly Boulton with any questions. 

BFHE Choir: Choir is accepting new members and is open to all interested 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  Click here to read the information letter from Mr. Gleason and follow this link to sign up.  The first practice was on September 5th.

Student Parliament: 3rd, 4th and 5th graders participating in Student Parliament had their first meeting on September 9th.  Student Parliament meets in the art room immediately after school until 3:15 pm.  Please email Ms Knowlton if you have any questions.

Coding for Kids is back for the 2019-2020 school year!  The Little Coders class (1st and 2nd Grades) provides young students with the basics of computational thinking skills, such as loops and conditionals, through a fun blend of hands-on activities. The Animation Maker/Beginner class (3rd - 5th Grades) allows students to learn the core skills of creating simple animated movies, creating 2D and 3D characters and animating those. For more information on both programs, you can also view a flyer here (both classes are currently full).  If you have questions, please email Coding for Kids.

Spanish Club. A new session began the week of October 7th.  Classes are provided by Spanish Enrichment, Inc and are taught by native Spanish speaking teachers.  Click here for a flyer with more information, including pricing, discounts, topics, and times.  

Battle of the Books! The Battle of the Books Club will held its first meeting on November 18th after school from 2:45-3:30 in Mrs. Hasenack’s classroom.  Click here for a flyer with additional meeting dates.  Please return the permission slip (attached to the flyer) to Mrs. Hasenack as soon as possible if your child is participating.

Cherry Creek Special Olympics will be offering an Athletic Basketball Clinic (ABC) program that will be available to all CCSD Special Needs students in January! Please click here for a flyer with more details and how to sign-up. See you on the court!

Brikster LEGO Club started on Wednesday, November 12th.  Our theme this session is Space Exploration!  Students will learn about Space Race, Satellites, Hubble Space Telescope, build Solar System, Mars Rover, and more!  Please note: per school request, this class is NOT available to Kindergarten students; only grades 1-5 are allowed to participate at this time.  Click here for registration.  Call Lily Skop with any questions: 720-216-4508.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE PTCO!                                                                                                                    

Thanks in advance for your support of all of the PTCO programs and events this year!  The money we raise is used for technology, classrooms, school programming, integrated arts, SPED, and other school-related items.  Your contributions are vital to our students' success and are greatly appreciated!

Last school year (2018-19), the PTCO was able to raise close to $100,000!  With these funds, the school was able to make the following purchases:

~A Tractor with snow plow
~Additional Furniture for our NEW Innovation Spaces
~TWO new Water Bottle Dispensers for our Students
~New Computers for our Teachers
~Professional development for Teachers

~Many other various school expenditures (including specials equipment, school programming supplies, books and bookshelves, etc).

Distribution of PTCO Funds Raised 2018-19
Technology/Media: (30%)
School Programming: (25%)
Classrooms: (20%)
Integrated Arts: (15%)
SPED: (10%)
Principal's Priorities: (nominal%)

The BFHE PTCO had originally planned to allocate proceeds from this year’s spring fundraisers as it did last year, with funds going to technology & media (30%), school programming (25%), classrooms (20%), integrated arts (15%), SPED (10%), and principal’s priorities (nominal). A significant portion of this year’s spring proceeds will be saved to go towards projected updates to our school playground. We plan to return to a similar allocation of funds in the 2019/20 school year as we have had in previous years. We want to thank all the community donors who are helping us to make our school be the best it can be.

This year, 2019-20, the PTCO has voted to allocate funds raised from the 2019 Auction and upcoming 2019 Fun Run to update the BFHE playground and blacktop.  We asked the school community for your feedback about what improvements can be made.  The survey is now closed and we are compiling data.  Stay tuned for more information about the exciting changes that will be coming soon!  Please email Pam Holloway if you have any questions.