Welcome to 2019-20 School Year!

UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                                                                                           

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

The next PTCO Meeting is TOMORROW, January 21st at 6 pm in the BFHE Library.  Everyone is welcome to join.  We hope to see you there!

Boys' Bingo Night is Friday, January 31st 2020 at 6:30 pm!  The girls had their dance in November and now it's time for the boys to have some fun!!!  *Please note: Although this is marketed as a special event for the boys and their moms, any student/parent is welcome to attend.

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 and we recommend purchasing your ticket BEFORE the event as there will be a limited amount available to purchase at the door; click here to purchase your tickets. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT'S NAME AND TEACHER IN THE NOTES SECTION  

SAVE THE DATE: Our 2020 "Flashback to the 80's" Spring Auction will be on Friday, April 17th!  Tickets go on sale the week of February 3rd.  Stay tuned for more details!


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 (label with your student's teacher). 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.  

LONGMONT DAIRY CAPS were collected last week.  However, please continue to send your collected caps to school; they can be placed in the bin in the hallway by the front office. THANK YOU!  🙂🐮


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

    The MONTHLY PROMO FOR JANUARY is 10% off Select Moisture Wicking T-shirts with Code JAN20P. PLUS, our Spiritwear store is now offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50!


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.

Electives Night at Fox Ridge Middle School is January 29th: Open House is from 5-6 pm in the main hallway and a Registration Presentation is from 6-7pm in the cafeteria. Learn about the different classes that Fox Ridge offers our students. No RSVP necessary and parents, guardians, and students are all welcome!  Click here for a flyer.

Educator of the Year Nominations are Open: Black Forest Hills will be participating in the Cherry Creek School District’s recognition of the Educator of the Year.  A certified staff member from our school will be selected from those nominated.  The window is now open to nominate that person who you believe should be recognized as the Educator of the Year and represent BFHE!  The nomination window will close on February 7th and our representative will be chosen by school administration.  Please click here to visit the CCSD home page to nominate a staff member who has made an impact in your child’s life!

Kindergarten Round Up! Registration begins Monday, February 3rd and each school is assigned a week during the month (BFHE is Feb 10-14th).  If families cannot come in on their assigned week, they are welcome to come at any time during the month to register. Click here for a flyer and click here for a map.

*** 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!      

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, and 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 is now tied to your King Soopers loyalty card); you can continue to use your remaining balance on your gift card.

• 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 SPRING 2020 for the SPRING 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 were due on Tuesday, December 3rd.  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. 

Spanish Club: A new session began Tuesday, January 7th, 2020.  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.  

Coding with Kids: Coding for Kids is back for the spring semester!  Robotics for Little Coders class (1st and 2nd Grades)  opportunity for young children to develop their computational thinking skills, build their first programs, and have fun with new friends!. The Game Development Beginner-Intermediate class (3rd - 5th Grades) introduces kids to computer programming through the fun and excitement of building video games. For more information on both programs, you can view a flyer here.  If you have questions, please email Coding for Kids.

Cherry Creek School District Chess Tournament is on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The Chess Tournament is open to students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Registration is now open and is limited to the first 200 players who sign up. Click here for more information and click here for a registration flyer. Please contact Todd Bardwick at 303-770-6696 or by email with questions.

Battle of the Books!  The Battle of the Books Club meets 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 flier with more details and how to sign-up. See you on the court!

Brikster LEGO Club started on Wednesday, November 12th.  The theme 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.

BFHE Choir: Choir 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.

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.