Welcome to 2020-21 School Year!

UPCOMING EVENTS (updated 12.4.20)                                                                                                                                                  


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The Spiritwear Store is NOW OPEN and there are NEW STYLES to choose from! 

Check it out & place your orders by
Monday, December 7th at midnight!!! 
 Click here to order: bfhe.spiritsale.com.  These orders will be shipped directly to your home!  A portion of every purchase helps to support the BFHE PTCO.

Contact Jessica Drummond for assistance or questions. 



Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Community Night on December 8, 2020 from 4-8 pm at the Aurora-Cornerstar location. Join the PTCO and BFHE Community for our December community night!  You can dine-in (limited seating), drive through, or pick-up orders - just make sure you show the paper/electronic flyer or verbally say you are there for BFHE so our school receives credit for your purchase. We hope you can join us! 


UPDATE & THANK YOU: Food Pantry Fill Up and Warm Clothing Donation For Our Buddy School.  

On behalf of PTCO and Student Parliament, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all those who participated in our food and warm clothes drive.  We definitely filled the pantry!  Our community donated two trucks worth of food.  Approximately, 150 families will benefit from your generosity.  As for the warm clothing drive, you exceeded our expectations.  We will donate 4 truckloads worth of clothes and boots to our buddy school!  They will be hosting a drive by shop to help clothe their families for winter.  
 
I wanted to do a shoutout to all the PTCO volunteers, Student Parliament Kids, Mrs. Pearne, Mrs. Kohne, and Mrs. Kellie for spending their day helping our community.  Also, a huge shout out to Sarah Brinkley for working with Student Parliament to get things moving! 
 
~ Mrs. Knowlton (Art and Parliament teacher)

               

         

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KING SOOPERS DECEMBER GIVEAWAY: $50 Gift Card to Walmart (Drawing on January 4th) 

Congratulations to our November Giveaway Winner: Jamie Davidson!  

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in November! A new month means a new chance to win! This month, you could win a $50 Walmart gift card. Click here to sign up your card: https://www.kingsoopers.com/topic/king-soopers-community-rewardsSelect Black Forest Hills Elementary School PTCO (Organization Code: XU932).  More detailed directions can be found on our PTCO website: www.bfheptco.org.  

***Once you have signed up, please take a screenshot or photo of your account page to show you are supporting BFHE.  Already signed up prior to this campaign?!  You can enter, too!  You do NOT need to register your card again, but can enter the giveaway each month by sending a new screenshot!  Please email submissions by 12/31 to fundraising@bfheptco.org to be entered for a chance to
win a $50 Walmart Gift Card

As a reminder:
~ you can enter if your account is already linked (just email us a new screenshot)
~ you may re-enter each month
~ you can win more than once

THANK YOU for your continued support throughout the year!

          


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AmazonSmile: Did you know that Amazon will automatically donate a portion of each purchase you make to Black Forest Hills PTCO?  Its quick and easy to set up - and with the upcoming holiday season, now is the perfect time to make sure you're supporting our school!


From the Amazon App (Apple and Android Devices)
1. Open the Amazon app
2. Go to settings. 
3. Select AmazonSmile.
4. Select "Turn on"
5. If you haven't picked a charity yet, you can enter "Black Forest Hills PTCO" in the search window and then select our school.
 
***The best part is that you only have to renew the setting on the device twice a year AND the app will remind you when its time! 

From a desktop/laptop:
1. Go to smile.amazon.com
2. On the left, there's a drop down for AmazonSmile, hover over it.
3. You can select your charity if it isn't already added.  YOU DO NOT need to select it each time you make a purchase.

***You will need to go to smile.amazon.com in order to have your purchases count.  If you use www.amazon.com on a desktop/laptop, you will not have the AmazonSmile features.



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Read-a-thon Update: Due to the move to remote learning, the read-a-thon that was previous scheduled for November 2020 is on hold.  We apologize for any inconvenience.



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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. 






BOX TOPS!  Our spring submission deadline has passed but we encourage families to continue to collect and scan as the contest is year-long. Please continue to collect clips now and over the summer and bring them to school when we return.  Scanned Box Tops do not have deadlines - don't forget to submit your receipts on the app!  NOTE: You can now credit your Box Tops earnings to a specific person, classroom or grade level!!! Check out this video to see how to use the Give Credit feature in the app to tag your earnings and help track participation. Please contact Kerri if you have any questions. 

 

LONGMONT DAIRY CAPS were already submitted for the spring.  However, please continue to collect caps now and over the summer; they can be placed in the bin in the hallway by the front office when we return to school. THANK YOU!  🙂🐮


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.





IMPORTANT REMINDERS from BFHE:

  • Cars are not allowed in the bus loop at any time.
  • Dogs are not permitted on school property.
  • Be mindful of crosswalks.
  • The fire lane is for pickup/drop-off only. Parents should not exit the car or park. A staff member will help your child in and out of the car.
  • U-turns are not allowed in school zones.


IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION: From 7:45-8:00 AM, students may enter the front entrance of the building or the rear entrances.  Students will be greeted by our staff and directed to their classrooms.  Parents may walk their child to the doors, but not enter the building to walk students to their classrooms due to our safety precautions.  Parents and students must be wearing masks on school property.  Please social distance from others while on school property.

If you have questions about the return to school, please refer to the Cherry Creek Schools Planning Forward website at: https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/PlanningForward and/or refer to emails from Mr. Muma.

REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION: Remote learning began on Monday, November 16thClick here for a copy of Dr. Siegfried's email.


Attendance & IT Issues: If your student will be absent or will be late to log in, please call the attendance line at 720-886-8995 and leave a message.  If you are having any technical issues, please call 720-886-8980 or email klutzkaboivin@cherrycreekschools.org. Thank you!

 

The USDA Helps Families By Providing Free Breakfast and Lunch through the School Lunch Program.  The US Department of Agriculture is helping families offset expenses by funding school lunch programs through the end of 2020 (or until the funds are exhausted.)  That means every Fox Ridge student will not be charged when they choose the standard school breakfast or lunch! That's right, it's free! (Press Release Here).

***UPDATE: Students can pick up Breakfast & Lunch during remote learning; click here for a flyer with updated pick-up days/times and locations!




Veteran's Day Celebration: BFHE celebrated our active service members and veterans. Although we would have loved to celebrate with a live event, this year BFHE created this video as our way to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country!  Click here to view the video.


Before and After Care: There is a before and after care option available to students at BFHE. To set up a Before and After Care account, please email schoolcareworks@cherrycreekschools.org.  Any questions regarding the B&A program can be emailed to Danny Brown or you can call 720-886-8947.  


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 2020-21 School Year will be VIRTUAL on Sept 16th, Nov 4th, Feb 10th, and April 7th from 6-7 pm (VIRTUAL LINK).  All parents are welcome to attend!  If you would like to participate in one or more of these meetings please email tmuma@cherrycreekschools.org. You will receive a personal invitation with a link to the meeting. 


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!  

"A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by achieving the ten standards described here. These standards are based upon the three over-arching components that include Special Olympics Unified Sports®/Young Athletes, Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. National banner schools should also be able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future."  

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Sacino for all of her hard work in helping BFHE earn this award!!!  Below are some pictures from the ceremony earlier this week (November 2020):

 

    



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.


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                                                                    

BFHE WATCH D.O.G.S. 
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!


King Soopers Fundraising Program  

The King Soopers fundraising program allows 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!



BFH CLUBS/EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES                                                                            


VIRTUAL Spanish Club: a new session will begin the week of January 11, 2021.  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. 

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE PTCO!                                                                                                                    

Thank you, in advance, for your support of all of the PTCO programs and events this year!  Fundraising will look a little different due to COVID-19 and the restrictions in place to maintain social distancing and the health of our school community.  

Each 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 (2019-20), the PTCO was able to raise close to $100,000!  With these funds, the school was able to make the following purchases:

~Phase 1 updates to the playground (see below)
~Document cameras and headphones for classrooms
~New/Updated materials/equipment for Specials
~Professional development for Teachers

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


Distribution of PTCO Funds Raised 2019-20
Playground: (35%)
School Programming: (25%)
Classrooms: (15%)
Integrated Arts: (15%)
SPED: (10%)



During the 2018-19 school year, the PTCO voted to allocate funds raised from the 2019 Auction and 2019 Fun Run to update the BFHE playground and blacktop.  We asked the school community for your feedback about what improvements can be made.  





SURPRISE! The NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT was installed over the long weekend (3/6-3/10/2020)! 

Our co-president stopped by with her kids to check it out on 3/5/20!


Check out some of the completed Phase I Playground photos!!!  
We know the kids will love using the new equipment and we can't wait to be able to start Phase 2.


            


***Please see click here to see the letter from Principal Muma and the PTCO regarding the plans for our playground.  Click here and here for renderings. Please email Pam Holloway, PTCO Co-President, with any questions.



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