Welcome to 2017-18 School Year!

UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                                                                                           

Meet and Greet for the 2018-19 School Year
​​​Meet and Greet will be on August 3rd​.  You will have the opportunity to meet your teachers, take a look around the school, drop off school supplies, and have school pictures taken.  In order to avoid overcrowding, please come in only during your allotted time.  The times have been planned out based on your student's last name (see schedule below). 

A-E 9:00-10:00 am
F-J ​10:00-11:00 am
Lunch Break  11:00 am-noon
K-O noon-1:00 pm
P-T 1:00-2:00 pm
U-Z 2:00-3:00 pm
Back to School Night 
Back to School Night will be held on August 15th and there will be two sessions.  The first will be from 5:00-5:45 pm.  The second session will be from 6:00-6:45 pm.  We hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                               

Thank You from the PTCO
The BFHE PTCO wants to thank all parents and community members who helped make the 2017-2018 year a huge success.  Our school raised over $100,000 this year!  With these funds, the school was able to make the following purchases:

~The marquee in front of the school
~ A new electric piano
~120 iPads and covers
~Professional development for teachers
~Many other various school expenditures

We hope everyone has a great summer!

Open PTCO Board Positions
We need you!  The BFHE PTCO is planning for the 2018-19 school year and we have two board positions available.  The duties for these positions have been listed below.  If you are interested or have questions regarding a position, please email Erin Carlson at ecarlson5@gmail.com.

VP of Communications is a two-year commitment.  This person will create and send weekly emails (Hooties Highlights) and maintain the PTCO website and Facebook page.  The 2017 VP is willing to show the new VP how to use the newsletter software and how to update the PTCO website.
Fun Run Chair- This person will collaborate with a committee to plan our school Fun Run which takes place in September of 2018.  The 2017 chair is willing to share ideas and tips with the new committee if needed.

The goal of the BFHE PTCO is to garner resources to support student learning and achievement in technology, arts, and science through programs and events which are designed to bring our community together.  We hope to create a continuous cycle of good will for our children who will benefit today and in the future.

Ring of Fire Challenge
Ring of Fire Challenge has been launched on Facebook to benefit Tayler and her family.  Participants will record a video of themselves either eating an habanero pepper or attempting to eat 3 donuts in 1 minute (harder than you think).  In the same video, you are supposed to say some encouraging words to Tayler and her family and challenge 5 other people to participate.  Once you record the video, upload it to the APD4TeamTayler Facebook page and tag the 5 people whom you have challenged.

If you participate, you are encouraged to donate $10 to the Ellisons.  If you choose not to participate, you are encouraged to donate $25.  There is a link to the donation page on the APD4TeamTayler Facebook page, or you can hit the blue "Learn more" button at the top of the page to go directly to the donation website (hosted by Cops Fighting Cancer).

Please visit the page to watch the funny videos that are up so far and participate if you can.

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.

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.  

Red Shirt Rookies on 9 News
Check out this 9 News segment on our Red Shirt Rookies program that is led by our wonderful physical education teacher, Lisa Sacino!  This program pairs hand-picked able-bodied students with special-needs students to help them experience sports in a way that is beneficial to everyone involved.  We are very proud of this program and hope you can find time to watch the segment.   
Click here to see the video or read the transcript.

Altitude Elementary School Information
If your children are going to attend Altitude Elementary in the fall, you can find up to date information about the school at their website: http://altitude.cherrycreekschools.org.

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 learn more or 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 Reloadable Cards!

Here's how they work:

~Purchase a card for $5 from Sarah Welt at the Front Office.  The card costs $5 because it already comes loaded with $5.

~Before checking out at King Soopers, ask the cashier to load additional funds onto your card.  You may use any credit card you normally pay with to load your King Soopers card.

~After your card is loaded, the cashier will scan your groceries, and you will pay with your loaded gift card.

The school earns $5 for every $100 you load onto your card!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sarah Welt at Hospitality@bfhebfheptco.org.

**Just a reminder... your King Soopers Reloadable Card may expire after one year of inactivity.

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 (across from the library).  The next batch will be counted in the spring and the class that has collected the most will receive a pizza party.

Longmont Dairy Caps

You can turn in your Longmont Dairy caps at school!  There is a box in the front office.  Thank you!

BFH CLUBS/EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES                                                                            

Spanish Club for 2018-19 
Spanish Club for the 2018-19 school year will begin the week of September 10th.  This class promotes positive participation with games, songs, sentences to practice, circle time, and handwriting.  Click here for a flyer.

Silicon STEM Academy Summer Camp
Learn to Code, Design, Develop, Animate, and CREATE with Technology!  Our wide range of STEM Summer Tech Camps for kids and teens are fun, interactive learning experiences throughout the summer.  Camps are half days that meet for 1 week.  Looking for Full Days?  Choose an AM Camp and a PM Camp to stay all day!  Multi-camp & sibling discounts available.  Click here for a flyer with more information.

Integrated Arts Website
Check out the Integrated Arts website, located at BFHArts.org.  Details for many of the clubs and activities that are offered at the school can be found there under the tabs for Music, PE, Art, and STEM. 

PARENT RESOURCES                                                                                                                                                       

Walk, Bike, or Roll to School
As part of CCSD’s Safe Routes to School program, we encourage you to consider the many benefits  of safe, active transportation to and from school for you, your children and our community!  Please click here to learn more.

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 year we raised $110,000!  This money is being used for iPads, 2 TA salaries, teacher training, musical instruments, items for music performances, PE equipment, field day rentals, school programming supplies, books and bookshelves for classrooms, and other items that will enhance our classrooms and our school.  

Distribution of PTCO Funds Raised 2016-17
Technology/Media: $38,500 (35%)
School Programming: $27,500 (25%)
Classrooms: $27,500 (25%)
Integrated Arts: $11,000 (10%)
SPED: $3,300 (3%)
Principal's Priorities: $2,200 (2%)

New Furniture for BFHE Group Spaces
The BFHE PTCO is excited to announce that we will use funds raised this spring to purchase innovative furniture for the student group spaces that will be created over the summer.  These spaces, funded by the Innovation Grant that Black Forest Hills is receiving from the CCSD, are meant to facilitate group work and collaboration among students, and the furniture that the PTCO will purchase has been chosen by our teachers for comfort and adaptability to help achieve this goal.  The new group spaces will be ready for use by the beginning of the 2018/19 school year.  We will post the plans for these spaces once they have been finalized, so that you can get a sense of the exciting changes that will be taking place.

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 (35%), school programming (25%), classrooms (25%), integrated arts (10%), SPED (3%), and principal’s priorities (2%).  Since a significant portion of this year’s spring proceeds will go towards furniture needed for our group spaces, these percentages are no longer accurate.  However, we plan to return to a similar allocation of funds as we have had in previous years once the student group spaces have been properly furnished.  We are excited about the way that these spaces are coming together, and we hope that they will be of great use to all our students in the years to come.  We want to thank all the community donors who are helping us to make these spaces the best they can be.

Give a Hoot - Pledge it Forward!                                                                                                                     

If you are not interested in participating in the various fundraisers at BFHE, but still want to support our school and it's programs, please consider a simple donation through our 'Give A Hoot' program.  By donating monthly or as a onetime donation, you, other family, and community members can give money directly to our school.  By receiving donations as little as $10 a month per student, we can continue to make our school stand apart with advancements in technology, arts, and classroom enrichment!  Do you want your donation to go even further?  Make sure to check with your employer to see if they have a company matching program for donations.  All donations are tax deductible.

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