Welcome to 2020-21 School Year!

UPCOMING EVENTS (updated 9.22.20)                                                                                                                                                  


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WELCOME BACK, BFHE STUDENTS! 






School SPIRIT Day: Wednesday October 7th!
Hey BFHE Owls!  It’s time to show your school spirit!  On Wednesday, October 7th, come to school in your BFHE Spirit Wear and/or school colors (yellow, green, and black).  The class with the most students wearing Sprit Wear and school colors will be rewarded with a popsicle party and class prize!

Don't have spirit wear yet?  We will have a LIMITED number of these shirts (see below) for purchase on Monday, October 5th.  Contact Jessica Drummond for assistance or questions.
 

PTCO BOARD POSITIONS AVAILABLE: The CCSD Parents' Council has made changes to their Bylaws, which in turn affects BFHE PTCO's Bylaws.  Effective as of 11/1/20, these are the Parents' Council’s new guidelines on PTCO/PTO Executive Board Positions:  If you have chosen Online learning/homeschooling IN the Cherry Creek School District, such as Options or Elevations, you ARE able to hold a board position, with the exceptions of: President, Treasurer, or any board position that is an authorized signatory for your PTCO/PTO bank account. If an in-district remote/homeschool parent/guardian would like to hold any other board position, your current Executive Board and School Principal must be in agreement.  Because of this, we are faced with the difficult decision to replace two key positions, Co-President & Disbursement Treasurer, on our Board effective November 1st.  We do have interest within the current board, but are posting mid-year vacancies in accordance with our bylaws.  Job Descriptions can be found here.  If you are interested in either of these roles, please contact Sara at copres2@bfheptco.org no later than October 9th Please note that this is an interim position for the remainder of the 2020/21 school year with the option to serve an additional two years after the Spring 2021 vote per our bylaws.  The person stepping into the role of Co-President will also be in charge of the Online Auction this spring.

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KING SOOPERS SEPTEMBER GIVEAWAY: Drawing is OCTOBER 1st!!!!

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:

1. 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).

2. Once registered, every time you shop at King Soopers using your enrolled King Soopers Loyalty Card, BFHE will earn rewards. In addition, once a household member enrolls his or her card, all linked King Soopers Loyalty Cards within that household will begin earning funds for BFHE.

***Once you have signed up, please take a screenshot or photo of your account page (see image below; click to enlarge).  Already signed up prior to this campaign?!  You can enter, too!  Please email submissions to fundraising@bfheptco.org to be entered for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card. Anyone can enter: family, friends, and/or neighbors by linking their King Soopers card to BFHE!!!  Once you enter, you will receive confirmation of your entry (see example below; click to enlarge). If you did not receive this message after a day or so, please resubmit!

Example of Screenshot on demo phone:         Example of Submission Confirmation:

                    


CHICK-FIL-A Community DAYS: Tuesday, Sept 29th AND Wednesday, Sept 30th ALL DAY, BOTH DAYS!!!

Join the PTCO and the BFHE community for not one, but TWO, community days at the Southlands Chick-fil-A!  Remember to mention BFHE when you make a purchase - in person in the drive-thru AND when ordering online or through the app for order pickup (
see details in flyer below - click to enlarge)!  We hope to see you there! 



The ONLINE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING - Sept 28th to Oct 11th!
Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, value packs, and more during our
ONLINE "Time Machine" Book Fair!  It's a new school year... let's instill a newfound love of reading!  PLUS, select and order your books now so you're ready for our upcoming Read-a-Thon in November (stay tuned for more details). 

Click here to view available books and to place your order: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/blackforesthills
 
Here are some reminders about the Online Book Fair:

•     All orders ship directly to the customer (NOT TO THE SCHOOL)

•     Customers will enjoy FREE SHIPPING on all book-only orders over $25  (non-book items can be ordered but do not count towards free shipping minimum)
 

               



PANERA Community Night: Tuesday, October 6th, 4-8pm
Don't miss out on dinner at Panera!  Join the PTCO and the BFHE community for another community night.  As always, remember to show a copy of the flyer (paper or electronic) when you order OR enter code PRFUND when ordering online so our school gets credit for your purchase.  Check out all the details in the flyer (
see below - click to enlarge)!  We hope to see you there!


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Did you know Fridays are spirit days at BFHE and you can customize your spiritwear?!  Our NEW spiritwear company is based locally in Aurora and offers lower prices, fun new designs and selections (including personalization), AND pickup and delivery options!  All purchases support BFHE, so let’s rally together and show off our BFHE spirit more than ever.  

 Click here to purchase (Please stay tuned for our next campaign)
**Please do not use old links or purchase through any emails sent by "spiritweardirect" as we are no longer using that company for BFHE spiritwear.  Thank you!

Contact Jessica Drummond for assistance or questions.
 
   
 
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 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.


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.

 


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)


Picture Retakes are on Oct 6th!  If you purchased a picture packet and were not happy with your student's first photo, please complete this form Photo Day Form and have your student bring in the original package on Retake Picture Day. If your student was not present on the original picture day please fill out the Photo Day Form and plan for them to have their picture taken on Oct 6th. Proofs will be mailed to your home address with information on how to purchase your photos online.  


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!


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 will began the week of September 14th, 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. 


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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