Welcome to 2017-18 School Year!

UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                                                                                           

Continuation Ceremonies
Kindergarten Continuation will take place on Wednesday, May 30th, at 9:00 am in the BFHE Gym.

Fifth Grade Continuation will take place on Thursday, May 31st, at 8:30 am in the BFHE Gym.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                               

PTCO Meeting Date Changed
The May PTCO meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 29th, at 6:00 pm in the BFHE Library.  We hope you will join us! 

Lost & Found
All Lost & Found items have been moved to the Front Entrance of the school.  Any items that have not been picked up will be donated on the last day of school.

No School on May 28th
Please note that May 28th is Memorial Day, so there will be no school on this day.  

Early Dismissal for Last Day of School
Please note that the last day of school is June 1st.  This is a half day, ending at 11:00 am.

It's Time to Order School Supplies for Next Year!
Save time and money this summer by ordering supply packs online now for 2018-19.  All orders must be placed by Friday, June 1st.

To order:
- Enter school code: BLA192.
- Choose your child’s grade for NEXT YEAR.

Supplies will be in your child’s classroom for Meet & Greet in August.

Questions? Contact Nikki Kingzett at WaysMeansChair@bfheptco.org.

Get Your Black Forest Hills Yearbooks!
BFHE yearbooks for the 2017-18 school year are now available for purchase online at www.TreeRing.com/validate.  Click here for a flyer with more information.

Sale on Spiritwear!
All of our BFHE spiritwear is on sale for 20% off through May 28th!   Just use code SUNNY20 to get the discount.  Now is the perfect time to stock up for next year!  Go to www.blackforestspiritwear.com to place your order.

Thank You for Tayler's Run T-Shirts!
A big thank you to 110 Design Shop!  They designed and printed our amazing t-shirts for Tayler's 5K!

Cherry Creek School District Community Night with the Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Friday, June 1st, at 7:00 pm
DICK’S Sporting Goods Park
Ticket Price: $20 (fees, taxes, and parking included)
Five dollars of each ticket will go back to the school of your choice.

Help support our schools by joining us at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for an exciting game between the Colorado Rapids and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  The top 3 schools who sell the most tickets will get to watch warm-ups from the field prior to the match.  As an added bonus, Edson, the mascot, will visit schools that sell at least 100 tickets!  Click here for a flyer.
You can purchase tickets here

Incoming BFHE Kindergartner Info
A signup genius has been set up for the screening of incoming kindergartners on May 30th & 31st.  Click here to sign up for your child's 10 minute slot.

Click here to select your preference for morning or afternoon session and to indicate whether your future BFHE kindergartner will attend enrichment.  
Registration for Kindergarten Enrichment is open.  To begin the registration process, email schoolcareworks@cherrycreekschools.orgClick here for a flyer with more information.

Cherry Creek Preschool Roundup for 2018-19
Cherry Creek Early Childhood is in the process of registering new preschoolers for the 2018-19 school year.  Click here for more details.

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.

Meal Train for the Ellison Family
A meal train has been set up for the Ellison family. If you'd like to help by providing a meal, please click here to sign up: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/12zwg6.

Tayler T-Shirts
Cops Fighting Cancer is selling t-shirts to help raise money for Tayler's family.  Orders are due by May 11th and can be turned in to the BFHE Front Office.  Please click here for an order form.

Tayler Wrist Bands
We have Tayler wrist bands available for sale in the Front Office for a minimum donation of $1.

Ring of Fire Challenge
This past Sunday, the Ring of Fire Challenge launched on Facebook to benefit Tayler and her family.  This is a challenge-based fundraiser.  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, you need to 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.  Please participate if you can.  Please encourage as many people as you can to participate.  Please don't forget to donate through the link.

Open PTCO Board Positions
We need you!  The BFHE PTCO is planning for the 2018-19 school year and we will have several board positions available.  The list of positions and the duties are listed below.  If you are interested in any of these positions or have questions regarding a position, please email Erin Carlson at copres2@bfheptco.org.

Co-President is a two-year commitment and consists of one new/incoming member and one returning member.  Co-Presidents preside at all PTCO meetings and are members of all committees.  This position is responsible for oversight of major fundraisers and works closely with committee chairs, specifically for the fall Fun Run and Spring Auction.  Co-Presidents work with the Bookkeeping Treasurer and Principal to create an annual budget, and they are required to attend annual training provided by the CCSD Parents Council.

VP of Events is a two-year commitment.  This person will oversee the chair(s) of the following programs: Back to School Meet and Greet, Storybook Ball/Trunk or Treat, and Book Fairs.  This position will assist chair(s) as needed with publicity, volunteers, budget and money-handling, forms, and procedures.

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.

Deposit Treasurer is a two-year commitment.  This person will deposit and document incoming money related to PTCO programs and events.  They will ensure all deposits have adequate documentation.  This person must complete a CCSD Parents’ Council training and comply to district treasurer guidelines.

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.

Auction Chair- This person will collaborate with a committee to plan our school auction (date, place, theme, ticket sales, donations, sponsors, food) which takes place in March of 2019.  The 2017 chair is willing to share ideas and tips with the new committee if needed.

Muffins with Mom/Donuts with Dad Chair- This is a two-year commitment.  This person will plan and execute Donuts for Dad (fall) and Muffins for Mom (spring).  The 2017 chair is willing to share ideas and tips with the new chairperson 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.

New Furniture for BFHE Group Spaces
The BFHE PTCO is excited to announce that we will use funds raised this year 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.

SEAC Fundraiser at Tagawa Gardens
The Cherry Creek Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is participating in Tagawa Gardens' Give Back Program from now until June 1st.  Please click here for a card with more information and be sure to show this card or mention the Cherry Creek SEAC at checkout.  Thanks for your support!

Monthly PTCO Calendar
The monthly PTCO calendar for May is available.  These calendars list upcoming events and holidays and can be helpful when printed out and placed on the fridge or on a bulletin board for easy reference. 

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!  Our meetings are open to all parents and are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:15 pm in the library.  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                                                                            

Starts: Wednesday, April 25th
Ends: Wednesday, May 30th
Time: 2:50-3:50 pm
Cost: $86

This session will focus on designing and engineering Lego motorized builds!  For those who need more challenge, we'll bring in robotics!  Don't miss out!  Click here to learn more or to register.

Choir - Grades 3, 4, & 5
Thursdays 2:45-3:45 pm  
For more information, please go to http://bfharts.org/music.

Spanish Club
Spanish Club is designed to allow children to explore Spanish through three learning styles: audio, visual, and kinesthetic. We promote positive participation including interactive exercises with games, songs, sentences to practice, and homework.    

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%)

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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