Welcome to 2020-21 School Year!

UPCOMING EVENTS (updated 2.19.21)                                                                                                                                                  


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REMINDER: Wednesday March 10th is elementary school spirit day! Wear your a BFHE gear or school colors. Do you need to purchase spirit wear? A small selection of spirit wear items will be for sale on Monday, March 8th beginning at 2:30 PM at the front entrance of the school during pick-up. We will accept Venmo and check only. Please abide by social distancing and mask requirements. 


Our next
PTCO Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 25th at 6 pm.  Meetings will be held virtually this year.  If you would like to attend, please email Sara Brinkley for the access information.  We hope to see you there!  

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Noodles & Company Community Night is Tuesday, March 9th from 4-8 pm.  Please make sure you mention our school, and then show a copy of the flyer when picking-up your order so BFHE receives credit for your purchase!  You can also order online or in the app - just follow the instructions on the flyer & enter our code "GIVING25"!  We hope you can attend!  Click here for a flyer or view below.
 



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SAVE THE DATE: We will be having a VIRTUAL Scholastic book fair from April 30th - May 14th.  Unlike previous years, this will not be a BOGO fair, but there will still be a great selection of books at great prices!  Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
 


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Community Canvas Night is Saturday, March 27th at 6:30 pm! 
Join Ms. Knowlton for a virtual painting event.  Families can purchase painting kits and pick them up before the event.  There will also be aprons available for purchase - adult AND child sizes!  Check out the painting and apron below and click here to sign up.
 

     



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***SAVE THE DATE: BFHE 2021 ONLINE AUCTION is April 9 - April 16th!***

* We are currently in the planning stages of a Fun Run to run concurrently with our online auction. Stay tuned for more information!  If you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring the 2021 Fun Run for BFHE, please contact Heidi at copres2@bfheptco.org. Thanks for the continued support!


     
 




Auction Item Spotlight: Teepees, Tents, and Pajamas (2-Tent Sleepover Party):
 


 

Last Week's Auction Item Spotlight: Golf Barn Parker (2 one-hour golf lessons and 9-hole simulator barn session). Click here for a photo!
Previous Auction Item Spotlights: Set of 2 - Colorado Flag Adirondack Ski Chairs (not rockers); Retails $975.  Click here for a photo!




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KING SOOPERS GIVEAWAY: We will NOT have a giveaway this month.  Stay tuned for April's Giveaway! 

Congratulations to our February Giveaway Winners: Abby Langum and Jill Schneider   

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in February! Even though we aren't having an official giveaway this month, you can still register your 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.  

THANK YOU for your continued support throughout the year!        

          

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KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP!  CCSD encourages parents to register their kindergarten-aged students for the coming school year. This helps plan school staffing needs and provides parents with the needed information to help prepare for that important first year of school. Students currently attending a CCSD preschool do not need to register for Kindergarten.  Click here for more information and/or click on the image below to enlarge. **CCSD will register REMOTELY due to COVID restrictions.  
 


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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!  🙂🐮


"Fill the Pathway to BFHE": Legacy Bricks - Become a permanent part of BFHE by purchasing an engraved brick for the main entry walkway. Purchasing a brick is an easy way to show your support for our school, and it makes a great gift!  A 4x8 brick is now $40 and an 8x8 brick is only $75Order online here.

*** Thank you to everyone who purchased bricks last school year (2019-2020).  The bricks were installed last week.  Check out the picture below!  

  


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 as we return to in-person learning on 1/11/2021:

  • 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.


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 with the continuation of their meal pick-up program for CCSD remote learning, quarantined, and hybrid (MS/HS) students - click here for more info

***Meal Program Benefits Application can be accessed here.  Did you know that approval for these benefits isn't just for meals? Students who qualify can also receive discounts on sports, testing, and before/aftercare!
***There WILL be meal distribution on Monday March 15 (Spring Break) at 5 locations: Cherry Creek High, Grandview High, Smoky Hill High, Prairie Middle, and Thunder Ridge Middle schools. Pick-up times are 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  Click here for a flyer.
***Food Services will be holding a second job fair on Saturday, March 13th. Interested parties can call 720-886-7173 to make a reservation.  Click here for a flyer.



Upcoming Community Service Project Opportunity: Raising Kindness Colorado events connect children and families to community issues.  Join Raising Kindness to learn more about the Snack Pack Project for CCSD students who receive free and reduced lunch.  Snack kits will be provided to these students over spring break.  Click here for more information.


CCSD District Accountability Committee is forming an Executive Membership Team: Cherry Creek School District is in the process of reorganizing the structure and purpose of the District Accountability Committee to better align with state statute and the expectations of the CCSD Board of Education. Part of that process is establishing an Executive Membership team within the DAC. As per state statute, the Executive Members would be responsible for advising the CCSD Board of Education in various areas of district operations including spending priorities, review of charter school applications, the effectiveness of district programs, and other priorities as needed. If you are interested, please click here to apply. The composition of the new DAC Executive Membership in CCSD will consist of the following:
• Six Parents
• Two Community Members
• Three Teachers
• Two School Administrators

Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Search Information: As part of the process of selecting the next superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District, our Board of Education would love to hear from you about what characteristics you would like to see in our next leader.  Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts via this short survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6192384/CCSD-Stakeholder-Survey. Your input is extremely valuable and will help guide the Board's decision. The survey closed at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. Thank you for participating in this important process.



Elementary School #45 (Blackstone Community): The Cherry Creek School District is pleased to announce the construction of a new elementary school to alleviate overcrowding and provide a quality education to students in the southeast area of the district. Elementary #45 is scheduled to open for the 2022-23 school year and will be located in the Blackstone neighborhood, on the west side of S. Blackstone Pkwy across from E. Long Place.  This means a change in the school boundaries for some of the surrounding neighborhoods.  Please click on this link to see the three scenarios.  If you have feedback, please click on the feedback link and fill out the form. 


Cherry Creek Schools Foundation - VIRTUAL Gala is March 11th! This free virtual event will benefit CCSD students and rally support for our schools.  Register online if you'd like to attend. Click here for more info


School Nurse Request: The nurse is in need of boys and girls clothes size 8-10.  If you have any to donate, we would appreciate it!  Please send them to school and have your student drop off at the nurse's office.  Thanks!
 

YEARBOOKS now on sale!  Click here and use code 14363021 to order your Black Forest Hills Elementary yearbook today! Yearbooks are $15.


Save the Date for STREAM-a-Palooza: April 10, 2021.
Cherry Creek Schools has a new event this year.  Please click here for a flyer with more information.


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.  


Summer Activities: The CCSD Summer Planning team is busy creating great plans for this summer! Click here for a flyer with more information and stay tuned for more detailed information as summer gets closer.


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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