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    FIRESIDE CHAT December 18, 2015

    Fireside Elementary 845 W. Dahlia St.

    Louisville, CO 80027


    Christa Keppler

    Main office: 720-561-7900

    Attendance: 720-561-7902


    December 21-January 1

    Winter Break

    No school

    January 4

    Teacher Work Day-no school

    January 5

    Kindergarten Info Night

    6:00-7:00 pm

    January 6

    Open Enrollment Tour

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm

    January 12

    PTO meeting-6:30 pm

    January 14

    SAC meeting-5:30 pm

    January 18

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    No school

    January 22

    TAG Coffee-8:00 am

    January 25-29

    Literacy Read-A-Thon week

    January 27

    Class pictures


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    Dear Fireside Families,

    Hopefully you enjoyed the unexpected “snow day” and had some special time to spend indoors or outdoors as a family. Having been away from snow for the past two years, the girls and I made snow angels and baked cookies- something we didn’t do much of while living in Istanbul. Our next adventure is a ski hut trip over winter break. Realizing now, after making snow angels without proper waterproof gear, the Kepplers need to be better prepared for the ele- ments and their next adventure. However your family is spending the holidays, I wish you a safe, joyous time filled with cherished moments. Now for a few updates...

    Home/School Communication:

    As a School Leadership Team and within our School Accountability Committee, we discussed results from the home- school parent survey. For the most part, parents are pleased with our communication efforts as a school and value the strong community we have here at Fireside. Following are some results from the survey:

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    In addition to quantitative feedback, we also received informative qualitative feedback from comments on the survey. In order to best support communication and the ongoing integration of technology we plan to:

    • Launch classroom teacher websites in fall, 2016. Training and development will start in spring, 2016. The purpose of teacher sites is to streamline communication and provide a forum for students and parents to access assignments, information, and inter- act with the teacher.

    • We are also investigating different forums for delivering our school communication to minimize the number of clicks and ensure all parents are able to access school news. The way our district text messenger is currently set up is to attach the newsletter through the BVSD secure server. Through this process ,it requires a second click to download the article.

    Another focus is to continuously provide parent outreach opportunities to support our community, which is part of our MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) goal. Visit the CDE website if you care to learn more about MTSS

    Thanks to Allison St. John, Rachel Setzke, Lucia Harrop, and Kate Tubbs for their efforts in helping coordinate the upcoming parent presentations:

    • Common Sense Parenting: March 9-April 20, 3-5pm

    • Learn about Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: January 27, 6-7:30pm

    • Girls Leadership Institute for grades 4 and 5, Wednesdays, February 10, 17, 24, and March 2 (5:30pm-7:00pm) Girls Leader ship Institute

    • John Michael Keyes, Safe Communities = Safe Schools, February 18, 6pm-8pm

    As a parent, if you’re aware of an outside organization that could benefit our school community, we welcome these ideas and kindly request that they first be presented at our PTO meetings or shared directly with me. Thank you for your partnership as we work together to ensure the very best educational experience for every child at Fireside!


    Christa Keppler, Principal

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    Will your child be absent from school?

    Please call the Attendance Line by 8:30 a.m. in order for your

    child’s tardy or absence to be





    JANUARY 5, 2016

    6:00 PM

    If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten please attend

    this informative meeting.

    Please share this information with your neighbors.


    JANUARY 6, 2016

    1:00-2:00 pm

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    What are some ways to participate and get involved at


    Come to a SAC or PTO meeting

    PTO Meetings—6:30 pm: Dec. 8, Jan 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 8,

    Apr. 12, May 10

    SAC Meetings—5:30 pm: Jan 14, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 12,


    Thanks to all who participated in the Student Council sponsored Food Drive. We collected

    over 1700 items to contribute to the Louisville Community Food Bank. Those items weighed

    in at over 2000 pounds! Pizza parties were awarded to Mr. Kaufman’s 2nd grade and Mr.

    Millard’s 5th grade classes. (Although at this time, Mr. Kaufman’s class wants to donate the

    price of the pizza to the Food Bank! Way to go, 2nd graders!)

    It also should be mentioned that the classes of Ms. Reivich, Ms. Ritchie, Mrs. Mahoney and

    Ms. Burgert did fanastic jobs of collecting. Kudos!

    Well done, Fireside!

    Congratulations to Tara Neuman for earning the Impact

    on Education Grant!


    "Explode the Code" is a $590 mini-grant which will tar-

    get early literacy interventions for kindergarten

    through second grade learners at risk for meeting

    grade level reading targets. Intervention kits will be created for kinder-

    garten, first and second grades with the goal of allowing for short-term,

    small group targeted work to develop oral language foundations for litera-

    cy. The kits will hopefully be utilized for years to come, as our building

    strives to provide research-based, concentrated, early support so that all

    students can master the reading code and develop a love of literacy".

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    You may not know that Fireside Elementary has a very active Positive Behavioral Interventions and Sup- ports (PBIS) program that reaches all students. PBIS starts with the universal message of Fireside PRIDE (Politeness, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence) that guides our behavior towards each other. Just to give you some idea of how PBIS is implemented, classes discuss how PRIDE can be demonstrated in all school settings - the classroom, the gym, the library, the playground, even the bath- room! As part of the “Universal - Tier 1 level,” assemblies are held to rally students around each of the five pillars of PRIDE. For those individuals who need a little extra help in demonstrating PRIDE at school, “Tier 2” interventions help students get back on track. “Tier 3” is reserved for students who need more than a little help. For these few students, a “whole child” approach is taken, in partnership with the child’s family, to guide the student in being a positive part of their community. If you would like to find out more about PBIS, check out:

    • - this is somewhat technical, but you can see the scope of PBIS

    • - provides resources for school personnel to address specific student concerns

    The Fireside PBIS committee consists of teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and special service providers and meets regularly to guide the PBIS program. This year we will be communicating with you through the Chat to let you know what’s going on with PBIS at Fireside and provide you with some re- sources that might be of interest to you.

    For example, so far this year, the committee has targeted regular attendance and LGBT equity as important contribu- tors to student well-being. More about these topics and oth- ers in later Chat issues!

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    Preschool at Fireside for 2016-17!

    BVSD offers preschool for children who are 3 or 4 years old by 9/30 at Fireside and we have

    spaces open for next year. We have a morning and an afternoon session of 2 hours and 50

    minutes each. While this is a tuition program, there are scholarships available for qualifying fam-

    ilies. If you would like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, you need to participate in

    an online lottery which coincides with BVSD open enrollment. Open enrollment begins November

    30 and ends January 15. Please visit the BVSD preschool page by clicking on BVSD A-Z and then

    Preschools on If you have questions about the program and/or enrollment, please con-

    tact Susie Taylor, Fireside Early Childhood Community Liaison, at 720-561-


    The Success Effect - BVSD Strategic Plan

    Dear parent or guardian,

    Boulder Valley School District expects and fosters a high level of achievement from all stu-

    dents and we are working to continuously increase students’ opportunities for success. That’s

    why we’ve spent the last three years engagi