SKCEE Family Newsletter – May 2023

Posted May 18, 2023

Dear SKCEE Families and Friends,
We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to host Field Day! A huge shout out to Sara Whatmore and Natalie Chedsey, our PE team,  for all of their thoughtfulness and intentional planning which made this day such a success. It was great to see so many families here to celebrate with our students. Kids were having a fabulous time, especially at the water station where a lot of students soaked their teachers (and vice versa!).May is a busy time of year for most living things! Trees are budding, grass is turning green, kids are growing out of their clothes and students are transitioning to the next grade. With so much going on be sure to stop and smell the flowers, save a worm from a puddle after a rainstorm and enjoy a cold popsicle outside. Like Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” As both of our boys graduate from high school this month, that couldn’t be more true. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, slow down. Enjoy your children. This is a precious time and your kids are beautiful little people. Thank you for letting us love them. With gratitude, Shelley and Aimee P.S. Our reference to Ferris Bueller dates us but if you’ve never seen it, watch it!
Parking lot and traffic: As we near the end of the school year, please, please please, be a thoughtful member of the SKCEE community. Do not pull into the parking lot in the front of school and just wait for someone to leave. If you see a spot, take it, if not keep going and park up the street or make a lap and try again. We know it isn’t ideal but stopping causes traffic on Exposition and it is hard for the bus to get in. Likewise, DO NOT TURN LEFT out of the school lot during drop off and pick up. It causes traffic and chaos in the kinder kiss and go. We know we have shared this request many times but we continue to see families turning left, and we are asking for your cooperation.
Family Input Form: First round of DPS choice and UPK results have been released, and we are so excited to see some returning families on our lists! We also look forward to meeting our new Butterflies! We have collaborated with Cory Elementary leadership and created this optional family input form linked here for you to share home insight about your child. Please complete it by Monday, May 15th.
Spring Fling and End of the Year Celebration: Join us on May 18th for our annual spring fling from 4-6 pm. This year our spring fling will include a celebration of learning. Students and their grownups are welcome in the classroom for a 30 minute time block to celebrate learning. Kindergarten teachers have already shared with families the time their students can visit the classroom based on last names. ECE families please follow these time guidelines:If your last name begins with the letter A-K please visit the classroom from 4-4:30.If your name begins with the letter M-Z, please visit the classroom from 4:30-5.At 5 pm all students and families will join the festivities that PTA has organized outside. Please be mindful of your specific time to ensure that all families have an opportunity to explore the classroom.
Last Day of School: Reminder that the last day of school for all students will be Thursday, June 1st. Kindergarten continuation will be held on June 2nd, and our wonderful kindergarten team has shared those details with families. 
Goodbyes, For Now: We will be saying goodbye to some of our beloved SKCEE staff after the year ends. Please join us in thanking JuneFrances Anderson and Bev Kretz for their dedication to our community over the years. They both have exciting new school homes and roles, and we wish them the very best. Additionally, Ronda Bailey will be taking a one year leave of absence, and plans to return to SKCEE in the 24-25 school year. You will all be missed! 
Educator Appreciation Week: Next week is National Educator Appreciation Week, and the SKCEE PTA has a schedule of events for the week that it is hoping all classes will participate in to help make our teachers feel loved!  Below is the plan for the week: 
Mon 5/8: Wear your teacher’s favorite color! 
Tues 5/9: Bring a homemade card, telling your teachers how much you appreciate them. Don’t forget the specials teachers and paraprofessionals too!
Wed 5/10: Bring your teacher’s favorite snack(s)! 
Thursday 5/11: Bring a $5 gift card.
Friday 5/12: Wear tye-dye to show our SKCEE pride! 
Any questions? Please contact your Room Parent or! Thank you for helping to celebrate our amazing teachers and staff! 
Final 22-23 PTA Meeting: 5:00, May 11th at SKCEE
Spring Fling: Music and entertainment provided by PTA from 4-6, including a Balloon Artist, Pizza, Face Painting and Kona Ice. See you all there!
Save the Date: Dine Out at Mod Market, 5/24 Our final Dine Out of the year is at Mod Market (1000 S. Colorado) on May 24 from 11am-close. Mod Market is donating 10% of sales to our school, so be sure to mention SKCEE when dining in or taking out.
May 11: CSC meeting at 3:45, PTA meeting at 5:00
May 18: Celebration of learning 4:00-6:00
May 24: Dine Out at Mod Market
May 29: No School – Memorial Day
June 1: Last day of school for all students
June 2: Kindergarten Continuation