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Creating and Crafting at CES~December 6, 2019

Once December hits we are in a whirlwind of holiday activities and end-of-the-quarter events. If you are a parent in our CES family, to stay informed make sure you are checking on folders coming home with your kids, reading newsletters, and if you haven’t already, sign up for the All School Remind and/or your classroom teacher’s Remind. To sign up for the All-School Remind all you have to do is text @979fc6 to 81010. You don’t have to download the app to receive the texts. To sign up for your classroom teacher’s Remind, just contact them and they can give you instructions.

DaVinci Inspired Creations


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The Adventurers are in the middle of a big Community Multiple Intelligences Exploration that is inspired by DaVinci. Students have conducted research, drawn up blueprint, created prototypes, and are putting together their culminating products that may or may not include the use of power tools! Their exhibit will be open to the public on December 19th. Almost all of our communities will have some sort of showcase or exhibit that week beginning Dec. 16th.  Look for more information coming soon. Also, consider coming to visit us on Thursdays or Fridays to see our students doing all of this project based blended learning. We love to show off!

Students as Teachers

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During three consecutive Early Release Fridays, PE & Health classes learned about the human bones we all have in our bodies.  Mr. Bones of course was a big part of the lesson, however an added feature this year came from our Middle School students; Caitlyn & Chelsea shared their Exploration on the bones from the first quarter. Students in PE & Health loved hearing their version of the bones of the body.  The girls came back to present to almost all of the classes.  The meaning “Together we Make a Difference” really was true for this experience. Having our Middle school friends to model their explorations and educate our elementary students  was invaluable! THANK YOU GIRLS!

~Mrs. Hanenberg, PE teacher

Christmas Craft Night


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We had a very successful and fun family craft night sponsored by our PTO. About 75 moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and kids came and enjoyed making some Christmas Crafts, as well as cookies and hot cocoa. It was so fun to watch everyone’s creativity in action and to hear all of the laughter and conversation. This was such a great way for our CES family to come together!  A big thank you our PTO and  especially to Ann Olson, Katie Francis, and Corinne O’Hara for putting this event together and leading the evening. We all had such a good time that there are already plans in the works for another craft night in the near future. If you didn’t make this one, please try to come next time!

All School Christmas Carol Sing-a-long


We are really getting into the holiday season with not just Christmas Crafts but Christmas carols too. The whole school got involved singing medleys of songs they learned in music class with Miss Janitell. Some of the classes added instruments and movement. We are looking forward to much more Christmas music and events in the next two weeks!

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

Happy Thanksgiving!~November 23, 2019

My apologies for not getting my blog out last week. I had a good reason! My son is a professional actor and is currently playing Bruce the Shark and Mr. Ray in the Finding Nemo musical at Animal Kingdom in Disney World. My husband and I took my in-laws to Florida so that they could see Alex in this role. It was my husband’s first time too (I was able to go in June), so I took a few days off for the quick but wonderful trip. Therefore, this week’s blog is a little longer than usual since it includes two week’s worth of activities. By the way, if you’re heading to Disney World I highly recommend seeing Finding Nemo!


Local Businesses as Teachers of Economy Unit



Mrs. Veatch’s 3rd and 4th-grade class visited local businesses on Wednesday, November 20th to learn about small businesses and the local economy as well as entrepreneurship.  This is in conjunction with their unit this quarter on economics. In small groups, students interviewed and toured local businesses. We offer a special thanks to Tailored West, Phil’s Barber Shop, McCasland Glass, All-Star Pets, Vintage Revival, Touch of Love and Brady’s Garden Center for assisting us in this wonderful learning opportunity for our students. Students will be sharing the information they learned in a video presentation, and after the break, they will use their persuasive writing skills to create flyers promoting the business they visited. As a culminating project, the students will be hosting a Holiday Market Night on Wednesday, December 18th from 5:30-7:00 where they will sell their very own DIY products. You are welcome to attend! ~Mrs. Veatch

All City Choir



Our music teacher, Miss Janitell, and several of our 5th and 6th graders have been hard at work over the course of several weeks rehearsing together with students across the district for a wonderful All-City Choir concert. They have been giving up some of their after school time to rehearse at CCMS. I was unable to attend but Molly Merry (our school’s founder) attended and had this to say:

Thursday night I attended the all city choir performance. Nicole deserves some recognition for the number of CES kids participating, for selecting very engaging music, for integrating great choreography that kids could relate to, and for the challenging lyrics that required a real commitment! The energy during the performance was not only entertaining it really was endearing to watch.

Good job Miss Janitell and CES students!

An act of Kindness

Not only is our high school on a kindness campaign, all of our district is making this is a focus. At CES we have declared the second quarter the Kindness Quarter. One of our sweet students, Zane Valledares, asked if he could create a Gratitude Board in the Compass Cafe so that students could take the time for focus on the things they are thankful for and make it public. He used his own free time to put this display together and he continues to monitor and maintain it. I just love that the kids were immediately enthusiastic about this student generated activity and continue to add to the collection of things that are grateful for.



Busy Lil’ Scouts



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As usual, our Lil’ Scout Kindergartners have had a busy couple of weeks. Among many other things they’ve been learning about and doing, they recently made Native American rattles and performed dances that were inspired by the Native American tale Baby Tattle Snake. They are also in the midst of a conceptual unit about neighborhoods and communities, so they took their annual trip to our local post office where the employees there do such a wonderful job teaching our kids about how a post office works.

Fundraiser Limo Ride



One of the most popular events of the year took place while I was in Disney World and I was so sad to miss it but Mrs. Hamilton was willing to go in my place and I think she was happy I was gone! The Limo ride is a prize that comes with our very successful fundraiser. Thank you PTO for working so hard to allow for many opportunities that we wouldn’t have with you!

Learning Traits and Skills in Art: Tenacity, Agility, Innovation, Collaboration, Communication, and Contribution



As you may have read here in this blog or elsewhere, our district has adopted 7 Traits and 7 Skills that make up our graduate profile and are a focus of our instruction throughout the district. I believe we do a wonderful job teaching all of these here at CES. Fridays have brought a unique opportunity for Mrs. McLaughlin, our Art teacher, to have students use their art skills while participating in team building activities. In just one activity all of the traits and skills listed in the heading are represented. All students are working on this but in the pictures above you see kindergartners working together to create towers in a friendly competition to see which team can be most successful.


STUCO Food Drive



Thank you to all who sent food items into to school for our student council’s annual food drive. We were able to restock our CES Cares pantry and send lots of food to Loaves and Fishes. CES Cares is a backpack program we have run for the last few years to send food home to families who are in need of assistance. We are currently serving 10 families. During our long breaks like Thanksgiving, we send home extra food and food that families will be able to prepare for their holiday meal. This takes a lot of effort and we are so fortunate to have several of our amazing parents who bring in food, sort items, pack boxes and backpacks, and keep things organized. Angie Cecil, our school’s health tech, also spends a lot of time and energy coordinating CES Cares and making sure this program is running well. The food drive was very successful which meant we had a lot of items to count and sort. Ms. Cecil and Mr. Salameno, our head custodian, worked diligently this last week to get it all sorted out. This is just another example of why CES is such a special place to be. So much to be grateful for!

Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal



Falling into a new month: November 8, 2019

We got to start this week after falling back and getting that extra hour of sleep. It’s so nice to start our days with a little more light in the morning! As usual, there are many things going on at CES–too many for me to capture in my blog each week but I think you can see there are so many different types of learning opportunities for our kids because of the dedicated professionals and families who work so hard for our kids everyday.

Cool Chemistry at CCHS


Chris McIntyre’s AP chemistry class took time out of their busy day to teach Mrs. Hartman’s first and second grade class all about chemical reactions. They were able to participate in eight different experiments learning about chemistry through the process! The high school students came up with the experience and then performed them for the little ones. It was a great day of learning! We love that we are able to have this type of collaboration with the high school and Mr. McIntyre is always so willing and generous with his time and energy! Thank you Mr. McIntyre and CCHS AP Chem students!

Innovation with Technology


Mrs. Bryan has been enlisting the assistance of her two Teacher Assistants (Luke Farr and Faith Trenhaile) to test out all her new resources this year before she offers them up to a class. So far Luke and Faith have created a few things with the Glowforge. You might have seen their handiwork at the spaghetti fundraiser dinner. They have made slate and tile coasters and watched as Mrs. Bryan created an acrylic engraved cut-out for a night light. The Glowforge is a 3D printer laser printer that can cut, engrave, sketch, burn, and emboss. We felt it was a better tool for the Exploratory School than a regular 3D printer since kids can design and print pieces that they would then have to put together and they spend more time in design. Our PTO generously provided us the funds we needed to purchase it as the one of the first pieces of equipment that will be a part of the computer lab’s evolution as we move in to this era of all students having access to a personal device.

Luke and Faith have also connected and tested all 18 robots and are getting ready to assist Mrs. Bryan in getting the Snap Circuits ready for use. Mrs. Bryan will be offering a 3D technology elective for the second semester to middle school students where they will be able to use all the new technology resources. She has spent a lot of her own time including much of her summer learning about these new resources and we are all excited to see what our students are able to do in the future.

Bounce House Party

For students who participated in selling a certain number of items for our PTO fundraiser, many of them got to participate in the highly anticipated Bounce House Fundraiser Party. Up next is the very popular Limo Ride to Pizza Madness for lunch. That happens on Thursday next week.  I will be out of town and am sad to miss out on that fun event but I know the kids won’t miss me and enjoy their time very much. Many thanks go to the wonderful PTO moms and dads who make all of these wonderful things happen!

Choose to be Nice!

Choose To Be Nice!

We have decided to really focus on what we want to see rather than spend our energy on the things we don’t want to see. So, we are embarking on a school wide initiative of kindness and working with an organization called Choose to be Nice. We are the first Colorado school to work with this group. Take a look at their website here: Choose to be Nice. More to come in future blog posts!

Thank you for reading! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

The last week of October means Snow Days, Characters, and Pasta~November 2, 2019

On this crazy week of two snow days and Halloween, our teachers and kids hung in there with wonderful attitudes and joyful spirits even though field trips were cancelled, the drive home on Tuesday was harrowing, and trick or treating was frigid. And although we only had two full days of teaching plus a jam packed Early Release Friday, a lot was accomplished!

Pasta with a Purpose

Our 4th annual Pasta with a Purpose middle school fundraiser was quite successful and our two new (to middle school) teachers, Mr. Omer and Mrs. Reed, did a fabulous job planning and organizing, this event. We had 200 families that were served a delicious dinner of homemade marinara meat sauce over penne, bread, pizza madness salad, and a homemade brownie dessert. We owe a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Brule’ who prepare the sauce and the brownies from scratch and cooked and served penne pasta all evening. The silent auction was also a big success! We had many items donated and many generous bids. A highlight of the evening was after the kids received a generous donation that they had to dance for. We still don’t know just how much was raised but we do know that it will all go toward off setting the cost of field trips, career development activities, and middle school events. Thank you all who volunteered your time and energy and to those who were so generous with their donations.


Character Day

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Character Day is always great at CES! On October 31st, or close to it every year, we celebrate some of our favorite literary characters. Students who dress up bring their book with them and a few artifacts that represent them and present to their class about who they are, why the artifacts represent them, and why they picked that character. Our staff are such good sports about getting in the spirit and the kids were so creative with their costumes. It’s always a fun day!

Math and Measurement the CES way!

Our Scouts learned about measurement while exploring the fall leaves. I’m sure our custodians love us!

Thanks for reading once again! Until next time…

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

1st Quarter is in the books!~October 20, 2019

This last week was the last of the 1st quarter meaning we are already 1/4 way through the school year! Here is a highlight reel from this quarter:

Growth Mindset: a resource for parents

Stephanie Veatch found this really cool resource that she is going to use with her students but felt that there were some great tools for parents too. This all fits perfectly with our model and philosophy. Take a look at the graphic below. It shares some things you can do to foster a Growth Mindset in your child as well as some of our traits: Tenacity, Advocacy, and Agility for example.

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You can go to: to download your own copy of this as well as gratitude journals for your child. There is also a Big Life podcast that Mrs. Veatch says is really good that you can check out while you’re there too.


Museum Night and Book Fair

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Thank you to all who attended our very successful All School Showcase of student learning and work which we call Museum Night and for visiting and supporting our book fair. I would also like to give a big shout out to Chris Montoya of Fremont County Real Estate for providing a hot dog dinner for everyone.

Voyagers’ Bear Creek Trip

Voyagers in 1st through 6th grade learned all about insects, bees, and animal habitats at the beautiful Beer Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. One of the highlights was learning about bees by observing their indoor bee hive that allows students an opportunity to watch the internal workings of a bee hive. The hive is indoors but the bees go in and out of the building through at tunnel of sorts. One of our students even found the queen!

Gaggle–Weird word! What is that?

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With Chromebooks now in the hands of all grade 6-12 students (5th and up at CES), we’ve noticed quite an uptick in Gaggle notifications.

For those who didn’t know, Gaggle is a service we subscribe to that constantly monitors our student Google platform products, including, slideshow presentations, Gmail, and pretty much anything a child can download and store in their district managed

Gaggle alerts us to content that may indicate a student is not doing well on the social-emotional front, is bullying another student or is being bullied, is indicating a desire to act out in a violent fashion, or is accessing content not appropriate for their consumption.

When an administrator investigates a Gaggle notification, nine times out of ten he or she finds the student may have used language or terms in the course of a regular classroom assignment that raised red flags in the Gaggle system.

However, once in a while we find the Gaggle notification indicates a student is truly in need, and when this happens we mobilize the resources needed to support that child.

Just so you know!

Thanks for reading once again! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

We are “SMART”! The Multiple Intelligences at CES~ October 11, 2019

Part of CES’s mission is to guide students in reaching their greatest potential by providing learning experiences which honor and challenge individual learning styles and intelligences. That important pillar of our school was designed after the extensive educational research of Howard Gardner and his work with Multiple Intelligences. Gardner provides us with a language for talking about the inner gifts of children. Our teachers teach with this in mind and tap in those 8 intelligences which we call “smarts”. Thursday afternoon, as I was visiting classrooms, I noticed that several intelligences were on display as our students were participating lessons from their units–this was just a snapshot of a typical day at CES. In particular, I could see students using their Interpersonal (people smart), Verbal-Linguistic (word smart), and Visual-Spatial (art smart). If you visit our building you will no doubt hear students singing or engaged in music in some way (Musical), moving creatively or purposely (Bodily-Kinesthetic), working on math (Mathematical-Logical), working alone (Intrapersonal), or engaging in nature (Naturalist).

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I thought this week I would highlight those “smarts” for you

Trailblazers helping Scouts (Interpersonal)

Our unexpected fire alarm provided us with an illustration of why we believe in our multi-age K-8 model, and why we value our “big buddies” or “mentors”.  At the beginning of the year, our middle school students worked with our Kindergarten Scouts to teach them about what it means to be a student in school since this was a new experience for most of them. The Big Buddies made a a connection with the Little Scouts that has paid off in so many ways allowing them to be positive role models to the littlest of our littles. This last week, when our fire alarm went off on the only cold and snowy day we’ve had, our Scouts were in PE or Music and didn’t have their coats for the evacuation. Our middle school students immediately jumped into action, sharing their coats and even making a huddle around the Scouts that included a cover to keep them warm and protect them from the wind and snow. No adult asked them to do this–they acted on instinct and used their interpersonal skills. It was a sweet and rewarding moment as you can see in the picture below and we are so proud of them!



Band and Choir Concert (Musical)

This last week our 6th-8th grade band and our middle school choir gave a lovely concert of several enjoyable songs. We were all impressed with their great sound and harmonies. I also wanted to give a shout out to our wonderful parents who always jump in and put away all of the chairs so our custodians don’t have to do it all by themselves. Together we Make a Difference!! Thank you!

Depth and Complexity (Verbal-Linguistic)


Last year several of our teachers participated in training on Depth and Complexity, a critical thinking tool that provides visual clues to help students more deeply understand a topic or content. Depth and Complexity is often just used in Gifted and Talented programs, but we felt this type of deep thinking was very appropriate for all of our CES students with our Exploratory model of inquiry and project-based learning. Kaitlin Strong and Stephanie Veatch stepped up to become trainers of teachers and are providing on-going staff development on our early release Fridays and during their Professional Learning Community times. As you walk around CES, you will see examples of D & C and can recognize it by the language being used and the accompanying visual cues or icons.

The Depth and Complexity Icons are visual prompts designed to help students go beyond surface level understanding of a concept and enhance their ability to think critically.  These critical thinking tools help students dig deeper into a concept (depth) and understand that concept with greater complexity.

In fact, to truly understand something, one must be able to speak the language specific to that topic.   One cannot have a critical understanding of that same topic without knowing the details, rules and patterns associated with it or understanding how it may have changed and the varied perspectives through which it is viewed.

Below you will find the icons with their definition (courtesy of Jay Taylor Education)

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Depth Tool- Language of the Discipline

The meaning of this icon is pretty self-explanatory.  The lips represent specialized language related to a topic or concept.  This language includes key words, phrases, signs/symbols, figures of speech, abbreviations, and the like.

For example, to truly understand a concept in mathematics, one must speak the “language of math”.   A student being asked to add and subtract would need to understand not only terms such as  “sum” and “difference”, but also be able to understand mathematical sentences which often include symbols:  27 + (16 – 5) =
In the study of the American Revolution, students would need to know the meaning of “Redcoat” and realize that it isn’t something one can purchase in a store!

Image of details iconDepth Tool- Details

As you consider the design of this icon, think about the details of the flower and how each part (flower petals, etc.) make up the whole flower.  Details contain the information that enhance understanding.  They act as supporting information to a big idea or concept (main idea).  Details include: parts, factors, attributes, traits, and variables.

If we go back to our earlier math example:  27 + (16 – 5)=  the details are the numbers themselves (the parts that make up the equation). Being able to discern important details of a story is key to one’s ability to critically analyze that text.  While we can concede that one of the pigs in the story, The Three Pigs is wearing a red shirt, we can agree that the color of the shirt is extraneous and doesn’t lead to a deeper understanding of the story.

Image of patterns iconDepth Tool- Patterns

There’s no surprise that this icon represents patterns (note the circle, line, circle, and zig-zag pattern).  If one were asked, it would be a fairly simple task to continue the pattern.  Patterns are recurring elements or factors in ideas, objects, stories, and events.  They are predictable, repetitive and ordered.

We see patterns in math: number lines, geometry; literature: “Little pigs, little pigs! Let me come in…” ; social studies: patterns in movement and settlement, behavior.  The list goes on…  Being able to move beyond simple identification of patterns to defining the cause and effect of a pattern or identifying relationships among patterns is rigorous and requires the ability to think critically.

Image of rules iconDepth Tool- Rules

Rules are the organizational elements that create structure.  This concept is an easy one for students, as they are surrounded by rules (at home, school, in sports, etc).  Rules provide structure and represent organization and hierarchy.  The meaning is reflected in the design of the icon, which itself has a clear structure.

This icon is often seen in science when looking at classifications.  Students may encounter it when examining the structure of a text (compare and contrast, main idea and details, and the like).  They may also be asked to apply mathematical rules (formulas) to solve a problem or utilize spelling and grammar rules in writing.

Image of Big Idea IconDepth Tool- Big Idea

The Big Idea indicates a generalization, principle or theory about the curriculum being studied. It often represents the focus of study or a learning task.

For example, the big idea of a science lesson might be the water cycle.  The Big Idea design works well to help students organize the main idea of a story or paragraph (in the roof), which is then supported with evidence (pillars supporting the roof).  Students use this with universal themes and generalizations.

Image of Ethics iconDepth Tool- Ethical Issues

This element of Depth and Complexity represents moral principles (possible rights or wrongs).  An easy way to remember the meaning: “Black and white/ right and wrong”.  It represents conflicting points of view on events, ideas or issues and involves bias, values, or judgments.

Students will most likely encounter this dimension when analyzing literature or studying social studies.  For example, students might be asked to consider ethical issues surrounding Spanish colonization and the establishment of missions along the California coast or to examine ethical issues surrounding a character’s behavior in a story.

Image of trends IconDepth Tool – Trends

Trends represent the general direction of change.  CHANGE is the key word here.

Trends can be explained by external factors or influences that contribute to the change.  This icon is represented well by the line graph.  Each spike and dip in the graph was caused by something (external factor or influence).  Think cause and effect here.  One example I like to use is the trend in schools to move away from hardback text books to e-books.  What caused the change to go from one to another?  Context is huge here!   In this case, one reason the trend was caused was the availability of technology. This is different from simple change over time, because for a trend to occur, one thing has to replace, or compete with, another.  It’s important to not only examine the “why”, but also the “so now what?” questions.  What are the consequences, both intentional and unintentional?

Image of unanswered questionsDepth Tool- Unanswered Questions

These are questions about anything is is unsolved, unclear, or unproven.  These can be ideas that have yet to be explored, are unresolved, or that have missing components (incomplete).  Unanswered questions are good!

These are questions we need to pursue.  Having said this, many students will be content with simply asking a question and leaving it at that.  As educators, we need to push students to pursue the answers to these questions.  These are typically questions that are not answered quickly and sometimes they aren’t answerable (yet), but they do have the potential to generate some good thinking and discussion.

Image of perspectiveComplexity Tool- Multiple Perspectives

This icon basically represents different points of view on ideas, events, people, and issues.

It often represents an “expert” viewpoint, and is dependent on time and place.  This icon falls under the “complexity” section of the Depth and Complexity framework.  This icon is easy for students to remember because glasses have lenses through which one must look to see something clearly.   Multiple perspectives combines nicely with the other icons.  For example, one could look at the different perspectives on rules or on details.  One really couldn’t get a good understanding of a conflict without first looking through the different perspectives involved.

Image of Change over TimeComplexity Tool- Change Over Time

This icon prompts students to explore a concept, event, or person as it relates to time (past/present/future).

Change is inevitable.  This powerful tool facilitates a more complex exploration and can easily be applied across disciplines and combined with all the other Depth and Complexity Tools.  Consider having students examine how and why rules change over time.  How do changing perspectives impact changes in rules? For a different approach, consider having students explore why things haven’t changed.

Image of across disciplines iconComplexity Tool- Across Disciplines

This icon also falls under the complexity section of the framework.

The Across Disciplines icon prompts exploration of connections within, between and across subject areas.  Although not used as often as some of the other tools, this icon supports understanding of how something relates to multiple disciplines.  For example, students can examine natural resources across science, economics, history, etc.  Questions students might explore – How does the California Gold Rush relate to science, economics, and history?   Through what disciplines might we better understand the presidential election?

Hiking Club is back! (Bodily-Kinesthetic & Naturalist)

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Perfect weather…Beautiful views…Awesome kids! What is it? Hiking Club, of course! We had our first hike on Tuesday October 1st. What a fun time! We walked up to the Hogbacks and hiked the Greenhorn Trail before heading back to school. Thank you to the teachers, Mr. Dieckman, Mrs. Burrell and Ms. Rogers, who joined Mrs. Daly. We also had a fantastic parent volunteer! Thanks, Grant Emmerson! Hiking Club is available to 1st through 5th graders. To join, get a permission slip in the hall outside Mrs. Daly’s classroom. We hike on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:15. See you there!  ~Mrs. Daly

Fall Compass Academy~A Parent Education Night

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Please use the following link to join us for our Fall Compass Academy. We have some really interesting and exciting sessions!

Sign Up Genius for Fall Compass Academy

Support our Destination Imagination Team (Visual-Spatial, Interpersonal, & Mathematical-Logical)

Every Tuesday, 10% of your purchase at Chile’s will go to support our DI team. Just tell them what you want it to go towards or show them this blog post. Our DI team made it all the way to Nationals last year. They use many of the smarts to do this as they have to write a skit using logic and reasoning, creativity, and interpersonal skills. They prepare for months and put in a lot of after school hours to hone their skills. We want to support their efforts in any way we can and this small fundraiser will get them going for the year. Please consider helping them out–thanks!



Thank you so much for reading! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

Bubbles, Apples, Rocks, and Books~October 5, 2019

Early Release Friday’s

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Have you been wondering what happens on Early Release Friday’s after kids leave? Well, if you thought it was time for teachers to get a break or just catch up on their work, you are wrong. Our district is using this time to provide staff development. Most of the Friday’s, the development is provided in-building but several of them are District-Driven where teachers across the district come together for trainings that will provide cohesiveness, fidelity, and focused improvement plans of instructional practices. In-building days are an opportunity for each school to work on issues that are specifi to their own needs and established goals.

Yesterday, CES staff  participated in training about Safety and Security in our Schools led by Paula Buser, Director of Support Services. We also spent some time on our continued improvement of the use of Choice Theory in our building, and we did some ‘data mining’ of CMAS data.

Ms. Merry’s latest visit: Bubbles and Apples

Yesterday Ms. Molly Merry (Exploratory School’s founder) visited all of our 3rd/4th classes as she is continuing to work with us on Choice Theory at all of the developmental stages of students, helping us to continue to strengthen and refine our practice. The last Friday she came on Sept. 20, she visited 1st/2nd grade to discuss Perspective and Point of View. Yesterday, the lesson was about self-esteem and self-respect using the metaphors of bubbles and apples. In a nutshell, bubbles represent self-esteem: on the outside they are shiny and pretty but on the inside there is just air. Apples represent self-respect: when you cut open an apple straight through the core reveals a star–much like the heart of a person. In here lie character traits like self control, positive attitudes, gratitude, kindness, empathy, etc. It’s not bad to have self-esteem, but if that’s all we have without self-respect, we don’t have as much to offer and will eventually “pop” making poor choices. Understanding this and intentionally working on our core will lead to more positive choices and actions. At the end of the lesson, the kids drew a heart placing what they would like to work on inside and what they would like to eliminate on the outside. This is a great exercise for us all!

Rangers’ Geology Field Trip

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We went on a geology tour around Canon City. We started at a few dinosaur digs in Garden Park led by Andrew who is a paleontologist at the BLM office. Then we went up Old Skyline Drive and learned about the dinosaur footprints up there. We finished by looking at fossils at the Royal Gorge museum and dug for our own dinosaurs with the small dinosaur kits they gave to us. ~the Rangers


Fall Book Fair!

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Hi All!
Our Scholastic Book Fair will run Oct 14-18 before and after school. Our big event will be on Museum Night Thursday the 17th, from 5:30-7 pm. I am still in need of some parent volunteers to help as right now I only have one.

This is the link to our published Book Fair website:

I set it up to include the hours of operation/event calendar. It also offers online shopping, volunteer sign up, and an e wallet option for cashless student purchases. It’s pretty neat, check it out!
~Ms. Kate Rogers, CES Librarian

Mrs. Hartman is Alpha Delta Kappa’s Teacher of the Month!

Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) is a teacher sorority that recognizes outstanding educators each month. This month Mrs. Kristine Hartman was recognized and she is so deserving! She is a hard working, dedicated, passionate, relationship-centered, amazing teacher! Congratulations Mrs. Hartman!
I just know that ADK will be visiting CES a lot this year to recognize many more of our stellar staff!

Thank you for reading once again! Until next time,

Kelly Albrecht, CES Principal

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