From the Principal

Dear Steele families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday break. I know it isn’t always easy to plan around extra days off for teacher development, so thank you for your flexibility and patience with our schedule.

As mentioned in our first December newsletter, our new attendance policy starts this week. Steele is following DPS’s policy for attendance. In the past, calling in for your student automatically gave them an excused absence. According to DPS policy and Colorado School Attendance Law, only certain things constitute an excused absence. The policy is outlined fully in the Steele Family Handbook, but the excerpt below explains what qualifies as an excused absence:

Excused Absence: An excused absence requires approval by both the parent or guardian and the school. Examples of Excused Absences from the Colorado School Attendance Law:

  • Temporary illness or injury;
  • Physical, mental, or emotional disability;
  • Suspension, expulsion, or denial of admission; and
  • Legal custody by public agency

testParents of 3rd-5th grade students: Mark your calendars for CMAS testing. The Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) is a series of tests taken in the spring for all students starting in 3rd grade. We will begin testing on Wednesday, April 8th. Please note the schedule below:

  • Grades 3rd-5th Literacy testing- April 8th, 9th, and 10th
  • Grades 3rd-5th Math testing- April 14th, 15th, and 16th
  • Grade 4 Social Studies testing April 20th, 21st, and 22nd
  • Grade 5 Science testing April 20th, 21st, and 22nd

Please do your best to ensure your child is here on time for testing each day. Students perform better when testing under normal conditions rather than during make up sessions.

We will resume Caught in the Act pics next week.

Have a great weekend!

Marti