School District 51 Family and Community Newsletter | October 2017
East rolls out new bike program
East Middle School students have a fun new way to get outside and play! The school will debut grant-funded bike programming during second quarter. Students can ride bikes during gym class or take an elective. 
Learn more about East's new bike program here and watch the video above to learn more about the grant that made it possible.
Safe2Tell making a difference
Seven months after re-introducing students to the anonymous reporting service Safe2Tell, reports are up and making life as a student safer. Safe2Tell can be used to report a variety of concerns and get kids the help they need fast. Learn more about the impact of Safe2Tell and how you can make a report here
Band honors for eight schools
The Colorado Bandmasters Association gives the Exemplary Band Award to a select group of Colorado middle and high schools each year. This year, there are eight bands who earned this distinction in District 51. Find out which schools here.
School Funding
Curious how school funding works in Colorado? Check out these great resources on the CO Dept. of Education website, and view this infographic for an easy-to-digest slice of information about how funding gets to D51 (and why some never gets here).
Teaching through trauma
Trauma can make it nearly impossible to focus. New trainings are teaching District 51 staff about how trauma affects the brain and behavior. The goal is to help students feel safe in class so that they can recover enough to participate in learning. Read more here.
Kids test engineering skills with annual milk jug races at OM pool
Students in the MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Clubs at all D51 middle schools used 3-D design programs to plan and then build boats out of milk jugs. Teams put their boats to the test last week at the Orchard Mesa Pool. See all MESA events here.
Students explore future job possibilities in AmeriTowne
Fifth-graders from a dozen D51 elementary schools are exploring the visiting AmeriTowne project this fall. Kids learn about finances and various jobs by taking on adult roles in a simulated town. 
National Walk to School Day
Students from Orchard Avenue, Shelledy, and Taylor elementary schools walked and rode bikes from meeting spots on Walk to School Day Oct. 4, and more had events on other days. Find info about safe routes to school here
Art Heritage volunteers needed
Love art? Volunteer to present lessons on well-known artists and cultural art units in elementary classrooms through the Art Heritage Program! Contact Amy or Connie at (970) 254-5489 or
Students travel to Denver for Energy Leadership recognition
D51 students and staff were honored Oct. 4 in Denver for a banquet honoring D51 as a Gold Leader in CDPHE's Environmental Leadership Program. Learn more about who went and why here.
Fun For the Whole Family!
Oct. 20 - Pumpkins at Dark. 6-9 p.m. Canyon View Park. Free.
Oct. 21 - Fall Day on the Farm.    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cross Orchards.
Oct. 27 - Harvest Fest. 4-9 p.m. Riverbend Park in Palisade.
Oct. 28 - CMU Homecoming Parade. 10 a.m. Downtown GJ.  
Make sure you get emergency alerts for your child's school
Schools automatically sign up parents for emergency calls and emails, but texts require an opt in. To make sure you receive important text messages from your child's school, text YES to  67587.
Scenic Walkathon a hit
Scenic Elementary raised a whopping $16,664.02 in its annual Walkathon fundraiser! The money will be used to fund the school's reading assistants. 
GOCO grant helps Orchard Ave.
Orchard Ave. Elementary received a Great Outdoors Colorado grant earlier this year to improve their playground and add new features. Work has started, and there's more to come! Learn more here.
Congratulations, October 2017 District 51 Students of the Quarter!
The Student of the Quarter luncheon honors two outstanding eighth- and 12th-graders from each District 51 middle and high school every other month during the school year.Colorado Mesa University and Alpine Bank fund a $500 scholarship, which can be renewed annually, for each 12th-grade Student of the Quarter if they choose to attend CMU or Western Colorado Community College. October honorees are listed here.
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