Principal's Message, 9/19/17

Dear Shelton Families,

We have a lot happening in the next few weeks so please read and mark your calendars.

Fifth Grade Transition Meeting

Fifth grade parents and other interested families, plan to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 4th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Shelton.  Michele DeAndrea, Bell Middle School principal, Brenda Carlson, our Achievement Director, several 5th grade parents and I will be here to answer your questions about the 6th grade transition to middle school, and more specifically to Bell Middle School. Here is the website for the 6th Grade Transition to Bell Middle  - You will also find the district website linked there as well.

Kim Mangle, Caroline Blair and Lee Ridley, our three 5th grade representatives, are also helping our community learn more about the transition.  Please read the Shelton 5th and 6th Grade Transition Letter.doc  where you will find timely information on the transition.

Volunteers Needed

With over 100 new students this year, our cafeteria is a busy place!  In order to help the lunch lines move quicker and the cafeteria remain quieter and cleaner, I am hoping to get some parent volunteers to help out.  We could use help every day between the hours of 11:00 and 1:00.  If you can only help one day a week for an hour, we welcome it. Any help is appreciated.

Professional Learning Communities

Shelton staff is excited this year to begin our work with Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s).  PLC’s are the most promising path for sustained, substantive improvement in schools and districts. Through our work, we will improve instruction and student performance while collaborating with teachers, administrators, parents, and students.  As a staff, we are working together to seek out best practices, test them in the classroom, continuously improve our processes, and focus on results. Students benefit from this process in two ways. The first way is increased performance and focused instruction from teachers. The second benefit is that students are provided enrichment opportunities they wouldn’t normally receive in the classroom.  Grade level teams will meet twice monthly for 90 minutes.  Students will attend their normal AMP time then immediately following will attend an enrichment activity such as chess, robotics, a foreign language, and/or coding.  All students will receive instruction with mindfulness and technology by our school psychologist, Mrs. Haas, our digital teacher librarian, Mrs. White and our community liaison, Mrs. Kimes-Demboski.  We are in the process of solidifying the enrichment classes with other educational partners.  Once we have solidified our enrichment classes, I will communicate that with you. 

Attendance and October Count

Your child’s attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school consistently. It's difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of students are frequently absent.  It is very important that students attend school during our October count as well. October count is from September 25th to October 9th with October 2nd being the official October count day.  October count is important as well as this is how schools receive much of their funding.  PLEASE ensure your children come to school on time and regularly every day.  It’s a win-win for everyone.


Please do not park in the perimeter around the school parking lot.  This is a No Parking Zone. In addition, PLEASE do not park by the garden area or in the service drive before, during or after school, even for YMCA pick-up or drop-off.  Use the parking lot spaces provided.  Last week our trash did not get picked up in a timely fashion as cars were parked by the garden area and the trash truck could not get through to the dumpsters. Your help is appreciated.

“Many Voices” with Superintendent, Dr. Glass

Bilingual and multilingual families are encouraged to attend and share their views with Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass.   Interpreters will be present. Click here for 2017 flyer Many Voices ENGLISH.pdf , 2017 flyer Many Voices SPANISH.pdf , 2017 flyer Many Voices ARABIC.pdf , and 2017 flyer Many Voices CHINESE.pdf .

Monday, October 2
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School

Tuesday, October 10
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Alameda International Jr./Sr. High School

Destination Imagination

It’s time to form your Destination Imagination teams!  What is Destination Imagination, or DI?  DI is a team-centered creative competition.  A DI team consists of 2 and no more than 7 classmates and two or more parents need to volunteer to lead each team.  All DI activities are student-driven, so students are in charge of all investigating, planning and production when it comes to DI.  DI teams meet and work through the fall and winter, then show off their new skills when competing at the annual Jeffco DI tournament in late February.  Most important to DI participants:  as you collaborate on your teams, you will have fun, make new friends and gain confidence in your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.  Want to know more?  Parents and kids, join Paul Naslund, the Colorado DI Regional Director, for a DI presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 27th from 6-7 PM in the Shelton library.  Check out the DI website at: and feel free to e-mail me, Karin Blanchard, at with any questions and for more information.

Scientific Spelling Stomp at Dinosaur Ridge: An All-Ages Competitive Spelling Bee

Dinosaur Ridge, home to the world’s number one dinosaur track site and keenly focused on scientific education, will hold its inaugural Scientific Spelling Stomp: An All-Ages Competitive Spelling Bee on October 1. A food and drink reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with the spelling bee starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Guests for the evening include Steve Spangler from 9News and Sylvie Lamontagne, sophomore at Lakewood High School. Sylvie was the two-time Colorado spelling bee champ and took fourth place at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Adults and students are encouraged to participate! Learn more about the Dinosaur Ridge Scientific Spelling Bee, team registration, and costs here, or call Sara Miller at 303-697-3466 x107

Watch D.O.G.S.

We had a great turn out last night for our annual Watch D.O.G.S pizza night. Thank you to all who came! Don’t forget to sign up for our Watch D.O.G. S. program. Our hope is that we can get one Watch DOG every day of the week. We are happy to have volunteers all day, half a day or just a few hours.  We are looking forward to having the DOGS at the school and working with them this year!  The best way to schedule a day is to email Helen Rhodes directly and she will put it on the calendar You can also call 303.982.5686 or sign up on the calendar located on the main hallway by the front office.

We have a multitude of events happening this year. Please check out the Shelton PTSA website  and the Coyote Column You will find a great deal more information about the many happenings and upcoming events at Shelton.

Have a great week!

Educationally yours,

Karen Brown


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