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End of the Year Picnic ~ Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

11:00 to 11:30 – Tree dedication for Dana in the garden

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be grilled and served.  There will also be watermelon, chips and a drink.  Come on out and fill up your bellies.  Once people have eaten they can play the picnic games we have set up (volleyball, soccer, paddleball, Frisbee, hula hoops, etc.).

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – People will have the opportunity to play with the parachutes, participate in earth ball games and/or partake in the wet and wacky activities in the Lollipop.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Water fight and slip and slides in the designated water area out on the field.  Volleyball, soccer, badminton, Frisbee, 4 square, paddleball, etc. will remain set up for those who do not want to get wet.

2:30 p.m. – Big clean up of everything out on the field.  Popsicles to wrap everything up.

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IA Trip Parent Volunteers

Important Date to Remember! 

Parent Volunteer Meeting

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 3:45pm in Kristie’s Room!

  • Trip paperwork is due.
  • Last day to apply for Tripster Health Insurance.
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Annual Learning Expo

Learning Expo

Join us for our Annual Learning Expo on Wednesday, April 19th from 5:00-6:30pm. You can visit science museums and interactive student-led exhibits in classrooms in the ELC and IA area. Work from Pre-Walkabout (grades 7-8) students will be on display in the Commons Area. Come and learn folk dances with Melody and end your evening learning from our LeaP (grade 9) students who will present projects.

5:00-5:30 pm
Elementary students will present work in their classrooms.

5:30-6:00 pm
Families can tour exhibits in classrooms and commons areas.

6:30-7:00 pm
LeaP Project Presentations (appropriate for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students and families to attend).

Elementary Folk Dancing with Melody ~ ELC and IA students (and their families) in Melody’s music room at the following scheduled times:

  • 5:00 PM: Per’s Advising
  • 5:15 PM: Bryan’s Advising
  • 5:30 PM: Molly & Jim’s Advising
  • 5:45 PM: Jana’s Advising
  • 6:00 PM: Mary & Ana’s Advising
  • 6:15 PM: Kristie’s Advising

This is an evening for families to spend together looking at and appreciating student work. Please keep your children with you throughout the evening. We hope to honor student work by speaking to students, asking questions, and learning together.

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For the Week of February 5th

Trip Alert!

Dear JCOS Families,                                                                                                      February 4, 2017

Our spring 4/5 IA trip dates have changed! New dates are April 24th through the 27th

Our trip will be to John Martin Reservoir campground.

We need parents who want to spend a special time camping with our JCOS kids. If you are interested in coming on our trip please let your child’s advisor know by conferences, if possible. We are in need of driver’s so letting us know how many you will be able to take is helpful to our planning.

We leave Monday morning, April 24th around 9:00am and return the 27th by 2:30, hopefully.

Description of campsite:

Welcome to John Martin Reservoir State Park, an oasis on the plains of southeastern Colorado. Located in the Lower Arkansas River Valley, visitors come to John Martin to take advantage of modern campgrounds, great fishing, uncrowded boating waters, diverse wildlife, and to see historical signs of the past.

For current conditions and more information, please visit the John Martin Reservoir website:

What Matters to Me Projects

Our “What Matter Projects” have begun. We have given each student a calendar of due dates and up coming events in order to help with organization. I will also send a calendar home with them to coordinate any out of school time that may come up during this project.

Two Rats and 18 Kids

Hopefully you’ve heard about the fundraiser by Cedric and Davian to acquire two rats. The fundraisers will be Tuesday and Friday after school. We are asking for baked goods to be dropped off and if any adults are interested in helping Michele, that would be great! Thanks from Kristie’s Advising.

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Week of January 15h

A big “Thank You!” to Michele Blanco for getting this site up and running and keeping notifications up-to-date!

Remember that Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and schools are closed.

The Reader’s Theater Performances were a huge success. Reader’s delivered a thrilling true story with grit!

Our class is continuing with book reviews and learning how to create effective questions to broaden and deepen our thinking. We are finishing up our small moment stories so please read as they are displayed for us to relish!

Choice Time: If you have a special interest or talent you would like to share with the kids in the IA, please consider offering a choice time! We meet on Fridays from 10:45 to 11:40 for with a maximum of 14 students. Choice can be a one week or two commitment.


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Peace Night Program Information – January 12th, 2017


5:00pm – Nicaragua Trip Group is offering a Central American meal “Arroz con pollo” (Chicken with Rice) and salad for $5.00. All proceeds go to support the trip program.

5:40pm – Kindergarten Songs – Jana’s Room

6:00pm – Community Gathering In the Commons

  • Welcome
  • Community Song: “Put A Little Love in Your Heart”
  • Accompanied by the K-12 Ukulele and Guitar band

Library Performances

6:15pm – IA Reader’s Theater

6:35pm – ELC Liberty Poems

6:55pm – IA Reader’s Theater

7:15pm – Community Gathering In the Commons

  • Marimba Band Performance


Front Hall:

  • PTSO Table
  • Creating Safe/Loving Spaces – Why we wear a safety pin
  • Wish of the Day – Molly and Jim’s Class
  • Statue of Liberty – Ana and Mary’s Class

Second Floor Landing:

  • Pioneer Artifacts
  • Freedom of Expression – Newspaper Class
  • Feminism Class
  • Mindfulness – 6th Grade Class
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IA Field Trips

For the past several weeks, the IA has been studying Westward Expansion and the pioneers of the middle 1800’s. To supplement our learning, we have planned two field trips that can help us deepen our understanding of what life was like for these people.


Who: Per’s, Bryan’s, and Kristie’s advising will be going on two field trips the second week of November.

When: Monday, November 7th, from 10:30 to 2:30, The History Colorado Center

Where: The History Colorado Center is located at 1200 Broadway in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District and Civic Center Cultural Complex.

When: Wednesday, November 9th, from 9:00 to 1:30, Four Mile Historic Park (outdoor venue)

Where: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. Denver, CO 80246

How: School vehicles and parent volunteer transportation for both trips.

What to bring: Lunch, water, comfortable shoes for both. Four Mile needs may include: hat, sunscreen, layered clothing depending on the weather (we will be outdoors).