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November Newsletter

Leroy Elementary: An IB World School

November 2019

Dear Leroy Families and Community,

October was yet another eventful month filled with lots of learning, great conversations about student work and their growth, and fun times together.  Teachers have completed Data Driven Instruction conversations in both math and literacy, using student work to guide reteaching. They are sharing instructional moves and meeting your students exactly where they are for optimum learning.  On behalf of the Leroy staff, we’d like to thank parents Maura Jones, Britany Valdez, Susana Herrera, Kristen Roten, Alondra Loya and Victoria Decker who helped keep our Trunk or Treat tradition alive this year. The large turn out and festive decorations would not have been possible without the hard work of Sonia Diaz, Office Manager, Michele Collette, Family Liaison, and Susi Rice, Paraprofessional and Jessica Bloom, HealthAide. In addition, thanks go out to the many staff members and families who set up, decorated trunks, manned various stations, and cleaned up. This event would not have happened without so many volunteering their time! We will also celebrate our Internationally Minded Students of the Month for October during a special assembly on November 1st, followed by time to chat with parents during Coffee with the Principals. If you have a teacher or staff member you would like to nominate for Staff Member of the Month, please contact Michele Jimenez-Collette at 720.972.5471. Congratulations to Ms. Morrison for receiving this award last month!  It’s these types of events and time together that show all of us what a special community we have here at Leroy!  

There will be no school for students on Monday, November 11th for Veteran’s Day and the week of November 25-29th for Thanksgiving Break. 

New this year! Bring your school age children to our Parent Night Out events. Leroy staff will have three evenings this school year that you will be able to drop your Leroy students off at school for fun activities and food from 5-7pm. Each student will be charged $5.00 which will include supervision, fun activities, pizza, and a drink. There will be additional snacks and other items available for purchase. Only the first 150 students will be able to come. We will have pre registration the week before (watch your email and Wednesday Folder for info). Sign up early and send in the money to secure your child’s spot.

  • Thursday, December 19th

  • Friday, February 21st

  • Friday, April 17th 

Last spring, many of you participated in our Parent Engagement and Satisfaction survey. Across the district we had over 6,000 parents complete the survey.  Here at Leroy, we had 45 parents participate. Thank you to those who took the time to participate – your feedback is invaluable to all schools as we strive to best meet the needs of our community.  I want to share with you some of the findings from our school’s results. Our areas to celebrate come from the sections in the survey titled:  

  • Staff leadership relationships up 9%, 94% favorable 

  • School leadership up 21%,  83% favorable

  • Educating all students up 8%, 82% favorable 

  • Feedback and coaching up 17%, 59% favorable, district 48%

Our areas of growth come from the sections in the survey titled:  

  • Staff family relationships 46% favorable, went down 6%, district is 61%

  • Resources 24% favorable, up 2%, district is 35%

  • Feedback and coaching up 17%, 59% favorable, district 48%

This year we have additional mental health staff due to the Adams County voters that approved the bond measure last November.  We are so grateful for Ryan Ellingsen, our full time social worker, Shira Speilman, our full time Social Emotional Learning Specialist, and Abi Donate, our half-time psychologist.  To address these growth areas, we are responding to student’s emotional developmental needs with daily Community Circles. Medals are awarded weekly for showing positive attitudes. We are responding to academic developmental needs through an all school independent reading block where students receive one on one conferring.  We are also having biweekly Data Driven Instruction conversations focused on student work. Leroy Drive is working closely with both district and school experts in math and literacy to ensure rigorous implementation of literacy and math curriculum and standards. To address bullying, we are implementing Restorative Practices. In addition to building the community in the morning, students receive impromptu conferences focusing on the harm caused and the repair needed.  Formal circles address major behaviors. All parties involved share their experience, and agreements are reached and signed. Everyone is given a strong message that apologizing is the first step, and must result in a change in actions. Grades one through five are receiving Second Step lessons biweekly that focus on conflict resolution and social emotional learning. Behavior data is coming after winter break. To address staff/family relationships, we are continuing to invite parents into school for positive experiences.  We also communicate electronically and in paper form with monthly class and school wide newsletters.  

Our parent group would love more membership and meets quarterly. This small group of parents rally around fundraising to support teacher requests for specific materials or supplies, special events, field trip funding, and teacher appreciation. This is also a place to learn about school improvement efforts and be part of the School Accountability Committee. If you are interested in participating, please contact Michele Jimenez-Collette at 720.972.5471. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 4th at 7:45am and 5:00pm. 

Please join us for Chick-fil-a Night on Thursday, November 14th from 5-8pm.

And as we gear up for the end of this first semester, we will continue to provide your children with high levels of learning, a focus on thinking critically, risk taking in their learning, and finding new ways to push each learner to reach their potential.  Because of this, we spend most of our time planning with teachers or in classrooms observing your children learning and growing. This can make it difficult to find us at times! Please know that you can call or stop by the front office any time and make an appointment to see either of us.  We also have open door policies, and if available are happy to meet with you! We want you to feel confident and comfortable each and every day you send your children to Leroy. We encourage you to visit, volunteer or just contact us via phone or email with any questions, ideas, concerns, or compliments.  Again, it is an honor and privilege to serve your children.

Warm Regards,

Tracie Stauffer                                    Kelly Teitelbaum

Principal                                             Assistant Principal


Safety:  Another top priority of ours is safety!  As a reminder, students may arrive no earlier than 7:25 am each morning.  Supervisors will be monitoring students each morning beginning at 7:25 am and then again at dismissal from 2:30 to 2:40 pm.  Each supervisor is easily located by their bright green vests. Our school’s parking lot gates will be closed to traffic flow from 7:15 – 7:45 am and again from 2:25 – 2:45 pm (1:10 – 1:30 pm on Wednesdays) daily to ensure the safety of our students and pedestrians.  We ask that you please help us model safe behavior for our students at pick up and drop off time.  We ask that everybody use the crosswalks and to please slow down when driving around the school. Your help with this is much appreciated!  

Attendance:  We celebrated students who have not missed a day of school the months of September and October at the IMSM assemblies.  Attending school regularly has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.  Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. School starts at 7:30 each day (tardy bell is 7:35).    Let us know how we can best support you and your family so that they can be here at school on time every day.  We want your child to be successful in school!

Leroy Website:  Our Leroy website is full of helpful and up to date information and can be found at  Please take special note of the calendar of events and note our many upcoming events.  Check the calendar often as times and dates may change. To continue our commitment of clear and ongoing communication and partnership with our families, a monthly school-wide newsletter will be available electronically.  If you would like a paper copy, please feel free to pick one up in the office. Along with this communication, our website and Facebook page also have our latest “happenings”, and other regular Leroy updates and celebrations.

District outlines deadlines for 2020-2021 Choice process

Submit application by January 31st deadline for priority consideration

Last year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,500 Choice applications for the 2019-2020 school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment law, the district’s Choice program allows for students to apply to attend schools outside of their attendance area boundary.

 Both in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district Choice requests are considered after in-district requests.  Acceptance to a Choice school is based on several criteria: availability of space, sufficient teaching staff, appropriate programs and the necessary facilities for special needs students. 

 Adams 12 Five Star Schools will publicize the schools open to Choice for the 2020-21 school year on December 1, 2019.  The Choice application and list of open schools are available online at For families without computer access, a computer kiosk is available at all schools and at the Educational Support Center located at 1500 E. 128th Avenue in Thornton.

 The deadline for priority consideration is January 31, 2020 and is not first-come, first-served.  If the number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district will hold a lottery. Parents and students submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the results of their application no later than the third week of February.

 The second deadline to submit a Choice application for the 2020-2021 school year is March 30, 2020. As with the first round, if the number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district will hold a lottery.  Notification of approval or denial will be made no later than the third week of April.

In addition to the two deadlines above, in some years a third round of Choice may be held in August and September if space is available. Schools open to the third round of Choice will be posted online at by August 3, 2020.

 While not a guarantee, when possible, priority will be given to sibling applications so that families will attend the same school. The district encourages siblings to apply in the priority consideration round (1st round) as there are no guarantees that siblings who apply in the 2nd and 3rd rounds will be approved. Families with children already attending schools that are not open to Choice are eligible to submit an application for their existing student to remain at the school or for younger siblings to attend the school with their older siblings.

 The duration of a Choice placement is valid for all grades served by the school. For example, if a student attends a Choice elementary school, the approval is valid to the end of fifth grade, as long as there are no significant changes in that school’s enrollment or facilities. When a student transitions from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school, they must reapply for Choice. If they don’t, the student’s placement automatically reverts to their boundary school. 

 Students who receive approval of their Choice application and attend schools outside their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation to and from the school.  Participation in the district's Choice program will affect a student's right to transportation afforded under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Families eligible for homeless assistance services should consult with the Student and Family Outreach Program before choosing to participate in the Choice program by calling 720-972-6015.