Update on Revision of MPCS' Mission and Vision Statements

Dear Mountain Phoenix Community,

We hope that your holiday season has begun with joy and gratitude, and you are looking forward to all that 2016 has to offer.

Recently a committee representing MPCS administration, governing council and parents collaborated, with input from faculty, to revise the MPCS mission and vision statements.

Why go through this process? And why are MPCS’ mission and vision important to the life of the school?

First, our mission and vision provide guidance to those working at MPCS day-to-day—teachers, administrators, and staff—articulating at a holistic level their responsibilities and goals, and the long-term value of their contributions for the students they teach and mentor.

Second, MPCS' mission and vision provide a first impression for many people outside our present community: families considering MPCS for their children's education, neighborhood residents curious about what kind of school MPCS is, individuals interested in the public Waldorf education movement, and others who, for various reasons, want to know what MPCS stands for and aims to achieve.

Third, external events occasionally prompt MPCS to evaluate its mission and vision. At the moment, MPCS is part of a pilot process to establish membership level criteria for the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education. That process requires that we engage in our own self-study, describing MPCS in great detail, including all aspects of teaching, administrative, and governance processes . . . as well as MPCS’ mission and vision. The present revision effort is aimed at ensuring that these statements are consistent and accurate in relation to the school's educational, administrative, and governance practices and processes: Is MPCS doing what it says it is doing? Do its actions support both its mission (which describes the experience MPCS commits to providing to students every school day) and its vision (which describes the benefits students derive from their MPCS education later in their lives)?

This revision of the MPCS mission and vision has involved a mix of discovery, observation, examination, and refinement. The process has been collaborative, incorporating voices of MPCS administration, faculty, governing council, and parents, over the course of two months.

The process of gathering information began with an invitation to the community to participate in the creation of the MPCS core values; key concepts and language from the core values served as a starting point for the rewriting of the mission and vision. The Governing Council (GC) then conducted a retreat in August, at which the mission and vision were reviewed and key points of that dialogue were documented. In this activity, as in all GC activities, GC members strive to fulfill their role as representatives of the MPCS community and stewards of the school.

Next, the mission and vision committee reviewed the initial MPCS mission and vision, the present mission and the vision, the MPCS core values, and the results of the dialogue conducted at the August retreat. The findings and ideas of the committee were then shared with the faculty; as a part of that process Kelly Morrow and Maggie Payne engaged teachers at a faculty meeting to reflect on their direct experiences with MPCS students in the context of the MPCS philosophy and curriculum. Following that discussion, final drafts of the mission and vision were developed by the ad committee and submitted to the Governing Council for approval.

The results of this extensive collaboration are the following proposed MPCS mission and vision statements:

·       Through a dynamic curriculum based on the core principles of Public Waldorf Education, the mission of Mountain Phoenix Community School is to cultivate each student’s capacity for creative thinking, effective communication, and interest in others that inspires thoughtful, responsible action in the 21st century world. 

·       The vision of Mountain Phoenix Community School is to prepare students to lead in the world as resourceful, courageous, and compassionate global citizens who will take initiative to bring healthy change to their communities through conscious, informed, and independent thinking while empowering others to do the same.

The Governing Council will be voting to adopt the proposed revisions at the next regularly scheduled meeting on January 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  Comments can be sent directly to the Governing Council at or made during public comment time at the meeting. We hope that you will welcome the revised mission and vision as re-affirmations of the goals, values and beauty MPCS represents to its students and the community. And in this season of gratitude and generosity, we want to express our appreciation for all you do to support MPCS.

The Mission and Vision Committee (Governing Council Ad Hoc Committee)

Monday, December 14
  • School Tour - School tour at 8:45 a.m. in the Main Office. Invite your friends and family! More info here.
  • Diversity & Inclusivity Committee Meeting - 6:30 p.m. at Colorado + Brew Pub, 6995 W 38th Ave. New members welcome!

Tuesday, December 15
  • Viewing of the Movie "Most Likely to Succeed" Hosted by Compass Montessori - 6:00 p.m. at The American Mountaineering Club located at 710 10th St - Golden, CO 80401. For more info about the film, click here.
  • Foundation Meeting - 6:30 p.m. in the Handwork Room

Wednesday,  December 16
  • Lost and Found Pickup - Please check for lost items prior to this date.
  • Winter Music Assembly for Grades 6 to 8 & T/TH Grade 5 Orchestra Students -  6:00 p.m. at Clear Creek Church, 10555 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge. More info here.

Thursday, December 17
  • Winter Music Assembly for Grades 4 & 5 - 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. More info here.

Friday, December 18
  • Last day to buy a Chinook Book - Books are available for purchase in the Main Office.
Upcoming Events
December 21 to January 5 - Winter Break
January 7 - SAC Committee meeting
January 7 - School Tour.
More info here.
January 8 - No pizza will be served today
January 11 - "Simplifying Schedules in Family Life" with Christine Summerfield
To view the school's master calendar, click here.

Upcoming Deadlines
January 28 - Lost and found pickup. Please check for lost items prior to this date.

“Simplifying Schedules in Family Life”
with Christine Summerfield

Monday, January 11 (7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall)

What is scheduling? How is it different than rhythm? Discover tips about simplifying schedules in every day life. For a full description, click here.

Eurythmy for Adults: An Introduction to Eurythmy as a Social Art with Andreas Besuch, MPCS Eurythmist

Tuesdays (1/13 through 5/18) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
$165 (All proceeds will go to MPCS' Eurythmy Program!)

This class would make a wonderful Christmas present!
In this special class, you will be introduced to the basic Eurythmy forms and movements, the basic elements of speech and tone Eurythmy, and more! For a full description, see here.

To sign up, see Sara in the Main Office.
6 Cooking Classes | Thursdays (January 21 - February 25)
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Math Intervention Room | $120
Kindergarten - 5th Grade Students

A great idea for a Christmas present!
Let your child release their inner chef! Students will prepare and eat healthy global inspired recipes all while learning to cook in a fun, engaging and real world way! Our Chefs will reinforce kitchen skills associated with our weekly recipes and each area of cooking terminology, foods and fun nutrition facts (even a few bad jokes!) We will orally practice our numbers, measurements, cooking utensils, fresh ingredients while cooking and more! Full recipes will be created each class with a our master chef Sticky Fingers Cooking instructor.

For more info and to register, visit the Sticky Fingers website.

Print flier here.

After School Spanish Classes with Señora Alban!
What a perfect Christmas present!

Spanish Conversation Class
Thursdays (January 28 - April 28)
3:35 to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3 to 5
6 student minimum

Spanish for New and Beginning Students
Mondays (January 25 to April 25)
3:35 to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3 to 8
6 student minimum

To sign up, see Sara in the Main Office.

Plans for Pizza Friday Starting in January

Based off community and faculty input, Parent Council will be partnering with a new pizza vendor for our Pizza Friday Fundraiser next semester. We will begin using Lucky Pie, a local Denver pizzeria. The Parent Council chose Lucky Pie for their use of all organic Colorado flour made in house, organic cheese made in house and locally sourced organic produce from Isabelle Farms in Lafayette, CO. Their pepperoni is sourced from McDonald Farm in Brush, CO or Salumeria Biellese in New York. Both are all-natural and non-GMO.

What this means for your family? Find out here.
Grades Before and After Care News

Please stop by and meet our new Program Director, Abbi Root. Abbi is a dedicated and enthusiastic director whose previous experience with the Waldorf Educational approach makes her a perfect fit for Mountain Phoenix.

To see what activities Abbi is planning and learn more about KidSmART, view their new flier here.
2014-2015 Yearbooks for Sale Surprise your student with a yearbook for Christmas!

We have a limited supply of 2014-2015 MPCS Yearbooks available for $25. See Sara in the Main Office to buy one.

Kindergarten Vision & Hearing Screening

The Colorado Kidsight Program will be coming on January 11 at 9:00 a.m. to screen vision and hearing for our kindergarten students. If you would like to opt-out your student, please come into the office and sign the opt-out form.

Seeking DJ and Licensed Caterer for Spring Auction

The auction committee is looking for a DJ and a licensed caterer for the spring auction and would love to give the business to someone from within our community. Please email Kim Harr if you are interested.

Individual & Classroom Photos Now Available for Ordering through May 2016

Multi-Media & Photography has now made it possible for parents to order all individual and group photos through the end of the school year. For instructions on how to order, click here.

Thank YOU For Making Colorado Gives Day A HUGE Success!

We are thrilled beyond belief with the outpouring of support from our community last Tuesday. Thanks to your generosity, the MPCS Foundation raised $51,350 online via the Colorado Gives campaign! What’s more, we had 306 individual donors participate in the giving at the following ranges:
  • 200 donations between $10 and $99
  • 55 donations between $100 and $199
  • 43 donations between $200 and $499
  • 15 donations between $500 and $999
  • 9 donations > $1,000+
As you can see, EVERY donation counts and is so incredibly appreciated. Thanks to everyone who contributed and who forwarded on to friends and family to do the same.
We are working on tallying classroom participation, mapping each donor name and/or special instructions to the corresponding children and classrooms, including offline donations. This will take time. Because of this, we have extended the 100% classroom participation challenge to December 31! Every classroom that has 100% participation in the Annual Give by the end of the year will receive a $500 bonus to their classroom account! You can participate by giving online or by writing us a check:
  • Give online at (please indicate your child’s name in the "Special Instructions" box)
  • Write a check to the "MPCS Foundation" (with “Annual Give Donation” and your child’s name in the Notes line) and place in the Foundation drop box at the Main Office. NOTE: The last day to submit checks to be counted toward the 100% participation challenge will be NEXT Friday, December 18. We will not be checking the box during the Holiday vacation.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your participation in the Annual Give and for making our first Colorado Gives Day such an overwhelming success!
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, and Target Scrip Gift Cards Available
What an easy way to shop for holiday presents! 

Stop by the Main Office between 7:45 and 9:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday) to buy gift cards for friends and family for the holidays. We have something for everyone!

Gifts from the Little Elves Shoppe Still Available
Candles, lavender furniture polish, felted acorns, lavender eye pillows, hand-painted wine glasses, and more are currently available in the Main Office! Gifts are only $10 each and all proceeds will benefit the ECE Program.

All gifts were lovingly made by hand by ECE parents and would make wonderful holiday presents!
Last Call for Chinook Books  - Available until 12/18
$22 for Book & App
All proceeds will benefit the eighth grade class trips

Chinook Book helps you save money at local businesses that do good things for the environment and the community.
Books are for sale in the Main Office.

Support the Hargett Family - Lunches/Snacks & Gift Cards

An MPCS family recently experienced an electrical fire in the attic. Thankfully the family and pets are fine! Assistance is needed preparing lunches and snacks for the two boys (grades 4 and 8). To sign up to help, click here. The family would also be deeply appreciative for gift cards from Target, Kohl's, King Sooper's, and Costco. Please drop off any gift card donations to Brittany in the Main Office. Thank you for your support!

Seeking Donation of an AED

Do you know someone in the medical field who could help MPCS secure the donation of an AED for emergency needs on our campus? If you are able to help, please email Dirk.

Would you like to get involved?

As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.” Donating time to your child’s school is one important way you can teach them the joys and rewards of community service. There are big jobs and small jobs and most can be accommodated by a minimum time commitment. Please contact us ( to learn how your gifts and talents can support teachers, festivals, programs, children, and the community as a whole!

Parent Council is Seeking Chairs to Lead the Sustainability Committee, May Faire Committee, and Grandparents' Day Committee

We need your passion and energy! To learn more about each committee and how to volunteer, click here.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Pizza and Pasta Fridays - Sign up to help here.
Log Your Hours on HelpCounter
Please remember to log your hours on HelpCounter. If you are new to MPCS, please create your account here. If you have any questions, please email Sandra.

Thank you to Our Spiral Walk Photographers - Lynn & David Townsend, Heather Lee, and Bonnie Roman

Thank you for creating spectacular photos of our recent Spiral Walks. We are so grateful to have these beautiful memories to share on Facebook, in the Yearbook, and our newsletters. Thank you so much!
Let's share our gratitude and celebrations!
Compliment a teacher. Lift up a volunteer. Let us know about an incredible MPCS moment. Let's celebrate our amazing community each week. To contribute, please email Sandra.
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