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Update from the Director of Education


Dear Mountain Phoenix Community,

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed relaxing and joyful moments with your friends and family during our recent winter break.

Just a reminder that if you are wondering where to take your questions and/or concerns, this guide may be helpful to you.  If you would like to talk with me, the best way to contact me is via email: keline.morrow@jeffco.k12.co.us.  For topics that need a conversation, we can use email to arrange a time to meet or the best time to talk on the phone.  For information that can be answered easily, I will respond via email.  You are welcome to leave a message on my voicemail at school #303-728-9100 ext. 302, but do know that I have easier access to my email more often than I do my phone messages.  Finally, if you would like to just stop by, you are welcome to do so, if you see my door propped partially open.  If it is closed, I am not available at that time.  Fridays are the best day to stop in after drop-off or before pick-up, as it is not typically a day I am visiting in the classrooms nor in afternoon meetings (until after school is out).

It has been a joy to see the students back on campus this week!  I look forward to a wonderful second semester with all of them.

With warm regards,
Kelly Morrow

Director of Education

Events This Week

Monday, January 16

  • No School in Observance of MLK Day


Tuesday, January 17

  • No School for ECE ONLY. School will be in session for students in grades 1 to 8.
  • Deadline to turn in Pizza Order Form for Friday. Turn in order forms to the Main Office on Tuesdays by noon if your child would like pizza that Friday.
  • School Tour 9:00 a.m. in the Main Office
  • "Intro to Waldorf Education" Talk with Kelly Morrow - 6:30 p.m. in the Eurythmy Room.


Wednesday, January 18

  • Foundation Meeting - 6:30 p.m. in the Eurythmy Room.
  • Showing of Screenagers - 6:00 p.m. at Warren Tech, 13300 W 2nd Place, Lakewood. To learn more and buy your tickets, click here.


Thursday, January 19

  • Sustainability Committee Meeting - 6:00 p.m. at Starbucks, 4975 Kipling Street.
  • Parent Council Meeting - 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. To view the agenda for the meeting, click here. If you would like childcare to be available at the meeting, please RSVP by 3:30 p.m. on 1/18 to parentcouncil@mountainphoenix.org.


Friday, January 20

  • Deadline to Turn in Re-Enrollment Forms. Please fill out a re-enrollment form for each returning student and submit the form(s) to the Main Office by the end of the day on Friday, January 20:
  • Pizza Friday begins for the semester.
  • Friday Morning Book Club - 8:45 a.m. (location TBD). The Book Club will be reading The Conscious Parent this spring. This meeting will cover chapters 1 and 2. Please email Kia if you are interested and she will let you know where the book club will be meeting.
  • **Skate City Rollerskating Party** 2:00 p.m. at Skate City. If your child would like to ride the Skate City Fun Bus to the rink, a permission slip must be submitted to the Main Office by 1:30 p.m. on Friday or your student must have it in hand when boarding the bus. There will be no return bus to MPCS. All children must be picked up at Skate City. For more details, click here.


Saturday, January 21

  • Journey Through the Grades - 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Eurythmy Room. Details below.

 

Featured Events

Skate City Rollerskating Party - 1/20

Skate City Arvada | Friday, January 20 | 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. | Skate City Fun Bus Leaves to Skate City at 1:40 p.m. | No Return Bus - All children must be picked up from Skate City | Fun Bus Permission Slip | Event Flier

Our school partners with the Arvada Skate City several times during the school year to provide a fun after-school activity while also raising money for our school. A portion of every entrance fee is donated back to the school during each of our designated sessions.

To read a FAQ about the Skate City Fun Bus and the event, click here.

Journey Through the Grades - 1/21

Saturday, January 21 | 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Eurythmy Room | Refreshments will be served.

We warmly invite you to come and learn more about the Waldorf Curriculum. Experience for yourself this unique and creative approach to education and how it prepares our students for the future:

  • 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. - “How the Waldorf Curriculum Academically Prepares your Children and Fosters a Lifelong Love of Learning” with Jen Chace, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • 10:20 to 11:00 a.m. - Experience the Curriculum: Movement and Artistic Activities Led by Our Faculty
  • 11:00 a.m.  to 12:00 p.m. - Enjoy a display of academic work that illustrates how students develop on their journey through the grades, visit with faculty and student alumni, and get your questions answered
  • 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. - Campus tour
The event is open to:
  • Adults only, please
  • All currently enrolled parents AND anyone who has already attended a Tour or Intro to Waldorf Talk. 

Jefferson County Gifted and Talented Parent Seminar - 1/31

Tuesday, January 31 | 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. | 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Navigating High School and College
  • Early Access Process for Kindergarten and First Grade
  • Supporting Social/Emotional Needs for Gifted Learners
  • Twice Exceptional Learners and Supports
  • MAP Data Overview and Data in General

For more info, click here.

“Education for the 21st Century” with Karl Johnson – 1/31

Cultivating Creativity, Imagination and Intelligence in Today’s Children

Tuesday, January 31 | 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. | Eurythmy Room | Free to Public

How do we protect the healthy development of our children in our rapidly changing times?

How do we foster imagination, creativity, and healthy social skills even as we lay the foundations for innovative problem solving and multiple intelligences in today's children?

This talk by Karl Johnson M.A., an experienced educator and child developmentalist, draws on modern brain research and shows how Waldorf Education supports the full and healthy development of children.

Pentathlon Volunteer Meeting (4th & 5th Grade Parents) - 2/10

There will be a volunteer meeting on Friday, February 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall for all fourth and fifth grade parents who would like to help with the Pentathlon this year. Please join Ms. Ince to learn how you can help make this event a formative, unforgettable experience for our fifth-grade students. The Pentathlon will take place on April 19.

News & Updates

Drop off and Pick up Reminders

A few safety reminders which also help with our neighbor relations, to avoid tickets, and dangerous situations for children:

  1. We have staff supervising on the Frontage Road and Miller St. during the mornings and afternoon times. Transitioning has been more efficient. Thanks to those who are working with us and for your patience.
  2. The handicapped area on the Miller St. side is not for drop off, please use the pull in area. Grades 1st through 8th should be dropped off and picked up on the Frontage Rd. side.
  3. Please use the cross walks and comply with driving rules, such as no U-turns, not being on your cell phone, parking safely and not crossing between cars. Please drive slowly.
  4. A lack of parking will always be challenging but for everyone who got Fitbit type monitors for Christmas, it will give you more steps accomplished. Please do not take the last space at Fruitdale Park, since visitors are complaining to the Wheat Ridge Recreation District.

Your assistance in keeping all of our community safer is greatly appreciated.

Sticky Fingers Now Registering for Winter Session (2/2 - 3/23)

Winter 2017
Thursdays from 3:45-4:45pm
February 2nd- March 23rd
For seven, one-hour cooking classes
Open to students in K-8th
For more class info & to register, click here.

Let your child release their inner chef! Students will prepare and eat healthy, globally 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 emphasize each area of cooking-terminology, ingredients and fun nutrition facts (even a few bad jokes!). We will practice measurements, use a wide array of cooking utensils all while preparing the freshest ingredients.

InWord: Moments from Mountain Phoenix (*New* School Blog)

The Beauty of the Nature Table

The Nature Table is an integral part of the whole of Waldorf education. It’s an enriching tradition. the procession of seasons is deeply symbolic and the creation and admiration of the Nature Table can be a profound and humbling experience. It’s a visual mark of our transitory phases and annual evolutions...

To read more, click here.

Faculty Spotlight: Rory Dushman, Second Grade Teacher

To learn about Mr. Dushman's path to MPCS and what he's most excited about, click here

Volunteer Spotlight: Delicia Beaty

Get to know Delicia Beaty, the founder of the Nourishing Breakfast Club, and find out how you can get involved! To read the volunteer spotlight, click here

Volunteer & Giving Opportunities

Small Gift for Fulfilling Volunteer Requirement

We appreciate all you do! Did you know that this year we are offering an extra incentive for families to complete their volunteer requirement? 

When you fulfill your volunteer hours for this school year (40-hours for the families of full-time students, 20-hours for the families of part-time students), you will be thanked with a cloth, reusable bag with a Mountain Phoenix logo.  

We will be distributing bags at the end of each month. Please update your hours in HelpCounter by Friday, January 20.

If you are having any issues with HelpCounter, email Shannon or Sandra

Breakfast Club Volunteers Needed

Servers are needed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. There are also spots open on the clean up shift (8:15 to 8:45 a.m.) on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. Please email Delicia to volunteer.

At-Home Volunteer Work in Wordpress

Volunteer needed to help with a simple Wordpress project. No experience necessary. Please email Sandra if interested.

Help Organize the Clothing Bank

The Clothing Bank could use some love. Sign up TODAY to take a 10 to 15 minute shift to tidy the Clothing Bank on a weekly basis, making it easier for everyone to find what they need.

Gratitude and Celebration

I want to thank April Shaver, Miranda Thibodeau, and Kia Ruiz for deep cleaning the Buttercups classroom over the winter break. Now our teachers and children get to enjoy a beautified space for the beginning of the year! Thanks to each of you for stepping up and tackling this big task. - Shannon Fiedler

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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