Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8

Greetings, Fireside Families,
What an inspiring week- from the Fire Choir concerts to coding, our kids were  engaged and entertained!  During this week's Hour of Code, students were exposed to computer science in a variety of ways. I observed second graders using measurement to navigate courses for Dash and Dot, 5th graders using Bloxel, a program for video gaming where they incorporate various literary elements, 4th graders explaining how they measured the distance, speed and angles in order to successfully route Spheros. Today, I learned from parent presenters. A week of critical thinking, collaboration, and excitement about computer science! We couldn't have done it without the support from Stacey Forsyth and her team, as well as our dedicated staff and parent experts who shared about their careers in the computer science industry. 
Other important information:
With our upcoming grade level handbell concerts, we'd like to remind parents to please avoid pulling siblings to attend the shows due to the disruption of learning and instructional time for classroom teachers. 
School Safety:
We continue to see parents parking on Dahlia Street prior to the start of the school day. This is designated as a "Hug and Go" lane and we need to keep traffic flow continous in order to minimize traffic jams and support school safety. 
Students Indoors before School Day:
When temperatures dip below 20 degrees, students will enter the school from 7:50 to 8:00 a.m. There will be signs posted on the front doors as well as a yellow flag on the marquee reminding students to head indoors. Supervising teachers will also be informed that students should enter the building. 

As always, thank you for your partnership in learning!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dec. 1st

Dear Fireside Families,
This week we hosted Jeff and Paige Kagan for an interactive, sprited assembly including educational skits focused on science standards and promoting the outdoors. 

As most of you have heard by now, Hour of Code is next week! Students in grades K-5 will be participating in a variety of coding activities, everything from Ozobots to Dash and Dot. We are fortunate to be partnering with Stacey Forsyth, a Fireside parent who works with the CU Science and Discovery Center as she's supplying us with many of the tools. We will also have a week of Maker Space in the library as well as parents presenting about their careers in the computer science industry. Reach out to your child's teacher to learn about the week's schedule of activities as parents are invited to come visit and learn right alongside students. Also, parents are welcome to add to our coding wall in the front entryway by sharing something they've learned from visiting during Hour of Code week. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Dear Fireside Families,
It is with deep appreciation and thanks that I wish each of you a joyous Thanksgiving holiday. I am so honored to be part of this special community and grateful for our staff, the supportive relationships with families, and most of all for our children. Enjoy your time with loved ones, savor all the special moments, and take time to give thanks for the abundance in our lives. We are blessed as a school community. 
A friendly reminder, if interested in nominating someone in our Fireside community for an Impact on Education Award, submissions are due to me by November 29. Read here for more information. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 3

Dear Fireside Families,
It's been an exciting week, beginning with a visit from our Superintendent, Ms. Stevenson, on Monday. She spent just over an hour at our school visiting classrooms, connecting with teachers, and commenting on how engaged our kids were in learning. Halloween festivities followed on Tuesday with creative costumes and spirited parties. Staff strutted their "cozy-ware" adorned in a variety of themed jammies. 
News and Information:
School Accountability Meeting: Nov. 9, 5:30-7pm
Nov. 9, SAC agenda
Struggling Readers Symposium: Nov. 5

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 13

Kindergartners and Preschoolers learned about fire safety this week!
Dear Fireside Families,
We look forward to seeing parents over the next couple of weeks at conferences on October 17th, 19th and the 25th. Please be sure to sign up.  As always we strive for 100% participation and value your partnership. 
Last week's Walk to School and 5th graders Guitar concert
For parents who were unable to attend this week's Talented and Gifted Coffee and would like to learn more about TAG programming in BVSD, please view the following slideshow:
Talented and Gifted 101 Fireside Elementary or contact Janine Fitzgerald, our Educational TAG Advisor for more information. 

New This Year:
District-wide, report cards will not be sent home via Friday Folders, instead, parents will access them electronically beginning on Monday, Nov. 13th. The only exception will be Kindergarten, which will be sent home hard copy in envelopes. 
Interested in learning more about out the progress of our bond project?
Visit here 

As always, thank you for all the ways you serve and support our school community and for participating in your child's learning experience.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sept 15

Dear Fireside Families,
Does anyone else have an overflowing inbox that seems endless? Well, time to consider "stop cues" in our lives to create more space and quality time with others. This is something I shared with staff this week in an effort to support teacher's well-being (as well as my own). What stop cues do we set in our family life in order to ensure time with our children is free from tech distractions? I've definitely been guilty of this and my daughter, Aleah, is the first to remind me, "Mom, you're not being present!" If you'd like to learn more about "stop cues" consider watching Adam Alter's Ted Talk.
Adam Alter: Why our screens make us less happy | TED Talk |

School Safety:  A friendly reminder that safety is all of our responsibility. Please help by minding the speed limit on Dahlia Street, especially as it nears the ringing of the first bell. Unfortunately, we don't have enough volunteer crossing guards to supervise students crossing and some students assume that cars will stop without watching closely for cars. Please remind your children about safe crossing and be mindful of the school zones. We need crossing guards! If interested, please contact Lori Smith: . What a fun way to connect with kids and be part of our school community! 
Thanks for working together to ensure all students safely cross our streets.

Community Service at Fireside
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Christ the Servant Church and our Fireside garden volunteers, grounds were cleared of pine needles, pea gravel was added to the picnic table area, and our outdoor classroom looks so inviting! We value your time, service and contributions to Fireside.

As always, thank you for your support and partnership in learning. Hope to see you all tonight at the Jogathon celebration!

Christa Keppler

Friday, September 8, 2017

September 8th

Dear Fireside Families,

Two amazing community events in a week- the Labor Day Parade as well as our Jogathon. Today was a day of fun, fitness, and everyone coming together to show their "Fireside P.R.I.D.E." Thanks to Ms. Johnson, Nicole Duster, Samantha Macmillan, and the Jogathan committee, for their long hours of planning and for making this event such a HUGE success.

Have a great weekend!