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December 30, 2011
http://billrober http://billroberts.dpsk12.org Volume 2, Number 3
ts.dpsk12.org Ms. Patricia Lea, Principal William Roberts ECE-8
Here Ms. Ruth Baldivia, Asst. Principal 2100 Akron Way
Ms. Dawn Carrico, Admin. Asst/Student Advisor Denver, CO 80238
Specialists in 720-424-2640
Principal’s Perspective – a note from Ms. Lea
ES--Mrs. Kim Douglas Dear Parents:
All students who are Once again, the holiday season is upon us. This is a time to reflect on family, special people and friends
designated as English whom you are grateful to share time with. It is a privilege to know all of you and your children. I am so
Language Learners will appreciative for your help, your generosity, and the support you have provided for our school. The
be demonstrating their experience of working with outstanding parents is always refreshing and stimulating and never more so
proficiency in English in than this year.
I want to thank you for your loving and dedicated approach for young people. We experience many
Reading, and Writing
joys in our teaching and have numerous opportunities to work and help with so many different children.
now through the end of The best moments during the last few weeks have come from the importance of giving to others that are
January on the CELA test less fortunate. I have watched the students wrapping, preparing, and sharing gifts for others. It has been
(Colorado English amazing. It has been a time of year for rejoicing and for rededication.
May the holidays be a time of recreation and relaxation for you, your family, and friends. My hope is
PE – Ms. Salter that this is a period to reflect on your blessings and for us all to recharge our spirits. The staff, my family
A 6-week gymnastics and I wish you every blessing of the season.
unit for ECE-6 will start
after the break.
Students need to wear
tennis shoes for their PE
classes or their effort
grade will be lowered.
Middle School Tours
(for Parents) and
Middle school parents
are conducting school
tours for 5 grade Snow/Cold Inside Start Days
parents interested in
On those cold and snowy days when you’re dropping the kids off at school, be on the lookout
learning more about the
for the new snowman hanging on the post near the front door. When you see him you’ll know
middle school. The
it’s an Inside Start morning. Make sure your child knows where they need to go before school:
following dates are
scheduled tour dates: K – soft start in their classrooms – ONLY on Inside Start Days. Ms. Piazza will pick kindies up in
the cafeteria if not accompanied by parents.
Fri., Dec. 16 at 12pm st
1 – go to the cafeteria to meet your teachers
Fri., Jan. 6 at 12pm
Fri., Jan 20 at 12pm 2 & 2/3 --soft start in their classrooms; come to the cafeteria first, to see if your class has
Fri., Jan. 27 at 12pm been picked up.
Call Kristin in the front
3-8 grades – go to the gym to wait for your teacher
office to schedule a tour.
Please call Kristin in the Attention: All Transition Students (ECE4, Adv. K, 5 th, 8th)
front office to see about Current ECE4yr, Advanced Kindergarteners, 5 graders, and 8 graders
shadowing dates for 5
graders. The DPS district-wide first round choice process is in full swing and if your student is in these grades,
you MUST complete a choice form for the 2012-13 school year. Packets that include the choice form are
being sent home with these students on Wednesday, December 14 . (8 grade student packets are
being mailed directly to your home.)
The form MUST be returned to any school in DPS by Tuesday, January 31, 2012. We will accept forms at
Bill Roberts until 3:30pm on January 31 .
Web link to application:
Sports Report Web link to Frequently Asked Questions:
Football: The boy’s
football season ended
with the team record of
5-2, after a couple of
canceled games due to
the weather. The Professional Learning Communities – Teachers’ Friday Focus
Bobcats made it to the
playoffs for the first time Several teachers have been studying Collaboration and Comprehension: Inquiry Circles in Action by
ever in our history, Harvey Daniels and Stephanie Harvey during our Early Release PLC Fridays. As a result many of them
where they played have implemented their learning from this book into their classrooms, and have shared the products and
Kunsmiller. Pablo Lopez outcomes with the entire staff. Inquiry Circles are developed when students let their questions drive
was named to the
their research, and through collaboration and cooperation, they work to find answers to the questions
Denver Prep League All
Conference team. developed, through texts, online resources, primary resources, and more. The first grade team took on
this study as a team, and at Thanksgiving each class did an inquiry circle around the Thanksgiving theme.
Ms. Havens answered a couple of questions about their experience:
a fantastic season! What are the benefits to having students use Inquiry Circles? Especially in primary
grades, the biggest benefit of having kids work in inquiry circles is that they are
Volleyball: The 7/8 collaborating - learning how to have a discussion (take turns), learning how to express
volleyball team ended disagreement w/ each other without being mad or stubborn, learning how to be
their season 2-6, giving
flexible (not always getting what you want), learning how to share, learning how to
it their all each game.
Coaches Ali and Alyssa create an end product that represents their thinking, and learning how to learn from
focused on fundamentals each other - bounce ideas off each other.
and team-building, and
said the girls learned a
lot this season. The 6th
Is this a method that could be used in any grade? Definitely! The students drive their
grade team experienced learning and investigation through their questions and experiences --- and this could
a few frustrations in the be at any age.
scheduling of the season,
but ended up having a
great time. Congrats What topics have you “inquired” about? So far, only First Thanksgiving, which I
girls! personally learned was (for 1st grade) WAY too broad. It was great we chose a topic
about which the kids knew nothing, but in order for true learning to occur, knowledge
Basketball – Boys: that will sustain over the years, the topic needs to be much more focused, more
Coach Beatty had so narrow. We are beginning a unit on Animals and their Needs in Science, and we're all
many athletes interested
in playing that we have going to do an IC on ants in the new year.
developed a two-team
system, rather than What would be an “overall” statement you would make about Inquiry Circles? Inquiry
make cuts. The Gold
Circles provide a perfect venue for allowing students to exercise their thinking
team will be the main
team, but the Maroon strategy skills. Many of the things we did in IC we were already doing in reading:
team individuals get to activating our schema, questioning, and learning how to infer.
rotate to play, and could
possibly make the Gold Upcoming PLC News: After the new year, the staff will be studying the cognitive thinking strategies
team during the season. through writing, and will be addressing the writing instructional practices and common language school-
The first game ended in wide. New book studies will begin, with the emphasis on writing in all of the content areas, including
a tough loss against Hill specials.
MS, where the boys
played great defense,
losing 41-29. Our next
home team is January 10
at 4:45 pm.
Basketball – Girls:
Coach Umberger is Student Council Comes to Bill Roberts and Will Bring a School Store to Life!
returning as our girls’
coach this season, and is Student Council is coming to Bill Roberts starting in January, and will include students in grades
joined by Coach Scott, a 2-8. Having a leadership group for students is an exciting addition to our school because it
Roberts parent. The
girls are working on
allows students to get involved in school’s activities, "raise their voice" and make a difference.
building team chemistry The council will consist of "ambassadors" from each class (aka representatives) from grades 2-
and will take that into 8, along with officers in the positions of CEO (aka President), COO (aka Vice President), CFO
competing on the court. (aka Treasurer), CIO (aka Secretary), and CCO (head of creativity) and Chairman of the Board
Our next home game is
January 10 at 3:45 pm.
(the liaison between the officers and ambassadors). The officers will be students in grades 5-
8. Elections of the officers will take place the week of January 9; teachers will determine their
selection process for ambassadors from each classroom, and meetings will begin the first week
of 2012. Meetings for the core officers will be held every other week, during their lunch;
Inside Recess Days whole council meetings, with ambassadors will be once a month after school.
Do you have any games Our first project is a big one --- opening the Bobcat school store. Officers and ambassadors will
around the house that be working the store before and after school, and the school will offer supplies (pencils,
aren’t quite as fun as they
folders, etc.) and other fun items. Be looking for more information to come your way once the
used to be? Want a good
council gets under way!
place to donate them?
Roberts is looking for
games to have on hand on
inside recess days. The
students enjoy playing
games, but we’re pretty
limited on what we have.
Please bring any donated
games to the office, and
we’ll gladly put them to
Inside the Orchestra
Bill Roberts was selected as one of 12 Denver Public schools to host Inside the Orchestra. Inside the
Orchestra, presented by the Junior Symphony Guild, is an engaging and entertaining 45 minute music
education program, performed by an orchestra of 16 professional musician educators. The orchestra
surrounded the children! Also included is a 45 minute follow up session with selected students called
“Inside the Conductor's Head” hosted by the music director, Tom Jensen.
If you would like to see more about the Orchestra’s programs, please visit their website
Middle School Students of the Month
6 grade: Emma Webb and Caleb Thiel
7th grade: Lexi Hubbard and Jordan Miller
8th grade: Jensina Bailly and Paul Yang
Bronco Spirit is Alive and Well at Roberts!
Thanks to some Bronco-loving dads, there is now a new addition to the gym at Bill Roberts, and Ms.
Salter was so surprised to see it! She wanted to thank the pranksters for their addition of John Elway to
the gym, but wants everyone to know, in good spirit, that the Packers still Rule!!!
December 2011-January 2012
12/13 Tues. Holiday program 5:30 pm (K/1S/1E) 7:30 (2/1B/1H)
12/15 Thurs. Holiday program 6:30 pm (2-3/3/4/5)
12/16 Fri. Parent’s Night Out – babysitting at the school
12/19 thru 1/3 Winter Break – No Classes
1/4 Weds. Classes resume
1/10 Tues. Parent Town Hall Meeting 6:30 pm
1/16 Mon. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No classes