Friday Notes by dffhrtcv3


									                        Friday Notes
                              Tr a u t C o r e K n ow l e d g e S c h o o l             November 13, 2009
From the Principal’s Office…                                                             Inside this issue:
                                                                                        Event Calendar
Dear Parent Partners,                                                                   PAB Agenda
                                                                                        SBMC Agenda

       This week’s Friday Note aligns with the one I wrote at the beginning of last     Character Ed. Book          3
                                                                                        Spelling Bee
month (see the link here), and it presents some additional information on Core          Congratulations
Knowledge, one of our most distinctive pillars.                                         Volunteers Needed
                                                                                        Lego Tournament
                                                                                        Safe Bike Methods
         A wonderfully succinct and thorough article about Core Knowledge came          Hat & Mitten Tree
out recently in CITY Journal (see the link here). Authored by Sol Stern, this article
briefly summarizes E. D. Hirsch’s biography and the road that led him to be the         Online School Choice App.   4
founder of Core Knowledge.                                                              Wellness Committee          5
                                                                                        PSD email
         Hirsch was at the pinnacle of his career—the chair of the English department
at the prestigious University of Virginia in Charlottesville—when he came to the        Weather-Related School      6
realization that relevant background knowledge is absolutely crucial in reading a       Closure & Delayed Start
text. That realization started him on his mission to establish “Cultural Literacy,”
especially among students who have little background knowledge in subjects like
history, geography, civics, the arts, and basic science.                                     Deadline for
                                                                                              inclusion in
        Sol Stern goes on to tell how this movement matured. The Core Knowledge
foundation was formed and schools around the country began incorporating this              Friday Notes is
approach into their curriculum. As mentioned in my last newsletter about Core               Wednesday at
Knowledge, Traut was one of those new schools.                                                10:00 a.m.
        In the CITY article, Stern is quite pointed in his criticisms of today’s               Email to:
educational climate. His (and Hirsch’s) perspective is that the “modern,       
progressive” movement prevalent in education today is neither recent nor does it
advance American civilization. To get a feel for what has been happening in public
schools for over 60 years, Hirsch suggests that you go to YouTube and see the ten-              Traut Core
minute movie issued by the March of Time in the 1940s (see the link here).                      Knowledge
         Hopefully these recent newsletters have piqued your interest in Core
Knowledge. For more information, I strongly recommend that you do read Stern’s             2515 Timberwood Dr.
                                                                                               Fort Collins, CO
entire article, especially if you have never read the works of E. D. Hirsch (Cultural
Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, The Schools We Need and Why We                Phone: 970-488-7500
Don’t Have Them, The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for               Fax: 970-488-7504
American Children, and The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools in             Attendance: 970-488-7503
particular). To me, this article is the best Core Knowledge summary to date.                    PSD Web Site:
        Please stop by some time, especially if you want to talk shop about the kind             schools/traut
of education your students are getting. As we delve into these matters, it keeps us
aligned with our vision: “Our vision is educational excellence in knowledge, skills
and character with strong parent-teacher-student partnerships.”


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                                        Event Calendar
          Friday,                    Leave a Legacy                  TCKS                    Chris Jacquinot
       November 13th                 Art Fundraiser             6:00 – 8:00 p.m.                488-7543
         Tuesday,                                                Media Center                Teyana Reynolds
                                     SBMC Meeting
       November 17th                                            3:30 – 5:00 p.m.                206-9107
         Tuesday,                                                School Lounge               Teyana Reynolds
                                       PAB Meeting
       November 17th                                            5:00 – 7:00 p.m.                206-9107
        Thursday,                  Wellness Committee            Media Center                Corinna Kromer
       November 19th                    Meeting                 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.                282-9281
        Thursday,                Technology Committee            Media Center                  David Mielke
       November 19th                   Meeting                  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.                204-1169
    Wednesday-Friday,               THANKSGIVING
                                                                     NO SCHOOL                  ~~~~~~~~~
    November 25th – 27th               BREAK
                                 K-8 Collaboration Day               NO SCHOOL                  ~~~~~~~~~
       November 30th
         DATE CHANGE... Due to a scheduling conflict, the 1st grade “Holiday Celebration” program has been
         changed to Thursday, December 10th, at 2:00 p.m. in the TCKS gym. Please contact Ms. Hahn @ 488-7573 or with any questions.
                 PAB Agenda,                                          Traut Core Knowledge School
               November 17, 2009                                             SBMC Agenda
         School Lounge, 5:00pm – 7:00pm                         Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 3:30-5 PM
                                                                            Media Center
        I. Welcome                                                   Chaired by Teyana Reynolds
       II. Community Comment                                 Agenda items:
      III. Board Member Comment and Reports                     I.Opportunity for Community Comment
               A.  District  issues?                           II.Board Member Comment
               B.  BOE meeting notes?                         III.Approval of minutes from October 20, 2009
               C.  Other?                                     IV. Approval of minutes from November 5,2009
      IV. Approval of minutes from October 20                  V. Reorder Agenda
       V. Re‐Order agenda                                     VI. Discussion Items
      VI. Discussion                                                    A. Family Night update
             A. Traut 101 night – 5 classes                             B. Fundraiser report
              B.  Parent Q&A sessions once a month?         VII. Action Agenda
              C.  Possible Kinard/Traut Q&A night                       A. Review Budget Committee
     VII. Business
                                                                        B. Mill-Bond Priorities
              A.  Vote for re‐charter approval for cub  
                                                                        C. Vote on name of “Family Night”
                  scout pack 192 ‐ Brad Kerekes             VIII. Next meeting in on Thursday, December 3,
              B. Approve Standard Operating Procedure             2009, 7-9 PM; facilitator Rae Tyson
              C. Executive Session – Principal review        IX. Adjournment
     VIII. Discuss agenda for next meeting
             A. Principal evaluation continues ‐ 
                  Executive Session                                Look for the Principal Evaluation
             B.   Continue discussion of Parent Night             Survey in this week’s Friday Folder.
       IX. Adjourn                                           Please return to the office by Friday,
                                                             December 4th.
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                 Character Education                                     LEGO TOURNAMENT 
                 Book Available
           We have a limited number of FREE               We would like to wish the Lego team members
copies of the character education book Achieving          Good Luck with the Poudre Tournament this
True Success: How to Build Character as a                 Saturday, Nov. 14th. Good luck to the following
Family to give to Traut families that can use them.       teams:
Please contact Mark Wertheimer                            Team: 5th Gear : James, Bryton, Thomas,
( if you would like to have          Brandon, David, and Patrick.
a copy.
                                                          Team: Builders: Simar, Roshini, Jonas, Pranav,
                                                          Jay, and Ananya.
                 It’s Time for the
             Annual TCKS Spelling Bee!                    Team: Chain Reaction: Michael

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2010,                        Safe Methods to Bike in
      12:05 pm                                            Roundabouts
                                                          5th Gear (TCKS 5th grade Lego robotics
Where: Room 218 (Mrs. Wick’s room)
                                                          team) studied safe ways to bike through a
Who: Any student, grades 1-5, who is                      roundabout. Following are the results of their
     interested may participate                           study:

What: Spelling Bee words (complete list                      •     If possible, avoid the roundabout, by
      encompassing gr. 1-8) are available                          crossing ahead of time where possible.
      from your homeroom teacher                             •     Walk your bike through a roundabout
                                                                   using the pedestrian crossing areas. This
Why: It’s fun and challenging! The TCKS                            was suggested by the Fort Collins Traffic
     Spelling Bee winner will advance to                           Department as the safest way for children
     the PSD Spelling Bee                                          to cross.
                                                             •     If you can ride close to the speed of traffic,
                                                                   which is typically 15 to 25 mph, you can
                                                                   circulate as a vehicle. If you choose to
                                                                   circulate as a vehicle, be sure to ride near
                                                                   the middle of the lane so that drivers can
             Traut Chess Club… Brought home 4                      see you and will not attempt to pass you.
             trophies from last week’s PSD tournament! 
                                                                 Always wear your helmet when biking!
      Two Traut Teams Win 1st Place at 
                                                                  Please support the Hat
    Soccer Fall Fun Tournament!  
  Congratulations to our 2nd and 3rd grade girls’                    and Mitten Tree!
teams.                                                    The Student Advisory Board and TCKS are
                                                          collecting donations of hats, mittens, gloves,
Volunteers needed!
                                                          scarves, boots, and coats between now and
The Communications Committee
notifies the local newspaper and other                    December 14th. Please consider donating these
groups about upcoming Traut events such                   items for children in need in the Fort Collins
as the Traut Choir's performance at the                   area. Hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves can be
Eagle's Hockey game next week. Please contact             clipped to the holiday tree in the Library, while
Teyana Reynolds at 206-9107 if you would like to          coats and boots can be placed in the box beside
help on this committee for the year. Thank you!           the tree.
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                                                           3. After reading through the information
                                                              needed to apply, scroll to the bottom of the
                                                              page and enter in the following
                                                                      Student last name: <lastname>
                                                                      Confirmation Number: <1234>
Parents of Kindergarten 2010                                   After entering this information, click the
                                                               button labeled:
Siblings:                                                     “Update Existing Application”
The first round deadline to sign up for                    4. You will then be taken to another screen
Kindergarten 2010-2011 is Friday, February                    where you can edit your application
12th, 2010. To sign up on the waiting list, you will          selections. From here, follow the directions
need to access the online School Choice                       on the screen.
application at     Please note: To ensure accurate processing for
on/. Click on the link “7. School Choice               currently enrolled students, please make certain
Application” and choose “Enter a New School            that the household address and phone number are
Choice Application.” If you have questions, call       up to date with your child’s current school of
Belinda @ 488-7500.                                    enrollment.

Parents of Current 5th Grade                           In the event that you do not have access to a
                                                       computer, you may visit any of the District’s
Students:                                              schools to apply. If you experience technical
                                                       difficulty filling out the Online School Choice
The first round deadline to sign up for secondary
                                                       application, contact the District Information
schools (grades 6-12) is January 29, 2010. If you
                                                       Technology office at 490-3128.
wish to have your child attend Kinard Core
Knowledge Middle School for the school year
                                                                 School Choice applications may be
2010-2011, you must register your child online at
                                                       submitted after the first-consideration deadline
                                                       until the first day of class at the beginning of the
on/. Click on the link “7. School Choice
                                                       school year of requested enrollment.
Application” and choose “Enter a New School
Choice Application.” If you have questions, call
                                                       The School Choice policy now offers parents of
Belinda @ 488-7500.
                                                       multiple-birth siblings the opportunity to submit
                                                       one application for each set of multiple birth
If you would like your child to remain on one or
                                                       siblings. If a parent chooses this option, the
more school waiting lists for the 2010-2011
                                                       siblings will be considered for available spaces
school year, you will also need to access the
                                                       together. The school will need to have the
online School Choice application by following
                                                       appropriate number of spaces available to accept
these steps:
                                                       the siblings as a group, if the number of siblings
                                                       exceeds the number of spaces, the students will
     1. From any computer with Internet
                                                       remain on the waiting list until enough spaces are
connectivity access the following URL:
                                                       available. For more information, view the School
                                                       Choice policy and timelines on the PSD Web site,
    2. Click on the link: “7. School Choice

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Here’s a heartwarming recipe to keep us healthy and cozy in the winter days:
Mexican Taco Stew                       (Serves 4)

                                 An easy-to-throw-together, affordable stew that feeds a crowd for about $3.11 per serving.
                                 Top bowlfuls of this beefy tomato and corn stew with dollops of sour cream and spoonfuls
                                 of your favorite salsa.

1/2 pound ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (gluten-free)
2 cups chicken broth
1 large zucchini or summer squash, cut into small cubes
1 (15-ounce) can black beans
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup medium salsa

Brown meat in a large pot over medium high heat. Drain, remove, and set aside. In the same pot, sauté onion and garlic until
onion is translucent. Add meat back to pot and sprinkle mixture with taco seasoning to blend. Add remaining ingredients
and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, every 15 to 20 minutes.

Per serving (about 21oz/603g-wt.): 300 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 18g protein, 33g total
carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 9g sugar), 40mg cholesterol, 910mg sodium
Recipe from Whole Foods Market


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PSD Weather-Related Delayed Start Plan
Should the need arise due to bad weather and/or questionable road conditions, PSD may implement
a delayed start of all schools by 2 hours. The following is important information for parents regarding
delayed start, as well a refresher on school closure and early release plans.

Delayed Start of Schools Due to Weather, Road Conditions:
Should the need arise, the delayed school start time will be 2 hours, for all schools.

        •    Delayed start decision: A decision about delayed start will be made by 5:30 a.m.
        •    Parent notification: visit the PSD website at or tune in to local radio or television stations
             to find out about delayed start the morning of the day in question. Please do not call schools, district offices, or
             broadcast media. No announcements by media and on the website means all schools are open as usual.
        •    Bus pick up times: Buses will pick up students at bus stops 2 hours later than regularly scheduled pick-up
             times. Buses will make every effort to be punctual, although traffic and road conditions may increase travel
             time. Please ensure your child is dressed warmly in anticipation of a potentially longer wait time. Parents
             are encouraged to walk their children to bus stops and avoid walking along the roadways. Sidewalks are
             safer even if these areas are not cleared of snow.
        •    Drop off and arrival times: Parents dropping off students, students who walk, and students driving to
             school should arrive 2 hours after their regular arrival times. Please do not arrive earlier.
        •    Kindergarten and Early Childhood: Morning-only kindergarten programs and morning Early Childhood
             programs are cancelled when there is a delayed start schedule. Afternoon kindergarten and afternoon
             Early Childhood programs will run on normal schedules. Full-day kindergarten and full-day Early Childhood
             programs will start 2 hours later than normal.
        •    Before- and after-school childcare: B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enrichment) Camp will open as
             normally scheduled for students attending these programs. If your childcare provider is other than B.A.S.E.
             Camp, contact them for start times.
        •    School dismissal times: School dismissal times will remain on regular schedules, including bus drop-off
             times in neighborhoods and parent pick-up times at schools.

School Closures Due to Weather, Road Conditions
If schools are closed due to inclement weather and/or questionable road conditions, parents should tune in to local radio
and television stations, or go online to PSD’s website at to find out about school closures the
morning of the day in question.
Media outlets are informed if schools are closed. No announcements by the media or on the PSD website means
all schools are open as usual.
A decision about weather-related school closures is made by 5:30 a.m., and media outlets are notified immediately.
Parents should NOT call schools, district offices, or broadcast media.
The PSD website (, radio and television stations will provide information about PSD
school closures. We will notify Spanish radio stations KGRE 1450AM and KJJD 1170AM for Spanish speaking
Note: When PSD schools are closed, B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enrichment) Camp will be closed.

Early Release of Schools Due to Weather, Road Conditions
If the weather forecast suddenly changes to adverse conditions, PSD may put into action an early release. Parents are
urged to please develop a plan for the possibility of your student’s early release to your home. B.A.S.E. (Before and
After School Enrichment) Camp will not be available after school if schools release students early.

     When PSD makes a decision to close schools earlier than the regularly-scheduled release times due to inclement
     weather and/or questionable road conditions, parents will be notified by phone. In addition, media outlets (listed
        above) and the PSD website ( also will communicate early release information.

Parents are urged to make sure family contacts and telephone numbers are current at your child’s school
for such an emergency. For additional information about the policy and procedures, contact Scott French, PSD
director of transportation, at 490-3555.

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