If you are in need of extra food on the weekends, there is a program through the Weld County Food bank called the backpack program. To sign up, call Jessica Gomez at the Welcome Center 348-6382. Once you are signed up, the food will be brought to our office for the student to pick up at the end of the day on Fridays.
Dear District 6 students and families:
I sincerely hope you had a fun and restful Spring Break. We are excited to have our students back in school, ready to finish the semester strong. It is a busy time of the year with assessments, concerts, projects and finally, graduation. I hope the rest of the school year is productive and pleasant for everyone!
I want to communicate two important changes we will implement in the 2017-18 school year. As you know, Greeley-Evans School District 6 failed to pass a ballot measure last November that would have brought approximately $12 million into our district annually for seven years. That, coupled with a projected cut in state funding has us looking to reallocate dollars in the 2017-18 budget. It will be lean, but our goal is to keep resources where they are making a difference for our students.
In this reallocation effort, we have made the decision to restructure our bus transportation for the 2017-18 school year. We will be increasing the required walk distance for all students, which means some students who are now transported by District 6 buses will no longer qualify for that service. In addition, we are restructuring our high school transportation to a greater degree, and will no longer be providing neighborhood school bus pick-up sites for our older students. High school transportation will be limited to predetermined stops for students living outside the walk boundary.
This will not impact students who qualify for individual transportation through Special Education services.
Here are the new walking distances that we will now enforce:
These walk distances are similar to most districts in the front-range.
Our Transportation Department is working on developing new routes based on the new walking distances. We will have all the new routes in place by August 1, 2017, and parents will be able to log onto our website to see if their child qualifies for District 6 transportation based on their home address and the school they attend. Safe walking routes will be reviewed as final decisions are made about transportation. Student safety is a priority in these decisions.
I know this is a change and that it will impact many of our families. It is necessary because we do not have the resources to fully staff drivers in our Transportation Department. For most of the year, we have had up to 16 bus driver positions open. This plan allows the district to eliminate 14 bus routes, which is more in line with the amount of drivers we have been able to employ. It also allows us to take some of our oldest, most expensive-to-maintain buses off the road. All of this results in a cost savings to the District.
We will continue to communicate with our families as we know more about who will be affected by this change.
Start and Dismissal Times
I am very excited about another change that our shift in transportation will help us make next year. Having worked with district leaders and building principals, District 6 will change the start times for all levels next year, creating a later start time for our high school students. Research supports a later start time for older students who biologically need more sleep and have later sleep cycles than younger students. This research shows improvement in attendance and behavior in schools that implement a later start time for high school students.
The reduction in high school transportation allows for a shift in start times at all levels, better meeting the needs of all our students. High schools will start no earlier than 8 a.m. District 6 administration is working to finalize transportation options for high school students before finalizing start and dismissal times for high schools. Here are the new start and dismissal times that will begin in August 2017 for all schools:
Two schools have slightly different start times due to traffic issues and transportation. They are:
I realize a change to school start and dismissal times can be a significant shift for families, but I believe it will be positive for our students. In addition to allowing the later start time for high school students, it will create an earlier release time for our middle school students so they won’t be walking home in the dark. Our younger students, who tend to be up earlier in the morning, can get to school to begin learning and get home earlier. And, we believe it will improve our transportation service by allowing more time for our drivers to pick up and deliver students.
These changes will help us shift resources to ensure that our students have the most highly qualified teachers and staff serving them every day. It will help us maintain programs like blended learning, AVID, concurrent enrollment in colleges and our Career Pathways. Unfortunately, it also means fewer services for some of our families. For this I am deeply sorry.
I am hopeful that we will be able to secure more resources for District 6 through a future ballot measure. I am committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all our students. I am committed to meeting the goals in our strategic plan, Innovation2020. I pledge to continue to create efficiencies and use our resources effectively to meet the needs of our students. We need the support of our families and our community to ensure that happens.
As we roll out these changes next year, we will continue to communicate with you. If you have questions or concerns, please work with the administration at your school. I am confident we can work together to make these changes as smooth and non-disruptive to our students and families as possible. Our students are resilient, and I am certain they will adapt quickly to these changes.
Thank you for your continued support and for trusting us to educate your children.
Deirdre Pilch, EdD
Superintendent of Schools
Thank you to Monfort Elementary's business partner, Greeley Subaru!!
Welcome to Monfort! Our annual kindergarten roundup
is scheduled for April 3rd - 27th from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Please feel free to stop by
our office to receive a kindergarten packet and speak with our office staff.
Also, please stop by on April 6th for an open house from 8:00am-6:30pm, if you would like to meet the
principal and receive a brief tour of the school.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. Your opinion matters to us! You spoke and we listened, here are the events we have planned for the rest of the year.
3 End of Third Quarter
3 Movie Night - 6pm in the Gym. Admission is FREE. MSA will host a concession stand.
8 Report Cards are sent home.
13 Spirit Gear sales through Mar. 17
14 MSA Meeting - 6pm in the Library
15 Class Picture Day
20 Spring Break through Mar. 24
4 Pasta for Pennies – Hosted by Student Council until Apr. 20
11 SAC Meeting 5-5:30pm in the Library
11 Annual MSA Meeting - 6pm in the Library
27 Sock Hop - 6-8pm in the Gym. Admission is $2.
28 No School -Spring Vacation Day
1 Teacher Appreciation Week through May 5
8 Classified Employee and School Nurse Week through May 12
9 First Grade/Choir Concert 6-7pm MSA will host a concession stand.
11 Trailblazers Art Exhibit 4pm at Monfort
11 MSA Meeting - 6pm in the Library
24 Last Day of School/Report Cards are sent home.
We want to work with you to keep our communication lines open to ensure our children have the best learning experience. -Your Monfort School Association
Thank you to those of you who returned your completed survey. We appreciate your feedback! I want to apologize to those of you who commented on our lack of communication with parents. We want to improve in this area, therefore we are sending this email.
For those of you who are not familiar with MSA, let me give you a brief explanation. MSA stands for Monfort School Association and is the Parent/Teacher Group here at Monfort. Our purpose is:
· To enhance and support the education of children at Monfort Elementary School by partnering with the Monfort Staff.
· To develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parental involvement and to improve the environment of Monfort through volunteer and financial support.
· To provide a forum of discussion and support for Monfort parents and teachers to be a vehicle for communication among the school principal, teachers and parents.
The MSA are the hosts of the special events at the school (Fall Festival, Holiday Shop, etc). Our goal is to be there to do the work so the staff can come enjoy the events with the students and their families which allows them to socialize outside of the normal school day. We believe that parent involvement greatly enhances your child’s education experience! Please look in your child’s backpack for the list of events that will take place at Monfort for the rest of the year. We hope it is helpful for you to have EVERTHING that is happening at Monfort (not just MSA events) on one sheet so you can mark them on your calendar. I do want to highlight a couple of MSA Events that are coming up:
· March 3rd, @ –Movie Night (Free Admission, concessions will be sold)
· April 27th, @ - Sock Hop ($2 per student, parents and non Monfort siblings free)
· May 11th, @ – Trailblazers Art Exhibit (You will have the opportunity to purchase your child’s artwork.)
We hope to see you at these fun social events, but would also love your help if you’re able to volunteer at any of these events. Please
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help. We are also providing a taco bar for the teachers on the of Parent/Teacher conferences (Feb 9th). If you are willing to drop off something for that, please let Elizabeth know at email@example.com and she will let you know what we need. We hope to really bless all of the teachers and staff during teacher appreciation week, so please watch for info coming home about that as we get closer to May.
Finally, I want to extend a personal invitation to each of you to attend our next meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 6pm in the Learning Lab. Why attend a meeting? To hear the plan for upcoming events and offer YOUR input. If you’re not able to attend the meeting, you can always view the minutes on the Monfort Website, or simply click here http://www.greeleyschools.org/
Looking forward to a great rest of the year,
Megan was a 4th grader at Monfort Elementary last year. She has one brother and one sister.
Kiyah was in 4th grade at Monfort Elementary last school year. She loves to sing, dance, and act.
Alize was a 5th grader at Monfort Elementary this past school year. She loves to play video games, do YouTube videos, listen to music, sing, draw, and do ballet.
Whitley was a 5th grader at Monfort Elementary this past school year. She loves to play outside. She enjoys acting and is thrilled about Young Chautauqua.
Tani was a 5th grader at Monfort Elementary last school year. She loves sports, volleyball, swimming, acting and dancing.
Greeley-Evans School District 6 and the Board of Education commits itself to a policy of nondiscrimination and shall not discriminate in its educational, employment or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Concern or complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as a compliance officer for District 6: