Principal's Message, 3/13/18

From: Karen Brown <>
Subject: Principal's Message, 3-13-18

Dear Shelton Families,

Young Writer’s

Shelton students have the opportunity to participate in the Young Writer’s Conference again this year.  Registration forms need to be returned to teacher’s by March 19th.  The conference is at Green Mountain High School on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6:00 PM to approximately 8:30 PM.  The cost is free unless you want to purchase a Young Writer’s T-shirt for $9.00.  Registration forms went home in Friday Folders or you can download the attachmentYoung Writer's Conference Form, 2018.doc .

Jeffco JSEL – Summer of Early Learning

JSEL (Jeffco Summer of Early Learning) is a six-week, intensive summer school program that focuses on increasing students’ literacy and math skills. JSEL will be in session from June 6-July 18, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. each day, except July 4. Sessions will be held at seven schools this year: Emory, Glennon Heights, Lawrence, Lumberg, Parr, Stevens, and Swanson elementaries. Parents from any Jeffco school may choose from any of the seven locations. Dual language programs for students who are currently enrolled in dual language programs will be held at Emory and Lumberg.

Each day, kindergarten through third-grade students (grades for the 2018-19 school year) will have the same emphasis on reading and writing as they do during the school year. Students will also deepen their number sense and develop problem-solving abilities through a variety of math activities. Small class sizes will allow all students to learn in an authentic, experienced-based, and engaging manner.

Students who are not currently at end-of-year benchmarks or are on a READ plan who have been recommended by his/her teacher are eligible for JSEL. JSEL is for students who are entering grades kindergarten through third grade in the fall of 2018.


JSEL is free to all eligible students and also offers free breakfast and lunch through the Federal Summer Lunch Program. Click here to view the brochure (Spanish) which provides additional information about the program. Parents must complete the registration form (Spanish) by Friday, May 30.

Congratulations to Miles Allen

A BIG congratulations to Miles Allen who will attend the Colorado Geography Bee in April.  We are so proud of you!

Jeffco Strategic Plan – Now Available

Click here to learn more about Jeffco’s Strategic Plan

Lego Wall – Work in Progress

Maggie Chesser has worked diligently to set up a Lego Wall in our library. It should be complete before Spring break.  Why a Lego Wall you ask?  This wall has many educational uses.  It will be part of our transformation of the library as we strive to create a more collaborative environment where all students can create, read, write and learn outside of their own classroom.  We are currently working on adding new furniture and a Makerspace area as well.  Thank you Maggie! 


Design Challenges- print design challenges on cards and have next to the wall. Have blank cards that kids can fill out to create their own challenges.

  1. Create something symmetrical
  2. Build your name with Legos
  3. Build a Lego tic tac toe board and play
  4. Build a miniature model of your house
  5. Create a math problem and have someone solve it
  6. Create a scene from a favorite book. Etc

Writing Practice                   

  1. Letter practice
  2. Spelling practice

Story starters- build a scene and ask kids to create a story around it.

Math skills

  1. Counting skills
  2. Fractions


  1. Chess
  2. Checkers
  3. Tic Tac Toe

Marble mazes- create a maze for a marble to fall through to the end. Race another student with their maze. Time yourself and make changes to make your maze slower or faster.

Lego Movie Maker- app that allows you to make stop motion picture movies with Lego scenes.

Talent Show

I want to give a Big Shout out to the Patrick’s, the Shelton’s and the DeBarr’s for putting together an amazing talent show for our students.  It is so great to see students in a different element . . . singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, performing magic, etc.  Shelton Elementary definitely has TALENT!

Calendar Planning

The school calendar committee has convened and they would like to hear from you! A committee of parents, staff, and other community members work together to develop a three-year calendar; they are working on 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 school year calendars right now. What are your thoughts? Share them here by noon on March 22. Input takes ten minutes or less!

Planificación sobre el calendario escolar - aporten sus ideas

El comité para el calendario escolar ha sido convocado y desea saber lo que piensan. Un comité formado por padres y madres de familia, personal y otros integrantes de la comunidad colabora a fin de desarrollar el calendario para los próximos tres años; en la actualidad trabajan en los calendarios para los años lectivos 2019-20, 2020-21 y 2021-22. ¿Qué piensan? Compartan sus opiniones a partir de ahora y hasta el 22 de marzo: Aportar sus ideas les llevará como mucho unos 10 minutos.

Enlace a la encuesta en inglés:

Shelton has a Twitter Account

I want to share all the wonderful things happening at Shelton every week but my messages are long enough.  So, I decided to set up a Twitter account.  If you have a Twitter account, be sure to follow us.   Check it out!  I will try and post things weekly so you can stay abreast of what’s happening in the various grade levels and what we are doing to keep Shelton’s mission and vision alive as well as Jeffco Generations. 


Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass will moderate a panel discussion from 6-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at Lakewood High School (9700 W. 8th Ave). School security staff, local law enforcement, and other community partners will share information on how we all work together on school safety. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues. Please share this flyer (SpanishJPG for social media use) with your school communities and staff members. The meeting will also be livestreamed( Contact the superintendent’s office if you have questions 303-982-6800. Interpreters will be present.


Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass will be facilitating four community conversations about school district finances in March and April. The meetings will include a high-level overview of the school district budget, the goals of the new Jeffco Generations vision, and invite discussion on how to utilize funding to meet the needs of our students. Parents, students, staff, and community members are welcome to join in the conversation. What do you think is the most important thing for schools to address? How do you think funds should be allocated to support educational goals? Where would you invest funds to help the Jeffco Generations vision become a reality? Join us for an informative, engaging discussion. Click here to view the flyer (Spanish).

Thursday, March 8
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Pomona High School
8101 W. Pomona Drive, Arvada

Wednesday, March 14
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Creighton Middle School
50 S. Kipling St., Lakewood

Tuesday, April 3
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Conifer High School
10441 Highway 73, Conifer

Upcoming Dates:

March 12th – 16th                    6th Grade to Mt. Evans

March 16th                              Student Council                                              7:30 – 8:30 AM

March 16th                              Kindness Club                                                  8:00 AM - Library

March 16th                              Early Release                                                  1:00 PM

March 19th                              Kindness Club                                                  3:30 PM

March 20th                              Health Heroes                                                 8:00 AM – Library

March 20th                              PTSA Meeting                                                 6:30 PM

March 20th                              School Safety Panel Discussion                       6:00 – 8:00 PM

@ Lakewood High School

March 22nd                              Health Heroes                                                 3:45 PM – Library

March 26th – 30th                    Spring Break  

We have a multitude of events happening this year. Please check out the Shelton PTSA website  and the Coyote Column You will find a great deal more information about the many happenings and upcoming events at Shelton.

Have a great week!

Educationally yours,

Karen Brown





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