Upcoming events & News:
September 26 - Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Fundraiser
September 28 - Grizzly Gathering at Truly BoHotique
October 3 - PTA General
October 3 - Official Student Count Day
October 7 - Grizzly Growl
October 7 - Bike and Ski Swap
October 8 - Town Hall Meeting with Superintendent Dr Glass
October 8-11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (by appointment)
Lunch menu for September
Lunch menu for October
Amendment 73 & 5A/5B Bond and Mill Levy Ballot Initiatives
At a special meeting of the Board of Education on 8.23.18, the Board took actions for the ballot in November. Here is a brief outline of the 3 ballot initiatives. See HERE for more detailed information.
At the state level, Amendment 73 is a proposed change to the Colorado Constitution that would generate $1.6 billion in new ongoing revenue for PreK-12 education. It is funded through an income tax on filers earning more than $150,000 annually and C-corporations.
For Jeffco Public Schools, this would mean about $1,609 per student in additional revenue.
Our district would use these funds in the following ways (with the percentages that were approved by the Board of Education in a resolution): attract and retain quality teachers and staff (50%), address class size and staffing shortages (15%), add mental health and counseling supports (10%), expand early childhood education in district programs (10%), expand career/technical and STEM education options (7.5%), and purchase classroom learning materials and technology (7.5%).
The Board of Education also approved a local mill levy override for the ballot. The request is for $33 million dollars annually, adjusting for inflation. This would be generated through a property tax, which would be around $2.10 per month, per $100,000 of residential value.
Mill levy dollars (with percentages approved by the Board), would be used to increase our competitiveness with other districts for quality teachers and staff (50%), improve school safety and security through additional mental health, counseling, and school security (20%), expand career/technical and STEM options (10%), expand full-day early childhood education (10%), and purchase classroom learning materials and technology (10%).
There are also accountability elements built into this mill levy, writing into the ballot language that none of these resources can be used for senior district administration, that an expert citizen oversight committee will review the uses of these funds, and that they are subject to an annual external audit.
The Board also put a $567 million bond program on the ballot. Bond funds are used for construction purposes and cannot be used for administration or staff. Bonds are repaid through a property tax increase, which in this case would be around $1.81 per month, per $100,000 of residential value.
Jeffco would use 60% of these funds to bring all schools in the district up to a common standard of quality in terms of instructional space and building safety and security. We would also expand and add career/technical and STEM education facilities and early childhood education options.
Bond funds would also be monitored by a separate blue-ribbon oversight committee and be subject to an annual external audit.
Please take the time to become informed on these important education funding decisions. As always, it is the voters who will make the final decision at the polls.
For more information about these 3 ballot initiatives please visit http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=4540440.
Grizzly Growl +
Get out your running shoes and save your gear! We are combining the Grizzly Growl 5k & 1k Fun Run with the Ski, Bike & Gear Swap on October 7, 2018. We will have a full day of fun at Maple Grove!!
REGISTER FOR THE RACE HERE
This is one of our biggest events the year and it wold not be possible without some incredible volunteers. So if running a 5k isn't quite your thing, you can sign up to help out with the race instead! Grandparents and other members of your family are also welcome to volunteer - cheering on the kids as a course marshal is so fun! If you would like to help out, SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER
More about the Swap - We will take in your gently used sporting equipment: like skis, baseball gloves, lacrosse sticks, bikes, strollers, etc - and resell at a great price with some or all of the proceeds going to Maple Grove. The Bike, Ski & Gear swap is open to everyone in the Applewood community!!
SEE FLYER HERE
We are still looking for sponsors & volunteers. If you would like your logo on marketing materials and the race shirts or a booth at the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
SPONSOR PACKET HERE
Please join the PTA for their 2nd general meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:30 in the school library. The 2018/19 budget will be presented and voted upon.
TO GET SIGNED UP FOR A DAY AS THE WATCH DOG, CLICK ON THIS LINK AND ENTER YOUR NAME AND EMAIL: WATCH DOGS CALENDAR
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As a dad it isn't easy or obvious how to be more involved in your child's school day. Being a WatchDOG gives you a chance to spend more time with your kids, serve the school and be a part of the Maple Grove community. And you get to wear a cool orange vest and walkie-talkie!