Upcoming events & News:
October 22 - Healthy Schools Meeting
October 26 - Reading Week Postcards Due Back at School
October 26 - Hats on for Cancer
October 31 - Halloween Parade and Parties
November 2 - Professional Learning Day/No Students
November 3 - Drake Durkee Foundation 4th Annual Poker Classic & Silent Auction
November 3-9 - Grizzly Reading Challenge Week
November 8 - Skate City Night
November 13 - Grizzly Reading Challenge Logs Due Back at School
Lunch menu for October
Lunch menu for November
GRIZZLY READING CHALLENGE
The Grizzly Reading Challenge is here!
Step One: Please fill out your post cards (five per family) and return to your child's teacher next week.
NOTE: postcards must be addressed to five different addresses and they can't be your home address. If you have more than one student, please fill out the five postcards and return to one of your child's teachers with a note stating the other child's grade and teacher.
Step Two: Read 11/3 - 11/9 and return the log by 11/13
ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE $10 IN BOOK FAIR BUCKS.
IF WE GET 60% SCHOOL PARTICIPATION - THE STUDENTS WILL EARN A WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY! TOP READERS WILL GET TO HAVE LUNCH WITH MR NEVILLE.
There is a $60/student Buy Out Option. Please note the $60 buy out option is per student, not per family. For example, if there are 2 students then the buy out becomes $120. Thank you!
BUY OUT OPTION HERE.
For more information, please refer to this FLYER.
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.
Please join the PTA for their 3rd general meeting of the year on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 in the school library.
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