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March 25th, 2016

Dear Families,

Our school has started PARCC and CMAS testing. It is very important that you schedule vacations and doctors’ appointments around these dates:

3rd grade –         PARCC Math test April 4th-April 7th

4th-6th grades –   PARCC Literacy test April 12th-April 14th and PARCC Math test April 18th-21st

5th grade –          CMAS Science test April 25th-27th

Please encourage your children to go to bed early.  Students who are well rested tend to share more, and give their best thinking when answering questions. As always, we are serving students breakfast and snack here at school. In order to not disturb the day with too many distractions.  Testing is done in the morning.



Our school has been selected by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to participate in a grant called Connect for Success. This grant will provide the school with the opportunity to replicate practices and strategies implemented by some high performing Colorado schools in an effort to increase the academic achievement of students in our school.

As part of this grant, CDE is gathering information from parents, teachers, administrators, students, and support staff on their perceptions of the school. We are inviting you to give input by completing this survey questionnaire.

Your responses will help CDE better support our school. Your responses will not be used to evaluate the teachers or school staff. No identifying information about you is requested and your participation is voluntary. If you choose not to participate or stop the survey at any time, there will be no penalty.

This questionnaire asks about your perceptions of your child’s or children’s school. Please choose one of the choices for each statement that best represents your feelings or what you know about the school. Please attempt to answer all questions on the questionnaire. If you do not have an answer to any of the questions, please select the box entitled “Don’t Know” or “Not Applicable” where that is an option.

There are 26 questions. It should take approximately 40 to 60 minutes to respond to the questions. However, there is no time limit and you may take as long as you need to answer all of the questions.

To take the survey you may go to: or a hard copy will be sent home after Spring Break, please turn it in at the office.


TWO SPACES AVAILABLE – COOKING MATTERS FOR PARENTS                                                                                                          

Join us for a FREE 6-week course teaching parents how to prepare and shop for healthy, low-cost meals while empowering them to raise healthy eaters. Class meets once a week, for 2 hours. To graduate the class, you must attend 4 out of the 6 class sessions.

WHEN: every Thursday 8:15-10:15, please check for availability in the office  

WHERE: Our school Gilpin Montessori, room 104

If you would like to participate, fill out an application in the office.



Please take the time to read this great article about Gilpin and the improvements we have made!

Gilpin Montessori School is turning around, from a failing school to one that is improving. Denver Public Schools credits a new staff, including a principal and a music teacher who engage parents and the community in “community nights.” Principal Kimberly Riggins says students are gaining ground in academics and that the culture has improved as well.

Visit: for the full story.



The Parent Perception Survey will be going home soon.  This survey is sent home every year with your student to be filled out by parents/guardians. It is important that you turn in the survey at the office, that way the district can see in what areas our school has made progress.

Every child turning in the survey will receive a surprise from the grab bag located in the office, and every family who returns the survey will be entered into a raffle for a King Soopers Gift Card.


We need volunteers for our annual Grounds Workday on April 9, 2016 starting at 9 a.m. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Coolers of lemonade and water will be set up for refilling your re-usable water bottle. Community members, business owners, parents and friends are welcome to join us as we remove weeds and open the gardens.

It is important for our children to have the garden ready, we have children from every grade participating in all aspects of growing a garden, from preparing the soil, to seeding, watering, harvesting and selling the products.  And all this will be possible thanks to work that will be done on April 9th. Bring your garden tools and gloves, reusable water bottle and coffee cup, hat, closed toe work shoes. Dress in layers depending on the weather. Meet on the playground.

Please signup to volunteer at:
or in the office.

Be a part of a child’s life by helping make their environment beautiful! For additional information please contact Cheryl Bicknell at or Rocio Canteli at


THE PARENT TEACHER HOME VISITS HAVE BEEN A SUCCESS!                                                                                     

Thank you to all the families that participated in the Home Visits Rally, our school visited 74 homes during those 2 weeks and we are already seen the benefits with our students. A family from Bami’s classroom won the $50 gift card from the raffle, CONGRATULATIONS!

The rally is over but you can still get a home visit, ask your child’s teacher or Rocio Canteli, our community liaison for more details.



 SAVE THE DATE! Denver Food Plan District 9 Community Listening Session

The City of Denver is developing the Denver Food Vision 2030 and Action Plan 2020 and we want to hear from you! We are seeking your input and engagement to help guide the creation of these documents and to ensure that resulting plans encompass the needs and strengths of those who live in our community. For more information, visit

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:00pm to 8:30pm (food at 6:00p, content at 6:30p)

Where: Posner Center for International Development (1031 33rd St, Denver, CO 80205)

Why: To help guide city efforts, strategies, priorities, and investments regarding healthy food for the next 15 years. To continue to build a thriving community with healthy food options.

Please RSVP at:

For additional information please contact: Blake Angelo | Manager of Food System Development Office of Economic Development | City and County of Denver 720.913.1638 Office |


Warm Regards,

Kimberly Riggins, Principal

Esmeralda Orrin, Assistant Principal

The Gilpin Team