Leaf peeping at Ashcroft + more news from this week


Upcoming Dates:   

  • September 27th: Local history field trip to Holden Marolt + Wheeler Stallard
  • September 28th: Harvest El Tioga (proceeds to support recent flood victims)
  • September 29th:  No School – Teacher Work Day
  • October 4th: 3-4 El Tioga (proceeds to support lowering cost of upcoming experiential trip to Denver)
  • October 6th: All School BBQ
  • October 10-13:  Denver Field Trip


  • Next week’s snack person is:  Mia!!
  • Our school started Composting! Yay!
  • Some students still need gym shoes! Please make sure your child has gym shoes!
  • Wednesday: Please send students in closed-toe walking shoes and with extra layers/rain jacket for the field trip to Holden Marolt + Wheeler Stallard on Wednesday.  They will also need a water bottle and lunch.  We welcome parents who would like to join us on this field trip.  Please let us know!
  • Garden Harvest El Tioga on Sept. 28th. Thanks to everyone who has signed up!   We still need one parent volunteer to set-up, serve, and clean-up.

With Gratitude:  

  • Thank you, Kelli and family, for bringing in nutritious snacks the this week to school!
  • Thanks Meredith and Shirley for joining our field trip!

What’s Happenin’ in 3-4:  

What a great week we had in the 3-4 classroom. Our field trip to Ashcroft was beautiful and educational. We listed to the creation story of the Ute Indians, learned about a Native American hunting tool called the atlatl, and explored the historic buildings in the ghost town of Ashcroft learning about mining life in the late 1800s. Did you know that Ashcroft was once a town of 3,000 people?! In fact, it was only a town for 14 years, at which time most people moved to Aspen by putting their entire house on a mule cart and bringing it with them. What interesting history we have right here in our town!

Student Class News – from reporters Rupert and Bo:


Today was the first day on the computers for the 4th graders. Third graders get to start with them tomorrow.


All of us went to Ashcroft. Ashcroft is a ghost town. The Ute Indians used brain to soften the leather to make clothes. The 3-4 class is going to a museum on next Wednesday!


Reading homework: Read “just right” (appropriate leveled) books 20 minutes (bumped up to 30 min. later in the year) every night, log reading, and return log and book bag the next day. We are looking for accurate recording whenever possible. This is an important routine in the 3rd and 4th grade.  Scaffold independence by discussing a place to keep their book bags, remind them to start their log before they read, and have them return bag right to backpack if your child is forgetting.  Eventually we want them being responsible for these types of organizational skills, but understand it may be a process. They need to have their book bags at school every day.

Friday to Thursday homework:

This week’s homework includes an opportunity for students to reflect upon their recent field trips to The Smuggler Mine and Ashcroft Ghost Town.

The homework packet also contains the first spelling words on the year! These words were taken from the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English Language. Each child will receive 15 spelling words that are specifically chosen for your child’s level of spelling on the spelling continuum. These words are not meant to be “challenge” words, but instead are words that are used very often. Some may seem simple, but our goal is to have students spell these words correctly 100% of the time. There is a “tic-tac-toe” sheet to go along with their spelling words. They can choose 3 of the activities on the “tic-tac-toe” sheet, complete them, attach the pages they write on, and cross out the “tic-tac-toe” on the homework page.

It’s fall! Yellow leaves, chilly temps, and all.
We continued our learning about the history of mining in the area at Ashcroft on Wednesday!


Scientist Ava getting her experiment set on Friday!
There were two firefighters presenting about wildfires at All School Meeting. We were given the opportunity to explore the truck and their gear after the meeting!