Happy Tuesday! Hopefully, you are all having a wonderful start to your week and learning a lot in your classrooms and workplaces. We are nearing the end of the school year and that means there are a lot of celebrations taking place soon.
We are proud of our families and students! Last week, our student attendance has been higher than ever! Please ensure your students are in school and on time and let’s beat last week’s student attendance!
On April 27, the Adams 14 Education Foundation is holding its 14er Fest, an annual benefit gala that supports our student programs and scholarships for the hard-working students in the district. Tickets to attend the 14er Fest cost $50 for Adams 14 Staff and $75 for individuals outside of the district. Donations are also appreciated! Click here to learn more about the event and to sign up.
On May 4, we will also be celebrating all of our bilingual students who are on track to earn the seal of biliteracy on their diplomas. The celebration will start a 5 p.m. at Adams City High School. Click here to view the flyer.
Finally, on Saturday, April 22, the district will be celebrating Earth Day and is looking for volunteers who want to help the Grounds and Operations departments “beautify” our schools. Crews will be planting a raised garden bed and cleaning up the school grounds and building exteriors. Click here to learn more about the event.
At your service,
Superintendent Dr. Karla Loría
April 22, 2023: Earth Day Celebration and Beautification Event
In celebration of Earth Day, the Adams 14 community is invited to help the Operations and Grounds departments plant a raised garden bed and clean up the school grounds.
WOW! Career and Technical Education Summer Learning for Grades 6-12
Students will engage in authentic learning experiences designed to introduce core skills for various careers. This exciting opportunity will allow students to select a camp of their interest: culinary arts, graphic design, automotive repair, health sciences, and more! Register by April 21, 2023. Click here to view the flyer.
The Adams 14 Education Foundation is holding its 23rd Annual Gala Benefit to support student programs and scholarships in the Adams County School District 14. The 14er Fest will be on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 6-9:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver Central-Park (4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207).
Students, parents and community members are invited to participate in the district’s “beautification” event in celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, Aprill 22. Participants will meet at their respective schools at 8 a.m. to work with the district’s Grounds and Operations staff to plant a raised garden bed and clean up the school grounds and building exteriords. Click here to view the flyer.
Family Training Sessions in Spanish on School Processes
The Social Justice Ministry of our Lady Mother of the Church has partnered with Adams 14 to offer its Parity training program. The program aims to help parents efficiently and strategically advocate for their children’s education by learning about school systems and processes. The six-session program will only be offered in Spanish and starts on April 8 at Central Elementary School. Click here to view the flyer.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Together with Westminster Rotary Club and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Commerce City is giving free books to all preschool kids in the area. From birth until 5 years old, each enrolled child receives a free age-appropriate book every month.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Information Regarding Student Vaccinations
We know you are thinking of all the things you need to do to make sure your student is ready for school. Getting vaccinated is an important part of their school readiness and keeps children from catching and spreading diseases that can make them sick and potentially disrupt in-person learning.
For more information, see the below documents from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Adams 14 understands that the decision to close schools, delay school start times, or dismiss students early due to inclement weather has a significant impact on our families. Thus, the district takes careful consideration when making a determination regarding our inclement weather options and is committed to informing families as early as possible.
Each May, our country participates in Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness of mental health and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Adams 14 and Kids First Health Care support the integrated health and well-being of every student, staff member and family in our community. To highlight the services available to students, and to provide resources to families, we invite the community to participate in our Mental Health Awareness Month activities.
Keeping your child’s morning and evening routines consistent can help their sleep patterns, their behavior at school and their overall mental well-being! Below are some tips to help you throughout the day.
In the morning:
Wake at the same time – your child’s day will improve when their waking time is consistent each day. This allows for the rest of the morning’s activities to be completed without the additional stress of running behind schedule.
Create a checklist – help your child stay organized (and reduce stress) by creating a checklist of things they need to complete each morning, so they are prepared to learn each day once they arrive at school!
In the evening:
Turn off electronics – have your child shut down their computer, tablet or phone at least one hour before bedtime. These personal electronic devices emit blue light, which floods your child’s brain, tricking it into thinking its daytime. As a result, your child’s brain suppresses melatonin production and works to stay awake.
Take a warm bath or shower – scientists have found that taking a warm bath or shower before bed helps to mimic a nighttime drop in body temperature, therefore preparing your child’s body for sleep.
Stretch, breathe and relax – gentle stretching and deep breathing exercises can help your child’s body focus on mindful relaxation to prepare for sleep.
Decide on a set bedtime – it is extremely important for your child to have a consistent bedtime. Your child’s brain follows a natural sleeping and waking cycle, which is how their brain begins winding down for sleep. It’s critical to create a consistent bedtime routine to help optimize your child’s transition from being asleep to awaking fresh the next morning.
For urgent concerns, call 988. This Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. This May, Adams 14 and Kids First Health Care will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, to raise awareness of mental well-being, and the importance of seeking professional help and support when needed!
Anythink Commerce City: April Programs
Explore a variety of programs at your local Anythink and discover new opportunities for learning, fun, and creativity. To register for events that require registration, please visit the Anythink online calendar at events.anythinklibraries.org/events.
Kids Cafe (Tuesday-Friday in April | 3:30-4:30 p.m.) Swing by for a free, nutritious snack sponsored by the Food Bank of the Rockies. Available for ages 18 and under, while supplies last. No advanced registration necessary.
Special Storytime with Grooves and More (Wednesday, April 19 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.) In honor of National Deaf History Month, join us for an English to American Sign Language (ASL) storytime. Read and sign stories, and sing and sign songs. Stick around after story time for a snack and/or free play. Appropriate for ages birth to 5 and their caregivers. No advanced registration necessary.
Arts & Crafts Salon (Thursday, April 27 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.) Join Imagine Arts Academy of Colorado and get creative every other week with a new art and craft project, while supplies last. Appropriate for ages 5 to 12. No advanced registration necessary.
Storytime (Wednesdays, April 26 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.) Join us for stories, songs and snacks. Appropriate for ages birth to 5 years old and their caregivers. No advanced registration necessary.
Music & Movement (Friday, April 21 | 10:30-11 a.m.) Sing, dance, play basic instruments and move/ Appropriate for ages 2 to 6. No advanced registration necessary.
Pop-Up Studio at Anythink Commerce City (Friday, April 21 | 1-5 p.m.) The Studio at Anythink is guided by the philosophy that customers of all ages thrive when they discover and follow their passions, collaborate with others, and become creators. Join Anythink’s Studio team to explore and create using different technology and tools each month. Appropriate for all ages. No advanced registration necessary.