Weekly Superintendent Update, Oct. 29

Weekly Superintendent Update, Oct. 29
Posted on 10/29/2021
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The next few days will be big for School District 51. Today and tomorrow, our Central High School, Fruita Monument High School, and Grand Junction High School marching bands are competing at the Class 4A/5A state competition in Colorado Springs, and Palisade High School is competing Monday at the Class 1A-3A state marching band competition in Pueblo. Congratulations to all of our marching bands for qualifying for state, and good luck!

Also, by the time next Friday’s letter is released, we should know the results of the Grand Junction High School bond measure and the three School Board races. I encourage all of you who are registered to vote to do so before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. At this point, ballots should be turned in rather than mailed. I myself dropped off my ballot at a drop box, and it was very easy to use! 

In addition, this Sunday is a big day for many of our students. I always enjoy visiting schools and seeing all of the fun, creative costumes! If you participate in trick-or-treating this weekend, please remember to be safe and wear reflective clothing, look both ways before crossing the street, and check all candy before eating it. More safety tips are available here.

Fall State of our Schools

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Fall 2021 edition of the D51 State of our Schools, you can click here to see a PDF. The four-page document details timely information about District 51, including student and staff honors, academic options, budget information, and current events. The State of our Schools launched in May with a printed copy. While we plan to print copies of the spring editions in the future, the fall and winter editions will come electronically to save costs and resources.

Student Calendar Survey

The District 51 Calendar Committee has already begun meeting to discuss the 2022-23 school calendar. Parents, guardians and staff completed two calendar surveys last year, but the committee wants to make sure student voices are heard as well. Please ask your student to fill out a Student Calendar Survey at this link (or use this link for the Spanish Version). The survey is live now and will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. The results will be reviewed by the Calendar Committee.

Thanksgiving Lunch

This has been a difficult year for Nutrition Services staff. Our kitchens are often understaffed and unable to find subs. The annual Turkey Gravy Day at our elementary schools brings so much joy to our students and their families, but it doubles the amount of preparation and cooking that Nutrition Services workers put in the week before Thanksgiving Break. The tough decision has been made to limit this year’s Turkey Gravy Day on Nov. 18 to students only. Thank you for your understanding, and, if you are interested in joining our Nutrition Services team permanently or as a sub, please visit our website.

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