Friday Message 10/8/2021

Posted October 8, 2021

Good Day,

It’s hard to believe that we are already more than halfway through our first trimester! Teachers are starting to plan fall parent/teacher conferences. You should be receiving communication from your child’s teacher that will provide information on the times and dates for each specific grade level conferences, some may start next week and some will continue throughout the last weeks of October. This is a great way to check in on your child’s progress and discuss any questions that you may have.  All elementary conferences will be virtual.

We celebrated- officially- our National Blue Ribbon School 2021 Award today.  We had a drone fly overhead to take photos when our 3rd-5th graders gathered to create the letters B.R. and when the “littles” were dancing out front and when all of us shared ice cream graciously donated by Blue Bell Ice Cream who delivered 900 individual cups of the healthy vanilla rich ice cream.  Even the Bobcat, our school mascot, celebrated with us and shared some ice cream.

Carter, a contemplative thinker from kindergarten asked me, “Where are all the Blue Ribbons?”  They are coming Carter, although not 900 of them.  Next week we will have schoolwide classroom activities such as estimation jars with classes submitting quantity guesses, placing helping hands throughout the school, and some special Blue RIbbon Awards.  Today at each celebration we talked about the importance of our community and asking for help when you need it, finding ways to discover yourself, making a difference, staying safe, and inclusivity. 

Thanks for your working hands and helping us to attain this national award.

Trich, Erik, & Katheryn  

Coming Up:

10/12 CSC Meeting

10/13 PTA Meeting

10/13 Eat and Give Mod Pizza

10/13 LBGTQ+ Parent Meeting with DPS Superintendent

10/14 Class Picture & Retake Day

10/15 NO SCHOOL- Non-student Contact Day

10/18 NO SCHOOL-teacher professional work day

10/19 Eat and Give Chook Chicken

10/20 Virtual Q&A – Get to know BR Middle School

10/26 Eat and Give Mici 

10/27 In Person – Get to know BR Middle School

Eat and Give

Mention Bill Roberts when ordering and they’ll give back a generous percentage of your order total to the school!

Wednesday, October 13th, 10:30am – 9pm

Mod Pizza, Northfield 

Tuesday, October 19th, All Day

Chook Chicken, Stanley Marketplace

Tuesday, October 26th, All Day

Mici, Central Park

Use coupon code “BILLROBERTS” when ordering online or in-person

Click here for a full menu of all Fall Eat & Gives.

Collaborative School Committee (CSC)

The CSC discusses school policies, staffing needs, and budget concerns throughout the year.

Our first meeting of the school year will be via Google Meet on Tuesday, October 12th, at 4pm using THIS LINK. Everyone is invited to attend.

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, October 13th, 8:30-9:30am

We will meet in person in front of the school (bring your own chair) and livestream on THIS GOOGLE MEET LINK. We will NOT have supervised childcare.

Future Meetings:

November 10th, 2021 at 6:30pm

December 8th, 2021 at 8:30am

January 12th, 2022 at 6:30pm

February 9th, 2022 at 8:30am

March 9th, 2022 at 6:30pm

April 13th, 2022 at 8:30am

May 11th, 2022 at 6:30pm

Note that our monthly meetings will alternate morning and afternoon times to reach as many parents as possible. We would love your involvement!

LBGTQ+ Parent Meeting with DPS Superintendent

Our new superintendent, Dr. Alex Marrero, is doing a listening tour to learn more about the needs of specific folks who are sometimes left out of conversations. On Thursday, October 13th from 5:30-6:30pm, Dr. Marrero will be participating in a conversation with parents of LGBTQ+ students in our district. We will pass on information on links when we have them.

Class Picture Day and Individual Picture Retakes

October 14th

Students may dress up or follow the dress code.

​​No School for Students

October 15th and 18th 

These dates are set aside for parent/teacher conferences. Your student’s teacher will communicate with you to schedule conferences.

Attention 5th Grade Families

The 2022-2023 School Choice Process is just around the corner!

Put these “Get to Know BR Middle School” events on your calendar:

October 20th, 9-10am 

Virtual Q&A

Sign up here

October 27th, 6-7:30pm

Get to Know BR Middle School In-Person Event

This will take place at school with an indoor tour in small groups followed by a presentation by Dr. Cohen and Q&A with Middle School teachers and students.

Sign up here

Check out what some of our 8th graders have to say about our Middle School Athletics in this week’s edition of our Sports Newsletter!

Healthy Start Times Resolution Update

Last spring, the Board of Education passed a Healthy Start Times resolution to have all middle and high schools (district-managed and charters) start no earlier than 8:20 a.m. to support healthy sleep habits in adolescents. These new start times will begin in the school year 2023-24, not 2022-23 as originally planned. DPS is committed to working closely with our community to make this transition as safe and seamless as possible.

The Healthy Start Times webpage will house all relevant information including FAQs, community engagement events, and resources for families. The first community engagement event is planned for early November. If you have questions, please call our Family and Community Helpline at 720-423-3054 or email

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