January 2013- Principal Message
From our staff to your families, we wish you a very Happy New Year!
I am so glad to be back at school with your awesome children and our fantastic staff to continue preparing these leaders of tomorrow!
“Education is not a race to be won. It is a journey where every step, every day counts and the end point actually never arrives.” – Kathy Walker
It’s difficult to believe that it is January and we are already preparing for the 2014-15 school year! Please see below for more information about the SchoolChoice process. If you’d like more information or access to forms, information about how prioritization works in selection and FAQs, you can also go to: schoolchoice.dpsk12.org
Round One of the DPS SchoolChoice process for the 2014-15 school year is now open! Round One runs December 16, 2013 through January 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Families with students in transitioning grades (current ECE and 5th grade students) should have a Round One Choice Application submitted by January 31 to ensure your best opportunity to receive your first choice! Families can come to our office or can go to the SchoolChoice website for forms or for any follow up questions.
If you know of any families considering Traylor for next year, please direct them to our school website, traylor.dpsk12.org, or to our school office. We were present at the December School Expo, and I have already conducted some tours. We are glad to meet any prospective students and their families in this first round of SchoolChoice to share all that makes Traylor Fundamental Academy special.
- Families new to Denver Public Schools must submit SchoolChoice forms and accompanying documents in person at a DPS school or Enrollment Center for pre-enrollment
- Students enrolled in Grades K-4 need not reapply if your address remains the same and you desire to continue at Traylor
- December 16, 2013 – SchoolChoice Round One enrollment begins
- January 31, 2014 – SchoolChoice Round One forms are due by 4:00 p.m. (hard-copy and online)
- Early March 2014 – Parents will be notified of their child’s school enrollment status
Technology Bond at Work at Traylor Fundamental Academy
We recently received a very exciting shipment of technology here at Traylor Fundamental Academy!
Thank you Denver voters for the generous resources in this bond. Traylor decided to update our current computer lab with new Dell laptops. In addition, we were able to purchase 160 Chrome Books (laptops) that will be available for all of our students to use. What an exciting opportunity to engage our students with more opportunities to access computers each day! We’ll be sharing more with you as our students begin to become familiar with and use the Google Drive in their technology studies!
Family Science Night – February 4
All Traylor families are invited to join us at the upcoming Community Resources Family Science Night on February 4th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.
We will be serving free pizza, and you will get a chance to see live critters and much, much more! Keep an eye out for a flyer and RSVP form coming home soon. We hope you’ll join us at this SUPER SCIENCE NIGHT!
October 2013 – Principal’s Message
By Shayley Olson, Principal
Traylor Supporting Our Colorado Community
Fall is definitely here in Colorado, and some in our state have been seriously impacted by the weather and flooding over the last few weeks. At Traylor Fundamental Academy, our staff members, students and families have shown our potential for caring for our community – all around our state – by conducting a very successful book drive and money collection for Lyons Elementary school. In its first week, we’ve already seen an awesome success. We’ve already received over $100 and nearly 200 books! Thank you for showing that our Traylor Tigers community leads with our hearts! We’ll give you update about the totals for money and books donated as this drive continues. Thanks to Ms. Barrera, Ms. Dunn, and Mrs. Kaspersen for organizing this service project!
Educating Your Child – in and out of the classroom – at Traylor Fundamental Academy
Did you know that at Traylor Academy we have included a 45-minute “DIVE” Block each day to our classroom schedule? During this time, our teachers work together to make sure that all students are getting additional support and additional challenges to meet their goals. If students need enrichment to reach new heights in their learning or need to be pulled out of the classroom for extra support, this is a time during the school day when they are not missing whole group instruction in reading, writing, math or other contents. We are trying this effort this year to help our student grow each day!
Did you know that at Traylor Academy our students this year go to PE or PE/Dance each day for 25 minutes and they receive an additional 40 minutes each day of Library/Technology, Music, and Visual Arts in a rotation? We value educating your children in a variety of ways at Traylor Academy, and we are very fortunate to have this schedule this year to ensure students are learning in and out of their assigned classroom.
This year, our student enrollment surpassed our projections at Traylor Fundamental Academy. During September, we met with our staff members and our Collaborative School Committee to determine how we would allocate additional funds our school received to support our students. We have added funds to accounts that will allow us to maintain and increase our field trips in all grade levels, purchase more classroom library books, and additional computers to increase our use of technology for all students. Also, we will be adding additional paraprofessional positions to support students and teachers in their work at Traylor. When we are fully staffed in our building this fall with these increases, we will have 13 paraprofessionals to support our classrooms, and many new computers in mobile laptop labs and in our classrooms, as well.
Conferences – October 15
You will be receiving information about our upcoming parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday, October 15 to schedule appointments between 12 PM – 8 PM. Let your child’s teacher or the office staff know if you have any questions once you receive these notices. We look forward to meeting with you at these upcoming conferences!
Traylor Academy Scholastic Book Fair – October 15th – 17th
Mrs. Eickman will preview the Book Fair items this year with students during their LMC/Technology classes by highlighting selected authors on October 9th, 10th and 11th. Keep an eye out for Book Fair flyers that we will distribute to students to share with you soon.
Book Fair Hours
Tuesday, October 15th—Open during conferences (12:00-8:00 PM)
Wednesday-Friday, October 16th-18th—Open during student lunch times
Wednesday & Thursday, October 16th-17th—Open afterschool from 3:45-4:30
Traylor’s 2013 SPF Rating
The School Performance Framework (SPF) is a comprehensive system to help schools focus on strengths and areas for targeted improvement. It takes into account a wide range of factors to give ratings on how well each school supports student growth and achievement and how well each school serves its students and families. The SPF is an important tool in measuring our progress toward achieving our district vision – EVERY CHILD SUCCEEDS.
Traylor Fundamental Academy achieved a rating of Meets Expectations (Green Status) on the 2013 SPF, which means that our school achieved Meets Expectations in Status, and Approaching in Growth in Student Achievement. Our rating is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, support staff and families.
While we celebrate this tremendous success, our goal is to exceed district expectations and achieve high status and high growth for all students. In order to accelerate our progress and make sure that all of our students are successful, we will continue to work and strive for improvements in:
- Student Engagement/Attendance
- Students’ growth in Reading, Math and Writing, particularly our “Continuously Enrolled” students who have attended Traylor multiple years.
- Parent Engagement.
We will be working to increase our great attendance at Traylor. Please keep an eye out for our efforts from the office, teachers, and our school in this area to honor the positive on-time attendance of our students this year. Also, our DIVE Blocks will help us to make sure all students are making gains and growing each year based on state and district assessments. Finally, we are working to engage parents this year in a variety of ways. We’ve invited you to Parenting with Love and Logic sessions, our Family Engagement Nights (like our Health and Wellness night), various volunteer opportunities in classrooms, and many staff members are participating in the Parent Teacher Home Visiting Program this year. Please let me know if you can think of ways our school can improve our efforts to meet your needs and the needs of your children. We appreciate the opportunity to work here at Traylor for the incredibly important purpose of preparing your children as the leaders of tomorrow!
September 2013 Principal’s Message
By Shayley Olson, Principal
Welcome back to another fantastic year at Traylor Fundamental Academy! I hope your summer was filled with adventures, time with family and learning. Over the summer, many of us on the Traylor staff have traveled, spent time with friends and family, and a number of us have continued our learning through professional training to support your children. We have a dedicated and caring staff here at Traylor, and I’m proud to be Traylor’s principal! It has been a great start to this year welcoming back returning students and getting to know new faces, as well. At Traylor we are committed to the idea that all learners will be challenged, succeed and grow each day!
Traylor Fundamental Academy is an inclusive fundamental educational program, committed to high standards for our students and staff! We are committed to preparing and motivating our students to be the leaders of tomorrow by providing rigorous learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom each day!
New staff members
Please welcome our new staff to Traylor Academy this year!
Jodi Carlson, Ritchie Principal Intern
Josefina Granados, Secretary I
Jeanette Hofer, School Nurse
Maria (Rosario) Sabatte, ECE&K (ELA-S) Teacher
Laura Martinez, 1st & 2nd (ELA-S) Teacher
Michelle Joy, 3rd Grade Teacher
Shelby Olson, Reading Intervention Teacher
Carolyn Alexander, Gifted and Talented Teacher (and continuing as a Reading Intervention Teacher)
Atindi Palladino, Speech/Language
Bernadette Jenkins, ECE Paraprofessional
Marisela Deanda, Paraprofessional
Throughout the year we’ll be showcasing who we are as a staff at Traylor Fundamental Academy.
We will be displaying “All About Me” posters featuring new and returning teachers and staff in the building as a way to help us know more about each other in our community!
Parent and Family Involvement is Key
Parent Teacher Home Visits and Volunteering in the Classrooms
Some of our teachers and staff are participating in the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project at Traylor this year. We join over 40 other schools in the district (and countless more throughout the country) participating in this pilot this year. Please give us feedback about your experiences with Home Visits! All of our teachers are committed to getting to know our students and families. So, whether your teacher is conducting home visits, or if you can come in to volunteer in your child’s classroom, we will appreciate the opportunity to get to know you and share your child’s education at Traylor Academy with you.
Parenting the Love and Logic Way
Last year we offered an English and Spanish session in Love and Logic for parents based on parent requests. This is great opportunity to connect with other Traylor parents about some great strategies that can support all families and children. We begin these sessions again this month on Thursday, September 12. We will be offering sessions in Parenting the Love and Logic Way in English and Spanish this year. There will be child care provided and the sessions are offered for free. Parents will also receive a complimentary workbook from these sessions. If you’re interested, please return your RSVP form or contact the office if you have any questions!
Community Resource Family Nights
Again this year, we will host at least three family engagement nights at Traylor to enhance academics and have fun together! Our first event will be our Title I Family Health and Wellness Night. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 1 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. (Keep a lookout for the RSVP flyer going home soon!) We will have a light dinner and a variety of fun activities for children and adults, including hip hop dancing, yoga and important information about dental health from the experts. We hope you’ll join us!
Months at a Glance
Please look for the calendar of school events that will go home starting this month. We will keep these updated throughout the year, and will send revised calendars of events as we plan more engaging activities for our students and families this year! For some of the most up to date information about our school, please check out Traylor Academy’s websites: traylor.dpsk12.org!
Did you know attendance and on-time arrivals are integral to a child’s success this year and in his future success as a student? This year, we are ringing our first bell at 8:53 AM, to allow for more transition time for our classrooms. Students are on-time if they arrive before 9:00 AM. Please make sure your children are on time and that they attend each day they’re well enough to be here. We have so much fun at Traylor every day, and we don’t want any of our students to miss a thing!
Please make sure you follow all posted traffic and parking signs at our school. We want all of our students and families to be safe at Traylor. Please use the cross walks before and after school, park in legal parking spots (no double parking), and let our school office know if you have any questions or concerns. We will be arranging additional crossing guard training in the next few months, so let us know if you’re interested in being trained and volunteering to help keep our school safe.