Dear Pioneer Families and Friends,
On behalf of the Pioneer staff, welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I feel fortunate to have another opportunity to work with this outstanding learning community. We are all looking forward to collaborating with each one of you on behalf of our students’ academic and emotional growth. On our end, we are committed to making this our most productive and enjoyable school year. ¡Viva Pioneer!
I take this opportunity to remind all of us of our school’s vision and mission.
Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer is a culturally rich, inclusive school community celebrating bilingual and biliterate learners. We strive to provide engaging and innovative experiential learning opportunities that will prepare all individuals to confidently, and proudly, contribute to our increasingly complex world.
Pioneer is a 90/10, Spanish/English dual language focus school that nurtures all students and engages our community. We educate and empower culturally and linguistically diverse future leaders.
As a dual language focus school, our priority for the 2018-2019 school year will be to continue to strengthen the dual language program. To this end, we will use the Center of Applied Linguistics’ (CAL) third edition of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education to continue to plan, reflect and improve upon our daily practices. To reach what is considered ‘Exemplary Practice’ levels, we will work strategically and consecutively on the three pillars of Dual Language Education:
In the coming school year, this graphic, along with our shared vision and mission, will serve as a guide as we prioritize and make decisions that will lead to improved results for all Pioneer students. My hope is that, come next May, more Pioneer students will be able to connect what they are doing on a daily basis in class with one or more of these three DL pillars. The Boulder Valley School District’s (BVSD) English Language Department (ELD), led by Kristin Nelson-Steinhoff, will be our partners as we embark on this exciting work!
An additional focus area relates to the second pillar of Dual Language Education. The Instructional Staff and I will be working with the BVSD’s Innovation director, Kiffany Lychock, to strengthen our Personalized Learning Time (PLT) through professional development designed to empower our teachers to use innovation principles to better promote deeper learning for Pioneer students. My hope is that with your support, our students will have many opportunities to contextualize and share their learning.
On a final note, I want to thank you for all the ‘end of year’ feedback that I received from parents, students and teachers. After careful consideration, I have used your feedback to make sure that we continue to do things that you feel we are doing well and make improvements where it is needed. I encourage you to get involved this year with our Parent Teacher (PTA and FET) organizations and with our School Accountability Committee (SAC). With your support we will continue to take big steps towards realizing our vision.
Please say hi to the students and let them know that we can hardly wait to see them!
Important- Beginning of the 2018-2019 School Year Information
Calendar– This year we will have a single bilingual Google calendar that we will share. Last year we had several calendars, which needless to say, was very confusing. You can access the Pioneer Google Calendar by clicking on this link: Pioneer Google Calendar. Please save this link and remember that this is a living document and that it will change as dates are added, changed, or deleted. If you need a printed copy for the month, please feel free to call the office and we will sent it home with your student.
Important dates for August:
- August 7- Backpack distribution 3:00 pm-5:00 pm for students with last names A-M. Support with Annual Data Update (ADU) from 3:00-5:00 pm.
- August 8- Office Opens 7:30 am- 4:00 pm; August 9- Backpack distribution 3:00-5:00 pm for students with last names N-Z. Support with Annual Data Update (ADU) from 3:00-5:00 pm.
- August 10- Class assignment will be sent to families via email after 4:00 pm
- August 14- Meet the teacher and drop off supplies for grades K-5 from 3:30-4:30 pm
- August 15- First day of classes for 1st-5th grade; Kindergarteners will come in for Kinder assessment by appointment (An adult needs to stay with student)
- August 16- Kindergarteners will come in for Kinder assessment by appointment (An adult needs to stay with student)
- August 17- Staggered start only for kindergarten for students whose last name starts with letters A through M
- August 20- Staggered start only for kindergarten for students whose last name starts with letters N through Z
- August 21- All kindergartners in school
- August 24- Welcome Picnic (see attached flyer)
- August 28- First day of school for Preschoolers
- August 30- Back to School Night
- 1st Session 6:00-6:45
- 2nd Session 7:00- 7:45
- September 3- No School-Labor Day
Registration/Annual Data Update (ADU): If you have not done so already, please provide/update the needed information by following this LINK. For your convenience, if you need help navigating the system or need access to a computer, please come to Pioneer on August 7 and 8 from 3:00-5:00 pm or go to the BVSD Help center (6500 Arapahoe Road, Boulder 80303) from August 6 through August 17. They will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:00 pm. This link will take you to the district webpage LINK.
School Supplies– Please click on this link for the 2018-2019 supply list LINK. Impact on Education backpacks will be distributed on August 7 (last name A-M) and August 8 (last name N-Z) from 3:00-5:00 pm.
Class Placement Policy– You can access the class placement policy by clicking on the following LINK
New Staff Members: Paty Cussen will join the Kindergarten Team. Paty is highly qualified, bilingual and biliterate, with many years of experience, and with excellent recommendations. I know our students will thrive in her classrooms. We also have hired Rocio Nuñez and Khalil Benmellah as Paraeducators for the 2018-2019 school year. Something that I just realized is that all these new hires are Pioneer parents! Rosa Medina will work with Talented and Gifted (TAG) students and Betty Delgado will now be our full time Counselor.
Student Rights and Responsibilities– Please use the following link to access the BVSD Student Rights and Responsibilities LINK. Within this guide, you will find district policies including:
- Student Conduct (page 6)
- Portable Electronic Devices in School (page10)
- Attendance Policy (page 12)
- Nondiscrimination (page 16)
- Complaint and Grievance Procedures (page16)
- Students with food allergies (page 19)
- Student use of district technology (page 21)
Free and Reduced Lunch Information LINK
Important structural changes/reminders for the good of our Pioneer School Family. Please help us enforce these structures equitably and remember that our biggest job is to keep the students safe. The improvements may feel very different from what we are accustomed to; however, the changes stem from parent, staff, and BVSD personnel feedback. Thank you, and please, do not hesitate to share your feedback with me. I will send a google form as early as the week when school starts.
- Breakfast– Our school offers free breakfast for all students through the Universal Breakfast program You can find more information by following this LINK
- Lunch– The two options for lunch are hot lunch LINK or a cold lunch brought from home. We are sorry that we will not be able to warm up meals for students. This school year, we will have a maximum of two grade levels at a time in the cafeteria so that students can enjoy their meals with friends. CHANGE: In the past, adults were able to take a select group of students out of the cafeteria in order to eat in the atrium. While we want to welcome families to come eat with their children, we ask that adults stay with their children in the cafeteria to insure safety, equity and so that we meet the sanitary expectations set forth by the health department. Ideally, we would like adults to sit with their student’s class. Mr. Reza, our Head Custodian will set an additional table in the cafeteria for families that would like to eat with a student. If the adult has level II or Level III clearance to volunteer, and necessary parental permission, he or she may bring other students to that table.
- Arrival– Playground supervision starts at 7:45 am. Please do not drop off students before 7:45 am. Without exception, students will not allowed in the school before the 7:55 am bell. This is an important time for teachers to plan and prepare for the day. CHANGE: At 7:55, all teachers will go outside (to a designated area) to greet and line up students and get them ready to enter the building. Please plan to say good-bye to your children at this location. If you have a previous arrangement with the classroom teacher, please say good-bye to your child and enter the building, and sign in, through the front door. Our reasoning is twofold. First, it is unsafe to have so many adults enter the building at the same time. In addition, we feel that this unstructured transition often resulted in teachers needlessly wasting instructional time to help regulate students. Our goal is to have students settled and participating in a class meeting while they are having breakfast. After the classes enter, at 8:05, teachers will submit attendance we will close all doors and students will need to enter come to the office to get a tardy slip. Please use the Hug and Go on the East or West side of the school to drop off and pick up students. Remember to park in the available parking lot and not on the Hug and Go lanes if you are staying with us.
- Dismissal– The dismissal bell rings at 3:20 pm. This is a critical time and needs to be managed well for safety purposes. Please make sure that your student clearly understands your family’s plan for after school pick up. CHANGE: Teachers will escort students outside and dismiss students from the same area where they were dropped off. While we understand that what we are about to say is hard, please avoid changing the dismissal procedures as much as possible, particularly in the first few days of school. If you need to change the routine, please call the school before 2:30 pm and make sure that you speak with someone in the front office and not to the answering machine. It is also very helpful if you also call/email the teacher. We are unable to guarantee that we will be able to make needed change in a timely manner if we receive notice after 2:30 pm. Supervision during dismissal ends at 3:35 pm. Students remaining on the playground need to be with a family member or come to the office to call home for a ride.
- After School Classes– We will share with you offerings available as soon as the 3:20 Club starts.
- Buses– Please help us make sure that students understand that school rules apply while they are riding the bus. Please remember that students may temporarily lose this privilege if they are not riding safely. For those of you that have children that rode the bus on a space available basis, please remember that you need to reapply every year. This is a LINK to the form.
- Visitors and Volunteers– All adults inside the school need to have a badge or a school sticker. It is up to all of us to question anyone without a badge and ask that they to go to the office to sign in. You can access the BVSD Visitor policy by following this LINK and the Volunteer policy by following this LINK. Volunteers and Visitors, please review the following policy regarding Public Conduct while on District Property.