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Dear Parents,

I am so excited that school has officially started! Here are few things to know for the school year: Snack: Every child is responsible for bringing his/her snack on a daily basis.  I highly recommend sending a snack that is healthy and quick to eat. Water Bottles: These are highly encouraged, as it will make accessing water quicker and more often possible. Students will keep these in their backpacks and may pull them out during water breaks or when there is a break during transitioning between activities. Backpacks: Children need to come to school each day with a backpack. A planner will travel back and forth to school each day, which may contain communication from the school or me. Thank you for all of your support with this! I look forward to the opportunity to teach your children and to a great year. Please let me know if you have any questions. My email is nicole.barbera@ppsel.org. Please always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Very Respectfully,

Mrs. Barbera 

Uniform Policy

Students attending Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning will be required to wear a school uniform that consists of a plain colored (not plaid or stripes) polo shirt embroidered with the school logo. Slacks, neat jeans, skirts and shorts are acceptable coordinates. However, nothing more than four inches above the knee is allowed at school.  If students come without the designated uniform and appropriate clothing for the weather or circumstance, teachers are responsible to inform the office so that parents may be informed. Please be aware that “appropriate clothing for the weather or circumstance” means that PPSEL teachers and the PPSEL office have the authority to deem what is appropriate and what is not. Items such as pajama pants, inappropriate shoes or other items that are deemed not to be appropriate for a school setting will not be allowed. If a student consistently refuses to comply with the uniform policy, parents will be required to pick up their child for the remainder of the day.  Pre-kindergarten students are not required to follow the uniform policy. Sweatshirts, hoodies or other jackets may not be worn during class unless they are official sweatshirts with the PPSEL logo.  A uniform polo shirt needs to be worn underneath, as well. Finally, uniform shirts may not be cut, changed or altered, tied up in any many or worn in any way other than intended.

PPSEL requires a school uniform for many reasons. School uniforms build school spirit, show pride in one’s appearance and advertise the school.  A school uniform is more economical for parents. It lessens peer and social pressure to buy clothing that represents the latest fashion trend. Uniformity also has tremendous safety benefits.  School uniforms are invaluable when we leave school grounds for fieldwork activities because they allow teachers and volunteers to quickly identify Pikes Peak School of Expeditionary Learning students among a larger group.

On days that students have Physical Education (P.E.), students need shoes that the P.E. teacher feels will keep students’ feet and bodies safe.

Dress Code for Non-Uniform Days, Events and Activities

Occasionally, there will be times when the uniform requirement could be waived.  Those times could include, but not be limited to Fridays, school sponsored sports events, fine arts events, student school social activities, etc.

On those occasions that are school related “uniform free” days or functions, the dress code is as follows:

Apparel containing printed or visual messages that are inappropriate in a school setting (i.e., alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, sexual references, profanity, “double meaning”, derogatory comments, gang affiliations, etc.) will necessitate a change in clothing.  Clothing is not to be tight, suggestive, revealing, or distracting, i.e. torn, “sagged/low riding, and/or baggy.”  See-through, bare midriff, spaghetti straps and tank tops are not appropriate.

·         Nice pants, leggings, sweat pant outfits; jeans and jean shorts that are hemmed (not frayed or torn) are acceptable.  Shorts and cutoffs must be no shorter than four inches above the middle of the knee.  Children should wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions.

·         Skirts and dresses should not be shorter than four inches above the middle of the knee.  Shorts must be worn under dresses during P.E. and recess. 

·         Sweatshirts and t-shirts with appropriate pictures, logos or words may be worn.  Collared shirts, turtleneck and mock-turtleneck shirts, and sweaters are acceptable.

Hats or caps are not to be worn in the building.

Additional Information

Fieldwork:  

At PPSEL, much of our learning is done through the use of experts in the field.  This means we will often invite experts to come to school to speak to our students or to help them have a hands-on learning experience.  If you have special skill related to our kindergarten Common Core State Standards, and would be willing to be an expert in our classrooms, please let us know.  We are always looking for experts!!

We also go out on fieldwork to see experts.  When we go on fieldwork, we utilize parent drivers to safely transport our kiddos. All parent driver/chaperones must have completeed backgroud check. The background forms are avliable in the office. We try to give at least two weeks’ notice for fieldwork trips to allow parents that wish to drive the opportunity to make arrangements.  We will also send home a permission slip for parent signature to allow students to attend the fieldwork.  With that permission slip, we include any information about what students need to bring.

Items Not Allowed At School:  

There are some items that are not allowed at school, and we wanted to specifically name some items students have brought in the past.  This includes:

·         Weapons (real/toy)

·         Electronics such as iPods and games

·         Unhealthy snacks

·         Flip flops

It's A Small World

In this expedition, students will begin with focusing on the past and present. They will compare their life to those of children in the past.  Students will then study art and music from around the world, comparing and contrasting them to other cultures as well as their own.  Throughout the expedition, the students will be exposed to various songs and arts from different countries to discover how children from around the world express themselves. 

I am a Colorado native that absolutely loves everything that Colorado has to offer. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education, and just recently completed my Reading Teacher Master's Program from Adams State University. I absolutely love teaching at PPSEL, and being a part of such an amazing staff and community!

As an educator, I strive to educate, motivate, and inspire, which are parts of the foundation needed to create lifelong learners. By being a successful educator in these three areas, I strongly believe that my students will be able to meet their full potential both in their learning and personal development.

Outside of the classroom, I can be found cooking, baking, hiking, snowboarding, fishing, boating, spending time in the mountains, and going to the movie theater. My biggest passions are traveling and spending time with family and friends (and my dog Remi)!

I am looking forward to another great year at PPSEL!