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Principal's Message

Mr. Eric Paugh

CME Families,

Happy New Year! This year has begun with a flurry of snowflakes outside as well as a flurry of activities at CME with many more exciting events to come that you will not want to miss.

Space Week:

Thanks to the wonderful support of our PTO, numerous parent volunteers and the exceptional leadership skills, dedication and energy of Julie Haring and Marisa Johnson, our students SOARED out of this atmosphere with another dynamic Space Week. Students in Kindergarten through 6th grade attained, through hands-on projects, field trips, assemblies and so much more, knowledge of our solar system, the sun, planets, rockets, laws of physics and numerous other scientific facts and principles.  This very educational and fun week was nothing less than a success. We cannot thank enough our PTO and the numerous parent volunteers who made this week possible and made learning truly “BLAST OFF” for all our students!

School Dance:

Please mark your calendar and put on your favorite pair of dancing shoes and plan to join us for our annual CME Dance on Friday, January the 25th at 6:00 pm. This is one night of great family fun that you will not want to miss. Please see our PTO article on page 4 of this newsletter for further details about this year’s theme.


Once again, CME has been recognized for our students’ outstanding academic achievement and continual growth by the state of Colorado by receiving the John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. These honors are made possible by the continual dedication and support of our exceptional parents, students who daily give their very best in all areas and brighten all our days with their passion and enthusiasm for learning, and a staff who continually engages all students in meaningful and rigorous instruction in a caring classroom environment. We are truly fortunate to be part of such a dynamic educational community who consistently works hand-in-hand to create and maintain a positive learning environment dedicated to ensuring that all students reach their fullest potential.

February Parent\Teacher Conferences:

Parents, this is just a reminder that we have only one day for Spring Parent\Teacher Conferences (February 22nd). Teachers will be requesting conferences for only certain students. However, please keep in mind if you would like to meet with your child’s teacher on this day, they will be more than happy to accommodate your request.  Around the first part of February be on the lookout for further details regarding Parent\Teacher Conferences and information from your child’s teacher letting you know if they see a need for a conference on February the 22nd.  

Keeping Warm:

Even though we have had fairly mild temperatures in the last few months, please keep in mind that we do live in Colorado, it is winter and colder temperatures are sure to be on the way. It is very important that your child comes to school dressed for the weather as well as for their comfort and safety. We try to make sure that we go outside as often as possible when the temperature is above 19 degrees and the ice is gone from the playground.  Our kids love a few moments of fresh air and exercise when they have dressed appropriately for it.  We also ask that when the weather is below 20 degrees that your child does not come to school in shorts. In the unlikely event that we would have to evacuate our school, students in shorts and/or without coats, etc. could face a very dangerous situation.

I know that mornings can and do get crazy packing lunches, backpacks, getting homework completed and so much more but please take a moment to make sure that your child is ready for whatever Mother Nature may throw our way. Thanks!

Save the Dates:

While state assessments (CMAS –Colorado Measures of Academic Success) do not begin until March 19th, we want to provide you with plenty of advance notice because we know how crazy everyone’s day to day schedules can become with spring sports, music lessons, dentist appointments, etc. This year students in grades 3rd -6th will test March 19th – 22nd and April 3rd -5th. In addition, 5th graders will test April 8th -10th. We greatly appreciate your assistance in ensuring that your child is at school on time and that they are not picked up early on testing days.  We also ask that you try not to schedule appointments and vacations during the testing sessions.  We have no doubt that our Eagles will truly “soar” to new heights of achievement, thanks to your endless encouragement and support and the unwavering dedication of our outstanding teachers. We will provide further testing details in next month’s newsletter.

Math Curriculum Adoption:

Parents, our district elementary teachers are currently piloting two math curriculums for adoption next school year: Pearson 2.0 and McGraw Hill My Math.  Your input is critical to this process and to assist you in providing us with your feedback, these programs will be on display at CME from 1/29-2/14.  If you have a moment please stop by, review the materials and provide us with your very valuable feedback.  These materials will be set up in the conference room in the front office. Thank you in advance for your assistance with our curriculum adoption process.

Thank You!

On a personal note, I want to share a very sincere “Thank You” to all the students and parents who gave me holiday gifts.  My family and I have and will enjoy the numerous candies and baked goods, gifts and, my favorite, reading the many holiday cards with heartfelt messages that I never will forget.  I am once again overwhelmed by the generosity of our school community. I am truly blessed to be at CME!

Have a Jubilant January!

Mr. Paugh