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In this issue:

Important Information for Everyone
  • Early Release Fridays: Beginning next school year, late start Mondays will change to early release Fridays. Read more...
  • Transferring using time clocks: Here's how to transfer your location using the new time clock system. Read more...
  • Employee Assistance Program: Employees working a minimum of 20 hours a week are eligible for this program. Read more...
  • Board Briefs: Catch up on what happened at the February 4 and the March 4 Board of Education meetings.
  • Creativity Grants: The Englewood Education Foundation provides grants to promote, implement and support innovative educational projects. Read more...
  • SB-191 Data Collection: Please read this important update. Read more...
  • Sun Life Winners: Two staff members each won a $50 gift card! Read more...
  • Support Englewood students by playing golf: Join us for the annual Englewood Rotary golf tournament. Read more...
IT Updates
  • Internet Essentials: Discounted broadband for those who qualify. Read more...
  • FirstClass Email Going Away...: This will be a phased, gradual transition. Read more...
Health and Wellness Corner
  • EHS Bikes: Ribbon cutting ceremony.
  • Charles Hay: Legacy Foundation Finalist!
  • FREE On-Site Fitness Classes: On-site fitness classes are available! Read more...
  • Free Health Risk Assessment Available to All Employees: The Kaiser Total Health Assessment can help you examine what's affecting your overall health. Read more...
  • Join the Coolest Committee in the District – be a CHAMPION! If you're interested in finding out more about wellness at Englewood Schools or have ideas, become an ES Superchampion! Read more...

Important Information for Everyone

Early Release Fridays

Beginning next school year, Englewood Schools will no longer have late start Mondays and will transition to early release Fridays about once a month for professional development.

We believe this change will be better for both teachers and students. 

Please see the updated calendar and this letter to families from Superintendent Ewert for more information. 

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Transferring Using Timeclocks

In order to clear some confusion regarding the transfer feature on the time clock, here are the steps one should take when transferring:
Punch in when arriving at first location in the morning.
When leaving: Transfer (F6) to Off Site (12) – increases accuracy if there’s an emergency.
When arriving at destination: Transfer (F6) to Site
Repeat transfer steps above if leaving and arriving at multiple locations throughout the day.
To further enhance accuracy an option will soon be available to indicate that an individual is at lunch, but in the building or at lunch and out of the building.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

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Employee Assistance Program

A Friendly Reminder: Employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week will be eligible to access ES Employee Assistance Program through Horizon Health. EAP services can assist with areas such as:
  • Child care and elder care
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Life improvement
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Stress and anxiety with work or family
  • Depression
  • Personal achievement
  • Emotional well-being
  • Financial and legal concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity theft and fraud resolution
  • Will preparation
Conversations with Horizon Health are considered confidential. Information will be released only with employee permission or as required by law.
Please click on the attached flier for benefit details: EAP Flier
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Linda Shamlin in Human Resources if you have any questions.

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Creativity Grants from EEF

All school district staff, students and parents are invited to apply for Creativity Grants from the Englewood Education Foundation.

The Englewood Education Foundation provides grants to promote, implement and support innovative educational projects that are aligned with the vision and mission of Englewood Schools that are not supported through traditional school district funding. 

Please see more information and how to apply here.

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SB-191 Data Collection

Individuals and licensed professional groups were asked to send assessments, rubrics, and scoring information to Michell Ansley so we could begin the process of organizing the data collection for the entire school district.  Please refer to the attached spreadsheet (current as of to 3-6-14) to determine next steps for you and your colleagues.
Please note that every teacher in the district is accounted for on the spreadsheet, along with the content area and assessment/data point from which they will draw their individual attribution score.  Please find your name and color code to determine next steps in providing us the information we need to move forward. 
  • BLUE: Assessment complete; data available in School Net.
  • GREEN: Ready to assess; assessment, rubrics, and scoring methodology approved.
  • YELLOW: Missing one or more components.
  • RED: No evidence of assessment sent to Michell Ansley regarding individual attribution and student measures.
All teachers who are not using Acuity, DRA2, or a teacher created Schoolnet assessment, will need to provide the district office with assessment data to meet the requirements of SB 191 by Monday, March 31 at 4:00.

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Sun Life Winners

During the open enrollment window for benefits, Sun Life extended an offer for a $50 gift card to two randomly selected winners from those individuals that logged into the online site. The winners were Mr. Errol Giddings from CFAHS and Mr. Gordon Martinez from CHWS.
Congratulations to both of you!!!
When presented with his gift card, Mr. Martinez shared he could not believe the savings he’s receiving from the policies through Sun Life. He’s cancelled his policies with other carriers due to increased coverage at a lesser out of pocket expense through Sun Life.

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Support Englewood Students by Playing Golf

Englewood Rotary's annual golf tournament helps provide over $10,000 in scholarships to EHS and CFAHS graduates. Rotary also helps support the Well Fed program in our schools.

This summer, we are hoping to help Englewood Rotary make this tournament bigger than it's ever been! You can help by bringing a foursome to golf, volunteering to help during the tournament, donating silent auction items or soliciting hole sponsorships.

The tournament will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Saddle Rock Golf Course. It's $125 for an individual golfer, $500 for a foursome. If you're interested in registering, volunteering, donating or helping with sponsorships, please email Jerry Orlovsky at gorlovsky@csbt.com.

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IT Updates

Internet Essentials - Discounted broadband for those who qualify

Teachers, please continue to share the following information as appropriate:

To qualify for $9.95 a month Internet service and a low-cost computer, the student’s household must meet all these criteria:
  1. Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
  2. Have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program
  3. Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  4. Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
To apply, families simply need to call 1-855-846-8376 or visit www.InternetEssentials.com.

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FirstClass Email Going Away

A committee has been formed (Thanks to Julie McGinley, Mica Buenning, Trish Bruno, and Christopher Van Dyke!) to help Englewood Staff migrate away from the FirstClass email system and the .englewood.k12.co.us email system. No action is required at this point by staff. Look for information in the coming months detailing how to complete this migration and tips and tricks to our new email system, engschools.net. Again, no action is needed at this time, and this will be a phased, gradual transition lasting many months.

Questions? Email Mike Porter using either engschools.net OR Englewood.k12.co.us.
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Health & Wellness Corner

EHS Bikes - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

In celebration our Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools grant award, Englewood is having a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new bikes for the EHS TIES (Transition in Englewood Schools) program. The celebration is at EHS at 4:00 PM TODAY, Friday March 7, 2014.  The grant will also sponsor many new physical education experiences and opportunities to our EHS and CFAHS students during the 2014-15 school year!  Thank you Kaiser Permanente!!!

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Charles Hay - Legacy Foundation Finalist

Charles Hay World School is one of 17 finalists being recognized as one of Colorado's healthiest schools!  Over 200 schools applied for this recognition.  The 17 finalists can win awards of $1,500, $3,000, or $5,000. The funds will be used for health-related improvements, initiatives, and activities during the 2014-2015 school year. The award will be given at the annual Legacy Foundation’s 6th annual Legacy Summit, “Igniting Innovation in Education.”
FREE On-Site Fitness Classes

It’s not too late to catch a few more fitness classes! You may attend any class, at any location. You do not need to be a Kaiser member to participate! All classes are 60 minutes in duration.
The classes currently being offered are:
Zumba, CFAHS, 3:30 PM, 1/27 – 3/10
Pilates, RDAB, 4:45 PM, 2/3 – 3/17
**Yoga (Vinyasa Flow), Charles Hay, 3:35 PM (note: non-Kaiser sponsored class - fees apply)**
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Free Health Risk Assessment Available to All Employees

The Kaiser Total Health Assessment (THA)  is an easy questionnaire that can help you examine what’s affecting your overall health—from how often you exercise to what you eat in the morning—and then help you prioritize your lifestyle changes to reduce your risks.

How is my information protected?

This questionnaire is part of a confidential and voluntary program that is part of the Englewood Schools wellness program. It provides you with important information on how to stay healthy. No individual health information will be provided to anyone at Englewood Schools.

Kaiser members may complete the assessment online. If you are not a Kaiser member you may request a paper assessment from Linda Shamlin in the Human Resources Office.

To complete the Total Health Assessment online:
1. Log on to kp.org with your user ID and password
2. Hold mouse over “My Health Manager” tab, click on “My Medical Record.” Click on “Past Visit Information” and “Test Results” to write down your blood pressure, cholesterol (LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), and fasting glucose. If you do not have these test results yet, you may skip this step.
3. Click on “Health and Wellness”; and then click the “Total Health Assessment” icon. Scroll down and click “Start Succeed now.”
4. If this is your first time entering the site, click “I agree” to Terms & Conditions and click “Next.”
5. Complete the HealthMedia® Succeed™ Total Health Assessment.
6. Print out your personal report and make plans to improve your health with a variety of special online programs, health education classes, and discussions with your personal health care team.

Once you have completed your THA, bookmark or print your personal report and make plans to improve your health with a variety of online programs, health education classes, and discussions with your personal health care team.

This program is FREE to all Englewood Schools employees, both Kaiser and non-Kaiser members. 

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Join the Coolest Committee in the District – be a CHAMPION!

If you are interested in finding out more about the staff and student wellness initiatives at Englewood Schools, or have an idea that you’d like to implement, become an ES Superchampion! Please contact Dale Lumpa, Englewood Schools Wellness Coordinator, to learn about how you can get involved! Dale_lumpa@englewood.k12.co.us.

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