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Principal's Message

Letter to Needham Families

Dear Needham Families: In cooperation with the Colorado Department of Public Safety and Durango School District 9-R, Needham Elementary School is working to communicate with parents about our standard response protocol (SRP) for student safety. There are five types of SRP actions that we will practice this school year: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuation, Shelter, and Hold in Place. Next Tuesday, January 29th at 1:30 p.m., we will be holding our first of two Lockdown Drills for this school year.
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Principal's Message

January Events

Dear Needham Families: Please join us for some fun! January 24 is Bingo for Books in the cafeteria from 5-6 pm. January 25 will be our Quarter 2 Awards Assemblies in the morning (teachers will inform you of the times for your grade levels). January 31 is our second Parent Information Night from 5:30-6:30 pm in the MPR, and the topic is Social Emotional Learning.
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Principal's Message

Winter Weather

Dear Families: When temperatures are below 20 degrees, we will hold recess indoors. Additionally, we will allow students to come into the Multi-Purpose Room before school (starting at 7:45) when the temperature is below 20 degrees. Please make sure your child has warm clothing, gloves, a hat and snow pants if he/she is planning on playing in the snow. If you need assistance securing any of these items, please let us know. Thank you! Jenny McKenna Principal
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News & Announcements

State Assessments

Next week, we begin our window of testing for the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). We start with our 3rd and 4th graders, and continue after spring break. For more information on your child's testing days, please contact your child's teacher. For more information on CMAS, please go to this link below.
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Thank You, PTO!

We love our PTO! At February's meeting, PTO approved two mini grants: one for an infusion of books for kindergarten classrooms, and another for books for our reading intervention and Special Education teachers. Thank you, PTO, for supporting our teachers and students!
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Needham Elementary School is a community committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that fosters mutual respect and academic excellence. We challenge students to make creative, meaningful, and reflective contributions, and to succeed with integrity. Our students are inspired to be life-long learners and to become at home in the world. 

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