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Principal's Message

Good afternoon Needham families!

I wanted to start by saying that we’re so grateful to all of you for all that you do to support our school and community. I wanted to specifically thank all of you who helped with items for our staff appreciation lunch on September 13th. These types of efforts go a long way in encouraging our hardworking staff, and we are so appreciative for such a generous community who gives back in so many ways.
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Principal's Message

Good Afternoon Needham Families!

Good Afternoon Needham Families! I hope everyone is settling into the rhythm of school. Thank you all so much for your help in utilizing our new drop off lane. The system is running smoothly thanks to all of you! See below for Needham news.
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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

We are so excited to have students back in the building. It was so good to see so many of you at our Meet the Teacher event this morning. As the year gets rolling, I wanted to clarify a few things that you can do to help us have a great start to the year.
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Principal's Message

Greetings Needham Community!

We hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of Summer Break with their children. We’re looking forward to a fantastic 22-23 school year here at Needham! We know many of you have questions as the year starts and hope to provide some clarity through this newsletter. If you have additional questions after reading this, please feel free to email or call us (our phone lines aren’t activated with the construction but we are checking messages).
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News & Announcements

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams Forming Now

It's time to sign up for FIRST LEGO League global robotics program for kids. The Durango School District 9-R FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program is coordinated by the Powerhouse Science Center.

Sign Up Today For Your School’s Green Team

As a commitment to the district’s sustainability goals, we’re launching a new program to promote and implement the Durango School District’s sustainability plan. Staff and students are invited to join a Green Team in each school.

COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 continues to become a common part of our daily lives we would like to offer a few reminders that will allow our students and staff to remain healthy throughout the school year. Durango Schools follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s guidance for schools,

Check our Back-to-School Guide for Links to Supply Lists, Bell Schedules, and More

Families, we know back-to-school can be a hectic time. To help you, we gathered some important details into a one-page guide. It can be especially helpful for parents with children at different schools. The at-a-glance guide includes clickable links for specific schools' important details, including: Fall Check-In Dates, First Day of School, Bell Schedule, and the School Supply List.

Summer Bridge Program Encourages Summer Learning

School’s out, but Durango School District 9-R is encouraging students to work on learning through the summer – with fun events as a reward. The Summer Bridge program combines free activity books with checkpoints, events, and prizes to continue learning this summer and be ready for the next grade level.

Free Lunches for Children Available Through Summer Food Service Program

Durango School District 9-R Food and Nutrition Services will offer free sack lunches to children through the Summer Food Service Program. Lunches will be available at Santa Rita Park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 7 through July 29.


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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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