Welcome to Platte River Academy! We are a public school of choice in the Douglas County School District. You will see, as you read the many links and pages on this website, that this school was not started with a “business as usual” idea or model. Our school was started to rewrite the rulebook and to extend the boundaries of the “possible.” We have had a magnificent strategy and it has worked brilliantly for over 18 years. We are very committed to continuing the school’s success and progress.
PRA is a charter school that has earned many prestigious awards, including the John Irwin School of Excellence Award (every year since 2001) and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. These are some incredible honors and they showcase all of the care, love, and hard work that has gone into this school.Click here for full article...
Have you dreamed of being a journalist and would love to know more on how technology is impacting your kiddo’s classroom? Well, your dreams have come true! PRA’s cutting edge technology committee is looking for a volunteer to create a bi-monthly report for the Thursday Newsletter. The aim of the bi-monthly update is to inform our PRA community of the Tech Committee’s current and future actions and events. Technology experience is not required. If you are interested or have questions please contact Karen Householder at (303) 917-4187.
The Platte River PTO will be having an additional meeting for the month of December on Tuesday, December 17th. Due to the upcoming changes that are occurring with the PTO, and the complexities of discontinuing our relationship with DCEF at the end of this year, we need to have an additional meeting. We will be meeting on Tuesday at 6pm in the library at PRA. Please join us if your schedule allows. Tammy Walsh, PTO President.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Pancake Breakfast (Includes beverages, sausage and fruit) at PRA gym
Pre-event pricing $6/person, $24/ family (2 adults and 4 kids); At the door $8/person, $30/ family. Pictures with Santa (includes a 4×6 print); Face painting, Bean Bag toss, Crafts; Letters to Santa; Cookie Decorating.
Sign up form in this week’s newsletter. For questions contact: Ida Oltmann 720-299-2289 Wepfamilies2014@platteriveracademy.com
And maybe it’s not raindrops on roses, or whiskers on kittens, so why not find out exactly what would tickle your child’s teacher or a PRA staff member’s fancy. PRA staff members completed an online form in the beginning of the school year telling us their favorite things — junk food, restaurants, coffee/tea, shops, what they do in their free time, hobbies, and even their birthday. The Wish List is in the form of an electronic spreadsheet and it’s easy to sort by grade or by staff member name (the default sort order is by last name). With the holidays approaching we’ve posted the link to the “Quick Links” section on the home page. Look for it in one of the grey boxes or click here.
Girls Scouts are collecting new and gently used toys to donate to needy Colorado Children via The Santa Claus Shop. A collection box will be in the school lobby until December 11th. See flyer in the Dec 5th Newsletter (Quick Link above) for the most wished for toys.
The student council is once again collecting items for the Arapahoe House to fill stockings for the holidays for teenage girls and boys, in particular. K-3 classes will be collecting items for teen girls, and grades 4-8 items for teen boys. We will collect all items by Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 18th and our class representatives will need to help us fill the stockings on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19th. See list below for items needed: trial sizes are great!
Deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Q tips, hand sanitizer, mittens or gloves, socks, candy – packages of individually wrapped pieces, chapstick, journal, pens – packages of 6 or 12
Please check the Lost and Found cabinet in the front foyer for any items your student may have left behind. All items remaining after December 19th will be donated to charity. Thank you.
The Platte River Academy choirs are pleased to invite you to our holiday choir concert on Tuesday Dec. 10 at 6:30 in the PRA gym. This concert will be a nice blend of pop songs and holiday songs. Come celebrate the season, and the diligent hard work of our choral students. We look forward to seeing you there.
We have some additional copies of the 2013-14 school directories in the office if you would like to purchase one. They are $10 each.
Please note that the Thursday, December 12th Governing Board meeting has been changed to Wednesday, December 4th. The meeting begins at 6:30pm.
Due to the fact that Veterans Day falls on a Monday this year, we are looking for 2-3 parent volunteers to graciously give up their Sunday afternoon to help with the set-up of this unique event. The time needed is 4:30p-6:30p on Sunday, November 10. We are also in need of 4-5 additional parent volunteers to help the day of the event for shift #1 – 7:30am – 9am (2) and shift #2 – 10am – 12:30pm (2) with last minute set-up, serving lunch and clean-up. If available please contact Rochelle at email@example.com . Thank you.
Are you retired or inactive military? Do you have a “retired”? uniform hanging in your closet? We are looking for a uniform from each branch of military service to display on the bulletin boards for our Veteran’s Day Celebration. If you have a uniform that you are willing to “loan”? us for approximately 2-3 weeks, please contact Rochelle at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, November 11. We will have two assemblies where we honor veterans. The first assembly begins at 8:30am for grades 1 and 2 with 6th Dizon, 5th Byrd, 4th Boyd, 3rd Halpert and 3rd Franz and the second assembly begins at 10:15 am for grades 7 and 8 with 6th Duque, 5th Erickson, 4th Barstad and 3rd Bell. You are welcome to attend either or both ceremonies. Our veterans and other adults are invited to enjoy an informal reception in the library before or after the 8:30am assembly or we will be serving lunch after the 10:15am ceremony for attending Veterans and their families. (please see RSVP form in e-folder).
Again this year we will recognize veterans on our Veterans Wall of Honor. In the Thursday E-folder you will find a form titled, “In Honor of a Veteran who Served or is Serving our Country,” We are asking you to fill out and return this form to the school no later than Tuesday, November 5. These forms will be displayed on our Veteran’s Wall of Honor for all to see. You may also pick up these forms from the front desk. If you have submitted one of these forms in past years, we have retained it and it will be on display.
If you are planning on attending, fill out the RSVP form in today’s e-folder and return to the front office. You may also RSVP to Rochelle Monahan at 303-221-1070 ext. 2045 if you plan to attend. RSVP is not required, but is appreciated. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 11. Please check e-folder for the above mentioned flyers.
This year’s Veteran’s Day Celebration is just around the corner. We are looking for help getting our bulletin boards up in the front hallway. This is a fun and creative way to help PRA show our appreciation for those in our family who have so honorably served our country. Plus this a great way to increase your volunteer hour count. Please contact Rochelle at email@example.com ASAP if you are willing and available to help. We would like to begin putting up the boards on November 1st. Thank you.
AM Kindies, Arrive in costume, 9:30 – Parade, 9:45 – Party
PM Kindies only (please come in costume);
All Day Kindies and Grades 1-6
1:15p – change into costumes
1:30p – 2:00p – Parade
2pm – Parties
Costumes will not be scary, gory, or have toy weapons. Any student out of compliance will be asked to remove their costume. Thank you.
2pm – parties (in Gym; no costumes please)
Please note: 7 & 8 graders only, are being given an extra Dress of Choice Day because they do not participate in the Halloween parade
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