Announcements

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
WELCOME BACK MINNEQUA SCHOLARS! 
School begins on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  Our School start and end times are 7:45-3:05 for the 2018-2019 school year.  School will begin at 7:45 and release at 3:05 Monday through Thursday.  Scholars may begin arriving no earlier than 7:35 as there is no supervision until 7:35. Scholars will be let into the building at 7:40. Scholars will be marked tardy at 7:46.  If a child is tardy, they should report to the front foyer to receive a tardy slip from the Community Advocate. 

Scholars will receive free breakfast and lunch again this school year.  We are excited to inform you that we have also been awarded the healthy snack grant again for the afternoons Monday through Thursday!

School Closure Update

posted Apr 9, 2019, 6:22 PM by Melissa Patterson

Good evening,

This is Principal Patterson from Minnequa Elementary School with an important message concerning our school.

Earlier this evening, the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education met to discuss the possibility of closing our school.  Minnequa was not put forward in the final recommendation to the board on behalf of the Superintendent.  

We have been given an opportunity to continue our work toward improvement and will need your help in order to succeed moving forward. On behalf of my staff, I want to thank each and every one of you for believing in our school. Minnequa is truly a special place because we have so many family members who appreciate the value of a good education and are willing to stand up to support our students.

Thank you for being a part of our school. 

Buena noches,

Esta es la Directora Patterson de la Escuela Primaria Minnequa con un mensaje importante sobre nuestra escuela.

Temprano esta noche, la Junta de Educación de las Escuelas de Pueblo City se reunió para discutir la posibilidad de cerrar nuestra escuela. Minnequa no se presentó en la recomendación final a la junta en nombre del Superintendente.

 Se nos ha brindado la oportunidad de continuar nuestro trabajo hacia la mejora y necesitaremos su ayuda para tener éxito y seguir avanzando. En nombre de mi personal, quiero agradecer a todos y cada uno de ustedes por creer en nuestra escuela. Minnequa es verdaderamente un lugar especial porque tenemos muchos miembros de la familia que aprecian el valor de una buena educación y están dispuestos a levantarse para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes.

Gracias por ser parte de nuestra escuela.


Weekly Update

posted Feb 3, 2019, 10:14 AM by Melissa Patterson

Good Evening Little Cat Families.  We hope you have had a great weekend. We have a shout out for Mrs. Martinez’s kindergarten class.  They won the attendance trophy for the best attendance in Kindergarten during the month of January!  Great job! Keep up the great work! Attendance matters! There will be a student council meeting after school on Monday for student council members.  Also, Kindergarten and 1st-grade basketball practice will be held after school on Monday. Destination Imagination also has practice on Monday. 2nd & 3rd-grade practice will be held on Tuesday.  4th & 5th will practice on Wednesday and games will be held on Thursday. Student Council is sponsoring a coin drive as part of the Random Acts of Kindness month. They are raising money in support of Shield 616 which is a local organization that is working to ensure that all first responders in Pueblo have protective gear.  The coin drive will run February 4th, 5th, and 6th. Coins will be collected in classrooms. Student Council also sen home a scholar and family kindness challenge. Please work together with your child to complete their random acts of kindness. When they have completed an act of kindness, simply initial in the box. Once they complete all the acts of kindness, they can return their paper to Mrs. Stodard or Ms. Faris for a small treat! We want to take a moment to remind families of the importance of attendance. We need all of our scholars at school every day so that they have the best opportunity to learn!  If your child is ill, make sure that you call the office before nine a.m. to excuse them. Scholars that have more than 4 unexcused absences or a total of ten absences in a school year may be considered truant. At the elementary level, scholars with truancy issues are at a greater risk of not graduating. Please help your children establish the skills and behaviors that they will need to graduate and be ready for college and or careers in their future. School starts at 7:45 and releases at 3:10. Scholars should not arrive before 7:35. Please make sure that scholars are not dropped off before 7:35. We do require that all scholars go home after school.  Scholars should not immediately return to play on school grounds unless they are with a parent or adult caregiver. There is no supervision by school staff after 3:20 unless scholars are participating in a school-sponsored activity such as DI, basketball, and Student Council. We look forward to seeing all of our scholars at school this week! Have a wonderful week!


Weekly Update

posted Dec 9, 2018, 8:23 AM by Melissa Patterson

Good evening Lil’ Cat Families.  This is Principal Patterson calling with a weekly update.  We would like to shout out our 5th grade scholars, their teachers and Mrs. Mullis for completion of the Heroes project.  The paintings and writing has been mailed and is on its way to New York for the first of many exhibits.  The 5th graders artwork will travel to several cities in the United States and then it will make its way over to India and back to Pueblo where we will have an exhibit with all of the artwork and writings from across the globe.  We will let you know when we have this event scheduled.  Tuesday is our Parent Teacher Organization meeting at 3:20.  We need your help.  We will be filling paper gingerbread houses with candy and a pencil to give out to our scholars next week.  Please come and help us get these filled.  We will also discuss carnival.  If you know of someone willing to make a donation to the carnival, please come and share their information.  We will need donated candy, small prizes, soda, cupcakes and cakes for the cake walk and more.  There are only 8 days of school before winter break and every moment matters.  Please make sure that your kiddos are at school and on time every day!  Also, in support of your scholars, please make sure that they are reading every day and working on their math facts.  These are fluency activities that can be done at home and they are critical to the success of our kids.  Don’t forget to check out our school website for activities on sight words and for information on upcoming events.  Thank you for partnering with us!  We appreciate all of our scholars and families, and we look forward to continuing to serve our Minnequa Community.
 

Weekly Update

posted Dec 2, 2018, 2:24 PM by Melissa Patterson   [ updated Dec 2, 2018, 2:25 PM ]

Good evening Lil’ Cat Families.  This is Principal Patterson calling with a weekly update.  We want to shout out Jordan Gonzales for taking 1st place at the Elk’s Hoop Shoot contest.  We are so proud of Jordan!  Also, we want to shout out Ms. Mullis and Mrs. Peltier for bringing the Colorado Rockies to our school last week.  It was so much fun and they brought a powerful message to our kids.  Every scholar received a paper to complete to get a free Colorado Rockies poster.  Make sure they complete it and turn it into their teacher for their poster.  There will be a Student Council meeting after school on Monday at 3:15.  Wednesday evening is Skate night from 6:00 to 8:00.  Over the next couple of weeks, scholars will be completing their mid-year reading benchmark and their Iready diagnostic.  These assessments not only determine where scholars are at in both math and reading but they also help us identify gaps.  We then use this data to place scholars in small groups for instruction.  Please encourage your scholar to try their hardest so that we make sure that we are getting the best picture of where they are academically.  Also, in support of your scholars, please make sure that they are reading every day and working on their math facts.  These are fluency activities that can be done at home and they are critical to the success of our kids.  Don’t forget to check out our school website for activities on sight words and for information on upcoming events.  Thank you for partnering with us!  We appreciate all of our scholars and families, and we look forward to continuing to serve our Minnequa Community.  Have a great week!

Buenas tardes familias de Lil 'Cat. Este es el director Patterson llamando con una actualización semanal. Queremos gritar a Jordan Gonzales por tomar el 1er lugar en el concurso Elk's Hoop Shoot. Estamos muy orgullosos de Jordania! También, queremos gritar a la Sra. Mullis y la Sra. Peltier por traer a los Colorado Rockies a nuestra escuela la semana pasada. Fue muy divertido y trajeron un mensaje poderoso a nuestros niños. Cada estudiante recibió un papel para completar y obtener un póster gratuito de los Colorado Rockies. Asegúrese de que lo completen y lo conviertan en su maestro para su póster. Habrá una reunión del Consejo Estudiantil después de la escuela el lunes a las 3:15. Miércoles por la noche es noche de patinaje de 6:00 a 8:00. Durante las próximas semanas, los académicos completarán su punto de referencia de lectura de mitad de año y su diagnóstico de Iready. Estas evaluaciones no solo determinan dónde se encuentran los estudiantes tanto en matemáticas como en lectura, sino que también nos ayudan a identificar las brechas. Luego usamos estos datos para ubicar a los académicos en pequeños grupos para la instrucción. Por favor anime a su estudiante a que haga su mayor esfuerzo para asegurarnos de que estamos obteniendo la mejor imagen de dónde se encuentran académicamente. Además, en apoyo de sus estudiantes, asegúrese de que estén leyendo todos los días y trabajando en sus datos matemáticos. Estas son actividades de fluidez que se pueden realizar en el hogar y son fundamentales para el éxito de nuestros niños. No se olvide de visitar nuestro sitio web de la escuela para ver las actividades en palabras de vista y para obtener información sobre los próximos eventos. ¡Gracias por asociarse con nosotros! Apreciamos a todos nuestros académicos y familias, y esperamos continuar sirviendo a nuestra comunidad Minnequa. ¡Que tengas una buena semana!

Weekly Update

posted Nov 25, 2018, 7:09 AM by Melissa Patterson

GOOD EVENING LIL’ CAT FAMILIES! This is Principal Patterson Calling with our Weekly Update!  We are super excited to welcome our scholars back to school this week. We hope you all enjoyed your break.  Between now and the Winter break, we only have 16 days of school. Please help us keep our attendance rates up during this time by ensuring that your kiddos come to school every day!  When scholars attend school regularly, they learn more and graduation and success rates increase! We are excited to announce that we have the Colorado Rockies coming to MInnequa this Thursday!  They are coming to share a powerful and important message with our youngsters, a message about the importance of staying in school, staying away from drugs, getting involved in the community, and showing respect.  We want all of our scholars to wear purple or dress in their favorite Rockies gear on Thursday. Please help us show our appreciation to them for coming to our school here in Pueblo by having your child wear purple on Thursday!  This is a reminder that our mid-year DIBELS testing begins on December 3rd. Please make sure that your scholars are reading out loud every day. This week, we will be sending home sight word practice activities. You will also find them posted on our school internet page.  Please use these resources to increase your child’s reading skills. The more a child reads, the better reader they become. Thank you for all of your support and for helping make Minnequa an amazing place for kids! We look forward to seeing everyone this week! Have a great week.



Weekly Update and Halloween Information 10/29/2018

posted Oct 28, 2018, 4:51 PM by Melissa Patterson

GOOD EVENING LIL’ CAT FAMILIES! This is Principal Patterson Calling with our Weekly Update!  We have several announcements for this week!  The Book Fair will be open this week.  Cub Scouts has been canceled on Wednesday due to Halloween.  Here is some important information regarding the Halloween events on Wednesday. The morning of October 31st will be a normal school day.  Costumes MAY NOT be worn to school.  Scholars should bring their costume to school to change into prior to the parade.  Parents are welcome to come in between 1:30 & 2:00 to help their scholar get dressed.  If a parent chooses to take a scholar home to get dressed, they may pick them up after lunch, sign them out and take them home to get dressed.  Scholars will not be allowed to walk home to get dressed. Costumes may not include weapons. Parents may not wear masks or have full face paint on school grounds.  We must be able to recognize all adults. The Halloween Parade will be held from 2:00 to 2:30.  Parents and guests must be on the playground during the parade.  Halloween Parties will be held from 2:30 to 3:05 in the classrooms.  Treats MAY NOT be homemade. They should be packaged or store bought. To review this information again, visit our school's website and look under school announcements! Thank you for all of your support and for helping make Minnequa an amazing place for kids!  We look forward to seeing everyone this week!  Have a great week.

¡BUENAS NOCHES FAMILIAS DE LIL 'CAT! ¡Este es el director Patterson Calling con nuestra actualización semanal! Tenemos varios anuncios para esta semana! La Feria del Libro estará abierta esta semana. Cub Scouts ha sido cancelado el miércoles debido a Halloween. Aquí hay información importante sobre los eventos de Halloween el miércoles. La mañana del 31 de octubre será un día escolar normal. Los disfraces NO PUEDEN ser usados en la escuela. Los estudiosos deben traer su disfraz a la escuela para cambiarse antes del desfile. Los padres son bienvenidos a venir entre la 1:30 y las 2:00 para ayudar a sus estudiantes a vestirse. Si un padre decide llevar a un erudito a casa para vestirse, puede recogerlo después del almuerzo, firmarlo y llevarlo a casa para vestirse. A los estudiantes no se les permitirá caminar a casa para vestirse. Los disfraces no pueden incluir armas. Los padres no pueden usar máscaras o tener pintura facial completa en los terrenos de la escuela. Debemos ser capaces de reconocer a todos los adultos. El Desfile de Halloween se llevará a cabo de 2:00 a 2:30. Los padres e invitados deben estar en el patio de recreo durante el desfile. Las fiestas de Halloween se llevarán a cabo de 2:30 a 3:05 en las aulas. Las golosinas NO PUEDEN ser caseras. Deben ser empaquetados o comprados en la tienda. ¡Para revisar esta información nuevamente, visite el sitio web de nuestra escuela y busque en los anuncios de la escuela! ¡Gracias por todo su apoyo y por ayudar a hacer de Minnequa un lugar increíble para los niños! ¡Esperamos verlos a todos esta semana! Que tengas una buena semana.

Weekly Update 10/21/2018

posted Oct 21, 2018, 11:40 AM by Melissa Patterson

GOOD EVENING LIL’ CAT FAMILIES! This is Principal Patterson Calling with our Weekly Update!  I want to shout our Minnequa Choir for having a beautiful performance at the Community Peace Summit on Saturday.  They made me so proud! We want to remind you that this week after school, we will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please make sure you attend your scheduled conference with your child. Also this week the Book Fair opens. It will be open during school hours and after school until 5:00.   Our Parent Teacher Community Organization will have a small treat, books to read with your kiddos and a craft project for you to enjoy while you are waiting for your conference to begin or after your conference.  This will take place in the Media Center. On Tuesday, all of the cookie dough orders and money are due. Please make sure that you send these orders back on Tuesday! On Wednesday, 5th graders will have their Jazz Concert in the Cafeteria at 6:30. Thank you for all of your support and for helping make Minnequa an amazing place for kids!  We look forward to seeing everyone this week!

Have a great week.


Weekly Update 10/14/18

posted Oct 14, 2018, 3:03 PM by Melissa Patterson

GOOD EVENING LIL’ CAT FAMILIES! This is Principal Patterson Calling with our Weekly Update!  We kicked off our fall fundraiser last week!  Scholars are selling cookie dough, pretzels, and butter braids.  We are asking that each scholar sale at least one item.  The money raised from the fundraiser helps us pay for transportation for field trips, prizes for scholars, pizza and ice cream parties for attendance, ELOs and much much more. Our attendance last week was low around 89%.  Parents, please make sure that your kiddos come to school every day.  Mondays seem to be our lowest attendance rate day this year.  We need all of our scholars at school every day.
3rd graders will be going on a field trip on Tuesday morning to the Song of Pueblo.  Please make sure they are at school on time as we will not be able to hold the busses for tardy scholars.  Also on Tuesday, we will be holding our annual vision and hearing screening.  This Saturday, we would like to invite you to join us and Pueblo City Schools for the Community Peace Summit at the State Fair Events Center from 10:00 to 1:00.  Our Minnequa Choir will be performing at 12:00.  Mr. G will be at our booth with a magic show, and we will have some activities for kids to complete.   We want to remind parents that you can access the school calendar of events at any time by visiting Minnequa’s website. Visit Minnequa.pueblocityschools.us to see all of the upcoming events.  Feel free to check it weekly as we update it as events and activities come up.
Thank you for all of your support and for helping make Minnequa an amazing place for kids!

Have a great week.

Weekly Update 10/7

posted Oct 7, 2018, 1:55 PM by Melissa Patterson

GOOD EVENING LIL’ CAT FAMILIES! This is Principal Patterson Calling with our Weekly Update!  We are kicking off our fall fundraiser this week!  Scholars will be selling cookie dough, pretzels, and butter braids.  The money raised from the fundraiser helps us pay for transportation for field trips, prizes for scholars, pizza and ice cream parties for attendance, ELOs and much much more.  On Tuesday after school at 3:20 in the media center, out PTCO will be meeting to discuss our Unified Improvement Plan and to begin planning a winter carnival for our scholars.  Also, on Tuesday, we have a glow in the dark Skate Night at Skate City.  Skate Night is from 6:00 to 8:00.  Parents, please plan to stay with your scholars during skating.  The admission is $4.50 plus $1.50 for traditional skate rental if needed.  The theme of the night is Neon Glow Skate and we are encouraging students to wear neon clothes so they glow under the black lights during the blackout skates that they will be having throughout the night.  Teachers will be reaching out to parents to schedule conferences.  This year, we will hold conferences after school during the week of October 22nd through the 25th. Scholars will have regular school days that week.  We want to remind parents that you can access the school calendar of events at any time by visiting Minnequa’s website. Parents, if you received a red and white family economic survey, please complete that document and send it back on Monday. This is very important in ensuring that we continue to be able to provide free and reduced lunch for our scholars here at MInnequa. Visit Minnequa.pueblocityschools.us to see all of the upcoming events.  Feel free to check it weekly as we update it as events and activities come up.
Thank you for all of your support and for helping make Minnequa an amazing place for kids!
Have a great week.

Weekly Update 10/1

posted Sep 30, 2018, 7:24 AM by Melissa Patterson

GOOD EVENING LIL’ CAT FAMILIES! This is Principal Patterson Calling with our Weekly Update! October is a great month and we have so much happening here at Minnequa this month.  On Monday, we encourage scholars to wear their Bronco shirt or favorite team jersey. Also on Monday evening from 5:30-6:45- Girl Scouts will be holding a parent meeting for any interested girls and parents.  We hope that you will consider registering your kiddo for Girl Scouts this year. On Thursday, we will have a Colorado Rockies spirit day. Scholars can wear their Rockies jerseys or shirts to school to celebrate their great season.  We want to remind parents that you can access the school calendar of events at any time by visiting Minnequa’s website. Visit Minnequa.pueblocityschools.us to see all of the upcoming events including skate night, fall bookfair, parent-teacher conferences, and Halloween activities.  This week is count week! We need all of our scholars at school this week. Wednesday is count day! Count day is an important day for our school and district as it helps us ensure that we receive adequate funding for each of the scholars attending school. We will have drawings for scholars each day and a few extra special drawings on Wednesday!  Please make sure that your child is at school this week!

Don’t forget to visit our MInnequa Calendar on our Website at minnequa.pueblocityschools.us to see all of our upcoming events.  Feel free to check it weekly as we update it as events and activities come up.

Thank you for all of your support and for helping make Minnequa an amazing place for kids!

Have a great week.


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