Monthly Newsletters


January 9, 2023

Dear Barnum Families,

We hope you had a wonderful and memorable holiday season! There are many great things planned for the rest of the school year. We are working toward a school wide field trip to the Colorado Symphony on January 24th. We will not request chaperones for this field trip, as there is limited space in their auditorium. Here is a copy of the permission slip.

Upcoming Assessments:

Our students will be going through a variety of assessments that will demonstrate their academic growth. Please help our students by ensuring that they arrive at school everyday and on time.

Here is a list of assessments:


Kinder – Fifth Grade MLLs – ACCESS

Kinder – Fifth Grade – iStation (Math & Literacy)

Kinder – 2nd Grade – Foundational Skills Assessments

3rd Grade – 5th Grade – Interims (Math & Literacy; 5th ONLY Science)

3rd Grade – 5th Grade – CMAS (Math & Literacy; 5th ONLY Science)

New School Hours

We will have new school hours for the 23-24 School Year! These new hours will begin on August 21. 2023. The schedule is as follows:

  • Student Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday – 7:40am-2:40pm. Thursdays- 7:40-12:45pm. The earliest students may arrive is 7:25am

  • Office Hours: Monday – Friday – 7:15am-2:45pm

  • Staff Hours: Monday – Friday – 7:20-3:20. On Thursdays teachers and staff will have professional learning from 12:45-3:20pm.

Let Ms Ortiz know if you have any questions.

School Choice


Current ECE and 5th grade students must participate in School Choice. New and current ECE students or any K- 5th grade students who would like to Choise into Barnum. (If your student is currently in Kindergarten- 4th or 6-8 and will be staying at his or her current school for 2023-2024 school year, you do not have to fill out an application)


If you need help or need to borrow a computer,  we will be available from 9am-3pm on 1/17-1/20 (closed for lunch 12:30-1:45 pm).

* Please have all these things ready: User and password, if you have submitted a school choice application in the past ⦁Birth certificate ⦁You need a valid email to do an application online ⦁Proof of address: A copy of your mortgage, lease or utility bill (light or water only) if the bill is in someone else’s name, bring the bill and a letter from that person stating that you live there.

For ECE 3& 4 – Physical and shot records ⦁ECE-4yr only- Proof of income – 30 consecutive days of paycheck stubs or tax return  and will need to complete an additional application (see UPK attachment).

Upcoming events

  • January 16- MLK Day! No School!

  • January 24 – ECE-5th Grade  Colorado Symphony field trip (10:30am -12:45pm)

  • February 20- Presidents Day! No School!

  • February 21- Teacher/Staff Work Day! No School for Students

  • March 15 – 5th Grade Cap & Gown Pictures (8:30 – 10:30 am in Auditorium)

  • March 21 – LifeTouch Classroom & Spring Individual Pictures (8:30am – 3:15pm in Auditorium)

  • March 27-31 Spring Break!

  • March 31 – Cesar Chavez Day!

  • April 3 – TEAL Day!

  • April 24-27- Book Fair

  • May 29 – Memorial Day!

  • June 2 – Last Day of School!


Gel Ortiz


Barnum Elementary