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May 18th School Wide Newsletter
What an incredible year it has been!  We have 5 more, FULL, fun, busy days of the 2017-2018 school year left!  Students will be engaged in many wrap-up, end of the year reflections and projects! Don't miss all the events happening in your child's specific classroom. 
We also have Field Day on Thursday May 24 from 11-2:30pm.  (Check with your classroom teacher to confirm end of the day pick up for Field Day). PARENT VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED TO HELP WITH GAMES!!!!! Contact JPAC at
Juniper Park Days: We will offer Juniper Park Days again this summer for families to get together and play! Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the June, July and August from 4-6pm families can meet at Fassbinder/Triangle park to stay connected all summer!
PARENTS...Name That Room!
Moving to a Mixed-Age Classroom allows us to re-name classrooms!  
Gone are days of grade level names of 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 5th grade...We are going PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and UPPER Elementary.  But those are not very fun names! We need your help in giving our classrooms a name! Parents get this honor!!  SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS HERE!
Ice Cream Social: 
Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Powerhouse Science Museum for our Ice Cream Social Event!  Is was so fun spending the day with everyone, eating ice cream, listening to great music and doing fun science experiments! If you were unable to attend, we do have your child's bowl at school for pick up. Please see Ms. Aruna: May 25th will be the last day to pick up bowls!
YEARBOOKS!!! Last Call...Get your 2017-2018
May 21, 22 and 23 will be the last days to order your yearbook!!! There will be a sales table in the front entry during these 3 days. 
ALL yearbooks will be delivered to students on May 24 and 25.  If you prefer to pick up your yearbook (instead of your child having it at school) please arrange that with Ms. Aruna prior to May 24
Before School Club:  
As we consider shifting our school hour times, we also want to consider how this will impact families that need to drop children off early before school. We would like your feedback on the option of a Before School Club.  Please fill out this survey:  SURVEY LINK
May 11th School Wide Newsletter
WE LOVE OUR TEACHERS!!!!Thank you to JPAC, the parents and students that showed their appreciation for our teachers this week! You all made Teacher Appreciation week very special!

Don't Miss the Ice Cream Social!  

Saturday May 12 from 1-3pm at the Powerhouse will be our Spring Fundraiser to support our Electives Program!
Purchase your child's homemade clay bowl and receive ice cream scoops! 


School Hours and Morning Survey!

We want your input! We are considering changing the daily school hours for the 2018-2019 school year.  At Saturdays fundraiser we will be passing out paper ballots for you to vote on school hours.  A later start time may support families that find the 8am start challenging, our bus does not arrive until 8:15am and does not leave until 3:35pm.  These factors contribute to students missing learning time. These challenges have opened up the conversation of changing the time.  Morning supervision would still begin at 7:45am with breakfast. Look for those ballots!  Look out for a parent survey in an effort to support families that have very early mornings we are also considering a, for pay, morning club option.  Fill out the survey to communicate your needs to us. 


Mixed Age Model!

We are excited to announce our movement to a mixed age model classroom and teacher structure for 2018-2019 school year!  Check

out to view our informational flyer and to watch our webinar.  Please reach out with any questions or feedback!


The 2018-2019 Academic Calendar has been approved by our board. Please view it at ​



May 18th Morning Assembly!

We will wrap up an amazing school year with our last Friday assembly. Join us at 8:15am in the cafeteria for a special assembly to recognize staff and students!
Following the assembly, all volunteers are invited to a volunteer breakfast at 9am in the 5th grade classroom. 


Job openings!

Please spread the word...we are still looking for a couple amazing teachers to join our team! We are hiring a half time Special Education Consultant and an Upper Elementary Classroom Teacher. 

Field Day Sack Lunch!

Please don't forget  if your student(s) needs a sack lunch provided by the cafeteria to return the bottom half of the flyer to Ms. Aruna by Monday, May 14th. 

  • ​May 12: TJS Ice Cream Fundraiser at Powerhouse 1-3pm
  • May 13: Happy Mothers Day!
  • May 16: 3rd Grade to Silverton Mine
  • May 16: DAC Docents to Upper EL
  • May 16: CDE/CLCS Site Visit
  • May 18:  BIG School wide assembly: Attendance Awards for Students, Volunteer Recognition, year long student achievement
  • May 21: Final Report cards sent home
  • May 21: Yearbook Sales END!!!!
  • May 24-25: Pick up your Yearbook! (If you are leaving the school year early & have ordered a yearbook, you need to talk with Ms. Hallie)
  • May 24: 11-2:30: Field Day at Buckley 
  • May 25: Last day of school! Class lists and Teacher Placement Announced! 5th Grade Bridge Ceremony 1:30pm

May 4th School Wide Newsletter


​Happy Friday Families, 

  Wow, we are sure on our way to the end of the school year. Only 3 more weeks left.  As the year wrap  up  the school year, we have a few fun activities and announcements to share with you. 


  • ​Teacher/Staff Appreciation week starts NEXT WEEK. Please use the link to sign up to honor the TJS Teachers and Staff for their hard work this year.  Teacher Appreciation Week Sign up


  • Exciting News for 2018-2018!  Read through the yellow brochure on TJS Mixed Age Model.  Join the Q & A on May 7 at 11:30am through this link:  Mixed Age Model Q&A Link. If you miss it, it will be recorded and posted to


  • No School on Thursday, May 10th for Professional Development. 3rd and 4th grade families it is your turn to help provide teachers with lunch. Please sign up using this link: May 10th Sign up!


  • ​The TJS Fundraising Committee is excited for the Ice Cream Social fundraiser on May 12th. It is from 1-3pm at the Powerhouse Science Center at the Plaza. The students created amazing bowls with the Seed Studio and these will be available for purchase at the event. 


  • Join us for our First Annual Field Day! This event has been coordinated by JPAC and will be held on may 24th at Buckley Park.  The students will be having a picnic lunch from 11-12:30 and after will be field and water games from 12:30-2:30pm. Volunteers are needed for this event. Use the link to sign up: Field Day Sign Up.  Please check in your child's Friday Folder for the flyer which includes a a tear off section for sack lunches provided from the cafeteria.  This is due to Ms. Aruna by May 11th.


  • ​Our Yearbook Elective Class along with Ms. Hallie created our inaugural yearbook. They are available for pre- sale now for $20 and will arrive on May 21st for pick up. 



May's Important Dates:
  • ​May 7: 4th grade to Chaco Canyon
  • May 8: TJS BOD meeting
  • May 9: 5th grade and Ms. Amy to Ameritowne
  • May 10: NO SCHOOL TJS PD Day
  • May 12: TJS Ice Cream Fundraiser at Powerhouse 1-3pm
  • May 16: 3rd Grade to Silverton Mine
  • May 17: 5th Grade Invention Fair  1:30-2:30pm
  • May 18:  BIG School wide assembly: Attendance Awards for Students, Volunteer Recognition, year long student achievement
  • May 21: Final Report cards sent home
  • May 21: Yearbook Sales START!!
  • May 24: 12:30-2:30: Field Day at Buckley 
  • May 25: Last day of school! Class lists and Teacher Placement Announced
  • Mat 25: 5th Grade Graduation 


April 12th School Wide Newsletter
PLEASE turn in your parent-teacher conference forms to classroom teachers asap! We look forwarding to sharing the growth of students on April 23rd!

Please help us to inform you as a parent and to provide valuable information as a school! We are offering an opportunity to submit questions to the school and classroom teachers that will be addressed during conferences.  Please SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE!



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Important Dates: 
April 17: 5pm TJS board recognizes staff and students.
April 20: Arbor Day Celebration 10-12pm (3rd, 4th and 5th)
April 231:45-6:00 Conferences
April 25: TJS Fundraiser at the Balcony 5-7pm
May 28:30-2pm: 5th Grade to Water Festival
May 4: Morning Assembly with St. Columbia Band Performing!
May 7: 4th grade to Chaco Canyon
May 9: 5th grade and Ms. Amy to Ameritowne
May 12: TJS Ice Cream Fundraiser at Powerhouse 1-3pm
May 16: 3rd Grade to Silverton Mine
May 18:  BIG School wide assembly: Attendance Awards for Students, Volunteer Recognition, year long student achievement
May 21: Final Report cards sent home
May 21: Yearbook Sales START!!
May 24: 12:30-2:30: Field Day at Buckley
May 25: Last day of school! Class lists and Teachers Posted!






April 6th School Wide Newsletter



Happy Spring! ​ April is here and so the count down to the end of the year. There are many great thing going on the next 7 weeks at Juniper. Please make sure to check them out!


Creativity Festivity:  Stop by the Durango Art Center on 8th Street to see our "School of Fish"!  Thank you to our art partners, Seed Studio, for putting together an amazing art display! The Creativity Festivity runs from April 3-April 24! Check out More Here

School Conferences: Monday April 23, 1:45-6pm!  

PLEASE find your conference sign-up letter in Friday Folders TODAY!  For our Spring conferences we will have a combination of Teacher presentation and Student presentation. We have received feedback (thank you!) that more academic information is needed by parents. Classroom teachers will preview specific questions (SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE!) and provide answers to your questions along with providing academic programming information for parents as well. This will be followed up by student-led presentations on their specific learning. Everyone MUST be on time for their conference spot (confirmation emails will be sent!) please. If you would prefer one-on-one meeting time with the classroom teacher(s), please email them a.s.a.p. to schedule that.  We look forwarding to sharing the immense growth of students and more about our innovative TJS curriculum. 


Important Dates:
  • ​April 17: TJS Board of Directors to recognize TJS Staff and Students
  • April 20: Arbor Day Celebration 10-12pm (3rd, 4th and 5th) 
  • April 25: Fundraiser! Balcony 5-7pm...Music, Food, Awesome Auction Items! 
  • May 2: 8:30-2pm: 5th Grade to Water Festival
  • May 7: 4th grade to Chaco Canyon
  • May 9: 5th grade and Ms. Amy to Ameritowne
  • May 10: NO School PD DAY
  • May 12: TJS Ice Cream Fundraiser at Powerhouse 1-3pm
  • May 16: 3rd Grade to Silverton Mine
  • May 18:  BIG School wide assembly: Attendance Awards for Students, Volunteer Recognition, year long student achievement
  • May 21: Final Report cards sent home
  • May 21: Yearbook Sales START!!
  • May 24: 12:30-2:30: Field Day at Buckley: Parent Volunteers Needed!
  • May 25: Last day of school: class lists and teachers posted for 2018-2019






March 9th School Wide Newsletter

Returning Student Registration: Please check your child's yellow Friday folder for registration information for next year.  Please fill this out and return as soon as you are able. 

Piano for Juniper:

  We have a Piano that someone has graciously donated to the Juniper Students. We are reaching out to see if 4-5 people are able to provide a truck and help transport it from Durango West to The Juniper School it would be a great help for us. Please email to let us know days and times you can help in the next week. Thank you!



The next JPAC (Juniper Parent Action Committee) meeting will be held on Friday March 16th at 8am in the Juniper School cafeteria. Coffee and baked goods will be provided. Younger siblings are welcome to attend. We invite all Juniper parents to be a part of this essential support for the Juniper School! 


Please see TJS letter regarding CMAS testing here. ​


Safety Letter:

 Please read the letter in Friday Folders from our authorizer, 9r School District, regarding school safety and March 14 events. Please let us know if you have any questions!

PD day: 

On Thursday our staff engaged in 8.5 hours of professional, individualized training in our literacy program of REACH and our Montessori curriculum for Math. We had a delicious potato bar from kinder parents (Thank you!!) and left with TONS of resources, great assessment ideas and instructional activities!

Electives Update:

 TJS students are in the midst of their 5th session of electives with Session 6 (April 2-May 11). Some exciting electives coming in are the Jungle Gym Ninjas, Martial Arts, Drama, Running Club and many more diverse options.  Please be on the look out for a survey on how we are doing with our electives program coming your way in May!  As this is a TJS unique program, there is no model or template but is complete design by TJS staff.  We want feedback on what you think!

Staff Contact info:

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to TJS staff and board members for feedback, questions, concerns and ideas!  Your participation grows and fine tunes our organization!


Calendar Dates:  
  • ​March 11: Daylight Saving(Move Clocks ahead 1 hour)
  • March 14: K-2nd Grade Strings Informance at Stillwater-9:30 or 10:30
  • March 19-April 13th: CMAS Testing for Upper Elementary
  • March 21: K-2nd Grade Ukulele Informance in Kinder Classroom-9:30 or 10:30
  • March 22: 3rd-5th Grade Orff Informance at Stillwater-9:30 or 10:30 and Stomp  Informance at Presbyterian Church-9:30 and 10:30
  • March 23rd-30th: SPRING BREAK 
  • April 2nd: TJS PD Day (NO SCHOOL)-This is different than the TJS Calendar