Archives for February 2015

Neighborhood Center at Skinner Middle School – FREE Spring Family & Adult Programs

Neighborhood Center at Skinner Middle School – FREE Spring Family & Adult Programs
Neighborhood Center located on the north side of Skinner. Enter at 41st and Knox Ct.
Call Director Dirk Boden at 720-424-1469 with questions!

Family Zumba (6-7 pm, East Gym) Instructor: Melissa Aaron
Zumba incorporates exercises which include music with fast and slow rhythms, as well as resistance training. The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop music, axé music and tango. Zumba is safe for all ages, meaning that anyone from ages 4 can participate in this form of aerobic exercise. Classes are specifically aimed to help participants build strength, improve motion, posture, and socialize. Drop-in anytime

Youth With Values (Begins March 3, 5-8 pm, Room 21)
A bilingual program that promotes positive youth development and healthy relationships to female participants ages 11-15 and their families. Some of the curricula is tied to the Quinceanera celebration. Dinner and child care is provided.

Family Cooking (5:30-6:30 pm, Room 22)
Students and families come together for this interactive cooking experience using dishes from around the world. Our nutritionist, Amy, will dive into details about the food/body interaction, providing an added educational benefit. Drop-in anytime

Adult Futsal (7-9 pm, West Gym) Staff: Dirk Boden
Futsal is a fun twist on indoor soccer. Using a smaller, weighted ball, futsal is a great way to improve ball skills while getting an intense workout. Drop-in anytime

Adult Computers I (Begins February 12, 5-6:30 pm, Room 106) Instructor: Lee Wickstrom
Adult student will learn the basic processes of a PC operating system along with Microsoft software. Completion of this 7 week program will pay off tremendously with new-found skills and confidence. Each student will take home a refurbished HP Laptop free of charge. Join class anytime!

Adult Spanish/English Immersion I (Begins February 19, 5:30-7 pm)Instructor: Kelly Wilson
Adult Students needing to learn English or Spanish have come to the right place. Kelly uses her years of ESL experience to create a classroom experience that teaches individuals conversational skills in both English and Spanish. $25 Registration Fee. Join class anytime!

Feb 24: Immigration Law, Winter Coat Giveaway, Energy Outreach I
Los Programas de la Primavera para los Adultos
Zumba para la Familia (6-7 pm, Gimnasio del este) Instructor: Melissa Aaron
Zumba incorpora ejercicios que incluye música con ritmos rápido y despacio, y también entrenamiento de resistencia. La música viene de estos estilos de baile: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, cha-cha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop, axé y tango. Zumba es seguro para todas edades, significando que todos de las edades de 4 pueden participar en esta forma de ejercicio aeróbico. Las clases son específicamente dirigido para ayudar participantes fortalecer, mejorar moción, postura y socializar.
Jovenes con Valores (Empieza el 3 de marzo, 5-8 pm, Room 21)
Un programa bilingüe que promueve el desarrollo positivo para los jóvenes y relaciones saludables para participantes femeninas entre las edades de 11 a 15 y sus familias. Algunas de sus enseñanzas son atados a la celebración de Quinceañera. Comida y cuidado de niños es dado.
Cocinando para la Familia (5:30-6:30 pm, Cuarto 22) Instructor: Amy Gray
Los estudiantes y familias vienen para cocinar usando platos de comida de todo el mundo. Nuestra nutricionista, Amy, detalle sobre la interacción de la comida y del cuerpo, trayendo un beneficio educacional.

Futsal para Adultos (7-9 pm, Gimnasio del Oeste) Staff: Dirk Boden
Futsal es un cambio divertido en fútbol de interior. Usando una pelota más bajo en peso, futsal es una gran oportunidad para mejorar sus habilidades de pelota mientras recibiendo un ejercicio intenso.
Adult Computers I (Empieza el 12 de febrero, 5-6:30 pm, Cuarto 106) Instructor: Lee Wickstrom
Los estudiantes aprenderán los procesos básicos de una sistema de operación para una computadora personal junto con software de Microsoft. En terminar este programa de 7 semanas se logrará con habilidades nuevos y confidencia. Cada estudiante se llevará un reformado HP Laptop, gratis.

Inmersión de Español y Inglés para Adultos I (Empieza el 19 de febrero, 5:30-7 pm) Instructor: Kelly Wilson
Los adultos en necesidad de aprender inglés o español han llegado al lugar correcto. Kelly usa su experiencia de inglés como una segunda idioma para crear una experiencia en clase que enseña individuos los habilidades de conversar en ambos inglés y español.

24 de febrero: El Ley de Inmigración, Regalar Abrigos del Invierno, Alcance de Energía I

Spring Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences! Feb. 26 & Mar. 3

Conferences will take place Thursday, February 26 & Tuesday, March 3  from 4 – 8pm.  Please look for information from your student on scheduling your specific Conference appointment.  Parents/Guardians will also be picking up their student”s report card at that time.

Locations for conferences:

8th = PDC

7th = Cafeteria

6th = LMC

If you would like to contribute to one or both of the Teacher Potluck Dinners, please click below to sign up and thanks in advance!

Feb. 26 Parent/Teacher Conferences – Potluck Italian Dinner for Teachers. Click below to sign up:  

March 3 Parent/Teacher Conferences – Potluck Mexican Dinner for Teachers. Click below to sign up: 

All-City Chess Tournament – grade K-12 – Sat, Feb. 28!

Calling All Chess Players!

Join us on Saturday, Feb 28, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for the Denver Lake International School, All-City Chess Challenge tournament for grades K-12. Registration form is below and due by Feb. 25 (cost is $5). This is a non-elimination tournament – all players will participant in four rounds.

Please contact or 303-961-8340 with questions or to volunteer at the tournament.

Click here for the registration form:  Lake Chess Tournament Registration_BothSpEn_12212014_2116

Skinner’s College4Y.O.U. visit to the CU Anschutz Medical Center

Skinner’s College4Y.O.U. visited the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Thirty-eight students and two parents attended the visit which was hosted by the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The students enjoyed breakfast and lunch as well as two fun and informative research-focused sessions.

One session focused on DNA. The students learned about what DNA is then proceeded to extract and examine DNA samples. Then, they (deliciously) got to construct their own DNA models out of twizzlers and gummy bears.

In the other session, the students learned about viruses and infectious diseases and how they are spread. Afterward, they conducted a research lab where they learned how to track the spread of infections.

The students greatly enjoyed and learned a lot in both sessions. The students, College 4 Y.O.U. staff and parents were all very impressed with the sessions and appreciate all the planning on the part of both the CU Anschutz Medical Campus staff and Office of Inclusion and Outreach.

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“BULLY” Screening for Parents – Tues, Feb. 3, 6 pm

Skinner Parents – Tomorrow night, Tues, Feb. 3 at 6 pm is a screening of the film Bully followed by a discussion for parents. Our 6th graders viewed the film last Wednesday as part of Skinner Cares Day. We encourage all parents to attend.

BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. BULLY opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.  Visit this website for more information on the film, BULLY –

Volunteers – Skinner Needs YOU!

Dear Skinner Community:
Thanks to all of you who have donated your time to Skinner in various ways!
Below are some of the upcoming volunteer opportunities. Consider helping Skinner by signing up!

1. Monthly Good Standing Celebrations: Volunteers are needed to help with the monthly Good Standing Celebrations on Fridays Feb 27, Mar 27, May 1, and May 29, 1:00-3:00 PM. There will be dancing with a DJ in the Cafeteria, athletic games in the Gym, movies in the Auditorium, dodgeball at Regis (a short walk from Skinner). Volunteers will help prepare and distribute snacks. Join in these fun events!

2. Saturday School Math Support: Saturdays 8:30-11:30 AM on Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 11, Apr 25, May 9, May 16: Math support for students who need help understanding math concepts.
***BG check needed for this, see below***

3. Lunch Time Supervising: volunteers are needed to help monitor students during lunch times, Mon to Fri, varying slightly depending on the day of the week, but generally within 10 AM-12:30 PM. We are looking for volunteers who may help on a particular weekday each week. On most days there is a ~30 minute gap between grades, and during this time the administrative office can also use your help.
***BG check needed for this, see below***
Please email if you are interested.


4. Teacher Helpers: Our Teachers need a helping hand! Please consider helping out with tasks such as copying or laminating. We are looking for 1-2 regular volunteers on Mondays 1:45-2:45 PM.
Please email if you are interested.


If you are not able to donate time, but would like to help, consider our Donorschoose projects, we have had success on six projects, Fully Funded and bringing much needed resources to our kids!!We currently have three projects listed:
Ms. Overton is $208 away from funding!!!
Ms. S’s project needs $1298in the next 39 days!!!
Ms. Cockrell needs $1649 in the next 38 days!!!
Please consider making a donation today, even $5 helps.  Please take a minute to read the requests and see if your family can make a small donation that directly impacts our students.


***BG check needed*** A background check is needed for the activities so indicated. Stop at the front office at Skinner to fill it out or print the form available online and bring it to the front office to have your signature and ID witnessed. It is a simple process, and it is required in order to protect all our children.

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