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Register for Winter Enrichment 2018

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CLASSES AND REGISTER

December 3rd- February 14th

Please register by November 26th. After November 26th you will be charged a $10.00 late registration fee.

Registration will not be complete without payment of the classes and the $6.00 Bromwell Enrichment fee/ per child.

Please register through Bromwell using this link from Cheddar Up.

All Classes are 3:15 to 4:15 unless otherwise noted.

All Classes are subject to minimum and maximum. If a class does not meet the minimum and is cancelled I will contact you.

Please be aware of the grade restrictions. It is listed in the class description and Cheddar Up.

If we do not have school then we do NOT have enrichment class.

At this time we do not have enrichment for ECE. Any questions — please contact Ashley Walker at bromwellenrichment@gmail.com  

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Principal Post: Fall 2018

Sharing our story.

Dear Parents,

When we launched the Principal Post last fall, I shared that there is something magical happening at Bromwell every day. The magic continues, and not just because it’s almost Halloween!

Welcome to our second season of the Principal Post: a place to discover what makes Bromwell so magical. Learn about innovation, volunteerism, and get up close with our curriculum. In this issue we:

  • introduce our new school psychologist,
  • look at how we’re developing social-emotional skills,
  • and unearth the story about 5th graders who are on track to eliminate 800 bags of trash this year!
These are our stories. We want to hear yours, too. I’ll start off the sharing with a quick personal update: baby Isla joined our family this month. We are overjoyed and big sister Rory is playing the part perfectly. I’ve been on paternity leave and am now back at school three days a week. I will be back to full time after Thanksgiving.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

Andrew Hodges, Principal and proud dad of TWO!

Andrew Hodges holding Isla

 

John Gallagher

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet John Gallagher, our new school psychologist 

We’re excited to welcome John Gallagher, MEd, EdS, NCSP, to the Bromwell community this year as our dedicated school psychologist.

A Colorado native, John grew up in Colorado Springs. He was a math and science teacher for about 10 years in Teller County and Denver, before deciding to pursue his graduate degree in psychology.

John has been practicing as a school psychologist for eight years with Denver Public Schools, primarily in secondary education, so he is excited to be working with elementary school children again.

His passion is to build relationships with students that foster growth and development, particularly in social-emotional awareness, which is why he’s happy we are implementing the Second Step curriculum. (See the Second Step: Social-Emotional Curriculum story below for more information.)

John has found the Bromwell culture to be uniquely cohesive, and he’s happy to once again be working alongside his friend, Nurse Brooke. He invites parents to engage with him in the way that works best for you – in person, by phone or email.

Office: 101E Phone: 720-424-9361 Email: JOHN_GALLAGHERJR@dpsk12.org

 

Second Step: Developing Social-Emotional Awareness at Bromwell

New this year to Bromwell is a school-wide curriculum called Second Step, a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive.

Second Step is an evidenced-based curriculum that is highly regarded by school psychologists, as well as the Committee for Children. This program will be ongoing throughout the school year in each classroom, with teachers incorporating the units within their regular learning plans. However, in mid-September, the whole school participated in a week-long unit from Second Step focused on Bullying Prevention.

Bullying is a repeated behavior where someone with a power differential intentionally inflicts verbal, physical or social harm upon a target. (In Second Step, as in other Anti-Bullying programs, emphasis is placed on the importance of not labeling the child exhibiting the behavior as a “bully” nor the child being targeted as a “victim.”)

The Second Step unit teaches Kindergarten–Grade 5 students how to recognize, report and refuse bullying through tools such as identifying the roles kids play when bullying behavior occurs. For example, when a child is targeted by another child exhibiting bullying behavior, there are often bystanders either actively or passively participating by watching, joining or simply being aware of it, but not taking action to stop it. The goal is to empower all bystanders to become “upstanders” – someone who sees wrong and acts.

As with any social-emotional program, Bromwell’s implementation of Second Step will be most effective with continued support and buy-in from staff, students and families. So, what can you, as parents, do to support the effort?

  • 1. Watch for materials in your child’s take-home folder to be aware of Second Step activities in the classroom.
  • Talk with your child about what she or he is learning in Second Step.
  • Reinforce some of the foundational concepts of Second Step, such as the role of an “upstander” in preventing bullying and being mindful of how you speak to your child about bullying behavior.
  • Learn more in this online guide from the American Association of School Administrators.
If you have questions about Second Step or Bullying Prevention, please feel free to contact me or John Gallagher.

 

Girl with dirty hands

Bromwell Composting Program: Helping Keep Colorado Green

Did you know that on average each Colorado resident generates 9.6 pounds of garbage per day? With the generous support of the PTA, Bromwell is making significant progress in reducing waste. We are proud to be one of about 30 DPS schools participating in the Denver Recycles lunchtime composting and recycling program.

Since beginning the program last February, Bromwell has cut its lunch waste from five bags a day to only one. This is a reduction of approximately 800+ bags of garbage over one school year.

Each week, a different team of two 5th grade students, who have been trained by Denver Recycles, serve as compost monitors. They wear green aprons and help ensure the correct items end up in the compost and recycling carts stationed in the lunch rooms. During their week of service, the 5thgraders give up their recess in order to volunteer. This helps the program run smoothly and efficiently.

This amazing program helps our school remain green and teaches our students valuable lessons in sustainable living and taking care of our planet.

 

Thank you to our Principal Post contributors who volunteered their time to produce these stories: Bromwell parents Stephanie Walkenshaw and Tracy Killian.

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Back to School Night Tuesday August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for Back to School Night Tuesday August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will be an opportunity for our community to kick off the 2018-19 school year together as a community. Here is what to expect:

  • – meet new staff
  • – get information about our new school communications app!
  • – take a deeper dive into some of our new programs, including the Second Step social emotional curriculum
  • – receive information from your child’s teacher about the year
  • – get updates from your PTA including plans for the Annual Fund and “Let’s Fiesta Bromwell” Auction

We will do our best to be done by 7:30 p.m., in time for the entire family to work on that “back to school” sleep schedule!

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The History of Bromwell

Picture of the front of Bromwell Elementary School.Way Back in 1867 Bromwell’s rich history dates back to the wooden frame school built in 1867. The school was then named for the town of Harman, and was a part of Arapahoe County. The 320 acre town site was named after its founder, Edwin P. Harman, and his wife Lou. Harman School was the center of social and political activity. Church meetings and the Town Board met there until 1891, when the Town Hall was built at 4th and St. Paul. The original school stood where Bromwell’s main playground is now. It was a two-story building, heated entirely by a coal furnace which ultimately caused the school to burn down in 1883. By 1885 it was replaced by a Colorado sandstone structure which experienced several improvements and enlargements over the next ten years.
Mothers in Action
In 1895, the town of Harman was annexed into the city of Denver. Harman’s residents were eager for the lower tax revenues and other amenities enjoyed by Denver’s citizens. Simultaneously, the town enjoyed a building-boom with the development of a business district in the area of Third and Detroit. That same year, the Harman Kindergarten Mothers’ Association was organized. The Association helped furnish equipment for the school’s kindergarten and bought many necessities such as paper, curtains, dishes, and tablecloths. Members of the Harman Kindergarten Mother’s Association paid ten cents admission charge and dues were one cent per week. Each mother was assessed one cake, or its equivalent, once during the school-year. The jurisdiction of Harman School changed from Arapahoe County to Denver County when Denver was incorporated as a County in 1901. With a new administration came the demise of the Mother’s Association. They were informed that their help was no longer required; however, the group decided to continue as a social and civic club. The club was renamed the Columbine Mothers’ Club, and today maintains one of the longest histories of charitable work of any organization in the Denver area.
A Name Change that Remains
In 1906, the Denver School Board changed Harman School’s name to Bromwell Elementary in honor of Judge Henry P.H. Bromwell, a poet and politician who had come to Colorado from Illinois in the 1870’s. He had been a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, a framer of the constitution of the State of Colorado, and an early champion of women’s suffrage.
Fire Number Two Means Rebuilding for Third Time
The school building was damaged by another fire in 1911, but again was repaired and rebuilt. The old building could not, however, forever adapt to dictates of progress and the needs of a growing population. Eventually it was decided that a new school should be built and that the old building should be torn down.
James Manley’s Mark on Bromwell
The transition from the old building was overseen by James Manley, Bromwell’s principal from 1973 unti1 1984. Manley succumbed to cancer in 1984. He will always be remembered fondly by neighborhood residents and the members of the school community. These groups petitioned the city government to name the park to the north of the school in his honor. In 1996 their petition was approved, and the park was dedicated in a ceremony attended by members of Manley’s family and by students and teachers. It was the first park in Denver to be named after an educator. The Bromwell neighborhood, while very much a part of modern age, enjoys a heritage that can be traced back to the earliest days of Denver history. Parents, teachers, and students alike are enriched by this history as we learn together and as we face the future.
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Bromwell Registration / Annual Family Update 2018 – 2019

Annual Family Update (formerly: On-Line Verification) Bromwell Elementary does not have a formal registration day.  All registration takes place on-line through our Annual Family Update process through the School Choice & Enrollment website. Window opens 7/16/18 and closes 8/4/18

Go to:  http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org

  • Enrollment & Registration
  • Annual Family Update (Formerly On-line Verification).  

Simply log-in with your parent portal username and password and follow the instructions.  

DON’T HAVE A PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT?

If you have not already set up a Parent Portal account, please visit myportal.dpsk12.org and click on “Getting Started”. You will need an email address and your student’s DPS ID#s.

Parent Portal Setup & Questions

Office of Choice and Enrollment Services

Need assistance with enrollment while school is on break?

  • Call DPS help line: 720-423-3200
  • Early Childhood Education:  720-423-2678
  • DPS Transportation: 720-423-4600
  • Discovery Link: 720-423-1781 
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Innovation is alive at Bromwell: Spotlight on STEM

Students working on STEM project Trash is becoming treasure at Bromwell. Bags filled with recyclable goods have made their way into Ms. Takano’s technology classroom, and you’ve never seen toilet paper rolls and plastic straws looks so cool, or ignite so many brain cells! New this year, in an effort to boost the school’s creative and innovative curriculum, Bromwell launched a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lab. Once a week, each grade uses a portion of their “Tech” class to engineer, explore, and imagine. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades have been learning about the design process and how essential it is to solving real-world problems. They have also been participating in group design challenges that have teams brainstorming, designing, building, and testing. “I knew the challenges would push the children intellectually, but the most rewarding outcome so far is watching their emotional and social growth,” said Takano. “Collaboration is a critical success factor and it takes practice. Learning to listen and plan collaboratively are skills that will last our students a lifetime,” she added. With the younger grades, the STEM Lab has begun by teaching that scientists are more than just people in white lab coats who make potions! Through the incorporation of the scientific method, students are being encouraged to ask questions and observe and wonder about the world around them. They are discovering that they are super scientists, too! Thank you to all the families who have been sending in their recyclables. Want to see your cereal boxes take on a new life? Here’s a complete STEM Lab donation list.
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Meet Puppy and Snail!

Kids in classroomFirst grade has adopted a few pets. Their names are Puppy and Snail! A dog and a bug may seem like an unlikely duo, but that’s the whole point.

Puppy and Snail are actually puppets and they are part of a new curriculum Bromwell is piloting to help students explore their own unique differences and how to get along.

It can be a forgotten party of elementary education: social and emotional growth. Yes, there’s math and reading, but there’s also learning how to be a good negotiator, how to treat others fairly, and how to listen. “These are the skills that if we invest in now, the future pay offs are huge,” said Anne Marie Stevenson, 1st grade teacher. “We are building the child inside and out,” added co-teacher Alyssa Beski.

The program Bromwell is testing is called Second Step and it focuses on teaching empathy and helping children learn critical listening skills. “We create scenarios in which the students are pushed to put themselves in other’s shoes,” noted Stevenson. “We teach them about empathy as a foundational skill for problem solving and being able to recognize that feelings can look different on other people.”

In only a few short weeks the teachers have both seen amazing progress, especially when it comes to problem solving skills. The best part about the program: it’s fun and the children look forward to the songs, videos, and of course, the puppets!

Bromwell is also testing another unique social and emotional development program with older students. A portion of these pilots were funded by parent donations, and the plans are to expand the curriculum assuming this year’s fundraising goals are met. So, this is a final shout out from Puppy and Snail encouraging you to kindly buy your auction tickets!

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Beautification Day

It’s been three years since Bromwell unveiled its shiny new interiors. And during that time, you’ve likely noticed that our outdoor spaces haven’t quite kept up. That’s about to change. First, the school secured a $22,000 bond for general landscaping improvements and those dollars are busy growing – literally – it’s the new turf, trees, and shrubs thriving behind our temporary fencing. Next, the school is working toward securing grants and additional DPS funds to lay new asphalt by the basketball courts Lastly, the Bromwell PTA has launched a new Beautification Committee this year, spearheaded by volunteer Jen Turner. On October 8, the committee will host its first “Beautification Day” and needs at least 50 volunteers to complete many exciting projects sure to make the school shine. Adults and children are welcome to help with the activities listed below. Beautification Day Improvements:
  • Planting spruce bushes, new ground cover plants, and bulbs.
  • Sealing and installing painted rocks with art teacher Mrs. Duffy.
  • Rake wood chips and add new mulch to play areas.
  • Painting.
  • Placing low fencing to protect new plantings.
  • Weeding