August 17, 2023

August 17, 2023
Posted on 08/17/2023

News from Steve

Dear Copper Mesa Community,

It’s been wonderful to hear about your summers, mostly from your kiddos, but also from talking to several of you. We also had a wonderful summer, traveling in our fifth wheel to many campgrounds in Colorado and Utah. Several of you also asked if my daughter was married yet, and that is happening this upcoming April.

Our Thinking Map for next week: Double Bubble Map

Our PRIDE Skill for next week is: Analysis

This week I will mention the following:

  • Lightning Dismissal

  • SAC Members

  • Dogs on Campus

  • iReady

  • Watch Dog Dads


It’s that time of year that I would like to take a moment to review our lightning dismissal policy. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, it is critical to follow a lightning dismissal protocol if lightning is present in the area at the end of our school day. You will receive an email, a pre-recorded telephone call, and a text message informing you of the lightning dismissal.

If a lightning dismissal is called, the following will occur:

  • If your child walks home or you pick up your child, you will have to come inside and go to the classroom to sign out your student. The adult picking up your child must be at least 18 years of age.

  • If your child goes to BASE, they will go straight there from their classrooms. You will not need to come to school to get them. If it is difficult to get here right after school, it is free to sign up for BASE so you could have that as a backup. You only have to pay for BASE when you use it!

We will call a lightning dismissal as soon as we know that lightning is in the area and close enough that it is unsafe. As soon as lightning dismissal is called, please come to school.

Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe.


We are gearing up for our first School Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of the year in September and we are looking for new members to join our SAC group. The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the school’s Performance Plan and meets at least quarterly to discuss the implementation of the school’s plan and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. Final decision-making authority rests with the principal or other person or group receiving the recommendation from the SAC (e.g., The Superintendent, District Accountability Committee (“DAC”), or Board of Education).

If you are interested in serving on SAC, please email me a short paragraph as to why you are interested. We will then send out a SAC ballot to our community for all interested SAC members. All community members are invited to attend our meetings.


Just a reminder that per district policy, dogs are not allowed on school grounds. This includes when you drop off and pick up your kids. I love dogs as much as the next person, but you never know how they will react when around other people or which kids may be allergic to them. Thank you for adhering to this reminder.


Fall iReady diagnostic testing will begin next week. A little bit about iReady:

iReady allows our teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. iReady consists of two parts: Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction. The iReady Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. iReady Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill levels and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn.


A huge thank you to CMEA for creating a new Watch Dog calendar for this year. We had our first Watch Dog Dad on Tuesday and I shared during announcements how I would love to have more dads participate as a Watch Dog Dad this year. You can sign up for a half day or a full day. Sign up below:

Thank you for taking the time to read this longer Blast this week.



Weekly News!

Weekly News!

Link to CME Website

Link to CME B.A.S.E. Website

Link to My School Bucks

Attendance Line - 303-387-7377 - please call the attendance line if your child will be out





The lunchroom will no longer be offering water bottles for purchase. Milk will still be available. There is a drinking fountain and a water bottle refill station located in the back of the cafeteria. Thank you.



Students will receive a choir T-shirt and will have the opportunity to perform in a Feeder Festival with our fellow Elementary schools and our very own Mountain Ridge Middle School and Mountain Vista High School. We will also have our own Winter concert here at CME for our family and community.


Tuesday AM:


Thursday PM:


Thank you all! I look forward to making beautiful music together!



School fees have been added to MySchoolBucks and should show when you log into your account. Partial payments are available, as needed, so please pay these as soon as possible. If you think you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch status, or have in the past, we highly encourage you to apply again this year. If approved, this will allow us to waive fees for field trips and enrichment activities as well.


You can apply online at



Picture day is August 23, 2023! Online ordering will be available at Check out the flyer for more information!



The performance this semester will be Wonka! Sign up to be part of this amazing play! Please see the flyer for sign up and more information!



See flyer for more information!



See flyer for more information!



See flyer for more information!



Vision and Hearing will be here on August 22, 2023 for PK, K,1, 2, 3, 5 and new students to the District. For more information, please check out the letter!



Backpack Society is excited to partner with our school to provide students, their families & school staff with food for weekends and during school breaks. Click on the link for more information.



Look for more sports, DCPA offerings, AND some special offers from our new partner, Gaylord Rockies Resort, coming soon! Purchase all tickets directly from the Community Event page of our website, and look for new opportunities to be added soon!

Upcoming Dates to Note

Upcoming Dates to Note

23/24 - Important Dates


  • 8/23-8/25 & 8/29-8/31 - iReady Testing
  • 8/18 - Meet the Band/Orchestra Teacher & Instrument Rental 4:00-5:00 pm
  • 8/23 - Picture Day
  • 8/31 - Preschool Boosterthon Obstacle Course
  • 9/1 - K-6 Boosterthon Obstacle Course
  • 9/4 - Labor Day - No School
  • 9/22 - Professional Dev Day - No School
  • 10/16-10/20 - FALL BREAK

Copper Mesa Elementary


We are a neighborhood school that:


Engages the whole child

Inspires and delivers excellence

Meets the needs of all learners

Commits to a safe and nurturing environment


(303) 387-7375