October 1st

This week is the Bookfair week! We have many fun activities for the week planned.

  • Monday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Magical Monday- Bring a magic stuffed animal or magic item!
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Troll Hair Tuesday! Wear your hair like a troll!
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring Family Read-In from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (come in your PJs and read with the community, talk with teachers about classroom literacy curriculum and resources for home, and enjoy reading corners featuring PASS parents reading aloud) Come to school in PJ’s
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday Tree day, dress in fall colors
  • Friday, Oct. 5th Fairy Tale/Forest Creature Friday! Dress like a princess or forest creature. (no bookfair).

FEATURED Guests at the Read-IN

Author M.J. Logan started writing her first novel when she was 13. She will be at the Read-In to discuss what it is like being a writer. 

Brian Essiq-Peppard

Comic book creator, storyboard, and concept artist. Experienced professional illustrator working in the industries of comic books, television, and film.

FALL BREAK is October 8th-19th.

September 19th


Our community meetings have been focused on perseverance. We talked, listened, and learned about what it takes to persevere. A kindergartener told me that he persevered by, “Eating all his spinach even though he hates spinach.” A 4th grader said he persevered through the makey make task in his science class. A 5th grader said he persevered in football practice, even though it was hot. Students have been sharing, talking, and living perseverance. We are going to end our perseverance focus with a presentation by community member, Savannah Parish. She became a paraplegic about three years ago. She has persevered through this time in her life by starting a hospital gown company called Sassy Savvy Gowns. She will be at the school September 24th for our community meeting to share her story with our students. Remember, parents are invited to attend. We will run two meetings, one at 8:00-8:20 am and one at 8:20-8:40 am. Also, be advised that there will be no community meeting on October 1st.



This year with the addition of Jana Boise, our SRO liaison, we are lucky to have some extra support with traffic in the morning and afternoon. We spent some time discussing our safety needs and she assigned periodic support for our students’ arrival and dismissal. We are looking to reduce speeding, u-turns and illegal parking to keep our students safe.

Yellow poles.


We have had many issues with neighborhood children on the playground after hours. During after hour times these children have broken the locks on the yellow safety poles. These poles are very heavy, and can hurt students if they fall due to not being properly locked. Please have a conversation with your children about playground safety.




On October 3rd, we will be having a Family Read In. From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, families are invited to come in pajamas and read with the community in the gym. We will have centers where classroom teachers share classroom literacy curriculum and provide resources for home. We will have reading corners where parents of PASS will be doing read alouds. On October 3rd the book fair will also be open late and families can stop in to buy some fun books to read. Support literacy and have a fun night of reading with your community!

September 7


This year’s book fair theme is “Enchanted Forest” and the Read-A-Thon starts Friday, September 7th. Students will be using the PledgeStar system to gather pledges. They will read to raise money and support our school. When the school raises $18,000.00 in pledges, Mr. Cuoco and I will race in a fairytale obstacle course. There will be costumes, fun and shenanigans. We will also have a family reading night on Wednesday, October 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm. Come wearing your PJs, bring a favorite book or two, and cozy up to read as a family in the gym. We will also have rotating storytellers and reading resources for you to take home.


September 18th is our School Accountability Committee (SAC), Parent Meet and Greet, and PTCO meeting. SAC starts at 6:00 and will review the basic state of affairs at Coyote Hills. At 6:30, we will break and have a general gathering. During this time you can meet other parents, ask questions, and touch base in a casual setting. At 7:00, the PTCO will have their first meeting. The whole night will end at 8:00pm.


On Friday, August 31st at 9:15, we held our very first fire drill. It went incredibly well. We were able to get all students safely out, accounted for, and returned to class in under four minutes. I was proud of our safe and respectful students.


August 29th

Power point Presentation


Back to School night is tomorrow and we are excited to see families! Back to School night will run from 6:00-8:00 pm in 30 minute rotations with 15 minute passing periods. Each session will end on time to allow parents to take advantage of the many passing period activities we have planned. Teachers will also need to end on time so they can prepare for the next 30 minute session. This evening is designed for parents to learn about school, and we suggest that students stay home for the evening. We hope you enjoy the new features and long standing traditions of our school.



Doors open at 6:00


First rotation- 6:00 ends at 6:30

First passing period- 6:30-6:45

Second rotation 6:45-7:15

Second passing period- 7:15-7:30

Third rotation- 7:30-8:00


Doors Close at 8:05


Passing Period options Teacher name Space or room
Music Kathleen Cribari 431
Art Mindy Childers 006
PE Dave Wilsea Main Hall


Lia Lopez 212
READ ACT tutor Siobhan Eith 212
ILC Heather Rutherford 12
Special Education Meghan Bergman 112
“Den” activity- Save Sammy 4th grade students Conference room (green innovation room)
“Den” activity- Electrical circuits 4th grade students Maker Space (yellow innovation room)
“Den” activity STEM/Tech presentation Matt Grobbel and Kathryn Eyolfson Presentation space (blue room)
“Den” Activity Robotics Matt Grobbel Main room in the Den
Million Word Wall/Program 5th grade students Main Hall
PTCO table PTCO Main Hall
Boy Scout table Main Hall
I-9 Sports table Main Hall


August 24th


We are finishing up the third week of school and we are on a roll. We had our second community meeting and all grade levels have now learned some new traditions. Our new call and response comes from the country of Ghana. “Ago Ame” is a way storytellers get the attention of children. “Ago” means “ I see you” and “Ame” means, “We see you.”It is way to respectfully prepare for listening. We also have a new motto that students are learning:

Coyotes Care

And Persevere

Together we grow

Every year!

This motto guides our students to grow as a community and achieve our potential. Remember ALL parents are welcome to our Monday meetings! They are at 8:00-8:20 every Monday. Come join and grow as a community.



Back to School night is coming on August 30th! I am very excited that our innovation center will be open, our new Million Words display will be ready, and student learning is up for viewing. This year we will be doing three rotations with 15 minute passing periods. The passing periods will be an opportunity for you to hop in the innovation center and see student led presentations or check out the new features around our school. Come down to the gym during any one of the sessions for a principal presentation. Come and stay for as many sessions as you need and see what we are doing!






What is SAC? SAC is the School Accountability Committee, which informs the community of school policies and actions that affect overall learning and operations. Parents are welcome to come and listen. This is a great way to keep a pulse on what is happening at Coyote Hills. SAC will be 6:00-6:30. 6:30-7:00 will be an open time for parents to come ask questions, meet one another and be in the school. Then PTCO will start at 7:00-8:00. Come for SAC and stay to talk or come and talk and join our PTCO team.


August 9th

What a great start to the year! We have introduced our new P.A.C.K. values, met new friends, and are growing our community through community meetings. Our Million Word Achievers from previous years met and reviewed our survey results. Together in a collaborative forum, they created a new tradition that honors old and new Million Word Achievers. We are also close to opening the new innovation space to the school. We will be highlighting some of its great features during Back to School Night on August 30th! We are also launching our new bimonthly newsletter and wordpress site where you can get all the news on what’s happening at Coyote Hills. I have been so lucky to meet with some PTCO members and I sent out the link to start the PASS committee. I have talked to many interested members and we will start scheduling PASS soon. I was also lucky enough to spend time with some families at the kindergarten Boo Hoo breakfast.

Safety Notes:

The Hill: Your student’s safety is one of our biggest concerns. During drop off and pick up, please do not allow your student to climb over the fence and go down the hill. Please tell your children to walk down to the end of the sidewalk toward the crosswalk and enter the school grounds there. Because of Altitude, our Kiss and Go line has been much shorter, so there is another option for drop off. Thanks for keeping our kids safe. We will be starting fire drills and other drills in the next few months.

The Drills: Below are the drills we will run..

Fire drills- monthly

Tornado drills- three times a year

Lock down- every other month

Secure perimeter- Once a trimester

Lunch: You are always welcome to join your students for lunch. We have a table outside the cafeteria, or you can go to our covered tables on the playground. We are asking that only parents and their children eat together. Because of safety and allergy concerns, friends will not be able to join.

I am excited to see you all for Back to School Night on August 30th 6:00pm-8:00pm.

-Mrs. Pohlmann



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