Barney Ford Elementary

Weekly Update: October 19

10/19/23, 5:33 PM

Dear Families,


We hope you had a restful fall break. It was fun to hear stories about fall break from the students and welcome them back this week. They jumped right into their learning and enjoyed the amazing warm temperatures. 


Tomorrow: Special Education Info Session

Our Special Education Team is hosting a meeting tomorrow from 8:00-8:45 for anyone interested in learning more about the special education process. We will discuss:

  • What Special Education is
  • How the referral process works
  • Individualized Learning Plans (IEP)
  • The role of families in SPED

Tea and bagels will be served.

Fall Festival

We hope you join us for our annual Fall Festival, next Thursday from 5:30-7:00. A DJ will be getting the dance party rocking in the gym. We will have a cakewalk in the music room. A family photo booth will also be set up taking boo-tiful pictures. The evening will end with trick-or-treating in the cafe from 6:30-7:00.


A few important notes about the evening:

  • Only current Barney Ford students and their younger siblings may attend. No older middle/high school students will be admitted.
  • All students must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Students can wear family-friendly costumes. Costumes may not be gory, have a full face mask, or include weapons.

Safe from the Start Program

The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center will begin teaching the Denver Safe from the Start curriculum in your child’s classroom. This program teaches children skills that will help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Children also learn to ask for help when they need it.


The program is divided into three units:

  • Personal Safety. This unit teaches children rules that will help keep them safe from potentially dangerous situations.
  • Touching Safety. This unit focuses on teaching children to identify unsafe touches and to say “No,” get away, and tell a grown-up if someone tries to touch their private body parts. Children are also taught to not keep secrets about touching.
  • Assertiveness and Support. This unit gives children a chance to practice getting out of unsafe situations and to ask a grown-up for help if they need it.

If you have questions about the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center or the Denver Safe from the Start curriculum, please do not hesitate to call us at 720-974-7232.

We will be sending home an informed consent form for this program. Only return the form if you do NOT want your child to participate in Safe from the Start.


Attendance Update

Did you know that Mondays and Fridays are our lowest attendance rates at 90%? So far this year our school-wide attendance rate is 92%. This is lower than our goal of 95% for the year. Please help us meet our goal and maximize your children’s learning. 

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 20 @ 8:45: Family Meeting for students with IEPs 
  • Oct 24: Picture retakes
  • Oct 26 @ 5:30-7:00: Fall Festival

View the October calendar here.