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Schools Open, Drive with Caution

The following is a non-emergency message to all parents, staff, and students in Durango School District 9-R. Due to the unforeseen weather conditions in our area, we want to caution parents regarding travel this morning. While our schools will be open today, Monday, November 12, 2018 we encourage parents to make appropriate decisions regarding their students and attendance today. Staff are encouraged to be cautious on their travels in, state and local plows are sparse at this time, and a number of roads appear to be closed. We apologize for the short notice, this weather system caught many by surprise. More updates will be provided if conditions change. For more information on bus routes please contact transportation at (970) 247-5335. Thank you.
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Escalante Band Students March in Veteran's Day Parade

7th and 8th Grade Band Members, under the direction of Mrs. Black, were honored to participate in the City of Durango's Veteran's Day Parade Sunday, November 11. The students marched and played several patriotic songs as well as the Star Wars Theme Song. The band did a great job. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity Mrs. Black!
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Japan 2020!

Hope to see you at the Nov. 13th information meeting! Join an Escalante Trip to Japan during the summer of 2020! Enjoy rich cultural experiences, educational opportunities and pure fun! Informational Meeting Nov. 13th at 5:30 in Mr. Hise's Room 818. Check out this Powerpoint presentation or Contact Mr. Schiavone or Mr. Hise if you want more information.
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Thanksgiving Lunch at Escalante Middle School Nov. 15th - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Escalante is happy to invite all families to come and eat with their EMS Student on Thursday, Nov. 15. Adults are $5.00, children (3 yrs. and up) including students cost $3.00. (Cash and checks only please). We will serve Thanksgiving Lunch at the following times:
6th Grade 11:20 - 11:50 AM
7th Grade 11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
8th Grade 12:20 - 12:50 PM
*7th & 8th grade may run a little behind schedule depending on crowd sizes. Please check in at the office and obtain a visitor pass before heading to the cafeteria for lunch.
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Escalante Students Win Hustle Kindness Award

When a teammate is down, the students at Escalante know how to rally behind them and help them to the finish line.

Each year, the students start the school year off by running a timed mile for fitness pre-tests. This timed mile run is often a challenge for many students, especially for some of the 6th grade students.
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Parent Drop Off - VS - Bus Lane at EMS

Parents/guardians who drop students off or pick them up at Escalante Middle School are asked to NOT use the driveway to the parking lot, but instead, enter the PURPLE CURB PARENT CIRCLE. In an effort to keep children safe at all times, please do not use the parking lot or bus lanes for pick-up or drop-off purposes. We have seen many near misses when our bus drivers are attempting to navigate around additional vehicles obstructing the bus lanes as they continue through and exit our parking lot. It is extremely dangerous for students to cross the parking lot. More so, other cars dropping students off along the curb in the parking lot are obstructing bus lanes. For the safety of all and efficient transportation protocols, please use the purple parent circle to drop students off or pick them up at Escalante. Thank you for your help in this matter.
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Reminder - Student IDs

Dear 9-R Families,

Initial student photos have been completed at all schools, allowing schools to fully implement the use of student IDs for other purposes such as:

School Bus Transportation Services
School Library Use
City Transit Use
Safety and Security
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Box Tops... We want you!

HOW BOX TOPS WORKS:

BUY - CLIP - SEND - EARN

Find Box Tops on hundreds of products! Clip Box Tops from each package. Send the Box Tops to school in a baggie and deposit in the jar on the counter by the office. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for your school.

HOW DOES CASH GET TO YOUR SCHOOL? Your school’s Box Tops Coordinator will collect all the Box Tops and send them in so your school can get cash. Checks are mailed to schools twice a year in December and April.
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New Visitor Management System Rolls Out

After working with a self-organized community group, hosting several community meetings and receiving expert review and recommendation, the school district is implementing a new visitor check-in system at all schools. Visitors will be requested to provide a government issued ID; this will be used to create an account for you in our system.
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