Bradley Messenger 4.29.22

Posted 04/30/2022

May 2nd – May 5th

News from the Nest….

  • 5th Grade finished off their CMAS testing this week and we are done with CMAS for the year – Great job kids!
  • Kindergarten went to the Zoo on a field trip and 3rd grade went to the Butterfly Pavilion this week!
  • Teachers and students started using our outdoor classroom this week.
  • Thursday is STAR WARS Spirit Day! May the 4th be with you!
  • Remember, May 6 is a First Friday – NO SCHOOL for students.
  • Lunch Menu for next week: April 25-29 Lunch Menu

School News

  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation week is this week! May 2nd – May 5th
  • IB Student Led Conferences: Save the date for IB Student Led Conferences on Thursday, May 5th! You should have received a Sign-Up Genius from your child’s classroom teacher in order to sign-up for a 20 minute conference. Your child will be leading the entire conference to build Student Agency (Voice, Choice & Ownership) within our IB programme. The Student Led Conferences will be held inside the individual classrooms and families will only be able to stay in the school for their specific 20 minute time slot. This is a school-wide family event held only on this date for all families. There will not be any child care available for siblings during the conferences. As a school, we are still encouraging masks and social distancing. We’re looking forward to having the students share what they have learned!
  • Double Sweet Times for Bradley Families! Come see some sweet Bradley student art at our most delicious local Milk & Cake Bakery/Frozen Yogurt Shop. Tell them you are there from Bradley and they will give 20% back to THE ART ROOM! Over 200 pieces of Bradley Art are there to be enjoyed, made by random students in grades 2-5. Each work of art is tiny and includes one hidden detail to find. And just for fun, on Bradley First Friday May 6, Bradley families are welcome to celebrate the artists at Milk & Cake with a Bradley Art Party at 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. Show runs from April 24-May 8. (See attached invitation made by 5th Grade students.)
  • NEW DPS Transportation Opt-In for 2022-23 School Year: The 2022-23 School Year Opt-In Program window is now open! Please opt-in your eligible student by June 30, 2022. If you do not opt in by June 30, DPS Transportation will plan bus routes without your student. This doesn’t change students’ eligibility, but it could cause a delay in service. Note: Students who were Exception Riders this year will not be able to opt in, families will need to file another Exception Request over the summer. If your student received transportation for special education, you do not need to opt-in for DPS Transportation.
  • 2022-23 Online Registration: Current DPS families – save time by updating your student’s information online! By completing this process using your Parent Portal account, you can avoid paper forms and save time in August. All DPS Students must have an accepted seat prior to registering their student. Select one of the windows available to register your student(s) online for 2022-23:
    • The “Early Bird” window, May 2-20, 2022
    • Current year, late July-September 2022To register online, primary legal guardians of current DPS students must have an active DPS Parent Portal account. Visit to sign up, or to check that your account is active and ready. For more information on how to complete online registration, contact the front office or visit
  • Bradley Summer Camp: Need a fun summer camp for your student(s)? We are planning our Bradley Summer Camp for the month of June (June 6th – July 1st)! All camps are run by Bradley teachers and paras AND it’s at Bradley – what could be better! Registration is available online on the Bradley website (see attached flier)! Registration ends May 18th!

Weekly Emotional Wellness Skills for Students

  • Coping Strategies: The pandemic has increased everyone’s stress levels, including kids and teens. Now, more than ever, we need to practice healthy strategies for managing feelings and coping with stress. Coping is not something we are born knowing how to do; it’s something we learn how to do with practice. It’s never too early or too late to start developing healthy coping skills, and teaching your kids healthy coping strategies will help them become more resilient (better able to handle life’s ups and downs). Learning to manage our emotions begins when we are young and continues throughout our lives. By teaching your kids healthy coping strategies early on, and practicing them regularly, you are building their resilience and setting them up for success. Students respond to many different coping strategies: active, relaxing, creative, social, and strategies that shift your mindset. Read more at: Strong4Life

PTO News

  • Read-a-Thon 2022 Awards Results: A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the Read-a-Thon! We had a record-breaking year for both funds raised and minutes read. Students read over 307,000 minutes and this year’s fundraiser raised over $26,000 for Bradley! Half of the proceeds will go directly to the classrooms, while the other half will be used by the PTO on various Bradley projects.
    • Congratulations to our 4th Grade winner in Ms. Leier’s class – she read over 2,500 minutes during the fundraiser, making her the top reader in the school! A reader from Ms. Kapner’s class and a reader from Ms. Brown’s class rounded out our top 3 readers in the school. Our top three readers in the school will each receive a bookstore gift card.
    • The students in Ms. Kapner’s 2th grade class had the highest class total – students read almost 24,000 minutes during the fundraiser! The class gets a pizza party with dessert to celebrate.
    • The students in Ms Kapner’s 2nd grade class also raised the most funds – almost $2,400! The class will get the “Ultimate Recess at Eisenhower Park!”
  • Classrooms with the most reading minutes for their grade also get a pizza party to celebrate. Congratulations!
    • 5th Grade = Cress’ class – 20,831 minutes
    • 4th Grade = Butcher’s class – 17,692 minutes
    • 3rd Grade = Brown’s class – 21,614 minutes
    • 2nd Grade = Kapner’s class – 23,860 minutes
    • 1st Grade = Dines’s class – 14,455 minutes
    • Kindergarten = Eggleston’s class – 19,306 minutes
    • ECE = Zinn’s class – 10,441 minutes
  • Congratulations to each student who participated in the Read-a-Thon! Depending on how much each student read or raised they may earn:
    • Top # reading minutes in the entire class = Show and Tell to the class
    • 500+ reading minutes = Extra recess
    • 300+ reading minutes = Bradley Treasure Box item
    • 150+ reading minutes = Bring a Stuffie to School/Wear a Hat for a Day
    • $100+ raised = Extra recess
    • $50+ raised = No homework pass
    • $30+ raised = Classroom free time pass

Prizes will be distributed in the coming weeks through each classroom. Thank you again for helping make this fundraiser such a huge success!

  • May PTO Meeting Date Change and IN PERSON: New Date- May 12, at 3:30 p.m. – IN PERSON – Bradley Library. As previously announced, we are canceling out May 5 meeting and moving it to May 12 instead. This will be an IN PERSON meeting in the Bradley Library. Please come join us to hear how Read-a-Thon went and other activities from this year. This is a great time to meet PTO and find out how you can get involved next year. Please reach out if you have any questions.
  • Modern Market Eatery is donating back to Bradley Elementary – you can help by eating! On Thursday, May 12th between 11:00am-9:00pm enjoy a meal from Modern Market Eatery Cherry Hills located at 3475 South University Blvd (University & Hampden). Modern Market Eatery will donate 30% of take out orders to Bradley Elementary. If you are ordering online, please use promo code giveback005. Please help us by RSVPing to save the date and inviting a friend (or 2) to eat with you! RSVP & details here: Check out their website for more information at: 

Community Events

  • South Platte River Cleanup, Saturday, April 30,2022: Protect Our Rivers is hosting the 15th Annual Community South Platte Cleanup – an event that has historically rallied 200+ kayakers, rafters, bikers, and hikers who have removed over 2 TONS of trash from the river corridor. We invite you to join us and spread some love to the river that winds its way through the heart of Denver. RSVP: SouthPlatteRiverCleanup
  • Mile High International Pastel Exhibition: April 9-May 21: Washington Hall Gallery, Central City: Showcasing nearly 100 pastel paintings in a variety of styles, the Mile High International Pastel Exhibition is for those who love art. Taking place in Central City at Washington Hall Gallery, this year’s finalists were selected from nearly 300 entries. Judged by Christine Debrosky, a recognized impressionistic painter, the opening ceremony and awards take place on the event’s first day. This year’s 18th annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition runs from Saturday to Saturday, April 9th to May 21st, 2022. Moreover, on certain weekends during the show, the Pastel Society of Colorado will be holding painting demonstrations.

Important Dates to Remember

May 2 – Online 2022-23 Early Bird Registration OPENS
May 5 – Student Led conferences
May 6 – NO SCHOOL – First Friday
May 6 – Bradley Student Art Show Party at Milk & Cake 3:00-4:30pm

May 8 – Bradley Student Art Show at Milk & Cake ENDS
May 10 – 2nd Grade to Museum of Nature & Science
May 11 – 3rd Grade to Denver Art Museum
May 12 – Session 4 After School Enrichment ENDS
May 17 – 3rd Grade to Museum of Nature & Science
May 18 – Last Day to sign up for Bradley Summer Camp
May 20 – Online 2022-23 Early Bird Registration ENDS
May 26 – Ms. Laura’s Kindergarten to Children’s Museum
May 27 – ECE 4’s to Botanic Gardens
May 30 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
June 1 – Field Day
June 1 – 2 – Lost and Found Tables

June 2 – 5th Grade Continuation
June 3 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Dismissal 12:45

Visit the Bradley website for more information and more important dates:

Have a great weekend!

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