Education briefs for Aug. 18


A get-acquainted picnic for incoming fifth-graders will be held at the Craig Intermediate School, 201 E. Ninth St., at 11 a.m. The fifth-graders can find out who their teachers will be, tour the school and participate in activities and a school scavenger hunt. The sixth-grade friendly helpers will be on hand to help the new students find their way. Call Tom Nagoda at 824-3287.

CIS parent council
looking for members
The Craig Intermediate School is looking for parents or interested community members to participate in the Parent Advisory Council. The Intermediate School PAC is a group organized to support the school, teachers and the children. The group is hoping to establish a climate at CIS of participation and excitement about working together for education. Call Trish Snyder at 824-7312 or attend the Parent Night at Craig Intermediate School, 201 E. Ninth St., on Sept. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gym. Do not bring your children.

CMS Back-to-School
Night is Thursday
Back-to-School Night is scheduled at the Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Middle School students can pick up their schedules, meet briefly with their teaching teams, get their lockers and combinations and pick up their Bulldog agendas. Parents will be able to get the 2004 Colorado Student Assessment Program test results. Call 824-3289.
Ridgeview Elementary, Sunset Elementary and East Elementary will be holding a Kindergarten Family Connection Day on Monday. There will be no regular kindergarten on this day. Parents, plan to stay with your children for activities and a chance to meet others in your children's class. Your child gets to go home with you and return again Tuesday for his or her first day on their own.
Tuesday also will be the first day students may ride the bus after school at Sunset Elementary.
Ridgeview and East Elementary are asking parents to attend at the following times: morning students whose last name begin with A to M, come from 8 to 9 a.m.; last names beginning with N to Z, come from 10 to 11 a.m. Afternoon students with last names beginning with A to M, come from noon to 1 p.m.; last names beginning with N to Z come at 2 to 3 p.m. Sunset Elementary is hosting an open house format so that you may attend according to your schedule but is asking morning students and parents to attend from 8 to 10 a.m. and afternoon students and parents to attend from noon to 2 p.m.

New student orientation
set for Friday at MCHS
Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, will host an orientation for new students and incoming freshmen from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday. Students will be able to pick up their schedules, find their lockers and classrooms and meet their teachers.
Student Council members will be conducting tours of the building if needed. Information will be available on sports and extracurricular activities. Parents are welcome, and students are encouraged to attend to ease some of the transition of the first day of school. For more information, call 824-7036.

Free and reduced lunch
guidelines announced
Moffat County School District announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduce price meals served under the National School Lunch Program. Local school officials will use the following size and income criteria for determining eligibility: (Family size, income limits for free meals, income limits for reduced price meals.)
1, $12,103, $17,224;
2, $16,237, $23,107;
3, $20,371, $28,990;
4, $24,505, $34,873;
5, $28,639, $40,756;
6, $32,773, $46,639;
7, $36,907, $52,522;
8, $41,041, $58,405;
For each additional family member, add $ 4,134, $ 5,883.
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Copies are available at the principal's office in each school. The application must be correctly completed if a student is to be considered eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Your eligibility may be checked at any time during the school year. School officials may ask you to send papers showing that your children should get free or reduced price meals. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. An information release form is provided on the back of the application giving permission to have the information contained on the Free and Reduced application released to specified programs for benefits, such as the waiving of fees for athletic activities or books, etc. The information requested only will be used in school-related programs. The principal of each school will make this decision of program benefits.
If you wish to participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, fill out the application completely and return it to the office of the building your child will be attending. Your application may be turned in before school starts so that your child may start receiving this benefit on the first day of school.
You may apply for meals any time during the school year.
If you are not eligible now, but have a change such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed or get food stamps for your children, an application may be submitted.

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