FVE News

July 2022

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Dear Frontier Valley Families,

We hope that you are enjoying the last weeks of summer break! It’s hard to believe that we will be starting the 2022/23 school year soon. Our staff is excited to see all of our little buffaloes returning to Frontier Valley, and meet our new students/families joining our HERD too. The school theme this year is “Roaming with Pride”, and we have so many things to be proud of at Frontier Valley. We hope that when you walk through the hallways during Meet and Greet on Friday, August 5th from 9:00-11:00 that you can feel and see the pride that we have in our wonderful school. We are very proud of our staff, here is a list of our wonderful teachers and support staff that will be working with your children this school year. We are also very proud and lucky that our community supports FVE through our PTO fundraising efforts. If you are looking for opportunities to be involved in our PTO this year, please reach out to our Frontier Valley Educational Alliance (FVEA) president, Amber Warren at: ammeparr@gmail.com FVEA does so many great things for Frontier Valley including (but not limited to) staff grants, library book upgrades, purchasing new technology, updated furniture, consumable curriculum purchases, and creating memorable experiences for our students through fun community events.

We know that your child is excited to find out which teacher they have been assigned to for the coming school year. You will be able to see the class assignments in the Parent Portal the week of July 25th. Our school will send out additional communication once rosters are uploaded for parent viewing. We have taken great care in our classroom placement process and have a wonderful group of teachers at FVE. We are confident that your child will have a successful year at Frontier Valley.

Please read the information below for details regarding the beginning of the year. It is a pleasure to open the school year up and welcome all of our little buffaloes back to FVE soon!

Your proud principal,

Kiersten Hall


We are in need of 5 volunteers to unpack the School Supply Kits and deliver them to classrooms on August 3rd from 9:00-11:00. If you are able to volunteer, please click HERE.


Click Here to see important information regarding Kindergarten Balanced Beginnings, Meet & Greet and First Date of School!

Every year the district requires all households to complete the Express Check-In. It will open on July 20, 2022. You will be able to access all your children in one spot. The link for Express Check-In is http://engaged.dcsdk12.org. You must have a parent portal account in order to access Express Check-In. Kindergarten parents should be receiving directions for setting up their parent portal accounts soon. If your kindie has siblings already attending Frontier Valley, they will automatically show up on your parent portal account. Express Check-In must be completed before August 8, 2022. You will use Express Check-In to update your contact information, pay school fees, and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

For assistance please contact:

Jeanne Johnson, FVE Registrar at 303-387-8475 or jjohnson11@dcsdk12.org

Carissa Mazzeo, FVE Administrative Assistant at 303-387-8475 or carissa.mazzeo@dcsdk12.org

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Frontier Valley follows a ‘soft start’ process for student arrival in the morning. School doors will open for students from 8:20am-8:35am. Please keep students in your care until Frontier Valley staff supervision begins at 8:20am. We will continue to use specific doors for student entrance closest to the grade level classrooms. Kindergarten and third grade students will arrive through the playground/blacktop doors. First and second grade students will enter through the front doors of the school, and our fourth and fifth grade students will enter the building through the bus loop/mobile classroom doors.
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Dismissal:Our youngest buffaloes in kindergarten and first grade will dismiss a few minutes ahead of the rest of our herd at 3:20. Kindergarten and first grade teachers will supervise students in the front of the building by the flagpole and wait for parents to pick up students (parents in these grades may park and meet the teacher in the designated area). Children in grades 2nd-5th will dismiss at 3:25. Car riders will be waiting on the sidewalk near the field with their teacher until their ride comes through the lane. It helps our staff if a sign is placed on the passenger window or hanging from the mirror with your child’s name and grade written in large bold letters (these will be available at meet and greet or the school office). A staff member will call students to your car as you enter the car lane. Please close the gaps in the car lane during pick up, so that we may load students more efficiently.

With safety being our number one priority, we wanted to remind all drivers to be careful in the school zone. Please avoid parking close to the crosswalks on Canterberry Trail. Our students and crossing guards have a hard time seeing traffic around parked cars too close to the crosswalk. We want to ensure that all of our little buffaloes arrive safely to school. In addition, U-turns in the school area are very dangerous, please help keep our school zone safe for all.


Although we LOVE our pets, please remember that dogs are not allowed on campus (with the exception of service animals). Please keep dogs on the perimeter of school grounds (fence line on Canterberry Trail or tree line on the field). This is a DCSD policy for all schools.


Our Fall Book Fair is August 29th - September 2nd. We are in need of volunteers to help set up, run, and take down the fair. Please click HERE to volunteer.


Join us September 2nd from 7:20 - 8:20 for donuts, coffee and juice. Click HERE for more information. We are also in need of volunteers to serve and clean up after the event. Please click HERE if you are interested in volunteering for this event.


Each year, FVE joins other schools to participate in the Douglas County Library's Battle of the Books program. This program is available to our 3rd, 4th and & 5th grade students. Battle of the Books provides an amazing opportunity for students to foster a love of reading, increase their reading ability and learn excellent communication and sportsmanship skills. For more information regarding this program and to learn how to sign up, please click HERE. Click HERE for the FVE Battle of the Books 2022-2023 schedule.


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2022-2023 FVEA School Events and Meetings

Click on the link for information regarding the upcoming school year.


Thanks to school district Facility Rentals, our school will be receiving an upgrade to our current sign. Our marquee will convert to electronic messaging some time in September. We are excited to have this new communication feature at our school.


Please visit the Counselor’s Corner for lesson themes, a monthly newsletter, and parent resources!!

I look forward to seeing all our FVE Buffaloes and their families at Meet and Greet! If you have any questions or would like to talk, please reach out to me at evanotten@dcsdk12.org.

Liz Van Otten, School Counselor


Going back to school can be stressful! A new school year brings excitement but with it also comes earlier wake ups, anxiety about a new teacher and classroom, and changes in routine. Here are some tips for parents:

Printable checklists, back-to-school anxiety, and other tips from Family Education

8 Tips to prepare for the first days of school


Andie is joining the herd this year at FVE to help make classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling even more meaningful and engaging. Andie has been working as a therapy dog for 2 years and is certified with Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. She is 4 years old and loves treats (Chick Fil-A nuggets are her fave), going on walks, and meeting new friends. For information on the benefit therapy dogs can provide to schools, please see this article.


We will have a school counseling advisory council at FVE this year! Led by the school counselor, the council will include teachers, parents, and community members. The purpose of the council is to provide feedback on program goals, review program results, make recommendations about the school counseling program, and serve as advocates for the school counseling program. We will meet twice a year- once in the fall and once in the spring. Please fill out the School Counseling Advisory Interest Form if you would like to learn more!.


I saw how interested our 5th graders were in my career exploration unit and wanted to expand on what we did last year. Career cafe is an opportunity for 5th grade students to learn about different careers and education pathways after high school through presentations from local community members throughout the school year. If you are interested in presenting about your job or career to our FVE 5th graders this school year, please fill out the Career Cafe Interest Survey.