Cougar Connect Community Edition

May 8 - May 19

Principal Arellano's Post

Greetings Cougar Families!

We have officially completed our first week of May. As we are in the final week of this school year, I am reflecting on all of the hard work our students and staff have put in this year. We have accomplished so many great things and I am so proud of our community. Thank you for your continued partnership in your student's education. We truly have the BEST community and I am incredibly lucky to be part of it! We have lots of exciting events in the upcoming weeks. Please be sure to be on the lookout for communication regarding our special events.

Please be sure to look in your student's backpack daily and check your Remind app for communication from the school and your student's teacher. Students have nightly homework. Please support them in completing homework and reading nightly.

We are celebrating Teacher Appreciation week beginning May 8th and celebrating throughout the week. Please help us celebrate our amazing staff. If you would like to contribute, please reference the Remind message sent out on behalf of our AMAZING PTO.

Please ensure your student's lunch balances are cleared by the 19th of May. If you need assistance with clearing lunch balances, please contact our front office.

Important Information Regarding School Lunch

With the passing of Proposition FF school meals will become free at the start of the 2023/2024 school year. The procedures for school meals will follow the current process for the rest of this school year.

More information on menus, pricing, payments meal applications and charge policies can be accessed at

If you have any questions please call Nutrition Services at 719.391.3560.

Please keep an eye on your student's lunch account balance. If you have concerns, please reach out to our Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Coll. Call the front office and we can transfer your call.

The link for online lunch payments is attached. Your child's student ID number will be on their profile page that you sign off on in the classroom when you meet the teacher. Cash or check can be accepted at the school.

May 1st-May 25th

Habits of Success Focus: Curiosity

ROARS Focus: Attitude

The skill of Curiosity helps our students in the following ways:

  • Learn about topics that they are interested to help make connections between their learning and the world around them.

  • Make connections with other students who have similar interests.

  • Students openly seek out listening to others with different opinions and perspectives. Students genuinely want to listen to others' discussions, openly listening for a difference of perspective.

Circle Prompts:

  • Why is it important to connect with others who have similar interests?
  • Why is it important to connect with others who have different interests than our own?
  • In what ways can we find new activities or interests?
  • Why should we try out new things, like games, sports, books, and hobbies?
  • What is something new that you have tried out in the past month?
  • In what ways can you connect with new friends?
  • Why is it important to listen to others when collaborating in class?
  • Why is it important to listen to others who have different ideas than our own?
  • In what ways can we remain respectful when a peer has a different idea than our own?

Principal Arellano


Stay in the Loop

Two Week Overview

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Monday, May 8


Need to Know: N/A

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

Tuesday, May 9


Need to Know: N/A

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

Wednesday, May 10


Need to Know: Colorado Wolf Adventures 2nd Grade, School Nurse Day

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

Thursday, May 11


Need to Know: N/A

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

Friday, May 12

Professional Day-No Students

Need to Know: Kindergarten Roundup 2:30-3:45 pm, appointments only, call 719-391-3455

Monday, May 15


Need to Know: Spirit Week-Dress to Impress, Wear your Best!

Meeting: PTO 3:30 pm in Library

Clubs: N/A

Tuesday, May 16


Need to Know: Spirit Week-Beach Day, Fountain Creek Nature-2nd Grade 10am-12pm

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

Wednesday, May 17


Need to Know: Spirit Week-Hat Day $1, Gingersnap Farms-SSN 10am-2pm

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

Thursday, May 18


Need to Know: Spirit Week-School Pride, Wear Blue & Gold

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

Friday, May 19


Need to Know: Spirit Day-Workout Clothes for Field Day ( Schedule to be released Friday prior via Remind)

Meeting: N/A

Clubs: N/A

A Message From Our PTO

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week! Thank you to all the families who have donated so far! We are getting much closer to being able to give each staff member a gift! If you haven't had the chance to donate yet, you can check out our Amazon Wish List by clicking the link in the flyer attached, or by visiting All items must be donated by Friday, May 5 so that we can get the giveaway organized for the staff next week. ALSO, don't forget to send your favorite staff member a special, handwritten note of appreciation! Each "Teacher-gram" is $1 and will be attached to a card and hand delivered to your addressee. Money and forms can be turned into the Front Office, or sent in with your students! If needed, blank forms can be picked up in the office or you can email PTO at and we can send you a blank copy to print at home! Thank you all for your support!
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Thank you to our community who showed up for our students! You helped to make our Spring Showcase a success. Our students did an amazing job of showcasing their skills!

King Choir students put on ans amazing show!

Thank you to Mrs. Goolsby and the Children's Chorale for supporting our students and providing them with this opportunity! Our students made the Cougar Nation proud!
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Cougar Alert

  • All visitors must check-in at the front office prior to entering the school building with a picture ID.

  • During arrival and dismissal, please maintain the speed limit, stop for students and adults in the crosswalk, and avoid blocking the street. We are partnering with our SROs to ensure speed limits and traffic laws are followed for the safety of our students and community members.

  • Please do not drop students off prior to 8:00 a.m. as we do not have duty staff available for supervision.

  • All afterschool clubs will end at 4:15. Please be sure to have your student picked up on time. Please be sure to check your Remind app for cancelations or changes to schedules.
  • Please be sure to read through the important documents below that are shared with our families in our annual September Communication to famlies.

Staff Recognition

Please send Mrs. Arellano an email if you would like to recognize one of our staff members for the amazing work they do each and every day with students. Staff recognitions will be submitted to our district Good Newsletter and be featured on our Cougar Connect Community Edition. Mrs. Arellano can be reached at

Danielle Kuennen - King Elementary

Danielle is an important piece of the King Puzzle. Her positive attitude and commitment to doing what's right for kids makes her a role model for our entire staff. Danielle is flexible, kind, and always willing to "lean in" where she is needed. Mostly, we can't imagine a day without her humor getting us through the tough spots.

Jackie Krablean - King Elementary

Jackie is the Science/PBL teacher at King and has changed the way we deliver instruction to our students. Her lessons are hands on, inquiry based, and always student centered. Jackie's smile brightens our day and students are always so excited when they know it's a Krablean Day.


April's Duren Good Winner is Kameron Hambly! Ms. Hambly is a first-grade teacher at King Elementary.

Here is what her nominator wrote: "By being very kind and extremely patient with her students. She is also rocking her first year! "

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Tip of the Week-Thank a King Educator this week!

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