Coyote Creek News

News for the Week of January 26th

Tomorrow is our Read-In

Tomorrow, Friday, January 31st, our shared family time will be a 30 minute Read-In with your kids! This goes from 8:40 - 9:10. We ask that you join your children in their classrooms or around the building to read together. See you all on Friday!

Update on playground vandalism

Parents - just a quick update on our playground vandalism.

Thank you for some tips that you shared on things you'd seen that weekend on our playground. As well, information was sent in through text a tip that gave the police the information they needed to figure out who was involved in this destruction of our slide. The middle school was able to interview kids and all kids involved were identified, admitted to their part in this and are being held accountable. Evidence was found in snap chat and other social media accounts as well. We have put a work order in to get the slide replaced, but don't know the timeline of when that will be completed. We are hoping it will happen before the end of the school year. Thank you for talking with you kids about respect of property, the possible consequences of this, as well as posting things on social media that can be revisited at a later time to tie you to situations. A good lesson for all.

Class Group Photos & Spring Pictures

Picture will be taken on Wednesday, February 5th. Van Gogh School Photographers will be offering a classroom group photo. All students will also be photographed individual on class picture day. Forms were sent home last Thursday.

Reporting an Absence

Please remember you can use our Coyote App or leave a message on the 24-hour attendance line (303-387-6177) no later than 8:45am by a parent or guardian. You can download our Coyote Creek App by Rialto, it is available on the App Store or Google Play: search for Coyote Creek Elementary. You can report an absence, see the school lunch menu, school calendar and much more!

4th & 5th Grade Know Brainer Competition

Dear Fourth and Fifth Graders and Family Members,

This year Coyote Creek Elementary is assembling its first Know Brainer Competition team in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Littleton. This contest is an academic quiz bowl competition, including both oral and written components, and will require a strict commitment to attend weekly morning practices. In addition, a Google page will be set up so students can study trivia at home as well. Five team members will be chosen, along with two alternates. The actual competition itself will be held on Saturday, April 11th, from 7:30am-12:00pm.

If your child is interested in joining this special group, try-outs will be held on Thursday morning, February 6th, at 7:45 in Mrs. Morphey’s fourth grade classroom, room 206. Your student must attend the try-out to be chosen to represent CCE.

I look forward to seeing all of our trivia-loving fourth and fifth graders next week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sarah Morphey

Fourth Grade

Coyote Creek Elementary

6th Grade Passion Project

Hello Coyote Creek families, we are three 6th grade students, Jenna, Mia, and Noriana. We are doing passion projects in our enrichment class. The passion project we chose was to send care packages to the U.S troops in Iran. We would like to start a donation drive and are asking you to help us by donating supplies from the list provided. Boxes will be set up in front of the office at school. Kids can also come in with their donations. We’d like to start the drive on Monday, February 17th, and all donations will be due on Monday, February 24th. Feel free to donate at any time during the day. Thank you for your consideration and help! `

The list is below!

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Body wash

  • Sunblock

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Flip flops

  • Lip balm

  • Snacks: chips, nuts, cookies, beef jerky, non-melting candy, trail mix in packaging that isn’t easily crushed, mints, gum

*Please make all hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) travel size*

Message from Laura Hamilton - PE Teacher

In preparing for our “Great Games Field Day,” I am collecting empty soda cans. They need to be Coke, Pepsi, Diet Coke and Sprite. If you have any now or in the weeks to come I would appreciate it if you could donate them for one of our stations.

Laura Hamilton

Counseling Corner - Anxiety

I hear a lot about anxiety and worry in my line of work. And truth be told, I have struggled with it myself throughout my life. It's not a fun feeling but, like any other emotion, it's a signal to be noticed and dealt with rather than pushed down and ignored. It's important to find ways to control your anxiety before it controls you. While anxiety can stem from many different situations and thoughts, and can range in severity, there are a few key ideas to help children (and adults) manage their anxiety. Start with the 4 Cs.

  1. CALM down. Easier said than done sometimes but it is very important that our brains are calm enough to think about and talk back to our anxiety. Check out Coping Tools for Big Feelings.
  2. CHECK your thoughts. Where is this anxiety or worry coming from? Is there a pattern? Is there a true physical danger or is this a psychological fear?
  3. COLLECT evidence. Fact-check your anxiety. Has your anxiety ever been right before? What's the worst that could happen and has that ever happened before?
  4. CHALLENGE. Talk back to your anxiety! Using the evidence you've collected journal or talk to yourself and put anxiety in its place. "Fear, you don't control me", "Anxiety, you are not helping me feel better or be my best self".

Don't hesitate to seek additional help for your child if he or she is struggling with anxiety at home or school. Anxiety is not uncommon in our schools but it is very treatable. Start with me if you aren't sure where to look for help. In the meantime, here are a few more parent resources.

How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety (NPR Life Kit article and Podcast)

Parent Anxiety Presentation

This 90 minute video by Dr. Scott Cypers, Ph.D. will give parents greater insight and tools for helping children struggling with anxiety. DCSD has made it a priority this year to provide Dr. Cypers 2-day training to all of our mental health staff. Therefore, you'll hear a lot of the same language from Dr. Cypers that I am now using in my work with CCE students.

Breathe deeply and have a great day!

Debbie Edwards

School Counselor

(303) 387-6193

CCE School Counseling Website

Donuts with Dad - Thursday, March 12th, 7:30am-8:30am - Cafeteria

Each year CCE PTO hosts "Donuts with Dad", where students can enjoy donuts and juice with their dad, grandpa, uncle or special person (including moms, aunts, grandmas, etc.) in their lives before school.

Since the event is before school hours, we may enter through the cafeteria doors. Please sign in at the front desk if you plan to walk your student to class.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, kindly sign up at

SAVE THE DATE: May 11, 2020

Please save the date for our music and art show on May 11, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The choir will also be performing from 6:00-6:45. Student framed art will be available for sale from Artome again this year! We hope to see you all there!

Coyote Creek CogAT - 2nd Grade Only

This spring all 2nd-grade students will take the CogAT online assessment. Please click here to read the letter about this process.

CMAS Information

Our state mandated testing, CMAS, is scheduled from March 24th through April 10th, 2020. Please mark these dates on your calendar in order to work around them for doctor’s appointments, trips, etc. Information about CMAS, including testing schedules and opt-out information, is on our school website HERE. For questions about testing, please contact Kirsten Sola at

Painting with the Grizzlies 2020 February 10, 2020 6:00-8:00

Future Grizzlies, grades K-6, from schools in the ThunderRidge High School feeder area, are invited to join the TRHS National Art Honor Society students to paint a heart-themed masterpiece in the high school art rooms.

Cost of $20.00 includes all supplies and a snack. Please register in My School Bucks by Friday, Feb. 7. For further information, contact or click here

TRHS "Grizzly Gives"

This year ThunderRidge High School will be organizing "Grizzly Gives" the first week in March. We would love to have the support and participation of our feeder school families, staff and friends! Please see the below link for our Pre-Sale T-Shirts.

Douglas County Community Nights with the Colorado Avalanche

Friday, March 13th at 7:00pm vs. Vancouver Canucks
Back Up Game: Saturday, March 21st at 5:00pm vs. Montreal Canadiens

Please see the attached flyer for more information, or for tickets go to:

CCE Spirt Rock

"Rent the Rock" to recognize a student's birthday, show school spirit, thank or recognize teachers or staff members, congratulatory events, etc. It is a great way to spread positive messages and increase excitement in our community! Spots are open to "Rent the Rock" Sign up now to reserve it!

A Look Ahead:

A Look Ahead this school year:

  • February 5th - Spring/Class Pictures

  • February 6th - Parry's Pizza Restaurant Night -All day

  • February 14 - NO SCHOOL - District Professional Development

  • February 17th - NO SCHOOL - President's Day observed

  • February 25th - PTO Meeting/SAC Meeting

  • March 12th - Donuts with Dad

  • March 16-20 - No School - Spring Break

  • April 17 - No School - District compensation day for evening conferences

  • April 20 - No School - District Professional Development Day

  • May 1st - HEX- 6th Grade

  • May 8th - Field Day - Kdg.-5th Grade

  • May 11th - Night of the Arts - Choir & Art Show -5:30-7:30pm

  • May 1`4th - Rain Day -Field Day

  • May 18th - Yearbook Signing Party

  • May 19th - 6th Gr. Field day

  • May 22 - Last Day of School!


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