Hawk Highlights

September 25, 2020

Dear Families and Friends of the Hollys,

It’s hard to believe we have been full-time in person learning for 5 weeks already! I continue to be inspired by our beautiful community of staff, students and family members. Our community is persevering despite the barriers and interruptions as a result of the pandemic. Students are full of joy and curiosity, engaged in learning, and establishing strong relationships with staff and peers. Teachers are collaborating and problem solving innovative solutions that are responsive to the unique needs of students and community members this school year. I’m humbled and proud to serve the Hollys.

The safety of our students, staff and community members remains a top priority at the Hollys. We meet regularly to examine safety policies and practices. We are blessed to have the continued support of our neighbors at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department and CCSD Department of Safety and Security. We also have a CCSD security specialist, Mr. Kevin Childs, who supports our school. Our partnerships are strong. We have a thorough and multi-tiered approach to maintain physical and psychological safety.

Safety Plans

As a result of funds received from a Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant from the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, our school safety/crisis team and staff have received REMS training. They have also updated the emergency response plan and procedure that aligns with state and federal Homeland Security Emergency Management and the National Incident Management System. We have improved communication with our community agencies, trained key staff to provide for the emotional impact of a crisis on students and staff, and developed sustainable training materials and crisis response kits for the Hollys. The Cherry Creek website explains district efforts to provide for both the physical and psychological safety of our children, and gives parents links to excellent online resources.


Safe Behavior

We also use the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) approach to teach students proactively how to make safe and appropriate choices, avoid conflict, and accept responsibility for their actions. In an effort to promote student success in meeting expectations, we developed the school-wide S.O.A.R. expectations, which refer to the behaviors that are representative of our school mascot, the mighty Hawk! The letters in S.O.A.R. stand for Safety, Open-Heartedness, Achievement, and Resilience. Every individual who enters the building is encouraged to meet our school-wide behavioral expectations. Students receive stickers and awards for demonstrating S.O.A.R. behavior daily. We are extremely proud of their conscious efforts.

We use the Second Step Curriculum to teach the social/emotional skills required to S.O.A.R. in all grades K-5. The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with school work.
2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Traffic Safety

  • The traffic guidelines we follow keep our children safe, but can be inconvenient. We thank you for your patience. Parking spots for people with disabilities are sacred. People with disabilities have special parking privileges when displaying a handicap placard, handicap plate or parking tag. Do not park in these handicap parking spots.
  • Be aware that parents and students are walking through our parking lots. There are times when small children can act unpredictably and dart away from their parents. Know that you are driving through the parking lot of an elementary school, please drive slowly and cautiously.
  • When buses are dropping off or picking up students, do not use the bus lane to drop off or pick up your own child. This often causes delays and prevents buses from moving through this process in an efficient manner. Park along the curb outside of the school parking lot if you arrive during the bus drop off/pick up times.
  • Please do not walk between buses when they are lined up at arrival and dismissal, as drivers cannot see pedestrians that close in proximity to the bus.
  • REPORT! REPORT! REPORT! If you have safety concerns, please alert the school. I have an open door policy and will make myself available immediately.
  • You can also report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or our community through “safe2tell”. Call 1-877-542-7233 (SAFE) or make an anonymous report at www.safe2tell.org.

COVID Safety

We have spent 5 weeks training students on the new safety procedures related to the pandemic. Students and staff take our new safety precautions very seriously. As you know, we require masks for all students and staff regardless of state mandates. Research and science show that wearing a mask is critical to slowing the spread of the virus, especially in indoor spaces. Masks may be removed when eating lunch and/or a snack. At recess, students have the option to take a mask break in one of the clearly designated mask break spaces. Students are expected to wear masks at all other times.

Students, especially in younger grades, may need daily reminders to put on masks after lunch or raise their masks to ensure noses are covered. Per the Cherry Creek School District, the conscious refusal to wear a mask will be viewed as a conduct infraction and disciplinary measures will take effect. Students who refuse to wear a mask will:

  • Receive information regarding the requirement and a verbal warning.
  • Students who continue to refuse to wear a mask after the first infraction will receive an official warning and families will be contacted.
  • Students who continue to refuse to wear a mask after the first and second infractions will be transferred to the online school.

I don’t anticipate any issues, but I want to ensure families are aware. Our students have been very successful wearing masks!

I feel extremely fortunate to be your principal and look forward to working closely with our talented students, parents, and staff members. We truly have a special school environment as a result of our partnership. Our entire school community will continue to bolster safety at the Hollys.


Molly Drvenkar

Dear Cherry Creek Schools Community,

Food and Nutrition Services has some very exciting news! Thanks to extended funding from the USDA, we are able to offer FREE meals – breakfast and lunch – to ALL students through December 2020! Per USDA guidelines, qualifying meals must include 3 of the 5 meal components – Meat/Meat Alternate, Grain/Bread, Fruit, Vegetable, and Milk – one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. Additional meals (i.e. extra slice of pizza, or extra entrée) or a la carte (snack) items, are not covered by the USDA and therefore must be purchased at cost.

Although meals are free, we encourage families to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2020-21 school year if they haven’t done so already. This ensures these benefits continue in January 2021 and enables CCSD to receive all possible school funding. The meal application can be found on family.titank12.com.

I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that should your student’s class be quarantined at any point during the school year, they can come by any Cherry Creek Middle School location on Monday between 7:15 – 8:30 am and 11 – 12:30 pm to pick up 5 full days of meals to eat while they learn at home. Definitely keep this in mind as a resource in the event of a quarantine.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to assist.

We cannot thank you enough for supporting our amazing meal program!

Take good care,

Kim Kilgore RD, SNS

Director of Food and Nutrition Services

Cherry Creek Schools


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State Count Day

October 1st is State Count Day! Student attendance on this day ensures proper state funding for our school. Please make sure your student is present on October 1st unless they are sick. If your child will be absent due to illness, please contact the attendance line.
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September is youth suicide prevention and awareness month

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US among youth between 10 and 19 years of age; in Colorado it is the leading cause of death for this age group. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Family members, caregivers, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority—and are empowered to take the correct actions—we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.

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Welcome Back to School Event

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Putting ADHD in Focus

CCSD parents and community members are invited to join the Parent Information Network for a virtual meeting on "Putting ADHD into focus." ADHD expert Andrea Pitman will share important information about symptoms, diagnoses, treatment and more. The meeting will be held from 9:15-11:15 a.m. on Tues., Oct. 6. Get more information here.

Picture Day at the Hollys

Picture Day is Friday, October 2nd! We ask that parents order pictures online this year by going to https://orders.vangoghco.com/prepay/ and entering our school code: 30016301. If you are unable to pay online, simply fill out the order form sent home with your student on Friday, September 25th and return payment to the photographer on picture day.

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Hollys Restaurant Night

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A Message from the Hollys PTCO

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Wear Your Mask

Please wear a mask on campus at all times. Research and science show that wearing a mask is critical to slowing the spread of the virus. We require masks for all students, community members and staff regardless of state mandates. If you do not have a mask, we will provide a disposable mask for you. If you are unable to wear a mask, please contact the Principal or Assistant Principal to make alternate arrangements for student drop off and pick up. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our community safe.

Additional Resources

Please note the changes in the 2020-21 school year calendar.

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