Coyote Creek News

News for the Week of August 23rd - 29th

A message from Mrs. Rahne

WOW! What a great first week back to school! It was so great to have students in the building and feel some sense of normalcy. Their energy makes us all smile and they did an awesome job of learning our new routines. We are excited to have the students back in school two days a week starting next week. Thank you for your continued support to help us figure out how to bring our students back safely.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Rahne

School Schedule Next Week:

  • Monday, August 24th: First day of in-person learning Cohort A - (Picture day for Cohort A)

  • Tuesday, August 25th: First day of in-person learning Cohort B - (Picture day for Cohort B will be Sept. 3rd)

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders:

Drop Off:

All three doors will open at 8:30 AM. Please encourage your child to go into the closest door to their classroom and head straight to their classrooms. We are implementing one-way hallways so students will come in the outside door and go to their right. Kindergarten will continue to line up outside the front entrance on the spaces marked on the ground. The kindergarten teachers will meet you outside to walk your child in. The playground will not be available before or after school. The late bell rings at 8:40am.

Pick Up:

After school, classes will go out designated doors:

-Kindergarten will go out the front door 5 minutes early (3:25 PM).

-5th and 6th grade will go out the front doors

-3rd and 4th grade will go out the back doors

-1st and 2nd grade will go out the doors by the garden.

Please remind your children to find a good meet up place after school.

Important Reminders: for the back drop off loop, you can only make a right turn out of this lane during drop off and pick up hours. Both front and back loops are for curbside drop off and pick up. If you need to get out of your car for any reason, please park along the street or in the parking lot.

Picture Day!

Coyote Creek Elementary School has made arrangements for school photos to be taken on Monday, August 24, 2020 for Cohort A and Thursday, September 3, 2020 for Cohort B. If you wish to order pictures, please place your order online prior to your picture time by clicking the link below.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are asking that all payments be made online, to minimize the handling of currency. If you are unable to pay online, please call the customer service line at 847-382-2282 ext 7. Thank you for your understanding.


Click here to order

Enter your school code:


Lunchroom Reminders

Some students have forgotten to bring their drink or water bottle for lunch. Please remember to send a water bottle each day. All students will have access to the water fill-up station in the lunchroom.

Health Room Update

At this time, we can no longer give out vaseline for chapped lips. Please feel free to send your child to school with their own chapstick to keep in their backpack.

Virtual Art Classes - Every Friday

Dear students,

I have already received so many warm welcomes from everyone I've met and feel so fortunate to be part of this awesome community! I look forward to seeing you all in class as the year continues!

Starting this Friday and continuing every Friday I will be hosting LIVE art lessons for all grades on Google Meet. You can find the links to the Google Meet sessions on my website:

Here are the times that I will be going live with each grade-

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grades: 11-11:30

3rd & 4th grades: 1:45-2:15

5th & 6th grades: 1-1:30

I can't wait to see you Friday!

Mrs. Montano

Back to School Night

Back to School Night will be hosted live on Wednesday, August 26th. Your teacher will send you a google hangout link to join their session starting at 6:30 PM. But don't worry if you can't join the virtual session at that time (or have multiple students). The teachers will record their presentation, then post it to their website for you to review later.

Connect with Coyote Creek!

Coyote Creek Website - Please visit our CCE website at:

Coyote Creek App - Download our Coyote Creek App today!! - By Rialto - 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!

Coyote Creek Facebook Page - We have a Coyote Creek Elementary Facebook page!! Check it out and "like" it and share with your friends!! You can also find the link on our CCE website.

Coyote Creek Twitter page - Follow us on Twitter and get the latest updates about what's happening at school - Follow us on TWITTER!

Technology Information

Please click on THIS LINK to read over information about technology support and expectations (both eLearning and hybrid students)

Parents - if you are having an issue with your technology click HERE

Y.E.S.S. Parent Academy

Youth Education & Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.) is hosting a Zoom parent academy on August 25th from 11:30am-1pm. This class will focus on digital citizenship, specifically on how devices become so addicting for us and our kids and how to deal with that. It's free for any parents or anyone who wants more information on the topic we're covering.

RSVP required - please click HERE to see the flyer for information on how to RSVP.

CCE PTO Meeting - Tuesday, August 25th

The PTO will hold their first meeting for the 20-21 school year via Zoom on Tuesday, August 25th from 6-7pm. No need to register in advance, just click the Zoom Link below to access the meeting:

CCE PTO Meeting

Meeting ID: 811 9222 5820

Passcode: 308258

You can view the meeting agenda here!

SAC Meeting - Sept. 22

The first SAC meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM via Google Hangouts. Feel free to join us virtually if you would like to attend. SAC is looking for another representative to sit on the board. If you are interested, please email Michelle Mandair by September 4th so that we can hold elections prior to our first meeting.

Learn about the Free and Reduced Price Program

Families are required to complete a new application each school year, unless you have received a letter of notification that your child was directly certified for the 2020-2021 school year. If your child received meal benefits for the 2019-2020 school year with Douglas County School District, meal benefits will continue for up to 30 days, allowing parents to reapply for benefits in the 2020-2021 school year. A new application must be submitted and approved by the expiration of the carryover date.

Please note that students submitting an application will need to bring money or a lunch until the application has been processed and approved. Please allow for ten business days from the day the application is received at Douglas County School District, Nutrition Services in Castle Rock, for processing.

Please apply online at If you are in need of a paper application, please contact your school bookkeeper or Susan Babineau at 303-387-0368. All applications are available in both English and Spanish. If another language is needed, contact Susan Babineau.

If approved for meal benefits, and the release to share information for Medicaid or school fees (transportation, books fees, and athletics fees) was NOT elected on the application and you would like to share this information, please complete the Information Release form which can be found by clicking on the Free & Reduced tab above and choosing the tab: Information Release and send it to Some charter schools have alternative policies regarding transportation fees. Please check with your individual school to see the policy on transportation fees.

For information regarding Immigrant and Refugee Status applications, please click HERE.

CCE Orchestra Information for 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders

I wanted to take a moment to say hello and introduce myself. For those who have not met me before, my name is Felicia Elenum, and I am the band, orchestra, and choir director at Ranch View Middle School. I am SO excited to also be teaching orchestra at Coyote Creek this year!

Normally, I would come to your school and do an assembly where you get to try out instruments, but unfortunately, this year we aren't able to do that. So I tried to bring a taste of that assembly to you in a video! You can view the video here. I show you just a tiny bit of violin, viola, cello, and bass. Hopefully it can help you make a decision if you are interested in joining orchestra for the first time this year.

Orchestra is open to 4, 5, and 6 grade students, regardless of your level! If you have played for at least 1 year, you will be signing up for intermediate orchestra, and if you're brand new, you'll sign up for beginning orchestra. I didn't start playing in band until I was in 6th grade, (In fact, I didn't start playing a string instrument until I was 26, and I have taught beginners in their 80s!) so it's NEVER too late!

Registration for this year is live! Please click here to sign up!

Regardless of how the year ends up going with Covid-19, hybrid learning, etc, we WILL have fun and we WILL have performances. They may look different than we're used to, but what's the point of learning an instrument if we don't get to show anyone what we've learned? To give you an idea of how it might work out, this is a video of some Ranch View musicians from last spring. I believe wholeheartedly that elementary musicians can also put together a virtual show like this!

Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I look forward to working with all of you this year!


Felicia Elenum

News from our School Counselor

I'm thrilled to be back at CCE, helping meet the social-emotional and mental health needs of our community. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please feel free to email or call me. You can also use this Counseling Form to request that I check in with your student, either at school or online. I am here to serve all of our CCE students and families, whether on the Hybrid or 100% eLearning model.

Please join me on Thursday, September 10th, 6-7pm for a Back To School, Parent Support Conversation. I will be hosting a virtual meet-up with CCE parents/guardians to talk with you about ways to support your students (and yourselves) as we all head back to school in this rather unusual way! Whether your child is enrolled in the Hybrid or 100% eLearning model, this conversation is for you! There will be a presentation and time for Q&A. Please register here and mark your calendar with this Google Meets link!

Mrs. Edwards

School Counselor

CCE School Counseling Website

Meet the CCE SPED and Support Staff Team!

Our special education team and support staff would like to introduce ourselves to you for the upcoming school year. We have a few new staff members and many returning staff members who are all looking forward to working with your children. Each staff member has introduced herself and shared briefly as we won’t be able to meet during our traditional ‘Back to School Night.’

Tanya Wentworth: Occupational Therapist

I graduated with my degree in occupational therapy from Boston University 25 years ago! My job has taken me from Massachusetts, the Bay Area and finally to Colorado. I have been fortunate to be a part of the SPED team here at Coyote Creek Elementary since 2006! I am here to support all students, parents and teachers with all skills related to fine motor, visual motor, coordination, self-help and sensory and everything in-between so our kids can be the best learners they can be. Please reach out to me!

Kristine Hammond: School Psychologist

I am the school psychologist at Coyote Creek Elementary School. This is my thirteenth year at Coyote Creek and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing community! I am originally from the Midwest and I attended Loyola University Chicago for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I began my professional career working for the Chicago Board of Education before moving to California and working for a school district in Orange County. I will be in the building on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact me at my email address if you have any questions or concerns:

Kirstin Amidon: Speech-Language Pathologist

Hi, I am one of CCE's speech/language pathologists. This is my 4th year working with CCE’s fantastic SPED team and wonderful school community. I am very fortunate to have a career I love…. working with kids’ communication skills. I have over 25 years of experience in schools, early intervention, private practice and home health. I graduated with both my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in communicative disorders from California State University Long Beach. I moved to Colorado 6 years ago with my husband and two boys. You’ll frequently find me playing tennis, skiing, reading or playing in the backyard with my family. Please reach out with any questions or concerns:

Amy Sealock: Speech-Language Pathologist

I am one of the speech-language pathologists at Coyote Creek. I have been an SLP for 25 years and I absolutely LOVE my job!!! I’ve worked at all school levels (preschool, elementary, middle, and high school). Elementary is my favorite. I have worked at CCE for 15 years. For the past several years, I have had the amazing opportunity to work solely with the Significant Support Needs population. It is a privilege to empower these students to communicate through a variety of creative and alternative methods. I love to collaborate with families and support staff to best assist the communication needs of the students. I am looking forward to a great year despite all the challenges we are facing at this time. You can reach me at

Lindsy Edmundson: Learning Specialist

I am proud to be one of the Learning Specialists here at Coyote Creek Elementary. I was born and raised in Indiana- GO HOOSIERS! I received my bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Elementary/ Mild Intervention. After moving to Colorado, I obtained my master’s degree at the University of Colorado in Special Education. While I have taught a variety of grade levels throughout my career, working with children one-on-one to develop skills they find challenging, is my passion! I look forward to collaborating with you and supporting your child’s academic achievement this year. You can always feel free to contact me at Your questions are my priority!

Chiara Bialkowski: Education Specialist Hello Coyote Creek families! My name is Chiara Bialkowski and I am thrilled to be back as an Education Specialist at Coyote Creek Elementary. I earned my bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California Davis, and my teaching credential and master’s in Special Education from National University. I have been working with students for eight years, in public, private and charter programs. I am passionate about providing my students with the best possible academic support while making their time at Coyote Creek educational, memorable and enriching. I am always happy to speak with parents regarding their students, or to answer any questions I may be able to assist with in the special education arena. Please feel free to reach out to me at

Chelsea Krier: Significant Support Needs Teacher Hi! My name is Chelsea Krier and I am the Significant Support Needs Teacher. This is my first year at Coyote Creek Elementary but my seventh year teaching special education. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Special Education and my master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Northern Colorado. I was born and raised in Colorado. When I am not at work, you will find me cooking or chasing my two little kids around the house!

Barb Voelker: Learning Specialist/Moderate Needs

Hello Coyote Creek families! I am the full-time Learning Specialist and Special Education Team Lead at Coyote Creek. I have been working in DCSD for over 20 years and have been at CCE since 1999. Prior to working in Douglas County, I worked for the Fargo, ND Public School District. My position at Coyote Creek involves evaluating, determining eligibility and delivering academic services to students who qualify for special education. If you have questions or concerns about the Special Education process, feel free to contact me. You may contact me at

Join CCE PTO and King Soopers for "Community Rewards"

Coyote Creek Elementary benefits from the King Soopers' Community Rewards Program. It's free, easy to sign up, and all your King Soopers purchases benefits our school!

When you enroll online to participate (it's free and easy!) and all King Soopers purchases you make when using your card or alternate identification number will benefit CCE! Encourage family members to also participate!

Step 1 - Visit

Step 2 - Click on "Savings"

Step 3 - Click on "King Soopers Community Rewards"

Step 4 - Search for "Coyote Creek PTO" as the organization name, or you can enter our organization number "WX862"

Click ENROLL and you're done!

(NOTE: New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.)

A Look Ahead:

2020- 2021 School Year:

  • August 21st - elearners Open house 9-11:00
  • August 24th - Picture Day for Cohort A & 1st Day for Cohort A of in-person learning
  • August 25th - Cohort B - 1st Day of in-person learning
  • August 26th - Back to School Virtual - 6:30 pm
  • September 2nd - 6th Grade Outdoor Ed (Cohort A)
  • September 3rd - 6th Grade Outdoor Ed (Cohort B)
  • September 3rd - Picture Day - Cohort B
  • September 22nd - SAC Meeting

We have a helping partner - AFW!

Better your home, better your school! Up to 4% of your purchase ANYTIME at American Furniture Warehouse supports Coyote Creek Elementary! Purchases ONLINE, at any store, or over the phone all count!

During check-out, mention our school or school ID: CCE162 or 1-800-992-7997

Thank you for supporting Coyote Creek Elementary!

Work for DCSD

We currently have two Educational Assistant 1 jobs available at Coyote Creek Elementary, working in the lunchroom while your child is in school. No nights, weekends, or summer!! Please call the front office if you are interested or for more information!

How can you help?

We are receiving lots of emails asking how to help us launch the school year safely and what type of materieals we need.

Here are some materials you can provide if you are able and can find them:

  • Boxes of Kleenex

  • Technology Wipes (wipes with 70% or more alcohol)

  • Clorox Wipes

    • New information: If students bring in their own Clorox wipes, the container will stay at their desk and they can use those wipes to wipe off their own area or items used. Wipes may not be shared with other students.


Please don't forget to pay your school fees. If you should have any questions or need assistant please reach out to Debbi @ Click on this link to find your fees.

Show Us Your Superpowers!

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!
Show Us Your Superpowers

CCE Spirit 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!

Girl Scouts - Kindergarten-3rd grade girls!

In Girl Scouts, girls’ social and emotional learning and leadership development is the center of all programming. Girls learn to tie together the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to help them understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve goals, establish positive relationships, and gain a sense of belonging—which we know our students need right now.

Girl Scouts created two Virtual Robot Building Parties to invite your students to attend. These events will both be next week 8/25 and 8/26. You can read more about our virtual events at:

These events are open to all girls in Kindergarten through 3rd grade and their parents/caregivers.

Click here to visit the registration page for these events!

Youth League Tennis -Live Virtual Classes

Be Active from the Safety of Your Home!

Sports, Dance & Fitness via Google Meet. Kassirer Sports is run by a former professional athlete & is offered to you by Youth League Tennis. VIEW SCHEDULES ONLINE. Fall Sessions beginning the week of 8/31, 9/21, & 10/12. EMAIL: click here for more information:


In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.

Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.

The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 303-387-0067.

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.