Cougar Community Connection
A weekly newsletter from your principal, Shannon McPherson
Well it has flown by, but we just wrapped up the first quarter of our school year. Our whole CRUNFamily has worked hard to make first quarter a great success and now it is time for a little R and R. We wish you all a fantastic fall break and look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 23rd.
A Note From PTA
We have the link for Donuts with Grownups volunteers: https://signup.com/go/DQukHXb
This is a new, more inclusive, name than our previous Donuts with Dad! Bring your dad, mom, uncle, aunt, grandparents... we want everyone to be included! We do still need people to serve the donuts, so please check out that link.
A short and sweet message from the PTA. Everyone, please have a safe and relaxing break.
Spotlight on~ Stephanie Hinkle, PE Teacher
Facts About the Upcoming Bond/MLO Measure
Dear Cougar Run Elementary Community,
On August 8, the Douglas County School District Board of Education unanimously voted 7-0 to place a $66 million Mill Levy Override (MLO) and $484 million Bond on the November 2023 ballot.
If passed by voters, these new funds would be used at our school to:
Increase teacher and staff pay
Enhance safety and security
Addition of Campus Security Specialist
Refresh student and staff technology
Make much needed repairs and upgrades to our building
Replace restroom countertops
Install new intercom system
Upgrade sound system
Teachers in the Douglas County School District earn, on average, $19,000 less compared to a neighboring school district. Additional MLO funding, if passed by voters, would enable DCSD to pay teachers and staff more competitively and to increase security staffing support for our schools.
DCSD teachers, on average, would receive a 9% pay increase, as reflected in these salary schedules
Support staff, such as bus drivers, educational assistants, custodians, etc., would receive a 9% pay increase
Other staff would receive a 7% pay increase
A $484 million Bond, if passed by voters, would be used to expand trade, career and technical education opportunities; perform safety and security upgrades; and ensure safe and adequate learning environments for students and staff. The Bond would provide for three new elementary schools in growing areas of our county, as well as the expansion of two middle schools.
If the MLO and Bond are approved by voters, Douglas County homeowners can expect to pay approximately $200 per year for a home valued at $1,000,000.
You can read more about DCSD’s funding challenges and arguments for and against the ballot initiatives on our website. Thank you for being an engaged and informed member of our school community!
Cougar Run Elementary School
Nominate your 2024 Apple Award Nominee Today!! Link is LIVE!!
As of today you will find the 2024 Apple Award Nomination link LIVE on your school's page on the FoundationDCS.org website. The 2024 Apple Award Nomination window will be open from Monday October 2, 2023 through Sunday November 12, 2023. We invite our DCSD students, teachers, staff and community to join us in nominating their favorite teacher(s), principal, classified employee and department employee. After the Nomination window closes on November 12th we will return the list of nominees to each school for your own selection of this year's school representatives. Each school may submit one educator and one classified representative to be considered for the 2024 Apple Award!
From ROCKS Council
ROCKS Council is excited to announce the collection of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Aurora for the 2023 - 2024 school year. This is a perfect way to help both the environment and the community. Have you been collecting your pop tabs over the summer? Bring them in and put them in your classroom collection jar! If you haven’t, it’s the perfect time to start! Start collecting aluminum tabs off of pop/soda cans, soup cans and/or adult beverages at home! You can even ask relatives and/or start a trend at your jobs and have others start collecting them too! Bring them to school in a ziplock bag as often as you would like and put them in your classroom jar.
Green Team News
We are looking for a family who can assist with the pick up by Longmont Dairy of our recycled milk caps. It is super easy. When we meet the required amount, Mrs. Aksamit will reach out to you for a pick up of bag(s) of milk caps and provide you with a date that a drive with Longmont Dairy will be by your house to collect the milk caps. Can you help? Please reach out to Mrs. Aksamit if you are able to assist with this. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
Halloween At Cougar Run October 31st
Why Does Attendance Matter?
Get Your Tickets to The Harlem Wizards Game at HRHS
Check out what DCSD has to offer your child!!
Advanced/Gifted Programming Information
DCSD is committed to implementing equitable practices to increase access to advanced/gifted learning opportunities. Based on state and national recommendations and requirements, we implement Universal Screening for students in 2nd grade (February) and 5th or 6th grade--a student's final year of elementary school (November).
6th Grade Universal Screen
As part of this process, ALL students in Cougar Run not identified for gifted programming will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) on November 7 & 8. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.
If your child is already identified for gifted programming, they will not participate in this universal screen testing. Your Gifted Education Facilitator will contact you directly with information about this process.
Gifted Identification Referral Testing
If your child is in grades 3, 4, 5, and you believe they need evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child for testing by initiating the Gifted Identification Process.
NOTE: Requesting this assessment automatically initiates the process to evaluate for Gifted Identification.
Please request CogAT testing for your child by completing the Referral for Gifted Identification linked HERE
Upon receipt of this form the Gifted Education Facilitator will connect with you to discuss next steps in the gifted identification process.
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 16-20- Fall Break-No School
October 23- 6:30 Harlem Wizards Event at HRHS
October 26-6:30 DCSD Pathways Expo @ Legacy Campus
October 27-Donuts with Grownups
October 30-November 3- CRUN Bus Canceled
October 31-9:00 Halloween Parade/Classroom Parties Vary Times
November 3-Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
November 7-Election Day
November 10-9:00 PTA Meeting (Welcome to all parents!!)
November 13-17- Fall Book Fair
November 20-24- Thanksgiving Break-No School
November 28- 9:00 Cougar Run SAC Meeting
November 30-5:00-7:30pm Art and Cultural Celebration Night
December 8-9:00 PTA Meeting (Welcome to all parents)
December 11-15 Holiday Shoppe
December 11-15- CRUN Bus Canceled
December 15- ROCKS Assemblies 9:00 prek-3rd/ 2:15 4th-6th (ROCKS Invites will come home in Friday Folders the week of December 4 for any student who was chosen for ROCKS this first semester. )
December 22-January 8-Winter Break No School
January 9-Classes Resume at CRUN