Welcome to Cougar Run Elementary


We hope the following FAQ’s will help you and your student get acquainted with Cougar Run and Douglas County School District.  If you have additional questions, please contact the front office at 303-387-6675 or visit our web pages here Cougar Run Elementary or Douglas County School District

Q When can I meet my child’s teacher?

A You will have an opportunity to meet with teachers during Supply Drop-off

and Photo day held prior to the beginning of the school year.

Q What should my child expect on the first day of school?

A School hours:

Soft Start begins at 8:25 am

Classroom instruction begins at the following times:

Grades 1 - 6 8:40 am  - 3:30 pm

AM Kindy 8:40 am - 11:35 pm

PM Kindy 12:35 pm - 3:25 pm  

Q What is “Soft Start”?

A We will open the doors for students to enter the building at 8:25 am. Students may enter through the main entrance or the doors adjacent to the bus loop.  We will have staff at both entrances each day to supervise and guide students and parents.  We ask that parents “kiss and go” and send their student to the preferred door.  After entering the building, students will stow their coats and backpacks and go directly into their classroom, where they will be greeted by their teacher. Students must be in their classroom at 8:40.  Please note that students in the mobiles will go to their classrooms between 8:25 am and 8:40 am.  Parents should ‘kiss and go’ at the bottom of the mobile ramps.  SSN staff will meet their students and take them directly to the appropriate classroom.  Cougar Club will dismiss students from the cafeteria at 8:25 am to go to their classroom.  Cougar Club staff will walk 3rd grade students to the mobiles. Students are not allowed on school grounds prior to 8:25. Any students arriving prior to that time will be sent to Cougar Club if they are registered and the parent will be billed for the child care. Parents will be called to pick up their student if they are not enrolled in Cougar Club.

Q What is the procedure for delayed start and school cancellations?

A In the event of a closure or delay, the information will be immediately posted on the

District's home page.  We will also post updates on the District's Facebook, App and Twitter accounts.  Finally, we will notify local media outlets and information can be accessed by calling 303-387 SNOW (7669)

Delayed Start  Classes begin at 10:10am - 90 Minute Delay.

  • AM Kindy Classes Cancelled.

  • Students are asked not to arrive until 9:55 am.   If they arrive prior to 9:55, they will sit in the main hallway until 9:55 am when they will be dismissed to their classrooms.

  • Because of the late start, we pick our schedule up from 10:10 am forward. Adjustments to the specials schedule and lunch schedule will not be made.

  • The cafeteria will provide breakfast from 8:25 am until 9:25 am.

  • All before school student enrichment activities and clubs are cancelled.

  • On Delayed Starts, Cougar Club and Little Cougars will open at 8:00 am.

  • Pick up for bus riders will be delayed by 90 minutes.

  • Case Managers will contact parents directly regarding IEP meeting status.

  • We dismiss at regular time - 3:30pm

Q How do I report my student absent or tardy?

A Absences can be reported via the Cougar Run App or through the Parent Portal.  

Access parent portal login here  You may also call the attendance line at 303-387-6676.

The attendance line is available 24 hours a day.  Remember to leave your child’s name,

relationship to the child, your child’s teacher, the date(s) of absence and the reason for

the absence.  Children who arrive after 8:40 am (12:35 pm Kindy) without checking in a

the office will be marked unexcused and the parents/guardians will receive the attendance dialer.

Q What should I do if I need to pick my child up from school early?

A Please check in at the front office.  You will be asked for your driver’s licence EACH

time you collect your child.  Our students safety is our first priority. We do not call students out until a parent is physically present.  Please keep this in consideration if you are running late.

Q What should I do when dropping off or picking up my child before or after school?

A We are fortunate to have volunteer crossing guards to help our students and families

safely cross Venneford Ranch Road.  Students who are dropped off on the north side of Venneford Ranch Road should be instructed to walk to the crosswalk to be escorted safely across the street by the crossing guard.

If you are driving your child to and from school during normal hours, we ask that you

utilize the drop off lane at the front of the school. This area is two lanes wide. Parents are asked to pull forward as much as allowed before stopping along the side of the curb. Have your child exit on the PASSENGER side of the car and immediately pull to the left lane to exit.  Cars are not allowed to be left unattended. If you need to exit your car, please use the designated parking area.

If you are picking your child up after school outside of normal hours, please use the parking area. At no time should fire lanes be blocked nor should there               be use of the bus loop to drop students from private vehicles.

We ask that our community follow the laws and signage around the school, especially the school zone speed limit, not making 'u-turns', driving on the right            side of the street, and parking regulations. Please respect that the crossing guard is to direct pedestrians safely across the street, not direct traffic.

Q What if my child rides the bus?

A To School

Please walk your child TO the bus stop and stay with them until they are safely on the bus.  When the bus arrives at the school, a staff member is responsible for greeting the Kindergarteners and walking them to their classroom.

After school, a staff member will escort the students to the bus area and assist them onto the correct bus.  For the younger children, we suggest that you make a tag similar to a luggage tag containing the child’s first and last name, bus number, home address and parent’s phone number.  Attach the tag to the INSIDE of your child’s backpack.  The tag will assist your child in getting on and off the correct bus and bus stop.  Please meet the bus on time to ensure that your child gets off at the correct stop.  

Q What is a Z-Pass

A ZPass+ gives parents the reassurance that their student has made it to and from

school safely by sending a message every time their child swipes their card when

entering or exiting the bus. The service is being offered to all participants of the regular

ZPass program at no additional cost.  Applications for the ZPass are included in the registration packets and can be accessed through the DCSD website under School Bus Route Information.  The initial z-pass is issued at no charge.  Replacement passes are $5.00.   Families are billed quarterly for bus charges.  The cost PER ride is $.50. Click here for Zpass information

Q How can I get hot lunch for my child?

A Hot lunch includes a choice of entree, salad bar and white or chocolate milk.  The cost

is $2.50.  A single milk charge is $.35.  A child registered within the district is automatically assigned a lunch account.  You can add money at any time through the Parent Portal, App, or sending in a check made payable to Nutrition Services.   One ‘credit’ charge will be allowed if the lunch charge exceeds your child’s current balance.

Reduced and free school lunch

Access to district lunch information, menus and applications

Q How can I pay for fees due for my child?

A Please check your parent portal for unpaid fees and also fees for field trips.  Students

must have their field trip fees paid prior to the date of the field trip.  These fees are added throughout the year as the field trip approaches.  Student fees are added during the summer prior to Express Check In.  All fees can be paid online through RevTrak or by check at the office.  NO CASH is accepted.  Please reference RevTrak instructions

to guide you through the process.

Also included below are all of the links and what they are used for.

Parent Links to bookmark-Which link is for what purpose?

1. Infinite Campus (Parent Portal) - Attendance,  change contact information  https://campus.dcsdk12.org/icprod/portal/icprod.jsp

2. EngagEd - Student grades   engaged.dcsdk12.org

3. Express Check-In - To be completed upon enrollment and prior to the start of EVERY school year to verify or change student information (address, phone, emergency contact, health info etc)


This link changes every year and has been available to parents since July 24.

4. RevTrak - To pay fees for school, field trips and bus. https://dcsdk12.revtrak.net/

5. My School Bucks-Pay for student lunches online.


Q Can I visit my child’s classroom and/or eat lunch with my child?

A In order to maintain an uninterrupted learning environment, visitors are not allowed in

the classrooms during regular school hours without an appointment.  Please email your child’s teacher if you would like to visit their classroom.  Email addresses for each teacher are located on the Cougar Run Website and App.

You are welcome to join your child for lunch at any time.  Please call Nutrition Services

at 303-387-6702 on the morning of your visit to place your lunch order.  The adult lunch price is $3.00 w/o milk.  You can find the lunch schedule for each grade level and menu on Cougar Run website.

Q How can I get involved at Cougar Run.

A There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at Cougar Run.  Volunteer sheets are

displayed at Back to School Night.  You may contact your teacher directly through her email.

Other Volunteer Opportunities are available by contacting:

Tina Gulley - Volunteer Coordinator


PIE (Partners in Education)

Cougar Run Partners in Education is a chapter of the Douglas County Educational

Foundation (DCEF). PIE exists to enrich the experience of students by seeking resources, such as funds, materials and services, and directing the use of such resources toward educationally focused goals that further the interest of students, parents and the community. PIE also facilitates community events that are designed to enhance our sense of community, and build positive and productive working relationships.

For more information or to join PIE efforts, contact Cougar Run PIE at crunpie@gmail.com

SAC (School Advisory Committee) is comprised of parent representatives who assist in defining goals and developing school improvement plans.  The council is a branch of the overall school governance which reviews the school programs and assists in making decisions.  SAC meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  More information can be found here.

Q How do I communicate with Cougar Run and staff?

A Friday Folders - A child specific folder is sent home with your student every Friday of

each week.  Please go through the contents thoroughly.  Important flyers, teacher and school-wide communication and schedules will be included in the folder.  Please empty the contents and return the folder with your child on Monday.

Parent Portal is our tool for parents and students to access instant, online, timely and secure student information:  class schedule, assignments, attendance, discipline, course registrations for next year, report cards and transcripts.


IC Messaging - Infinite Campus Messaging allows for email and voice messages to be automatically delivered to parents.  These messages contain information for the entire Cougar Run community (i.e. picture day, early dismissal, etc.)

E-Mail addresses for teachers are in the following format:  firstname.lastname@dcsdk12.org

Q What does the Professional Learning Specialist (PLS) do?

A The PLS supports the staff and teachers at Cougar Run. The PLS works with staff

members new to the district to help with a successful transition, while assisting existing classroom teachers. This might include help with planning, modeling lessons, team teaching, or gathering resources. The PLS also provides staff development. Our Professional Learning Specialist is Jessica Simmons


Q What curriculum and programs does Cougar Run utilize to support my child’s learning?

DCSD Curriculum

A curriculum that is guaranteed and viable specifies what students need to know and be able to do.  In the Douglas County School District, the Board-approved curriculum is a combination of World Class Outcomes with embedded Colorado Academic Standards (CAS), the 4 C's (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity), 21st Century Skills, and Content.

"What is a guaranteed curriculum? - Every student is provided the opportunity to learn a core curriculum which provides them with the probability of success in school.

What is a viable curriculum? - Schools make sure that the necessary time is available and protected so students will be able to learn the guaranteed curriculum."

- Robert J. Marzano

Q What types of instruction does the teacher utilize in my child’s classroom?

A Project Based Learning (PBL) Teachers present problems that students must solve together in groups.  

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

CRUN teachers implement a variety of different types of instruction including whole group, independent, guided learning and small group instruction.  All small group activities are led by an adult.

Educational Assistants (EAs or Para-Professionals) work closely with the teachers.  EAs work closely with students individually and in small groups as a support to classroom teachers

Q How do I keep track of my child’s progress in school?

A The Elementary Progress Report (EPR) is your student’s report card.

Traditional letter grades are not given at the Elementary School level.  EPRs are

available twice per year and can be accessed through the Parent Portal. The

EPR contains information about your student’s work habits and expectations.

  The EPR uses Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLD’s) which are indicative of the

knowledge and skills that students must have achieved by the end of the school

year. Grade Level Expectations (GLE) are defined by Colorado Academic


Level 4: is given to a student who demonstrates a more in-depth/sophisticated understanding of the GLE

Level 3: is given to a student who has achieved the GLE

Levels 1 and 2: are given to those students who are at different levels below that of GLE.

This EPR is designed to track a student’s progress throughout the year. All students are expected to be at a level 3 by the end of the year. The PLD will show parents what your student may need to work on to meet the targeted level by the end of the year. Parents should expect to see higher numbers as the year progresses.

If a student receives an NA, a topic was not assessed or not yet covered. All students receive an NA for specials the 1st trimester. A student may also receive an NA if there is insufficient data to make a determination of learning. This may occur as a result of late entry, illness, interruptions or absences.

An Asterisk* is given for students who are working on goals outside of the GLE’s. An asterisk may be given to a student on IEP (Individual Education Plan), an ALP (Advanced Learning Plan), or an ELLP (English Language Learner Plan).

The teacher comment section is used if further clarification or information is needed about student learning.

Q What extracurricular activities are offered at CRUN:

A ROCKS Council is Cougar Run's student leadership group. It is made up of 5th

and 6th grade students and is run by 4th grade teacher Brittany Wroe. They work on numerous community service projects. They are also in charge of the schools recycling and act as guides for school tours to new students.

R - Students are expected to be respectful and responsible in all that they do and say. They are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.

O - The Power of One highlights the idea that each student has the ability to make a difference and that one person can positively impact others with their words and actions.

C - Students demonstrate compassion to one another and are thoughtful about what they do and say. They are encouraged to think about others’ perspectives and show empathy.

K - Students are encouraged to show daily acts of kindness to their classmates. Acts of kindness are recognized and celebrated.

S - Students’ emotional and physical safety is our first priority at Cougar Run. We have a multitude of security measures in place to ensure our students feels safe coming to school each and every day. Through our PBS and Rachel’s Challenge initiatives, students’ emotional safety is also fostered.

Green Team addresses global conservation and local recycling issues.  For more information, please contact Brittany Wroe brittany.wroe@dcsdk12.org

Choir - Choir is offered to students in grades 4 - 6. Practice is held on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:30 - 8:25. Students will participate in the Highlands Ranch Feeder Festival at Highlands Ranch High School and have a Winter concert at Cougar Run in December. Please contact Tara Divine


Chess Club - Chess is offered to students in grades K-6 with or without prior chess experience.  Beginners to Advanced students will learn new moves and strategies to build on prior knowledge. Michael Mulyar is our instructor. He is from Mile High Chess, a Denver based company (specializing in scholastic chess instruction). Mile High Chess uses an innovative curriculum that includes hands-on activities as well as thorough coverage of the basics of the game. Registration is limited to the first 30 students with a minimum participation of 8. Please contact Julian Kramer, club sponsor.


Science Explorers Club - 1 - 6 grade students will sharpen their skills as a scientist performing various hands-on science experiments.  Deb Barr or refer to the

Registration Link

Intramurals - Registration and information link or contact Derek Rodriquez

EBOP - The Highlands Ranch High School Elementary Band and Orchestra program is a unique opportunity for 5th and 6th grade students to study and learn music from professional high school educators and performers.


Club Amigos - Classes are held Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:15 for students K - 6.  The program’s lessons and games are fun and engaging.  Classes are taught by Senorita S, a certified Spanish teacher, musician and published author. Rachel Simring

 www.spanishclubamigos.com 303-758-1190

Dance-Dance-Dance A professional dance instructor will teach K - 4th graders a fun, high energy, beginning dance class.  Warm up, stretch, learn moves and routines to artists like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry songs, from movies like Sing and Trolls and MORE. Learn hip-hop, theatre, and jazz to the songs the dancers know and love. Classes are designed to teach dancers routines they can perform for family and friends. Several informal recitals are scheduled throughout the year. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance confidence and improve self-esteem. Classes are held Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:25  Contact Miss Mikki, Denver Region Dance Academy 303-733-7982


Press Paws Student Newspaper

Cougar Run Elementary Garden - More information is located here


TGA Tennis - TGA introduces the life-long sport of tennis at a young age through programs that provide a fun and enriching experience for children while being a convenient and affordable option for parents. Our dedicated coaching staff help students develop their skills and a passion for tennis while using the sport as a vehicle for delivering curriculums that are loaded with educational concepts including STEM and life skills such as respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship.

TGA stands for: Teach, Grow, Achieve – these concepts are the foundation of every program we offer. We invite you to give your child the advantage of learning and playing tennis in an environment that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Young Rembrandts - Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Our original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge their visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds. "There are visible academic and art benefits for children that participate in our program. Young Rembrandts' students have fun while developing fundamental art literacy and improved academic abilities," notes Fetter. "We are passionate about helping children develop the skills they need to be successful."

 Contact information

Cursive Club - Information and registration located here  



Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading program for 2 - 6 graders designed to inspire kids to read at or above their appropriate reading level.  AR checks your students comprehension with tests.  AR books can be found at the Cougar Run library and local public libraries.  A list of AR books can be found at

www.arbookfind.com  For more information, please contact our librarian, Wendy Jo Woody or visit her webpage.

Jacobs Ladder  is an interpretive reading and discussion program, which challenges students’ critical thinking by digger deeper into a reading selection..  This program is for high performing readers and selection is based on assessment data.  Participants meet weekly and read a common book or story.  Participating in Jacobs Ladder is an exciting opportunity for students to enhance their reading and comprehension skills by meeting with peer sto analyze, discuss and reflect on passages. For more information, please contact Jessica Simmons


Gifted and Talented

Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a process designed to address individual students’ needs, which can include those students who are struggling with the general education curriculum and for advanced students who may not be challenged enough by the general educational curriculum.  The MTSS process is a multi-step approach to providing services and interventions to students who struggle with learning at increasing levels of intensity.  The progress students make at each stage of intervention is closely monitored. Results of this monitoring are used to make decisions about the need for further interventions. If you have concerns about your students academic progress, notify your child’s teacher and ask about a problem solving team meeting or contact Shannon McPherson


Typing Pal is a technology program that teaches students how to use a keyboard.  It on one of an array of software programs at Cougar Run that are designed to enhance our goals of 20h Century Learning.  Typing Pal can also be accessed online for practice at home.   Please contact your student’s classroom teacher for more information.


Outdoor Ed is a unique opportunity for Douglas County 6th graders.  This outdoor experience has been extremely enjoyable and educational for the students. The general Outdoor Education objectives include building of cognitive, effective and social/civic responsibilities.  Students can use money raised from CRUN King Soopers Gift Card sales from the previous year.  Students receive 5% of sales from cards used. Information will be distributed at Back to School night at the beginning of the school year.

Young AmeriTowne is an award-winning educational program providing an engaging format offered to 5th grade student body.  Students learn about business, economics and free enterprise in a fun and interactive environment. Curriculum and activities introduce concepts of supply and demand, job skill, work habits, banking procedures, democratic process, civic consciousness and career awareness.  During their field trip to Young AmeriTowne, students learn important economic concepts and valuable life skills by operating a 17 business town.

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