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   30        Watch D.O.G.S Program Info Night 6:15 pm in the cafeteria

     5        Labor Day - No school

     6        Red Apple Recycling challenge starts
     9        Mother and Son Kickball Tournament
               Coyote Ridge Park - 4:30 pm
   12        TTEA meeting - library 9:00 am

   20        Smart Cow Yogurt Bar Community Event    
   22        Move-a-Thon
   23        No school for students - Professional Development Day


Dear TTE Families,

It was great to see so many of you here for our Curriculum Nights on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We appreciate you taking time out of your evening so teachers could share what your child will be experiencing this year.

During the first part of each evening Debbie and I shared about our upcoming Move-aThon fundraiser and plans on using some of those monies to create a Makerspace here at TTE.  Below is a link to a presentation and video explaining more about makerspaces and some of the items we hope to purchase.  In addition, we will also be accepting donations of gently used Legos, Duplo, Snap Circuits, Keva Blocks, Bristle Blocks, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and other building toys.

As always, we thank you for your support and helping Timber Trail be the school “Where Hearts and Minds Connect”.


Michele Radke, Principal


Makerspace Presentation and Video



This year’s Move-a-Thon (MaT) will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2016 during the school day.  The MaT is a health initiative where all students in the school will move through 8 stations consisting of exercises and obstacles.  Each child receives a t-shirt and participates in this fun day.

We are asking each child to recruit donors to sponsor their exercises which will help raise money for our school. In addition to the money the students raise, our committee also looks for corporate and company sponsorships. If you work for a company or know of someone who might be interested in sponsoring this event please e-mail us attteamoveathon@gmail.com. Participating companies benefit by having an advertising opportunity in our community.

This will be our fourth Move-a-Thon. 100% of the money raised goes to Timber Trail Elementary. The money helps to offset budget reductions our school has faced the last several years. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000!  The money we raise will allow us to maintain our well known standards of excellence. We want everyone to know that every penny really does count.  Proceeds raised by the Move-a-Thon will pay for the following:

  • Librarian for our school

  • Materials and supplies to create a Makerspace (please see Ms. Radke’s note above for more information)

  • Math In Focus workbooks in every grade

  • PBL unit materials and literacy materials

  • Furniture for flexible learning spaces

  • Replacement of non working document cameras and projectors

  • Much more!

The Move-a-Thon is the ONLY organized fundraiser of the year for TTEA (our parent organization).

Please visit the TTEA website for more information.



We will be administering the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) the week of September 5th for all 3rd and 5th grade students. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. The scores will guide efforts to adapt learning opportunities to meet the needs and abilities of the students. The scores are also used as ONE component of the body of evidence to determine areas of strength and possible identification for gifted programming.  If you have a child in 1st, 2nd or 4th grade and believe they are gifted, you can complete a referral form and we will administer the CogAT to your child during the weeks of September 5th or September 12th. All students being referred by parents in grades 1, 2, and 4 will also be taken through the gifted identification process. Additional information can be found in the document linked below. For these students, we will need the following documents: Test to Consent, Gifted Education Referral Form, and the Gifted Education Parent Identification Form. Please email your classroom teacher and Debbie Clemente (debra.clemente@dcsdk12.org) by Monday, August 22nd to indicate your desire for your child to be tested and to get a copy of the forms you need to fill out. If you have questions regarding the CogAT, please contact Debbie.

CogAT Referral 


CHESS CLUB STARTS AUGUST 30 7:30 am - 8:30 am

National Master Lior Lapid is excited to resume coaching the Timber Trail Elementary chess club!  Lior is the current Colorado State chess champion and a former two-time National Champion in the K-9 and K-12 divisions.  His teaching style is fun, engaging and humorous, and students also learn through a hands-on approach by working in teams to solve “chessercizes” covering a wide array of fundamental strategy and tactics.  Students may participate in up to three regional scholastic tournaments from October - December.  

Chess Club will meet on Tuesday mornings from 7:30 am – 8:30 am, beginning on August  30th.  See attached flyer or go to www.palschess.com/schools/registration for dates and more details.

Chess Club Flyer 


What is the Watch D.O.G.S. program?
The Watch D.O.G.S.  program is affiliated with Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students) Across America.  The purpose of the program is simple - to bring more male volunteers into our schools.  Watch DOGS are fathers, stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, or other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in our school. Tasks may include helping with arrival and dismissal, monitoring the lunchroom, and helping in the classroom, library, etc.  

Please join us Tuesday, August 30 at 6:15 in the cafeteria for more information.  Pizza will be served!

Click HERE to RSVP.


Race Wild is a community-oriented and family friendly event organized by the City of Castle Pines.

All proceed will go to the Y.E.S.S. program (Youth Education & Safety in Schools)

Visit www.racewildcolorado.com  for more information and to register.



Fall is in the air!   Clean out your closets and help Timber Trail raise money. Challenge starts September 6, ends October 6!   

Please bring the following items to help fill our Red Apple Recycling donation box which is located in the bus loop:

    -ANY type of clean clothing

    - Shoes

    - All other household textiles

    - Toys & stuffed animals

    - Belts, purses & backpacks

Red Apple Recycling is a Denver-based independent 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting Colorado education. Join the challenge and earn funds for our school’s sustainability and wellness programs. You donate clothing and other small household items, Red Apple recycles them and our school earns money!

For more detailed information about Red Apple Recycling and their very worthwhile mission and what may be donated, please visit www.redapplerecycling.com


ATTENDANCE-24 HR LINE  303.387.5702

Please call our 24 hr. attendance line prior to 8:30 am to report any absence or late arrival.



When dropping off in the morning, please remember that students need to stay inside cars until school staff are outside. We have had students exiting vehicles early and are outside unsupervised for 5-10 minutes.  Typically staff will go out between8:18 and 8:20 and will be wearing orange vests. Thank you for helping keep our students safe.



Please limit end of day messages to emergencies/last minute change in plans.

Please call Timber Trail Elementary prior to 3:00 pm.  It is difficult for the buses to depart on schedule if we delay their departure by pulling students off the bus.



In the event of unsafe weather conditions at Timber Trail, the principal

or designee will decide to delay dismissal.  This is not something we

can plan in advance-often the decision is made 5-10 minutes before

school ends.  If it appears that the storm will be brief, students will

be kept in their classrooms  and then proceed as normal when the storm

dies down.  When lightning occurs at dismissal time, students will be

required to remain in the building until it is safe. Buses will depart

as soon as it is safe.



Students will be brought to the front when their after school activity is finished.

PLEASE do not ring the bell.  The front office is closed at 4:00 pm.



Douglas County School District policy is that dogs are not allowed on school property from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  This includes all school property in addition to the sidewalks and playgrounds.  



Team U.P. is a group of five health and prevention professionals who work within the school district to promote civility efforts, positive social/emotional messaging, and relational safety in our schools. Through these efforts, we are hoping to help prevent suicide, substance abuse, bullying, and school violence. The Prevention Press is our way of communicating with the students, parents, and school communities about what we are doing and what you can do to learn more about what is going on in the world of prevention.

August Prevention Press 



Head on over to Smart Cow in Castle Rock for some delicious FROYO 
and earn $ for our school.  
WHERE:  36 E Allen Street, facing Founder’s Parkway (between Five Guys and Red Robin) 
WHEN:  September 20, 2016
Part of EVERY sale, all day long, will be donated to TTE!


September 26:00 pm - CU Buffs vs Colorado State Rams Community Night at Mile High

September 177:00pm - Colorado Rapids Community Night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

October 12-13, 10:00 am-7:00 pm - Denver Botanic Gardens (Chatfield) Corn Maze and Hayrides

November 11, 7:00 pm; Colorado Avalanche Community Night at Pepsi Center

Denver Center for Performing Arts Community Events

December 4, 1:30 pm or December 8, 6:30 pm

“A Christmas Carol”

December 1711:00 am (ticket availability limited)

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer:  Musical”

December 30, 2:00 pm (ticket availability limited)

“Finding Neverland”

For more information or to order tickets, visit www.dcefcolo.org