8/25/17 Email Blast

 4     No school-Labor Day
 8     Mother-Son Kickball game 4:30pm - dusk Coyote Ridge Park
11    TTEA meeting at 9:00am in the library
19    TTEA evening meeting at 6:00pm in the library
21    Official October Count Day - PLEASE BE IN ATTENDANCE
21    Move-a-Thon
22    No school for students-Professional Development Day


 2    TTEA meeting at 9:00am in the library
 9    Fall break starts
16   No school for students-Professional Development Day
17   School resumes for students

Dear Timber Trail Elementary School Families,


Welcome back to school! We are excited to have students back after a long summer break. To set the tone for a safe and healthy school year, we invite you to join us in implementing the Student Wellness & Prevention Framework this year. Douglas County School District values the safety and well-being of each student. In fact, we know before we can create an environment conducive to learning, our students must feel safe, secure and supported. That is why we have developed an innovative Student Wellness & Prevention Framework to proactively address:

  • bullying

  • substance abuse

  • suicide and

  • school violence

We hope to build our students’ tool box so they can easily recognize when they or a friend need help and they know just where to go to get the help they seek.


Each month our school staff will focus on a new topic and/or set of skills. This month we are introducing the purpose of the Student Wellness & Prevention Framework and Anonymous Reporting to our students. We are ensuring that students and parents have access to a wide range of supports and resources in the community. These resources are the first step in teaching students “when they need help and where to get help” and how to anonymously report should they see or hear something that might jeopardize a student’s individual safety or the  safety of others.  


Based on students’ development levels, we will be exploring these two topics with students:

  • Elementary school students will learn about Safe2Tell, a program to help students learn what to look for, listen for, and what to report.  

  • Middle and High School students will review resources such as Safe2Tell and Text-A-Tip which are available 24/7 so that they always have an anonymous way to report concerns.  


Keep an eye out for next month’s topic:  Acceptance and Appreciation of Self and Others.

Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance, and TImber Trail Elementary will do all we can to support every student’s well-being. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Nicole Goering, Licensed School Psychologist or Ms. Michele Radke, School Principal.


Please consider the resources listed below.

Community Resources

Comprehensive Support Services




In Partnership,


Michele Radke- Principal

Mrs. Nicole Goering, Ed.S., NCSP- Licensed School Psychologist



Congratulations to Will Bianco!  His poem “Lion’s Roar” was chosen as one of the top 10 poems in the Kindergarten to 3rd grade category in the Creative Communications poetry contest.  Will won $25 and his poem will be published in an anthology.  Will wrote the poem while in Mrs. McCluskey’s 3rd grade class last year.  In addition to Will, thirteen of Mrs. McCluskey’s other student’s poems were also chosen to be published in the anthology.  



Effective Monday, August 28, 2017 morning stop times will be changed to an earlier time.  This is to ensure that students arrive to school on time.  As a reminder, please have students to the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.  With this change, afternoon stop times are not affected.  Please check the district website https//www.dcsdk12.org/transportation/need-ride-school

Thank you for your trust and confidence in the Douglas County School District Transportation Team.

DCSD Transportation




Dear Parents and Teachers,  

If you are interested in running the program for our school please read the attached flyer.  

We are looking for a Head Coach and some assistant coaches. Training is available.  It is a 6 week program. The coach can determine the days and times you will be practicing.  Most schools practice 2-3 times per week for 45 minutes before or after school.  

The Head Coach and assistant coach will receive stipends according to the number of runners in the program:

Head Coach =$200, Assistant Coach =$100

10-29 runners Head Coach and one assistant

30-44 runners Head Coach and two assistants

45-59 runners Head Coach and three assistants

Meets are on Monday nights at Redstone Park in Highlands Ranch.

September 18th

September 25th

October 2nd/ rain date October 3

If you are interested in being a coach please call

Melanie Christensen (303-506-9796)


Landshark flyer 



Did you know?

-There are over 1,000 homeless high school students in Douglas County?

-Fresh Harvest gives out almost 10,000 items a month to families in need.

-95% of items donated to Fresh Harvest are given by the community.

-100% of monetary donations are given back 100%  to Fresh Harvest families.

September’s theme is “Breakfast of Champions”  Cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup items will be accepted.

Donations will be collected in classrooms.



Chalk It Up 4 Charity is a way for budding artists in the community to showcase their artistic ability (with chalk) while enjoying the beautiful outdoors and enjoying time with friends – all in the name of charity.  One hundred percent of the event proceeds will be donated to a Douglas County nonprofit, and the contest winner gets to decide which one!

Simply purchase a 2.5’ x 3’ sidewalk square for $20 by visiting www.castlepinesconnection.com Only 100 squares will be available for purchase, so be sure to sign up early to ensure you get a spot.  Plan in advance (or at least get a few ideas) what you would like to draw to fit the theme of “What I love about Castle Pines.”  On the day of the event, check in at The Connection booth at Elk Ridge Park between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to receive your square assignment, t-shirt and chalk.  Judging begins at 8 p.m.    

Squares will be featured along the west sidewalk of the sports field of the park, so parents can either join in the fun and participate alongside their kids or relax and enjoy the festivities on the field.  All entries will be available for viewing throughout Party in the Park and until the conclusion of the Run Wild event the following day – allowing the more than 3,000 park goers and 800+ race goers to enjoy the artwork during their run.  (T-shirts from Chalk It Up 4 Charity can also be worn the following day for the Run Wild Color Fun Run).

Our judges will award points for creativity, use of color and overall execution.  The winner will receive bragging rights and their photo in the October issue of The Connection along with a gift certificate to Castle Rock Zip Line Tours or Overdrive Raceway.  The winner will also be invited to deliver the donation check to the Douglas County nonprofit of his/her choosing personally with a group of select family and friends.



August 30, 2017  5:50pm-7:30pm Castle Rock Library

This workshop is designed to empower and guide parents, caregivers, and guardians to have better and lasting conversations with youth. This is coming from information gathered from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, it is free and attendees get a gift card and food.  Highlands Ranch will have one on September 13th5:30-7:30. Parker will host one on September 28th5:30-7:30.

Start the Conversation 



Our Community Events offer discounted tickets AND raise money for Douglas County Schools!

Take advantage of these exciting opportunities to enjoy fun experiences with friends and family while supporting your local community.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to Douglas County Schools.



University of Colorado Boulder vs. CSU  

Friday, September 1 – 6:00 pm Sports Authority at Mile High  Tickets $30

Enter promo code: 2017 FOUNDATION.



Colorado Rockies vs. Padres

Friday, September 15 - 6:40 pm

Saturday, September 16 - 6:10 pm

Sunday, September 17 - 1:10 pm

Coors Field  Discounted Tickets: $14 Upper Level    $22 Lower Level    $42 Club Level  

In appreciation of DCSD’s support this season and to kick off the new school year, the Colorado Rockies invite our community back out to Coors Field!  We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!



Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas

Saturday, October 7  - 7:00 pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Tickets $24 (reg. $32 - $65)

Students 8th Grade and under who purchase tickets will be given the opportunity to participate in the Halftime High 5 Squad and receive a FREE Rapids T-Shirt!



Enter promo code: DCSDFUND.  

The Snowy Day – September 21 – November 18 -  Tickets $15    From the joys of a first snowfall and learning how to whistle to thrilling encounters delivering a precious invitation, the delightful moments of childhood are perfectly captured in this medley of simple, sweet stories. The production kicks off the new Theatre for Young Audiences program, which focuses on performances especially tailored for youth audiences. Bring your little ones to their first theatre experience and relive the moments of your childhood through their eyes.   

A Christmas Carol – November 24 – December 10 –  Tickets $35   Essential to the holiday season in Denver, A Christmas Carol is a joyous and opulent musical adaptation that traces money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption.

Elf The Musical – December 14 & 16 only (Limited number of tickets available for these shows) –  Tickets $30/$45   The New York Times says ELF is “splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment!” USA Today calls ELF, “endearingly goofy!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

Visit The Foundation for Douglas County Schools website at www.foundationdcf.org for more information and links to purchase Community Event tickets as they become available.