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Principal's Message

Dear Carlson Families!













It was nice to see so many of you at our Back-to-School Night yesterday. I love our community! Hopefully, you had fun and went home with children looking forward to the first day of school. I know our teachers are excited about it! The first day of school for elementary students is Wednesday, August 16th and the first day of school for preschool is Monday, August 21st. We’re going to have a great year!

Experiential Learning Continues

This year, we will continue working to ensure that our students have access to as many experiential learning opportunities as possible. We know that this model of education is more relevant and engaging for students. Our students’ increased academic growth scores over the last two years would suggest that it’s more rigorous, too. Please make sure that you have filled out the 23-24 Carlson Waiver. As always, part of this waiver is a walking field trip permission slip, which allows us to take students outside and connect with our beautiful community and the surrounding nature—a key component of experiential learning.

Family Partnerships 

We value our families! A family’s involvement in their students’ education leads to improved student outcomes for all students. One way you can stay involved in your student’s learning is by volunteering with your student’s class. If you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out to your student’s teacher and fill out the CCSD Volunteer Application. The application needs to be resubmitted yearly. 

Colorado Offers Free Lunch

At this time, the state is paying for one breakfast and one lunch for every student. Milk purchased separately to eat with a cold lunch costs $1.25. 

Drop Off & Pick Up

Students may come into the cafeteria for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and the playground will be open at 7:45 a.m. School starts at 8:00 a.m. Please ensure that your students are here and ready by then. 

School lets out at 3:30 p.m. Unless students are riding the bus, grades K-2 will be released onto the playground, and grades 3-6 will be released to the front of the school. Please ensure that your students know where they are supposed to go at the end of the day. 

After School & Friday Care

The Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District (CCMRD) offers before and after school care for students ages 5-15. They offer care for students on Fridays and vacation days, too. If you need financial assistance with child care, here is information on the Child Care Assistance Program of Colorado (CCAP). The application for assistance can be found at PEAK Colorado

Carlson Cross Country Club

Mr. Patrizi is sponsoring an intramural running club at Carlson Elementary again this year for students in grades K-6. If your child is interested in participating, please print and fill out the Carlson Cross Country sign-up form. Practice will be on Wednesdays, and students will meet in the gym at 7:30 a.m., beginning August 30th. 

See you tomorrow!

Loraine Swartz

Carlson Elementary 


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