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Dear Cougar Run Families, August 2, 2018

We hope that you have enjoyed some quality time with family and friends over the summer.  We would like to welcome all of our new and returning families back for the 2018-19 school year.   Our staff is very eager about starting the new school year and we are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 8th for our School Supply Drop Off and Back to School Informational Sessions.  Families are encouraged to stop by at one of the sessions to drop off supplies, meet their classroom teacher and get important Back to School classroom information. We are elated about this format and how it will provide useful information to students and families before the school year begins. There will not be a traditional Back to School Night planned for this year.  There are three sessions for your convenience and please note you can come and go at any time during the session you choose:

Session I - 8am-9:30am
Session II - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Session III - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

This service through the Douglas County School District will allow you to Express Check-In your student. You will be able to
view and update your student’s contact information. Complete the Web, Internet and Media Permission Forms and download
your school’s remaining forms.This service will be available through your Parent Portal account. You can check-in all your
DCSD students through this convenient service. Parent Portal
for more info or assistance and 303-387-6675

Please check your student fees and make sure all balances are paid in full prior to the first day of school (with the few grade level exceptions below). Activities such as field trips will be added as the year progresses.  The district has entered all fee payment access into "My School Bucks", the same application that has been used to pay for school lunches. Contact Andrea McNamara ( for any questions regarding fees.
For Sixth Grade parents only-please hold off on paying the Outdoor Ed fee as we will have to enter fundraising totals before
giving you a final balance.  This fee has not yet been posted.  You will be notified when it is added into the system.
Full Day Kindergarten Parents- The yearly tuition of $3300 has not yet been entered into the system.  You will be notified as soon as this fee is posted. Thank you for your patience.

If you are still needing to shop for school supplies, be sure to take your child's grade level list with you!
School Supply Lists 2018-2019

Upcoming Days of Importance
August 6, 7, 8- Little Cougars Closed
August 8 - Cougar Club Closed
August 8 - School Supply Drop Off and Back to School Informational Sessions 
             Session I - 8am-9:30am
             Session II - 11:30am - 1:00pm
             Session III - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
August 8 - Picture Day for ALL students and parent volunteers. Make Up Day August 31.
August 8 and 9 - Kindergarten Tissue Teas (attend your time assigned by your teacher; you may come August 8 for student photos, or they will be taken on August 31, the make-up day.
August 9 - First Day of School for grades 1-6 (Soft Start - Doors Open at 8:25am)
August 10 - First Day of School for Kindergartners (Kindergarten students line up outside at designated spots)
August 14 - New Parent Orientations 8am - 9am in the Learning Commons

Dear Cougar Run Families,  
May 25, 2018

As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, our Leadership Team reflected on the many good things that have happened here at Cougar Run.  We appreciate working with such a wonderful group of children.  They continue to amaze us with their academic progress, their social intelligence and their very positive outlook on life. We appreciate our outstanding staff. They are all invested in the success of the students and strive for excellence daily.  We appreciate our community. They are so supportive of their children and the school.  We applaud the efforts of our entire learning community.  It is the collective effort of students, staff, parents and the community that makes Cougar Run an exceptional school. It is an honor to serve as principal here and on the behalf of our Leadership team Mrs. Shannon McPherson and Mrs. Jessica Simmons, we thank you for another outstanding school year. We wish you and your family a wonderful and safe summer break.

Just some final news and notes for the 2017-18 school year:

Report Cards Available on May 30
Please note that 2nd Semester Report Cards will be available on Tuesday, May 30th. The EPR will provide information to parents about academic content, such as progress on reading, writing, and math skills as well as attendance and behavior. The EPR will use a descriptive rating system of Exceeds, Meets, Approaching or Does not Meet. It will also provide parents with information about how students are making progress on the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration), as well as 21st century skills that are integrated into content.  You will also see a highlights page that shares grades for math and language arts content standards. Please remember to see specific content pages for comments on your child’s individual progress.  Go to and use your current parent portal username and password to access the EPR. If you need assistance please contact the office at 303-387-6675.

Teacher Assignments
You will be able see classroom assignments in parent portal by July 2nd.  Class placements are final, so please allow the teacher and your child the time they need to cultivate a positive working relationship as well as creating a rewarding and challenging classroom climate. Your support is valued and appreciated.

School Supplies for 2018-19
School Supply lists will be available on the website soon.  We are also working with SchoolTools school supply company to pre-package and deliver supplies to the school for families who choose this convenience.  More information to come.

Summer Office Hours
The office will be open on Mondays from 8-11am by appointment.  The office will be closed on July 9.  Appointments can made by calling 303-387-6675.  Messages will be checked daily. 

Lost and Found
All items in Lost and Found will be donated if not picked up by June 1st. Please stop by the school before then to pick up any lost items.

Upcoming Days of Importance
Aug 8- School Supply Drop Off and Back to School Sessions

                  Session I - 8-9:30am

                  Session II - 11:30-1pm

                  Session III - 3:30-5pm

Families are encouraged to stop by at one of the sessions to drop off supplies, meet their classroom teacher and get important Back to School classroom information. We have found this format provides useful information to students and families before the school year begins.  There is not an evening Back to School Night.  

Aug 8 - Picture Day for students and parent volunteers.  Make Up Day TBA

Aug 8 and 9 - Kindergarten Tissue Teas 

Aug 9 - First Day of School for grades 1-6 (Soft Start - Doors Open at 8:25am)

Aug 10 - First Day of School for Kindergartner (Kindergarten students line up outside at designated spots)

Aug 17- New Parent Orientations 8-9am in the Learning Commons 

Link to the Cougar Run Calendar

Link to the Cougar Run Enrichment Calendar

Have a great summer!

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