Principal's Page

Dear Cougar Run Families, 

Thank you for a great week!  Please remember next week,  September 14-17, is Spirit Week at CRUN.  Monday & Tuesday - wear Your Favorite Sports Team Apparel. Wednesday & Thursday  - wear your "NEW" Cougar Run Spirit Shirts!


Here are this week’s Cougar Run News and Notes:


Attendance for Hybrid Learning Model

As you know, your student is currently attending our school via a hybrid attendance model with two days of in-person learning and three days of remote/virtual learning. Properly recording student attendance is more important than ever during hybrid learning to help ensure we are serving each of our students, and keeping them safe. Below is information about how attendance is being recorded at our school and how you can help ensure your student’s attendance or absence is properly noted.


Recording Attendance

Your child’s teacher will take attendance each day for both in-person and online/remote learning. No action is needed by the parent/guardian or student.


Reporting Student Absences

Please be sure to report student absences on in-person and online/remote learning days as you would normally by:

  • Calling the school’s attendance line 303-387-6677
  • Following the attendance line instructions.
  • Reporting an absence on the Cougar Run app.  

The school has the final determination on all attendance records. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding attendance recording.


Thank you for your partnership and cooperation.


Cougar Run Elementary 2020 Read4Fund$

This week all of our students saw a virtual assembly from Read4Fund$ about an exciting event that involves our students, staff and community to raise funds for school by reading! Please check out the information your student is bringing home this week! 

Quick Links - 

  1. Click the “Email Friends and Family” button on the home page(
  2. Every student sending out at least 10 emails by Tuesday, Sept. 15th earns a Squishy Emoji Keychain!
  3.  Click “Enter Minutes” to keep a log of your reading as you go! 
  4.  Click “Check My Student Donations” to see how much you have collected from donors. The password is cougars

Upcoming Spirit Week - Spirit Week for our Read4Funds event is this week! 

Monday wear your BRONCOS gear or your Favorite Sports Team Apparel. 

Tuesday - Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Apparel. 

Wednesday & Thursday  - Wear your "NEW" Cougar Run Spirit Shirts!

9/14 CRUN Read4Fund$ Event Email Campaign DUE! - Cougar Run Families, Keep on reading! The email campaign ends 9/14 cohort A and 9/15 for cohort B. Friday: Early Bird Donations are Due!

9/22 Read4Fund$ - All donations and reading minutes for the Read4Funds event are due online September 22 for cohort A, September 23 for cohort B. Totals will be posted online in real time by class and by school! 


Student Photos


Your student photo proofs are now available for viewing. You can access your child's proof at and select school portrait proof. When prompted for a password please enter your student's ID number to proceed. Every family will get a proof regardless if they preorder or not. If you have any questions please contact DR Photo directly at 303-346-2772. You can also access your proof by clicking the link here:


iReady Reports

Beginning of the Year iReady Reports Coming Home week of September 21st

Students are working on their iReady beginning of the year diagnostic assessments in reading and math right now through September 18th. We are asking students to only take the assessment while at school to maintain validity and reliability of the data. We use this baseline data to help us understand student strengths and needs academically to create a pathway of learning for them for this first semester. iReady is a very different type of assessment as it is truly not an achievement test, but rather a test that assesses each student's academic level within each of the domain areas of reading and math. This is one data point among a body of evidence that teachers will use to help determine next steps in reading and math for their students. iReady will also develop a learning pathway for students that is differentiated for them based on the outcome of the diagnostic. Students will be able to access their personalized instructional lessons online as an additional resource for helping them learn while at home and at school. iReady Beginning of the Year reports will be sent home on Wednesday, September 23rd and Thursday, September 24th for you to see where your child is starting the year according to this data point. Below are a couple of other resources to help families make sense of how iReady works. 

HERE is a link to a short video that outlines what iReady is and how it works.

HERE is a link to a guide for families to understand what iReady is and how iReady will work at home. 


Fall Virtual Conferences

Please mark your calendars for the week of October 5-8 for Fall Virtual Conferences.  Teachers will be sending a SignUp link soon.  Again, all conferences will be virtual.  We look forward to meeting with you.  


Temperature Checks and Daily Home Screening for Families and Students

Please read through this document from CDPHEabout at Home Screening guidance for families and students.   Please keep your child at home should they fall within these symptoms guidelines and contact  the school nurse, Mrs. Laura Phillips, at if they do and if you have any questions.

  • Students will not be screened at school. However, should a student begin exhibiting any symptoms during the school day, the student will be isolated in a designated sick area in the building until they can safely return home.
  •  The designated sick area will be separated from routine care/medication administration to the best degree possible.
  • Parents will be contacted and asked to pick up their sick student.
  • We ask parents to pick up their student as soon as possible. If you work a distance from school you must have an emergency contact in close proximity to the school that can pick up your child.


  • All students and staff are required to wear masks as they enter the building, while in school and while students are being picked up.
  • Thank you in advance to our parents for wearing masks while on school grounds.
  •  Masks can be removed for general outside activities like recess, PE and indoors when students are seated for lunch.
  •  Teachers will have outside mask breaks for students and will monitor social distancing.
  • Teachers may teach students outside to minimize the time students have to wear masks.
  • Face coverings with offensive, lewd, or vulgar statements or symbols are not allowed in school.
  • In the case that a student wears an inappropriate face covering, the student will be provided with a different face covering for the day, and parents will be called. 

How to help your child wear a mask

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety  around Cougar Run Elementary

Just a few reminders for cars and pedestrians around the campus before, during and after school:

  • In the main driveway please pull up as far as you can and students should only be let out and picked up on the passenger side of the vehicle closest to the sidewalk.
  • Do not let students out between cars that are parked in the traffic loop or street.
  • Please do not make u-turns on Venneford Ranch Rd or Forrest Dr.
  •  Please do not park in the bus loop.
  •  Please adhere to the 15mph speed limit when lights are flashing in the school zone and please drive slowly in the pick up loop.
  •  Please use the crosswalks and sidewalks when on campus.  Please be patient.


Thank you for your support!

Have a great weekend!

John Gutierrez, Principal

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