Larkspur News!

November 22, 2016


I can't believe that Thanksgiving is already here!

I am so blessed everyday! 






T- Thankful for all my staff, students and families!

H- Honored to be the principal of LES!

A- Appreciate all the hard work and dedication everyone gives on a daily basis!

N- Nobody can do it alone and together we make a difference

K- Kindness is on the forefront of everything we do

F- Friends that turn into family

U- Unified in our vision to be the best elementary school in DCSD

L- Love LES!


 *Thank you for those who have used the bright yellow name tag that was in your child's Thursday folder last week. If you have not already done so, please fold this length wise and place on your passenger side visor during afternoon carpool. This will allow us to call students faster, by knowing who is inside the car! Thank you so much for your help with this!


*2016-2017 Apple Awards are open! The Douglas County Educational Foundation encourages you to nominate an Educator(s), School Employee(s) and/or Administrator(s) that you believe deserves to be an Apple Award Representative. As you make your nomination, please consider your nominee's performance beyond his/her area of expertise and how they advance the four (4) priorities of Douglas County School District’s Strategic Plan: Safety, Choice, World Class Education, and System Performance. Click here to nominate


**State Mandated Testing Information


CMAS are the only common measuring tool in Colorado for students in third- through ninth-grade. Measuring real-world skills like problem-solving and critical thinking, the tests are aligned to classroom work so teachers do not have to “teach to the test.” While CMAS assessments are only one measure of student learning, having all Colorado students take this set of assessments provides parents with answers to these important questions:

• How well is my child doing on meeting state standards compared to other students?

• Which schools and districts perform best in preparing students for success in meeting the state standards?

• Which districts have the best performance on the state standards for children with special needs?

• What schools and districts have the best performance on the state standards for children of color?

Additionally, state assessment results provide:

• information educators need to help improve instruction.

• identification of districts and schools that have struggling students, so help can be provided.

• recognition of high performing systems so others may learn from them.


**Please CLICK HERE for more information about State Mandated Assessments. We encourage everyone to allow their student(s) to participate in State Mandated Assessments, but if you choose to opt your student(s) out, please follow the process on our website link above by December 15, 2016. If you choose to opt out of state testing your student will sit in the office with a book during testing sessions. 


**Need child care for holiday shopping? Champions before and after school care is offering a free week of care. Please contact our Champions teacher, Ms. Liz to sign up today! 303-387-5375


*Jump Rope for HEART packets are due November 28th. Please get your packets into Mr. Forbes. 


*Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from we give....


Tis the season for giving...

and Larkspur Elementary is excited to announce

our first annual

Holiday Shop!


Bobcat Kids Inc. is proud to sponsor this exciting opportunity

for all students and faculty to purchase 

holiday gift items for loved ones


The LES Holiday Shop will be open from 

Tuesday December 6th through Thursday December 8th

in the LES Science Lab

In order for the shop to run as smoothly as possible, we are in need of some volunteers!  Please click through the attached link to volunteer an hour or two of your time to staff our holiday shop!  We are looking for folks to help students make purchases, handle money, and there will be a gift wrap station, where students will likely need some help, as well!  

Look for more specific information on our shop, to come...

Thank you, in advance for your help and generosity this Holiday Season! 


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break and I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday November, 28th!


Jen Oldham, Principal



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