Larkspur News!

December 17, 2017



Every year the Foundation for Douglas County Schools celebrates the transformational impact of DCSD’s amazing educators and staff through the Apple Awards. Parents and students alike are encouraged to nominate an outstanding teacher or support staff member, and each spring the Foundation holds a special awards ceremony, the Apple Awards, to recognize those that stand out among their peers. Each school is allowed one nominee to represent their school, and I would like to encourage ALL of our families to take a minute to nominate one of your favorite LES staff members. The nomination window closes on December 22nd, so there is still time. Please use the following link to access the online nomination form:  Apple Award Nomination Form.



I can't believe we only have four more days left until winter break! Please remember that attendance still matters. This month I am concerned with the following attendance statistics. 


The week of 12/4 - 12/8 we had 27 Tardies, 6 unexcused, no response absences and 28 early leaves

The week of 12/11 - 12/15 we had 73 Tardies, 10 unexcused, no response absences and 25 early leaves-which does not include Friday. 



Facts about attendance:

Start Strong

Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students that missed more than two days of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school.


Chronic Absences

An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation.


Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades

Absenteeism starts early. One in 10 kindergarteners and first graders are considered to be “chronically absent.”


Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month

Research shows students who miss 10 percent of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence.


Third Grade Reading Level

Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time.


Dropout Indicator

By sixth grade, a chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school.


Excused Absences Hurt Too

Excused absences are just as negative as unexcused ones. Suspensions add additional missed time in the classroom, which in turn increases the dropout risk.


At Risk Students are at Risk for Absence

Students from low-income families are four times more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this are often out of the student’s control, such as unreliable transportation, unstable housing, and a lack of access to quality health care.


Every Minute Matters

If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90 percent attendance average for Kindergarten through 12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom.  


Update on hiring the new fourth grade teacher.

I am sad to say that we are going to have to repost the 4th grade position. The interview committee spent three hours after school on Monday interviewing in hopes of finding the perfect fit. The good news.. We found her, the not so good news, she accepted another position before we could offer her the position. After talking with the interview committee we will pull additional candidates and interview this coming week. Please stay tuned and we are hopeful we will find that perfect teacher!


PTO wants you to know!

Mom's Night Out

Our next Mom's Night Out is planned for Thursday, December 21st from 6 pm to 9 pm at Crush Wine Bar in Castle Rock located at 3911 Ambrosia Street (West of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital).  Please join us for some friendship, food, fantastic wine and fun!  We hope to see you there!   


Boot Planning

Planning has started for the 21st Annual Boot Scootin' Boogie.  This is our largest fundraiser which is a springtime adult only event with dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and much more.  We appreciate you taking time to give your feedback in the recent Boot survey.  We'll be reviewing the survey results and having some planning meetings after we come back from our Holiday Break.  Please ask for donations from your favorite vendors for our silent auction while you're out shopping and enjoying the holidays.  Also, if you receive gift cards or new gifts that you just can't use, consider donating them to the PTO.  We'll issue you a tax donation receipt for all donations that we use at the Boot.  Do you have ideas to share or connections to offer?  Email them to  Watch for details on upcoming planning meetings so you can attend and see how you can get involved in what will hopefully be our best Boot yet!


What's ahead?

12/20 - Kindergarten Tour- Do you know of any upcoming kindergarten students? We are hosting an open house on Wednesday to take perspective kindergarten families on tours. 

12/21 All school sing along and winter holiday parties 2:00-4:00 

12/22- 1/7 Winter Break! Report Cards are available 12/22 in Infinite Campus.


Thank you for all your support! Happy holidays to you and your wonderful families!


Jen Oldham, Principal 


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