Larkspur News!

April 15, 2018


Dear Castle Rock Region Community Members,


Believe it or not, the end of the 2017-2018 school year is approaching and we are so pleased and excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, staff and school communities in the upcoming weeks.

Prior to the end of this school year, and before the hectic nature of May ensues, we want to take the opportunity to educate our community about the funding challenges in our district. Our goal is to build an understanding of the financial hardships Douglas County School District faces that are unique and that need to be addressed in order to provide the very best education for our students.


Additionally, we hope to gain feeder and community support for helping us educate our neighbors, family, and friends across Douglas County. This is a critical situation and we really need community involvement.


On Monday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m., BOE members and Castle Rock principals will be presenting budget concerns that exist in DCSD and how they have impacted our feeder schools, students, and staff. This will be a short 30 minute presentation followed by a Q&A from your elementary, middle and high school principals and School Accountability Members.  We will meet in the Douglas County High School North Gym.


We will encourage all K-12 parents across DCSD and the Castle Rock Region to join us; however, we will tailor some of our presentation specifically to the Douglas County and Castle View feeders.


As always, we thank you for your continued support of education excellence in our community and in the Castle Rock Region. To learn more about DCSD funding challenges and needs click here




Anthony Kappas, Principal Douglas County High

Rex Corr, Principal Castle View High

Tony Jackowski, Principal Mesa Middle

Lee-Ann Hayen, Principal Castle Rock Middle

Jen Oldham, Principal Larkspur Elementary

Nancy Wortmann, Principal Cherry Valley Elementary

Jeff Johnson, Principal Sedalia Elementary

Erin Carlson, Principal South Ridge Elementary

Lacey Dahl, Principal Meadow View Elementary

Kelli Smith, Principal Flagstone Elementary

Kellie Roe, Principal Clear Sky Elementary

Deb Warr, Principal Castle Rock Elementary

Chris Neville, Principal Soaring Hawk Elementary

Stacey Roberson, Future Principal Soaring Hawk Elementary

Peter Mosby, Principal Rock Ridge Elementary

Mandy Hill, Principal Sage Canyon Elementary

Deborah Lemmer, Principal Renaissance Elementary Magnet



I want to personally thank you for taking the time to provide valuable feedback about your experience at LES this year.  As a recipient of the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award, our goal is to continually seek out opportunities to improve our academic programs, policies, and processes. Our building leadership team met at an all day retreat last Tuesday to review data, trends and put a plan in place for the 2018-2019 school year.


What is the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award?

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and "meet or exceed" expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.


The survey results are as follows: 






 7.5% I want to volunteer but don't know how.

22.5% I would like to see more evening and weekend volunteer opportunities

30% I actively seek volunteering opportunities at the school

47.5% Parent volunteerism is very important

57.5% Volunteering at LES helps build LES community






PTO Wants you to Know:


Boot Teacher Features Now ONLINE
Visit our new auction website to view all online items which include the classroom art projects and the teacher features and start bidding.  We are offering these items online to allow you to register to bid and possibly be the winning bidder even if you cannot attend the Boot.  Don’t let your student miss out on their teacher’s feature for the Boot.  The teacher features are a special activity and time with your teacher.  Visit https://charityauction. bid/larkspurboot2018 to sign up to bid today.


Boot Update – Request to turn in donations this week:
Boot planning is going great – we’re less than a month away from the event now!  If you have donations to offer, please turn them in at LES (to the front office staff or put them in the bin with your completed silent auction form) so we can get them entered and get ready for the Boot. 


Boot Ticket Sales Close 4/18/18 – Get your tickets today! Boot ticket sales will close on 4/18/18 so don’t delay and your tickets today.  There are only about 80 tickets left for the 21st Annual Boot Scootin’ Boogie so get yours today!  Tickets are limited so get yours today!  You won’t want to miss the best hoedown in town! 


Visit http://www.larkspurboot. org/ and click on the Register & Buy Tickets button on the home page or on the button on the Register & Buy Tickets tab.  You’ll be redirected to our new registration website or you can click here: https://charityauction. bid/larkspurboot2018 to go there directly.  Once there, you can register to bid online only (if not attending but interested in online bidding) or register to attend the Boot and buy your tickets (you can still participate in online bidding).  Please contact LES PTO if you have any questions.

Email LES PTO at for information on anything Boot related or talk to any PTO board member.  Thank you in advance for your help making this fundraiser a huge success!


Hospitality Committee Update
Teacher Appreciation week is quickly approaching!  This year we will be celebrating our awesome teachers May 7 – May 11, and we need YOUR help in planning this great week!

If you are interested in helping on this committee by planning and executing Teacher Appreciation Week, we would love for you to join us at our planning meeting.  This meeting will take place on Tuesday April 17th at 12:00 at Wende Temme’s house in Perry Park.  Please email Wende if you plan to attend and for her address:  or text her at 757-589-6118. 

We look forward to seeing all of you who are interested and thank you so much for your help!


Upcoming PTO Board Elections for 2018/19
PTO Needs You!  Are you interested in being on the 2018/19 PTO Board?!  Join us for our next Meeting on Monday, March 26th at 4:30 pm to learn more about the different positions that are available.  Any parent, guardian, or other adult standing in loco parentis for a student at the school shall be eligible to serve in any Officer position.  Officers on the Board shall be elected for one (1) year and serve no more than two (2) consecutive years in the same position.  Please consider getting involved with the PTO Board next year!  It is fun, you make great friends and, most importantly, you make such a difference by volunteering to help as an Officer on the PTO Board!  Talk to any PTO Board member if you have any questions!


 What's up ahead?

April 17th-18th 5th grade- CMAS Science

April 19th Interactive Open House 4:30-6:30

April 20th NO SCHOOL Teacher Comp Day

April 25th SAC Mtg 6:00-7:00



I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. All of us at LES thank you for all your support and dedication in helping make LES the best in DCSD! As always, please do not hesitate to reach our with any questions, comments or concerns. 


Jen Oldham, Prinicpal

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