Community members gather in the new Cherrelyn Elementary library during the school's grand opening on August 9, 2019.
Parent & Community Newsletter
In this issue:

  • A Note from Board Member Kevin Ebert
  • How to Get Involved
  • Stay in Touch
  • Food & Nutrition Services News
  • Free Instrument Labs
  • Notice of Cancellation of Election
  • Good News from Our Schools
  • Activities and Upcoming Events
  • Construction Updates
A Note from Board Member Kevin Ebert
My name is Kevin Ebert and I am proud to have served on the Board of Education for the past 6 years. Due to other commitments, I am not running for a seat on the Board this fall. As I reflect on my time as a Board member, I wanted to share some of the work I have been part of during my time on the Board. 

I decided to join the Board of Education in 2013 to take an active role in reshaping the district. At the time I joined the Board, there had been several superintendents in just a few years, with the district going in many different directions. I wanted to be able to help move the district in the right direction, even if it meant making hard decisions.

Being on the Board taught me many things. I learned how to be responsive to our community, and the importance of listening when community members share thoughts and concerns. Input from our community has been very valuable to my decision-making process these past 6 years.

Another thing I learned is how difficult the school finance situation is in Colorado. Until I was behind the scenes, I really didn't know how many hard decisions have to be made as a result of lack of funds.

During my time on the Board, I'm proud that we were able to bring the Nutrition Services Department in-house when we had previously contracted out that service. We’re now able to offer our students delicious and nutritious meals . I’m also proud of the work we accomplished to pass the bond and mill levy in 2016. Our new schools are beautiful and inspiring places to learn.

I have many hopes for the future of our district. Mostly, I’m hoping to see even more progress on the Academic Advancement Initiative. We have come a long way, with lots of hard work from our staff and students, and I know we will continue to see growth in this area.

Englewood is a place where everyone knows you and knows about you, like a family. I have been honored to serve our community on the Board of Education these past six years. Thank you for the opportunity.
How to Get Involved
Research shows that students whose parents are involved in their education are more successful in school. Sometimes you may not know how to get involved, or what opportunities are available that will match the time commitment you can make. We've made a list of district and school committees and volunteer opportunities to make it easier for you to become involved! Links or contact information are provided for you to learn more.

District Committees:

Special Education Advisory Committee
New to Englewood this year! SEAC is a district-level committee whose members are interested in the quality of education received by children/youth with disabilities. The committee is expected to include parents of and individuals with disabilities, educational service providers, administrators and representatives of other stakeholder groups. The function of this advisory committee is to provide advice based on data and good judgement. For more information, contact Callan Ware, Executive Director of Student Services at

Gifted Education Advisory Committee  
We are looking to build the framework for this committee in the fall semester through emails and shared documents. We will meet 1-2 times during the spring semester. There are positions for up to 5 parents who are each committed to a 2-year term. This commitment is open to parents of students who are identified as gifted education students. Please contact Amber Rundle Kahn, Gifted Education Administrator for more information:

Language Development Council
The Language Development Council (LDC) is a group that meets monthly and is made of up families of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners. The goal of the LDC is to provide a welcoming, engaging and safe environment for all participants while teaching families how to become advocates for themselves and their children. Please contact Lorenzo Moreno, CLDE Coordinator for more information: or 303-806-2117.

1338 Committee
The 1338 Committee is charged with consulting with the Board of Education as to the fairness, credibility and professional quality of the licensed personnel (teacher) performance evaluation system and its process and procedures. The 1338 Committee is accepting applications now! To apply, click here .

Englewood Education Foundation
The Englewood Education Foundation provides scholarships to Englewood Schools graduates as well as creativity grants to assist teachers with educational activities in their classrooms. EEF gives out over $30,000 worth of scholarships each year. EEF is currently looking for new members! Meetings are held monthly at 4101 S. Bannock St. For more information, please contact Karen Miller, President, at .

Wellness Committee
Englewood Schools has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of our students. The Wellness Committee meets a minimum of 3 times a school year to ensure the policy is working as it should. For more information about the Wellness Committee, you can click here or email .

Board of Education Meetings
Every first Tuesday of the month, the Englewood Board of Education meets to discuss district business. These meetings are open to the public, and time is given at the beginning of the meeting for public comment. Attend a Board meeting as your schedule allows to gain a greater understanding of the work happening in the district. For more information, click here . The Board will be looking to appoint a new member this fall. More information about the application process will be coming soon.

District Accountability Committee Meetings
The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is responsible for (1) making recommendations to the school board concerning budget priorities, (2) making recommendations concerning the preparation of the district Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan (whichever is applicable), (3) providing input and recommendations to principals, on an advisory basis, concerning the development and use of assessment tools to measure and evaluate student academic growth as it relates to teacher evaluations, and (4) cooperatively determining other areas and issues to address and make recommendations upon. DAC members are assigned through School Accountability Committees; however, the meetings are open to the public. Learn more by clicking here .

School-Based Committees:
Each school has a School Accountability Committee (SAC) and a Parent-Teacher or Parent-Teacher-Student group. Some schools have other groups as well (listed below.)

School Accountability Committees (SACs): Open to all parents/guardians
An advisory committee made up of building leaders, teachers, parents and community members. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Making recommendations to the principal concerning priorities for spending school funds
  • Making recommendations concerning the preparation of the school's Unified Improvement Plan
  • Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district's parent engagement policy
  • Assisting school personnel to increase parents' engagement with teachers, including parents' engagement in creating students' READ plans

To join your school's SAC, contact your school's principal.

Groups at Maddox ECE
  • Advisory Council - A group of parents who work with the director in developing school policy and decision-making for the program.
  • Head Start Policy Committee - Group of Head Start parents who are voted into committee by Head Start families. This group approves policy, shares ideas and helps with decision-making for the program.
Contact: Leigh Pytlinski at 303-806-2521 or

Groups at Bishop

Groups at Charles Hay
  • Charles Hay Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) - for more information, contact President Christine Blackburn, at
  • Charles Hay Garden Committee - for more information, contact Josh Malman,
  • Wellness Committee - for more information contact Kelly Wilbert at

Groups at Cherrelyn
  • Cherrelyn Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) - for more information, contact president Theresa Aldrich at

Groups at Clayton

Groups at Englewood High School

For Colorado's Finest and EMS/ELA, please reach out to the school directly for opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities (Note: volunteering in schools or around students requires a background check):
Our schools are always looking for volunteers to help with events, in classrooms, in the main office, on field trips or other various opportunities. PLEASE reach out to your child's teacher or principal for information on how you can help! Opportunities are available to suit almost any schedule and ability.

Maddox ECE Volunteer Groups
  • Bee Keepers - Dads participating in daily activities and providing positive role models for all students.
  • Grandparent Group - Meet for coffee once a month and work on projects that support the program.
  • Classroom Partners - Support classroom and program by being a communication support for their child's classroom teacher and Family Service Staff.
Contact: Michele Hughes - Family Service Liason at 303-806-2494

Thank you for giving your time to make our district even better!
Stay in Touch
Make sure you know what's happening in the district and at our schools! It's as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Update your contact information in Infinite Campus. Sign on to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal by clicking here. On the left-hand side, scroll down until you see "Contact Preferences" Click on that button and you will see options to opt in or out of all communications for each of your phone numbers and email addresses. Tip: Make sure you are opted in to receive text messages on your mobile device, especially for emergency notifications.
  2. Follow us on social media! Follow Englewood Schools on Twitter (@Engschools), Facebook ( or Instagram (@englewoodschools) for updates and photos. You can also keep up with what's happening around the district by following Superintendent Rubin on Twitter (@EngSupt.)
  3. Read each school's website and weekly or monthly newsletter, delivered to your inbox. These newsletters contain important information from each school.
Food & Nutrition Services News
Apply Now for Free & Reduced Price Meals
Make sure you apply for Free and Reduced Price meals! If you received meals last year, you need to apply by September 20, 2019 to continue receiving meals. You can get an application at any school or by visiting .

Farm of the Month
Nutrition Services is excited to celebrate local farms in our new Farm of the Month Program! Every month, we will highlight a Colorado farm's seasonal produce on our lunch line. We think it's important to connect our students to agriculture, providing them with opportunities to learn more about the food they eat. September's Farm of the Month is Large Vista Ranch and their watermelon!
Free Instrument Labs!
Has your child ever wanted to play a musical instrument? Here is their chance! It's free! Englewood Arts will bring two pianos, two guitars, two violins and two cellos to the Instrument Lab at your child's school. Your child will get to play all four for six weeks! Through the generosity of Englewood Arts, this class is free of charge to Englewood students. Discover the joy of making music!

Registration is limited! Registration forms by school:
Notice of Cancellation of Election
On August 30, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. there were no more candidates than offices to be filled at the election for Board of Directors in Englewood Schools. The deadline for filing an affidavit of intent to be a write-in candidate has also passed, with no individuals filing such an affidavit and no ballot issues or questions submitted to the voters by the district.

Please see  this notice  and  this resolution  for more information.
Good News from Our Schools
School Supplies
Businesses in our community have been incredibly generous this year and made large donations of school supplies to us! Special thanks to Swedish Medical Center, Englewood Grand, Peace Cellar, ZOMO Englewood, The Whiskey Biscuit, One Barrel, The Tabletop Tap, Devil's Head Distillery and Felt for helping us with school supply donations this year.

If your family is in need of supplies, please email our Family/Community Liaison, Clarice Fortunato at
Cheetahs Go Green
Staff members and students from Cherrelyn Elementary wore green to school on Friday, August 30 in honor of Cherrelyn receiving a rating of PERFORMANCE on the School Performance Framework. Performance is the highest rating a school can receive!
Pringles Challenge
The Englewood High School AVID classes participated in the Pringles Challenge last week to test their collaboration and engineering skills. Each group had to create a self-standing ring out of only 1 tube of Pringles chips. AP Physics students Ethan Cuenca & Brady Andrews were able to complete the task the fastest in only 12 minutes. 
September 2019 Activities & Events
Englewood Schools Events in September 2019 (you can see these events on the District Calendar ):

Thursday, September 12:
  • Charles Hay Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 a.m.

Monday, September 16:
  • EHS Academic Awards, 6:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium

Tuesday, September 17:
  • Board of Education Work Session, 6:00 p.m. at ECE Maddox

Wednesday, September 18:
  • ECE Preschool Kick-Off Night, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Language Development Council Meeting, 5:00 p.m. at Bishop Elementary

Thursday, September 19:
  • Englewood Education Foundation Meeting, 5:00 p.m. at 4101 S. Bannock St.

Saturday, September 21:
  • Community Carnival, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at EHS

Monday, September 23:
  • Powderpuff Game/Community Bonfire, 6:00 p.m. at EHS stadium

Tuesday, September 24:
  • District Accountability Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at 4101 S. Bannock St.
  • Charles Hay SAC Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25:
  • Colorado's Finest SAC Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 26:
  • Homecoming Tailgate Party, 2:30 - 7:00 p.m. at EHS
  • Homecoming Game, 7:00 p.m. at EHS Stadium

Friday, September 27:
  • Staff Development Day, No School
  • EHS Homecoming Dance, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sept. 3 - Denver Botanic Gardens Free Day 9-5pm
  • Sept.4 - Writers Group for all experience levels @ Englewood Library Altenbach room 6:30-8:30pm
  • Sept.6 - Museo de las Americas- Free Cultural First Friday 5pm-9pm
  • Sept.7 - Denver Art Museum Free Day
  • Denver Urban Gardens Free Learn to Compost Workshop 9am-11am
  • Sept.12 - Clyfford Still Museum Free Day- 10am-5pm
  • Sept.13 - Four Mile Historic Park Free Day 12pm- 4pm
  • Sept.14 - The Longmont Museum Free Day
  • Denver Urban Gardens Free Learn to Compost Workshop 9am-11am
  • Sept.17 - Tuesday Teen Takeover@ Englewood Library Tech lab 4-7pm
  • Sept.18 - Writers Group for all experience levels @ Englewood Library Altenbach room 6:30-8:30pm
  • Sept. 21 - Denver Urban Gardens Free Learn to Compost Workshop 9am-11am
  • Sept. 25 - Conversations over Coffee @ Englewood Library Altenbach room 10:30-11:30am
  • Sept. 25 through Oct. 9 - Art Exhibit @Englewood Library
  • Sept. 27 - Molly Brown House Museum Free Day
Construction Updates
Visit our  Bond Projects and Construction web pages  to find updated information on each school construction project. There, you can view weekly construction updates, aerial photos, live videos ,   project budget updates project timelines  and more!

Visit our  construction pages by clicking here , or by going to the Discover menu on our district website and selecting 2016 Bond Projects.
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