PLE Weekly Updates
Keep informed about what is going on at Pine Lane Elementary!
Happy Friday Parent Crew,

We have had a wonderful week! From getting into classrooms, I am seeing us settle into our learning routines and it has been so exciting to observe the learning that is occurring and the smiles on our student's faces.   

This month we are focusing on our habit of character, Perseverance. At Pine Lane, we define Perseverance as, "We embrace challenges. We use positive self talk to try and try again. We explore new strategies and seek assistance to find solutions and reach goals." In Monday's announcements, Ms.Casa's and I are going to talk about how we as a school can apply this to one of our challenges at Pine Lane, our performance in writing. Historically, this has been one area that we have struggled and it is one of those academic skills that takes the most work.  In many ways, it is just human nature to take the path of least resistance and we find it hard to be motivated to do the things that are hard.  

Parents, I would like to enlist your help in encouraging your child to persevere in putting forth effort on their writing skills. Some fun things they could do at home that would support this work might be to write a letter to a relative, start a pen pal, start a journal, encourage them to write picture books of their favorite movies or shows, or just have conversations with them about ideas, events, or random topics. All these activities reinforce the language centers in the brain and will improve their ability to communicate both in writing and verbally. Reading ability also impacts one's ability to write well. EL Education promotes a protocol for reading comprehension that can be easily adapted for home when reading a story, set of directions, email from a friend, etc. The protocol is Read-Think-Talk-Write. Here is a short video of a classroom using this protocol:  Read-Think-Talk-Write . This protocol may be of help to you as you look to support your child's growth at home. Even just getting to the talking part will help support vocabulary and language development in your child. The more efficiently one can access words and formulate thoughts in their head the easier it becomes to write well.  

At Pine Lane, we believe that you get out of your education what you put into it. And we remind students that their achievement is directly related to their effort. Thank you for your partnership in conveying this habit of character, perseverance, to our students. 

Have an excellent weekend!

Chris Stairs
Pine Lane Elementary
Ph: 303-387-8275

Students in
3rd and 6th Grade
Week of Sept. 9th-13th

Important Information: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Universal Screening
As part of the Douglas County School District’s Universal Screening Process, ALL students in Grade 3 and Grade 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) the week of September 9 - 13, 2019. This assessment indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.  

If your child is in 3rd or 6th Grade please see detailed information about this assessment here: Universal Screening Information.
Gifted Identification Referral Testing
If your child is in grades K, 1, 2, 4 or 5 AND you believe he/she needs evaluation for Gifted Identification and Services, you may refer your child to start the Gifted Identification process  HERE

PLE This and That!
Healthy School Team is Accepting Applications
3rd - 6th Grade Students
The PLE Healthy Schools Team encourages health by creating challenges for our staff and students, producing short Brain Break videos, and more! Please check out the  PLE Healthy School Website   to see what the team has accomplished over the past few years!  

Interested students should compete this short application and turn it in to Stephanie Kawamura (5/6 Discovery Teacher) by September 10, 2019.  

Our first meeting will take place Tuesday, September 17 from 8:15 - 8:55am in Mrs. Kawamura's classroom (room 34 in the 6th grade hall).

Meeting Dates: Sept 17, Oct 1, 15, and 29, Nov 12 and 19, Dec 10 and 17, Jan 7 and 21, Feb 4 and 18, March 3 and 10, April 7 and 21, and May 5.

Please send any questions to Mrs. Kawamura at 
Mr. Spencer will create a Physical Activity Calendar every month. Keep students moving and engaged for a Healthier LIfe Style

A Quick Note from the Cafeteria
A quick note from the cafeteria....if your student eats Breakfast and/or Lunch with us and does not know their student id/lunch number, please help them learn it. There are several students who still do not know their number and it is making our lines take a long time to go through therefore reducing the time everyone has to eat.

It would be a HUGE help if you would please make sure your child knows their number and can type it in to a keypad (practicing on a computer number pad is really helpful).

Thank you for your help!
Rashel and Tracy
Kitchen Managers
Before and After School Activities

Mad Science After School Enrichment

Class Day: Tuesday
Class Time: 4pm - 5pm
Program Duration: 8 weeks
Dates: 9/17 - 11/12
Price $109.00

PLE Field Trip Information
Upcoming Field Trips

Kindergarten - Sept. 12th
CALF Lowell Ranch
Registration is now Closed

Field Trip Information
Please ensure you are registering by the deadline dates to ensure your student is able to participate.

Select the links below for Detail Information!

All information is also available on our website!
PLE SAC/PTO Information
PTO Wants your Feedback

Tell us what's on your mind.
Help shape how we serve our schoo!l

Click here for a brief survey!

Delivery Date: Tues. Oct 1st
Questions can be emailed to:
Spirit Wear
CHAP Family Activities
Chaparral Performing Arts
Join us for a night of solo, small group, and large group musical numbers from the first 20 years of Chaparral’s musicals.

Bring your elementary and middle school students, especially those who are in choir, music, or theatre/drama. Suitable for all audiences.

Performances take place in the Mary Gill Theatre inside Chaparral High School, located at 15655 Brookstone Dr, Parker, CO 80134

Contact Kathy Rogers at for information about discounted general admission tickets.

Thank you for supporting the performing arts in your community.
Mini Cheer Camp
Sept. 23rd 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

CHS - Cross Country Team
is hosting a CHS Feeder School Cross Country Challenge!

Tuesday September 10th
Location: Sierra Middle School


Chaparral Wolverines
Folkstyle Youth Wrestling Season
Open to Boys and Girls

The Foundation for Douglas County

Take advantage of these exciting opportunities to enjoy fun experiences with Friends and Families while supporting PLE. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to Douglas County Schools.

Upcoming District Events
Dear Families and Students,

Grandparents’ Day is next month and in honor of that special day, I want to invite you to attend a unique event called “An Intergenerational Conversation.”

At the event, children and their grandparents will share ideas on how to make spending time together extra special. The event starts with a Keynote Speaker on the importance of intergenerational relationships, followed by a panel of local students talking about what they like to do or would like to do with their Grandparents. I know you’ll hear some great ideas and, perhaps, you can share some of your ideas too!

The event is free, and there will be light refreshments and cool door prizes.
Here are the details:
  • Date: Saturday, September 7 (day before Grandparents Day)
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Philip S. Miller Library, 100 Wilcox St., Castle Rock
  • Register: here 

Space is limited, you must be registered to attend. 
Registration closes August 30, 2019.

Presented in partnership with the Seniors’ Council of Douglas County, Douglas County School District and The Foundation for Douglas County Schools.
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Nutrition Services is now accepting original student artwork for a special Art Contest which will debut at our annual Taste of DCSD community event on October 3rd.

The theme for the contest is “What Does Food Mean to Me” or “What Do School Meals Mean to Me”. 

See the rules and eligibility guidelines  HERE !
A Taste of DCSD

Thursday, October 3
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cresthill Middle School, Highlands Ranch
Free, No RSVP Required

You’re invited to try some giant new flavors at this annual event showcasing the many delicious and healthy foods available from DCSD Nutrition Services.

PLE North Campus 4th - 6th | PH: 303-387-8275| Attendance: 303-387-8277| Fax: 303-387-8276
PLE South Campus PreK-3rd | PH: 303-387-8325| Attendance: 303-387-8327| Fax: 303-387-8326