Cougar PRIDE Newsletter

Posted May 6, 2022

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We are Carson!

Climate and Culture

We provide a safe, collaborative, and inclusive community that fosters a sense of belonging and joy. We empower students to develop growth mindsets and to advocate for their social-emotional and academic needs in order to build resilience.

Professional Culture

We build and maintain trusting, collaborative relationships in order to intentionally foster growth and well-being of students and staff.

Family & Community Engagement

We partner with our families and community to embrace diversity, nurture trust, and provide a variety of opportunities to engage with Carson in meaningful ways.

Learning and Instruction

We maintain high expectations of students while providing rigorous, engaging, authentic instruction through culturally responsive and data driven practices to ensure student success.

Principal Letter

Hello Carson Community! What an honor it is to work in a community that values our educators fully. Thank you to all for the special treats and notes all week showing your appreciation of our wonderful Carson staff for Teacher Appreciation Week. We value our teachers and we value you! 
Have your student take a hike with me and our Assistant Principal, Ms. Rowe at Bluff Lake on Saturday, May 21st from 9-10 in the morning.  We’ll make our own trail mix.  Bring a filled water bottle! We have a limited number of students we can supervise so it is on a first come basis so sign up today!  Parents/Guardians are welcome to drop off or join us for the walk!  Sign up here today!
Have a safe and healthy weekend! With gratitude, 

Staff Lounge Transformation

 Wow! PTA spearheaded an amazing job on our staff lounge transformation! Thank you to our Carson families who stepped up and made such a difference for our team. A tremendous thank you goes to Jim and Erica Warner, The Mould Makers, who did all of the beautiful remodel work and Amy Hulsey Interiors with the serene interior design. The room is now warm, welcoming, classy and functional! Thank you all for your tireless work on this project. Your contribution will be enjoyed for years to come!  

Early Bird Registration

Once a family is enrolled — or accepted — into a DPS school, the next step is registering with their school. This is the annual process of providing and updating student and family information on file, including emergency contacts, health information and more.Registration can be done online, or through the school in the fall. We recommend registering online because it’s convenient and saves time. Families can register online for the 2022-23 school year during one of two windows: The “Early Bird” window, May 2-20, or late July through your school’s specific deadline.To register online, sign in to, click on “See All Apps,” then click on “Online Registration” to verify or update your student’s information. Online registration can only be completed by the parent/guardian listed in the primary household of the student record.

Health and Safety

Due to increased transmission of COVID-19, norovirus, and a gastrointestinal virus at Carson Elementary, CDPHE is recommending all students, staff, and visitors wear masks inside the school building.  Based on the guidance we have been given this would last for two weeks.   While we are not requiring mask-wearing in Carson, masks are strongly recommended for students, staff, and others in our building.  Please encourage your student to practice good hygiene at home and at school. Also, please note:  Students who are sick due to norovirus or the GI virus need to stay home and may return to school 48 hours after symptoms are resolved. 

How Sick is Too Sick? 

Evaluation of a sick child must consider which diseases are currently circulating  among students, staff, and the community. Known exposure to cases or an outbreak  of a contagious disease, even without  a confirmed diagnosis, may necessitate more stringent return to school requirements.  During Colorado’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff  who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should receive testing, and follow the  COVID-19 isolation guidance until testing is completed or if they test positive. If the  individual tests negative for COVID-19, the individual should then follow the  recommendations for their disease or symptoms using this guidance. 

Carson Covid-19 Information

April: 7 cases                                                    May: 3 cases1st grade: 1 student/staff                               4th grade: 1 student/staff2nd grade: 1 student/staff                             General staff: 24th grade: 4 students/staffGeneral staff: 1 Continue to report positive student cases to Nurse Lilly at puspita_ng@dpsk12.netCOVID reporting is still required for all confirmed positive cases. School-Based Virtual Care from Denver Health allows us to give care and medication at school. Telehealth Flier & E-Consent Form

Wildfire Smoke Air Quality Study

 CU Boulder is doing a research project to understand the air pollution and health impacts of wildfire smoke on children at home and at school. Carson has signed up to have an air pollution sensors at the school to understand air pollution levels at school. We are looking for families from your school interested in having an air pollution sensor at their home so that we can compare the levels inside schools and Homes. In addition to needing families willing to have us sense air pollution in your home, we also need students willing to take short daily online surveys about symptoms that they may experience related to air pollution. If you are interested in signing up or learning more, please send an email to or click here to learn more.

Carson Talent Show Volunteers

 We are looking for family volunteers to help facilitate our dress rehearsal on Friday, May 13th at 7:45 am. and the talent show on Friday, May 20th from 10:15 – 11:15 for 3rd-5th and 11:45 – 12:45 for K-2nd. On the day of the talent show, the talent show committee will be supervising their classes, so our family volunteers will be helping to run our show! Email if you are interested. 

Crossing Guards Needed

We still need more crossing guards here at Carson! Help our kids cross safely during our high traffic times!  If you are interested please email Colleen at This is a paid position. For information on the position and how to get trained, see the documents here: Here is the link!


Field Day + Community Pizza Party Luncheon Information

Thursday, May 19, 2022Field Day times:Kinder – 2nd Grade 8:10 – 10:403rd – 5th Grade 12:30 – 3:00 Pizza Lunch Times: Kinder-2nd Grade 11:00 – 12:003rd – 5th grade 11:25-12:25 If your child  would prefer a sack/cold lunch from our cafeteria please email: Carson Field Day is about promoting physical activity, teamwork, sportsmanship, and having fun. This year, students will participate in half-day outdoor sessions comprised of events based on skills they’ve learned in PE class.   In order to host a fun and safe day, let’s ensure all students drink plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.  Please come out and cheer for our students.It may be warm; shorts, socks, and sneakers are considered appropriate clothing for Field Day. Please avoid sandals, open toed shoes, or any heavy clothing. If sunny, plan for hats and sunscreen.  Students should wear a shirt color based on their grade.
Kinder = red1st = white2nd = orange3rd = purple4th = green5th = blue
Check out the flier here!

Science Fair Celebrations

 Congratulations to all students who participated in the Science Fair last Saturday.  Carson fourth graders received two of the three top science fair awards. Congratulations to Tatian S. for her Duckweed Light project and the partner group of Louis R. and Asher H. for their project on Sound Vibrations. Congratulations to Nixon M, Ivy T, Bea H, Porter K, and Beckett H. Andreas R, Bea B-R, Leo B-R, Brandon W, Shalom D-A, Lily D, Brianna M, Dain R, Carys H, and Ella R for representing Carson with their project nominations! Check out the Steve Spangler Science Fair Carson Interviews that took place at Carson during the filming of Steve’s DIY Science show.  

2021-22 Yearbook Orders + Tribute Info

 Yearbook Orders: Commemorate another unforgettable year with a Carson yearbook. Follow this link to purchase yours today!

Music Notes

 A Note from the Music Room~ continually updated to reflect the most recent information 

Carson & McKinley-Thatcher Family Fishing Day

Mark your calendars for the Carson & McKinley-Thatcher Family Fishing Day
Saturday, May 7, 202211am-1pm
Come out and go fishing with Mr. Stehle, McKinley-Thatcher Elementary, and the City of Denver at Washington Park.
We will meet on the northeast side of Washington Park (E Virginia Ave & S Franklin St) at “The Lilly Pond”. Students may bring their fishing pole, Denver Parks and Recreation Fishing Program will have bait and fishing poles for us to borrow.
Bring all of your family members for some fun fishing! McKinley-Thatcher elementary will be joining us.
Mr. Stehle       720-424-9129


It is time for Carson’s spring informational PAC (parent advisory committee) meeting on Wednesday, May 18th at 5:00 p.m. We will be discussing:1. Overview of the MLE program2. Language Allocation and the Seal of Biliteracy3. Parent Support4. How to read your child’s ACCESS scores If you need an interpreter for the meeting, please let Ms. Hernandez know no later than May 11th so one can be scheduled. Here is the link for that meeting: Carson Spring PAC Meeting. The meeting will be recorded if you can’t make it. 
Additionally, here is the link for the last district-wide MLE meeting (DAC) on Wednesday, May 25th at 5:00 p.m.: DPS May DAC Meeting


May Events: Carson Disco: RESCHEDULED to May 13, 5:30pm -7:30 pmCarson Day at the Colorado Rapids:  May 14Field Day/Family Picnic:   May 19 RSVP by May 11Health and Wellness Yoga Event:  May 25Stay and Play:   May 26Fifth Grade Continuation:  June 2Carson Fun Run:  June 3 What’s New ANNUAL CARSON FAMILY PIZZA PICNIC
COME ONE…. COME ALL TO THE 1ST ANNUAL CARSON FAMILY PIZZA PICNICWHAT: FAMILY PICNICWHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 19THWHAT TIME: K-2ND @ 11AM 3RD-5TH @ 11:25WHERE: CARSON’S PLAYGROUNDWHO: ALL CARSON FAMILY MEMBERSHOW: COMPLIMENTS OF THE CARSON PTAWHY: TO GET TOGETHER WITH THE CARSON STUDENTS, STAFF AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO CELEBRATE A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEARIN ORDER TO HAVE ENOUGH PIZZA FOR ALL, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO RSVP TO THE PICNIC. RSVP BY MAY 11TH ALWAYS WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP HOST THESE EVENTS, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP Board Elections Interested in joining the Carson PTA Board?  It is a fun way to support the school, our students and our community!  The following positions are available for the 2022-2023 school year (all positions are two year commitments).  Descriptions of the positions can be found HERE. Elections will take place at the May PTA MeetingPresident-Elect (this position serves one year as President-Elect and the following year as President)Treasurer (two year commitment)VP of Fundraising (two year commitment)Please contact if you are interested or have any questions. Carson Dance – Ready, Set, GLOW!
Join us Friday, May 13th for the Carson Disco! WEAR YOUR NEON COLORS!  COME FOR PIZZA, GLOW STICKS, DJ, GAMES & GOOD COMPANY Carson Auction Committee Please consider signing up to help with the Carson Auction 2022.  It is the largest fundraiser we do, and it is a very fun and very important event.  We are ready to start planning this event, but we need your help.  Please consider signing up for any of the following roles:Buy A Share Coordinator; Teacher Experience CoordinatorSilent Coordinator; Live Coordinator; Venue/Vendor Coordinator; andOnline Auction Coordinator.  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Kristen Alkire at  2021-2022 Yearbooks Commemorate another unforgettable year with a Carson yearbook. Follow this link to purchase yours today!  Support Colorado Rapids and Carson Elementary!   Carson Elementary will have our own section to cheer as the Colorado Rapids take on the Seattle Sounders, May 14th.A portion of every ticket goes back to supporting Carson. We hope you can make it! Click here for more information. Volunteer Opportunities PTA is looking for volunteers to coordinate upcoming events:Fun RunFamily PicnicPlease sign up to coordinate these wonderful Carson events.  From the Health and Wellness Committee The health and wellness committee would like to thank everyone that participated in the stat and learn with Denver parks and rec yesterday afternoon. We had a great turnout and everyone was so helpful in picking up trash around school and spreading mulch. Look for more fun and informative events in the future. May is Mental Health Awareness Month Rebecca Kanov, will lead us in a Stay and do Yoga! We will move our bodies, practice some breathing to calm our nervous systems, gather as a community, and share popsicles as we wrap up the school year with some good mental wellness tips to take through the summer!Please bring a towel. A parent or guardian must be present and is welcome to join! Character ED  Character Ed would like to thank the classroom liaisons and parent volunteers for making the integri-tea such a community event. We loved seeing our 2nd grade students teach our kinder students with the decoration set-up. It would not have been possible without the teacher, staff, family and character Ed volunteers. Thank you to Ms. Berns’ class for the beautiful thank you cards.  PTA Fundraisers Use Your King Soopers Card and Support CarsonKing Soopers donates to Carson every time you shop and use your SooperCard. All you have to do is select Carson Elementary PTA for Community Rewards. If you haven’t already, go to  to learn how to sign up online or through the app.  Milk Caps for MoolaLongmont Dairy Farm will donate 5c for every bottle cup from Longmont Dairy-produced products. Collect the caps and look for details at https://www.ptacarson.comGive Back to Carson Each Time You Shop on AmazonDid you know that every time you shop eligible items at, Amazon donates to Carson Elementary PTA?  It’s easy just click on the link above, choose Carson Elementary PTA as your charity of choice, and then go through AmazonSmile every time you want to make a purchase on Amazon. Amazon will notify you every 6 months to confirm your selection, so please take a moment to make sure Carson PTA is still your AmasonSmile Charity selection. Earn Cash for Carson Every Time You ShopWith BoxTops for Education, Carson PTA can earn money on purchases you already make. Just use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt and instantly add cash to Carson’s earnings. Have actual box tops saved? You can still earn on those, too! Just collect them in a ziplock bag and drop off at Carson’s front office! 

Upcoming Events

5/2-5/20: Early Bird Registration ~ Through Parent Portal 5/7: Carson & McKinley-Thatcher Family Fishing Day Wash Park 11 am-1 pm 5/11: Virtual CSC Meeting 5:155/12 Musical Performances for “Leopards” (link to notes)5/13 Talent Show Rehearsal 7:45 am5/19: Field Day and Family Luncheon 5/19: PTA Meeting 6:305/20: Talent Show~3rd-5th: 10:15-11:15 & K-2nd: 11:45-12:45 5/25: Health and Wellness Yoga Event5/26: Stay and Play5/27: MLE DAC Meeting 5-6:30 Zoom6/2: 5th Grade Continuation 2:006/3: Last Day of School and Fun Run

2022-23 Discovery Link Before and After School Care

Carson community! Registration for Discovery Link Before and After School Program opened Monday, April 18th. Please read this information for crucial and important information! 

Carson Spring Enrichment 

Spring 2022 Carson Enrichment Brochure and Registration Information – open now!

Summer Camp Info

Discovery Link SUMMER in the CITY Summer dates and sign up information 

Carson Community Bulletin Board

Check out all of these amazing resources in our community that are updated weekly!  Carson Community Bulletin Board If you have anything for the community board please email it to 


2022-23 Carson Elementary Enrollment SurveyBESS Guardian SurveyCarson Yearbook Ordering Yearbook Tribute LinkJoke of the Day Submission for announcements Character Education Volunteer InformationComposting and Recycling Lunch Volunteers Lunch Volunteer Sign Up Volunteer Background Check (for indoor volunteering)Tuesday Treats for Teachers Sign Up DPS Substitute Teaching License InfoCarson School Fees~ School SuppliesReach Well App (Flyer Connect has a new name!  It is now ReachWell!)Parent Portal Sign UpBlue Party Video ClipCarson Kiss & Go, please read the policy and register your vehicle online 


Student & Family HandbookLink to May Breakfast and Lunch MenuHealth Resources:MentalHealthStartsEarly.comFree Covid At Home Test Order FormWhen to Keep Sick Children Home (English)When to Keep Sick Children Home (Español)Screening, Exposure, Quarantine and Isolation Decision Tree DPS COVID WebpageVaccination Clinics English    Spanish   Comprehensive Health Care for DPS StudentsDiscovery Link:Click here to select calendar days.

This is Carson!

Total Enrollment:388
Support Staff:22
American Indian or Alaskan Native:.2%
Multiple Races:7.9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:.2%
Free/Reduced Lunch:61 (15%)
H/GT:74 (19%)
D/HH:17 (4.3%)
English Language Learners:16 (4%)
Special Education:37 (9.4%)
Students of Color:28.6%

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