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Posted February 9, 2024

   Carson Elementary Principal Newsletter

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 Learning Culture~ We build and maintain trusting, collaborative relationships in order to intentionally foster the 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.

February 9, 2024

Principal Message

Hello Carson Community,

Join me next week at 7:45 on February 15th in the Carson lobby for our monthly Carson Community Coffee and Conversation.  There is no agenda- just a time to connect with one another, ask questions, talk openly, and build stronger relationships amongst our community. 

There is no school on Friday, February 16th for students and Monday, February 19th for President’s Day.  

It was great to see so many students and families enjoying the playground at dismissal, soaking in the sunshine before the forecasted snow again tomorrow. 

Have a fabulous weekend!

With gratitude, 

Valentine’s Day

Check out the information from your student’s teachers about the grade level plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th. 


Upcoming Events

2/14: Grade Level Valentine’s Day Celebrations – information coming from teachers

2/15: Carson Community Coffee and Conversation 7:45-8:30 in the Carson Lobby

2/16: District Professional Development Day ~ No School for Students

2/19: President’s Day ~ No School

3/1: End of Term- Progress Reports Available

3/7: 2nd/3rd Grade Arts and PE Exhibition 4:00-5:00

3/10: Daylight Savings Starts

3/13: Class Picture Day

3/14: Carson Community Coffee and Conversation 7:45-8:30 ~ GT focus

Check out the Carson website for updates on future events. 

Carson Calendar

Email at least one week in advance if you need an interpreter for any Carson events.


PTA News

Upcoming Events

February Dine For Dollars | Tuesday, February 13th, 11am to 9pm | Mici, 7th & Colorado 

20% of all Dine-In, Online, and Catering sales will be donated to Carson

Colorado Rapids | 4/20 7:30 pm and 5/11 7:30 pm

The Spring Carson fundraising nights at the Rapids will be on Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 pm, against FC Dallas, and on Saturday, May 11th, at 7:30pm, against San Jose. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated back to Carson.  Purchase tickets here!

Follow Carson PTA on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on Carson events!

Dine For Dollars

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by dining out at Mici and help raise money for Carson!  

Our February Dine for Dollars will occur Tuesday, February 13th, at Mici, 7th & Colorado Blvd, from 11am to 9pm.  20% of all Dine-In, Online, and Catering sales will be donated to Carson. When ordering use the code SCHOOL or for online orders scan the QR code on the attached flyer.

Colorado Rapids

Much Appreciation!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to bring Teacher Treats, and to coordinate our Spring and End-of-Year events!

Thank you to everyone who bought cookies at our girl scout cookie fundraiser!

PTA Board ~ Open PTA Board Positions

Want to get more involved? We are looking to fill three positions on the PTA Board for the upcoming 24/25 school year. It is a two-year commitment and a great opportunity to be more involved at Carson, make a difference at our school, and create new friendships. The open positions are Treasurer, Fundraising, and President-Elect. If interested, please contact the PTA for more information.

Carson Elementary Directory

Please find the Updated 2023-2024 Carson Elementary Directory here

Volunteer Opportunities

We need you! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to help foster our wonderful Carson community.  See the links below to sign up, and thank you for volunteering!

Tuesday Treats for Teachers and Staff

Help fuel Carson’s amazing teachers and staff with Tuesday Teacher Treats!

Hospitality Events 

We need many volunteers to help create Carson’s community-building events!  In particular, we are still looking for volunteers to help organize Field Day, 5th Grade Continuation, Family Picnic, and the end of year Fun Run.

Lunchroom Volunteers

Help with hard to open lunches, cleaning up, and ensuring lunch time at Carson runs smoothly! 

Garden Club – Volunteers Needed!

Do you love gardening?  Bring your energy and knowledge to Carson!  Ms. Holdeman has started a Garden Club and is looking for parent volunteers to help build garden beds, and to help at some meetings, which will take place after school on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30.  

Volunteer Background Check

Don’t forget to complete your free volunteer background check!

Community Involvement

Clothes to Kids of Denver!

The Carson community is a proud supporter of local non-profit, Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD).  CTKD’s mission is simple – to provide free school clothes to students in need or in crisis. Students get to shop in a warm and welcoming boutique where they can select the wardrobe pieces that meet their needs.  Each wardrobe is a week’s worth of school clothes – 21 pieces – and it is all FREE! CKTD’s goal is always to reach as many students as possible.  They cannot do this work without strong community support, so thank you for helping make this happen!

Want to Help?

CTKD serves students in preschool – 12th grade, so they gladly accept clean and ready to wear, gently used or new clothing size 4T up through all adult sizes as well as shoes from size 8T up to adult sizes. Bring your donations to school any time and place them in the grey and blue CTKD bin located in the front lobby.

Want to Shop?

To shop at CTKD, students must be age 3-21, live in the 11-county Denver Metro Area, and be enrolled in preschool-12th grade, or working toward a GED.  No referral or proof of automatic qualification is required to shop.  Click this LINK for more information. Appointments can be made to shop in CTKD’s store or to pick up clothing through CTKD’s curbside program.  Make an appointment by calling 720-379-4630 or emailing  

Questions? Contact Carson’s Bin Champion Lauren Stoffel at 

For more information about CTKD, visit their website

Quick and Easy Fundraising

Shop at King Soopers and Give Back to Carson!

By linking your King Soopers loyalty card to the Carson Elementary PTA, you can give back to the School every time you shop at King Soopers and their family of brands (City Market, Kroger, etc.)! If you haven’t already, sign up for a loyalty card and create a digital account.  Then visit our King Soopers Community Rewards instructions for steps to link your card to the Carson Elementary PTA. A percentage of all purchases linked to your cards is donated back to the School.  Carson has already received over $1,700 this year, thanks to those who already support this program!

(Note that this sign-up process is best completed on a computer/tablet, NOT on your phone.)

Milk Caps for Moola are Back!

Longmont Dairy Farm will donate 5 cents for every bottle cap from Longmont Dairy-produced products. Thank you to the people who’ve been hoarding their milk caps through the summer and fall – you can finally begin dropping them off again! The drop off container is in the lobby of Carson near Norma’s desk!

Stationary and Custom Gifts from Minted!

Carson families can enjoy 20% off stationary and custom gifts from Minted.  Use code FUNDRAISEPTACARSON and Minted will also give back 15% to the Carson PTA! 

Annual School Supplies Fees

If you haven’t done so yet, please pay your annual school supply fee today.  Mark something off your list! 

The annual fee per student pays for school supplies, online technology, and subscriptions used in your student’s classroom.  You will not need to buy school supplies.  You also have the option to add in a scholarship if you would like! 

Crossing Guards Needed! 

Want to supplement your income for just a few hours a week?  Become a school crossing guard at Carson today!  This position offers ten hours per week at $19.00 per hour. Help keep our kids safe!  If you’d like more information, please reach out to Norma at    

Job Posting Description       More Information Here        Spanish

Substitute Teachers

Become a substitute for Carson!  Enjoy a flexible schedule! Join a great team! Make a difference for our school! Becoming a sub for DPS is fast and easy.  The first step is to obtain your license from the Colorado Department of Education. Here’s how!  Talk to Norma if you have any questions!

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 

This is Carson!


Total Enrollment: 414

Attendance: 96%

Teachers: 32

Support Staff: 22


American Indian or Alaskan Native: 2.7%

Asian: 7%

Black: 4%

Hispanic: 7.0%

Multiple Races: 7.1%

White: 70%

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%

Free/Reduced Lunch: 14.4% 

Highly/Gifted and Talented: 88 (21.2%)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing: 14 (3.4%)

Multilingual Learners: 22 (5.3%)

Special Education:41 (10.2%)

Students of Color: 29%

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