Posted April 18, 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.

April 18, 2024

Principal Message

Hello Carson Community,

Thank you to all who have filled out our 24-25 enrollment survey indicating your intent to return to Carson next year. If you haven’t had an opportunity to fill it out yet, please help us out with our planning for next year by completing it as soon as possible, regardless if you are planning on returning, know you aren’t, or aren’t sure yet.  This information will allow us to invite students in from our choice waitlist if needed. Thanks for completing the 2024-25 Carson Enrollment Survey today! 

If you haven’t already, please follow this link to complete your child’s BESS mental health screener. Our end-of-year screening window ends Friday, April 26. Please review the BESS FAQ document to learn more about the BESS and universal mental health screening in DPS this year. Thank you so much for your participation!

Please reach out to Joanne Lander, Interim Principal for any reason while I am out on medical leave.  You can reach her at jlander@dpsk12.net.  I look forward to recovering and being back really soon! 

With gratitude,   

Photos from our Kindergarten and First Grade Arts and PE Exhibition

Spirit Week is NEXT WEEK April 22-April 26!

Let’s come together as a school to celebrate how hard our intermediate students worked on CMAS!​​​​​​​

Monday – Color Day (dress in your very favorite color from head to toe)
Tuesday – Mismatched Day (polka dots, stripes, patterns, etc…)
Wednesday – Vocabulary Day (choose a vocabulary word and dress to visually represent it)
Thursday – Decades Day (show your love for the decade of your choice)
Friday – Carson Day (wear your gear to show off your Carson pride)

Family Wellness Fest

Come on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m. to George Washington High School for an afternoon of learning, food, giveaways and fun at the Family Wellness Fest! There will be FREE childcare, FREE food, giveaways and more! This event will run from 1pm to 4pm.

This event will include 4 sessions where families can attend and learn more about:

1. Substance Abuse Prevention

2. Social Emotional Learning: What is tSEL? 

3. School Culture and Bullying Prevention

4. Restorative and Trauma-Informed Practices

There will also be a small resource fair to learn more about other resources available in DPS and Denver! For more information, check out these flyers. Families can call 720-423-3054 or email FACEHelpline@dpsk12.org for assistance.

Weekend Vandalism

Carson has endured quite a bit of vandalism over several weekends. Teenagers have been reported to be on the roof, our tables have been overturned and broken, and outdoor equipment has been destroyed. We need your help. If you live near Carson and notice anything suspicious, please call our Denver Public School’s Safety Department at 720-423-3911 and DPD at the non-emergency number 720-913-2000.  Thank you for your support! 

Suicide Prevention

Thanks to everyone who also joined us for our Carson Community Coffee and Conversation focusing on suicide prevention last week with Danielle Drish, our school psychologist.  Here is the Parent/Guardian Suicide Prevention presentation slides

Save the Date! 



Upcoming Events

4/19: No School~ District Professional Development Day

4/22: Boosterthon Kick-Off

4/22-5/1: Boosterthon Week

4/25: PTA Meeting 6-7pm

4/26: Carson Disco 6-8pm Carson Gym

5/1: Booster Fun Run ~ 8-9 Primary Run & 12:15-1:15 Intermediate Run

5/1: 2nd Grade Musical Explorers Field Trip 9:15-11:30

5/6-5/10: Teacher Appreciation Week! 

5/6: 5th Grade Musical Daytime Cast Dress Rehearsal – 8:00 am – 8:45 am

5/7: 5th Grade Musical Nighttime Cast Dress Rehearsal – 8:00 am – 8:45 am

5/7: Virtual CSC Meeting 5:30-6:30pm

5/8: 5th Grade Musical Daytime Cast Performance – 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

5/9: 5th Grade Musical Nighttime Cast Performance – 6:00 pm

5/15: Kindergarten Field Trip Arvada Center 8-12

5/17: Kindergarten Day at Robinson Park 10-11:30

5/23: Field Day- 8-10:30 Primary & 12-2:30 Intermediate

5/23: Carson Community BBQ 10:30-12:00

5/24: 4th Grade Colorado History Museum Field Trip 9-12

5/24: EOY DDI 1-3

5/27: Memorial Day ~ No School

5/30: 5th Grade Young Ameritowne Field Trip 9-2

5/30: Field Day Rain Date

5/31: Talent Show

6/4: 1st Grade Day at Crestmoor Park 9-11:30

6/4: 5th Grade Continuation 1-2

6/5: Last Day of School- 11:40 Early Release

6/5: Fun Run 8-8:45

6/5: End of Year Character Ed Assembly 8:45-9:15

6/5: Students vs. Teachers Kickball Game 9:30

6/5: Report Cards Available via Parent Portal

Check out the Carson website for updates on future events. 

Carson Calendar

Email Emily_Livingston@dpsk12.net at least one week in advance if you need an interpreter for any Carson events.

PTA News

Upcoming Events

PTA Meeting: Thursday, April 25 6:00-7:00 PM

Please join us for the PTA meeting at 6pm at Carson on Thursday, 4/25 at 6pm.  We’ll be chatting about all of our community’s fun upcoming events! We’d love to see everyone there!

If you’d like to attend via Zoom, please use this link to join.  

Meeting ID: 885 2018 5646

Passcode: 885160

Colorado Rapids Fundraising Nights | This Saturday, 4/20 7:30 pm and 5/11 7:30 pm

Buy discounted tickets to cheer on the Colorado Rapids at either (or both!) of our upcoming Carson/Rapids fundraising nights!  Tickets for both games can be purchased at https://rapids.spinzo.com/Carson.  Ticket pricing starts at just $20, and a portion of every ticket sale will be donated back to the Carson PTA.  The Rapids play FC Dallas this Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm, and San Jose on May 11 at 7:30pm. 

Carson Disco: Friday, April 26 6:00-8:00 PM

Join us for the annual Carson Disco in the Carson Gym!  This is one of the most fun events for the kids of the whole school year!  There will be a DJ, pizza, and prizes for the best costume.  This event is for Carson students only and a parent or guardian over 18 must be present.  Please bring a water bottle and wear your dance shoes.  Also, this annual event is sponsored and organized by the PTA and we still need a few volunteers to make it happen! We couldn’t host such fun events without you — thank you and look forward to seeing you there!

2nd Annual Carson/Booster Fun Run | Wednesday, May 1

The Carson PTA spring fundraiser is back this year with our Booster Celebratory Fun Run taking place on the Carson field on Wednesday, May 1.  Our fundraising goal this year is $30,000, which will support a variety of ongoing needs at the School. Grades K-2 will run at 8:00am. Grades 3-5 will run at 12:15pm. Each session lasts about an hour, and family/friends are encouraged to attend to cheer on all our students. 

REGISTER your kid(s) and learn more about how to support Carson at www.myBooster.com!! 

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

2023-2024 Yearbooks

Relive the memories of this spectacular year at Carson with a Carson Yearbook. Follow this link to purchase yours today!



Yearbook Tributes

Congratulate a graduating fifth grader, recognize a hard-working student or honor an incredible teacher with a yearbook tribute. Follow this link to place your tribute, and make this year’s book even more special!

Colorado Rapids

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. ptacarson@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered in any capacity so far this year! Special, enormous thanks to our Character Ed Chairs, Reese Jansen and Kristin Wessell, who ran the program this year.

We will have more opportunities to get involved in some fun end-of-year events, such as Teacher Appreciation Week, Field Day, and the End-of-School Fun Run, so stay tuned for sign-ups for those events. In the meantime, we are in need of a few volunteers to help at the Carson Disco next Friday, April 26. Please see the sign-up below and thank you!

Carson Disco

Tuesday Treats for Teachers and Staff

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

Lunchroom Volunteers

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

Volunteer Background Check

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

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. ptacarson@gmail.com.

Carson Elementary Directory

Please find the Updated 2023-2024 Carson Elementary Directory here

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 appointment@clothestokidsdenver.org.  

Questions? Contact Carson’s Bin Champion Lauren Stoffel at LCStoffel@gmail.com. 

For more information about CTKD, visit their website http://www.clothestokidsdenver.org.

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 norma_barron@dpsk12.net.     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 jessica_compaore@dpsk12.net 

Crosswalk Safety

Parents and Guardians- please be careful and cautious at pick up and drop off.  We’ve seen a few close calls with students in the crosswalk and cars turning illegally.  Please DO NOT drop students off in the middle of the street or crosswalk.  This is a huge safety violation.  We are very lucky to have Mr. Dan and Ms. Kristen, our school crossing guards, please say thank you and hello to them next time you see them! 

This is Carson!


Total Enrollment: 415

Attendance: 96%

Teachers: 32

Support Staff: 22


American Indian or Alaskan Native: 2.1%

Asian: 9%

Black: 4%

Hispanic: 7%

Multiple Races: 8%

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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