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A little bit of kindness, a big culture shift

CASTLE ROCK- On a Friday afternoon at Flagstone Elementary in Castle Rock, they are going back in time. As students roll into school dressed in groovy glasses and tie-dye shirts, you’re reminded of a time when peace and love and kindness were all the rage.

Mrs. Duelm’s 5th grade class believes if there's one thing this world could use… It's a little kindness. It's really not that hard. It just takes a little bit of time and effort.

You start with some T-shirts. You throw in some rocks, and you're on your way.

It’s all a kick-off to National Acts of Kindness Week February 13-17.”We chose the K in kindness to incorporate into our classroom and to spread it into the school and into the community,” explains Duelm.

The kids are taking the idea and running with it. “When I hear kindness I think of giving,” said one student.  “If someone’s having a bad day you make something for them or do something for them, said another.

kids holding up kindness week signs.They’re doing things like writing thank you letters - actual letters. It’s like the way they did in the 60s. And like the hippies they are dressed as, they hope to start a culture shift. “The whole idea is that you write positive messages to people and you leave them around the building or around your community,” said Principal Kelli Smith.

The week started with students wearing tutus carrying signs reminding people that “You can’t be tutu kind.” Teachers took to Twitter with #FSErocksKINDNESS and #oneflagstone. The excitement continued spreading on Monday with a kindness flashmob.

“I think the biggest thing as a teacher, and as a parent, is that modeling of what kindness is,” said Duelm.

No matter your generation, the message is clear. Peace, love, and kindness can go a long way toward making the world a better place. Flagstone Elementary is doing its part one kind act at a time.

February 14, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Elementary Education, Schools

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”