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Buck for Bats - Bat Condo Constructed in CRE Habitat


March 2017

The newest addition to the CRE school habitat has been erected - a bat condo. Located on a 16ft post near the pond, the bat condo will soon become home to bats already native to the area. 

The condo is made from a material similar to Trex; it is weather resistant and has several "apartments" arranged inside. Scratchings were made on the inside by the manufacturers so that the bats can hang more easily. The condo is 18" wide and 27" tall. 

Plan some time this spring to take a walk through our habitat and enjoy the budding plants and our newest bat friends!


February 2017 

CRE has a wide range of educational opportunties available to our students through the Project Based Learning (PBL) platform. In addition to PBL, CRE is home to a backyard habitat complete with native trees and plants, a pond, and all of the creatures that call the habitat home. We also frequently see visitors to our habitat - deer, racoons, an occasional bear, and most recently, a coyote! 

The balance of life within the habitat has taken an interesting turn in the recent months. The mosquito population is a bit out of control, and the native creatures are dwindling due to natural habitat loss. In an effort to restore balance and provide additional educational opportunites for our students, CRE is adding bats to the habitat! The addition of bats will help enhance the habitat experience by: 

-Increasing the bat population. Bat populations have been on the decline recent years due to habitat loss.

-Bat condos serve as a safe roosting spot for bats.
-Bats are needed for controlling the population of insects, specifically mosquitos that breed in our pond.

We encourage our students to take ownership of the habitat and all of the living things within it. On Friday, February 24, CRE will be hosting Buck for Bats day. Students may purchase 2 bags of popcorn for $1 and all of the proceeds will go towards purchasing bat condos for our habitat. If each student in the school purchases $1 worth of popcorn, we will be fully funded for our Bat Condos! 

Check out the Buck for Bats flyer!




February 15, 2017 | By mgreene1 | Category: Castle Rock Elementary School

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.”