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Preparing for the 2017-2018 School Year

As our CRE students and families are enjoying their summer break, we realize it is never to early to start preparing for the upcoming school year. This page will provide all pertinent information related to back-to-school for the 2017-2018 school year. Take a moment and follow CRE on Facebook and Twitter, as well, for updates, student activities, and more.




Important Links

First Day of School: Thursday, August 10th. 

  • The school day will begin at 8:40am.
  • Parents may drop off their students beginning at 8:25am.
  • Breakfast is available for purchase as well as hot lunch service. Learn more about our food service options. School meal payment accounts can be created and replenished by visiting MySchoolBucks. 

2017-2018 School Supply Lists

2017-2018 DCSD Calendar

EXPRESS CHECK IN is now open! Please take a moment to check in your CRE students prior to the start of school. 

For parents needing care for their students before and after school, CRE is proud to offer BASE programming for the 2017-2018 school year. Learn more about BASE. 

Incoming Kindergarten information:

We will be hosting kindergarten meet & greet sessions on Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11. Parents will sign up for one 2-hour session on either of the dates. Students may bring their school supplies to their meet & greet. Parents will receive an email next week with their students assigned teacher and meet & greet sign up information. The first full day of kindergarten will be Monday, August 14. 


New CRE Families:

If CRE is your neigborhood school and your students are NEW for this coming year, please complete the registration packet found HERE

Returning CRE Families:

If CRE is your neighborhood school and your students attended CRE for the previous year, an email with a link to our Express Check-In is now available.

If your CRE student is open enrolled into CRE for the 2016-2017 school year, it is important that you complete any required paperwork for your student to remain at CRE for next year. You can find information on this by visiting the DCSD Open Enrollment page. 

The main office and administration at CRE is currently closed for summer break. The main office will open again on Monday, July 24, 2017. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Douglas County School District at 303.387.0100. 

Don't forget, you can still access your Spring 2017 Elementary Progress Report (EPR) by logging in to your Engaged Parent Portal. Click Here for more information. 



March 28, 2017 | By mgreene1 | Category: Castle Rock Elementary School

District News

Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.


Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.

Student Climbs stairs with Firefighters

“Never forget” became permanently ingrained in our heads and our hearts after the attacks of September 11, 2001. But now, 16 years later, our schools are full of students who weren’t even alive when history was made; leaving many teachers to decipher how and what to teach students about a moment in our history that changed our world forever.