Welcome to Douglass Valley Elementary School, home of the Wolves. We provide a variety of rich educational programs for approximately 315 students, grades Kindergarten through 5th.
Our mission statement reflects our passion:
The mission of Douglass Valley Elementary School, in partnership with families, staff, and our military community, is to educate each student in a safe, nurturing, and mutually respectful environment where academic excellence and exemplary character are achieved through problem-solving, collaboration, and critical-thinking.
We have a great building in a fabulous location, devoted parents and staff, and a talented student body. Douglass Valley is known throughout the neighborhood and the school district as a positive, supportive learning community. Staff members are busily engaged as a team exploring ways of improving student learning while providing an environment where all children can feel safe and happy. We encourage students to do their best and we celebrate their academic as well as social and emotional growth.
Teachers, support staff, and parents work cooperatively to provide students with exceptional instructional experiences in a safe, positive environment. The talents of each student and staff member alike are fostered so that learning is maximized. In addition to the regular classroom instruction, students attend classes in science, Spanish, art, music, and physical education. Independently operated day care options are available for families needing those services.
This handbook is designed to introduce you to the school by explaining programs and guidelines to help create a positive learning environment. Be sure to review our information on MTSS as it relates to helping all children at Douglass Valley. Please review the rest of the handbook with your child.
Adrienne Morey Shannon Morris
Principal Assistant Principal
General School Information
Arrival at School / School Hours
Breakfast will be served at 8:30. Unless your student is involved in a specific school activity or eating breakfast, please do not permit your children to arrive before 8:35 AM. No adult supervision is available to students prior to 8:35 AM other than in the cafeteria. When the temperature or wind chill is 20°F or below, students will be allowed to enter the building at 8:35 AM and will be supervised inside the building.
School Hours: 8:45 AM – 3:45 PM
Office: 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Please leave electronic devices (i.e., ipods, cell phones, computer games, etc.) at home. If students bring these items to school, the items must remain in the student's backpack unless students are using them under the direction of an instructor. Any electronic devices not turned off or found with the student outside of the request of an instructor will be kept with the classroom teacher until the end of the school day. If they are lost or stolen there is no recourse.
Class field trips are scheduled periodically to extend classroom learning. Parents must sign a permission slip for each field trip. Specific instructions and fees for the field trip will be listed on the permission form.
To function well in the classroom you must do homework as required by the teacher. The District has a homework position paper. It is summarized as follows:
1. Homework assignments also teach students to be independent learners. Homework gives students experience in following directions, making judgments and comparisons, raising additional questions for study, and developing responsibility and self-discipline.
2. Student achievement rises significantly when teachers regularly assign homework and students conscientiously do it.
3. Well-designed homework assignments relate directly to class work and extend students' learning beyond the classroom.
4. Homework is most useful when teachers carefully prepare the assignment, thoroughly explain it, and give prompt comments and criticism when work is completed.
To help assure some reasonable consistency among schools and to assure that school homework policies conform to good educational practice and the board's own policy, the Learning Services Department reviews and approves all proposed homework policies for individual schools.
The staff at Douglass Valley view homework as an important piece of the school curriculum at all grade levels. Homework contributes to effective learning by providing opportunities to practice and extend skills learned at school. Regular homework assignments also help students learn responsibility, self-discipline, and time management. Students discover that learning takes place all the time, in school and at home.
How much time should be spent on homework? While research supports regular daily homework, excessively long periods of homework can be counterproductive. Because we feel that homework is important, we ask that the following times are taken into consideration when planning your child's extracurricular activities.
1. Kindergarten: Reading with or to your child 10-15 minutes each day; other homework may include special projects to be done at home.
2. First-Second Grade: 15-30 minutes per day; in addition a student is expected to read 10-15 minutes at home daily.
3. Third - Fifth Grade: 30-45 minutes per day on average; in addition a student is expected to read 15-20 minutes at home daily.
How do absences affect school work? We feel it is important that instruction occur before assignments can be completed; therefore, work assignments are not typically provided ahead of time. We can however, provide packets that provide practice on skills. Students are responsible for finding out what assignments were missed and will receive assistance from the teacher before completing them. Students will be given an extra school day for each day missed to complete make up work. Long term assignments will be handled on an individual basis by the classroom teacher.
Guidelines for homework: Allow your child some time to unwind before beginning homework. Make homework a habit, set a regular study time. Communicate to your child that homework is important and that extracurricular activities will not be an excuse for unfinished homework. Provide a comfortable, well lit area with the basic materials. Help students understand that homework is a personal responsibility. Hold your child responsible for getting homework to and from school. Have your child write down daily homework assignments. Recommend that your child work on tough assignments first, when his/her energy level is high. Show confidence in your child's ability. Don't do the work for him/her. (It's okay to explain directions.) Help your child with time management by showing him/her how to keep a calendar of deadlines.
Homework is never designed to make students feel defeated. If your student is struggling for more than 5-10 minutes on a concept, and you have tried to support them, please write a note at the top of the page to the teacher, and he or she will support your student with the work the following day.
Report Cards and Conferences at Douglass Valley
Report cards are issued four times a year, after each nine-week grading period. They are made available through your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. Should you like a paper copy, please contact your student's teacher. Twice a year we have conferences. This is the time when parents and teachers talk about students, their progress in school, and their individual needs. At Douglass Valley, we think both parents and teachers are educators, in other words, partners. Please join the teacher in finding the best way to help your student learn. The teacher will have information to share with you. Because time for conferences is limited, we suggest you think about what you'd like to ask the teacher in advance. You may ask for more conferences anytime during the year. In addition, if you ever have a question, your child's teacher is no further than the telephone or a quick email away.
Lost and Found
Please ensure that your student's name is on all his/her personal items. Lost items are kept in the "Lost and Found" box located in the gymnasium. Small items such as watches, glasses, jewelry, and money are kept in the office. Students and parents may inquire about personal missing items during the day or before and after school. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.
Lunch at DVE
DVE hosts breakfast from 8:30am-8:45 am. The daily cost for breakfast for students is $1.40 and the cost for lunch is $2.60 per day. Free or reduced price lunches are available to those who qualify based on family size and income. Forms are available on-line on the DVE website, under the Parent Portal and in the school office. If your family doesn't qualify now, you can apply any time during the school year if circumstances change. If you wish to buy lunch at school to eat with your student, please call the office before 8:45 a.m. to place your order. Students may purchase a daily lunch or bring in any amount of money that will be credited to the student's lunch account. If students bring lunch from home, they can still buy milk or juice for $0.75. You can now pay on-line for your student's school meal through Pay For It @ https://www.payforit.net .
Free or Reduced Lunch
Policy EF recognizes that students do best in school if they have eaten a nutritious and balanced meal. Academy District 20 participates in the National School Lunch Program that provides free or reduced price meals to eligible students. The Board of Education agrees to the federal eligibility regulations, and the food service program meets all state and federal requirements relating to meal and menu records, fiscal controls and accountability, free and reduced-price meals, civil rights compliance, sanitation, and safety.
School Lunch Prices for 2019-20
Breakfast (Full Pay) $1.40 Breakfast (Reduced/Free – all grades) – no charge
Lunch (Full Pay) $2.60 Lunch (Reduced/Free) – no charge
Milk/Juice: 75¢ Adult Lunch: $3.65
K 12:00-12:20 PM 1st 12:25-12:45 PM 2nd 12:10-12:40 PM
3rd12:35-12:55 PM 4th 12:50-1:10 PM 5th 1:00-1:20 PM
Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures
Please note the "student valet drop-off (kiss and go) area" is located along the sidewalk that is closest to the school. Students must exit/enter their car next to the sidewalk only and in this designated area only. Please stay in line and wait until a staff member is available to support your student with entering/exiting your car. If you wish to walk with your child up to the school, parking is available on the left hand side of the road by the park. The bus parking area and the staff parking lot are not authorized student drop-off and pick-up areas! Cars MAY NOT be in the bus loop at any time that buses are present.
When Driving Students To School, Drivers Should:
1. Have patience and proceed in a single file line and pull forward until reaching the designated, yellow zone for passenger drop-off; i.e., along the sidewalk, or anywhere along the sidewalk, exiting on the passenger side of the vehicle.
2. After dropping students off, remain in a single file line following the vehicle ahead. While proceeding forward to exit, keep a watchful eye for pedestrians and staff members and our crossing guard who will be directing pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
3. All pedestrians (students and parents) may only cross at the designated crosswalks.
Since more students will be driven to school when the weather is inclement, patience and cooperation will be more in demand. When the temperature or wind chill is 20°F or below, students will be allowed to enter the building at 8:35 AM.
To protect students and others, we will be vigilant about violators. Those who choose to not follow our safety procedures in our drop-off zone will be asked verbally to cooperate. Please be careful!
Moving/Relocating/Change of Address
When you are planning to move either outside of Colorado Springs, or outside of District 20, please notify the front office at 234-4200.
Please submit a "Change of Address" form, along with the required documentation to prove residency, to the district's Central Registry office (D20 Education and Administration Center, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 80920) or to the school office (we will forward the document to Central Registry for you).
In order to participate in PE class, all students are required to wear either tennis or athletic shoes - no hiking boots, heelie shoes, crocs, sandals, or flip flops. Students with unsafe shoes for PE will not be allowed to participate in PE.
Pets at School
For the safety of students and staff, no personal pets (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rodents, etc.) are allowed inside the school building or on school grounds. If you use a service animal, please check in at the front office to let us know. If you are walking or picking up your child to or from school and you are walking with your pet, you must stay in the park area across from the school.