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South Pearl Street is a gem

By CPC | October 1, 2021

Article and photos by Hollen Wheeler Just north of the University of Denver is the South Pearl Street district, a charming little city escape. Eighteen tree-lined blocks with Victorian homes, boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, book stores, and of course, fine dining make South Pearl Street an outing worth a look. Flanked by “South Pearl…

The art and etiquette of the invitation

By CPC | October 1, 2021

Dear Readers, Let’s talk about the art and etiquette of the invitation. I naturally get excited about parties, whether I’m throwing one or attending one and the invitation is the natural starting point. Creating an invitation and responding to an invitation require thought and exactitude, whether it’s a formal invite or a casual one. The…

Do you believe in ghosts?

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Stacie Chadwick In 1992, I was young and living in Chicago, a place so cold in the winter that the biting, frigid wind would cut you in half before you’d barely taken a step. It was on that kind of night, having worked late and in a hurry, that I jumped into my car…

Douglas County Community Foundation

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Terri Wiebold; photos courtesy of Jimmy’s Photography The Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF) recently gathered at picturesque Cherokee Ranch & Castle to introduce its new executive director, Mike Waid. Waid joins a powerhouse board of directors, let by Chairman Justin Vaughn, committed to helping Douglas County nonprofits and providing financial assistance when they need…

Carve out time for autumn treats

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Patte Smith; courtesy photo There are many close to home Halloween celebrations and festivals this year, so get the costumes ready, carve a pumpkin, and brew up some potions. With fall in the air, festivals, foolery, and fun abounds – mixed in with a little fright. Enjoy the Castle Pines Fall Festival in the…

Bailey’s Comet reappears

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of Yvonne Bailey and her sous-chef and son, Chase.

 By Joe Gschwendtner; photo courtesy of Yvonne Bailey We introduced readers to super-mom and creative fitness guru Yvonne Bailey in May 2018 and happened across her again last week. No surprise, she is still flying high with ideas. With her son, Chase (5), in school, Bailey has lost no time in moving into a new…

Simple sushi stacks

By CPC | October 1, 2021

Article and photos by Lisa Crockett Food that looks beautiful is somehow extra satisfying, a feast for the senses that starts even before I open my mouth. Sushi is at the top of my list of beautiful foods, especially sushi rolls, bordered in perfect rice and framed with seaweed. There is something so lovely and…

Spooky Pretzel Skeleton Treats

By CPC | October 1, 2021

Article and photos by Lisa Crockett

Cookin’ chili in the Pines

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of Donna Benedict Neighbors pulled out their best family recipes for the 12th Annual Turweston Lane Chili Cook Off. More than 70 people gathered in the cul-de-sac to join in the fun. The best chili bragging rights went to the Barbier family who took first place. The Sharon family…

Approaching centenarian

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of Velva Bains

By Joe Gschwendtner; courtesy photos Can it be possible to catch one’s second wind as a nonagenarian? Meet Velva Bains, turned 98 last month. But you’d never know it. Spry and almost effervescent, age has not dimmed her many beautiful memories. Then there is that twinkle in her eye; it’s compelling. When she talks, one…

Medicare annual enrollment

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard The health insurance industry is arguably one of the biggest in the U.S., and Medicare falls under that umbrella. Throughout the next few months, the evening news and mailboxes will be inundated with commercials and flyers from private insurance companies touting the benefits for a particular supplemental Medicare plan in anticipation…

The warm heart of Africa

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of eager students who want to learn, students devour the books and supplies.

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos Although Megan Mathis is a local, her work and passion are 9,000 miles away. She is co-founder of RiseUp Malawi (RUM), and her organization is making small but significant differences in the land-locked, southeast African country of Malawi. The average Malawian lives on less than $2 a day. For the…

The best thing about teaching

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of Tony Greene, his wife Erika (left), and sons Gavin and Gage.

By Julie Matuszewski; photo courtesy of Tony Greene “The best thing about teaching is the connections I make with my kids,” said Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) math teacher, Tony Greene. “I really believe it is not the content that is taught by the teacher but the connections the teacher makes with their students.” Greene…

Making the most of a cross-country move

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of CEO of CORE Electric Cooperative, Jeff Baudier (center), with his wife, Cherie, and their youngest son, Fisher

By Chris Michlewicz; photo courtesy of the Baudier family Jeff Baudier spent almost the entirety of his life in Louisiana, but the possibility of picking up and moving to Colorado was always there. Baudier (pronounced “bo-dee-ay”) had visited the Denver area for business on several occasions and was taken in by the active lifestyle and…

A kindhearted, generous and cheerful Ken Tankersley

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of the Tankersley family, (left to right), Tyler, Ken, Aubin, Charley, Shannon.

By Patte Smith; photos courtesy of Ken Tankersley Fifteen years ago, Shannon and Ken Tankersley’s family relocated from the Washington Park area of Denver to Castle Pines. The tight-knit clan enjoys life to the fullest and truly loves living in Colorado. “We can’t imagine living anywhere else,” notes Ken. “Castle Pines is a blend of…

Rocky Heights Middle School girls finish district champions –

By CPC | October 1, 2021

a perfect season By Shaun Kernahan; courtesy photos After successfully getting through league play with a perfect 6-0 record, the Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) eighth grade girls volleyball team headed to Castle Rock Middle School on September 11 as the number one seed in the district tournament. They started off the morning by knocking…

Pumpkin for health and holidays

By CPC | October 1, 2021
PumpkinSoupSeeds

By Patte Smith; courtesy photo Autumn is here, and families, friends and neighbors are starting to plan for an outing to a pumpkin patch, a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner, and happy holiday fun when December arrives. What do these events have in common? Pumpkin. Whether harvesting seeds to roast from a pumpkin, baking a pumpkin pie…

Pitchers and Patriots host inaugural event to sold-out crowd

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Pitchers and Patriots Logo

By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Mike Myers Mike Myers, The Village at Castle Pines resident and former 14-year MLB left-handed pitcher, was golfing with his friend Don Beck on a Thursday morning in August 2019 at The Country Club at Castle Pines. Beck made a comment about how lucky they were to be able…

Douglas County free COVID-19 testing sites

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard From local pharmacies to convenient drive-up sites, anyone looking to get a free COVID-19 test has multiple options in Douglas County. The Walgreens located in the City of Castle Pines at Lagae Road offers free tests for anyone experiencing symptoms or who has been exposed to COVID-19. A photo ID will…

Douglas County chooses four school board candidates

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard On Election Day, Tuesday November 2, Douglas County voters will choose four Douglas County School District (DCSD) school board candidates in the general election. All registered voters will receive their election ballots in the mail sometime the week of October 11. (See related story on page 4 and 5 for more…

Free school meals at campuses across Douglas County

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Mindy Stone What’s for lunch? Students ask this question daily. This school year, parents don’t need to stress about packing their child’s lunch or even putting money in their school account to buy it. Douglas County School District (DCSD), like school districts nationwide, continues to serve free meals for all students during the 2021-2022…

RCHS teacher paves the way for STEM inclusion

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of Team “Joe Mamma” supports Joe Schneiderwind at a multiple sclerosis (MS) walk.

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Joe Schneiderwind Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) math teacher, Joe Schneiderwind, has always loved math and science. After graduating from Douglas County High School (DCHS), Schneiderwind moved to Golden, where he completed an undergraduate degree in engineering physics and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Colorado School of…

Community carnival tradition returns

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Tim Ryckman Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) again held a decades-long family favorite community event this year, the back-to-school carnival. The carnival is a nod to summer fun as the school year gets underway. Students reunite with friends and burn lots of energy running between events, contests and stations while…

A fall retreat to Snow Mountain Ranch

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of DCS Montessori According to the Montessori philosophy, adolescents need to begin establishing their independence as they learn to get along with one another while feeling acceptance from their peers. Away from home and their regular routines, DCS Montessori (DCSM) middle school students spent four days and three nights together…

Passion for fashion – new club at

By CPC | October 1, 2021
RCHS Fashion Club Logo

Article and photo by Claire Bauer; RCHS intern writer What people are wearing and what’s considered to be in style constantly changes from season to season. What doesn’t change is the passion behind the fashion creations walked down runways with each change in the weather. Despite the past many months of the same sweatpants day…

Smashing personal records

By CPC | October 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil; photo courtesy of Rocky Heights Middle School

Changes for drivers with a learner’s permit

By CPC | October 1, 2021

Information provided by Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles made changes to who can sign a permit holder’s drive time logs with the implementation of the Driver’s License Electronic Renewal Act (HB21-1139). The new law allows more people to sign a permit holder’s drive time logs. Now the permit holder’s…

Kickin’ off the school year

By CPC | October 1, 2021
Photo of fourth grader Elise Avetisy, her sister Margot (left) and TTE music teacher Madison Armstrong.

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Tony Zalva and Samuel Avetisyan Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) Timberwolves took to the fields of Coyote Ridge Park for the school’s 12th Annual Mother and Son Kickball Tournament. Teams played single-loss elimination, with team Don’t Stop “Ball”ieving taking the overall win. The tournament kicked off with the national anthem…

Craft brewers harvest first hops crop

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photos by Patte Smith Surrey Ridge gardener Kevin Klimek did not realize when he decided to grow hops a few years ago what a success it would be. “I thought it would be fun to try. It took a few years for the vines to wind up the trellis, and wow, what a…

Feedback on Crowfoot Valley Road construction plans

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Google earth map of Crowfoot Valley Road area.

Article and photo by Chris Michlewicz; graphic by Tim Gamble The Town of Castle Rock and Douglas County are partnering on a road construction project that will widen a high-traffic section of Crowfoot Valley Road. Design for the project is expected to be completed this year, with construction beginning in mid-2022, said Aaron Monks, project…

Postage rates increase for second time in 2021

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Picture of The first U.S. postage stamp honoring Benjamin Franklin

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos On August 29 and for the second time this year, the U.S. Postal Service implemented new postage rates. Listed below are the highlights of the recent rate increases: First-class letters The postage rate for a first-class letter (1 ounce) purchased at the post office increased by 3 cents to 58…

Slash/mulch site available for fall cleanup

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Douglas County slash/much site.

By Carin R. Kirkegaard with information and photo provided by Douglas County The Front Range often receives its first frost sometime in September, and the first snowflakes are often spotted falling from the sky. As hot summer days transition to cool autumn nights, many local gardeners begin to prepare outdoor beds in September for the…

I-25 project aims to reduce vehicle-animal collisions by 90%

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of new wildlife crossings and 28 miles of deer fencing along I-25

By Chris Michlewicz; graphic courtesy of the Colorado Department of Transportation The installation of new wildlife crossings and deer fencing is expected to improve safety in an area known for vehicle collisions with animals trying to cross I-25. This summer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) approved new game ramps, swing gates and several miles…

Congratulations Tammy Lopez Allstate Agency

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Trail ratings help to pick the right path

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of trail rating map

Looking for a bit of direction when choosing which path to take at a Douglas County open space properties? New trail rating signage has been updated at open space properties, helping to ensure that visitors to Douglas County outdoor spaces have a safe and enjoyable experience. Trail users can consult the posted trail ratings, then…

Blooming in Castle Pines

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Amy Dismuke and her daughter Ann inspecting flowers.

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos by Lynn Zahorik and courtesy of Scott James Photography Amy Dismuke may have moved from her home in Lone Tree to Castle Pines just a little more than a year ago, but her roots in the community are well established. The mother of three children (now adults), Dismuke would drive…

Bringing the party to the party

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Whitney Shank

By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Whitney Shank Colorado native and Castle Pines resident for nearly 17 years, Whitney Shank intended on being a stay-at-home mom until her kids were grown. After planning a lot of events for her kids’ elementary school, her name was mentioned to the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce when they…

Meow Wolf exhibition comes to Denver and it is Meow WOW

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Meow Wolf’s new Denver exhibit, “Convergence Station,”

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos It’s art. It’s urban. It’s weird. It’s amazing. And it’s opening in Denver on September 17. Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment collaboration, is a transformative and surreal experience where visitors tour mind-bending “rooms” or installations with interpretation left to the individual’s imagination. The first Meow Wolf exhibition launched in…

Wildlife educators inspire next generation of animal advocates

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; photo courtesy of Nature’s Educators Almost everyone can recall when they were introduced to a subject at just the right time in their life, changing its course forever. For Devin Jaffe, it happened in college when she met a prairie falcon at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo. She was instantly…

Charlie the entertainer

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy Amy Chouinard Charlie, a miniature schnauzer, is 100% pure fun, rich in character and full of life. His life’s purpose is to provide companionship and a good laugh on the daily to Bob, Amy and Jackson Chouinard. Charlie is the part of the family, and they are blessed to have…

Boulder on the Deschutes: Bend, Oregon

By CPC | September 1, 2021

 By Joe Gschwendtner; courtesy photos We once owned a home in Bend, Oregon and sold it – felt there were better investment opportunities. What a colossal mistake. The town has doubled its population and appeal in 20 years. Bend is the absolute gem of the Beaver State. Dead center in Oregon, in high desert country,…

Vino in the Village

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Vino in the Village

Hundreds of people descended on the Village Shops in The Village at Castle Pines on August 13 for Vino in the Village, a Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce event that showcases restaurants and wine purveyors in the area. The annual event was a sellout with 400 tickets sold. Attendees learned about wine pairings and also…

RiNo – where art is made

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos The River North Art District, or colloquially, “RiNo,” is a trending area northeast of downtown Denver. With the usual urban feel, including views of the city, plenty of good eats and drinks – not to mention a variety of shops and art galleries, what sets RiNo apart from other city…

One step at a time: staircase remodeling

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of a grand floating staircase.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photos A staircase is a key architectural design feature that is often visible upon entering a home, adding drama to a space. Staircases have many parts and pieces requiring a number of design decisions and a whole set of terminology to learn. When remodeling a staircase, there are newel posts and…

The bartered bride and the Lone Tree Schweiger Ranch

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Joe Gschwendtner; photo courtesy of Rose Tuggle Collection of the Schweiger Ranch Foundation John Schweiger was raised in Zell am Ziller, Tirol, Austria. Draftable into the Austrian army, he found a berth on an American-bound ship out of Bremen days before he turned 21 in 1867. Stateside, John found work in Tennessee and Georgia’s…

Day trippin’ at the Denver Botanic Gardens

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photos by Celeste McNeil The Denver Botanic Gardens is a 24-acre oasis in the heart of the city. Located next to Cheesman Park, the York Street gardens host a large array of stimulation for the senses. Featuring Denver’s first green roof and the first conservatory in America entirely made from concrete and plexiglass;…

Cops and Bobbers reels in fun

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of DCSO Detention Specialist Dawn McClarnon Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is constantly looking for ways to positively connect with the community. DCSO recently held a favorite community outreach event – Cops and Bobbers. Young Douglas County residents spent a Saturday morning fishing with DCSO officers and urban park rangers…

Blue Jean Bash raises funds for Clothes To Kids Denver

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Stan Obert Clothing can change a life. A warm coat, shoes that fit, and a wardrobe of school clothing can help children and youth build the confidence they need to succeed. Castle Pines resident Sue Hambil, longtime supporter and advocate for the nonprofit organization Clothes To Kids of Denver…

Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra excited to be back on stage

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Enjoy the 2021-2022 season By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photo The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra (LTSO) 2021-2022 season has been announced and tickets are now on sale at the Lone Tree Arts Center box office. LTSO Executive Director Cindy Kessinger said, “We are so excited to be back on stage with a hopefully sold-out season. We…

Teenagers pack more than a ton of food to fight food insecurity

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Junior Katelyn Pocock, sophomore Kyia Sparks, senior Hailey Arbuckle, and Everett Brothers, a visiting sophomore from Springville High School in Springville, Utah, got a little messy repackaging flour for Metro Caring’s food bank.

Article and photos by Celeste McNeil Twenty-nine high school students gathered for a service project on a Saturday afternoon, just days before school began. The youth and a handful of adults, all from the Castle Pines ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spent a few hours in a Denver warehouse with…

Any time is the right time for TikTok pasta

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett I’m a proud member of Generation X. According to the latest vernacular, this makes me very likely to be “cheugy.” This nonsense word is meant as an insult and conveys disdain for all things conformist, basic, and middle-aged (side hair parts and low-rise jeans are particular targets). For the…

Valuable resource available for aging adults

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Patte Smith; courtesy photo Aging Resources of Douglas County (ARDC) is a valuable resource for older adults and their families – offering guidance to programs and organizations that are needed as individuals age. “Let’s get the word out that ARDC is here to help find services,” stated Lori Gloer, director of community engagement for…

Perfect pinwheels for a pleasant lunch

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett

Every Age Counts poetry contest seeking entries

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Patte Smith; courtesy photo The Douglas County School District, Douglas County Libraries, Seniors’ Council of Douglas County and Changing the Narrative are partnering together and encouraging amateur poets of Douglas County to enter Every Age Counts! Free Amateur Poetry Contest. A first of its kind, the poetry contest will be accepting submissions until September…

One of our own remembers 9/11

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of J.D. Ressetar, now a father of three, is pictured above with his wife and daughters

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of the Ressetar family Karen and J.P. Ressetar, residents of The Village at Castle Pines since 1995, will forever remember Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Like the rest of the country, the events that occurred on that day left indelible marks on their family. Their oldest son J.D. was working…

Nurses never really retire

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Carolyn Hayes who continues to volunteer after being a nurse.

Article and photo by Lisa Nicklanovich Carolyn Hayes, resident of The Village at Castle Pines for more than 20 years, began volunteering as a candy striper in Greenwich, Connecticut in the 1960s. Soon after, Hayes became a nurse, and continued on to clinic management, occupational health and fitness, sales, marketing, teaching, writing and consulting. Throughout…

Homegrown science teacher

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Meredith Wilemon and her boyfriend, Christian Clodfelder

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Meredith Wilemon Meredith Wilemon was inspired by a high school science teacher. A passion for science and a connection to teachers through curriculum led Wilemon to become a science teacher herself. Wilemon’s family moved to Castle Pines when she was four. She attended the local schools, including Buffalo Ridge…

Rising Star

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Arianna (Ari) Griffin baker and cake decorator.

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Amy Griffin Arianna (Ari) Griffin has always enjoyed baking alongside her mom, Amy. As a little girl, Ari would stand on a kitchen stool to make herself high enough to reach the counter. Now 11, Ari has been baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes on her own for the…

The soul of an artist – the brain of an engineer

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Evette Goldstein – artist and engineer

Article and photos by Hollen Wheeler Resident Evette Goldstein is an accomplished abstract artist, a professional calligrapher, a teacher, a tap dancer and … a former aerospace engineer. A short meeting with the 74-year-old doyenne reveals that abstract art with a scientific influence is her passion. Not to mention, Evette wears abstract-themed clothes, jewelry, and…

Party in the park

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of Jimmy’s Photography It was a beautiful August afternoon for the annual Chamber of Commerce Party in the Park … until it wasn’t. More than 3,000 attendees had a wonderful time visiting vendor booths, bounce houses and the beer tent, eagerly anticipating the evening fireworks, sponsored by the City…

Kings Lacrosse class of 2027 for the win at NLF Championship

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of King Lacrosse team celebrating.

 By Shaun Kernahan; courtesy photos For much of its history, the sport of lacrosse has been dominated by the east coast. In fact, there are so few high-quality western lacrosse teams, the University of Denver team competes in the Big East collegiately. When Kings Lacrosse ’27 (made up of kids from Castle Pines, Castle Rock,…

A hole in one!

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of David Schiller celebrating a Hole In One at The Ridge

By Shaun Kernahan; Photos courtesy of Kristine Schiller

Broncos fans can count on RTD service I

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Information provided by RTD With week one of the NFL season fast approaching, Broncos fans can rely on public transportation from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) to and from home games played at Empower Field at Mile High. While BroncosRide bus service remains suspended, several local bus routes will be available, and RTD will scale…

Fermented foods and beverages add zest and zing

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of SCOBY, a starter culture of bacteria and yeast.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Bill Schaefer Naturally fermented foods are getting a lot of attention from health experts and consumers lately because they may help strengthen gut microbiome – the 100 trillion or so bacteria and microorganisms that live in the digestive tract, thus increasing the health of the digestive system and enhancing…

Summertime Champs

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Philadelphia Eagles flag football winners

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Castle Pines Athletics Castle Pines Athletics summer season flag football finished strong with a final Super Bowl game at Elk Ridge Park. The Philadelphia Eagles (ages 6 to 8) and Seattle Seahawks (ages 9 to 11) played hard to take home the winning championship. All teams played with heart,…

Buffalo Ridge Elementary school welcomes students

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil; courtesy photos Families and staff at Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) recently rejoiced in the return of several annual back to school traditions. BRE held a kindergarten and new family social a week before school began. This event allowed students and parents new to BRE to gather, meet new friends and play on…

Two BRE students come full circle

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Thomas D. and Caleb M. standing in BRE classroom.

Article and photo by Celeste McNeil; photo courtesy of Andrea Scott Two Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) school students have come full circle in their education; they are ending their primary school years in the same classroom where they attended preschool. This summer, more than a few BRE teachers shifted classrooms – every grade from preschool…

Back-to-school spirit at AA

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of AAballoon arch marked the grand entrance of the first day of the 2021-2022

Article and photos by Julie Matuszewski American Academy (AA) could not wait to open its doors to all K-8 students. Thrilled to have their students back, Executive Director of Schools, Erin Kane – along with Castle Pines middle school Principal Michelle Daley, Castle Pines Mayor Tera Radloff and deputies from the the Douglas County Sheriff’s…

Teamwork makes the dream work

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of DCSM middle school human knot

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of DCS Montessori DCS Montessori middle school students kicked off the 2021-2022 school year with outdoor teambuilding activities focused on teamwork and communication. Activities that included a blindfolded obstacle course, human knots, and flip the blanket encouraged students to work as a team while learning each individual leadership style. “Tell…

Buffalo Ridge Elementary garden accessible for everyone

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo ADA accessible paths

By Patte Smith; photos courtesy of BRE and The City of Castle Pines The City of Castle Pines partnered with Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) in upgrading the school’s garden pathways. Students were welcomed with a surprise when they returned to the classroom on August 9. Working over the summer, the City had the outdoor garden…

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