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Principal’s Blog March 2020

Hello C2E Families and Friends,

We know that the education, health, and safety of our staff and students are always priority-one at C2E.  Given the recent public concerns over COVID-19, commonly referred to as the Coronavirus, I am sending information out so you all can have access to factual information, directly from the CDC. I am also including a good list of the best practices to prevent the spread of germs, not just the Coronavirus and what C2E is currently continuing to do.

Here is what we can do:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday Song)
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as a temporary solution.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand or better yet, into a tissue and throw it away.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth – simply, avoid touching those T-Zones! (the average person touches their face 85-100 times per day!)
  • Avoid contact with other people’s hands. Instead of high fives, let’s do elbow touches.
  • If you have any combination of fever, body aches, nausea, fatigue & weakness, and chills & sweats please take care of yourself, protect others by staying home, and contact your medical provider.

Here is what C2E is doing every day:

  • We are cleaning desks, tables, and common areas with a disinfectant in every room each evening.
  • We are providing hand sanitizer (while supplies last) when necessary for all who request it.
  • We continue to perform nightly cleaning of our entire facility.
  • We are sharing best practices above with all of our students and staff.
  • We continue to confer with DCSD and State officials on any necessary steps or information we receive and sharing that information in a timely manner with our community.

We know there’s a lot of info flying about! For accurate guidance and updates, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


All the best,

Mr. Barrett

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Happy Holidays

Hello C2E Families and Friends,

In my first blog of the year, a long time coming, I wanted to share my gratitude this holiday season. Your kind words, thoughts, and gifts were well received and my family and I appreciate your generosity. You have welcomed us into the C2E family with open arms and we will not let you down. It has always been my practice to be available for students, staff, and families with any care, concerns, or curiosities that you may have. We are here, and more than willing to work on issues and ideas you might have. Feedback is the key to growth and improvement when presented in a way that is growth goal-focused and delivered in a respectful manner. I am continuously honored and humbled to be your school leader and look forward to working alongside each of you in the coming months and years.

Happy Holidays from the Barretts! We wish each of you a safe and prosperous New Year. See you all back to school on January 7, 2020. 

 Mr. Barrett

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John Irwin Award 4th Year in a Row

We are honored to accept the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award, from the Douglas County School District Board.  The John Irwin Award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. The three-year school performance framework is used by the state to evaluate schools, and award the schools that “exceed” expectations on academic achievement.  This is our 4th year in a row to receive this award.

Congratulations to our students who worked so hard to show all that they have learned, to our teachers for diligently ensuring that all of our students are learning, and to our parents for the daily commitment they make to help our students succeed in school!

Click here for more information on this award and/or to see the schools that received the John Irwin Award.

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Carpool Safety

We are looking forward to seeing all of your children again and we are excited for another school year.  To make our first week go smoothly and safely, please review the following tips:  

Here are a few helpful reminders from our Parent/Student Handbook to make carpool run smoothly and efficiently:

  • Always make right turns.  When everyone is turning into the school from the same direction (turning right into the school drive from Carlson) things run quicker and students that are walking across the street are safer.
  • If you want to drop your student off on Carlson, you must stop before the no parking sign.  That allows those that are lining up to drive through carpool the no parking lane for that line.  
  • Please have your carpool sign displayed until you leave the school drive with your students.  If we can help the students see their cars, they load much faster.
  • Lightning dismissals are always challenging dismissals.  However, we are not able to release your student out into the open when there is lightning within 10 miles of the school.  If you wish to pick up your student when there is lightning in the area you are required to come to the door to retrieve them.  Please, if you feel that being outside is dangerous, stay in your car and wait for the lightning to pass. We are committed to keeping your students safe until you feel safe being outside to pick them up.  YOU MAY NOT EXIT YOUR CAR on the school drive, as this obstructs the car line. These dismissals do take more time, but are required to ensure that your student(s) is safe.

The most helpful tip we can share is that if you text the words “follow @c2eschool” (please be sure to use the @, this was previously not required) to 40404 you will get real time information should we need to communicate with you what is happening during carpool or any other emergency situation.  


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Crosswalk Help Needed

C2E Families, We need your help!  We will continue to staff the crosswalk, but believe additional adults will help.  Please click here to sign up.  Another way you can be of help is to remember the carpool rule of ALWAYS TURN RIGHT when entering and leaving the property.  We appreciate each of you looking at your schedules and signing up to help keep our children safe.

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A Great Day at C2E

What a great day at C2E!  Rocky visited each classroom and fun was had by all!  Thanks to everyone who voted and helped us win his visit.


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