Welcome Letter

Welcome to Pine Grove Elementary!

At Pine Grove Elementary, your child will learn in an environment defined by our motto: “Building The Bridge From Foundation To Innovation”. This motto means that your children will learn foundational skills of reading, writing, computation, and problem solving in engaging and innovative ways. But our teachers don’t stop here. They will provide opportunities for their students to apply these foundational skills to real world learning experiences. Our teachers are all certified and over 85% have advanced education degrees beyond a Bachelor’s. Our staff goes above and beyond to know your child and meet their personalized learning needs at their level.

STEM learning is one example of opportunities offered to all students. For example, you’ll see students coding in our STEM Lab while they steer a drone along a designated path to foster problem solving and collaboration skills. In our younger classrooms, you’ll see students using engineering skills to build a storyboard out of Legos to reinforce foundational skills of plot development found in literature.

The Arts are alive at Pine Grove! PGE values your child’s daily learning experiences through our Specials programming consisting of Physical Education, Music, Art and STEM. Several times a year, the specials teachers collaborate to offer performing arts opportunities. For example, our first, second and third graders perform a specials show each spring based on a theme. The students sing, dance, prepare artful backdrops and use technology to research to demonstrate their learning through performance. Another example of performing arts at Pine Grove occurs when our specials teachers survey our incoming 6th graders about their interests. The teachers take the survey results and create sixth grade specials electives based on these interests. We know your child will love being a student at Pine Grove Elementary where we balance academics with the arts.

We are fortunate that our students come to school each day ready to learn. Our community supports learning through thousands of volunteer hours each year and are involved in our organized parent groups of PGEA and SAC. Because our students are so well supported at home, they are ready to take on many leadership opportunities in addition to their academic work. When your child attends PIne Grove, they will have the opportunity to join many different clubs and organizations during the school day, as well as before and after school. Our student leadership groups consist of Anti-Bullying Team, Community Service Team, Green Team, and Technology Team. New this year, Pine Grove will participate with National Elementary Honor Society.

Kelly Coonts
Principal, Pine Grove Elementary

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).>