Thank You!!

2015-08-27 11.28.54The PTO received a wonderful thank you gift from the Specials Teachers at Sage Canyon. It is an amazing framed art piece with student and teacher signatures along with some adorable photos. It is on display in the school lobby, next to the PTO Bulletin Board. The next time you are at school, please take a moment to check it out. Thank you, teachers and students!


Wrangler Run Update!

BWR-Theme-RevealHello Sage Canyon families!

We are about halfway through our Wrangler Run program! Thank you for your support of our program. As of this afternoon, we are at 39% of our goal to raise $30,000 for our school!

Today we issued a WEEKEND CHALLENGE. Families who earn a new $2 pledge per lap or a new $60 in flat donations over the weekend will receive a bonus prize for your child(ren) on Monday! Will you except the challenge?

Visit to enter your pledges, and be sure to watch the BIG WORLD RECESS videos with your child too. Create a log-in, use code 158-871 to register your student if you haven’t yet, and they will get a free prize.

Thank you for your support. We are raising funds for project-based learning training for teachers, technology, and school beautification.

Check out this video of Principal Hill giving us an update!

As you know, the Wrangler Run is our largest fundraiser this year. To help collect the pledges, PTO is waiving the $2 credit card processing fee for online pledges. Last year, we know many of you paid this fee a few times over whenever you paid a pledge online with a credit card. Instead, our PTO will be paying that $2 fee per transaction, as way to encourage and help you collect pledges from your friends and family. We hope this helps you out a bit. Thank you for all your support!

Also, here is the schedule for the Wrangler Run on Thursday 9/24:
K-2 – 9:30 AM
3-4 – 10:30 AM
5-6 – 11:30 AM

Please come cheer on your student(s) as they run in the Wrangler Run!

To learn more about Boosterthon and the Wrangler Run, be sure to check out this info sheet. We appreciate all your help in reaching our goal!


Wrangler Run Kick-off!

BWR-Theme-RevealThe Wrangler Run kicked off today with an exciting Pep Rally, and we are thrilled about this year’s program! The Wrangler Run will be about 2 weeks and is powered by the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon. Our Fun Run includes all students in a fun, team building, fitness event while helping our school raise much-needed funds.

Watch this fun video to kick-off our event:

This year, our entire school is raising funds to go toward Technology, School Beautification, and Project Based Learning Training for our teachers. Our goal is to raise $30,000, and we need YOUR help!

Here’s how you can support Sage Canyon:

  • Register your student. To log in pledges, please register your child on, using our school’s registration code: 158-871. Students receive a FREE GIFT just by having their parent or guardian register them on
  • Reach out to sponsors. Connect with 10 sponsors. You can use social media in the pledging process and even create custom videos—all of this is on Be sure to capture and record each sponsor’s e-mail address. They will also have an easy opportunity to pay for your student’s pledge by credit card online.
  • Ask your child about the BIG WORLD RECESS Character Play of the day. This year’s character theme is BIG WORLD RECESS, a global fitness theme all about playing with more character. Watch the fun videos with your child on
  • Come to the Wrangler Run on Thursday, Sept. 24th! All students are invited to participate, regardless of financial participation. Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps, and we would love for you to come out and cheer.

Thank you for supporting our school. We hope to see you next week at the Fun Run!


September 2015 Newsletter

NewsletterOur second PTO newsletter of the year is ready for you! Get all the latest news — download our September 2015 Newsletter today. Enjoy!


Volunteer for Popcorn Thursdays!

PopcornWe need volunteers to help make popcorn for Popcorn Thursdays! We pop every Thursday morning starting next week, 8/27, at 9am in the cafeteria. We can’t do this without you! Please sign up for one or more slots. If you have children who aren’t in school yet, you are welcome to bring them with you. Come and meet other parents while helping your school.

If we don’t have enough volunteers to help with popcorn each week, we will have to cancel Popcorn Thursdays — and we would hate to disappoint all our students who look forward to this weekly fun treat. Please sign up to help with this fun event!


Order Your Spirit Wear!

spiritWearWe are excited for our first Spirit Wear drive of the year! We have new items available with lots of sizes and color options.

Order online at

Order deadline is August 30 and all sales are final. We have samples available at school so that you can get the correct size.

Spirit Wear will be delivered to school the week of Sept. 14.


Teacher Spotlight: Meet Our Principal Ms. Hill

HillThis month, let’s get to know our principal, Mandy Hill! Mandy, a 3rd generation Coloradan, was born in Aurora. She attended Eagle Crest High School and went on to attend Doane College in Nebraska for her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences. She finished her teaching license at Metropolitan State College of Denver and went on to complete two Master’s Degrees in Instruction and Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix. Mandy is one of three kids and loves to say that she is the underachiever of her US Attorney and Corporate Litigator brother and sister. Somehow the word underachiever does not resonate with most of us when we think about Mandy Hill!!!!!

Mandy met her husband Gene in 1996 at school and married in 1999. They moved to Castle Rock 15 years ago. She began her career at Crawford Elementary teaching 5th grade in Aurora. When they moved to Castle Rock, she worked at Rock Ridge Elementary teaching 5th and 6th grades. Mandy was part of the Core Team that worked to open Sage Canyon Elementary and then began her career here as a 6th grade teacher.

When Mandy isn’t busy at our wonderful school, she keeps very busy with her kids Luke, 6th grade and Maddie, 4th grade. All things Luke relate to football and baseball. He’s been playing football since he was five and is now busy playing with the Dolphins. You can also ask Luke anything about his beloved Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals. Maddie has played softball but especially loves volleyball. She also has a true passion for singing. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to hear her during a performance at Sage. Mandy’s husband Gene is the Chair of the Special Education department and Head Football Coach at Douglas County High School. To round out their family, they have three rescue dogs: BA, Ella, and Jane.

Mandy is an avid reader, trying to read a book a week. Her favorite books are historical fiction and mysteries. She also loves going to the movies with her favorite movie being Billy Madison.

Most of you have met Mandy but if you haven’t please take a minute in the halls or outside and thank her for all the amazing work she does for our wonderful school!


August 2015 Newsletter

NewsletterIt’s back-to-school time, and we have our first PTO newsletter ready for the new school year. Get all the latest news — download our August 2015 Newsletter today. Enjoy!


Aug. 10: Back to School Picnic!

Back-to-School-Picnic2We are getting excited for the new school year, and to celebrate, our PTO is putting on a FREE Back to School Picnic! Come join us at Sage Canyon on Monday, Aug. 10, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm with food, games, and celebrations.

We’ll have the grill going, great treats to enjoy, plus all the games you love from a good old-fashioned picnic: sack races, bean bag tag toss, tug-o-war, spoon races, kickball, and so much more! Best of all — this is a FREE event paid for by our PTO!

Our only ask is for a few volunteers to help us make this a super fun event — bring your kids and volunteer to help for just an hour while they play and eat. It will be fun for all! Sign up here:

See you at the Back to School Picnic!

P.S. We need help getting the word out for this event to all our new Sage Canyon families. Please pass this info to them so they can join in the fun! We don’t want anyone to miss out!


Meet 3rd Grade Teacher Ms. Mann!!!!!!

mannMs. Mann grew up in Hillside, NJ, outside of New York City.  She has two sisters living back east and a brother who lives in Commerce City, CO. Ms. Mann has a truly amazing and inspiring family history.  Her Dad was a German immigrant who was held in a work concentration camp with his twin brother until the end of WWII. Her grandfather died in an Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. Her father traveled to America by himself after the war and started a business; soon after the rest of his family came to live in New Jersey.

One amazing story that she tells is about her Mom who was injured during one of the Berlin bombings. When she was a little girl, her mother’s father was in America and used to send her dresses. She loved clothes so much and when the bombings would happen, she would wear all her dresses under her coat. She wanted to make sure she still had her dresses if the house got destroyed. One night during a horrible bombing, she ran outside with her Mom and Grandmother. They got separated, and she ended up in an alley. At one point a large amount of bricks fell from above and injured her Mom, burying her completely. The amazing part of the entire story, her coat was sticking out of the rubble, and people found her. Wearing the amount of dresses she had saved her life!

Ms. Mann moved to California and graduated from San Jose State. She put herself through college by building bridges for four years. Yes, Ms. Mann wore a hard hat and all and walked I-beams carrying rebar….impressive. She lived in the Bay area for 12 years where she was a substitute teacher while her kiddos were little. She and her husband Chuck have five kids: Erich (38) a high school teacher at South High School who is studying to be a principal; Rich (37) who works at the Cheesecake Factory and was in the Army; Briana (32) who works at Verizon and has a daughter, Annabelle who is 3 years old; Jacob(25) who is an electrician and Charlie Mann (19) who lives at home and is attending Red Rocks Community College to get a nursing a degree and is working towards becoming a firefighter.

In her free time, Ms. Mann knits (as she puts it, “constantly”), loves her yoga workouts and reads. When asked what type of books, “just a good story”. She also loves watching movies with her two Shih Tzus, PJ and Sparky; favorite movies are Gone With The Wind and The Princess Bride.

In July Ms. Mann and her husband are going to Italy for a long awaited two weeks. Another trip on their bucket list is to walk the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain.

Ms. Mann we appreciate your love of life and how it transfers to your kids. Thank you for all you do!!!!!


Spring Teacher Grants Awarded

As a culmination to our Spring PTO fundraising efforts, we wanted to send out an update on the results of the call for Spring Teacher Grants. A total of 10 new grant requests totaling $19,955 and spanning all grade levels were submitted for the Spring Grant process. Additionally considered was $38,535 in unfunded grant requests from the Fall grant process, brought forward to this grant review period.

While the Fall grant requests were primarily technology related, the Spring grant requests centered on new classroom furniture and Makerspaces, with two new technology requests. Once again, we are amazed and grateful for the thought and care that went into each of the grant requests. We have such a fantastic group of teachers here at Sage Canyon!

After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that all Spring grant requests will be at least partially funded. In addition, we will be fulfilling a large portion of the outstanding Fall grant requests for technology across many grades. This incredible purchase of technology will:

  • Support teachers who want to incorporate technology into their classrooms
  • Reduce the student-to-technology ratio in classrooms
  • Provide the higher grade levels needed technology capabilities via ChromeBooks to support testing and their PBL curriculums

Here are the grants PTO will be fulfilling:

  • $26,000 in approved Technology Grants:
    • Amy Turba
    • Cynthia Thurston
    • Cheryl Brost
    • Robin Joyce
    • Stephannie Page
    • Kristin Folkers
    • Courtney Schubarth
    • Jessica Miller
    • Tony Lamb
    • Katie Bland/Keely Vaughan
    • Kelsey Chadrick
  • $5,965.19 in approved Other Grants:
    • 4th grade, furniture, $2,951.60
    • Danielle McGuckin, furniture and classroom supplies, $962.59
    • 3rd grade, furniture, $576
    • Laura Trimarco, furniture, $260
    • Student Council, Makerspace, $1,000
    • Jane Ewoniuk/Amy Fiedler, supplies, $215

Congratulations to these teachers! We are excited to see how these funds are put to use.

Parents: Thank you for your amazing fundraising support for this 2014/2015 school year. These dollars will bring tremendous value to our children, teachers and classrooms for many years to come. We so appreciate your support of our school and our teachers!

2015-04-09 08.34.01 2015-04-09 08.39.44 2015-04-09 08.46.47 2015-04-09 08.58.43 FullSizeRender1 FullSizeRender2 image1 image2 IMG_2314 IMG_23091


Yearbook Delivery Update

YearbookThank you for your support of Yearbook this year! We have placed our Yearbook orders, and they should arrive at the school by May 15, in plenty of time for distribution before Autograph Day on May 29.

If you didn’t get a chance to buy a yearbook and would like to get one in time for Autograph Day, order right away at:
If prompted, enter Passcode 1014063018364659

You will have to pay for shipping, but if you order soon, it should arrive in time for Autograph Day on May 29. We will also have a very limited supply of Yearbooks for purchase at Hoedown on May 15.


May 2015 Principal’s Letter

Sage Canyon ElementaryDear Parents,

It is so hard to believe that this is the last Sage Canyon newsletter for the 2014-2015 school year.  I want to thank you so much for all of your support, communication, and collaboration during the course of this school year. It is truly an honor to be surrounded by such an extraordinary community. As we close out our last month of school, we have several fun events to look forward to including the Hoedown, Field Day, and our annual awards ceremonies. Our awards ceremonies celebrate intermediate students who excel in academics and one student from each class who excels in Art, Music and PE. In addition, each class will choose one girl and one boy to award  our Wrangler Star Award. The students chosen to receive this award embody the traits of our Wrangler Star: Safe, Thoughtful, Accountable, and Respectful. The Wrangler Star Award is voted on by the members of each class and is an award to truly be proud of. While we are proud of and love all of our students, not every student will receive an award during our end of year ceremonies. Our ceremonies are meant to celebrate the year and are an excellent opportunity to bring our students together to share in the celebration of an incredible year. Parents will be notified if a child will be receiving an award so that you can make arrangements to attend.

During our PTO meeting last week, we had a thoughtful discussion about the process for creating class lists and how class rosters are composed. I thought I would give you a little background into this process. In May, current grade level teams will collaborate to form class lists for the following year. Teachers take many factors into consideration including academic needs, social dynamics, gender balance, and many other details carefully observed over the course of the last year. The teachers who know them best as a group try to make sure that they are placed in a cohort that would be most beneficial to the child. They then turn the lists into me and I take into consideration any parent requests for traits of teachers I may have received. A few questions were asked that I thought I would just answer directly as they are important thoughts to consider:

Question:  Why do you not take requests for specific teachers?
Truthfully, sometimes teacher requests can turn into a popularity contest. We have an amazing group of teachers who have a wide range of skill and talent. Sometimes a student can have an amazing connection with a teacher and a parent will have glowing things to say about them to their neighbors and friends. That doesn’t mean however, the children of those neighbors and friends will have the same traits that mesh well with that teacher. We try to personalize the placements as much as possible so that the varied needs of students are matched well with the varied talents of our teachers.

Question:  Will my younger children automatically have the same teachers as my older children?
Absolutely not. For the reasons I mentioned above, the same teacher may not be an appropriate match for younger siblings. My two kids, for example, need very different teaching styles and have only ever had one common teacher. We never assume that siblings have the same traits and always taken into consideration their individual strengths and needs.

Question:  When will we know who our child’s teacher is for the 2015-16 school year?
We will have assignments available in Parent Portal the second week of June. An exact date will be announced as we get closer.

Thank you again for your continued support this year. I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel to be the Principal of such an astounding school community.

Mandy Hill
Principal, Sage Canyon Elementary


May 2015 Letter from the PTO President

SCPTOIt’s hard to believe that this is our last newsletter of the year and school will be out in a matter of weeks. I want to thank each and every one of you for your amazing support of Sage Canyon and our teachers. We announced our Spring Teacher Grants a couple weeks ago and it has been amazing what we have been able to give to our teachers. They do so much for our kids every day, it’s a joy to have the ability to provide them what they need and it’s THANKS to you. In total, we gave more than $40,000 to our teachers and staff this year.

Our final big event for the year is coming in just a few weeks. Please mark your calendars for our free, new and improved Hoedown!  May 15th 4:30-6:30 at school. We will have a ton of family friendly activities ranging from a petting zoo to kickball games to bouncy houses. Please come out and enjoy the fun!

Our final PTO meeting of the school year is May 13th at 630pm.  I hope to see you soon.

Sheryl Rose
Sage Canyon PTO President


May 2015 Newsletter

NewsletterOur May 2015 newsletter is ready for you! Get all the latest news — download our May 2015 Newsletter today. Enjoy!


Hoedown is May 15!!

Cowboy HatHoedown is coming! Mark your calendars for May 15, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This FREE end-of-year carnival is a fun celebration of our school and our families! We will have lots of fun activities including:
– Face painting
– Photo booth
– Bouncy slide and obstacle course
– And more!!

Our popular, themed Prize Baskets will be back with tickets available for purchase!

If you would like to donate items for Hoedown, please sign up here:

Please come and enjoy our Wrangler Hoedown with your whole family (no drop-offs please).

Flyer: Hoedown May 2015


Teacher Spotlight: Meet First Grade Teacher, Ms. Brost!

Ms. BrostMs. Brost grew up in Piscataway, New Jersey, where she spent amazing summers on Long Beach Island surfing, fishing and working as a lifeguard. After moving from New Jersey to Colorado for what was supposed to be a year, she has now lived in Colorado for almost 30 years. She still considers the east coast home where she has extended family with over 100 cousins that get together annually!

Ms. Brost received a degree in Elementary Education and Behavioral Science from Metro State. She’s been teaching in the district for 15 years and before that was a teacher’s aide and volunteer coordinator. She spent several months substitute teaching to determine the grade that fit her best. She gravitates to the younger grades but thoroughly enjoys them all!

Ms. Brost has three daughters and two son-in-laws: Amy, Wendy, Roby, Michael and Tyler. They are all very busy with their careers. Amy is an Education Coordinator at the Denver Aquarium; Wendy is a Nuclear Physicist (aka rocket scientist!!!) at a nuclear power plant; Roby is a Metallurgist who analyzes how metal reacts to various environmental aspects; Michael (Wendy’s Husband) is a Petroleum Engineer for Eneridge and Tyler (Amy’s husband) is a Graphic Artist for a small commercial art company in Denver. WOW!!! She also has 3 four-legged babies: Saddie, Chibbles & Daisy. Ms. Brost has spent years fostering abused, injured dogs.

Over Christmas break last year, Ms. Brost and her kids spent one of the most exciting vacations when they went winter camping in Golden Gate State Park. What was most exciting…when a five-mile snowshoe trip turned into 12 miles in the dark!

One thing you may not know about Ms. Brost is she owns a Classic CX500 Honda motorcycle and a ‘very cute sparkly’ purple Virago. So, don’t be surprised if you see her riding out of Franktown or around the neighborhood one of these days!

Ms. Brost we appreciate your love of learning and dedication to your kids. Thank you for all you do!!!!!


Teachers, We Appreciate You!

Teacher appreciationTeacher Appreciation Week is a weeklong celebration the first full week in May. In 2015, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th through May 8th.

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction.

It is time to say “Thank You” to the special teachers that you know. Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do.

More details will be coming soon about how we are going to celebrate our very special teachers at Sage Canyon!


Box Tops Update

Box TopsThank you all for your participation in this year’s Box Top program! For the year, we raised close to $2,300. That money goes to our school and meeting teacher needs.

The results from our last collection were as follows:

  • 1st place: Mr. Lamb’s 6th grade class at 793 tops
  • 2nd place: Mrs. Fairchild’s Kindergarten class at 606 tops
  • 3rd place: Mrs. Thurston’s 4th grade class at 390 tops

We are finished with formal collection times for this year, but please feel free to continue to send in your box tops. We have a collection box located in the lobby. Just drop them in and we will grab them periodically.

Thank you from The Box Tops Team


Spirit Week!

Spirit WeekIt’s springtime again and that means Spirit Week at Sage Canyon! That’s right — Spirit Week is back, April 13 to April 17. We are going to keep a few of the old favorites and add a few new days in the hopes of getting great participation from our students and teachers! What a fun week we have planned — something for everyone to enjoy!

  • The week begins on April 13th with Magnificent Monday! We will turn the school into a rainbow with each grade wearing a new color:
    • 6th Grade in Red
    • 5th in Orange
    • 4th in Yellow
    • 3rd in Green
    • 2nd in Blue
    • 1st and K in Purple
  • Team Tuesday will let kids share their favorite team. From your little league jersey to a Rockies shirt, share your team pride!
  • Wacky Wednesday! We can’t all excel at crazy hair day and we don’t all have crazy socks, but on Wacky Wednesday almost anything goes! Use your creativity to have fun coming up with your most wacky outfit or hair style. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative and wacky!! Have fun!
  • After all that fun we will need to recover with a Lazy Thursday and show up in your favorite jammies!
  • To end the week, Friday is Wrangler Day! We want to see your best cowboy/cowgirl or just your best school spirit wear, because after all “We are Wranglers”!!!

We can’t wait to see how much fun the kids can have this week!

Older posts «

» Newer posts