Douglas County Educational Foundation Newsletter
September 2012
Note from the Executive Director
Cinamon Watson, DCEF Interim
Executive Director
An Exciting New School Year Full of Promise!
Welcome back to another great year in the Douglas County School District and welcome to the inaugural issue of the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) newsletter.  We look forward to connecting with you and highlighting all of the great stories within our Foundation and our District.


Since 1990, DCEF has worked toward its stated mission "to develop private resources to enrich education within Douglas County Schools for the fulfillment of lifelong learning experiences of our students, citizens, and community."    

Already in this new fiscal year, DCEF has accomplished a very successful school supply drive. With the help of our great partners, community members, and volunteers, DCEF provided nearly 600 students with much needed school supplies. 
We were able to fill every request for students, teachers and families that needed help this year.  

In addition, we are also providing schools with matching grants for a variety of needs through our "Fill the Gap" initiative and the generous donations of our supporters.  We are looking forward to announcing the annual Apple Awards celebration as well as the 2013 Golf for Education event next summer. Stay tuned for more details and great stories.

We Love Our Chapters!
castle Meeting
DCEF Chapter Retreat Features Tasting Menu and Great Ideas
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of parents across the district, DCEF Chapters have raised nearly $5 million to help schools and students. Representatives of these very impressive groups recently gathered at a mini retreat to celebrate the new school year and exchange ideas and information about school fundraising.  The event, hosted by Cherokee Ranch, featured an outstanding tasting menu orchestrated by DCSD Nutritional Services. 
Chapter Resources

Announcing DCEF Chapter Chats

Have you ever wanted to take a peek into the inner workings of other Chapters? Has your Executive Board been tossing around ideas, but struggles to find an idea that sticks? The DCEF wants to help! We are launching a series of Chapter Chats in an effort to bring our Chapters together to brainstorm ideas, learn best practices from other Chapters, and share ideas. We are looking for Chapter representatives who are willing to jumpstart our conversations about certain topics. If your Chapter wants to share, please contact Michelle Tripp at 303-387-0502 or Click here for complete schedule. 

Our first Chapter Chat is THIS Thursday, September 27 from 10:00 - 11:30 am and the topic is "Dances and Golf Tournaments."  Hope to see you there!

Tips for Treasurers

Featuring Questions & Best Practices for Chapter Treasurers. If you have any questions concerning financial procedures or need assistance in any area pertaining to the Treasurer's job, please stop by at one of these open house-style meetings at the DCEF offices.  

Help Your School Make Money!

The DCSD/DCEF Community Night program started seven years ago with the Colorado Avalanche. Since that time, the DCEF has expanded the program to include most major sports teams in the Denver Metro Area, as well as several family-friendly attractions. We continue to expand our options and will begin to include arts and cultural events/venues over the course of this school year. These events and discounts are more than just a way for you to save money. Every event has a fundraising component to it as well. Each Community Night partner has agreed to allow a portion of each ticket sold for these events to be donated back to your school or to the DCEF. What better way to show your school spirit?! To learn more about the program and how to boost your community night revenue, contact Michelle Tripp at 303-387-0502 or or click here.

Movie Screen Reservations Open 
The DCEF is taking reservations for the inflatable movie screen for events to be held for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. We will book dates on a first-come, first-served basis for dates through June 1. Please email your requests to Carol Stulz at using this reservation form

The rental fee for the movie screen is $200. This fee covers the technician's time and mileage associated with the event.  For more information click here
Upcoming Events

Colorado Rapids Community Night 

Saturday, October 6 at 7:00 pm
Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock

Package includes Match Ticket and $5.00 Dick's Sporting Goods Park Stadium Voucher

Price includes a $3.00 donation to your school to help "Fill The Gap"! For more information click here.

Career Connect 8th Grade Expo 

November 20, 2012 from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock

The Career Connect 8th Grade Expo is a one day event for all eighth grade students in the Douglas County School District to experience meeting with businesses and higher education representatives. For more information, click here.  


The Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) was established to develop private resources to enrich education within Douglas County Schools for the fulfillment of lifelong learning experiences of our of our students, citizens and community.
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Looking for a unique and fun way to raise money for your school? Kona Ice of Castle Rock
will show up in their amazing Kona Experience Vehicle and serve your kids a cup of the finest shaved ice in no time flat. It doesn't get any better than that! 
Well, maybe it does... because Kona Ice does all the work, the kids have all the FUN, and your school receives a check for a portion of all the Kona sales that day! You'll reach your fundraising goals and your staff and students will love you for it! Visit the Kona website and type in your zip code for more info. 
at Acres Green Elementary

The Panther Pantry began at AGE in an effort to feed the school's families in need. Now, the pantry assists more than 200 children throughout all Douglas County Schools.  


The Panther Pantry is looking to partner with schools, Chapters and/or individual classrooms throughout the District that are willing to host food, toy, and penny drives or classroom competitions to help it fill the shelves for the holiday season and beyond.  For more information, visit the Panther Pantry online here.  

Staying in touch and in-the-know is now easier and more accessible than ever. With the introduction of a new mobile app, DCSD is leading the nation in ways to connect with the community. Features include:

  • News
  • Notifications
  • Calendar
  • Parent Portal
  • Lunch Menu
  • Directory
  • Employment
  • Alerts 
Whether you are a parent or student, community member or employee, the DCSD app connects you to what you need to know, when you need to know it.  A Droid version of the app will be available later this Fall.

FREE Kona Ice !!
Can you catch the Kona Ice truck? Bring this coupon to the truck, 
introduce yourself, and get a free Kona Ice! Limit one per person.
Offer Expires: October 15, 2012