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Dear Park Families,

We have a few new staff members at Park Elementary, as well as a few staff changes that we would like to share with you. Each new teacher comes highly regarded from previous positions, and we feel fortunate to add them to our team. You will have a chance to meet all of our teachers at our Open House, Sept. 11th from 5:00pm - 6:30 pm.   We are fortunate to have an outstanding team.

K – Suzanne Cash, Allison Handrick, Laurie Plante

1st –  Jenny Anesi, Megan Feeney, Lynn Stevens

2nd – Maggie Ashby, Charlie Burns (formally Domas), Teri John, Nick Wallen

3rd – Lauren Carroll, Karen Morris, Hilary Preston, Tim Fry

4th – Amanda Cricco, Kathleen Holley, Chelsi Olson, Taylor Henzler

5th – Gianna Fable, Brittany Hanson, Sarah Culhane

Specials: Music: Jean Owens, Tech: Tom Curmano, Art: Deb Jackson, PE: Tom Poole

Intervention:  Joan Kuhn, Sherra Bornheim, Jamie Aupperle, Jamie Driscoll,  Marci Fredrick (GT), Sue Krichman (ELL)

SPED-  Gretchen Willis, James Burke, Sierra Foster

Admin - Principal: Marie Voss-Patterson, Assistant Principal: Laurel Pate

Front Office:  Susie Lloyd, Debi Lorenz, Heather Hooten & Robin Harms (Nurse)

*New staff noted in bold face.

Underlined - change in staffing at Park

Start times In the interest of safety, please do not drop off your children before 7:30 AM, as there is no supervision before that time.

 Our doors open at 7:30. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 7:50.  Please make sure students are at school prior to 7:40 if they wish to eat breakfast with us.  Breakfast is served in the cafeteria.  Students are not allowed in the building until the first bell at 7:55.   The school day begins promptly at 8:00.  If your student is tardy please sign them in with the office upon arrival. 

 Parking -  Please observe the yellow curbs and do not park in those areas.  We have Kiss and Go Parking on the East side (kindergarten) and West side (1-5th grade) of Park. This area is for a quick drop-off, do not leave or park your car, as you will be towed!

 Dismissal – School will dismiss daily at 3:00 (Tuesday - Friday).  Students not picked up by 3:10 will report to the office and the parent/guardian will need to come into the office to sign the child out.  Monday students are excused at 1:25.

 Lunch – Students will receive a 20-minute lunch and a 20-minute recess during their lunch break with their grade level.

 Release of Students During the School Day – Please make certain that if your child is being picked up during the school day by anyone other than their parent/guardian that the office is notified by a parent/guardian with a written note or phone call in advance.

 Celebrating Good Things – Please follow our school on Facebook.  We also encourage you to check our school webpage on a regular basis as well to stay informed about event dates/times, testing schedules, etc. --- https://park.durangoschools.org

 Building Community – Park Elementary engages in Crew on a daily basis. Crew is a school wide structure that uses common language to elevate and support achievement through character so our students can contribute to a better world.   Students learn about the five habits of a mindful learner:  Responsibility, Teamwork, Empathy, Wonder, Perseverance /

 Power of Positive Communication – Most importantly, please know that our doors are always open and we value the opportunity to visit with our families. Please schedule time to visit with your child’s teacher should you have any questions or concerns – we want your child’s educational experience with us to be top notch and that takes teamwork between home and school.  You are their first teacher and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with your family along this journey. 

Thank you for your support and involvement in our school community.  We are looking forward to working with your family this year as we continue to grow to greatness at Park Elementary School!


Marie Voss-Patterson, Principal