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Beginning of School Year General Information

General Information

School Year 2017-2018


Please join us on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. on the back lawn to meet your teacher(s), re-connect with friends, and enjoy a popsicle!


All 5th through 8th grade students begin school on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. Students will start the day in their Connections class; this will be a full day of school for all middle school students.



All 1st through 4th grade students begin school on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. This will be a full day of school for all students.  



All kindergarten students begin school on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. This will be a full day of school for all students. 

Kindergarten students are scheduled for brief, individual kindergarten assessment on August 14th and 15th according to the times selected in the summer.


Grades K–4: 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

The first bell rings at 7:50 A.M. for students to line up with their class. With the second bell at 7:55 A.M., students enter the building on the south side.

Grades 5–8: 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

All middle school students enter through the main doors on the east side and may begin entering the building at 7:50 A.M. with the first bell.



Before school starts, new students will receive a welcome letter from their child's teacher. For students in kindergarten through 4th grade, this letter will come from their classroom teacher. For students in 5th through 8th grade, this letter will come from their Connections teacher. At Check-In, middle school students will receive their schedule for their remaining classes.



All 5th–8th grade students are assigned a locker at Check-In. Once a locker is assigned, the student is responsible for contents inside his/her locker. For security reasons, students must use the hall locker locks provided to them by Challenge School.  Parents are asked to emphasize to their students that sharing a combination to a locker with other students reduces locker security.

The dimensions of the locker are approximately 9" wide x 33" tall x 13" deep. The outside of lockers may only be decorated for birthdays. Students are encouraged to set up their lockers during Check-In.


Please mark your calendar for Back-to-School Night:

Grades 5–8 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

Grades K–4 on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.


Student pictures will be taken during Check-In Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Make-ups are September 15, 2017.



School supply lists can be found on the EduKit website by clicking here ( You do not have to buy supplies through EduKit; however, if you do, your supplies will be delivered to your child's classroom before the beginning of school. Most supplies are stored in the classrooms for all students to use.



All students in 3rd – 8th grade have summer reading assignments. Please check the Challenge School website for more information.



Colorado law requires students attending public school to be immunized. Non-medical and medical exemptions are allowed provided the required documentation is submitted. Please click here to read about required immunizations and rules for exemptions.​

School Board Policy JLCA, Student Health Services and Requirements, outlines the procedures for administering medication at school. Please click here to review information about the procedures.



Challenge has three parking lots: The East Lot, the Circle Lot, and the West Lot.

The East Lot is the main parking lot. If you are dropping off your child, you may use the drop-off lane along the school sidewalk. You may not park your car or get out of your car in the drop-off lane. If you would like to park your car to walk your child to class or just to help them get out of the car, please use the parking spaces. When picking up your child after school, you may park in the parking lot, or use the drop-off lane if space is available and you stay in your car. Please pay attention to the directions of the security guard and parent volunteers to keep our students safe and traffic moving. Click here for a map showing the flow of traffic in this parking lot.

The Circle Lot is an extension of the East Lot and is available for families to use.

The West Lot is our carpool lot and is restricted to those families who applied for permits to use the lot. Permits are granted to carpools that accommodate five or more students. Applications are included in the Check-In paperwork.

In all cases, please do not park along curbs unless no parking spaces are available. If you must park along the curbs, please remain in your car.



Wolf Watch is the name of our Before and After School Program, which is a state-licensed, Qualistar-approved child care program. Please check the Challenge School website for additional information.



The 2017–2018 Student/Parent Handbook will be published online. Families will be expected to review the handbook within the first two weeks of school and acknowledge they have read and understood the contents within.



We are excited to be hosting our 3rd Wolf Run Fundraiser where we will encourage healthy living, build community, and help raise money to support our teacher assistants and instructional resources. This year the run is again being organized by a Wolf Run parent committee (not hiring an outside company). We reached over $35, 000 last year and our goal is to meet the same goal of $35,000 (average of $100+ per student) this year.

  • Save the Date  

​This year's Wolf Run is on September 1, 2017

  • T-Shirt Size Form - please fill out and submit now!

Please take a minute to fill out this t-shirt size form for each of your children at Challenge. Last year was an easy process knowing the student sizes and we are looking to make it even better for teachers and students.  ​Click here​ to complete form

  • Parent T-Shirts

New this year: If any parent want to purchase the Wolf Run t-shirt we are going to be taking orders on Check-In Day, August 1st. The cost will be $10 per t-shirt (bring cash/check payment on Check-In Day). 60% of the t-shirt price will count as donation.



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