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Table of Contents YOUR Neighborhood | 4
MNC Staff Assessment Payment Info Board of Governors Info All About Trash The Grange & Taft Rental Information Annual Meeting District Delegate Election Pool Season is Here!
YOUR Events and Leisure Guide | 11 Youth Classes PJ’s & Storytime Parent-Child Flower Bouquet Kids In The Kitchen Creative Tweens Camp Kids Night Out Terrific Tuesday
Adult Classes Cake Decorating Encaustic Unraveled Workshop Jewelry Making
YOUR Clubs | 22
WHO TO CALL…
The Meadows Hiking Club 6202 Cycling Club Bridge Club Mah Jongg Club Playgroup at The Grange Bunco
Exercise Classes Weekly Yoga Beginning Yoga Water Aerobics Upcoming SPECIAL EVENTS! Spring Fling Craft Fair Easter Eggstravaganza Spring Cleaning Event Meadows Garage Sale Summer Sipper
The Grange........................................ 303-814-2358 Taft House/MNC Admin Office.......720-476-4006 3570 Celestial Avenue Castle Rock, CO 80109 Clear Sky Elementary.......................303-387-5900
Home & Garden | 24
Meadow View Elementary..............303-387-5425
New Homeowner Orientation Free Exterior Painting Class Xeric Landscaping Class
Soaring Hawk Elementary...............303-387-5825
YOUR Community | 26
Castle View High School..................303-387-9000
School District News Tammy’s Tips Senior Life Expo Rocky Mountain Antique Festival Tri The Rock
Ascent Classical Academy.............. 720-840-3256
Aspen View Academy......................720-733-3436 CR Middle School.............................303-387-1300
Apex Community School.................855-825-1200 Electric – IREA...................................303-688-3100 Gas – Black Hills.............................. 888-890-5554
28 The Grange Spring/Summer Hours Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm Friday 9 am-4 pm Saturday 10 am-5 pm Sunday Closed
MNC Admin Office-Taft House Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5 pm
Water and Sewer .............................303-660-1373 Town of Castle Rock Castle Rock Motor Vehicle.............. 303-660-7440
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The official publication of the Meadows Neighborhood Company This newsletter is delivered to all homeowners in the Meadows Neighborhood Company five times a year. This newsletter is also distributed to surrounding businesses and office complexes. You have received this publication because your HOA believes you take pride in your home environment and community. This newsletter provides you with HOA information and home product advertising that enhances your home comfort and increases the value of your home. We are always interested in your comments or suggestions. While efforts to ensure accuracy are exercised, the publisher assumes no liability for the information contained in either editorial or advertising content. The Meadows Neighborhood Company does not endorse any commercial products or information that may be advertised in the newsletter.
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Neighborly News Assessment Payment Info Meadows Neighborhood Company (MNC) Master Association assessments are $215 per quarter for each property. This includes single family, paired, carriage, or townhomes. Assessments are due quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Late fees in the amount of $30 are assessed on the 11th of the month. If your home is located in one of the neighborhoods below then additional assessments are due in addition to the Master Association assessment of $215 per quarter: • Upland Park- $215 + alley assessment of $49 per quarter • Tyler Park- $215 + alley assessment of $49 per quarter and/or a shared driveway assessment of $45 per quarter • Stewart Park Carriage Homes- $215 + alley assessment of $49 per quarter and/or a shared driveway assessment of $65 per quarter • New Haven- $215 + sub-association payment paid directly to the sub-association: M&M Property Management 866-611-5864 - firstname.lastname@example.org • The Villas at Stewart Park- $215 + alley assessments of $49 per quarter + sub-association payment paid directly to the sub-association: MSI Debbi Marr 720-974-4152 • Morgans Run- $215 + sub-association payment paid directly to the sub-association: Morgans Run HOA. Please contact HG Management 303-804-9800 Methods to Pay Assessments • In person at MNC Admin Offices at Taft House (3570 Celestial Ave.) or The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.). Payments must be made by check. • 24/7 after-hours drop box located at The Grange to the left of the front doors or Taft House on the southeast side of the building near the pool entrance. • Download the ACH form from www.Meadowslink.com under the MNC Info tab then HOA Assessments drop down. Submit to MNC Admin offices with a voided check. Assessments are withdrawn on the fifth of each quarter the assessment is due. • Pay online at www.Meadowslink.com with a credit card. Please note there is an $11 processing fee. • Payments can be mailed to: MSI, PO Box 173307, Denver, CO 80217-3307. If you have any assessment questions you may contact staff at Taft House at 720-476-4003.
The Grange in The Meadows 3692 Meadows Boulevard Castle Rock, CO 80109 303-814-2358 MNC Admin Office-Taft House 3570 Celestial Avenue Castle Rock, CO 80109 720-476-4006
Meadows Neighborhood Company Michele Ray-Brethower Executive Director email@example.com 303-814-3952 Kent Krause Assistant Director firstname.lastname@example.org 303-814-3958 Charise Kirtright Community Standards Specialist email@example.com 720-476-4002 Terri Swearingen Community Relations Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 720-476-4003 Taylor Brown Recreation Supervisor email@example.com 303-814-3953 Molly Gigax Assistant Recreation Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 303-468-5212
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Board of Governors Meetings at the Grange Wondering how your HOA does business? Have a question or comment you want to discuss with the Board? Come to a meeting at Taft House. Homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Most Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month and in order to accommodate different homeowner schedules, there are both afternoon and evening meeting times. The schedule for the Board of Governors upcoming meetings are: April 1 6 pm April 3 9 am May 2 6 pm May 9 2 pm June 6 2 pm Homeowners are welcome a time called Open Forum.
Candidate Forum and Budget Presentation at The Grange Taft House District Delegate Annual Meeting/Board of Governor Election/Budget Ratification at The Grange Taft House The Grange to provide input, comments or ask questions at the beginning of every regular monthly Board meeting during
Association Board meeting minutes and monthly financials are available on Meadowslink.com in the Document Section.
MNC Board of Governors Charlotte Jensen Kelsy Rooney Joe Knopinski Larry Canepa Melanie Peck
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Governor at Large
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2019 District Delegates Aaron Colby Jim Goings Jason Keefer Jim Paladino Lindsey Smithson Jeff Kutzer Jason Pock
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Pool Season is Here
POOL DATES AND HOURS: The Grange Pools: Saturday, May 25 through Monday, September 2; 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, seven days a week. Taft House Pool: Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, August 4; 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, seven days a week. August 5-September 2 hours will be Monday through Friday 3:30 pm-7:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Lap Swimming: You may request a lane to be put up during regular pool hours in the lap pool at The Grange. Lap swimming is only available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am-10:00 am starting June 1 through August 31. Lap swimming is defined as actively moving forward with some continuous effort. A lifeguard will be on duty to monitor the lap swimming. Pool Access: Each pool member has, or will need to be registered with The Grange/Taft House, and pool fobs can be picked up during regular office hours. Every member of your household who will be using the pool must have their picture taken at The Grange or Taft House for identification purposes. As always, owners must be current on assessments in order to enjoy use of the pool. There is no charge for a pool pass if you are an MNC resident. Pool registration is available during regular business hours and will continue throughout the pool season. We will continue using the barcode key fobs given to each and every Meadows Neighborhood resident, as well as, all MCA purchased seasonal pool pass holders for pool admission each and every time you visit the pool. MCA residents interested in purchasing pool passes, see page 28 for more details on how to purchase the pass. The key fob will link each individual to an MNC address by registration information, as well as by picture. 6 APRIL-MAY 2019
New MNC Homeowner or Resident without a FOB If you are a new Meadows Neighborhood homeowner, or if adding a new member to your household, or a resident that has not received a key fob yet, please complete a registration form and bring each and every family member to The Grange or Taft House during the times listed and get a picture taken and we will issue each household member a key fob. You may download the registration form from Meadowslink.com. If you have just recently closed on your home, it would be a good idea to bring your closing paperwork, as it can take some time for your information to be entered into our system.
Extended Pool Registration Hours at The Grange: We will be open our normal business hours and extend on the following days to allow for pool registrations: Monday, May 20, Wednesday, May 22, and Friday, May 24 - 5 pm-8 pm Sunday, May 26 - 9 am-8 pm Monday, May 27-Saturday, June 1 - 9 am-8 pm Are you an MNC homeowner and already have a key fob? If you are an MNC resident, and received a key fob last year, you do not have to do anything except come in and update your childrenâ€™s photos. Always misplacing your key fobs? If you have misplaced your key fob, you may purchase a new one at The Grange or Taft House offices for a $10 replacement fee or $25 maximum for the household. Download the Key Ring or Pocket Binder app to scan all your key fobs so they are in one device and you can use your smart phone to scan the fobs to get into the pool! Renters If you are a renter, you will need to provide a current lease, and a Consent to Tenant form signed by the property owner or prop-
erty manager, which provides authorization for renters to use the amenities in place of the owner. You may have to provide proof of residency as well. Renters must provide these forms each year. You can use your existing FOBs; we will just reactivate the pass once we receive the consent to tenant form and see the lease. Forms that need to be completed by property owners or managers and the registration form are available online at Meadowslink.com. MNC Caregiver Passes: Caregiver must be a “responsible and reliable person” and may only come to the pool when accompanying persons listed in the Member’s household who require care and who are ages 0-10, or others with demonstrated need. A person is a “responsible and reliable person” if he or she is 16 years of age or older and assumes full and complete responsibility for the safety of persons who require supervision and are under his or her responsibility. A “responsible and reliable person” must accompany and remain with persons who require supervision at all times. Caregiver may not be a primary resident or a parent or guardian. Caregiver may not come to the pool alone, with children from other households, or with other adults. Caregiver may visit the pool with adult members of that household as a guest, only if the guest daily fee is paid. Pass is valid for one season only. Guest Passes: Each household will receive one guest FOB per household. MNC residents may pay daily guest visit fees and bring up to 8 guests total each day, on a space available basis, with a maximum of 40 guests during the season. Guests are $5 each/per visit. MCA residents or Meadows apartment tenants who purchased a pool pass are permitted to pay daily guest visit fees of $7 per visit and bring up to 8 guests total each day with a maximum of 10 guests during the season, on a space available basis. Guest visit fees are paid at the pool entrance by cash or check only.
Can my babysitter bring my kids to the pool? A Red Cross Certified Babysitter, age 11 or older, who has passed a swim test as required by pool management; AND who has completed both the Red Cross Babysitting Certification test AND has a CURRENT CPR Certification, may supervise persons under the age of 11 while such persons are in the swimming pool area. Are there swim lessons offered at the pools? SwimTLC will be offering swim lessons and stroke clinics again this summer. For more information please visit: http://www.swimtlc. work/lessons. Private swim lessons may only be taken from and given by Swim TLC staff. Any instructor giving lessons or that appears to be giving lessons, who is not employed by Swim TLC, will be asked to cease instruction and leave the premises. Can my child use flotation devices? The following flotation devices are not allowed: • Water wings, rafts or any flotation device that is blown or pumped up are not allowed. • Swimsuits with built in flotation rings or devices incapable of self-correction of buoyancy are not allowed. What is the dress code? As a reminder, the MNC offers a family environment at the pool. Lifeguard approved family-friendly bathing attire only. Please no gym shorts, cut-offs, leotards, thongs, G-strings, or transparent/ see-through fabric. Persons lacking bowel control must comply with the following: • Wear a swim diaper and approved bathing attire. • Wear a diaper covered by rubber pants and approved bathing attire.
MNC Pre-Paid/Discounted Guest Daily Pass Fees Prepaid guest passes are only available to MNC residents and can be purchased at the The Grange/Taft House office, by credit card or check and not for sale at the pool entrance. A member or current pass holder must accompany all guests. No refunds or exchanges, and the MNC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or destroyed/damaged tickets. Passes have no cash value and are valid for the 2019 season only. Cost for the prepaid daily guest passes are 1-$5, 5-$23, 10-$45, 15-$65, or 20-$85.
Posted Rules: Specific swimming pools rules and other regulations are available at Meadowslink.com or at pool locations. All pool users shall adhere to such rules and regulations at all times while using the swimming pools. Verbal instructions from MNC management are for the safety of all pool patrons and are to be strictly followed. Regulations are subject to change.
Can my child visit the swimming pool without adult supervision? Supervision is required for all persons who are unable to swim 15 yards independently regardless of age and for all children ages 0-10.
The MNC, its directors, officers, employees, members and staff assume or accept no responsibility for safety or supervision of children and other persons who require supervision. However, the MNC reserves the right to limit access to the pool depending on the number of people requiring supervision.
Persons must be at least 11 years of age or older and be able to swim 15 yards independently to visit the pool without supervision by a “responsible and reliable person.” A person is a “responsible and reliable person” if he or she is 16 years of age or older and assumes full and complete responsibility for the safety of persons who require supervision and are under his or her responsibility. A “responsible and reliable person” must accompany and remain with persons who require supervision at all times.
In order to ensure the safety of all members and guests, unsafe or inappropriate behavior and/or violation of facility rules will result in the offending party being directed to immediately leave the swimming pool. In addition, individuals who engage in unacceptable, unsafe or irresponsible behavior may have their access to all MNC facilities and amenities suspended or revoked and are subject to any other discipline provided for in the Community Declaration. Judgment of behavior is at the sole discretion of the MNC Management staff/Pool Management Company.
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GOT TRASH? We have a contract with Waste Management for our trash services here in The Meadows Neighborhood Company. There are some requirements that will take all of our efforts to assist Waste Managementâ€™s efficiency in trash collection by utilizing all the fully mechanized, current automatic collection capabilities. One of the requirements is all the trash must be contained in a Waste Management provided trash cart to allow the truck to pick up the can and collect the garbage with its mechanized arms, which will no longer require the driver to get out at every house to load up all the trash that is on the curb. Additional bags and boxes full of trash curbside will not be available for pickup, without calling WM, scheduling, and paying for the larger trash service. Customers who have already purchased 2nd trash or recycle carts may continue to use them at no charge, but no refunds will be issued on the previously purchased equipment. If you need more than two trash carts, or two recycling carts, there will be a fee for any additional carts that are needed at a property. There will be a special leaf and yard waste pick-up offered in the fall during leaf season, where 10 bags of leaf/yard waste will be picked up curbside every week in November. Otherwise, all leaf and yard waste must be disposed of in the carts. Cardboard boxes will still be picked up, but they must be flattened, and set next to your cart on either regular trash day or recycling day. Service will remain on Friday. Any missed pickups reported on Friday prior to close of business, shall be collected on Saturday. If your pickup was inadvertently missed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and to request a bulk pickup, please call 303-797-1600. We ask for your assistance, and to help us become more efficient, order your additional carts and start placing all trash inside the carts for pickup. Just a reminder that trash collection is every Friday and recycling is every other Friday. For a calendar on pickups, see our website www.meadowslink.com. If you are setting up service for the first time, we make it easy, just visit under the Resource tab, the drop down menu provides the trash important information page. Additionally, should you require repair or customer service assistance from Waste Management, please email tswearingen@ meadowslink.com. The site is very user-friendly and provides 24/7 access. For all your trash services questions or inquiries, please contact us at 720-476-4003. 8
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Birthday Parties at the Taft House! Join us at the Taft House for birthday party fun! Enjoy swimming in our vortex pool, challenge your friends on the water climbing wall, or relax in the bubble pit. We are now booking birthday parties for summer. Choose from a selection of colors for your party room theme and leave the set up and clean up for your personal party host! There are food options available for an additional cost that include pizza or hot dog meal deals. All the birthday party food must be purchased through the Taft House concessions.
Birthday Party Rental: $135 The deposit is $100 at time of booking, and total party rental fees must be paid 14 days in advance. There is a $25 cancellation fee if cancelled within 14 days of the party rental. Please note, the $135+ party rental fees are due in addition to the $100 deposit. The deposit is refunded after the party. This includes a two-hour party rental for 10 swimming guests. Each person over the initial 10 is an additional $5 for a maximum of 20 people. Please note the birthday child, siblings and parents who want to swim will all be included in the â€œswimming guestâ€? count. The maximum count for total guests (swimming and non-swimming) cannot exceed 25 people.
For additional information please visit www.Meadowslink.com under the events and programs tab. Call Molly Gigax at 303-468-5212 or email@example.com to book your next party.
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Events & LEISURE Your
YOUR Events and Leisure Guide
To register for Classes and Programs To register for any class or program, either stop into The Grange, call us at 303-814-2358, or go to www.Meadowslink.com under the Events and Programs tab, then click Register for Classes and Activities. Cancellation Policy Registrations can be cancelled by contacting The Grange at least one week prior to the start of the scheduled program or class. Registrants are entitled to a full refund less a 15% processing fee (minimum $5 cancellation fee). Registrations cancelled less than one week prior to the start of the programs, classes and activities are not refundable. Eligible refunds will be issued within 30 days of the request to cancel.
EASTER COOKIE CLASS In this class you will make a variety of cookies. These will be decorated with buttercream frosting and sprinkles. Each participant will learn the proper way to fill and hold a decorating bag, followed by techniques and tips. Each participant will take home a dozen cookies. Date: April 14 Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: $24 Resident/$29 Non-Resident (per person) Age Requirement: Child 5+ Accompanied by Adult 18+ Registration Deadline: April 7 Location: The Grange Special Note: If adult accompanying child wants to make their own cookies, they must pay registration fee as well.
Special Notes Please register for all classes and programs by the registration deadline date. Now that the MNC has two amenities, classes will be offered at The Grange and the Taft House. Please pay special attention to the location under each program description. MNC Addresses: The Grange - 3692 Meadows Boulevard, Castle Rock, 303-814-2358 Taft House - 3570 Celestial Avenue, Castle Rock, 720-476-4006 If you have a special talent or skill and you would like to teach a class or if there is a program that you would like to see us offer, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a class suggestion/idea, or your resume to teach a class.
Youth Classes PJ’S AND STORYTIME Put pajamas on the kids and come down to The Grange for storytime! Each month will feature a different theme. Mr. Cliff from Storytime Parties will entertain the kids with his own unique style of reading, audience interactive storytelling, and songs. Date April 3 May 1
Time 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Theme Let’s Laugh Magic Time
Mr. Cliff is taking a break in the summer months; we will see you back in September!
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT Need an evening without the kids? Kids’ Night Out gives parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town with the confidence that your kids are safe and having fun. The program will take place at the Taft House in the Docket Room. We will be showing a PG-rated movie, serving pizza for dinner, and offering a variety of activities and crafts. Pre-registration is required and parents will need to fill out a waiver form before dropping their kids off for the evening. The waiver form can be filled out when you arrive or may be downloaded from the reminder email to bring with you. Please contact Molly Gigax, the Assistant Recreation Coordinator, if you need to make special accommodations for your child regarding medical concerns or dietary restrictions. She can be reached at 303-468-5212 or email@example.com Date: April 26 Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm Age Requirement: 4-11 Cost: $15 Resident/$20 Non-Resident (per child) Registration Deadline: April 19 Location: Taft House
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KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Join us for a Saturday full of cooking and fun! Learn to make chicken noodle soup and garlic cheddar biscuits from scratch. Sit down and enjoy your creation for lunch, then wrap up the afternoon learning to make the delicate French macaron, a true baking mastery! Each child will bring home a nice selection of their pastry masterpieces along with any leftovers from lunch. This is a wonderful opportunity for your budding chef to learn and practice knife skills and become more comfortable in the kitchen. Date: May 18 Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm Age Requirement: 9-13 Cost: $80 Resident/$85 Non-Resident Registration Deadline: May 11 Location: The Grange Special Notes: Please contact Molly Gigax, the Assistant Recreation Coordinator, to discuss dietary or medical concerns you may have. She can be reached at 303-468-5212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BABYSITTERS TRAINING COURSES The American Red Cross is the nation’s leader in babysitter training and will prepare you to be the best sitter in your neighborhood. In fact, 8 in 10 surveyed parents said they would pay more for a trained babysitter who is certified by the American Red Cross. Start your babysitting business on the right foot and learn how to be a safe, professional and reliable sitter. BABYSITTERS TRAINING WITH PEDIATRIC CPR/FIRST AID During this Babysitter’s Bootcamp, you will learn all about children’s ages and stages of development, how to hold and feed infants, and how to change diapers. You will also learn pediatric rescue breathing, CPR, first aid, and business savvy! Please note: This certification will allow the licensed babysitter to take children under 12 to the pool as long as the sitter meets the other criteria in the pool rules. Date: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 (Two-day course) Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Cost: $120 Resident/$130 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 11-15 Registration Deadline: May 25 Location: Taft House Special Note: This course is a two-day course. In order to receive the Babysitters Training Certification and the CPR certification, participants must attend both Saturday and Sunday sessions.
CREATIVE TWEENS CAMP Looking for something to keep your child engaged and creative this summer? I’m so excited to announce our Creative Kids Camp, created especially for “tweens”. We will have loads of fun, creative activities, and all supplies and snacks are included. Your child can attend one session or all four sessions. Information is below: Give your child the gift of letting their imaginations soar as they create, explore, and discover this summer in Creative Kids Camp. Each of these classes will give your child the opportunity to create in their own unique way and find their own individual voice. We will start out the summer by creating a Gratitude Art Journal, which we will write in each week your child attends. At the beginning of each class, we will create a page in our journals that focuses on what we are thankful for. This will be a warm-up exercise to prepare for our main project. We will take on a different project each week. We will be creating an abstract painting in acrylics. We will create mixed media art, using many different materials to discover many ways and styles to express our own creative voices. We will create with clay and we will dive into watercolor painting. If you long to give your child a memorable and creative art experience this summer, check out Creative Kids Camp! All supplies and snacks are included. Your child may attend one or all classes. Date: Every Thursday in June. (June 6, 13, 20, 27) Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Age Requirement: 9-13 Cost: $35 Resident/$40 Non-Resident (per session, per student) Registration Deadline: One week before the start of each session. Location: The Grange
We Need Volunteers!! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Our events are possible because of the hard work of our volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved in your community, please contact us to see how you can volunteer at the events. It is a great way for High School students to earn community service credit. Please contact Taylor Brown at 303-814-3953 or email@example.com for more information.
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June 4 – Science of Toys Toy airplanes, yo-yos, building blocks -- the real fun behind toys is the science! During this course children will test toys and explore the scientific elements of various devices. They will learn all about the principle of gravity while playing with balancing toys, as well as other concepts such as magnetic energy.
Come join us for Terrific Tuesdays! Parents, this is a great opportunity to drop your kids off for a few hours to get some errands done. Each week will consist of fun educational presentations, arts and crafts, games, and much more! Please check out the descriptions for each session below. You can register for one date or all, but you need to pre-register as space will be limited each week!
June 11 – Bubble Lab Your young scientists will have a sudsy good time learning about bubbles and their amazing properties. Using bubble-making ingredients and measuring instruments, they will work in teams to develop and test their very own formula for bubble solution.
Date: Every Tuesday, June 4-July 30 (No program on July 2) Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: $12 Resident/$17 Non-Resident (per session, per child) If you sign up for all seven weeks by June 1, receive the one free weekWith the price increase they would pay $84 instead of $96. Please note if you purchase the discount option, we will not be able to issue a refund if your child is unable to attend one of the weeks. Age Requirement: 5-11 Registration Deadline: Sign up no later than the Friday before. Please remember spots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Sign up early because space is limited! Registration Maximum: 50 children per session Location: The Grange
June 18 – Scutes and Scales The Denver Zoo will help us explore the scaly world of reptile defenses through games, biofact exploration, and live animals! June 25 – Ecosystem Explorations Discover what an ecosystem is, where it can be found, and what it does. Students will challenge themselves to rid a “lake” of pollution, and build real miniature ecosystems to further their explorations at home! July 9– Minute to Win It This week your kids will compete in Meadows Minute to Win It! We will have an entire afternoon full of silly games and crafts. No one stands still for this great day; it will be time for a nap, or a quick swim at the pool after this fun afternoon! July 16 – Walloping Weather Walloping Weather provides students with an opportunity to learn about weather. They will conduct hands-on experiments to better understand how it rains and what causes lightning. They will investigate the ways in which weather is predicted and measured and will become meteorologists in training. July 23 – Mineral Mania Learn about the layers of the Earth, recreate a volcano, and devise ways to identify and classify rocks and minerals. July 30- Optical Illusions Eyesight is one of the most valuable features of the human body. They allow us to see the world and experience its beauty. However, often times and with the help of the brain, our eyes can trick us into seeing optical illusions. In this course students will learn exactly how the brain is able to be tricked by the eyes. The children will get the opportunity to use cool tools such as flexible mirrors, erasable crayons, and twisting copper coils to help them learn all about optical illusions.
WINE EDUCATION COURSE Join us for an exciting new class hosted by Randy Freeland, a certified sommelier from Bubbles Liquor World. Learn the components of red wine, what production methods lead to them and which ones you enjoy or need to avoid. Wine is fine, but better when you know why! We look forward to tasting along with you in this fun and educational series.
PALLET CLASS Grab your friends and come create with us! Paint this adorable HOME sign and add your own personal touch to four interchangeable seasonal wooden shapes. You can add other shapes for an additional cost, there are 7 design options in total. All decorating supplies are included. The board measures 20 inches x 12 inches.
Date: April 10 Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Cost: Free (Pre-registration Required) Age Requirement: 21+ Registration Deadline: April 3 Location: The Grange
Date: April 8 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: $50 Resident/$55 Non-Resident (can decorate additional letters for $5.00 apiece) Age Requirement: 16+ Registration Deadline: April 4 Location: Taft House
LEATHER AND METAL CUFF BRACELET CLASS In this two-hour class you will learn metal stamping, leather working and riveting. We will construct a leather cuff bracelet by stamping metal, dyeing the leather and riveting the metal onto the leather cuff. Class materials are included in class cost and all tools needed are available for class use. Students will complete one bracelet during class. You are welcome to bring your own blanks to use in class but not necessary. This class is open to students of all levels and experience.
ENCAUSTIC UNRAVELED WORKSHOP Encaustic is the medium which consists of molten beeswax, resin, and pigments that are fused after application into a continuous layer and fixed to a support (wood) with heat. The word â€˜encausticâ€™ comes from the Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. In this workshop, we will explore how to use paint, papers, and various textures with encaustic wax. All supplies are included in this workshop and students will leave with a finished piece and a better understanding of how to create encaustic art. Mimosas and light refreshments will be provided. Date: April 27 Time: 9:30 am-1:00 pm Cost: $80 Resident/$85 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 21+ Registration Deadline: April 20 Location: Taft House
Date: April 11 Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Cost: $60 Resident/$65 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 15+ Registration Deadline: April 4 Location: Taft House
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Adult Classes Health and Fitness BEGINNERS YOGA DAYTIME CLASSES Yoga is an important component to any “workout” or “fitness” program for individuals of all levels. Athletes and beginners alike benefit from improved coordination, increased range of motion and flexibility and endurance. Studies show tremendous value in yoga as part of a “cross-training” and injury prevention routine. Often times the fast pace of a “flow” class can be confusing or too advanced for beginners. Without a foundation of the fundamental poses, students may be confused or even risk injury. This class breaks down the most common poses (ASANAS) from the ground up, in a slower-paced format. Students will learn proper alignment in order to help protect the body and at the same time, learn to make adjustments or modifications in their own body to get the most benefits. This class is perfect for beginners or yogis looking to enhance their practice and anyone who desires a deeper understanding of alignment. Dates: Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am Cost: April: $50 Resident/$55 Non-Resident (per month) May/June: $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident (per month) Registration Deadline: One week before the start of each month Location: Taft House Special Note: Must pre-register for entire month-long class. Please bring your own yoga mat.
WEEKLY YOGA – EVENING Looking for a yoga class to get energized while helping you build strength and flexibility? Fitness instructor Jasmine Rinehart will be at the Taft House to teach a unique yoga class. Using a Power Yoga format, this fast-paced intense practice combines breath-linked movement to improve coordination and balance and increase range of motion and flexibility. It is an essential component of any cross-training fitness plan when you are striving for that “one extra degree”. Dates: Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, 28 June 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm Age Requirement: 16+ Cost: $50 Resident/$55 Non-Resident (per month) May/June: $40 Resident/$45 Non-Resident (per month) Registration Deadline: One week before the start of each month Location: Taft House Special Note: Must pre-register for entire month-long class. Please bring your own yoga mat.
ASANAS & ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP Yoga is an important component to any “workout” or “fitness” program for individuals of all levels. Athletes and beginners alike benefit from improved coordination, increased range of motion and flexibility and endurance. But often times the fast pace of a “flow” class can be confusing or too advanced for beginners. Without a foundation of the fundamental poses, students may be confused or even risk injury. This class breaks down the most common poses (ASANAS) from the ground up, in a slower-paced workshop format. Students will learn proper alignment in order to help protect the body and at the same time, learn to make adjustments or modifications in their individual body to get the most benefits. This class is perfect for beginners, advanced yogis looking to enhance their practice and anyone who desires a deeper understanding of alignment. Dates: May 4 Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: $35 Resident/$40 Non-Resident Age Requirement: 16+ Registration Deadline: April 27 Location: Taft House
WATER AEROBICS Come join us at The Grange for this moderate cardio fitness class. Emphasis is put on getting the heart rate up and focusing on upper, mid and lower body. In this class, improve strength, mobility, flexibility and endurance with low impact to joints and back. This class is great for all levels. Punch passes can be purchased at The Grange front office. Classes Start: Monday, June 3 and runs through August 30 Date and Time: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-9:30 am Age Requirement: 16+ Cost: $7 drop in, 10-punch pass - $50 – (Expires at the end of the pool season) Location: Grange Pool
This annual spring celebration will take place at Butterfield Park in The Meadows. The egg hunt will be for children ages 0- 10 years old. Bring your Easter basket and your camera! The event will also feature kiddie trains, large inflatable rides, the Easter Bunny and food vendors. Date: April 20 Time: 1:00 pm â€“ 3:00 pm Cost: Free (Egg Hunt and Sponsor Booths) Cost of Rides/Inflatables: Meadows Neighborhood Company (MNC) and Meadows Community Association (MCA) Residents. - FREE (You must bring your driverâ€™s license with Meadows address or Pool FOB to verify residency.) Non-Residents: $5/wristband MNC and MCA residents can stop into The Grange from April 15-19 to fill out their liability waiver for the rides and get their wristbands in advance if they wish to avoid the waiver lines during the event. Wristbands will give your kids access to participate on the inflatables/rides for the event. Wristbands are not required to attend the event for participation in the egg hunt or visit with sponsors. Location: Butterfield Park (3952 Butterfield Crossing Dr.)
Egg Hunt Timeline Special Needs 1:00 pm at the South Site *This timeslot will be open to children with special needs and it is designed to offer a less crowded and hectic egg hunt experience.
Age Age Age Age Age
0-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10
1:20 pm at the North Site 1:40 pm at the South Site 2:00 pm at the North Site 2:20 pm at the South Site 2:40 pm at the North Site
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Spring Cleaning Made Easy
Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm At The Grange Parking Lot (3692 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, CO) Spring is here and The Meadows Neighborhood Company has created an event to make your spring cleaning much easier! The event is free but it is only open to Meadows Residents. Participants will need to bring their key fob or driver’s license with a Meadows address to verify their residency. It will be held in The Grange parking lot and we will have multiple stations available to handle all of your spring cleaning needs. Please note the event is on a first come, first served basis. Due to demand of this event and the growing community, we have a one-carloadper-household limit. If we reach capacity at a drop off station we may not be able to accept your items. Below is a list of our drop off stations with what we can and cannot accept. Paper Shredding – A mobile paper shredding truck will be on site where you can watch your documents get shredded. There is a limit of 3 banker’s sized cardboard boxes per person. Medication Drop Off Site – The Castle Rock Police Department will be hosting a booth where you can safely dispose of prescription medications, over the counter medications, ointments, and pet medications. They cannot accept liquids, radioactive medications, needles, aerosol cans, thermometers, or illegal drugs. They suggest that you place medications in a plastic baggie and that you mark out your name and identifying information on the prescription bottles. Electronic Recycling – A truck will be available that can recycle old electronics such as computers, laptops, printers, and cell phones. This station cannot accept T.V.’s or large appliances. Project Recycle Bike Drive – We will be working in collaboration with Project Recycle who is a local non-profit organization that provides bikes to underprivileged families. If you have a used bicycle you no longer want please consider donating it.
Trash – There will be several large trash bins available to accommodate your general trash. Information on what can’t be thrown away in these bins is listed below. Recycling – A large recycling container will be on site where you can recycle most of your household items. All cardboard must be broken down and flattened before it is put in this container. Information on what can’t be thrown away in this bin is listed below. Items We Cannot Accept Donation Items: Due to donation trucks/companies not offering their special event services anymore, we will not be able to accept donation items. Castle Rock now has a Goodwill store just a few miles up the road. If you have donation items, please plan to take them to the Goodwill store. 335 Barranca Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104. No TV’s of any kind. – Electronic Recycle cannot accept T.V.s and they are not allowed in the dumpsters. Additional Items Not Accepted: Hazardous waste or chemicals of any kind, soil, sod, rocks, uncut or untied branches (all branches must be cut into 4 foot lengths or less and tied together in a bundle no more than 12 inches in diameter; and leaves and grass clippings need to be bagged), bricks, concrete, building materials, auto parts, liquid waste, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, paint, stains, insecticides, tires, and car batteries. There may be other items that are not accepted at the discretion of the Meadows Neighborhood Company. Special Note: Due to demand of this event and the growing community, we have a one-carload-per-household limit. This event is intended to be used for the benefit of the Meadows residents. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who is “abusing the system” which would result in our resources not being available for everyone. This determination is at the discretion of the Meadows Neighborhood Company.
Pool Bash Party Join us at The Grange pools for a Pool Bash Party to celebrate school getting out! The event will feature a live DJ, free ice cream sundae bar, and some games/activities. The event is completely free but is only open to MNC and MCA residents who have a pool pass. Date: June 7 Time: 10:00 amâ€“7:00 pm Cost: Free (Participants must have a pool pass) Location: Grange Pools (3692 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock, CO)
The Meadows will be having a community garage sale! We will take registrations this year and put them into a spreadsheet in list form. We will not make a map. To enter your address, please visit www.meadowslink. com and go under the events and programs tab. Happy Shopping! Date: June 1 Location: The Meadows Neighborhood Photo credit: Eric Weber
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Music in The Meadows
Join us this summer for our Music in the Meadows Concert Series! The concerts are free and will feature a variety of talented bands, local food trucks, and giveaways. Times: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Cost: Free Location: Butterfield Park (3952 Butterfield Crossing Dr., Castle Rock, CO)
June 13 – Richie Law Band
Richie Law was a finalist in Season 11 of “American Idol” and since then he has shared the stage with some of country music’s top stars including Darius Rucker, Jewel, Thompson Square, Sawyer Brown, Josh Turner and many others. You won’t want to miss this country music rising star!
July 11 – Little Moses Jones
Little Moses Jones Band will be playing great music from the past to the present. We will have you dancing the night away to some of your favorite tunes such as September by EWF, Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars to Don’t Stop Believing. You won’t want to miss the fun.
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June 27 – The Margarita Brothers
The Margarita Brothers band is your ticket straight to fun in the sun. Hit the dance floor as you sing along to your favorite summer tunes form Jimmy Buffet, Beach Boys and more! Come in your best Hawaiian and summer attire!
July 25 – New Sensation
New Sensation will cover your 80’s favorites. All the fun of those “Video Days” are brought back with a performance of this exciting band, which features some of Colorado’s finest musicians.
Family. Friends. Community. David Topolnicki, Agent 390-C South Wilcox Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 Bus: 303-688-2626 www.davetop.com
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YOUR Clubs THE MEADOWS HIKING CLUB
The purpose of The Meadows Hiking Club is to provide an opportunity for those interested in hiking to meet other hikers on a regular basis and experience a variety of different hikes. Our hiking experience will range from less strenuous evening hikes (Thursdays) to more aggressive and difficult hikes (Saturdays) up some of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks. If you have questions or if you would like to join, you may e-mail RJ Daskevich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join us and learn to play Mah Jongg (Mahjong, Mjiang)- Regardless of the spelling, it is a four player Chinese tile game of skill and strategy similar to Rummy. The object is to be the first player to complete a valid hand of 14 tiles. Players do this by assembling tiles into one of many pattern-based combinations or “hands”. For more information, call Naarah Turpen 303-947-9640 Dates: Tuesdays Times: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Cost: FREE Location: The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
There is a new club offered at The Grange! On the third Friday of every month we will offer Bunco. As it is played today, Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill. Each attendee is asked to bring a snack or drink to share. You must reserve your spot ahead of time with Diana Fabia at 209-607-3064. Dates: The third Friday of every month Times: 10:00 am-1:00 pm Cost: FREE Location: The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
6202 Cycling was formed in December 2005 by a group of Castle Rock-based cyclists who wanted to share their love of bicycling and their community. 6202 Cycling welcomes bicyclists of all styles – casual riders, racers, mountain and road cyclists, men, women and families. Club members participated in several organized local and regional rides including Elephant Rock, Triple Bypass, and the Courage Classic. 6202 Cycling is a member of the League of American Cyclists, a non-profit membership organization which promotes cycling for fun, fitness and transportation through advocacy and education. More information can be found on the club website: www.6202cycling.org.
Dates: 2nd and 4th Mondays Times: 1:30 pm-4:30 pm Location: The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
Ages: 0-5 Dates: Every Thursday Times: 10:30 am-12:00 pm Location: The Grange (3692 Meadows Blvd.)
Join in for a friendly game of Bridge twice a month at The Grange. Players must have some Bridge playing experience, but all levels are welcome. If you would like to join the group or would like more information, please contact Therese (Terry) Clements at 740-360-7118.
Grab your little ones for a playgroup every Thursday at The Grange. For kids ages 0-5, this group is fun, relaxed, and provides a great opportunity for you and your children to meet others in your neighborhood. An attentive parent or caretaker must accompany all children. If your little one is under the weather, please keep him or her at home until they are feeling better.
Discount AMC Movie Tickets For Sale Available at Taft House During Regular Business Hours We have discount tickets available for $9.00 each and popcorn coupons for $4.50 Please realize that the most savings for these discount movie tickets happen when used during weekend and peakpremium movie times. You would not want to utilize them during discounted, non-peak times or on a discounted admission movie day. **Surcharge may apply for 3D, Max, XD, $DX premium and special theatrical presentations, and other specially priced films as well as a premium or luxury locations.
Please leash up and clean up after your pet! Thank you!
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Home & Garden New Homeowner Orientation Welcome to The Meadows! To all our new Neighbors, you are invited to a New Homeowner Orientation at The Grange on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 pm.
Free Exterior Painting Class Offered for Meadows Residents on May 8 Let’s face it; walking into a paint store with the thousands of paint colors to choose from can be a daunting task. Staring back at you are the brightest shades of colors with little guidance on how to put them together. Ultimately, in the larger scheme of things, streetscapes, blockscapes and elevations are some of the most artful, foundational elements of a livable community. Join staff at The Grange in The Meadows on May 8 at 6 pm for a training to take the thousands of options at the paint store and make them customizable to your home. Bring your home photos, paint chips, and ideas for guidance on the perfect exterior palette. The MNC Architectural Guidelines require homeowners to seek Architectural approval for new and existing house painting projects. Colors must coordinate with the stone, brick, stucco or other exterior materials on the home and must be compatible with the color palette in your neighborhood. Please remember, the main body colors cannot be the same as homes adjacent to yours or the homes located directly across the street from yours. A home “across the street” is any home with a portion of its front property line across the street from a portion of your front property line, or your backyard property line. Along curves and in cul-de-sacs more than one home may be “across the street” from your home. The color matrix of the home must be maintained. For example, if you have a home with two body colors, you are not permitted to change to only one body color. Homeowners desiring to have their color selections submitted for approval, or need guidance on the perfect exterior palette choices, please bring the completed Architectural Review Application, as well as developed photos of the current exterior colors on your home and developed photos of the homes adjacent to, across the street, and directly behind you with a drawing indicating where each of the homes exists with relationship to yours. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required to attend this class by calling The Grange at 303-814-2358 or Taft House at 720-476-4003. If you have received a notice that your house is in need of painting, attending the class will provide you a 30 day extension of your paint project.
Water Wiser Do you want to be more water wise? Castle Rock Water has some ideas. Attend one of our Water Wiser workshops for some expert tips. Through hands-on demonstrations and displays, you will see how easy it is to use water more efficiently. Learn how to detect water waste in your yard and home, and improve the efficiency of your irrigation system. After the workshop, you will earn a “Water Wiser” designation and be exempt from the every-third day watering schedule. Water Wiser is an important and beneficial conservation seminar that is offered at no cost. We will have one seminar available here in The Meadows at The Grange on Monday, April 29 from 9-12 pm. The Town has other evening dates and Saturday Water Wiser classes available if this offering at The Grange does not work into your schedule. Registration is required through the Town of Castle Rock. You can register for this and other water saving workshops at http:// crgov.com/FormCenter/Water-2/Water-Wiser-Workshop-67 or email email@example.com. Learn more about the Town of Castle Rock Long-term Water Plan at www.crgov.com While ensuring the Town has a sustainable water supply for the future in an ongoing project, taking a proactive approach will help make that goal a reality. There are seven major pieces to Castle Rock Water’s long-term water plan. Learn more about how each piece fits into the overall water puzzle. • Conserve: Water Conservation • Groundwater: Maintaining our current supply • Import: Importing supplies • Local: Local renewable water treatment • Plan: Strategic long-term water planning • Plan to pay: Responsible finances • Storage: Storing supplies for the future
MNC Partnering with the Town of Castle Rock Water Department offering Xeric Landscaping Class Join us on May 16 at 6:00 pm at The Grange to learn various tips and techniques to converting your yard to xeric landscaping which results in less water use. Xeriscaping is location-specific landscaping and gardening that reduces the amount of water that people use to maintain their yards. The Meadows staff will also discuss the architectural approval process for making xeric changes to your yard so saving water is easier! This basic class will educate residents on Kentucky Bluegrass alternatives, what to consider when planning to xeriscape your yard, new Town of Castle Rock standards that you should know and consider and how you can apply for a rebate through the Town when reducing the amount of turf in your front or back yard. You must pre-register for this free class by calling either The Grange at 303-814-2358 or Taft House at 720-476-4003.
With Spring… It’s Time to Aerate Your Lawn!! Aeration, or core cultivation, is standard lawn care. Aerating a lawn means supplying the soil with air, usually by poking holes in the ground throughout the lawn using an aerator. It reduces soil compaction and helps control thatch in lawns while helping water and fertilizer move into the root zone. A lawn can be aerated at any time the ground is not frozen, but should not be done when it is extremely hot and dry. Heavy traffic areas will require aeration more frequently.
yard helps manage peak water demand and pressure concerns and produces less strain on the infrastructure. Limiting the time of day to water makes irrigating more efficient and decreases evaporation. Water schedules have been shown to be an effective peak demand and water conservation tool. Remember To Use Only What You Need. Here are ways to save on water: • • • • • • •
Water during cooler times of the day- before 8 am or after 8 pm. Water no more than every third day of the week. Do not allow water to pool in gutters, streets and alleys Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete Repair leaking sprinkler systems immediately Do not irrigate while it is raining or during high winds Use a hose nozzle with shut off valve
Aeration is most effective when actual cores or plugs of soil are pulled from the lawn. Holes should be two to three inches deep and no more than two to four inches apart. Lawns should be thoroughly watered the day before aerating so plugs can be pulled more deeply and easily. Mark all sprinkler heads, shallow irrigation lines and cable TV lines before aerating so those lines will not be damaged. Disposing of the cores is a matter of personal choice. From a cultural perspective, there may be an advantage to allowing the cores to disintegrate and filter back down into the lawn. Mingling soil and thatch may hasten the natural decomposition of the thatch. The little f luffs of thatch and turf that remain can be collected and composted, and the cores can be broken up with a rake. Lawns may be fertilized and seeded immediately after aeration. There is no need to top dress lawns following aeration. Watering Schedules are in effect June 1 through Aug 31. Residents can irrigate before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m. on an everythird-day schedule designated by their street address. Why does Castle Rock have a watering schedule? Assigning different days to irrigate your
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YOUR Community FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
School District News
Last November, members of the Douglas County community voted yes on ballot measures 5A (mill levy override) and 5B (bond) in a show of support for the 68,000 students and 8,100 staff members in the Douglas County School District. As promised, here is an update on how your tax dollars are being spent. 5A — Mill Levy Override ($40 million) Mill levy override (MLO) funding is generally used for operational needs such as salaries, staffing and student programming. Douglas County will collect the $40 million through property taxes each year. Here is a look at how MLO funds have been utilized since the election: Compensation There will be $17 million used for staff compensation and benefits (excluding superintendent and cabinet). DCSD is using these funds to make a positive impact on our employees regarding compensation. This helps begin to narrow the gap between our school district and neighboring districts, but we know there is still work to do and this process is ongoing. It is important to note that some DCSD staff also received pay increases in the months leading up to the passage of 5A. In addition, DCSD’s licensed staff (including teachers) who were continuously employed by DCSD since 2008 also received increases to compensate them for years in which they may have experienced a pay freeze. These adjustments were paid out at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Each of these increases was taken into consideration when creating the compensation plan to be paid with MLO dollars.
in bonds to generate one-time funds for capital needs such as security upgrades, facility repairs, classroom furnishings, buses and technology. DCSD set a budget that addresses a portion of Master Capital Plan needs at all schools built before 2008 (including charter schools), in addition to technology, furniture, support facilities, transportation and many other district-wide improvements. DCSD will soon identify contractors to help with pre-construction efforts. Additionally, DCSD is identifying vendors for roof replacements, carpet replacements, athletic field improvements, bleacher replacements, fire alarm system upgrades, door hardware security upgrades and mechanical control upgrades. Much of this work will take place this summer, when schools are mostly empty. DCSD is also in the midst of shortlisting and interviewing architects for the new Castle View High School expansion. Mill Bond Oversight Committee DCSD is in the process of forming a community Mill Bond Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee (MBOC). The committee will be made up of community members who will ensure MLO/bond expenditures are in alignment with ballot language approved by voters and periodically report to the Board of Education the status of expenditures. We are committed to keeping you updated on how mill levy override and bond funds are being used in DCSD. Please continue to visit www.dcsdk12.org/funding for the latest information. Again, thank you for your support of our students and staff! Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D., is the superintendent of the Douglas County School District.
Mental Health Resources There will be $3.5 million used to add counselors at the elementary school level. • There will be $2.5 million used to reduce the middle and high school counselor-to-student ratio in DCSD. Career and Technical Education • There will be $2 million used to increase career and trade-focused student programming, and to hire certified staff members for Career and Technical Education courses. School-Level Funding • There will be $7 million going toward school-level funding. These funds will be distributed depending on individual school needs. This includes increasing funding for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, and adding money for small schools.
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Charter Schools • Approximately $8 million of the MLO was passed through to DCSD charter schools on an equal, per-pupil basis.
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5B — Bond ($250 million) As 5B was a no-new-taxes bond, homeowners will not see increased taxes for that ballot measure. 5B allows DCSD to sell $250 million
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Calling all residents!! You will have several opportunities to participate and provide feedback to the MNC during this survey! We need your input! As part of preparing for transition from Developer to homeowner control, and follow up from the 2012 survey and providing guidance to a new Board leadership, the Board has hired a company to do a comprehensive, independent survey and focus groups. The focus of this activity is to determine the desiresâ€™ and satisfaction level of our Members and the outcome will provide strategic guidance for the future leadership to ensure the residents voices are heard. As part of the process, we need Member volunteers to participate in these efforts. We need Members that participate in the events or programs, those that donâ€™t participate in the events or programs, trail and park users, pool users and those that rarely or never use the amenities. We are looking for young adult family members or those that have graduated to 55+. The survey company will contact you to participate, space is limited and those that do participate will receive a Visa gift card. The information gathering portion will be end of April/May for results in the 3rd Quarter. If you are interested in joining in on the one-on-one interviews, or focus groups please email the Executive Director, Michele Ray-Brethower at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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YOUR Community If You Love Your Pet – Doo the Right Thing! April 11th is National Pet Day – a day to celebrate pets and the joy they bring into our homes. If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are not alone, six out of ten pet owners feel the same way! In fact, two-thirds of Americans have pets including dogs, cats, fish, birds, gerbils, rabbits and turtles. If you have a pet, you might want to do something special with them like taking them for a long walk in one of Castle Rock’s beautiful parks, trails, or even in your own neighborhood. When walking your pet off your property, Town Code requires that you have a viable means to pick up your pet’s waste and you must remove it promptly. There is one thing fur-sure, we truly love our pets and National Pet Day is the purr-fect excuse to show our furry, feathery, or scaly friends how much we appreciate them! Doo the Right Thing! 1. Bring It! Carry a scooper bag when you walk your dog. 2. Scoop It! Use the baggie like a glove, scoop the poop, invert and seal the bag. 3. Toss It! It belongs in the trash.
Rocky Mountain Antique Festival Quality, authentic antique & vintage shopping, featuring dealers from 12 states!
Date and Time: April 26 & 27 10:00 am-5:00 pm April 28 10:00 am-4:00 pm Location: Douglas County Fairgrounds Address: 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
Tri the Rock Youth Triathlon Come for a day of fun, food, prizes and sports. This annual youth triathlon is for young athletes ages 5 to 14. From kids who have never even heard of a triathlon to seasoned competitive triathletes, Tri the Rock encourages kids to get out and give it a TRI. Registration deadline is 10 am on Friday, May 17.
Date: May 19, 2019 Time: 8:00 am- 11:59 am Time Details: Bike racks open at 6:30 am, race starts at 8 am Location: Butterfield Crossing Pool Address: Butterfield Crossing Park 3952 W. Butterfield, Castle Rock 28
Senior Life Expo The Senior Life Expo is a free event for Douglas County seniors and their family members. Seniors will be able to speak to 80 + senior related businesses and organizations from throughout the county, hear seminars of interest, and go home with a wealth of knowledge about services available to them. Participating partners list, seminar schedule and information is available at www.castlerockseniorcenter.org or by calling 303-688-9498
Date: April 18, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm Location: Douglas County Events Center Address: 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
MCA Pool Pass Information 2019 SEASON POOL PASSES MCA Pool Pass information for residents living within The Meadows Community Association Area (Filings 1-9)
The Grange in The Meadows Pool Hours May 25 - September 2, Daily 10:00 am-8:00 pm The Taft Pool Hours May 25 - August 4, Daily 10:00 am- 8:00 pm August 5 - September 2, Monday - Friday 3:30 pm-7:00pm Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am-8:00 pm MCA Pool Pass Fees 2019 Youth Pass (3-17) $ 120 Adult/Senior Pass (18+) $ 135 Caregiver Pass $ 60 Family Pass $ 365 up to four household members, additional person $50 up to a maximum of 7 people living in the household. Must provide proof of residency at the MCA address. Purchased pool passes will be good for both MNC locations, The Grange in The Meadows and Taft House. Caregiver passes are available for sale for $60 for the entire 2019 season. A household must purchase a youth pass and an adult pass in order to purchase a Caregiver pass. A Caregiver pass is for the babysitter, or person that is providing care for individuals in the household ages 0-10, or for an individual with demonstrated need for an adult to accompany them to the pool. One Caregiver pass allowed per household. Caregiver passes cannot be used when accompanying adult household members, a guest pass may be used/guest fee paid for the visit. Caregiver may not be the primary or secondary resident of the household. Caregivers may not bring their own guests, or swap households with another resident to avoid purchasing a seasonal adult pool pass. Caregiver passes are not available for anyone providing in-home childcare or for daycare centers/providers. Guest passes for MCA guests are $7.00/person and each household is limited to 10 total guest passes per season. No discounted passes are available to MCA residents. Pool passes will be non-refundable and non-transferable. To purchase a seasonal pass, please go to The Grange in The Meadows, 3692 Meadows Blvd. or Taft House, 3570 Celestial Avenue during business hours and you may pay by check, money order or credit card. If you have any questions, you may call Taft House at 720-476-4003 or The Grange in The Meadows at 303-814-2358.
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