Parent Handbook

Mammoth Heights

It is our mission to cherish and nurture the unique qualities of all children,
fostering compassion and respect,
inspiring children to dream of the possible and strive for the extraordinary.



Parents are to leave a message on the 24 hour attendance line, 303.387.8927 to report the absence of their child. Parents should leave the following information: Parent’s name, child’s name, teacher, date(s) of absence and reason for absence. Children absent from school for five days or more, for reasons other than illness or a family emergency, need to receive prior approval from the principal in order for it to be considered an excused absence (see Homework Policy for requesting homework when absent). Parents are encouraged to schedule vacation and/or doctor’s appointments during school breaks. There is a significant, negative impact on a child’s education when he/she misses school or is chronically tardy.


One of the keys to a positive school experience is a discipline structure, which promotes the development of responsible behavior. The emphasis at Mammoth Heights Elementary is on maintaining an atmosphere which is conducive to learning, working, achieving and developing basic moral values. The following “lifelong guidelines” are developed in all students and supported by all school personnel:

Trustworthiness: To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence

Truthfulness: To be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others

Active Listening: To listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate

No Put-Downs: To never use words, actions, and/or body language that degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others

Personal Best: To do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources


Discipline Philosophy

One of our goals at school is to help students problem solve through being reflective and understanding how their actions affect others. We will use the Lifelong Guidelines as a character education program for students and Restorative Practices to help restore relationships and resolve conflicts.

Affective Questions for the challenging behavior:

  1. What happened?
  2. What were you thinking at the time?
  3. What have you thought about since?
  4. Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?
  5. What do you think you need to do to make things right?

Affective Questions for those harmed by others:

  1. What did you think when you realized what had happened?
  2. What impact has this incident had on you and others?
  3. What has been the hardest thing for you?
  4. What do you think needs to happen to make things right?

The classroom teacher or staff member will always work first with students to problem solve any discipline situations. Students are sent to the office for the following reasons:

Referral to the Office (assistant principal or principal)

  • Intentional injury and/or the intent to injure another student
  • Use of drugs or other dangerous equipment
  • Weapons
  • Vandalism
  • Harassment /Demeaning remarks
  • Habitual minor infractions

Office Referral Process includes:

  • Problem solving using “affective” questions and conferring with all parties involved.
  • Next steps and/or consequences will be determined by the administrator and will align with DCSD Student Code Conduct.
  • Parents contacted via phone or email.

For more detailed information on policies regarding student conduct and discipline, see the Douglas County School District Code of Conduct


It is the responsibility of the parent to determine whether or not their child can safely ride a bicycle to and from school. Bicycles must be walked on school property at all times. Locking the bicycle in the bike racks provided is the responsibility of the student. Students must obey all safety/traffic rules when riding to and from school. Students should always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Due to safety and storage issues, skateboards, scooters or rollerblades are NOT to be ridden to school. Furthermore, the school does not allow skateboarding on the property at any time.


To maximize instructional time, birthday celebrations will be held during the last 20 minutes of the school days (3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Invitations to private birthday parties are NOT to be distributed at school, unless all members of the student’s class are being invited. By law and district policy, we are unable to provide parents with names, addresses, or phone numbers of our students. 

There are four classroom parties scheduled for the year, which last approximately 60 minutes each. Halloween and Valentine’s parties are “breakfast parties” scheduled during the first hour of the school day (specific guidelines for Halloween costuming will be sent prior to the actual day of the party); winter and end-of-year parties will be scheduled for the last hour of the day whenever possible. It is recommended that party treats be balanced and nutritious with limited “sweets.”


The District requires a $10.00 book and materials fee and $5.00 assessment fee per child to be collected by all elementary schools. This money assists in purchasing textbooks and instructional materials for each classroom. Students are expected to provide basic supplies. Supply lists for each grade level are available on the school website or in the school office.


Changes for the new school year have been made. Please check the DCSD website for your student’s bus stop times and locations. Please use your parent portal sign on and password. Transportation is typically provided for students who live one mile or more from school. Students riding the bus are given a copy of the bus rules at the beginning of the school year. It is recommended that students be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. Occasionally, a school bus may run late, students are asked to wait at the stop for at least 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time. When this occurs, call the Transportation Dispatch office at 303.387.0571 for more information on your child’s bus. Whenever possible, it is always best if an adult can accompany their elementary child to the bus stop and wait with them until the school bus arrives.

There is a district transportation fee for all students that ride the bus. If you need to apply for a new card for the first time, or for a replacement for a card that was misplaced or stolen, all applications for ZPass cards will be done this school year through the Express Check-In online app.


If your child is planning to ride the bus home with a friend, he/she will need to have a bus pass to do so. Both children involved are required to bring a note to the office giving parental permission. At that time, the office staff will fill out a bus pass that your child will give to the bus driver. If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please call the office at 303.387.8925. All students riding a bus must have a ZPASS card. For more information, contact transportation at 303.387.0447.


  1. Bringing a cell phone to school is discouraged. If a parent decides a cell phone is necessary for safety reasons, the phone must remain in the student’s backpack during school hours and must remain off.
  2. Use of electronics/Personally Owned Devices (PODs) such as: (PSPs, MP3 players, IPods, Kindles, etc.) are allowed during the school day with teacher and parent permission for instructional purposes. Please fill out the POD permission form HERE. All electronics should remain off and in the child’s backpack unless being used in the classroom with teacher permission.
  3. A violation of this rule will result in the cell phone and/or electronic device being taken away until a parent can pick it up from school.
  4. Both student and parent understand the school will not be responsible for any stolen or damaged electronics if the child makes the choice to bring them to school.


Due to the number of checks that students deliver to the school on a daily basis, please write separate checks in the following manner: (We encourage you to pay all fees online through the Parent Portal when possible)

  1. Checks for lunch: write on the check the student’s name and his/her account number.
  2. All other checks: write on the check the student’s name and the purpose of the check (i.e. field trip, after school enrichment, party money, book fees, etc.). To insure proper processing, all checks sent to the school should be in an envelope with the student’s name on the outside of the envelope and the purpose for the check.


An on-site before and after school child care program is provided at Mammoth Heights from 6:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. This program provides recreational activities, arts, and crafts. A Kindergarten Extended Day program (K.E.D.) is for kindergarten-age students and available only for AM kindergartners. Intersession is for all grades and runs during school breaks. For more information please contact Kim Coquet, the Director, at or 303.387.8948.


We welcome you to visit our classrooms at any time during the school year. We do request that you give the teacher the courtesy of advance notice. Please remember to sign in at the office before you go to the classroom. In order to maintain an uninterrupted learning environment for students, other guests (i.e. preschoolers, cousins, out-of-town friends, etc.) may join a student for lunch only with adult supervision.


In order to insure a quality conversation, parents should always schedule an appointment if requesting a conference at school with their child’s teacher. E-mail is also encouraged as an effective and efficient means for communication. E-mail addresses for teachers are in the following format: first name.last Parents can usually contact their child’s teacher by phone before or after school. Unless it is an emergency, teachers will not be interrupted during class time to take a phone call. In order to ensure that concerns are resolved respectfully and equitably, parents and teachers are expected to maintain open communication on a regular basis or when needed. Only after all attempts have been made to resolve a concern with the teacher, will an administrator assist in the resolution.

Community Board

As a courtesy to parents, there is a bulletin board located in the front entry with fliers from local businesses and groups offering activities and services to our community. These are not necessarily companies affiliated with Douglas County School District, but we provide the information for our families if they are interested.


A content standard is a statement that describes what a student should know and be able to do in a specific subject. Teachers assess each child’s performance based on the progress he/she is making toward each standard. These standards are the basis for students’ report cards. To view the Colorado Academic Standards per grade level click HERE.


The dress and grooming code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, promote a positive self-concept, instill discipline, avoid safety hazards, prevent disruption, and teach respect. Modesty, cleanliness, neatness and appropriateness are the standards that should be observed by all students in their personal dress and grooming. Students are expected to wear clothes that would be considered appropriate for school. Keeping in mind the standards as stated above, each student is expected to dress in an appropriate manner and follow these basic guidelines:


Hair should be clean and neatly groomed. Extreme styles (i.e. hair dyed orange or blue) that might disrupt normal school procedures will not be allowed. Hats, cap or other headwear (i.e. visors, bandanas, etc.) are only to be worn outside and not worn in the building and/or classroom.


No see-through or mesh clothing should be worn. No halter tops, muscle shirts, tube tops, strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops, or any other clothing which might reveal a large portion of the body (tank top-type shirts should have straps at least 2 – 3 fingers wide). Bare midriffs are not allowed. No extremely low cut blouses or shirts will be worn. Clothing that contains pictures, emblems, or writings that are suggestive, lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene or that advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substance are prohibited under district policy.

Shorts and Pants

Students are permitted to wear shorts, excluding any extremely short or tight fitting shorts (fingertip length for shorts, skirts, etc.). Shirts should not extend below shorts. Shorts must be worn under short skirts and dresses. Sagged, baggy or oversized pants and tops (shirts, blouses, jerseys, etc.) will not be allowed. When bending over, pants should not expose skin or backside. Persistent violation by any student may require that his/her top be tucked-in and that a belt be worn.


No shoe taps, flip-flops, spiked high heels, open toed sandals or bare feet are allowed.


Wallet chains, watch chains, or chains of any kind are prohibited. Earrings/ear jewelry worn on the ears are permitted. Other attached body jewelry such as nose studs, nose rings, eyebrow rings or any other attached body jewelry items are not allowed. Clothing associated with gangs is prohibited. Clothing which promotes racism is prohibited. There will be “special days” when students can wear special dress. These will be designated by the principal (i.e. “Hat Day”).

Violation of Dress Code

If the principal determines that student’s grooming violates the dress code or presents a safety concern, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school or parents will be contacted to take the student home. If not corrected, the student shall be assigned to in-school detention for the remainder of the day or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action. Appropriate discipline procedures shall be followed in all cases.

One simple guideline that students should follow is that if there is any question as to whether the apparel would be acceptable, it should NOT be worn to school. Each year there are a few things, including some “fads”, that appear at school. These are not listed nor do these regulations cover all problems that may arise. When any “fad” gets started and potentially creates a disruption to the learning environment, school administrators will immediately take steps to eliminate the disruption.


It is required that a fee be collected from each student before each field trip to cover transportation expenses. An additional fee may be necessary to cover extra costs, such as admission to an event. This will be communicated to families by the classroom teacher.


Students are assigned instructional resources such as math reference books, templates, calculators, and other textbooks. If a resource assigned to a student is lost or damaged, the cost to replace this resource will be requested of the student and parents. Student Elementary Progress Reports (EPRs) and permanent records (if transferring to a different school) are held until all fines and/or replacement costs are paid in full. This includes missing library books and overdrawn lunch accounts.


PURPOSE: Homework is assigned primarily to develop each child’s responsibility and to reinforce the home-school connection.

Classroom teachers will provide information at the beginning of the year in regards to their classroom’s specific homework expectations. This may be in the form of an assignment organizer, daily planner, or Google calendar. Please be aware that homework may vary by teacher within each grade level.

Students may have some type of homework on a daily basis, Monday through Thursday.

Homework tasks generally fall into one of the following descriptors:

  1. Reinforcing skills learned in class
  2. Practicing basic skills such as reading, word study, writing and math
  3. Doing activities that encourage family involvement
  4. Completing research projects or long-range assignments
  5. Working on assignments missed due to illness

In order to reinforce homework as an experience that develops the child’s responsibility, the following guidelines are provided:

1) Students in grades 4 - 6 will have an opportunity to use an assignment organizer/planner/book (Daily Planner/Google Calendar) that should be reviewed on a daily basis. 

2) Some assignments will specifically state if parent involvement is required. Otherwise, it should be assumed that the child could complete the task without parent assistance.

3) Unless prior arrangements are made with a student’s parent, homework will not be assigned during the weekend, family vacations or during school breaks. If a child is absent from school, homework will be provided ONLY if the child’s absence is due to illness. In these instances, the parent should consult with the teacher about when make-up work will be available and when it is to be completed. We ask that you be courteous in your request of homework. Please provide your request with at least 48 hours notice.

4) In some classes, all homework for the week will be sent home with students on one day. In these cases, parents are encouraged to work with the child in coming up with a plan for pacing the assignments on a daily basis.

5) The amount of homework and the time a child should spend on daily homework will vary and may be differentiated according to the needs of the child. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher if the child is consistently exceeding the following amount of time when completing homework assignments. The following timeframes are a general guideline:

  • Kindergarten Homework (approximately 5 - 10 minutes daily)
  • 1st grade (approximately 10 minutes daily)
  • 2nd grade (approximately 20 minutes daily)
  • 3rd grade (approximately 30 minutes daily)
  • 4th grade (approximately 40 minutes daily)
  • 5th grade (approximately 50 minutes daily)
  • 6th grade (approximately 60 minutes daily)

There may be an occasion when a child exceeds the above times to complete classroom work at home that was not completed during class time. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher if a child is consistently completing schoolwork at home that was to be completed during the school day. The parent is also encouraged to contact the child’s teacher if homework assignments are not coming home.


Children who arrive after the starting time (8:40 a.m.) must check in with the school office before going to class. The student will be given a late pass to take to the teacher. If your child arrives later than 8:45, a parent needs to come into the school to sign the student in.


Anyone picking up a child before the end of the school day must check the child out from the school office. The child will then be called to the office upon the parent’s arrival. If anyone other than the parent or guardian is to pick up a child from school, prior arrangements must be made through the school office; otherwise, only those individuals listed as an emergency contact are allowed to sign out a child from school. Anyone checking a child out of school early is expected to come into the school and show proper identification at the office.


Please be sure that all of your child’s personal items (coats, gloves, backpacks, etc.) are clearly marked for identification. A “lost and found” rack is located near the cafeteria, which can be checked at anytime. Items that are unclaimed for over a three-week period are donated to charity. Small items such as glasses, jewelry, keys, etc. are kept in the school office.


Lunch menus will no longer be sent home. A monthly menu is available at Our weekly newsletter also provides lunch choices for the upcoming week.


Nutrition Services has replaced its online payment website. Please go to: to sign up.

Benefits to you are:

Zero cost to use

Payments by eCheck are available

Auto notify on low balances

Monitor your child’s purchases


Prices for school lunch items

Any amount of money can be deposited in a child’s lunch account. Each time the child goes through the lunch line, this account is automatically debited.

Your child may qualify for free or reduced price meals. A Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application can be accessed by going to this site and clicking on Free & Reduced. For more information or questions, please call 303.387.0306.

In addition to the lunch choices, our nutrition services also offers a la carte options for an additional cost (students on a free & reduced plan will be charged for a la carte items). The most popular choice is our cookie day each Wednesday. Students can purchase a cookie for .50. Many students bring in cash, however students can purchase cookies on their school lunch account as well. Parents can view a child’s lunch account activity and add money to the account at any time. By viewing the account regularly, you can see what lunch options your child has purchased as well as any a la carte items. We encourage you to talk with your child about your expectations for purchasing or not purchasing a la carte items. If you do not want your child to purchase a la carte items (which would include cookies), please contact our kitchen manager.


Only medication prescribed by a doctor can be administered to children. It must be taken to the office in its original container along with a liability form completed and signed by the child’s physician. Whenever a child is running a fever, of 100 degrees or more, parents are contacted and expected to pick up the child as soon as possible. Please contact one of our health assistants for more information: or


All families will receive a weekly electronic newsletter to their email address on file on the first and third Thursday of the month. We encourage all families to read about our upcoming events, success stories about MHE, PTO news, and volunteer opportunities. All newsletters are available on our school website.


The school office will be open from 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on regular days. These times may be adjusted on days that are not on a regular schedule, such as weather-impacted days or staff meetings. Summer and school breaks will have adjusted office hours which will be posted on our website.


Parent volunteers are always needed in our school. Volunteers may work in the classroom with small groups of students or perform clerical tasks at school or home. Volunteers also help in the library, workroom or with special events such as field trips. Please be sure and fill out the volunteer contract during express check-in and contact our Parent Volunteer Coordinator, Holley McManus, at 303.387.8928 to discuss which opportunity you would be interested in.

The Mammoth Heights Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a local self-governing unit whose main purpose is to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. General PTO Meetings are held once a month. The PTO Board meets monthly. For more information about PTO contact Heidi Hooper at

The School Accountability Committee (S.A.C.) is comprised of parent representatives who assist in defining Mammoth Heights' goals and developing school improvement plans. This committee is a branch of the overall school governance which reviews the school program and assists in making decisions which benefit children. The S.A.C. meets seven times a school year.


Parent Portal allows parents to view their child’s school records at anytime. As a parent or legal guardian, you will be able to see attendance data, cafeteria balances, health (immunizations) and our school calendar. If you have not signed up, please drop by the office with proper identification (driver’s license). If you have already signed up at the middle or high school level, you currently have access to this program.


To ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. If leaving your car to walk with your child, ALWAYS park in a legal zone. Parent parking is located in the west parking area. Parking in this area will allow you to safely walk to the school without crossing in the student drop off lane.
  2. Student Drop Off Lane: Parents using this area must drop their child off along the curb. This area is two lanes wide so that parents can stop along the curb and then pull out into the left lane when exiting. Students should only exit the car on the passenger side. Parents using this area should always drive as far forward in the lane as possible before stopping. When picking students up in this area, parents SHOULD NOT double park OR leave the car unattended. Again, students should only enter the car on the passenger side from the curb.
  3. A separate bus loop on the east side of the school is provided for buses and daycare vans only. Under no circumstances may parents park in this area.
  4. Parents are encouraged to use alternate locations for meeting their child (i.e. at the adjacent pool areas)

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Personal objects of value are to be brought to school only during special occasions when a teacher has given permission. The school provides playground equipment. Toys, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, and any type of electronic games are not permitted at school. We cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to students’ personal property.


The recitation of the Pledge is initiated through our public address system on a daily basis. Any student who objects on religious grounds, or whom a parent has provided a written objection, may be excused.


Student Elementary Progress Reports (EPRs) will be posted electronically in Engaged Parent Portal twice a year in December and June. Two formal Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled during the school year. A parent may request a conference at any time with the homeroom teacher or other teachers who work with their child. Teachers and parents are encouraged to make children a part of the conference whenever both feel it is appropriate.


The first bell rings at 8:35 a.m. and school is in session from 8:40 a.m. - 3:30p.m.

The kindergarten schedule is as follows:

  • Morning Kindergarten: 8:40 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
  • Afternoon Kindergarten: 12:35 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Buses arrive at approximately 8:35 a.m. Parents are asked not to drop off children before 8:25 a.m. Staff will supervise students outside starting at 8:25 each day. Students are asked to line up outside the door closest to their classroom before school. In the event of inclement weather or temperatures under 20 degrees, line up will be indoors in designated areas.


In the event of inclement weather, school may be on a delayed schedule beginning 90 minutes later than usual (10:10 a.m.) - buses also run their routes 90 minutes later. Announcement of a delayed schedule, school cancellation or early dismissal will be made on all major radio and television stations beginning at 6:00 a.m as well as on the district website. Mammoth Heights is part of the Chaparral Feeder area.  If our school runs on a delayed schedule and your child attends AM kindergarten, school will start at 10:10 a.m. and dismiss at the regular time. PM kindergarten would start and end on a regular schedule on these days. 


In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances, school may be cancelled for the day. An announcement will be made on major radio and television stations when school is cancelled. Please do not call the school office for information about weather-related schedule changes. You may call a hotline for up-to-date weather-related changes at 303.387.7669 or connect to the district’s website at:


In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances, school may be dismissed early. Parents have been asked to complete a dismissal form to indicate what their child is to do should school let out early. Please make sure that an updated form is on file with your student’s teacher. The following are ways you will be able to obtain information for an early dismissal/school closure:


In case of severe weather or other emergency, school may need to be dismissed early or delayed without advance notice.

If the district closes school, you will receive information the following ways:

If the school administration makes the decision to have a delayed dismissal due to severe weather (tornado and/or lightning), there will be a red flag displayed on the flagpole and students will be held indoors. This will be our main form of communication to families.

Ways you may pick up your child:

  1. Car Lane-Car lane located in front of the school. Students will be kept in the classrooms nearest the car lane and dismissed when the car arrives.
  1. Bus-Bus riders will be escorted outside by school staff member when there is a break in weather.
  1. Walkers/Bike Riders-Defined as any student who walks to a home, car that is parked at the pool, church, behind bus loop, or rides their bike. These students will be kept in the gym and will start calling parents to get picked up. A parent (or approved friend/neighbor) will sign them out.
  1. MHE BASE-Students going to after care will report to the cafeteria.

Please fill out the paper dismissal form (handed out during Welcome Conferences in August) for your dismissal preferences. Teachers will use this information each day for dismissal and on early and late dismissal days so it is imperative for you to fill out. The information above will help you determine which way your students will be picked up. Thank you for your time with this. Your student’s safety is our first priority.


Anyone entering the building is required to use the main entrance and report to the school office before proceeding anywhere else. All exterior doors are locked at all times and visitors will need to ring the bell for entrance through our main door. All visitors must sign in and wear a “visitor badge.” Although we welcome parents and community members to visit our school, we also want to make sure that our students are safe at all times. Parents waiting to meet their children at school dismissal time should wait outside near the designated doors in which students exit.


In order to promote healthy eating habits, snacks are limited to nutritious foods only. Granola bars, fruit, veggies, nuts, and cereal are some suggested snacks. “Sweets” such as cookies, chips, and cake should be saved for lunchtime. Classroom teachers will build a snack time into their daily schedule. Note: some of our classrooms are nut free due to allergies.


Students are asked to use the office telephone only in cases of an emergency. Arrangements for visits to friends after school are not considered emergencies.


Every Thursday a folder is sent home with your child which contains schoolwork, classroom news, and news of school meeting events. 


Teachers cannot tutor “for pay” or give private lessons to a student in their own class. Because our District does not screen, perform background checks or consult references of potential tutors, a “tutor list” is not maintained. Parents are welcome to approach other teachers about the possibility of tutoring; however, the tutoring session cannot occur during the teacher’s “contracted” day.


Mammoth Heights Elementary School
Parent Code of Conduct

In order to ensure a positive working relationship between our school, parents/guardians, visitors and the general community, please commit to the following:

  • Be respectful and courteous when interacting with school personnel, teachers, other students and their parents/guardians.
  • Sign in at the office upon entering the school and obtain permission before going to any other area of the school.
  • Be alert and report any suspicious persons in or around the school. Also report any bullying involving students or parents.
  • Make every effort to meet with school personnel or teachers when requested.
  • Communicate first with your child’s teacher before speaking with others regarding classroom matters including educational and behavioral concerns. The appropriate communication sequence: teacher > principal > Director of Schools > Assistant Superintendent > Superintendent > School Board of Education.
  • Problem solving conversations should take place at an appropriate time and place agreed by both parties (i.e. a scheduled appointment with the teacher).
  • Refrain from any use of profanity in or around the school or on the phone when speaking with school personnel, teachers, all students and parents/guardians regarding school related issues.
  • Refrain from any physical force or abusive contact with school personnel, teachers, students or other adults in or around the school.

I understand that abusive language or behavior may result in charges being filed and/or reporting to local law enforcement. Other consequences may include conferences with the principal or superintendent, written reprimand or summons to appear before the School Board.

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