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Thursday, July 29, 2021

A letter from our principal


Dear Buffalo Trail Families,

This letter contains important information for the start of our 2021-2022 school year.

First of all, welcome back!  I am ecstatic to be your new principal at Buffalo Trail.  For those of you that don’t know me, I was in the classroom for 16 years as a classroom teacher before having the privilege of serving as assistant principal of Buffalo Trail.  This last school year, I was the assistant principal at Eastridge Community Elementary School.  Somehow, the stars aligned and I am coming ‘home’ to Buffalo Trail. 

On a personal level, I am married to Kevin and am the proud bonus mom to two boys: Otto who will be a freshman at Washington State University this fall, and Gavin who will be a senior at Littleton High School.  We round out our crew with three dogs: Penny, an eight-year-old min pin mix, Bella, a five year old cattle dog/chihuahua mix, and Enzo, a two year old specialty mutt called a black mouth cur.  We are fans of traveling and this summer spent some time in Rehoboth, Delaware with Kevin’s family.  I am excited to see what the year brings and am ready to lead and serve at Buffalo Trail!  Below are some important announcements regarding this school year.  If you are a list person like me, I have also included a table with times and events as well.

Meet and Greet

We will be hosting a Meet and Greet open house on Friday, August 13th from 4:30-6:00 pm. The Meet and Greet is a great time for you and your child to check out their new classroom, meet their teacher and bring in their school supplies. If you ordered an EduKit at the end of last school year through our PTCO, they will be in the classroom before the first day of school.

Online Parent Forms and Class Assignments

Each year, all families are required to complete “Online Parent Forms” prior to the first day of school. Online forms will be available starting on July 1st. Your child’s name will not appear on any of our class lists until Online Parent Forms are completed. Class assignments will be communicated to families who have completed their parent forms on Thursday, August 12th by noon for 1st - 5th grades only. Kindergarten students will spend time in each of our kindergarten classes for the first 2 weeks of school. This will allow our teachers time to get to know each of the students before assigning them to the classes they will remain in for the rest of the school year. Please follow the link below to set up and/or complete your Online Parent forms: https://my.cherrycreekschools.org.  If you need assistance, please call the main office at 720.886.4000. 

Staggered Start to the School Year

This year we the start of school will be staggered.  Monday, August 16th will be the first day for grades 3, 4, and 5 only.  Tuesday, August 17th will be the first day for grades 1 and 2 only.  School will begin on Wednesday, August 18th for all students, grades K-5.  Monday, August 16th and Tuesday, August 17th kindergarten teachers will be assessing students.  If you have not signed your kindergartener up for an Assessment Evaluation, please do so below. 


Summer Office Hours

Office hours for the week of July 26th and August 2nd are 8:00-4:00.  Regular office hours of 7:30-4 resume the week of August 9th.  For more information, please visit our school website: buffalotrail.cherrycreekschools.org

Early Release Wednesdays

As you saw from Dr. Siegfried's communication last spring, all Cherry Creek elementary schools will have early release days every Wednesday at 1:45 pm to enhance professional development and training opportunities for our elementary teachers. By having this specific time set aside, there will be less of a need to pull teachers out of the classroom during the day, which creates continuity for students and less of a reliance on substitute teachers. With this change, our elementary schools will still exceed the class time required by the Colorado Department of Education. For families who participate in after-school childcare, the after-school program will be extended every Wednesday at no additional cost. For families who need care, you can register by contacting Sami Kester at 720.886.4037 or email her at skester@cherrycreekschools.org.

Getting to Know You Meetings

More information to come on this, but save the date for August 30th for Getting To Know You Meetings.

Links to Calendars

The link for the Cherry Creek Schools calendar can be found HERE.


Important Dates to Remember



August 12


Class assignments will be emailed to all families that have completed online forms

August 13


Meet and Greet

August 16

First day of school for grades 3, 4, 5 only

Kindergarten test day

August 17

First day of school for grades 1,2 only

Kindergarten test day

August 18

First day of school for ALL students grades K-5 together

Each Wednesday

Dismissal is at 1:45


I wish all of you health and happiness these last few weeks of summer and am excited to see all your students smiling faces in August!

Most Sincerely,


Moira Kennedy


Buffalo Trail Elementary School



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