Intermediate Newsletters

Welcome Back!

posted Aug 23, 2017, 3:23 PM by David Starkey

August, 2017

Dear Castle Rock Intermediate Students and Parents,

As principal of Castle Rock Intermediate, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back to another great year. I look forward to working with each of you and impacting your student(s) in a positive way.

As many of you are aware, there have been multiple changes made to Castle Rock Elementary. The first and foremost, Castle Rock Elementary has now become two schools in one building. Students in grades K-2 will now attend Castle Rock Primary. Their entrance will be located by the cafeteria along Huntington Avenue. Students in grades 3-5 will now attend Castle Rock Intermediate which will operate out of the established office. Each school will have their own principal and office manager. I will serve as the Castle Rock Intermediate School principal while Veronica Heller will serve as the Primary School principal. With that, Mrs. Liz Baker will serve as the Primary School Manager and Mrs. Kristina Higginbotham will serve as the Intermediate School Office Manager.

An additional change we have made is our after school pick up procedure. Guardians will enter the elementary school grounds on the backside of the building from Roake St. Follow the arrows around the parking lot in a circle to pick up your students. You may park momentarily along the designated area to pick up your student(s). Please do not exit your vehicle. There will be an inner lane for through traffic. After students are picked up, the guardian will exit using the inner through lane to enter back on Roake St. If you have a student who attends the primary school along with a student who attends the intermediate, your intermediate student can be picked up at the primary school location. This prevents you as the guardian having to make two stops.

The front parking lot will have no pick up entry from 2:25-2:55 PM. Busses will be lining the front parking lot to pick up students. If you are parked in the front parking lot, exit by 2:25 or you will be stuck in the parking lot until the buses leave at 2:45. The explanation can be found in our handbook which is online along with the map included with this letter.

Another change that will be occurring this year at Castle Rock Intermediate is introducing the team teaching approach. Teachers in grades 3-5 will be team teaching with another colleague within their grade level. An example would be a teacher teaching math and science, while their team teacher teaches english language arts and social studies. We feel that students will benefit from this approach and align teachers with a more intentional content focus.

To stay up to date on information throughout the year, be sure to check our district’s website at The Castle Rock Intermediate site can be found under the school tab located at the top of the district’s page. Castle Rock Intermediate will be sharing information through email, facebook, PTO and school messenger as well.  

I am honored to serve as the Castle Rock Intermediate Principal. It’s truly a privilege to be apart of a community where parents, teachers and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support both academic and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at 360-501-2910 or at if you have any questions or concerns.


David Starkey, Principal

Castle Rock Intermediate School

Classroom Placements Posted!

posted Aug 21, 2017, 12:18 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 12:19 PM ]

The 2017-2018 class rosters are posted on the front windows of Castle Rock Intermediate School. If you have not had a chance to drop by, please do so. Have a great rest of your summer!

Volunteer Packets Available!

posted Dec 13, 2016, 2:05 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

New Volunteer Packets are available at the schools, district office and on the homepage of the school district website.. New requirements have been put in place. If you want to volunteer in the schools, please fill out a packet.  We appreciate our volunteers!  THANK YOU!

Attendance Matters!

posted Sep 19, 2016, 3:43 PM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 3:45 PM ]

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a child's success in school - starting in kindergarten!  Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day. We know attendance is important for success both in school, and on the job when you are older.

  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with friendship problems or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • Missing 10%, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a students academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
So, help your child get to school every day on time.  It matters!

Time to Get Back to School!

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:38 PM by Patty Gelbrich

Try these strategies to help your child get in the routine of school.

  1. Get up early.  Have a relaxing breakfast and leave time to deal with any upsets that may arise.  Be sure to get to school on time.
  2. Don't talk about how much you will miss your child.  Don't let your own worries get in the way.  Walk your child to school (or put them on the bus).  If you need support, talk with other parents. Your child has enough to worry about on the first day of school without worrying about you.
  3. Focus on fun.  If you walk your child to school, check out the playground before you go in.  Meet the teacher together and take a look around the new classroom for things you know your child enjoys (like art supplies, a fish tanks or the reading corner).
  4. If your child gets upset, acknowledge their feeling and ask for her suggestions.  You might say something like, "I know you are upset.  I bet other kids are too.  Let's think about what will help you feel better."  Suggest reading a book together or starting an activity.
  5. Ask the teacher for help.  If your child won't let you go, turn to the teacher.  She probably has experience with this.  You might say, "Let's go say hello to your teacher together.  She will take great care of you."
  6. Make a swift exit.  Take your cue from the teacher and your child, but when it's time to go, go.  A quick exit may be more useful to your child than a drawn-out goodbye!  You could always call the office later to see how your child is doing.  Probably, you'll find out that they are absolutely fine and having a great time.

(Source:  PBS Parents)

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