C2E Weekly

April 29th - May 3rd


Dear C2E Community,

As we step into the vibrant month of May, I am filled with gratitude for the hard work and dedication shown by each member of our school community. It's a time of blossoming, both in nature and within our classrooms, as we continue to nurture growth, learning, and connection.

As we approach the end of the academic year, it's a time for reflection and recognition. I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to our graduating students for their hard work and perseverance. You have shown tremendous resilience in the face of challenges, and your futures are bright with possibility. We are proud to have been part of your journey and eagerly anticipate the great things you will achieve.

To our dedicated educators and staff, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our students' success. Your passion, creativity, and tireless efforts have made a profound impact on the lives of those you teach and support. Your dedication is truly inspiring, and I am grateful for all that you do.

As we look ahead to the final weeks of the school year, let us continue to embrace every opportunity for growth, learning, and collaboration. I encourage you to stay engaged with upcoming events and activities, as we have many exciting opportunities planned to celebrate our achievements.

Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication. Together, we make C2E a place where excellence thrives.

Warm regards,

Liz Dougan

Executive Director

Happening in April 

Looking ahead to May:




To report your student's absence from school, submit the 'Attendance Questionnaire' form that is linked HERE.  The office will then mark your student's attendance accordingly for the day(s) they are absent as well as the reason.  We ask that you use the form and DO NOT EMAIL us with this information.  

C2E TSA Awarded Chapter of Excellence Silver Award!

🏆✨ We're thrilled to announce that our C2E TSA Chapter has achieved the prestigious Chapter of Excellence Silver Award! 🥈🎉

Affiliated with both the National and State Organizations, our 11 dedicated members worked tirelessly to uphold the highest standards. From establishing chapter officers to developing a robust program of work, holding weekly meetings, and setting financial leadership goals, our C2E chapter followed Chapter Management guidelines with unwavering dedication. Our chapter also made a meaningful impact in our community by raising $527 for the American Cancer Society through various fundraising efforts. Plus, students had the invaluable opportunity to engage in leadership activities during chapter meetings and leadership workshops at the Colorado State Conference.

And the journey doesn't end here! We're thrilled to announce that our TSA Chapter will be advancing to Nationals this summer! 🚀

Congratulations to our incredible TSA Chapter members for their hard work and commitment to excellence! 🌟

C2E Name John Irwin School of Excellence!

The staff and families of Challenge to Excellence are invited to a special event where your school will be recognized.


State of DCSD Community Event

Thursday, May 2 | 6:00 p.m.

DCSD Legacy Campus

10035 S. Peoria Street, Lone Tree


Tickets on Sale NOW for Finding Nemo Jr. 

To purchase tickets for an upcoming show, CLICK THIS LINK

International Culture Night

Join us on Friday, May 3rd from 5:00 - 7:00 PM as we celebrate the vibrant tapestry of diversity that enriches C2E!

Sample tasty cuisine from around the world, with cultural dishes representing Peru, Italy, Israel and India just to name a few!

Music and dance will finish off the evening with performances by our talented C2E students.

See you there!

Elementary Field Day - May 20th

Elementary students will have an opportunity to visit 15 different stations during their time outside on the field and blacktop behind the school! Stations will include relays, water games, and more! Parents/families are encouraged to come as spectators, but will not be needed as volunteers because we will have middle school helpers.

Please send your student(s) to school with sunscreen, athletic shoes & a water bottle on field day. Students are also welcome to wear hats/sunglasses while outside. 

Below is the link to our signup genius for a few items needed for field day if you are interested in donating or letting C2E borrow equipment for the day:


8th Grade Graduation!

Graduation for all 8th grade students will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00 PM in the C2E Gym.  

8th grade parents/guardians: Please be sure to check your email for more information and details regarding graduation.

Exciting News: C2E is Expanding!

We are excited to announce that Challenge to Excellence will be expanding to add 12 classrooms in a two-story addition, consolidating all classrooms under one roof and eliminating our mobile buildings. The expansion will allow us to have a dedicated art room, and dedicated music room. Additionally, we will be adding a Middle School Cafeteria/flex space; allowing us to provide a communal learning space for study hall, small group instruction and dedicated middle school lunch space.

But that's not all! We'll also be able to accommodate an additional 125 students, making our school even more inclusive and vibrant.

Now, you might be wondering when all of this will take place. We have a clear timeline in mind. This summer, we plan to relocate the mobile buildings to the blacktop, paving the way for groundbreaking at their current location. Our goal is to have the expansion completed and ready for the start of the 2025-2026 school year.

In addition to this, I'm delighted to announce the launch of our Capital Campaign this summer, titled "Dream Bigger, Achieve More: Expanding Excellence at Challenge to Excellence Charter School." This campaign will play a crucial role in raising funds for the new addition and ensuring the success of this transformative project. More information about the Capital Campaign will be shared in the months to come, and we encourage your participation and support.

We're confident that these expansion plans will significantly enhance the learning environment and overall experience for our students, faculty, and community members. Your ongoing support and enthusiasm are vital as we embark on this journey of growth and progress. Attached, you'll find a conceptual drawing of our expansion plans. Please stay tuned for further updates and details regarding the expansion and Capital Campaign. Together, we'll continue to uphold the excellence that defines our school.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to Challenge to Excellence.

Liz Dougan

Executive Director

Attention All Parents/Guardians!

As we enter the 4th quarter of the school year, please remember that school fees are due no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Ensuring timely payment will help maintain the smooth functioning of our educational institution and facilitate uninterrupted learning experiences for all students. Your cooperation in meeting this deadline is greatly appreciated, as it enables us to continue providing the high-quality education your child deserves. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the payment process, please don't hesitate to email me at amclarke@c2e.org.

Thank you for your attention and prompt action.

Amy Clarke

Office Manager

Not receiving emails from C2E?  Please make sure to check your SPAM folder so that you don't miss out on important information, and mark any emails as 'Not Spam' so they get routed to your inbox.  Thank you!

*NEW* Happy Birthday Billboard Messages!

Would your child love to be surprised on their birthday with a special happy birthday announcement just for them?!

You now have the opportunity to set up a personalized message for your child for only $20!

Simply sign up for a date HERE and pay for your birthday message through MySchoolBucks. Requests must be received at least one week in advance. The link for payment can be found on the signup genius page.

All messages will be in the format of "Happy Birthday, [your child's name]!" 

Have twins? Get two names for the price of one! 

Please contact pva@c2e.org with any questions and thank you for supporting C2E! 

*NOTE: This is a pilot program that will last through the end of the 2023-2024 school year.  Future school years are TBD.

"Opt In" to C2E's Text Messaging Service

In addition to email, C2E uses text messaging to send important information to families, including updates on weather closures and emergency messages. By choosing to participate, you ensure that you receive these crucial communications. This messaging service is free and you can unsubscribe at any time. 

Hey Parents! 😊 We'd love to showcase the fun moments from C2E events on our social media! If you've got some great photos to share, please use this form to submit them: [C2E Family Photo Submission]. By doing so, you agree that we may use these photos on our Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for helping us capture the magic! 📸✨ 

C2E's Watch D.O.G.S. program

What is Watch D.O.G.S.?

Watch D.O.G.S. is an opportunity for you to spend a day at our school, directly engaging with students in various activities, assisting teachers, and providing an additional layer of security. Your presence will not only make a positive impact on our students' lives but will also foster a stronger connection between our school and families.

Shifts available: Full day, half day and 2 hour increments

For more information, or to sign up, please email Kelly Haithcoat at khaithcoat@c2e.org 

Now is a great time to schedule summer appointments for immunizations! 

Don't forget all incoming 6th graders need the Tdap before starting school in the fall. Please reach out if you have any questions about immunizations!  

Natalie Hall, RN, BSN

School Nurse

Challenge to Excellence


Every year, the CDPHE requires schools to publish immunization rates for the previous school year. Click this link to read more and see C2E's specific data for 2022-2023. 

Upcoming PVA Events

Teacher & Staff

Appreciation Week 

May 6th - 10th

Monday, 5/6: You Make Us Bloom

Tuesday, 5/7: A Note of Thanks

Wednesday, 5/8: Things they love

Thursday, 5/9: Make Them Laugh!

Friday, 5/10: Staff Luncheon

Munchkins with Mom!

Join us on Friday, May 10th in the C2E Gym for Munchkins with Mom and enjoy Dunkin' Donuts munchkins, coffee and fruit alongside your Special Guest, Mom, Aunt or Grandma!

To register, please click on the '

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