Thanksgiving Gift Cards for Families in Need
Donations to the 7th Annual REALGiving Campaign will be accepted until Nov. 15. Last year, over $7,900 was raised to assist local school food pantries and more than 110 families. This year, the goal is to assist over 150 families at Swigert, Westerly Creek, Bill Roberts, Isabella Bird, McAuliffe, Denver Discovery, Northfield, and Ashley Elementary. All donations are tax-deductible. To donate, visit www.thewcepta.com/realgiving/ or visit the REALGiving Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RealGivingStapleton.
Gateaux Bakery Cancels Stapleton Location
Gateaux Bakery announced the cancellation of plans to open a second location in the Eastbridge Town Center. Staffing issues and other factors were cited as reasons for the cancellation. “The Stapleton community really embraced our announcement this summer – which I did not take for granted,” says owner Kathleen Davia. “I continue to be humbled by your support.”
North Stapleton Elementary to Open for 2017-18; Tours Available Now
Inspire Elementary School in North Stapleton will open for the 2017-18 school year. The school will serve students in kindergarten through first grade and will participate in the Stapleton Enrollment Zone.
School principal and Stapleton resident Marisol Enriquez, PhD, has been working on the design and launch of the school for more than a year, working with a team of educators, parents, community members and experts. The school will offer programming for highly gifted and talented, English language learners, students interested in music and art, and will incorporate physical education in its curriculum.
Dr. Enriquez brings more than 16 years of experience in public education as a literacy, math and science teacher in both Spanish and English. She has opened two Aurora schools—a preschool through eighth grade, as well as a high school.
The facility will be built as a single large elementary school to accommodate the anticipated need for elementary school space in the North Stapleton area. The capacity of the building will be approximately 800–850 elementary students, and DPS expects Inspire will build out to this size. The school will move into this facility for the 2018-2019 school year. For the 2017-2018 school year, Inspire will share space with Northfield High School. High school and elementary students will have separate spaces. Elementary students will not need to pass through the high school zone, and high school students will not pass through the elementary zone. Use of common and shared areas will be managed through scheduling.
Stapleton families are invited to tour the classroom spaces, learn more about the school curriculum and meet the school leader. For information, visit www.inspire.dpsk12.org.
Information provided by DPS.
Lowry Albertsons Becomes Safeway
The Lowry Albertsons grocery store at 200 Quebec St. has officially changed its banner to Safeway. Seven other Albertsons stores in the metro area have also been re-branded. The Albertsons Companies have invested more than $15 million to remodel and update the stores. The chain will operate 113 stores in Colorado, 103 Safeways and 10 Albertsons. The re-branding was the latest in a series of changes following the merger of the two grocery chains last year.