September 2020



A Message from the Board

We hope this communication finds you and your family safe and healthy.  The Board continues to meet monthly with our primary goal to keep our members well informed and to continue in our mission to support retirees and to grant scholarships to deserving CCSD graduates.   We will continue to send monthly news blasts to keep you informed about RECCS, our continued learning opportunities and activities.  We encourage members to visit our website for specific, additional information or to reach out to any board members.


Thank you, Dr. Scott Siegfried, and RECCS members who participated in our virtual presentation

On August 26th RECCS invited current Cherry Creek School District Superintendent, Dr. Scott Siegfried, to share with us an update about the district.  Dr. Siegfried welcomed the opportunity to share with us—as we are the history of CCSD.  Dr. Siegfried covered topics including returning to school under COVID, Black Lives Matter with current training opportunities for employees and students alike in racial literacy, state and district budget concerns, and the upcoming bond and budget elections.  It is important to him to be transparent and purposeful in all his communications and work with the district.  A few highlights from the presentation:  a) 11,000 students chose to do complete online learning for school year 20–21; b) district providing computers and internet access to all free and reduced lunch students through fundraising and partnering with business providers; c)making tough decisions around budget cuts to meet budgetary concerns but also the focus on needs of CCSD students; d) developing meaningful collaboration for curriculum modules and training for all employees to use with students for racial literacy; e) championing a bond election to create a much needed standalone day treatment facility for CCSD students with partners from Aurora Mental and Tri-County health departments while also doing maintenance and upkeep on current schools and facilities. 


Dr.  Siegfried emphasized how he wants to lead CCSD to a better future seeing the current crisis as opportunity. 


Overall, it was a great presentation and positive feedback from members who participated.  Unfortunately, we didn’t ask Dr. Siegfried to record the presentation to share with others who were unable to participate.  You can, however, get more information from the Cherry Creek District website.


Scholarship Update

The 2021 Scholarship committee will be led by co-chairs Kay Adams and Rodger Stewart.  The committee still needs one additional new member.  All retired employees are eligible to volunteer.  The committee would like some representation from individuals who worked at the elementary or district level in any capacity.  Members of the committee serve three years. If interested, please contact Kay Adams at  Thank you to those who have volunteered for this important work.




RECCS U Classes on ZOOM Now Open

New class offered in October. Visit for details & to register.


October 14th - Our Colorado Courts. This is a timely topic as Colorado has judicial retention elections in November. Details & registration will begin at the end of September. Mark your calendars now.

Presenter: Russ Carparelli, Retired judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals

Former civil litigator & retired Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force


WHO CAN REGISTER? Open to CCSD retirees, their friends & family, and community members. Classes limited to 20.


FEES? $15.00 to Support RECCS Scholarship Program


ZOOM?  Convenient & safe. You do NOT need to register for Zoom or leave home. Participants invited by email. Zoom is best viewed with a personal computer, tablet or cell phone. Unfamiliar with Zoom or have questions? Please email Karyl Petit (


RECCS Activities

RECCS Activities are also on hold while we support the health and safety of all our members.  Watch for announcements of exciting new opportunities later this fall.  We will keep you apprised and thank you for your continued support of RECCS and our activities.


Annual Meeting and Fall Luncheon

The fall luncheon and annual meeting are cancelled.  We want to support the safety and health of all our members.  We will look forward to gathering in person when it is safer to do so.   Watch for important information coming to you in the mail to renew your membership and make donations to keep our scholarship fund growing.  Until we can gather in person again, thank you for your continued support of RECCS.


The Annual Meeting would also have been officer election time.  The election of President, Second Vice President and Treasurer are held at the September Annual Meeting in even numbered years.  Due to current circumstances and since we will not be hosting an annual meeting at this time, the current officers will continue to serve in their positions until further notice.  President is Michelle Kleve, Second Vice President is Jim Brickey, and Treasurer is Jeanette Palmer.  We are still looking for volunteers to fill First Vice President and Assistant Treasurer.  If interested, please contact Michelle Kleve at



One of the ways we raise money for scholarships is through the King Soopers and Safeway loyalty programs.  Thank you to all our members who continue to use these programs and name RECCS as the organization for your contributions.  Remember you can use your loyalty number even when ordering groceries online for pick up or delivery.  If you need assistance linking your loyalty number for King Soopers, feel free to contact us or log into  Safeway still accepts the reloadable gift cards.  If you would like one, there is no cost to you.  Just contact Kerry Trip to get your card today. Her number is 303-773-0222.


Another successful fundraising program for RECCS is Amazon Smile.  Great for all our members who use Amazon for online shopping. This costs you nothing, Amazon donates a percent of your purchase to use, all you have to do it go to to register Retired Employees Cherry Creek Schools Association as your charitable organization of choice or click on our unique link to get started.  

All your regular Amazon information will link.  Remember RECCS as you shop. 


Donations to support the scholarship fund are always appreciated.  Our members continue to be generous even in difficult times.  Many members donate directly to RECCS while others are attending RECCS U classes with the donations from these experiences going to the scholarship fund.  We also receive donations in memory of individuals or to celebrate individual successes.  Regardless, RECCS wants to thank our members for their amazing generosity.


Friends We Will Miss

The RECCS Board has been notified of the deaths of the following former CCSD employees:  Beverly Bowman, Terry Conley, John Engle, and Julie Gonzales.


Website:  Visit us often for important information

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