Celebrate! Summer is almost here! Time to stay up a little later, sleep in a little later, go a little slower and best of all, have more time to read! I personally can’t wait to take my grandkids to the library and get some great books and spend some time with them on my lap reading! (Pretty much heaven!)

The wonderfulness of summer also has a risk of danger. Sounds weird, I know, but it’s true! Your child most likely made great gains in their reading abilities over this school year. Well those gains are in danger of being lost this summer! The more studies are done, the more we find out how much loss students can have when school is out for summer (known as the summer slide)! The good news is, this doesn’t have to happen! If they read over the summer, they can stop that loss and even make gains!

We are lucky to have Douglas County libraries available to us and they can really be a wonderful resource to help all of us keep reading this summer! I encourage each one of you to take your kids there this summer. Sign up for the summer reading program, hunt down a librarian and ask them for help to find some good books and just hang out in one of their cool spaces! It can truly make a difference in your child’s academic success.

  • Studies suggest that children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year. Reading more books leads to even greater success.
  • When children are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected children’s books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50 percent not only maintain their skills, but can make reading gains.”

Lastly, as we wrap up the year we start thinking about next year and it’s adventures! One of the things we are looking forward to is our next year’s Battle of the Books teams. I wanted to encourage the students who will be in 3-6 grades to think about trying out for one of our teams next year. We will be having a parent meeting about what it’s all about as soon as we get back to school, so be looking for that!

I hope you and your family enjoy some downtime this summer and that reading is a part of that! In this crazy, fast-paced world, reading can be jumping off that runaway train, even for a little bit!

Happy summer and I look forward to hearing from your child what they read this summer!

Ms. Holly


Parent summer tip: Go to the library as a family this summer! 😊


Battle of the Books

If you have a child in 3rd – 6th grade this year that loves to read, consider having him/her try out for one of the Battle of the Books (BOTB) Book teams. Battle of the Books is a tournament put on by Douglas County Libraries, between Douglas County Schools that takes place in February and March of 2018. DCS Montessori will be sending our finest readers to represent our school.

There will be an informational parent meeting at the beginning of the school year to discuss details and what to expect if you try out.



Check out the DCS Montessori Library Catalog

Destiny – This is our school library catalog and you can conduct a search for any book you want.  If you are an Upper Elementary student, you can log in and check your account, post your book reviews and even reserve a book!


Visit the Douglas County Library Website

Did you know the Castle Pines Branch is right across the street from our school?  You can order your books, movies and more online – have them delivered to the Castle Pines Branch – and pick them up on your way home from school!  It’s so easy!  Click here for more information.


Reading Level Websites – find books at your child’s lexile reading level


Reading Level Conversion Charts – click on a chart below to expand the chart

Reading Level Conversion Chart AReading Level Conversion Chart B












Library Staff

Holly Morgan, Librarian

92072Greetings from the DCS Montessori Library! My name is Holly Morgan, AKA Ms. Holly. I am thrilled to serve as the librarian for DCS Montessori Charter School!

I have been with the Douglas County School District for 8 years. I began this wonderful journey at Castle Rock Middle School, then spent 2 years at Douglas County Libraries and then was blessed to become part of the incredible team here at DCS in 2012.

I have always loved books! Even when I was a little girl I remember being so engrossed in The Chronicles of Narnia that I would dream I was in Narnia at night and be sad to awaken to plain old California in the morning!

I also have a full life outside of work with a wonderful husband, 4 amazing children and 4 awesome grandchildren!

Thank you for the opportunity to share my love of reading with your children! We are learning so much from each other and I so enjoy walking this adventure with them!


 Chandra Ullom, Library Assistant

Chandra Ullom

Hi! My name is Chandra Ullom and I love books! I even met my husband at the college library where we both worked. That was just a short 21 years ago.  Since then, we have found Colorado to be the most beautiful place to live and raise our two beautiful daughters.  They both attend DCS Montessori and I don’t know who has learned more, my children or myself. I love sharing my joy of reading with other children and look forward to working in such a rich learning environment.

When I am not reading, I take care of three dogs, two guinea pigs, and only one cat. My favorite quote is “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”  ~ Groucho Marx

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