The Colorado Springs Back to School Guide

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Back to School Guide

Back to School looks quite a bit different this year.

Some students will learn remotely, while others will kick off the year in a hybrid model. For some, this will be their first year officially homeschooling with mom or dad taking on the role of teacher. And for others, school will once again take place in-person with social distancing and other safety plans in place. No matter what school looks like for your family this year, it’s safe to say that this is going to be the most unique school year yet.

Just like the school year, this guide will be a bit different than years past.

We share our team’s favorite Back to School items that are sure to help you and your kiddos start the year off on the right foot.

We provide links to resources that can offer you and your children additional support as you navigate this school year together.

Finally, we link to to nearby day camps and after school activities that will get your kids exercising, socializing and developing their talents.

A big thank you to our sponsor, Pikes Peak Athletics, for making this guide possible.

Pikes Peak Athletics Fall
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Pikes Peak Athletics | Little Pikes Swim Day Camp
Designed for blended learners, hybrid learners, and homeschooled students: a new twist to our popular summer camps! Engage your student in an active, life-saving skill this school year. Campers will receive two 30 minute swim lessons from our top notch instructors and enjoy recreation swim plus educational activities with their new friends during the school day.
Half Day AM Camp | 8:30am-11:30am
$55 per day | Monday and Friday
Register for one or both days, enrolled for monthly session.
All skill levels | Ages 3 & up
(719) 400-7450 | [email protected]

COSMC Back to School Must-Haves

Echo Dot
Echo Dot – Kids Edition

The Echo Dot is a perfect addition for at-home schooling. Kids can ask Alexa questions, play music, listen to audiobooks, set timers and alarms, and even get vocabulary help.

Simicore Charging
Simicore Charging Station

With the Simicore Charging Station you can charge your tablets and phones in one handy place. Get in the routine of collecting devices each evening so that they are fully charged when it is time for class in the morning.

Blue Light Glasses
Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Staring at tablets and computer screens for more than 3 hours each day can lead to symptoms of computer vision syndrome, such as double vision and dry eyes. Blue-light lenses prevent the harmful blue light from entering your child’s eyes.

3-Tier Storage Cart

Keep school supplies in one handy place with this 3-tier utility cart. Your kids will love that they can easily move the cart around from room to room.

Dry Erase Sticky Notes
Dry Erase Sticky Notes

mcSquares Stickies are dry-erase, adhesive-free stickers that can be reused up to 2,000 times; a replacement for paper sticky notes. Stickies work on glass, acrylic, steel, aluminum, smooth walls, cabinets, mirrors, dry-erase boards, and almost any smooth surface allowing your student to reuse the stickies over and over again.

Tablet Stand
Tablet Stand Holder

For those students using tablets during the school day, this tablet stand holder from KABCON is a lifesaver. It will provide students with a hands free device and help prevent neck strain. The more comfortable a child is, the better he/she will be able to focus on school work.

Privacy Boards
Privacy Boards

Minimize distractions with Pacon Privacy Boards. Perfect for any desk, table, or computer area; these boards will keep students focused during quizzes, tests, and individual work.

Face Mask Lanyard

A simple, yet effective way to assure your child won’t lose or dirty his/her mask. This Lanyard 2-Pack is designed specifically for child sized masks.

Daily Use Face Mask
Disposable Kids Face Mask

These daily use Kids Face Masks from Vivtone feature comfortable wide straps and metal nose strips. They work well for all day wearing.

Anti-Fog Lens Wipe

Prevent glasses from fogging while mask wearing with this multi-use Anti-Fog Lens Wipe. One wipe provides 1,000 uses and each use provides 24 hours of fog-free bliss.

Support During Covid: Our Favorite Resources

Hunger Free Colorado: Food resources during the Covid-19 Outbreak

COVID Crisis Internet Service Providers: A list of the major US internet service providers that offer support to those financially impacted by the current COVID crisis.

PPLD Homework Help: Live homework help and skills building from expert tutors in math, science, social studies and English plus writing and reading assistance. Designed for grades K – Adults. Tutors available online Monday – Sunday from 2 – 11 p.m.

Common Sense Media Family Center: Set your family up for success with distance learning tips and resources. From using Zoom to managing anxiety and supporting social and emotional well-being, welcome to your go-to guide for a positive experience learning from home.

Wide Open: Provides a curated selection of daily online and offline activities to help kids stay active and curious.

PPLD Virtual Library Services: From take and make programs to virtual yoga, the library has many exciting virtual opportunities for the entire family.

Lakeshore Learning at Home: Explore more than 1,000 free resources…as well as a variety of fun, engaging products for learning at home.

Homeschooling in Colorado: Resources for how to get started with homeschooling in Colorado.

Virus Anxiety: Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

Crisis Text Line: If you or your child need to talk to someone, you can simply text “TALK” to 38255 and a master’s level mental health provider will respond within minutes.

Guide to Educational Resources
Hit Reset
Helping Kids Deal With Change

Day Camps & After School Fun

Your kids work hard while in school, break up the school week with fun day camps and after-school activities that will get them exercising, socializing and developing their talents.

Swimming Lessons

Pikes Peak Athletics: 602 Elkton Drive, 1880 Weiskopf Point, 125 E. Clubhouse Drive, and 1111 N. 31st

SafeSplash Swim School: 13171 Bass Pro Dr.

PPYMCA: Various Locations

Little Fins Swim School: 2233 Academy Place and 1625 Medical Center Point

Donna’s Dolphins Swim School: 5470 Powers Center Point #130


Flipshack: Weekly gymnastics, tumbling, and urban gym classes, 1789 S. 8th Street

Aerials: Weekly gymnastics, parkour, and Shangri-La Aerial Arts classes, 3536 Hartsel Drive

Precizion509: Weekly gymnastics and urban gym classes, 7235 E U.S. Hwy 24

Kinetic Gymnastics: Weekly gymnastics and tumbling classes, 30 Widefield Blvd #E

Stars Gymnastics: Weekly gymnastics and tumbling & tramp classes, 3870 Mallow Rd.

PPYMCA: Weekly youth gymnastics classes, locations vary


Dance Unlimited: 7850 N. Academy Boulevard

Colorado Ballet Society: 8570 Criterion Drive #154

Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance: 1595 York Road

Kemper Dance Academy: 3958 N. Academy Blvd Suite 106

Turning Pointe School of Dance: 5540 Library Lane

Jillian’s School of Dance: 5229 Galley Rd.

Summit Dance Works: 5958 Stetson Hills

Martial Arts

United States Karate Academy: 207-A West Rockrimmon Blvd, 1769 S. 8th Street, and 4868 Galley Road

Coppock’s Kenpo Karate Academy: 1815 North Circle Dr

Gracie Barra Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 1360 Academy Blvd N

Calvary Family Martial Arts & Fitness: 2361 N. Academy Blvd

Family Martial Arts: 3239 South Academy Blvd #140

U.S. Taekwondo Center: 16328 Jackson Creek Pkwy., 3478A Research Pkwy., 6217 Lehman Drive,  5799 Stetson Hills Blvd. Ste# 110, and 1316 N. Academy Blvd.

Universal Kempo Karate Schools: Numerous locations in Monument, Colorado Springs and Falcon.

Bemis School of Art: 818 Pelham Pl

Pikes Peak Artist Collective: 2708 West Colorado Ave., Suite C

Cottonwood Center for the Arts Art Club: 427 E Colorado Ave

Kids Can Draw Fine Arts Classes: 3617 Betty Dr. Suite S.

Colorado Springs Conservatory: 415 S. Sahwatch St

Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale: 1409 Palmer Park Blvd

Academy of Children’s Theatre: 2314 Vickers Drive

Starz Theatre Company: 5540 Library Lane

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Erica has worn many hats since joining Co Springs Mom Collective in 2017. She first came on as Contributor, then joined the Executive Team as Advertising Manager and is now the proud Owner and Executive Director. With a background in Public Relations and Marketing, Erica has been working in online media since 2008 and loves its ability to create enriching connections and community. Erica has a passion for serving others, something which led her and her family to begin fostering several years ago. She has welcomed her heart and home to several children in Colorado Springs and considers it one of her hardest and most beautiful accomplishments yet. Her role of mom is one she is most proud of. She and her husband have a beautiful blended family of seven, including five children who range in age from 11 - 17. It is truly never a dull moment in her home.