Crystal River Elementary School is located in beautiful Carbondale, Colorado. Our staff is committed to providing an extraordinary education to our students! At Crystal River, students gain academic knowledge, social-emotional skills, and real world experiences. With some of the BEST teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley, we strive to engage students in the learning process, while meeting their individual needs. CRES is a great place to be, and we are proud to be YOUR neighborhood school!


CRES Outdoor Learning Space gets approval from the district!

In January 2015 our PTO was awarded a $5,000 grant from Lowe's to build an outdoor classroom on our campus.   PTO has since pledged approximately $3,000 of funds leftover from earlier outdoor build projects for this learning space.  In addition, PTO has been named a finalist for another $2,000 of grant more from a local business. A group of construction-savvy, committed parents including Travis Stewart of Casey Concrete, Nic Lough of Ridge Runner Construction and Tim Fenton of Gallegos Construction have submitted a proposal and received enthusiastically-positive district approval.  When surveyed for the project, our teachers and other staff gave their 100% approval rating, as well as many constructive comments about how it could be structured to best meet our students' needs.  The timeline for the build is roughly between July 10 - August 2, with an expected completion date of August 15.  We are very excited for this outdoor classroom and anticipate it being an area of a variety of learning, performing, reflecting, playing and thinking experiences!  Check out our initial sketches here and please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!


The Summer Academic Enrichment Course (ACE) offerings are out and looking good!

Old favorites like Lego Robotics, Hiking Adventures and Parks & Playground Ride-a-Thon are back, as well as some new courses: Mathematical Art, Paper Mache the Piñata Way, Artful Literature, and Sweets & Treats Cooking Class to name a few!

Registration is available to CRES families now (forms went out in your child's yellow folder) and then open to the public beginning May 1. Courses meet during specific weeks of the summer and usually last four days, morning or afternoon. Courses are age-specific so be sure to read carefully when signing up.

Click here for more information and registration forms (English& español). If you have questions, please direct them to Marie Voss-Patterson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carly Madsen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These courses fill up quickly so be sure to register SOON!


Pre-K, Campus Kids and Kindergarten Registration Day was April 16th from 7:30-5:30pm.  If you haven't registered yet please come by the CRES office to fill out paper work.  We look forward to seeing you and your family!

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