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Zephyr Cove Elementary School

Douglas County School District - Nevada

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    Zephyr Cove Elementary School 

    School Hours


    Hours: 8:50 AM - 3:10 PM 
    Breakfast: 8:30-8:45 AM
    (supervised recess begins at 8:30 AM)
    Minimum Day Hours: 8:50 AM - 12:40 PM

    90 Minute Delayed Start Hours: 10:15 AM - 3:10 PM (Supervised recess begins at 10:00 AM and buses will run 90 minutes late on these days.)

    Welcome Back Mighty Cubs! 
    Welcome Back with Mighy Cub logo
    Our Mission

    Every student, Every lesson, Every day.

    • Intimate, small school setting
    • Highly Qualified Teachers
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Gifted & Talented Instruction
    • Music, Art, PE, STEAM programs
    • Reading Specialist, Reading Interventionist, ELL Specialist, Resource Specialist
    • Tahoe Place-Based Education: Science curriculum aligned to NGSS and adapted to each grade level with hands-on inquiry based instruction and escorted field trips designed to teach preservation and stewardship of Lake Tahoe
    • Active and supportive Parent Club

    School is closed for the remainder of the year.  However, Distance Learning will continue across all grade levels.


    Save the DATE!

    Kindergarten Promotion Parade -

    June 18th at 1pm

    6th Grade Promotion Parade -

    June 18th at 2pm

    More details to come in the next couple of weeks!

    Parent Club -

    All parents of students enrolled at ZCES are welcome to be part of the ZCES Parent Club, there are no other requirements!  We are hoping that more parents will be involved for the 2020-2021 school year to help guide the future of the school.  
    The current Parent Club Leadership Team's term is over on July 1 and they are taking nominations to fill the leadership team for next year.  There will be a meeting on June 15th to fill all vacant positions.
    You are invited to become part of the next leadership team by self nominating using this online form -
    Thank you for considering being part of this great team!

    Give back to ZCES using FLIPGIVE

    Did you know that you can shop online and in person at certain businesses and they will give back a percentage of the sale to the school?  What a great way to give back to ZCES while taking care of your everyday experiences!
    Simply join our team on FlipGive and start shopping through the app or team page and we'll earn money every time you shop with countless popular brands. The possibilities are endless with thousands of participating retailers.
     Join our team now by clicking this link: FLIPGIVE
     If you are prompted for a join code, enter this code DTHHSR

    Food Distribution - 


    Student breakfast and lunches for children ages 0-18 years old are available for pickup on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-10:30a at Kahle Community Center parking lot.

    Virtual Learning - 

    Students should be logging onto their Chromebooks to access lessons from their teachers via Google Classroom and participate in virtual class time using Google Meets.  If you are having some technology issues, access issues, or any other issues please reach out to your student’s teacher to communicate those issues.  There are many ways in which our teachers are able to modify things to meet the current situation so that your student can participate.   This will help ensure that students will not experience much regression during this time away from the classroom.

    Counselor’s Message 

    The counselor is available by appointment. These appointments are held via video conference or telephone through Google Hangouts Meet. When you schedule an appointment, please make sure you check what kind of meeting you would prefer; video conference or telephone conference.  For video conference meetings, I will send you a link to the meeting after you book your appointment. For telephone conferences, I will be using Google Hangouts Meet as well,  which uses an out of state telephone number (sometimes from New York). Please accept my calls. I am also using this application when I reach out to families.  This is all new for me, so please be patient.  Thank you. Ms. Gerlinger  Digital Office Hours: 8:00 -11:00 AM and 1:00 - 3:30 PM (M-Th)

    To schedule your appointment, please click here:

    You can also email me at

    The most important thing right now is to take care of yourself, your families and your loved ones. 

    Stay home for Nevada!!

    Family Resources during COVID-19

    Here are some links to some family resources during this time.  If you need anything, please reach out by calling the school at 775-588-4574.  We have access to counselors and social workers in the District to support families.

    AT&T is offering access for limited time - AT&T ACCESSS

    Protecting your mental health - Lifesaver Blog

    Tips for using the Nevada Unemployment Insurance - NUI FAQ

    Nevada Unemployment Insurance - NUI

    F.I.S.H. Gardnerville –Food Bank/Thrift Items
    Address: 1561 U.S. Hwy 395 N, Minden, NV 89423
    Hours: Tues to Fri 9AM–5:30PM
    Saturday 9AM–4PM
    Sunday Closed
    Phone: (775) 783-3474

    Garden Domes
    Grow Domes 10/25/19

    Garden DOMES Are a Work in Progress.

    Exciting News!! The garden domes are built at ZCES.

    We've had an amazing group of engineers, excavators, contractors, and volunteers work over the Fall Break and get the garden domes constructed.  We are working on getting the interiors squared away so we can get things growing in the Spring!

    Thank you to all that had a "hand" in getting this accomplished.  A HUGE thank you to Amy Cranch for her hard work and efforts to get this idea to a reality!

    Mr. Lear, Cubby and Mr. Ryan

    And, we are off... 

    The 2019-2020 school year is looking great!


    We want to thank all the families who have introduced themselves to us at the beginning of the school year.  We are humbled by the hospitality shown.

    We are excited to announce that our enrollment has grown overall and have welcomed 21 new kindergarteners to understand what it means to be a Zephyr Cove Cub!

    We also want to pass along the message that anyone is welcome to come in and volunteer.  You will need to complete and submit a volunteer application found in the Parent Resources section of this site before you can assist in the school.  Don't worry, we will work with you in getting that done.

    We look forward to working with the incredible students and families of ZCES to make this the best year ever!

    School Master Calendar


    At ZCES, 6th grade students can participate in the Middle School Sports Programs at Whittell High School.  The sports are as follows:

    Cross Country - Sept - Oct

    Girls Basketball - Sept - Oct

    Boys Basketball - Oct - Dec

    Girls Volleyball - Jan - Feb

    Track & Field - April - May

    Please contact the school for more information regarding these programs.