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You will be seeing a change in the elementary report cards starting with the first trimester this fall. To improve consistency and accuracy of reporting across elementary schools, the Report Card Advisory Committee has recommended minor revisions to the report cards for each grade level - reflecting the clarification of language in Language Development, Literacy, Visual Arts, Music and how parents will access report cards through Infinite Campus.
Highlights of Changes include:
Clarification of language in Language Development Indicators,
Visual Arts standards have been revised to be more appropriate to more student-centered language,
Kindergarten Music standards revised to be more developmentally appropriate and student-centered
The report card PDFs can be found here,
All Parents will have digital access to student report cards through Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
Kindergarten will no longer use the Infinite Campus BVSD Standards-based report card owing to the new State School Readiness requirements. All Kindergarten report cards will be sent home.
On-line report cards will be available in the Parent Portal on November 13th.
If there are any questions, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, principal, or Jackie Weber, Director of Mathematics, who manages the revisions of the report cards for the district.
Come to the Creekside Book Fair NEXT week!
50% of the proceeds go towards books for our school
The fair is located in the Creekside Curiosity Center and will be going on all week. See the hours below.
Note that theBoulder Bookstore is also taking vouchers at their store downtown if you'd prefer to buy books there. Vouchers will be available at school. Please see the attachment below for the vouchers.
Monday, October 16 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, October 17 - 8:00am - 7:30pm (Conferences)
Wednesday, October 18 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday, October 19 - 8:00am - 7:30pm (Conferences)
Friday, October 20 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
We still need volunteers. Please sign up at helpatschool.org! Questions? Email Susie Weber - email@example.com
Creekside Book Fair Voucher.doc
A Big THANK YOU!
Parent/teacher conferences are right around the corner and a question that may arise is the request for separate/additional conferences for parents who are divorced or separated. While we realize a common conference time may raise some anxiety for parents in this situation, we strongly encourage you to schedule one conference for your child. It is critical that our teachers be able to give the very same information to both parties, and doing that at one conference rather than two eliminates the possibility of miscommunication. We ask that both parents agree on a time before scheduling a conference online. The school counselor, Eric Swan, and/or myself would be happy to sit in on any of these meetings if you choose. Please just let your child’s teacher know if you’d like us to be present.
On behalf of our entire teaching team, I would like you to know how much we look forward to meeting with parents and students during this upcoming conference window.
The Creekside Book Fair
Powered by the Boulder BookstoreA five-day fair located in the Creekside Curiosity CenterMonday, October 16 - 8:30am
- 3:00pmTuesday, October 17 - 8:00am - 7:30pm (Conferences)Wednesday, October 18 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
(Bring-a-Buddy-to-Lunch Day)Thursday, October 19 - 8:00am - 7:30pm (Conferences)Friday, October 20 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
Hello Creekside Families, Show your school spirit with some cool new Creekside apparel. The online apparel store is open now through Monday, October 9th. You can now order all your fun spirit wear items with the new logo by clicking on the link below.
All items ordered, will be paid for online and will ship directly to your house after the store closes on October 9th.
Tea Collection Fundraiser for Creekside:
Shop all next week 10/9/17 thru 10/17/17 at TeaSchoolDays.com. Our special promo code is SDF17CREEKSIDE. You will receive a 15% discount on adorable Tea clothing for kids PLUS 15% comes back to Creekside. In order to use the code, participants will need to shop at TeaSchoolDays.com (not TeaCollection.com) and enter it in the promo code box at checkout and click “apply code.” In addition, the customer will receive free 6-10 business day shipping (6-10 business day shipping must be checked for code to apply) which will appear on the last page of checkout.
At Tea Collection, we travel the world and bring the beauty of international cultures and modern design to children's clothing. We create globally inspired, well-made, beautiful kids clothes for all of life's adventures, big and small. From our signature girls dresses and leggings to our bold and bright graphic tees and pants for boys, to rompers and bodysuits for babies and newborns, we have something for every little citizen of the world. Shop Tea Collection kids clothing today and discover many fun looks hand-picked by our stylists, at really great prices. Tea Collection: for little citizens of the world™
Dear Creekside Families,
Many of you have heard about our LEAP (Leadership, Empathy, Accountability, Pride) expectations. Creekside LEAP is a part of the schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program. Positive Behavior Support is a program supported by the Colorado Department of Education and BVSD to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence. It is a school-wide strategy for helping all students achieve important social and learning goals.
As part of the PBS program, we establish several clear rules for the behavior we expect in all areas of our school. We explicitly teach those expectations to the students and reward them frequently for exhibiting them . We hold a weekly LEAP drawing in which two-three LEAP tickets per grade level are drawn each Friday and students selected are announced over the PA and invited to come to the office for a small prize.
In addition to LEAP tickets, students that consistently exhibit a LEAP expectation receive a LEAP sticker. These stickers are then traded in for a LEAP bead at the Wednesday LEAP cart, with the goal of spelling the word LEAP, on a LEAP necklace.
Staff members are also encouraged to fill out a positive office referral when they catch a student doing an awesome job socially, emotionally or academically. Students who receive a positive office referral are announced on the PA and come to the office for some special “treats.”
Through our LEAP program and other activities Creekside aims to teach children life skills beyond academics. An easy way to help children reach out to support each other and adults around them is to ask them, as Alissa Sims suggested during her Back to School presentation, "What did you do to be kind today?" "How did you show pride at school today?" "How were you accountable in the cafe today?" In turn your children may then ask you the same thing and this gives you a chance to role model acts of kindness and other character traits.
We believe that by honoring good behavior, teaching students to solve conflicts positively, and modeling the LEAP expectations, we will build a school community where all students thrive.
Please join us next week for two great activities, Walk/Bike to School Day on October 4 and the International Festival on October 6.
Enjoy the weekend!
October Count: OFFICIAL OCTOBER COUNT DAY!! Monday October 2nd is the State of Colorado’s Official Pupil Count Day! The amount of money our school gets from the State of Colorado is based on how many students we have in our official “Pupil Count.” Please do not schedule any appointments on this day and if your child is not ill please have your student attend school on Monday October 2nd . This will ensure our school receives annual funding for them. Thank you in advance!
Parent Teacher Conferences are being held on October 17, October 19 and October 23. Please be sure to sign up for a time to meet with your student's teacher. Click on the links below to sign up for a conference. All conferences are 20 minutes in length and will be held in your student's learning center.
October 17, 2017
October 19, 2017
October 23, 2017
Our annual shoe drive takes place all week from October 2-6. Drop off boots, sandals, athletic and dress shoes tied or banded together. (Please, no cleats, flip-flops, muddy, ripped or torn shoes. And, no plastic or paper bags.) There is a marked collection box in the entrance of the school. The shoes will be reused all over the world!
The Creekside Book Fair
Powered by the Boulder Bookstore
is coming to you!
Monday, October 16 -
Friday, October 20
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Thanks to Karen Urbanowski, fifth grade parent, we can now show our school spirit with some cool new Creekside apparel! The online apparel store is open now through Monday, October 9th. You can now order all your fun spirit wear items with our new logo by clicking on the link below.
DACA Renewal Clinic
WHEN: September 20th and 27th
A Taste of BVSD
2017 Elementary Iron Chef Competition
Saturday, October 28th 10:00am – 3:00pm
Louisville Middle School
“Healthy After School Snacks”
Fifteen groups of 2-4 students in grades K-5 will be able to show off their culinary skills in this year’s competition. The dishes will be judged by BVSD's Chef Ann Cooper and a team of District Managers. They will be judged on taste, creativity, and appearance. Entry forms with recipes must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 6th to decide on the finalists. (We understand that your recipe may change slightly as the competition approaches, but we will use your initial recipe entries to decide on the finalists.) The list of finalists will be emailed out by Wednesday, Oct. 11th.
This event is a family-friendly event hosted by the BVSD Food Services department. This is a chance for students to show off their culinary creativity and ideas to a larger audience.
The healthy after school snack must include:
· A fruit or vegetable component (or both)
· A protein component (cream cheese, yogurt, nut or sunflower seed butter, meat, or cheese)
· A grain-based component (cracker, bagel, pita, pasta, rice, bread, or other item)
· Equipment Provided: cutting boards, chef knife, paring knives, butter knives, spoons, bowls, and plates.
· You will have access to an oven if you need to do any quick cooking of items, but many teams do no cooking at all. You will only have 30 minutes to prepare your item before judging begins, so plan for this.
· Stock ingredients will be available for use at the event. These ingredients will all be displayed at the table at the front of the room, and will be available for use by all teams. You can also pick two other special/magical ingredients not on this list that we will provide for you at the event if your team is selected.
Please see the attached forms for more information
2017 Elementary Iron Chef.pdf
Elementary Iron Chef Pantry List 2017-2018.docx
Elementary Iron Chef Entry Form 2017-2018.docx
Meet at 34th and Martin on Wednesday, October 4th, to walk to school together as a community! Volunteers are needed please sign up and help out! https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/108
Show your school spirit with some cool new Creekside apparel. The online apparel store is open now through Monday, October 9th. You can now order all your fun spirit wear items with the new logo by clicking on the link below.
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Come to the Creekside International FestivalFriday, October 6, from 6:00pm to 8:15pm
The Creekside International Festival is a free community event that celebrates our diversity at Creekside Elementary! Highlights of the festival include our international potluck dinner, the children’s costume parade and a live musical performance. Below are FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about this event.
What Do I Bring? An entrée, salad, side dish, or dessert that serves 8-10 people, which represents your cultural heritage or is special to your family.
How Can My Child Join In The Parade? Please register your child at the Festival or sign up here on-line at https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/84#event_84 . Children must have cultural attire or speak a language from another country.
How Can My Child Share a Performance? Again this year, students are invited to sign up to do a performance sharing their own cultural heritage such as reading their “Where I’m From” poem, a song, playing an instrument, signing a national anthem etc. Please sign up on-line at https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/84#event_84 or contact Jenn Brauner email@example.com.
What about the "Counties from Around the World" posters? Decorate
our school for the International Festival by creating a poster about a country of your choice, sharing what you know and love about that country. Bring our poster to school on Oct. 2nd. Look for more information in this week’s Friday Folder.
How Can I Volunteer? There are many opportunities to get involved, including set-up, organizing the parade and more. You can contact Jenn Brauner at firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-810-1354 or sign up on-line at https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/787.
Two years ago we started working to develop and perfect best practices in anticipation of a new school built for the 21st century and beyond. A school where student-centered learning practices such as project-based learning, personalized learning and social-emotional learning are employed to maximize each child’s potential.
Research solidified our approach with a plethora of studies that showed how children learn better when they are personally and actively engaged in learning, when they have choice, and are encouraged to pursue their passions. This bright, beautiful school is designed to foster the 4Cs of 21st century learning: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking. The design of this school truly puts students at the center of learning.
As the 21st century continues to unfold, there is an incredible sense of urgency to foster a culture of leaders who will continue developing our complex world. It is our responsibility and obligation to teach students the acquisition process of developing new ideas and redesigning existing ideas. As we cultivate these skills and confidence within students, they will have the vision and creativity to help transform the world.
With all of this in mind, I thought you may like to take a look at the new Yale Application. It truly reflects what we hope to accomplish in our new school.
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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
5:30-6:00 Welcome– Dr. Eufemia; Creekside Parent Organization
*There will be supervision for your children on the playgrounds during this time
6:00 2/3 Learning Community Presentation
4/5 Learning Community Presentation
6:00-7:00 PK/K/1 Classrooms open for visits
6:30 4/5 (Encore) Learning Community Presentation
I've been asked to pass along the BVSD expectation that dogs not be on school campuses. In particular, injuries caused by dogs on campus are generally not covered by BVSD. Here are the district guidelines.
Parking Lot, Hug and Go Lane, and Bicycles
We strive to keep your children safe every day. In that effort, here are a few updates:
Please do not ride bicyles on the sidewalks passed the bike racks. Kindly walk bikes on the sidewalks.
Hug and Go Lane
We are so happy for the addition of a drop off (Hug and Go Lane)
When you are in the Hug and Go lane, please
Individual Student Reports from Spring 2017 State Testing Now Available
Last spring, elementary, middle and high school students participated in the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS state-mandated tests. Third through fifth graders took mathematics and English language arts tests that were developed by a multi-state consortium, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC. Fifth graders also took a science test. Additionally, Creekside fourth graders took a social studies test. This was the third time the students took the new math and English language arts tests and the fourth time for science and social studies, based on new content standards.
Your student’s results will be in Friday Folders today. It is possible that individual student reports will become available in the Infinite Campus parent portal later this fall. If and when results become available in the parent portal, a message from the district will be sent directly to parents.
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What a wonderful first three days we've had! I am so proud of our students, they have embraced our new building and the innovation practices of our wonderful teachers!
As you know, Colorado will have a front-row seat to a rare astronomical event on Monday., August 21st. A solar eclipse will darken the sun for a period of time, giving our students an excellent opportunity to engage in real-life science by simply stepping outside.
During the event, the moon will slide in front of the sun. At its peak, 11:46am, in the Boulder area, about 93% of the sun will be blocked.
More information about the eclipse is available from NASA at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov
With the proper precautions, the viewing will be completely safe and a great opportunity for learning. Thanks to a generous donation from Phil Mehalko and Ball Aerospace, eclipse-viewing glasses (one for every four students) and safety tips have been provided to every school in the district.
Additionally, some classes may utilize a pinhole projector to see the eclipse’s impact.
You may wish to speak to your children about eclipse safety. Simply let them know that it is only safe to look directly at the sun when using the specially designed eclipse glasses, which will be provided. (Please feel free to send glasses with your student if you prefer.)
Many of our teachers will take their students outside, knowing that this real-life event will spark learning not only on the day of, but perhaps for days and weeks afterwards.
Here is the viewing schedule:
4/5 Learning Community 11:15-12:15
3rd grade 11:40-12:05 (recess)
2nd grade 11:30-12:15 (lunch and recess)
1st grade 11:45-12:00
Recess for students will be indoors that day unless the grade level is with their teacher.
Do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns.
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We are almost there! Workers are busy putting the finishing touches on the inside of the building, and continue to work on the outside. The parking lot is ready, and we have a new feature this year-a drop off lane, also known as the “Hug and Go” lane. If you are using this lane to drop off your student please pull all the way forward and do not park or leave your vehicle.
I am not sure at this time if the bike racks will be installed for the first day, and will keep you posted on access to playgrounds. We anticipate that the play structure areas and concrete areas will be ready for play!
I am pleased to announce that we are adding a third round of kindergarten! The position will post today and a permanent teacher may not be in the classroom the first days of school, but please be assured that one of our highly qualified and experienced kindergarten substitutes will be ready to greet your child along with Mrs. Young and Ms. Anderson.
Your child’s classroom assignment will be posted in your Parent Portal after 4:00pm today.
I look forward to seeing you at Meet Your Teachers, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:00am-9:00am!
Since we aren’t able to have a Back to School Picnic on school grounds and we know the importance of having an opportunity for families to get together before school starts, we suggest having a very informal play date/picnic at Martin Park fields starting at 5p until 7p on Tuesday, August 15.
If you can come great, but we understand if you can't make it! Hope to see you there!