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My name is Stephanie MacArthur and I am the new Family Outreach Coordinator (part of the Family Resource Schools Program) here at Creekside. Previously I worked as a Bilingual Family Advocate at Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, CO. I was born in Boulder and raised in BVSD schools, so I am thrilled to be working in this great district now as an adult!
My role here at Creekside includes facilitating after school classes, providing financial assistance and community referrals, meeting with parents, and connecting families to counseling services. Our after school program will begin in February 2018, so please keep an eye out for registration forms, which will be sent home soon. I would love to meet families, so feel free to stop by and introduce yourself. My office is on the east side of the cafeteria. I look forward to working with you and your students!
Family Outreach Coordinator
This Week In the Blog:
Q: Will BVSD enjoy a windfall of $40M?
No, unfortunately, when assessed values increase, this does not result in an immediate and proportional increase in revenue to the school district, despite what was reported in the Daily Camera.
In this case, at most, we may receive less than a 1 percent increase (approximately $2 Million) in revenue, despite the significant increase in assessed home values in our district. This would be far less than the $40 Million reported by the Daily Camera and well below the $28.3 million negative factor currently assessed against Boulder by the State of Colorado.
Q: Why won’t BVSD see an increase, when other government organizations will?
BVSD’s situation is different than most local governments -- because our funding is largely controlled by the Colorado School Finance Act, as well as the language contained within our voter approved bond and mill-levy overrides.
The School Finance ActThe largest portion of the district's total mill rate, 25.023 mills, is fixed by the state, and when additional revenue is collected due to increased total assessed value, the state will reduce the amount provided through state sources, resulting in no net additional revenue to the district.
Voter-Approved -- Fixed dollar , general mill-levy overrides & bond redemption fundThe majority of the bond and mill-levy overrides approved by our voters contain specific language regarding how much money the district can collect and the purpose for which those funds can be used. When assessed values increase, BVSD is required to adjust our mill rate to ensure that we only receive the money approved by voters.
Voter-Approved - Fixed mill-levyThe Operations and Technology mill levy is the only measure passed by voters that contains a fiscal restraint on the amount of money that is received based on a set mill levy rather than a fixed dollar amount. As a result, the revenue fluctuates with assessed values. When assessed values increase, BVSD receives additional money. When they decrease, we receive less dollars.
How did this error occur?
The Camera’s business editor, who wrote the story, spoke to the Boulder County Assessor’s Office. The information on projected assessed value increases was applied to current mill levy amounts provided by BVSD in advance of the article. Unfortunately, the writer did not take into consideration the fact that it would be illegal for the district to collect the amount of money her math indicated. The district must drop the mill rate to match the approved amount of money. Any additional funds generated through local property tax for the frozen 25.023 mills assigned to the School Finance Act results in a direct decrease in state funding. Neither of these facts were taken into account in the article.
Is this error common?
Unfortunately school finance is incredibly complicated and regularly news agencies and individuals fail to understand the intricacies. That being said, we are disappointed that despite being provided with accurate, factual information that the paper has chosen not to issue a correction. Failing to provide the entire picture is a disservice to their readers and BVSD residents.
What is the Process (When does everything become finalized)?
When we receive the final assessed values for the portions of three different counties which the BVSD covers (Boulder, Gilpin and Broomfield), the mills will be certified by the school board as required by statute prior to December 15. This will set the amount of money to be collected in the current fiscal year, and what the 2017-18 budget is currently built upon. The 2017-18 revised budget, which will be adopted in January, will take into account these changes.
What are we doing to correct the Daily Camera story?
We’ve contacted the paper and, unfortunately, the paper won’t issue a correct. We have, however, written a Letter to the Editor :
Property Value Article Isn’t The Whole Story
The Camera’s recent November 4 article on increased property values failed to capture the entire story. The claim that BVSD will see a “windfall” revenue increase of $40.2 million is simply inaccurate. While additional funding would help reverse the classroom impact of the negative factor, imposed by the Colorado Legislature following the economic downturn (currently $28.3M) -- the additional taxes paid by local homeowners will not significantly change BVSD’s revenue picture. In fact, it would mean only an increase of about $2 million (less than one percent of BVSD's budget).
It is challenging to distill school finance and property tax implications into simple statements, yet some basics can clarify the picture. Increased property values do not result in an immediate, proportional increase in revenue for the school district for two reasons:
1) The Colorado School Finance Act sets the amount of revenue each school district receives on a per pupil basis. If more local funding is provided, the state decreases its portion, resulting in no net additional revenue to the district. The school finance act equalizes funding across the state.
2) When voters passed the majority of BVSD’s bond and mill levy override measures, they approved fixed dollar amounts. BVSD is required to decrease its mill rate to ensure that it only receives the money approved by voters if total Assessed Value increases. The result is that BVSD does not get more total revenue simply because there is an increase in AV.
While we understand that school finance is complex, not providing the entire story is a disservice to our community. The voters, who have time and time again generously supported the Boulder Valley School District with their hard-earned dollars, deserve accurate and comprehensive coverage which provides them with an accurate understanding of what happens to their money.
Bill Sutter, SFO
Chief Financial Officer
Boulder Valley School District
As mentioned in a previous blog post, practicing gratitude increases students’ positive emotions and optimism, decreases their negative emotions and physical symptoms, and makes them feel more connected and satisfied with school and with life in general.
Dear Creekside Families,
Report Cards for the first trimester may be accessed in your Parent Portal for grades 1-5 on November 13, 2017. Here is a link to directions. A hard copy of directions in English and Spanish for accessing the report card was placed in Friday Folders.
The following letter was sent to Manhattan Middle School Families by principal John Riggs regarding an incident that took place on Wednesday evening off of Manhattan school grounds. I am including it here for your information as Manhattan is one of the middle schools that many Creekside students attend. Please be assured that the team at Manhattan and the BVSD security department are working closely with law enforcement.
Dear Phoenix Families,
Safety is a top priority at Manhattan Middle School and Boulder Valley School District. I am reaching out to you today to let you know about an incident that happened yesterday (Wednesday) evening after school and off of school grounds.
One of our female students reported being approached by a stranger while walking from Keewaydin Park (250 Manhattan Drive) to the East Boulder Recreation Center around 4:50 p.m.
According to the Boulder Police Department, the suspect, described as a heavyset man in his 30’s with long black hair and no facial hair attempted to kiss and touch her inappropriately. She screamed and the man ran away, getting away in a white Audi or Subaru sedan.
We are working with Boulder PD investigators and ask that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Boulder Police Detective Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-1890 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
This unfortunate situation presents an opportunity for families to have a conversation with their children about stranger danger and the best ways to handle potential situations. The following are a few points that may be helpful:
Always check first with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult before going anywhere, accepting anything, or getting into a car with anyone.
Don’t be outside alone – always have a friend
Never talk to strangers
If an unknown adult tries to approach you, run away and report it to the nearest trustworthy adult
If you cannot run away, yell “HELP!” as loudly as you can
As always, safety is our top priority! Thank you for your partnership in keeping our kids safe.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Manhattan Middle School of Arts and Academics
Learning Community Happenings
Third graders took off in the space shuttle this week and have lost contact with Houston Control. They now must find their way back to Creekside using their Geography skills! We'll keep you posted on their progress!
Fifth grade had a visit from Hawk Quest this week. The students got to see and learn about various birds of prey.
For the conclusion of their owl unit, kindergarten had a visit from Rocky Mountain Raptors.
Have a pleasant weekend!
Babysitting Night @ New Vista H.S. New Vista is hosting a series of babysitting nights to raise money for a service trip to Costa Rica. The fundraiser wil benefit students whose families are unable to afford the cost of the trip. Please follow the link below for more information.
New Vista Babysitting Night
The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, November 14th at 6 PM in the art room. Topics we will be discussing include school overview data and the school advisory committee. All Creekside parents and guardians welcome! Childcare will be provided.Please consider signing up to the CPO mailing list to receive the full agenda, notes from the meeting and important announcements. Send an email to the chair, Brendan Billingsley at email@example.com to get signed up”
This Week in the Blog:
Holiday Bike Giveaway
Community Cycles is preparing for our 12th annual Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway!
It will be held on Sunday, December 17th, 10am - 3pm at the old Wendy’s near Baseline and 27th. Detailed directions are on the attached flyer.
Why do we do this? We think every child in our community should have a bicycle. For the freedom and doors of opportunity it opens, the healthy outdoor exercise, and for the joy of riding a bicycle.
Please share the flyers I’ve attached here far and wide.
Thanks for all your work for our community. If you know someone who would like to donate to or volunteer at the event, please share our page.
KHBG_Flyer English 2017.pdf
KHBG_Spanish 2017 (1).pdf
Support Creekside Elementary School and enjoy farm to table food at the Next Door Eatery on Pearl Street, Monday, November 13, 5-9 pm. Just mention you are there to support Creekside, and 50% of revenue will go to support our kids!
The 2nd and 3rd grade community are doing four week Lego units using the Lego Education WeDo 2.0 software. Mrs. Strine and Mrs. Webb combine a third grade class and a second grade class to teach coding, engineering, math, and science. Students must respond to questions during the project in a STEM journal. All second and third grade classes completed four challenges involving building a science rover and ended with collaborating with another group by coding both Milos to interact with each other to pick up a large plant that a single Milo could not do.
The next four week lessons will involve building a dumpster and recycling. Each challenge builds on prior learning from coding to completing a STEM project. Students will be choosing a guided science lesson that is aligned to their science curriculum
During BVSD's open enrollment application period, schools hold special events that allow prospective students and their parents to visit a school and learn more about its programs. Creekside OE events are as follows, please see our website for tour dates.
School Advisory Committee (SAC)
Our first SAC meeting of the year will take place on October 24th at 8:00 in the conference room. We have a number of SAC members "graduating" this year, and are encouraging anyone that may be interested in joining the committee to please attend the first meeting.
BVSD requires each school to have an active School Accountability
Committee (generally referred to as a SAC). The primary role of the SAC is in the areas of making recommendations about
spending priorities, making recommendations about, and discussing implementation of the school improvement
plan (UIP). SAC meets six times per year and you may view the agendas and minutes on this link.
Have a great weekend!
Parking Lot Reminders:
We understand there are days when parents are running late, or want to walk their student into the school, however, for the safety of our students, please do not park in the Hug and Go Lane. This lane is for dropping off and picking up only. Please do not park and leave your vehicle in this lane and kindly pull all the way forward to allow room for other cars. This lane is not for parked traffic at any time during school hours. Additional parking is available on Martin Drive or in the dirt lot to the north of the school (the old Head Start area). Please see the map for traffic flow and parking information.
YMCA Kids Night In
Please see the attached flyer for information on October 27th Kids Night In sponsored by the YMCA
kids night in 2017 October.pdf
Hello Creekside families!
Just a reminder to clip, save, and bring in your Box Tops for Education! Box Tops are found on hundreds of items you probably buy every week! For a complete list of products see: www.boxtops4education.com. We can submit Box Tops twice a year - and our fall deadline is fast approaching in early November!
Just drop your Box Tops in the bucket in the front lobby of school and I will turn them in the first week of November. Each clipping earns us money!
Email me any time with questions:
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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