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Oct 13
Friday, October 13, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Report Card Changes
  • Parent Teacher Conference Night Dinners
  • Book Fair Information
  • A big THANK YOU!

Dear Creekside Families,

A huge thank you to Jenn Brauner and the International Festival Committee, Stephanie Pease, Shino Ferguson, and Laurie Wells, for an amazing night! It was so wonderful to celebrate one of the things that makes Creekside so unique, and to come together as a cohesive community!

Maker Space
We are so fortunate to have a makerspace in our new school. Located in the Curiosity Center (school library), this space is filled with items that students can examine, explore, investigate and then create! Items such as circuit kits, Cubelets, Ozobots, Strawbees, K’Nex, and Keva Planks. To see some of these in action click on the live links.

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"To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects" Laura Flemming Worlds of Making

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"Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls"
Mark Hatch The Maker Movement Manifesto

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Don't forget to sign-up for conferences. The sign-up closes 24 hours before each conference day.

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

Report Card Changes

Dear Parents,


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.

Sincerely,


CPO NEWS

To show our appreciation for our teachers and staff, we want to bring them dinner on the parent teach conference nights!  We will be having soup and salad night (Oct 19) and taco night (Oct 23). The first night (Oct 17) will be pizza provided by the CPO so we only need to bring beverages, salad and dessert.  We generally ask for help from the kindergarden, 2nd and 4th grade parents in the fall, and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade parents in the spring.  Please see the "helpatschool" link below to sign up.  If you have any questions, contact Brendan Billingsley at billingb@gmail.com

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.

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift." —Kate DiCamillo

Book Fair Hours

Monday, October 16 - 8:30am - 3:00pm

Tuesday, 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


We still need volunteers. Please sign up at helpatschool.org! Questions? Email Susie Weber - susierankin@hotmail.com


Creekside Book Fair Voucher.doc


A Big THANK YOU!

Wonderful International Festival!
Thank You...
Thank you Creekside community for the shared joy that lingered from the International Festival last Friday.  It was an evening of delicious food, culminating in communal song and dance. Nii Armah gave us all a treasure, and I invite each of us to literally and metaphorically seek ways to keep this united spirit alive this year.  The International Festival was brought to us by CPO, and we are ever grateful. Thank you also to each of the volunteers who helped from set-up to clean up. Special thanks to the parent volunteers of the committee who organized this event: Stephanie Pease, Shino Ferguson, Jenn Brauner and Laurie Wells.  And thank you to all the children who made lovely posters to decorate our school along with the families who shared incredible foods from around the world.
May you be filled with the “medicine”  that Nii Armah gave us throughout the year.  Please see the Creekside Facebook page from more about his local Boulder events.  In Gratitude, the International Festival Committee.




Oct 06
Friday, October 6, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Book Fair
  • Trip Tracker
  • Enjoy Dinner with Creekside!
  • Creekside Spirit Wear-Last Chance to Order
  • CPO Meeting Information
  • Tea Collection Fundraiser

Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you fifth grade parent, Kari Albright, and all of the parents that helped make Walk to School Day such a success. We even made it to the front page of the Daily Camera! 
Here's the link.

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.


See you at the International Festival tonight!

Warm regards,
Francine



The Creekside Book Fair 

Powered by the Boulder Bookstore
A five-day fair located in the Creekside Curiosity Center
Monday, October 16 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, 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

Volunteers sign up at helpatschool.org!

Trip Tracker
Remember that weird black-caped character lurking around the Walk to School Day parade? That was “Trip Tracker Man,” here to remind you that if your child walks, bikes, carpools, scooters or rides the bus to school, they can earn awards to use as cash at participating businesses all over town, including Glacier, Lucky’s, Play it Again Sports, and Kim and Jake’s Cakes (yum). 

If your children are already enrolled, don’t forget to report their September trips by October 9 — rewards will be distributed through your child’s teacher the week of October 16https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHFEnCnrTRQg78OMvdaXWrqy3-Ra3ufL4sPca2SjRGDrqbpQ/viewform 

If you haven’t yet enrolled your children in Trip Tracker, you can do so here: http://www.bvsd.org/transportation/toschool/tracker/Pages/default.aspx - then click the “REGISTER HERE” link toward the top of the page.

Enjoy a delicious dinner with family and friends while supporting Creekside!

Wednesday Oct 18 and Thursday Oct 19, California Pizza Kitchen,1711 29th St #1180, Boulder, CO11 am - 9 pm, eat in, take out, or catering. 303-440-3390, serving inventive pizzas, pastas, and salads!

Monday Nov 13, Next Door Eatery, 1039 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO5-9 pm, eat in or take out,  720-542-8159, Casual hot spot for farm to table comfort food and craft beer!

Creekside Apparel-Last Chance To Order!

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. 

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/v3/shop/team_shop/HgxcTbdG5U#/

All items ordered, will be paid for online and will ship directly to your house after the store closes on October 9th. 

The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, October 10th at 8 AM. Topics we will be discussing include PARCC data, enrollment, new mission/vision statements, UIP, building updates and the upcoming book fair! All Creekside parents and guardians welcome!

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 creekside.cpo@gmail.com to get signed up”

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™

Sep 29
Friday, September 29, 2017

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • October Count
  • Parent Teacher Conference Sign up Links
  • Latino Parent Summit-BVSD Notice
  • Walk to School Day
  • International Festival
  • Book Fair Information
  • Spirit Apparel
  • California Pizza Kitchen


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.


School Funding

School funding is based on the October count. Please see important information below.


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!

Warm regards,

Francine


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

2nd Annual Latino Parent Summit
You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Latino Parent Summit on Saturday, October 14 from 8:30-3 p.m. at Casey Middle School! The event is co-sponsored by BVSD, Foothills United Way, Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, ELPASO, AMISTAD, "I Have A Dream" Foundation, Boulder Housing Partners and EFAA, and is a valuable opportunity for Latino parents in Boulder County to connect with the school district and dozens of local organizations serving our community. The event will include workshops and community conversations covering many issues important to parents of young and school-aged children, including early support for reading and writing, understanding bi-lingual programming at BVSD, what parents need to know about discipline and bullying, how to talk to your children about drugs and pregnancy, the importance of parents caring for themselves so they can take care of their families, and many other topics! Free lunch and childcare will be provided, and parents will have an opportunity to win raffle prizes! For more information and to register for the event, please contact Patricia Molina at 720-690-4531

Walk to School Day-Wednesday October 4th

self power: walk, bike, hop, run, skip, jump rope, unicycle...to school

Join us for The Parade to school!

Everyone is invited to meet at 34th and Martin Drive at 7:45am

We will walk together to school!

This will be fun for EVERYONE!

*** Buses will drop off at 34th and Martin Dr. to let the kids join the parade***

If you drive to school please park near this intersection to walk the rest of the way with us.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We could still use help for this event: sign makers, snack table help, and parade chaperones. Please use this link to see tasks needed and to sign up:

https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/108

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! 

Join us at the International Festival on Oct 6, 2017!

Special guest this year is Nii Armah, a native of Ghana and founder of 1,000 Voices Project here in Boulder.  Since 1996, Nii Armah has been using songs, rhythm games, storytelling and dance to facilitate community building, and he will lead us in an evening of singing and dancing together. See sneak peek at this link.

*Bring in your Country Around the World poster on Oct 2.
*Sign up for the Children’s Parade and to volunteer at https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events.

International Festival Evening
6:00 pm Potluck - bring a dish for 8-10 people to share and your own plates, utensils and cups.
7:00 pm Children’s Parade
7:15 pm Community Singing and Dance with Nii Armah and 1,000 Voices Project

The Creekside Book Fair

Powered by the Boulder Bookstore

is coming to you!

 


Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20

 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - PLEASE SIGN UP AT HELPATSCHOOL.ORG ASAP!

Creekside Apparel

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. 

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/v3/shop/team_shop/HgxcTbdG5U#/

All items ordered, will be paid for online and will ship directly to your house after the store closes on October 9th

Have a fun family night out! Grab some friends and  support Creekside while enjoying great food!
 California Pizza Kitchen Oct 18 or 19, 1711 29th Street Mall #1180
Next Door Eatery, Nov 13, a casual hot spot for farm to table comfort food and craft beer,1039 Pearl Street
Be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside.



Sep 22
Friday, September 22, 2017

This Week In The Blog

  • Principal's Message
  • BVSD Iron Chef for K-5 Students
  • The Book Fair is coming!
  • Cougar News Website
  • Bike/Walk to School Day
  • Creekside Spirit Wear!

Dear Creekside Families, 

it was my pleasure to welcome Congressman Jared Polis to Creekside on Tuesday. He was interested to see our fabulous new school and learn about the innovative spaces and teaching. He was able to tour every part of the school and visit with students in many grades! He he is with Mrs. Dunnuck's fourth grade class.


Doesn't our new lawn look fantastic? Now we must give it a chance to "take" so it will thrive and always look this beautiful. Please refrain from walking on it, playing on it or having a picnic on it for 45-60 days. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

COOL NEW CREEKSIDE APPAREL

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. 

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/v3/shop/team_shop/HgxcTbdG5U#/

All items ordered, will be paid for online and will ship directly to your house after the store closes on October 9th


Enjoy the weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

DACA Information

DACA Renewal Clinic

WHEN: September 20th and 27th

WHERE:
BOULDER-CU LAW
2450 KITTREDGE
LOOP DRIVE, SUITE
105
ATTORNEYS, PARALEGALS AND TRAINED PROFESSIONALS WILL BE ON SITE TO HELP WITH APPLICATIONS.  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR $495 FEES TO USCIS ON A LIMITED BASIS

WHO:

CURRENT DACA RECIPIENTS WHOSE DACA EXPIRES BEFORE MARCH 5,
2018
PLEASE BRING PRIOR DACA APPLICATIONS, WORK PERMIT, PASSPORT
DEADLINE:  ALL RENEWALS MUST BE FILED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 5,
2017! 

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 stephen.menyhart@bvsd.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)

Details:

·      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

 
CPO News:

Coming Soon...The Creekside Book Fair ...Powered by the Boulder Bookstore
Come on down to the Curiosity Center and find something good to read! All proceeds go towards new books.  Support your school and a local bookstore!

Monday, October 16 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, 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

BATTLE OF THE COINS IS BACK!
  • Start saving your extra change now!
  • Put change in the appropriate grade-level jar outside the front office starting October 16.
  • The grade with the most money wins an ice cream party!
  • All proceeds go towards new books for your school.

Hello Creekside Families, 
For those of you who are new, let me introduce our Cougar News website. It will be updated monthly with features of past and future events. There is a photo gallery to check out with your students and a page from the CPO that includes the meeting minutes. This is another resource for you to stay informed about the wonderful happenings at your child's school. Check out the September issue of Cougar News at : 

Bike or Walk to School Day: October 4, 2017
Creekside students, staff and parents will join millions of people from all around the country to celebrate walking. This annual event raises awareness for safe walking and bicycling routes to school and emphasizes the importance of physical activity, pedestrian safety, and healthful transportation choices. 

In addition to the event, we will also include a Used-Shoe Collection with Eco-Cycle so start looking in your closets for those outgrown shoes!  

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


COOL Creekside Apparel

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. 

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/v3/shop/team_shop/HgxcTbdG5U#/

All items ordered, will be paid for online and will ship directly to your house after the store closes on October 9th


Sep 15
Friday, September 15, 2017

This Week in the Blog:

  • Principla's Message
  • Creekside fundraisers- Yellowbelly Chicken and Kitchen Next Door
  • Creekside International Festival

Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you for joining us at Ribbon Cutting-what a wonderful night! It was so fun seeing past teachers, students and administrators as well as meeting so many of our neighbors!

In Friday folders you received a flyer for our annual fundraiser, Creekside Pride. Each year our parent organization (CPO) sponsors this one-time request for direct donations from Creekside family and friends. This is our largest fundraiser and we are asking everyone to get involved. No donation is too small! All funds raised go directly to Creekside educational programs and activities, and this support enables us to provide the extra staff and resources we need to ensure a high quality education experience for your children. For example, a portion of these funds enable us to place an academic tutor at every grade level. These tutors not only supervise students at recess and lunch, but more importantly, work directly with students in small groups or one on one, allowing for more individualized instruction. I urge you to make your donation today. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for your support!

Have you signed up for Trip Tracker yet? Creekside uses Trip Tracker, a BVSD Transportation Department program designed to encourage and reward students for using alternative modes of transportation including walking, biking, skating, scooting, busing (RTD or School Bus) or carpooling to school. Each month, families record their alternative transportation trips and send them in via a monthly emailed survey. Don't forget to sign up and start logging your trips! Thank you to parent, Hannah Nordhaus, for facilitating the program again this year.



CPO NEWS
Enjoy great local food while someone else cooks and does dishes AND earn money for Creekside!
Sept 20, 2017 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM Fundraiser for Creekside at Yellowbelly Chicken, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, #1B; eat in or take out, 20% of proceeds go to Creekside!
Nov 13, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fundraiser for Creekside at Next Door Eatery, 1035 Pearl Street, 50% of proceeds go to Creekside!

Come to the Creekside International Festival
Friday, 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 atjennbrauner@hotmail.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 jennbrauner@hotmail.com303-810-1354 or sign up on-line at https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/787



Sep 08
Friday, September 8, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Prinicpal's Message
  • PIcture Day Information
  • Creekside Fundraiser at Yellow Belly chicken
  • International Festival
  • CPO Meeting
Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you for attending Back to School Night! It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the new spaces!

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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.


Enjoy the weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine



PICTURE DAY IS COMING 
Mark your calendar, picture day is 9/15/17
Picture Day ID:
CG077715Y0

The easiest way to get school pictures is by ordering at:  mylifetouch.com

Simply paste the Picture Day ID into the field on the website
  • No need to send cash or flyer back to school
  • Get more background choices online
  • Customize your package online with different portrait sheets
Sign Up for our New My Family Rewards loyalty program and receive a Free Hi-Res download with your first order

Please submit your portrait order by 9/19/2017 for free shipping to school.

NEWS from the CPO
Fundraiser for Creekside at Yellow Belly Chicken Wednesday, Sept 20th3:30-8 pm at 2525 Arapahoe Ave #1b, Boulder, CO 80302.  Take out or eat in, 20% goes to Creekside!

Yellowbelly is a cooked from scratch, fast casual restaurant in the natural foods space.  They want to change the world by offering people better versions of the food they already love.  Fried chicken is the specialty of the house.  They use all natural, antibiotic free, hormone free, vegetarian fed, free range chicken.  It’s gluten free (breaded in rice flour) & fried in a non-GMO rice bran oil.  They pair it with fresh, healthy sides & salads. They regularly support charitable causes, including a recent event in which 100% of a full day's profits were donated to flood victims.  Contact Karen Goubleman at karen_goubleman@yahoo.com with any questions.  Go to Yellowbelly's website for more information and menu! http://yellowbellychicken.com/menu

A Call for Countries Around the World Posters for the International Festival
  • SAVE the DATE for the International Festival onFriday, October 6, at 6:00 pm!
  • Volunteer for the Festival at https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/787
  • Make a poster to decorate for the Festival and bring it to school on October 2nd!
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. The poster will be on display on the main staircase during International Festival Week, October 2-6.
  1. Select a country you are from, is part of your family culture, or just one you love.  
  2. Make a poster about that country - flags, national symbols, national foods, people and places, etc.  Teach us what you love about that country.  Posters can be any size.
  3. Bring your poster to your teacher on Monday, October 2nd.   
  4. Please write your student’s name, grade and teacher clearly on the back of each poster if you want it returned to you.
Questions? Email Jenn Brauner at jennbrauner@hotmail.com, or call at 303-810-1354


The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, September 12th at 6 PM. We will be discussing PARCC/CMAS scores, enrollment, the upcoming international festival and implementing conscious discipline among other topics! All Creekside parents and guardians welcome! Let Brendan (cpoboulder@gmail.com) know if you need childcare.

Please consider signing up for 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 cpoboulder@gmail.com to get signed up


Sep 01
Friday, September 1, 2017

​In this week's Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • After School Classes through FRS
  • International Festival 
  • CPO Trip Tracker

Dear Creekside Families,

The eclipse at Creekside was a special day for students and staff! I want to thank, fourth grade parent, Doug Biesecker, for providing eclipse glasses for each of our students! In addition, a number of parents worked feverishly to secure glasses when there was a possibility that the glasses would not arrive in time. THANK YOU ALL!
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Speaking of those glasses, are you wondering what to do with them now that the eclipse is over? BVSD 's amazing Sustainability Coordinator, Ghita Carroll, will collect all of the glasses and hand them over to our partners at Ball Aerospace. The company is planning to ship them to Astronomers Without Borders, a non-profit that is shipping them to other countries for future solar eclipses.

CREEKSIDE ELEMENTARY 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

5:30-7:00

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

Dogs on Campus

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

FRS
Magali Fredrick, FRS Coordinator, will not be with us for the 17-18 school year.  FRS, as you know is a division of the City of Boulder and they are working to hire a new person to take Magali's place.  Please know that once that person is in place and is up to speed, they will resume the after school classes.  Thank you for your patience.


CPO News
International Festival

Calling on those who highly value our international community here at Creekside.  We need a new chairperson for the International Festival. Jenn Brauner is in her 4th year of chairing this event, and it is time for a new Creekside leader to carry the torch of this decades long tradition. It is a great way to give to the Creekside community, by organizing this one time event.  A planing meeting for this year’s International Festival will be on Wednesday, Sept 6, at 2:15 at Creekside.  Please attend if you want to volunteer on the committee and/or want to become the new chair of the event.  Contact Jenn Brauner if you plan to attend or if you want to help but can’t make this meeting time: jennbrauner@hotmail.com or 303-810-1354

TRIP TRACKER
Start Tracking Your Child’s Trips!

BVSD’s Trip Tracker program is starting up for the new school year on September 1! If your kids arrive to school via school bus, carpool, biking, scootering, skateboarding or walking, they can earn awards to use as cash at participating businesses all over town. New ones for the 2017-18 school year include Lucky’s, Meta Skateboards and all the Boulder Rec Centers. Old favorites include Glacier Ice Cream, Gateway Fun Park, Play It Again Sports and Kim and Jake’s Cakes - fun! 

If your child participated in past years you don’t need to sign them up again—just start tracking trips so you can record them at the end of the month and wait for the bucks to arrive in Friday folders. 

If you haven’t yet enrolled child in Trip Tracker, you can do so here: http://www.bvsd.org/transportation/toschool/tracker/Pages/default.aspx - then click the “REGISTER HERE” link towards the top of the page.

Aug 25
Friday, August 25, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • International Festival

Dear Creekside Families,

What an outstanding week we have had! 

We welcomed our third kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Liz Gunderson to the Creekside family along with all of our Kindergarten students! This week we welcome our youngest learners, the Pre K class!

Please join us for Back to School Night Open House on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 5:30. Look for detailed information coming next week.


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:


Bicycles

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

  1. Pull up as far as you can.
  2. Have your student ready to get out of the vehicle as you enter the lane.
  3. Have your student exit the vehicle and proceed directly to the sidewalk.  
  4. Traffic should flow in a counter-clockwise direction. (Arrows are coming soon.)
  5. Please do not park in this lane or exit your vehcile.
  6. If you wish to escort your student to the entrance or pick them up and walk them back to your car, kindly park your car in the lot or on Martin Drive.
Please see the attached map for clarification:


Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents

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.



We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we work out the kinks in our fabulous new building.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

From the CPO:

Inviting Volunteers and a Chair for the International Festival!
The Creekside International festival is a decades long tradition at Creekside where we celebrate the international culture of our Creekside family! It is a welcoming, fun evening of delicious food, music, a children’s parade and community.  We are in need of a new chair person for this great event and volunteers to be on the organizing committee. Also, this is a great way to contribute to Creekside in a one time event, with little in school time.  Please email Jenn Brauner at jennbrauner@hotmail.com or call 303-810-1354 if you are interested in being a part of this fun event.  This year the event will be on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Aug 18
Friday, August 18, 2017

​In this Week's Blog:

  • Principal's Message

Dear Creekside Families,

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!

Eclipse

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.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


Aug 11
Friday, August 11, 2017

​This week in the Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • News from CPO

Dear Creekside Families,


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!


Warm regards,

Francine



CPO NEWS

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!



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