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Dec 15
Friday, December 15, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Creekside Talent Show
  • FRS After School Programs coming soon!
  • Preschool Lottery
  • Creekside Pride 2017 Tax Deduction
Dear Creekside Elementary Parents/ Guardians,

Start rehearsing those talents and mark you calendars! The Creekside Elementary Talent Show will happen a little bit differently this year. The “1st Rehearsal/ Try Out” will take place on Tuesday, January 16th from 3-5pm AND Thursday, January 18th from 3-5 pm. Sign ups for spots will be sent out after Winter Break. Then the actual dress rehearsal and talent show performance will not be happening until Wednesday, March 21st (dress rehearsal) and Thursday March 22nd (the week right before Spring Break).

Please make sure that when your student comes to “1st Rehearsal/ Try Out” their talent show act is fully prepared.

A few guidelines for preparing your Talent Show act:
  • The act should be NO LONGER than 2 minutes long.
  • Please have all props and costumes ready for 1st rehearsal
  • Make sure that your act is school appropriate (costume, lyrics, etc.)
  • Have your music easily accessible to play on a computer, (i.e. zipdrive, CD, or music file sent to Mrs. McCord).
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. McCord (elizabeth.mccord@bvsd.org)

Excited to see all of this year talent!

After-School Classes Coming Soon!

The next after-school program will begin the week of February 5th and will end March 21st 2018. Look for the green registration forms in your child's Friday folders this week. The deadline to return the registration form and payment is next Friday, December 22nd. Please complete the registration form in its entirety and include payment (cash or check) securely attached to the registration form. Forms can be returned to your child's teacher or to the FRS Coordinator. Scholarships are available if needed- contact FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur to discuss (720-561-3884). There will be a second session of after-school classes in April and May. Registration forms for those classes will be sent home mid-semester. 

2. Also, would you mind including the announcement below in your Friday morning school announcements? Thanks so much!

Hey students! Registration forms for after-school classes are in your Friday folders. We will have fun classes like karate, bitsbox, Spanish, Just Dance, and robotics! Don't forget to tell your parents and bring the form back to school with you next week!




This year, the window for Preschool Tuition Lottery and K-12 open enrollment will be from November 1st, 2017 through 4 p.m. on January 9th, 2018.  In order to enter the Preschool Tuition Lottery, you must complete two separate online forms before the close of the lottery window: Preschool Online Registration and Billing Registration.  If you have any problems completing either application, please contact the Preschool Community Liaison at the preschool you are applying for (Tangi Lancaster at Creekside, tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org or 720-561-3815), or the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.

If you are returning for a second year of preschool, you only need to complete Billing Registration for next  year.

If you are the parent/guardian of a preschooler and wish to enroll at a kindergarten at a school outside of your neighborhood's attendance area and you are not sure whether you need to open enroll, please talk to your Preschool Community Liaison or call the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.


Donate to the Creekside Pride fundraiser for a 2017 tax deduction
Creekside is an amazing school! Please consider making an end-of-year donation!
- Online donations can be made through paypal, go to our website for instructions: https://sites.google.com/site/creeksideelementarycpo/CreeksidePride
- Check donations can be made by writing a check to "Creekside Parent Organization". Please print a copy of the donation form (or write a note with the same info) and put the form and check in an envelop with CPO written on the front. Either return the envelope in your child's Friday folder or drop it off at the front office.

Thanks for everything you do for our wonderful school!


Dec 08
Friday, December 8, 2017

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Lost and Found
  • Preschool Enrollment Information
  • Fundraising Update
  • Trip Tracker Surveys Due
  • Creekside Fundraisers
Dear Creekside Families,

Congratulations to the architects for our new building! Local architects, Bennett, Wagner & Grody along with Fielding Nair International, received the 2017 Peak Merit Award!
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FRS
It is my pleasure to announce that we have a new FRS Coordinator, Stephanie MacArthur. Please see below for a message from Stephanie:

Dear Creekside Families,

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!

Stephanie MacArthur

Family Outreach Coordinator

720-561-3884

Stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

In Learning Communities this week...
Hour of Code
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Student Council Reps visited classrooms to introduce themselves,
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took prospective Creekside  parents on tours, 
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and led our LEAP Assembly on LEADERSHIP!
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NO SCHOOL DECEMBER 22, 2017
Quick reminder that there is no school for Creekside students on December 22nd. If you need child care for that day, please call Amber in the front office to register your child. See the front page of our website for more information.

Please remember to check the Lost and Found All clothing left after 6:00 pm on December 21st will be donated to a local charity.

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

This year, the window for Preschool Tuition Lottery and K-12 open enrollment will be from November 1st, 2017 through 4 p.m. on January 9th, 2018.  In order to enter the Preschool Tuition Lottery, you must complete two separate online forms before the close of the lottery window: Preschool Online Registration and Billing Registration.  If you have any problems completing either application, please contact the Preschool Community Liaison at the preschool you are applying for (Tangi Lancaster at Creekside, tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org or 720-561-3815), or the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.
If you are returning for a second year of preschool, you only need to complete Billing Registration for next  year.
If you are the parent/guardian of a preschooler and wish to enroll at a kindergarten at a school outside of your neighborhood's attendance area and you are not sure whether you need to open enroll, please talk to your Preschool Community Liaison or call the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.

Creekside Parent Organization Fundraising Update
We are over halfway to our Creekside Pride $20,000 fundraising goal this year, we’ve raised $11,000 so far! That means we still need to raise $9,000 to meet our goal and be able to continue to support our activities including teaching tutors and field trips at current levels. 

If you've already contributed, THANK YOU!

If you haven't had a chance to contribute yet now is a great time with Colorado Gives Day coming up on the 5th! Please consider making a donation today either online or by check. The suggested donation amount is $150 per student but please give what you are comfortable giving.
 - Online donations can be made through paypal, go to our website for instructions: https://sites.google.com/site/creeksideelementarycpo/CreeksidePride
 - Check donations can be made by writing a check to "Creekside Parent Organization". Please print a copy of the donation form (or write a note with the same info) and put the form and check in an envelop with CPO written on the front. Either return the envelope in your child's Friday folder or drop it off at the front office.

Thanks for everything you do for our wonderful school!
CreeksidePrideDonationForm (1).pdf

Trip Tracker Surveys Due! 

It's not too late to reap the harvest of dollars that your children have earned by their walk/bike/bus and carpool trips to school in November.  Remember even if you and your children aren't interested in those dollars, there are 11 local non-profits that would be so happy to have you submit your trips and donate the dollars to them.  You can make a difference and it only takes a minute or two.  HERE'S THE ENGLISH LINK and HERE'S THE SPANISH LINK

CPO Upcoming Restaurant Fundraisers
There are two exciting restaurant fundraisers coming up this month and next.

First on December 14th from 5-8 PM we have Noodles and Company at 29th Street Mall (please note the location). 25% of sales will benefit Creekside Elementary! Noodles and Company is a favorite for many of the families and we’re super excited to have this event back this year even if we couldn’t get our preferred location. Hope to see a lot of you out there!

Then Wahoos Fish Taco at 3030 Walnut St. on January 20th-27th! Yes THE ENTIRE WEEK any hours they are open just mention you are there to support Creekside! 25% of sales will benefit Creekside Elementary. Tell your friends, family and coworkers!


Dec 01
Friday, December 1, 2017

​This Week In the Blog:

  • Prinicpal's Message
  • Eco-Cycle Holiday Guide
  • CPO Fundraising Update - Creekside Noodles and Company Fundraiser
  • Whaoo Fish Tacos
Dear Creekside Families,

Excitement reigned at Creekside on Friday as the field was released to us and students were finally able to play on it! Horray!
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Learning Community Highlights
As part of a measurement unit, 2nd graders created giants first using estimation skills and then using non-standard measurement. These friendly giants are on display in the Heart. Come check them out!
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Mrs. Peters, our art teacher, has been displaying new art work. Check out these awesome guitars by fifth grade:
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And these landscapes created by second grade:  
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School Finance
On November 4th the Daily Camera ran a story claiming that BVSD "will see a projected increase in revenue of $40.2 million." This was inaccurate. The reporting did not reflect the entire picture. Here are some questions and answers that provide clarification:

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.


  1. The School Finance Act
    The 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.

  2. Voter-Approved -- Fixed dollar , general mill-levy overrides & bond redemption fund
    The 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.


  1. Voter-Approved - Fixed mill-levy
    The 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

720-561-5052



Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

Eco-Cycle Holiday Planning Guide
Please click the following links from Eco-Cytcle on how to have a zero waste Holiday Season.




Creekside Parent Organization Fundraising Update
We are over halfway to our Creekside Pride $20,000 fundraising goal this year, we’ve raised $11,000 so far! That means we still need to raise $9,000 to meet our goal and be able to continue to support our activities including teaching tutors and field trips at current levels. 

If you've already contributed, THANK YOU!

If you haven't had a chance to contribute yet now is a great time with Colorado Gives Day coming up on the 5th! Please consider making a donation today either online or by check. The suggested donation amount is $150 per student but please give what you are comfortable giving.
 - Online donations can be made through paypal, go to our website for instructions: https://sites.google.com/site/creeksideelementarycpo/CreeksidePride
 - Check donations can be made by writing a check to "Creekside Parent Organization". Please print a copy of the 
(or write a note with the same info) and put the form and check in an envelop with CPO written on the front. Either return the envelope in your child's Friday folder or drop it off at the front office.
 
Thanks for everything you do for our wonderful school!
 
CreeksidePrideDonationForm (1).pdf
CPO Upcoming Restaurant Fundraisers
There are two exciting restaurant fundraisers coming up this month and next.

First on December 14th from 5-8 PM we have Noodles and Company at 29th Street Mall (please not the location). 25% of sales will benefit Creekside Elementary! Noodles and Company is a favorite for many of the families and we’re super excited to have this event back this year even if we couldn’t get our preferred location. Hope to see a lot of you out there!

Then Wahoos Fish Taco at 3030 Walnut St. on January 20th-27th! Yes THE ENTIRE WEEK any hours they are open just mention you are there to support Creekside! 25% of sales will benefit Creekside Elementary. Tell your friends, family and coworkers!

Nov 17
Friday, November 17, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Preschool Open House and Lottery
  • CPO Fundraiser Results
  • CPO Save the Date
Dear Creekside Families,

As Thanksgiving approaches, our students have been hearing and thinking more about gratitude. Recently, our new student council made up of 4th and 5th graders, led the school in a gratitude exercise they called, "Gobbles of Gratitude." Student Council members had turkey cutouts available during lunch time and encouraged students to record what they were thankful for:

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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.


Learning Community Happenings
Thank you, Dusty Reid, fifth grade parent, for bringing Virtual Reality to the 4/5 LC! Fifth graders went mountain climbing in CA, visited the beach in FL, went diving in the ocean and explored the human body! Amazing!

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1st Grade
Mrs. Troxel's class enjoyed some delicious treats that they read about in a Junie B. Jones book! What fun!
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Kindergarten won the Battle of the Coins during Book Fair and today they celebrated with an ice cream party!

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Warm regards,
Francine


Preschool Tuition Lottery 
This year, the window for Preschool Tuition Lottery and K-12 open enrollment will be from November 1st, 2017 through 4 p.m. on January 9th, 2018. Please see the Creekside website for information on Preschool Open Houses and K-5 Tours. In order to enter the Preschool Tuition Lottery, you must complete two separate online forms before the close of the lottery window: Preschool Online Registration and Billing Registration. If you have any problems completing either application, please contact the Preschool Community Liaison at the preschool you are applying for (Tangi Lancaster at Creekside, tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org or 720-561-3815), or the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.

If you are returning for a second year of preschool, you only need to complete Billing Registration for next  year.

If you are the parent/guardian of a preschooler and wish to enroll at a kindergarten at a school outside of your neighborhood's attendance area and you are not sure whether you need to open enroll, please talk to your Preschool Community Liaison or call the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.

Thank you.

Restaurant Fundraiser Results 
THANK YOU everyone who came out to Next Door American Eatery. We raised $1,147.91 for the CPO, what an outstanding night! I hope everyone had a lot of fun, it was great to see so many happy families!

Save the Date
We now have dates for our next two restaurant fundraisers:
  • Noodles and Company at 29th Street Mall (please note the location) on December 14th from 5-8 PM. 25% of sales will benefit Creekside Elementary.
  • Wahoos Fish Taco at 3030 Walnut St. on January 20th-27th! Yes THE ENTIRE WEEK any hours they are open just mention you are there to support Creekside! 25% of sales will benefit Creekside Elementary. Tell your friends, family and coworkers!


Nov 10
Friday, November 10, 2017

​This Week In the Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Babysitting Night @ New Vista H.S.
  • CPO Meeting Nov. 14
  • Nextdoor Eatery fundraiser

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.

Stranger Danger

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.

 

Sincerely,


John Riggs

Principal

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!

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Fifth grade had a visit from Hawk Quest this week. The students got to see and learn about  various birds of prey.

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For the conclusion of their owl unit, kindergarten had a visit from Rocky Mountain Raptors. 

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Have a pleasant weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine

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

Easy ways to earn $ money $ for Creekside!!

All these organizations below donate a portion of their profits to help Creekside.  You earn money for the school doing things you do already!!

  1. King Soopers and Lucky cards: Load these gift cards with the money you spend on groceries, and a % of your purchases will be donated to Creekside! King Soopers earns 5%, Lucky 7%! You do not donate, they do it! Take one in the main office of the school; Also carry one for your neighbors! Contact Betty Tovar at bjtovar@gmail.com for more information or if the office does not have cards.
  2. Box Tops and Labels for Education: Remember to save these and bring them in to the bin in the school entryway when you have a chance.  Believe it or not, those 10 cents per label add up quickly!
  1. Longmont Dairy milk caps: If you have your milk delivered from Longmont Dairy, each cap is worth 5 cents to Creekside.  There is a collection box in the entryway by the school's front office.
  1. Amazon Smiles:  Looking for gifts this time of year? Amazon will donate a portion of profits to our school if you order eligible items through this link:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-5277716
  2. Grand Rabbits:  Holiday time is here!!  The toy store (northwest of the intersection of Arapahoe and 28th) gives Creekside money to buy toys and equipment each year.  Just let them know you are from Creekside when you pay for your purchases and a portion of sales goes to the school!


  • Next Door Eatery-Creekside Fundraiser
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! This is Creekside's biggest dinner fundraiser. Hope to see you there!

Nov 03
Friday, November 3, 2017

​This Week in the Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Preschool Lottery
  • Free Bike Give Away!
  • Next Door Eatery Fundraiser for Creekside

Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you for joining us for our Halloweed Parade. It was a very chilly morning, but it sure seemed that everyone enjoyed showing off their awesome costumes! I so appreciated all of the parent volunteers that stayed to help with the classroom celebrations. It was a fun day!

Check out the article in Colorado Parent Magazine written by fifth grade parent, Susie Weber. The article, Teaching by Design, outlines teaching and learning in the new spaces.

Reminder that report cards will be accessed this year on November 13, 2017 from the Parent Portal. Here is a link to directions. A hard copy in English and Spanish will also be sent home next week in Friday Folders.


Enjoy the weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


Preschool Lottery 
Dear Parents/Guardians,

This year, the window for preschool lottery and K-12 open enrollment will be from November 1st, 2017 through 4 p.m. on January 9th, 2018. Schools will be hosting tours during this time. In order to enter the preschool lottery, you must complete two separate online forms before the close of the lottery window: Preschool Online Registration and Billing Registration. If you have any problems completing either application, please contact the preschool community liaison at the preschool you are applying for (Tangi Lancaster at Creekside, tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org or 720-561-3815), or the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.

If you are returning for a second year of preschool, you only need to complete Billing Registration for next  year.

If you are the parent of a preschooler and wish to enroll at a kindergarten at a school outside of your neighborhood's attendance area and you are not sure whether you need to open enroll, please talk to your preschool community liaison or call the Office of Early Childhood Education at 720-561-5075.

Thank you


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!




Oct 27
Friday, October 27, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Middle School Open Enrollment Information

Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you for attending fall conferences. It is our hope that you gained insight into your child's performance, had your questions answered, and were able to share additional information about your child with his/her teachers. Another thank you to all of the parents and CPO for providing dinner each night. We appreciated it!

Spotlight on Learning Community Work

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

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Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

The Open Enrollment period for the 2018-19 school year is November 1, 2017 - January 9, 2018.

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.  

Middle School Information:
Manhattan MS announces Open Enrollment Dates
If you are interested in having your student attend Manhattan Middle School for the 18-19 school year, please see the flyer attached below:

Southern Hills MS
Please click on the school name for the flyer.

Summit Middle School
Please click on the school name for information.

Oct 20
Friday, October 20, 2017

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Parking Lot Issues
  • YMCA Kids Night In
  • Box Tops for Education


Dear 
Creekside Families
,

Thank you Susie Weber, fifth grade parent, Katie Darrin, our librarian, and all of the parents that helped set up, tear down and man the cash register for the Book Fair this year. We were very pleased to partner with Boulder Book Store and are so thrilled with another successful fair! Thank you all for participating!

Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year and we will be celebrating in the following way:

Students may wear a costume (no masks, weapons or scary items) or pajamas to school and participate in a fall parade at 8:15. The parade route will wind around the school and viewing for parents can be in any of the play areas or near the picnic tables outside the cafe.. 

Students may stay in their pajamas for the rest of the day, but if they wear a costume they must change after the parade. There will be an alternative activity provided for students that do not wish to participate or watch the parade.
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Following the parade some grade levels will be holding a breakfast or an afternoon party. All food served at these fall celebrations should be healthy and contain low or no sugar.
​ ​Individual classroom teachers will let you know if they are having a breakfast or party.

We are looking forward to a fun October 31st at Creekside!

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!

Warm regards,

Francine


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.


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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:

peters_moschetti@hotmail.com.



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™

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