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Apr 05
Friday, April 5, 2019

​This Week In  The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Message from BVSD School Board
  • Dogs on School Property
  • BVSD K-8 Art Show
  • FRS Updates
  • Trip Tracker Information
  • Spaghetti Dinner Auction
  • Spaghetti Dinner Information
  • Bike to School Day
  • New King Soopers Community Rewards Program
  • Upcoming CPO Meeting

Dear Creekside Families,

CMAS testing for grades 3, 4, 5 begins on Tuesday. We are very proud of how hard students have worked this year, and wish them good luck as they show off all they have learned! 

We would love your feedback on our social emotional program, Mindful Life. Please look for an email in the coming week with a link to a short survey. Thank you in advance for your participation.

The Lost and Found continues to grow. Please stop by to check if any items belong to your children.

This is a friendly reminder that school starts at Creekside at 7:55am. Students arriving after that time are considered tardy. There are many benefits your student will gain from arriving to school on time.  

Did you know:
  • The likelihood of success in learning is strongly linked to strong participation in school programs which is linked to arriving on time.
  • It is very important for children to develop habits of arriving on time at an early age, beginning from the time they start school.
Arriving on time:
  • Makes sure that your child doesn’t miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day when they are most alert. 
  • Early morning learning activity is often reading or writing your child can lose so many opportunities to learn these critical life skills. 
  • Helps your child to learn about routines and commitment. Gives your child time to greet their friends before class and this can reduce the possibility of disruptions in the classroom. 
  • Arriving on time every day makes children feel good about themselves.
Things to try if you are having a hard time getting your student to school on time:
  • Have a set time to go to bed. 
  • Have a set time to be out of bed. 
  • Have set time for starting and ending breakfast. 
  • Set a time each day for homework. 
  • Give your child lots of positive encouragement and acknowledge they are organised and get to school on time. 
  • On arrival look for some of your child’s friends and encourage your child to go and play with their friends. 
Thank you for helping your student get to school on time.

Enjoy the weekend!

Warm regards,

Interested in being on the School Board or know someone that is?

Dear Parents,

We recognize the important role all of you play in providing a voice for your school communities. For this reason, we would personally like to ask for your help in getting out the word about next fall’s Board of Education elections to folks in your communities that may be good candidates.  

The BVSD Board of Education is hosting four information sessions for prospective candidates. The sessions will be a good opportunity for folks to hear directly from current board members about the district, the school board election process and what it is like to be a school board member.

  • Tuesday, April 16th at 11:30am (please RSVP to Laura Shafer at 720-561-5114 or so that we can provide lunch)

  • Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm

  • Saturday, April 27th at 10:00am

  • Monday, May 6th at 6:30pm

We will provide handouts, and host an informal questions and answer session.

Four of the Board's seven seats will be decided at the November 5th election, two of which are term limited. The Director districts that are up for election are A, C, D, and G. Candidates MUST live in the director district in which they are running; however, they are voted upon by the entire BVSD community. If you have questions about the director district in which you live, please use this link: Board of Education Director District Locator Map.

Thank you again for your help in getting out the word about these important opportunities.


Tina Marquis


Dogs on School Property
As we head into Spring, we are noticing more and more families bringing their dogs onto school property.  As a reminder, BVSD does not allow for pets of any kind (execpt approved service animals) on school property.

We have many students who are allergic to dogs, afraid of dogs and for the safety of all of our children, we ask that you leave your family friend at home.

The following is an excerpt from BVSD's Dog/Pet Guideline.  If you would like a copy of the Guideline in it's entirety, please let us know and we'll be happy to get it for you.

6. Community members, parents and students should refrain from bringing dogs on campus during drop off and pick up times. Principals may use their discretion as to how to handle individual situations.

2019 Boulder Valley School District K-8 Art Show

Mrs. Peters would like to recognize the Creekside students who had their artwork selected for the 2019 BVSD K-8 Art Show: Gabriela Benghi in 5th Grade, Annika Persson in 4th Grade, Julio Soto in 3rd Grade, Adeline Grosnick in 2nd Grade, Adelyn Smith in 1st Grade, and Miles Bentley in Kindergarten.  Their artwork will be on display at the Boulder Public Library Art Gallery from April 5th to April 28th. Congratulations to each student and thank you for your hard work in Art Class!

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Peters at

Boulder Public Library

1001 Arapahoe Ave

(9th St. and Canyon Blvd.)

FRS Updates

1.       Family Cooking Night with Growing Gardens: Join us next Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30-7pm at Creekside for a family cooking night with Growing Gardens. This will be a hands-on family cooking night with instruction and food! RSVP to Stephanie ASAP and please include the # of adults, # of kids, and any food allergies.

2.       Spaghetti Dinner scholarship tickets. Would your family like to attend the 5th grade spaghetti dinner, but can’t afford tickets? Contact Stephanie for a ticket scholarship.

3.       After-School Openings: We still have quite a few spots in our chess club on Thursdays. If your student is in grades 2-5 and wants to take chess, we are offering the remaining spots for free in an effort to fill the class. Please contact Stephanie to get signed up. Unfortunately, we cannot open the class to students in KG or 1st grade.


Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur


Rewards for Taking Alternative Transport to Creekside!
The goal of the BVSD Trip Tracker program is to increase students' exercise opportunities, decrease car traffic and associated air pollution in front of schools, and reduce Boulder's carbon footprint. Students are rewarded monthly for walking, biking, carpooling and riding either the school bus or RTD.  Students receive Trip Tracker dollars that can be used like cash at over 50 local businesses, or they can donate dollars to Creekside Elementary or other charities. Read more about Trip Tracker here and submit your trips here through April 8.

Spaghetti Dinner Auction
Hello Creekside families!
Thank you to all of you who have already committed to donate items for our auction baskets - and to those of you who have already brought those items in to school!

As a reminder, we are collecting items, by grade level, by April 11th. 

Please sign up at HelpAtSchool here to donate items:  and then you or your child can bring your items to school and place them in the box outside their classroom door, anytime now until April 11th

As a reminder, here are the class baskets:
Pre-K: Gardening
K: Beach Day
First Grade: Arts & Crafts
Second Grade: Spa Day
Third Grade: Death by Chocolate
Fourth Grade: Sunday Morning Brunch 
Fifth Grade: Family Game Night 

Many thanks,
Tracy McKenna 


You are NOT going to want to miss this year’s Spaghetti Dinner and Auction on April 26th! We have some INCREDIBLE items and experiences up for auction! Family portraits, spa packages, outings with teachers, fitness classes, restaurants and a gourmet meal complete with wine pairings prepared just for you and your friends by Creekside’s very own talented chef-parents. The dinner will be served by our fabulous 5th grade students. Gluten-free option is available. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discount. A paper form is included in your child’s Friday Folder or your can order online by clicking here.  There are two seatings, 5:15 and 6:00. All are welcome! Invite your friends and neighbors.

Basket donations are needed from every class. This is how the entire school gets to participate. Send in your donation now. Check your child’s Friday Folder has more information on your class basket theme..

And finally, here is a link if you’d like to volunteer for the dinner. Fifth grade parents are strongly encouraged to pitch in but all grades are welcome to help out.


Bike to School day is coming up on Wednesday April 24!  Snacks and stickers will be provided for all kids who ride to school that morning.

We are planning to have bike parades again to lead the kids from all the neighborhoods that feed Creekside. If you’d like to volunteer to lead or co-lead the parade from your neighborhood (the more the merrier!) please sign up on the helpatschool link below. Contact Hannah Nordhaus with any questions about how the parades will work ( We’ll provide more details as the date approaches. 

We also need volunteers to help fetch, organize and pass out snacks. Please sign up here:  

NEW King Soopers Community Rewards Program!
Great news! King Soopers is replacing the reloadable King Soopers cards with community rewards attached to your King Soopers shoppers card! Log in once and adjust your settings and then all you have to do is use your loyalty card and the school gets 5%. What an awesome change!

Here are the steps to start using the new program.
- Go to the King Soopers sign in page at
- Sign in to your King Soopers online account (if you've never set one up before you'll need to create one). If you've been using digital coupons this is the same account as that.
- Under the "Savings and Rewards" menu along the top, click on "King Soopers Community Rewards"
- Click "Enroll Now"
- Search for and select "Creekside Parent Organization" with organization number "UA893"
- User your loyalty card (alternate ID) at checkout and the CPO gets 5%!
- Share this with all friends and family that shop at Kroger family stores. Shoppers anywhere and everywhere can select Creekside Parent Organization as their recipient! Please help spread the word around school as well, we can make a lot of money through this program!

If you have any questions please contact the CPO at

Thanks for everything you do for the CPO! This raises a lot of money a year when everyone participates!

The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, April 9th from 8 AM to 9 AM. We will be discussing FTE and spaghetti dinner among other topics! All Creekside parents and guardians are 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 to get signed up”


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