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Mar 22
Friday, March 22, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Spaghetti Dinner Auction Items

Dear Creekside Families,

Happy Spring!  And Spring at Creekside means PK Fashion Show! The AM and PM classes wowed us with their fashions today as they culminated a unit on clothing.

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We were also treated this week to a choir concert. The students, under the direction of music teacher, Elizabeth McCord, performed for families Thursday night and for the entire school on Friday. They sounded wonderful!

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Spring also signals state testing. The third, fourth and fifth grade students will be taking the CMAS tests starting on April 9, 2019. You may access the complete testing schedule here. Kindly, do your best to have your student in school on time for testing days. All regular testing will be completed by noon each day.

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Warm regards,

Francine

FRS Updates

1.       After-School Classes: The new session will begin immediately after spring break on 4/1. All our classes are full enough to avoid cancellation. However, we still have some spots in:

a.       Spanish (Mondays and Wednesdays grades 1-3)

b.       Programming (Mondays, grades 4-2)

c.       Choir (Tuesdays, grades 2-5)

d.       Dance (Wednesdays, grades KG-2)

e.       Yoga (Wednesdays, grades 3-5)

f.        Homework Club (Thursdays, grades 1-5)

g.       Chess (Thursdays, grades 3-5)

Scholarships are still available! Contact Stephanie for more info.


Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Spaghetti Dinner Auction Items
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: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/1423  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 



Mar 15
Friday, March 15, 2019

​This Week In The Blog

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Original Works Art Fundraiser
Dear Creekside Families, 

Shine On, Creekside Talent Show, was held on Thursday night. A huge thank you to Doug Biesecker and his band of volunteers along with our specialists, Elizabeth McCord, Jeanette Peters, and Paul Lealman for all of their hard work putting this show together. And did I mention that Creekside has talent? Well, the students really did an amazing job! Here are some photos from this annual Creekside event.

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Logan Schutz ft. Miles Schutz Skit “Big O’ Matic”  by L. Schutz


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Neve Linnenburger, Annika Nasta, & Ellis Whitcher Dance “Hard Knock Life” from Annie



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Aviana Gutierrez Rock’n Royal Vocal w/Dance “Here I Am” from Barbie Princess and the Popstar (Keira Version)


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Colby West Guitar “T.N.T.” by AC/DC


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Avianna Montano Vocal “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from A Star is Born


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Ada Kimmel & Simone Menyhart Vocal “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman w/Jack Gray on Piano


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Henry Duckham Vocal “Freedom” by Pharrell Williams


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Olivia (Lulu) Garland Ballet “Fight Song” by The Piano Guys


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Final celebration with the fifth graders.

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What a great turnout. Thank you for attending!


Please stop by the Lost and Found for missing items and a great big thank you to first grade parent, Heather Demarest, for keeping the lost and found so organized! It is very much appreciated!

Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


FRS Updates

-After-school classes: Our current session of classes ends next Thursday, 3/21. Our upcoming session is 4/1-5/16. Registration forms are due immediately.

-We still have many spots in our classes for grades 3-5, so sign up today!

-Classes that are full: Legos 1/2, KG tumbling, cooking, engineering, jewelry

-Legos KG has ONE spot left!

-We need chess club sign-ups, otherwise we will have to cancel the class due to not enough kids registered. Chess on Thursdays is now OPEN TO 2nd GRADERS!

-We have a few spots left in soccer on Wednesdays, so SOCCER IS NOW OPEN TO 2ND GRADERS! Email Stephanie to request a spot. Will be first come first served.

-Scholarships still available for all classes!

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 


Original Works Art Fundraiser: One Week Left to Order!

Dear Creekside Families,

If you are interested in ordering products featuring your child's artwork, you only have one week left before the deadline!  The last day to place online orders is next Friday, March 22nd.  The money raised will go directly to Creekside's Art Department to pay for supplies to be used by students during art class.  Ordering information was sent home in Friday folders last week.  If you need to know your student's ordering information please contact me at jeanette.peters@bvsd.org and I can email you your student's specific student code and other necessary information.  Online you can also see your child's artwork image as it will appear on the products.  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need any help with ordering. 

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Jeanette Peters- Creekside Art Teacher




Mar 08
Friday, March 8, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Great Sleep Leads to Great Things
  • Jump Rope For Heart
  • Turn in Your TRIP Tracker record

Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you TJ Deaton and her team of volunteers for providing meals during parent/teacher conferences. The staff is so appreciative to have yummy food for those nights. We have several containers in the staff lounge that belong to those of you that donated, please stop by any time to pick them up.

The Lost & Found is becoming full again. If your child is missing a jacket, sweater, hat, golve, lunch box, etc.  please stop by to take a look. 

Join us for a concert by the Creekside Choir on Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 and don't forget the Talent Show next week on March 14!

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


FRS Updates

1. After-school registration is open for our next session. Tumbling, cooking, and Legos are full. All other classes still have open spots. Register ASAP!

2. If your family would like to attend the talent show, but is unable to afford the $5 entry fee, please contact Stephanie MacArthur.

3. If you need assistance during spring break (with rent, food, housing, etc.) please contact EFAA at 303-442-3042. They are a local non-profit and can help with all your basic needs and emergency situations.

4. Are you looking for a helpful weight loss program? The YMCA is offering a free 12-week weight loss program designed to help you succeed in your weight loss goals. Classes offered in both English and Spanish. More info here.

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Free and Open to the Public - Spanish Translation available

Great Sleep Leads to Great Things
Monday March 11th at 6:30 pm 
Meadows Branch Library
4800 Baseline Road, Boulder CO 80303

You are invited to explore the science of sleep
Presented by Dr Kaufmann and Dr Whiteford from Summit Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Brought to you by Boulder Valley SChool lDistrict Health Services and Summmit Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Gratis Y Abierto Al Publico

El Sueno Excelente Crea Resultados Excelentes

Lunes 11 de Marzo a las 6:30
Bibloteca Sucursal De Meadows
4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80303

Los Invitamos a explorar la ciencia del sueno 
Presentado por la Dra. Kaumann y la Dra. Whiteford de Summit Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Let me know if that works or if you would like more information.  Thanks so much, Holly Markles, Creekside School Nurse.  margaret.markles@bvsd.org

jump rope for heart resized.jpgJump Rope For Heart

Our school has officially started Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. Your students will be learning how to take care of their own hearts and the importance of helping others all while having tons of fun! Most schools can only earn 3 heart hero characters right away, but because our school is such a great supporter of Kids Heart Challenge, our students can earn them ALL!

 

As a special BONUS at our school you can also earn plush FINN, by raising $150 online by 5 AM on 3/27/2019! Students who earn plush Finn will be recognized on this day!

 

Get started now by downloading our APP called Kids Heart Challenge for iPhone and Android OR go online www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge or CLICK HERE to View Our School Webpage and Sign Up! You can earn a glow in the dark bracelet just for registering.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the heart-healthy experience that students are having at school!

 

·       Creekside Elementary School’s Kids Heart Challenge event day is: 4/12/2019

·       Donations are due: 4/12/2019

·       Need Help? View How to Sign Up!

·       www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge


SUBMIT YOUR TRIP TRACKER SURVEYS FOR NOVEMBER
This month’s Trip Tracker survey period closes March 11. Log your child’s trips to receive Tracker bucks to spend at lots of great and generous local businesses, including Spruce Confections, Play It Again Sports, Ripple Frozen Yogurt and many more. Report your surveys here.



Mar 01
Friday March 1, 2019

​This Week In The Blog

  • Principal's Message
  • Scooters In School
  • Art and Talent Show Information
  • Original Works Art Fundraiser

  • Shine On Talent Show
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Bolder Boulder
  • Pronto's Pizza Fundraising Dinner


Dear Creekside Families,


Happy first day of March!


March means it's time for our annual talent show! This year the Talent Show will be on March 14th at 5:30. It will be a fantastic evening. I look forward to seeing you there. Please see below for more information.


It is my please to announce that this year the Creekside Impact Award goes to our Head Custodian, David Jackson. "Mr. David" has been with BVSD for over 30 years, five at Creekside. The staff nominated David for his outstanding service to our district. David led the tremendous amount of work closing and then opening the new Creekside, and continues to work diligently to keep our building looking nice. David is always willing to help, readily on-call, and helps both staff and students with a smile on his face. He helps our students feel safe and comfortable with a friendly chat, leadership opportunities, or a high five. He is such an asset to our school! Thank you David!


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Have a great weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine


Students who ride Scooters to school must lock them up at the bike racks. We had our annual visit from the Boulder Fire Department. They identified scooters in classrooms, in the stairwells and by doorways to be tripping and fire hazards.


If you Google "Scooter Locks", there are a lot of sites that come up, along with Youtube videos that rate and show you how to use them.


Thank you for your help in keeping our building safe.



"Shine On" Talent Show Art Reception- March 14th
If your child would like to create a piece of art for the Talent Show Art Reception the due date to turn in Artwork and submission forms to Mrs. Peters is Thursday, March 7.  

Upcoming Art Fundraiser:
Please look for letters with information for our Original Works Art Fundraiser to go home in Friday folders next week on March 8th.  These letters will have important individual student information used for online ordering of products featuring your child's artwork created in Art Class.

If you have any questions about the Art Reception or the Art Fundraiser, please contact Mrs. Peters at jeanette.peters@bvsd.org



FRS Updates

 

1.       Our spring after-school session begins on 4/1. Registration forms are going home in THIS week’s Friday folders. Classes do fill up quickly, so please return your completed forms and payment as soon as possible. Please double check your forms to ensure you have completed both sides, and included the correct amount of payment. Forms and payment can be submitted in the included envelope.

2.       Are you looking for a helpful weight loss program? The YMCA is offering a free 12-week weight loss program designed to help you succeed in your weight loss goals. Classes offered in both English and Spanish. More info here.

3.       Join us for a family building night hosted by the CU Society of Women Engineers. Event will be on Thursday, March 7th from 5:30-7pm at Creekside Elementary. The whole family is invited. RSVP to Stephanie at Stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org or 720-561-3884.

4.       If your family would like to attend the talent show, but is unable to afford the $5 entry fee, please contact Stephanie MacArthur.



SHINE ON! 2019 - March 14 5:30pm

Creekside’s talented students take the stage and display their art at SHINE ON! 2019.  Taking place at Creekside Elementary on March 14th beginning at 5:30 pm, this is a fundraiser for the Art, Music, and PE programs.  The art show runs from 5:30-6:00 pm and the talent show from 6:00 pm.  Entry is $5 for adults and kids are free.  Families in need should contact Stephanie Macarthur (stephanie.macarther@bvsd.org) to waive the entrance fee.

In addition, since this is the same night as the Proto's Pizza fundraiser we will have Proto's Pizza for sale for $2 a slice at Creekside.  There will be water available or bring your own drinks.  Plain cheese pizza will be available in regular or gluten free.  To help us buy the right amount of pizza, let us know how many slices your family is likely to purchase by sending an e-mail to dbiesecker@comcast.net with the number of regular and number of gluten free slices.

It’s not too late to enter your art in the show.  Just fill out the submission form available here (English (https://bit.ly/2TjFq1l) or Spanish (https://bit.ly/2BVxvNV)) and bring your artwork in to Mrs. Peters.

Finally, visit HelpAtSchool (https://bit.ly/2VposMw) to volunteer to help out with the show.


Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Donation Requests:

Does your family, or your business, have something to donate to our 2019 Auction? 

Some examples include:

  • A homemade pie, homemade tamales, or a dozen homemade cookies (families will bid on these items at the dinner, and you will deliver the items to them later)!

  • Vacation getaways - stays at condos or vacation homes

  • Hotel stays

  • Sporting event tickets or season passes

  • Tickets to the theater, symphony, opera, ballet or concerts

  • Wine and beer collections

  • Hot Electronic Items like GoPro, iPad, etc that are awesome for a raffle/Drawing

  • Experiences – Would you be willing to host a party for adults, or for kids?

  • Monetary donations -  If you can’t donate an item, would you consider making a cash donation towards the expense of the Auction?  

  • Sponsorship of the dinner/dessert or an item - Not only a marketing opportunity for your business, but also an investment in our community.

We appreciate your help!  Please fill out the donation form at https://tinyurl.com/y2qhwaqg or contact Jennbrauner@hotmail.com or meganelph@gmail.com to donate something from yourself or from your business



Bolder Boulder Creekside Elementary
BBRacers Club was developed to encourage participation in after school fitness programs and to develop a life-long commitment to health and fitness.  By providing this opportunity, the Bolder Boulder, together with participating schools, hopes to send the message that physical fitness can be fun and something in which all kids can participate, regardless of their age or physical limitations.

We want to increase the number of participants from Creekside regardless if they are in the running club.  A parent/guardian must participate with their student.
Race packets will be delivered to Creekside in May. Teachers/staff, parents, siblings, and friends may register for the race through the online BB Racers entry process and have their packets delivered to the school.  In addition to the race package contents, students registered by May 3rd receive a BB Racers Club T-Shirt. There is an Early Bird price of $33 for participants under the age of 14 until March 23.  Then pricing goes up to $38 until the registration deadline of May 3rd.  The regular price packages & procrastination increases apply to parents, friends, and school staff. 
Direct Link to registration page. *If you wish to be in the same wave, please select jogging/walking - mostly jogging category along with my name to be grouped with and select Creekside Elementary.  

Please contact Samantha with any questions inmotion@masear.com

Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Thursday 14 March, all day, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!
Their pizzas will also be available to purchase at the Creekside Talent Show, so you can enjoy a delicious & easy dinner before the fun show! 


Feb 22
Friday, February 22, 2019

​This Week In The Blog

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Eco-Cycle Coming to lunch
  • Community Fundraising Dinner

Dear Creekside Families,

One of our belief statements at Creekside is that 

*All children should be challenged to reach their intellectual and social-emotional potential. (educating the heart and the mind)*


We  have been so pleased to offer the Mindful Life weekly lessons to our students. We are now entering Week 25, and hope that you have enjoyed the Mindful Monday emails that outline what has been happening in our classrooms.

BVSD Parent Snapshot Surveys coming in February (online) and March (mailed)


BVSD surveys parents each year in order to gather information that can be used to guide efforts to improve schools. The survey of parents is called the “Parent Snapshot Survey” and parents will be receiving it in the next few weeks. We hope all parents and guardians will take a moment to complete and return this survey. The more parents who participate, the more accurately the survey data will reflect parents’ perceptions and opinions. The survey results are reviewed by school staff to determine what programs and processes are working and which ones need improvement. Consequently, the survey results can have a significant impact on school operations.


The Parent Snapshot Survey will be administered online for all parents who have provided an email address to their student’s school. This supports a greener and more cost effective process by reducing the amount of paper used, mailing cost, and data entry required. We also hope this will increase the parent participation rate. Online surveys will be sent by email the week of February 25 to only one email address per household.  If you don’t see an invitation in your “inbox,” please check other email addresses you have given the school.


If there is not an email address associated with your household, you will receive a survey via U.S. postal service consistent with last year. Paper surveys will be mailed at the beginning of March.


Thank you for participating!

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine



FRS Updates

 

  1. The Digital Divide Program is a collaborative effort to provide affordable technology to low-income households and to teach basic computer skills to individuals that need them. They run an 8 week series of classes in Boulder that cover the basics of the G-suite (email, docs, slides, calendar), internet safety and security, digital citizenship and local resources on the internet (Library, BVSD, Infinite Campus, Boulder County Connects, etc). The course fee is $30 per participant, and at the end of the course, participants with perfect attendance can take home a Chromebook to keep for an additional $30. Childcare and dinner provided. Contact FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur for more info.
  2. Our current session of after-school classes ends on Thursday, 3/21. Our next session will begin right after spring break on 4/1. Registration forms coming home in Friday folders soon!

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



Eco Cycle Coming to Creekside
Wednesday, February 27 and Wednesday March 6, Eco Cycle will be in our Cafe during student lunch times to educate our students about the Elkay Water Bottle Fillers that we have in our school and the importance of reducing waste with reusable water bottles.  Your student will be bringing home water-themed coloring pages and activity sheets.  Prizes will be awarded for students who choose to participate in the reusable water bottle activity along with a drawing to win a stainless steel water bottle.  Click on the links below to learn more about how disposable water bottles impact our environment.


Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Thursday 14 March, all day, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!
Their pizzas will also be available to purchase at the Creekside Talent Show, so you can enjoy a delicious & easy dinner before the fun show! 

Feb 15
Friday February 15 2019

​This Week In the Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Shine On Art and Talent Show
  • Community Dinner Fundraisers

Dear Creekside Families,

The third annual Kindness March was held on Thursday, February 14th. This year the assembly and march were completely organized by our Student Council. The Kindness March is one of many unique and positive programs at Creekside and I am so proud of our students and staff to their committment and excitement for this event. 

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Elementary Grades 1-5 Report cards are available to view starting on February 26, 2019.
Here is the guide to accessing report cards in the Parent Portal.
Kindergarten report cards will be printed and sent home in Friday folders.

Unified Improvement Plan (UIP)

Each year, in conjunction with district guidelines/initiatives, the Colorado Department of Education requires schools to establish a Unified Improvement Plan (UIP). Creekside uses data from CMAS, iReady and the Student Climate Survey (grades 2-5) to identify Priority Performance Challenges. This year Creekside is focusing on the following:

  • Iready Growth for grades Kindergarten and first grade

  • Growth in math for students in that fall into a sub group such as English Learners, Free/Reduced Lunch, Minority and Students with Disabilities.

  • Providing "management" tools for students when they are frustrated, angry or upset.


Strategies we are using to address these challenges include:
  • Implementation of  new, consistent and rich literacy and phonics materials in grades PK-3 (Fountas & Pinnell, Fundations).
  • Using data to inform our instruction and holding data cycle meetings where teams meet to discuss student progress and plan interventions and/or enrichments to help all students thrive.
  • Implementing the Mindful Life curriculum in all classrooms in addition to twice monthly classroom lessons by our school counselor.
The UIP is discussed in more detail at the February SAC and CPO meetings. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.



Grades 3, 4, 5

Our grade 3, 4, 5 students will take the State of Colorado’s Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)  Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science assessment in April. I would like to take a moment to encourage everyone to have their children take the test and to thank you for your support last year.  Our school’s participation rate increased from 87% to 98%.


With your support, your student can help show how well our school and the school district, as a whole, is performing.


By participating in the state assessments:

  • Our educators will have access to valuable data about the performance of our students and apples-to-apples comparisons to students across the state

  • Data collected helps Boulder Valley School District determine if curriculum and instruction practices are working, helping to direct resources and professional development

  • The scores determine the designation the state gives our school. Currently we are considered a Performance school and we’d like to keep that designation moving forward, in part because receiving a lower designation may impact our school’s reputation and lead to additional review of our plans

  • The better we do on our tests, the better our grades on sites like CDE’s SchoolView, Niche, School Grades, etc. These grades are, in part, what prospective parents use to compare us with other schools in the area -- and a pride point for our school community


Consistent with last year’s administration, our entire focus will be on supporting students as they take the test.  As a result, families are asked (though not required) to arrange an excused absence from school on testing days and appropriate alternative activities of their own if their child will not be participating.  Below is a specific list of the tests and which grades will be taking the tests.


Creekside CMAS Testing 2019

WEEK 1

3rd ELA Test (3 Units- 90 minutes each)


Tues   (4/9)

Wed (4/10)


Thurs (4/11)

MAKEUPS (4/12)

8:05-8:30

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.


8:30-10:00

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3



4th, 5th Grade ELA Test (3 Units- 90 minutes each)


Tues   (4/9)

Wed (4/10)


Thurs (4/11)

MAKEUPS (4/12)

9:45-10:15

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.


10:15-11: 45

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3



WEEK 2

3rd Math Test (3 Units- 65 minutes each)


Tues   (4/16)

Wed  (4/17)

Thurs (4/18)


MAKEUPS Friday (4/19)

8:05-8:30

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.


8:30-9:45

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3




4th, 5th Grade Math Test (3 Units- 65 minutes each)


Tues   (4/16)

Wed  (4/17)

Thurs (4/18)

MAKEUPS Friday (4/19)

9:45-10:15

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.


10:15-11:20

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3



WEEK 3

5th Grade Science Test (3 Units- 80 minutes each)

Switch specials

5th 8:10-8:55

4th 9:00-9:45

Mon (4/22)

Tue (4/23)

Wed (4/24)   

Thursday (4/25)

Makeups

9:00-9:15


Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.

Directions, etc.


9:15-10:45

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3



Again, I would like to encourage all of our students to participate in testing this year. If you have questions, I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about this important effort no later than March 4, which is the district deadline for submitting written requests to opt a student out of testing.



Enjoy the weekend. See you on Tuesday!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

1.       The FRS Summer Resource Fair is coming up! The fair will be on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-7:30pm at the North Boulder Rec Center. Come meet community organizations and find out how to sign your kids up for summer camps, learn about financial resources available to city residents, and more. There will be hula hoop dancing and snacks. Open to all Creekside families.

2.       Do you need help signing your student up for summer school or the free afternoon childcare provided by the City of Boulder?  Visit this website for info: https://www.bvsd.org/summerlearning/Pages/Elementary.aspx or call Stephanie, who is happy to help you with the online application.

3.       Does your child need winter boots and clothing? There are resources to help cover the cost of winter clothing for families who could use the help. Contact Stephanie for more info.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org








News from the Art Room:


There are two exciting art events coming soon:  The Art Reception part of the Talent Show and our annual Art Fundraiser.


Talent Show Art Reception:  As part of our Talent Show on March 14th, there will be an Art Reception exhibiting Creekside’s talented young artists!  This special Art Reception displays artwork that students create outside of school to showcase their unique artistic skills and talents.  The student artwork can take any form- drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media or even digital art! If your child is interested in making a piece of art for the show please look for the permission slips in Friday folders going home on Thursday, February 13th.  Return the bottom half of the permission slip with artwork to Mrs. Peters in the Art Room by March 7th. The Art Reception will take place before the performance part of the Talent Show at 5:30 on Thursday, March 14th.

*Volunteers will be needed Wednesday, March 13th to helps sent up the artwork.  Please sign up at

www.Helpatschool.org


Art Fundraiser:

It’s almost time for our annual Art Fundraiser.  This year we are teaming up with a new company, Original Works (replacing KidzArtWorks).  Through this fundraiser families will have the opportunity to order a variety of products featuring their kids original artwork created during Art Class.  All the money raised goes to Creekside’s Art Program and is used to purchase supplies and materials used used by our students in Art Class. Please be on the lookout for your child’s individual letter and ordering information to come home in Friday Folders on March 1st.  In the meantime, you can look at the Original Works website https://www.originalworks.com for an idea of what products they offer.  


For questions about the Talent Show Art Reception or the Art Fundraiser please contact our Art Teacher, Mrs. Peters at jeanette.peters@bvsd.org






Community Dinner Fundraisers
Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Thursday 14 March, all day, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!
Their pizzas will also be available to purchase at the Creekside Talent Show, so you can enjoy a delicious & easy dinner before the fun show! 
Thanks for the support of the families who dined at Yellowbelly!

Feb 08
Friday, February 8, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Jump Rope For Heart Feb. 14, 2019
  • Yellowbelly Chicken Community Dinner
  • Save the Date March 14

Dear Creekside Families,

The third annual Kindness March will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2019. The entire student body will gather in the HEART at 8:10 for a short assembly, and then proceed to walk on Martin Drive to 34th street and back. The Kindness March celebrates the power of kindness and Creekside's LEAP expectations. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join us.

Thank you, Hannah Nordhaus, third grade parent, Katie Darrin, Creekside school librarian, and all of the parent volunteers that helped make the book fair a great success!


Creekside is committed to educating the heart and the mind of every child. We hope you are enjoying discussing Mindful Life strategies with your student and seeing the work they have been doing in whole class lessons with our school councelor, Eric Swan.  Here are two articles that support the importance of social emotional work and educating the whole child:


Here's an excerpt from an article in the January 15, 2019, The 74 200 Students, Parents & Educators Spent Two Years Thinking About How to Support the Whole Child. Here Are 6 Things They Found,  by Kate Stringer. 

Instruction should teach social, emotional, and cognitive skills and be embedded in school practices: Some schools may have one specific social-emotional learning program, while others may embed these lessons into academics. The commission said both methods are acceptable, but if a social-emotional learning program is going to be effective, it can’t just be limited to a few minutes a day or to a few grades. Adults across the school should be teaching these skills in class, on the playground, and during extracurriculars. Viewing social-emotional learning and academics as separate entities is self-defeating, the commission said. “Academic learning is powerfully enhanced by the cultivation of social, emotional and cognitive skills, like problem solving and critical thinking, and by character habits,” the report said. McCutchen agreed: “I think that learning and emotional management are inextricably linked. You can’t learn without your emotions.”

This article, A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (and They Have Nothing to Do With Reading), by Amy Morin appeared in Inc. Life recently and also highlights the importance of teaching socila emotional skills:

What the Research Found

Researchers from Penn State and Duke University interviewed kindergarten teachers about children's social and emotional competence. The teachers weighed in on how well the kids shared, listened to others, resolved problems with their peers, and were helpful.

Then researchers followed up with the kids once they became young adults to see what happened to them. They discovered that the kids with the highest social and emotional competency scores in kindergarten fared better overall.

For every one-point increase in children's social competency scores in kindergarten, they were twice as likely to obtain college degrees. They were also more likely to have full-time jobs by age 25.

But the kids who had trouble cooperating, listening, and resolving conflict were less likely to finish high school--let alone college. They were more likely to have legal problems and substance abuse issues.

For every one-point decrease in social competency at age 5, a child had a 67 percent higher chance of being arrested in early adulthood. A one-point decrease also meant a child had a 52 percent higher rate of binge drinking and an 82 percent higher chance of living in public housing (or at least being on the waitlist).


Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


Here Comes the Flu!  What shall we do?

Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu


• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.


• If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.


• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.


• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.


• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.


• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.


• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.


• Review all of this information with your child on a regular baisis.


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It's Head Lice Season!

Please make sure to check your student's head/hair for lice.  In addition, remind your student not to share hats, combs, scarves, etc. and not to physically put their heads together with another student. They should also let their teacher or a school staff member know if their head is unusually itchy. Please notify the office if your student does get head lice.  

Remember if your student does get head lice, they can return to school after being treated.  You will need to check for nits and any live lice for a few days after treatment.  Sometimes a repeat treatment is necessary.  To prevent re-infestation, cleaning your house, washing all bedding, including pillows,  putting soft toys/pillows in a garbage bag for a few days and vacuuming is the best defense.  

District policy regarding head lice:

If lice are suspected on a child while at school, the parent or guardian is notified, and the child will be sent home for treatment at the end of the school day.  The child is excluded from school until one treatment has been administered.  Due to confidentiality, we are unable to send a letter out to the entire school or class, and the entire class is no longer checked. Please see the following information from Health Services:

Head lice are a common problem wherever children congregate; they are not caused by a lack of cleanliness.  Head lice are communicable, inconvenient, and annoying, but they pose no real health hazard.  Lice cannot fly or jump, but are passed by head-to-head contact or by sharing items such as combs, coats, hats, etc.  Adult lice are small sucking insects, about the size of a sesame seed, that are rarely seen.  However, their eggs, or nits, appear on the hair shaft close to the scalp.  They look like tiny white or gray beads that stick firmly to the hair and are not easily removed.  The most common symptom is itching, usually at the hairline on the back of the neck or behind the ears. The itching is due to a reaction to lice saliva and isn't immediate. This reaction can typically take up to one month after infestation to occur. For this reason parents are asked to check their child's head every week so that any chain of transmission, child to child, can hopefully be broken.

In order to stop the spread, the lice must be killed and the live eggs removed.  Over-the-counter and prescription treatments are available.   Nits can be removed by using a special nit comb, available in most pharmacies, or by picking them out by hand.  It is important to also use control measures at home at the time of treatment to prevent the lice from being transported to other people (washing clothing and linens in hot water, vacuuming upholstered furniture, carpets and placing stuffed toys and other items which are not washable in a hot dryer for 30 minutes or a plastic bag for 2 weeks).  Other family members should also be checked for lice.


FRS Updates

1.       The FRS Summer Resource Fair is coming up! The fair will be on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-7:30pm at the North Boulder Rec Center. Come meet community organizations and find out how to sign your kids up for summer camps, learn about financial resources available to city residents, and more. There will be hula hoop dancing and snacks. Open to all Creekside families.

2.       If you have a 2nd grade student who would like to participate in choir, please contact Stephanie. We still have spots left and are opening it to 2nd graders in addition to 3-5th grade students.

3.       Do you need help signing your student up for summer school or the free afternoon childcare provided by the City of Boulder?  Visit this website for info: https://www.bvsd.org/summerlearning/Pages/Elementary.aspx or call Stephanie, who is happy to help you with the online application.

4.       Boulder County Financial classes are available in English and Spanish. They offer great classes on budgeting, home ownership, debt management, credit reporting, and workshops on resumes, interview skills, and more. Visit https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/community-services/workforce-boulder-county/workshops/ for more info. All workshops and classes are free and available to the public.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org








jump rope for heart.jpgWatch for information to come home in your student's Friday Folder on the Jump Rope for Heart that starts on Friday, February 15!


YELLOWBELLY CHICKEN
Bring your family and join your friends for natural, healthy chicken and great vegetarian options at YELLOWBELLY CHICKEN Tuesday 12 FEB from 4-8 pm, 2525 Arapahoe Ave #18 in Boulder. 20% goes back to our school. 

Save the Date
Thurs March 14 Proto's Pizza in Gunbarrel, all day, dine in or take out, 15% of total sales for the day comes back if total sales for the day are over $2500, 10% if total sales are less than $2500, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court #1




Feb 01
Friday, February 1, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • National Winter Sports Brain Injury Month
  • Book Fair is Next Week 
  • Spaghetti Dinner Silent Auction Baskets
  • Yellow Belly Chicken Tuesday Feb. 12!

Dear Creekside Families,

Congratulations to the GEO Bee winners and a high five to all of the finalists!

1st Place - Zoe Biesecker
2nd Place - Ada Kimmel
3rd Place - Lily Gasper

Counselor, Eric Swan, organized Mix it Up at Lunch Day on Friday, January 25, 2019. Mix It Up at Lunch encourages students to take a new seat in the cafeteria. By taking a risk, students can cross the lines of division in a safe, supported environment, meet new people and help build an inclusive and welcoming school community. Students were seated by color and had a chance to discuss several topics projected on our big screen.
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Last week, Student Council planned and led the LEAP Assembly with a focus on empathy. They once again exceeded all expectations with this fabulous assembly!




Way to go second and third graders! Your music and  art show was excellent! 

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Thank you Ryan Webb, Dave Elphingstone, and Coach L. for facilitating another successful Dodgeball Fundraiser. This year, Creekside Teachers competed too!
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Parent/Teacher Conferences begin next week, and don't forget to drop by our Book Fair.
Pre K only Monday, February 4
K-5 Tuesday, February 5; Thursday, February 7
PK-5  Wednesday, February 13

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine



FRS Updates

1.       The FRS Summer Resource Fair is coming up! Check this week’s Friday folders for a flyer containing all the details. The fair will be on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-7:30pm at the North Boulder Rec Center. Come meet community organizations and find out how to sign your kids up for summer camps, learn about financial resources available to city residents, and more. There will be hula hoop dancing and snacks. Open to all Creekside families.

2.       After-school classes start this coming Monday2/4! Please remind your students which days they have classes.

3.       Boulder County Financial classes are available in English and Spanish. They offer great classes on budgeting, home ownership, debt management, credit reporting, and workshops on resumes, interview skills, and more. Visit https://www.bouldercounty.org/departments/community-services/workforce-boulder-county/workshops/ for more info. All workshops and classes are free and available to the public.

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Please click on the following link from the BVSD Health Services Department on Traumatic Brain Injuries

REEKSIDE BOOK FAIR FEB 4-8
The book fair is coming! Boulder Book Store is hosting again this year: it’s open Monday afternoon through Friday morning, and at night (until 7:30) during conferences Tuesday Feb 5 and Thursday Feb 7. All profits will be used to purchase new books and materials for our library. 
 
Bring a buddy to lunch: 
- On Tuesday, Feb 5, grades K, 2 and 4 can invite their favorite adults to eat lunch with them in the Creekside Café and browse the fair together. 
- Grades 1, 3, 5 will bring buddies on Weds, Feb 6. 
- Parents with kids in grades on separate days can attend on the day of their choice.
- Parents will meet kids in their classrooms just before the start of recess, attend the book fair, and then proceed to the cafe for lunch or back out to recess, depending on timing.

Lunch schedule:
Tuesday
Kindergarten: Recess - 11:15 am, Lunch - 11:35
Second grade: Recess - 12 pm, Lunch - 12:20
Fourth grade: Recess - 12:25 pm, Lunch - 12:45

Wednesday
First grade: Recess - 11:20 am, Lunch - 11:40
Third grade: Recess - 12 pm, Lunch - 12:20
Fifth grade: Recess - 12:25 pm, Lunch - 12:45

Used book collection: This year we will also be collecting used books for the library’s catalogue. You can donate books your kids have outgrown anytime during the fair. Any books that aren’t added to the school library collection will be donated elsewhere once Ms. Darrin sorts through them.

Volunteers still needed!: We’ll need help setting up, taking down, and staffing the registers during the fair. To volunteer, please sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/2780


Spaghetti Dinner Silent Auction Baskets

It's time to gear up for the Spaghetti Dinner!!  Watch for flyers to come home later this month on gathering community donations as well as putting together and donating baskets for our silent auction!  


Bring your family and join your friends for natural, healthy chicken and great vegetarian options at YELLOWBELLY CHICKEN Tuesday 12 FEB from 4-8 pm, 2525 Arapahoe Ave #18 in Boulder. 20% goes back to our school. 





Jan 25
Friday, January 25, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Preschool Enrollment
  • Dinner for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Book Fair Schedule
  • Bring A Buddy to Lunch Schedule
Dear Creekside Families,

Creekside welcomed teachers from the BVSD Blueprint Schools on Friday. The Blueprint schools, Douglass, Emerald and Meadowlark, are the other new buildings that opened with Creekside. Throughout the design and building process, these school staffs formed close bonds and we continue to foster this unique relationship with school visits. The teachers formed teams of 5-6 and visited classrooms to provide feedback around the Creekside mission, vision and motto. Today our visitors we able to experience a LEAP Assembly, Mix It Up at Lunch, and Kinder/Fifth grade buddies in addition to observing classroom lessons. We appreciate their feedback and suggestions on how to utilize our new building to best serve our students.

Buddies:




More pictures next week!

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


FRS Updates

1.       After-School classes begin February 4th! We have just a few spots left in each of the following:

a.       Programming with Tynker (2/3 grades) on Mondays

b.       Crazy 8’s Math (3-5 grades) on Mondays

c.       Engineering Crazy Contraptions (3/5 grades) on Tuesdays

d.       Choir (3/5 grades) on Tuesdays

e.       Chess (3-5 grades) on Wednesdays

f.        Science Club: Bird Scouts (3/5 grades) on Thursdays

g.       Yoga (3-5 grades) on Thursdays

2.       Do you want to know more about resources available to students with complex medical needs? Attend the Bringing Medical and Educational Needs Education Series hosted by BVSD on February 6th from 6-8pm. More info here.

3.       Spaghetti Dinner tickets: Do you have a 5th grader? Would you like to attend the Spaghetti Dinner but can’t afford tickets for your family? Contact Stephanie to request ticket scholarships. We want every 5th grade family to be able to attend!

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL!
Enrollment Process for NEW Preschoolers:
For a tuition seat, Steps 1 & 2 must be completed
OR
For a CPP seat, only Step 1 must be completed.
1. Go to http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment and complete the Early Child Enrollment OnLine Registration (OLR). Be sure to upload all required documents:
  • Current proof of residence with a service address
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Child’s physical completed within the last year
2. TUITION FAMILIES ONLY: Complete the Online Billing
Registration, which may be accessed on the main enrollment page (http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment) under FAQs.
Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org
Creekside Preschool is STILL accepting registrations for the current school year as well.  Contact Tangi for more information!

Parent Teacher Conference Dinners

To show our appreciation for our teachers and staff, we want to provide them dinner on the parent teacher conference nights!  

We still have some volunteer needs for Taco Tuesday night (Feb 5th) and Potluck night (Feb 7th) and the CPO sponsored night (Feb 13th)  We typically ask for volunteers from the 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade parents in the spring, but all are invited to volunteer in thanking our amazing teachers and staff.

Please click on the links above, or use the "helpatschool" link below to sign up. 

If you have any questions, please contact TJ Deaton at tjdeaton@gmail.com

https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/3287


Thank you,
TJ




CREEKSIDE BOOK FAIR FEB 4-8
The book fair is coming! Boulder Book Store is hosting again this year: it’s open Monday afternoon through Friday morning, and at night (until 7:30) during conferences Tuesday Feb 5 and Thursday Feb 7. All profits will be used to purchase new books and materials for our library. 
 
Bring a buddy to lunch: 
- On Tuesday, Feb 5, grades K, 2 and 4 can invite their favorite adults to eat lunch with them in the Creekside Café and browse the fair together. 
- Grades 1, 3, 5 will bring buddies on Weds, Feb 6. 
- Parents with kids in grades on separate days can attend on the day of their choice.
- Parents will meet kids in their classrooms just before the start of recess, attend the book fair, and then proceed to the cafe for lunch or back out to recess, depending on timing.

Lunch schedule:
Tuesday
Kindergarten: Recess - 11:15 am, Lunch - 11:35
Second grade: Recess - 12 pm, Lunch - 12:20
Fourth grade: Recess - 12:25 pm, Lunch - 12:45

Wednesday
First grade: Recess - 11:20 am, Lunch - 11:40
Third grade: Recess - 12 pm, Lunch - 12:20
Fifth grade: Recess - 12:25 pm, Lunch - 12:45

Used book collection: This year we will also be collecting used books for the library’s catalogue. You can donate books your kids have outgrown anytime during the fair. Any books that aren’t added to the school library collection will be donated elsewhere once Ms. Darrin sorts through them.

Volunteers still needed!: We’ll need help setting up, taking down, and staffing the registers during the fair. To volunteer, please sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/2780

Jan 18
Friday, January 18, 2018

​This Week In the Blog:

  • Prinicpal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • CPO News: Book Fair, Dodgeball!

Dear Creekside Families,

Congratulations to the winners of the Spelling Bee!

Primary Grades
1st Place = Luoyi Yang (Ms. Legg)
Winning word was splinter
2nd Place = Riley Fuller (Ms. Krause)
3rd Place = Henry Zuckerman (Ms. Legg)

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Intermediate Grades
1st Place = Elias Olson (Ms. Gutierrez) 
Winning word was ruefully
2nd Place = Zoe Biesecker (Ms. Hazel)
3rd Place = Anni Persson (Ms. Webb)


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Enjoy the long weeknd!

Warm regards,

Francine

FRS Updates

1.       After-school classes: Thanks to everyone who has registered so far! We have 83 kids signed up as of Thursday afternoon. There are several classes that have plenty of spots available still, and most are for 3-5thgrade students so if that’s your child, take a look below:

a.       Programming with Tynker on Mondays (2-3rd grades)

b.       Crazy 8’s Math on Mondays (3-5th grades)

c.       Choir on Tuesdays (3-5th grades)

d.       Chess on Wednesdays (3-5th grades)

e.       Homework Club on Thursdays (1-5th grades)

f.        CU Science Bird Scouts on Thursdays (3-5th grades)

g.       Yoga on Thursdays (3-5th grades)

We have partial and full scholarship funds available to any student who may benefit. Classes begin on 2/4 and end on 3/21. Contact Stephanie MacArthur with any questions. Thanks!

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 

CREEKSIDE BOOK FAIR FEB 4-8

The book fair is coming! Boulder Book Store is hosting again this year: it’s open all day (8-3:30) Monday afternoon through Friday morning, and at night (until 7:30) during conferences Tuesday Feb 5 and Thursday Feb 7. All profits will be used to purchase new books and materials for our library. 
 
Bring a buddy to lunch: 
- On Tuesday, Feb 5, grades K, 2 and 4 can invite their favorite adults to eat lunch with them in the Creekside Café and browse the fair together. 
- Grades 1, 3, 5 can bring buddies on Weds, Feb 6. 
- Parents with kids in grades on separate days can attend on the day of their choice.

Used book collection: This year we will also be collecting used books for the library’s catalogue. You can donate books your kids have outgrown anytime during the fair. 

Volunteers needed!: We’ll need help setting up, taking down and staffing the registers during the fair. To volunteer, please sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/2780 


It's time for Dodgeball!

The 9th Annual Dodgeball tournament begins in two weeks!  You can register yourself and your kids by filling out the registration form that came home in the Friday Folder.  Return your registration forms in the Friday folder next week, or turn them in at the main office by Friday, January 18th.  Early registration is encouraged, but you can also register and pay at the event. 
This is a major fundraiser for the CPO and a fun way to be involved with your school.  Register yourself, your friend, your relatives, your Creekside alumni.  Everyone is welcome to participate in this fun and safe dodgeball fundraiser.   The money raised helps your kids classroom! 

January 22 & 29

K, 1st, 2nd Graders + All Adult/alumni

January 24 & January 31

3rd, 4th, 5th Graders + All Adult/alumni

Kids games are 3:00-4:30

Adult/Alumni games are 5:30 - 7:00

(participation in each game is not necessary - it's okay to miss a game)


Contact Ryan Webb with any questions: webbr@hotmail.com








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