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Learn about Colorado Constitutional Amendment 73
This November Colorado voters will decide whether to add a new constitutional amendment to provide additional funding for K-12 education. Learn more about Amendment 73, including what it is and what it will mean for the Boulder Valley School District and arguments for and against via the resources below:
2018 Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)
Amendment 73 Factual Summary for Boulder Valley School District (PDF)
VIDEO: Amendment 73 - BVSD - Factual Information
Amendment 73 Impact Calculator
STORY: Board of Education passes resolution in support of Amendment 73
Latino Parent Advisory Council (CAPL) has been created to facilitate deeper dialogue between Boulder County's community of Latino parents and the school district.
Como parte del plan de 100 días del superintendente, BVSD está creando un Consejo Asesor de Padres Latinos (CAPL) para facilitar el diálogo entre la comunidad de padres latinos del condado de Boulder y el distrito escolar.
CAPL se reunirá con los líderes de BVSD cada dos meses para hablar de asuntos de importancia para los padres latinos y el distrito. Bianca Gallegos, directora de Columbine; Augusto Di Laura, subdirector en Centaurus y Ari Gerzon-Kessler, Director de Colaboración Familia-Escuela, facilitarán las reuniones de CAPL. La primera reunión tendrá lugar el 7 de noviembre. El consejo tendrá unos 30 asientos aproximadamente disponibles para padres, con una representación regional de todo BVSD. Si está interesado en formar parte de este importante consejo, por favor llene esta encuesta. Si lo prefiere, puede imprimir la encuesta y devolverla en la oficina principal de su escuela. Le agradecemos de antemano su apoyo a esta importante iniciativa del superintendente del Distrito Escolar del Valle de Boulder.
CAPL se reunirá con los líderes de BVSD cada dos meses para hablar de asuntos de importancia para los padres latinos y el distrito. Bianca Gallegos, directora de Columbine; Augusto Di Laura, subdirector en Centaurus y Ari Gerzon-Kessler, Director de Colaboración Familia-Escuela, facilitarán las reuniones de CAPL.
La primera reunión tendrá lugar el 7 de noviembre. El consejo tendrá unos 30 asientos aproximadamente disponibles para padres, con una representación regional de todo BVSD. Si está interesado en formar parte de este importante consejo, por favor llene esta encuesta. Si lo prefiere, puede imprimir la encuesta y devolverla en la oficina principal de su escuela.
Le agradecemos de antemano su apoyo a esta importante iniciativa del superintendente del Distrito Escolar del Valle de Boulder.
1.Café con la directora de Creekside y con FRS
¡Queremos sus opiniones! Queremos ofrecer un evento con la directora Francine, Stephanie de FRS, y familias que hablan español. Quisiéramos sus opiniones sobre la escuela, cómo podemos proveer apoyo a ustedes en la escuela, y si tiene interés en participar en los comités y otros grupos de los padres aquí.
Cuando: miércoles, 7 de noviembre / de las 8 a 9 en la mañana
Dónde: en la escuela Creekside
Habrá comida, café, y guardería*
Por favor, llame a Stephanie a 720-561-3884 para registrarse
*Si necesita guardería, tenga que registrarse con Stephanie por el 26 de octubre
2. Internet Safety- A Night With Community Services Officer David Kaufman: Thursday, November 8th from 5:30-7pm
A City of Boulder police officer will be presenting to parents and students on the topic of internet safety. This is appropriate for students and will cover social media/apps, sharing of personal information, and more.
When: Thursday, November 8th 5:30-7:00pm
Where: The Café at Creekside Elementary
To Register: Contact the FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur at 720-561-3884 firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish interpretation and childcare both available: must register with Stephanie by 10/26
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 (Oct 23rd) and Soup and Salad night (Oct 25th). We typically ask for volunteers from the kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade parents in the fall, and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade parents in the spring, but all are welcome 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, contact TJ Deaton at email@example.com
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The FUN RUN was an amazing success! Thank you to Sam Watts are her incredible team for making this such a special day for our school. And yes, I will be dying my hair blue, so thank you, thank you, thank you for your generous donations!
Jeff & Paige Visited Creekside this week and brought their fun and informative science assembly to all of our students! Jeff and Paige assemblies bring science and nature to life through music and stories.
Creekside prides itself on being a welcoming school. We strive to foster strong relationships between families and staff. To ensure successful communication with your student’s teacher, please refer to and respect the communication preferences of each grade level/teacher. If a concern or conflict arises, we ask that you kindly follow the Creekside Problem-Solving Protocol referenced below.
We value our family partnerships. Thank you so much for being a part of the Creekside community!
Have a wonderful weekend!
One of our most important aspirations as a welcoming school is to truly partner with our families. We take time to celebrate and share. We also work through concerns and solve problems together. Schools are dynamic places, issues will arise, and we want to make sure our families feel comfortable voicing their concerns, while we do our best to address them.
Here are some important, basic tips, when you have a concern about something at school:
The first step to addressing a concern is to contact your child's teacher.
Describe your concern in its most open and simple form ("I'm worried that. . ." or "My child told me that. . ."). It is important that teacher and parent understand the problem before trying to solve it.
Ask questions and listen for the teacher's perspective.
Focus on the concern, not the people involved.
Be prepared to explore options for resolution together.
Follow up on the outcome.
If you have a concern about a teacher or staff member, talk to that person directly. It is not fair to staff to talk to them about one of their colleagues.
Please respect teacher and student confidentiality.
If parties are unable to solve an issue, a facilitated meeting with administration may be scheduled.
We all want the very best for our Creekside students, and if we come together openly in any circumstance, we can usually find common ground and reach a successful outcome.
During the month of October, Creekside Student Council is organizing a clothing drive to collect winter clothing for children. We will be collecting winter socks, winter gloves, winter hats, winter boots, and winter coats which will be donated to the Emergency Family Assistance Association here in Boulder. Each item will be awarded points, and the class with the most points at the end of October will win a popcorn party!
We are asking students to donate NEW clothing items
Clothing should be your child’s size so we will have a variety of sizes
Each item is worth a different amount of points
1 pair of socks= 1 point
1 pair of gloves = 2 points
1 winter hat= 5 points
1 pair of boots = 20 points
1 winter coat = 20 points
We appreciate your help and support with this drive!
-Creekside Student Council
1. Would your family benefit from extra food at no cost? Visit Community Food Share’s mobile food pantry at the Boulder Mennonite Church at 3910 Table Mesa Drive on the second Saturday of the month from 9am-10:30am. More info here: https://communityfoodshare.org/get-food/services-we-provide/mobile-pantries/
2. Tercera Cuspide Annual de Padres Latinos
Únase a nosotros para un día completo de aprendizaje con otros padres latinos sobre cómo apoyar la educación y el bienestar de nuestros niños. 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM • Sábado el 20 octubre del 2018 en Manhattan Middle School • 290 Manhattan Drive, Boulder, CO 80303. Envíe sus formularios de inscripción completos antes del lunes, el 15 de octubre de 2018 a: Las personas de enlaces comunitarios de prescolar, primaria, secundaria y preparatoria de BVSD, coordinadores de FRS, coordinadores de servicios de residentes de BHP o coordinadores de ELPASO. Para preguntas, contáctese con Tere Garcia al 303-673-9271 o 303-817-9591.
3. Dental Aid Screenings at Creekside will be on Monday, October 15th for K-3 graders. If you would like to sign your child up, please complete the form that was sent home in Friday folders or call Stephanie MacArthur at 720-561-3884.
Students are encouraged to make posters at home about their chosen country, to decorate the Heart for the event. Posters should be brought to school 22-24 Oct. All students are welcome to be in the parade, international costumes optional. Parade sign-up is here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/84. We have loads of opportunities to help on the night of the event. Please sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/787.
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Dear Creekside Families,
We had our first LEAP Assembly this week. LEAP is the cornerstone of Creekside's Positive Behavior Support System. LEAP stands for Leadership, Empathy, Accountability and Pride. Teachers instruct, review and reinforce LEAP behaviors throughout the entire school day. Students can earn LEAP tickets and LEAP stickers for exhibiting LEAP behavior.
LEAP Assemblies are written and facilitated by our Student Council under the direction of fifth grade teacher, Robin Gutierrez. For the first assembly the students provided an overview of each LEAP letter including skits and a power point! They did an outstanding job!
The assembly also included a tribute to staff member, Kim Valek, for whom a buddy bench has been dedicated. Miss Kim was an important and much loved member of the Creekside staff. She is sorely missed.
First grade visited Miller Farm today!
I'm looking forward to the FUN RUN next Friday and hopefully a new hair color! Thanks in advance for your support of our major fundraiser!
Enjoy the weekend!
1. Upcoming Job Fair: The City of Boulder is hosting the Boulder Job Fair on Oct. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m at the Millennium Harvest House, located at 1345 28 th Street, Boulder . The fair will connect job seekers to Boulder-area employers representing technology, retail, education, local government, transportation and other industries. Workforce Boulder County will provide resume critiques and workshops on creative job search strategies and skill development. More info at https://bouldercolorado.gov/job-fair
2. After-School Classes are from 2:50-3:50pm M-Th. The final day of classes will be 11/15.
3. Boulder’s YMCA is hosting a great program for children who are considered overweight. It is open to children between the ages of 7-13 years old with a body mass index in the 95% percentile or higher. There will be offerings in both English and Spanish. Contact YMCA staff Dana Keel at 303-443-4474 ext. 3810 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Art Room News:
This week 4th and 5th grade students welcomed local artist (and Creekside Kindergarten parent!) Lindsay Ternes into their art classes. The students learned about Lindsay’s process as a Plein Air artist, painting from life outside, and how she finds inspiration in and around beautiful Boulder. We also went outside to see Lindsay’s easel, specialized painting gear, and see the steps she goes through to create her oil paintings. It was a lot of fun to see her work and supplies up close and to learn from a professional artist! Students will put what they have learned to use in our next art class as they create their own Plein Air artworks. Thank you LIndsay for sharing your time and talent with us!
Local Art Opportunity: Boulder Open Studios
During the first 3 weekends in October, Lindsay and 138 other local artists will open their studio doors to the public during Boulder Open Studios. This is a wonderful opportunity for families and people of all ages to meet artists, see them at work, and ask questions. All different types of art will be represented, from painting and ceramics to jewelry and metal sculpture. Many artists even have a kids table for artmaking! Check out the website: www.OpenStudios.org for more information.
Creekside Art Teacher
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Peters at: email@example.com
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2. After-School Classes begin this coming Monday, 9/24. The final day of classes will be 11/15.
Bring your family and friends to Wahoo's Fish Taco to enjoy a choice of delicious Mexican, Chinese or Brazilian flavors & healthy food! Tuesday, Oct 9 from 4 pm until close, they will be donating 50% of proceeds to Creekside! So, take a break from cooking and dishes and head down to 2790 Pearl Street for a great meal for an even better cause...our kids!
The design of this school truly puts students at the center of learning, providing multiple ways for students to learn and experiment.
Meet Superintendent Anderson
A series of meet-and-greet events with Boulder Valley Superintendent Rob Anderson will start in October.The meetings are scheduled for:
7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Boulder High, 1604 Arapahoe Ave.,
6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Centaurus High, 10300 W South Boulder Road, Lafayette
6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Nederland Middle-Senior High, 597 County Road 130, Nederland;
6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Broomfield High, 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield;
6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Southern Hills Middle, 1500 Knox Drive, Boulder;
6 p.m. Nov. 1 at Monarch High, 329 Campus Drive, Louisville.Three meetings in Spanish also are scheduled:6 p.m., are in Broomfield on Oct. 29 at Emerald Elementary, 275 Emerald St.
Nov. 5 at Columbine Elementary, 3130 Repplier Drive; and in Lafayette
Nov. 8 at Alicia Sanchez International, 655 Sir Galahad Drive.
1. Boulder Housing Partners is opening the Housing Choice Voucher lottery for three days only! This is the first housing lottery that has been opened since 2015. See if you qualify here: https://boulderhousing.org/program/housing-choice-voucher-program. It will only be open 9/25-9/27. I am available to help with applications or to answer any questions.
2. Boulder’s YMCA is hosting a great program for children who are considered overweight. It is open to children between the ages of 7-13 years old with a body mass index in the 95% percentile or higher. There will be offerings in both English and Spanish. Contact YMCA staff Dana Keel at 303-443-4474 ext. 3810 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
3. Thank you for such a robust response to our after-school classes! Many classes are filled, but we still have a few spots in the following classes:
Mondays: Programming with Tynker (grades 2-3) and Crazy 8’s math (grades 3-5)
Tuesdays: Knitting (grades 3-5)
Wednesdays: Karate (grades 3-5), Spanish (grades 1-3) and Yoga (grades 3-5)
Thursdays: Robotics (grades 4-5) and Philosophy (grades K-3)
-Please contact FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur ASAP if your student would like a spot in any of these classes.
-You should receive a confirmation letter in your student’s Friday folder today, letting you know which classes they are registered for. If you signed your student up but did not receive a letter in Friday folders on 9/14, please contact Stephanie, as this means your registration is incomplete.
2. After-School class registration: Classes are filling up! Please turn in registration forms and payment by Friday, September 14th. If your student is waitlisted for a class, we will call to let you know and discuss other class options. As a reminder: after-school classes begin 9/24 and run through 11/15. Classes are from 2:50-3:50pm.
3. Our cooking class parent volunteer need has been filled. Thank you! We still need two more point and shoot cameras for our photography class. The camera needs to work, and we can purchase a charging cord or memory card if needed. Contact Stephanie MacArthur to coordinate donation.
Dear Creekside Families,
Please join us for Back to School Night Open House on Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30. This year, to alleviate overcrowding we ask that you follow the schedule below:
If your last name starts with A-J
5:30 CPO, Counselor, and Principal Presentation (HEART)
6:15 Classroom Visits
If your last name starts with K-Z
5:30 Classroom Visits
6:15 CPO, Counselor, and Principal Presentation (HEART)
We look forward to seeing you!
Recently the Colorado Department of Education published spring 2018 test scores for schools on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, also known as CMAS. Third through fifth graders participated in this testing April of last year. I am writing to let you know how we did as a school.
I appreciate everyone’s support for test participation. We had much higher participation than in past years. About 96% of our students took CMAS, compared to some 95% statewide in 2018. With that, 2018 is a new baseline year.
Our new baseline data will inform our strategies, and be used to measure progress over time in narrowing gaps between student groups. Data will also be used for improving performance of students served in special education and emerging bilinguals, and the performance of our school as whole.
Creekside students outperformed the state, with 65% meeting or exceeding CMAS standards in English Language Arts and 55% in Mathematics which put Creekside in the 95th percentile. Statewide, about 44% met or exceeded expectations in English language arts and 36% in Mathematics in 2018.
The state calculates student growth percentiles to tell us how much growth each student (4th and 5th grade) made compared to others who had similar test scores in past years. Our typical growing Creekside student outpaced 73% of students across the state in English Language Arts, and 74% in math. These results put Creekside in the exceeds category for both academic achievement and academic growth.
When third through fifth grade results are examined by student group, our emerging bilingual students, students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and our minority students all met expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics. In addition, each of these student groups exceeded expectations in growth in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.
I am so proud of all of our students and staff, and look forward to another great year of academic achievement and growth!!
Individual student score reports are available in Infinite Campus Parent Portal using these directions. Paper copies of these reports will be available at school later in the year.
Please feel free to call the school office if you have any questions.
Garden Lessons have begun at Creekside!
We are happy to partner with the GROWE Foundation to
employ experiential learning to connect academic subjects to real life. The experiential learning framework employed in each of the Garden to Table lessons is based on four elements:
This week second graders had a lesson on insect habitats and watched a praying mantis in one of the garden beds.
Picture Day at Creekside
1. Boulder Housing Partners is opening the Housing Choice Voucher lottery for three days only! This is the first housing lottery that has been opened since 2015. See if you qualify here:https://boulderhousing.org/program/housing-choice-voucher-program. It will only be open 9/25-9/27. I am available to help with applications or to answer any questions.
2. Join a family workshop where you can learn computer programming with your kids.Boulder Public Library together with Family Creative Learning are hosting a 5-week workshop for families in which you learn to code games and animations using Scratch and other coding programs. This is a free course designed to help parents and children bond with one another as they broaden their technology skills together. Open to parents with kids aged 5-7. Dinner and childcare for children of other ages available at no cost. Contact FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur if you’re interested in joining.
3. Could your family use clothing assistance? Contact Stephanie to receive a voucher to A Precious Child, which is a great big warehouse where your family can shop for clothing, shoes, and baby items free of charge 4x per year.
Support Creekside with friends and family at Next Door Eatery on Monday Dec 10 and 50% of the proceeds come back to support Creekside kids! Please pen this on our calendar...it's our biggest community dinner fundraiser of the year! Come in anytime between 5-9 pm, 1035 Pearl Street, Boulder. Be sure you mention you are there to support Creekside. Thank you!
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After-school classes will be on M, T, W, and Th from 9/24-11/15. Look for the green registration forms in next week’s Friday folders.
There are some recycled supplies we’d like your help collecting for our Rube Goldberg inventions class. Help us by dropping off the following materials in the bin labeled “FRS” near the lost and found.
-Empty cereal boxes
-Plastic lids from milk cartons
-Empty, clean plastic containers
-Car racetracks or action figures that your kids are ready to part with
We are in need of 5 donated point and shoot cameras for our photography class. We can replace the charging cord and/or memory card if needed. Please call or email me directly if you’d like to donate a camera. They will not be returned, as we will use them for future courses as well.
We are also looking for one parent volunteer who is willing to help in our after-school cooking class, which will be on Mondays 9/24-11/5 from 2:50-3:50pm. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in filling this role.
The Best Way to Raise a Concern at Creekside Elementary
Meet your FRS Coordinator!
Welcome back, families! I hope you had a wonderful summer. My name is Stephanie MacArthur and I am the FRS Coordinator at Creekside. I started here last November and am happy to be back for another school year. I have a background in human services and am bilingual in English and Spanish. My role here is to provide support for families with the goal of helping students thrive in school. I have a great year of programming lined up and look forward to meeting our new families. My office is next to the café and under the stairs. Come say hi!
What is the Family Resource School (FRS) Program?
The FRS program provides four services:
1. After-school classes (green registration forms coming home in Friday folders soon!)
2. Mental health services for students who need support in this area
3. Parent engagement events to provide fun and educational events for families to attend
4. Basic needs assistance (help with bills, benefits, community referrals, etc.)
Contact me with any questions or for referrals!
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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On Monday, Creekside Student Council organized a school wide “Cleanup and Organize” activity as part of their Pride Assembly. Students showed their pride by organizing learning communities and picking up trash around the building. As a thank you, student council awarded students with freeze pops and a school wide recess!
If you receive food assistance through Boulder County, you can use your SNAP card to double your bucks at the Farmer’s Market this summer! More info on Double Up SNAP bucks at the Farmer’s Market: https://doubleupcolorado.org/
-Thank you to everyone who has completed the FRS survey! If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey about FRS after-school classes. Click here for the survey in English and here for the survey in Spanish. All parents are invited to participate, regardless of your student(s) previous involvement in FRS classes.
-Kids eat a lot during the summer! If your family could benefit from extra food at no cost, visit Community Food Share’s summer mobile food pantries to stock up. Summer dates have not been announced but will be posted on this site, so keep checking back.
-Summer of Discovery Reading: Read books and get prizes! The Boulder Public Library offers a super fun summer reading program for kids and adults! See https://boulderlibrary.org/summer/ for more information.
-If you are in need of assistance (food, rent, counseling, bus passes, etc.) over the summer, please contact EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) at 303-442-3042 or visit them at 1575 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80304. They are a great organization that has a food bank and basic needs assistance for residents of the City of Boulder. They serve all residents regardless of documentation status. More information here: https://www.efaa.org/
Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - email@example.com
"Apoyando los derechos de nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes"--Supporting the Rights of Our Immigrant Community Event
Si usted o su círculo de amistades tienen preocupaciones y preguntas sobre la manera en la cual nuestras autoridades locales pueden proteger y apoyar a la comunidad de inmigrantes en Lafayette y el Condado de Boulder, los invitamos muy cordialmente a una reunión el día Lunes 4 de Junio a las 6:00 de la tarde en Angevine Middle School.
Lunes 4 de Junio.
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Angevine Middle School