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Sep 13
Friday, September 13, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Trip Tracker
  • FRS Updates
  • Media Center Updates and Needs
  • International Festival
  • Walk to School
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Colorado Ski Passport Program for 5th grade


Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you for joining us for Back to School Night on Thursday!

We often get questions on Gifted Education in BVSD. This link will take you to a one page description of Gifted in BVSD.



Trip Tracker 

Our school is once again participating in the BVSD Trip Tracker program, a creation of BVSD Transportation.  Trip Tracker rewards staff and students for walking, biking, carpooling or riding the bus to school/work with Trip Tracker Dollars (TT$). The program’s goal is to reduce car traffic in front of schools.  If you participated last year, we'll carry your registration to this year and you don't need to re-register.

You can register for the program by following this LINK  Complete program information is available on the Trip Tracker Website.  A calendar for keeping track of your trips for September is attached.

September Trip Tracker Calendar 


Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine



FRS Updates

1.       Did you know that the FRS program now has a page on the school’s website? You’ll find copies of our forms, lists of our services, upcoming events, as well as links to local resources. It’s located under the parents tab: https://cre.bvsd.org/parents/Pages/FRS-Family-Resources-Services.aspx

2.       Fall after-school classes start the week of 9/23. Program times and dates: 9/23-11/21 2:45-4:15pm

3.       The FRS program offers a multitude of resources for families, including bus tickets, bill assistance, community referrals, after-school classes, in-school therapy, and more. 

Contact Stephanie for more information.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Author Visit for Grades 3, 4, and 5!
Creekside is excited to announce author Katherine Rundell's visit with 3rd, 4th and 5th grades on September 30th! Students will create a group story, hear about what it is like to be an author, and enjoy a reading from Rundell's new book The Good Thieves. 
If you would like to buy a copy of the book, pre-order forms went home this week with your students. The book is $15 and the author will be signing them. Order forms and money are due back to Ms. Goetz in the library by Tuesday, September 16th. 

Pre-Order Form

The Curiosity Center Wants Your Recycled Materials!
Thank you so much to families who have brought in recycled materials already - it will all go to very good use!
To help stock our Makerspace with building materials and teach students about the power of reusing everyday materials, the Curiosity Center is still looking for the following recycled items:
-Cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towel, or wrapping paper rolls 
-Plastic Cups (washed out please!)
-Plastic bottles and jugs (washed out please!)
-Spare Lego, Kinex, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, or other building toy parts that you are no longer using.
-Cardboard boxes (broken down flat, preferably)
-Fabric, felt, and ribbon (scraps and larger pieces both welcomed!)
-Other craft materials that you are no longer using (pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, pompoms, feathers etc.)
-Ping pong balls, dice, toy cars


INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Friday September 27, 6pm : Celebrate Creekside’s diverse community at the International Festival!  Bring a dish to share (as you are able) and wear a costume that celebrates your heritage.  There will be a student parade, marimba music, dancing, and delicious food.  Students are encouraged to make a poster illustrating their chosen country: bring them to school during the week of the 23rd to decorate the Heart for the Festival. Please volunteer to help out! Sign up at Help at School:  https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/events/787


WALK TO SCHOOL DAY IS OCTOBER 2!  
October 2nd is International Walk to School Day, a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. We will meet at 34th St. and Martin Drive at 7:35 am (all school buses will drop the kids off there as well) to walk together the last few blocks to school!  

We’ll need volunteers to help make posters and signs and alert the neighbors in the days before the event, and to pass out food and chaperone the parade that morning. We’d love your help! Please sign up here: https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/events/4743

California Pizza Kitchen
Join your friends at Creekside's first community fundraising dinner of the year at California Pizza Kitchen Thursday, Sept 19, all day! You get out of making dinner, and 20% of proceeds come back to support Creekside kids! Please join in the fun at 1711 29th Street, #1180 in Boulder, 303-440-3390. Just be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside!

THE 5TH AND 6TH GRADE PASSPORT PROGRAM IS BACK, REGISTER NOW!

The Passport program is now open for registration. New for the 2019-20 winter season, the Passport Program will be digital, allowing families to enroll in the program online and visit 22 Colorado ski areas without needing a physical pass. For more information on the Digital Passport view our FAQs.

The digital process will further streamline access to participating ski areas and ease the trip to the ticket window for families. Due to the change this season, you will have to create a new account this year including personal and student information. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

We look forward to another great season of the Passport Program. If you have any questions, please call us at 303.866.9707 or email passport@coloradoski.com



Sep 06
Friday, September 6, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Pictures for Volunteer Badges
  • FRS Updates
  • Fun Run
  • International Festival
  • CPO Meeting Information

Dear Creekside Families,

We are very excited to begin year two of our social emotional learning (SEL) program, Mindful Life.  

Mindful Life™ defines mindfulness as paying attention to the present moment with kindness

When mindfulness is practiced regularly, the practice stimulates our prefrontal cortex. Mindful Life™ programs for schools, combine what we know about the brain with practices that help our brains function the most effectively.

Each week teachers receive a new mindfulness strategy to teach to their class. On Monday, we review the strategy on the morning news, and I send out an email outlining the strategy, tips for home practice and how the practice works inside the brain. We look forward to teaching students minfulness skills so they can live happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Special Safety Notes:
Parents and students are not permitted in learning communities after the close of the school day. 

Friendly reminder that there is no parking in the Hug and Go or Fire lanes. If you need to park your car to accompany your student, please park in a designated parking space or on Martin Drive. 

Thank you so much for your cooperation.



Please join us for Back to School Night Open House on Thursday, September 12, 5:30-7:00. Join us any time between 5:30 and 6:30 to visit your student's classroom. Each grade level has something  a little different planned. Here is a break down of the night by grade level:

Kindergarten: Parents and students are invited to tour the learning spaces and partake in a learning studio bingo game. 
First: Parents and students are invited to tour the learning spaces and complete a joint activity.
Second: Parents and students invited to visit the classroom. Teachers will have one presentation for parents at 6:00.
Third: Parents and students are invited to tour the learning spaces.
Fourth: Presentation for parents. Parents have two choices of times 5:30 or 6:00.
Fifth: Presentation for parents. Parents have two choices of times 5:30 or 6:15.

Please note that childcare is not provided and we kindly ask parents to supervise their students and encourage students to follow regular Creekside rules. Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you!

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine

Pictures for Volunteer Badges

If you missed getting your picture taken today for your 19-20 Volunteer Badge, plan on coming for our Re-take day on October 11, 2019, from 8:45 to 11:15 am.  Remember, you must have your background check done either through TC Logic or Fingerprinting.  For more information please see the Creekside Website.

FRS Updates

1.       Did you know that the FRS program now has a page on the school’s website? You’ll find copies of our forms, lists of our services, upcoming events, as well as links to local resources. It’s located under the parents tab: https://cre.bvsd.org/parents/Pages/FRS-Family-Resources-Services.aspx

2.       Fall after-school classes are almost full! We still have a few spots in choir (Tuesdays), chess (Thursdays), and CU Science (Thursdays). Program times and dates: 9/23-11/21 2:45-4:15pm.

3.       The FRS program offers a multitude of resources for families, including bus tickets, bill assistance, community referrals, after-school classes, in-school therapy, and more. Contact Stephanie for more information.




FUN RUN Bring your enthusiasm for our annual Fun Run Fundraiser on Friday October 4th!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help to make it a success.  This is a healthy alternative to traditional product sales to raise funds for our school.  100% of the profits will be used to pay tutors to support our teachers, field trips, educational enhancements and more.  It will be a flat amount donation per child (not per lap).  Keep an eye out for more information coming home in Friday Folders, on our Facebook page, and in the Friday Blog.  Please sign up to volunteer: https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/events/1523?return_to=https%3A%2F%2Fbvsd.helpatschools.com%2Fschools%2F4%2Fevents%23UpComing
Contact Samantha at 303.483.1166 if you have any questions.   

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: Celebrate Creekside’s diverse community at the International Festival!  Bring a dish to share (as you are able) and wear a costume that celebrates your heritage.  Friday September 27 there will be a children's parade, marimba music, dancing, and delicious food.  Please volunteer to help out: you can sign up at Help at School:  https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/events/787

The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, September 10th at 6 PM at Creekside. 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




Aug 30
Friday, August 30, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Annual Fun Run!
  • California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

Dear Creekside Families,

Parents with students in grades K-5, please join us for Back to School Night Open House on Thursday, September 12, 2019. You are welcome to visit your child's classroom anytime between 5:30-6:45. Please be reminded that children must be supervised at all times and are expected to follow the regular Creekside rules. An agenda for the evening by grade level will be communicated at the end of next week.

Reminder: September 13, 2019 is Elementary Assessment Day.

This is not a full day of school, some students will be asked to come for a portion of the day to complete testing.  Teachers will notify parents no later than September 4, 2019 if their student will be asked to attend school to complete testing. The assessments administered are very helpful in ensuring that we are meeting each student’s  individual needs. Thank you for your partnership in educating our students.

Please note that there is no food served or transportation on this day for students in grades K-5.  

Creekside Preschool has a regular day on September 13, 2019

-AM session - 7:55 am -10:40 am

-PM session - 11:55 pm - 2:40 pm

The YMCA will offer a full day program 8:00 am-5:00 pm for students registered in the YMCA after school program at an alternate location. Please contact Program Director, Trevor Wood via email: trevor.wood@ymcanoco.org or visit the YMCA website: ymcanoco.org for further information.  


Enjoy the long weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

1.       Did you know that the FRS program now has a page on the school’s website? You’ll find copies of our forms, lists of our services, upcoming events, as well as links to local resources. It’s located under the parents tab: https://cre.bvsd.org/parents/Pages/FRS-Family-Resources-Services.aspx

2.       Fall after-school registration forms went home last Friday. Note that the program will be longer this year: 2:45-4:15pm. Program dates are 9/23-11/21. Please turn registration forms in ASAP!

3.       The FRS program offers a multitude of resources for families, including bus tickets, bill assistance, community referrals, after-school classes, in-school therapy, and more. Contact Stephanie for more information.


Upcoming Events 
Spelling Bee:  
January 15, 2020 - Primary Grades 9:00-10:00
January 15, 2020 - Intermediate Grades 1:30 - 2:30 

Geography Bee:
4th and 5th Grades Only
January 28, 2020  10:00 - 11:00

Distination Imagination:
Contact:  Eileen Rudd (eileen.rudd@bvsd.org)
Regional Competition March 7, 2020

If you are interested in starting a DI team, please review this website and contact Eileen Rudd for further information.

Math Olympiads:
Contact:  Eileen Rudd (eileen.rudd@bvsd.org)
4th and 5th Grades Only
District Competition - May 2020
Please contact Eileen if you are interested in volunteering.

Battle of the Books
Contact:  Eileen Rudd (eileen.rudd@bvsd.org)
4th and 5th Grade Only
District Competition - May 2, 2020
Please contact Eileen if you are interested in volunteering.

Fun Run
Bring your enthusiasm for our annual Fun Run Fundraiser on Friday October 4th!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help to make it a success.  This is a healthy alternative to traditional product sales to raise funds for our school.  100% of the profits will be used to pay tutors to support our teachers, field trips, educational enhancements and more.  It will be a flat amount donation per child (not per lap).  Keep an eye out for more information coming home in Friday Folders, on our Facebook page and in the Friday Blog.  Contact Samantha at 303.483.1166 if you have any questions.   

California Pizza Kitchen
Join your friends at Creekside's first community fundraising dinner of the year at California Pizza Kitchen Thursday, Sept 19, all day! You get out of making dinner, and 20% of proceeds come back to support Creekside kids! Please join in the fun at 1711 29th Street, #1180 in Boulder, 303-440-3390. Just be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside!

Aug 23
Friday, August 23, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Picture day Volunteer Needed


Dear Creekside Families,


Safety is of the utmost importance to us at Creekside. The safety of students and staff is our top priority. With that in mind, please remember that no parent or visitor may enter the school building without checking in at the front office. Parents and visitors may only enter the building from the front door. All parents and visitors must sign in. For the safety of our students and employees, there are no exceptions to this policy. Thank you for your cooperation.


The Best Way to Raise a Concern at Creekside Elementary 

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. Thank you for following our problem solving protocol.


Friendly reminder to please have all change of transportation notifications in by 2:00. In addition, please notify the office of the change. Notifying the teacher is optional as the office delivers all change of transportation to the teachers at 2:15. Thank you for your cooperation.


It was wonderful seeing so many of you at the Back to School Picnic. Thank you to Mistia Zuckerman for coordinating!


Have a nice weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine


FRS Updates

Welcome back!

1.       Fall after-school registration forms are going home in Friday folders 8/23. Note that the program will be longer this year: 2:45-4:15pm. Program dates are 9/23-11/21.

2.       Dental Aid screenings are available for students in grades KG-3 and will be on September 24th, 25th, and 26th. Complete and return the dental aid forms that will be in your child’s Friday folder this week.

3.       The FRS program offers a multitude of resources for families, including bus tickets, bill assistance, community referrals, after-school classes, in-school therapy, and more. Contact Stephanie for more information.



Picture Day Volunteer

Get a $35.00 gift voucher towards your student's individual pictures by volunteering on September 6!  Four volunteers are needed.  Please click this link "HELP AT SCHOOL" to sign up

Aug 16
Friday, August 16, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Items needed for the Curiosity Center
  • Parking Lot Reminders
  • Back to School Picnic!

Dear Creekside Families,

It is great to be back! There is truly nothing like the first day of school, and it was so wonderful to see all of our first-fifth graders this week! I always look forward to hearing about summer vacations and seeing how much each student grows!  I am looking forward to welcoming our Kindergarten students as a whole group on Tuesday.

We value instruction time for our students and do our very best to limit interruptions once the school day has begun. With this in mind, we appreciate your understanding that once the school day has started (7:55), parents will not be admitted to classrooms. The front office will escort students to class if they need assistance and will arrange for forgotten lunches and/or materials to be sent to the classroom. If you wish to speak to a teacher or staff member, kindly make an appointment outside of instructional time. 

We do, of course, encourage parents to attend special events, presentations, volunteer and have lunch with their students at any time. If you are attending a special event or wish to eat lunch with your student,  please let the front office know when you are checking in. Thank you for helping us protect precious classroom time with our awesome students.

State Testing

This week the Colorado Department of Education published spring 2019 test scores for schools on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, also known as CMAS.  I am writing to let you know how we did as a school, and to let you know how proud I am of our students and teachers! 


I appreciate everyone’s support for test participation.  We continue to have excellent percentages for test participation. About 96% of our students took CMAS, compared to some 94% statewide in 2019. 


Data will inform our strategies, and be used to measure progress over time in narrowing gaps between Latino and White student groups and between those who are eligible for free/reduced lunch and those who aren’t.  Data will also be used for improving the performance of students served in special education and emerging bilinguals, and the performance of our school as a whole.  


Creekside students outperformed the state, with 62% meeting or exceeding CMAS standards in English Language Arts and 54% in Mathematics.  Statewide, about 46.0% met or exceeded expectations in English language arts and 36.7% in Mathematics in 2019.  The state calculates student growth percentiles to tell us how much growth each student made compared to others who had similar test scores in past years. Our typical growing Creekside student outpaced 68% of students across the state in English Language Arts and 72% in math. 


When 4th and 5th-grade growth results are examined by student group, students at our school who are eligible for free or reduced lunch outpace their counterparts statewide.  Performance by our minority students is generally higher than performance in these groups at the state level.  


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 call the school office if you have any questions.     


Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine


The Curiosity Center Wants Your Recycled Materials!
To help stock our Makerspace with building materials and teach students about the power of reusing everyday materials, the Curiosity Center is looking for the following recycled items:
-Cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towel, or wrapping paper rolls 
-Plastic Cups (washed out please!)
-Plastic bottles and jugs (washed out please!)
-Spare Lego, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, or other building toy parts that you are no longer using.
-Cardboard boxes (broken down flat, preferably)
-Fabric felt, and ribbon (scraps and larger pieces both welcomed!)
-Other craft materials that you are no longer using (pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, pompoms, feathers, etc.)


Parking Lot/ Hug ‘n Go Lane Reminders

  • Please park in a designated parking space if you are walking your child into school

  • Please only use crosswalks (cones will be placed out at a safe area) for walking across the parking lot onto the sidewalk

  • Pull your car up as close as possible to the front of the Hug ‘n Go lane or the car in front of you. Staff will open the car door for your student(s) if possible. Please make sure they’re ready!

  • Cautiously move around cars that are stopped if there are openings closer to the front of the lane (watch for staff directing you)

  • Please refrain from using your cell phones in the parking lot and hug ‘n go lane


Thank you for your help in keeping our children safe and for making drop-off as smooth and fast as possible!


Back to School Picnic

Creekside families are invited to bring a picnic dinner on Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30 for a back-to-school picnic at the back of the school (by the cafe).  Kids can play and parents can get to know each other better.  New Creekside families are especially encouraged to attend.  Please note there will be no food trucks.  Call Mistia Zuckerman at 720-357-4295 if you have any questions. 


Aug 09
Friday, August 9, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Link your King Soopers Card to Creekside
  • "Best Practices in the Fall Garden" workshop
  • A new Easier Way to submit Box Tops for Education!

Dear Creekside Families,

I am so excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year! The first day of school for grades 1-5 is Wednesday, August 14th.  Staff members will be outside to welcome and direct your children to their gathering areas which like last year are as follows:
  • 1st grade: in front of the K/1 Learning Community doors at the front of the building
  • 2/3 Learning Community:  line up on the sidewalk outside of the Learning Community doors at the back of the building
  • 4/5 Learning Community: line up outside the door that opens to the stairwell for their Learning Community. This door is located at the front of the building south of the main entrance.
A warning bell rings at 7:53, indicating that students should report to their gathering area and line up, that will be followed by the usual 7:55 start bell signaling admittance to the building.
 
I want to wish a very warm welcome to all of our new families. We are thrilled to have you join our community of curious and engaged learners!  We hope that you will consider serving on CPO, our parent organization, or volunteering to help at school.
 
Classroom assignments will be available in the parent portal on August 9 at 4:00PM. If you have not signed up for the parent portal, and are in need of assistance please contact Amber in our front office: (720) 561-3800.
 
I hope to see many of you at Meet Your Teachers Hour on August 13th from 8:15 am-9:15 am. This will give you and your child time to meet the teachers in their learning community and see the learning spaces. We ask, however, that you stay no longer than the hour allocated to allow the teachers time to finish preparing for the first day. If your child needs a backpack these will be available in the HEART of our school during this time.
 
Please join me in welcoming new staff members to the Creekside family:
  • Mallory Goetz- Teacher Librarian
  • Sarah Grizzell-AIM ILC Teacher
  • Lea Maes-AIM ILC paraprofessional
  • Mira Park-Kindergarten paraprofessional
  • Lynn Warner-instructional paraprofessional
We are still in the process of hiring for the following positions:
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Academic Tutor
  • Pre K Paraprofessional
You may have noticed scaffolding on the roof-Tesla just finished installing our solar panels.   Please check out our new floor in the HEART, we think you'll love it!


Enjoy the weekend. See you next week!

Warm regards,
Francine


One Thing You Can Do for Creekside in Less than 2 Minutes
Connect your King Soopers loyalty card to the Creekside Parent Organization (CPO) and they will donate a percentage of your purchase every time you shop - at no additional cost to you!  Follow the link to enroll in the Community Rewards program and select Creekside Parent Organization:   King Soopers

Join the Growe Foundation on September 4th in the Creekside Garden from 3:30 - 5:00 pm for a workshop titled "Best Practices in the Fall Garden." Growe supports our Creekside garden with garden lessons and maintenance. You can also join Growe at Upslope Brewery and show your support for Pints for the People later that evening on September 4th, $1 of every pint supports Growe. For questions please contact Helen Burnside, helencburnside@gmail.com

Box Tops for Education now has an App!  Please see the attached flyer for more information to make it easier than ever to earn dollars for Creekside through products you already use!




May 24
Friday, May 24, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Spaghetti Dinner -  Thank You!

Dear Creekside Families,

As the school year comes to a close, I am pleased to announce staff assignments for next year.

Friendly reminder that we do not accept teacher requests for homeroom placement. Your child’s current grade level teachers work hard to create balanced class lists for the next grade level, and we ask that you trust this process.

PK-K-1:

PK:  Heather Bost, Heather Hennings

 K:   Stefani Anderson, Misty Fleming, Donna Young

 1:   Kelly Orr, Lisa Troxel, Ruby Wagner-Mowen

ILC: TBD

ELD: Julie Parks

Speech: Sara Jenkins, Aurora Fine (Lynne Milane will be the substitute while Aurora is on maternity leave.)

Literacy: Patty Machen

2-3:

 2:   Kristy Krause, Rebecca Legg

 3:   Sheila Cullen, Mary Strine

ELD: Claudia DaSilva

Counselor: Eric Swan

Social Worker: Donna Wilson

OT: Lindsay Records

4-5:

 4:   Traci Dunnuck, Katie Webb

 5:   Robin Gutierrez, Kaleena Kreager

SPED Resource: Elise Lauerman

Specialists:

Paul Lealman, PE

Elizabeth McCord, Music

Jeanette Peters, Art

TBD, Librarian

We also say a fond goodbye to the following teachers that have made an incredible difference at Creekside. They will be sorely missed:

Sherry Olin, Barb Woodbury, Aly Spicer

A special farewell to Ann Marie Jennings, special education resource teacher, who retires this year after 33 years in education, 32 with BVSD. Ann Marie was a paraeducator, assistant principal and special education teacher serving grades K-9. Thank you Ann Marie for your many years of dedication to Creekside! We will miss you!


NEXT YEAR

We will be holding a Meet Your Teachers hour (8:15am-9:15am) on August 13, 2019 for K-5 families to meet all of the teachers in their Learning Community. In addition, we will be holding Back to School Night on September 12, 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Please monitor the school website for updates throughout the summer!

Thank you for a wonderful year! Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Warm regards,

Francine

Spaghetti Dinner Thank You!
The Spaghetti Dinner 2019 Committee would like to thank our entire school community for all their support for the Dinner and Auction this year!  We hit our goal, and raised a little over $18,000!  Thank you to every person who planned, attended, bid, encouraged the 5th grade servers, and cheered us on!  We are so proud of our awesome community and are so glad we were able to come together to support our school!



May 17
Friday, May 17, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • 2019-20 Preschool Lottery
  • End of School Picnic DATE CHANGE
  • Our Garden Needs Summer Volunteers

Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you Coach, parent volunteers and teachers for a great field day today. We had a little storm at the end of the day but all students enjoyed time on the field.

The End of Year Picinic has been changed to Monday. Hope to see you there!

It's so hard to believe another school year is coming to an end. Next week we will finish up this wonderful year with our final LEAP Assembly (Monday), Principal of the Day (Tuesday), 2nd Grade Mindful Market (Tuesday) and 5th Grade Continuation (Wednesday). Looking forward to an excellent final week!

LOST AND FOUND

There are still many items in the Lost and Found. Please stop by and take a look. All items left after Thursday will be donated.


Creekside 2nd Graders are having a Mindful Life Market. 

They have produced and will be selling:

Zen Gardens $2.00 
Stress Balls $ $1.00
Positive Word Bracelets $2.50
Positive Word Rocks $2.00
God's Eyes $1.00
Scented Playdough $1.00
Glitter Jars  $2-$4 depending on size
Kinetic Sand $1.00

Come support the market on Tuesday May 21, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 in the 2nd-3rd grade learning community. Students will also be able to make purchases at that time. 


Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

 

1.       Parents, please take three minutes to complete the FRS survey. This is for all parents, regardless of FRS participation.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6Tdvuj7lnWlbtMMeSgj5qWKP1p1Hjt-WSbrE0sejAkM3trA/viewform?usp=sf_link. Please complete by Friday, May 24th.

2.       Fall after-school classes will begin in September. Dates will likely be 09/25-11/21 but final dates will be advertised on the blog and in Friday folders shortly after the school year begins. I understand that parents need to plan ahead for childcare, and will do my best to get scheduling info out with advance notice.

3.       Farmers Market food bucks: If you are enrolled in the SNAP or WIC programs, you can use your EBT card to purchase SNAP-eligible foods anywhere in the market. You’ll receive double-up bucks: for every dollar you withdraw from your SNAP account, you’ll receive $2, up to $40 total. So if you withdraw $20 worth of SNAP dollars, you’ll get an extra $20. You can also use WIC bucks to purchase fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and cheese. Learn more at BoulderCountyDoubleUp.org or call 303.441.1564.

4.       If you need basic needs assistance (bus tickets, food, rent) over the summer, contact EFAA at 303-442-3042 or visit them at 1575 Yarmouth Ave. Boulder 80304. They offer many different resources and referrals and are a great resource for families living in Boulder and the mountain communities. More info can be found at www.efaa.org.

5.       Are you currently renting a modem from Comcast Xfinity? If so, I have a free modem that is looking for a new home. Contact me for details! Equipment is in great shape.

 

El Centro Amistad ofrece una competencia y Carrera/caminata, con yoga, baile, futbol, y boxing en un evento para toda la familia! Está el sábado 15 de junio en el parque comunitario Foothills en el norte de Boulder de las 9 hasta la 1. Cobran $10 pero si registra con el programa de FRS (Stephanie), es gratis.


Happy summer!!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 9th-January 9th
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.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 9th.
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!

END OF YEAR PICNIC DATE CHANGE
MON MAY 20th 5-6:30
Kona Ice truck will be there 
Bring your own food and enjoy the last days before school ends!

Our Creekside garden needs help over the summer, we are looking for family volunteers each week to weed, harvest anything ready, and monitor drip irrigation to ensure the plants are getting enough water. You can sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/1760


May 10
Friday, May 10, 2019

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Creekside Preschool
  • CPO Needs Your Help
  • Next CPO Meeting
  • Creekside T-Shirts are Here!
  • Community Dinners


Dear Creekside Families,

A great big thank you to CPO for organzing the wonderful treats, messages and other surprises for Staff Appreciation Week. We are all so fortunate to be supported by such a wonderful community, and feel so loved by all of you! THANK YOU!

Our students have been busy in the garden this week harvesting lettuce and planting summer crops. Here are some great pictures from third grade.

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Pictures from First Grade Music Program

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Congratulations to our fourth and fifth graders that participated in Battle of the Books competition on May 4, 2019. Creekside sent a fourth and fifth grade team to the competition.  Students read and answered questions on ten books! Way to go readers!

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I wanted to give another shout out to the wonderful Spaghetti Dinner volunteers. So many volunteers worked so hard to make the dinner a great success! Here is a list of the Committee Chairs:

Stephanie Pease - General Coordinator
Jenn Brauner & Megan Elphingstone - Silent Auction
Barbara Biesecker - Kid volunteer training
Tracy McKenna & Wendy Moschetti - Baskets
Katie Webb - Food
Margaret Goedecke - Finance & Goody bags
Amy Rosenblum & Ann Michelle Hill - Communications


Have a pleasant weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine


End of the Year Events

Choir Concert  5/16 5:45PM

5th Grade Continuation Ceremony 5/22 8:30AM

End of the Year Picnic  5/24 4:00-7:00PM


BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 9th-January 9th
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.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 9th.
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!

CPO Needs Your Help!
The CPO needs volunteers to continue to function and server the Creekside community. Needs include chair, treasurer, conference dinner coordinator and welcome packet coordinator. For a full list with descriptions please view the help at school signup page at https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/1805

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, either in person with Brendan Billingsley or through email at creekside.cpo@gmail.com"

The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, May 14th from 8 AM to 9 AM. We will be voting on our 2019-20 budget, getting an update on FTE and voting on a change to our bylaws

Creekside Pride T-Shirts Arrive Next Week
Thanks to everyone who supported the Creekside T-shirt Fundraiser this year! We sold 76 shirts total, which goes a long way to support our school. Shirts will be delivered to your child's teacher next week, so please let your little Cougar know what to expect.


Community Dinner
Please join Creekside families Tues May 14, 5-8 pm, at our annual end of school fundraising dinner at ABO'S PIZZA, 637 S. Broadway, 303-494-4581. 20% comes back to our school.

May 03
Friday, May 3, 2019

​This Week In the Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Lost and Found
  • Update your ADU - Annual Data Update
  • 4th Grade Dog Biscuit Sale!
  • Impact on Education Auction Items
  • Preschool at Creekside
  • FRS Update
  • End of the Year Community Dinner

Dear Creekside Families,

We had another successful Spaghetti Dinner this year! The fifth graders worked so hard serving up the delicious food prepared by BVSD Food Services, under the direction of fourth and second grade parent, Stephen Menyhart. A HUGE thank you to all of the fifth grade parents that made this year such a success! 






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Music and art rulled this week at Creekside as we were treated to the Kindergarten and First grade art and music programs. Here is a great picture from the Kindergarten show. More pictures in the blog next week! 

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KINDER MUSIC PROGRAM

MATH OLYMPIADS
Congratulations to our fourth and fifth graders for their participation in Math Olympiads and the district math tournament. Here is the list of students that gave up recess and lunch for several practice sessions.  Pictured below are the two teams that represented Creekside at the district event. We are so proud of our wonderful mathematicians!

5th Grade 4th Grade
Adrian Pacheco-Vergara*Ameila Potter
Ezra Schulte*Anni Persson
Lila Hill*Logan Schutz*
Zoe Biesecker*Michelangelo Whitehair
Henry DuckhamMackenzie Hall
Hazel ^ Sailor Schell
Julianna Iannetta*Webb ^
Neo Regut*Lily Gasper*
Sasha LeDesmaJacob Montelongo
Piotr Kostecki
Sophia Tovar
Karol Podgorski*
Simone Menyhart*
(Lillith) Rain Smith
Paola Justo Valadez

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Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


LOST AND FOUND
It's that time of year again where our lost and found is overflowing!  Please check the lost and found for your student's coats, boots, gloves, hats, mittens, etc.  We have a ton of great coats out there!  All items will be donated to charity at 2:45 on May 23, 2019 (the last day of school)

As a class project, our 4th Grade is selling Dog Biscuits to benefit the Boulder Humane Shelter.  This Fundraiser will take place next Thursday, May 9, 2019.  The cost is $1.00 for 2 small biscuits and $2.00 for 2 large biscuits.  Please watch the video below for more information!

It's time to Update Your ADU
Please make sure to update your Annual Data Update on your parent portal for the 19-20 school year.  This needs to be done sooner than later... you don't want to miss any information coming out over the summer (ie: your student's teacher for next year).  If you have any questions, please contact Amber Godard at 720-561-3838.


Impact on Education
As you know we receive money each year to help students in need from Impact on Education.  This year, they have pictures and descriptions of their auction items on line, so if you cannot make it to the dinner, you can still bid on items that may interest you!  Please follow THIS LINK to see the many wonderful items they have on the auction.


Hi.  Please include the following in Francine's blog.  Thanks!  

~Tangi

BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL!  
SPACES AVAILABLE AT CREEKSIDE 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

FRS Updates

 

1.       Farmers Market food bucks: If you are enrolled in the SNAP or WIC programs, you can use your EBT card to purchase SNAP-eligible foods anywhere in the market. You’ll receive double-up bucks: for every dollar you withdraw from your SNAP account, you’ll receive $2, up to $40 total. So if you withdraw $20 worth of SNAP dollars, you’ll get an extra $20. You can also use WIC bucks to purchase fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and cheese. Learn more at BoulderCountyDoubleUp.org or call 303.441.1564.

2.       Do you need legal assistance to resolve issues with Medicaid, SNAP, or marketplace healthcare? If so, there is new program in Boulder that is providing free legal representation. Contact the Bridge to Justice/Healthcare and Food Assistance Project at 303-443-1038 x104. Se habla español.

3.       An all-school FRS survey will be sent out soon. This survey helps us gather feedback on areas of success and areas for improvement. Please watch your email for the link, and look for the link in next week’s blog post as well.

 

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 

End of Year Fundraising Dinner
Please join Creekside families Tues May 14, 5-8 pm, at our annual end of school fundraising dinner at ABO'S PIZZA, 637 S. Broadway, 303-494-4581. 20% comes back to our school.
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