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Apr 10
Friday, April 10, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • TRIP Tracker
  • FRS Update

Dear Creekside Families,

I am hoping this blog finds each of you well and adjusting to our new reality.  The blog this week is dedicated to resources that may prove helpful during these difficult times.

Thank you to Irene Lee, LSW, our School Based Services Clinician from Mental Health Partners, for providing these resources:
Click on the title for the link.
I find myself referring to this quote from Albert Einstein often these days, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

Have a nice weekend.

Warm regards,
Francine


Trip Tracker
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING YOUR TRIP TRACKER DOLLARS!

Trip Tracker is now closed for the school year, but you can still enter your March trips—and most importantly, you can donate your dollars to support local efforts to feed and care for those in need during this crisis.

The March trip survey  allows you to record and donate March dollars, along with any February dollars that you haven't received.  Here's the LINK.

If you are holding existing Trip Tracker dollars, you can donate those too. Here’s how:

If you have TT dollars from earlier months and want to donate them, please send an email to Peter Hurst, peter.hurst@bvsd.orgtelling him how many dollars you have, where you want to donate them and a smartphone photo of the dollars torn in half (please compost them). Please include your children's student ID#s.

The suggested donation targets at this time are:

       Alfalfa's Market will match donated Trip Tracker dollars and create meals to distribute through Community Food Share
       Boulder Food Rescue moves extra produce from local grocery stores to homeless shelters and other distribution centers
       No Student Hungry is running the current BVSD Free Food Distribution Program
       Sister Carmen Community Center makes an array of basic services available to those in need
       Your School may not have been able to complete their fundraising for this year and will be short of funds (That’s right—you can donate to Creekside!)

Please email Peter Hurst, peter.hurst@bvsd.org or Hillary Rosner (Creekside’s Trip Tracker coordinator), mail@hillaryr.net, with any questions. Thanks for supporting your community!

FRS Updates

1.       Food, financial, housing, child care, and other resourceshttps://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/covid-19-resources/

2.       BVSD’s food program will be distributing several meals’ worth of food (including fresh produce) every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm until further notice. No ID or paperwork will be required to receive food. Location info here: https://food.bvsd.org/programs/emergency-food-program

3.       Are you or your student(s) struggling with your mental health right now? That’s normal and expected during a crisis. Mental Health Partners is meeting with clients via Zoom. Call their main line at 303-443-8500 to get started. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the 24/7 crisis hotline at 1-844-493-8255.

4.       Domestic violence shelters are open and running. If you are in a dangerous situation at home and need to get out, please contact Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) on their 24-hour crisis hotline: 303-444-2424 or email: hotline@safehousealliance.org.

5.       Need extra help buying fruits and veggies? Boulder County Public Health has partnered with the FRS program at Creekside to provide eligible families with Fruit & Veg bucks. This program is for middle income families who do not qualify for food stamps (SNAP) but do still fall under certain income guidelines. Check the requirements here and if you qualify, contact Stephanie ASAP to get your Fruit & Veg bucks mailed to you.

  1. CCAP will reduce parent fees based on request. Parents can email CCAP@BoulderCounty.org and provide a brief explanation of the need for the request.
  2. LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program) has been extended through August. If you have not already applied, you can apply here for assistance with your heating bill, propane, and firewood.
  3. Connect for Health Colorado is open for a Special Enrollment Period. Uninsured Coloradans can shop and enroll in health insurance thru April 30, 2020.
  4. TANF Diversion: Qualifying households are eligible for one-time assistance for up to two months of rentTo qualify, the household’s total annual income cannot exceed $75,000; all adult members of the household must be lawfully present in the United States; and there must be at least one related child under the age of 18 living in the home. Visit www.boco.org/COVID-19Housing for application information.

10.   The FRS spring after-school session is cancelled. There will be no more FRS after-school classes this school year. Contact Stephanie with any questions.

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884 (you can leave me a message at this number and I’ll return your call)

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 



Apr 03
Friday, April 3, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • King Soopers
  • Garden to Table
Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you for being kind and understanding this very first week of Home Learning! The staff is working extremely hard to make Home Learning a success.


KING SOOPERS
Shopping at King Soopers can support Creekside Parent Organization!  Link your Soopers shopping card to our CPO and King Soopers will donate to our school AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. What an awesome change!

https://www.kingsoopers.com/topic/king-soopers-community-reward

Here are the steps to start using the new program.

·  Go to the King Soopers signin pag at https://www.kingsoopers.com/signin

·  Sign in to your King Soopers online account (if you've never set one up before you'll need to create one). If you've been using digital coupons this is the same account as that.

· Under the "Savings and Rewards" menu along the top, click on "King Soopers Community Rewards"

·  Click "Enroll Now"

·  Search for and select "Creekside Parent Organization" with organization number "UA893"

·  Share this with all friends and family that shop at Kroger family stores. Shoppers anywhere and everywhere can select Creekside Parent Organization as their recipient! Please help spread the word around school as well, we can make a lot of money through this program!


News from Garden to Table:
Growing food in the Creekside garden!
Garden To Table, the nonprofit we partner with, has been authorized by the school district to plant and cultivate existing gardens on school property, as their work falls under “essential business providing food and plant cultivation including farming.” Our first graders were lucky enough to plant lettuce before school was shut down, and we will be donating to the BVSD School Food Project for families in need, as well as area food banks.  If your neighborhood walks take you by the garden, we ask that you “look but don’t touch.”  GTT Development and Marketing Director, Stephanie Dobbie, will be tending to the garden following strict guidelines, and the organization will continue to monitor and adhere to state health requirements.
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Mar 27
Friday, March 27, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message


Dear Creekside Families,


Next week we embark on a new way of learning for our school.  Home Learning will be a little challenging, but we will reflect and adjust as we go through this process. The staff has been working very hard ‘behind the scenes’ learning new technology and planning together (virtually.)  Please be patient and kind as we embark on this totally new method of instruction.


The Goals of Home Learning are:

  1. To maintain a sense of community and connection.

  2. To provide support to our staff, students and families. 

  3. To ensure students continue to receive academic support during a time of limited access to education. 

Classroom teachers will invite the students to their Google Classrooms or other online platform such as See Saw and there you will find the learning opportunities for the week.  Sometime during the first week, the teachers will be reaching out to each child to make a connection. Also, during the first week, the teachers will be working together to plan lessons, both live and online activities. Total Home Learning should be no more than 4 hours a day.  Home Learning will include live Google Meet or ZOOM sessions, independent work, specials activities, special education and literacy intervention.


Each teacher will share their specific Home Learning schedule with you which will start on Monday, April 6th. (Some grade levels may be ready to try their schedules next week.) Once schedules are finalized I will add this information to the Creekside website: https://cre.bvsd.org/


Attendance:  The teachers will take attendance daily. Attendance is mandatory.  Attendance is taken though live sessions or assignment completion. Please let your classroom teacher, and Amber amber.godard@bvsd.org know through email,  if there is some reason your child won’t be able to participate.


Technology:  If you are having trouble with technology the IT department has created a one-stop-shop to answer all your questions to support you and your child with technology.


Mallory Goetz, our Teacher Librarian, has also put together a plethora of information, arranged by grade level to help you navigate the online platforms:


Getting Ready for Distance Learning
Here are some resources to help get your student set up for Distance Learning! Please click the links for the grade levels your students are in.

For Grades K, 1, and 3:
A Getting Started Guide with videos to help you join Seesaw and Google Classroom!

For Grades 2, 4, and 5:
A Getting Started Guide with videos to help you join the Google Classrooms!

For all Grades:
Please view this folder of resources for parents and students to help get started with distance learning. Here you will find all the How to Videos and Getting started guides for Sora eBooks (read at home!!), Google Classroom and Seesaw.

Please reach out to your students homeroom teacher or Mallory Goetz, the Creekside Teacher Librarian if you have viewed the videos and getting started guides and have any questions. Mallory can be reached at mallory.goetz@bvsd.org



Students:

How does LEAP connect with Home Learning?

L

Leadership


Online Work Spaces


  • Offer to help others, including any siblings, and your parents, understand the new learning platforms

  • Remember:  good leaders listen to others and ensure all have a voice

  • Continue to be your Best Self

  • Give positive feedback to peers

E

Empathy

  • Use polite conversation, manners, and kind words 

  • Let others have a turn to participate. 

  • Avoid emojis and unnecessary text (like ‘hiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!)

  • Do not alter other’s work

  • Take turns with your siblings to share your device 

A

Accountability


  • Focus on your work

  • Complete your work

  • Participate in the lessons.

  • Ask for help

P

Pride


  • Keep your computer in a safe place and care for your device

  • Charge your computer

  • Take a break from screen time every day


Thank you all for your patience and flexibility at this time.  We understand the challenges you may be facing at home: working from home, multiple children at home trying to learn at once, children having a hard time with the new learning format, and our new current reality overall.  Please take care of yourself and each other emotionally, mentally, and physically. We will get through this time together. We are a strong and caring community! Reach out if you need any assistance.


Warm regards,

Francine




Mar 20
Friday, March 20, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message

Dear Creekside Families,

I hope you are all staying well and have enjoyed some extra time together. Please continue to monitor your email for updates on Home Learning. In this week's blog I have included some more resources on coronavirus:

Below is a website with information on how to speak with your children.

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/  

Other tips are:

  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope with you.

  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.

  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities. Here is a movement website: https://www.gonoodle.com/

  • Virtually connect with your friends and family members: Facetiming and writing to Pen Pals are a great option!  

  • Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well

  • More information and resources can also be found at Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (BVSD). 

Take Care,

Francine

 

Estimados Padres de la Creekside,

A continuación encontrará páginas electrónicas con información sobre cómo hablar con sus hijos.

https://childmind.org/recursos-en-espanol/

Otros consejos son:

Asegúrele a su niño o adolescente que están a salvo. Hágales saber que está bien si se sienten molestos. Comparta con ellos cómo usted maneja su propio estrés para que ellos puedan aprendan a lidiar con usted.

Limite la exposición de su familia a la cobertura de noticias del evento, incluidas las redes sociales.

Los niños pueden malinterpretar lo que escuchan y pueden asustarse por algo que no entienden.

Trate de mantener el día con las rutinas regulares.

Si las escuelas están cerradas, crea un horario para actividades de aprendizaje y actividades relajantes o divertidas.

Aquí hay una página electrónica sobre  el movimiento: 

https://www.gonoodle.com/

Conéctate virtualmente con sus amigos y familiares: ¡Comunicarse a través de Facetime y escribir en Pen Pals son una excelente opción!

Sea un ejemplo a seguir. Tome descansos, duerma lo suficiente, haga ejercicio y coma bien

También puede encontrar más información y recursos en Coronavirus Disease  en (COVID-19) (BVSD).

Sinceramente,

Francine Eufemia

Mar 13
Friday, March 13, 2020

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates

Dear Creekside Families,

Please monitor your email from the district as updates on home learning and further school closures will be shared in this format. You can also monitor the BVSD home page: bvsd.org
 
Impact on Education in coordination with BVSD Food Services has organized emergency food distribution for Tuesday 3/17 and Thursday 3/19. 
Here is the information:

Emergency BVSD Food Distribution 
CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FOR OUR DISTRICT FAMILIES 
Tuesday, March 17 & Thursday, March 19 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
BVSD will be distributing several meals’ worth of food items and fresh produce to families at the following locations next week: 
FIND MORE INFORMATION OR TO DONATE, VISIT FOOD.BVSD.ORG 
Identification or paperwork will not be required to receive food. 
Boulder: 
Columbine Elementary 
Creekside Elementary 
Crestview Elementary 
University Hill Elementary 
Broomfield: Emerald Elementary 
Lafayette: Pioneer Elementary 
Sanchez Elementary 
Louisville: Louisville Middle School 
Nederland: Nederland High School

BVSD-Distribución de Comida de Emergencia ASISTENCIA DE CORONAVIRUS PARA NUESTRAS FAMILIAS 
Martes 17 de marzo y jueves 19 de marzo 11:30 a. m.-1:30 p. m. 
El BVSD distribuirá suficientes alimentos, frutas y verduras frescas para hacer varias comidas. Las familias pueden recoger los alimentos la próxima semana en los siguientes lugares: PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN, O PARA HACER UNA DONACIÓN, VISITE FOOD.BVSD.ORG


Here is some information on mental health resources from, Irene Lee, School Based Services Clinician Boulder Mental Health Partners:
 

Here are a few mindfulness activities if you are interested –

  1. https://www.tarabrach.com/fear/
  2. Insight Timer App for your phone – has many good visualizations/mindfulness meditations for both adults and children
  3. An article about facing fear and continuing onward - https://www.mindful.org/face-fear-and-keep-going/

 

 

Here are a few mental health resources -

 

In addition, Mental Health Partners is another resource - 303-443-8500 or mhpcolorado.org  

 

In Boulder, there is a crisis center that is open 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year (3180 Airport Rd, Boulder, CO) - https://namibouldercounty.org/in-a-crisis/boulder-crisis-services/

 

There is also a crisis phone number at 1-844-493-TALK for calls or for text Text TALK to 38255


Irene Lee, LCSW

School Based Services Clinician

Mental Health Partners | 3470 Broadway | Boulder, CO 80304

Creekside Elementary School 720-561-3852

Mon, Wed, Fri – Please note I am only in the office when BVSD schools are in session.

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Take good care and stay well. We hope to see you after Spring Break. 

Warm regards,
Francine


FRS Updates

1.       FRS Classes have been cancelled for next week dates 3/16-3/19. This was a decision made by the district and we will continue to follow all their closure/cancellation decisions. All FRS parents will receive email updates from the FRS team as we receive them.

2.       At this time we are still planning to offer the next session of after-school classes starting 3/30, but will be in touch with parents via email as we receive instructions from the district.

3.       Families who need food or other assistance during this time should contact Stephanie for resources.

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org





Mar 06
Friday, March 6, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • CPO News

Dear Creekside Families,

At the staff meeting on Thursday, school nurse, Holly Markels, shared some resources that explain coronavirus to children. Here are links to these resources:



In addition, the BVSD website is  updated daily with coronavirus information for parents and staff.  Here is the link to the district website:


Kindergarten had a very special visit today from parent, John Weller, a critically acclaimed photographer. John shared his experiences photographing wildlife in Antarctica. If you would like to learn more about Antarctica, John's wife, Cassandra Brooks, is giving a talk "Dispatches from the Bottom of the World: Women in Antarctica" Monday, March 9th at 7pm at CU's Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleontology Hall. Thank you so much John for sharing your wonderful adventures with us!

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The annual Jump Rope for Heart Assembly took place today. Please more information on this fundraiser in friday Folders, March 15, 2020. 


Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

1.       Boulder County Public Health is starting a new program for families who could benefit from extra financial support to buy more fruits and veggies for their family. If you’re interested in participating in the pilot, and you could benefit from free fruits and vegetables for your families, please contact Stephanie (info below) for more info.

2.       After-School Spring session will be from 3/30-5/14. Registration packets will go home in Friday folders on March 6th.

3.       BVSD’s Digital Divide program is offering a Basic Digital Skills Course for adults at Angevine Middle School in Spanish. Classes will cover how to use a Chromebook, Infinite Campus, Google Drive, and more. Childcare provided. Course costs $30. Classes are Thursdays 5:30-7:30, March 12 - May 14. Call 720-425-4170 to enroll.  

4.       FRS is hosting a Creekside Cultural Connections night on April 7th. We’ll share potluck dishes from around the world, learn how to make traditional Mexican headpieces, and learn a traditional Mexican dance. Flyers with more information coming home soon.

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


CPO NEWS

It's Show Time!
We are excited to present 46 incredible acts at this year's Talent Show on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. in the heart. Please join us starting at 5 p.m. to view the art show, enjoy a slice of pizza, and find your seat in time for the curtain! Tickets are $5 each. You can also purchase pizza by the slice for $2 before the show begins. All funds raised during the talent show benefit the school’s art, music, and PE programs. We still need parent volunteers to help make this incredible event possible. Please sign up at

https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/events/5833 to provide your support for this year's show! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McCord (elizabeth.mccord@bvsd.org).


Trip Tracker Survey Time! 

It’s time to report your child's January green trips: here's the LINK that will take you to the survey. Log your child’s trips to receive Tracker bucks to spend at lots of great and generous local businesses, including Community Cycles, Childish Things, the Boulder rec centers, Spruce Confections, and many more. Visit the Participating Business List to see where your kid can cash in.

USED BOOK SALE AT THE TALENT SHOW!

Bring your cash and your love of reading... the used book sale is back for one night only!!! At the Talent Show next Thursday, come visit us in the library for $1 and $2 new-to-you books! We have picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade novels, and adult reads! All proceeds go back into buying new books for the Creekside Library.

DONATE YOUR USED BOOKS TO THE LIBRARY! CHILDREN’S AND GROWN-UP BOOKS ARE WELCOME

Mallory Goetz, the school librarian, is collecting used books throughout the school year. Some donations will be catalogued in the school library collection; the rest will be sold to the school community as part of a book sale/library fundraiser during after-school events. Grown-up books are welcome as well. All proceeds will go toward buying books for the library collection, which is funded exclusively through our fundraising efforts. 

Ms. Goetz has placed a box in the library where you can drop any and all books that your household has outgrown. Please think of Creekside the next time you clear out your bookshelves! 

GARDEN TO TABLE- SPRING PLANTING 

Spring planting is coming soon to our school garden! We need parent support to make this garden thrive for the children. Our nonprofit partner, Garden To Table is prepping soil, gathering supplies and working with teachers to schedule lessons for all classes. First grade will kick off the spring season by transplanting lettuce seedlings just before spring break. Be on the lookout for signup to help with spring garden stewardship and/or class garden lessons. No green thumb is needed - GTT provides guidance - and you might find your thumbs gain some green! Please refer to Help at School for garden volunteer opportunities.

¡La siembra de primavera llegará pronto a nuestro jardín escolar! Necesitamos el apoyo de los padres para que este jardín prospere para los niños. Nuestro socio sin fines de lucro, Garden To Table, está preparando el suelo, recolectando suministros y trabajando con los maestros para programar lecciones para todas las clases. El primer grado comenzará la temporada de primavera trasplantando plántulas de lechuga justo antes de las vacaciones de primavera. Esté atento a las inscripciones para ayudar con la administración del jardín de primavera y / o clases de jardín de clase. ¡No se necesita experiencia en el jardín!


PLEASE AVOID IDLING IN THE PARKING LOT

Creekside caregivers, please turn off your engines while waiting to pick up children in the parking lot! It’s bad for kids’ health and for the environment. 

A few sobering stats: 

- Every year, U.S. passenger vehicles waste more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline without moving.
- Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more air pollution than stopping and restarting your engine does.
- Eliminating the unnecessary idling of personal vehicles would be the same as taking 5 million vehicles off the roads.
Idling emissions are especially unhealthy for schoolchildren, because vehicle emissions are concentrated near the ground, where children breathe. Poor air quality can contribute to asthma and other ailments, and children’s lungs are more susceptible to damage than adult lungs. 

Please do our kids and the air a favor, and turn off your car in the parking lot! 

CPO Meeting
The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, March 10th from 6 PM to 7 PM. Please come join us!
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. To sign up please send an email to creekside.cpo@gmail.com asking to be added to the list.”


Feb 28
Friday, February 28, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • IMPORTANT CPO News

Dear Creekside Families,

4/5th graders will be visiting Young AmeriTowne in March! This unique "hands-on" lesson in free enterprise introduces young people between the ages of 10 to 12 to the basic principles of our economic system. Students have the opportunity to run their own town after receiving the preliminary instruction in the classroom from their teachers. This week students learned about banking and the roles consumers and producers have in our economy.  They even got to interview for jobs they will be doing when they go to Young AmeriTowne. 


Here are a couple of pictures from the interviews:
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The third grade art and music program was held today! Students took us on a musical journey across our great country and then shared the beautiful art they have been working on. Here are some pictures from the event. Great job students and thank you, specialists!

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Staff Professional Learning 
On Thursday February 27th, Sarah Ahn and Jenny Burnsed gave a presentation to staff on “Teaching the Highly Sensitive Child.” They also facilitate Parent Workshops in the local community.  Here is their flyer.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


Talent Show Art Exhibit Reminder:

If your child would like to showcase their artwork in the Talent Show Art Exhibit, their artwork needs to be turned in to Mrs. Peters by next Thursday, March 5th.  Please drop off artwork with the sign up form attached to the drop off location outside the Art room.  Additional sign up forms are available from Mrs. Peters.  Talent Show volunteers are still needed!  Please check out our Help at School website for sign-ups and more information: https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/pages/home

Thank you!

Jeanette Peters
Art Teacher
Questions?  Contact: jeanette.peters@bvsd.org

Art Show and Talent Show Help at School Sign-ups Needed

It's time to get excited for the 2020 Creekside Art and Talent Show coming to the heart of the school on Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. We still need parent volunteers to help make this incredible event possible. Please sign up at https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/events/5833 to provide your support for this year's show!

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IMPORTANT NEWS FROM CPO
Follow Creekside CPO on Facebook!
If you haven't followed the Creekside Parent Organization on Facebook yet, please take a minute to "Like" our page at: @CreeksideParentOrganization. The CPO Facebook page is a great place to get updates and reminders on events, track school news, and, NEW THIS YEAR get an early look at many of the Silent Auction Items being donated to the Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction. Become a part of our Facebook community and help support Creekside!

¡Siga al CPO de Creekside en Facebook!
Si aún no ha seguido a la Organización de Padres de Creekside en Facebook, tómese un minuto para hacer clic en "Me gusta" en nuestra página en: @CreeksideParentOrganization. La página de Facebook de CPO es un gran lugar para recibir actualizaciones y recordatorios sobre eventos, hacer un seguimiento de las noticias de la escuela y, NUEVO ESTE AÑO, puede ver con anticipación muchos de los artículos de la subasta silenciosa que se donan a la subasta de cena y silencio de espaguetis. ¡Forma parte de nuestra comunidad de Facebook y ayuda a apoyar a Creekside!

FRS Updates

 

1.       Boulder County Public Health is starting a new program for families who could benefit from extra financial support to buy more fruits and veggies for their family. If you’re interested in participating in the pilot, and you could benefit from free fruits and vegetables for your families, please contact Stephanie (info below) for more info.

2.       After-School Spring session will be from 3/30-5/14. Registration packets will go home in Friday folders on March 6th.

3.       BVSD’s Digital Divide program is offering a Basic Digital Skills Course for adults at Angevine Middle School in Spanish. Classes will cover how to use a Chromebook, Infinite Campus, Google Drive, and more. Childcare provided. Course costs $30. Classes are Thursdays 5:30-7:30, March 12 - May 14. Call 720-425-4170 to enroll.   

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org




Feb 21
Friday, February 21, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Update

Dear Creekside Families,


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 24 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.


En febrero (en línea) y marzo (enviadas por correo) llegarán las Encuestas Instantáneas para los Padres de BVSD


BVSD encuesta a los padres todos los años para poder reunir información que se pueda utilizar para guiar el trabajo para mejorar las escuelas.  La encuesta de los padres es conocida como “Encuesta Instantánea para Padres” y pueden esperar recibirla en las próximas semanas. Esperamos que todos los padres y tutores tomen un momento para completarla y devolverla.  Cuantos más padres participen en la encuesta, mejor reflejarán los datos sus percepciones y sus opiniones. Los resultados de la encuesta son analizados por el personal de las escuelas para determinar qué programas y procesos están funcionando y cuáles necesitan ser mejorados.  Por consiguiente los resultados de la encuesta tienen un impacto significativo en las operaciones de las escuelas.


Una vez más este año, la Encuesta Instantánea para Padres se va a administrar en línea a aquellos padres que han proporcionado una dirección de correo electrónico a la escuela de sus hijos.  Esto apoya un proceso más ecológico y barato al reducir la cantidad de papel utilizado, los gastos de envío y la entrada de datos necesaria. También esperamos que esto aumente la tasa de participación de los padres.  Las encuestas en línea serán enviadas por correo electrónico la semana del 24 de febrero a una sola dirección electrónica por familia.  Si usted no encuentra una invitación en su “bandeja de entradas”, por favor revise las otras direcciones de correo electrónico que proporcionó a la escuela.


Si no hay una dirección de correo electrónico asociada a su familia, ustedes recibirán la encuesta por correo postal al igual que el año pasado.  Las encuestas en papel serán enviadas a principios de marzo.


Report Cards for Grade 1-5
will be available in your Parent Portal on February 26, 2020. Here are the directions to access:

Oprima aquí para ver esta carta en español. 


Campus Parent will provide digital access to your student’s report cards for grades 1-5 on the following dates: 1st trimester: November 14, 2019, 2nd trimester: February 26, 2020 and 3rd Trimester: May 30, 2020.

Distributing reports cards digitally will enable us to efficiently ensure parents receive the report cards at home, that they can be referred to at a later time, and can save the monetary and environmental cost of mass district printing.

 

  1. Log into Campus Parent: https://bvsd.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/boulder.jspl


  1. Select Reports from the menu on the left


  1. If you have more than one student, select a different student by clicking the down arrow next to the photo in the top right corner.

  1. Click on Elementary Report Card (English Only) or Bilingual Elementary Report Card (Eng & Esp). The bilingual report card will display in both English and Spanish ONLY if Spanish has been identified as the student’s preferred language in Infinite Campus.


  1. A new window will open displaying the report card, which can be downloaded and/or printed if desired. The report cards will only be available for 60 days through Infinite Campus. NOTE:  If teachers start making updates for the next term while the reports are still visible to parents, the parents will be able to see the changes as they are being made.



  1.  If you have any problems accessing your child’s report card, please call your school directly and they will connect you with IT support. 



IDLING IN THE PARKING LOT (AND WHY WE ASK YOU NOT TO)

We have noticed a number of cars idling in the parking lot during pickup time. Idling is very unhealthy both for Creekside’s kids and for the environment, and we ask caregivers to please turn off their engines while waiting to pick up children. Here are a few sobering stats about idling: 

- Every year, U.S. passenger vehicles waste more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline without moving.
- Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more emissions that contribute to smog and climate change than stopping and restarting your engine does.
- Eliminating the unnecessary idling of personal vehicles would be the same as taking 5 million vehicles off the roads.
Idling emissions are especially unhealthy for schoolchildren, because vehicle emissions are more concentrated near the ground, where children breathe. Poor air quality can contribute to asthma and other ailments, and children’s lungs are more susceptible to damage than adult lungs. 

Please do our kids and the earth a favor, and turn off your car in the parking lot! 

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

 

1.       Boulder County Public Health is starting a new program for families who could benefit from extra financial support to buy more fruits and veggies for their family. If you’re interested in participating in the pilot, and you could benefit from free fruits and vegetables for your families, please contact Stephanie (info below) for more info.

2.       After-School Reminder: We follow the district’s weather cancellation policies, so if the district cancels all afternoon and evening activities due to inclement weather, that includes our FRS program. You’ll receive an email from the FRS team if a cancellation is occurring.

3.       After-School Spring session will be from 3/30-5/14. Registration packets will go home in Friday folders at the beginning of March.

4.       The FRS Summer Fair is next Thursday, 2/27 at Columbine Elementary School (3130 Repplier St. Boulder 80304) from 5:30-7pm. There will be vendors from all over the city with info on summer activites and resources for your students. Come meet with reps from Boulder Police Department Youth Academy, Boulder Parks and Rec, YMCA, Intercambio, Sierra Club, Thorne, Women’s Wilderness, Boulder Indoor Soccer, and more!

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



Feb 14
Friday, February 14, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • CPO NEWS 
  • FRS Updates
  • Try Hockey for Free

Dear Creekside Families,

We had a wonderful Spirit of Kindness Week, culminating with the LEAP Assembly and Kindness March on Thursday. Thank you Student Council and Mrs. Gutierrez for planning and facilitating this celebration of kindness!

“We find that people imitate not only the particulars of positive actions, but also the spirit underlying them. This implies that kindness itself is contagious, and  that it can cascade across people, taking on new forms along the way.” Jamie Zaki.

Monday: I SPY FOR KINDNESS
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TUESDAY: Adult Appreciation
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WEDNESDAY: MIX IT UP AT LUNCH
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THURSDAY: Kindness March and LEAP Assembly
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


CPO NEWS
SPAGHETTI DINNER: 
THANKS FOR GIVING IT SOME LOVE THIS VALENTINE'S DAY
Thanks to all the parents, grandparents, guardians, friends and neighbors who have already stepped in to donate or solicit items for the Spaghetti Dinner! We're off to a good start, but we need to get in more items to make the event successful! As a refresher, there are two VERY easy ways you can contribute:

1. Donate a (new) item or your services! If you have a talent, or work for a company that can donate something, please contact Lindsay Whitcher at lindsaywhitcher@gmail.com to make the donation.

2. Ask local businesses for a donation! We've made it easy by already assembling a list of local businesses that have contributed in the past. Contact either Mike Sprague (michaelasprague@gmail.com) or Ali Sepahvand (ali.sep@colorado.edu) and let them know which businesses you plan to reach out to OR they can give you names of businesses. 

Thanks for the help, Creekside!

CENA ESPAGUETI: GRACIAS POR DARLE AMOR AL DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN
¡Gracias a todos los padres, abuelos, tutores, amigos y vecinos que ya han intervenido para donar o solicitar artículos para la cena de espagueti! Hemos tenido un buen comienzo, ¡pero necesitamos obtener más artículos para que el evento sea exitoso! Como recordatorio, hay dos maneras MUY fáciles de contribuir:

1. ¡Done un artículo (nuevo) o sus servicios! Si tiene talento o trabaja para una empresa que puede donar algo, comuníquese con Lindsay Whitcher a lindsaywhitcher@gmail.com para hacer la donación.

2. ¡Pida una donación a las empresas locales! Lo hemos facilitado al reunir una lista de empresas locales que han contribuido en el pasado. Comuníquese con Mike Sprague (michaelasprague@gmail.com) o con Ali Sepahvand (ali.sep@colorado.edu) y hágales saber a qué negocios planea contactar O pueden darle nombres de negocios.
¡Gracias por la ayuda, Creekside!


FRS Updates

 

1.       EFAA has its first Nutrition Dinner of the year coming up!  The theme will be around brain function and nutrition with our wonderful nutritionist Satya. This event will be in Spanish and will take place on Tuesday February 18th from 5:30-7pm at EFAA (1575 Yarmouth Ave. Boulder CO 80305). Dinner and childcare will be provided. RSVP to Cat at 303-951-7714 or catherine@efaa.org.

2.       After-School Reminder: We follow the district’s weather cancellation policies, so if the district cancels all afternoon and evening activities due to inclement weather, that includes our FRS program. You’ll receive an email from the FRS team if a cancellation is occurring.

3.       After-School Spring session will be from 3/30-5/14. Registration packets will go home in Friday folders at the beginning of March.

4.       Boulder County Public Health is starting a new program for families who could benefit from extra financial support to buy more fruits and veggies for their family. If you’re interested in participating in the pilot, and you could benefit from free fruits and vegetables for your families, please contact Stephanie (info below) for more info.

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


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Feb 07
Friday, February 7, 2020

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Creekside Library Wants Your Used Books
  • FRS Update
  • CPO Updates:
  • King Sooper Card
  • Trip Tracker
  • P/T Conference Food
  • Spaghetti Dinner -We need your help


Dear Creekside Families,


Spirit of Kindness Week  starts on Monday, February 10! Thank you Student Council for planning this annual event that culminates in the Kindness March. Here is the schedule for the week:

SPIRIT OF KINDNESS WEEK
Monday: Spy for Kindness. Student Council will help kids write down acts of kindness they spied that morning.
Tuesday: Adult Appreciation. Students will write an appreciation letter to an adult of their choice.
Wednesday: Mix It Up at Lunch day
Thursday: 8:10AM LEAP Assembly followed by the Kindness March


Awesome job by all of the students that participated in the GEO BEE last week. The questions were super hard! 

Finalists:

4th grade:                                          5th grade:

Oscar Farooqui                                  Lily Gasper

Cole Buma                                         Ada Kimmel

Sadie Zakreski                                    Jocie Bird

Wllis Whitcher                                    Karol Podgorski

Lettie Portner

Congratulations to the winners!

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1st Place:   Karol Podgorski

2nd Place:   Lily Gasper

3rd Place:   Sadie Zakreski


Donate your used books to the Creekside library!

Mallory Goetz, the school librarian, is now collecting used books for the library throughout the school year. Donations will be catalogued in the school library collection or sold to the school community as part of a book sale/library fundraiser. All proceeds will go toward buying books for the library collection, which is funded exclusively through school fundraising events. Ms. Goetz has placed a box in the library where you can drop any and all books that your household has outgrown. Grown-up books are welcome as well. Please think of Creekside the next time you clear out your bookshelf.
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Have a nice weekend.

Warm regards,

Francine

CPO NEWS

CPO Meeting Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:00AM in the Cafe.


KING SOOPER CARDS

CPO is profiting from the change in the way King Soopers contributes to non-profits – you can sign up online, and CPO profits when you use your King Soopers card. Here is a reminder of how to do it:

  • Go to the King Soopers log-in page at https://www.kingsoopers.com/signin
  • Sign in to your King Soopers online account (if you've never set one up before you'll need to create one). If you've been using digital coupons, this is the same account.
  • Under the "Savings and Rewards" menu at the top, click on "King Soopers Community Rewards"
  • Click "Enroll Now"
  • Search for and select "Creekside Parent Organization" with organization number "UA893"
  • Share this with all friends and family that shop at Kroger family stores. Shoppers anywhere and everywhere can select Creekside Parent Organization as their recipient!


Trip Tracker Survey Time! 

It’s time to report your child's January green trips: here's the LINK that will take you to the survey. Log your child’s trips to receive Tracker bucks to spend at lots of great and generous local businesses, including Play It Again Sports, Neptune Mountaineering, Glacier Ice Cream and many more. Visit the Participating Business List to see where your kid can cash in.



Parent-Teacher Conference FOOD
To show our appreciation for our teachers and staff, we want to provide them with dinner on the parent-teacher conference nights!  
We will be having Taco night (Feb 11th), Potluck night (Feb 12th) and CPO night (Feb 13th). We typically ask for volunteers from 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 here or use the "helpatschool" link below to sign up.  If you have any questions, contact Mary Ernest at marycernest@gmail.com

Fundraising February for the Spaghetti Dinner!

Your small efforts can make a BIG impact on the 2020 Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction!

The Creekside Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction (held on April 24, 2020) is a long-standing tradition at Creekside and an essential fundraiser for the school's educational programs and benefits every student--from Preschool to Fifth grade. If every Creekside family reached out (or donated) only two silent auction items, we'd be on the road to making the 2020 Spaghetti Dinner a major success!

To do so, we're making it easier than ever to participate with two ways to help:

1)  DONATE AN ITEM OR YOUR SERVICES!
Does your family, or your business, have something to donate to our 2020 Auction?
Some examples include:

  • Vacation getaways - stays at condos or vacation homes
  • A special talent (maybe an in-home tamale delivery every month for a year, or a one-of-a-kind painting donation, or perhaps you're a graphic designer and can donate two hours of work, or maybe you are a baker and can donate your services for a birthday cake, etc.)
  • Sporting event tickets or season passes
  • Tickets to the theater, symphony, opera, ballet or concerts
  • Wine and beer collections
  • 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!

    Please, only NEW items for the silent auction. If you have services or an item to donate, contact Lindsay Whitcher (lindsaywhitcher@gmail.com) and she'll take care of gathering all the details.
  • 2) ASK A LOCAL BUSINESS FOR A SILENT AUCTION DONATION
  • Most businesses are used to donation requests, and it's easy to do, even if you are new to it! We have everything you need, including donation request forms and email scripts for requests. If you are willing to reach out to local businesses, email either Mike Sprague (michaelasprague@gmail.com) or Ali Sepahvand (ali.sep@colorado.edu) and let them know which businesses you plan to reach out to OR they can give you names of businesses who have donated to Creekside in the past. Be sure to coordinate with Mike or Ali before contacting businesses - we don't want to flood businesses with multiple requests!

     

    We ask that all donation requests be completed by March 6


    Thanks for your help and your efforts!

    Questions? Contact:

    Mike Sprague: michaelasprague@gmail.com

    Ali Sepahvand: ali.sep@colorado.edu

    Lindsay Whitcher: lindsaywhitcher@gmail.com


FRS Updates

 

1.       EFAA has its first Nutrition Dinner of the year coming up!  The theme will be around brain function and nutrition with our wonderful nutritionist Satya. This event will be in Spanish and will take place on Tuesday February 18th from 5:30-7pm at EFAA (1575 Yarmouth Ave. Boulder CO 80305). Dinner and childcare will be provided. RSVP to Cat at 303-951-7714 or catherine@efaa.org.

2.       After-School Reminder: We follow the district’s weather cancellation policies, so if the district cancels all afternoon and evening activities due to inclement weather, that includes our FRS program. You’ll receive an email from the FRS team if a cancellation is occurring.

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 








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