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Nov 08
Friday, November 8, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Preschool Lottery is open!
  • Upcoming CPO meeting
  • Noodles & Company dinner

Dear Creekside Families,

Elementary Report Cards (Grades 1-5) will be viewable in the Parent Portal on November 14, 2019. See directions here:Elementary Report Card Access in Parent Portal.pdf

Kindergarten Report Cards will be sent home in Friday Folders on 11/15/19.

Trees

I sent out an email earlier in the week regarding the cottonwood trees in the front of our building. While, it is very sad to say goodbye to these majestic trees, I would like to assure you that the district is looking into replacements and we should see planting take place in spring or summer. I will keep you updated on the process.


Essential Skills Input Session

Please join BVSD to discuss jobs of the future and how to best prepare our students by attending the Essential Skills Input Session on November 13, 2019 at Centarus High School. This is an opportunity to have a voice in the future of our school district and specifically what you would like to see in our future graduates.

Click here to view the flyers: Essential Skills Event 2019-11-13 - English.pdf and in Essential Skills Event 2019-11-13 - Spanish.pdf


Enjoy the long weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine



FRS Updates

 

1.       Boulder County’s LEAP program is OPEN! LEAP can help pay for part of your utility bills throughout winter. Applications here.

2.       Did you know that Boulder County offers amazing financial workshops and homeownership classes? They have tons of free classes in both English and Spanish. Help for people of all income levels! Calendar of events here.

3.       Are you looking to grow your parenting skills? Do you want to learn new ways to help your child succeed? If so, the Nurturing Parenting class at Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette is a great option! They are starting a new session in January. Dinner, childcare, and class are all provided free of charge. This is a fantastic program that supports parents in their parenting goals. Spots do fill up so register soon by emailing: ginny@sistercarmen.org.

4.       Are you looking to gain employment skills and coaching? If so, check out Thrive’s multi-day workshop where members will learn about the practical employment and professional skills such as professional communication, interviewing, and resumes. After completing the workshop, participants will be paired with an employment coach for ongoing support. Thrive also works with over 200 employers who are looking to hire Thrive graduates. For more info visit https://thrivecolorado.org/.

5.       Community Cycles annual Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway will be on 12/15/19 from 10am-2pm at 2750 Baseline Road, Boulder CO 80305 (former Wendy’s parking lot next to the Boulder Gas Station on Baseline). To receive a bike for your child, a parent or guardian of a child (2-10 years old) must present one of the following items for each child: most recent report card, a valid photo ID, passport, or birth certificate. If presenting one of those items is not possible, then a bike can still be collected but will be charged a $35 fee per bike. More info here.

6.       Reminder: After-School classes end on Thursday, November 21st. Our next session will be from 2/3-3/19. Registration forms will go home after winter break.

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org









BVSD 2020'21 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 1st-January 8th
Click here to go to the Preschool Application.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 8th.
Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org


The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, November 12th at 6 PM in the heart at Creekside. All Creekside parents and guardians welcome!

Please consider signing up for 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


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Join your Creekside friends for a community fundraising dinner at Noodles & Company Thursday, Nov 21st, from 4:00pm-8:00pm! You can get out of making dinner and 25% of proceeds come back to support Creekside kids! Please join in the fun at 2602 Baseline Rd,
Boulder, CO 80305. 
Be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside!
Hope to see you there!



Nov 01
Friday, November 1, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Update
  • Modern Market Eatery
Dear Creekside Families,

A great big thank you to Mary Ernest for coordinating, and all of the parents that made delicious food for parent/teacher conference nights. We are all very appreciative!

Another big thank you to Hannah Nordhaus, Hillary Rosner and all of the parent volunteers, along with, Teacher Librarian, Mallory Goetz, for working so hard to make the Book Fair a great success!

Thank you for joining us for the Halloween Parade on Thursday!


Quick reminder that on a 2-hour delayed start, no breakfast is served.

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Update

1.       Are you looking to grow your parenting skills? Do you want to learn new ways to help your child succeed? If so, the Nurturing Parenting class at Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette is a great option! They are starting a new session in January. Dinner, childcare, and class are all provided free of charge. This is a fantastic program that supports parents in their parenting goals. Spots do fill up so register soon by emailing: ginny@sistercarmen.org.

2.       Are you looking to gain employment skills and coaching? If so, check out Thrive’s multi-day workshop where members will learn about the practical employment and professional skills such as professional communication, interviewing, and resumes. After completing the workshop, participants will be paired with an employment coach for ongoing support. Thrive also works with over 200 employers who are looking to hire Thrive graduates. For more info visit https://thrivecolorado.org/.

3.       Community Cycles annual Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway will be on 12/15/19 from 10am-2pm at 2750 Baseline Road, Boulder CO 80305 (former Wendy’s parking lot next to the Boulder Gas Station on Baseline). To receive a bike for your child, a parent or guardian of a child (2-10 years old) must present one of the following items for each child: most recent report card, a valid photo ID, passport, or birth certificate. If presenting one of those items is not possible, then a bike can still be collected but will be charged a $35 fee per bike. More info here.

4.       Boulder County’s LEAP program is coming! Open 11/1, LEAP can help pay for part of your utility bills throughout winter. More info here.

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Modern Market Eatery
Join your Creekside friends for a community fundraising dinner at Modern Market Eatery Tuesday, Nov 5th, from 5:00pm-8:00pm! You can get out of making dinner and 50% of proceeds come back to support Creekside kids! Please join in the fun at 1600 28th Street, #1212 in Boulder.
Be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside!

Below is a link to RSVP and add to your calendar:


Hope to see you there!


Oct 25
Friday, October 25, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Halloween at Creekside!
  • Spirit Week is Next Week!
  • Climate Surveys grades 2-5
  • FRS Update
  • Speed Stacking Cups
  • Pre-K Lottery is here!

Dear Creekside Families,

One of the most wonderful things about Creekside is our diversity. Not only do we have students from many countries, we are also fortunate to have the AIM (Achieving with Individualization and Modification) Intensive Learning Center (ILC) for students with autism. 


One of the Creekside LEAP expectations is E (empathy) and recently our school counselor, Eric Swan, and our school social worker, Donna Wilson, completed lessons on inclusion and diversity for every class, grades K-5. The focus of the presentation was helping all students feel safe, supported and included at Creekside. These themes are the cornerstones of our social emotional learning activities at Creekside.


The presentation included a video for grades K-1 entitled, Meet Julia, which introduced students to a young child with autism and a video for grades 2-5 entitled Amazing Things Happen by Alexander Amelines which is endorsed by The National Autistic Society. Teachers were also given a copy of the handout, How to be a Good Friend & Classmate to Students with Autism to review with their students.


According to an article in Goodstart Early Learning, February 2018,  teaching students empathy is beneficial because:

  • It helps them to build a sense of security and stronger relationships with other children and educators, positioning them well for learning

  • It encourages tolerance and acceptance of others

  • It promotes good mental health

  • It promotes social harmony and can reduce the likelihood of bullying

These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg too, as this amazing scientifically-backed infographic shows.

 

If you are interested in more resources about inclusion, please see this link to excerpts from the Special Education Book Project which can be viewed in its entirety on the BVSD website. It includes resources such as:

Talking to Your Kids About Classmates with Special Needs

Disability Etiquette for Students and Adults

Playdate Tips

Book List


Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine

Halloween at Creekside

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year and we will be celebrating in the following way:

Students may wear a costume (no masks, weapons or scary items) or pajamas to school and participate in a fall parade at 8:15. The parade route will wind around the school and viewing for parents can be in any of the play areas or near the picnic tables outside the cafe.

Students may stay in their pajamas for the rest of the day, but if they wear a costume they must change after the parade. There will be an alternative activity provided for students that do not wish to participate or watch the parade.
 

Following the parade, some grade levels will be holding a breakfast or an afternoon party. All food served at these fall celebrations should be healthy and contain low or no sugar.
 Individual classroom teachers will let you know if they are having breakfast or a party.

We are looking forward to a fun October 31st at Creekside!

Spirit Week!
Monday Oct. 28: dress like an animal
Tuesday Oct. 29: Twin Day
Wednesday Oct. 30: flash mob during extra recess
Thursday Oct. 31: Halloween costumes/ PJs
Friday Nov. 1: crazy hair day

Climate Surveys Grades 2-5

Attention Parent and Guardians of Students in Grades 2-5

During the week of November 4-8, students in grades 2-5 will be invited to complete a school climate survey using their Chrome Books. The surveys take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  Double-sided letters in English and Spanish will be going home today in Friday Folders. Your child’s voice is important as we continue to create a climate where all students feel safe and supported.



FRS Update

1.       Community Cycles annual Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway will be on 12/15/19 from 10am-2pm at 2750 Baseline Road, Boulder CO 80305 (former Wendy’s parking lot next to the Boulder Gas Station on Baseline). To receive a bike for your child, a parent or guardian of a child (2-10 years old) must present one of the following items for each child: most recent report card, a valid photo ID, passport, or birth certificate. If presenting one of those items is not possible, then a bike can still be collected but will be charged a $35 fee per bike. More info here.

2.       Internet Safety Night: Monday, 10/28 from 6-7:30pm in Creekside’s café. A City of Boulder Police Officer will be presenting on how to keep your kids safe online. Open to all Creekside families. No cost to attend. Dinner and childcare provided. Childcare is for kids who are potty-trained and older. Childcare provider is from Boulder Public Libraries and will be doing STEM games and activities with the kids. Must RSVP by 10/24.

3.       Boulder County’s LEAP program is coming! Open 11/1, LEAP can help pay for part of your utility bills throughout winter. More info here.

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 



speed stackers logo small.pngMany of you purchased Speed Stacking cups for your kids during and after our P.E. unit. Thank you for doing this for them and for me. Yes, my P.E. program gets $2.00 in U.S. Games gift certificates for every $20 spent on cups or other accessories.

One of my goals, as a Physical Educator at Creekside, is to promote healthy activity at home through positive alternatives to computer, television and video game screen time.  I believe that Sport Stacking is a unique, fun and simple activity that motivates kids to get up and move.

I still have some Speed Stacks sets and accessories for purchase here at the school with the added benefit of raising funds for our program. I thought that I would send this out to parents as a possible option for holiday gifts.

Speed Stacks sets are available for immediate purchase:

  • Cup Sets are only $20.00
  • Stack mats & Timers and bags  are $25.00
  • Competitor sets (Cup Set, Stem, Stackmat, Timer, & Gear bag) are $45.00.
  • You pay no shipping, PLUS, 20% of your purchase goes directly to our program. 

    Research Studies Have Shown stacking improves …
  • Hand-eye coordination & reaction time
  • Right, left brain activation / bilateral coordination
  • A moderate body exercise & Brian energizer
  • Focus, concentration, & ambidexterity
  • Math & reading skills
  • Teaches children to resolve problems in life
    I have a limited supply of colors and quantities (First come first serve). I will be available on "A" days right after the bell rings for parents to come to my office to purchase cups and/ or mats and timers until Nov. 8th. I will take checks or cash - checks should be made payable to Creekside Elementary.
    Thank you. 
    Sincerely,
    Coach Lealman
BVSD 2020'21 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 1st-January 8th
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 8th.
Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org

Modern Market Eatery
Join your Creekside friends for a community fundraising dinner at Modern Market Eatery Tuesday, October 29, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm!  You get to take a break from Halloween preparations, get out of making dinner, and 50% of proceeds come back to support Creekside kids!  Please join in the fun at 1600 28th street #1212 in Boulder!
Be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside!  Below is a link to RSVP and add it to your Calendar:
Oct 18
Friday, October 18, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • A Taste of BVSD
  • FRS Update

Dear Creekside Parents,


Thank you to Fiesty Family Farm for bringing Elouise and her goat friends on Wednesday. It was wonderful "getting to know" Elouise!

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Halloween at Creekside

Halloween falls on a Thursday this year and we will be celebrating in the following way:

Students may wear a costume (no masks, weapons or scary items) or pajamas to school and participate in a fall parade at 8:15. The parade route will wind around the school and viewing for parents can be in any of the play areas or near the picnic tables outside the cafe.

Students may stay in their pajamas for the rest of the day, but if they wear a costume they must change after the parade. There will be an alternative activity provided for students that do not wish to participate or watch the parade.
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Following the parade some grade levels will be holding a breakfast or an afternoon party. All food served at these fall celebrations should be healthy and contain low or no sugar.
​ ​Individual classroom teachers will let you know if they are having a breakfast or party.

We are looking forward to a fun October 31st at Creekside!


Fifth Graders enjoyed time at Outdoor Ed this week. This year students went to Cal-Wood in Jamestown. The weather was great and students enjoyed a three-day, two night outdoor immersion program. Every fifth grader at Creekside enjoys this experience at no cost thanks to your support of CPO fundraisers.



Enjoy the weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine


The Early Childhood Department is excited to host two family events in partnership with Dr.Kristie Pretti-Frontczak.  BVSD preschool and kindergarten families are invited to participate in the workshop:

     “Recognizing and Reducing Stressors: Empowering Children to Flip the Script Before They Flip Their Lids”

Together we will explore: 

  • What is going on inside children’s brains when they experience strong emotions

  • How to reduce common stressors that trigger children to “flip their lids”

  • How to help children stay within the “window of tolerance” as you begin to reframe misbehavior as stress behavior

  • Practical strategies for helping children recognize, process, and respond in appropriate ways to get their needs met

  • Why popular behavior management techniques do more harm than good…and what you can do differently


Although, BVSD preschool and kindergarten families are invited, space is limited and families will need to RSVP! Please see the attached Flyers for more information.  Please only distribute flyers to preschool and kindergarten families in BVSD! 


Thursday, November 7, 2019- Alicia Sanchez Elementary (In English and Spanish) 


Friday, November 8, 2019- Mapleton Early Childhood Center



A Taste of BVSD


Join us this Saturday, October 19 (10am-3pm) at Creekside Elementary School (3740 Martin Dr, Boulder, CO 80305) to enjoy the sights, smells and samples at A Taste of BVSD.

Elementary students will show off their culinary creations in our 11th annual Elementary Iron Chef Competition, local partners will be excited to meet you and share some fun, engaging activities with kids of all ages, and BVSD Food Services will be highlighting some of our newest menu additions. It’s free and sure to be a great time!

Un Sabor de BVSD  

Únase a nosotros el próximo sábado 19 de octubre (10 am-3pm) en la Escuela Primaria Creekside (3740 Martin Dr, Boulder, CO 80305) para disfrutar de las vistas, los olores y las muestras en Un Sabor de BVSD.

Los estudiantes de primaria mostrarán sus creaciones culinarias en nuestra undécima competencia anual del Cocinero de Hierro, los socios locales estarán encantados de conocerle y compartir algunas actividades divertidas y atractivas con niños de todas las edades, y el Departamento de Alimentos Escolares del BVSD mostrata algunos de nuestros platillos  nuevos que más destaquen. ¡Es gratis y seguramente será un buen momento!

--
Laura A. Smith, MPH
Program and Grants Coordinator
The School Food Project
Boulder Valley School District





FRS Updates

1.       Community Cycles annual Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway will be on 12/15/19 from 10am-2pm at 2750 Baseline Road, Boulder CO 80305 (former Wendy’s parking lot next to the Boulder Gas Station on Baseline). To receive a bike for your child, a parent or guardian of a child (2-10 years old) must present one of the following items for each child: most recent report card, a valid photo ID, passport, or birth certificate. If presenting one of those items is not possible, then a bike can still be collected but will be charged a $35 fee per bike. More info here.

2.       Internet Safety Night: Monday, 10/28 from 6-7:30pm in Creekside’s café. A City of Boulder Police Officer will be presenting on how to keep your kids safe online. Open to all Creekside families. No cost to attend. Dinner and childcare provided. Childcare is for kids who are potty-trained and older. Childcare provider is from Boulder Public Libraries and will be doing STEM games and activities with the kids. Must RSVP by 10/24.

3.       Boulder County’s LEAP program is coming! Open 11/1, LEAP can help pay for part of your utility bills throughout winter. More info here.

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Oct 11
Friday, October 11, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • A note from the office
  • Book Fair
  • Fun Run Results!
  • FRS Update
Dear Creekside Families,

Thank you so much for supporting the FUN RUN this year. Not only did we reach our fundraising goal of $28,000, we surpassed it! I can't thank all of you enough for your support! Kissing a Pig will indeed happen, in fact twice! The special day is Wednesday, October 16, PK-2 at 9:00 and 3-5 at 9:30. I am looking forward to puckering up for Creekside! We will be announcing all of the winners at the assemblies next week.
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We've had a busy week at Creekside! Field Day origically scheduled for the end of the week was moved up to take advantage of the good weather. Thank you Coach and the specials teachers along with parent volunteer, John Andreula, for making Field Day fun for our students! 



We also had our first LEAP Assembly of the year. LEAP is the acronym for Creekside's positive behavior expectations. L=Leadership E=Empathy A=Accountability P=Pride. The Student Council made up of fourth and fifth grade repsentatives and under the direction of fifth grade teacher Robin Gutierrez, plan, write, and facilitate our monthly LEAP assemblies. This month the focus was pride. Great job students!


Reminder that there is no school for students on Monday, October 14. Teachers have professional learning. 

Friendly reminder now that winter is on the way, that Creekside students go out to recess and have outdoor arrival unless the temperature is below twenty degrees and/or it is extremely windy or wet. Please send your child to school prepared for outdoor recess which includes hats, gloves, boots, and snow pants.

A Note From the Office:
If you've ever been to the office in the morning, you know it's a busy place!  We have had an increasing number of parents dropping off "forgotten items" in the morning to be delivered to classrooms.  Please encourage your students to gather and organize their school items the night before.  This encourages organization skills, planning skills and teaches responsibility.  Thanks for your help in helping our office staff!

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


BOOK FAIR OCT 16-22

The book fair is upon us! Boulder Book Store is hosting again this year. The fair is open all day (8-3:30) Weds. Oct 16 through Tuesday, Oct 22—and will stay open until 7 on the 16th and 22nd, during conferences. All profits will be used to purchase new books and materials for our library. 

Bring-a-buddy-to-lunch: Be sure to mark your calendars for the bring-a-buddy-to-lunch day, when kids can invite their favorite adults to browse the fair and then eat lunch together in the Creekside Café (you can eat school food or bring your own). Each grade will attend the book fair during the time slots listed below and then have lunch, except first grade, which will eat lunch first.

Please note the Friday folder reminder went out with some incorrect information about bring-a-buddy days. These are the correct days and times, below:

- Thursday, Oct 17: Grades K (11:30-11:50), 2 (12-12:20) and 4 (12:25-12:45)
- Friday, Oct 18: Grades 1 (lunch 11:20-11:40, followed by book fair) and 3 (12-12:20)
- Monday, Oct 21: Grade 5 (12:25-12:45)
- Parents with kids in grades on separate days can attend on the day of their choice.

Volunteers: We’ll need help setting up and breaking down displays before and after the fair, as well as supervising kids and displays during the bring-a-buddy-to lunch rush during the fair. To volunteer, please sign up here: https://bvsd.helpatschools.com/schools/4/events/4520

Used book collection: This year we will also be collecting used books for the library’s catalog. You can donate books your kids have outgrown anytime during the fair —and for the rest of the year. Mallory Goetz, the new librarian, will have a donation bin in the library all year and would love the books your children have outgrown!

Hi Michele,
If no one has already sent you something to put in this Friday’s blog about the summary from the Fun Run, can you use the below blurb!  Thank you


FUN RUN That’s a wrap!  We had a gorgeous day for the 2019 Fun Run event last Friday.  We exceeded our goal of raising $28,000…we raised a total of $41,195.58!  Incredible!

Since we reached our goal, Dr. Eufemia will kiss a pig as promised!  On Wednesday, October 16th, we will do two waves (yes she will kiss the pig twice) of bringing the students out to the front field to watch starting at 9:00 am.  The student and teacher awards will be rewarded next week. Everyone did such an outstanding job!

Thank you to all the Creekside families and students that came together to make this happen.  I am always open to feedback and looking for parents that want to be part of the committee for next year, contact Samantha at inmotion@masear.com

FRS Updates

1.       Internet Safety Night: Monday, 10/28 from 6-7:30pm in Creekside’s café. A City of Boulder Police Officer will be presenting on how to keep your kids safe online. Open to all Creekside families. No cost to attend. Dinner and childcare provided. Childcare is for kids who are potty-trained and older. Childcare provider is from Boulder Public Libraries and will be doing STEM games and activities with the kids. Must RSVP by 10/24.

2.       Boulder County’s LEAP program is coming! Open 11/1, LEAP can help pay for part of your utility bills throughout winter. More info here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/how-do-i-apply

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org




Oct 04
Friday, October 4, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Update
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Dinners for Staff
  • Destination Imagination

Dear Creekside Families,

I hope you were able to make it to the International Festival last week. It was a joyful celebration of our diverse school community. Thank you to the International Festival Committe, under the direction of  Julia McMillen, for treating us to delicious food, wonderful entertainment, and great conversations!  A big thank you to Valerie Hovland for MCing the event, and another big thanks goes out to everyone that brought food to share and the amazing marimba players from Kutandara in Boulder! 

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Students say "hello" in their native language at the culmination of the nations parade.

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Students from Kutandara in Boulder perform.


We also had a very successful Walk to School Day on Wedensday. Thank you to Mike DiLorenzo and the Walk to School committee for their work ensuring a successful event. The light rain definitely didn't stop us!
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The FUN Run happened today! Will I kiss a pig? Yes, I absolutely will! Thank you to everyone that supported our biggest fundraiser of the year. Sam Watts, you did it again! Thank you and your team for making this year's FUN RUN even better than last year. YOU ROCK!

Enjoy the weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

1.       Vision vouchers: did you know that FRS can provide vision vouchers for you or your student to get glasses? Contact Stephanie for more information.

2.       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

3.       Do you have a child struggling with substance abuse? If so, the CRAFT (Community Resource and Family Training) program may be for you! It is an evidence-based training that teaches a non-confrontational technique with a 70% success rate for reducing use or getting the user into treatment. The group meets once per week for 10 weeks in Boulder starting October 1. Contact Stephanie for more information.

4.       Clases de computación básica: los martes 9/24-11/12, 5-7pm. Aprende: funciones básicas de la computadora, crear su correo electrónico, ayudar a sus hijos con la tarea, y más.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



Parent-Teacher Conferences:
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 Chili night (Oct 16th), CPO night (Oct 22nd) - Chipotle will be provided by the CPO,  so we only need to bring beverages and dessert,  and Italian night (Oct 24th).  We typically ask for volunteers from the kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th-grade parents in the fall, and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th-grade parents in the spring, but all are welcome to volunteer in thanking our amazing teachers and staff. Please click here or use the "helpatschool" link below to sign up.  If you have any questions, contact Mary Ernest at marycernest@gmail.com

Destination Imagination
Dear All,


We are organizing an information session for any parents interested in learning more about Destination Imagination. See flyer attached.
Please forward to your GT Families and ask your principals if they could include this in their school newsletters. I will interpret into Spanish if we have any families who need it.

Thanks for helping spread the word.
--
Rosa Medina
GT Advisor
Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

 
Mark your calendars! 
Destination Imagination Information Night October 8th
Please join us at Escuela Bilingue Pioneer in the cafeteria at 6:30pm  
Get information about the program, start a new team, ask questions.  
For more information 
contact: Tanya Shimonek

¡Marquen sus calendarios! 
Noche Informativa sobre Destino Imaginación
8 de Octubre
 Escuela Bilingue Pioneer -  Cafetería a las 6:30pm  
Obtenga información sobre el programa, comience un nuevo equipo, haga preguntas.  
Para más información
contacte a: Tanya Shimonek o Rosa Medina (español)


Sep 27
Friday, September 27, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Update
  • Volunteer Badges
  • News from the Art Room
  • International Festival
  • We're putting the garden to bed!
  • Fun Run Information
  • Walk to School Day
  • Follow the CPO On Facebook!


Dear Creekside Families,

Please join us for the International Festival tonight at 6:00 pm. The International festival is a long standing tradition at Creekside, and one of my favorite events. Come celebrate our diverse community tonight. 

I am looking forward to the FUN RUN next week. Will I get to kiss a pig? pig.png

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine


FRS Updates

1.       Vision vouchers: did you know that FRS can provide vision vouchers for you or your student to get glasses? Contact Stephanie for more information.

2.       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

3.       Do you have a child struggling with substance abuse? If so, the CRAFT (Community Resource and Family Training) program may be for you! It is an evidence-based training that teaches a non-confrontational technique with a 70% success rate for reducing use or getting the user into treatment. The group meets once per week for 10 weeks in Boulder starting October 1. Contact Stephanie for more information.

4.       Clases de computación básica: los martes 9/24-11/12, 5-7pm. Aprende: funciones básicas de la computadora, crear su correo electrónico, ayudar a sus hijos con la tarea, y más.

 

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Volunteer Badges.  Lifetouch will be here on October 11 from 7:30-1:00 taking parent pictures for Volunteer Badges.  If you would like to have your picture taken for a badge, please drop in any time between 7:30 and 1:00.  Thanks!

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TODAY: Friday September 27, 6pm : Come celebrate Creekside’s diverse community at the International Festival.  Potluck, Student Parade, Activities, and Marimba Music. All are welcome!

Creekside's Annual Put the Garden to Bed event will be on Tuesday, October 8th after school in the garden. It is a great way to celebrate Fall. Kids are welcome. We need at least 8 families at the event, bring your garden gloves, and enjoy a fun afternoon with your kids. Questions contact 
helencburnside@gmail.com.


Neighborhood Art Opportunities for your Family!

Dear Creekside Families,

There are two family-friendly art opportunities coming up this weekend and the next few weekends that you may be interested in:
1. SoBo Arts Fest in Martin Park this Saturday, Sept. 28th
A Free family event to celebrate art in our community. There will be art activities for kids, an art car parade, food trucks, live music featuring Creekside parent Selasse.
Details:-
-12 PM – 4 PM in Martin Park 
-Live Music featuring: Selasse & the Fafa Family with DJ ROLF  & DJ Tomas
-ART CARS with Parade at 3:30 in Martin Acres. 
-Food Trucks:  The French Twist & Sweet Cow  
-Local Artist Market!
-Live Painting by Onecho Juan Esteban Usubillaga!

2. Open Studios Tour- The First 3 Weekends of October

-Open Studios of Boulder is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Open Studios Tour with nearly 140 juried artists participating. The Tour is free of charge, open to the public, and takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00pm over the first three weekends of October.  Families can visit the working studios of the Artists, see them at work, and ask questions.  The Tour kicks-off on Friday, October 4th at a Preview Exhibit from 6-8:30pm at Naropa University's Nalanda Campus.

-Mrs. Peters will be giving Open Studio Tour Booklets with maps and information to 4th and 5th Grade Students in class.  Extra Booklets will be available to look at in the school office and entrance.

-Lindsay Jane Ternes, a Creekside parent, is on the Tour again this year, and welcomes all to visit her home studio (#112) at 230 30th Street. Lindsay is a an award-winning plein air painter working in oil and watercolor, who paints primarily on-site in Boulder County. See more at lindsayjaneternes.com.

For more information visit www.OpenStudios.org.

Jeanette Peters
Art Teacher


Fun Run FUNdraiser 

LET’S MAKE DR. EUFEMIA 
KISS A PIG



In order to do so, I need YOU to help raise money for Creekside.  How much?  
We need $28,000 by Friday October 4th to make this happen.  
I believe in you.  I believe in us as a team… Team Creekside!

You know the drill…cash, checks payable to CPO or 

Contact Samantha with any questions at inmotion@masear.com
Please join the Creekside Parent Organization & Creekside Fun Run 2019 Facebook pages

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 need volunteers to help make posters and signs and to pass out snacks and chaperone the parade that morning. We’d love your help! Please sign up here: 


Follow the Creekside Parent Organization on Facebook to keep up with what's happening in CPO! 





Sep 20
Friday, September 20, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Fun Run Update
  • International Festival
  • FRS Updates
  • Follow CPO on Facebook
Dear Creekside Families,

We had the FUN RUN kick-off assembly on Thursday. The FUN RUN is our largest fundraiser of the year and we love it! This year the goal is to raise $28,000 and if we do I get to kiss a real live pig!!! Please see below for more information, and thank you for your support!

Third grade harvested the Creekside garden this week and followed up with a successful Farmer's Market on Friday. Students packaged, priced and sold produce which included potatoes, tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, kale, chives, and carrots. Thank you to our parent volunteers for assisting in another successful market!

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October Count Day will be WEDNESDAY, October 2nd.  Please do your best to have your student in school that day.  Attendance on Count Day determines our state funding for the year, which impacts resources for your child's classroom, so it is critical that all students be in attendance for at least a portion of that day.  If you have any questions, please contact our registrar at: amber.godard@bvsd.org


Mindful Life at PEN
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Elementary Iron Chef
BVSD's School Food Project will host its annual Elementary Iron Chef Competition on Saturday, October 19th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at A Taste of BVSD at Creekside Elementary School. Fifteen groups of 2-4 students in grades K-5 will be able to show off their culinary skills in this year’s competition. 
Information and Entry Forms:   English  |  Spanish


Have a pleasant weekend!
Warm regards,
Francine

FUN RUN Here we go!  You will find the Fun Run Pledge Form along with information in today’s Friday Folder.  Students have 2 weeks to collect and get sponsors for the event.  Money can be collected via cash, check (Creekside CPO) or online through CPO Paypal link (https://sites.google.com/site/creeksideelementarycpo).

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 of donation (not per lap).  Our goal is to raise $28,000.  Ask your student about the Pep Rally and the awards they can earn.

Special THANK YOU to our Sponsors who are making it possible to have free t-shirts for all the students!  South Side Walnut Cafe, Peak Form Medical Clinic, Adio Health Chiropractic, Kantor & Company Hair Salon and SoBo Homes.


Contact Samantha at 303.483.1166 or inmotion@masear.com if you have any questions.  

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL - Friday, September 27, 6 pm: 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

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.

Clases de computación básica: los jueves 10/3-11/21. En la escuela Columbine, 5:30-7:30pm. Habrá cuidado de niños. Aprende: funciones básicas de la computadora, acceder al portal para padres de BVSD, ayudar a sus hijos con la tarea, protegerse del fraude y estafas, y más. Clases en español. Los participantes pueden comprará un Chromebook después del programa por $30. Habla con Stephanie para más información.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Follow the Creekside Parent Organization on Facebook to find out what's happening with the CPO.  https://www.facebook.com/CreeksideParentOrganization/


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




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