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May 25
Friday, May 25, 2018

​This Week In The  Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS News
  • Grant Writers Needed!
  • Supporting the rights of our Immigrant Community meeting at Angevine

Dear Creekside Families,

It is so hard to believe that another school year has come to an end. Thank you staff, families, students and friends for helping us make this the best year yet! We are so happy to be in our beautiful new building. 

Thank you Sam Watts and her team for organizing a successful FUN RUN!
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This last week has been filled with wonderful activities:
Spririt Week, Twins Day:
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Pride Assembly Clean Up and Popsicle Party:

On Monday, Creekside Student Council organized a school wide “Cleanup and Organize” activity as part of their Pride Assembly. Students showed their pride by organizing learning communities and picking up trash around the building. As a thank you, student council awarded students with freeze pops and a school wide recess!

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Third graders planted summer crops.
Garden Planting:
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Principal of the day, Sailor Schell:
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5th grade enjoyed their last day of elementary school bowling at CU.

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The front office will be closed from June 6-Aug 1.

Have a wonderful summer!

Warm regards,
Francine


FRS NEWS

If you receive food assistance through Boulder County, you can use your SNAP card to double your bucks at the Farmer’s Market this summer! More info on Double Up SNAP bucks at the Farmer’s Market: https://doubleupcolorado.org/

 

-Thank you to everyone who has completed the FRS survey! If you have not yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey about FRS after-school classes. Click here for the survey in English and here for the survey in Spanish. All parents are invited to participate, regardless of your student(s) previous involvement in FRS classes.

 

-Kids eat a lot during the summer! If your family could benefit from extra food at no cost, visit Community Food Share’s summer mobile food pantries to stock up. Summer dates have not been announced but will be posted on this site, so keep checking back.

 

-Summer of Discovery Reading: Read books and get prizes! The Boulder Public Library offers a super fun summer reading program for kids and adults! See https://boulderlibrary.org/summer/ for more information.

 

-If you are in need of assistance (food, rent, counseling, bus passes, etc.) over the summer, please contact EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) at 303-442-3042 or visit them at 1575 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80304. They are a great organization that has a food bank and basic needs assistance for residents of the City of Boulder. They serve all residents regardless of documentation status. More information here: https://www.efaa.org/

 

Happy Summer!!

 

Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Grant Writers Needed

We are so happy to report that Creekside just got a grant for $1,380 from the Jared Polis Foundation!!!  Mary Strine, 3rd grade teacher, applied with the help of Creekisde parent Mike Kennedy. The grant will pay for 4 mini ipads for Mrs Strine's class to use with their Lego Robotics program, but she will share with other classes that need them!

This is so exciting for  the school!  Because I know my youngest kids are graduating this year, I wanted someone to take over this critically important way that Creekside has received A LOT of money ($120,000) in the past six years.  Alissa Sims trained Mike this fall on how to write grants and because he  is an amazing writer as part of his profession, he hit it out of the park on his first try!  

All teachers have the ability to apply for many of these classroom grants, but they usually have little time and sometimes little experience writing a grant.  If you are interested in working on grants with Mike and the teachers, please connect with him ( mwkeno@yahoo.com ).  We can always use the help and you can just support the Creekside Grant Writing Initiatives when you have time.

We are waiting to hear about one more grant and have our fingers crossed that this trend will continue!  Congrats to Mike and Mrs Strine!!  Thank you both!










"Apoyando los derechos de nuestra comunidad de inmigrantes"--Supporting the Rights of Our Immigrant Community Event 

Si usted o su círculo de amistades tienen preocupaciones y preguntas sobre la manera en la cual nuestras autoridades locales pueden proteger y apoyar a la comunidad de inmigrantes en Lafayette y el Condado de Boulder, los invitamos muy cordialmente a una reunión el día Lunes 4 de Junio a las 6:00 de la tarde en Angevine Middle School.

 

Participaran:

  • Michael Dougherty, Fiscal del Distrito de Boulder
  • Joe Pelle, Sheriff del Condado de Boulder
  • Rick Bashor, Jefe de la Policía de Lafayette
  • Gustavo Reyna, Vice Alcalde de Lafayette
  • Representantes del consulado mexicano
  • Esta es una reunión para reafirmar el compromiso y la obligación de las autoridades locales de proteger a nuestra comunidad y respetar nuestros derechos legales.  Ellos van a compartir con nosotros sus esfuerzos para garantizar el trato justo y las protecciones necesarias para evitar abusos y acciones ilegales contra nuestra población.  Pero aún más importante, están dispuestos a dialogar con nosotros y responder a nuestras preguntas e inquietudes. 
Como su representante ante la Ciudad de Lafayette, quiero compartir que estos oficiales de la autoridad local están dispuestos a ofrecernos su apoyo y su protección.  También quieren informarnos de los esfuerzos e iniciativas que están tomando para protegernos y para prevenir acciones que puedan amenazar nuestros derechos legales.

Esperamos que ustedes tengan la confianza de asistir a la reunión, con sus preguntas y sus inquietudes.  Hagamos lo que podamos para que aquellos que necesiten esta información en nuestra comunidad, sepan de esta reunión.


Lunes 4 de Junio.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Angevine Middle School



May 18
Friday, May 18, 2018

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS News
  • The Fun Run was a Success!
  • Creekside CPO Restaurant Fundraiser

Dear Creekside Families,


As the school year comes to a close, I am pleased to announce staff assignments for next year. Please note that at this time we have not been allocated a third kindergarten teacher, but remain hopeful that a third teacher will be allocated in the near future.

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

PK-K-1:

PK:  Heather Bost, Heather Hennings

 K:   Stefani Anderson, Donna Young

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

ILC: Aly Spicer

ELD: Julie Parks

Speech: Sara Jenkins, Brittany Tucker

Literacy: Patty Machen

2-3:

 2:   Kristy Krause, Rebecca Legg

 3:   Sheila Cullen, Mary Strine

ELD: Claudia DaSilva

Counselor: Eric Swan

Social Worker: Donna Wilson

4-5:

 4:   Traci Dunnuck, Katie Webb

 5:   Robin Gutierrez, Kaleena Kreager

SPED: Ann Marie Jennings

Specialists:

Paul Lealman, PE

Elizabeth mcCord, Music

Jeanette Peters, Art

I am pleased to welcome new teachers to the Creekside Staff:

Kristy Krause joins the 2-3 learning community in second grade. Kristy is presently a second grade teacher at Sanchez and has many years of experience as an assistant principal and summer school coordinator.  

Kelly Orr joins the PK-K-1 learning community in first grade.  Kelly has been teaching first grade for four years in DPS.

We welcome these new teachers to the Creekside Family.

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

Stephanie Ball, Liz Gunderson, Kristy Kowalczyk, Louisa Jones, and Natalie Zeldin.


We will be holding a Meet Your Teachers hour (8:30am-9:30am) on August 14, 2018 for families to meet all of the teachers in their Learning Community. In addition, we will be holding Back to School Night on September 12, 5:30 to 7:00

Please monitor the school website for updates throughout the summer!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS News:

-Please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey about FRS after-school classes. Click here for the survey in English and here for the survey in Spanish. All parents are invited to participate, regardless of your student(s) previous involvement in FRS classes. Please submit responses by Wednesday, May 23rd. Thank you!

 

-Free legal clinics: The next free law clinic will be Tuesday, May 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue. They will have 16 attorneys. No pre-registration required. Services offered in English and Spanish. Visit here for more information and additional dates.

 

-Kids eat a lot during the summer! If your family could benefit from extra food at no cost, visit Community Food Share’s summer mobile food pantries to stock up. Summer dates have not been announced but will be posted on this site, so keep checking back.

 

-Summer of Discovery Reading: Read books and get prizes! The Boulder Public Library offers a super fun summer reading program for kids and adults! See https://boulderlibrary.org/summer/ for more information.

 

-If you are in need of assistance (food, rent, counseling, bus passes, etc.) over the summer, please contact EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) at 303-442-3042 or visit them at 1575 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80304. They are a great organization that has a food bank and basic needs assistance for residents of the City of Boulder. They serve all residents regardless of documentation status. More information here: https://www.efaa.org/

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Thank you Creekside for an amazing Fun Run last week!  What better way to celebrate our fantastic school than by moving our bodies in the spring sunshine!  Many thanks to Sara Vaughn, goteamvaughn.com, for joining us to congratulate kiddos at the finish line, and also thanks to Carter Wheeler for the drone pictures of our rainbow of Creeksiders!  Our kiddos loved pushing themselves, with even kindergarteners running multiple extra laps when the race was complete.  Many many thanks to Samantha Watts, Fun Run Coordinator, for her leadership in making this a fun day for all.

The CPO is excited to announce some changes in the structure of the Fun Run in the 2018-2019 school year.  The Fun Run will take place in the fall, and it will be run as a pledge drive fundraising event.  ALL Creeksiders will be able to participate in the run, regardless of their participation in the pledge drive, however there will be some incentives for the students and classes who participate.  Our usual fall CPO Creekside Pride direct-ask giving campaign may potentially be replaced with the Fun Run event.  When you see information announced next fall about our Fun Run event, please give to the pledge drive at least what you would normally give to Creekside Pride ($150 per child attending Creekside).  We are hoping to reach our funding goal ($20,000!!) with this one event, preventing any need for a second giving campaign for the spring!


Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Wednesday June 13 all day, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!



May 11
Friday, May 11, 2018

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Lost and Found
  • There's still time to register for Pre-K
  • UsBorne Book Fair Next Week
  • FRS News
  • CPO Restaurant Fundraisers

Dear Creekside Families,

The blog this week is dedicated to all of our awesome volunteers. Creekside would not be the wonderful school it is without the support of the amazing people that dedicate their time to:

mentor, teach, donate, facilitate events, work at events, serve on the CPO board, write grants, help in the front office, prepare materials, and countless other things that help Creekside run smoothly

So thanks to each and every one of our volunteers, we truly could not do it without you!

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Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

Our bins runneth over! Remember to stop in and check the lost and found for items that are longing to be back in your student's closets!!  Everything will be packed up at the end of the day on Friday, May 18th and will be taken to charity on Monday, May 21st.  

Creekside Preschool is still accepting registrations for the 2018'19 school year!  To register, please complete the Preschool Online Registration.  Please contact Creekside's ECE Community Liaison, Tangi Lancaster, at tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org or 720-561-3815 with any questions.

Just in time for summer reading...we will be hosting a USBorne Book Fair next week in the Media Center!  
Preview on Tuesday May 15 
Book Fair Open on Friday May 18
Online Shopping is also available at www.ignitetheirpassion.com  Be sure to select "Creekside" so that we can get credit for your purchase.
Every purchase will earn the school 50% of the retail value back in books for the library!


FRS News:

-A parent survey about FRS after-school classes will be emailed out next week. The survey will also be linked in this blog and on the school website under the “Announcements” section. All parents are invited to participate, regardless of your student(s) previous involvement in FRS classes. The survey will be available in English and Spanish.

 

-Summer of Discovery Reading: The Boulder Public Library offers a super fun summer reading program for kids and adults! Read books and get prizes! See https://boulderlibrary.org/summer/ for more information.

 

-If you are in need of assistance (food, rent, counseling, bus passes, etc.) over the summer, please contact EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) at 303-442-3042 or visit them at 1575 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80304. They are a great organization that has a food bank and basic needs assistance for residents of the City of Boulder. They serve both documented and undocumented residents. More information here: https://www.efaa.org/

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


ABO's Pizza Fundraiser
Support Creekside and join your Creekside friends for our annual end of the year fundraiser celebration at Abo’s Pizza, NEXT WEDNESDAY May 16 from 5-8 pm637 S. Broadway, 303-494-1274. Eat in or take out; be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside! Delivery orders not included. 


May 04
Friday, May 4, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS News
  • Preschool News
  • Upcoming CPO Meeting
  • Restaurant Fundraisers


Dear Creekside Families,


Curiosity is one of the important behaviors we strive to cultivate at Creekside. Our new spaces, furniture and committment to the 4Cs of 21st century learning (Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication) help spark curiosity in each of our students. A recent article in Education Week entitled, "Is Curiosity as Good at Predicting Children's Reading, Math Success as Self-Control? Study Says Yes," highlights that "eagerness to learn new things" was as good a predictor of math and reading achievement as were early measures of self-control. Initiatives at Creekside such as Project Based Learning and Passion Projects that many grade levels have enagaged in this year help culitvate this behavior. See below for some activities the third graders have organized as part of their Passion Projects.


Math Olympiad Results:

At the recent district tournament held at Google Boulder:
Team A cam
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 in 15th place out of 34 total teams.
Levi Baker
Zoe Biesecker 
Lila Hill 
Mateusz Kostecki 
Sasha LeDesma

Team B came in 31st out of 34 total teams.
Henry Duckham
Michal Gradon
Juliana Iannetta
Josiah Pease
Kieran Schnitzpahn

Based on their work througout the year, the following students were ranked nationally:
Levi Baker- tied for top score made the top 25%
Zoe Biesecker- tied for top score made the top 25% 
Lila Hill- top 40% nationwide
Mateusz Kostecki- top 40% nationwide

Nice work students and thank you to all of our parent volunteers!


In LCs this week...

Third grade had a very special visit from musician, Robby LeBlanc. Mr. LeBlanc played for the third graders as a thank you for the lovely cards they sent to his wife who was critically ill. He shared how the cards the students sent helped bring joy to he and his wife at a time of great pain. Mr. LeBlanc reminded the students that they are powerful and are able to spread great kindness. You may catch a glimpse of his performance on FOX News this evening.

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They were cooking up a storm in the ILC today. Students made and enjoyed a hearty breakfast!

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Third Grade Passion Projects are in full swing. Please join us for the following events organized by third graders as part of their Passion Projects. Click on the links for more information:


BAKE SALE: Benfit Bridge House Homeless Shelter, May 7, 2018

CREEK CLEAN UP: May 10. 2018


Have a wonderful weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine


FRS News:

-A parent survey about FRS after-school classes will be emailed out in the next few weeks. The survey will also be linked in this blog and on the school website under the “Announcements” section. All parents are invited to participate, regardless of your student(s) previous involvement in FRS classes. The survey will be available in English and Spanish.

 

-Family Cooking Night with FRS and Growing Gardens!

Join us on Thursday, May 10th from 6-7pm at Creekside Elementary for a family cooking night. Local non-profit Growing Gardens will be here to share a simple, nutritious recipe through a cooking demonstration fit for parents and students. Families will get to take home recipe cards and produce. Light food and childcare will be provided. The event is free of charge. 


-Are you curious about the world of public benefits such as food assistance, section 8 housing, etc.? Are you interested in learning more about what it is like to live on a low income in Boulder County? The Poverty Simulation is a great event where your whole family can participate in a “day in the life” simulation of life on a limited income. This is a very informative experience for both adults and kids that helps people from all walks of life develop a deeper understanding of one another. Students will walk away with a new perspective of classmates and a further developed sense of compassion. The event is Saturday, May 12th from 10am-1pm at the United Church of Christ, 1500 9th Ave., LongmontRSVP by May 10th to circlesinfo@bouldercounty.org or by calling 303-4141-1503. This event is free and open to the public. Visit Boulder County Circle’s website here for more information.

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



TRIP TRACKER

It’s time to report your child’s green trips for April, the final Trip Tracker survey for the school year! HERE’S THIS MONTH’S SURVEY LINK. The survey will be open through May 7th.  

REMEMBER: Your Trip Tracker dollars will expire on June 11. Spend them or donate them while you can!


Creekside Preschool is still accepting registrations for the 2018'19 school year!  To register, please complete the Preschool Online Registration.  Please contact Creekside's ECE Community Liaison, Tangi Lancaster, at tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org or 720-561-3815 with any questions.

The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, May 8th at 6 PM at Creekside. Topics we will be discussing include approving the CPO budget, Creekside budget, staffing and end of year activities. 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

Support Creekside and join your Creekside friends for our annual end of the year fundraiser celebration at Abo's Pizza, Wednesday May 16 from 5-8 pm637 S. Broadway, 303-494-1274. Eat in or take out; be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside! Delivery orders not included. 
Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Wednesday June 13 all day5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!


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Apr 27
Friday, April 27, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Creekside Preschool
  • Denver Art Museum Family Day
  • Creekside Fun Run is Back!
  • Restaurant fundraisers
  • End of the Year Picnic! Save the Date!

Dear Creekside Families,

All of the state testing for 3,4, 5 is complete! Our students worked very hard and I am proud of them. We should have a 95% participation rate this year and I thank each of you that encouraged your child to participate.

The Spaghetti Dinner was a great success! Thank you for coming! This wonderful event would not have been possible without our amazing and responsible fifth graders who showed poise, maturity, flexibility, and had a lot of fun to boot, along with our talented parent volunteers, under the direction of Alissa Sims. This wonderful group of parents put in many hours planning, soliciting donations, setting-up, running the event, and cleaning up...I cannot thank them enought...they are the absolute BEST! Thank you ALL!

Ms. Natalie Zeldin our speech pathologist  and her students recently wrote to author, Michelle Garcia Winner, author of Superflex...A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum, to suggest a new character:

Dear Michelle Garcia Winner, 

We are a group of 5th graders from Creekside Elementary School in Colorado. 

We really like your book. It has cool characters. We like how you drew the unthinkables and what they do. We like your story when the boy becomes Superflex. 

We have a new unthinkable we thought of. The name of the unthinkable is called The Too Much Truther. He makes you tell too much truth. That might make someone feel sad or hurt. 

For example, if somebody is inviting you to a party and you get Too Much Truther in your head, you would say, “I don’t wanna go to your party because I don’t wanna go to your party.” and that would make the person feel bad. 

One other example is that if somebody says, “You smell.” Even if that is true that the person stinks, that wouldn’t be nice to say and would probably hurt their feelings. 

We are going to send you some drawings of what we think Too Much Truther would look like. 

Sincerely, 5th grade students from Creekside Elementary School Boulder, Colorado

And guess what...Michelle Garcia Winner wrote back:

Hi Natalie and the 5th grade students at Creekside Elementary,

 

Thank you for sending me Too Much Truther! I love the idea and I am telling YOU the truth!

 

Would it be ok if I mentioned your Unthinkable in a conference? I love the examples you sent in your letter ☺ …and really like the Truth Hair and the other pictures. Thanks for sharing!!!

 

I look forward to hearing back from you as to whether its ok for me to share your idea with other teachers!

 

Sincerely,

 Michelle

Mayor of Social Town


Awesome work fifth graders!

Have a nice weekend!
Warm regards,
Francine


FRS Update

Family Cooking Night with FRS and Growing Gardens!

Join us on Thursday, May 10th from 6-7pm at Creekside Elementary for a family cooking night. Local non-profit Growing Gardens will be here to share a simple, nutritious recipe through a cooking demonstration fit for parents and students. Families will get to take home recipe cards and produce. Light appetizers will be provided. The event is free of charge. Please RSVP to FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur: 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org. Flyers with more info are coming home in Friday folders this week.


Have a great weekend,

Stephanie MacArthur


Creekside Preschool is designed to meet the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and language development needs of students utilizing developmentally appropriate classroom practices and the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum. The teaching strategies employed in the preschool recognize that young children learnthrough active exploration and interactions with responsive adults, other children, and open-ended experiences which provide rich opportunities for learning - all in an active, fun, play-based environment. The preschool class-
rooms are each staffed by a licensed Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and a Paraprofessional.
Preschool serves children ages 3 to 5. Children must be 3 or 4 by September 30th to enroll.

Creekside Preschool Flyer for 2018'19.pdf


Family Art Opportunity at the Denver Art Museum

This Sunday, April 29th the Denver Art Museum is hosting a FREE family event to Celebrate Dia del Nino (Day of the Child).  The day will include free admission to the Art Museum, art-making activities, and performances to celebrate children from around the world.  If you have questions please check the Denver Art Museum website: 


Creekside Fun Run is back! This is an all school event that will be fun for all the students.

Mark your calendar’s to come cheer on the kids.  It is on Friday, May 11th with a 1pm start. 

We need volunteers to make it happen.  Please click on the Help At School Link below.  


PARENTS: Please have your child wear the color assigned to school this day.  It can be any shade and tops are enough.  
Preschool - PINK
Kindergarten - RED
1st - WHITE
2nd - YELLOW
3rd - GREEN
4th - BLUE
5th - PURPLE

Support Creekside and join your Creekside friends for our annual end of the year fundraiser celebration at 
Abo's Pizza, Wednesday May 16 from 5-8 pm637 S. Broadway, 303-494-1274. Eat in or take out; be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside! Delivery orders not included. 

Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Wednesday June 13 all day, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!

Creekside End of Year School Picnic

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

5:00-7:00 pm

Please join us for dinner in the backfield behind Creekside to celebrate summer on the last day of school. We will have the BVSD Food Truck serving hamburgers, grilled cheese, or nachos with a seasonal vegetable, and the Kona Ice Truck serving shaved ice with natural sweeteners. The Creekside Parent Organization will have a table to learn more about how you can support our amazing school.  Please bring something to sit on; cash if you want eat from the food trucks, or your own dinner.  We hope to see you there! 


Apr 20
Friday, April 20, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Update
  • Now Enrolling in Pre-K
  • Thrive Bilingual Conference
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Bike to School Day
  • Restaurant Fundraisers Coming Up!

Dear Creekside Families,

CMAS math and language arts testing for grades 3, 4, 5 is complete! I am very proud of all of the students. They worked hard and seemed very excited to show off their brain power! Next week the fifth graders will complete science testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you have a child that will be attending kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year, go to the BVSD website to enroll your child before the end of this school year. Registering your child as quickly as possible will ensure that you won't miss our exciting summer
​ filled with 
playgroups, new friends, and other events that are happening before the 2018-19 school year even begins
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​ Pass on this information to other incoming kindergarten families that you know!

I hope to see you at the Spaghetti Dinner tonight! Thanks in advance to our AMAZING fifth grade parents for organizing this fabulous event.

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

BUILDING BRIDGES: An FRS Event on Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Creekside Elementary

Join us for this community workshop on civic discourse. Several City of Boulder staff members will be present to discuss how the public engages with the City and what you as community members want to see the City do to better serve you. We will have a short presentation followed by roundtable small group discussions. Open to all Creekside families. No previous public service involvement is required. Event is free, and food and childcare will be provided. Spanish and Chinese translations available- but you must RSVP so that we know which languages are needed. Please RSVP to Stephanie MacArthur at macarthurs@bouldercolorado.gov or 720-561-3884 BY Monday, April 23rd.

 

Did you know that FRS offers booklets of bus passes for families who use the bus? Call the FRS Coordinator to find out more.

 

Have a great weekend,

Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org






Creekside Preschool is still accepting registrations for the 2018'19 school year!  To register, please complete the Preschool Online Registration.  Please contact Creekside's ECE Community Liaison, Tangi Lancaster, at tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org or 720-561-3815 with any questions.

The third annual THRIVE bilingual conference takes place in Longmont on April 28. Boulder County residents with low income who attend will learn how to acquire and build their assets including homes, money skills, businesses, and post-secondary education. There are also workshops for aging adults about local services, and what you need to know to move from Medicaid to Medicare".


SPAGHETTI DINNER

The Spaghetti Dinner is tonightDon’t let the weather stop you from participating in our community’s biggest event of the year: Gift cards! Fitness classes! Handmade crafts! Games! If you haven’t bought tickets in advance you can still get them at the door. Seatings are at 5:15 and 6:00. Remember to bring cash for the drawing!

BIKE-TO-SCHOOL DAY

Bike-to-school day is Wednesday April 25Register your child now to receive a $10 Full Cycle gift card and entry into a drawing for fun prizes:  http://bvsd.org/transportation/toschool/Pages/BTSDRegistration.aspx

On Wednesday morning, we encourage bikers to enter through the Dartmouth entrance (from the bike path) to avoid the Martin Drive and parking-lot traffic. Look for the table near the back racks with bagels, stickers, tattoos and other bike-related goodies!

Bike posses will be riding together from various Creekside neighborhoods, picking up riders along the way. Join us!

Highview/Majestic Heights/South Martin Acres: Bikers will meet at Ludlow and Gordon (east intersection) at 7:30; ride along Lashley to pick up families at Brookfield at 7:35, Hanover at 7:40, and the west bikeway entrance to Martin Park at 7:45.

North Martin Acres: Meet at 29th and Dahlia at 7:35, stopping at 31st and Birch at 7:40; then ride south on 32nd, meeting at 32nd and Dartmouth at 7:45.

- Lower Chautauqua: Meet at 19th and Bluebell at 7:30. The group will head down Bluebell, picking up families at Bluebell and 22nd, then take the bike path/frontage road to Table Mesa and the tunnel to the Martin Park bikeway. 

North of Baseline: Meet at the corner of 38th and the Baseline frontage road at 7:30

Join the biking fun!



Support Creekside and join your Creekside friends for our annual end of the year fundraiser celebration at 
Abo's Pizza, Wednesday May 16 from 5-8 pm637 S. Broadway, 303-494-1274. Eat in or take out; be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside! Delivery orders not included. 

Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Wednesday June 13 all day, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!


Apr 13
Friday, April 13, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Bike to School
  • Upcoming Restaurant Fundraisers
  • Fun Run

SPAGHETTI DINNER

THE DINNER IS NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 20Come be a part of Creekside’s most important (and fun) annual fundraiser, served by the 5th graders. Proceeds support field trips, science education, Garden to Table, classroom materials and support, and more. Auction items include play dates with your favorite teachers, photography sessions, literacy tutoring, gift cards to local restaurants and shops, summer camps, fitness classes, handcrafted gifts and art, and much more. Remember to bring cash for the raffle and tips!

GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE! $12 per adult and $7 per child, if you purchase by April 18 — or $14/$8 if you wait to buy them at the door. Fill out the yellow form from your children’s Friday folders, or buy tickets online: https://sites.google.com/site/creeksideelementarycpo/2018-spaghetti-dinner

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Only a handful of parents have signed up to help with the dinner and auction. We need you! We’re especially short on ticket sellers, hosts, and leaders to help the kids get dinner on the tables. Please pitch in! Parents from all grades are welcome to help out. https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/70

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

Bike to School day is coming up on April 25! Register your child now to receive a $10 Full Cycle gift card and to enter into a drawing for prizes, such as Night Ize bike lights, Mirrycle bike bells, water bottles, bike locks and lots of other cycling accessories. Registration is open to students, teachers and BVSD staffThe elementary school with the highest rate of registrations will win a smoothie party sponsored by the School Food Project! Register at: http://bvsd.org/transportation/toschool/Pages/BTSDRegistration.aspx

Snacks, stickers and pins will be provided for all the kids who ride to school on the 25th. The plan is to have bike posses ride together from all the nearby neighborhoods. More details next week! 

Upcoming Restaurant Fundraisers

Abo's PizzaWednesday May 16 from 5-8 pm637 S. Broadway, 303-494-1274. Eat in or take out; be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside! Delivery orders not included. 

Love at First Bite! Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana is giving 10% of all revenue to Creekside Elementary on Wednesday June 13 all day, 5378 Gunbarrel Center Court, Suite #1, Boulder, 720-531-3936. Eat in or take out, please support them for supporting us! Just mention you are there to support Creekside!

Creekside Fun Run is back! This is an all school event that will be fun for all the students.Mark your calendar’s to come cheer on the kids.  It is on Friday, May 11th with a 1pm start. We need volunteers to make it happen.  Please click on the Help At School Link below.  






Apr 13
Friday, April 13, 2018

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • BVSD Art Show highlights Creekside Students!
  • FRS News

Dear Creekside Families,

The first week of CMAS testing for the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders went very well. I am so proud of each and every student for how hard they worked on the language arts tests! When we return from the long weekend, starting on Wednesday students will be completing the math portion of the test.

I am very excited that the annual Spaghetti Dinner is right around the corner. Please join us on Friday, April 20th for this fun event!

Congratualtions to the eleven Creekside artists that were selected to participate in the Boulder Valley School District K-8 Art Show:

Mason Knickelbein in Kindergarten

Gabi Camancho-Sager in 1st Grade

Ruthie Meilijson in 2nd Grade

Paola Justo Valadez in 3rd Grade

Max Webb, Mike Morquecho, Lucy TeBockhorst, Sasha Le Desma, Zoe Biesecker, and Elias Olson in 4th Grade

and Grant Sims in 5th Grade


The District Art Show features artwork from Kindergarten through 8th Grade students from all over the school district.  The artwork will be on display from April 6th to 22nd at the Boulder Public Library Art Gallery located at 9th Street and Canyon Boulevard.


Great work Creekside Artists!


If you have questions about the show, please contact Mrs. Peters: jeanette.peters@bvsd.org



If your student is NOT planning on returning to Creekside Elementary for the 18-19 school year, please e-mail Amber Godard by May 5, 2018 to let her know.  Amber can be reached at

amber.godard@bvsd.org


Have a nice long weekednd!

Warm regards,

Francine


FRS (Family Resource School) Updates

-The 5th grade Spaghetti Dinner is next Friday, May 20th! We want your whole family to be able to attend, so FRS is offering ticket scholarships to families who could otherwise not afford to bring the whole family. Contact the FRS Coordinator for more information.

 

-Did you know that FRS offers booklets of bus passes for families who use the bus? Income limits apply. Call the FRS Coordinator to find out more.

 

-Do you need help paying your heating bill? April is the last month to apply for Boulder County’s Energy Assistance Program called LEAP. Visit the website here to apply.

 

-Are you curious about the world of public benefits such as food assistance, section 8 housing, etc.? Are you interested in learning more about what it is like to live on a low income in Boulder County? The Poverty Simulation is a great event where your whole family can participate in a mock “day in the life” simulation of life on a limited income. This is a very informative experience for both adults and kids that helps people from all walks of life develop deeper understandings of one another. Students will walk away with a new perspective of classmates and a further developed sense of compassion. The event is Saturday, May 12th from 10am-1pm at the United Church of Christ, 1500 9th Ave., Longmont. RSVP by May 10th to circlesinfo@bouldercounty.org or by calling 303-4141-1503. This event is free and open to the public. Visit Boulder County Circle’s website here for more information.

 

Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org








Apr 06
Friday, April 6, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS News
  • Fairview's Summer Swim Camp for current 5th graders
  • Body Image and Disordered Eating Events
  • CPO Meeting this Week!
  • Spaghetti Dinner Information
  • Trip Tracker
Dear Creekside Families,

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing spring break! We are gearing up for state testing next week, and the students are ready to use their brain power and rock those tests!  You may access the schedule here.

In learning communities...
Kindergarten has been learning about detritivores (earthworms, red worms, roly polies, sow bugs). They had isopod races and built obstacle courses for the worms!
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Second grade completed their Project Based Learning (PBL) unit: From Beads to Bracelets this week with the opening of their bracelet store. Bracelets sold out quickly, selling more than 100! All proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of Boulder County.

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Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine



FRS News

 We have a very full session of after-school classes! 110 students are registered and had a great first week of classes. For the 2018-2019 school year, FRS plans to offer one fall session (roughly September-November, specific dates TBD), one winter session (January-March), and one spring session (April-May). The program is growing quickly so we hope to offer several additional classes in the fall. We will collect parent feedback in a survey going out before summer break. 

 

The 5th grade Spaghetti Dinner is approaching! We want your whole family to be able to attend, so FRS is offering ticket scholarships to families who could otherwise not afford to bring the whole family. Contact the FRS Coordinator for more information.

 

Did you know that FRS offers booklets of bus passes for families who use the bus? Call the FRS Coordinator to find out more.

 

Do you need help paying your heating bill? April is the last month to apply for Boulder County’s Energy Assistance Program called LEAP. Visit the website here to apply: https://sites.google.com/a/state.co.us/cdhs-leap/apply-now

 

Have a great weekend,

Stephanie MacArthur - FRS Coordinator - 720-561-3884 - stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


 It's Head Lice Season

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


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

District policy regarding head lice:

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

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

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

Fairview High School Swim Camp
Attached is the flyer and registration link and forms for the camp. It is a six week swim camp for entering 6th graders to 12th graders, sponsored by the Fairview Swim Team and run through BVSD. There are many options, including a full camp, 12 practice punch pass.  This is open to both boys and girls.

Body Image and Disordered Eating Events

If you are interested in learning more about body image and disordered eating, there are two upcoming events that are free, local, and may be of interest to you.

Please see here for information about the events and a link to pre-registration: https://www.colorado.edu/lab/crest/upcoming-events



The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, April 10th at 8 AM at Creekside. Topics we will be discussing include the Creekside Budget, FTE and upcoming CPO budget meetings. 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”

Cheers,
 Brendan

SPAGHETTI DINNER

It’s time to purchase tickets for the April 20 spaghetti dinner! You can pre-purchase seats for $12 per adult and $7 per child if you buy them by April 18, or $14/$8 if you wait to buy them at the door. Just fill out the yellow form sent home in your children’s Friday folders, or buy them online: http://bit.ly.2FvhfpG 

If you have basket or silent auction donations to pick up or turn in, please do so now! The official deadline for all donations is Monday

And finally, here is a link if you’d like to volunteer for the dinner. Fifth grade parents are strongly encouraged to pitch in but all grades are welcome to help out. https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/70


TRIP TRACKER
The March Trip Tracker survey closes Monday April 9If you haven’t submitted trips, you still have a few days to get it done! Please don’t waste the opportunity to turn your children’s trips into support for local non-profits or purchases at participating businesses. Here’s the MARCH SURVEY LINK.


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