This Week In The Blog:
Dear Creekside Families,
Today we said good bye, to our Office Manager, Michele Leffler. Michele has been an integral part of Creekside-she is the glue that holds us all together. We will miss her tremendously and wish her well as she pursues the next phase of her career! Please see her message below:
1. The winter after-school session is 2/3-3/19. Many classes are full. If you still want to register, please turn your forms in ASAP.
2. CU Society of Women Engineers is hosting a family engineering night at Creekside on Wednesday 1/29 from 6-7:30. All families are welcome to come build together! Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Stephanie by 1/22.
3. FRS presents an Internet Safety Night with a local police officer. Come learn about how to keep your kids safe online! This is a very important topic- don’t miss this event! Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Stephanie by 1/28.
The annual Creekside Spelling Bee took place on Wednesday, January 15. Congratulations to all of the students that qualified for the finals! The Intermediate Winner, Simone Menyhart will represent Creekside in the district Spelling Bee this spring. Good Luck Simone!
Hamish Mc Millen
Winners: (pictured below)
1st-Hamish Mc Millen
TJ (Troy) Forsyth
Dodgeball starts next week! Hope to see you there!
Authentic Parenting Class
The Winter session of "Authentic Parenting” - a 5 week parenting education class for parents of sensory sensitive, highly sensitive, gifted, and/or 2E elementary aged kids is now open for registration. The first class begins Wednesday, January 22 and will run for 5 consecutive Wednesdays, ending February 19, 2020. All classes will be held in the conference room at 100 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 12, 2nd floor. The classes are from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This class has a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 participants. The cost for five weeks is $180 per person or $200 per couple, payable at the first class. To register, please contact Sarah at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-562-6328. Class size limited to 12 pp. Here is a flyer.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) Violence Prevention School Tour
We are excited to announce that on Tuesday January 28th, the CSF will present The Tempest to students in grades 3-5 in The Heart. Following the performance, students will attend a 45 minute workshop. Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s touring Shakespeare and Violence Prevention program uses live performance and the latest bullying and school violence research – students improve their Shakespeare literacy AND learn intervention strategies they can use effectively when they see mistreatment happening around themYou can learn more here: https://cupresents.org/event/10050/shakespeare/csf-schools/
1. After-School program: Thanks to everyone who has turned in their registration packets. We’ve had a great turnout! Classes are Monday, 2/3 – Thursday, 3/19 from 2:45-4:15pm. We still have a few spots in: Tuesday choir (grades 2-5), Tuesday CU engineering (grades 2-5), Wednesday yoga (grades 3-5), Thursday chess (grades 2-4).
3. FRS presents an Internet Safety Night with a local police officer. Come learn about how to keep your kids safe online! Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Stephanie by 1/28.
Save The Date!Creekside’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction
When: Friday, April 24, 2020
Why It’s Important to Creekside:This event is a long-standing tradition at Creekside and is an essential fundraiser for the school’s educational programs and benefits every student--from Preschool to Fifth grade. Money raised by the dinner and silent auction help cover costs of materials for reading, writing, literacy support, math, English as a Second Language (ESL), and enriching field trips like outdoor education, our garden-to-table program & cultural events that many students might not get to experience otherwise.Three Easy Ways All Creekside Families Can Help:
Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend the spaghetti dinner with your family and friends (everyone is invited--not just Creekside families!).
Brainstorm silent auction items you may be able to donate (maybe you’re a painter, a chef, a mechanic, a tutor, etc.--we’d love to get more of our school’s parents and family members donating their talents to the auction!). Think of businesses you are associated with and consider asking them to donate to the silent auction. No item is too small--we can combine it with other items!
Save your silent auction items for our Fundraising February campaign--our month-long push to solicit items. We’ll send out more details at the end of January!
Questions? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reserva la fecha!
Cena anual de spaghetti y subasta silenciosa de Creekside
Cuándo: viernes 24 de abril de 2020
Por qué es importante para Creekside:
Este evento es una tradición de larga data en Creekside y es un recaudador de fondos esencial para los programas educativos de la escuela y beneficia a todos los estudiantes, desde preescolar hasta quinto grado. El dinero recaudado por la cena y la subasta silenciosa ayudan a cubrir los costos de los materiales para lectura, escritura, apoyo de alfabetización, matemáticas, inglés como segundo idioma (ESL) y enriquecedoras excursiones como educación al aire libre, nuestro programa de jardín a mesa y eventos culturales. que muchos estudiantes no podrían experimentar de otra manera.
Tres maneras fáciles en que todas las familias de Creekside pueden ayudar:
1. Ponga la fecha en su calendario y planee asistir a la cena de espagueti con su familia y amigos (todos están invitados, ¡no solo las familias Creekside!).
2. Haga una lluvia de ideas para los artículos de la subasta silenciosa que puede donar (tal vez sea un pintor, un chef, un mecánico, un tutor, etc.). Nos encantaría que más padres y miembros de la familia de nuestra escuela donen sus talentos. a la subasta!). Piense en las empresas con las que está asociado y considere pedirles que donen a la subasta silenciosa. Ningún artículo es demasiado pequeño, ¡podemos combinarlo con otros artículos!
3. Guarde sus artículos de subasta silenciosos para nuestra campaña de recaudación de fondos de febrero: nuestro impulso de un mes para solicitar artículos. ¡Enviaremos más detalles a finales de enero!
Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con email@example.com o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Winter Break! It was wonderful to see all of the students on Tuesday and hear about the fun things they did during the holidays.
Friendly reminder that students go outside for recess unless the temperature dips below 20 degrees. Please be sure your student is dressed appropriately for the weather which may include snow boots and pants, hats, gloves, rain jackets, and sending extra socks in case of wet feet.
Dogs on Campus
I've been asked to pass along the BVSD expectation that dogs not be on school campuses. In particular, injuries caused by dogs on campus are generally not covered by BVSD. Here are the district guidelines.
CMAS Testing for grades 3, 4, 5 will take place for three weeks in April. Testing will take place on the following days:
Language Arts: 4/7, 4/8, 4/9
Math: 4/14, 4/15
Grade 4 only
Social Studies: 4/16, 4/21, 4/22
Grade 5 only
Science: 4/16, 4/21, 4/22
A more detailed schedule will be shared with parents of grades 3, 4, 5 at the end of next month.
Enjoy your weekend!
Parking Lot Reminder
Please remember that there is no parking in the Hug and Go Lane in the parking lot. Also, please do not leave your car running and unattended in the parking lot.
The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, January 14th from 6 PM to 7 PM. Please come join us!
1. The FRS Winter After-School Program will be on 2/3-3/19. Registration packets go home on 1/10 and registration opens Monday 1/13. Get your forms in ASAP to reserve your spot! Double check that you’ve included the right payment and completed both sides of the form- missing information or payment will delay your registration.
2. Getting Ahead is a 16-week program that helps individuals experiencing poverty to build their resources in order to reach their self-sufficiency goals. Appliations are due February 1st. Classes meet every Wednesday from 2/5-5/20 from 5:30-8pm. If you’re interested in signing up, contact Stephanie (info below) or contact EFAA directly by emailing email@example.com to request an application. Apps are also available at EFAA’s front desk. Dinner, childcare, and a $20 gift card provided at each class.
3. Intercambio’s winter term of English classes starts in January. Classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-8pm. The cost is $45 for new students and includes 3 months of classes, books, and an app to practice English. Scholarships are available.
Mark your calendars! The annual Creekside Talent Show will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. in the heart. All students are welcome to participate as performers or audience members.
To become a performer, please sign up for an “Audition” time slot using Sign Up Genius: http://bit.ly/k-5-talent.
Everyone who signs up for an “Audition” spot and competes the “Audition” and Dress Rehearsal is automatically IN the talent show. The audition process simply allows our Talent Show team to get a better idea of what each act will look like so we can help your student shine as part of the larger event.
Talent Show Important Dates
Talent Show Rules and Guidelines
Please turn in a permission slip at your students “Audition.” We need a permission slip for EACH individual student participating in the talent show. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McCord (firstname.lastname@example.org).
January 21st & 28th - K, 1st, 2nd Graders
1. Happy holidays from FRS! The FRS office will be closed from Friday, 12/20 – Friday, 1/3/2020. If you need food, housing, or other assistance during this time, please contact EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) at 303-442-3042.
Today Student Council presented the second LEAP assembly. Today the assembly focused on the Creekside expectation, Accountability. The students outlined what it means to be accountable in school and shared a number of skits, videos, and interviews. They did an outstanding job!
Don't forget next week is Spirit Week:
Monday-Mismatch/Crazy Outfit Day
Thursday-Slippers Day (please bring shoes for recess and PE)
Friday-PJs or holiday outfits
If your student made a poster for the International Festival and you would like it back, please pick it up by Monday, December 16 at 2:40. After that time, all remaining posters will be disposed of.
Have a nice weekend!
Sister Carmen Parenting Class
10-week course starts mid-January and ends spring break:
Register by calling or emailing Ginny, contact listed on the word doc.
A pillar of Creekside Elementary is the education of the whole child. One of our cornerstones is:
*All children should be challenged to reach their intellectual and social-emotional potential. (educating the heart and the mind)
Our school counselor, Eric Swan, visits classrooms twice a month to deliver guidance lessons. Currently these lessons are focusing on bullying and safe ways of responding. This guidance unit follows lessons around inclusivity, diversity, kindness, and honoring versus ridiculing differences across students that were presented in September and October.
To begin, it is important to separate bullying from typical conflict that students will encounter in friendships and working in small groups. Borrowing from www.stopbullying.gov, “bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Bullying should be contrasted with accidental, one-time, mean or hurtful behavior that can occur as kids interact. Here is a helpful visual regarding various types of bullying.
In grades K-3 we have used the book One by Kathryn Otoshi to notice bullying behavior in action. This is a fantastic book by the way, and opens up further discussion about how bullying makes others feel and how one can respond, including as an “upstander.” There is great value in teaching students how to be assertive and say “stop, I don’t like that” as opposed to responding with further aggression or in passive ways. In grades K-2, I promoted “Stop, Walk, Talk” as a simple framework. In grade 3, where we are in the beginning phase, students will learn this strategy and explore another, which is HA, HA, SO.
In grades 4-5 we are revisiting HA, HA, SO which can be used when we are the target of bullying, and CARES when we observe it. These are options for students to consider as they navigate the complex social world and decide for themselves what situations call for. In this context we also discuss the difference between “tattling” and “telling.” I am fond of the expression “Tattling is trying to get someone into trouble, and telling is trying to get someone out of trouble.” When students are concerned about bullying they’ve endured or witnessed, they need others they can tell or seek support from, such as trusted adults at home and at school. This is a good time to ask your child who they would tell if they were affected by bullying.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eric or myself through the front office.
Have a great weekend!
Student Council presents Spirit Week
Please see the following flyers from BVSD's Transportation and Food Services departments. Consider a job with BVSD - It's a great place to work!
food services flyer 12-2019 eng-span.pdf
transporation flyer 12-2019 eng-span.pdf
As Thanksgiving approaches, our students have been hearing and thinking more about kindness and gratitude. The students have been busy writing about being thankful, along with other kindness activities, but does this really make a difference for kids? Research clearly shows that it does. Practicing gratitude increases students’ positive emotions and optimism, decreases their negative emotions and physical symptoms, and makes them feel more connected and satisfied with school and with life in general.
When children practice acts of kindness it strengthens the neural networks in their brain that help them develop compassion and empathy. The more they practice acts of kindness, the easier it becomes for them to recognize when people are in need. Brain research demonstrates that people who practice acts of kindness and compassion are better at recognizing and identifying emotions in others, a key component to the development of empathy. Studies also show that performing one act of kindness a day over just 10 days can measurably increase your happiness. In other words, kindness makes us happier!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!
Do you have a passion for education and enjoy working with kids?
We are currently looking for parents and/or volunteers that are passionate about education and want to support the learning needs of our students by becoming a substitute teacher at your child’s school! Substituting is a rewarding and flexible job that is critical to the continuity of student learning. A 1 - 5 year substitute authorization allows you to work in a Colorado public school as a substitute teacher and all you need is a high school diploma or higher to qualify. Substitute authorizations are issued without grade level or subject endorsement and BVSD will provide the training you need to successfully lead in the classroom.
Training and professional development opportunities
Flexible schedule that lets you choose when you can work at your child’s school
Earn $100 full day (8 hours) / $55.00 half day (4 hours)
Earn $140 full day (8 hours) / $70 half day if you sub on Mondays and Fridays
Earn $120 full day (8 hours) /$60 half day if you sub at Title I school
Professionalism: You have the opportunity to work with other teaching professionals
Great hours: You can sub while your kids are in school
1-Year substitute authorization
Applicants must have a high school diploma.
Must provide evidence of successful working experience with children (volunteering).
3-year substitute authorization:
Applicants must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or higher to qualify.
5-year substitute authorization:
Must hold or have held a current Colorado teacher license.
A bachelor's degree or higher
Cost to the Colorado Department of Education:
1-Year authorization: $60
3-Year or 5-Year authorization: $90
Click her for the CDE Website to apply for a 1, 3, or 5 year substitute license
Click her to apply online to BVSD and/or email Denise Stilson, our substitute coordinator at (email@example.com) for more information.
Thanks for your patience and understanding with this challenge.
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. Boulder County’s LEAP program is OPEN! LEAP can help pay for part of your utility bills throughout winter. Applications here.
3. 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.
4. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you hoping to learn more about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?
According to WebMd, Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Some people with sensory processing disorder are oversensitive to things in their environment. Common sounds may be painful or overwhelming. The light touch of a shirt may chafe the skin. Others with sensory processing disorder may:
Bump into things
Be unable to tell where their limbs are in space
Be hard to engage in conversation or play
In order to support parents and guardians of students with SPD, a pair of local therapists are offering Parenting Group sessions. Click here to see the flyer and learn more!
Trip Tracker Snafu Sorted!Due to some sort of computer error, about 100 Creekside families’ Trip Tracker registrations didn’t roll over to the new school year. We have remedied the situation and you should receive a link this Friday to report your November trips. You will also receive a separate email soon to report your trips for the missed months (September and October). Thanks for walking, biking, and bussing to school!
Elementary Report Cards (Grades 1-5) are viewable in the Parent Portal. See directions here:Elementary Report Card Access in Parent Portal.pdf
Kindergarten Report Cards were sent home today in Friday Folders.
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: email@example.com.
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.
Follow the Creekside Parent Organization on Facebook to keep up on announcements, restaurant night outs, opportunities to volunteer and more! https://www.facebook.com/CreeksideParentOrganization/
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,
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.
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!