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Dec 14
Friday, December 14, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Creekside Preschool Lottery and Current Openings
    • Save the Date: Dodgeball 18-19
    • Read-A-Thon
  • Community Dinner Jan. 21-27 at Murphy's

Dear Creekside Families,


Kudos to the fourth and fifth grade! Their winter concert and art show was fantastic! Thank you to our music teacher, Elizabeth McCord, and art teacher, Jeanette Peters!


Students from the Fairview High School public speaking class came to read to Mrs. Young's Kindergarten class on Thursday.

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We had a lot of fun with Spirit Week!

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Have a nice weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine



FRS Updates

1.       EFAA’s holiday gift room: Families who have used at least one service from EFAA in the past year are eligible to shop for gifts for their kids in EFAA’s gift room. No appointment needed; just go to the front desk and ask to shop in the gift room.

2.       PLAYpass provides eligible youth with $250 towards participation in approved sports and recreation programs! To be eligible, participants must be City of Boulder residents between the ages of 0 - 17, and must provide proof of participation in an assistance program such as Free/reduced lunch, SNAP, WIC, or Medicaid. Approved programs include those offered at Boulder County Soccer Club, Boulder Indoor Soccer, Boulder Parks and Recreation, FC Boulder Soccer, North Boulder Little League Baseball, Ocean First, The Corner Boxing Club, and YMCA of Boulder Valley Youth Sports Programs (excludes ice programs). Please visit http://www.playboulder.org/access-playpass (English) or http://www.playboulder.org/playpass-in-spanish (Español) to apply.

3.       LEAP season is here! LEAP is a Boulder County program that assists low-income families with their winter heating bill. For example, a family of four earning under $3,452/month qualifies for assistance. Applications are here. Check out the income limits here. Paper applications available in the FRS office as wellSi hay personas en la casa sin seguros, todavía puede aplicar si hay por lo menos una persona con un número de seguro social (puede ser un niño). Habla con Stephanie para más información.

4.       Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway organized by Community Cycles! Free bikes and helmets are available on December 16thfor kids living in Boulder County. Contact Stephanie MacArthur if you would like more information.

5.       Share-A-Gift is this coming Saturday, 12/10! Shop for your kids at Share-A-Gift! Find awesome toys for all ages at no cost. Details here: https://shareagift.org/toy-shop/

 

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org








BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 9th-January 9th
Enrollment Process for NEW Preschoolers:
For a tuition seat, Steps 1 & 2 must be completed
OR
For a CPP seat, only Step 1 must be completed.

1. Go to http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment and complete the Early Child Enrollment OnLine Registration (OLR). Be sure to upload all required documents:
  • Current proof of residence with a service address
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Child’s physical completed within the last year
2. TUITION FAMILIES ONLY: Complete the Online Billing
Registration, which may be accessed on the main enrollment page (http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment) under FAQs.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 9th.
Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org
Creekside Preschool is STILL accepting registrations for the current school year as well.  Contact Tangi for more information!
Tangi Lancaster
ECE Community Liaison
Creekside Elementary
720-561-3815


SAVE THE DATE FOR DODGEBALL! 
Our Dodgeball format is safe, fun and healthy for all ages and abilities.   

Let’s make this year even better by getting everyone involved!  Ask your Creekside kids, your alumni kids, your friends - everyone is welcome!  The funds raised go directly to your kid’s education through the CPO funds that support teachers, field trips, supplies, para’s and more!

This is not an afterschool program, any student that participates must have a parent/guardian present at 2:40

2019 Event Schedule:

January 22:  3:00-4:30 p.m. - Kindergarten/1st/2nd grades
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games

January 29:  3:00-4:30 p.m. - Kindergarten/1st/2nd grades
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games

January 243:00-4:30 p.m. - 3rd/4th/5th grades
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games

January 31:  3:00-4:30 p.m. -3rd/4th/5th grades
5:00-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games




Read-a-Thon Coordinator Urgently Needed!!
Our faithful Read-a-Thon coordinator Stephanie Pease is unable to coordinate this year.  She is ready and waiting to pass the torch to a willing person (or persons), but we need someone to step up urgently!  The Read-a-Thon will take place at the same time as the Creekside Book Fair, February 4-8, and if we don't have a coordinator by January 11, the Read-a-Thon (a decades old tradition at Creekside) will likely not take place. Please contact Brendan Billingsley at billingb@gmail.com and Stephanie Pease at stephanie.pease@gmail.com ASAP if you'd like to know more!

The Read-a-Thon encourages kids to stretch themselves as readers, and have fun.  Many families report that their child reads during RAT like they've never read before, and that it makes a noticeable difference in their confidence as readers! RAT and the Book Fair are also the only CPO fundraisers that support our school's library and literacy library, providing quality books to classrooms and students that ensure Creekside children have a lifelong love of reading.  

What's involved....
Find a friend to help you!  This is a great project to do as a team with 2-3 people.
- Picking a theme (very easy, lots of themes available on the internet)
- Updating, printing, and distributing Read-a-Thon reading logs and pledge sheets
- Updating the HelpAtSchool signup sheet to coordinate parents to help count the minutes on the logs that are turned in
- Coordinating two assemblies - one to open and one to close the event (usually RAT is just 2 weeks long)
- Arranging for a small number participation prizes awarded by lottery
- Other optional activities

Enjoy a meal with family and friends at Murphy's, 657 S. Broadway, Jan 21-Jan 27 and 15% will go back to Creeksdie Elementary.  Families must let their server now that they are there to support Creekside.


Dec 07
Friday, December 7, 2018

​This  Week In  The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Come to the Community Dinner!
  • Trip Tracker 
  • Save the Date - Dodge Ball is Coming!
  • FRS Updates

Dear Creekside Families,

Student Council presents Spirit Week next week:

Monday

PJ Monday

Tuesday

Twin Tuesday

Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday

Thursday

Crazy Hair Thursday

Friday

Superhero Friday



Today fourth grade met with their first grade buddies for some reading practice.
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Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


Community Dinner
Please join your friends at Creekside's biggest fundraising dinner at NEXT DOOR EATERY. Excellent food...50% of all revenue comes back to Creekside! Monday, Dec 10, 5-9 pm, 1039 Pearl Street.

SUBMIT YOUR TRIP TRACKER SURVEYS FOR NOVEMBER
This month’s Trip Tracker survey period closes December 10. Log your child’s trips to receive Tracker bucks to spend at lots of great and generous local businesses, including Spruce Confections, Play It Again Sports, Ripple Frozen Yogurt and many more. Report your surveys here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSo55EdvG5N0MiQi_W2Q0lpFQdg-9wShnbV2RnxRPHhSNv_Q/viewform 

2019 marks our 9th Annual Dodgeball event!   
Our Dodgeball format is safe, fun and healthy for all ages and abilities.   

Let’s make this year even better by getting everyone involved!  Ask your Creekside kids, your alumni kids, your friends - everyone is welcome!  The funds raised go directly to your kid’s education through the CPO funds that support teachers, field trips, supplies, para’s and more!

2019 Event Schedule:

January 22:  3:00-4:30 p.m. - Kindergarten/1st/2nd grades
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games

January 29:  3:00-4:30 p.m. - Kindergarten/1st/2nd grades
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games

January 243:00-4:30 p.m. - 3rd/4th/5th grades
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games

January 31:  3:00-4:30 p.m. -3rd/4th/5th grades
5:00-7:00 p.m. - Alumni/adults/Family Games

FRS Updates

1.       PLAYpass provides eligible youth with $250 towards participation in approved sports and recreation programs! To be eligible, participants must be City of Boulder residents between the ages of 0 - 17, and must provide proof of participation in an assistance program such as Free/reduced lunch, SNAP, WIC, or Medicaid. Approved programs include those offered at Boulder County Soccer Club, Boulder Indoor Soccer, Boulder Parks and Recreation, FC Boulder Soccer, North Boulder Little League Baseball, Ocean First, The Corner Boxing Club, and YMCA of Boulder Valley Youth Sports Programs (excludes ice programs). An application is required to receive the PLAYpass, and once an application is submitted, more information about redemption and program registration will be provided. The application should only take between 5- 10 minutes. Applications can be completed online or by paper. Please visit http://www.playboulder.org/access-playpass (English) orhttp://www.playboulder.org/playpass-in-spanish (Español) to apply.

2.       LEAP season is here! LEAP is a Boulder County program that assists low-income families with their winter heating bill. For example, a family of four earning under $3,452/month qualifies for assistance. Applications are here. Check out the income limits here. Paper applications available in the FRS office as well! To apply you need one month of paystubs for all working adults in the household, a copy of your recent Xcel bill, and social security numbers for everyone in the household. Si hay personas en la casa sin seguros, todavía puede aplicar si hay por lo menos una persona con un número de seguro social (puede ser un niño). Habla con Stephanie para más información.

3.       Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway organized by Community Cycles! Free bikes and helmets are available on December 16th for kids living in Boulder County. Contact Stephanie MacArthur if you would like more information.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



Nov 30
Friday, November 30, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Grade 3-5 Choir Beginning Soon
  • 'BVSD Preschool
  • Next Door Eatery Fundraising Dinner
  • Message from the GROWE Foundation

Dear Creekside Families,

It's Open Enrollment time. We will be having a tour for parents of upcoming 1st-5th graders not presently enrolled at Creekside on December 6th at 10:00 followed by a Kindergarten tour/meeting that same evening at 5:30. Parents are asked to register for the tour with our front office. Please encourage families outside of our zone to attend.

Thank you Coach Lealman for our new GaGa Ball pit! The pit should be ready for play soon.  Coach will review the complete rules with each class in PE, and here are the basic rules for enjoying GaGa Ball with your children:
-All players start with one hand touching the wall of the pit
-The game begins with one player throwing the ball up into the center of the pit.
-When the ball enters the pit, the players scream "GA" for the first two bounces, and "GO" on the third bounce, after which the ball is in action.
-Once the ball is in play, any player may hit the ball with an open or closed hand.
-If a ball touches a player below the waist they are out and leave the pit.
-Last person in the pit is the winner.

First grade visited the Arvada Center today for a production of Seussical!
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Once again our friends at The Kitchen Next Door are generously donating 50% of food AND beverage sales back to Creekside for all Creekside supporters who go for dinner on Monday, December 10th  (5pm-9pm).  This is the biggest restaurant fundraiser of the year for our school.  So mark your calendars now and make plans to meet Creeksiders, invite your friends to join, and raise money for our school! 

The Kitchen Next Door is located downtown Boulder at 1035 Pearl Street.  Be sure and tell your server that you are there to support Creekside Elementary School.


Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

Hello Creekside Families,

The Creekside Choir (3rd -5th grade) is going to be starting up again after school at the end of January. I am currently looking for a volunteer who can accompany us on the piano. We are planning on meeting on every Tuesday from 2:50- 3:50 starting January 29th. They would only need to accompany us a couple of times before the concert and then the assembly and concert. 

The concert will be at 6 PM on Thursday, March 21st. Then there will be an assembly during school in the afternoon on Friday, March 22nd. 

If this is something that you would be interested in or know of someone who would be interested, please send them my way. 

Thanks! 
Elizabeth McCord

 

FRS Updates

 

1.       Parents Night Out! A local non-profit called Love Boulder is offering free childcare at Columbine Elementary School next Friday, December 7th from 5-8:30pm. Dinner is provided and Santa will be visiting! Registration is required: https://loveboulder.co/date-night-rsvp.

2.       After-school update: Our next after-school session dates have been finalized: Monday, February 4th-Thursday, March 21st. Green registration forms will go home in Friday folders mid-January. Tentative third session dates are Monday, April 1st-Thursday, May 16th.

3.       LEAP season is here! LEAP is a Boulder County program that assists low-income families with their winter heating bill. For example, a family of four earning under $3,452/month qualifies for assistance. Applications are here. Check out the income limits here. Paper applications available in the FRS office as well! To apply you need one month of paystubs for all working adults in the household, a copy of your recent Xcel bill, and social security numbers for everyone in the household. Si hay personas en la casa sin seguros, todavía puede aplicar si hay por lo menos una persona con un número de seguro social (puede ser un niño). Habla con Stephanie para más información.

4.       Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway organized by Community Cycles! Free bikes and helmets are available on December 16th for kids living in Boulder County. Contact Stephanie MacArthur if you would like more information.

 

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 



BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 9th-January 9th
Enrollment Process for NEW Preschoolers:

For a tuition seat, Steps 1 & 2 must be completed
OR
For a CPP seat, only Step 1 must be completed.
  • 1. Go to http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment and complete the Early Child Enrollment OnLine Registration (OLR). Be sure to upload all required documents:
  • Current proof of residence with a service address
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Child’s physical completed within the last year
  • 2. TUITION FAMILIES ONLY: Complete the Online Billing

Registration, which may be accessed on the main enrollment page (http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment) under FAQs.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 9th.
Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org

Creekside Preschool is STILL accepting registrations for the current school year as well.  Contact Tangi for more information!


Please join your friends at Creekside's biggest fundraising dinner at NEXT DOOR EATERY. Excellent food...50% of all revenue comes back to Creekside! Monday, Dec 10, 5-9 pm, 1039 Pearl Street.

Nov 16
Friday, November 16, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Preschool Lottery
  • Community Dinner


Dear Creekside Families,

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! 


Drop off/Pick up Lane

Thank you so much for following our Hug and Go lane procedures. Please note that these procedures pertain to both morning drop off and afternoon pick up:
  1. Pull up as far as you can.
  2. Have your student ready to get out of the vehicle as you enter the lane (morning drop off).
  3. Have your student exit the vehicle and proceed directly to the sidewalk (morning drop off) .  
  4. Please do not park in this lane or exit your vehicle.
  5. If you wish to escort your student to the entrance or pick them up and walk them back to your car, kindly park your car in the lot or on Martin Drive.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!


Warm regards,

Francine


FRS Updates

1.    -LEAP season is here! LEAP is a Boulder County program that assists low-income families with their winter heating bill. For example, a family of four earning under $3,452/month qualifies for assistance. Applications are here. Check out the income limits here. Paper applications available in the FRS office as well! To apply you need one month of paystubs for all working adults in the household, a copy of your recent Xcel bill, and social security numbers for everyone in the household. Si hay personas en la casa sin seguros, todavía puede aplicar si hay por lo menos una persona con un número de seguro social (puede ser un niño). Habla con Stephanie para más información.

2.    -Our fall after-school session ended on Thursday, November 15th. We are already setting up our classes for the January session, which will begin at the end of January. Green registration forms will go home in Friday folders within the first few weeks of returning from winter break.

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 


BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 9th-January 9th
Enrollment Process for NEW Preschoolers:

For a tuition seat, Steps 1 & 2 must be completed
OR
For a CPP seat, only Step 1 must be completed.

1. Go to http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment and complete the Early Child Enrollment OnLine Registration (OLR). Be sure to upload all required documents:
  • Current proof of residence with a service address
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Child’s physical completed within the last year
2. TUITION FAMILIES ONLY: Complete the Online Billing

Registration, which may be accessed on the main enrollment page (http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment) under FAQs.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 9th.
Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org

Creekside Preschool is STILL accepting registrations for the current school year as well.  Contact Tangi (tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org) for more information!

Come and join your friends at Creekside's biggest fundraising dinner at NEXT DOOR EATERY.   Excellent food...50% of all revenue comes back to Creekside!  Monday, December 10, 5-9 pm, 1039 Pearl Street. 
Nov 09
Friday, November 9, 2018

This Week In the Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS News
  • No School Monday, November 12
  • Lost and Found - November 16 items will be donated
  • Preschool Open Enrollment
  • Don't Miss The Upcoming CPO Meeting
  • Community Dinner at Nextdoor Eatery

Dear Creekside Families,

As the temperature continues to drop, a friendly reminder that we hold outdoor recess and arrival unless temperatures drop below 20 degrees. Please be sure your children are dressed appropriately. Thank you for your cooperation.

Report cards will be viewable to parents on Nov 14. Here are the directions to access report cards in your Parent Portal:

English Directions

Spanish directions


Please call the front office if you need assistance accessing your Parent Portal.


Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents:
Individual student CMAS growth reports are being posted to the Infinite Campus parent portal. Parents can access these reports next Wednesday using instructions  they received in August. Reports consist of a page showing growth in math and ELA (see sample) and one page of explanation. To access a specific student's report in IC starting next Wednesday, click on the green Documents icon in the Assessment tab. Though not included with individual reports, a Spanish version is available for reference. 

Enjoy the long weekend, we'll see you on Tuesday!

Warm regards,
Francine


FRS Updates

1.       LEAP season is here! LEAP is a Boulder County program that assists low-income families with their winter heating bill. For example, a family of four earning under $3,452/month qualifies for assistance. Applications are here. Check out the income limitshere. Paper applications available in the FRS office as well! To apply you need one month of paystubs for all working adults in the household, a copy of your recent Xcel bill, and social security numbers for everyone in the household. Si hay personas en la casa sin seguros, todavía puede aplicar si hay por lo menos una persona con un número de seguro social (puede ser un niño). Habla con Stephanie para más información.

2.       Our fall after-school session ends on Thursday, November 15th. We are already setting up our classes for the January session, which will begin at the end of January. Green registration forms will go home in Friday folders within the first few weeks of returning from winter break.


Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



Monday, November 12 there is no school in observance of Veterans Day.

Just a reminder to check the Lost and Found in the lobby for your student's missing jackets, hats, lunch boxes, etc.  Our baskets are over flowing!  We will donate all remaining items to the shelters on Friday, November 16.

BVSD 2019'20 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 9th-January 9th
Enrollment Process for NEW Preschoolers:

For a tuition seat, Steps 1 & 2 must be completed
OR
For a CPP seat, only Step 1 must be completed.

1. Go to http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment and complete the Early Child Enrollment OnLine Registration (OLR). Be sure to upload all required documents:
  • Current proof of residence with a service address
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Child’s physical completed within the last year
2. TUITION FAMILIES ONLY: Complete the Online Billing

Registration, which may be accessed on the main enrollment page (http://www.bvsd.org/Enrollment) under FAQs.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 9th.
Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org

Creekside Preschool is STILL accepting registrations for the current school year as well.  Contact Tangi for more information!

The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, November 13th from 6 PM to 7 PM. We will be discussing enrollment, upcoming open enrollment tour date and an update on literacy adoption! All Creekside parents and guardians are welcome! If you need childcare for your school-aged children, please let me know.

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

Please join your friends at Creekside's biggest fundraising dinner at NEXT DOOR EATERY. Excellent food...50% of all revenue comes back to Creekside! Monday, Dec 10, 5-9 pm, 1039 Pearl Street.




Nov 02
Friday, November 2, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Prinicpal's Message
  • Community Dinner-Nov. 6

Dear Creekside Families,


The International Festival was a great success! Thank you to Julia McMillen and her team of parent volunteers along with Michele Leffler, Coach Lealman, and Lisa Troxel for ensuring the event ran smoothly. Here are some great pictures of the entertainment which was provided by The Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Dragon & Lion Dance Association:


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Report cards will be viewable to parents on Nov 14. Here are the directions to access report cards in your Parent Portal:

English Directions

Spanish directions


As we embark upon the holiday season, I want to share with you the Healthy Celebration Guidelines compiled by BVSD Food Services in accordance with the BVSD Wellness Policy.

Healthy Celebrations Guidelines


FRS News

1.       Do you have a gently used bike you’d like to donate to make a child’s winter holiday special? Share-A-Gift is collecting bike donations at Creekside on Friday, 11/9 from 7:30-8am. These bikes will be fixed up and given out to families utilizing their Toy Shoppe, where new and gently used toys are given to families at no cost. This is a great program that helps families all over Boulder County provide special gifts for their kids this December. Their bike mechanics can fix flat tires and other small bike issues, so if you have one, bring it by!

2.       LEAP season is here! LEAP is a Boulder County program that assists low-income families with their winter heating bill. Applications and income qualification information can be found here. Paper applications available in the FRS office as well.

3.       As part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, free mammograms are being offered to women ages 40-65 who are uninsured or have a low income. Locations in Boulder County include Salud in Longmont, Boulder Valley Women’s Health in both the Boulder and Longmont locations, and Planned Parenthood in Boulder. Contact Stephanie for more info.

4.       Internet Safety- A Night With Community Services Officer David Kaufman: Thursday, November 8thfrom 5:30-7pm

A City of Boulder police officer will be presenting to parents and students on the topic of internet safety. This is appropriate for students and will cover social media/apps, sharing of personal information, and more.When: Thursday, November 8th 5:30-7:00pm. Where: The Café at Creekside Elementary. To Register: Contact the FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur at 720-561-3884 or stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

Spanish interpretation and childcare both available by request only.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Please join in the fun at our next Community Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Chipotle, 5-9 pm.  33% comes back to our school!  The address is 919 Pearl Street.  Dine in or take out, just be sure to mention you are there to support Crekeside.
Oct 26
Friday, October 26, 2018

​This Week In The Blog

  • Principal's Message
  • A message from our School Counselor
  • FRS Updates
  • Pre-K Openings
  • Creekside Restaurant Fundraiser

Dear Creekside Families,

Halloween falls on a Wednesday 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!

A BIG THANK YOU to TJ Deaton for organizing and to all of the parents that donated food for conferences. We appreciated it very much!

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It was my pleasure to sport blue hair on Tuesday! I am so grateful for all of your support of the FUN RUN! Thank you again!

Interested in volunteering?


There are many ways to get involved. The most common is engaging in class activities or providing regular support at our schools. This service involves indirectly supervised contact with students on or off campus and is referred to as “Level 2” volunteering.


People who wish to serve as Level 2 volunteers in BVSD schools are required to get one of the following types of background checks:


  1. School Year Approval TC LogiQ - Valid for one academic year (not calendar year)

  2. CBI Background Check Fingerprinting - This is a one-time ONLY application. Feel free to apply anytime.


The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is in the process of implementing a new, Statewide Digital Fingerprinting Process known as CABS (Colorado Applicant Background Services), where people will be able to go to digital fingerprinting centers instead of police stations. As soon as these centers are CBI-approved, people who need background checks in order to volunteer in BVSD schools will be able to go to one of the dozens of new fingerprinting locations that are beginning to pop up across the state. Police stations no longer do fingerprinting, so please do not go to one of those for this service.

In the meantime, parents can continue to go to the Family Partnerships office at the BVSD Ed Center to have their fingerprints taken digitally. To make an appointment, email volunteer@bvsd.org. There is currently a backlog, so it may take longer than you anticipate to be approved for volunteering.


For parents who are eager to start volunteering in a school right away, please go to the BVSD Volunteer website and use the TC logic link to begin the process to get screened. If cleared through this process, the approval will last for one school year.


Thank you for volunteering!


Have a super weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

From Counselor Eric Swan:
Attention parents of students in grades 2,3,4, and 5.  

During the week of November 5th, our school will be administering a nationally developed school climate survey.  Please read the attached letter in English or Spanish for more information.  These letters will be going home in Friday Folders as well.  Thank you.







FRS Updates

 1.       As part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, free mammograms are being offered to women ages 40-65 who are uninsured or have a low income. Locations in Boulder County include Salud in Longmont, Boulder Valley Women’s Health in both the Boulder and Longmont locations, and Planned Parenthood in Boulder. Contact Stephanie for more info.

2.       Thanksgiving food bags are available to any families who could use one. Please contact Stephanie MacArthur if you would like to sign up for a holiday bag.

3.       Café con la directora de Creekside y con FRS ¡Queremos sus opiniones! Queremos ofrecer un evento con la directora Francine, Stephanie de FRS, y familias que hablan español. Quisiéramos sus opiniones sobre la escuela, cómo podemos proveer apoyo a ustedes en la escuela, y si tiene interés en participar en los comités y otros grupos de los padres aquí. Cuando: miércoles, 7 de noviembre / De las 8 a 9 en la mañana Dónde: en la escuela Creekside. Habrá comida, café, y guardería* Por favor, llame a Stephanie a 720-561-3884 para registrarse.

*Si necesita guardería, tenga que registrarse con Stephanie.

4.       Internet Safety- A Night With Community Services Officer David Kaufman: Thursday, November 8th from 5:30-7pm. A City of Boulder police officer will be presenting to parents and students on the topic of internet safety. This is appropriate for students and will cover social media/apps, sharing of personal information, and more.When: Thursday, November 8th 5:30-7:00pm. Where: The Café at Creekside Elementary. To Register: Contact the FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur at 720-561-3884 or stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

Spanish interpretation and childcare both available: must register with Stephanie



Dear Parents/Guardians,

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.


Please join in the fun at our next community dinner Tuesday, Nov 6 at Chipotle, 5-9 pm. 33% comes back to our school! 919 Pearl Street, dine in or take out, just be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside.


Oct 19
Friday, October 19, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Prinicpal's Message
  • FRS News
  • Internation Festival
  • CPO Community Dinner Nov. 6
  • Monster Dash


Dear Creekside Families,


Fifth graders had an awesome time at their Outdoor Ed experience this week. Outdoor Ed is completely paid for by proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner that occurs every April. This year the Spaghetti Dinner will be held on April 26, 2019. Check out these great photos from their trip:


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Thank you for your participation in our restaraunt fundraisers. They make a huge difference in the CPO budget and are a great way to get to know Creekside community members. At the recent Wahoo Fish Taco night, our group raised $828.56! A big thank you to everyone that participated!  


Please join, school couselor Eric Swan for Coffee with the Counseloron Friday, October 26, 2018.


Come meet “Mr. Eric” and learn more about school counseling efforts at Creekside. This is a great opportunity to voice your thoughts, ask questions, and discover more ways to support your child.


When: Friday, October 26

    8:15am -9:00am

Where:        Creekside Cafe


Please RSVP by October 24

by emailing eric.swan@bvsd.org


Have a wonderful weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine


FRS News

1.Café con la directora de Creekside y con FRS

¡Queremos sus opiniones! Queremos ofrecer un evento con la directora Francine, Stephanie de FRS, y familias que hablan español. Quisiéramos sus opiniones sobre la escuela, cómo podemos proveer apoyo a ustedes en la escuela, y si tiene interés en participar en los comités y otros grupos de los padres aquí.

Cuando: miércoles, 7 de noviembre / De las 8 a 9 en la mañana

Dónde: en la escuela Creekside

Habrá comida, café, y guardería*

Por favor, llame a Stephanie a 720-561-3884 para registrarse

*Si necesita guardería, tenga que registrarse con Stephanie por el 26 de octubre

 

2. Internet Safety- A Night With Community Services Officer David Kaufman: Thursday, November 8th from 5:30-7pm

A City of Boulder police officer will be presenting to parents and students on the topic of internet safety. This is appropriate for students and will cover social media/apps, sharing of personal information, and more.

When: Thursday, November 8th 5:30-7:00pm

Where: The Café at Creekside Elementary

To Register: Contact the FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur at 720-561-3884 orstephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

Spanish interpretation and childcare both available: must register with Stephanie by 10/26




International Festival, Oct 26, 6-8pm


Please join us for our annual international celebration! This year’s theme is “Animals of the World: Hear Me Roar”. We will have a potluck dinner, a parade, and live entertainment from a Lion Dance team from the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center. Join in the fun with:
- POSTERS: Get creative! Make posters at home about your chosen country, to decorate the Heart for the event. Bring posters to school 22-24 Oct.
- POTLUCK FOOD: If you are able, please plan to bring an international dish to share for the Festival dinner. 
- PARADE COSTUMES: All students can join the parade, international costumes optional. Sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/84 or on the night.
- PARENT VOLUNTEERS: YOU can help make this thing a success! We have lots of "behind-the-scenes" small tasks available. Please sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/787. Thank you!
Contact: Julia McMillen, julialt303@gmail.com

Please join in the fun at our next community dinner Tuesday, Nov 6 at Chipotle, 5-9 pm. 50% comes back to our school! 919 Pearl Street, dine in or take out, just be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside. Thank you!

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Monster DASH Run

FRS Running Club would like to extend this to the whole school.  If you and your child are interested it is on Sunday October 28th in Louisville.  There is a 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 5km events you can pick from.  Plan to wear a costume during it too!

The discount is for adults AND students - use code Creekside.  Please register by Wednesday October 24th!

Kids 1/2 mile and 1 mile (they can do this on their own) will be $10 (plus goodies) and starts at 4:15pm

5km (student + adult) will be $25 per person (includes socks or shirt and other goodies) and starts at 3pm



Oct 12
Friday, October 12, 2018

​This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Updates
  • Box Tops for Education
  • International Festival
  • Parent Teacher Conference Dinners
  • Upcoming Fundraiser Dinner

Dear Creekside Families, 

We are looking forward to parent/teacher conferences on October 15, 23 and 25. Asking questions during parent-teacher conferences is one of the best ways to partner with teachers, deepen your understanding of how to best support your child, and make the conference meaningful for you. 
Here are some helpful questions that you may want to ask: 

• How is my child doing academically? Are they performing at grade level? 
• What do you see as his or her strengths? 
• In what areas could he or she improve? 
• Does my child do all the assigned work, including homework? 
• How is my child doing socially and emotionally in class? Have you noticed any changes over the year? 
• Do you feel like my child is doing his or her best? 
• Is there anything else I should know about how my child is doing?
• Does my child need extra help in any areas? 
• What do you recommend we do at home to support what you're doing in the classroom? Do you have any resources that would help me?
• What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class? 

Learn about Colorado Constitutional Amendment 73

This November Colorado voters will decide whether to add a new constitutional amendment to provide additional funding for K-12 education. Learn more about Amendment 73, including what it is and what it will mean for the Boulder Valley School District and arguments for and against via the resources below:

2018 Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)

Amendment 73 Factual Summary for Boulder Valley School District (PDF)

VIDEO: Amendment 73 - BVSD - Factual Information

Amendment 73 Impact Calculator

STORY: Board of Education passes resolution in support of Amendment 73



Latino Parent Advisory Council (CAPL) has been created to facilitate deeper dialogue between Boulder County's community of Latino parents and the school district.

Como parte del plan de 100 días del superintendente, BVSD está creando un Consejo Asesor de Padres Latinos (CAPL) para facilitar el diálogo entre la comunidad de padres latinos del condado de Boulder y el distrito escolar.


CAPL se reunirá con los líderes de BVSD cada dos meses para hablar de asuntos de importancia para los padres latinos y el distrito.  Bianca Gallegos, directora de Columbine; Augusto Di Laura, subdirector en Centaurus y Ari Gerzon-Kessler, Director de Colaboración Familia-Escuela, facilitarán las reuniones de CAPL.


La primera reunión tendrá lugar el 7 de noviembre.  El consejo tendrá unos 30 asientos aproximadamente disponibles para padres, con una representación regional de todo BVSD.  Si está interesado en formar parte de este importante consejo, por favor llene esta encuesta. Si lo prefiere, puede imprimir la encuesta y devolverla en la oficina principal de su escuela.


Le agradecemos de antemano su apoyo a esta importante iniciativa del superintendente del Distrito Escolar del Valle de Boulder.  

Creekside celebrated Walk to School Day on Wednesday. We had a invigorating walk to school! Thank you Hannah Nordhaus and her team for making the walk so successful!
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


FRS Updates

1.Café con la directora de Creekside y con FRS

¡Queremos sus opiniones! Queremos ofrecer un evento con la directora Francine, Stephanie de FRS, y familias que hablan español. Quisiéramos sus opiniones sobre la escuela, cómo podemos proveer apoyo a ustedes en la escuela, y si tiene interés en participar en los comités y otros grupos de los padres aquí.

Cuando: miércoles, 7 de noviembre / de las 8 a 9 en la mañana

Dónde: en la escuela Creekside

Habrá comida, café, y guardería*

Por favor, llame a Stephanie a 720-561-3884 para registrarse

*Si necesita guardería, tenga que registrarse con Stephanie por el 26 de octubre

 

2. Internet Safety- A Night With Community Services Officer David Kaufman: Thursday, November 8th from 5:30-7pm

A City of Boulder police officer will be presenting to parents and students on the topic of internet safety. This is appropriate for students and will cover social media/apps, sharing of personal information, and more.

When: Thursday, November 8th 5:30-7:00pm

Where: The Café at Creekside Elementary

To Register: Contact the FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur at 720-561-3884 orstephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

Spanish interpretation and childcare both available: must register with Stephanie by 10/26

 

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


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¡Ayude a nuestra escuela a ganar dinero recortando Box Tops de productos y enviándolos a la escuela. Hay un frasco de recolección en el vestíbulo. Creekside recibe 10¢ por cada tapa de caja recolectada para poder comprar las cosas que más necesita. 
https://www.boxtops4education.com/

International Festival, Oct 26, 6-8pm
Please plan to join us for Creekside’s International Festival on Friday Oct 26. This is our annual celebration of our diverse student body. This year’s theme is “Animals of the World: Hear Me Roar”. The evening features an international potluck dinner, a student parade, and live entertainment from a Lion Dance team from the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center.
Students are encouraged to make posters at home about their chosen country, to decorate the Heart for the event. Posters should be brought to school 22-24 Oct. All students are welcome to be in the parade, international costumes optional. Parade sign-up is here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/84. Parent volunteers, please sign up to help on the night of the event: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/787. For more information, contact Julia McMillen, julialt303@gmail.com


To show our appreciation for our teachers and staff, we want to provide them dinner on the parent teacher conference nights!  

We still have some volunteer needs for Taco Tuesday night (Oct 23rd) and Soup and Salad night (Oct 25th)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 on the links above, or use the "helpatschool" link below to sign up. 
If you have any questions, contact TJ Deaton at tjdeaton@gmail.com

https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events


Thank you,
TJ

Thanks to all the families who came out to support Creekside at Wahoo's!

Please join in the fun at our next community dinner Tuesday, Nov 6 at Chipotle, 5-9 pm. 50% comes back to our school! 919 Pearl Street, dine in or take out, just be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside. Thank you!




Oct 05
Friday, October 5, 2018

​This Week In the  Blog:

  • Prinicpal's Message
  • Sock-tober presented by Creekside Student Council
  • International Festival
  • Wahoo's Fish Taco Night
  • Meals for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Upcoming CPO Meeting
  • Walk to School Day-Wednesday
  • Trip Tracker
Dear Creekside Families,

The FUN RUN was an amazing success! Thank you to Sam Watts are her incredible team for making this such a special day for our school. And yes, I will be dying my hair blue, so thank you, thank you, thank you for your generous donations!

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Jeff & Paige Visited Creekside this week and brought their fun and informative science assembly to all of our students! Jeff and Paige assemblies bring science and nature to life through music and stories.

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Creekside prides itself on being a welcoming school. We strive to foster strong relationships between families and staff. To ensure successful communication with your student’s teacher,  please refer to and respect the communication preferences of each grade level/teacher. If a concern or conflict arises, we ask that you kindly follow the Creekside Problem-Solving Protocol referenced below.

We value our family partnerships. Thank you so much for being a part of the Creekside community!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine

Problem-Solving Protocol

One of our most important aspirations as a welcoming school is to truly partner with our families. We take time to celebrate and share. We also work through concerns and solve problems together. Schools are dynamic places, issues will arise, and we want to make sure our families feel comfortable voicing their concerns, while we do our best to address them.

 

Here are some important, basic tips, when you have a concern about something at school:

 

  • The first step to addressing a concern is to contact your child's teacher.

  • Describe your concern in its most open and simple form ("I'm worried that. . ."  or "My child told me that. . ."). It is important that teacher and parent understand the problem before trying to solve it.

  • Ask questions and listen for the teacher's perspective.

  • Focus on the concern, not the people involved.

  • Be prepared to explore options for resolution together.

  • Follow up on the outcome.

  • If you have a concern about a teacher or staff member, talk to that person directly.  It is not fair to staff to talk to them about one of their colleagues.

  • Please respect teacher and student confidentiality.

  • If parties are unable to solve an issue, a facilitated meeting with administration may be scheduled.  


We all want the very best for our Creekside students, and if we come together openly in any circumstance, we can usually find common ground and reach a successful outcome.


Creekside’s

Sock-tober

Clothing Drive


During the month of October, Creekside Student Council is organizing a clothing drive to collect winter clothing for children. We will be collecting winter socks, winter gloves, winter hats, winter boots, and winter coats which will be donated to the Emergency Family Assistance Association here in Boulder. Each item will be awarded points, and the class with the most points at the end of October will win a popcorn party!


Donation Requirements:

  • We are asking students to donate NEW clothing items

  • Clothing should be your child’s size so we will have a variety of sizes


Each item is worth a different amount of points

1 pair of socks= 1 point

1 pair of gloves = 2 points

1 winter hat= 5 points

1 pair of boots = 20 points

1 winter coat = 20 points


We appreciate your help and support with this drive!

-Creekside Student Council




FRS Updates

 1.       Would your family benefit from extra food at no cost? Visit Community Food Share’s mobile food pantry at the Boulder Mennonite Church at 3910 Table Mesa Drive on the second Saturday of the month from 9am-10:30am. More info here: https://communityfoodshare.org/get-food/services-we-provide/mobile-pantries/

2.       Tercera Cuspide Annual de Padres Latinos

Únase a nosotros para un día completo de aprendizaje con otros padres latinos sobre cómo apoyar la educación y el bienestar de nuestros niños. 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM • Sábado el 20 octubre del 2018 en Manhattan Middle School • 290 Manhattan Drive, Boulder, CO 80303. Envíe sus formularios de inscripción completos antes del lunes, el 15 de octubre de 2018 a: Las personas de enlaces comunitarios de prescolar, primaria, secundaria y preparatoria de BVSD, coordinadores de FRS, coordinadores de servicios de residentes de BHP o coordinadores de ELPASO. Para preguntas, contáctese con Tere Garcia al 303-673-9271 o 303-817-9591.

3.       Dental Aid Screenings at Creekside will be on Monday, October 15th for K-3 graders. If you would like to sign your child up, please complete the form that was sent home in Friday folders or call Stephanie MacArthur at 720-561-3884.

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


International Festival, Oct 26
Mark your calendars for Creekside’s International Festival, Friday Oct 26, 6-8pm. This is our annual celebration of our diverse heritage, with an international potluck dinner and a student parade. This year’s theme is “Animals of the World: Hear Me Roar”. Live entertainment will feature a Lion Dance team from the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center. 

Students are encouraged to make posters at home about their chosen country, to decorate the Heart for the event. Posters should be brought to school 22-24 Oct. All students are welcome to be in the parade, international costumes optional. Parade sign-up is here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/84. We have loads of opportunities to help on the night of the event. Please sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/787.


BIG FUNDRAISER!! Bring your family and friends to Wahoo's Fish Taco THIS TUES OCT 9 to enjoy a choice of delicious Mexican, Chinese or Brazilian flavors & healthy food from 4 pm until close. They will be donating 50% of proceeds to Creekside! So, take a break from cooking and dishes and head down to 2790 Pearl Street for a great meal to support our kids!

To show our appreciation for our teachers and staff, we want to provide them dinner on the parent teacher conference nights!  
We will be having spaghetti night (Oct 15th) pasta and salads will be provided by the CPO,  so we only need to bring beverages and dessert, Taco Tuesday night (Oct 23rd) and Soup and Salad night (Oct 25th).  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 on the links above, or use the "helpatschool" link below to sign up. 
If you have any questions, contact TJ Deaton at tjdeaton@gmail.com
https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events
Thank you,
TJ

The next CPO (Creekside Parent Organization) meeting is on Tuesday, October 9th at 8 AM. We will be discussing test data from 2017-18, Mindful Life feedback, trip tracker, upcoming CPO events and more! All Creekside parents and guardians are welcome! Full agenda available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f6kSZUdGzgIBDifUbUNs9JD6CcSCcq2SR9picffP8kM/edit?usp=sharing

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY IS WEDNESDAY!
Lace up your walking shoes and join us! We’ll meet at the corner of 34th and Martin at 7:35 am for a kids’ parade to school, with snacks and treats to follow. 

DON’T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR TRIP TRACKER SURVEYS FOR SEPTEMBER
The last day of this month’s survey period is Monday Oct 8. Make sure you log your child’s trips to receive Tracker bucks they can spend at lots of great local businesses, including Time Warp Comics, Cured, Alfalfa’s, Dairy Queen and many more. You can enter your child’s trip info here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOPMmY67JfmCWbS9A_bWz7grRL_zbSiDpKk0KJRlE5N_1nSQ/viewform 


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