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Dec 06
Friday, December 6, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Help Wanted - Transportation & Food Services
  • Pre-School Lottery Now Open
  • Check the Lost and Found!

Dear Creekside Families,

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!


Warm regards,

Francine


Student Council presents Spirit Week 

December 16-20

Monday-Mismatch  Day

Tuesday-Backwards Day

Wednesday-Hat Day

Thursday-Slippers Day (please bring shoes for recess and PE)

Friday-PJs or holiday outfits

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


BVSD 2020'21 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 1st-January 8th
Click here to go to the Preschool Application.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 8th.

Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org

Please stop in and check the lost and found in the lobby of the school.  We have a huge amount of mittens, gloves, hats, water bottles, sweaters, sweatshirts, and cozy winter coats!  At winter break we will be donating most of these items to charity.  


Nov 29
Friday, November 29, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message


Nov 22
Friday, November 22, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • FRS Update
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Preschool Lottery
  • Trip Tracker Snafu

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! 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Warm regards,

Francine


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.


Benefits:

  • 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


Qualifications:

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 (denise.stilson@bvsd.org) for more information.  


Thanks for your patience and understanding with this challenge.  



FRS Updates

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

2.       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: ginny@sistercarmen.org.

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.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:

  • Be uncoordinated

  • 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! 


BVSD 2020'21 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 1st-January 8th
Click here to go to the Preschool Application.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 8th.

Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org


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!

Nov 15
Friday, November 15, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

  • Principal's Message
  • Preschool Lottery is Open!
  • FRS Update
  • Eat at Abo's Pizza All Month!
  • Follow CPO on Facebook
  • Noodles and Company

Dear Creekside Families,

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.


Students and families enjoyed a day at the CU game last Saturday. Thank you, Coach Lealman for organizing this! It was a great day for the Buffs!
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The 4, 5 Music Program and Art Show was held on Thursday. Students put on an outstanding performance, and we were able to view their beautiful and creative art. Thank you specialists team!music p 1.jpg

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Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



BVSD 2020'21 PRESCHOOL LOTTERY!
November 1st-January 8th
Click here to go to the Preschool Application.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4PM ON JANUARY 8th.

Contact Creekside’s ECE CL with any questions:
Tangi Lancaster, 720-561-3815 tangi.lancaster@bvsd.org

Did you know? 
Abo's Pizza South Boulder (in the Table Mesa Shopping Center) has selected Creekside as their November Donor's Choose fundraiser recipient! Support Abo's as they help fund a project for our maker space by getting a slice or a pie and rounding up at the register all month long. Thanks so much, Abo's! 

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/


Noodles and company.pngJoin your Creekside friends for a community fundraising dinner at Noodles & Company Thursday, Nov 21st, from 4:00pm-8:00pm! You can get out of making dinner and 25% of proceeds come back to support Creekside kids! Please join in the fun at 2602 Baseline Rd,

Boulder, CO 80305. 
Be sure to mention you are there to support Creekside!
Hope to see you there!


Nov 08
Friday, November 8, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

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

Dear Creekside Families,

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

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

Trees

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


Essential Skills Input Session

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

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


Enjoy the long weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine



FRS Updates

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org









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


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

Please consider signing up for the CPO mailing list to receive the full agenda, notes from the meeting and important announcements. Send an email to the chair, Brendan Billingsley at creekside.cpo@gmail.com to get signed up


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



Nov 01
Friday, November 1, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

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

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

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

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


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

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Update

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

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

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

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

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


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

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


Hope to see you there!


Oct 25
Friday, October 25, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

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

Dear Creekside Families,

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


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


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


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

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

  • It encourages tolerance and acceptance of others

  • It promotes good mental health

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

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

 

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

Talking to Your Kids About Classmates with Special Needs

Disability Etiquette for Students and Adults

Playdate Tips

Book List


Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,

Francine

Halloween at Creekside

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

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

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

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

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

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

Climate Surveys Grades 2-5

Attention Parent and Guardians of Students in Grades 2-5

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



FRS Update

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

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

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

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org

 



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

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

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

Speed Stacks sets are available for immediate purchase:

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

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

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

This Week In The Blog:

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

Dear Creekside Parents,


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

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Halloween at Creekside

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

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

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

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


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



Enjoy the weekend!


Warm regards,

Francine


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

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

Together we will explore: 

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Friday, November 8, 2019- Mapleton Early Childhood Center



A Taste of BVSD


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

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

Un Sabor de BVSD  

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

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

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





FRS Updates

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

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

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

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org


Oct 11
Friday, October 11, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

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

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



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


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

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

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

Have a nice weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine


BOOK FAIR OCT 16-22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

FRS Updates

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

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

 

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org




Oct 04
Friday, October 4, 2019

This Week In The Blog:

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

Dear Creekside Families,

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

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

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Students from Kutandara in Boulder perform.


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

Enjoy the weekend!

Warm regards,
Francine

FRS Updates

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

2.       Did you know that the FRS program now has a page on the school’s website? You’ll find copies of our forms, lists of our services, upcoming events, as well as links to local resources. It’s located under the parents tab: https://cre.bvsd.org/parents/Pages/FRS-Family-Resources-Services.aspx

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

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

Thank you!

Stephanie MacArthur

720-561-3884

stephanie.macarthur@bvsd.org



Parent-Teacher Conferences:
To show our appreciation for our teachers and staff, we want to provide them with dinner on the parent-teacher conference nights!  

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

Destination Imagination
Dear All,


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

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

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

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


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