This Week In The Blog:
Dear Creekside Families,
It is great to be back! There is truly nothing like the first day of school, and it was so wonderful to see all of our first-fifth graders this week! I always look forward to hearing about summer vacations and seeing how much each student grows! I am looking forward to welcoming our Kindergarten students as a whole group on Tuesday.
We value instruction time for our students and do our very best to limit interruptions once the school day has begun. With this in mind, we appreciate your understanding that once the school day has started (7:55), parents will not be admitted to classrooms. The front office will escort students to class if they need assistance and will arrange for forgotten lunches and/or materials to be sent to the classroom. If you wish to speak to a teacher or staff member, kindly make an appointment outside of instructional time.
We do, of course, encourage parents to attend special events, presentations, volunteer and have lunch with their students at any time. If you are attending a special event or wish to eat lunch with your student, please let the front office know when you are checking in. Thank you for helping us protect precious classroom time with our awesome students.
This week the Colorado Department of Education published spring 2019 test scores for schools on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, also known as CMAS. I am writing to let you know how we did as a school, and to let you know how proud I am of our students and teachers!
I appreciate everyone’s support for test participation. We continue to have excellent percentages for test participation. About 96% of our students took CMAS, compared to some 94% statewide in 2019.
Data will inform our strategies, and be used to measure progress over time in narrowing gaps between Latino and White student groups and between those who are eligible for free/reduced lunch and those who aren’t. Data will also be used for improving the performance of students served in special education and emerging bilinguals, and the performance of our school as a whole.
Creekside students outperformed the state, with 62% meeting or exceeding CMAS standards in English Language Arts and 54% in Mathematics. Statewide, about 46.0% met or exceeded expectations in English language arts and 36.7% in Mathematics in 2019. The state calculates student growth percentiles to tell us how much growth each student made compared to others who had similar test scores in past years. Our typical growing Creekside student outpaced 68% of students across the state in English Language Arts and 72% in math.
When 4th and 5th-grade growth results are examined by student group, students at our school who are eligible for free or reduced lunch outpace their counterparts statewide. Performance by our minority students is generally higher than performance in these groups at the state level.
Individual student score reports are available in Infinite Campus Parent Portal using these directions. Paper copies of these reports will be available at school later in the year.
Please call the school office if you have any questions.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Parking Lot/ Hug ‘n Go Lane Reminders
Please park in a designated parking space if you are walking your child into school
Please only use crosswalks (cones will be placed out at a safe area) for walking across the parking lot onto the sidewalk
Pull your car up as close as possible to the front of the Hug ‘n Go lane or the car in front of you. Staff will open the car door for your student(s) if possible. Please make sure they’re ready!
Cautiously move around cars that are stopped if there are openings closer to the front of the lane (watch for staff directing you)
Please refrain from using your cell phones in the parking lot and hug ‘n go lane
Thank you for your help in keeping our children safe and for making drop-off as smooth and fast as possible!
Back to School Picnic
Creekside families are invited to bring a picnic dinner on Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30 for a back-to-school picnic at the back of the school (by the cafe). Kids can play and parents can get to know each other better. New Creekside families are especially encouraged to attend. Please note there will be no food trucks. Call Mistia Zuckerman at 720-357-4295 if you have any questions.
As the school year comes to a close, I am pleased to announce staff assignments for next year.
Friendly reminder that we do not accept teacher requests for homeroom placement. Your child’s current grade level teachers work hard to create balanced class lists for the next grade level, and we ask that you trust this process.
PK: Heather Bost, Heather Hennings
K: Stefani Anderson, Misty Fleming, Donna Young
1: Kelly Orr, Lisa Troxel, Ruby Wagner-Mowen
ELD: Julie Parks
Speech: Sara Jenkins, Aurora Fine (Lynne Milane will be the substitute while Aurora is on maternity leave.)
Literacy: Patty Machen
2: Kristy Krause, Rebecca Legg
3: Sheila Cullen, Mary Strine
ELD: Claudia DaSilva
Counselor: Eric Swan
Social Worker: Donna Wilson
OT: Lindsay Records
4: Traci Dunnuck, Katie Webb
5: Robin Gutierrez, Kaleena Kreager
SPED Resource: Elise Lauerman
Paul Lealman, PE
Elizabeth McCord, Music
Jeanette Peters, Art
We also say a fond goodbye to the following teachers that have made an incredible difference at Creekside. They will be sorely missed:
Sherry Olin, Barb Woodbury, Aly Spicer
A special farewell to Ann Marie Jennings, special education resource teacher, who retires this year after 33 years in education, 32 with BVSD. Ann Marie was a paraeducator, assistant principal and special education teacher serving grades K-9. Thank you Ann Marie for your many years of dedication to Creekside! We will miss you!
We will be holding a Meet Your Teachers hour (8:15am-9:15am) on August 13, 2019 for K-5 families to meet all of the teachers in their Learning Community. In addition, we will be holding Back to School Night on September 12, 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Please monitor the school website for updates throughout the summer!
Thank you for a wonderful year! Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Thank you Coach, parent volunteers and teachers for a great field day today. We had a little storm at the end of the day but all students enjoyed time on the field.
The End of Year Picinic has been changed to Monday. Hope to see you there!
It's so hard to believe another school year is coming to an end. Next week we will finish up this wonderful year with our final LEAP Assembly (Monday), Principal of the Day (Tuesday), 2nd Grade Mindful Market (Tuesday) and 5th Grade Continuation (Wednesday). Looking forward to an excellent final week!
LOST AND FOUND
There are still many items in the Lost and Found. Please stop by and take a look. All items left after Thursday will be donated.
1. Parents, please take three minutes to complete the FRS survey. This is for all parents, regardless of FRS participation.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6Tdvuj7lnWlbtMMeSgj5qWKP1p1Hjt-WSbrE0sejAkM3trA/viewform?usp=sf_link. Please complete by Friday, May 24th.
2. Fall after-school classes will begin in September. Dates will likely be 09/25-11/21 but final dates will be advertised on the blog and in Friday folders shortly after the school year begins. I understand that parents need to plan ahead for childcare, and will do my best to get scheduling info out with advance notice.
3. Farmers Market food bucks: If you are enrolled in the SNAP or WIC programs, you can use your EBT card to purchase SNAP-eligible foods anywhere in the market. You’ll receive double-up bucks: for every dollar you withdraw from your SNAP account, you’ll receive $2, up to $40 total. So if you withdraw $20 worth of SNAP dollars, you’ll get an extra $20. You can also use WIC bucks to purchase fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and cheese. Learn more at BoulderCountyDoubleUp.org or call 303.441.1564.
4. If you need basic needs assistance (bus tickets, food, rent) over the summer, contact EFAA at 303-442-3042 or visit them at 1575 Yarmouth Ave. Boulder 80304. They offer many different resources and referrals and are a great resource for families living in Boulder and the mountain communities. More info can be found at www.efaa.org.
5. Are you currently renting a modem from Comcast Xfinity? If so, I have a free modem that is looking for a new home. Contact me for details! Equipment is in great shape.
El Centro Amistad ofrece una competencia y Carrera/caminata, con yoga, baile, futbol, y boxing en un evento para toda la familia! Está el sábado 15 de junio en el parque comunitario Foothills en el norte de Boulder de las 9 hasta la 1. Cobran $10 pero si registra con el programa de FRS (Stephanie), es gratis.
A great big thank you to CPO for organzing the wonderful treats, messages and other surprises for Staff Appreciation Week. We are all so fortunate to be supported by such a wonderful community, and feel so loved by all of you! THANK YOU!
Our students have been busy in the garden this week harvesting lettuce and planting summer crops. Here are some great pictures from third grade.
Pictures from First Grade Music Program
Congratulations to our fourth and fifth graders that participated in Battle of the Books competition on May 4, 2019. Creekside sent a fourth and fifth grade team to the competition. Students read and answered questions on ten books! Way to go readers!
I wanted to give another shout out to the wonderful Spaghetti Dinner volunteers. So many volunteers worked so hard to make the dinner a great success! Here is a list of the Committee Chairs:
Have a pleasant weekend!
End of the Year Events
Choir Concert 5/16 5:45PM
5th Grade Continuation Ceremony 5/22 8:30AM
End of the Year Picnic 5/24 4:00-7:00PM
Creekside Pride T-Shirts Arrive Next Week
Thanks to everyone who supported the Creekside T-shirt Fundraiser this year! We sold 76 shirts total, which goes a long way to support our school. Shirts will be delivered to your child's teacher next week, so please let your little Cougar know what to expect.
This Week In the Blog:
1. Farmers Market food bucks: If you are enrolled in the SNAP or WIC programs, you can use your EBT card to purchase SNAP-eligible foods anywhere in the market. You’ll receive double-up bucks: for every dollar you withdraw from your SNAP account, you’ll receive $2, up to $40 total. So if you withdraw $20 worth of SNAP dollars, you’ll get an extra $20. You can also use WIC bucks to purchase fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and cheese. Learn more at BoulderCountyDoubleUp.org or call 303.441.1564.
2. Do you need legal assistance to resolve issues with Medicaid, SNAP, or marketplace healthcare? If so, there is new program in Boulder that is providing free legal representation. Contact the Bridge to Justice/Healthcare and Food Assistance Project at 303-443-1038 x104. Se habla español.
3. An all-school FRS survey will be sent out soon. This survey helps us gather feedback on areas of success and areas for improvement. Please watch your email for the link, and look for the link in next week’s blog post as well.
1. Growing Gardens Family Cooking Night has been rescheduled due to snow! This event will now be held on Thursday, May 2ndfrom 5:30-7pm at Creekside Elementary. Please RSVP to Stephanie. This is a super fun event and families will receive a bag of fresh produce from the farmers market! Kids will learn cooking skills and fun facts about the produce they’re eating!
2. Get to Know Your Local Farm event: Saturday, April 27th, 10:00am-1:00 pm at the 7th Generation Farm. Celebrate Colorado Ag Day by joining the City of Louisville Open Space Division, Boulder County Open Space, and the 7th Generation Farm! Take a tour of the property, visit stations with information about family, farm and mining history, bring the kids for a planting activity, farm animals and games, and sample local produce and learn about 7th Generation Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program! Conditions may be muddy, so please wear appropriate footwear. Please RSVP by visiting our Facebook page “Fans of Louisville Open Space and Parks” and click on the event you wish to attend to obtain a free ticket. You can also register by emailing Open Space Staff or calling 303-335-4770. Visit website for more info: http://www.louisvilleco.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/22141/2142
3. Do you need RTD tickets? Contact FRS Coordinator Stephanie MacArthur to learn about the FRS RTD ticket program.
4. Do you need legal assistance to resolve issues with Medicaid, SNAP, or marketplace healthcare? If so, there is new program in Boulder that is providing free legal representation. Contact the Bridge to Justice/Healthcare and Food Assistance Project at 303-443-1038 x104. Se habla español.
Thank you for participating in the Mindful Life survey. The survey will remain open until 4/30/19. Your input on our new SEL curriculum helps us determine next steps for social emotional learning at Creekside. Here is the link to the survey if you have not yet completed it.
One of the premier events of the school year is right around the corner. The Spaghetti Dinner is a long standing tradition at Creekside and is a major fundraiser for our fifth grade students. All money raised from the dinner and silent auction is used to fund the Outdoor Ed trip that fifth graders take every fall. Every fifth grader at Creekside attends Outdoor Ed at no cost thanks to all attendees. We hope to see you at this awesome event, April 26, 2019!
Due to the events this past week, the CMAS testing schedule has been revised. Please click here to access the new schedule. Parents, please do your best to have your child here next week to complete testing. Thank you so much.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
1. Una programa nueva de EFAA: HACIA ADELANTE es un programa gratuito de 16 semanas que muestra y ayuda las personas en situación de pobreza cómo utilizar las reglas ocultas de las clases para construir recursos financieros, emocionales, sociales y otros. ¿Interesado en la programa? Llama a 303-951-7714 o pregunta a la recepción de EFAA.
2. Growing Gardens Family Cooking Night has been rescheduled due to snow! This event will now be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:30-7pm at Creekside Elementary. Please RSVP to Stephanie. This is a super fun event and families will receive a bag of fresh produce from the farmers market! Kids will learn cooking skills and fun facts about the produce they’re eating!
3. Spaghetti Dinner scholarship tickets. Would your family like to attend the 5th grade spaghetti dinner, but can’t afford tickets? Contact Stephanie for a ticket scholarship.
Friends, Families & Neighbors,
Next Friday, April 26th is the annual Spaghetti Dinner at Creekside. There has been so much generosity from our community for the dinner and silent auction. As we put the finishing touches on the auction, we wanted to share some of our excitement about the items, which include:
Plus tons of opportunities to eat, play, treat yourself and enjoy Boulder! Some other items you will see at the auction are highlighted below along with many others!
There are so many opportunities to support our neighborhood school, enjoy our community and thank our generous businesses, teachers and parents! Hope to see you there!
The DAC (District Advisory Council) is a legally constituted committee of representatives from BVSD. As per Colorado Revised Statutes 22-11-302, DAC meets monthly throughout the year and makes recommendations to the BVSD Board of Education (BoE) regarding:
Charter school applications
Various study topics jointly determined with the school board
In addition to providing recommendations to the BoE, DAC provides training and information that SACs can share with each school community. The complete responsibilities of DAC members are described in the DAC bylaws.
We are in need of a Creekside DAC representative for the 2019-2020 school year by May 31, 2019. BVSD DAC meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:15-8:30 pm at the BVSD Education Center. The first meeting regular meeting for the 2019-2020 school year is Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
1. Growing Gardens Family Cooking Night has been rescheduled due to snow! This event will now be held on Thursday, May 2ndfrom 5:30-7pm at Creekside Elementary. Please RSVP to Stephanie.
2. Spaghetti Dinner scholarship tickets. Would your family like to attend the 5th grade spaghetti dinner, but can’t afford tickets? Contact Stephanie for a ticket scholarship.
3. City of Boulder’s Fresh Start program: This program will provide an opportunity for individuals with active warrants on misdemeanor and traffic charges to appear without fear of arrest to resolve or set their case for further proceedings. Those who may benefit from review of their warrant status should plan to attend the Fresh Start program session at the Boulder County Justice Center, 1777 6th St., on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Eligibility for possible warrant forgiveness for county and state charges are posted on the District Attorney’s web page at www.bouldercounty.org/district-attorney/ or available by phone at 303-441-3700. All municipal warrants are eligible. Participants will be able to speak with a volunteer, free defense attorney or immigration attorney about their case if they choose.
4. Community Drug Take Back Event: On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Boulder Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the community the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Unwanted prescription drugs can be brought to the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder at 1750 33rd St. for safe disposal. The DEA can only accept pills and patches. Vitamins, dietary supplements, liquids, needles or sharps will not be accepted
The District Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce the “Fresh Start” program to provide an opportunity for eligible offenders to resolve their outstanding warrants without fear of arrest. The program is designed to give those with active warrants stemming from non-violent and low-level misdemeanor or traffic cases an opportunity to move toward a resolution in their case. This program is a collaborative effort between the Boulder DA’s Office, the defense bar, judges, and the Sheriff’s Office. Although the DA’s Office is attempting to notify eligible offenders, I would appreciate your sharing this information with your contacts and clients. The “Fresh Start” event will be held at the Boulder County Justice Center on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At that time, individuals with warrants in qualifying cases can speak with a representative from the District Attorney’s Office to either resolve the case or set the case for a new court date. Regardless of the outcome on that day, the warrant for the individuals’ arrest will be vacated if they appear for court on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The April event will also have volunteers, attorneys from the Boulder County Criminal Defense Bar, and immigration attorneys to help answer questions. The event does not require an appointment to be made in advance. Individuals who appear on that date will not be arrested on the warrant. Please see attached for more information. Please note that this event may be of particular interest to immigrants in our community. We are not requiring appointments be made and we will not share the list of eligible offenders with any outside agency. Also, since it is being held on a Saturday, we are hoping to minimize the disruption to M - F work schedules. Thank you for sharing this information with others. Show Your Creekside PrideThe Creekside CPO T-shirt Fundraiser kicks off on Monday, April 15, so check your inbox soon for a link to make a secure online purchase. This year, we will offer youth short-sleeve shirts in white and gold for $15, as well as super high-quality men's and women's short-sleeve shirts in white and blue for $18 each. All of these feature our lovely new school logo! Parents will only have two weeks to place an order, so please act fast to support your school.BIKE TO SCHOOL DAYRegistration is open for Bike Week! BVSD will be drawing names from registration for prizes like bike bells, water bottles, bike locks and bike lights for children who ride their bikes to school the week of April 22. You can register your child here: https://www.bvsd.org/transportation/toschool/Pages/BTSDRegistration.aspx Creekside Bike to School Day will be April 24. We need volunteers to help fetch, organize and pass out snacks, and to lead bike parades from the neighborhoods that feed Creekside. Please sign up here: https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/64
The “Fresh Start” event will be held at the Boulder County Justice Center on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At that time, individuals with warrants in qualifying cases can speak with a representative from the District Attorney’s Office to either resolve the case or set the case for a new court date. Regardless of the outcome on that day, the warrant for the individuals’ arrest will be vacated if they appear for court on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The April event will also have volunteers, attorneys from the Boulder County Criminal Defense Bar, and immigration attorneys to help answer questions. The event does not require an appointment to be made in advance. Individuals who appear on that date will not be arrested on the warrant. Please see attached for more information.
Please note that this event may be of particular interest to immigrants in our community. We are not requiring appointments be made and we will not share the list of eligible offenders with any outside agency. Also, since it is being held on a Saturday, we are hoping to minimize the disruption to M - F work schedules. Thank you for sharing this information with others.
This Week In The Blog:
We recognize the important role all of you play in providing a voice for your school communities. For this reason, we would personally like to ask for your help in getting out the word about next fall’s Board of Education elections to folks in your communities that may be good candidates.
The BVSD Board of Education is hosting four information sessions for prospective candidates. The sessions will be a good opportunity for folks to hear directly from current board members about the district, the school board election process and what it is like to be a school board member.
Tuesday, April 16th at 11:30am (please RSVP to Laura Shafer at 720-561-5114 or email@example.com so that we can provide lunch)
Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm
Saturday, April 27th at 10:00am
Monday, May 6th at 6:30pm
We will provide handouts, and host an informal questions and answer session.
Four of the Board's seven seats will be decided at the November 5th election, two of which are term limited. The Director districts that are up for election are A, C, D, and G. Candidates MUST live in the director district in which they are running; however, they are voted upon by the entire BVSD community. If you have questions about the director district in which you live, please use this link: Board of Education Director District Locator Map.
Thank you again for your help in getting out the word about these important opportunities.
6. Community members, parents and students should refrain from bringing dogs on campus during drop off and pick up times. Principals may use their discretion as to how to handle individual situations.
2019 Boulder Valley School District K-8 Art Show
Mrs. Peters would like to recognize the Creekside students who had their artwork selected for the 2019 BVSD K-8 Art Show: Gabriela Benghi in 5th Grade, Annika Persson in 4th Grade, Julio Soto in 3rd Grade, Adeline Grosnick in 2nd Grade, Adelyn Smith in 1st Grade, and Miles Bentley in Kindergarten. Their artwork will be on display at the Boulder Public Library Art Gallery from April 5th to April 28th. Congratulations to each student and thank you for your hard work in Art Class!
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boulder Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave
(9th St. and Canyon Blvd.)
1. Family Cooking Night with Growing Gardens: Join us next Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30-7pm at Creekside for a family cooking night with Growing Gardens. This will be a hands-on family cooking night with instruction and food! RSVP to Stephanie ASAP and please include the # of adults, # of kids, and any food allergies.
3. After-School Openings: We still have quite a few spots in our chess club on Thursdays. If your student is in grades 2-5 and wants to take chess, we are offering the remaining spots for free in an effort to fill the class. Please contact Stephanie to get signed up. Unfortunately, we cannot open the class to students in KG or 1st grade.
SPAGHETTI DINNER INFORMATION
You are NOT going to want to miss this year’s Spaghetti Dinner and Auction on April 26th! We have some INCREDIBLE items and experiences up for auction! Family portraits, spa packages, outings with teachers, fitness classes, restaurants and a gourmet meal complete with wine pairings prepared just for you and your friends by Creekside’s very own talented chef-parents. The dinner will be served by our fabulous 5th grade students. Gluten-free option is available. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discount. A paper form is included in your child’s Friday Folder or your can order online by clicking here. There are two seatings, 5:15 and 6:00. All are welcome! Invite your friends and neighbors.
Basket donations are needed from every class. This is how the entire school gets to participate. Send in your donation now. Check your child’s Friday Folder has more information on your class basket theme..
And finally, here is a link if you’d like to volunteer for the dinner. Fifth grade parents are strongly encouraged to pitch in but all grades are welcome to help out. https://helpatschool.org/schools/4/events/70