News At The Creek

January 23


BYOD Forms

Several BYOD forms that students are turning in are not complete. The forms do not have the devices' model numbers and serial numbers. Jo will be giving the forms back to the teachers to have them completed. Any student that brings a device to use ad school must have a form.

The BYOD informational meeting for parents of students in K-3 will be incorporated into STEAM night on February 5. Please let parents know this information.


Beginning on February 2nd, ALL visitors to Duncan Creek must show a picture ID. This includes volunteers, lunch guests, etc. We are asking parents to send a note to the teacher if they know someone, other than those listed as contacts, will be coming to eat lunch with their child. If you receive a note, please send it to the front lobby desk for verification when the visitors arrive. If parents want to update their contact list on who may check out or have access to their child, please have the parent stop by the front office to update this in person. We will be checking visitor names against this list. The first ten people who email Carrie the name of their favorite book will get a treat in their mailbox.

As a reminder, parents visiting for lunch should wait for their child outside the cafeteria. Lunch guests should not be going to classrooms and interrupting instruction. Parents should say goodbye to their child as he/she leaves the cafeteria after lunch. I appreciate your continuous support.


From Jackson


Please remind parents that tutoring applications are past due. Please let me know if you'd like to tutor...I have very few volunteers and may unfortunately have to cancel again.

Early Release

Please read carefully through the Timeline and Tips document I sent out last week. Information regarding scheduling interpreter needs has been sent, please respond.

From Bickell

-School Net will be down Friday night.

-Updated testing calendar on the shared drive. The end of the year is VERY tight and jam-packed with lots of events so thank you way in advance for your flexibility and patience.

-Feb 11th NAEP day, there will be 4 spots blocked off for the testing folks as they have oodles of equipment to bring in. If your "regular spot" is blocked with a cone, thank you for understanding and parking in a different spot that day.

-I think we are at about 73 days until spring break? and maybe about 53 of those in school? Time is really flying right by this year! As we move closer and closer to spring I can't emphasize enough the importance of consistency in your classroom procedures and expectations as well as your parent communications.

-Thank you for all you do, hope you have a great weekend.

Website of the Week

This week I am sharing a couple of sites that make using YouTube videos with your class a little safer! allows you to copy and paste the web address of a you tube video and it will create a link that you can use that will get rid of the 'extra' things around the video. You only see the video you want to show within a gray background. has a tag line "videos with out the distractions". It allows you to use a simple bookmark to 'take away' most of the distractions (one ad remains at the bottom) I decided to share this one because of the ease of use. Watch this how to video!

Remember that even when using these two tools, students can't view youtube videos logged in as students. These are helpful when you want to show the whole class a video while you are logged in as a teacher. It is also helpful to use one of these when you are uploading a lesson for students to do at home within the eCLASS C&I tool (your webpage)


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Joyleen Russell - 1/25

Valentina Juravschi - 1/28

Carrie Yougel - 1/29

Jennifer Little - 1/30


Health Risks from Not Flossing

Research, published in the Journal of Periodontology, indicates a strong connection between the health of your mouth and your overall health. Flossing not only improves the physical appearance of your smile, it also removes trapped bacteria-causing debris and plaque. Nearly 80 percent of the industrial world’s population fails to floss regularly, which significantly increases health risks that lead to serious medical conditions.

Gum Disease

  • Brushing alone cleans 65 percent of your mouth; the other 35 percent requires flossing to remove food debris and reduce plaque formation. Plaque that continues to accumulate along the gum line hardens into tarter. Tartar removal requires professional cleaning procedures by a dentist or oral hygienist.
  • The bacteria found in plaque and tartar produce acid, which inflame and damage the gums. Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two stages of gum disease. Gingivitis causes swelling and bleeding along the gums. If you catch gum disease at this stage, the treatment is easy. Periodontitis causes receding gums, damage to the supporting structures of the teeth and even tooth loss.
  • Gum disease can also contribute to heart disease and can damage tissues in the ear and throat. In pregnant women, the bacterial infection from gum disease can cross the placenta and lead to premature delivery and low birth weight.

Heart Attack

  • Neglecting your dental health can adversely affect the health of your heart. Daily flossing removes the plaque buildup along the gum line that contributes to periodontal disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with advanced periodontal, or gum, disease are two times more likely to develop coronary disease compared to people who do not have periodontal disease.
  • Coronary artery disease, caused by atherosclerosis, has a link to periodontal disease. Atherosclerosis narrows the arteries with fat and plaque deposits along the artery walls. Bacteria associated with periodontal disease cause an inflammatory response within the arteries of people with coronary artery disease. This results in further narrowing the arteries. Severe or untreated cases of coronary artery disease can lead to complete artery blockage and heart attack.
  • Neglecting to floss allows bacteria from gum disease to move easily into the bloodstream and cause blood vessel swelling, promoting an environment indicative of heart disease.
  • People with heart disease experience a rapid progression of the disease if they have periodontal disease. The plaque in the arteries attracts the bacterium that causes gum disease. In turn, bacteria attach to the plaque lining the arteries, increasing inflammation and further closing the vessels and decreasing blood flow.
  • Practicing proper brushing and flossing habits, seeing a dentist for regular dental checkups and having annual medical screenings for heart disease reduce the risk of heart disease associated with periodontal disease.


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