Eastridge Community School

News From the Nest- April 3rd- April 7th

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Standard Response Protocols


This week Eastridge was put into a Hold. A "Hold" is one of 5 Standard Response Protocols that can be used in response to any situation that requires an immediate action for the safety of any person in the building. Holds can occur for many reasons but should result in "business as usual" within the school but no hallway travel. All 5 protocols will involve an announcement over the intercom and a scrolling message in rooms. All schools within the Cherry Creek School District follow the Standard Response Protocols. This was the first time this year we have used one of the Standard Response Protocols outside of a practice situation. As a community, we did a great job but can always learn from our experiences. If your student struggled with our Hold status please reach out and let a staff member know so we can assure them everything is okay. As adults in their lives, the Eastridge community will continue to place student safety at the forefront of all we do, speak with students and families honestly and calmly. Thursday's Hold was a necessary step and we will move forward confidently about the safety practices we have in place.

As always, Eastridge is proud to partner with you to provide students with an unparalleled learning experience.


Principal Amy Cribbs

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Specials Night

April 4th, Tuesday


This "Specials" night is an opportunity for families to attend Music, Art, P.E., Energy, and Technology together! Each class will have a 15-20 minute experience for families to learn more about the unique activities that occur during this 40 minute block each day. There will be fun and door prizes for everyone!

All students must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

2023 Aurora Scholars

Since 2009, the city of Aurora has honored one student from each grade in every school building in Aurora in a citywide ceremony with the city's mayor and city council, school superintendents and other designees. Students receive a certificate and medal from city officials.Students in grades 1 through 12 are selected by the principal and teachers at their school for being overall first-rate students and excellent members of the school community. The program is designed to identify those students in Aurora who strongly contribute to the life and community of their respective schools. They might be a stellar student-athlete, a terrific citizen, a high academic achiever, or a dedicated volunteer. But most importantly, they go above and beyond in whatever they do best.

Eastridge 5th Grade Continuation- New date and Location

Due to a conflict with Overland Graduation, Eastridge 5th Grade Continuation celebration will be held on May 24th at 6:00pm in the Overland theater. This venue comfortably fits families and friends of our continuing 5th graders.

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Upcoming Events

April 4th, Integrated Arts Night-Come participate in specials with your student! 4:30-6:00pm

April 11th, PTCO 6:00pm

April 13th, Effective Limit Setting for Families 5:30pm-6:30pm

April 25th, From Conflict to Connection and Cooperation for Families 5:30-6:30pm

April 26th, District P.A.S.S. @ Elevation, 6:00pm-7:30pm

April 27th, Spotlight on American Muslims, 5:30pm-7:00pm

May 4th, Incoming Kindergarten Orientation Night/ Kindergarten Readiness: Social/Emotional Skills Needed for Early School Success 6:00-7:30pm

May 9th, PTCO- Planning 2023-2024, new board members, 6:00pm-7:00pm

May 12th, Eastridge Street Party with music, In-N-Out Burger, carnival games 5:00pm-7:00pm

May 16th, Helping Kids Manage Emotions for Families, 5:30pm-6:30pm

May 18th, Spotlight on Asian Culture, 5:30pm-7:00pm

May 19th, Field Day

May 24th, 5th Grade Continuation @ Overland High School, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Eastridge Elementary Spring Parenting Series- Child Wise Coaching

April 13th, 5:30-6:30pm - Effective Limit-Setting Sign Up Here

Setting and holding limits for our kids means setting a guideline for behavior and sticking to it. Easier said than done. When you have a strong-willed child or one with behavioral challenges this becomes even harder. In a shame-free, blame-free evening, learn tips on setting limits, including setting limits on screen time, bedtime, homework and more!

April 25th, 5:30-6:30pm - From Conflict to Connection and Cooperation Sign Up Here

The way we talk to our kids has a huge impact on their learning and ability to listen to us. Still, so often it can feel as though a child is unable — or unwilling — to listen, leading to arguments and tantrums. This discussion will provide specific tips to improve the way that we speak and listen to our kids for better connection and cooperation.

May 4th, part of Kindergarten Orientation, 6:00-7:30 - Kindergarten Readiness: Social / Emotional Skills Needed for Early School Success

When we hear about kindergarten readiness often there is a lot of focus on the development of preacademic skills. But most experts agree that social and emotional skills are even more important to a child’s early school success. During this session we will look at some of the social and emotional skills a child needs, and how you can support the development of these skills at home.

May 16th, 5:30-6:30pm - Helping Kids Manage Emotion Sign Up Here

Managing emotions is hard. It’s hard for adults with fully developed brains. It’s even harder for small people, with their still developing brains. The good news is they are teachable even if no one taught them to you. This will be a safe space to explore specific ways to improve emotional regulation in your child for improved behavior and more peace in your relationships.

Attend as many as you wish.

Eastridge Parenting Series by Denise Templar Sironen, ChildWise Parent Coaching

Denise is a licensed school psychologist, a certified parent coach, and an educator trainer with thirty years of experience supporting children, their parents and caregivers. She is a wife and a proud mom of three grown men. Whether it is conversations with community groups, weekend intensive workshops, weekly evening classes, or individual parent coaching, her companies Child Wise and In Sight are grounded in the belief that children and parents want to do their best and that any parent’s deepest desire is to raise healthy kids.

Working with Denise, parents across the country have discovered effective parenting skills that foster positive growth for all family members. She and her business/writing partner have developed PAUSE for Parents, five essential parenting practices to raise emotionally healthy kids and to cultivate parents’ emotional health in the process. Child Wise coaching is a lifeline to stressed parents and caregivers or those who are just starting out and would like to build a solid foundation for their young families

Join us as we explore proven practices to bring joy and balance to your parenting. I look forward to speaking with your group.

Scouting Opportunity

Hello families of Eastridge community elementary school. This is Maggie Cook, the SPL (senior patrol leader\ scout under the age of 18, who leads the Scouts through all the fun activities we do) for troop for 457. On April 22, we will be hosting an event to show people what Scouting is all about. This event is open to both boys and girls ages five and up. We hope it to see you and your child, Saturday April 22 at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church from 1-3. We will have snacks, games and we will introduce your child to some of our troop's traditions. If you are planning to join us at our recruiting event, please sign up on our sign-up genius.


Thank you for your consideration we hope to see you there.

Thank you

Maggie Cook

Troop 457 SPL

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Trailblazer Wrestling Club

Spring - Summer Session 2023

Dates: 03/27 - 06/24

Groups: Beginner (3rd - 7th grade) Novice/Advanced (Experienced 6th-12th grade)

Beginner: $30 (Cash or Check made out to Trailblazer Wrestling Club) Novice/Advanced: $60 (Cash or Check made out to Trailblazer Wrestling Club)

If payment is a barrier, please contact Coach Krueger - Ckrueger6@cherrycreekschools.org to figure out a plan.

Important Notes: Week Off - No Practice: High School Finals Week 05/21 - 05/27

Must Purchase and show proof of USA Wrestling Insurance. https://www.usawmembership.com/login (Purchase the "athlete" insurance - $20)

Location: Overland High School Wrestling Room - 12400 E Jewell Ave, Aurora, CO 80012

Contact: Coach Carter Krueger - CKrueger6@cherrycreekschools.org

Registration Link - https://forms.gle/urVgchYBgtAv9CqQ7

The Trailblazer Wrestling Club is open to all student-athletes interested in the sport of wrestling, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns. Our program is built on trust, respect, love and care. Our coaches will coach and mentor through those lenses in order to help our student-athletes learn responsibility, respect, and that they can do hard things.

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New Eastridge Principal- 2023-2024 School Year

My name is Bridget Contreraz, and I am honored to introduce myself to you as the Principal of Eastridge Community School for the upcoming school year. I have been in education for over twenty years, serving as a teacher at both elementary and secondary levels, as well as serving as a Dean of Students and an Assistant Principal. I have proudly been a part of the Overland Feeder area for the past three years as an Assistant Principal at Ponderosa Elementary. I am humbled to begin this next phase of my leadership journey in a community that is near and dear to my heart. I look forward to the opportunity to grow our partnership and connection as we make this transition together.


Bridget Contreraz

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The "Not a Fundraiser" Fundraiser!

PTCO is proud to support individual and team teacher projects. Where do these funds come from? FUNDRAISING! During these difficult times we have made the decision not to hold a large fundraiser, such as a Fun Run, but, instead use funds generated from organizations who donate money based on a percentage of individuals who use their services to a school of their choice. More information on programs that provide monetary support below. Thank you for taking a few mintues to complete the one time only registration that supports Eastridge when you shop.

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American Furniture Warehouse

If you are shopping for home furnishings, American Furniture Warehouse Colorado locations support your student's school at checkout. Just mention that you would like to support Eastridge Community School and, for no extra cost to you, a percentage of the subtotal is allocated to the school of your choice. Check out the selection at: https://www.afw.com/
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King Soopers Rewards Program

Sign up and have your King Soopers Grocery shopping support Eastridge.


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Blessings in a Backpack

Your student(s) is eligible to be a recipient of the Blessings in a Backpack (food for one student delivered Fridays). and/or SECOR Cares-Food for Thought (food for a family of four delivered Thursdays) programs at Eastridge. The programs are designed to provide non-perishable food weekly to children that would benefit from supplemental nourishment over the weekend. The program runs the full school year and there is no cost to participate. Once you sign up, your student(s) will receive a bag of non-perishable food every Thursday and/or Friday which will be distributed in a discreet and caring manner.

If you wish for your student(s) to participate in the program, please send their NAME and GRADE to Brit Bass at:bbass@cherrycreekschools.org

or call 720-747-2281

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School Hours

Students may arrive beginning at 7:45 am. Doors supervised by adults are #1, main door; #9, off blacktop by 2nd and 3rd grade; #15, at the end of the 4th and 5th grade hallway; #17 by 1st grade and door #18 by kindergarten. Only students can enter through these doors from 7:45-8:00am. All doors are closed at 8:00 am and students must ring doorbell by main entry. No additional visitors can enter the building through side doors, only main entrance. You will be asked to present a driver's license if you are picking a student up early.

At the end of the day have a plan for pick up. The East side of the school, off of Oswego, is considered back parent pick up. The flag pole in front is referred to as front parent pick up. Students can also walk home as long as teachers know plans in advance.

No visitors under current health guidelines.

Getting Home at the End of the Day

The end of the day is our busiest time! We have hundreds of students going many different directions. Please make sure your student knows the plan for getting home at the end of the day. We have several options for families that pick up students, the East side of the building, on Oswego, is known as "Back Parent Pick Up" and the South side of the building, by the main entrance, is known as "Front Parent Pick Up". We also have families that walk and choose to use the buses. With so much activity, drivers should be especially alert. Make sure students know basic information such as bus numbers, street and/or what to do if there is no answer when they arrive home. If the plans for the end of the day change, please call the Main Office at 720.747.2200 by 2:20 so messages can be passed on to students.


Need Assistance With Communication?


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