Clarks Creek Chronicles

March 1, 2015 - News and Notes to Keep You Connected

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A Note From the Principal


Dear Clarks Creek Families,

While the calendar doesn't actually say that it's spring yet, the mere fact that it's now March makes it somehow seem more imminent! While we have some very important things happening this month (i.e. ISTEP and IREAD-3 testing), I am also very happy that we are balancing it out with some fun things for all of our Clarks Creek families, as well! One of those is our upcoming Spring Carnival. Another sure sign of spring is the fact that we're getting ready for the walkathon! You'll find information about both of these events in this newsletter.

I"ll look forward to seeing you soon at the carnival!

Mrs. Donovan

IMPORTANT TESTING INFORMATION - ISTEP and IREAD-3

As a reminder from our last newsletter... We have entered the "testing season" in earnest. Some students feel anxiety about standardized tests, but it is important that our message to students is that this is an opportunity to "show what they know." Encourage your child to do his/her best at all times!

If your student will be taking any of these important assessments, please help ensure that he/she begins the day with a substantial, healthy breakfast that includes some protein for brain power! Since our teachers in grades 3-5 will not be giving homework during ISTEP week, that should also help you make sure your child gets to bed early for a great night's rest. While the work your child has done all year has prepared him/her to be ready for these assessments, extra attention to those details at home also really helps!

Thanks for all of your help at home in helping our students be fully prepared!

Click the Link Above to See the Website Calendar


March 2, 2015

Flat Rock Trip - 5th Grade Parent Meeting

6:30 – 7:30

Cafeteria


March 3 – March 6, 2015 (Make-Up Testing the Following Week)

ISTEP+ Applied Skills, Gr. 3-5


March 9, 2015

PTO Meeting

6:30 – 7:30

Library


March 12 and 13, 2015

IREAD-3 Assessment (Third Grade Only)


March 12, 2015

School Board Meeting

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Board Room


March 13, 2015

End of Third Grading Period


March 13, 2015

Spring Carnival

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Lower Level

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

  • The "P" in our PRIDE program is "Put Safety First." If you pick up and drop off your child as a car rider, please make every attempt to have your child enter and exit your vehicle on the school (curb) side. For some, that will require moving car seats, etc. If it is not possible to do so, and your child must enter and exit on the driver's side please get out of your vehicle when your child is approaching (during pick-up) to ensure his/her safety upon crossing behind and around the vehicle. Again, the safest thing is for every student to enter and exit from the school side.
  • Don't forget that you can view the "We Have PRIDE in our Staff" section on our website to read more about our staff members. Links to the staff members for the past two few weeks are featured below.
  • Also, please be reminded that pre-arranged absences cannot be approved during either ISTEP (grades 3-5) or IREAD-3 (3rd grade only) testing weeks. This week begins the first round of ISTEP testing, with the Part 2 window opening on April 27th. IREAD-3 for 3rd graders begins on March 12 and continues through the 18th.

Spring Carnival - March 13th!

The ultimate family fun event, Clarks Creek PTO Spring Carnival is coming up in two short weeks! Make plans now to bring your entire family for an evening of food and fun! This event takes place with the help of all of our parent volunteers. Please sign up to help with a game or another area if you possibly can. It takes everyone to make the event a success!

A link will be emailed to you separately to sign up.
We Have PRIDE in Our Staff

Jennifer Carmichael

News from the Cafeteria

See this information about the "Food Rescue" program from Kelly Collins, Director of Food Services for Plainfield Community Schools:

Did you know that 40% of our food in America is wasted, while 1 in 6 are hungry? Did you also know that food that goes into the dump causes a harmful gas called “methane gas”? With these statistics and the alarming amount of food that students are choosing to throw away at lunch time I decided it was time to join the Food rescue revolution. I often get told how much food the kids throw away, but being in an office and not able to spend a whole lot of time at each cafeteria, I decided to take several days and just stand by the trash cans at several of our schools. It was shocking to really see what kids are throwing away. This is when I decided to contact a company called “Food Rescue”. The Food Rescue program helps connect our schools with local food pantries and soup kitchens. Any unopened food items such as cartons of milk, string cheese, crackers and whole fruit etc. can be donated. The kids will put unopened items in a bin and the cafeteria staff will save it for food rescue trucks to pick up. I want to see the kids eat their whole lunch but I know there are times they pick up items and then decide maybe they don’t want it. I do not want the kids to be donating it because they think they are helping others, I want them to put it in there only because they chose not to eat the item - maybe they don’t like the item or maybe they are just full. Clarks Creek is the first of the six Plainfield schools starting the Food Rescue program with the other schools coming aboard within the next few weeks.

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Spring is fast approaching and with that comes another season of America’s favorite sport, baseball. The Plainfield Optimist Little League is currently taking registrations for this upcoming season for ages 9-12 (grades 3-6). New for this year is an age change with Little League. If your child will turn 9 by December 31, 2015, he is eligible to participate in our Minor Division. Registrations are all online and can be accessed through our website www.plainfieldbaseball.com. The registration fee is $100. For further information or questions, please email poblbbal@gmail.com or call 317-691-7405.

AROUND THE BUILDING - Click any photo to enlarge it!

First Grade Music Program

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Fifth Grade Line Plot - Purdue, IU, and "Other" Favorite Universities

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The Madcap Puppets - Schoolwide PRIDE Celebration

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First Grade Penguins!

Fourth Grade Invention Convention

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