Comet Express

January 29, 2016

Cedar Creek Elementary School

Cedar Creek Elementary is one of 35 elementary schools in the Olathe Public Schools in Olathe, Kansas. We are a Community building Character and academic Excellence . . . We are CCE!
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It's the "Principal" of the Thing

Research shows that when schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more. The impact on students and their learning is beneficial regardless of family income or background. Students get better grades and test scores, take more challenging courses, attend school regularly, have better socials skills and behavior, are more adaptable, and are more likely to go on to postsecondary education. Additionally, when parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, involve them in constructive out-of-school activities, and help them plan ahead their children perform better in school.

This type of involvement was demonstrated at CCE this week by the vast number of parents and grandparents who volunteer to help with Body Venture, a hands on “field trip” first through fifth grade students experienced on Thursday. This program is offered by the Kansas State Department of Education and is an amazing opportunity for students. It is not possible to bring this program to your school without the help of volunteers. Approximately 50 parents and grandparents volunteered on Wednesday evening and all day on Thursday to assemble, teach mini lessons, and tear down the exhibit to make this possible for our students. What a tremendous show of support. Your students most likely came home talking about it last night, and the support continued in each family as you patiently listened to all that they experienced. We appreciate the parental involvement and support you show us and your students on a day to day basis and are grateful so many are willing to answer the call when special opportunities arise. What we do now and everyday moving forward has a long term impact on our kiddos success and while it can be difficult at times to see that far down the road, please know your daily efforts are making a difference.

I would also like to acknowledge Mrs. Warden who coordinated this project for us. Her time and attention to detail made for a smooth event. Thank you to the PTO Board, WATCH DOGS, and moms and dads who presented for making this possible!

Mr. Reves

3rd Grade Program - February 4th - 10:30am/7:00pm

February No School Days

February 5th - No School, Professional Day

February 10th - No Kindergarten Classes, Parent Teacher Conferences

February 11th - No School, Parent Teacher Conferences

February 12th - No School

February 15th - No School, President's Day

Kindergarten Roundup - February 25th

Kindergarten pre-enrollment, for the 2016-17 school year, will be on Thursday, February 25th from 1-6pm. Students must be 5 on or before August 31, 2016 to enroll for the 2016-17 school year. Bring your student, a certified birth certificate, immunization record, and physical form (if they've had it) to roundup. We will have activities for students while parents complete paperwork. Fee-based full day kindergarten applications will be available beginning on the 25th.

Buddy Bench

This year the fifth grade legacy gift was a Buddy Bench for the playground. What is a buddy bench? The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. The bench is a way to meet new friends, try new things, and spread the message of inclusion and kindness. In the next several weeks your students will be getting more information about the buddy bench and how it works. You can see the new bench along the trail by our swings. Thank you to the fifth grade students and parents for your effort in raising money and coordinating the purchase of the Buddy Bench.

Major Saver Fundraiser

Thank you for your support of the Major Saver fundraiser. Last day to turn in collections is Wednesday, February 3rd.

February Boundary Meetings

Each high school will host an informational gathering regarding boundary options with the opening of Olathe West. Olathe East – Feb. 8; Olathe South – Feb. 16; Olathe North – Feb. 24; Olathe Northwest – Feb. 25. Time: 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Parents and staff are invited to attend at any site.

Girls on the Run is coming back to CCE this spring!

Grab your running shoes and water bottles and join the Girls on the Run fun! This 10 week session for girls in the 3rd through 5th grades educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Using a well-researched curriculum, life lessons are taught through the use of fun interactive games combined with training for a non-competitive 5k race. Topics include: getting rid of negative self-talk, how to deal with bullying, gossip and peer pressure, nutrition, making healthy choices and much more. Practices meet Mondays and Wednesdays right after school until 5pm, beginning March 7. All girls will run/walk in the season ending 5k event on Saturday, May 21st at Arrowhead Stadium.

Registration opens online on January 30th. Spots are limited! Visit

1st Place Win for Math Wings Team

Cedar Creek was represented well at Tuesday’s District Math Wings Competition. A special congratulations to the team of Parker M., Jonathan W., and Keifer Y. who took 1st place in the 4th grade division!

Nurses' Note

A huge thank you to the volunteers who helped with setup and take down of Body Venture. Thank you, too, to the many station monitors during the day. Body Venture was a great success with all of your help.

Music Notes

· 3rd grade musical, Spaced Out, February 4th @ 7

· 4th grade choir every Tuesday at 7:40

· 5th grade choir every Thursday at 7:40

· 2nd grade trip to Kaufmann for the symphony, 2/9

Safety Reminder

Please remind students that the sidewalk (on Clare Rd.) going down to the crossing guard becomes icy after inclement weather. Students should use extra caution when walking on it especially when there has been melting and refreezing.

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