Clarks Creek Chronicles
September 26, 2014 - News and Notes to Keep You Connected
A Note From the Principal
As we enter the season of fall, there is much to look forward to at Clarks Creek! Classrooms have many outstanding activities planned, we will hold our annual parent-teacher conferences, and our first PTO school-wide activity will take place in less than a month - The Nightmare on Elm Drive Halloween event - just to name a few.
As you sign up for conferences this week, be sure to mark your scheduled time and date on your calendar. Most will take place on Thursday, October 23rd, but some may be on other dates. Please make every effort to attend this important event, as it gives you and your child's teacher an opportunity to talk together about your student's goals for the rest of the year. You and the teacher may both have questions that can be answered at that time which would improve your student's progress throughout the remainder of the year. While it can sometimes be difficult to find time in one's schedule to work in a conference, I am confident you will find it worthwhile.
Enjoy this first weekend of my favorite season of the year!
AROUND THE BUILDING
Second Graders Learned About Habitats
Mrs. Allen's Class Surprised Her on Her Birthday!
These Fourth Graders Used the Scientific Method!
These Third Graders Did Some Delicious Math Problems!
How Does Clarks Creek Handle Bullying?
Every student has a right to learn. That is a right we work really hard to protect. Bullying endangers this right, and it is not tolerated at Clarks Creek.
Through our PRIDE program, we are teaching student how to positively interact with one another, how to stand up for each other, and how be confident in themselves. Brain research shows us that learning does not happen when students do not feel safe, which is just one of the reasons it is so important to us. While these proactive efforts are very helpful in establishing a culture of positive interaction, unfortunately, Clarks Creek Elementary is not immune to bullying.
There are four categories of bullying: physical, verbal, social/relational, and electronic or written communication. Not every conflict that happens between students is bullying, by its definition, so the first step for us is determining if an incident is bullying or not. "Bullying" (per IC 20-33-8-.2) means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
(1) places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student's person or property;
(2) has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health;
(3) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance; or
(4) has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the
We take accusations of bullying very seriously at Clarks Creek. We thoroughly investigate each accusation of bullying, and if it is determined that bullying (by the definition above) has occurred, we notify parents of both the perpetrator and the target. By law, we must and we do follow-up with the parties involved within a week’s time. If things have not improved, a meeting is called with administrators, teachers, the home-school advisor and the parents of the perpetrator. If we get to this point, a plan is developed to help the student (bully) make better choices and improve behavior. If necessary, a law enforcement officer is included in the meeting.
We are blessed to have great kids and families at Clarks Creek. Even so, occasionally students make poor choices and bullying occurs. Our number one goal at Clarks Creek is to keep all children safe…physically and emotionally. Your support is very much appreciated. If you have further questions about bullying, please contact Mr. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 839-0120. If you want to talk in person, you are welcome to schedule a meeting.
Click the Link Above to See the Website Calendar
September 29, 2014
Good News Club Start Date
After school – 5:15
LGI – pick-up @ Door 5
October 3, 2014
End of First Grading Period
October 6, 2014
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
October 8, 2014
1st Quarter Report Cards Go Home
October 8, 2014
Community Forum - 1:1 Technology
6:00 – 7:30
October 9, 2014
School Board Meeting
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
October 10, 2014
1st Grade Transportation Day
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
What's been happening in art, music, PE, computer lab, and the library?
Info from the Clarks Creek PTO
1. MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 3rd Annual Nightmare on Elm Drive Extravaganza. It will be held, 10/25 from 4-8pm. The main attraction will be the haunted shopping mall.....Mall-o-Ween!!!! There will be lots of games and activities and food for sale in the cafeteria as well. We will use the website, Volunteer Spot, to organize all of our help for that evening. It takes over 100 volunteers to make the event run smoothly, so please consider donating some of YOUR time. We will also have a ticket pre-sale the week of the event. Many more details will be coming home with your students in the weeks to come.
2. We need volunteers to help sort trash bag orders on 10/20 at 9am. If you are available please email PTO at email@example.com
3. Our PTO has a lot to be thankful for and we owe that to the WONDERFUL Clarks Creek families that support us!!!
4. Spirit Wear was sent home this week. Thank you to the many parents and students for their orders.
5. Thank you to everyone for your support of our Chick-Fil-A fundraiser last night!
6. Thanks to EVERY FAMILY that sold trash bags! With our current totals, our profit will be over $11,500!!! GREAT JOB!