BisoNews

August 16, 2022

"Where it's always a good day to be a Bison!"

Attendance Matters!

We were overjoyed to welcome back our students on August 11th. We had 2 wonderful days back. Due to the opening of another 27J school nearby (Southlawn Elementary), our boundaries changed and we do not have the overcrowding we expereinced last year. Our library and science rooms are opened again! The lunchroom is not so crowded and the hallways are manageable. If you are a returning Second Creek family, thank you for your patience last year! We made it!

Now that the overcrowding challenge is over, we are faced with a couple new challenges:


1. Staff - we have 2 teaching positions open: 2nd grade and Preschool. We would love to lower class sizes in 2nd grade but so far we have not been able to secure a candidate. And we are missing a certified PK teacher to start on August 24th. Please spread the word if you know anyone who has a teaching license and wants to join our Bison team! We are also looking for a kindergarten paraprofessional. This is not a certified position.


2. Attendance issues - Covid has created some bad habits for many of us. I spoke about the importance of attendance during our Back-to-School night event. Unfortunately, we started the year with tardies and absent students. Fridays are usually a big day for parents to take their students out early. I have attached the form below with the breakdown of days and minutes missed and their cumulative affect on students' learning. Please make coming to school everyday and on time your highest priority! How can we help?


It would not be a normal school year without challenges... and just like any other year, we are here to serve the Second Creek community everyday in spite of challenges we face. Please partner with us to make this school year our best yet!


I hope you enjoy the quick video below. The first part shows our leadership team welcoming staff back as superheroes. Then we have pictures from teachers who share their fun activities with me for the week. We also have footage of the staff during our second annual Second Creek Olympics. This happened right before back-to-school night! At Second Creek, we believe in the healthy balance of hard work and fun!


Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Ana Marlatt

Principal

This Week at Second Creek
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Daily Morning Schedule

Please check out our every day morning schedule below (starting on August 16th):


7:30am - doors open for all breakfast eaters - please use the side cafeteria doors for this

7:35am - Doors open for all students - breakfast is still being served

7:45am - First bell

7:50am - Instruction in the classroom starts


In order to eat breakfast and make it to class on time, please help your student arrive at 7:30am. Students can enter through the side cafeteria doors and start breakfast right away!

Preschool and Kindergarten Playground

You might have noticed tall grass in the PK /Kindergarten playground. We are not at risk of losing a student due to the grass being so tall, but you might be wondering... :-) Our district is dealing with staff shortages, especially in our Facilities department. They have 2 mowers for the whole district as of now. A PTO parent has kindly volunteered to bring his mower and mow down the grass in the area. Thank you PTO for your help!

Please help us be good neighbors!

Please do not block our neighborhood driveways! I know it is tempting, and in our heads it will only take a minute... but blocking our neighbors' driveways is not cool! I am sure you can imagine how frustrating is must feel to have your driveway blocked by school traffic. Please help us keep our neighbors happy by NEVER parking and blocking someone's driveway!

Soft Start - what is it?

Soft start is a simple way for students to ease into their school day. It is the period of time in the morning (7:35am to 7:50am) that doors are open for students to start arriving. These 15 minutes also help alleviate crowding in our parking lot.

We urge you to take advantage of this time. Bring your student to Second Creek on time in the morning and help students start the day successfully!

Soft Start for all students starts Tuesday, August 16th.

Coffee with the Principal

Do you have questions? Suggestions? We want to connect with you and make your experience here at Second Creek the best ever!

Please join Ms. Marlatt for a cup of coffee and good conversation!



When: August 26th from 8am to 9am

Where: Second Creek Teacher's Lounge (please check in at the office)

PTO News

Did you enjoy Boohoo Yahoo for kindergarten parents? Our amazing PTO has planned some great activities this year to bring our Second Creek Community together. Please keep an eye on Facebook posts or call our office to find out all of the information. Our next fun activity is below!

PTO-Sponsored Outdoor Movie Night!

Join the fun on August 19th, starting around 7:30pm. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Grab some popcorn. Kona Ice and Candy will be available for purchase.
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Ole Soccer Stars

You can still sign up for this fun after school activity!
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Chess Wizards

There is still time to sign up for this as well!
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Important Dates for August - all in one place!

8/19/22 - come at 7:30pm/movie starts around 8:00pm - Back-To-School PTO Movie Night

8/24/22 - First Day for all Preschool Students

8/26/22 - 8:00am to 9:00am - Second Cup with the Principal in the teacher's lounge

Traffic Reminders

If you are a returning family to Second Creek, you know our parking lot is small and needs special care during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Thank you for contributing to the overall safety of our staff and students!


If you are a new family to Second Creek, please read the information below carefully. Staff (and sometimes Commerce City police) are out during morning drop off and afternoon dismissal to make sure everyone is safe.


Parents, it is very important that we do not park on the bus lane before or after school. Blocking the bus causes delays that go beyond our school.


Here are a few reminders about our drop off and pick up procedures. You know that Commerce City police pops in once in a while and issue tickets to vehicles that are not following our safety rules... so please make sure you are doing what you can do keep our students and staff safe!


  • No parked cars in the "no parking zone" - which is by the sidewalk from the beginning of the parking lot all the way to the front doors. This is a fire lane and also a bus lane. There is NO PARKING anytime. Only drop off or pick up. We have noticed many cars parked waiting for the school to open in the morning, blocking the bus and causing lines of cars that go all the way outside the parking lot. Please drop off your student and go - no parking.
  • Same rules apply for pick up after school.
  • Students can be dropped off at 7:30am for breakfast eaters and 7:35am for non breakfast eaters. We do not have supervision for students who are dropped off before these times.
  • Students must be picked up at 3:30pm every day. We do not have staff to supervise students after school.
  • Let us know if you need information about our before and after-school program.
  • Please only use the handicap parking if you have a handicap license.
  • The Staff of the Month parking is for staff only at all times.
  • PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF DRIVEWAYS!


We appreciate your cooperation!

A shout out to our sponsors!

The following businesses continue to sponsor Second Creek in wonderful and amazing ways!

The Landing Place Church

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The Landin Place Church has donated brand new playground equipment to our student. They have donated our blue safety vests that staff wears. They gave also donated goodies and burritos to feed all of our staff.

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Eng Orthodontics

Eng Orthodontics

Eng has donated our communication folders.

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Coldstone Creamery in Brighton

Coldstone has donated ice cream certificates. They have also made a huge donation towards a future community event coming up second semester.
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5280 Realty

https://www.5280heroes.com/

5280 has donated towards t-shirts for our staff, and recently, they have also made a huge donation towards a future community event coming up second semester.

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