Clarks Creek Chronicles

April 26, 2015 - News and Notes to Keep You Connected

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A Note From the Principal

Dear Clarks Creek Families,

It's hard to believe that we are approaching the end of the school year already! You have already been asked to complete updated registration and transportation forms for next year. It is very important for us to have accurate information as we begin to think about sections of classes and place students into teachers' classrooms.

I have had a few inquiries about whether parents can request a teacher for their children for next school year. Just as this has been in the past, we do NOT accept teacher requests. However, I feel strongly that you know your child best and may have information that would be helpful in finding the best placement. Many students are able to learn and grow effectively with a variety of teachers' styles and because we have such an outstanding staff, most students could be placed anywhere and thrive! However, if you know that your child is particularly successful with a particular learning style, you are welcome to send me a short letter detailing what you know about your child. Submission of this information in no way guarantees a particular placement; there are many factors that go into dividing students into classrooms. However, I would be happy to review any input received prior to May 4th and consider it as we begin making these decisions.
All such letters should come to the main office in a sealed envelope to my attention or by email to

Have a great week!


Mrs. Donovan
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ISTEP Round 2 Begins this Week!

Attention, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents! The time has come for our students to show off what they know after their year of hard work! This week begins the second (and final!) round of ISTEP+ testing. All students in grades 3-5 will be taking the multiple choice portion of the ISTEP+ exam between now and May 15th. Teachers will be sharing the schedules for their own classes. Since all testing will take place in our computer labs for this round, the schedules are somewhat different, with all classes in a grade level not testing at exactly the same time.

What Can You Do to Help?

It is very important that all students are present during testing days and that they arrive on time. Since the ISTEP+ exam measures what our students have learned throughout the year, there is no need to study for this exam. However, remember that there are things you can do at home to help your child be prepared to give his/her best on the test! All students need to get a good night's rest each and every night during testing. Also, eating a healthy breakfast that is chock-full of protein will be very helpful to your child's success! Finally, as your child heads out the door, wish him/her good luck and make sure he/she sees how confident you are in his ability to succeed!

Click the Link Above to See the Website Calendar

April 27, 2015

Round 2 of ISTEP Begins (Grades 3-5)

May 5, 2015

6th Grade Parent Orientation @ PCMS


May 6, 2015

Nurse’s Day

May 6-7, 2015

Outdoor Education – Grade 5 Flat Rock YMCA Camp

May 8, 2015

First Grade Field Trip to the Zoo

May 11, 2015

PTO Meeting

6:30 – 7:30


May 14, 2015

School Board Meeting

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Central Office

May 15, 2015

Field Day

May 18, 2015

Third Grade FT – NIFS & NCAA

9:00 – 2:00

May 18, 2015

Kindy 500

Details TBD

May 22, 2015

Fifth Grade Breakfast and Awards

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


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Donations Raised - Over $10,500!

Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in the Walkathon!

We could not have asked for a more PERFECT day for our walkathon this year! The weather was gorgeous, and our students seemed to all have a great time at this event. Thanks to all of the parents who came and walked with their children, too. It was so awesome to see all of our students in those brightly colored shirts working together for one cause. Thank you so much to our fabulous PTO and all of the volunteers who helped count money, serve post-walkathon snacks to our students, provide lunch for our fifth graders, collect and distribute prizes, and set up/clean up everything up for this great event, and all of the other behind-the-scenes things that made this event possible!

We had another great turnout from corporate sponsors, as well! Check out the list of those sponsors on the back of your child's walkathon shirt and on the big "thank you" board in the main office. This is truly a "community" event, and we are so thankful to all who helped make it a success!
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Each year, all schools in Plainfield recognize a "Teacher of the Year." Nominees for this award submit materials for review by a committee. A rubric is used to evaluate each nominee's submissions, which include information about innovative teaching practices, professional development the teacher has participated in, community involvement, and more. Congratulations to all of this year's nominees and thanks to all who nominated members our very deserving staff for this honor! Congratulations to fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Karisa Miller, who has been selected from an excellent pool of candidates as the Clarks Creek Teacher of the Year for 2015!

Optimist Partners in Education - Staff Members Honored

This week, Mrs. Kara Silver and Mrs. Cheryl Angle were honored at the Optimist Partners in Education award dinner. Congratulations to both of these outstanding staff members on this achievement!


  • 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 few weeks are featured below.
  • If you haven't already turned in your updated registration and transportation forms for next year, they are now due. We appreciate your help with our planning for the new school year!

From the Nurse

Next year, students currently in 5th grade are required to have had 1 Meningitis, and 1 Tdap vaccine. These can be administered any time after age 11 and is required to enter 6th grade.

Please remember – Students not up to date on vaccinations at the beginning of school next year will be excluded from attending school until those requirements are met per Indiana State Code (IC 20-34-4). If your child has a medical or religious exemption a letter is needed at the beginning of every school year.

Thank you for assistance in this matter. Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns.

Glenda Coffelt, RN


Links to Additional Information:



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Quaker Day Theme Contest

The Plainfield Chamber of Commerce recently announced a Quaker Day Parade Theme Contest for the 2015 parade. The contest is open to all ages and will run through

April 27. The winning entrant will receive a pizza party for up to 15 people at Plainfield Chicago’s Pizza. The winning theme will be featured during the parade on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

All entries must be submitted on an official entry form available in the Flyer, from the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, 210 W. Main St. in Plainfield or downloaded from Past themes have included: One Town-One Heart, Proud to Be an American, Field of Dreams, Good Ole’ Days and A Community of Values.

The Quaker Day Parade Theme Contest is sponsored by the Hendricks County Flyer and Chicago’s Pizza. For more information on the Quaker Day Parade contact the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce at (317) 839-3800 or email

AROUND THE BUILDING - Click any photo to enlarge it!

Camille Clark was recognized as the month's value winner at the board meeting!

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Grandparents' Night!

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Fifth Grade Music Program

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Thanks for everything you do to help make Clarks Creek great!