News At The Creek

January 16


Classroom Visits

Thank you to Carla Evans, Kim Ashe, and Cindy Baker for letting our School Council members observe you and your students using eClass technology with your students. You all did a phenomenal job! Our Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Barlow, will be here on Thursday, January 22 from 8:30-10:00 to visit classrooms. Please let Carrie know if you have something special to share. The first ten people who email Carrie with an instructional technology activity they did with their class this week will get a treat in their mailbox.

RBES Mid-year Updates

Reminder: RBES mid-year updates are due by Wednesday, January 21. Please see an administrator if you have any questions.

Work Hours

Please be on time to work. We have had several instances where teachers are not only late to work, but they are arriving after students are in the classroom. Leaving students unsupervised can jeopardize your teaching certificate. As professionals, part of your responsibilities is to be at work on time and to work until at least 3:45 pm. As a reminder, our work hours are:

Monday 8:00-3:45

Tuesday 7:30-3:45

Wednesday 7:30-3:45

Thursday 7:30-3:45

Friday 8:00-3:45

Water Bottles

Please make sure student water bottles are closed and in book bags for dismissal. We have had many spills and throwing of bottles. Thank you for your help with this!

eClass Learning Opportunity

Please consider signing up for the class. This is a great learning opportunity! The class includes:

Ø use of technology in teaching and learning integrated with Quality Plus Teaching Strategies

Ø implementation of a comprehensive and consistent blended learning model, digital content and collaborative learning

Ø eCLASS resources and Quality Plus Teaching Strategies

It is only 12 hours face to face (plus 8 online) AND there is a $300 stipend plus 2 PLUs!

Close to our school too!

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Testing Information

-Kindergarten teachers please remember you have another GKIDS data pull (GCPS) coming on the 20th. It is important to be adding updated data to the web page for these data pulls.

-Fourth grade remember the NAEP testing session will be on Feb 11 for those selected students. Should any parent decide they do not want their child to participate they must put it in writing and submit if by January 21 (which is outlined in the letter that was sent home)

-All teachers with ESOL students, the ACCESS window opens on the 20th. This means that there may be some slight changes to Laura M's schedule on random days, so I appreciate in advance your understanding.

-The State Wide Readiness test attempt provided the county with lots of valuable information about our capabilities and strengths/weaknesses of our system. Thank you to the 4th grade teachers for your willingness to assist. There are discussions of the possibility of another readiness test in the upcoming weeks, as soon as I know any more definitive information I promise to let you know.

I hope everyone has a fun and rest filled weekend!

Website of the Week

ThingLink is a web-based tool for embedding multimedia content in an image or collection of images. The image-embedding process, for both teachers and students, simply involves uploading an image and linking it to other resources on the web. Links can lead users to informational webpages, audio recordings, and videos. Students can even put in their own information. Prompts guide users most of the way, and there's a Search Content option, which helps support the embedding process with links to commonly used web resources.

Great resource for students to show what they know..and it is FREE!!h


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HUGE thank you to Jo Conrad for borrowing laptops from Mulberry and staying to help me with a particularly challenging technology based lesson? I couldn't have done it without her and Robin, and the teachers involved - Mrs. Newsom, Mrs. Phucas, and Mrs. Dailey. Our success was a TEAM effort. What would we do without Jo?


Amy Cook 1/19

Angela Hayes 1/22

Patrick Murphy 1/23

Kathy Gentzel 1/24

Denise Jester 1/24


What to Look for in a Breakfast Cereal

We’ve said a number of times breakfast is the most important meal of the day. All of us are rushed at times in the morning and the easiest thing to devour quickly is a bowl of cereal. What should you look for in a breakfast cereal, though? And, what can you do to spruce a bowl of cereal with extra nutrients?

Rules for Breakfast Cereals

The big problem with breakfast cereal is many of them (the kind kids like) are saturated with sugars and are high glycemic causing a sugar surge and causing unhealthy elevations in insulin. So stay away from anything kids beg for.

Think 5/5/10. That’s the rule. No, not May 5, 2010, and no not Cinco de Mayo, either. A healthy breakfast cereal should contain at least 5 grams of fiber and at least 5 grams of protein per serving while containing no more than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Also, only by 100% whole grain and make sure the cereal does not contain any hydrogenated oils or trans fats. The “Breakfast of Champions”, Wheaties, doesn’t quite make the cut – falling short on protein and fiber content but delivering on the sugar aspect.

Here are some examples of some healthy Breakfast cereals:

  • Post Bran Flakes
  • Grape Nuts
  • Kashi cereals
  • Nature’s Path Organic Optimum
  • Health Valley Organic Fiber 7 Flakes
  • Kellogg’s Complete Whole Wheat Bran Flakes, Complete Bran Oak Flakes, and All Bran brands
  • Special K Low Carb Lifestyle
  • Total Protein
  • Wheat Chex
  • Multi Bran Chex
  • Quaker Oats Squares
  • Quaker Oat Bran
  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal

To fine tune your breakfast cereal to meet your health needs you can doctor them up some. For extra brain power add blackberries or chocolate pieces. These foods contain brain protecting antioxidants. For better heart protection add some apple slices or almonds. If you plan on lifting weights right after breakfast add some pumpkin seeds to your cereal and eat with Greek yogurt rather than milk giving you that needed extra protein. And, if you’re trying to trim the belly add ground chia seeds or a green banana both which add fiber making you feel fuller longer.

But, just make sure you eat breakfast. Starting the day on an empty stomach and in a state of energy depletion is not healthy or wise.


Reminder: If you haven't already, please sign up for the Soup, Salad and Share on Sign Up Genius. We are in need of more delicious soups!