The Cheetah Chat

Ms. In's Inside Scoop

January 12, 2018

Dear Creek View families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I love starting a new year as it always brings a sense of rejuvenation and excitement for new things. As we begin 2018 and move forward with the second half of the school year, I am excited to share with you our goals and focus for a great spring semester. The CVES staff has already begun the important work of learning about growth mindset, GRIT, and mindfulness. Research shows the positive impact these have on overall emotional well-being as well as academic achievement and success. We are going to be doing this important work with all staff members/teachers, students, and parents.

The start of a new calendar year allows us to reflect on the achievements of the previous year and consider goals for the year ahead. For the next several weeks, our CVES community is encouraged to set goals and learn more about having a growth mindset. We’d like to share with you what we are talking about at school so that you can have follow up conversations at home to reinforce your own child’s development of a growth mindset.

Children’s beliefs about themselves shapes learning in significant ways impacting motivation, academic behaviors, responses to challenges or setbacks and overall achievement. We want to support students in recognizing that intelligence isn’t fixed and that through effort we grow. We will do this at school by having open discussions about individual goal setting and challenging our mindsets when they are fixed in a specific area. We ask you to remind your child there will be times when they are faced with difficult challenges, but they can persevere. Remind them when things are difficult, their brain grows if they persist through the challenge. Each time they learn something new, their brain is making new connections. Your child needs to know this is possible.

Some questions you might ask your child while in the car, over a meal, or before bed to help reinforce a growth mindset:

• What are some things that you can’t do yet but hope to be able to do this semester?

• Did you make a mistake today? What did you learn from that mistake?

• What did you do that was difficult today? Do you think practice might make that easier over time?

By sincere belief is that our responsibility is to teach the whole child. This means in addition to teaching students in the area of academics, we must also teach them the emotional and personal skills necessary to be successful. I am excited to begin this journey and partnership with you to provide the best for every child at Creek View.


I wish everyone a wonderful weekend! Go Cheetahs!


Monica In


FCS Make-up Day - February 16, 2018

FCS has officially announced that February 16, 2018 will be a make-up day for students and staff members to make up for the days that were missed due to the inclement weather we experienced as a result of Hurricane Irma. This is the only make-up day that has been announced thus far by the district. January 16, 2018 is an RFF release day for CVES and will remain as a no-school day for students.

Welcome New Cheetahs!

I am excited to introduce our newest staff members. Ms. Bev Bodelson has joined us as our new ESOL teacher and Mr. Gerard Saltus is our new art teacher.
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Cheetah Spotlight

I would like to shine this week's Cheetah Spotlight on the students and the entire Cheetah family. CVES was awarded the 2017 Silver Award for the Highest Performing School from The Governor's Office of Student Achievement. What an amazing accomplishment! This would not have been possible without the entire Cheetah family and community working together to provide the best for our students and the students' hard work!
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CVES Challenge - Encourage your child to enter for a chance to win a prize!

As we all learn more about having a growth mindset, we need your child’s creativity! Help our school encourage a growth mindset for every student and adult in the building by helping us advertise! Students may work individually or with a partner to create a poster on construction paper (11 x 14 preferred) to promote a new way of looking at some common words below.

Create an advertisement for one of the following words or phrases:

1. FAIL (“If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means First Attempt In Learning.”)

2. FAIL FORWARD (Fail forward and keep moving!)

3. END (“End is not the end. In fact, E.N.D. means Effort Never Dies.”)

4. NO (“If you get no as an answer, remember it means Next Opportunity.”)

• Use your creativity and use color in your poster.

• Let Mrs. Wilson, assistant principal, know if you need materials.

• Turn your poster in to the front office with your name and class on the back.


We can’t wait to see posters all around the building and in classrooms promoting positivity and a growth mindset.

Family Fun Night Winners

Ashwika Patnaik and Caleb Rouse are our December Family Fun Night winners. Congratulations!
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Special Areas PBL Unit Kicks Off!

Students enjoyed a sports theme Peachtree Brass assembly this week. Many thanks to Liz Crane for organizing this exciting event. What a great way to kick off our Special Areas CVES 5th Grade Olympics PBL Unit!

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Webb Bridge Middle School 5th Grade Parent Orientation

WBMS will host a parent orientation on Monday, March 5, 2018, to provide rising sixth grade parents with information on the important transition to middle school. There will be a general meeting from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. in the WMBS gymnasium. From 6:45 – 7:15 p.m., additional information sessions will be available for parents who have a student receiving talented and gifted (TAG) services in the cafeteria. Parents of students receiving special education (SEC) services will have an information meeting in room 105 from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Community Meeting

Thank you to Mrs. Katie Reeves for sharing and discussing updates from the district at her community meeting at CVES this morning.
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Birthday Celebrations

Some families choose to celebrate their child’s birthday with a class treat at school. While this is completely optional, these treats are served in the cafeteria to the child’s lunch class only. Students may not serve snacks/treats to peers that are not part of their lunch class. Our cafeteria manager, Chris Schram can provide frozen treats including slushies in a variety of flavors and frozen yogurt in birthday cake flavor at a cost of just $18 per class. The order form is located on the CVES website and in the front office. The order form along with payment should be submitted to the cafeteria at least 2 days in advance.

Flu Season Is Here....

Flu viruses tend to peak between December and March, but the timing of flu season is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta say flu season usually starts to peak in metro Atlanta right after the holidays in January, when all the kids go back to school. CDC and public health officials recommends everyone – 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year.

At school, we encourage students to wash hands frequently. Our custodians are diligent about cleaning classrooms daily and teachers have plans in place to wipe down common areas and student desks. At home, you can help us by reminding your child not to share personal items like drinks, food, utensils, etc. with others. All children could use a reminder to “sneeze in their sleeves” when sneezing or coughing to avoid germs spreading from hands to eyes/nose/mouth. As a reminder, students need to have improved symptoms and be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. More information about the flu and flu vaccine can be found at and

International Day - March 30th

We have begun planning for our fabulous International Day event on March 30th. CVES families represent over 24 countries! Please consider collecting some items/artifacts that can be displayed and shared on International Day. We would love for the students to be able to experience and learn about as many different countries and cultures as possible!

Additional information will be coming in January. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Julie Hagan at

Morning drop-off begins at 7:10 and ends at 7:40

Please remember if you are dropping off your child in the mornings through the carpool line, the earliest your child may be dropped off is 7:10 am and carpool ends promptly at 7:40 as students must be marked tardy if they are not in the building by that time. Please remember to account for the time that it will take to go through the carpool line once you arrive on campus. The busiest time for carpool is between 7:30 -7:40 so please plan your travel time accordingly to avoid your child being marked tardy. Once the 7:40 bell rings, we must stop the carpool line, and parents must park their car and walk their child in as school has officially begun. Thank you for helping us ensure that all students are in their classrooms on time!

School Governance Council (SGC)

The SGC is continuing the important work of developing goals for our Strategic Plan 2022. On November 30, the council met to discuss goals for People and Culture and Community Collaboration. If you have not had the opportunity to review the new Fulton County Strategic Plan 2022, please do so at the following link:

The strategic planning process will continue as our next step will include establishing goals for Fiscal Responsibility. The next CVES SGC meeting will take place on January 18 at 2:45 in the media center.

Please watch the following video:

Cafe News

On November 1st, we will begin providing Grab & Go breakfast for our students. We are excited to provide Grab & Go breakfast as it will allow students to take their breakfast so they will be able to get to their classrooms sooner and have extra time to prepare for the start of their day.

The monthly school lunch menu may be accessed through our school website or at the following link:

Calling All Volunteers!

Creek View could not be successful without the help of our wonderful volunteers. It truly takes a village, and what an amazing village we have! If you would like to volunteer at Creek View this year, please make sure you complete the FCS volunteer registration process to become a registered volunteer. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and 24-48 hours to process by the district. You must be a registered volunteer before you will be able to come in to help with a class event/activity or any school event. UPDATE: If you completed the process last year, you do not have to complete it again this year. Please access the following link to complete the registration process:

Dates to Remember:

January 15 - MLK Holiday - No School

January 16 - RFF day #3 - No School for students

January 18 - SGC meeting - 2:45 in media center

January 24 - Family Fun Night

February 9 - Books and Bingo Night

February 16 - Make up day (originally no school but is now a make-up day)

February 19 - President's Day - No School

February 20 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 9:30 at Alpharetta ES

February 21 - Family Fun Night

March 1 - Spring Picture Day, Musical Performance at 6:30 pm

March 2 - WRAD Day, Musical Performance at 6:30 pm

March 8 - RFF Day #4 - No School for students

March 9 - Teacher Work Day - No School for students

March 11 - Daylight Savings

March 12 - Professional Development Day - No School for students

March 16 - End of Quarter 3

March 20 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 7:00 pm at Alpharetta HS

March 21 - Family Fun Night

March 22 - Quarter 3 Progress Reports go home

March 23 - PTA Basket Raffle

March 30 - International Day

April 2 - 6 - Spring Break (No School)

April 12 - 24 - GA Milestones testing for Grades 3, 4, 5 (No visitors allowed during testing)

April 17 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 9:30 at 4165 Big Creek Overlook

April 18 - Family Fun Night

April 27 - Kindergarten Safari (for rising kindergarten students)

May 8-9 - Rock Eagle field trip for 5th graders

May 15 - Katie Reeves' Community Meeting - 9:30 at Webb Bridge MS

CVES Talent Show at 6:30 pm

May 24 - Last Day of School - Happy Summer!