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Happenings Around Dry Creek Elementary

No School Monday - January 17, 2022 - MLK Day

As a reminder, there will be no school on Monday, January 17, 2022 as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Have a great three-day weekend!
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Parent Committee Updates and Opportunties

As we move into the second half of the year, please consider participating in one of Dry Creek's parent committees. There are three formal committees that meet regularly to support students in many different ways.


Accountability Committee: The School Accountability Committee is a parent group that works in collaboration with the principal in the areas of school achievement, unified improvement planning, school policies, and planning, budget decisions and staffing considerations with the focus on the improvement of Dry Creek Elementary. The committee welcomes participation from all members of the community.


Meeting Note: The Accountability committee will be canceling the January meeting due to a conflict with the middle school information nights. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm. The topic for this meeting will be staffing and student-based budgeting, a new model of funding that will begin to be implemented next school year.


Parent, Teacher, Community Organization (PTCO): The Dry Creek PTCO supports our school by coordinating fundraising events, sponsoring community activities that engage our families, updating classroom technology, and providing staff grants for curricular endeavors.


The PTCO is currently seeking parents to join the executive board for the 2022-23 school year. The open positions are:


Vice President/Volunteer Coordinator:

To preside in the absence of the President(s), liaison between the board and the various committees, recruit committee chairs and volunteers for committees, man a table at back-to-school night to answer questions about volunteer opportunities, Coordinate online volunteer signups, oversee social media and communications if there is no committee chair.


Treasurer (payables):

To maintain accurate records and reconcile of all financial transactions (using QuickBooks), to submit monthly financial statements to the board and community for review, write checks/disburse the funds of the organization, as authorized by the executive board, prepare the annual budget in conjunction with the budget committee, file annual taxes and quarterly taxes.


Fundraising Coordinator:

Document fundraising and community PTCO events for future references, Help find volunteers if needed for PTCO events, support PTCO events, find/suggest creative ways for how to promote our current fundraising efforts (promotions), such as King Sooper/ Safeway reloadable cards, spirit wear, etc., present fundraising options to the board, coordinate with Communications Director for flyers, electronic sign, website, or other advertising needs for events, help coordinate dining out events with parents and board


Communications Director:

Collect and input all events on PTCO website calendar, perform regular updates to the website, perform administration duties of various content on the website, perform email account setup and administration for all board members, committee chairs, and key volunteers, work with Treasurers for financial report posting on the website and fundraising announcements, work with all aspects of PTCO


If you have interest in any of these positions, please contact Alicia Collyar and Brittani Allen at president@drycreekptco.org.


P.A.S.S. Committee: The purpose of PASS is to:

  • Create opportunities to hear parent and student voices/perspectives/narratives as they relate to experiences at Dry Creek Elementary

  • To strengthen communication channels with Dry Creek parents and families

  • To increase the presence and engagement of families of color at Dry Creek to create new, positive and accurate narratives for students and staff and work to support all students.


Please reach out to Mr. Watanabe at kwatanabe@cherrycreekschools.org if you are interested in joining the P.A.S.S. or Accountability Committees.

Reporting Absences

If your student is going to be absent from school, please call and leave a message on the attendance line. The attendance line is (720) 554-3398. The attendance line is constantly monitored and is the best way for us to know who is absent each morning. Thank you!
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Volunteer Policy

If you are currently volunteering or plan to volunteer in the future, please complete the online volunteer form. It should only take a few minutes to complete. We want to thank you in advance and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.


New Colorado legislation has prompted a greater need to screen and document volunteers in our schools. Therefore, beginning January 2022, we must ensure that every volunteer completes a brief application to support activities in CCSD schools. This information will be automatically linked to the Raptor System. The good news is they only need to complete this form once per school year, and it will meet the requirement to volunteer in all CCSD buildings.


To access the form, please click on the following link: https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/NzU0OmVuLVVT


Definitions

  • Volunteers are guests who are supporting students, completing tasks, and under the immediate supervision and direction of District licensed personnel.

  • Visitors are guests who are solely entering the building to conduct business such as participate in a meeting, eat lunch with their student, or attend a school-sponsored activity.

The safety and security of our students and staff remain our top priority. Every person entering our buildings must have a District ID or a badge printed from the Raptor System.


Thank you again for your continued support.

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Kidstage Theater

KidStage is a theatre and acting class for kids! The curriculum includes concentration, teamwork, improvisation, movement, voice and basic theatre terminology. At the end of the class, KidStage kids will perform for peers and parents. All classes are taught by trained instructors, whose goal it is to teach your child about the excitement of theatre, improve your child's self­confidence, and to provide a safe, fun and interesting environment. KidStage will strengthen your child's confidence as well as build teamwork, leadership, reading, and vocabulary!


Please see the flyer below for registration information.

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Core Literacy Program Preview - Into Reading

CCSD elementary parents and guardians are invited to an open house to learn about "Into Reading," a new literacy resource that will help students become successful readers, writers, and lifelong learners. Drop-in between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January, 18 at the Instructional Support Facility, located at 5416 S. Riviera Way in Centennial.
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School of Choice Applications Open

The Cherry Creek School District gives district residents the opportunity to apply for enrollment in the Cherry Creek school/program of their choice. Families may request that their child attend a Cherry Creek school outside the assigned attendance area. The School of Choice application is available online during the month of January. Late applications will not be accepted.


Applications are considered based on lottery and space availability. Priority is given to students with siblings currently attending the requested school and approved to return the following year. Priority is also given to children of district employees.


For more information about School of Choice, please visit the district admissions page at: https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Page/1769


For questions on enrollment applications, please call Becky Del Ponte at (720) 554-3301.

Kindergarten Round-Up

Attention all incoming Kindergarteners! It is almost time to register for Kindergarten. The first week of February incoming Kindergarten students can register for the 2022-23 school year online by visiting the Cherry Creek School Admissions page. We look forward to welcoming the newest Explorers to the Dry Creek community!


https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1766

Help grow Dry Creek!

We would love to grow Dry Creek by having new students join us. If you know a family looking for a school to call home, please invite them to come tour Dry Creek!


Also, there are flyers that you can pick up in the main office to provide for neighbors or friends who are looking for a school for an incoming Kindergartener or any other grade. The flyer looks like the graphic below and can also be downloaded and shared. The best way to grow Dry Creek is by personal recommendations from parents like you!

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Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Federal and state health agencies have issued new guidance regarding isolation periods for people who test positive for COVID-19. Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 can return to work/school on day 6 if they have no symptoms or symptoms are greatly improved (and they do not have a fever on day 5). Those who return from isolation on day 6 must continue to wear a mask in compliance with the county mask mandate. This guidance is subject to change.


There have also been changes to the quarantine guidance for those who are in close contact with a COVID-positive person. For the updated guidance please contact our school nurse if you have symptoms of illness or have been exposed to a COVID-positive person. The school nurse can be reached at (720) 554-3305.

Nurse's Corner

Illness at School and Decreasing the Spread: How Can you Help?

Please keep your student/s home from school if they are feeling sick. If your student has symptoms seen with COVID-19 (regardless of their vaccination status), they should not come to school.


Symptoms of COVID-19 include ANY of the following: Feeling feverish, having chills, a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, runny nose or congestion, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.


We encourage anyone with symptoms to reach out to their healthcare provider and seek out COVID testing.


No-cost COVID testing is available to anyone in the Cherry Creek community who needs a test:

· For current Cherry Creek students and staff: https://www.primarybio.com/l/cherry

· For friends, family, and community members: https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe


Please note: With the large number of cases currently in the community, timely testing is difficult to schedule, and obtaining results are extended as well.


The best way to prevent experiencing severe illness due to the COVID-19 virus or the upcoming seasonal flu (influenza) virus, is to get vaccinated.


COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5-11, see our district vaccine page for more information:

https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=13483


Seasonal Flu vaccines will be available at most sites after October 1st, but many grocery and drug stores have them available all year.

Vaccine Information for children 5-11 years old

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11 after two federal agencies – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – granted emergency use authorization and expanded vaccine recommendations to include this age group.


The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, our students and our community from the COVID-19 virus. The pediatric vaccine is a lower dose that has been researched and determined effective for children ages 5-11. Like the adult Pfizer vaccine, children will receive their two vaccines 21 days apart. For more information about the Pfizer pediatric vaccine, visit this CDC website. For specific questions about the COVID vaccine and your child, contact your health care provider. Please note that any absence associated with the vaccine will be excused, and that clinics will require a parent or guardian to be present with any child who is getting a vaccine.


The district has been working with our health care partners to be ready to offer clinics and other access to vaccines for families who choose to vaccinate their children. Visit our Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine webpage to find out where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine for your child. Check back often, as we will update the page with more resources and links to sign up for clinics as they become available.


Our first major clinic will be on Friday, Nov. 12 at Smoky Hill High School in partnership with STRIDE Community Health Center. At this clinic, we will have pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses, as well as flu shots for children and adults, COVID-19 vaccines for those 12 years and older and COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Register for this clinic here.


You can also register your child for one of the Children’s Hospital Colorado COVID-19 vaccine clinics here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/kids-vaccines.


We are excited about this opportunity to offer the vaccine to more of our students.

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Early Dismissal on Wednesdays

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. every Wednesday. For families who participate in after-school child care, the after-school program will be extended every Wednesday at no additional cost. For families who need care, you can register with our Explorer Club Before and After School Program. Please contact our Director, Julie Cottorone, at jcottorone@cherrycreekschools.org for more information.

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What's for Lunch this Week?

Use the drop down menu and select "Dry Creek"

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Open Board Positions for the 2022-23 School Year

The PTCO is currently seeking parents to join the executive board for the 2022-23 school year. The open positions are:


Vice President/Volunteer Coordinator:

To preside in the absence of the President(s), liaison between the board and the various committees, recruit committee chairs and volunteers for committees, man a table at back-to-school night to answer questions about volunteer opportunities, Coordinate online volunteer signups, oversee social media and communications if there is no committee chair.


Treasurer (payables):

To maintain accurate records and reconcile of all financial transactions (using QuickBooks), to submit monthly financial statements to the board and community for review, write checks/disburse the funds of the organization, as authorized by the executive board, prepare the annual budget in conjunction with the budget committee, file annual taxes and quarterly taxes.


Fundraising Coordinator:

Document fundraising and community PTCO events for future references, Help find volunteers if needed for PTCO events, support PTCO events, find/suggest creative ways for how to promote our current fundraising efforts (promotions), such as King Sooper/ Safeway reloadable cards, spirit wear, etc., present fundraising options to the board, coordinate with Communications Director for flyers, electronic sign, website, or other advertising needs for events, help coordinate dining out events with parents and board


Communications Director:

Collect and input all events on PTCO website calendar, perform regular updates to the website, perform administration duties of various content on the website, perform email account setup and administration for all board members, committee chairs, and key volunteers, work with Treasurers for financial report posting on the website and fundraising announcements, work with all aspects of PTCO


If you have interest in any of these positions, please contact Alicia Collyar and Brittani Allen at president@drycreekptco.org.

Rent the Rock!

Dry Creek parents, students, and staff can “Rent the Rock” to recognize a birthday/academic achievement, show school spirit, thank/recognize a teacher or staff member, celebrate a graduation, etc. It’s a great way to spread a positive message, make someone smile and help build our Dry Creek Explorer community spirit. Spirit rock reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation before your special day is taken! www.drycreekptco.org/dce-spirit-rock
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Accountability Committee

Accountability will meet on the following dates at 6:00 pm:


  • January 27, 2022 - Canceled - Due to middle school info nights
  • February 23, 2021 - In-person (Date Change)
  • March 24, 2021 - Virtual

P.A.S.S. Committee

P.A.S.S. will meet on the following dates at 6:00pm:
  • February 16, 2021 - Virtual
  • April 13, 2021 - In-Person

Parent, Teacher, and Community Organization (PTCO)

General Meeting Dates:

  • March 9, 2022 at 8:30am
  • May 11, 2022 at 6:30pm

Coffee with the Principal

Coffee with the principal begins at 8:00 am right after drop-off in the library on the following dates:


  • January 25, 2022
  • March 29, 2022
  • April 26, 2022
  • May 24, 2022
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Families who need Dry Creek Elementary communication translated, please contact the liaison listed:


English:

Please contact Kati Brinks at kbrinks@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.


Amharic

እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org


Arabic:

يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.


Chinese:

如有需要,请经由ahan10@cherrycreekschools.org,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。


Korean:

귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.


Russian:

Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.


Somali:

Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka-onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.


Spanish:

Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org


Vietnamese:

Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.