Clarks Creek Chronicles

September, 2016 - News and Notes to Keep You Connected

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A Note From the Principal

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the first quarter! The end of the first nine weeks will be on October 7th. These last two weeks are extremely important for our students as they work to show the progress they've made over these first weeks of school.

While the end of the quarter marks the first big milestone in the school year, it also provides a great opportunity to make any adjustments needed to the trajectory of achievement students are showing. This progress will be discussed with you at your child's parent-teacher conference on October 20th. Earlier this week you should have received an email with a link to sign up for conferences. Please be sure to do that soon, if you haven't already, and mark that date on your calendar with a big circle around it! Be thinking about what questions you have about your child's progress so that you can make the most of this time with the teacher.

We look forward to seeing you for conferences and for all of the upcoming events happening this fall!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Donovan

Click the Link Above to See the Website Calendar


  • 9/26 Parent Night - Body Safety Preview - 6:30pm @ Central Elementary - Cafeteria
  • 10/4 Body Safety Presentations Gr. K, 2, 4

  • 10/7 End of 1st Quarter

  • 10/10-14 Fall Break - No School

  • 10/17 PTO Meeting 6:30pm in the library - enter door 3

  • 10/17-10/21 Fall Book Fair

  • 10/19 Mobile Dentist

  • 10/20 Trash Bag Pick-Up "Drive Thru"

  • 10/20 Parent Conference Day - No Student Attendance

  • 10/21 PRIDE Convo #1 2:30pm*

  • 10/29 PTO Halloween Event 5-8pm

  • 10/31 Fall Parties 2:45-3:30 pm


*For those new to Clarks Creek, each quarter we hold a PRIDE convocation to recognize student achievements throughout that quarter. Parents whose students will be receiving special recognition that day will be notified ahead of time, but all parents are welcome.

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Time Adjustments to Calendar Events

Please make note of these changes to times listed in the student handbook:

Classroom parties will begin at 2:45
each time they occur.

School PRIDE Convocations will begin at 2:30.
Please make those changes on your calendar if you plan to attend.

Check Out this Parent Resouce

National PTA and Scholastic Develop Parent Support Resource


Learning Heroes, in conjunction with The National Parent Teacher Association and Scholastic, have released "The Super 5," an interactive checklist designed to help parents foster a deeper understanding of what their child is learning at school and how to best assist them at any grade level. The checklist features nearly 20 links to resources focusing on a wide arrange of communications issues, including the best ways for parents to define what "success" is for their child in the upcoming school year; how to have a highly effective parent-teacher conversation; and, detailed information on the standardized tests in each state. The checklist also features guides for parents to identify if their child is being bullied at school, and to help them better understand the social challenges that their kids face as they grow up in a highly connected and tech-savvy world.


The checklist and guidelines also contain links to learning tools that are aligned to the curricula of specific grades in each state. The learning tools, also developed and compiled by Learning Heroes, don't just focus on mathematics and English language arts; there are also dozens of resources focusing on state-specific assessments, college-readiness measurements, along with the development of social and critical-thinking skills.

Reminder - Body Safety Parent Preview

We are happy to announce that Plainfield Community Elementary School District will again be partnering this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.


We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program at Central Elementary School on Monday, September 26th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the cafeteria. This meeting is open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit: www.chauciesplace.org.

School Lunch Information

You can find our school menus by clicking the red button below. Student lunches are $2.30 (including milk). Breakfast is $1.30. Extra milk (or for those bringing their lunch) is $0.50.
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Reminder - Visiting for Lunch

We know that parents often want to come in and eat lunch with their children on special occasions. You are welcome to do so by following the usual school visit procedures - beginning with stopping in the office to sign in and get a visitor tag. Please be aware, though, that space in our cafeteria is currently VERY limited. Please be prepared for the possibility that you may have to eat in another location with your student when you arrive. Staff members working in the cafeteria will direct you, as needed.
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Coat Drive

The Plainfield High School Octagon Club and Junior Optimist International will combine efforts with all schools in our Plainfield Community School Corporation to collect coats for distribution to those in need in our school district as well as throughout Hendricks County. Our active Octagon Club strives to duplicate last year’s successful efforts by asking ALL Plainfield families in our community to please donate any gently used warm winter coats.

Collection boxes will be placed inside the lobbies of Central, Brentwood, Clark’s Creek, Van Buren, PCMS and PHS Oct 3- 21st. Octagon President, Jade Stone, hopes families will take some time during fall break to take inventory of the coats they have in their closets and consider donating. Students will also be collecting at the entrance of last PHS home football game, October 7th. Those wanting to donate new gloves and hats are welcome to do so. While one coat may not seem to make a difference, it can provide many days of warmth to someone in our community. Coats will be distributed on October 29th in a coat mobile driving throughout the district. Those left over will be donated that same day to Bundle Up Hendricks County at the fairgrounds in Danville. Together we can do great things… keep the cold warm this winter!
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PTO Info

Trash Bag Sales

Thank you to everyone who placed orders for trash bags and Discovery coupon books this year! (If that envelope is still sitting on your counter, the very last opportunity to turn it in is Monday morning!) Orders will need to be picked up on conference day, 10/20. We greatly appreciate your support of this, our largest fundraiser!!


Fall Book Fair

The fall book fair will be Monday, 10/17 - Thursday, 10/20. WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR AN ASSISTANT TO HELP OUR BOOK FAIR CHAIRPERSON, JEN VANHOOSER. If you are interested in helping out this week, please email the PTO account - clarkscreekpto@yahoo.com. Students will shop during the school day Monday - Wednesday and the book fair will be open during conferences on 10/20 for parents to shop. We need volunteers to help students shop and to run the cash registers during these times. Please be watching your email for the link to Volunteer Spot for our book fair soon!!!


Fall's Big Event!

The Nightmare on Elm Drive Halloween Extravaganza is just around the corner. It will be held on Saturday, 10/29 from 5-8pm. This year's event will feature the "Once Upon a Haunted Tale" haunted house, along with our usual games and activities around the building, trick or treating in the hallways upstairs with the teachers, a costume contest in the gym, and dinner in the cafeteria. We will also be sending a Volunteer Spot link asking for volunteers to help run the cafeteria and games throughout the evening. Mark your calendars - YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!!!


Fall Parties

If you are a Class Lead Rep please be looking for class party information to be sent to you prior to October 1st. As a reminder, if you are wishing to volunteer to help in your child's classroom during the party, you must have an approved background check on file. The fall party will be on October 31st from 2:45 - 3:30pm.


Next Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be on October 17 at 6:30pm in the Clarks Creek library. Free childcare will be provided by our YMCA before and after school childcare program. Please enter through door 3.

Reminder - Volunteer at Clarks Creek!

If you have some time to donate at Clarks Creek, talk to your child's teacher about current needs. In order to protect the safety of all of our students, all volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Background Check and have it cleared prior to the first volunteer experience. This can take a couple of weeks, so be sure to plan ahead! These are also needed prior to chaperoning field trips, etc. The form can be found at http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/o/clarks-creek-elementary-school/documents .

Another thing we ask all volunteers to complete annually is the Volunteer Confidentiality Form. This form is available in the school office and should also be completed before the first volunteer experience.

We appreciate the help of all of our volunteers! We couldn't do it without you!
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We will include student opportunities in our newsletter when possible. However, some of them may end prior to the next newsletter coming out! You can bookmark the link below to check out the variety of camps, contests, and athletics that may be available to your child throughout the month, more frequently than the newsletter may arrive.

SEE THE INFORMATION and CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFO ON UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

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Check out these pictures of a few of the things that have been going on over the last month! You can enlarge any of the pictures below by clicking on them.

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