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Happenings Around Dry Creek Elementary

Hello Dry Creek Families!


As we step into Spring Break, I wanted to once again share my appreciation for the entire Dry Creek community. This school year has provided challenges along the way, some expected and some unexpected. However, as a school community, I am so proud of the work and efforts that our students, staff, and parents have put in to continue learning and growing. While we seem to be moving out of the strict COVID restrictions of the past two years, I want to acknowledge that there are many other events in the world and in our lives that continue to provoke anxiety and uncertainty. My hope is that as a community we would be a place where all students are able to feel seen, heard, and valued. This week I had the opportunity to read to every grade the book called "Packs" by Hannah Salyer for Cherry Creek Reads Week. This book provides facts and information about many different species in the world and how every species has an important and special place in the world. In connection with the book, I wanted students to know that every student, family, and staff member is important and valued here at Dry Creek. I am grateful to serve in this community and I am certain that we are better together! I hope you have a wonderful Spring Break, we will see you back to school soon.


Go, Explorers!


-Mr. Watanabe

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Order a yearbook today!

Dry Creek yearbooks are on sale until March 18th. Late orders will not be accepted, so be sure you don't miss out! Families can order by turning in an order form with payment or by clicking the button below!
Order Your Yearbook Here!

Dry Creek ID is: 700901

Accountability Committee Meeting - March 24th

Dry Creek's next Accountability meeting will be Thursday, March 24th at 6:00pm. This month's meeting will feature Rebecca Lopez, Director of Gifted and Talented Services for Cherry Creek Schools, as well as other members of the GT team. Parents who are interested in information regarding GT are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held via Zoom using the link below.

Kindergarten Parent Night

Dry Creek is excited to welcome our next class of Explorers to our school! We will hold a new event this year called Kindergarten Parent Night. This event is intended for incoming Kindergarten families for the 2022-23 school year. If you have an incoming Kindergarten student or know a neighbor who does, please invite them to join us. Parents will be able to meet the staff, learn about what to expect as students begin school and ask any questions they may have about Dry Creek.
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CMAS Testing

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments will be administered to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students in April. Last year, each grade level was only required to take one content area assessment. This year, students will be taking both English/Language Arts and Math for third and fourth grades. For fifth grade, students will take English/Language Arts, Math, and Science.


Dates of Testing:

3rd Grade: April 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 from 8:30-10:30am

4th Grade: April 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 from 8:30-10:30am

5th Grade: April 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 from 8:30-10:30am


As has always been the case for parents in Colorado, you can excuse your student from CMAS testing. If this is your choice, please fill out the exemption form located on the State Assessment Exemption tile at my.cherrycreekschools.org. The testing window begins April 11th so please fill out the opt-out form by end of day on Friday April 8th. You can view instructions for filling out the exemption here.


Students who have been opted-out by parents may come to school on these days and will be provided with an alternative activity while classmates are taking CMAS. The schedule has been designed to provide the least amount of impact on instructional time for students and all students will resume normal academic schedules after the testing sessions are completed.

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Non-Resident Applications open April 1st

For all non-resident families, the non-resident application will open beginning April 1, 2022. As a reminder, all non-residents must re-apply every year for admission. If you have questions or need additional information please call Becky Del Ponte at (720) 554-3300.
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School Start Time

As a reminder, school begins at 8:00 am. Teachers begin the day promptly at 8:00 and students who arrive late often miss important community-building opportunities or direct instruction. Please do your best to be at school on time so that we can maximize the instructional time we have with our students. Also, we serve free breakfast for anyone who wants it every morning, eating at school could be one way to help the morning routine. Thank you!
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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.


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.

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.

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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What's for Lunch this Week?

Use the drop down menu and select "Dry Creek"

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Dining Night Outs Coming Up!

PANDA EXPRESS:

Friday, March 18th, All Day Long.

Order Online using Code 907823,

Pick up from any Panda Express Location.


You know you'll be tired of feeding your kids during Spring Break. (Share the code/this post with friends, family and fellow Panda lovers too!)


CHUY'S TEX MEX:

All Day Fundraiser at Chuy's (8121 Arapahoe Road) on April 12th from 11am to 9pm.

Dine In: Show your server the flyer on your phone.

Online Order: Use the code DRYCREEK at checkout for the Chuy’s Denver Tech location, valid for pickup or delivery.

Catering: Call to order your office lunch and mention this fundraiser, (720) 699-7500.

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:
  • March 24, 2021 - Virtual

P.A.S.S. Committee

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

Parent, Teacher, and Community Organization (PTCO)

General Meeting Dates:

  • 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:


  • 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.