Explorer Express

Happenings Around Dry Creek Elementary

Dear Dry Creek Families,

Each spring we go through the process of staffing the school for the following school year. This process involves using projected enrollments for each grade and making staffing decisions based on our allotted staffing FTE. As I have presented at our parent committee groups, Dry Creek's staffing formula for 2022-23 shows a decline in enrollment from previous years' projections. Due to some changes in the funding model, Dry Creek is able to maintain appropriate class sizes across grades, even with our decline in FTE and enrollment. As a result, there have been several adjustments to our proposed staffing plan for next year which can be accessed below. Please know that the staff placements listed below are subject to change and will likely change prior to the start of school in August. Please reach out if you would like more details about the staffing formula or with any questions about how we make staffing plans.

Thank you!

-Mr. Watanabe

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Class Placements 2022-23

As we continue to plan for 2022-23, generating class lists is one of the most important processes we do in order to create the foundation for continued success in the upcoming school year. The process of generating class lists is collaborative in nature and involves staff members from all sectors of our school: Homeroom Teachers, Student Achievement Services, Gifted and Talented, English Language Acquisition, Specials, TAs, and Office Staff. The integrity and professionalism of our staff is the foundation of our wonderful school. We feel that we know each of our students well: learning styles, relationships with peers, academic strengths and weaknesses, etc. Our intention is to create groups of students who reflect balance and cohesiveness. Student placement is based upon many considerations. Some of the influencing factors in this process include:

  • Balance of male and female students

  • A heterogeneous range of reading, writing, and math in each room

  • Consideration of emotional needs, giftedness, and other special needs

  • Separation of social conflicts

  • Balance of students with strong leadership qualities

Due to the complexity of staffing plans and the class placement process, we are not able to honor specific requests for a classroom teacher. If you would like to add to our knowledge of your child’s academic, social, emotional, or behavioral needs, you may do so in writing to the principal no later than Friday, April 29,2021. The needs you share will be treated as part of the process in making assignments for next year. Requests for specific teachers should not be part of the information you share. Please respect the integrity of this process. Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation!

Students and families will have the opportunity to meet their teacher on August 11, 2022. Class lists will be posted on Tuesday August 9, 2022.

Dining Night Out Tonight at 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.

P.A.S.S. meeting tomorrow at 6:00pm

Join us for the final P.A.S.S. meeting for the year tomorrow (4/13) in the library at 6:00pm.

We hope to see you there!

CMAS Testing is underway!

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. 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. For those who would like to keep students home during testing times, please make sure students are at school by 10:30am. 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.

Non-Resident Applications now open!

Non-resident applications for all returning and new non-resident students are open. 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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End of the Year Event Dates

CMAS Testing: April 11 -April 21, 2022

CCSD Foundation Gala: April 21, 2022

Non-Contact Day and Kindergarten Orientation: May 6, 2022

Book Fair: May 11-13, 2022

Field Day: May 13, 2022

PTCO Community Carnival: May 20, 2022

5th Grade Continuation: May 26, 2022

Kindergarten Graduation: May 27, 2022

Last Day of School: May 27, 2022 (11:00 am dismissal)

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CCSD Summer Sports Packet

Cherry Creek Schools hosts a variety of sports camps throughout the summer. Please download the packet below if you are interested in joining CCHS Bruins camps or other high schools in our district!
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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.

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


  • 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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Night out at Chuck E. Cheese!

Please join us on Friday, April 22nd, 2022 between 3 and 9pm for a FUNdraiser like no other. Chuck E. Cheese will donate 20% of all sales back to Dry Creek Elementary- including dine-in, carryout, and delivery of food orders! Invite your friends and family members to come to help support this event

Community Carnival on May 20th!

Dry Creek Community Carnival: Friday, May 20th from 5-7pm

Bring the whole family and join us for a FREE, fun-filled evening of attractions, games, food trucks and fun.

If you've been waiting for an in-person event to pitch in and meet other parents, here's your chance!

Volunteer Signup: Student Council has been promoting the event in school and we'd love to make their vision come to life. Whether you have a little bit of time or a lot, we have a task for you.

Donation Signup: No time? Please consider donating materials or funds for one of the booths or attractions.

Can't wait to see all of you there!

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:

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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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:

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


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


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