Cheetah Newsletter

Little Chico Creek School

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

NOVEMBER

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 25-29

NO SCHOOL

DECEMBER

Cheetah Café

Thur., Dec. 5 8:15AM in Library

ADA Day

Sat. Dec. 14,

PTSO Meeting

Dec. 13, Thur. 3:00 in Library

Minimum Day

Dec. 19, Thurs. Dismissed at 11:50AM

Winter Break

Dec. 20 - Jan. 6, 2020

JANUARY

Return to school

Jan. 7, 2020

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Little Chico Creek School : 530-891-3285

LCC Fax: 530-895-3288

Chico Unified: 530-891-3000

Nutrition Services: 530-891-3021

CARD After School Care: 530-895-4711

Boys and Girls Club: 530-899-0335

Kristen Schrock (Principal):

kschrock@chicousd.org

Jenna Johnson (School Coun.)

JRJohnson@chicousd.org

Georgia Stephens (Office Mngr):

gstephen@chicousd.org

Lisa Gampel (Attendance Clerk):

lgampel@chicousd.org

Josie Harrison (Health Aide):

jharrison@chicousd.org

Kari Fashing (PTSO President)
karifashing@gmail.com

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IMPORTANT 5TH GRADER NEWS

It is time to start thinking about junior high school for your 5th grade student. Please log onto the Chico Unified School District website. Type in school locator on the search bar. Follow the prompts. From the locator page type in your home address, hit enter. From the dialogue box, click #2. Your schools of residence will then appear on the left side of the screen. If you wish for your student to attend a school not listed in the column, you must complete a form 10. Form 10s will be available on the CUSD website starting December 2nd & must be completed by January 23rd to make our lottery.

BREAKFAST IS GREAT AT MOMS!

Have breakfast at MOMS Restaurant in the month of November and for each order of the "3+2+2" they will donate $2 to our school! This menu item is filled with life’s simple pleasures: three eggs, two strips of their house-made bacon & two slices of brioche French toast served with breakfast potatoes for only $8.99. Don’t forget to mention LCC!

ATTENDANCE NEWS

· Parent/guardians MUST report absences or else the unverified absences lead to unnecessary truancy. LGAMPEL@chicousd.org is the preferred way to report an absence. Or call 891-3285.

· Avoid unnecessary absences. Some absences are unavoidable, like a contagious illness. What is important is getting children to school as often as possible. If your child has an injury of some sort, we will make accommodations so your child can attend and not risk missing a day of school.

· Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.

YEARBOOK NEWS!

You may now order your yearbook online at yearbookordercenter.com! Our school code is 18445. Yearbook cost is $15.00 prior to December 1st, $20.00 afterward. Online payment may be made by credit card or E-check. Final date to pre-order yearbooks is April 3rd, 2020. Fliers will be sent home with students in early November, if your prefer to pay by check/cash.

Do you have photos from school events that would be great to include in the yearbook? You may share photos you would like to be considered for possible inclusion in the yearbook by clicking on the e-share link at yearbookordercenter.com (enter school code 18445) and follow the instructions.

SIGN IN-OUT IPADS

Attention LCC visitors and volunteers: Please come to the main office to Sign in and Sign out electronically using the iPad on the counter. Visitor/volunteer lanyards are available to wear during your visit.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN MAKE UP AN ABSENT DAY?

The first Attendance Make-up Day of the year will be on Sat. Dec. 14th from 8:30am - 12:30pm. Come for half a day and get a FULL day absence erased from your record! Please be on the look out for the sign up form so we are ready for your student. You may also call 891-3285 to RSVP.

UPDATING YOUR AERIES PORTAL

Thank you to the families who have completed the data confirmation step in the Aeries Parent Portal. There are 144 students who still need data confirmed. Calls and emails will be sent home to those families until all data is confirmed. Please do this today. Thank you so much.

COUNSELOR CORNER

November is National Gratitude Month. Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Research has shown that gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress and drastically improve our overall level of health and well-being. Start each day with a grateful heart!

Parents and kids, what are you grateful for?

RESPONSE TO BULLYING

The majority of unkind behaviors on the LCC campus are conflicts between students and do not meet the definition of bullying. Such situations are addressed through our Reflection process and restorative conversations and are often resolved with adult guidance and support.

What is bullying? Bullying behaviors are intentional and aggressive that include:

· An Imbalance of Power: use of power to control and/or harm others

· Repetition: aggressive behaviors that happen repeatedly over time

These situations will be fully investigated and responded to with diligence and a variety of appropriate actions and/or discipline. Because our goal is to find solutions and teach children to become resilient and kind, the victim and the bully will both receive extensive support from our social/emotional wellness team and staff will be advised to closely monitor or minimize all future interactions.

CHEETAH CAFÉ IN THE LIBRARY THURSDAY, DEC. 5th—8:15—8:45AM

LCC parents, come have a fresh cup of coffee and pastry on us! Meet and chit chat with the principal, school counselor, librarian aide, PTSO and parent liaison. Every parent is welcome to come!

2020-2021 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will be held on the following dates at the locations indicated below. To enter Kindergarten in the fall, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2020. To enter Transitional Kindergarten, a child must turn five between September 2, 2020 and December 2, 2020. Parents should register their children at the school serving their residence area. Proof of residence is required. An online school locator program is available at http://www.chicousd.org/Schools/School-Locator/index.html. Parents can input their address and find out their resident school.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the school registration on the designated dates. Priority will be assigned based on the date of registration. The time of day that registration occurs will not constitute a priority. All children will be enrolled, but some may have to attend a school other than the one serving their residence area. Before arriving at Kindergarten Registration, parents can begin the registration process by completing the online registration form found at www.chicousd.org.

The following are required to consider the child’s registration complete: (1) proof of date of birth (birth certificate, baptismal certificate, or other legal proof), (2) two forms verifying proof of residency, and (3) written immunization record from a physician, nurse, or health department. Children must be immunized for MMR - measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), polio, DTaP - diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox) prior to school entry. State law requires students beginning Kindergarten have all required immunizations. Students missing immunizations will not be able to start school until we received these records.

For information regarding the Hands-on Thematic Learning Community program, contact Hooker Oak School, 891-3119; for information regarding the Academics Plus program, contact Sierra View School, 891-3117; for information regarding the STEM Program, contact Parkview School at 891-3114; and for information regarding the Two-Way Immersion Program, contact Rosedale School, 891-3104. Applications for these alternative programs, as well as Form 10 School of Choice applications, will be available at the time of registration.

LCC’s PBIS Program is PLATINUM!

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. PBIS creates an academic environment that maximizes academic and social behavioral outcomes for ALL students. LCC has just been formally

recognized by the California PBIS Coalition as a PLATINUM implementation school for our successful program! This is a HUGE accomplishment and recognizes the hard work that parents, staff, and students do everyday to reinforce positive behavior! LCC will be recognized at the 4th Annual California PBIS Conference in Sacramento and on the Coalition’s website here: http://bit.ly/PBISAward.LCC has seen a drastic decrease in disciplinary referrals throughout the years and we are so excited to show California that our school is rocking the PBIS program.

ONLINE SCHOOL STORE

Check out https://www.schoolstore.com/. SchoolStore.com is an online shopping mall where over 350 nationally-known merchants have agreed to give a percentage of sales to our school. Companies like Walmart, Sears, Target, Disney Store, Family Book Store and Barnes & Noble participate. Get shopping!!

SMENCILS FOR SALE


Get your smencils in the library for only $1. Smencils are No. 2 scented pencils made completely from recycled newspapers. They come in awesome scents like root beer, grape soda, watermelon, cotton candy, and more. These high-quality products have a scent that lasts for up to two years, and children love to collect the various designs and scents.

RECYCLE OLD MARKERS


LCC Student Leadership, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house, even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located around the school for your child to deposit the markers. Thank you Mrs. Palmer for bringing this to LCC and Ms. Klein for organizing and collecting the items.

AERIES COMMUNICATION

AERIES COMMUNICATION is the way of our future:

By now you have all received a message from Little Chico Creek introducing the new Aeries Communication system. It is the way teachers, staff and the district will now communicate with parents regarding general announcements and emergency announcements. Parents must have the Aeries Parent Portal account created in order to set up Aeries Communication. Please contact the office immediately to obtain the data needed to open the account. Thank you.

NEW AERIES COMMUNICATION TOOL


Chico Unified School District is transitioning to a new parent communication system.

Our new Aeries Communication system will allow you, as the parent/guardian, to customize how you receive school messages. We encourage you to share both positive, and constructive, feedback. You can provide feedback by visiting the Chico Unified website.

As we test this new communication system, you may receive duplicate test messages throughout January and February (one from our existing communication system and one message from our new system); this is an effort to ensure the new system is reaching all of our parents.

How to Ensure You Receive School Communication, Information and Emergency Alerts:

· Login to your Aeries Parent Portal and Confirm all Contact Information

· An opt-in message was sent to all cell phones on Wednesday, 12/19/18. If you wish to receive communication via text messages, then please make sure your text messaging option is enabled

· Provide feedback – we will be launching this communication system district-wide, so your feedback is an integral component of a successful implementation. We greatly appreciate any feedback you are willing to share with us.

We are very excited about this new program and hope that it will help us connect with you regarding important school events and information. If you have any questions, then please feel free to visit us in the main office or call Chico Unified School District at (530) 891-3000 ext. 149.

Thank you for participating, and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

FREE DENTAL CARE FOR UNINSURED


“Give kids a smile” is the American Dental Association’s (ADA) annual campaign for uninsured children, ages 1 –12, and takes place during National Children's Dental Health Month. During the campaign, more than 1 million children nationwide will receive free dental care. Call the number for more information or to reserve an appointment. Contact information 893-4044

DO YOU NEED TO ADD AN EMERGENCY CONTACT OR CHANGE YOUR STUDENTS INFO? HERE'S HOW TO GET TO THE PARENT PORTAL

To edit or add contacts login to the Parent Portal (to delete a contact you must contact the main office) https://hac.chicousd.org

Hover over Student Info tab

Select Data Confirmation BEFORE selecting contacts!

Select Contacts

To edit a contact record, select Change

To add a new contact, select Add

Save changes

Be Safe—Be Respectful—Be Responsible


We all strive to set a good example for our children. That is especially important on our school campus where many children are watching.

Please be a positive influence in our school community and demonstrate our school values at every opportunity.

¨ Be safe and courteous in the parking lot. Drive slowly and stop at crosswalks.

¨ Do not park in handicapped or reserved parking spaces without permission.

¨ Do not leave cars unattended in the fire zone.

¨ Always sign in and out at the office when visiting and wear your sticker at all times on campus.

CLASSROOM INTERRUPTIONS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED


Academic time is a protected time at Little Chico Creek so classroom interruptions are strongly discouraged. We realize an urgent message may need to be delivered to a student on occasion. However, we encourage the parents and students to work together before school to make sure the students leave with their backpacks, homework, lunches, band instruments, snacks, etc. Thank you for your cooperation.

HERO


Have you heard about our new mascot? Meet HERO. Thank you PTSO for LCC’s newest addition.

KLEAN KANTEENS

LCC Klean Kanteens are here! They are available in two sizes: small (lunchbox size) or large. This is a fabulous fundraiser – plus they make great holiday gifts! Klean Kanteen is a local company offering us their superior product at a special discounted price. The 12oz size is $20 and the 16oz is $25. We have green, black, purple, red, and teal. Personalizing available. Please inquire with PTSO or the main office to order.

LCC T-SHIRTS

Parents, show your cheetah pride and purchase a T-shirt. They are $6 each. See PTSO or Ms. Amy in the library.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Clipping box tops from product packages that you use regularly is an easy way to support our school. Please send your neatly trimmed Box Tops to school in a sealed bag or envelope.

LEAVING CAMPUS EARLY

Little Chico Creek Sign Out Policy- If your child is leaving campus during school hours, your child will be called to the office ONLY once you have arrived to sign him or her out. Please keep this in mind and give extra time in the event the students are not in their classroom. No exceptions.

PARENTS—HELP DURING EMERGENCIES

If an incident occurs at a school, we ask that parents not go directly to the school. Keeping clear access for emergency vehicles is essential - possibly a matter of life or death - and we depend upon your cooperation to help make this possible.

Please avoid calling your child's school during a crisis, since very likely the call cannot be answered. We need to keep the school phone lines open for emergency support contacts.

In times of emergency, a variety of local media will be used to provide information. Parents should tune into local major radio and television stations, call the district office at (530) 891-3000, ext. 911, visit our website for emergency updates, or our Facebook page (ChicoUSD). Also, please be sure to give the school your current phone numbers and email addresses so messages can be sent directly to you regarding emergency situations.

COLD AND FLU SEASON TIME

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL GUIDELINES

A child shall be excluded from attendance at school when he/she exhibits one or more of the following signs of communicable disease:

Temperature at or above 100 degrees F. Fevoer must be gone for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or other NSAID before child can return to school.

Questionable skin lesions: oozing, purulent, crusty, itching, blistery, inflamed, bleeding or rashes. Variations in student’s normal behavior, e.g. unusually fussy, lethargic or irritable. Symptoms of abdominal discomfort, e.g. vomiting, diarrhea, pain, distention or excessive gas. Upper respiratory symptoms, e.g. coughing, difficulty breathing, sore throat, copious nasal discharge or green discharge from the nose. The child is suspected or known to have an infectious disease with high communicable potential.

A credentialed school nurse, either by phone consultation, or if available, will examine any child suspected of having a communicable disease and will make the recommendation regarding exclusion.

This procedure has been adopted for the safety and well-being of your child, his/her classmates and all staff members.

The student can be readmitted to school with either a doctor’s note or when he/she is well and 24 hours symptom free (i.e. fever free, diarrhea free, etc.)

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ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL

Class starts at 8:30AM, first bell rings at 8:25AM and students should be in their class line on the playground. Supervision for students on campus begins at 8:00AM on the playground. We ask that students arrive as close to the starting as possible. If students arrive earlier than 8:00AM, they are to report to the cafeteria where they will sit quietly until the 8:00 bell rings. Breakfast is served at 7:45am. Please do not arrive before 7:45am.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Parking White Zones are strictly for loading or unloading of passengers. You may NOT leave your car unattended during this time. You may occupy the white zone for a maximum of three minutes. Red zones are for emergency vehicles and designated for buses ONLY. No parking at any time! (California Penal Code, Section 21458 Curb Markings). Please be aware, violations of the above could result in a parking ticket administered by the Chico Police Department. Please use the designated parking lots on Amanda Way and Hartford Dr. Please do not park in the reserved places in the Amanda Way parking lot.

LOST AND FOUND

Have you been searching for the jacket your child wore to school, but never made it home? We are overflowing with items that have not been found yet. Please come take a look.

NEWS FROM THE CAFETERIA

Student meals cannot be shared with other students, siblings or parents. Additional breakfast/lunch can be purchased if parents or siblings would like to join their student for breakfast or lunch. Our breakfast and lunch program is a state funded program and this is a requirement of the state. Breakfast is served 7:45-8:20am. After 8:20am students will need to take their meal back to class with them so they will not be tardy.

ATTENDANCE POLICY per California Ed Code

The State of California is cracking down on truancies, especially at the elementary schools. This means the schools will be sending out all truancy letters without hesitation. There are currently laws in place that can charge parents fines for their children's chronic truancies. We would like to educate LCC parents on what constitutes truancy. If your child is absent and you do not let the school know the reason, then the absence is recorded as unverified. If your child is out of school because of vacation or family illness as well as other reasons, these absences are considered unexcused. California Education code requires that the school send letters home.

3 Unexcused/Unverified absences= Truancy Letter #1

4 Unexcused/Unverified absences= Truancy Letter #2

Meet with Principal to sign Attendance Contract

5 Unexcused/Unverified absences= Truancy Letter #3

SARB* Hearing at District Office

Law enforcement and truancy court can get involved if a SARB contract is broken.

*The SARB (Student Attendance Review Board) involves representatives from Butte County Child Welfare, the school district and the student’s school.

Please understand this information is not intended to scare parents, only to inform you of the truancy process as lawmakers are in the stages of writing various bills regarding truancies. The best advice we can give parents is to make sure you call in your child’s absence the day of the absence, bring in doctors notes if they are absent due to illness and do not pull your children out of school for unexcused reasons (vacations). If you absolutely must pull your child out of school for unexcused reasons and your child will be absent 5 or more days, please ask about the Independent Study Program (ISP) and the absences will not be recorded as unexcused. The attendance office will be happy to assist you with the ISP paperwork. An ISP will only be valid if the office is notified in advance of the absence so we can let the teacher know and arrange for homework to be gathered for your student.

We hope these attendance procedures will help both the school and parents work together in a cooperative manner towards our common goal of increasing each child’s success in school. As parents, you have a great deal to do with the establishment of regular and punctual student attendance habits. Your cooperation and support of our attendance procedures will be greatly appreciated.