Eagle's Eye Newsletter

December 15th, 2015

Clear Creek Elementary

Principal - Carrie Handy

School Improvement Specialist - Kelly Robinson

Our Clear Creek MISSION:

To unite school, family and community by inspiring, challenging and empowering each of us to grow as life-long learners and responsible citizens.

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Thank You For Snowman Tree Donations

Hello CCE Community,

Thank you for all of your donations and support for the Snowman Tree! Christmas has definitely started already at CCE and the presents are sorted and ready for the families. It is truly amazing how blessed we are to have such a wonderful community at CCE.
We appreciate all of your help and wish you a Happy Holiday!

CCE Care and Share Committee

Winter Party Information

Winter parties are scheduled for Thursday, December 17th.

AM kindergarten parties will begin at 10:45-11:30am

PM kindergarten – 5th grade begin at 230pm - 3:15pm.

You can help us to keep our winter celebration day safely on track by following these easy guidelines!

All visitors must enter through the office and to receive a visitor sticker...even on party days!

Fall parties are from 2:30-3:15pm in the classrooms. Thank you to our many parent volunteers who help to make this a fun event for our students! Volunteers may go to the classrooms beginning at 2:15pm. We will be maintaining our normal daily schedule until then and parents will be asked to wait in the office so that disruptions to the classroom can be kept at a minimum.

As safety is always important, please remember that the parties are intended for Clear Creek Elementary students only. We do not have babysitting services during parties, so please make other arrangements for siblings if you intend to attend. This policy also applies to older siblings as well. All ages are more than welcome to join us for the parade but please do not plan to take siblings who do not attend Clear Creek down to the classrooms.

To help ensure transportation changes can be delivered to students and teachers, please call the Clear Creek office by 2:30pm. Each classroom teacher will have a Student Sign Out sheet available if parents wish to take their children home after the parties are over.

Paraeducator Substitute Needed

The USD 232 Special Services team is looking for individuals interested in working as a substitute paraeducator. If you have a high school degree or equivalent GED and enjoy supporting students so to achieve high levels of learning, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please visit our website at www.usd232.org and complete our electronic application for the substitute paraeducator position.

Winter PTA Events & Father Daughter Dance Information

Hello Clear Creek Families,

Please read the following newsletter from your PTA. https://www.smore.com/t91u3

It contains more information about:

Save the date! January 29th is the Father Daughter Dance! More details to come.

Change Coming To Fifth Grade

Sadly, one our 5th grade teachers, Mrs.. Allen will be leaving Clear Creek at the end of this semester because her husband was transferred for work and they will be moving out of state. To make the transition with their new teacher easier, Mrs. Allen's class had an opportunity to participate in an interview with Ms. Gartner, their new teacher. Students prepared interview questions to ask Ms. Gartner in an attempt to get to know her a little better. The hope is that this experience will allow students to emphasize and recognize the excitement of something new rather than focus on the sadness of change and loss. While we are very sad that Mrs. Allen is leaving and will miss her very much, we are also excited to welcome Ms. Gartner to 5th grade at Clear Creek. Please say hello and welcome Ms. Gartner if you see her around the building!

Author Jefferson Knapp visits CCE Students

Jefferson Knapp is from El Dorado, Kansas and this is his 6th year of full time writing. A graduate of Butler Community College, Knapp's career path has changed from stand-up comedian to children's book author. The Ending Feud is his third book in The Kingdom at the End of the Driveway series. He is thirty-five years old. He has a step son at K-State and he shared his love of animals with us and all the animals he had growing up (from a goat to dogs and a pot bellied pig).

Author Marsha Barrett

Marsha Barrett spent thirty-four years working with students in Johnson County as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. Her book Sammy Snail and His Cousin, Sedgwick Slug details most of the life of the snail and the slug, During her presentation, Mrs. Barrett read her story and visited with the students about how she was inspired to write her first book and some other details about publishing. She is also the grandmother of Charlie Barrett in 1st grade!

Did Your Child Enjoy the Two Authors Who Visited Last Friday?

Great news! Due to many parent requests, we are able to make the books offered from both Marsha Barrett and Jefferson Knapp available through a second chance order! Please see the attached order forms due with payment on January 8th, 2016. Please contact Dandra Arter at darter@usd232.org or Allison Nelson at anelson@usd232.org if you have any questions! Happy reading!

Click HERE to get order forms.

It's Art Portfolios Are Coming Home!

Our Clear Creek little artists are so excited for this time. So far this year our CCE artists have made over 2,200 artworks!! Your students will be compiling their fall work in art class this week and bringing it back home with them in a large (18”x24”) envelope. This week in December is about reflecting upon, celebrating and conserving student artwork.

Megan Clark

Art Educator

Clear Creek Elementary

Teachers Favorites

Looking for gift ideas for your child’s teachers? We have included links to their wish lists below.

Teacher favorites………..


Itchy Head?

This is the time of year when hats and hoods come out of the closet making it easy for lice to spread. Head lice do not create a medical crisis, but instructions must be followed precisely to eliminate lice and prevent re-infestation. Treatment includes 3 phases: treat the infested person, treat the household, and prevent re-infestation with a second treatment of the infested person.

Further information may be found at Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/schools.html

and American Academy of Pediatrics:

Looking for a special holiday gift?

Check out your child’s fabulous art work on Artsonia! On Artsonia.com you can print your child’s work on anything from magnets and books, to t-shirts and tote bags. Clear Creek students have been working hard to create holiday projects that you will adore. Do you buy your child an ornament each year? Imagine the excitement of seeing the ornament personalized with their own work. Holiday cards are another popular item. Check emails as to when your child’s art works has been uploaded by our parent volunteers. Remember, 20% of the profit comes back to Clear Creek! www.artsonia.com

appy Holidays,
Mrs. Clark

Kindergarten Round-Up scheduled for February

Clear Creek Elementary - February 4, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We know it's difficult to let go...

That's why our Kindergarten teachers place a high priority on providing a nurturing environment where children thrive - academically, socially, and emotionally. We really care about your child!

>> Preparing your child for Kindergarten - Resources for Parents

Going to Kindergarten in the fall?
Make plans to attend Kindergarten Round-Up and Parent Information Night on February 4th in the Clear Creek gymnasium.

>>Learn more about optional full-day Kindergarten

Find out everything you need to know at Kindergarten Round-Up and Parent Information Night. Parents will have the opportunity to begin the enrollment process, ask questions, and meet the principal. By Kansas statute, children must be the age of 5 on or before August 31 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment.

What will you need?
Parents are encouraged to bring the following information to Kindergarten Round-Up:

  • Certified copy of child's birth certificate (required by Kansas statute)

  • Copy of immunization records (from pediatrician)

  • Proof of residency (copy of current utility bill, real-estate contract, etc.)

Parents will also learn about Before/After School Care offered through a partnership with Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department.

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De Soto, Unified School District 232--Extreme Weather Guidelines for Elementary Recess

In accordance with our commitment to student safety, and recognizing the impact extreme temperature can have on student health and wellness, USD #232 has established the following guidelines for outdoor recess/activities:

Wind Chill Considerations:

• Full recess (and other outdoor activities) permitted when wind chill temperature is at (or above) 25 degrees and participating students are considered to be appropriately dressed

• Fresh air breaks, of no more than 10 minutes, are permissible (according to individual teacher discretion and administrative consultation) when wind chill temperature is between 20 and 24 degrees and participating students are considered to be appropriately dressed

Student Club Activities Sign Ups For Spring Semester

You can find spring semester sign up sheets for the various clubs offered at Clear Creek at the following link:


De Soto USD 232 Electronic Flyers

This link is a source for information on events, classes and programs offered at Clear Creek and throughout our district by outside groups and agencies. This information is constantly updated so please check back often.

Watch D.O.G. Sign-up

To sign up to volunteer at Clear Creek as a WD, please use our Sign Up Genius calendar.