Creel Chronicle

January 2021

General SOAR Information

Happy New Year Creel families, we hope you were able to refresh, relax, and recharge over winter break. The students and faculty returned to a very noticeable change to our Media Center. It has walls! Mrs. Saam and Ms. Nelson are enthusiastically redesigning the new space.

The Creel Eagles PTO Board has a parent opening. If you are interested in filling a board position, please attend the January 11th 3:00 meeting via Zoom

Sixth grade parents, please see important information located under the Grade Level Announcements section.

Arrival and Dismissal- Updates and Procedures

  • Arrival- Early arrival is a major safety issue. There is no supervision on campus
    before 7:30 am. Please do not drop off your students prior to 7:30am as
    they are not being monitored. This also pertains to walkers/bikers.
    Dr W.J. Creel Elementary before and after care is available for a fee if needed.
    Please contact the front office for more information.
  • Car Loop Dismissal- Thank you for continuing to keep our school campus and students safe by staying off cell phones when driving through our car loop during dismissal. Please make sure you have your students car tag clearly displayed in your car window. If you do not have your car tag, please be prepared to show a valid photo ID to pick up your child.

Title I School Talk

We are so excited to celebrate the students who participated in the Winter Break Reading Challenge. We hope you enjoyed reading in FUN new ways. Parents, please return your child's completed and signed Challenge Calendar to their classroom teacher no later than Monday January 11th. There are links below to access free audio books, your child's teacher may have already created a class code to log in, but if not, you can create an account. The account is free for 30 days.

Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary

2020-2021 School Improvement Plan Notification

The Dr. W.J. Creel Elementary School Improvement Plan outlines steps that will be made to improve the level of student achievement. The 2020-2021 School Improvement Plan is available on our school website at under the About Us tab. It is also available in our Parent Notebook in the front office or a copy is available upon request.

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Please look forward to information regarding the January 28, 2021, virtual Literacy Night being sent home and advertised via Class Dojo and Facebook.

School Support Team Memo to Families

Creel will take part in "Penny Wars" again this year. Raising money to support ending family homelessness in Brevard. All profits will be donated to Family Promise of Brevard Inc. Collections will begin the first week of February. Collection canisters will be in each homeroom class.

Conscious Corner with Ms. Carmen

Last month, we told you about how our school is using Conscious Discipline and PBIS as a way to improve social emotional intelligence. This month, I’d like to introduce you to the Conscious Discipline Skill of Composure. Composure says, “No one can make me angry without my permission.” I can be in charge of my own feelings, so that in turn I can help my child. Well, if nothing else, being a parent has taught me that life brings daily conflict and challenges. We tend not to like conflict. We pretend it’s not there, we hope it goes away or we punish whoever is bringing in this conflict. Thankfully, the skills of Conscious Discipline and Composure have taught me that I can choose to respond to life’s events instead of reacting to them. Now, remember, there’s a difference between knowing and doing. I know what I need to do to manage my emotions, but I don’t always choose that path. Just ask my husband and my own children. My children are my heart, just as I’m sure yours are as well. They have been my motivation to become the best version of myself. If I’m being honest, I don’t always get it right. There have been times when I haven’t been too proud of myself at the end of the day, but this is a journey and a path that I consciously choose to stay on. Won’t you join me?

Let’s challenge ourselves to become aware when anger and frustration bubble up inside us. When life is not going your way, are you willing to practice being a S.T.A.R. as the first step toward composure and compassion? S.T.A.R. stands for Smile, Take a deep breath And Relax.

Envision a pause button on your chest, much like a pause button on a video player. When you notice something or someone has triggered your upset, press the pause button and S.T.A.R. This will help you put a pause (breath) between the trigger (conflict) and your response. This pause provides the space for you to choose your wisdom and compassion over your upset.

If you are willing to undertake this important first step into relationship-based discipline, find a way to signify this commitment to yourself and your family. You can verbalize it, write it down or undertake some action to solidify your intent to be a S.T.A.R. in moments of difficulty.

Every time you choose to be a S.T.A.R., you model self-control so your children will develop it. The composure that comes from being a S.T.A.R. enables you to be the person you hope your children will become when life isn’t going their way. It will help bring you back to the true heart you have for your children, a heart full of compassion.

Upcoming Dates

1/11 SAC & PTO meeting at 3:00pm via Zoom

1/13 Early Release Day

1/14 Early Release Day

1/15 Early Release Day, Quarter 2 ends

1/15 Winter Break Reading Challenge Celebration

1/18 No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/19 Rising 7th grade Cambridge program information night

1/25 Report Cards sent home and available on FOCUS

1/27 Domino's Spirit Night

1/28 Literacy Night 5:30-7:00 via Zoom

Grade Level Announcements

We would like to give a second grade shout out to Mrs. Annas's class for being the first team to score a touchdown in the iReady challenge!

Fourth grade is excited to begin reading The Chronicles of Narnia!

Sixth grade students have the option to enroll/apply to the Cambridge program at Johnson Middle School. Below is an informative Slideshow and timeline to do so. All 6th graders will need to update their shot records upon entering 7th grade. Below you will find a flyer with that information

Mrs. Shoff, Science Coach is out of this world excited about the new Penda Learning program that students in grades 3-5 are utilizing at school. Soon, this program will be assigned as science homework. Ask your child to show you how much fun they are having while learning!

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