BACK TO SCHOOL INFO - 2017

Everything You Need to Know for a Great First Day of School!

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A Note From the Principal

Dear Parents,

It's almost time!! I can't tell you how excited I am to begin another year at Clarks Creek and I am thrilled that your child will be joining us this year! We will have many new friends to meet and even some new staff members. We know our CC "veterans" will help all of our new students and teachers have a super beginning to this new school journey!

It's been a very busy summer here, with many construction projects taking place. We have added a classroom, swapped rooms, and re-purposed our computer labs to become classrooms so that all K-5 classrooms have a window to the outside world. We have an updated HVAC system to provide optimum conditions for student learning. Our main office space has been renovated from the former middle-school layout to function more efficiently as an elementary school space, and our playground has moved locations so we are able to take advantage of the track during recess. Roofing work continues, as does continued construction on the Plainfield Imagination Lab, which will be ready for district use at the beginning of next school year. Our dust has made it possible to provide an even better space for our students to learn and grow, and we are excited to share our new and improved school with you.

Below you will find some answers to many "logistics" type questions for the first few days of the year and some other reminders about procedures and upcoming back-to-school events. Some of this you have probably seen before, especially if you have been following along on our website. To find it, begin at the district site - www.plainfield.k12.in.us, then click EXPLORE to find CC. I hope you find it helpful, and we look forward to seeing you and your child very soon! There are still many more updates to make on the website, so you'll continue to see changes.

We look forward to seeing you in the building soon!

Sincerely,

Marisa Donovan, Principal

VIsit Us at the New Main Entrance

Upon arrival at the building, you'll see that the main entrance has moved one door to the south. This is now "door 1," where you will enter any time you are coming to the office.
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What's happening on Monday night?

Monday evening from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. will be an OPTIONAL supply drop-off, designed to be a very quick stop for you to drop off supplies and help remind students where they'll be going on Tuesday morning. We know your child needs to have some down-time before an early back-to-school bedtime, and so do our teachers! The early ending time should give everyone time to get ready for the big day.

If you can't make it Monday between 4:00 - 5:00, you can send supplies to school with your child on Tuesday. If it's too much to carry, you can send things over a couple of days.

For kindergarten students, Monday evening will also be an evening to meet the teachers. At other grade levels, there may be a few teachers in their rooms, but most will be looking forward to meeting their new students first thing Tuesday morning!

Those of you who have been to any of our "all school" events know that parking is tricky and patience is a must! Thank you for remembering that we "Put Safety First" at Clarks Creek! Please escort children to and from the parking lot into the building for their safety.
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Back-to-School Parent Orientation Nights

We hope you can join us on the designated evening (above) to hear from your child's teacher about what you can expect this school year. We strongly encourage this to be a "parents only" event, if at all possible. If you don't have alternate care for your children available, though, we would definitely rather that you bring them than to miss out on this important information. They would be welcome to attend with you and remain under your supervision in the classroom during the meeting.

Taking "New School Year Pictures" of Your Child - Monday is the Time!

Many of our families like to snap some memories outside of their new classroom. We've also found that our "Town Hall" atrium is a great place for pictures because of the natural light, and using the big crayons as the backdrop makes for super-cute pictures! You can take these all-important new-school-year-photos on Monday night at supply drop-off.

Arrival and Dismissal Schedules

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First Day Transportation and Parent Escorts

I cannot stress enough to you how helpful it is for your child to arrive at school and depart from school the way he/she will typically go beginning on DAY ONE! I know as parents our inclination is often to ease our child into new situations when we can, but driving your child to school on the first day when he will be taking the bus all the other days is detrimental to getting your child acclimated to the process and makes it more confusing for everyone - the teachers, bus drivers, and especially the students! It also means that instead of one day of transition, it will spread into two. Your child will be much better off starting the "usual way" for him/her, whatever that is. If your child will be riding the bus as usual transportation, please send him/her that way on the very first day.

If you must bring your child to school by way of car, be sure to read the procedures below. Also, please be aware that we do not allow parents to walk children to their classrooms on the first day of school. We want our school to be as safe on the first day of school as it is every other day of the year! This would mean checking IDs of everyone who enters, and our priority simply must be helping all of our students find where they need to go on the first day. If you're hoping to take a quick picture, do that Monday evening or as your child boards the bus Tuesday morning. If you need to relay important information to the teacher, do that by phone or email ahead of time so it doesn't get lost in the bustle and busyness of the first day.

Talk through your arrival and dismissal plans with your child every day between now and the first day, especially if this is your child's first experience in school. "Practice" in this way may not make perfect, but it will definitely build your child's confidence. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in making our first days of school run smoothly!
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Car Rider Procedures

With over 900 students, picking up students as car riders is a lengthy process. If you must drop off and pick up your child as a car rider, please read the following arrival and dismissal procedures very carefully. Please also remember that bus transportation is available for all students living within the Clarks Creek district outside of walking areas and may be a better option for your child. If you must drop off/pick your child up as a car rider, it is imperative that these guidelines are followed; the safety and security of all students depends on your patience with this process. Slower speeds, patience, awareness, and caution are the keys to a safe arrival and dismissal of our students. All car riders should be seated in drop-off vehicles on the passenger side so they will be ready to exit and enter on the “school side.” This is for the safety of your child! At arrival and dismissal, vehicles picking students up should move as far forward as possible, as directed. This will speed things up for everyone.


Arrival for Kindergarten 1st, & 2nd Grade Car Riders*

Parents are to drop students off in the north parking lot only, beginning at 8:30. Parents should enter the lot off of Michael Drive. Follow the arrows around the parking lot in a single line until the car is parallel to the north doors 10 and 11. Students should exit from the passenger side. Cars should stay in line to exit back onto Michael Drive. Do not allow students to leave the car until parallel to the north side of the building and you see a staff member present for supervision. Students should never walk between cars.


Arrival for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Car Riders* - Parents are to drop students off on the south side of the building. Cars will proceed down the hill, then come up next to the sidewalk near Door 2 to drop off students. The exception to this would be if a 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student has a younger sibling. In that case, they are to be dropped off in the north lot.

*Families with students in grades that would be dropped off/picked up in two locations should use the grade level of the younger student.


Dismissal – Students are to be picked up on the same side as arrival. Parents should line up in a double line following the parking lot markings in the north lot, and in a single line in the south lot. As traffic moves, please reduce space between vehicles to allow more cars into the lots. Students will be allowed to only enter cars that are moved up far enough so as to be parallel to the building along the sidewalks. Students must enter vehicles from the passenger side. Students in the north lot must receive permission from a staff member before crossing to a vehicle. Students should never be called to walk between cars to access their ride. Once the line ahead of you has moved, you may then pull up parallel to the building and your child will get in the car. Watch for signals from staff members motioning you forward.


In order to better monitor the adults arriving to pick up students in the car rider lines, families will be provided with a car-rider hang-tag during the first week of school. Families who have been with us before will still get a new tag. This tag should be prominently displayed in the vehicle that will be used to pick up the child from school. Until then, be prepared to show your ID as you pick up your child.

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Bus Information

If you have a kindergarten student or are new to Clarks Creek, you can expect a call from the bus driver no later than Sunday to tell you a pick-up time and location. For those who rode the bus last year, you can verify that your stop and times are the same by checking in PowerSchool in your child's account under Transportation.

In addition to those two sources, you can also download the Here Comes the Bus app for FREE now! Once you download it, use our corporation ID #82021 and your student's ID number (it's the same as your PowerSchool login without the letter P) to get started. This app will give you a real-time snapshot of where the bus is, both coming home and going to school.

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Lunch Information

Here are some important pieces of information about lunch at school:

Free or Reduced Lunch & Textbook Rental Application

If you think that you may qualify for free or reduced cost lunches and textbook rental for your student(s), it would be great if you would go ahead and fill out the paperwork. You can find that link below. This need-based program is a great help to many of our families! Even if you are not sure if you will qualify, it doesn't cost anything to fill it out and see what you may be eligible for. Click the box below to begin your application today!

Other Lunch Info

Students may choose to bring a lunch box from home or breakfasts and lunches may be purchased at school. Students who choose to bring their lunches may purchase milk. Prices for 2017-18 will be: $1.30 – breakfast, $0.50 – milk, and $2.40 – lunch.


Student meal accounts are expected to be prepaid before meal service begins. You may send this on the first day or establish an account to be debited from a bank or credit card.

o Debit or credit card Funds may be applied to a student’s lunch account by debit or credit card through E-funds or SendMoneyToSchool.com. These may be accessed thru the school’s website: http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/food-services--4

o Cash or checks

  • Students in grades K-5 may bring money to school in a sealed envelope marked lunch, with the child’s name and student ID number on the outside of the envelope.
  • Students in grades 6-12 may pay with cash or check at the register during lunch.
  • No change is given at any grade level.
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Expectations for Visitors

As you know, all external school doors are locked during the school day. All visitors will be required to show their driver’s license or a valid state-issued photo ID to the school police officer, security employee, or office personnel when entering the building. Your license or ID will then be scanned and processed through our “Safe Visitor” security program, which runs a quick background check. You will be required to have your photo taken which will appear on a “temporary” time-sensitive sticker which will be printed with your name and purpose of your visit to wear during the time you are in the building or on a school field trip.


If you need to speak to your child's teacher in person, please email or call the teacher to set up a time to meet, rather than stopping by during the school day. We need to be sure our students have our teachers' undivided attention, but we are always happy to answer your questions and will make arrangements for a meeting as soon as possible if one is needed.

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