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Happenings Around Dry Creek Elementary

Back to School Night

Dry Creek's Back to School Night will be Thursday, August 27th from 6:30-7:30pm. Teachers will be presenting to parents virtually this year. Teachers will be sending meeting links to parent's e-mail in the coming days. To access the Microsoft Teams meetings, please review the directions below or watch the short tutorial video.

COVID Symptom Checker

To assist with students entering the school as they arrive in the morning, please conduct the short symptom check using the Cherry Creek Schools COVID Symptom Checker. There are three ways to access the Symptom Checker:

1. Sign into your my.cherrycreekschools.org account and select the COVID Symptom Check tile

2. Using a QR code scanner on your smartphone, scan the image above

3. Visit this link: https://bit.ly/ccsd-health


Staff will ask students upon arrival if he or she has been checked at home and be able to refer to a health services staff member if there is a concern of illness.

A glimpse inside Dry Creek

Due to the restriction of visitors, parents have been unable to see what the classrooms and spaces look like with our new procedures and layouts. The photos below provide a glimpse of what students will be experiencing. Teachers and staff have been working hard to prepare spaces and reviewing procedures to make the return to school as safe as possible.

Accessing Virtual Meetings with Microsoft Teams

Virtual meetings between staff, students, and parents will be hosted through Microsoft Teams including the Back to School Night presentations on Thursday, August 27th. For parents who have never utilized Teams, the information below will provide some direction into how to access virtual meetings.


1. Teachers or staff will send a link asking you to "Join Microsoft Team Meeting", click the link.

2. A webpage will open asking you to select between two choices: Download the Windows app or Join on the web instead. If you join on the web, you can either use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Your browser may ask if it is okay for Teams to use your microphone and camera. Be sure to allow it, so that you can be seen and heard in the meeting.

3. Enter your name and choose your video and audio settings

4. Select Join Now


To view a video tutorial on how to enter a Teams meeting, please click here!

Meet Nurse Sarika

My name is Sarika Steinhaus, and I will be the school nurse at Dry Creek and Walnut Hills. I have been a nurse for 5 years and worked as an assistant preschool teacher before I went into nursing, so I am excited to get back into the education world! I went to nursing school in Washington and worked at Seattle Children's in the surgical unit and cardiac ICU. Most recently, I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado on the Critical Care Float Team floating between the Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, Cardiac ICU, and Emergency Department. I am from Parker, Colorado, and I love being back home. In my free time, I enjoy social dancing (think salsa, tango, blues, etc.), so I am excited to get back to that when it is safe. I can't wait to meet you all!


If you need to contact Nurse Sarika, she can be reached at (720) 554-3305 or via e-mail at ssteinhaus@cherrycreekschools.org