News At The Creek

March 6


Email Reminder

Please remember your GCPS is for business/work e-mail is a part of the open records act. Your email can be subpoenaed and used in a court of law. Please create a personal email account if you need to send personal emails. Also please do not be give out your user name and password for subs to use.

Please leave in your sub plans this log in and password:

Log In: e443000001---this is the number "0"

Password: user01 ---this is the number "0"

Also please do not put in your plans to use any software that needs a teacher log in. Most of our programs do not have generic teacher log in. (Check with Paula.)

LSTC and Media Specialist Perception Surveys

Teachers - Please take a few minutes to complete these surveys. The URL and ID codes were placed in your mailboxes. These surveys are a part of their evaluation system. Thank you for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback.

Special Olympics Pep Rally

Please line the hallways on the main floor after announcements on Thursday, March 12. We will cheer for our students heading to their Special Olympics competition. Please have your students make some signs encouraging our students on their big day. The first ten people who email Carrie with their favorite stress relieving activity will get a treat in their mailboxes.


From Patti

I had such a lovely time at the 3rd grade musical on Thursday night! They all did such an amazing job and had so much fun being up on stage. Great job by our music teachers and thanks to our third grade team for coordinating and working together for this amazing production.

DDAs continue this week. Please remember to pick up your make up tests each morning as needed.

Inventory sheets are due to Bernadett by the end of the day on the 13th. If you need any help please see either Bernadett or me.

March 23rd is the next GKIDS data pull, thank you kindergarten teachers for making sure updated information is uploaded into the site by the 23rd.

Please remember that if you borrow materials from the science lab to put them back. Also, I appreciate you helping to make sure that the room is picked up after use. I am so happy to see it being used, but lets make sure to keep it in good shape for everyone. Thank you all!!!!


March 16-Grades Finalized by 9 pm

March 17-Verify grades via file sent in email

March 18-Make any changes to gradebook by 9pm

March 19-Report cards printed

March 20 Report Cards go home

Website of the Week

1. Templates for Games (Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Speed Match, and a Virtual Board Game)

2. Teacher Tools (Seating Chart Maker, Group Maker, Random Name Generator)

3. Utility Tools (Classroom Timer, Classroom Countdown, QR Code Maker)

The Games:
There are two versions – the newer version allows you to paste diagrams and equations from Word – SUPER easy!

A really great feature is that you can create your own games OR search for games that other teachers/students have created and made public. Collaboration at it’s finest. But just be sure to review all the questions for accuracy!

What a great way to have students show what they know..they can create a game and as a class, you can play it for review!!

Superteacher tools is a FREE resource that allows teachers an EASY and FAST way to create review games to use with their students!


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Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers

Diet can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. Here are five foods that can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.

Can a bowl of oatmeal help lower your cholesterol? How about a handful of walnuts or even a baked potato topped with some heart-healthy margarine? A few simple tweaks to your diet — like these, along with exercise and other heart-healthy habits — may be helpful in lowering your cholesterol.

1. Oatmeal, oat bran and high-fiber foods- Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad," cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes.

Soluble fiber can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Five to 10 grams or more of soluble fiber a day decreases your total and LDL cholesterol. Eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal provides 6 grams of fiber. If you add fruit, such as bananas, you'll add about 4 more grams of fiber. To mix it up a little, try steel-cut oatmeal or cold cereal made with oatmeal or oat bran.

2. Fish and omega-3 fatty acids- Eating fatty fish can be heart healthy because of its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce your blood pressure and risk of developing blood clots. In people who have already had heart attacks, fish oil — or omega-3 fatty acids — reduces the risk of sudden death.

The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week. The highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are in:

· Mackerel, Lake trout ,Herring, Sardines, Albacore tuna, Salmon, Halibut

You should bake or grill the fish to avoid adding unhealthy fats. If you don't like fish, you can also get small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids from foods like ground flaxseed or canola oil.

You can take an omega-3 or fish oil supplement to get some of the benefits, but you won't get other nutrients in fish, such as selenium. If you decide to take a supplement, just remember to watch your diet and eat lean meat or vegetables in place of fish.

3. Walnuts, almonds and other nuts -Walnuts, almonds and other nuts can reduce blood cholesterol. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy.

Eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, may reduce your risk of heart disease. Just make sure the nuts you eat aren't salted or coated with sugar.

All nuts are high in calories, so a handful will do. To avoid eating too many nuts and gaining weight, replace foods high in saturated fat with nuts. For example, instead of using cheese, meat or croutons in your salad, add a handful of walnuts or almonds.

4. Olive oil- Olive oil contains a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower your "bad" (LDL) cholesterol but leave your "good" (HDL) cholesterol untouched.

Try using about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day in place of other fats in your diet to get its heart-healthy benefits. To add olive oil to your diet, you can sauté vegetables in it, add it to a marinade or mix it with vinegar as a salad dressing. You can also use olive oil as a substitute for butter when basting meat or as a dip for bread. Olive oil is high in calories, so don't eat more than the recommended amount.

The cholesterol-lowering effects of olive oil are even greater if you choose extra-virgin olive oil, meaning the oil is less processed and contains more heart-healthy antioxidants. But keep in mind that "light" olive oils are usually more processed than extra-virgin or virgin olive oils and are lighter in color, not fat or calories.

5. Foods with added plant sterols or stanols- Foods are now available that have been fortified with sterols or stanols — substances found in plants that help block the absorption of cholesterol.

Margarines, orange juice and yogurt drinks with added plant sterols can help reduce LDL cholesterol by more than 10 percent. The amount of daily plant sterols needed for results is at least 2 grams — which equals about two 8-ounce (237-milliliter) servings of plant sterol-fortified orange juice a day.

Plant sterols or stanols in fortified foods don't appear to affect levels of triglycerides or of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol.

Many of the foods that you already enjoy are rich sources of plant sterols and stanols. These include corn oil (0.13g/Tbsp), sunflower oil (0.1g/Tbsp), many types of beans (0.07g/1/2 cup), corn (0.06g/1/2 cup), peanut butter (0.05g/2 Tbsp), olive oil (0.03 g/1 Tbsp), almonds (0.02g/1 oz.), oranges (0.02g/1 small orange), apples (0.01g/1 small apple) and avocados (0.008g/1 oz).

Other changes to your diet - For any of these foods to provide their benefit, you need to make other changes to your diet and lifestyle.

Cut back on the cholesterol and total fat — especially saturated and Trans fats — that you eat. Saturated fats, like those in meat, full-fat dairy products and some oils, raise your total cholesterol. Tran’s fats, which are sometimes found in margarines and store-bought cookies, crackers and cakes, are particularly bad for your cholesterol levels. Tran’s fats raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad," cholesterol, and lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good," cholesterol.

In addition to changing your diet, keep in mind that making additional heart-healthy lifestyle changes are key to lowering your cholesterol. Talk to your doctor about exercising, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight to help keep your cholesterol level low.



Karen Henderson 3/13

Bernadett Lorton 3/14

Kathy Sever 3/14

Jennifer Clark 3/14