Eagle's Eye Newsletter

January 4th, 2016

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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Coffee With Carrie

After dropping your children off at school, come have coffee with Principal Carrie Handy. Enjoy a relaxed setting while getting to know other Clear Creek parents.

Open link below to RSVP.


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.

Congratulations, Lincoln Richardson!

Feeding the Reading Appetite!

By simply designing a book cover, Clear Creek students had the opportunity to win a classroom party and a $500 donation for our school library!

Each participating student had to complete a Price Chopper Bag Your Favorite Book entry form and return it to their classroom teacher no later than October 16th. All artwork needed to be an original, unique creation of the entrant and was judged on creativity and content. One winner was then chosen among all entries received for each grade level, kindergarten through 8th grade.

After reviewing right at 9,500 entries, Price Chopper named a lucky CCE student a winner in the 1st grade category! J Lincoln Richardson from Mrs. Garretson’s 1st grade class was honored at our all-school assembly on Thursday, December 17th. Representatives from Price Chopper, along with the “Price Chompers” themselves, presented Lincoln with a special certificate and a bag of art supplies. They then gifted Mrs. Garretson’s entire class with the funds to enjoy a class party. To top it all off, they presented Mrs. Arter, Library Media Specialist, with a framed copy of Lincoln’s artwork to hang in the library and a check for $500 to purchase new books for the Media Center. Unbelievable!

Lincoln is Clear Creek’s third winner!! As a kindergartener, Quinn Matushek was a “Bag Your Favorite Book” contest winner in December of 2014. Also as a kindergartener, Declan Coleman was a “Bag Your Favorite Book” contest winner last school year. We are honored to add Lincoln to this list of great artists turning their talent into new reads for the entire CCE community!

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Congratulations, Mrs. Arter!

Mrs. Dandra Arter, CCE Library Media Specialist, was recognized as Clear Creek Elementary’ s “Teacher of the Year” during the all-school assembly Thursday, December 17th!

Many talented Clear Creek teachers were nominated for this prestigious award during the designated window this past fall. Each nominee was then tasked with answering questions regarding their professional career, community service involvement and leadership opportunities. A district formed committee reviewed the information and selected one “Teacher of the Year” representative for each of the 12 buildings in our district to be awarded before winter break.

Next, Mrs. Arter will work to write additional essays describing her professional biography, philosophy of teaching, and activism within the education profession. After submitting that work in January, the review committee will select one elementary teacher and one secondary teacher to represent our school district as the USD 232 “Teacher of the Year.” Those results will be shared in early March.

Best of luck, Mrs. Arter…

We are proud of you!

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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:

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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 Clear Creek?

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.

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.

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.