Clarks Creek Chronicles

December 5, 2014 - News and Notes to Keep You Connected

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A Note From the Principal

Dear Parents,

One thing we know about a building our size is that sometimes it's hard to get to know the people with whom you don't have direct contact. To that end, we've added a new feature to our website - "We Have PRIDE In Our Staff!" In this new section, each week a different staff member will be highlighted with some fun information to help you get to know him or her. While your children have one designated homeroom teacher every year whom you are likely to get to know fairly well, they also encounter many other adults in our building whom you may not know. Hopefully, this will be a way for you get to "know" even more of our amazing staff members. Click the box below to see this week's staff member!

Mrs. Donovan

Click the Link Above to See the Website Calendar

December 8, 2014

Harlem Wizards Bball Game



December 8-12, 2014

Santa Shop

Dates and Times Vary by Teacher

December 9, 2014

Field Trip – Gr. 1 to Children’s Museum

9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

December 11, 2014

School Board Meeting

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Central Office

December 18, 2014

Holiday Parties

<Times will vary depending on teacher preference for this party.>


  • The annual Gingerbread Christmas craft show is coming up tomorrow! Click the box below for more information.
  • We've begun to have some parent requests for students to stay in at recess because of the cold. The student handbook addresses this on page B27. Students will go outside if it is no colder than twenty degrees Fahrenheit - air and wind chill temperatures. If a child has been ill and a parent makes a request for a student to stay in because of that illness, individual notes would need to be provided for each day, knowing that the student's condition may change from day to day. A request for more than three days would require a doctor's note. While it is often thought that the cold makes us sick, it's actually a much "healthier" environment than being cooped up inside where germs are much more likely to survive! Please dress your child appropriately to have fun and play outside in the colder weather.

ACTIVITIES - Click the Links Below to See Upcoming Opportunities for Your Child

PTO Info

  • Thanks to everyone who came to the Dickey's BBQ restaurant fundraiser night.
  • We are ready to roll with Santa Shop on Monday! Thanks to all of our great volunteers who helped set it up and who will work next week. Students will come through on a schedule determined by teacher sign-ups. All items are $1! This is a totally optional opportunity for students to purchase some inexpensive "secret" gifts for friends and family. Our PTO has worked all year finding great deals, so you might be surprised at the quality of the items available!

News from the Cafeteria

The Cafeteria needs your help!

Are you looking for a job that works well with your child’s schools hours? The Plainfield Community School Cafeteria might just be the place. The cafeteria is looking for subs. Sub positions are open with the possibility of it becoming a permanent position. Apply online at

Notes from the Nurse - Head Lice

Head lice are a recurring problem among school children. They are not a sign of poor hygiene or how clean your home is. Anyone can get them – doesn’t matter how long your hair is or how much you shower.

What are Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. An adult louse is the size of a sesame seed. Baby lice, or nymphs, are even smaller. Nits are the tiny, teardrop-shaped lice eggs. They attach to the hair shaft, often found around the nape of the neck or ears. Nits can look similar to dandruff, but cannot be easily removed or brushed off. (National Association of School Nurse; Lice Lessons, Head Lice 101)

Fortunately they don’t spread disease and can’t live more than 1-2 days off our heads. So if your child gets them you don’t have to clean every inch of your home. Head lice eggs won’t hatch unless they are on hair and they won’t infest pets. They spread when kids touch their heads together.

Please check your child’s hair weekly for lice or nits. All cases must be reported to the nurse, in an effort to control an outbreak.

How to check: (

Start by parting the hair and look close to the root for nits (eggs). You’re looking for something that looks like a grain of sand firmly cemented to one side of one strand of hair. They are often, tan, brown, amber and even black in color. If you see anything suspicious try to move it with just your fingertips. If it will move at all with only your fingertip, it is NOT a nit. Nits are cemented to the hair and you need to get your nails behind it to move it down the hair shaft.

Not sure what you’re seeing? Call the nurse and let her look.

While you can’t eliminate the possibility of getting lice completely, you can reduce your risk by following these easy steps…

  • · If hair is long enough to touch the shoulders, consider ponytails, ballet buns or braids.
  • · Tell children to avoid touching heads……. Lice are spread mostly through direct head to head contact.
  • · Tell children NOT to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, ribbons, barrettes, hair ties or bands, towels, helmets, or other personal care items with anyone else, whether they may have lice or not.
  • · Tell children not to lie on carpets at school.

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AROUND THE BUILDING - Click any photo to enlarge it!

Preschool and Kindergarten Native American and Pilgrim Feasts