Clarks Creek Chronicles

January 4, 2015 - News and Notes to Keep You Connected

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A Note From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! Here we are at the halfway point in the school year already, and with the new year upon us, it provides the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the successes of the past year and plan for even greater accomplishments in the future.

One of the ways that we ensure that the second half of the year provides what each student needs is to complete middle-of-the-year (MoY) assessments.
These are given in the form of different assessments, depending on the grade levels. They will be taking place over the first few weeks of the semester. The scores from these are then compared to students' scores from the beginning of the year and to the progress that we would expect each child to have made at this point. From there, determinations are made about what is working well with students and what adjustments may need to be made to ensure that each child masters what is required by the end of the grade level.

We look forward to seeing the progress our students have made and seeing each and every student move closer and closer to the goals each grade level has in place.

It's going to be an amazing semester!

Mrs. Donovan

Click the Link Above to See the Website Calendar

January 5, 2015

Second Semester Begins

January 7, 2015

2nd Quarter Report Cards Go Home

January 7-Feb. 4, 2015


January 8, 2015

School Board Meeting

7:00 – 8:00

Central Office

January 12, 2015

PTO Meeting

6:30 – 7:30


January 12 – 15, 2015

ELA Acuity Testing – Gr. 3-5

January 13, 2015

5th Grade to PCMS for Scheduling

9:15 – 11:00 a.m.


January 14, 2015

Restaurant Night @ Firehouse Subs

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Firehouse Subs

January 14, 2015

PRIDE Convocation

2:15 – 3:15


January 19, 2015

No School – MLK Day; Snow Day Make-Up #1

A Change at Clarks Creek

Many of you have had a chance to work with Mr. Martin in his role of Assistant Principal at Clarks Creek for the last year and a half. He has now transferred to a position that was open at the middle school for second semester. With this move, we have filled this role with an interim administrator. Mr. Jim Murray, a former Plainfield administrator, will take on this role.

Mr. Murray was both the Principal of the Kindergarten Center and Director of Special Education in Plainfield prior to his retirement a few years ago. He is excited to come out of retirement and work with the staff and students of Clarks Creek for second semester, and we are thrilled to be able to use his expertise for the good of our school during this transition. In the spring, then, we will interview for our Assistant Principal position, with a new person starting next fall.

Mr. Martin had great relationships with our students, and we know this change will come as a surprise to many of them. A portion of our morning announcements tomorrow will be to let them know about the change and introduce them to Mr. Murray. Mr. Murray will also be introducing himself to each class.

We are grateful for all the work that Mr. Martin has done with our students and we wish him all the best in his new position.


  • Don't forget that you can view the "We Have PRIDE in our Staff" section on our website to read more about our staff members. A link to the current staff member featured is below.

PTO Info

  • Thanks to all of those who helped with Santa Shop. The kids had a great time budgeting their money and purchasing special gifts for their loved ones. While this is not a fundraiser for PTO, it is a great "real world" experience for our students, as they become judicious consumers.
  • The next PTO meeting is Monday, January 12th at 6:30 in the library. Hope to see you there!

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 - Help Us Contain Illnesses

If you've watched the news lately, you've probably seen the maps that show how the flu has spread across the country. We are hopeful that this two-week break has helped our students all get healthy, as many were struggling with illness at the end of the semester.

This break has also provided an opportunity for our custodians to perform a top-to-bottom disinfection of the building. With that, though, the only way to prevent continued spread of illness at school is for students who are sick to stay home. Please remember that no student should return to school after an illness until he/she has been free from fever for twenty-four hours. (This means the child has been fever-free without the assistance of fever-reducing medications!)

While we want students at school whenever possible, in this situation, we really need everyone to follow that guidance in determining if students should attend. If all of us do so, we should be able to shorten the impact of these rotten flu viruses and anything else that may come up for ALL of our kids!

AROUND THE BUILDING - Click any photo to enlarge it!

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The Dumpster Drummers performed for the fourth and fifth grade students as a reward for their efforts in the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge.
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The Day the Elves Ran the School!

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First Grade Gingerbread Engineers!

Mrs. Kaufman's Class had a Special Visitor

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