Clarks Creek Chronicles

August, 2017 - News and Notes to Keep You Connected

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A Note From the Principal

Dear Parents,

We have had an outstanding beginning to the school year! Thank you all for helping us begin our year so smoothly - from you, as parents, to our outstanding staff, bus drivers, and everyone else who has played a role, THANK YOU! We had many parent volunteers from our PTO helping our youngest students beginning on day one, and we all commented on how quickly all of our students were in their new classrooms on that very first day. This was thanks, in large part, to their help!

I'd like to extend a special welcome to all of our new students and their families. We also have several new staff members on board, as well. We welcome five new classroom teachers at Clarks Creek - Mrs. Imburgia in grade 2, Miss Livingston in grade 4, Mr. Letman in grade 5, Miss Holstad in grade 5, and Mr. Lease in physical education. Little Quakers Academy also added two new teachers; welcome to Mrs. Hayes and Mrs. Prather! Welcome to everyone who is calling Clarks Creek your new "school home" this year!

As we go throughout the year, you will receive updates from your child's teacher frequently. In addition, this monthly newsletter will arrive in your inbox. Separate emails with specific information will also be sent, as needed. We strive to communicate the information that we know you'll need. You can also watch the news updates on our website or on Facebook and Twitter. As always, feel free to contact your child's teacher or the main office if there is other information that you need from us.

We are ready for another amazing year of learning and growing for all of our students!

Mrs. Donovan
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In Case You Missed It... Eclipse Info - Repeat of Emailed Info from Friday

The historic eclipse that will take place on Monday has generated a lot of excitement, and also some trepidation. I wanted to let you know exactly what our plan for Monday is in order to ensure that students understand what is happening during the eclipse and experience the wonder of this natural phenomenon, but also how we plan to keep them safe from potential dangers associated with the event.

  • Each classroom will engage in discussion/lessons about the eclipse. Teachers have been working on plans to make this a fun and educational day for everyone!
  • No one will be allowed outside for school activities after noon. Some classrooms will be having outdoor recess prior to that time, but no one will be outside after 12:00 p.m., which gives us plenty of time before the eclipse begins.
  • To ensure the eclipse is over prior to releasing students, we will begin dismissal at 3:50 for car riders, walkers, and bus riders. This is five minutes later than our usual schedule.
  • Classrooms will show the live stream of the eclipse, with particular attention being given at the maximum exposure time, at 2:24. Before and after that, teachers may carry on with other planned activities and continue showing the eclipse.
  • Since we will not be outdoors during the eclipse, we will have a human “indoor eclipse” instead! Please encourage your student to dress in as much yellow and/or black as possible, and even wear sunglasses* on Monday in honor of this special event!
  • Parents of afternoon LQA students will be getting an email from Mrs. Scott with additional information.

*Sunglasses will be for indoor or recess use only. No students will go outside during the eclipse.

ISTEP Scores - Coming Your Way Friday!

ISTEP scores for students who took these tests in grades 3, 4, and 5 have been returned to schools. If your child took the third or fourth grade test last spring, the results will come home to you on Friday afternoon. Please contact your child's teacher , Mrs. Donovan, or Mrs. Perry if you have any questions about the scores.
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A Note on Attendance from the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Perry

Your child’s attendance is one of the most important indicators of academic success. Although, we know that there are definitely days when your child/children may be sick and need to stay home, we want to encourage students to be at school every day when they are well. When students are at school, they are always learning. Teachers are instructing from the minute your child enters the classroom until the time they pack up and leave for dismissal. The engaging learning that is taking place in the classroom can’t be re-created once your child returns to school. Students who attend school every day are more likely to have higher grades and score higher on classroom assessments. Again, we know that there are going to be times that your child/children must miss school and we understand this, but wanted to make you aware of how attendance may impact your child’s success.

Some of the things that you can do to help support attendance are:

  • Schedule all doctor’s appointments outside of the school day, if at all possible.
  • Share with your child how important it is to be at school all day, every day.
  • Make sure to communicate absences in advance, if possible, so the classroom teacher can ensure that your child still has opportunities to learn skills that he/she will miss when they are absent.
  • Help make sure that your child arrives at school on time each day. The doors open at 8:30 and students need to be seated in their classroom each morning by 8:50 or they are counted tardy.

Working with your child/children each day is a pleasure. We want to make the most of each and every minute we have with your child.

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PUT SAFETY FIRST - As we begin this new year, we have been working to ensure that all of our students know what to do in emergent situations. We have completed our first fire, severe weather, and lock-down drills of the year. Students who ride buses to school will be participating in a bus evacuation exercise very soon, as well. Teaching students the procedures for these emergency situations is just one way we work to "put safety first"!

Students and teachers have been working daily on showing PRIDE. We had our first PRIDE credit drawing last Friday and are so excited about the number of credits that have already been given out to students who are meeting Clarks Creek's expectations! If you have not already asked your child about PRIDE credits, please take the time to ask him/her.

We are very close to earning our next school-wide credit award because of the hard work of our students last year, in addition to that of the students thus far in these first few weeks. We look forward to a special event - coming soon!

You can reinforce these safety procedures with your child at home!

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Visiting School? More Info About "Safe Visitor"

In our previous newsletter, you saw that we have implemented a new are continuing to use a visitor identification and badge system. In order to eliminate 'wait time" once your photo ID is scanned, you can pre-register for any visit that you will be making to school. Whether coming for lunch or coming for a scheduled volunteer time, you can input your information ahead of time, so that when you arrive, you will scan your ID and your name badge will immediately be printed.

Pre-register here:
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  • 8/21 Eclipse Day - Black, yellow, and sunglasses dress-up day
  • 8/22 PTO Meeting 6:30pm- library (enter door 3)
  • 8/25 ISTEP Reports Go Home
  • 9/7 Trash Bag Fundraiser Kick-off
  • 9/12 LQA Student Pictures
  • 9/12 PTO Meeting 6:30pm- library (enter door 3)
  • 9/13 Student Pictures - Clarks Creek and LQA
  • 9/21 Trash Bag Orders Due
  • 9/26 Parent Night - Body Safety Preview - 6:30pm @ Central Elementary

Volunteer at Clarks Creek!

If you have some time to donate at Clarks Creek, talk to your child's teacher about current needs. In order to protect the safety of all of our students, all volunteers need to complete a Volunteer Background Check and have it cleared prior to the first volunteer experience. This can take a couple of weeks, so be sure to plan ahead! These are also needed prior to chaperoning field trips, etc. The form can be found at .

Another thing we ask all volunteers to complete annually is the Volunteer Confidentiality Form. This form is available in the school office and should also be completed before the first volunteer experience.

We appreciate the help of all of our volunteers! We couldn't do it without you!


Just a reminder...

School BEGINS at 8:50. This means that students must be in the building, have emptied their backpacks, and be seated at their desks by this time. If you bring your child to school by car, plan on arriving by 8:40 to allow your child plenty of time to accomplish all of this.
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Our car-rider procedures were detailed in the "Back-to-School" edition of the newsletter. Please refer back to that if you need specific information. However, just a reminder to please limit the distance between yourself and other vehicles in the parking lot so we can get everyone in off of Elm Drive at dismissal. Thanks for your help!

School Lunch Information

You can find our school menus by clicking the red button below.$1.30 – breakfast, $0.50 – milk, and $2.40 – lunch.
If you're looking to find the menus from the website, go to the Clarks Creek home page, then follow these steps:

  • Click Menu in the top right
  • Click "Parent Info" on the bottom left
  • Scroll down to "Food Services"

From there, you'll be able to click on the various menus.

Visiting for Lunch

We know that parents often want to come in and eat lunch with their children on special occasions. You are welcome to do so by following the usual school visit procedures - beginning with stopping in the office to sign in and get a visitor tag. Please be aware, though, that space in our cafeteria is currently VERY limited. Please be prepared for the possibility that you may have to eat in another location with your student when you arrive. Staff members working in the cafeteria will direct you, as needed.

Also, be aware that we will only allow those visitors who appear as parents/guardians or emergency contacts in PowerSchool to visit for lunch. If you have a special friend or family member who is not already in our system who wants to come for lunch, please notify your child's teacher and Miss Conley at the front desk ahead of time that you are allowing this person to visit your child for lunch. All visitors must be processed through the Safe Visitor system before going down for lunch.

A Note from the Nurse

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A Note from the Home School Advisor

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This year, Mrs. Ellis will be working with all of our kindergarten students on social skills in the first few weeks of school. They will begin with learning about feelings and coping skills.

They will continue to work on additional skills through the end of September, including: listening/following rules, sportsmanship/friendship, tattling, respect for others, and empathy. We hope this builds on what you have already worked on at home and gives all of our youngest CC Quakers a good foundation for developing friendships and being "good citizens" throughout their lives.

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With several weeks of what could still be very warm weather, please keep in mind that our dress code does not allow for tank tops/spaghetti strap tops; all shirts worn to school should cover the top of the shoulder. Flip flops, slides, other strapless shoes, and heels are also dangerous on the playground and should not be worn to school. Please refer to the Student Handbook for more information. Thanks for your help!
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We will include student opportunities in our newsletter when possible. However, some of them may end prior to the next newsletter coming out! You can bookmark the link below to check out the variety of camps, contests, and athletics that may be available to your child throughout the month, more frequently than the newsletter may arrive.
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PTO Info

    Restaurant Night

    We hope to see you at Frigid Frog on August 30 from 3-8 pm.

    Upcoming Meeting

    The first PTO meeting of the year will be on Monday 8/21 @ 6:30 in the library. Please enter through door 2 and walk down the hall to the right to the library.

    Nightmare on Elm Drive

    The planning meeting for our annual Halloween event will be happening soon. Email if you'd like to help organize the event. We'd love to have your help!

    Spirit Wear

    Be on the lookout for Info on spirit wear coming home soon in folder. We have a new easy online ordering system this year that we are excited to roll out to you.


    Textbook rental is due by Sept. 1st. Our school treasurer is happy to help you work out payment arrangements if that is necessary. Please contact her at . If you think you may qualify for free or reduced lunch support (which includes assistance for textbook rental), please click the link below to apply.

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