Happenings Around Dry Creek Elementary
Coffee with the Principal - Tomorrow at 8:00am
Lockdown Drill on April 1st
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority at Dry Creek and across Cherry Creek Schools. As a way to continue to promote the physical safety of our students and staff, we hold emergency drills periodically throughout the school year. These drills help us practice our emergency responses and prepare students for what to do in crisis situations. The four drills that we practice throughout the year are; Evacuation (Fire Drills), Shelter-in-Place, Secure Perimeter, and Lockdown.
We share this information with you because on Friday, April 1st we will be conducting a lockdown drill with the assistance of our District Security team. A lockdown is designed to secure the school building and safely shelter all students, staff and visitors inside the building. The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe and away from threats or dangerous activity inside the building. During a “lockdown drill” all of the exterior and interior doors will be locked and will remain locked until the drill is complete. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the drill is completed.
Please take a moment to speak with your student about the importance of practicing emergency drills. Teachers will also be preparing students for the drill by explaining the procedures specific to classrooms and answering any questions students may have about lockdowns. If you have questions or would like more information about Dry Creek's safety protocols, please reach out to Mr. Watanabe at email@example.com.
Kindergarten Parent Night
Dates of Testing:
3rd Grade: April 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 from 8:30-10:30am
4th Grade: April 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18 from 8:30-10:30am
5th Grade: April 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 from 8:30-10:30am
As has always been the case for parents in Colorado, you can excuse your student from CMAS testing. If this is your choice, please fill out the exemption form located on the State Assessment Exemption tile at my.cherrycreekschools.org. The testing window begins April 11th so please fill out the opt-out form by end of day on Friday April 8th. You can view instructions for filling out the exemption here.
Students who have been opted-out by parents may come to school on these days and will be provided with an alternative activity while classmates are taking CMAS. The schedule has been designed to provide the least amount of impact on instructional time for students and all students will resume normal academic schedules after the testing sessions are completed.
Non-Resident Applications open April 1st
School Start Time
Illness at School and Decreasing the Spread: How Can you Help?
Please keep your student/s home from school if they are feeling sick. If your student has symptoms seen with COVID-19 (regardless of their vaccination status), they should not come to school.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include ANY of the following: Feeling feverish, having chills, a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, runny nose or congestion, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
We encourage anyone with symptoms to reach out to their healthcare provider and seek out COVID testing.
No-cost COVID testing is available to anyone in the Cherry Creek community who needs a test:
· For current Cherry Creek students and staff: https://www.primarybio.com/l/cherry
· For friends, family, and community members: https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe
Please note: With the large number of cases currently in the community, timely testing is difficult to schedule, and obtaining results are extended as well.
The best way to prevent experiencing severe illness due to the COVID-19 virus or the upcoming seasonal flu (influenza) virus, is to get vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5-11, see our district vaccine page for more information:
Seasonal Flu vaccines will be available at most sites after October 1st, but many grocery and drug stores have them available all year.
Vaccine Information for children 5-11 years old
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11 after two federal agencies – the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – granted emergency use authorization and expanded vaccine recommendations to include this age group.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, our students and our community from the COVID-19 virus. The pediatric vaccine is a lower dose that has been researched and determined effective for children ages 5-11. Like the adult Pfizer vaccine, children will receive their two vaccines 21 days apart. For more information about the Pfizer pediatric vaccine, visit this CDC website. For specific questions about the COVID vaccine and your child, contact your health care provider. Please note that any absence associated with the vaccine will be excused, and that clinics will require a parent or guardian to be present with any child who is getting a vaccine.
The district has been working with our health care partners to be ready to offer clinics and other access to vaccines for families who choose to vaccinate their children. Visit our Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine webpage to find out where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine for your child. Check back often, as we will update the page with more resources and links to sign up for clinics as they become available.
You can also register your child for one of the Children’s Hospital Colorado COVID-19 vaccine clinics here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/kids-vaccines.
We are excited about this opportunity to offer the vaccine to more of our students.
Early Dismissal on Wednesdays
Elementary schools will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. every Wednesday. For families who participate in after-school child care, the after-school program will be extended every Wednesday at no additional cost. For families who need care, you can register with our Explorer Club Before and After School Program. Please contact our Director, Julie Cottorone, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are currently volunteering or plan to volunteer in the future, please complete the online volunteer form. It should only take a few minutes to complete. We want to thank you in advance and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.
New Colorado legislation has prompted a greater need to screen and document volunteers in our schools. Therefore, beginning January 2022, we must ensure that every volunteer completes a brief application to support activities in CCSD schools. This information will be automatically linked to the Raptor System. The good news is they only need to complete this form once per school year, and it will meet the requirement to volunteer in all CCSD buildings.
To access the form, please click on the following link: https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/NzU0OmVuLVVT
- Volunteers are guests who are supporting students, completing tasks, and under the immediate supervision and direction of District licensed personnel.
- Visitors are guests who are solely entering the building to conduct business such as participate in a meeting, eat lunch with their student, or attend a school-sponsored activity.
The safety and security of our students and staff remain our top priority. Every person entering our buildings must have a District ID or a badge printed from the Raptor System.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Dining Night Out Coming Up!
CHUY'S TEX MEX:
All Day Fundraiser at Chuy's (8121 Arapahoe Road) on April 12th from 11am to 9pm.
Dine In: Show your server the flyer on your phone.
Online Order: Use the code DRYCREEK at checkout for the Chuy’s Denver Tech location, valid for pickup or delivery.
Catering: Call to order your office lunch and mention this fundraiser, (720) 699-7500.
Open Board Positions for the 2022-23 School Year
The PTCO is currently seeking parents to join the executive board for the 2022-23 school year. The open positions are:
To maintain accurate records and reconcile of all financial transactions (using QuickBooks), to submit monthly financial statements to the board and community for review, write checks/disburse the funds of the organization, as authorized by the executive board, prepare the annual budget in conjunction with the budget committee, file annual taxes and quarterly taxes.
Document fundraising and community PTCO events for future references, Help find volunteers if needed for PTCO events, support PTCO events, find/suggest creative ways for how to promote our current fundraising efforts (promotions), such as King Sooper/ Safeway reloadable cards, spirit wear, etc., present fundraising options to the board, coordinate with Communications Director for flyers, electronic sign, website, or other advertising needs for events, help coordinate dining out events with parents and board
Collect and input all events on PTCO website calendar, perform regular updates to the website, perform administration duties of various content on the website, perform email account setup and administration for all board members, committee chairs, and key volunteers, work with Treasurers for financial report posting on the website and fundraising announcements, work with all aspects of PTCO
If you have interest in any of these positions, please contact Alicia Collyar and Brittani Allen at email@example.com.
Rent the Rock!
Families who need Dry Creek Elementary communication translated, please contact the liaison listed:
Please contact Kati Brinks at firstname.lastname@example.org for support with this resource in your language.
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يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (firstname.lastname@example.org أو
email@example.com للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.
귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 로 문의하십시오.
Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: email@example.com для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.
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