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Creekside Oaks Elementary School / Week of August 29

Notes From Dickson's Desk

Hello, Creekside Oaks Families!

This year our motto at Creekside Oaks is REDEFINE THE POSSIBLE. By definition, "redefine" means to "define differently". And in many ways, we are defining education differently. That doesn't just mean adjusting what's happening in the classroom, it's also about redefining the systems that are in place to navigate the school day. When you consider that a number of our students haven't been on a school campus in more than a year or that half our students had never been in a school cafeteria before, you can see where it's necessary to redefine a number of things. I appreciate your patience as we ALL navigate this school year and adapt and adjust to changing situations. The phrase “that’s how we always did it” just doesn’t apply. We’ve never done this before. It’s different. It’s new. It’s uncomfortable. But, I have every confidence that our Creekside Oaks community - students, parents, teachers & staff - can handle these challenges!

One of the things we had to adjust is water. Our drinking fountains are closed, so please make sure your student comes to school with a refillable water bottle. We have filling stations around campus, including one right outside the cafeteria. During lunch, campus supervisors will have cups if students don't have a water bottle and need water. Thank you to those who have donated bottled water to classrooms. If you'd like to help, contact your student's teacher or drop off donations in the front office.

Our classes will start working with Starstruck this week! Each class has a weekly rehearsal during the school day and the culminating event will be an evening performance for our families. Our performance date is scheduled for Oct. 7 with shows at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Folks, I have to be honest. We don't know what October is going to look like with COVID numbers, mandates, etc. In normal years, the performance would happen inside the community center. Right now we just don't know if that will be possible. We're moving forward with rehearsals and will plan on the performance on October 7, I just want to be transparent about what that might look like. We're exploring several options including an outside performance. Please be patient. We're excited to offer this fun opportunity but will need to be safe when bringing together large groups of people.

We've had a number of students coming to school tardy. Just a reminder that school starts at 8:15 for all grade levels. Please ensure your student is arriving on time. Students dropped off after 8:15 need to report to the front office to get a late slip.

Let's do this, Hawks!

~Ms. Dickson


Snapshots around campus

Important Dates

Monday, August 29 - Sept. 3 SPIRIT WEEK!

MONDAY - Crazy socks

TUESDAY - Sports/Jersey Day

WEDNESDAY - Superhero Day


FRIDAY - Green & Gold

Wednesday, September 1 - HomeSpun Yogurt Fundraising Night 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Monday, September 6 - No School (Labor Day)

Tues.-Fri., Sept. 7-10 - Book Fair

Friday, September 24 - Kona Ice Food Truck Fundraising Event 2:40-4:40 p.m.
(Truck will be parked behind the school at First St & Fuller Ln)

Thursday, October 7 - Starstruck performance at 6 & 7 p.m.
(more details coming soon!)

Friday, October 8 - No School

Tues. & Wed., October 12-13 - School Picture Day

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Book Fair

We are so excited to have the book fair in just a couple of weeks!

Our bookfair will run from September 6 - September 10. We don't have school on September 6, but online shopping will be available that day. Students will have the opportunity to shop the book fair during their class library times, during recess and after school until 4 p.m. There will be NO open hours before school.

Online shopping is available from September 1 - September 14, but families can shop throughout the year and Creekside Oaks will continue to make a percentage of the sales. There is tax on all purchases and our local sales tax rate is 7.25%.

Thursday, September 9th, and Friday, September 10th, the book fair will be open until 6 pm and we invite our families to come by. Please remember that masks will be required inside the library.

Our book fair homepage is https://www.scholastic.com/bf/creeksideoakselemschool

School Spirit Gear

On Fridays, we love to wear our green & gold and show our Hawk Pride! If you're interested in purchasing Creekside Oaks spirit gear, check out this link: https://www.creeksideoaksspiritwear.com/

Parent Volunteers

We're so excited to welcome parents back into our classrooms! Teachers will talk about parent volunteer opportunities at back-to-school night and each teacher generally has different needs. If you're interested, we'll need a TB test and completed paperwork before you can get started. Talk to your child's teacher about volunteer opportunities and then stop by the front office to pick up the paperwork. Volunteers must wear a mask inside the classroom.

PTO Update

Hey COES parents! Just a few reminders. We would still LOVE to have you join our PTO ($5 one-time membership fee) and be "in the know" about all things COES. Sign up here!

For the ENTIRE month of September, we are hosting a Membership Drive. The classes with the HIGHEST percentage in memberships by Sept 30th will win POPSICLES! There will be one winner for grades K-2 and one winner for grades 3-5. If you have already signed up BEFORE the month of Sept, we will automatically add you/your student to the list. Best of luck! See flyer here.

A reminder that our FIRST PTO meeting is Wed, Sept 8th at 6:30 pm! Link for the meeting will be sent out closer to the date. At our meetings we go over our fundraisers coming up, go over our budget, talk about any requests being made by the school and/or teachers, and much more! Give us your ideas/opinions/suggestions and be sure to JOIN! You do NOT need to be a member to join the meeting.

Lastly, we have a Facebook PTO page so be sure to follow us there: CreeksideOaksPTO

Any questions feel free to email us at CreeksideOaksPTO@Gmail.com

Sept 1st (Wed) - Fundraising night at HomeSpun Yogurt 3pm - 9pm
Sept 24th (Fri) - Fundraising night with Kona Ice at the back of the school (1st street/Fuller Lane) 2:40 pm - 4:40 pm

Masks Reminder

Just a reminder that students who have a medical exemption for wearing a mask must wear a shield with a drape. The school will need to have a copy of the doctor's note on file. The details can be found in the district's COVID-19 safety protocols. Here's a copy of the document in ENGLISH and SPANISH.

Household Income Form

Families: Please Complete a 2021-22 Household Income Form to Help Your School Maximize Its Funding!

A portion of every school's funding is determined by the needs of its students. Extra funding is usually distributed to schools based on free/reduced meal applications but they are not required this year. For the 2021-2022 school year all students are eligible for FREE meals, so extra funding will be distributed differently. Please complete this Household Income Form to help us maximize our schools' funding!

- additional support staff for schools, like Instructional Aides, Intervention Support Providers, and after school tutors
- more resources for classrooms and teachers
- additional health and wellness services
- fee waivers for college applications
- fee waivers for college admissions exams (i.e. SAT/ACT/AP)

It’s a quick process and only needs to be completed once for each household. By taking the time to fill out this form, you are taking part in a process that might provide thousands of dollars in funds to the school your student attends.

You can also request a paper copy of the form from your school office or the District Office, 600 Sixth Street, Suite 400, Lincoln, CA 95648

If you need assistance in completing this form please contact the office or the District Office (916) 645-6350 and we can help!

Click on the form below to complete:

WPUSD 2021-22 Household Income Form (English)

WPUSD 2020-21 Household Income Form (Spanish)

Thank you so much for your time and support!