Explorer Express

Happenings Around Dry Creek Elementary

Dry Creek Families,

We are just a day away from concluding the 2021-22 school year. It has been a great year at Dry Creek thanks to our wonderful students, teachers, and families. I want to provide a special congratulations to our fifth-grade class, who will be moving on to middle school in the fall. We will miss you all. Remember that you are always an Explorer and a part of the Dry Creek family! To all our returning learners, we are excited to welcome you back in August but hope you can take some time to refresh. As we conclude the year, please join us this evening from 5:00-7:00pm for the Community Carnival. It will be a fun way to end our year!

I hope that you all have a great summer break! See you in August!

Go, Explorers!

-Mr. Watanabe

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Community Carnival tonight!

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Last Day of School - Dismissal at 11:00am

As a reminder, the school will dismiss at 11:00am on Friday, May 27th! We hope you all have a great summer and excited to see everyone back in August!
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Non-Resident Applications now open!

Non-resident applications for all returning and new non-resident students are open. As a reminder, all non-residents must re-apply every year for admission. If you have questions or need additional information please call Becky Del Ponte at (720) 554-3300.

EduKits orders open soon for next school year

Dry Creek Elementary offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supplies for the 2022/2023 year. EduKits include the supplies approved by our school.

Go to www.edukitinc.com by June 1, 2022 for best pricing and free shipping.

Your student's order will be on their individual desk by the first day of school.

Extended ordering is available June 2 - July 26 for an additional fee and will be delivered to your home shortly before school begins.

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Power Scholars Summer School Program

The YMCA's Power Scholars Academy is a FREE, FUN, and enriching way for your scholar to learn and engage academically during 4 weeks of summer. Scholars receive a half-day of explicit instruction focused on Math and Literacy using an accredited curriculum from Bellxcel, and taught by certified CCSD teachers!

For your scholar to receive maximum benefit from the program, full participation is required (dates and times below). Please sign up for ONE session, AM or PM at only ONE school site.

Power Scholars Academy is designed specifically for scholars entering grades 1-5 in the fall of 2022, who need additional academic support in Math and Literacy to reach grade level.

Explorer Club Summer Program!

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CCSD Summer Sports Packet

Cherry Creek Schools hosts a variety of sports camps throughout the summer. Please download the packet below if you are interested in joining CCHS Bruins camps or other high schools in our district!

Skate City Summer Cards

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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 jcottorone@cherrycreekschools.org for more information.

Volunteer Policy

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.

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What's for Lunch this Week?

Use the drop down menu and select "Dry Creek"

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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:

Treasurer (payables):

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.

Fundraising Coordinator:

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

Communications Director:

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 president@drycreekptco.org.

Rent the Rock!

Dry Creek parents, students, and staff can “Rent the Rock” to recognize a birthday/academic achievement, show school spirit, thank/recognize a teacher or staff member, celebrate a graduation, etc. It’s a great way to spread a positive message, make someone smile and help build our Dry Creek Explorer community spirit. Spirit rock reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis so make your reservation before your special day is taken! www.drycreekptco.org/dce-spirit-rock
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Families who need Dry Creek Elementary communication translated, please contact the liaison listed:


Please contact Kati Brinks at kbrinks@cherrycreekschools.org for support with this resource in your language.


እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት thirpa@cherrycreekschools.org


يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على (jsebbahi@cherrycreekschools.org أو

jdajanialami@cherrycreekschools.org للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.




귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 (llee6@cherrycreekschools.org) 로 문의하십시오.


Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: lbaca3@cherrycreekschools.org для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.


Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka emaylka-onur2@cherrycreekschools.org si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.


Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en ichavezmaldonado@cherrycreekschools.org, Rosa Han en rhan4@cherrycreekschools.org, Helena Gognat en hgognat@cherrycreekschools.org o Milagro Nuanes en mnuanes@cherrycreekschools.org


Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại Lchung2@cherrycreekschools.org để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.