Creekside Elementary

LEADS: Learning-Engaged-Accountable-Determined-Successful

Parents, Teachers, Students, Community

January 26, 2020

We've had a FANTASTIC start to the second semester! We've been busy looking at report card grades, DIBELS scores, STAR reading and math assessments, and attendance data. WOW! Creekside Elementary students are ROCKING this school year! Thank you to our teachers who work hard preparing engaging lessons and to our parents who make sure kids are prepared each day! Keep encouraging students to do their best. Mrs. Rhinehart plans to meet individually with students, starting with 3rd graders this week. Students will have a paper to share with you from our talk.


We've had a few cases of the flu and strep reported. Please let us know if your child is confirmed with strep or flu. Please remind children to practice good hygiene habits. We hope everyone stays healthy.


This is the last week to register to play softball and baseball through ELAA. Register at www.elaa.club. Registration closes 1/31/2020.


The lunch menu is attached below.


Have a GREAT week!

Apple and other Smart watches

Apple and other smart watches may only be used for telling time during school hours. They must be placed in backpacks or given to the teacher during testing.


The 1st time a student is caught playing games or texting the student will be asked to take the watch off and put it in their backpack.

A 2nd offense will result in the teacher taking the watch until the end of the day.

A 3rd offense will result in the watch being taken to the principal and the parent will be called to pick it up at a convenient time for both parties.


We understand that these are expensive devices and great communication tools, but they can also be a distraction. These devices may not be connected to our WiFi using BYOD or guest. With all the devices on our campus, our network will not support extra smart devices. Remember that you may always call the school office if you need to get a message to your child during the day.

ATTENDANCE

PLEASE refer to the Limestone County Schools Calendar when planning trips and vacations. We need students at school every day. It is impossible for teachers to replicate the activities that students are engaged in throughout the school day with make-up work. These make-up assignments require extra planning and grading for teachers which increases their already overwhelming workload.

Plus, we want all our students here. It makes us very happy when classes get their tent on the wall for perfect attendance and teachers know everyone is present for instruction.

DANA RHINEHART, PRINCIPAL

I am thrilled to be the principal of Creekside Elementary School!


2019 will be my 28th year to start a school year as an Alabama educator and my 3rd year as principal at Creekside. New school years are just as exciting now as they were at the beginning of my career.


Please contact us anytime you have a question, a need, or just want to say hello.


Instagram @creeksidechiefs3_5

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION

January 12,2020

We had a GREAT first week back at Creekside! We love seeing the smiling faces fill our halls.


January 28th and 29th- 4th-grade vision screenings- Consent forms will be sent home.

February 12th- Vaccine Clinic- Info will be sent home.

Chorus Rehearsals- 4th and 5th grades

4th & 5th Grade Chorus rehearsals begin on Wednesday, January 15. If your child wishes to join us, please send in money and permission forms before January 15.

-Ms. Hains

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January 5, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


We are excited about welcoming everyone back to school Monday morning. We hope everyone is rested and ready for the second semester.


Our continuous improvement goals this year are to increase student proficiency in reading comprehension, math, and to decrease chronic absenteeism.


It's GREAT to be a CREEKSIDE CHIEF!

December 15, 2019

I cannot believe it's the last week before Christmas break!


Here are a few reminders for the week:


  • Be weather aware Monday. All after school activities have been canceled.
  • Junior Beta Service Project - They are collecting canned goods, toiletries, baby items, and other supplies for the New Futures Family Lodge. More info is posted below.
  • Tuesday, December 17th- Drama Club Performance @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 19th- Polar Express Day
  • Friday, December 20th- Christmas Parties @ 9:00; half day for students


LOST AND FOUND- We have lots of sweatshirts, jackets, coats, and other items that need to be claimed before Christmas break. All items not claimed will be donated at the end of the day on Dec. 19th.


Mark your calendars... It's almost time for Creekside 4th & 5th Grade Chorus! We will begin rehearsals after school on Wednesday, January 15. Keep an eye out for chorus permission forms which will go home on January 6. If you love to sing, work hard and have fun, please join us! --Ms. Hains


Keep scrolling for more info and pics from last week!


Merry Christmas!

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December 8, 2019

It's going to be another busy week at Creekside, but we've got some fun planned too.


Supper with Santa Update: Tuesday will be the last day to purchase Supper with Santa tickets online. Tickets are $10 per person. Everyone must have a ticket to enter. The first seating is full. The second seating begins at 6:45 and has about 100 tickets left. Chick-fil-A will be the dinner with your choice of nuggets or a sandwich. The Chick-fil-A cow and Santa will be there. A photographer will be there and you can have an electronic print sent to you for $2. We'll also have cookie decorating, letter writing to Santa, cookie decorating and vendors, including Rita's. Come have fun with Creekside PTO Thursday night.


Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 12th- Alabama author Laura Murray will visit with 4th graders

Dec. 12th- Supper with Santa

Dec. 13th- Spelling Bee Finals

Dec. 17th- Drama Performances (in school for students and 6:30 p.m. for friends and family)

Dec. 20th- 1/2 day for students; Christmas parties at 9:00 a.m.


Assessments:

DIBELS testing- 3rd grade completed testing last week and 4th and 5th grade will continue progress monitoring.

The STAR Reading and Math Assessment window is January 5- February 6. We will not test before Christmas Break.


It's Cool To Be Kind:

Our wall is filling up with snowflakes and snowmen as teachers identify students being kind or doing something nice without being prompted.

December 1, 2019

Can you believe it's December 1st? We have a busy 3 weeks before Christmas break begins.


Assessments:

DIBELS testing begins this week to assess each student's growth in reading fluency.

Students will also take the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments again before Dec. 20th. Unlike the Scantron testing program that we've used the past several years, the STAR assessments only take about 20-30 minutes for students to take. We use this data at Creekside to analyze the growth of individual students and the system uses the data to monitor progress at schools toward school and system goals for achievement. This will help us make sure we keep the "A" we received on the state report card. I'm still so proud of our students, faculty, and staff for this accomplishment.


Leaders:

Please encourage children to do their best, stay focused, and continue to be leaders with great behavior. Teachers have lots of engaging lessons to teach and fun activities too. It's such an exciting time of year but we also have some work to finish before the holidays.


Lunch for December 2nd is chicken tenders or chicken wings. The December menus will be posted soon.


Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 12th- Alabama author Laura Murray will visit with 4th graders

Dec. 12th- Supper with Santa

Dec. 13th- Spelling Bee Finals

Dec. 17th- Drama Performances (in school for students and 6:30 p.m. for friends and family)

Dec. 20th- 1/2 day for students; Christmas parties at 9:00 a.m.

November 3, 2019

Tuesday is Holiday Picture Day so everyone wear your best smile for holiday pictures.


4th-grade parents listen up: There will be a meeting on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria to discuss next year’s Washington D.C. trip. This trip is an awesome experience for 5th grade students and we need more participation in order to continue planning it.


Creekside is applying to become a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. As part of this process, we need your help and input. Students will bring home a letter with survey information tomorrow. Please use the unique code in this letter to complete the survey. It’s important that we have a high percentage of survey completion, so please complete the surveys as soon as possible. We will have evaluators on campus Nov. 12th and 13th to see all the wonderful things happening at Creekside.


On Friday, November 8th we will honor our Veterans with breakfast and a special time together. If you need more information, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Nona Adams.


For lunch this week,


Monday we will have spicy or regular chicken sandwiches, taco soup with corn chips, and fresh veggies with dip.


Tuesday we’ll have crispitos with cheese sauce or hot pocket pizza.


Wednesday we will have chicken stew with crackers or deli turkey and ham sandwich, with a half toasted grilled cheese for the stew.


Thursday we’ll have BBQ pork sliders or hamburgers and onion rings,


and on Friday we’ll have a pizza bar or chef salad with baked apples and cookies.


Schools will be closed next Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.


Have a GREAT week!

October 27, 2019 Message

It's GREAT to be a Creekside Chief! We received an A on the state report card! We had fun with a successful Boosterthon and now we're celebrating Fall Festival and Red Ribbon Week. With all that's happening, we need to remember that our focus is on Continuous Improvement for Creekside. We want to continue loving students as we also work on improving reading proficiency, math proficiency, and attendance. We want to improve that 91/A and most of all make sure that all of our students are successful.


Boosterthon 2019 was a BLAST and we exceeded our goal of $25,000 in pledges! PLEASE reach out to those who sponsored your child and ask them to fund those pledges. When pledges are collected, we will start making improvements to our outdoor areas.


Fall Festival and the 4th/5th-grade dance are tomorrow (Monday night).

You may enter through the elementary office or the cafeteria entrance.


Bracelets for all access to the Fall Festival will be $10.

We will have a goldfish game where you can win a live goldfish, cake walk, drink toss, inflatables, and many more games. We also have 16 vendors signed up so please come out and have a great time that night.


4th and 5th Grade Dance- The dance is from 6:00- 7:30 and the cost is $10 per student. The costume contest will be at 6:30. No knives, fake guns, or other weapons. They will be taken at the door if brought in. Please, no scary costumes. Parents may stay for the costume contest. The winner will receive a gift card. All parents must come back inside to pick their students up. Please be there by 7:30. No one will be allowed to walk out to the parking lot without a parent. The dance is for 4th and 5th grade students only.


Concessions will be sold.


This week is Red Ribbon Week. Monday is "We are "red-y" to say no to drugs. Wear red.

Tuesday is I'm a "Jean-ious": I'm drug free. Wear something blue jean.

Wednesday is "Drugs can't find me". Wear camo.

Thursday is "Drugs are Scary. Say Boo to drugs." Wear orange and black.

Friday is "Wake up Drug Free." Wear pajamas.


Holiday pictures will be made November 5th.

Our Veteran's Day breakfast for Veterans will be November 8th.

October 10, 2019 Message

Wow! We had a FANTASTIC FIRST NINE WEEKS OF SCHOOL! We blinked and it was over!


We'll jump back in next week and kick-off our Boosterthon Fun Run Fundraiser. October is going to be BUSY, so get your calendars ready.


Tuesday, October 15th


  • Picture Day IF your child was absent for school pictures on August 20th.
  • Boosterthon Pep Rallies Pre-K- 2 @ 1:15, 3-5 @ 2:00
  • 4:30- PTO Meeting featuring Boosterthon info and some special storytellers
  • 5:30- 5th Grade D.C. Trip Mandatory Meeting for all participants



Wednesday, October 16th Wear RED to support Dyslexia Awareness.


October 22nd- Spelling Bee Forms are due

October 23rd- Storytelling Festival- 3rd and 4th Grades

October 24th- BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN


October 25th- Spelling Bee Preliminaries


October 28th- November 1st- Red Ribbon Week


November 8th- Veteran's Day Program

September 23, 2019 Message

We've been having a few technical issues lately with our website and all call service. If you have not signed up for the elementary remind, Text the message @danarh to the number 81010. Also, check the Creekside Elementary Facebook and Twitter for info.


This Wednesday, September 25th is a half-day for students. Creekside will dismiss at 11:10. Remember, we will not have Extended Day on Wednesday either. This is a professional development day for teachers and staff.


We are celebrating homecoming with East Limestone this week with dress-up days. Tuesday is Twinning Tuesday (twins/ dynamic duos). Wednesday is Blind the Eagles Day. (wear neon). Thursday is Jersey Day. Friday is Blackout or East Attire.


Lost and Found- We will be donating items left in lost and found at the end of each nine weeks. Students pass the lost and found rack on the way to and from lunch every day. Please message your child's teacher if they need to stop and look for something. We have a ton of jackets, lunch boxes and a great pair of glasses. All unclaimed items will be donated during fall break.


Tuesday's lunch will be pulled pork sandwich or deli ham and cheese sandwich with coleslaw, baked beans, ice cream cup, and peaches. Wednesday will be a grab and go lunch. Thursday will be a cheeseburger or hamburger with potato chips, pudding, and mandarin oranges. Friday will be a pizza bar or fish sandwich.