SCE Weekly News - Friday, November 19, 2021

Message from Principal Pekarek

Week 14 - 11/19/21


Hello Sand Creek Families!


Thanksgiving break is here and we are very close to the mid-year point. The time is flying! I will be asking teachers and staff to turn off all email notifications so that they can use this coming week to recharge and re energize. They will be checking them again on Monday morning, November 29th. Thank you for helping them take this much needed break as our staff gives their all to our SCE students. 


Apple Award Nominations

The links are open and the Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2022 Apple Awards. Please let your love for your amazing teachers be known and consider filling out a nomination for them! You can find the links here to nominate. 


I hope that you are surrounded by people you love during this holiday season and you get to spend quality time with your family and/or friends. I am looking forward to disconnecting and plugging in with my own family. I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you back at school on the 29th!


Proud to be an Eagle!

Pamela Pekarek

Principal, Sand Creek Elementary



Radical Reaction Lab is starting up on 24 January 2022. Encourage your budding chemist and sign up at or call 1-866-KIDZ FUN.

Please click here to view upcoming enrichment programs.

Rock Band Classes
are ongoing every Monday (5:15 pm-6:45 pm) and Wednesday (4:00 pm-5:45 PM).

Orchestra practice is also ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday (7:15 am-9:00 am).

Counselor Corner

Dear SCE Families,

During the month of November students are learning about and practicing Gratitude. Gratitude means pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family… Research suggests that gratitude can increase feelings of happiness and empathy, and can even improve your physical health. Read this article for more information. You will also find some ideas to teach gratitude to your children at home!

To help all of us at Sand Creek practice gratitude, every classroom has a Gratitude Pumpkin. Each day a student writes something they are grateful for on the pumpkin. The students are also learning to feel grateful for who they are and for what each of them has to offer. We are grateful for every student at Sand Creek and for what they bring to our community!

Mental Health Resources

  • Colorado now provides every child in the state with a free mental health evaluation and 3 free counseling sessions. Here is the link with more information:

  • Douglas County School District Counselors have teamed with Dr. Scott Cypers to create a video series to help parents understand how to help their children with Anxiety.  This series will be ongoing throughout the remainder of the school year and a new video will be released every few weeks.  These 20-30 minute video videos are designed to provide parents with an understanding of anxiety and provide some actionable tools to help their children.  Dr. Cypers is a nationally recognized expert on child and adolescent anxiety and is the director of stress and anxiety at Johnson Depression Center.  

Understanding Your Brain and How Anxiety Fits Into the Picture



Shannon Ritchey

School Counselor


Eagles in the Know

USDA has extended Meals at No Cost through June 30, 2022. This means that breakfast (where offered) and lunch will continue to be provided at no cost to all students. Remote meal bags will no longer be provided once the school year begins. All meals will be served in school cafeterias to students. 

• Nutrition Services will resume use of our Harvest Bars, allowing self-serve bulk fruit and vegetable options for kids at all levels to increase consumption. Self-Serve procedures are all Tri-County Health Department approved. Hand Sanitizer stations and gloves will be available on all serving lines for customer use.

For more information and updates, visit DCSD Nutrition Services.

Get Your Merch Here

Sand Creek Gear

Get your Sand Creek merch from
$4 per item goes to the school! Go and show your school spirit. Thank you for your support!

The Giving Tree

Dear Sand Creek Community,

The Giving Tree Program is for families that attend Sand Creek that are in need of assistance this holiday season. For us, the holiday season is always a very special time of year that our community can come together and experience the true meaning of giving. 

If you would like to participate and become a sponsor, please select an item below, purchase the item, wrap and return the item to the front desk with a tag that has the corresponding letter/number on it in the description  (ex:  B 1) and deliver it to the main office by Monday, December 13th

Holiday Giving Tree Sign-up

We will also be adding gift cards to our Giving Tree this year in order to provide a holiday meal for our families. You may bring gift cards of any denomination from King Soopers, Target, Wal-Mart or Safeway in order to help provide a meal for our families. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the School Social Worker, Elizabeth Aznar at

We appreciate our community coming together to help provide a wonderful holiday for all of our students!

Thank you! 


Elizabeth Aznar (she/her/hers), MSW, LCSW
School Social Worker
Eldorado Elementary School
Sand Creek Elementary School

Notes from the Front Office

DR Photo has uploaded the photos from picture day.  Families can access their photos by visiting the link below or going to, selecting the School Portrait Proofs link, and when prompted enter their private password in the following format: Student ID#
The direct link is:
Please call DR Photo with any questions - 303-346-2772

Please call the Attendance Line if your student will be late or not attending school - 303-387-6602

It is great to notify your teacher, but please call the attendance line to notify the office. Thank you.

Important Dates

November 22nd - 26th - Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 29th - 30th - Vision and hearing screenings

School Nurse Notes

Hello SCE Families,

Please continue to contact me with any exposures or positive cases. Please mention the exact symptoms your student is experiencing, and follow the Road To Return guidance.

DCSD Road to Return: Health and Safety Mitigation Measures

Click here to view PediaClinic flyer on rapid testing.

Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Jeanine McCleery RN 

Douglas County School Nurse Consultant

Highlands Ranch Nursing Team 

Cell: 303-549-9874

PTO Updates

Parent Communications Survey

We want your feedback!

Help us make improvements to our PTO events and communication. Our survey will take less than 5 minutes and will guide our efforts the rest of the year. Thanks, parents, for all your support! Click here to take the survey!


Every year the PTO offers grants to the teachers, staff and students of Sand Creek Elementary to be used for enriching education. Do you know a student or teacher with a great idea that a little bit of funding could support? Remind them the PTO is here to help! Read more about our grant opportunities here: GRANT OPPORTUNITIES


Kids love being recognized on the Spirit Rock! Celebrate birthdays, achievements and milestones with the rest of the SCE community. Reserve your spot to take over the rock and get your message heard!

Weekly Photos

Please go to our Sand Creek Elementary Facebook page to look at pictures from this week.  Click here to go to the page.

Please Note: There is no expectation of privacy during school assemblies or other large school gatherings, sporting events, off-campus field trips or extra-curricular activities. Privacy cannot be guaranteed in public locations.