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Creekside Elementary
19993 E. Long Avenue
Centennial, CO  80016
720-886-3500 


Our goals are to enrich the learning experience of our children, energize our community, and support the families, teachers, and administrators that make Creekside Elementary School such a great place. We hope you will come here regularly to find out what’s happening in the Creekside community and how you can participate in our volunteer efforts and fun activities.


  BACK TO SCHOOL CARNIVAL  
CARNIVAL
We will be kicking off our first week of school with Creekside’s Back-To-School Carnival, Friday, August 16th! Join us from 4-6:30pm on the Creekside field. Child tickets are $10 cash at the door and include: Unlimited Midway Games, Inflatables, Prizes, Cupcake Walk, Popcorn, and Tattoos. Food will be available for purchase. Parents must accompany children. See more details here

VOLUNTEER or DONATE:
If you know a middle or high schooler who needs volunteer hours, please have them visit our sign-up genius here. Parent volunteers are needed too! See how you can get involved here! To donate cupcakes for our Cupcake Walk, click here. Thanks!


  FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL  
Creekside's first day of school for our 1st through 5th graders is Monday, August 12thKindergarten will start Wednesday, August 14th. We invite parents of kindergarten students to join the PTCO for refreshments at 'Kisses then Kleenex' after you drop your student off in the gym.


  BE A CREEKSIDE PTCO SPONSOR  
Would your business or employer like to sponsor Creekside? Have your business' logo appear on our Fun Run t-shirts, on our website, in our monthly newsletter and on our digital app! Visit our Sponsorship page here to learn more.


  MEET THE TEACHER and POPSICLE SOCIAL  
Creekside's Meet the Teacher will be 
Thursday, August 8th from 4-6pm. New families are invited to come between 4-4:30pm with returning families joining us from 4:30-6pm. Spend time in the classroom, drop off school supplies, and tour the school. The PTCO will have popsicles available for you to enjoy on the playground. We will be set up in the lobby so come by and say hi!








  SPANISH CLUB  
Are you interested in having your child learn, or continue learning, Spanish? Spanish Enrichment, Inc. offers Spanish Club to Kindergarten through 5th graders after school at Creekside. The new session starts the week of September 9th. Find more information about the program and how to register by downloading their brochure here. You can also visit www.spanishenrichment.com.


  NEW INNOVATION SPACE  
As our students were heading out the door to begin their summer break, construction crews were heading in to renovate our library and computer lab spaces! Elementary schools in our district were each given $500,000 as part of the 2016 Bond and Budget election. This August, students will come back to a reimagined library space with flexible seating, new technologies, and a bright, open-concept layout - along with a classroom dedicated to project-based learning. There is still a lot of work to be done, but here's how things are looking after some demo work:


  2019-2020 SCHOOL EVENT CALENDAR  
We've been busy planning our PTCO events for the coming school year and are excited to share the dates for our Back-to-School Carnival, Grandfriends Day, Pumpkin Patch, Scholastic Book Fairs, and much more! Click here to see the dates we already have on our calendar for a fun, new school year!


  KING SOOPERS LOYALTY CARDS  
King Soopers has discontinued their reloadable gift cards for fundraising and has launched a new program to make it easier than ever before to support Creekside. This new program allows you to simply use your registered King Soopers loyalty card to earn funds for Creekside!

Enroll your King Soopers Loyalty Card online at www.kingsoopers.com/communityrewards. Every time you shop at King Soopers using your enrolled King Soopers Loyalty Card, Creekside will earn rewards.


  BACK TO SCHOOL CARNIVAL  
We will be kicking off our first week of school with Creekside’s Back-To-School Carnival, Friday, August 16th! If you know a middle or high schooler who needs volunteer hours, please have them visit our sign-up genius here. Parent volunteers are needed too! See how you can get involved here!


  BOX TOPS ARE GOING DIGITAL  
This summer, Box Tops will begin rolling out their new Box Tops labels. Instead of clipping from packages, Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. Over the next few months, you may continue to find products with traditional Box Tops and we hope you will still clip those and send them to school! We hope to have more information about the new program at the start of the new school year, but until then, please save those Box Tops and click here for more details. Thanks!


  CREEKSIDE'S BOOK SWAP  
Help us get ‘new’ books into the hands of EVERY Creekside student to enjoy for their summer reading. We ask that each student bring in at least one, gently used, K-5th grade appropriate book to school May 13th-24th. Each student will then select a ‘new’ book to take home during the Creekside Book Swap, May 28th and 29th. Book collection boxes will be located in the school’s lobby and in the Triangle Room.

Have more than one book to donate? We gladly accept additional books—particularly chapter books—to ensure we have a book for every student. Please, no board books. Leftover books will be offered to teachers for their classroom libraries with any remaining books donated to non-profit organizations within our community. Thanks for your participation!



  CREEKSIDE'S FIELD DAY 2019  
Parents, join us for Creekside's Field Day, Thursday, May 16th! Have your student come to school with a water bottle, snack, sunscreen on, a sack lunch, and movement- friendly clothing and shoes. We would love your help at various activities throughout the day. Visit the sign-up genius here or download a pdf of the schedule here. Students can show their school spirit by wearing their grade colors (optional): Kindergarten: red, 1st: orange, 2nd: yellow, 3rd: green, 4th: blue, and 5th: purple.


  PTCO MEETING: MAY 15TH AT 9AM   
The PTCO is already busy planning our events for next year, but we need your help! These events can not happen without volunteers like you. Join us at our last meeting of the school year, Wednesday, May 15th, at 9am in the cafeteria, to learn more about how you can make a difference, get involved, and help us make next year a great one for our students, their families, and Creekside's teachers and staff.


  CREEKSIDE SPIRIT DAY  
Dine at Chick-fil-A Southlands anytime on Tuesday, May 14th, and Creekside will receive a percentage! Dine in, carry out, drive-thru, after school, dinner, desserts, catering - it all counts! Just let them know you are there supporting Creekside! 
Thanks and see you there!


  TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK  
We kick off our Teacher and Staff 
Appreciation Week on Monday, April 29th. Join us in showing the teachers and staff at Creekside just how much we appreciate them! The PTCO will be hosting events throughout the week and we hope your family will participate in the activities. Click here to get all the details, sign up to lend a hand, and download our 'All About My Teacher' form!


  CREEKSIDE'S ARTS NIGHT  

Join us on Tuesday, April 30th, from 5-8pm for Creekside's SEA-LEBRATION OF THE ARTS, a FISH! themed all-school art show! This show features:
- Over 1800 student works on display
Hallways transformed into an underwater scene
Sea creatures hung from the hallway ceilings
Large sea creatures hung in the lobby
Written works including poems, non-fiction, and rap
Work created by all Creekside students from pre-school through 5th grade
Choir and Percussion concert, “Under The Sea,” at 7pm in the gymnasium
Light refreshments served in the library from 5-6:30 pm 

You are not going to want to miss this! Bring your whole family to this special one-of-a-kind Creekside event.


  FREEDOM SERVICE DOGS  
All this week, April 22nd-26th, Creekside is raising funds to support Freedom Service Dogs, an Englewood-based non-profit that rescues shelter dogs and transforms them to life-changing assistance dogs for those with disabilities. Students have learned about Balto, a Siberian husky and sled dog who helped delivered life-saving medicine to Nome, Alaska in 1925, and use his name to remind them to Bring A Light To Others. Our BALTO store ends Friday, April 26th, with items for sale during lunch ranging from 50 cents to $4. Creekside is also collecting donations of dog treats, new collars/leashes, new dog toys, peanut butter (without xylitol), and loose change. All funds and donations will go directly to Freedom Service Dogs. Thanks for your support!


  PARENT INFORMATION NETWORK  
PIN’s final presentation of this school year, will take place on Tuesday, April 30th: 8:45am for the Annual Brunch or 6:30pm for the evening presentation. Hear best-selling author and time management pro, Jill Farmer, present ‘Reclaim Your Time: How to Get More Meaningful Work Done in Less Time’. Visit www.PINccsd.org for more details.


  PREORDER SCHOOL SUPPLIES  
Creekside is once again selling prepackaged school supplies for the next school year. School Tool Box comes with the teacher-approved school supplies your student requires and includes trusted brands like Elmers and Crayola. Save time searching for need supplies and enjoy your summer. Just place your order online now and it will be waiting for your child at school when they return in August. Please visit schooltoolbox.com to register and order between April 8th-May 31st.


  SPRING SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR  
The Scholastic Book Fair is here! Stop by March 4th-7th while you visit your teacher's for conferences. We will be open late on Tuesday for our special Family Night event, 5-7pm. Volunteers are still needed to help with sales throughout the week. To sign up or for more details about the Book Fair, visit our page here.

ONLINE ORDERING Can’t make it to the fair? You can still support Creekside readers
by shopping online Feb 24th-Mar 10th here.


  BOX TOPS SPRING COLLECTION CONTEST  
Congratulations to Mrs Ross' class for collecting the most Box Tops for our Spring Collection contest! They will be treated to a teacher's-choice party! Click here to see how your class did or to learn more about Box Tops. Please continue to clip and save Box Tops for Creekside. Turn them in throughout the remainder of the year for Creekside to earn money - or wait until the start of the new school year to have them count towards our Fall Class Collection Contest. 


  CREEKSIDE COIN DRIVE  
Dig up your COINS to help build DINO-MITE Classroom Libraries! All money raised will help Creekside purchase books for classroom libraries, giving our students easier access to books, and also help readers beyond our school and community. Bring in your loose change each day so we can 'Stomp, Chomp and Read!'. The classroom that collects the highest overall total will receive a prize. Your act of kindness helps bring more knowledge, imagination, and love for reading into the lives of our students. Click here for more details.


  TEACHER TREASURES AUCTION  
Our students LOVE these very special activities with Creekside's teachers and staff - where 100% goes back to Creekside. Don't wait until the last minute to check out the great items available! Your student could win: Kindergarten Science Experiment Party, 1st Gr Pizza Lunch Party, 2nd Gr Crafts and Sundae Party, 4th Gr Movie Premiere Party, 5th Dessert at Chili's, Watch Finding Nemo and have snack with the Specials teachers, Get Your Game On with the Special Ed team, Intro to Robotics with Mrs Vorwaller, Putt Putt through Creekside with Mrs Oborn and Ms Kijek, Be Creekside's Gym Teacher for 1/2 day, Deal Me In! with the Principals as well as reserved, front-row seating at upcoming musical and continuation programs! Visit https://crkpto2019.ggo.bidnow.


  SPRING SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR  
The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Creekside March 4th-7th. The theme is Dino-mite : Stomp, Chomp, and Read! Our book fairs can only be successful with volunteers...we need YOU! Volunteering at the Book Fair is the perfect way to stay connected to your child at school and help students find the books they can't wait to read. Sign up now and get ready for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience. We need people to help with setup, selling during the week, and during our family night event. Monday volunteers are especially needed and a perfect day for grandparents to come and help students fill out their wish lists. SIGN UP HERE!


  CREEKSIDE'S GALA FUNDRAISING EVENT  
Lights! Camera! Auction! Join us Saturday, February 23rd, from 6-11pm at Valley Country Club for an adults-only night of fun and fundraising celebrating Creekside! Enjoy great food, music, and friends while bidding on our live and silent auctions. Ticket sales are now open. Purchase your tickets here by February 8th to take advantage of our early-bird pricing - NOW EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 10th! Donate towards a Teacher Ticket and help Creekside's teachers and staff enjoy a night out! 


  SHOP AMAZON. HELP CREEKSIDE. 
Will you be our Valentine? Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1245863 and AmazonSmile donates to Creekside!


  BOX TOPS SPRING COLLECTION CONTEST ENDS SOON  
Send in your Box Tops by February 22nd and your child's class could win a class party! Collecting Box Tops is a great and easy way to earn 'free' money for our school. Simply find Box Tops on hundreds of products. Clip Box Tops from each package and send into school in a zip-top bag labeled with your student's teacher name. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for our school. Learn who won our Fall Collection contest here.


  STAFF FAVORITES  
We surveyed our teachers and staff to find out a few of their favorite things! Looking for a way to wish them a happy winter break? We've asked them about their favorite charities, colors, places to eat and shop - as well as things they'd love for their classrooms. Check out all their favs here.


  WINTER GIFT SALE  
Support the 5th Grade Continuation Committee by shopping their Winter Gift Sale. Students can shop for gifts for their family and friends in the lobby during lunch on December 18th, 19th, and 20th. Gifts range in price from 50¢ to $5. Please consider sending your student in with a few dollars to help them raise funds for their 5th grade continuation celebration at the end of the year.


  GRANDVIEW HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR  
Don’t miss the Holiday Craft Fair happening Saturday, December 1st, from 9am-3pm, at Grandview High School. Enjoy some holiday shopping while supporting local vendors and Grandview High School. Find more details here.


  CREEKSIDE SPIRIT NIGHT  
Come out for Creekside's Spirit Night on Wednesday, November 14th, from 4-8pmEnjoy dinner out with your family at the Cornerstar locations of Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and Panera Bread. Visit one (or both!) restaurants and a portion of sales will be donated back to Creekside! Look for the flyer in your Thursday folder or click here for more details.
 

  GUEST SPEAKER AT NOVEMBER PTCO MEETING 
Join us Wednesday, November 14th at 9am in the cafeteria to hear from Kevin Doherty, principal at Liberty Middle School. Come learn what to expect for your student in middle school and feel free to ask questions. Following Mr Doherty's visit, we will vote on how best to allocate funding for grant requests. 


  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VETERANS DAY RECEPTION  
Creekside Elementary will welcome our veterans and active-duty servicemen and women at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, November 12th, for "Donuts with Dear Veterans" and a gallery walk through the school to view student artwork and writing. This will be followed by a parade of heroes at 8:15 a.m. and an assembly at 8:35 a.m., which will celebrate our honored guests with songs from our students. We are looking for volunteers to help us with our “Donuts with Dear Veterans.” The Creekside Staff will have everything set up prior to Monday morning. We are in need of volunteers to help greet and serve. Thank you for giving your time! Sign-up here!



  STEAM-A-PALOOZA  
Join us on Saturday, November 10th at Grandview HS, between 10am-3pm for a FREE event filled with innovation, hands-on-learning and fun! This year's theme, Empowered by Learning, reflects the dynamic fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Experience the authentic curiosity, learning, innovation, and problem-solving taking place in Cherry Creek Schools. Click here to learn more and to get your FREE tickets! 


  SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR  
Visit Creekside's Scholastic Book Fair during Parent Teacher conferences! The Enchanted Forest Book Fair will be open November 5th-8th in Creekside's library. Monday through Wednesday, we are open 7:30am-3:30pm and Thursday 7:30am-7:30pm with a special late night for our Once Upon A Time Family Event, 5-7pm. Get all the details on the activities, crafts, and contests happening throughout the week by visiting our Book Fair page here. You can also sign-up to help our students find their next great read by volunteering for a shift. 


  BREAKFAST WITH OUR LEGISLATORS AND CANDIDATES 
Please join us for a breakfast along with members of the Colorado General Assembly as well as candidates representing the schools in the CCSD on Wednesday, October 31, 7-9am at Eaglecrest HS. This is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with members of our delegation in an informal setting as we work together for a successful 2019 legislative session. This event is for all community members, parents, teachers, students, staff, and we hope you will attend! Registration is online at https://legislative-breakfast.cheddarup.com. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to note questions you would like to see discussed by the Legislative representatives and candidates. 


  PUMPKIN PATCH AND BAKE SALE 
Fall has arrived and that means it is time for Creekside’s Annual Pumpkin Patch & Bake Sale! Students will visit the pumpkin patch with their classes on Thursday, October 25th and we invite parents to join them as they select the perfect pumpkin and find a treat or two. We will have pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, mums, corn stalks and lots of baked goods for sale! Look for the Pumpkin Patch & Bake Sale flyer in Thursday folders or click here for volunteer and baked good donation sign-ups, and class visitation times.



  GUEST SPEAKER AT OCTOBER PTCO MEETING 
Join us Wednesday, October 24th at 9am in the cafeteria to hear from Sarah Grobbel, Executive Director of Career and Innovation for our district. She will share information on the renovation of spaces to support 21st-century learning in elementary and middle schools across the district, thanks to the passage of 3B in the November 2016 election. Creekside’s own innovation spaces are in the works and will be ready for our students next August! You will also hear about the exciting Cherry Creek Innovation Campus scheduled to open next summer for the district's high school students. Come hear how our district is supporting innovation in learning!

**Missed the meeting but want to learn more? View Sarah Grobble's Creekside presentation here to learn about Innovation at Creekside and throughout the district.


  FALL BOX TOPS COLLECTION CONTEST 
Our Fall Collection Contest ends Wednesday, October 24th! Send in your Box Tops in a zip-topped bag marked with your teacher's name. The class with the most Box Tops wins a teacher's-choice party...and Creeksideearns money! Every Box Tops helps, so check your pantry and kitchen drawers and send them in!


  THE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE  
The Cardboard Challenge is a celebration of child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it inspired by the short film, Caine’s Arcade. Kids are challenged to create and build using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. On October 10th, CCSF will showcase all student entries at Smoky Hill High School from 4:30-7pm. Finalists will be chosen for each grade category and winners of cash prizes will be announced that evening. For details, and to complete the registration form online, visit ccsdfoundation.org.


  ART MASTERPIECE AT CREEKSIDE  
Bring fine art into your child’s classroom with Art Masterpiece! This fun program involves you or a family member teaching a short lesson on a famous artist and then helping students create works of art. Don’t know much about art? No problem! We’ve got all the resources you’ll need. Learn more by visiting our Art Masterpiece page here.


  CREEKSIDE'S BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN 
We kicked off our Creekside Fun Run program yesterday with an awesome Boosterthon 
Pep Rally! Register your student at FunRun.com (they get a prize just for registering!) and spread the word. Receive pledges from friends and family to earn your student more rewards and help us reach our goal of $40,000 to supplement funding for Teacher Assistants and provide school-wide grants at Creekside. And don't forget to join us on the Creekside field on Thursday, Sept 13th to cheer our students as they run their laps in the Creekside Fun Run. Find all the details here. Thanks for your support!


  GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDFRIENDS DAY 
Creekside's Grandfriends Day is designed to be a special event to honor our grandparents and special guests. Creekside would like to invite you to a special reception honoring 
grandfriends along with a chance to visit our classrooms on Friday, September 7th. You are also welcome to stay for recess and enjoy lunch with your student. A schedule of class visitation times can be found here
*Grandfriends, please remember to bring your driver's license to check in at the front lobby. You may bring your lunch or purchase something from our cafeteria. Make sure you know the teacher's name of the child you are visiting. Happy Grandfriends Day!
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  CREEKSIDE'S BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN 
Parents! We are once again partnering with the folks at Boosterthon to power our Annual Creekside Fun Run program, making our fundraising easier, more profitable, and more fun! We'll kick things off with a Pep Rally for the students on Sept 4th and invite you to cheer on your student at the Creekside Fun Run, Sept 13th. This is one of only two fundraisers we do at Creekside and we hope you will support our efforts to raise supplemental funding for Teacher Assistants. With your help, we can make sure we continue to have one Teacher 
Assistant within each grade level. Check out this video to learn how the Boosterthon fundraiser works! https://vimeo.com/177157581


  CARNIVAL & SPIRITGEAR 
The Creekside Carnival is this Friday, August 24th from 4-6:30pm! You don't want to miss this fun, family event. $10 cash at the door will give your child access to our inflatables, cupcake walk, airbrush tattoos, and unlimited midway games where they will earn points for fun prizes! Check out this list of all the wonderful Creekside staff who will be spending time in the Dunk Tank - where $2 will give you 3 chances to try and get them dunked! Food will be available for purchase from Devil Dog Grill and the Kona Ice Truck, so bring the whole family for a great time! **All children MUST have a signed waiver to participate in the activities. Find it here to print and bring to the event.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Friday is also the last day to get your Creekside Spiritgear orders in. Visit www.spiritgeardirect.com/shop to place your order. Your items will be delivered right to your student at Creekside in mid-September.


  2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR  
Although this school year has just begun, be aware that CCSD's Board of Education has just approved next year's calendar (SY2019-20). This is 
significant to Creekside, as we will move off the Transitional calendar we have been following and join all other schools in the District on the Traditional calendar, now simply named the CCSD calendar. As such, Creekside's Fall and Spring breaks will be reduced to one week each and our summer break will be extended. For details, and to start your vacation planning, you can download a pdf copy of the 2019-20 calendar here


  BACK-TO-SCHOOL CARNIVAL  
Creekside's Back-to-School Carnival is coming! Join us for a fun-filled family event on the Creekside field, Friday, August 24th from 4-6:30pm. Child tickets are $10 (cash only) at the door and include unlimited midway games, inflatables, prizes, cupcake walk, popcorn and airbrush tattoos! 
Our teachers and staff will be sitting in the Dunk Tank, waiting for you to help them take the plunge! Food will be available for purchase from Devil Dog Grill and the Kona Ice Truck! Get more details and sign up to volunteer here!


  PTCO WELCOME MEETING  
Creekside's PTCO invites all new and returning families to our Welcome Meeting, Wednesday, August 15th at 9am in the school's cafeteria. We will be discussing upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Mrs Sommerfeld will give an update on staffing, enrollment and answer your questions. Come join us!


  PICTURE DAY  
Say 'Cheese'! Dorian Studios will be at Creekside on Wednesday, August 15th for student pictures. These pictures will be used in our school yearbook but you may also order keepsake prints to share with family and friends. Place your order using the envelope that went home in Thursday folders. Additional envelopes are available from the Main Office. Parents who help out at the school are also invited to stop in during the day to have your picture taken for your volunteer badge. 


  ORDER YOUR CREEKSIDE SPIRITGEAR  
Order the newest Creekside SpiritGear at www.spiritgeardirect.com/shop! Choose from 6 different options, including red, blue, and tie-dye t-shirts; long sleeve performance tee; a zip hoodie; and the cool all-over-design of the sublimated performance tee. Orders need to be placed by Thursday, August 23rd. Your items will be delivered directly to Creekside to go home with your student, so no shipping charges! Order yours today at 
www.spiritgeardirect.com/shop!
 

  BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT  
Meet your student's teacher, visit their classroom, and hear from our Principal at Creekside's Back to School Night, Thursday, August 9th. The PTCO will have a table set up with information on our upcoming events, ordering spiritgear, and ways you can get involved in your child's school. This event is for parents only and is scheduled as two sessions due to limited space. 
Session 1: Kindergarten, 3rd and 4th grades 6-6:45pm
Session 2: 1st, 2nd and 5th grades 7:15-8pm


  FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL  
Creekside's first day of school for our 1st through 5th graders is Monday, August 6th
Kindergarten will start Tuesday, August 7th. We invite parents of kindergarten students to join the PTCO for refreshments at 'Kisses then Kleenex' after you drop your student off in the gym.