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Dear Creekside Families,

Each year our site council, along with our school leadership team, works to update our Single Plan for Student Achievement. Our plan identifies goals for the school that fit within the district goals and initiatives as well as meet local school needs identified by analysis of multiple school data points. Input from all of our stakeholder groups, school leadership team, Site Council, Comet Fund, and our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), help form our updated plan each year.


The Single Plan also outlines how we spend our school budget, Comet Fund budget, registration donation budget, grants, and the part of the PTA budget that fits the activities outlined in the plan goal areas. In each goal and expenditure area, you can see where the money comes from and what it funds in our school.  


You may not realize what a collaborative process we go through to develop our goals and school budget each year. If you are interested in learning more about our Single Plan for Student Achievement and our school budget, please visit the Site Council webpage and take a look. Site Council meetings are generally held monthly and are open to the public. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings.


2017-18 Single Plan for Student Achievement (PDF)



Aaron Tarzian, Principal 


Dear Families,

Believe it or not, we are already starting to prepare for next school year! If you would like to provide input regarding your child's needs OR if you would like to learn more about how we build classes at our school, please read the following. 


We are starting to prepare for next school year! Part of that process includes building classes. We get quite a few questions about this process, so I thought it would be best to share with you the protocol that we follow. As always, parent input is welcome as a part of this process, however, it is not required. If you you would like to provide input, be sure to read the following and complete the input form available here and on our website. 


From Learning Environment Makeup Webpage:

All classrooms at our school are fantastic places for students to work together and learn with the support of excellent teachers. You may not know that a lot of work and consideration goes into the process of building well-balanced classrooms at our school. The school team considers the following to make balanced classrooms:

  • academic achievement
  • group dynamics
  • parent input
  • class size
  • age
  • parent volunteers
  • social and emotional factors
  • and gender

Our goal is to build classes that ensure the best learning environment possible for all students. To achieve this goal, class placements are made by considering both group and individual needs. For this reason, parent requests for specific teachers are not solicited nor used as criteria for class placement. Please also note that the school cannot take recommendations from parents to place specific students together in classes or separate certain students. Both of those decisions are made by school staff only.

By completing the input form (embedded/linked below), I understand that completion does not guarantee a specific classroom placement. I understand that this information will be used to help the school make decisions regarding the best learning environment for my child. 

Click here to complete optional input form (please complete before Friday, Feb 2, 2018)



Mr. T, Principal 


Dear Creekside Families, 

Thanks to the work of 4th grader, Sonia S., and 5th grader, Dylan R., we have published the first edition of our student newsletter: What's up Creekside! 


I cannot think of a better way for our students to have a purpose for writing and a place to share their thoughts with our school community. We are seeking more writers (only grades 3-5 for now) for our newsletter and I know from experience visiting classrooms at our school that we have many talented writers all over our campus!!


The next article entry deadline has not been determined yet by our editors, but should be soon. All of the information about the student newsletter is posted here on our website: This is also where our students go to submit their writing. Please encourage your grade 3-5 Comet to participate! 


Thank you again Sonia and Dylan for getting this going at Creekside! We are proud of you! 


Happy Holidays! 



Mr. T, Principal 




Thanks to your library donations our school has a subscription to TumblePremium, and your family can access it any time from home!


TumblePremium is an online collection of nearly 1000 titles, with content most appropriate for those in grades TK-6. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, select books in French and Spanish, graphic novels, and math stories.


You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads, books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.


We hope that you will take some time to check out the collections with your child! Visit the homepage of our library catalog for instant access to our Creekside Library-TumblePremium subscription.


Or by logging on to:

Username: creeksidees

Password: books


Happy Tumbling!


Dear Creekside Band & Strings Families,

Due to a calendaring mistake that will likely prevent families and students from attending our Winter Band & Strings Concert, we are moving the concert from Tuesday, December 12th to Thursday, January 11th. We always want ALL of our students to be able to participate and apologize for this unintentional calendaring mistake.

Below are the updated schedules for the various concerts. Please note that the School Assembly Performance will remain as scheduled on Friday, December 15. You are welcome to attend this assembly performance if it is more convenient for you.

We hope that this schedule change allows for you to have more time with your family during this busy time of the year. 

Beginning and Advanced Band Performance in MPR:
Date: Thursday, January 11
Time:  6:45 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.

6:30 Band Students report
6:45 Performance begins
7:20 Performance ends

Beginning and Advanced Strings Performance in MPR:
Date: Thursday, January 11

Time:  7:45 p.m.-8:20 p.m.
7:25 Violin and Cello Students report
7:45 Performance begins
8:20 Performance ends

There will be an assembly for grades 3-5 on December 15th.
School Assembly in MPR
Date:  Friday, December 15

Time:  8:40 a.m.
Report time for strings to tune:  8:10 a.m.
Report time for band members:  8:25 a.m.

Attire for both evening events:
White shirt and black pants/skirt

Aaron Tarzian, Principal 


Dear Families,

Our PTA is partnering with our Comets and the Imagination Machine to encourage our young authors to imagine, create, and write! Our Comets are being asked to WRITE WRITE WRITE and submit their creative idea to your teacher by Thursday, December 14th to have a chance to have their writing published in a professional production with real actors for all to see at our school assembly on January 24th (see school calendar for grade level specific assembly times if you would like to attend). Has your Comet submitted writing yet? Don't miss this awesome opportunity to set a purpose to practice writing. Please click here to learn more and learn how to submit an entry. 


More about Imagination Machine: The Imagination Machine's most popular assembly will literally bring your students' own stories to life! Nothing inspires your students to write like watching their own words spring onto the stage, fully-fleshed out in a complete production with professional actors, music, props and costumes! The selected authors also receive a Certificate of Writing Achievement at the end of the show. This is the show that will have your students begging to write stories!


Thank you to the Creekside PTA for providing this program for our school that supports the academic work we are doing with our students. Connecting writing and the arts is important and not easily done. Also, setting a purpose and creating a "reader" for our students' writing is engaging and rewarding for the students.



Mr. T, Principal 


Dear Families,

Creekside's 2017 Winter Concert will be held on Thursday, December 21st.  The performance times are slightly different than in years past, so please double check the time your students are performing.  Our groups will be performing at the following times:


8:10 2nd and 3rd Grade
9:00 1st Grade
9:30 Kindergarten/TK
10:10 4th and 5th Grade


We hope you are able to come hear your students sing some wonderful songs about the winter season and demonstrate their learning so far this year.  We will also be premiering our brand new Creekside school song written by some of our very own 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!  


We are very proud of the learning our Comets have done this year and are very thankful to have Mrs. Smith supporting our students' learning. Also know, this program would not be possible without our Comet Fund. Thank you to all of you that support Comet Fund so we can have arts education for our Comets!


Hope to see you on the 21st if not before then.



Mr. T, Principal 


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