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This year, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for grades 3-7 will be administered on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The online registration window is August 13 - September 23, 2018. Any student in grades 3-4 may sign up to take the CogAT. For grades 5-7, only students new to our district may sign up to take the CogAT. The district GATE webpage contains more information and the registration link for the CogAT testing on November 3, 2018


Wednesday, September 26
7:15am in the MPR



Dear Families,

A couple of weeks ago we had our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) information meeting. If you missed it, you can still sign up to help! We have many days open on our sign up! Not a dad, you are welcome too! 


Here are the steps to sign up:

1. Complete the level 1 volunteer clearance process (unless you have already done so previously)

2. Sign up for at least one date (you must be able to commit to at least one whole school day)

3. Order your uniform shirt (required) & order child's shirt (optional)

4. Read over this important orientation information so you are prepared for your day

Notes about registration for Watch D.O.G.S.:

  • The adult uniform shirt is required in order to participate
  • The student (child's) shirt is optional but students like to wear them on the day their dad/family is the volunteer 

Thank you for supporting our school and this program! If you want to learn more about Watch D.O.G.S., click here. 


Mr. T


Dear 5th Grade Families/Students:


We are happy to say SRVUSD’s Science Alliance is continuing for the 2018-2019 school year! Science Alliance is a student-run club that works with the other high schools and all the elementary schools in the San Ramon Valley School District. It allows fifth grade “buddies” to be guided through their own science experiment over the duration of the school year by a high school “mentor.” Their efforts will culminate into a big science fair held at one of the high schools in April. Our goal is to successfully pair a high school mentor with a 5th grade buddy and give them a forum to create a Science Fair Project and forge new relationships with fellow science enthusiasts.


Monte Vista’s chapter will be accepting fifth grade buddies from Green Valley, Vista Grande, Tassajara Hills, Creekside, and Coyote Creek. We have attached a flyer with all the information about the club and how to sign up on it.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at




Monte Vista Science Alliance


Attention Grade 3-5 GATE Families:

We have our annual information meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30AM in the MPR. Please join us to learn about our GATE program at Creekside, as well as learn about opportunities to volunteer and support our GATE extracurricular program. 


Our school site council is looking for parents interested in serving on the school site council for this year. The site council meets once a month on Monday mornings at 7 a.m. and sometimes we meet remotely in the evening utilizing online meeting rooms. We have two parent openings for this year. These openings are for a two-year term. If you are interested in running for a position on the Creekside school site council, please email me at Please make sure to include your child's name in the email. The election will be held as soon as we have candidates! 


More info about site council:
The council is a group of teachers, parents and classified employees who work with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. The member of the site council are elected by their peers. For example, parents elect the parent representatives and teachers elect the teacher representatives. 

Questions school site councils ask:
--What are the goals and priorities of our school?
--What data do we have that shows how well we are achieving those goals?
--Are we progressing toward our goals?
--Are there particular groups of students who are not doing as well as others?
--What supports could we put in place to help struggling students?
--How will we fund those supports?
--How will we know if our programs are effective?
To learn more about site councils and their work, please read this article.



Dear Families,

Ready! Set! GO!!! The Comet Chase is a very important school fundraiser we hold each year. What makes it one of my favorites is that the students get so excited and involved while also showing a lot of pride in their school!  If you have never attended the event, I encourage you to make time Friday, Sept. 21st so you can see firsthand our proud, smiling, healthy Comets making laps around our makeshift track. Click here to learn more about the Comet Chase and support our school! We are hoping that with your unwavering support, we will meet our fundraising goal this year earlier than ever! Go Comets! And thank you Comet Fund team (especially theFATEfactory videography) for putting together this awesome promotional video for the event this year! Check it out below! 

Mr. T 





• A FUNdraiser FUN RUN that empowers our children to raise money for the school while incorporating
health & physical fitness.
• ALL students may participate with their grade level in the run/walk event by jogging or walking laps on our
makeshift track for 20 min. (TK, Kinder, and 1st Grade) to 30 min. (2nd – 5th Grade).
• Students can collect donations from family, friends, and neighbors (please only approach familiar faces, no door to door asks).
• The whole school comes together to run, listen to music, cheer and snack!


8:25 - 8:55 1st Grade   9:15 - 9:45 5th Grade
10:20 - 10:50 TK/Kindergarten   11:15 - 11:45 3rd Grade
12:35 - 1:05 2nd Grade   1:30 - 2:00 4th Grade

Are you a 4th/5th grader wanting to run for student council? If so, please complete/review the Student Council Application for the 2018-19 school year on the Student Council webpage by September 7, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Spatcher or Mrs. Fitzsimons.


Dear Families,

The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) are gathering for the first timelogo-WatchDogs.jpg this week on Thursday, 9/6 at 7:00pm in the Creekside MPR. Pizza and hot dogs will be served! We are hoping to continue the Watch D.O.G.S program at our school to encourage dads and other male role models to volunteer in our school for the purpose of...

  • getting some additional eyes/hands available to help our students each day
  • making our campus even more secure and safe
  • proving students with fathers that work full time a way for them to feel like their parent is also involved/connected to the school
  • sending a powerful message to the students that it’s "cool" for dads/grandpas/uncles/guys to be supporting young elementary students with their learning at school

Please join us on Thursday, 9/6 if you are interested in volunteering in Watch DOGS. Please help get the word out by talking this up with other dads/uncles/grandpas. This is an easy way to get involved at Creekside. The minimum commitment is just one school day, so it's easy to make this work with your busy dad schedule!


We are purchasing pizza and hot dogs and need you to RSVP so we can order enough food. Click here to RSVP. Have questions, email

Aaron Tarzian, Principal 


The Run for Education is coming up...  have you registered yet?




Dear Creekside Families,

We have had a wonderful first two weeks of school and are hard at work here at Creekside. There are a few miscellaneous items/reminders that can help our families and our Comets have an organized, happy, safe, and healthy school year full of learning!

  • Food-based birthday treats are not allowed at Creekside - click here to read more about why/what treats are allowed.
  • Please drive safely and park legally in our neighborhood. Please review our arrival/dismissal procedures and parking map by clicking here
  • Please remember that we don't have supervision on the main grade 1-5 playground until 7:45am. Many students have arrived before then and are unsupervised. Kinder/TK supervision starts at 7:55am.
  • Our Creekside Student Handbook and Comprehensive Safety Plan both have a wealth of information about school rules, procedures, and safety for our school. 
  • District required minimum days always seem to sneak up on us. For this reason, we have identified all of them for you in one place. They are also posted on our calendar and on the front page of our website for future reference. Click here to see which days are minimum days this year. 
  • Please write names on jackets, lunch boxes, etc... so they can be returned if lost.

Thanks for reviewing this information. Here's to another great year at Creekside!



Mr. T, Principal 


Creekside does not allow food-based birthday treats to be shared at school. Instead, we are asking for families that would like to celebrate birthdays at school to provide a "treat" from one of the possible ideas listed below. By not allowing food-based birthday treats, we help all of our Comets be happier, safer, and healthier.


Food-based birthday treats add up! In a classroom of 30 students, over the course of 9 months of school, students will consume an average of 3 treats per month - that's almost one every week! Eating a donut or cupcake once a week for someone's birthday becomes less than a "once-in-awhile" treat and more of a routine snack. And that is a lot of sugar! 


Many of our students have life-threatening allergies. Birthday treats are the most dangerous for students with allergies because teachers generally don't know if they are coming and what will be served. And if a treat arrives, there is not enough time to make sure the treat is safe for all students.


Our staff have been instructed to turn away food-based birthday treats; so please don't bring them. Instead, if you or your child wants to bring something in for his/her birthday, pick one of these ideas or think of something else creative:

  • special pencils (pre-sharpened is always appreciated)
  • special erasers
  • notepads
  • crayons
  • water-based markers
  • bouncy balls
  • washable tatoos
  • pencil toppers
  • goofy straws
  • mini-games (like travel size checkers)
  • a game for the classroom
  • a puzzle for the classroom
  • stickers
  • books for each student
  • books for the classroom library
  • hi-lighters
  • colored glue sticks
  • yo-yos
  • Sudoku
  • word searches
  • crossword puzzles
  • mad libs workbooks
  • glow sticks/bracelets
  • silly putty
  • smencils
  • jump ropes
  • playdough
  • sidewalk chalk
  • slap bracelets
  • anything you can think that kids would love!

As always, if you don't want your child to receive gifts at school for birthdays or other holidays, please contact your teacher to let him/her know. 

Please help our students be healthy, safe, and happy by complying with this policy!


2018-19 Minimum Days
August 13, 31
October 4, 8-12, 31
December 20
March 12-15, 29
May 31


Minimum Day Bell Schedule
Gr. TK/K 8:10-10:40 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-5 8:00-11:50


Click here for SRVUSD Minimum Day/Bell Schedule Info


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Welcome back Creekside Comets!


I am very excited for the new school year!  I hope everyone enjoyed back to school night and you were able to meet all of your wonderful teachers!  


If you are new at Creekside, welcome!  You and your students will not only love our teachers and staff, but the great community feel we have at Creekside. Being the PTA president, I have the opportunity to be a part of what brings us together, inside and outside of the classroom.


Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  This is a great way to stay connected and to understand all of the wonderful events that are happening at the school.  


I look forward to meeting everyone throughout the school year.  My hope for this year is to continue to grow our volunteer base, it is so critical and rewarding to be involved and to ensure that all the wonderful events and programs continue to enrich our community.  


We are always looking for volunteers!  Whether you have a small amount of time or are interested in leading an event.  If you want to know more information about how you can get involved, please feel free to email me at


Let’s have a fantastic 2018/2019 school year!  


Go Comets!

Lydia Facteau

PTA President


We hope that you will consider joining the 2018-2019 Creekside PTA!  If you have any questions, please email our VP of Membership, Jeni McCracken



Dear Families,

We are one full week into another great school year at this wonderful school! I want to start the year by thanking all of you that donated to our Comet Fund during online or walk-through registration this year.  Our Comets thank you for making our educational program complete by providing additional academic, social-emotional, art, and music resources to every Creekside student! The overwhelming support of our Comet Fund shows exactly how much this community values their child's education. Your donations make Creekside even stronger and each child benefits from this! 


Don't know what I'm referring to...

  • Check out the infographic below. It explains the differences between the different fundraising groups and goals at Creekside
  • Haven't donated yet and want to make one, click here 
  • Want to learn more about the Comet Fund and/or get involved, go here on our webpage


Mr. T, Principal





Back-to-School Night
Gr. 1-3 Monday, 8/20 6pm
Gr. 4-5 Wednesday, 8/22 6pm
Welcome back gathering in MPR: 6:00pm
Classroom presentations: 6:30pm - 7:30pm




Dear Gr. 1-2 Creekside Families,
Our grade 1-2 students will be participating in “Assessment Day Schedule" for the first and second week of school. This has been standard practice at most elementary schools across the district for many years, but is new to Creekside this school year. 


What does this mean for your first/second grader? He/she will be released from school at 1:20pm (following the 2018-19 bell schedule) on August 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, and 24th.  August 15 and 22 are already 1:20 dismissal days for all students since they are Wednesdays. 


Why was this schedule created? Each of these days some students will be asked to stay at school after dismissal to work with the teacher so that the teacher can complete the one on one assessments required in primary grades at the beginning of the school year. Teachers use these assessments to make individualized instructional decisions and classroom groupings for students, so it is helpful to add this schedule for Creekside grade 1-2 students. 


Creekside will be working with Kids Country to provide care during these hours for students not completing assessments. Assessments are pre-assessments for instructional purposes and are not those that should be “studied for.” 


Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Aaron Tarzian, Principal
Creekside Elementary School 

Gr. 1-2 Schedule for first two weeks of school:

--Monday, Aug 13



--Tuesday, Aug 14 through Friday Aug 24 



Click here for the 2018-19 Bell Schedules 


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