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Please remember we are on minimum day conference schedule this MONDAY, March 19th as follows:

Minimum Day Bell Schedule
TK 8:15-11:35
K 8:15-11:50 (no early/late friends)
Gr 1-3 8:00-11:31
Gr 4-5 8:00-11:32


Spring conferences can be scheduled by parent/guardian request or by teacher invitation. Our school district has high regard for consistent parent/student/teacher communication. We know that teachers contact families throughout the school year, and spring conferences are one other way to collaborate around support of your student. Thank you for your continued efforts to maximize positive home/school partnerships.


Dear Creekside Families,

At our PTA association meeting this next week, we are going to spend some time learning about Creekside's emergency protocol/plan. There will also be time for discussion and Q&A. If you are interested in learning more or have questions about our safety protocol at Creekside, please join us at our PTA Association Meeting on Friday, March 23 at 8:15am in the MPR. 


Also, you may have already noticed that we have updated our volunteer check in kiosk in the office. Unfortunately, Lobbyguard key tags will NOT work with our new system. However, so far the new software is working much more quickly making it easier for groups of people to check in quickly. 


To volunteer or visit our campus, you must be cleared as a level 1 volunteer with our volunteer management system (Be A Mentor). Our new sign-in kiosk system syncs with Be A Mentor so you must be sure that you have signed up to be a level 1 volunteer if you are planning to come on campus during school hours. This will ensure that your name will be in the sign-in kiosk. If you haven't done so yet, please click here to start the process of becoming level 1 cleared. It is very simple and takes only a day or two for the background check to be completed. 


Thank you for helping keep our kids safe by following these procedures. Also, please note that we will deny access to campus for those individuals that have not completed this process or do not have a Driver's License/State Identification. 



Mr. T, Principal 






Dear Creekside Community:

I am happy to report that it looks like our live auction brought in an estimated $50,000 for our Comet Fund! Thank you to all of the families that attended the live auction and supported our school! Thank you to Colleen Cooley and her team for organizing this awesome event to support our school! 


If you weren't able to attend and would like to make a donation to our school, please participate in the Online Auction which ends on Thursday, March 15 at 9pm. This is our last major fundraiser that hopefully will take us to our fundraising goal. Remember, making our goal means that we will maintain our current programs.  Otherwise, we will need to begin the process of making cuts to our budget. 


Want to donate, log on and bid now!

Mr. T, Principal



Hurray! The February issue of “What’s up Creekside!” is out.

To view it, go to

Please have your submissions ( stories, news, jokes, comic strips) for the upcoming newsletters by March 20'th. Instructions to submit are located on the newsletter site
For Questions- Please contact Sonia Sharma – 4th Grade ( Mr. Harter’s class).


Dear Families,
I am writing to inform you that we conducted a lockdown DRILL today in case students discuss it today when they get home. This was just a drill--just for practice. This drill was planned for this date earlier this year and is not a result of recent unfortunate events in Florida. 

Everything went very well with the drill. Our students and staff followed their training perfectly! I am very proud of our Comets! The safety of our students is of utmost importance and practicing is the only way to ensure that students and staff know what to do in the unlikely case of an emergency. 

If you would like to learn more about our emergency protocol/plan, we are planning to discuss it and have Q & A at our PTA Association Meeting on Friday, March 23 at 8:15am in the MPR. Hope to see you there!  

Aaron Tarzian, Principal   


Dear Grade 3-5 Families:

This spring, our students will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which is the state’s academic testing program that replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Here are the testing dates for our students: 

3rd Grade: Wednesday, May 2 - Thursday, May 10
4th Grade: Tuesday, April 24 - Tuesday, May 1
5th Grade: Monday, April 16 - Monday, April 23 (Science Thur, April 26)

As a reminder, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-5 as well as science in grade 5. During the test, students will use earphones to listen to videos and audio items. They will also be allowed to bring their own earbuds or earphones as they may be most comfortable using their own.

Following the Spring 2018 testing, individual student results may be available electronically within four weeks. The delivery of results takes into account machine scoring and hand-scoring. Students will receive individual score reports that include an overall scale score, performance level and claim level for English language arts and mathematics. The science test is a pilot this year so there will be no scores issued.


It is very important that you encourage students do their best when taking these tests. The test results can provide valuable information about student academic progress.  It will help us understand what knowledge, skills, and processes they have mastered and which ones they may still need to learn. These scores can allow parents and teachers to monitor student progress each year and help students reach and achieve their highest academic potential.  

To learn about the types of questions on the tests, you can view and take the practice tests online at the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Practice Test Site linked to our CA State Standards webpage included below. This webpage has helpful information for parents to help you understand state testing as well as how you can help students be prepared for the assessments. As always, the most important thing we can do is encourage students to do their best. 


Creekside CA Standards/State Testing info webpage:

Parents' guide to the new assessments put out by the National PTA:


Aaron Tarzian, Principal


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